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Gangnam 1970 (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, 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.


Ha Yoo


Ha Yoo
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Credited cast:
Lee Min-Ho ... Jong-dae
Rae-won Kim ... Yong-ki
Jin-young Jung ... Gil-su
Ji-Soo Kim ... Min Sung-hee (as Ji-su Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeon Bae-soo ... Co. President Gu (as Bae-Su Jeon)
Byung Mo Choi Byung Mo Choi ... Section Chief Moon
Gwi-hwa Choi ... Good-for-nothing 1 of Nam Soon-Chul gang
Kim Dae-Jong Kim Dae-Jong ... Byung-Sam
Jae-young Han Jae-young Han ... Park Chang-Bae
Joo Hee-Joong Joo Hee-Joong ... Kim Choon-Ho's subordinate
Jeong Ho-bin ... Yang Gi-Taek (as Jung Ho-Bin)
Sung-Woong Hwang Sung-Woong Hwang ... Choon-ho's soccer player
Kim Hyeon-Ok Kim Hyeon-Ok ... Banquet Waltz team (as Hyun Kim)
Eom Hyo-Seob Eom Hyo-Seob ... Kim Jung-Gyu
Jang Hyuk-jin ... Junk shop owner


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


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 | Crime | Drama


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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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Exciting if hard to follow at times
14 April 2020 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

Fans of Lee Min Ho may want to tune into this watchable violent explicit gangster movie set in the 1970s corruption world of Seoul property development. At first it may seem hard to imagine the romantic comedy drama actor in such a gritty role. But he is quite good. Kim Rae Won is better here than in more romantic roles. His face isn't right for romance. There are some out of place explicit love scenes.

Main fault is that there are too many characters. Don't like that couldn't keep straight which gangster or politician was doing what to whom. Fewer cast members would have been better. The property deals were interesting.

The fight scenes are quite real looking except the top especially funeral scene feels laughable.

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Release Date:

21 January 2015 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,022, 8 February 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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