Upcoming enlistments: Sending off the next wave of stars
Kim Jae-won and Kim Rae-won
First up: Kim Jae-won (of KBS’s Hwang Jini) recently announced his enlistment date as March 23. He leaves without a final Korean project to tide us over till his return, although his role in a Chinese drama will begin airing in March.
Kim co-starred with another upcoming enlistee, Kim Rae-won, back in 2002’s My Love Patzzi, who is another big name expected to begin his service soon. Last seen in SBS drama Gourmet (and now promoting his upcoming film Insadong Scandal), he will be holding one last fanmeeting next month to say goodbye to fans. The large-scale March 15 event precedes his 28th birthday (March 19) and will take place in Seoul.
Other expected upcoming enlistments include Frozen Flower‘s Jo In-sung, Jo Han-seon of Sweet Lies, Choi Ji-woo’s Star’s Lover co-star Lee Ki-woo, and Choi Ji-woo’s real-life love Lee Jin-wook.
(I wonder if the frenetic pace of the entertainment industry — which is often downright dangerous, with the ridiculously packed schedules resulting in so many accidents — would be much improved with reform to the conscription system. A good portion of those accidents affect women too, so perhaps it wouldn’t entirely do away with the issue, but it would have to help.)