R2B: Return to Base

R2B: Return to Base

A scene from R2B: RETURN TO BASE, a film directed by Kim Dong-won. Picture courtes CJ Entertainment. All rights reserved.

R2B: Return to Base

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  • Pocket Film

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R2B: Return to Base (2012)

Also Known As: Soar Into the Sun

Opened: 08/24/2012 Limited

CGV Cinemas08/24/2012 - 09/20/201228 days
AMC Empire 2508/24/2012 - 08/30/20127 days

Trailer: Click for trailer

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Genre: South Korean Action/Drama (Korean w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


They have 7 minutes to pull off the biggest airborne mission in history. South Korean Air Force pilot Tae-hun is kicked out of his elite show team the Black Eagles and demoted into a combat unit after pulling a dangerous stunt at the air show. On the first day of his transfer to Squad 20, he has a run-in with Cheol-hui, the unit's leader. Tae-hun's rebellious swagger and Cheol-hui's buttoned down discipline come into conflict almost immediately. Nonetheless, Tae-hun easily befriends the rest of his new squad, including ace mechanic Se-yeong, whom he immediately falls for. Tae-hun sets his sights on winning the annual Air Force flying competition to topple Cheol-hui, impress Se-yeong, and get back to his beloved Black Eagles.

One day, a routine reconnaissance mission for the squad is upturned when an enemy North Korean jet enters South Korean airspace signaling a desire to defect but ending in the untimely death of a team member and the disappearance of another behind enemy lines. Tae-hun and Cheol-hui are tapped to lead a daring and unsanctioned mission to rescue their man down in the DMZ and avert a nuclear disaster! 7 minutes will be all they have to complete the impossible R2B mission!

The Making of R2B: Return to Base

From its pre-production stages, R2B: RETURN TO BASE was a project determined to push the boundaries of Korean cinema. While flight action films are a familiar thing in Hollywood, they have been nearly nonexistent in Korean cinema due to the difficulty and degree of perfection they require to shoot at high altitudes. In many ways, "R2B" came about through the production staff's sheer determination to create a convincing aerial action film set in South Korea. With the help of R.O.K. air forces, aerial shooting took place at altitudes of 7.5 km to 13,000 km. To ensure R2B: RETURN TO BASE captured the most vivid high-speed shots of F-15K and TA-50 jets in the film, the Korean production staff turned to the aerial camera team used for films like INCEPTION, IRON MAN and the TRANSFORMERS series - Wolfe Air Aviation. Following production, it took nearly 10 months in post-production to perfect these aerial scenes.