Korean director Yoo Ha and popular actor Lee Minho’s new movie, Gangnam 1970, announced on January 9 that Chinese singer Zhang Bichen will sing the Chinese theme song, “Say Hello Say Goodbye” (說遇見說再見) for the movie. The song is composed by the renowned and multi-talented Singapore-born songwriter, Hanjin Tan.
Zhang Bichen is the winner of The Voice of China‘s third season. The Voice of China is a highly popular TV singing competition, and Zhang Bichen has risen in fame since she won in October last year. Her songs currently accompany a new Chinese medical drama, The Young Doctor (青年醫生). Previously she was a member of K-Pop girls group, Sunny Days, from 2012 to 2014.
According to composer and songwriter Hanjin Tan, he is inspired by actor Lee Minho’s character in Gangnam 1970. In the movie, Lee Minho has many tough action scenes and bloody fights, but he also displays his true feelings in many touching moments. Tan says he is inspired by the combination of manliness and deep emotions to write the song, “Say Hello Say Goodbye.”
Hanjin Tan praises Zhang Bichen’s voice as possessing the combined power of both hard and soft forces. He is also impressed by Zhang’s professionalism toward singing as she is careful with how the song is expressed and communicates well with the production team.
Gangnam 1970 will have its premiere in Seoul, South Korea on January 21. The highly anticipated movie is also named Gangnam Blues as its international title, and it will be released in other Asian countries starting January 29. Fans have been familiar with “Anak,” the famous Filipino song written by folk-singer Freddie Aguilar, that’s been used as the background music in the movie trailers released so far. With the January 9th announcement of a Chinese theme song, it certainly adds more interest to what other songs and music will be on the movie’s soundtrack.