Friend: The Great Legacy

Friend: The Great Legacy (Korean친구 2; RRChingu 2; lit. Friend 2) is a 2013 South Korean action film about three generations of gangsters, starring Yu Oh-seong, Kim Woo-bin, and Joo Jin-mo.[2][3][4] It is the sequel to the 2001 box-office hit Friend, also directed by Kwak Kyung-taek.[5][6][7] Friend: The Great Legacy was released in theaters on 14 November 2013.[8]

Friend: The Great Legacy
Friend 2 poster.jpg
Hangul친구 2
Hanja親舊 2
Revised RomanizationChin'gu 2
McCune–ReischauerCh'in'gu 2
Directed byKwak Kyung-taek
Produced byNam Ji-woong
Yoo Ju-young
Yang Jung-gyeong
Written byHan Seung-woon
Kwak Kyung-taek
StarringYu Oh-seong
Kim Woo-bin
Joo Jin-mo
Music byJeong Jin-ho
Edited byPark Kwang-il
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
Release date
  • 14 November 2013 (2013-11-14)
Running time
124 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box office₩21.8 million
(US$20.1 million)[1]


Friend: The Great Legacy begins 17 years after where the previous film left off. Lee Joon-seok, who claimed responsibility for ordering his friend Dong-soo's murder (despite having nothing to do with it), has spent a lot of time behind bars and now he is released to a world that is as unfamiliar to him as the criminal organization he used to lead. With his subordinate Eun-ki now practically parading as the boss, Joon-seok, a leader by nature, secretly embarks on a mission to subvert his current position. He invites Choi Sung-hoon, whom he'd met in prison, and Sung-hoon's gang to join in his plan. Sung-hoon is the twenty-something son of one of Joon-seok's female friends in high school who now works as a bar hostess, and he had been serving a one-year sentence for beating his mother's abusive husband. Having developed a respect for the charismatic Joon-seok in prison, Sung-hoon willingly takes his side. But when he discovers the truth behind his background, this creates great tension between the two. Interspersed are scenes of Joon-seok's own father, Lee Chul-joo as a gangster who founded the criminal organization in 1963 Busan.[9]

The scene ends of flashback 17 years ago of Joon-Seok in a car after leaving Dong-Su behind, it shows Joon-Seok was remorsed of him not being able to protect his childhood friend.


Box officeEdit

Despite the "Restricted" rating it received from the Korea Media Rating Board, Friend: The Great Legacy opened strongly at the box office on 14 November 2013. It attracted 1.06 million admissions over its opening weekend, topping the local box office chart against competitors such as Hollywood blockbuster Thor: The Dark World and Korean film The Five.[15][16][17] It went on to sell 2,969,874 tickets during its run, with total earnings of ₩21,795,038,513.[18]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
9th Max Movie Awards
Best New Actor
Kim Woo-bin
50th Paeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor Nominated
Most Popular Actor Nominated
51st Grand Bell Awards
Popularity Award Won
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best New Actor Nominated
Popular Star Award Won


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