K-pop stars BTS to release third movie this summer

'Bring the Soul' will release worldwide in August

BTS on stage at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reuters 
BTS on stage at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reuters 

Korean boy band BTS will be back on the big screen this summer. The group announced today that their latest feature film, Bring the Soul: The Movie, will have a global release on August 7. It arrives just six and a half months after the septet’s last film release, January's Love Yourself in Seoul, and less than a year after 2018's Burn the Stage.

Bring the Soul is expected to be similar in theme to 2018’s Burn the Stage: The Movie, which was a mixture of BTS’ live performances, interviews and candid footage of the seven backstage and out and about in the cities their tour passed through.

This new film focuses on the band’s final days of their Love Yourself tour in Europe, and promises scenes of the band offstage in iconic global cities such as London and Paris. The filmmakers also promise that the group – made up of members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, who were originally a hip hop outfit prior to their current teen idol incarnation –will share never-before-heard anecdotes.

Marc Allenby, CEO of the film’s distributor Trafalgar Releasing, commented: “Trafalgar Releasing is thrilled to collaborate with Big Hit Entertainment again for Bring the Soul: The Movie. [BTS’ fans] the ARMYs are truly a community, and we are excited to bring them together for an all-new BTS experience in cinemas worldwide.”

Last year’s Burn the Stage: The Movie pulled in $18.5 million at the box office in limited release, overtaking a record for boy band-focused event movies previously held by One Direction: Where We Are – the Concert Film.

BTS have historically teased fans with the meaning of their name, with films such as Burn the Stage and Bring the Soul, as well as a 2017 announcement that their name would stand for Beyond the Scene. Korean pop mythology, however, claims that the name originally stood for Bangtan Sonyeondan, a Korean term that literally means Bulletproof Boy Scouts.

Tickets will be available beginning July 3 via the film’s official website. Previous screenings of their films sold out immediately.

Published: June 26, 2019 03:03 PM


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