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I vaguely remember Kyung-Taek Kwak’s 2001 movie “Friend”. It was a major box office hit in South Korea and went on to become something of a cult flick overseas. It’s been ages since I’ve seen the movie, and honestly, I can’t recall most of it. That’s one of the downside to watching Asian films — unless you own the movie, chances of you stumbling across it again later (like, say, on cable or TV) and refreshing your memory are pretty nil. But from the sounds of it, Kyung-Taek Kwak’s “Friend 2: The Legacy” is a continuation of the first movie.
Take a look at a trailer and some images from the movie below. The sequel was a major hit in South Korea, and the fact that Kyung-Taek Kwak returns to write and direct ensures this isn’t some hack job. Or at least, one hopes.
The sequel of the 2001 film Friend. The gang member Joon-seok is sentenced to 18 years in prison in connection to the death of Dong-soo, his childhood friend and a member of a different gang. Joon-seok meets Dong-soo’s son Sung-hoon in prison, but keeps his relationship with Dong-soo a secret. Joon-seok proposes to Sung-hoon to join forces with him when he’s out of prison in order to grow in power, but the table is turned suddenly when Sung-hoon finds out about the connection between Sung-hoon and his father.
Starring Oh-seong Yu, Jin-mo Ju and Woo-bin Kim.
The film opens in North American theaters this December 13th. Needless to say, this is going to be a pretty limited release, so do check your local listings before running out there to buy your movie tickets.