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“Concrete Utopia” Unveils Arresting Character Trailer

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In the aftermath of a disaster, the story really begins in Concrete Utopia.

Concrete Utopia, a thrilling disaster film starring an ensemble of A-list Korean actors including Lee Byung Hun, Park Seo Jun, Park Bo Young, Park Ji Hu, Kim Do Yoon and Kim Sun Young, will be released in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures.

Expectations are raised with an original setting that stimulates the imagination and a feast of vividly thriving characters.

Watch the character trailer for Concrete Utopia.

Directed by Um Tae-hwa, Concrete Utopia is loosely based on Part 2 of the hit webtoon “Joyful Outcast” (“Pleasant Neighbors”). It is a disaster thriller about the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. The film will follow the story that begins when the survivors gather at Hwang Gung Apartments, the only building left standing in an earthquake-ravaged Seoul.

The film is a sobering parable, following its characters’ gradual descent into ruthless tribalism in a way that eerily mirrors so many contemporary global events.

Get to know more about the characters of Concrete Utopia and the actors and actresses that portrayed them, as described by director Um Tae-hwa.

Director Um Tae-hwa is all praises for Lee Byung-hun. “There was a scene when he expressed all his character has gone through through his facial expression alone,” says Um. “It was a moment when I witnessed the true definition of cinema.”

“I was certain he could portray a wide range of different aspects of Min-sung,” says director Um of Park Seo-jun. “I hoped I could bring it out of him. I’m confident that the audience will be captivated by his performance.”

Director Um says of Park Bo-young, “I was always curious and wanted to see another aspect of Park Bo-young different from the images of her that we are familiar with. She has satisfied all of that.”

He then remarks Kim Sun-young perfectly embodies the ordinary yet profound nature of the character of Geum-ae, enabling audiences to be fully immersed in the movie.

“She embodied the character just right even in situations where she had to convey a wealth of emotions through facial expressions and gazes alone,” the director comments on Park Ji-hu.

Lastly, he shared how Kim Do-yoon excelled at portraying this character whose neat and smart appearance gradually begins to fray and collapse.


Concrete Utopia, which opened at #1 in Korea on August 9, will open in Philippine cinemas on September 20.

*Press Release