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Hugh Jackman in Seoul

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One of the interesting things about living in a foreign country, is that you get rather tuned out of popular culture. When you can’t speak or read the native language properly, you never quite know what movie is being released or which musician has a hit song…and forget about celebrity gossip? Snooki who?

It’s not that there aren’t English language movies playing in Seoul. There are a lot…it’s just that we don’t really know what they are, until we actually go to the movie theatre and ask what’s showing. That’s how we saw Stoker (which is directed by Korean Director, Chan-wook Park and stars Nicole Kidman). I imagine this movie received a lot of promotion in North America, but until we’d walked into the theatre and asked what movies were playing in English, we’d never heard of it. Theatres here mostly show just blockbuster, action or horror films (unless a Korean is involved somehow), so it’s definitely a hit and miss endeavour. Got lucky with that one.

Point is, that unbeknownst to us, yet another X-Men movie was made and released for public consumption. Does this franchise ever die? The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, opened in Seoul last week…and thanks to a good friend and our yoga studio, we scored passes to the Opening Night and Red Carpet Event.

We were pretty surprised to arrive and find the Red Carpet set up inside a convention hall at the Coex (where the G20 was held a few years ago). Somehow I’d imagined things differently, perhaps not so contrived, but sure enough, a red carpet complete with metal barricades was set up in the middle of this cavernous hall for Hugh Jackman to walk down.

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After some live entertainment, it was finally time for the man of the hour to make his appearance. Unfortunately, we’d left the hall to escape the rabid fans for a minute and missed his grand entrance. By the time we entered the hall again, people were in mass frenzy and what looked like all out war for t-shirts and other promotional materials that were randomly thrown into the crowd. Now I am definitely not celebrity crazy, but I couldn’t resist trying to fight my way into the mob to get at least a pic.

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After a few blurry attempts, I finally scored a decent pic by elbowing people out of the way, and shoving my way to the edge of the barricade. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sheesh, and I thought riding the Korean subway at rush hour was a battle.

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After that I gave up fighting the scrum, and settled for some shots of Hugh Jackman projected on the big screen by the official press photographers. Hugh looks a little tired, wouldn’t you say?

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After the red carpet shenanigans were over, it was off to a free 3D screening of The Wolverine, at Megabox’s huge new M2 cinema.

And the movie? Just ho-hum.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Although I’m an X-Men fan, I do agree that Wolverine has been done to death. But I still would have loved to be there!

    July 25, 2013
    • He’s definitely a very attractive man. AND, the end of Wolverine has already set up the next installment of X-Men. I really thing the franchise will NEVER die. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      July 26, 2013
  2. You’re so right about info about foreign movies here. haha, I never know what’s going on, I just cross my fingers and go and hope for the best. Hit or miss for sure.

    July 25, 2013
    • I just wish we would get more small, independent movies here. ๐Ÿ™

      July 26, 2013
  3. If anything, Hugh Jackman is very perfect for the role. It’s true. Whenever I’m in a foreign land, I am like in a complete detox with pop culture TV an movie and music. I like to keep tat way. ๐Ÿ˜€

    November 11, 2013
    • I totally agree with the detox idea. It’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about living overseas…we really have no idea about pop culture, aside from what we see on FB or other blogs. We don’t even have cable at home!!

      November 16, 2013
  4. haha this is pretty funny. If you hadn’t been in South Korea, though, you probably wouldn’t have been able to get that “close” to him! I remember when I was in Argentina and I was so excited that Batman was released there in English; hence, my decision to watch it 3!! times.

    January 22, 2014
    • Trueee. I have to say that security was pretty darn lax in there. The only real danger was in fighting through that crazy mob of fans and dodging the random paraphernalia they were throwing into the crowd. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 23, 2014

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