SF8 (Korean에스 에프 에잇; RREseuepeueit) is a South Korean science fiction anthology television series. It is a movie-drama crossover project between MBC, the Directors Guild of Korea, the OTT platform Wavve and the production company Soo Film.[2] The director's cuts of all episodes were released on Wavve on July 10, 2020 while MBC TV aired one episode a week from August 14 to October 9, 2020.[3]

SF8
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Promotional poster
Hangul에스 에프 에잇
GenreScience fiction
Created byMin Kyu-dong
StarringSee list
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Min Jin-soo
Producer(s)Various
CinematographyVarious
Editor(s)Various
Running time42–58 minutes
Production company(s)Soo Film[1]
DistributorMBC
Release
Original networkMBC TV
Original releaseAugust 14 (2020-08-14) –
October 9, 2020 (2020-10-09)
External links
Website

The series has been regarded as a Korean equivalent of the British series Black Mirror as they have the same format and similar themes, though Min Kyu-dong believes that SF8 is more diversified since eight different filmmakers were involved in the project.[4] SF8 was screened at the 24th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.[5][6]

SynopsisEdit

SF8 revolves around people who dream of a perfect society. It tackles the themes of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, robots, games, fantasy, horror, superpowers and disasters.

Main castEdit

"The Prayer"Edit

"Manxin"Edit

"Joan's Galaxy"Edit

  • Kim Bo-ra as Joan[7]
  • Choi Sung-eun as EO[8]
  • Yoon Jung-hoon as Kyung
  • Kim Joo-ryung as Kim Jung-won

"Blink"Edit

"Baby It’s Over Outside"Edit

"White Crow"Edit

"Love Virtually"Edit

"Empty Body"Edit

EpisodesEdit

No.English titleKorean titleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Prayer"간호중[a]Min Kyu-dongMin Kyu-dong and Kim Ji-heeAugust 14, 2020 (2020-08-14)
2"Manxin"만신[b]Roh DeokHan Boon-ae and Roh DeokAugust 21, 2020 (2020-08-21)
3"Joan's Galaxy"우주인 조안[c]Lee Yoon-jungMoon Joo-hee and Lee Yoon-jungAugust 28, 2020 (2020-08-28)
4"Blink"블링크[d]Han Ka-ramKang SanSeptember 4, 2020 (2020-09-04)
5"Baby It’s Over Outside"일주일 만에 사랑할 순 없다[e]Ahn Gooc-jinHan Boon-aeSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
6"White Crow"하얀까마귀[f]Jang Cheol-sooKang Sun-juSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
7"Love Virtually"증강콩깍지[g]Oh Ki-hwanOh Ki-hwanSeptember 25, 2020 (2020-09-25)
8"Empty Body"인간 증명[h]Kim Ui-seokKim Ui-seok and Lee HannahOctober 9, 2020 (2020-10-09)

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Min Kyu-dong, creator of the series, said that "sci-fi movies were the driving force behind many movie directors' dreams. Unfortunately, due to the relatively high budget and narrow market limitations, various works were not able to be produced." He had been working on this project for two years before he partnered with Wavve and MBC.[15] He also took charge of casting the actors, which lasted for a year.[16]

During a press conference held at CGV Yongsan I'Park Mall in Seoul on July 8, 2020, Min Kyu-dong said that all the episodes were produced with an equal amount of budget and that the overall budget was lower than one of a small commercial film. Roh Deok, who co-wrote and directed the "Manxin" episode, mentioned that "while commercial film productions [...] inevitably limit the directors' freedom as a creator, [they] had more independence in production" and "although there were physical limits, [he] thinks [they] went through the process of discovering what [they] can do inside those boundaries."[17]

FilmingEdit

Eight directors from the Directors Guild of Korea (DGK) each directed an episode from the series.[18] Filming began on February 21, 2020 with Jang Cheol-soo's "White Crow" and ended on May 7 with Kim Ui-seok's "Empty Body".[19] Filming was completed within 10 filming sessions for each episode.[20]

CreditsEdit

Credits adapted from BiFan.[21]

Title Producer Cinematographer Editor Sound Music Production Design
"The Prayer" Park Joon-ho Kang Gook-hyun Jeung Ji-eun Gong Tae-won Kim Joon-sung and Kim Ji-ae Kim Geu-na
"Manxin" Kang Ga-mi Kim Hyun-seok Kim Woo-hyun Lee In-gyu and Sung Yoon-yong Hong Dae-sung Kim Ji-oh
"Joan's Galaxy" Jung Hye-young Yang Hyun-seok Kim Ji-hyun Gong Tae-won Park In-young Ji Hyun-seo and Choi Yoo-re
"Blink" Na Hyun-joon Lee Sung-eun Chung Sang-hyuk Kim Jung-hwan Kim Joon-seok Kim Young-tak
"Baby It’s Over Outside" Lee Yong-soo Park Sung-hoon Park Min-sun Monocon Han Seo-jin and Lee Sung-kyung Hong Joo-hee
"White Crow" Park Jin-sung Kim Goo-young TODA edit Song Seo-deok Kim Ji-ae Choi Yon-shik
"Love Virtually" Park Sun-hye Lee Sung-yong Son Yeon-ji Gong Tae-won Lee Ji-soo Choi Im
"Empty Body" Ahn Soo-yoon Baek Sung-bin Kim Ui-seok Lim Hyun-kyu and Song Seo-deok Sunwoo Jung-a Kim Do-eun

ReleaseEdit

The director's cut was released on the OTT platform Wavve on July 10, 2020 and the original episodes were aired on MBC TV from August 14 to October 9.[22][23]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ganhojung lit. "Nursing"
  2. ^ Mansin lit. "Female Shaman"
  3. ^ Uju-in joan lit. "Astronaut Joan"
  4. ^ Beullingkeu lit. "Blink"
  5. ^ Ilju-il man-e salanghal sun eobsda lit. "You Can't Love in a Week"
  6. ^ Hayankkamagwi lit. "White Crow"
  7. ^ Jeung-gangkongkkagji lit. "Augmented Bean Pod"
  8. ^ Ingan jeungmyeong lit. "Human Proof"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hwang, So-young (April 1, 2020). ""SF8" enters filming stage after casting completes". JTBC Plus. V Live. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Lee, Jae-lim (July 8, 2020). "8 episodes, 8 directors, one brave and bold new concept". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "From Moon So-ri to Hani, Drama and Movie Blending Project "SF8" is Gathering Its Troops". HanCinema. April 1, 2020. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Kwak, Yeon-soo (July 10, 2020). "'SF8' is Korean equivalent of Netflix Original 'Black Mirror'". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  5. ^ Entertainment Team (June 9, 2020). "'SF8', 제24회 BIFAN 초청...다양한 미래 모습들 선보일 8개 에피소드". Hankyung (in Korean). Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Original Sci-Fi Anthology "SF8" Receives Official Invitation to the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival". HanCinema. June 9, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Joo, Seung-hyun (April 2, 2020). "김보라, MBC 'SF8' 시리즈물 '우주인 조안' 출연…미세먼지 재난 이야기". Sedaily (in Korean). Retrieved April 3, 2020.
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  9. ^ Seok, Jae-hyun (March 11, 2020). "Lee Si Young returned to acting scene after 3-year hiatus with "SF8" series". TV Report. V Live. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Seok, Jae-hyun (March 27, 2020). "Ha Joon to co-star with Lee Si Young in series "SF8" (MBC)". TV Report. V Live. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  11. ^ Hwang, So-young (March 11, 2020). "Hani confirms to star in MBC's short film project". JTBC Plus. V Live. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "'UEE' and Choi Si-won Join Hands for "SF8"". HanCinema. April 7, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  13. ^ Hwang, So-young (March 12, 2020). "[단독] 문소리, MBC 'SF8' 시리즈 '인간증명' 주인공". JTBC Plus (in Korean). V Live. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "Jang Yoo-sang Joins "SF8" Episode 'Human Proof'". HanCinema. April 27, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  15. ^ "MBC to Present Sci-Fi Anthology With Film Directors". HanCinema. February 13, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  16. ^ Choi, Ji-won (April 2, 2020). "Film and drama crossover for sci-fi anthology series". The Korea Herald. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  17. ^ Choi, Ji-won (July 8, 2020). "Korean film directors venture for sci-fi anthology with 'SF8'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  18. ^ Cho, Yeon-gyeong (February 13, 2020). "MBC, 영화감독조합 손잡고 영화X드라마 'SF8' 제작 편성[공식]". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  19. ^ Nam, Jung-hyun (May 13, 2020). "영화·드라마 결합 프로젝트 'SF8', 촬영 종료…7월 공개". Newsis (in Korean). News Chosun. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  20. ^ "Movie/drama Crossover "SF8" Stands up to Netflix "Black Mirror"". HanCinema. July 8, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "SF8 in BIFAN". BiFan. Archived from the original on June 18, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  22. ^ Lee, Gyu-lee (July 12, 2020). "SF to romance: diverse genre TV series to hit small screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  23. ^ Yonhap (August 14, 2020). "OTT-TV crossover project series 'SF8' to hit small screen this week". The Korea Times. Retrieved August 14, 2020.

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