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Friday, September 4, 2015

Ki Hong Lee springs back into action in ”MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS”


KI HONG LEE SPRINGS BACK INTO ACTION IN ”MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS”

The first book-turned-movie in James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” series was fully embraced by its legions of fans that introduced a whole new set of young actors that immediately catapulted to worldwide attention -including Korean actor Ki Hong Lee, whose palpable characterization of Minho has also attracted an impressive following.

In “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers along with Minho (Ki Hong Lee) face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD (World Catastrophe Killzone Department). Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

Ki Hong Lee portrays the protective Minho: “Minho springs into action when he needs to. He’s a very reserved guy who only speaks when he absolutely has to. Minho is the ‘muscle’ of the group. He’s the most physical and the strongest. His role now is to protect everybody and make sure there is always a way out, because the Gladers always seem to get stuck in bad situations.”

Filming on the set of “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” was a trial for the actors. Ki Hong Lee, who suffered a minor fracture of his knee running up the sand dunes, confirms that, “This movie is tougher than the first. We’re running for the entire story – running away from Cranks, running away from WCKD, running up sand dunes. What’s more, I have to be the fastest, the strongest, and the most badass of the team!”

The actors spent days acclimatising to the chilly Albuquerque winter and its raised elevation. They trained in the desert with the film’s stunt team, who prepared them for the rigours of the shoot. “I’m still running,” jokes Ki Hong Lee, who plays Minho. “There’s no escape. The action is non-stop and there are Cranks – infected people – chasing you down an abandoned street or a mall. That’s been my life for this past month.”

Ki Hong Lee reprises his role as Minho, the lead runner of “The Maze Runner.” Ki Hong recently appeared in the film “The Stanford Prison Experiment” alongside Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller. On television, Ki Hong can be seen as the beloved character Paul in ABC Family’s “The Nine Lives of Chloe King.” He appeared in the film adaptation of Yellowface from the Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.

While Ki Hong has recently stepped away from the stage to be in front of the camera, his love for theater remains strong. His theater debut was in Los Angeles at the East West Players in a play called “Wrinkles,” which will always have a special place in his heart as it was the first time his father was able to see him perform.

Although he was raised in different cultures, in locations from Seoul to Auckland, Ki Hong considers himself to be a Californian at heart, as he could not continue life without good Mexican food in regular doses. A graduate of UC Berkeley, he served in student government throughout his schooling, which has grown his passion for people, education, and good causes. Ki Hong’s acting career started at an early age. While performing in church skits, he realized his love for being on stage. You can also find Ki Hong at his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/thekihonglee.




“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” opens September 9 in almost 300 screens in the Phils. nationwide (ahead of its U.S. release) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Ki Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie-Sangster join fans in Seoul - “MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS”


KI HONG LEE AND THOMAS BRODIE-SANGSTER JOIN FANS IN SEOUL - “MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS”

September 2 – Seoul, South Korea. Ki-Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie Sangster recently thrilled the fans in Seoul, South Korea as they walked the red carpet at the premiere of the film at the Megabox COEX Cinema.

Ki Hong Lee portrays the protective Minho: “Minho springs into action when he needs to. He’s a very reserved guy who only speaks when he absolutely has to. Minho is the ‘muscle’ of the group. He’s the most physical and the strongest. His role now is to protect everybody and make sure there is always a way out, because the Gladers always seem to get stuck in bad situations.”

Thomas Brodie-Sangster portrays the perceptive Newt, who unites the Gladers: “Newt is referred to as the glue and I think that’s true. He keeps the group together and moving forward. He’s not necessarily the best at leading; that’s more Thomas’s domain. But he’s good at making sure that everyone is on the same page and feeling enthusiastic about where they’re going and what they’re doing.”

In “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the next chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.








“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” opens in Philippine cinemas this September 9 in 2D and 3D screens from 20th Centiry Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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On September 9 - Run or burn in “MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS”


ON SEPTEMBER 9 - RUN OR BURN IN “MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS”

The Gladers are now out of the mysterious maze from the first movie adaptation of James Dashner’s highly successful series “The Maze Runner.” In the second adaptation of the most-anticipated sequel of the young adult book of the same title, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the Gladers are now out in a ravaged, burned out and broken down world racing through sandstorms, evading flares and battling terrifying creatures known as Cranks.

Director Wes Ball is once again at the helm of the second instalment “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” from which his first adaptation “The Maze Runner” grossed more than $340 million worldwide. While “The Maze Runner” was about escape, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” is about a journey. Explains director Wes Ball, who returns for the next chapter: “In this film, we learn there is a much bigger world waiting for Thomas and the Gladers, one that’s been ravaged by the sun and a deadly virus. These young people have to find their place in this world and figure out how they can fix it. The Gladers are very valuable to several different groups, and they’re torn between saving the world and their personal freedom.”

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” picks up where “The Maze Runner” left off, as the Gladers, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie Sangster), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alexander Flores) are unloaded from the chopper that flew them away from the maze. The helicopter’s doors fly open and masked soldiers whisk them into an underground bunker. The bunker is run by the duplicitous Janson (Aidan Gillen), who supplies a feast and warm beds, while warning, “The world out there’s in a rather precarious situation.

Thomas suspects the bunker is run by none other than WCKD (World Catastrophe Killzone Department) and must convince the Gladers they aren’t safe here. Their loyalty to each other is all they can count on. The Gladers mount a breakout, fighting against soldiers armed with electric projectile weaponry. Led by Thomas and Minho (Ki Hong Lee), they grab Teresa from a private surgery room and flee the bunker into a raging sandstorm.

They’re now in the Scorch, a futuristic badlands burnt by solar flares. In this barren wasteland, the Gladers trudge toward the unknown. A guilt-ridden Thomas wonders if he should have led them out of the maze. They survived in the Glade but could die in this area of scorched Earth.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” answers many of the questions posed in the first film. The Gladers learn that most of the Earth has been destroyed, and that it was the ruthless scientific government entity known as WCKD that sent the Gladers into the maze as a survival challenge. They discover that some of them are immune to the fatal Flare disease that is ravaging the population. These Immunes hold biological enzymes within their bodies that may help others resist the Flare. ““The Maze Runner” was about claustrophobia and we were always closed in and never saw a horizon. But in this new film we go out into the open world with a giant desert of sand dunes swallowing the whole world basically,” says Ball.

Producer Wyck Godfrey notes, “This story begins to unravel the mystery of what has happened to the world and how it was ravaged. Our characters find some answers by embarking on a very dangerous journey.”





“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” opens this September 9 nationwide in Philippine cinemas (ahead of its U.S. release, September 18) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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