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Cruel, yet Unusually Popular: 800,000 Viewers on Opening Weekend

2004/01/19 Source

by Jeon Sang-hee

Director Yu Ha's film "Maljuk-geori Janhoksa (The Cruel History of Maljuk St.)" has drawn nearly 800,000 moviegoers since it opened last Friday.

Thanks to the film's success, kwon Sang-woo, the star of the romance/action film set in a high school in 1978, has received a guaranteed contract of W300 million for his next picture, "Shinbu Sueop (Bride Education)", but now, his price is whatever he asks it to be. In fact, there are some newer film companies offering as much as W400 million for his services.
Han Ga-in plays the role of Eun-ju, who resembles 1978 high school boy heartthrob Olivia Hussey. Her character finds herself between Hyeon-su (kwon Sang-woo), a model student who transferred to the school, and Woo-shik (Lee Jung-jin), a tougher sort.

They are all friends, but eventually, problems arise due to the diametrically opposed personalities of the male students. Han Ga-in, who was lucky enough to shoot kiss scenes with both actors in the film, admitted that Kwon was the better kisser of the two. When asked which man she would chose, Han laughed and answered that like Eun-ju, she would be attracted to the tough guy, Woo-shik (Lee), who could rescue her from danger, but that as she grew older, she would prefer the more refined Hyeon-su (Kwon).

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