I’ll just give you a second to let that image sink in. (I mean, really, really sink in that this is indeed two of Korea’s hottest rising pretty boys made famous by two of Korea’s biggest youth drama hits, Joo Ji-hoon of Goong and Kim Jae-wook of Coffee Prince.)
October 28 was press preview day for the new movie Antique (full title: Western Antique and Bakery Shop), starring Joo Ji-hoon, Kim Jae-wook, baby-faced Yoo Ah-in (Strongest Chil Woo), and model Choi Ji-ho (Time of Dog and Wolf).
Also: Let the Coffee Prince comparisons begin?
Antique is based on a bestselling Japanese manga, surrounding a “secretive” second-generation chaebol who runs a bakery (you mean, kinda like in Coffee Prince?), a “devilish” gay genius patissier (that’s a bunch of words I’d never thought to see together), a boxing champion turned apprentice, and a troublemaking bodyguard who looks great but has little else to boast. (Those are played by Joo Ji-hoon, Kim Jae-wook, Yoo Ah-in, and Choi Ji-ho, respectively.) “Antique” comes from the name of the cake shop where they all work.
Joo revealed that during filming, “I slapped Kim Jae-wook’s cheek more than twenty times.” (Bitchfight?) Apparently they’d wanted to get the shot in one take, so he hit him with full force, but the director wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, and it turned into many more takes. Kim had to ice his face to keep the swelling and redness down during filming.
Kim said that he immersed himself into taking on his homosexual role: “Before my co-star Andy Gillet arrived in Korea, I’d received his picture and conditioned my mind while looking at it, telling myself, ‘I’m falling in love.’” After praising Gillet for his beautiful looks, Kim said, “I had to act physically affectionate with a man, which I’d never done before, and although my mind would go there, my body would tense up. Acting to come across naturally and without awkwardness was pretty difficult.”
Antique opens on November 13.
Choi, Joo, Kim, Yoo. Either they’re arranged in order of height, or with the sane bookending Teh Crazy:
I have to wonder if Joo Ji-hoon coordinated his outfit with his best bud Kim Jae-wook. They’re both doing the oversized crazy-bag-lady jacket with the weathered black leather boots and the tight faded black pants.
The most perplexing thing about this look is that it obviously took a lot of EFFORT.
But maybe they think they did a good job and are congratulating selves for a fashion (faux pas) well done:
I’m still having a little trouble reconciling this baby-faced, bashful-looking Yoo Ah-in to the strong, forceful, angsty Heuk San/Orroz in Strongest Chil Woo.
I mean, just compare him above and below:
- There’s no accounting for Personal Taste
- Kim Jae-wook in Japan
- Kingdom of Wind aims young with some idol faces
- Strongest Chil Woo: Episodes 1 & 2
- Kim Jae-wook’s Ice Fortress