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Lee Min-ho proves mettle on big screen
Lee Min-ho proves mettle on big screen - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
"Gangnam 1970" is showing signs of becoming a megahit in the local market bringing in nearly 300,000 moviegoers in two days.

According to industry data, nearly 130,000 people went to see Lee Min-ho's new movie on Thursday - the second day since its release -? to push up the total to 292,114.

The R-rated movie follows the lives of Lee Min-ho's Kim Jong-dae and Kim Rae-won's Baek Yong-ki.

The two are poor kids-turned-gangsters who hope to ride the waves of real estate development to the big time.

The movie, however, does not focus on the glamour of the rapid development of Korea in the 1970s but sheds light on the dark side of development driven by profit.

The movie has been the focus of much media attention in the run up to its release fueled in part by Lee and Kim, and in part by the director's gritty take on reality as well as his uniquely realistic action scenes.

Aided by the hype, the movie clinched first place in advance ticket sales on Tuesday morning, according to data from the Korea Film Council.

On the day before the release, the movie carved up nearly 24 per cent of the total ticket bookings in Korea, outpacing "Ode to My Father" (15.8 per cent).
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Lee Min-ho gains 26 million followers on Weibo
Lee Min-ho gains 26 million followers on Weibo - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
Hallyu star Lee Min-ho’s followers on Chinese microblogging site Weibo hit 26 million on Saturday, reflecting his surging popularity in China.

The-27-year-old heartthrob’s Weibo followers hit the mark after he shared a photo of his big-screen debut film “Gangnam 1970” on Saturday, outpacing top-rated Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (21.7 million).

Lee’s followers on Weibo already surpassed 20 million in March last year and have been gradually increasing.

Notably, the number of followers spiked after the premiere of his film noir “Gangnam 1970” released in Korea on Jan.21.

Chinese news outlets have attributed the increase to the Chinese fan’s anticipation toward his new film.

Meanwhile, “Gangnam 1970” is close to notching up 1 million viewers nationwide since its release.

By Hong Hye-jin (honghyejin@heraldcorps.com)


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‘Gangnam 1970’ rakes in $7.6M in South Korea
‘Gangnam 1970’ rakes in $7.6M in South Korea  - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
by Jonathan M. Hicap
January 26, 2015

Lee Min Ho’s drawing power was made evident at the South Korean box-office recently with “Gangnam 1970” earning $7.62 million (about P335.94 million), surpassing 1 million in total admissions in just five days based on data from the Korean Film Council.

“Gangnam 1970,” which stars Min Ho along with Kim Rae Won, debuted at No. 1 on Jan. 21, raking in $1.09 million (P48.42 million) with 152,573 in attendance from 684 screens, eking 31.6 percent of the day’s revenue share.

Sales jumped from Jan. 23 to 25 as the film accumulated $5,517,376 (P242.96 million) in earnings.

Its nearest competitor is the Walt Disney animation film “Big Hero 6,” which has earned $6.34 million (about P279 million) at the Korean box office.

The premiere of “Gangnam 1970” drew a slew of stars, among them were Kim Woo Bin, miss A’s Suzy, CNBLUE’s Minhyuk and Jonghyun, Kim Bum, Jung Il Woo and Ji Jin Hee.

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Lee Min Ho talks violence, poverty, pressure on ‘Gangnam 1970’
Lee Min Ho talks violence, poverty, pressure on ‘Gangnam 1970’  - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
Actor Lee Min-ho talked about playing an impoverished orphan-turned-mobster in the upcoming “Gangnam 1970,” a noir action film depicting the tumultuous history of real estate development behind Seoul‘s now most famous district.

“I haven’t really played a lot of impoverished characters,” the actor commented during a news conference on Tuesday. “Mostly I’m depicted as that guy from a really rich family, so I doubt audiences will be able to immediately adjust to my character. But I just hope that people will be curious to see the transformation.”

Ridden with bloodshed and brutal murder scenes, “Gangnam 1970” portrays two brothers’ struggles amid sociopolitical turmoil and corruption of the 1970s in South Korea.

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“I think there is a sense of violence deep inside all human beings,” the actor answered when asked about his numerous fight sequences. “Playing this role, it was the first time I had to tap into my own inner cruelty. It was definitely mentally grueling.”

Well known for roles in hit series “The Heirs” and “City Hunter,” Lee focused primarily on TV roles prior to this movie.

“It is my first time playing a lead on the big screen,” he comments. “I think TV acting and film acting are two quite different processes, so I tried to rid myself of my past acting habits.”

While Lee has performed minor roles in such movies as “Public Enemy Returns” and “Our School’s E.T.,” it is his first time taking the lead.

“Rather than trying too hard, I tried to relax and focus on portraying the character,” Lee answered when asked about the pressures of playing the central protagonist.

Lee also commented on the family-like atmosphere of the crew on set.

“I’m a pretty good judge of character. When I see someone for the first time, I can usually size them up -- tell whether they’re nice people and so on. And the whole cast for our movie, as soon as I met them, I just felt like they were good people. Actor Jung Jin-young, for example, I called him ‘dad’ on set. I’ve been a big admirer of actor Kim Rae-won since a long time ago, as I’ve told him several times. That made for a pleasant filming experience.”

“Gangnam 1970,” directed by Yoo Ha and starring actors Lee Min-ho, Kim Rae-won and Jung Jin-young and girl group AOA member Kim Seol-hyun will open in local theaters on Jan. 21.

By Rumy Doo (bigbird@heraldcorp.com)
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Lee Min Ho Talks about His New Movie, Sunbae Kim Rae Won, and Plans for 2015 in Interview
Lee Min Ho Talks about His New Movie, Sunbae Kim Rae Won, and Plans for 2015 in Interview  - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
In an interview with Star News, Lee Min Ho talked about his new movie “Gangnam 1970,” life as an actor, and plans for this year.

During the interview, Lee Min Ho expressed that he had a hard time synchronizing with his role for the new movie, and had to work extra hard in order to become Jong Dae, his character in “Gangnam 1970.” When asked what the director wanted from him in the movie, he replied, “He kept on telling me my face looks too good, meaning that it looked too [well taken care of] for the movie’s setting. So even when I wasn’t on set, I tried to have negative thoughts. I didn’t even put lotion on or look at a mirror in order to look [unwell]. After the filming was over, I actually heard from others that my face looked [unhealthy].”
About his co-star Kim Rae Won, he said, “Sunbae Kim Rae Won was in the same management company as me the first time I got into an agency. So I knew him since I was a child. There wasn’t any kind of competition. Sunbae never told me to act a certain way [since he’s the senior]. After sharing his thoughts with me, he always asked for my opinion.”

The interviewer also asked him if fame had changed him after becoming a Hallyu star. He answered, “I think I changed. People change depending on the environment they’re in. I used to go play [computer games] and go to billiards with my friends [every day], but I can’t do that anymore. If someone asks me whether I’ve changed, I tend to [admit that I did] coolly. But I wasn’t told by anyone yet that my personality changed. If someone tells me that, I would be pretty upset.”

He ended the interview by sharing his plans for 2015. About how busy he will be this year, he commented, “I want to work all year without taking any breaks. I want to work a lot in my 20’s. [For this year] I’m hoping to be in one movie and one drama. Like sunbae Kim Rae Won’s character from drama “Rooftop Room Cat,” I want to play a person who’s unemployed in their 20’s. For a movie, I would like to be in a big-scale film made for entertainment. A love story with a good message would be okay too.”

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http://www.soompi.com/2015/01/14/lee-min-ho-talks-about-his-new-movie-sunbae-kim-rae-won-and-plans-for-2015-in-interview/
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‘Gangnam Blues’ Lee Min-ho says Jong-dae is man of desire
 ‘Gangnam Blues’ Lee Min-ho says Jong-dae is man of desire - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
‘Gangnam Blues’ Lee Min-ho says Jong-dae is man of desire
Posted by: Veronica Choi , January 13, 2015

A premier of the movie ‘Gangnam Blues’ was held on January 13th 1at Wangsimni CGV theather in hang-dang dong, Seong-dong gu, Seoul.

Actor Lee Min-ho confessed an episode of having a hard time shooting a cruel scene.

“I understand that everyone can be violent at times. It’s a matter of controlling your violence, with reason. When I was filming this movie, I tried to expressed my inner violence and cruelty for the first time in my life.” He said.

“I would have to say that it was not easy, even when I was not working. It was mentally devastated and exhausted, as I had to follow the atmosphere and take it in.” He confessed.

Lee Min-ho’s relaxed smile during the premier

To the question asking about the senior actors, “When I meet someone in person, I tend to study that person by his or her first impression. When I met all the senior actors of ‘Gangnam Blues’, all of them were so nice and warm, they made me feel so comfortable. It was grateful.” Lee said. “I called Jeong Jin-young sunbaenim(senior), father from the first day I met him. I have always admired Kim Rae-won sunbaenim. I was able to shoot well, thanks to them.”

About his role in the movie, Lee min-ho said, “I had to get a clue from the present instead. I tried to understand how it is to struggle to make a living by sewing, and to be responsible for supporting a family at that time. Director Yu put it out into a story and came with a good result.” He expressed his gratitude for Director Yu Ha.

The movie ‘Gangnam Blues’ will hit the theaters from January 21st.

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http://www.getitk.com/%EC%9D%B4%EB%AF%BC%ED%98%B8-3/?lang=en
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‘Gangnam Blues’ No more pin-up boy! Lee Min-ho proves he’s action star
 ‘Gangnam Blues’ No more pin-up boy! Lee Min-ho proves he’s action star - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
A premier of the movie ‘Gangnam Blues’ was held on January 13th 1at Wangsimni CGV theather in hang-dang dong, Seong-dong gu, Seoul. The actors Lee Min-ho, Kim Rae-won, Jeong Jin-young, Kim Seol-hyun and Director Yu Ha participated in the event.

The leading actor Lee Min-ho played the role of Kim Jong-dae.

The theater was crowded with reporters and photographers to cover the premier.

To the question asking whether there wasn’t anything tough while the shooting, Lee Min-ho said, “This is my first movie as the leading role. There sure is a difference between doing a drama and a movie.” He continued, “That is why I tried to focus on not maintaining my acting style, or habits that I had when I was doing a drama.

He expressed his gratitude toward Director Yu as well. “I just wanted to describe my role, Jong-dae. Director Yu helped me a lot to act naturally.”

In the movie, there is no more pin-up boy image of Lee Min-ho. “I have never played the role of a person who’s poor, or short of money. My role was always born from a rich family. I don’t think anyone could ever think of me as a junkman. I hope the viewers take it as ‘Actor Lee Min-ho’s challenge’ and show full support and interest.

The movie ‘Gangnam Blues’ will be on the big screen from January 21st.

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http://www.getitk.com/%EC%9D%B4%EB%AF%BC%ED%98%B8-5/?lang=en
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AOA′s Seolhyun is Thankful to Lee Min Ho for Making Her Comfortable Filming ′Gangnam 1970′
AOA′s Seolhyun is Thankful to Lee Min Ho for Making Her Comfortable Filming ′Gangnam 1970′  - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
J E&M enewsWorld An So Hyoun Translation Credit : Grace Danbi Hong

Singer-turned-actress, Seolhyun sent her gratitude towards Lee Min Ho.

On January 13, the film Gangnam 1970 held a press screening at the CGV theaters in Wangsimni, where AOA′s Seolhyun shared, "It was my first time filming a movie. Because it was the first time, there were many difficult and tiring parts."


In the film, she plays Sun Ae, the daughter of Gil Soo (Jung Jin Young), a former middle boss. She becomes close with Jong Dae (Lee Min Ho), who is brought to their household by Gil Soo one day, and receives much love.

"Lee Min Ho sunbaenim took really good care of me and helped me a lot," said Seolhyun. "Since it was my first time, I was especially nervous, but he helped get rid of a lot of the nervousness. Lee Min Ho, Jung Jin Young, and all the staff helped me a lot and I was able to film well."

Regarding her debut to the bigscreen, she added, "I can′t really believe that I′m coming out on screen. I′m happy that my first movie ended well. I′m happy to be able to sing and be on the bigscreen as an actress."

Meanwhile, Gangnam 1970 is a movie about the desire, loyalty, and betrayal of two men, Jong Dae (Lee Min Ho) and Yong Gi (Kim Rae Won), during 1970s when Seoul was going through rapid development. This is the final piece of director Yoo Ha’s street trilogy as well as Lee Min Ho′s first movie.

The film premieres January 21.

credits: J E&M enewsWorld An So Hyoun Translation Credit : Grace Danbi Hong

Singer-turned-actress, Seolhyun sent her gratitude towards Lee Min Ho.

On January 13, the film Gangnam 1970 held a press screening at the CGV theaters in Wangsimni, where AOA′s Seolhyun shared, "It was my first time filming a movie. Because it was the first time, there were many difficult and tiring parts."


In the film, she plays Sun Ae, the daughter of Gil Soo (Jung Jin Young), a former middle boss. She becomes close with Jong Dae (Lee Min Ho), who is brought to their household by Gil Soo one day, and receives much love.

"Lee Min Ho sunbaenim took really good care of me and helped me a lot," said Seolhyun. "Since it was my first time, I was especially nervous, but he helped get rid of a lot of the nervousness. Lee Min Ho, Jung Jin Young, and all the staff helped me a lot and I was able to film well."

Regarding her debut to the bigscreen, she added, "I can′t really believe that I′m coming out on screen. I′m happy that my first movie ended well. I′m happy to be able to sing and be on the bigscreen as an actress."

Meanwhile, Gangnam 1970 is a movie about the desire, loyalty, and betrayal of two men, Jong Dae (Lee Min Ho) and Yong Gi (Kim Rae Won), during 1970s when Seoul was going through rapid development. This is the final piece of director Yoo Ha’s street trilogy as well as Lee Min Ho′s first movie.

The film premieres January 21.


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‘Gangnam 1970’ Director Edited Out Lee Min Ho and Kim Ji Soo’s Bed Scene
‘Gangnam 1970’ Director Edited Out Lee Min Ho and Kim Ji Soo’s Bed Scene  - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
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Although a bed scene was filmed, director Yoo Ha shared that he edited it out of Gangnam 1970.

On January 13, the film Gangnam 1970 held a press screening at the CGV theaters in Wangsimni, where Yoo Ha shared that he edited out the bed scene between Lee Min Ho and special cameo, Kim Ji Soo.

“Jong Dae (Lee Min Ho) has feelings for Gil Soo (Jung Jin Young)’s daughter Sun Hae (AOA’s Seolhyun), but the moment he lets his feelings out, that’s when the family will break, so he keeps those feelings inside,” explained Yoo Ha. He explained that Jong Dae decides to approach Gangnam real estate speculator, Madam Min (Kim Ji Soo) to fulfill his desires.

“The two actually had a bed scene together, but in regards to the movie’s transition, it didn’t feel needed, so I took it out.”

Meanwhile, Gangnam 1970 is a movie about the desire, loyalty, and betrayal of two men, Jong Dae (Lee Min Ho) and Yong Gi (Kim Rae Won), during 1970s when Seoul was going through rapid development. This is the final piece of director Yoo Ha’s street trilogy as well as Lee Min Ho′s first movie.

The film premieres January 21.

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‘Gangnam 1970′ reveals character poster of Lee Min Ho and Kim Rae Won
‘Gangnam 1970′ reveals character poster of Lee Min Ho and Kim Rae Won - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
The production company behind upcoming South Korean movie ‘Gangnam 1970‘ which is headlined by Lee Min Ho and Kim Rae Won, has today released a third movie poster featuring the two charismatic actors.

‘Gangnam 1970′ is directed by Yu Ha, and is deemed as the final chapter of a trilogy by the director, after ‘Once Upon a Time in High School’ and ‘A Dirty Carnival.’ The movie is set in the 1970s, where Gangnam, Seoul goes under development, and tells the story of desires, loyalty, and betrayal between two men.

In the brand new poster, Jong Dae (Lee Min Ho) and Yong Ki (Kim Rae Won) appear in close-ups, which vividly captured their expression of fighting for their lives in order to survive. Their sharp gaze and strong aura definitely shone in the poster, and drew much attention from fans.

Lee Min Ho plays the role of Jong Dae who knows nothing except fighting, and fights his way to the top, while Kim Rae Won plays Yong Ki who will stop at nothing to realize his burning ambition to be the one man above all.

‘Gangnam 1970′ will open in cinemas across South Korea on January 21st.

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Lee Min Ho's 'Gangnam Blues' Character Made Him Sad
Lee Min Ho's 'Gangnam Blues' Character Made Him Sad  - Lee Minho Philippines - leeminhoph.com
Lee Min Ho has played tortured characters before. In "City Hunter" he plays a man who discovers his life's mission might be a mistake. In "Faith: The Great Doctor" he falls for a woman from another time. And even in "The Heirs" he plays a young man troubled by the behavior of his very unhappy family.

But the character he played in "Gangnam 1970" also known as "Gangnam Blues" lived such a desperate life that it made him sad.

In an interview with Korean media outlet Joongang Daily, he spoke about how his character Jong Dae placed his concern for others above his own."What Jong Dae wants for his life is not his own happiness," said Lee Min Ho. "Instead he wants to make other people happy."

That includes the man who is a father figure to him, the woman who is like a sister to him and his best friend, played by Kim Rae Won.

Wanting to provide for others places Jong Dae in some compromising situations.

"To provide a better life for the people he loves, he lives fiercely," said Lee Min Ho. "He becomes a gangster and struggles to acquire his own land in Gangnam for this reason."

The film takes place in the 1970s when Gangnam was not the fashionable neighborhood it is today. Gangsters did what they could to acquire land. That included physical violence and coercing politicians to help them.

Even though Lee Min Ho described his character Jong Dae as a "good-hearted gangster," he admits that it was not easy to play him.

"I used to become frequently upset when I first played Jong Dae. The situation pushes him to choose not what he really wants-to live with his loved ones without worries- which frustrated me. I was depressed when I acted out these scenes. I felt sad and feel sympathy for him even now."

When asked if he ever wanted anything as badly as Jong Dae, he spoke about the accident he had in 2006 when he was a college student. His friend and fellow actor Jung Il Woo was also in that accident. When he was recovering doctors wondered if he would ever walk again. While lying in bed he knew that he wanted to perform more than anything. Fortunately, he did not have to become a gangster to accomplish that goal.

It was not director Yoo Ha's original intention to even cast Lee Min Ho in the film. At a press conference for the film, he admits that he was brainwashed. "My wife is a huge fan of Lee Min Ho. At one point, after being pestered for two years, I came to accept that it was my fate to work with Lee Min Ho."

And he's not sorry.

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http://www.kdramastars.com/articles/67622/20150112/lee-min-hos-gangnam-blues-character-made-him-sad.htm
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