“Friend,” by top Korean director Kwak Kyung-taek in 2001, was one of the most popular films of the year and is still remembered by many. Every guy that watched the movie imitated the strong Busan dialect that its main characters played by several top actors including Jang Dong-gun and Yoo Oh-seong spoke in. Hence it is only natural that fans have been looking forward to its sequel ever since talk of it came about a few years ago.
Now in filming since early May, the set to “Friend 2″ (translated title), in the southern city of Ulsan, was opened to the media on Thursday. The movie had gained further attention with Yoo reuniting with Kwak and rising star Kim Woo-bin from drama “School 2013″ having been cast as one of the main characters.
The scene revealed to the media was of character Joon-seok (Yoo) and his underlings carrying the coffin of their boss Hyung-doo. Filming took place at an actual funeral ceremonial site, which however, did little to dampen the mood of the actors and crew who were cheerful. But when the director said, “Action,” all went quiet and the actors carried the coffin with solemn and sad eyes.
It was a simple scene, with none of the actors having any lines to say, but it took four rehearsals and six retakes to satisfy the famed director to move onto the next.
After that came Kim’s scene where he walks out of a car and into the funeral ceremonial building. He too did not have any lines to say but pulled off his scene with charisma.
The first film had centered on four childhood friends living and growing up in Busan together. Then two of them go to college but Joon-seok (Yoo) assumed his father’s role as a crime lord who works under Hyung-doo, and Dong-su (Jang Dong-gun) also became a mobster of an organization that is rivals with Joon-seok’s organization. The movie ended with Joon-seok going to trial for Dong-su’s murder.
The sequel will center on Joon-seok released from prison 17 years later and Kim plays the son of Dong-su.
Director Kwak has said the movie is expected to crank out next month.
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