‘Friend 2: The Legacy’ which stars Yoo Oh Sung, Joo Jin Mo and Kim Woo Bin, was released in Korea on November 14th.
The story picks up where Korea’s cultural phenomenon of 2001, ‘Friend‘, left off. In ‘Friends 2: The Legacy’, the story picks up with LEE Joon-seok (YOO Oh-seong) preparing to complete his 17-year prison after issuing a hit on his once best friend and now rival gang boss. As the rightful heir, Joon-seok has no other choice but to face the reality that the state of which things have become significantly eroded his mentor’s health and power along with his own standing.
As a way regain what was rightfully his he begins to collect his old lieutenants but soon turns to his protégé, Seong-hoon (KIM Woo-bin), a boy he takes under his wing at the request of his mother. Seong-hoon looks to Joon-seok as a father-figure for his protection during his stay in prison. The two are ready to take over leadership of Busan’s most powerful crime organization. Seong-hoon learns that Joon-seok had a role in the death of Seong-hoon’s father, jeopardizing their bond.
The film steers as it explores the father and son relationship. ‘Friend 2: The Legacy’ surely represents that hard-boiled coda to an iconic gangster film that changed the meaning of the word “Friend” in Korea.
Take a look at the teaser below.
THE RETURN OF THE FRIEND SYNDROME
After making two movies that didn’t quite sky rocket to fame, Director Kwak Kyung-taek made a film about 4 childhood friends and their lives as a reflection of his own experiences growing up in Busan. This film was action packed, R-rated and full of violence, and yet, his movie for ‘Friends’ became one of the biggest domestic movies of all time in Korea. There were over 8.2 million admission counted and a surge of what is called, “Friend Syndrome”, which in turn, brought Director Kwak’s cinema skills into the spotlight he deserves.
Just 12 years after the amazing movie was released, Director Kwak is at it again with a sequel, “Friend 2: The Legacy.” He says that the story for this movie came to him on his way traveling to the Busan International Film Festival a few years ago. His epiphany lead him to write almost the entire script during the festival. It is said that “Friends 2” gives way to a richer picture of the two main protagonists of the original film. Having proven it’s immediate success, “Friends 2” quenches the audience’s thirst about the characters while issuing a new point of view in history of gangster film-dom.
Catch the show times December 13th at these theaters!
Los Angeles CGV Cinemas
(621 S. Western Ave, Los Angels, CA 90005)
San Jose AMC Cupertino
(10123 N Wolfe Rd #300, Cupertino, CA 95014)
New York Bay Terrace
(211-01 26th Ave, Flushing, NY 11360)
Chicago Showplace Niles
(301 Golf Mill Center, Niles, IL 60714)
Atlanta AMC Colonial
(825 Lawrenceville Suwanee RD, Lawrenceville, GA 30043)
Dallas AMC Grapevine Mills
(3150 Grapevine MIlls Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051)
Source:Official ‘Friend‘ Website
Article by: Izzy
Edited by: Alona
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