‘The Beat Goes On’ Pulls in Hip-Hop Stars for Cameos
The Beat Goes On, a film about youth and hip-hop, will be bringing in some surprising cameos, including real hip-hop singers and the film’s director.
The Beat Goes On held its first preview on March 5 in Seoul. As it turned out, real hip-hop singer Defconn had made an appearance as the big master of the agency Min Soo (Lee Young Hoon) signed with.
Defconn left a big impression with his witty acting. Other rappers active in the underground hip-hop scene also followed suit with their own appearances to add to the reality of the film.
Director Byun Sung Hyun also appears as a cameo in the film. Director Byun is similar in age to the lead actors Bong Tae Gyu and Lee Young Hoon, and he appeared in a fairly important role named Chups. Chups is a role that has a big mouth and is disloyal to his friends, and in order to fit his role, director Byun dressed up and had his hair made up in a hip-hop style.
Directors have appeared as cameos in their own films before, but there haven’t been many that took up important roles like director Byun. Even during the preview, the director showed off he was different by donning skinny pants and a fedora when even Bong Tae Gyu and Lee Young Hoon had appeared in suits.
The Korean Film Council chose to support The Beat Goes On in 2009, and provided 600 million won in support. CGV’s Movie Collage is providing marketing support.
The film had been held back from premiering after it was filmed in 2009, but it finally decided on a premiere date, March 15, to meet its audience. Bong Tae Gyu, Lee Young Hoon of the film No Regret and Kwak Ji Min of Samaria starred in the film.
Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan
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