Insane flybys and crazy urban dogfights between F-15 and Mig-29 fighter jets: the South Korea's version of "Top Gun"

Aug 24 2012 - 7 Comments

Released on Aug. 15, “Retun to base” (R2B) is a brand new action movie about combat planes and fighter pilots.

The movie (a remake of 1964 title “Red Scarf”) is a sort-of Sotuh Korean version of “Top Gun” featuring T-50 planes of the Black Eagles (the Republic of Korea Airforce Aerobatic Team) and F-15Ks involved in crazy dogfights among the skyscrapers (and below brodges) against enemy North Korean Mig-29s.

Here you can find the plot (and more info about R2B):

Tae-Hoon (Rain) is the youngest member of the elite flight team “Black Eagles,” which consists of Korea’s top combat pilots. Tae-Hoon is gifted pilot, but he is also a troublemaker, filled with curiosity and playfulness. One day, when the team puts on an exhibition at an air show, he ruins the exhibition. Afterwards, Tae-Hoon is kicked out of the “Black Eagles” and transferred to the 21 combat flight unit, which is led by Dae-Seo. Tae-Hoon begins to rely on Dae-Seo like a real older brother. Meanwhile, Tae-Hoon finds himself at odds with Cheol-Hee, who is rigid, and thought of as the best pilot in the 21 combat flight unit. Tae-Hoon prepares to take on Cheol-Hee in a flight contest. Tae-Hoon asks head of maintenance Se-Young (Shin Se-Kyung) for help. Then, up in the sky in Yeouido, an unidentified fighter plane appears, and Tae-Hoon, Dae-Seo, Yoo-Jin and Seok-Hyun must make a sortie…..

And here’s the trailer:

Although Pyongyang will not be much impressed by the movie (this kind of Elephant Walk works better for that) I’m pretty sure many spectators will be amazed (and maybe amused) by some (computer generated) daredevil maneuvers.

H/T to Ugo Crisponi at for the heads-up

  • Oliver Schulz

    looks awesome ! even it’s not real ( planes and acm ) , but still…. bring it on!

  • Noha307

    Okay, the trailer looks cool enough, but gotta ask…
    1. At 0:27 how does he blow the papers off the desk? It looks like the control tower is completely enclosed.
    2. The guns in the aircraft don’t sound anything like 20 mils – more like .50 cals.
    3. Is that a Black Hawk firing guns from the cockpit at 1:17?!?

  • Veng

    So.. its kind of like a live action Ace Combat movie. I kinda wanna see it now :p

  • Jon

    What’s interesting is that pirated copies of this will shortly, via China, be making their way into North Korea. SK culture is increasingly popular there, especially among the youth…

  • Veng

    So I saw it. I was right. If you’ve ever heard of or played the Ace Combat games, this is essentially it in live action form. There is almost zero realistic operations of combat aircraft in this movie…

    that being said, it was a funny South Korean movie with lots of things blowing up and stuff. I particularly enjoyed the awful acting of the American commander with his loud and cliched voice trying to run roughshod over the Koreans. ;) :p

  • Veng

    They showed it at one theatre in my city (Toronto). Presumably because we’re so gosh-darned multicultural! :p

    Seriously though, I could write an essay of every thing they got wrong in that movie about airplanes. What you see in the trailer is just the tip of the iceberg. :p