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Photoshoot face-off: Jung Il-woo vs. Kim Soo-hyun
by | April 21, 2012 | 182 Comments

It’s the battle of the Moon/Sun bros! Jung Il-woo and Kim Soo-hyun each have cityscape photoshoots out this month (Jung Il-woo is in New York with 1st Look, and Kim Soo-hyun went to London for Bazaar), and I’ve decided they should face-off, zoolander style, for Best Blue Steel.

Why, you ask? Absolutely no reason. Because they’re pretty. Because I’m bored. Because it’s fun to invent fictional rivalries, and because each is fantastic on his own, but aren’t they better in a two-for-one deal? Let the walk-off begin.

Baddest Blue Steel against a brick wall:

Fiercest I’m-just-in-the-middle-of-my-big-city-day Ferrari:

Lushest Le Tigre under a bridge:

The Magnum: Never Too Suited Up for the Big City Edition:

Winner? Us.

Via BNT, Segye


182 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Zain

    Haha so funny. We are the winners because we get to enjoy double the pretty.

    • 1.1 Jo

      Jung Il Woo is so good at modeling. Kim Doo Hyun is kind of…typical. He has the typical standard look. As in, he doesn’t look bad, but his body doesn’t really tell a story. I love the picture of Jung Il Woo sitting next to the trash bags. It gives off a hurumph-y-James-Deanishhhh vibe.

      • 1.1.1 Sumee


      • 1.1.2 dramafever

        Completely agree!

      • 1.1.3 ilovemandoo

        I love both, but I agree.

      • 1.1.4 Anri Lin

        I agree, even though I’m a Soohyun fan.

      • 1.1.5 Sylvanna

        Not a fan of both but I agree with your comment! Jung Il Woo has style.. β™₯

      • 1.1.6 Trinity_Love

        I agree…Jung Il Woo seems natural in posing for pics

      • 1.1.7 Aslinn

        Jung Il DELIVERS!! I adore his acting…dramas or photo-shoots.

      • 1.1.8 arya

        Jung Il Woo nailed it. Loved his pics more.

      • 1.1.9 Annis

        Agree also, I love Kim Soo-Hyun, but this time the winner for me Mr. Jung Il-Woo, he look so Awesome……..

      • 1.1.10 Nafeesa

        I agree. Jung Il woo’s body totally tells the story. His expression, style is so different in each pic. His pics are like seeing ads of some luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier

    • 1.2 Sti

      Of course Jung Il Woo <3

      • 1.2.1 Tha

        Jung Il Woo FTW!

    • 1.3 Cam

      YEA!!! I really LOVE both of actors but I can’t choose one who is the BEST than another one. ^__^

      Bravvooooo!! Ooo, Jung Il Woo….(he’s really freaking cool when he pose like that !!)….seem like he know about his modeling style very well than Kim Soo Hyun (I think he may be first-time doing w/ his modeling, mm.) is doing very well job too! πŸ˜€

    • 1.4 obivia

      Haha, I snorted at the last line. When it comes to these 2 guys, there are no losers. HOT.

      • 1.4.1 Theadre

        I know right. Swoon.

    • 1.5 myweithisway

      Never felt luckier at winning something!

    • 1.6 Betty

      I agree, Jung Il Woo looks way better!

  2. neonrainbowstarrs

    YES. oh man jung il woo is BRINGING it in these pictures. and ksh is absolute perfection.
    what a glorious end to a stressful work day for me.

    • 2.1 coffeevamprie


  3. lotsofsunshine

    Winner: Us. Agreed.

    • 3.1 78446


      GF, I hope you get bored more often. This post just made my day. πŸ˜€

      • 3.1.1 MsGB

        GF + bored = Me + Heaven!


        • Theadre

          +100000000000000. . .

      • 3.1.2 jomo

        Excellent comment!
        Doubleplus good!

  4. quirkywhit

    πŸ˜€ Gotta love when you’re bored.

  5. ohemgee


  6. pockified

    Gotta admit I prefer JIW’s shoot since he just looks about perfect in the big city, but…….KSH is such a cutie T_T

    • 6.1 Rachel

      Was about to say that too.

      JIW: boyfriend type
      KSH: cute bro you wanna call every 5 min to make sure no crazy chica has sunk her fangs on him

      • 6.1.1 danny

        and there will no other CRAZY chica but me the VAMPY! ^^

      • 6.1.2 bubbletea

        You just said what’s on my mind!

        KSH looks good but I just can’t see him beyond being a lil’ bro. JIW? Total different story. *swoon*

  7. Mystisith

    So it was New-York versus London (correct me if i’m wrong people). My favorite is the B&W pic of Jung Il-woo with the jean and the cigarette (even if smoking is not cool at all). I almost would like to see him in a real ultimate bad boy part, like a killer or something.

    • 7.1 slfowie

      I love that one to, for some reason it is giving me John Travolta Grease bad boy vibe. another note, where exactly is his other hand going? one has the cig and the other one? its not going in his pant pocket, is it he tucking his hands under his jeans… hmm wonder what he is DOING πŸ˜‰ :p

      • 7.1.1 Mystisith

        Nobody will believe me, but i promise: I didn’t catch this! I was mesmerized by the studded belt…

        • AuntieMame

          I believe you. The studded belt caught my eye, too . . . in the beginning . . .

        • slfowie

          so r u suggesting that I am the pervert??!!! In my defense since i am graphic design student i am trained to catch weird things like that πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

          • Ivoire

            Operative word:”In my defense,” you are defending a little too hard (to not be guilty of some thoughts, I am just saying…) πŸ™‚

          • slfowie

            well…. his hand IS going under this jeans! And I did not catch it at once, the picture was bugging me for some reason so I tool a really slow and close look. Then I noticed that.. Another thing i noticed was the studds in his pants!!! Why the heck would people put studds there if they did not want you looking at it!!!! πŸ˜‰

          • Ivoire

            @ Slfowie,

            I will say it again: Thou doest defend thyself a little too much for my taste, hum…(Very suspicious indeed). I went back and looked at the picture (which didn’t catch my eye at 1st, so seriously questioning your motives here πŸ™‚ ) and to be honest, his HAND is actually RESTING on the belt. If you look closely, the hand is actually 2/3 out of his pants. Doesn’t look like it was going anywhere. The picture seems to say (at least to me) : “Look at me, I am a bad boy and I am cool (a la James Dean).”

            Slfowie, I think you are seeing what you want to see, again, I am just sayin’ πŸ™‚ The telling sentence was: “I took a really slow and close look” (Hum…). Please get your mind out of the gutter :-). Why was the pix bugging you? It looked fine to me. BTW: I am just messing with you, hope you know that :-)!

    • 7.2 Raine

      speaking of killers….PSH comes out in october!

    • 7.3 daniela

      Yap, smoking is no good and he should be more careful about his image. For me this is the only negative point from this pictures.
      Who cares if it’s London or NY … we surely win this round :)) I now wait for Paris and Madrid … but quickly!

  8. Mary

    that was awesome

  9. katch

    Kim Soo Hyun’s photographer actually looked like he put the effort in to make his images stand out KSH:1 JIW:0

    • 9.1 riley

      Gotta say, I think you’re right. Although I also think GF is right XD

    • 9.2 sharu

      Ah…that’s it πŸ™‚ !! JIW seems to be a part of the pic itself…KSH seems apart from it…esp in the 1st shot…

      anyways..double dose of pretty πŸ˜€ …yay for us !!

  10. 10 JL

    AHAH <3

  11. 11 Jasmin

    They were in London!? Where have I been!?T-T

    • 11.1 ...

      i know right?!?!? i feel exactly the same way… if only! πŸ˜€

    • 11.2 alua

      Not paying attention?

      It was even mentioned on the KCCUK’s Facebook page, before KSH got here.

  12. 12 DinoB

    Jung Il Woo slays in this photoshoot <3

    • 12.1 JoAnne

      Agreed – Sam Dong is adorbs, but JIW was actually hot. Except not in those shorts.

      • 12.1.1 DinoB

        it weird how KSH will either be “sam dong” or “hwon” to almost everybody but i loved him most in will it snow for christmas (sadly the adult portion never lived upto the child portion; kim soo hyun was once his very own yeo jin goo =P )

        • JoAnne

          True – that scene in the police station? I was all ‘whoa, who IS this kid?’

        • ilovemandoo

          So true.

      • 12.1.2 jomo

        The shorts take about 15 years off him. Don’t like that at all.

        • JoAnne

          I just…guys with smooth legs in shorts just give me the willies. It’s one situation where there SHOULD be hair.

          • YY

            I’m sure smooth-legged guys can buy fake hair when they get the hairy urge. They probably sell fake hair in sheets, like stickers, where you just peel off the adhesive base and you get to choose from a wide range of interesting packages: lush rainforest, English countryside, prairie grassland, desert scrub etc.

          • slfowie

            Tell me u were just bout ^ .

          • slfowie

            the previous post.. it was supposed to read.. tell me you were just joking bout ^

          • jomo

            YY never jokes.
            Her grandmother, on the other hand…

          • sharu

            ^ O.o !!! …

            ” lush rainforest, English countryside, prairie grassland, desert scrub” whoa…..

  13. 13 bluemarina

    I have to say that Jung Il Woo is the winner today!!! So pretty!!!

  14. 14 Miky

    Can i have Jung Il-woo please…i love both of them,they are equally sexy but i prefer Jung Il-woo n this pics,i absolutely adore his hairstyle and fashion in here,i have a thing for it,can’t help it!

  15. 15 Laica

    Both look super hot, but I have to admit I laughed at the fact that Jung Il-woo has a murse in every picture.

    And I agree. We win!

  16. 16 partypapercrown

    what! kim soo hyun was in london and i had no idea! and that TUNNEL. is literally a minute away from where my friend lives. plus, coldplay made their music video for ‘fix you’ there. awesome.

  17. 17 kbap

    Because of my extreme bias towards JIW, I’ll have to say he looks a lot better. (Plus I’m still bitter towards the ending of Moon/Sun. Seriously, I hold grudges for a long time. But no worries, I love KSH too.) They both look adorable, can’t wait for them to star in more dramas and whatnot! πŸ™‚ (But hopefully not together. They’re both awesome, but as rivals I will die and melt into a puddle of goo. Can’t. Choose. Jumping ships every two minutes is very hard to do, you know.)

  18. 18 gia

    i prefer Jung Il-woo one

  19. 19 heartzeal

    Don’t know what’s the age diff but KSH looks little bit too much like a teenager in the photoshoot from my perspective and so he is no go. JIW on the other hand is giving off hot rich dude in his 20s feels which I like. πŸ™‚

    Sry KSH fan but just my opinions.

    • 19.1 Alvina

      Jung Il Woo was born in ’87 and Kim Soo Hyun was born in ’88. It’s funny that you mention how they look though. KSH is very baby-faced while JIW seems to always be getting some “noona-lovin'” πŸ™‚

  20. 20 canxi

    Okay, I probably feel the same way about JIW that Mysti (was it Mysti??) feels about Lee Dong Wook but I liked his photoshoot better. And not just because he’s in my city but just because. I mean the cheetah print slip-ons? Was this REALLY a competition?

    Hahaha. I loved Kim Soo Hyun’s photo shoot too. And I also like London very much. I haven’t been in years though ): Want….go….back!

    • 20.1 Mystisith

      Eh canxi, you’re from the Big Apple? And you remember what i said about LDW… πŸ™‚ Funny!

      • 20.1.1 canxi

        Hahaha, yes I am from the Big Apple! I’m a city girl,lol. And lol, I think I remembered because it described how I felt about Jung Il Woo perfectly XD

  21. 21 Yasmin

    Argh!! He was in london?! When? It was the holidays here and I declined going cos there wasnt anything interesting/new to see!!! Man, biggest regret ever!!
    On the pictures, i think they qre both evenly matched, with some themes that i likedine more than the other..but i totally agree with the winner being us πŸ˜€

  22. 22 Jandoe

    KSH in terms of photography stellar but JIL for the spice in his photos, I think. Either way: mighty fine boys!

  23. 23 Hazel

    Jung I’l Woo is so delicious Yum Yum! I wanna eat him!

  24. 24 PL

    The second to last photo of KSH is my fave out of the bunch…there’s kind of an adorkable derp quality to it? No? Just me then…XD.

  25. 25 Cynthia

    Sure – but can either one of them reach into their pants and magically whip off their underpants?

    I think not.

    No messing with the Zoolander, please. Classics must remain classics.

    • 25.1 come2noona

      It looks as if JIW was gonna give it a shot…

  26. 26 ...

    he was in LOnDOn?!?!! and i walk past picadilly circus all the time T.T so sad…

  27. 27 lucy

    i prefer the pizza tbh. looks so good.

    • 27.1 canxi


    • 27.2 ~Feather~

      yeah, me too.
      I was mesmerized by it cuz I haven’t been to the city in a while and miss the pizzerias.
      Other then that–I enjoyed the rest of the shots immensely. πŸ˜‰

  28. 28 jomo

    Thanks for the show down!

    I’m going with JIW for this one all the way.

    My absolute fav photo is already on my timeline in FB.
    That is the hatted and Charlie Chaplinesque JIW sitting on the chair with his cone down and sad sacks in full display.

  29. 29 Anne-So


    Okay, I’m really biased. I love this guy. But in those photoshoots, he srsly works it without efforts so yeah.

  30. 30 AuntieMame

    I love them both. But, I have to admit that JIW rules his photos, in every comparison. Experience wins out?

    Oh, the James Dean vibe is so scintillating . . . (big sigh).

  31. 31 topper

    I say JIW.

  32. 32 MJP

    Jung Ill-woo is the clear winner!

    • 32.1 jomo

      Hello there, MJP!
      Agree. He somehow removes the distance between us and him. I feel like he’s right there in front of me thinking intense things, even when he isn’t staring into the depth of my soul…

      • 32.1.1 YY

        What intense things?

        • jomo

          Some quick nonsense to meet the challenge:
          1. This pizza is cold, but not as cold as a Shaman’s heart.
          2. Even if my right hand knew, I wouldn’t tell you what my left hand is doing.
          3 This newspaper tastes like the sorrow of 49,000,000 tears.
          4 Maybe I shouldn’t have mixed my darks with whites. What if my panties turn gray?
          5 I wish my legs were hairy; I would look more like a pirate than a sailor.
          6 I smoke because I have the power over life and death, and elevators.
          7 See what happens when you make me wear my little sister’s jean jacket and my Aunt Maude’s slippers? I run away with Uncle Ozzie’s carry on.
          8 Oh, yeah, I am bad, bad, bad ass. Just try to take my sad sacks and down cone, buddy.
          9 I’m feeling so blue, like my bike, like my knapsack, but I feel pretty, so pretty like my polka-dot shirt.

          • ~Feather~

            You just made my day. πŸ™‚

  33. 33 Alvina

    I love the little “standout” accents that JIW’s wardrobe has. It’s very amusing, very random, but he pulls it off πŸ™‚

  34. 34 Anvesha

    I love JWL’s photoshoot more! The pictures look more polished and less… photoshopped (in terms of the landscape) – a feel that I like.

    My favorite is the brick-wall b&w one!

  35. 35 sandrouu21

    Jung Il Woo!!! And yes, it was fun ahah

  36. 36 gala

    Sam Dong for me more than the scheduler. (then again, i’ve never really like Jung Il Woo – hated him in High Kick, but loved him in Iljimae).

  37. 37 sked

    JUNG IL WOO is perfect for this!! he looks so natural.

  38. 38 Fiercediva

    Girlfriday will never know the agony of knowing that Jung Il Woo is in your town for a week and trying to stumble upon a photoshoot accidentally on purpose. JIW was fighting a cold when these were shot, bless him. It was really hot the day he arrived and turned into coat weather by the time he left. He’s posing with murses because MCM bags was one of the designers featured in the shoot.

  39. 39 makoto

    Jung Il Woo ftw! But i don’t like that yellow shoes n baby blue bag… They damage the whole look like stains in a very luxurios clothes. πŸ™
    The one which he sits wearing yellow t shirt is terribly adorable. Reminds me of Chi Soo stranded in train station and ended up with that cute pororo blanket. :333

  40. 40 doublen

    JUNG. IL. WOO.

  41. 41 sjkwifey

    Gonna go with Kim Soo Hyun because the photos were shot in my home city. Yes I know I’m being biased but seeing the Tower Bridge just makes me go all patriotic. But props to Jung Il Woo for making man bags look cool, something that I thought was near impossible.

  42. 42 Kairi

    I Love the colors and photography of KSH’s photoshoot….but damn if Jung Il Woo isn’t the sexiest thing in NYC. Lol! JIW wins for me today, although Kim Soo Hyun was also mighty pretty to look at. The winners really are US haha!

  43. 43 mooony

    definitely jung il woo here.he’s really suited for the pictorial but the last pic of kim soo hyun makes you wanna pinch his face.haha

  44. 44 BellaMafia

    Not fair.. 9 pics vs 4 pics.. we need more KSH’s pics to decide who the winner is… lols.

  45. 45 mellowyel

    On a normal day, I’d say KSH without skipping a beat, but JIW is killing this photoshoot. Either he’s getting more attractive, or I’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid. Either way, I much prefer this dark and short-ish haircut on him than the Joseon topknot and the dye-and-perm.

    • 45.1 jomo

      He does look better, doesn’t he with the darker hair?
      More real?

  46. 46 Abbie

    Jung Il-woo all the way!

  47. 47 Monona

    woah, KSH was on Grafitti Bridge? Brave man.

  48. 48 Coco


  49. 49 kit

    until half way through i was like STICKING TO MY JUNG IL WOO GUNS I CAN DO IT I CAN DO IT but then



    so much pretty

  50. 50 VV

    Jung Il-Woo actually portrays emotions and looks hot in his modeling. Kim Soo Hyun is gorgeous and his photographer is good but his expressions are blah.

    • 50.1 mary

      VV! I wanted to say that too but I was busy imagining myself as a newspaper.

      (My vote goes to JIW)

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