Waikiki Brothers
South Korea / 2001 / 109 min
In Korean with English subtitles
Busan International Film Festival
Opening Film, Jeonju International Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival

Considered by many to be Yim Soon-rye’s most representative work, Waikiki Brothers earned critical acclaim and a cult following for its bittersweet and naturalistic portrait of a traveling band on its last legs. The Waikiki Brothers land a gig in frontman Sung-woo’s hometown where he first started his musical journey. There, he reunites with old friends and a past crush, and learns that they’re all not doing well. Circumstances take a turn for the worse when his troubled bandmates succumb to vices. Yim’s acute depiction of the hardships and disillusions of growing up — not to mention the early performances of future stars Hwang Jung-min, Ryu Seung-bum and Park Hae-il — seals the film's status as an essential classic of Korean cinema.

Yim Soon-rye
Lee Eol
Hwang Jung-min
Park Won-sang
Ryoo Seung-bum
Park Hae-il
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