London Korean Film Night: Waikiki Brothers (2001)

Director: Yim Soon-rye
Running Time: 109 min (Cert: 18)
Screening Date: December 06, 2012
Theatre: Multi-purpose hall, KCCUK

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, keyboardist Jung-Suk, and drummer Kang-Soo 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-Suk 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 his unrequited first love…

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