I headed out to Lotte Cinema Avenuel early Tuesday morning to sign in. Upon my arrival, there was already a small group of eager fans waiting to get into the theater. After registering, I was given a gift bag which included the latest albums of 2PM and miss A as well as a promotional poster for the movie. As I rummaged through my goodies, I met some other bloggers and expats. Soon, staff announced it was time to enter the theater and we did so excitedly.
Soon enough, the theater was filled with the flashes of cameras as the members of 2PM and missA entered the room and took their seats on stage. 2PM looked flawless in their black suits and missA was as sassy as ever in their flirty mini dresses. There was an interview in which they discussed each member's role in the video and the idols each made comments about their personal experiences in making the movie. This was all translated into English to accommodate us foreign guests.
We were later showed the premier of "Annyeong" and I have to admit, I was quite impressed. The "movie", which will soon be released on the Buzz Korea website, is essentially a virtual 3-day trip around Korea (mostly Seoul) and is interactive in that the viewer can change the course of the movie. Various sites included in the movie are the Seoul Tower, Samcheongdong, and of course my favorite place, the Bukchon Hanok Village. In one segment, viewers can "go shopping" by selecting specific clothes at a stylish boutique in Apgujeong. In another, he or she can chose either a member of missA or 2PM to be his or her guide around a palace in Seoul. I've never seen anything like this video used as a tool for tourism and I'm really looking forward to it's release on the internet.
** See highlights from "Annyeong" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpheLkVXcJ0