‘Gangnam Blues’ Ticket sales ranked top proving high expectation from moviegoers
Actor Lee Min-ho‘s first screen appearance, ‘Gangnam Blues‘ ranked top in ticket sales and proved the high expectation from moviegoers about the film.
According to the integrated electronic system for movie tickets on January 19th, the ticket pre-sale rate of ‘Gangnam Blues‘ in the morning ranked top with its figure 21.9%.
‘Gangnam Blues‘ is the last sequel of the trilogy by director Yoo Haincluding ‘A Dirty Carnival‘ and ‘Once Upon A Time In Highschool‘, which depicts the desire, friendship and betrayal during the development of the Gangnam district in Seoul beginning in the 1970’s.
The film has been drawing much attention with the expectation on the intense violent action scenes by the two actors, Kim Rae-won and Lee Min-ho.
Lee Min-ho talks about ‘Gangnam 1970′ in The STAR’s interview
Korean actor Lee Min-ho is known for playing the role of a wealthy, love-struck heir in popular domestic dramas. It is this image, not the dark brooding one he is soon to unveil, that the star projects on the cover of The Star’s February issue.
In an interview with the self-titled “No. 1 Star & Style” fashion magazine, the 27-year-old heartthrob talked about his role transformation in the upcoming film “Gangnam 1970,” directed by Yoo Ha.
Lee stars as a petty gangster in the noir crime film, in a much-anticipated unfettering of typecast chains. His gritty portrayal of an opportunistic hoodlum is set in Seoul in the 1970s, during the development of the now-affluent Gangnam district.
“I want moviegoers to feel like coming out to the cinema wasn’t a waste of time,” the heartthrob actor confessed.
Waxing slightly lyrical, Lee added that he had younger viewers in mind: “I hope (they) will not be as steeped in uncertainty about their futures as I was. I want to give them the message that they should work hard to better their lives.”
Yet on set, the actor was less introspective as he charmed staff with his smile and sensitive personality. Lee, who won acclaim in romantic dramas like “Boys Over Flowers” and “The Heirs,” is set to make female viewers swoon once more with his steady gaze and all-white outfit in the next issue of the Korean fashion magazine.
On the topic of girls, the actor revealed that he was attracted to women he could “converse well with.” That doesn’t necessarily mean she has to be perfect. “Everyone has their own merits. I think girls who know their strong points and have self-esteem are attractive. I find unexpected weaknesses charming,” the star said.
So it seems Lee, who is soon to appear on screen as a pauper-turned-gangster, is ruled by his soft side. What does he value? “What (you) cherish in (your) heart. The relationship where you can depend on each other, and turn to (one another) for comfort when you’re feeling tired.”
“Gangnam 1970,” starring Lee Min-ho and Kim Rae-won, will open nationwide on Wednesday. The February issue of The Star will hit shelves this Friday.
By Yoon Sarah (email@example.com)
KoBiz interview – Lee Min Ho of Gangnam Blues
After I’ve read some press coverage on Gangnam Blues and finding out that most of them talked about the film in positive light, I felt a bit more secure.
Choosing Gangnam Blues wasn’t a choice I made to change into a manly character or to escape from the idol image I had through previous works. I had always thought I would like to work on a film once I’ve become mature enough. That was when I received the screenplay from director YOO. He waited for me for a year while I finished up taping for The Heirs and I’m thankful that I was able to do my first film with him.
I always clear my schedule a month before any new project. In that time, I refresh myself, both body and soul before starting something new. But afterThe Heirs, I had a lot of schedules in China and felt like I didn’t have enough time to get myself prepared. But once we started shooting, YOO trusted my performance and it worked out.
My character Jong-dae is not a super ambitious character. He wanted a normal life with a family and a house. So while under the skins of Jong-dae, I tried to portray a person who is running towards the better life and trying to run away from the bad times. I wanted to show that he wanted to escape from the present. I personally had some tough years of my own, and I wanted to express it through Jong-dae’s life.
Jong-dae’s piercing stare reminds me of the character you played inPublic Enemy Returns (2008).
Director YOO also told me that he liked my eyes in Public Enemy Returns. During that time, the hungry eyes were very real. But maybe life has become better for me. YOO told me my stare has changed, and I put in a lot of effort to bring back that raw look.
The reason why I have to work so hard is because I need to be responsible. Many fans in Korea and China are waiting for my next work. If I want to be proud in front of my fans, I feel like I should keep on working hard. With Boys over Flowers, I’ve earned a lot of fandom especially from China. There will come a time when I will look back at the past and say, “those were my golden years.” I want to make sure that I won’t regret anything when that day comes.
I was able to act as much as I want, and I feel like I’ve really become an actor. There was a team dinner after finishing Public Enemy Returns. At the gathering, I was amazed by the minds of film professionals and admired them. Through Gangnam Blues, I had the same experience. When the staff members relate to what I felt as a character, we became one through the film. That experience was priceless.
Lee Min Ho to Invite 1970 Fans for ‘Minoz Special Film Screening Event’
Lee Min Ho will be holding a special film screening event for his fans.
With his film Gangnam 1970 about to premiere in Korea, Lee Min Ho prepared a big event for his fans.
On January 24 and 25, Lee Min Ho will be launching Minoz Film Screening Event at the CGV theater in Apgujeong in order to return thanks to the fans who have been waiting for Gangnam 1970. Minoz Film Screening Event will be inviting 1970 fans out of those who apply through Lee Min Ho’s official fan club site (www.minoz.com).
About the reason for holding the event, an affiliate shared, “The event will be launching thanks to
Lee Min Ho’s idea to return love to the fans. We would like to present unforgettable and enjoyable memories for all the participating fans.”
Free movie tickets, popcorn and drinks will be provided for all the fans attending the film screening and specially prepared gift bags will also be given out.
The special film screening, carried out under the title of Back-To 1970, will be hosting various events reenacting the 70’s, which is the time period the movie is based on. In addition, all proceeds gathered from Lee Min Ho’s charity platform PMZ booth set up in the theatre will be donated to Holt Children’s Welfare Organization.
Meanwhile, Gangnam 1970 will depict the desire, friendship and betrayl of two men named Jong Dae (Lee Min Ho) and Yong Gi (Kim Rae Won) surrounding the Gangnam district during 1970’s when Seoul was undergoing rapid development. It is the final piece of director Yoo Ha’s street trilogy, following Once Upon A High School and Dirty Carnival.
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