November 25, 2022 08:59
Actress Jeon Jong-seo stars in "Bargain," the six-part dystopian thriller released late last month on streaming platform Tving. The series has been drawing a growing number of viewers to the platform through word of mouth.
In a recent media interview, Jeon said she was drawn to the new series by its dystopian theme, which creates situations that reveal the characters' true natures.
"Bargain" revolves around an organ broker, played by Jeon, who pretends to be a teenage prostitute and lures a detective into a trap. But while she is bargaining the price of the man's organs, a devastating earthquake hits the country and they are among a number of people trapped in a building who struggle to get out alive.
"I like dystopian series like 'Walking Dead,' which depicts a world where everyone has to start from zero, no matter how much money they have or how great their career," Jeon said. "It's like everyone's naked and nothing can be hidden."
The structure of the plot resembles a game in which players have to complete quests as they try to climb to the top of a collapsed building step by step. The series immerses viewers in the story by using the "one-take" cinematography technique. With each scene shot in a single take, viewers feel as if they are experiencing each life-threatening situation along with the characters, with murderers and villains right behind them.
"Once the camera started rolling, there was no room for error for about 15 minutes. After each take, all the staff and cast shouted for joy. It was really tough but also exhilarating," she said.
That may explain the way the series has taken viewers by storm. It set a record on the streaming platform for the highest number of viewers in the first week of its release and topped the platform's weekly list for the most paid viewers last week.
It will also be available worldwide through global streaming platform Paramount+ next year.
The series is an adaptation of a 2015 short film of the same name directed by Lee Chung-hyun, who is dating Jeon.
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