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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.” ā€¦

SONG OF THE DAY

Rain – “ģ•…ģˆ˜” (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 profileā€¦ 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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Jang Nara:

“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.”

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I'm not exactly sure if I'd agree with this list either....^^ Maybe it's because I watch too many trendy dramas? And some of these actors/actresses seem to act in only tearjerkers and some just plain don't appeal to me.

Rain is one person I'd like to see back though. He has a very pretty baby face that, though not handsome, has lots of charm. And I like the fact that he's raw, and doesn't look like everyone else in the Korean industry. For example, he could've gotten surgery to get double eyelids and widen his eyes, but he didn't even though he kept getting rejected because of it. I really adored him in some of his early stuff, and his music as well. But it's lately gotten a bit too much for me. Too mainstream? I hope him luck in his Hollywood movie and I want people in the US to see him as well (hope there's not too much snarkiness....) but I also really really want him back in a Korean drama, showing off some of the skills that got him famous in the first place instead of trying to become so global.

I wonder if he's going to participate in Full House 2?

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I only have one from the list - So Ji Sup. After watching MISA i am looking forward to his next drama....but, looks like I have to wait a little bit more...

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I actually would love to see again So Ji Sup, I love the way he acts. And its too bad he went away to military training just after he got really famous. Hopefully we will see it happen soon.
And Also Rain did a really good acting job in A love to Kill.

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I agree, although some of Rain's criticisms are deserved, I think that half of it is undeserved. Like you said, he's being kicked while he's down. Maybe a part of it was because he was trying to become a world star too quickly. He needed to have a stronger base in his home country: definitely more than four dramas and a movie. His music is good though. Ahh, I miss him. Here's to hope that he doesn't stink in Speed Racer!!!

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Won Bin...Won Bin...WonBin....Just a glimpse of you will be enough....

I was kind of looking forward to Cain and Abel. I hope he can choose a great project instead.

I think Rain has been overhyped (durn that JYP) but I actually like his acting better than his singing. I thought I'm a Cyborg was cute. Rain is a good guy and I hope he will choose his next projects wisely. Oh yeah, and although I loved the cartoon, after seeing the trailer, the Speedracer movie looks too cheesy! I hope I am wrong. I will go see it anyway to support Rain.

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out of everybody on that list i'm looking forward to seeing more of Rain.. i doubt his role in "Speed Racer" is notable enough, but at least he will be acting and I think he's a very talented one... he hasn't reached his full potential yet, but i with the right projet, right team, who knows..

So Ji Sup.. I've only seen him in "We are dating now" with Chae Rim, and his performance was merely gfood.. Nothing too exceptional, but not bad... He has no range in his facial expression.. Hope he praticed in the army, c uz i would definetly try and suppport him if he participates in any dram/movie this year...

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Jang Nara....ehh not really. (I say that alot dont I....)
I dont usually fall for overly cutesy or whiny types...
But So Ji Sup, I am looking forward too...

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Rain really acted well in A Love to Kill. It might have been a major flop, but i think he is more suited for the manly, raw, masculine role than the cutesy-ditsy role in Full House. Hope to see him in another action packed role where he can reprise his cool, mysterious persona.

Jang Nara is really missed on K dramas. Sometimes, i wish that she would forget about China and return to where she can act in better productions.

So Ji Sup, Where is that drama of his?? He is really a unique actor and i enjoy his anti-heroic persona he plays.

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Jang Nara has been doing quite well in China and Taiwan. I'm also surprised by how well they do the dubbing!

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SO JI SUB...absolutely...HE IS AN AWSOME ACTOR AND VERY NICE TO LOOK AT AS WELL....

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where's won bin now?

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aah.. rain & jang nara with their world & panasian entertainment ventures... rue the day when their ambition outmatches their talent... or has it already arrived?

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That picture of him is kind of scary. I tried to scroll down as fast as I could. :X

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Eric..Eric..Eric..hehehe..well, i don't quite go with the list..so ji sub yes but i don't really think about the rest...

Eric's been hiding for such a long time..i missed seeing him in action..

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I want to see So Ji Sub. He got excellent talent and such a waste didnt make the full of it. Please do producer of Cain and Abel, I want to watch so much on screen again.

For actress, i want to watch Im Soo Jung on small screen. I love her so much. She got a unique skill of acting.

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So Ji Sub at first didnt appeal to me, I watched Glass Slippers, WHIP a little but I didnt like him much, but after MISA, oh man, the suprassed his expactation. He sure is one of great actor who did tremendously improve in acting skill; expression, eyes, movement, everything. He is sure want to die for to wait.

Won Bin also, i rather hope to see him again.

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So Ji Sub, So Ji Sub & So Ji Sub lol
I am dying to see him on the TV screen again, it's a small pity that [Cain & Abel] has been postponed but I'm sure the wait will be more than worth it =)

I'm also dying to see Won Bin again but he seems much more likely to do a movie than a TV series.

I still think Rain's performance in [SangDoo!] has been his best so far, he was good in [A Love To Kill] but the connection w/ the audience wasn't quite as natural as [SangDoo!] And it's true, his attention is a little all over the place @ the moment & quite honestly, the last thing I see him doing right now is a local television drama series. That is, unless something extraordinary catches his eye.

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I agree with the article's choices on the male actors..
Ji Sub is such a charismatic and great actor..his performance in MISA was just so awesome that I almost could not get Moo Hyuk, and his story out of my mind for quite some time. It remains to be one of the best dramas I've seen so far..That's why I've been waiting so long for his comeback.. I really hope Cain & Abel doesn't get cancelled or shelved. It's certainly a waste to miss out on this guy..

I love Rain too.. tho probably not as much now, since I've not checked on his news for so long. I think he should return to dramas.. he has a knack for cute and serious roles, and I think he'll regain Korean's attention at least (if not fans) if he returns to dramas. I personally think he's a better actor than singer (tho I love his husky voice)..I hope he comes back!

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So Ji Sub!

MISA remains the kdrama closest to my heart..

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I too would like to see So Ji Sub. But in a comedy. Enough with the fated death characters. Show me silly, Ji Sub. Won Bin too. He's just oh so pretty. Also Kim Sun Ah. Miss her.

Rain has been getting a pretty harsh cyber beatdown lately. The poor fella. I was lucky enough to snatch an interview with him last June in LA and I can seriously say, he is adorably charming but insanely overwork. I just hope he's surrounding himself with smart industry savvy individuals nowadays.

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won bin come back!

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I WANT HYUN BIN!
not a tiny doubt at all

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WON BIN!!

sorry, but I don't like SJS that much anymore. thanks to the brown bunny photos :(

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out of the list above, there is only one person that i am looking forward to seeing on the screen again...SJS...to this day, MISA still remains one of the best drama that i have ever since...his performance in that drama is awesome....looking forward to CAin and Abel...hopefully it will push through soon and not get cancelled. SJS deserves a good vehicle for his comeback. By the way, i've read in one of the articles somewhere that SJS is going to be in a hollywood movie? does anybody know if there is any truth to this?

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The only one off the list I am dying to see again is So Ji Sub (maybe not his hair though). I'm highly anticipating Cain & Abel. He is a great actor. Being a pornstar really isn't the right career for him. As for Rain, I kind of like him. I agree, he really doesn't deserve THAT much of the criticism he's been getting lately. I might like to see him back on the small screen. Full House 2 anyone?

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jang dong gun please.... where is he? ;p

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Ripgal: I always enjoyed reading your posts here or in Soompi. Glad we shared the same love towards MISA and all those comments from others as well on that also. I have been stopped for quite some years watching Korean drama but when I stumbled upon MISA in youtube I just can't resist it. Until now it was the deepest and closet to my heart. It leave us with some unresolved questions but yet it is life. It is realistic and untypical of Korean drama for not to portray all the answers in the scene.

Initially after watching MISA alos I didnt really like So Ji Sub I rather love Im So Jung, but when i start re watched other Korean dramas, I found that So Ji Sub is one of remarkable actor in Korean entertainment if we want to be objective and not bias out there. He didn't have to cry a lot or talk a lot.

Yes, i want also to see him in comedy drama. But actually in MISA is balance also with comedy senses. There is a lot of sarcastic dialog between him and Im Soo Jung without overdo or exaggerating it.

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Like the Cyon commercial goes, "Won Bin Hyun Bin Won Bin Hyun Bin...". And wouldn't it be heavenly to see them act in the same drama?

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I am afraid what I am going to comment about is not the post itself..sorry about that...

Thank you for posting Handshake....it's one of my fav Bi songs. I was and am still a Bi fan but the bad press recently has just been upsetting for fans too. Listening to this song now suddenly reminds me of the time when he was just the charismatic stage performer who swooned us with his moves and hearftfelt renditions (eg Handshake).

It brought back such warm memories...thank you for posting this song :)

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So Ji Sup for me too.. i miss seeing him on screen, he never seems to disappoint me..
although others may not agree, i actually do want to see jang nara back on kdramas...
and where's won bin? he should bring his sexy back..

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I hope to see more of Cha In Pyo. He is a good actor. I loved him in KBS drama Firework.

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is this actually a poll result, or just some "journalist" writing in support of personal faves (which happens too often)? maybe they're quite popular, but they still have to compete with other actors for the same jobs. so many articles about cha in-pyo losing major roles to other (top) actors over the years (yeah it was the "boohoo my career" stuff.)

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I love DongGun-ssi in All About Eve. I hope we get to see him in another TV series. Just love this guy with a warm smile and beautiful eyes. You're one hunk of a guy, donggun-ssi.

" I know You. I walked with you once upon a dream"

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Jang nara really made her mark in china, you have to remember it is rather a big place and for her to do well there not fluent in the lang in something of a success in of itself. It would be great to see her back in Korea and acting there. I think she would like to as well she very loyal to her fans and has siad often she gets very homesick. After the well received Good Morning Shanghai / Chun Bai Zhi Lian last year she shows she has pulling power in China, thus making it hard for any return to Korea likely but as this is a wish list I go For Jang Nara. [she still spoke her lines in korean in Chun Bai Zhi Lian re bratty princess but this time she dubbed herself later, so you can hear her own voice for a change. guess you can add voice actress to model singer actor and whatever she ambassador for these day]

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i miss jang nara and ryu siwon. when they are coming back on screen?

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Thanks for your sincere comments, javabeans. I noticed that this blog is not like other korean entertainment blogs that engage in obvious shameless flame-baiting to generate traffic. Lol.

Being a huge Rain fan myself, I cannot help but agree that Rain's earlier albums are better than Rain's World. There are some really good songs in his latest album but each time I listen to the more popular ones like I'm Coming, In My Bed, and Move On, I feel disconnected (my personal picks are Him & Me and Not A Single Day).

His more popular songs aren't at all forgettable and the music videos are okay but seems hyped-up, even pretentious. I hope Rain won't be so concerned about packaging and reinventing himself . Although I will surely support all his endeavors, I think he is more appealing when he is being simple and sincere (as an actor and singer) as he was when he was just starting.

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how about KIM JAE WON???

i miss him!!!!!omg..hes really good!!

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I Love RAIN so much

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I LOVE KIM RAE WON TOO

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i love you so ji subbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb you killl me man

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i comefrom in indonesia
i like rain
cz,he handsome,
and profesional actris

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ku maha damang??

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So JI Sub , excellent actor .

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i like rain, come in indonesian ,you aktor popular.i miss you,women of the bast..........! i love you rain...umm......ah.

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I always thought that all the hype towards So Jib Sup was because of his looks and not his acting, which I thought was awful (ATYOL, WADN, WHIB, Law Firm) until I saw I am Sorry I Love You. He was so much improved. That made that series worth watching and I started to like him. I must say I liked him a lot in Cain & Abel and in Rough Cut (aka A Movie is a Movie). I wish him luck and hope to see him again in something new.

I am very happy that Ryu Si Won will be back, after five years, in a new drama. Yipeeeh!!!!

If Rain is to star in a drama, he should hurry up before the end of the year, when Ninja Assassin opens. He is a very good actor and i love his husky voice, but I wasn't too happy with his last music album. The songs from previous albums are much better. (Sorry, I love you Rain)

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Wonder whether Yoon Eun Hye is working on any drama/movie currently. I sure miss her a lot! Also when will Gong Yoo be back from his military service? Seems like it been too long already.. How about Ahn Jae Wook? Miss him since the last Mr Goodbye. Hope to see Jae Hee on screen as well.. Waa.. my list is actually longer than this, but can't afford to put all of them here..

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