Beastie Boys (film)
|Directed by||Yoon Jong-bin|
|Produced by||Kim Young
|Written by||Yoon Jong-bin|
|Based on||The Moonlight of Seoul – Part Zero by Kim Seung-wook|
|Music by||Kim Hong-jib|
|Editing by||Kim U-il|
|Studio||Wire to Wire Films|
|Distributed by||Lotte Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||April 30, 2008|
|Running time||123 minutes|
Beastie Boys (Hangul: 비스티 보이즈; RR: Biseuti Boiseu) is a 2008 South Korean film about male hosts who serve female clients in discreet salons tucked into the affluent fashion districts of southern Seoul.
Its international English title The Moonlight of Seoul is taken from a 70s short novel by Kim Seung-wook, 서울의 달빛 0장 ("The Moonlight of Seoul – Part Zero"), which explores the aura of Seoul's nightlife.
In director Yoon Jong-bin's own words, the film "depicts youths living in the exotic, affluent backdrop of Gangnam and those kicking and screaming to survive in the superficial, capitalistic society."
Against the backdrop of metropolitan Seoul's fast-changing nightlife, rich but lonely ladies (mostly 30-something businesswomen) flock to an upscale host bar or "room salon" (bar with private rooms) and pay for the services of strapping, young male hosts.
These charming "eye candies" impeccably dressed and styled at a beauty salon, are available in all types ― funny, good-looking, talented singers or dancers. They pour drinks and entertain with witty lines, croon love songs and even put on little magic shows. This is the male version of "10 peuro" or 10 percent, an actual super luxurious room salon with hostesses who are literally in the "top percentile" of the beauty hierarchy.
Seung-woo is the bar's "ace" or most popular host. But having grown up in a wealthy and now bankrupt family, he claims to be different from the others and thinks of the job as just a passing phase leading to something greater in life. Then he meets Ji-won, a client, and the seducer becomes the seduced. But the couple is plagued by mistrust of each other, a result of the trade they both ply.
Jae-hyun manages the younger hosts at the bar. He is a veteran parasite who has women opening up their wallets with just a few words. Although Jae-hyun lives with his longtime girlfriend, he shamelessly seduces other women and even brings them home. But maintaining a stylish lifestyle lands him in debt, and he must, as in host parlance, "go into construction" or schematically lure women for cash.
- Yoon Kye-sang as Seung-woo
- Ha Jung-woo as Jae-hyun
- Yoon Jin-seo as Ji-won
- Lee Seung-min as Han-byul
- Ma Dong-seok as Chang-woo
- Yoo Ha-joon as Won-tae
- Kwon Se-in as Ji-hoon
- Yoon Ah-jeong as Mi-seon
- Bae Jin-ah as Seon-joo
- Hong Yi-joo as Joo-hee
- Jang Ji-won as Myung-ah
- Jung Bo-hoon as Soon-hee
- "Box office by Country: Beastie Boys". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
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- "K-FILM REVIEWS: 비스티 보이즈 (The Moonlight of Seoul)". Twitch Film. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Hyo-won (28 April 2008). "Moonlight Shines on Seoul's Nightlife". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Actor Goes From Killer to Professional Casanova". The Dong-a Ilbo. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Official website
- Beastie Boys at the Internet Movie Database
- Beastie Boys at the Korean Movie Database
- Beastie Boys at HanCinema