Netflix's 'Space Sweepers' Ending Explained: Will Kim Tae-ho find his daughter? He must pay $200K to locate her
Netflix’s ‘Space Sweepers’ stars an ensemble cast featuring Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Sun-kyun, Yoo Hae-jin and Richard Armitage in never-seen-before roles in the Korean film industry
Spoilers for 'Space Sweepers'
South Korean film industry has received international recognition in recent years after the release of movies like ‘Train to Busan’, ‘Parasite’ and ‘The Burning’. With Netflix’s ‘Space Sweepers’, the Korean industry has now entered into a whole new phase where in the years to come, we might see something similar to ‘Star Wars’ or ‘The Mandalorian’, being made in the South Korean entertainment industry.
Netflix’s ‘Space Sweepers’ stars an ensemble cast featuring Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Sun-kyun, Yoo Hae-jin and Richard Armitage in never-seen-before roles in the Korean film industry. As earlier stated, ‘Space Sweepers’ director Jo Sung-hee got the idea almost ten years ago when he heard about space junk from his friend. What started with a mere discussion, materialized into something bigger, something that can change the Korean industry for good.
Will Kim Tae Ho ever finds his daughter?
In ‘Space Sweepers’, we see Song Joong-ki playing Kim Tae-ho, an ex-military man who used to kill immigrants entering space. In one of his earlier days, he encounters a girl and decides to adopt her. After the young girl enters his life, he focuses on a different aspect of life, resulting in him getting fired from his job. In the quest to earn money, he starts gambling and eventually loses the girl in an accident. When he goes to a company that locates the lost people using the DNA and nanobots, he learns that he has to pay almost $200,000 upfront in the next three years, else he will forever lose his daughter. He joins the Victory space ship that already has Captain Jang (Kim Tae-ri), Tiger Park (Jin Sun-kyun), and a robot Bubs (Yoo Hae-jin). Together, they try to find space debris and sell them in the local market to earn some money.
In one of their quests, they find a humanoid robot named Dorothy (Park Ye-rin), who is projected as a living-Hydrogen bomb by Sullivan (Richard Armitage) -- a 152-year-old scientist who claims that Earth is now completely inhabitable and wishes to colonize Mars using a special tree that will power the entire planet.
The crew members from Victory first decide to handover Dorothy to a vigilante group, Black Fox, who had previously kidnapped her. But things quickly slip right in front of them when Sullivan's people barged in and take away the young girl. We quickly learn that Dorothy is not a robot but is a human who has nanobots implanted in her by her father, who leads the Black Fox group.
After the army attacks the Black Fox and takes away Dorothy, we see Sullivan paying $4 million to Tae-ho so he can go and find his lost daughter. However, Tae-ho now has a change of heart and he joins his crew members to bring Dorothy back to them. As we enter the third act of the movie, we learn Sullivan’s gruesome plan to kill all the humans living on planet Earth. Tae-ho and his team members from Victory now find a way to end Sullivan’s capitalistic ideas and save the entire human race.
In the final scenes, we learn how Dorothy helps Tae-ho locate his daughter, but since three years have now passed, Tae-ho’s daughter has sadly left their orbit.
While talking about ‘Space Sweepers’ and his character Tae Ho, Joong-ki told Soompi that “My personal feelings were similar when I was portraying Tae Ho. Tae Ho had gone through many ups and downs and was feeling desperate, but I thought of him as someone who, after meeting his crew, was able to grab the threads of his life while gaining courage and determination.”