Hot Young Bloods

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Hot Young Bloods
Hotblooded Youth poster.jpg
Revised Romanization Pikkeulneun Cheongchun
Directed by Lee Yeon-woo
Produced by Kim Jin-seop
Written by Lee Yeon-woo
Starring Park Bo-young
Lee Jong-suk
Lee Se-young
Kim Young-kwang
Music by Shim Hyeon-jeong
Cinematography Kim Dong-cheon
Edited by Steve M. Choe
Distributed by Lotte Entertainment
Release date
  • 23 January 2014 (2014-01-23)
Running time
121 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$10,614,399[1]

Hot Young Bloods (Hangul피끓는 청춘; RRPikkeulneun Cheongchun; lit. "Blood Boiling Youth"[2]) is a 2014 South Korean teen romantic comedy film that depicts the loves, rivalries, and friendships between four high school students in Hongseong County, South Chungcheong Province in the 1980s.[3][4]


Set in a rural town in 1982, Young-sook (Park Bo-young) is the feared leader of a female gang at Hongseong Agricultural High School. Although she is known for her toughness and foul mouth, she secretly has a crush on Joong-gil (Lee Jong-suk), the biggest playboy in school. Joong-gil is a legendary Casanova whose single glance has the ability to make girls' hearts melt, and he's attempted to woo all the girls at school, except for Young-sook. That's because Gwang-sik (Kim Young-kwang), the leader of a rival school's male gang, views Young-sook as his girl.

Then a new female transfer student, So-hee (Lee Se-young) from Seoul arrives at their high school. So-hee is beautiful, innocent-looking and different from the other girls, and Joong-gil falls for her instantly. The jealous Young-sook picks a fight with So-hee to prevent her new rival from encroaching on her secret crush. Trouble brews as Gwang-sik, suspicious of the ties between Young-sook and Joong-gil, also harasses So-hee to instigate Joong-gil.[5]


Historical context[edit]

The film is set in a southern agricultural area of Hongseong County in the early 1980s. In 1982, the Korean Ministry of Education eliminated uniforms for middle- and high-schoolers. This created a sense of freedom and individualism for the young people of the time. Uniforms were reinstated in 1986.[11]


Filming began on 1 August 2013 in Sunchang, North Jeolla Province.[12][13][14] After three months of filming in Sunchang, the seaside town of Hongseong, and the metropolitan city of Gwangju, the film wrapped on 4 November 2013.[15]

The press conference was held on 30 December 2013, during which actress Park Bo-young revealed that she had a difficult time using the southern accent, which is a mix of Jeolla and Chungcheong dialects.[11] Writer-director Lee Yeon-woo, who was a teenager in the 1980s, said he made the film because he thought it would "be fun to bring to life the experiences of his youth" spent in the countryside of Chungcheong.[11] Lee, whose previous film Running Turtle (2009) had the same setting, said he liked the dialect and the Chungcheong-specific humor and sensibility, and that the retro rom-com was his way of expressing his sentiments about the digital era.[16]


Hot Young Bloods opened in theaters on 23 January 2014. Two weeks after its release, it had recorded 1,570,609 admissions, which was attributed to the film's appeal to younger viewers given its premise and lead stars.[17]

The film's distribution rights to Hong Kong were sold at the American Film Market, followed by Singapore and Malaysia.[18][19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
50th Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actress (Film) Park Bo-young Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Film) Lee Jong-suk Nominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival
Best Young Actress Park Bo-young Nominated
22nd Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
Excellence Award, Actress in a Film Park Bo-young Won
Best New Actor in a Film Kim Young-kwang Won
51st Grand Bell Awards
Popularity Award Lee Jong-suk Nominated
Park Bo-young Nominated


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  2. ^ Lee, Sun-min (17 December 2013). "Blood Boiling coming soon". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  3. ^ Lee, Cory (2 January 2014). "Lee Jong-suk's New School-set Movie to Open This Month". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  4. ^ Song, Soon-jin (6 January 2014). "4 Big Releases March Into Theaters for Korean New Year". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
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  6. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (19 June 2013). "Park Bo-young Cast in New Teen Film". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  7. ^ Jung, Ji-won (30 January 2014). "Park Bo-young's an adult, really". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
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  12. ^ "Lee, Park to star in Boiling Youth". The Korea Times. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  13. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (6 August 2013). "Lee Jong-suk, Park Bo-young's New Film Cranks In". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  14. ^ Conran, Pierce (13 August 2013). "New Romcom BLOOD BOILING YOUTH Kicks Off Production". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  15. ^ Lee, Cory (5 November 2013). "Lee Jong-suk, Park Bo-young's Movie Crank Up". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  16. ^ Song, Soon-jin (3 January 2014). "Press Conference Held for Comedy HOT YOUNG BLOODS". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  17. ^ Conran, Pierce (10 February 2014). "Box Office: January 16-February 5, 2014". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  18. ^ Conran, Pierce (30 January 2014). "HOT YOUNG BLOODS Heats Up International Sales". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  19. ^ Kim, Jessica (22 January 2014). "New Lee Jong-suk Film Pre-Sold to 3 Countries". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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