Photos: Golden Village Pictures
Directed and written by Yoo Ha, this South Korean action film is Yoo Ha’s latest instalment that completes his Street Trilogy. GANGNAM BLUES tells the tale of two brother-like orphans who strived to escape poverty but were ultimately forced to go against each other while achieving their dream of becoming wealthy.
The film depicts everyday struggles of people living in Gangnam and traces it development from an ordinary agricultural district to a highly-urbanised and wealthy area in Seoul in his series of films. GANGNAM BLUES, as well as the two previous instalments of the trilogy, was inspired by Yoo Ha’s life while he stayed at the Gangnam district of Seoul in the 1970s.
South Korean heartthrob Lee Min Ho makes his silver screen debut through the film, after being recognised for dishing out some of the most well-liked dramas like Boys Over Flowers and Heirs. The ‘flower-boy’ actor shed the images of his memorable roles and exuded manlier traits in the film as Kim Jong-dae, while veteran actor Kim Rae-won plays Baek Yong-gi, an orphan that Jong-dae befriended.
Set on the backdrop of rampant violence and an increasingly capitalist society, the orphans became brother-like friends and joined the underworld to escape poverty and become rich. The orphans lost contact after Jong-dae was adopted.
Initially, Jong-dae led a simple life with his new family, an ex-gang leader and a younger sister played by girl group AOA’s Seolhyun. However, the hot-blooded teenager, unsatisfied with being poor, joined a new gang against his family’s wishes. Yong-gi, on the other hand, had gained immense power in his gang through his ruthless ways.
In a twist of fate, the orphans met again, but this time as opponents in rival gangs.
Yoo Ha’s central theme of portraying social disparity between the rich and those who live on the fringe of society strings his trilogy as one and GANGNAM BLUES ends the trilogy by accentuating how money inspires violence.
GANGNAM BLUES opens in cinemas on Jan 29, ratings to be advised.
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Date: 26 Jan 2015 (Monday)
Venue: GV Suntec City
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