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Waikiki Brothers

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Director  Yim Soon-rye
Music director  Choi Sun-Sik
Country  South Korea
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Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Yim Soon-rye
Writer  Soonrye Yim
Language  Korean
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Release date  October 27, 2001 (2001-10-27)
Cast  Eol Lee, Hwang Jeong-Min, Oh Gwang-Rok, Ji-hye Oh, Ryoo Seung-Bum, Park Hae-Il
Similar movies  Related Yim Soon-rye movies

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Waikiki Brothers is a 2001 South Korean film, set in the 1980s, about a group of high school friends who form a band. It was the opening film of the 2001 Jeonju International Film Festival.

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Waikiki Brothers is a band going nowhere. After another depressing gig, the saxophonist quits, leaving the three remaining members - lead singer and guitarist Sung-woo (Lee Eol), keyboardist Jung-seok (Park Won-sang), and drummer Kang-soo (Hwang Jung-min), to continue on the road. The band ends up at Sung-woo's hometown, Suanbo, which was a popular hot spring resort in the '80s. The main resort now is the Waikiki Hotel, and their gig at the hotel nightclub starts well, until Jung-seok and Kang-soo start to play out their worst vices. For Sung-woo, the calm center of the band, the return home is filled with reservations of disappointments and a lost love. He reunites with his old high school friends, the original Waikiki Brothers, and finds them far from happy. He runs into In-hee (Oh Ji-hye), his unrequited first love. Now widowed, she seems desperate to try their relationship again. Sung-woo also runs into his old music teacher, Byung-joo, and tries to help him get work. But the band is fired from the nightclub and Sung-woo is forced to perform in karaoke bars. And, then, tragedy strikes when his high school classmate Soo-chul dies in an accident.


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  • Lee Eol - Sung-woo
  • Park Won-sang - Jung-seok
  • Hwang Jung-min - Kang-soo
  • Oh Kwang-rok - Hyun-gu
  • Oh Ji-hye - In-hee
  • Ryoo Seung-bum - Gi-tae
  • Park Hae-il - young Sung-woo
  • Kim Jong-eon - young Soo-chul
  • Jung Dae-yong - Min-soo
  • Moon Hye-won - young In-hee
  • Joo Jin-mo - man selling items at rest area
  • Lee Dong-yong - Busan bum 1
  • Lee Min-ho - young In-ki
  • Lee Bong-kyu - manager
  • Han Ki-joong - Min-soo
  • Critical reception

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    Cine21 film critic Shim Young-seop said, "You can see how much (director) Im feels attached to the world. Though the characters are deceived by reality, they cannot hate the world; they still love it. Small-budgeted but artistic films such as Waikiki Brothers, films that depict modern ordinary Koreans as they truly are, those are the best movies and the most authentically Korean."


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    In 2004, it inspired a musical titled Go! Waikiki Brothers starring North Korean defector Kim Young-un, which also performed in Los Angeles in 2006.

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