Singer-actress Jang Nara is probably more popular nowadays in China than in Korea, and she has just announced that she’ll be headlining her next project — a Chinese drama. She began filming in late November in Shanghai, her father-manager Joo Ho-sung revealed belatedly via her official website.
(I don’t know what the drama’s Chinese title is, but it translates in Korean to “철면가녀,” which means “a woman who wears a mask while singing,” according to the announcement.)
Jang’s last project was the Korean indie film Sky and Ocean, which flopped big at the box office this fall. However, it could be argued that the subpar performance wasn’t an indicator of quality but a result of backlash to the controversy surrounding the film. It had been nominated for acting awards before its release, leading some to accuse Joo (who produced) of bribery and behind-the-scenes dealmaking. Then, when it was released in theaters, it was pushed to early-morning and late-night showings, which undoubtedly contributed to the poor showing. As a result, they decided to pull the film early from theaters.
Manager-dad Joo announced in the same notice their intention to donate all the proceeds of the film’s Chinese run to charity to help children suffering from leukemia.
Via Star News
- Jang Nara on her new movie and its controversy
- Jang Nara’s Sky and Ocean flops big at box office
- Bonding through music in Sky and Sea
- Jang Nara is back in Sky and Sea
- Jang Nara converts paydays into charitable donations
- Jang Nara’s got good genes