“Friend 2: The Legacy” will begin screening in US theaters next month around the country. Starring Yoo Oh Sung, Joo Jin Mo and Kim Woo Bin, it was released earlier this month on November 14 in Korea. It is the sequel to the gangster film “Friend,” which was widely popular upon its release in 2001 and became the top grossing movie in South Korea for its time.
The long-awaited sequel to Korea’s cultural phenomenon of 2001, Friend 2: The Legacy opens with LEE Joon-seok (YOO Oh-seong) preparing to complete his 17-year prison sentence for ordering the hit on his best friend turned rival gang boss. Joon-seok still has the affection of the crime boss and is the rightful heir, but must face the reality that the intervening period has significantly eroded his mentor’s health and power as well as his own standing. To regain power he starts to round up his old lieutenants but also turns to his protégé Seong-hoon (KIM Woo-bin), who considers Joon-seok a father-figure for his protection while in prison. Merging gangster wisdom with fresh blood, the two are on track to take over leadership of Busan’s most powerful crime organization – if their bond can survive the knowledge that Joon-seok had a role in the death of Seong-hoon’s father. Exploring the relationships of fathers and sons, Friend 2: The Legacy delivers an enlightening prequel and hard-boiled coda to an iconic gangster film that changed the meaning of the word Friend in Korea.
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