Kwak Kyung-taek, Yoo Oh-seong, Joo Jin-mo, Kim Woo-bin

From left, director Kwak Kyung-taek, actors Yoo Oh-seong, Joo Jin-mo and Kim Woo-bin pose at the press conference for action film “Friend 2” (translated title), the sequel to 2001 box office smash “Friend,” in Ulsan, Korea on July 11, 2013. [Lotte Entertainment]

The sequel to one of Korea’s most beloved films “Friend” cranked in early May. And it has gained attention with the same famed director Kwak Kyung-taek taking the reigns and Korean rising rookie actor Kim Woo-bin starring in the movie.

A scene of the movie in filming was opened to the media on Thursday, showing character Joon-seok (Yoo Oh-seong) and his underlings carrying the coffin of their boss Hyung-doo.

Afterwards, director Kwak and main actors Yoo Oh-seong, Joo Jin-mo and Kim Woo-bin spoke to the media about their film. Below are excerpts from the press conference regarding Kwak and Kim.


Q. Director Kwak, is there any particular reason you set the movie in Ulsan?

Kwak Kyung-taek: For one thing, a friend recommended Ulsan when I was considering Yangsan and Gimhae. I came here and found this place better than what I expected, so I chose it.


Q. Kim Woo-bin, this is your first main role in a movie. How do you feel?

Kim Woo-bin: Just the thought of it makes my heart flutter since it is my first time to take on a major role in a film. I am honored to work with these two actors. Also, I’ve mostly worked with actors my age so I’m learning a lot from working with senior actors.


Q. How did you practice your fighting scene against Yoo Oh-seong’s character?

Kim: I gained nine kilograms (about 10 pounds) to make my body bigger.


Q. Director Kwak, how did you decide to cast Kim Woo-bin?

Kwak: Frankly speaking, I did not know anything about Kim. But one day, one of my nephews asked me if he could be one of the main characters to my film after he heard that I’m planing on “Friend 2” (translated title). He said Kim is on KBS drama “School 2013” and that he’s popular in his school. I happened to look up his works and profile, and then one of the staff member of my producing team recommended Kim also. So I visited the drama set of “School 2013.” My first impression about Kim was that he is frank. He answered that he hadn’t even read the script I sent. I became interested in him since he looked like he could express a wide range of characters – from a high school student to someone cruel.



Q. Kim, do you think you’ll be able to beat the attention Jang Dong-gun got?

Kim: Hmm.. What do you think reporter? (Laughs) I don’t know. Dong-su and Sung-hoon are different people, so I hope we get loved by viewers in different ways.



Q. Any last words?

Kim: We will be on the screen soon. Please wait for us.


Reporter. Kang Jung Yeon
Editor. Jessica Kim

Courtesy of Lotte Entertainment