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Ji Hyun-woo and Park Shi-yeon break into the idol biz

Park Shi-yeon (Coffee House) and Ji Hyun-woo (Birth of the Rich), lead guitarist of kpop band The Nuts, have been cast as leads in the upcoming film Happy Together. The movie will take place in the world of the music industry, and in particular the idol factory. Right on. Would love to see this world dramatized, especially if there’s a chance it’s not just a fluff piece.

Ji Hyun-woo will be playing a twenty-something vocalist in a band, and Park Shi-yeon will play the thirty-something producer who wants to turn him into an idol star. Interesting dynamic. I like it already. I just hope the story has some edge; if played safe this loses all interest from me.

Truthfully, I’ll probably watch it anyway for Park Shi-yeon. My main take-aways from Coffee House were: 1) book cafes are cool in theory, but weird in practice; 2) you can stuff a body in a suitcase as long as they’re compliant; and 3) Park Shi-yeon is a gem. Love her.

Happy Together also stars Kim Suro (God of Study, Quiz King) and Im Won-hee (also of Quiz King). Directing will be Ra Hee-chan (All We Need Is Courage, The Big Scene).

Filming will begin in December.

Below is the MV for The Nuts’ Jansori [Nagging], featuring Ji Hyun-woo.

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The music video's setting and concept are spot on. I don't think Park is a gem, but I really loved her in Story of a Man.

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Did you watch her in Coffee House? I absolutely loved her character.

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I did, actually. I liked the charecter's personality, but I think some other actresses could've pulled it off better.

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Well, i really disagree with u. Park Si Yeon is the perfect cast in Coffee House. I don't think other actresses could take her place. I adore her since Coffee House.

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I agree with you.
No one can pull of EY better than PSY
I falled in love with her in CH- my #1 bias drama of the year - and I got to say her eyes are so impressive :)

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Agreed. She did her comedy scenes decently, but I wouldn't say it was that compelling, at least not enough for her to truly resonate with me, especially given how pathetic and indecisive her character turned later in the series. She's an ok actress, but nothing to get seriously heated up about.

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He is a musician?O_o Never know that. Only knew him in Birth of Rich. I think I read about Happy Together news before but I didn't recalled what it is about

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I'll definitely check the movie out.

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I thought that Jay Park (ex-2PM member) is a cast in this upcoming film also, or I may be wrong... :/

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He is. He plays one of the Idol group members.

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hemmmm... nice... I like them!!

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Ji Hyun Woo is a gem too! I absolutely adore him. He does the sweet, funny guy very well.

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wow, the MV was so epic. ji hyun woo... now, HE is pretty underrated!

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completely agree about him being underrated. then again, i can say that his project choices are a little... hmm, how do i describe it? safe?! yeah, it's like there's potential [esp in his acting] but what he's given is so limited, hence we cant really see him proving his worth/talent. but the dude is multi-talented!

PSY, ive always loved her and has followed her film career. im not really all happy with her drama roles. i think this casting can generate good on-screen chemistry. can't wait!

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Ms Park was a great, and pleasant, surprise in CH as a really modern character with ambition and desires, including (gasps!) sexual ones. She was very engaging.

What I took away from Coffee House is:
1) Kang Ji-hwan belongs to javabeans

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Somebody learned their lessons right!

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Hahahah. That's a sad but true fact I'm willing to accept considering all the dramabeans goodness we're blessed with.

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For me:
1. I've finally met the love of my life Lee Jin Soo. (Kang Ji Hwan belongs to JB alright. But Jin Soo is mine. Mine!)

2. It turns me from Park Shi Yeon's hater into Park Shi Yeon's admirer.

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I'm surprised no one has tried to make something like this earlier; the idol-making factory seems like a rich field for drama. I mean, if even 25% of what we hear about trainees and all they go through is true, that's a pretty good story right there.

I'll definitely check this out, and I hope that they go a little more serious than the "You, too, can achieve your dreams with a ton of hard work and no sleep!" route.

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There was the drama Over the Rainbow, which was about idols in training. Too bad that one got pretty dull. So it's all a matter of handling, I think. Hopefully this one's interesting.

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ji hyun woo was the lead in Over the Rainbow. I never knew he was a musician in real life, now everything makes more sense...

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Over the Rainbow is what came to my mind to and Ji Hyun Woo was in that too....but i found it dull too...i think they became too obsessed with the realtionships and love triangles at some point

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Ji Hyun-woo was really cute in My Sweet Seoul, but no match for The Voice.

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I always thought this too, though I bet some people may be wary about doing stories about the hardships of trainees because it will disillusion all those idol fans out there. Like, what? boy band idols are human too and their cute personalities are just personas they have taken on? no way! you mean, they don't have time to sleep or read our fanmail?!

anyways, this sounds interesting!

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I can't picture them as a couple but will watch this for PSY. CH has turned me into a PSY fan through and through! She's my fav character (though not at first) in CH.

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I don't think they'll be portraying a couple (maybe?) because the premise is PSY is a producer trying to make JHW into an idol star.

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Could be both, a la "A Star is Born."

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Yay Park Shi-yeon! Love her... surprisingly I have no hate for a woman who looks beautiful all the time. I mean.. ALL the time.

I'm so glad her acting got so much better after My Girl, and I actually like the premise of this film.

Hopefully it leads more towards a groundbreaking edgy feel because we all know how hard and sometimes corrupt the industry is on the surface...

but just HOW hard and corrupt is it? Someone surprise me.

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I love PSY and JHW so much, Can't believe we can see them in the same drama so much.
Ps: Her fashion style in CH is more than fantastic. I learn a lot from it: chic, style, not too reveal but so sexy...
Can't wait for it to come.

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Wow there are a huge influx of music-themed dramas -What's Up, Dream High , The Musical, now this one. Are they going to be shown at the same time?

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Book cafes can totally work though! I recently discovered Kramerworks Bookstore and Cafe in Washington DC. Great food at a restaurant adjoining a cool bookstore. The bookstore is open as late as the restaurant is, so you can go there for drinks or dinner, and stay for the live music, or browse the bookstore and pick up a good book on the way home. Good times all around :) There's also an awesome second hand bookstore/cafe in the town where I went to college.

This movie looks cool, though. Love Park Shi Yeon. At first I thought the singer PSY was in the movie, then I realized it was the acronym for her name, lol

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i really like the premise...and for once i'm glad its a movie not a drama

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I'm actually really excited for this! I loved Ji Hyun Woo in Invincible Lee Pyung Kang and Park Si Yeon definitely grew on me in Coffee House. I think her last character suited her so much more than her previous ones.

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i kinda wished it was a drama..
anyway, besides the lousy love story in it, i find over the rainbow pretty awesome, esp the stories about entertainment/idol world, where there are many eye openers for starry eyed fangirls who think their idols are oh-so-amusing/innocent/perfect/-insert any word- i learnt not to believe anything from the drama. lol. like the scene where jihyunwoo's dance group-turned idols were instructed to memorize their 'personality' and one of them complained that he didn't even know how to perform his 'favourite sports' but he was forced to follow instructions anyway. there are other things, but like i said, the focus on love parts ruined it. seo ji hye's character was darn annoying n may i say, unnecessary to the plot. she was just there to provide the typical poor-bumbling-hardworking-kind hearted heroine. i liked kim ok bin's character better although she wasn't 'the good girl'....at least, her character felt more human with her constantly letting herself tempted to the dark side.

anyway, that being said, i love ji hyun woo n The Nuts too. awesome band(although i don't like how they always make ji hyun woo pretend to sing in the MVs when he's not the singer although he did sing in certain songs). i guess it's cuz he's the face of the nuts. he's ridiculously adorable in sitcom Old Miss Diaries(gotta watch it for those who haven't)

and then, i love park shi yeon too! so i'm happy to have these two. too bad it's a film, and that means i won't know when i'll be able to watch it.

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i kinda wished it was a drama..
anyway, besides the lousy love story in it, i find over the rainbow pretty awesome, esp the stories about entertainment/idol world, where there are many eye openers for starry eyed fangirls who think their idols are oh-so-amusing/innocent/perfect/-insert any word- i learnt not to believe anything from the drama. lol. like the scene where jihyunwoo's dance group-turned idols were instructed to memorize their 'personality' and one of them complained that he didn't even know how to perform his 'favourite sports' but he was forced to follow instructions anyway. (hah, and i can't believe there are still ppl who'd believe their idols love sweet potatoes more than guys or some guy idol never dated his whole life because he's too innocent, just examples btw) there are other things, but like i said, the focus on love parts ruined it. seo ji hye's character was darn annoying n may i say, unnecessary to the plot. she was just there to provide the typical poor-bumbling-hardworking-kind hearted heroine. i liked kim ok bin's character better although she wasn't 'the good girl'....at least, her character felt more human with her constantly letting herself tempted to the dark side.

anyway, that being said, i love ji hyun woo n The Nuts too. awesome band(although i don't like how they always make ji hyun woo pretend to sing in the MVs when he's not the singer although he did sing in certain songs). i guess it's cuz he's the face of the nuts. he's ridiculously adorable in sitcom Old Miss Diaries(gotta watch it for those who haven't)

and then, i love park shi yeon too! so i'm happy to have these two. too bad it's a film, and that means i won't know when i'll be able to watch it.

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Hehe, I'm childish, but I dunno, I just got the giggles when I saw it's Park Siyeon's news RIGHT after Eric's.

XDDDD

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LoL me too .... kekkee

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like her very much in coffee house and like him in taming the heir. a good pair i think.

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JAY PARK WILL ALSO BE IN THIS DRAMA!

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I don't really get the Mv....some kind soul want to summarize it for me a bit?

I haven't watch CH either... I'm not sure if it's good...

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i'm not completely sure, but this is my take on it:

after the tarrot reading, the girlfriend becomes depressed, afraid of his impending death. and the he gets hit by the train and end up in a coma(i don't see how he could have survived the impact bc he didn't budge but whateva korean muisc videos) so the girlfriend is taking care of him while he is unconscious and when he finally wakes up, he sees the men in black/aka death angels? whisking her away bc she's dead. i think she traded her life in for his(don't know how) because the mom said something to him along this lines "yesterday was the 49th day and our baby(?) saved your life." but it was sure pretty

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hahah, I wonder if Hyun-Woo knows what his shirt says. XD

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Maybe he's a fan....

Anyway, uh, is this supposed to be a romantic comedy? There's nothing hinting which way the story will go..

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xD
I think he might be..

I'll probably watch this, I wonder though which direction will they go.

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HEY JAVABEANS ADD JAY PARK TO THE LIST HES PLAYING IN THIS TO

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I agree....PSY has the X-factor. LDV was the only drama I have seen of hers and I thought she outshone the leading lady who was a bore. I also liked her a lot in A Love with Jo Jin Mo.....my JJM ended up jumping off a cliff for her.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE NUTS! <3

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Will wait patiently for this movie! I fell in love with PSY while watching Coffee House but was heart broken with KJH when I discovered he was already taken by javabeans!

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Ji Hyun-Woo is one of promising actor but what happen to his bands?? . love The Nuts ..<3

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AAAH so excited for ji hyun wooooo~~~ :DDDD this makes me want to go listen to my the nuts albums right now.

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wow Kim Soo Ro in it too? ... Park Shi Yeon, i just wait her new project..then i read this news (happy to the max) ...n Jay Park.....yay Iam IN

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i'll watch it for park shi-yeon and kim suro! hahaha!

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I immediately thought of Over The Rainbow too because it was a drama about idols and Ji Hyun Woo was the lead as well. So I'm kinda hoping for someone else to play the lead because I didn't like him in that show.

Come to think of it, I've never liked Ji in anything. I only finished OTR for Hwanhee, and My Precious You for Ji's onscreen younger brother Song Joong Ki (yeah that kid stole my heart since then)

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yes..Over The Rainbow, that's what exactly came to my mind when heard that this story is about idols..
i like ji hyun woo but it seems he never get any good drama..or he never get any challenging role..

hope this one is better..

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Both of them are gem. I also prefer a drama than a film. Have been waiting for Park Si Yeon's next project.

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I cant wait to see this
Finally PSY in a new project
It's even better that she's paired up with a younger guys
This 'd be interesting
** I still hope that she'd paired with Eric in a drama** Call me childish... I know, but I cant help it. ^^;;

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Am liking PSY very much ! But alas, i confess to a teeth fetish..... and found hers wanting much in that area ! Wish she'd fix her teeth and then she'd be perrfect.

As for Ji Hlyun Woo - he's nice and all, just a mite too bland for me. Could it be because of the safe roles he'd gotten to date ? Nah.... me thinks the x-factor in low supply there. Mian-he JHW's fans ! He's more like a sweet brotherly type who cld strum the guiter quite nicely and sing nicely too.

Think i'll give this drama a miss. But will definately look out for Secret Garden.

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Um, what is wrong with her teeth? D: Doesn't she have very nice teeth? XD

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Like Ji Hyun-woo, but not so much for the girl, who've I've seen in both CH and MG. Dunno why, but this couple doesn't really strike me as the type to keep my interest on the screen? oh well. And what's up with the influx of music drama/movies lately? Not that I don't like it, but still...

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I think it's really nice to see how Park Shi-yeon's charisma developed ^^ But I guess it also depends on the roles one gets!

This seems interesting. Guys, it's a movie anyway, so there's not much commitment needed XD

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Agree with you. I think Park Shi-yeon is a good actress. She did a great job in Story of a Man, and her performance in LDV was also impressive. But the problem is she's always chosen to play the non-typical K-drama female roles, ambitious, or even aggressive, a little bit dark-sided and femme fatale. Maybe because she's too pretty to be those poor but innocent cinderellas. Therefore even if she deliver a good performace, she's not well received among audience, cause her roles are not adorable.

Finally she stands out in Coffee House. Her personality, or charisma really shines in CH. At last there is a not so conventional but still adorable K-drama female lead. I can't think a second choice but Park Shi-yeon who can do such an amazing job in CH.

About this movie project, I'm not sure if it will touch the dark and corrupted side of the industry. But from the choice of the cast, maybe they will just play it safe. Ji Hyun-woo is the incredibly adorable idol, PSY is the ambitious career woman, and Kim Suro is good for comedy. That's only my guess even though I hope the movie will have some depth and go edgy. But I'll give it a try, for PSY. She said she doesn't want to repeat herself on the screens. So let's wait and see.

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just a sentence.... saranghaeyoo ji hyun woo oppa..........

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When this move will appear? Can't wait..

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I can't believe Kim Boong-do used to be in a K-pop band! XD

(Thanks to the spammers for leading me to this post...)

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