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Gangnam Blues (2015)

Gangnam 1970 (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 21 January 2015 (South Korea)
Jong-Dae and Yong-Ki make a living by picking up paper and empty bottles. Both then join different gangster clan and becomes involved in a struggle of political interests over development in Gangnam, Seoul.


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Credited cast:
Min-Ho Lee ... Jong-dae
Rae-won Kim ... Yong-ki
Jin-young Jung ... Gil-su
Ji-Soo Kim ... (as Ji-su Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byung Mo Choi Byung Mo Choi ... Section Chief Moon
Gwi-hwa Choi ... Good-for-nothing 1 of Nam Soon-Chul gang
Jin-ho Choi Jin-ho Choi ... Park Seung-Goo
Kim Dae-Jong Kim Dae-Jong ... Byung-Sam
Hyo-Seob Eom Hyo-Seob Eom ... Kim Jung-Gyu
Jae-young Han Jae-young Han ... Park Chang-Bae
Joo Hee-Joong Joo Hee-Joong ... Kim Choon-Ho's subordinate
Kim Tae Hyun Kim Tae Hyun ... Myungdong gang member near grave
Jang In-ho Jang In-ho ... Myoung-Choon
Hyuk-jin Jang Hyuk-jin Jang ... Junk shop owner
Bae-soo Jeon ... Co. President Gu (as Bae-Su Jeon)


In the 1970s, during the height of political corruption, Gangnam, the southern part of Seoul is starting to be transformed into a developed area. Childhood friends Jong-dae and Yong-ki struggle to get by, until their shanty homes are demolished by local thugs. Desperate for cash, they get involved in violent political clashes, and are separated during one of the skirmishes. Three years later, Jong-dae lives as an honest man with former gang leader Kil-su. Meanwhile, Yong-ki has joined Seoul's most powerful criminal organization, the Myeongdong-pa. As a gangster, Yong-ki is entangled in a high-stakes battle over land in Gangnam, all in the name of putting together secret presidential election funds that drive up the value of the city. As the gangs fight over the rights to various plots of land, Yong-ki is captured and interrogated by a rival gang. The southern part of Stransformed into a developed area. Written by tsheringtashi75

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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As the district of Gangnam development reaches its peak, two childhood friends' friendship is tested as their associated gangs battle to take larger shares of the land.


Action | Drama


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]


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Release Date:

21 January 2015 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangnam Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,022, 8 February 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,022, 8 February 2015
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Girl group 'AOA' member Seol-Hyun Kim's film debut. See more »

Alternate Versions

The uncut version released via iPTV includes the scene where Lee Min-ho takes off his shirt, the idol who turned into talented actress, 'Seolhyun"s beating up scene and the Lee Min-ho and Kim Rae-won's ragpicker scene, apart from Kim Rae-won and Lee Yeon-doo's sensational uncut bed scene. See more »

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Boring gangster flick
27 March 2015 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

I gotta admit, the last reviewer was pretty much spot on with his/her own complaints about this movie. To sum it all up, it really is a pretetious cheap movie that really isn't worth seeing and is basically a waste of time. It's no wonder why Hyun Bin would turn down the offer to play a role as the protagonist in this movie. The movie is so bad, that no one except the women that have nude scenes put any effort into it. All the other actors just didn't seem to care and the acting goes from mundane to just awful. Sure, being a a dark underworld of the 70's era can change people. But it's another thing when the actors just didn't seem to care. The editing is bland and there just isn't any hook to the story what so ever. What this movie shows, is just manipulative gangsters and sleezy corrupt politicians trying to use one another. Which is fine when it comes to a movie form, but it's all so boring and most scenes just didn't seem necessary. I was expecting a good era film with gangster elements, but got a cheap knock off. The fact that there wasn't a single character I could get even slightest bit attached to doesn't help the score either.


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