Friend, a 2001 film written and directed by Kwak Kyung-taek was a record-breaking movie.
Upon its release, it recorded the largest ever audience - 8.2 million people, as complied by the film distribution company. Many films have surpassed the 10 million mark after Friend’s success, but Friend still holds the largest audience record for X-rated films.
Seventeen years later Kwak is now undertaking a new challenge to set a new Korean cinema record with the sequel to Friend, Friend 2.
Kwak discussed his feeling about Friend 2 on Nov. 9: “I did my best for one year to make the sequel with the attitude I was a high school senior preparing for the college entrance exam.”
The sequel has many calm lines, as if the characters taking a contemplative view on life. One of the most memorable lines is “Aren’t bums the people who are always making regretful choices in their lives?”
There is also witty dialogue like Friend's “Mohasino Father?" (What are you doing now, Father?). Those who saw the original Friend could not avoid laughing at the word “Allkaeda”.
During the production of Friend 2, the question he received most was “Are you also planning to produce Friend 3?”
Kwak said, “As it was hard for me to produce Friend 2, I have not yet thought about another sequel to Friend 2.”
He added, “Were someone to make me the offer, I would want to produce ‘Friend Retro” that would feature the romantic Chol-joo era.”