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The reason “Narco-Saints” Byeon Ki-tae’s “eel dance” was born

Recently, Netflix’s “Narco-Saints” has taken over the small screen and has become a hot topic.

Narco-Saints” depicts an ordinary entrepreneur who has no choice but to risk his life in joining the secret mission of government agents to capture a Korean drug lord operating in Suriname.

Director Yoon Jong-bin, who left numerous masterpieces such as “The Spy Gone North”, “Kundo: Age of the Rampant” and “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time”, took the megaphone.

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Actors Hwang Jung-min, Ha Jung-woo, Park Hae-soo, Jo Woo-jin and Yoo Yeon-seok took on the lead roles and presented fantastic chemistry, increasing viewers’ immersion level.

While receiving favorable reviews saying that there is no scene to miss, viewers are paying attention to the scene where Jo Woo-jin (as Byeon Ki-tae)’s acting particularly stood out.

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A video uploaded on Netflix Korea’s YouTube channel last month showed director Yoon Jong-bin and the cast of “Narco-Saints” sharing stories behind the work.

On this day, the cast mentioned “party scene” as one of the most impressive scenes.

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In this scene, Kang In-gu (played by Ha Jung-woo), Jeon Yo-hwan (played by Hwang Jung-min) and Choi Chang-ho (played by Park Hae-soo) celebrate their partnership.

As it was a party scene, all the actors who appeared in this scene danced lightly to the exciting EDM music.

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At this time, Byeon Ki-tae (played by Jo Woo-jin)’s unique dance caught viewers’ attention at once.

Byeon Ki-tae closed his eyes as if he was immersed in the music and left his body to the rhythm with one arm outstretched in the air.

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The point is that his arm moved stiffly rather than flexibly. The characteristic of this dance is that the upper body and head bob left and right.

Jo Woo-jin introduced the dance, “It’s called the eel dance.” He then talked about why he used an unusual dance.

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He explained, “There were a lot of labor workers from Yanbian, China. I went to karaoke with them once, but one of them danced a strange dance. They were dancing to trot music. I wanted to use that dance someday, so I danced it.”

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What he had experienced before working as an actor was melted into the character, helping him create a more attractive character.

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Director Yoon Jong-bin laughed cheerfully and praised Jo Woo-jin’s sense, “When I saw that dance, I knew the dancing scene had to be focused on Byeon Ki-tae.”

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On the other hand, Jo Woo-jin made his debut in the 1999 play “Last Embrace”. He left a strong impression on the audience with the role of Managing director Jo in the movie “Inside Men” after spending a long time as an unknown actor.

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Afterwards, he appeared in movies “1987: When the Day Comes”, “Money” and dramas “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God”, “Mr. Sunshine”…

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Jo Woo-jin, who had been honing his skills during the unknown period, is presenting a different charm every time by playing various roles, from comical acting, fragile characters to strong characters.

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In particular, Byeon Ki-tae of “Narco-Saints” is being mentioned as another “role of a lifetime” of Jo Woo-jin. He received rave reviews for his impressive acting that made viewers sweat.

Source: Insight

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