‘Gangnam Blues’ tops daily box office

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‘Gangnam Blues’ tops daily box office


Actor Lee Min-ho’s first feature film “Gangnam Blues” topped the daily box office upon its release Wednesday.

According to the Korean Film Council, the action-noir film set in the 1970s opened at 684 theaters nationwide and attracted about 152,500 moviegoers on the first day of its release, pushing aside another hit film, “Ode to My Father.”

Unlike “Ode to My Father,” which is rated PG-12, “Gangnam Blues” is rated R.

In “Gangnam Blues,” Lee plays the role of Jong-dae, an ambitious yet impoverished youth who lives through a time when the nation was under a city redevelopment project.

The film, directed by Yoo Ha, is also the finale of a trilogy that illustrates the history of Gangnam, which has now has become synonymous with wealth.

The other two movies that are part of Yoo’s “Gangnam” trilogy are “Spirit of Jeet Kune Do: Once Upon a Time in High School” (2004) and “A Dirty Carnival” (2006).

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