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Countdown to Gong Yoo’s military enlistment

After repeatedly pushing back the date of his mandatory service enlistment, everyone’s beloved Coffee Prince Gong Yoo finally has an official date marking the start of his service. You can start your tearful countdowns now: He joins on January 14, 2008. More specifically, at 1pm on the 14th, when he begins initial five-week training, after which he’ll enter active duty (20 months).

As a last hurrah before leaving the entertainment world for the next two years, Gong Yoo can celebrate his current nominations for MBC’s year-end acting awards, under the outstanding actor category for Coffee Prince, as well as the most popular male award selected by netizens, and best couple along with co-star Yoon Eun Hye. (Yes, a lot of these are purely vanity handouts “awarded” by networks to keep their shiny stars/moneymakers happy, but I’m sure it must be exciting all the same.) The awards show will take place in Seoul on December 30.

Via EDaily

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Au revoir. You shall be missed.

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oh. Everyone seems to be going to the army these days....everyone I love I mean.
I LOVE his shoes by the way. Gold. nice touch, dont you think?

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Is that a picture from his sold-out Japanese calendar? Nevermind, saw the Korean writing - can't quite make out the bottom line, though, except for Gong Yoo. It does look like March of 2008. He will be missed...

Catchy song.

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Gosh...I was sadden when I first heard the news....and am still sad as the days get closer....

(love the red phone!)

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Given the popularity of Coffee Prince he's sure to get the "Best Couple" award with Yoon Eun Hye... Too bad though I thought the best couple was more deserved by Lee Jung Jin and Soo Ae in 9 End 2 Outs...
For the rest you can't really know! MBC had a really busy year with lots of great projects, best actor to me should go to Lee Jun Ki for Time between Dog and Wolf but I guess that Bae Yong Joo must be nominated for The Legend so sure loss. I mean you can't win against experience and a huge fan base... However if I were to choose, I'd choose according to how the performance was like compared to the challenge it represented instead of looking only at the popularity of the face or the drama the actor has been acted in. I mean, acting in a comedy is certainly not the most difficult thing for an actor especially since Gong Yoo - pardon me fans - has always acted in the same kind of roles. I loved him in One Fine Day... gave up recently Hello my Teacher. But well always the same type of role honest. I'm not saying it's bad, but I mean as an actor don't you wish to challenge yourself and reach height in your art?

Well I'm not what you can call a fan of any actor, there's some actors I really enjoy watching such as Lee Jun Ki ( King and the Clown, My Girl, Time Between Dog and Wolf), Ji Seong ( Save the Last Dance for Me - Terms of Endearment - currently starring in New Heart) or Choi Soo Jong ( Emperor of the Sea - Dae Jo Yeong, but you can't really say I'm a fanatic. I actually found it lucky there's a bunch of actors leaving next year. That means it will let new faces pop up, or actors I like only getting secondary roles a better position. I'm crossing my fingers so that 2008 will be an awesome year for Korean dramas as was 2007.

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Huhuhuhu....We will miss HK/Gong Yoo,but dont worry we will patiently waiting for you.Thanks for the article.

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Im not a fan of Gong Yoo either but he definitely deserves the outstanding award and not because of the popularity of coffee prince..one of the reasons why coffee prince was so popular was the great acting by the whole cast and Gong Yoo put everything into his role...its rare you find such dedicated actors and its a great loss for him to go to the military at the prime of his career.

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i will be one of those who will miss Gong Yoo. i have been a fan eversince, CP solidified it for me. i hope he can go out with a bang. hope he wins an award. i think he deserves it. :)

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Kajima! =( Lol

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why does he have to go...
he's too hott for the military....TTTT____TTTT
i fell in love w/ him ever since coffee prince.....
shoot! he better win the award...TTTT__TTTT
i wait for him forever....hahaha
2o mos. not that long rite...NOT...too long....
i wish him all the best....TTT___TTT

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It's inevitable, but I'm very sad to hear this news nonetheless. Gong Yoo will be missed. Take care and come back quickly, pali pali!

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Great (sarcastically)...they just had to pick my birthday to let GY go...AHHH!!! Very sad b-day to start 2008...lol >>>COME BACK SAFE!!!

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i thought his day of enlistment will not come...
but sad to say he'll be leaving this january...
yeah...January when Coffee Prince will be shown in the Philippines...

many will surely miss him...
i hope when he comes back they'll do a sequel of CP...

also hoping that he will win in the 3 categories that he's been nominated...
especially the best couple award...i just love the partnership of Yoo and Eun Hye...

goodluck and come back sooner...

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He needs to win the MBC Award for a last hurrah. Hopefully he's going to attend and joining YEH on stage. Gosh, when he's finally getting all the recognation that he desperately needs..

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sayonara *_*

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Haven't been enjoying a drama from beginning to end for couple of years. I picked 'Coffee Prince' for I like this line of plot - a girl pretending to be a boy and then falling for a guy. Don't know why, I just love this kind of stories... Many cultures have such stories, from Chinese 'Butterfly Lovers' (BTW, I'm Chinese) to American movies.

Because of CP, I found this awesome blog of yours.

Because of CP, I dug up K-dramas and movies by Gong Yoo and found most of them quite enjoyable.

At least he has impressed viewers with awesome acting before he goes for the military. I'll definitely miss him. Looking forward to his comeback 2 years later.

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Kinda agree with La Plume, though i think Gong Yoo's finer acting moments in CP were in those non-romantic non-comedic scenes. There were flashes here and there which suggested that he maybe is a better actor than the roles that he took on in the past. Han Gyul was his breakthrough role i think.

Looking forward to seeing some new faces to fill the void. I'm actually curious about Iljimae - the Lee Seung Gi's version - a 20-year old ballad singer with very limited acting experience tackling the leading role of a historical drama? Hmm.

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Sarang Heyo... OPpA.. annyonghi kaseyo..

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I agree with his excellent acting!
But whyis there still a thing such as military service?! No offense to the korean gov, but still, 20 months!!! isn't it too long? I say let's all just live in peace, love and kdrama! : )
Just as Pixie, I found this blog when watching Coffee Prince. Thanks again for the summaries! now I come daily to catch up with yuour news, every though everything does not interest me.

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Gosh. The guy'll be missed.

Seriously, I loved him in CP. Acting in a comedy is actually harder than it may appear. Even more so when the role is as nuanced as Han Gyul's who does not only provide comic relief, but also brings out the emotional punches. For the fact that he made that character more than a dandified heart-throb he deserves every award he can get. I'm more inclined to give credit to an actor who actually makes a fictional character seem natural and approachable than to a so-called thespian who actually just goes with the flow of the story without bringing anything new or even spontaneoous to the role.
The quiet, introspective scenes are eclipsed by the peppy humorous ones, but in my opinion they're what makes CP so special and not merely an escapist crowd-pleaser you forget as soon as you've finished watching it.

Also, after watching CP, I was all "yeah, YEH is awesome, but Gong Yoo would have chemistry with a doorknob"... and then I remembered I had hated his character in One Fine Day and I'd actually wanted the lead girl to end up with the other guy while GY went and got a haircut. So yeah, it does take two to tango.

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It’s really sad that almost all the great actors are leaving for the military in 2008. I will surely miss watching them (especially Eric Mun and Gong Yoo!) But 20 months is not that long…..it’s too looooooooong! Well, just take care, stay healthy and comeback soon! Btw, I really love your site! Thanks!

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:( he will be missed. i was one of the many who was hoping that his enlistment would never come. i agree with many here that he made CP awesome. his and yeh's chemistry was so good. also, dramabeans, your summaries of CP sealed the deal for me actually watching CP and then other kdramas and works of GONG YOO. so now i am obsessed. thanks, hehehe...i love reading your site, i love your sense of humor.
20 months is so long, but i do hope that he does win some awards so that before he enlists he will know that he was appreciated.

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Ohayo!

I still cannot really fathom how good an actor he is. I've only watched him in ONE DAY FINE...........Not sooo really impressed yet. Gosh..........All those pretty good actors gonna be in army uniform soon. What a huge void in K-entertainment!

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Kajimma ...., Kajimma ...., Kajimma....

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i shall wait for your return and confess

I love you!!

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WAHHHH~!!! TT____TT oh well. It's bound to happen sometime. It's a bit of a waste since it's the height of his career, though. I really want him to win that award. There is just something about him that I love. :D

And he IS a great actor. He was so passionate in Coffee Prince. *swoons* :D Although many people think that he became popular because of his face, I can honestly say that the reason I was extremely drawn to Gong Yoo is because of his acting skills/passion. I truly never noticed him in other shows until I watched Coffee Prince.

I second just about everything pixie said. And for me, it's also COffee Prince that drew me to this site. : )

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It sounds corny that I'm going to say that I'll miss him, seeing that I don't know him and have only watched Coffee Prince (which, by the way, also drew me to your website like some of the others have mentioned) and a couple of his movies. Yet...I'd be lying if I said I wasn't going to miss reading some news about him, wondering what he's going to look like after coming back...stuff like that. But the weirdest thing has got to be the fact that I'll almost be graduating with a B.A. in my stubby hands by the time he gets back.

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Though I've seen Gong Yoo in passing in some of his previous movies, the only thing I remembered was his handsome face. Watching him in CP was a different experience. I felt his emotions leap across the small screen straight into my heart. It was probably a last hurrah so that we will all eagerly await his return in 20 months. I will definitely miss him!
P.S. Dramabeans, Merry Christmas and may your website enjoy its huge following on to the coming new year!

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Like many have said, because of watching CP that have lead me to this blog by Javabeans and I have been a regular visitor since. I love Gong Yoo in CP and dislike his character in One Fine Day and didn't leave much in Hello My Teacher. His chemistry with Yeh was really good and I do hope that he won some awards before his enlistment.
Gong Yoo, keep up the good work. Go do your trainng, learn as much as you can and come back a better actor. Aim high, stand tall and best wishes to you always.

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GY,i'll wait for your return,and hopefully you'll comeback @2nd shop of CP,even before you go everybody have already miss you,but we have no choice only have to wait............ttt....
Merry xMas and Happy New Year for Javabeans,may your blogs enjoy huge visitors in the coming new year.Your blog really made many people happy,wish you all the best....

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I just did a marathon Coffee Prince DVD again ... and gosh... I'm surely miss Gong Yoo... don't worry... time flies... come back soon... we'll wait for you... ;)
*aja

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awwww, we'll miss him...
Just one question,,, like the actors who has to serve the military thing,,, are they still popular when they get out,,, Just wondering....

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Thanks Javabeans for the article. And ah, the date has finally been set, from September to October to indefinite to a set day. I'm sure you've heard me type how much I adore Coffee Prince and Gong Yoo during the past few months (thanks =P), but Gong Yoo will definitely be missed when he is in the army.

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hi gong yoo, thank you for giving me wonderful moments when I'm really down.
i shall start a new life by february 2008, a new career and responsibilities. i shall be busy learning and adapting to all new things. your departure will give me time to work harder so i have the pportunity to meet you again in two years. lets countdown together. it's another phase of life we must go through. take care and you have done well. thank you.
your faithful fans from malaysia, ks

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Absolutely, we will miss YOO & hope these coming two years will faster than ever.

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we will surely miss you :-) and I will wait for you even if it takes forever.....hope when you come back you're as handsome as ever...Hoping and praying that there will be CP2.... Take care and stay fit!

MAHAL KITA :-)

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I'm so sad.. is it required for him to go to the military? why? I hope when he comes back that there will be a coffe prince 2.. I can already imagine a story plot for it..

Eun chan and Han Kyul are still arguing about getting married.. then Eun Chan will be the new manager and barista of the coffee princess. Within the story(which is 4-5 episodes) the couple will have an argument about getting married or not. Then, Eun chan will give up and get married with Han Kyul. Though they are already married Han Kyul still let Eun Chan to be a barista.

In the middle part of the story, Han Kyul & Eun Chan will fight a lot because of their work. They will feel that they are not giving enough time for each other. A big fight will happen and Eun Chan will move out. She will be staying with her mom and the new apartment. Han Kyul at first gave her space to think about what's going on between them. During those cool of time Eun Chan will meet a new guy that likes her. She doesn't put any malice to her relationship with the guy cause she still love Han Kyul. Eun Chan and the guy will start hanging out(Eun Chan is releasing all her anger to the guy, she's telling him all her problems and the guy comferts her). After few weeks of thinking, Han Kyul decides to ask Eun Chan for forgiveness when he suddenly sees her with the guy. He will feel betrayed and will just say harsh words to her. She's of course will get mad but still going to ask for his forgiveness. Because Eun Chan became more depress, the guy decides to talk to Han Kyul and try to fix the thing between Han Kyul & Eun Chan. The guy soon leaves and went somewhere really far. Han Kyul went back with Eun Chan and they bare a kid and leave happily ever after...

that's just my imagination:)

p.s. I think it will be better if Eun Chan gets pregnant before they seperate.. That will give more reason for Han Kyul to reunite with Eunchan..

lastyly, I really hope that the korean government will change how their army works.. I hope they make it voluntarily and/or make the duty shorter.. just make it 6months.. 22 months is so long.. I'm going to miss him so bad.. I really hope they change it cause I'm dying to see Coffee Prince 2..:(

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im so sad that gong yoo went on military.... i hate them

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ohh he is so handsome n cute .... n sxy ;)
but y he has to leave n go for d military ...
he don't belong there .....
he is suppose to be seen on d screen not in d battle field
luved him in COFFEE PRINCE ...
will b missing him .......:(
really feeling so sad dat he's gone ..
this system is suppose to be taken for a good actor like Gong Yoo..
can't wait to see CP 2 .....

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i really like gong yoo...the first time I saw him on tv I got attracted to him becoz of his beautiful and expressive eyes...he is really a good actor...he acts very well and he sings very well too...a perfect model...

i'm so sad when I learned that He's going to leave showbiz for his military service.
I respect his decision though...

i'm sure people will miss him especially his die-hard fans....

i wish that after 2 years he's gonna visit the Philippines.....he is very welcome here coz he has lots of supporters and we filipinos adore him soooo much...

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filipinos love you sooo much...pls come and visit the PHILIPPINES(after your 2-year military service)

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why does the korean government has this mandatory rule(military service) for korean men?i'm sooo sad that a good actor like gong yoo already leave the entertainment world just for the sake of military service.i think that's the job of policemen and soldiers and not a fine actor like him.....

so, is there a possibility for a COFFEE PRINCE 2? coffe peince is a huge success in the PHILIPPINES...this got the highest rating for korean tv series shown in the PHILIPPINES.

gon yoo's fans are expecting him to visit our country...i just hope that after his service he's goint to visit his overseas fans.....

to all GY's followers,friends and supporters...let's continue to support him eventhough he's not visible in tv anymore....

GODSPEED

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tnx for making CP as part of my night life tv watching very ntertaining and more meanigful, just like coffee, it is more flavorful and wonderful. gd luck n hope to c u again soon!

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huhu..im so sad.. that my gong yoo will leave his career as an actor for his carreer as military..i would be very sad not seeing you for 2 years,your tv series coffee prince is very popular in the philippines. many people like the way you act,your such a good actor...i hope you will be back and make another tv series that will struck the audience.. eun chan and han kyul have good chemistry..hayy. i know you'll be back soon..i can't wait to see you on movie screen ones again...i love you so so so............much

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is there a coffee prince part 2?i hope that when he gets back to showbiz he'll do the coffee prince part 2...we miss gong yoo...we hope he'll visit our country

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omg!!! he's too hot & sexy for military training!!!!! T_____T
but all the same, going to military service somehow makes him even hotter.
*sigh* Gong Yoo!!!! be safe and come back soon :(

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he is coming home in less than 10 days!

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hii alm m po? idol po kta kse ang cute at ang gling m? pumorma

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