Waikiki Brothers film poster
|Revised Romanization||Waikiki beuradeoseu|
|Directed by||Yim Soon-rye|
|Produced by||Lee Eun
|Written by||Yim Soon-rye|
|Music by||Choi Sun-sik|
|Edited by||Kim Sang-bum|
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 (Lee Eol), keyboardist Jung-seok (Park Won-sang), and drummer Kang-soo (Hwang Jung-min), 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-seok 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 (Oh Ji-hye), his unrequited first love. Now widowed, she seems desperate to try their relationship again. Sung-woo also runs into his old music teacher, Byung-joo, and tries to help him get work. But the band is fired from the nightclub and Sung-woo is forced to perform in karaoke bars. And, then, tragedy strikes when his high school classmate Soo-chul dies in an accident.
- Lee Eol - Sung-woo
- Park Won-sang - Jung-seok
- Hwang Jung-min - Kang-soo
- Oh Kwang-rok - Hyun-gu
- Oh Ji-hye - In-hee
- Ryoo Seung-bum - Gi-tae
- Park Hae-il - young Sung-woo
- Kim Jong-eon - young Soo-chul
- Jung Dae-yong - Min-soo
- Moon Hye-won - young In-hee
- Joo Jin-mo - man selling items at rest area
- Lee Dong-yong - Busan bum 1
- Lee Min-ho - young In-ki
- Lee Bong-kyu - manager
- Han Ki-joong - Min-soo
Cine21 film critic Shim Young-seop said, "You can see how much (director) Im feels attached to the world. Though the characters are deceived by reality, they cannot hate the world; they still love it. Small-budgeted but artistic films such as Waikiki Brothers, films that depict modern ordinary Koreans as they truly are, those are the best movies and the most authentically Korean."
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