Who do viewers want back onscreen in 2008?
Which actors do we want to see most back on the TV screen in 2008? Well, OSEN weighs in with their picks. I’m not so sure I’d go with the four they chose, but hey, who am I to disagree?
First off, So Ji Sub. The actor finished his military service last year, but hasn’t acted since his return to public life, although he’s taken on modeling for various brands and ad campaigns.
“Although he’s hung up his military uniform, he hasn’t been able to make a comeback yet. That’s because his return project, the drama Cain and Abel, keeps being postponed. There have been reports that he would take on a film project instead, but there has been no confirmation so far of any projects in the works.
“So Ji Sub is an extremely unusual actor. His rise to lead actor and top star status has come from unique performances. Hopefully, he will be able to draw viewers in with a comeback project that shows the same kind of emotion and tears that characterized his image from earlier dramas What Happened in Bali and I’m Sorry, I Love You.” …
SONG OF THE DAY
Rain – “악수” (handshake). Rain’s really been getting the beatdown lately, hasn’t he? You could say he’s fair game for criticism given his extremely high profile… but I still kinda feel sorry for the guy. Some slams have been deserved (his debacle of a “world tour”), but some other smackdowns just reek of an idol being gleefully kicked when down. All that aside, I listened to some of his songs for the first time in a while, and I remembered why I liked him in the first place. Like this song — simple, smooth, and minus the frenetic hype and the spastic flash and glitz of his recent stuff — from his first album.
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“Having cast off the label of idol star and made a good impression as an actor, her last project in Korea was the drama Wedding. Jang Nara, who started her career as a pop singer, gained notice as an actor with the way she expressed the issues of a woman’s growth and identity in marriage.
“After Wedding, there were many new fans who wanted to see Jang Nara continue acting, but the star pursued her career in China, and her Korean acting comeback has been repeatedly pushed back. To that end, she was eager to reconnect with her Korean fans by taking on a horror-thriller film last year, but the production was delayed, and so another year passed by.”
Jung Ji Hoon [or as most know him, Rain]:
“It’s true that we’ll be able to see his acting this year in the Hollywood movie Speed Racer. However, it feels like Jung Ji Hoon needs to connect with Korean fans a bit more via a drama genre more familiar to the mainstream public. In trying to become a world star too quickly, it’s not clear whether he’s had sufficient time to accomplish that, making him an actor we want to see back onscreen.
“Considering his star value alone, Jung Ji Hoon, like Bae Yong Joon, has become an actor who commands a considerable fee, meaning we will likely not see him in a drama unless it is particularly notable. However, we’d like to see him appear in a drama that shows his familiar, raw appeal, as he demonstrated in the dramas Sangdoo, Let’s Go to School and A Love to Kill.”
Cha In Pyo:
“We did just see him act just one year prior to his turn in White Tower. But because his special appearance in White Tower was so short, he’s an actor we’d like to see in a proper comeback. After his 2006 film Hanbando (The Korean Peninsula), Cha In Pyo hasn’t yet taken on a leading role.
“Of course, even when he appeared in White Tower, some aspects of his acting that have been considered lacking hadn’t been entirely reformed. But with White Tower, Cha In Pyo’s acting technique — difficult to elevate in one fell swoop — did rapidly rise in estimation, and he supplied ample appeal on the TV screen. And so, we look forward to seeing more of this side in his next project.”