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The Moonlight of Seoul (2008)

Biseuti boijeu (original title)
Seung-woo through his friend Jae-hyun becomes a "host," or a male gigolo who serves women customers, to make ends meet. Seung-woo's family had been financially successful but suffered ... See full summary »

Director:

Jong-bin Yoon (as Jong-Bin Yun)

Writer:

Jong-bin Yoon (screenplay) (as Jong-Bin Yun)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yoon Kyesang ... Seung-woo (as Gye-sang Yun)
Jung-woo Ha ... Jae-hyeon
Jin-Seo Yoon ... Ji-won
Seung-min Lee Seung-min Lee ... Han-byeol
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jin-ah Bae Jin-ah Bae ... Seon-joo
Jae-Hwan Choi Jae-Hwan Choi
Bo-hun Jeong Bo-hun Jeong ... Soon-hee
Jang Ji-won Jang Ji-won ... Myeong-ah
Kyung-ho Jung ... (as Kyung Ho Jung)
Dong-seok Ma ... Chang-woo
Young-hwa Seo ... Seung-woo's mother
Kazuya Tanabe
Ha-jun You Ha-jun You ... Won-tae
Kwon Yul ... Ji-hoon (as Se-in Kwon)
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Storyline

Seung-woo through his friend Jae-hyun becomes a "host," or a male gigolo who serves women customers, to make ends meet. Seung-woo's family had been financially successful but suffered bankruptcy and plunged into poverty. Most of his clients are themselves workers in the hostess or prostitution trade. Jae-hyun is a manager at the host bar Seung-woo works at. Jae-hyun is a chronic con artist who lies and cheats women, including his live-in girlfriend who is Seung-woo's sister, to get money. Trouble brews when Seung-woo starts dating one of his customers, a massage parlor girl named Ji-won, and Jae-hyun's scams finally start to catch up with him. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 April 2008 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Beastie Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,631,383
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Gritty drama set in the host-bar industry of Seoul.
13 December 2008 | by A.P.See all my reviews

This film, also known as "Beastie Boys", is a rather frank depiction of the host/hostess industry in Seoul. We have a big brother and little brother relationship in the two main characters as they "entertain" wealthy, older women in Seoul. As we follow these leads, they start off charming, if flawed. They're cool. They flirt with women, wear expensive clothes, and seem to not have a care in the world as they smooth-talk their way into the lives of their clients. Their shallow and materialistic lifestyles eventually catch up to them, however. We eventually get to see the uglier and more violent side of these men. One is addicted to gambling and lies. The other begins a rather unhealthy relationship with a call girl. Eventually, both of these stories come together.

While Korean dramas can possibly be seen as melodramatic to Western audiences, this film delivers a strong, emotional punch that never seems forced or unrealistic. At the same time, the movie can be slow in spots, but it is certainly worth a rental.


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