[Movie Review] Take off (2009): Legend of Korean sports movies
Ski jumping, which is said to have come out of Nordic play, competing for how far and in a wonderful posture for skiing, is an attractive event. It embodies the old desire of humans to fly in the sky. Since it is a sport where competitors have to ski downhill from an artificial structure and fly 90-120m from the leap zone, jumpers say that the thrill of floating in the air has made them stay in the event for more than 10 years. The movie Take off allows us to realize the beauty of ski jumping, the only sport that flies in the sky in the wind with nothing but their bodies and their skis, through the screen.
The movie Take off is a drama of humans with pain and wounds, but also a story of people who have overcome their disabilities and challenge their dreams. There is a wide consensus that everyone of all ages can enjoy this movie.
It is based on the true story of ski jumping competitors when South Korea had just seven registered skiers and 4 of them were on the national team. However, these ski jumpers succeeded in the challenges that everyone believed were impossible in such poor conditions. In fact, the jumpers not only practiced by spraying water directly with rubber hoses when the sprinkler of the jump stand broke, but also covered the cost of their living and training while participating in the competition.
In order to capture the elegant visuals of the moment of flying, the movie carefully coordinated the cuts by creating a simulation 3D content even before filming and introduced a Red One camera and a camcat for the first time in Korea. The Red One camera, which boasts clear image quality and mobility most similar to the film, carried out efficient filming of the sport with speed, and the camcat, an equipment mainly used in sports game broadcasts that requires high speed and accuracy, perfectly filmed the ski jumpers’ flight moments.
Such a successful movie was born through a moving story that could be sympathized with by the audience, the actors’ enthusiastic performances, and fantastic collaboration of various camera technologies.
74th Edition of The Monday Times (February 21, 2022)
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