Actor Son Seok-gu and Choi Hee-seo reunite for the first time in nine years…”Army on the Tree” casting. [Official entrance]
The play “The Army on the Tree,” which conveys the futility of war based on a true story in a terrible history, will kick off on June 20 at the LG Art Center Seoul, U+ Stage.
The play “Army on the Tree” is a co-produced performance by LG Art Center and MP&Company, and is expected to be a lineup of LG Art Center Seoul’s 2023 planned performance “CoMPAS 23.”
The play “Army on the Tree” is based on the true story of two soldiers who survived on a Kazumaru tree for about two years until March 1947 without knowing Japan’s defeat in Okinawa at the end of the Pacific War in April 1945.
In 1945, when the war was in full swing, there were two soldiers who climbed a tall tree to escape the enemy in Okinawa, Japan. Under the tree is full of misery, but the air roots, hard stems, thick branches, and full leaves that stretched wildly toward the ground hid the two soldiers from the chaotic world.
The two soldiers are “correls” from the mainland, who have extensive war experience, and “new soldiers” from Okinawa, who are experiencing war for the first time. During the day, the two look at the enemy’s campsite and secretly descend from the tree at night to begin their life of seeking food. The boss whose cause is important insists that it is shameful to eat enemy food, and the recruits who just want to protect the island, a precious place of life, continue to confront each other and start their own breathless war.
The two soldiers, who hold out on the tree they climbed to live in, with the belief that one day reinforcements will come from the mainland, face human nature frequently due to ensuing conflicts and extreme situations, and have fundamental questions about war.
Based on the true story of a small island northwest of the main island during the Battle of Okinawa, the play “Army on the Tree” sensibly and candidly depicts the ever-changing war in human history on two soldiers on the tree.
Audiences will have diverse approaches and sympathies, including the relationship between the mainland and Okinawa, which was the background of the war, conflict and division, belief and survival, cause and shame, and realize the uselessness of the war.
The production of the play “The Army on the Tree” was directed by Min Sae-rom, who directed the plays “On the Beat,” “Mending the Living,” “Son Le Files,” “Christians,” “My Elenin” and “King of the Fairy.”
Actor Lee Do-yeop, who gave off his aura with charismatic and sensuous performances in the dramas “Police Next to Fire Station,” “Little Ladies,” “Adamas,” “Venus Infer,” “Henri Grandpa and I,” “Destrap,” “Truth X False,” “Security,” and “Honest Candidate.”
The double will be joined by actor Kim Yong-joon, who has traveled to and from stages and media such as the movies “Next So-hee,” “Dream Palace,” “Three Sisters,” “Kim Ji-young,” “The Game: Towards 0 o’clock,” “Confession,” “The Invisible Hand,” “The Fear begins,” and “Yellow Yellow.”
Actor Son Seok-gu will play the role of “Sinbyeong,” who joined the military to protect the island, a precious place of life that was born and raised. He was active in the movies ‘Criminal City 2’, ‘Romance Without Love’, ‘Casino’, ‘My Liberation Diary’ and ‘D.P.’ and directed the movie ‘Unframed-Re-Broadcast’.
Choi Hee-seo was cast for the role of “Woman,” a mysterious creature that tells a story that no one could hear by the side of “Senior” and “SinByeong.”
He starred in the films “Dongju,” “Park Yeol,” “Our Body,” “But Save From Evil,” “Now, We Are Breaking Up,” “Stranger 2” and “Mistress,” and was recognized as an actor and director for the films “Unframed-Bandi.”
Choi Hee-seo and actor Son Seok-gu performed a play together in 2014, raising interest in the play “Army on the Tree,” which the two actors will perform on stage for the first time in nine years.
Tickets for the play “Army on the Tree” will open at the end of March. It will be available from June 20 to August 5 at the U+ Stage at the LG Art Center in Seoul.