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Song Seung-heon tackles new sageuk project
by | October 13, 2012 | 83 Comments

First he time-traveled to Joseon to save lives (and okay, screw with history on the side); now Song Seung-heon is jumping farther back into history to the Goryeo era for his next project, an action-sageuk film called The Messenger (a working title).

The Messenger is set against the backdrop of the Mongol invasions of the early 13th century, when the Goryeo nation took the cautionary measure of moving its capital. The fate of the country lies with one man tasked with the delivery of an urgent message—our hero, Song Seung-heon. Sounds like one of those simple conceits that have the potential to turn out riveting films, if played right; that whole “fate of Everything depends on one man” storyline can make for nail-biting action and a heck of an underdog story. It sure worked for Bow: The Ultimate Weapon, one of the past year’s biggest blockbusters. Also: Lots of action means less acting required. This is a fortunate thing for a Hand Towel™ project.

Apparently Song really came around to the sageuk genre following Dr. Jin, after admitting that he’d previously discounted them for being both boring and difficult. He said, “I read the screenplay in one sitting. Because story is so full of action and the characters compelling, I decided to take it.”

Song is currently in training for the action scenes; that’s what he’s workin’ on in these recently released photos. As much as I really think he should do more romantic comedies, I can totally see him suiting the action-fighting stuff comfortably, a la Jang Hyuk.

Not too many people have attached themselves to the movie yet, though we have director Kwon Jong-kwan (S Diary, Sad Movie) and supporting actor Yoon Jae-moon, who played crazy effer Bong-gu in The King 2 Hearts. I’m thinking he’s out to steal some scenes; Song Seung-heon, watch your back!

The Messenger is scheduled to begin filming in December.

Via Joy News


83 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. myweithisway

    Love the trademark on Hand Towel!

    • 1.1 Betty

      Agree about the trademark, it’s a nice touch and so funny lol

      • 1.1.1 Ella Zala

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA~ Hand Towel™


    • 1.2 pauper

      I died when I saw that ™.

    • 1.3 pauper

      DYING. Dying.

      I died when I saw that ™.

  2. akikisetsu

    Sneaky! Sneaky! I saw that smaller font note. Don’t know what else to say, but good thing he’s really pretty!^^

    • 2.1 skelly

      I just don’t get it…how does this guy go from one job right to the next? There’s lots of nice looking actors out there, and some of them can even act, so why this one?

      • 2.1.1 canxi

        I’m gonna take a wild guess and say that no one watched Dr. Jin…

        • D

          hahahahaha, good one!

          love yr tumblr, btw..

        • Rita

          I think your guess is right! I dropped it after a few episodes even if I llke Jaejoong, the drama was a big bore.

      • 2.1.2 noel

        because he deserve it..he’s the one who deserve to play that role..that means he is better than anyone you are talking about…because he is very talented………..

      • 2.1.3 Zula Miller

        They all was just meant for him.

  3. h0ns

    nervous.. I felt really nervous with this project…

    • 3.1 hawaiianseoul

      so am I.

      I can’t remove his dr jin facial expressions in my head.

      • 3.1.1 Pat

        There was more than one?

  4. Village Mrembo

    Speaking of Goryeo i just watched 1st ep of ‘The Great Seer’ and i cant help but see our current established Gongmin and Nogook of Faith in the ones playing there! And the baldy Yuan villain, i can so see him and Ki Chul being bffs! I didnt necessarily understand half the story but i guess its worth sticking around for and figuring it out eventually. Plus Jin Hee is a riot!!!

    • 4.1 Kiara

      Ki Cheol was executed by Gongmin’s order so he wont be a factor in “The Great Seer”. The Great Seer’s villain is Lee In Im who is seen marrying (Ji Sang aka Dae-poong-soo aka the Great Seer’s) pregnant mother (Young Ji) in eps 2.
      Maybe The Great Seer will portray Gongmin in a different light because he wasn’t just a sitting duck on the throne like the kings before him.

      • 4.1.1 jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

        i wonder if they will include General Choe Young in The Great Seer since the drama started when General Yi has not yet killed CY..

        • Kiara

          I think they will but probably brief like in Shindon.

        • Gaeina Lee

          And hopefully the actor who portrayed Gen Choi Young is as hot as The Greek God: Joo Jin Mo, whose as hot as LMH but in diff age group, so that it won’t ruin my imagination of Gen CY in his old days.. ^^

    • 4.2 John

      Village Mrembo~

      I watched The Great Seer too.

      Regarding the Yuan villain, the subs on Drama Fever kept referring to him as “endeavor”, rather than envoy or emissary. D’oh!

    • 4.3 Village Mrembo

      Actually by Ki Chul and mr Baldy being bffs i meant their characters are so good at being bad in their respective dramaz that i wish they’d pair up and have their own goryeo spinoff or something hilarious like that!

  5. Kiara

    WUT? Seriously?. Park Hae-Il…I wish it was him. He was awesome in Bow.

    • 5.1 jomo

      Park Hae-il was so freaking awesome in that movie.
      He also did not have a lot of lines to speak, but everything was on his face.

      The Hand Towel™, on the other face…hmmmm…not too sure that BIG eyes can tell the whole story…

      PS I LOVE THT, I do. I do.

      • 5.1.1 Kiara

        This kind of role would have been perfect with someone like Lee Jun Ki or Kim Nam Gil. Jun Ki can freaking fight without a stunt double and he can channel different emotions with face. Nam Gil is the same way when it comes to taking on a sageuk role. Thats why they shine and the viewers totally engrossed with their characters whether they are playing the hero or the villain.

        • bd

          Sound like a role perfect for Song Il-gook.

          • Kiara

            With these veteran actors yes. I haven’t seen him in a sageuk since “Kingdom of the Wind”.

          • Kiara

            Lol I was thinking about The Great Seer’s casts lol.

        • noel

          the reson why he has that project is because he deserve it..he’s the one who deserve to play that role..that means he is better than anyone you are talking about…because he is very talented………..

        • noel

          the reson why he has that project is because he deserve it..he’s the one who deserve to play that role..that means he is better than anyone you are talking about…because he is very talented………..

      • 5.1.2 Enz

        Omg jomo.. That was too funny. I just have to say thanks for the lol..

  6. JoAnne

    I love how he just keeps on – he has determination and hope and I really enjoy that about him – SSH hwaiting!

    • 6.1 jomo

      You are so positive in all this negativity.

      • 6.1.1 JoAnne

        I have a real soft spot for the guy – he just seems very earnest to me and he doesnt give up and whatever lack he has it is NOT because he is not trying so I admire him

        • canxi

          I actually admire that too, but I just wish he would take a break and really study! I don’t know if going from one on-screen project to the next is going to be good for him–maybe he should try plays—harder to pull off than a movie & might make/force him to step up his game in a more serious way. Or just classes. Really no one is going to teach you how to act on set…

        • MsB

          He does! Even though he can’t act! Okay, My Princess was half decent, I admit.

  7. HeadsNo2

    Maybe this’ll be the new Bow-… Sorry, couldn’t say that with a straight face.

    • 7.1 Kiara

      Hahahaha. I’m not even going to ask you to review this …whatever you call it.

      • 7.1.1 Dana

        why not? I REALLY MIS her recaps <3 such a joy for sour days 😀

        • Dana

          * i really miss

    • 7.2 jomo

      No matter how good ☺or bad ☹, I vote we all buy $ you plane tickets ✈ to see the ★ Premiere ★ (where ever that will be) and you can do a red carpet interview for DBalls© with THT™

      I am sure this site could get a Press pass ✐.
      I am willing to be your personal assistant ☂/cameraman ☃ and escort you.

      • 7.2.1 Mystisith

        jomo, you’re nuts. I mean, in a good way. And more than usual. 🙂

        • jomo

          Thanks, I think?

          (Don’t blame me, but my Mac with all these funny symbols to play with.)

      • 7.2.2 pipit

        Yes Jomo! A brilliant idea! A red carpet interview with THT! Our very own Hand Towel being interviewed by our JB or GF or both! He should know that he has rabid/avid followers here!

        I vote yes!

  8. Kdrama fan

    I’m going to be bad and make a bad comment here…

    Dr. Jin just ruined SSH for me. 👿 It’s going to take time for me to erase that character from my permanent memory. The only good thing about that drama were the secondary characters which without would have been even worse that it already was.

    SSH was enough of an eye candy to over look his subpar acting skills but Dr. Jin couldn’t even let me have that. I think I read in a past post that he was having conflicts with the drama’s PD about the direction of the story. Maybe that’s why the story was so convoluted and the dialogue got old. 😴😴😴😴

    Okay, done. I hope the best for SSH and his new movie. He deserves a hit after Jin! 😜

  9. Arhazivory

    Yoon Jae Moon. I kinda miss him.:(

    • 9.1 reeen

      Yay, Kim Bong-gu is back! ;D

  10. 10 John

    Kdrama fan~

    Dr. Jin just ruined SSH for me.

    I avoided Dr. Jin because I have favorable memories of Park Min-Young.

    I couldn’t bear to spoil those memories of her with the curse of Dr. Jin.

  11. 11 laraffinee

    I agree about the Dr.Jin fiasco. If SSH really wants to continue as an actor, he should take a sabbatical for a year and study acting intently with a great tutor. I have seen better actors than SSH in high school performances. Eye candy is not enough – fine for modeling, but not for real acting.

    • 11.1 AuntieMame

      You’re being too sensible. Keep in mind that we’re talking about a Hand Towel. An item that is two-dimensional. hee, hee

    • 11.2 noel

      the reason why he has that project is because he deserve it..he’s the one who deserve to play that role..that means he is better than anyone you are talking about…because he is very talented………..yah

  12. 12 jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

    He should improve his acting first before indulging with sageuk dramas. He can do rom-com (just like My Princess, i like him there), but a big NO-NO for heavy doesn’t suit him.

    • 12.1 Gabby

      “He can do rom-com (just like My Princess, i like him there),”

      But even then, Kim Tae-hee was pretty much doing the heavy lifting acting-wise. KIM TAE-HEE!

  13. 13 Mar

    Agreed on the opinions that this role should have gone to another actor and that the show has a great premise. I’ll pass on this, as it stands. Yoo Jae-moon will own SSH and make him do the popped eyed fish face throughout the show.

  14. 14 hanie

    whats up with the ‘stunned’ look? It just a training~ Agree on your fine print JB but can SDH do action tho? I mean, it would be distracting if his has that stunned look throught out action/fight scene no?
    I think every body can own SSH right now, especially after his performance in dr.jin. I guess I pass this one.

  15. 15 kakashi

    oh no, please … not another sageuk. I so love sageuks, usually. Why don’t you do a fluffy rom-com instead, Mr. Song?

  16. 16 Suzi Q

    SSH is no Park Hae-il, but wishing Mr. hand Towel the best anyway…

    Yoon Jae Moon is always fascinating to watch his crazy characterizations. Maybe he can give SSH some acting tips….

  17. 17 Noelle

    Wow he is really gonna do this.

  18. 18 Lila

    Yoon Jae Moon should be great, he was great in King 2 Hearts. SSH should really just stick to rom coms

  19. 19 AuntieMame

    Perhaps, it’ll turn out to be a rom-com sageuk.
    After all, Dr. Jin turned out to be ‘comedy of the year’. pffft

    • 19.1 Gaeina Lee

      ..AuntieMame, did they give the award already?? Ahahaha, I miss those days when we endlessly discussing it..

      • 19.1.1 AuntieMame

        Yeah, those were hilariously fun days.

        As for the award, they didn’t need anyone to give them the award. They, themselves, signed, sealed, delivered and stamped it on every episode. LOL

        Best comment ever: Yeah, that’s a bamboo stethoscope. He borrowed it from the Prof on Gilligan’s Island.

  20. 20 Dix

    Why do people think rom-com isn’t serious acting. That it makes us laugh shows good acting. It’s not easy to be funny, you also have to have good timing and delivery. A lot of facial expressions also go into it. I didn’t watch Dr. Jin only because the story was not compelling and what I have seen people complain most about so far seems to be about the writing and the directing. I have no doubt SSH could have done a better job either but I don’t agree that he is a terrible actor since he does certain characters well. He needs to work on other type of characters, especially new types like the one in Dr. Jin. It’s probably the reason he chose another Sageuk character right away so that he can keep practicing. I admire him for that and he obviously has something since they keep picking him. It can’t be his looks alone, Hallyu is full of good looking men.

    • 20.1 jomo

      Well, he is extremely bankable. His face is everywhere in SK.
      That doesn’t always mean talent.
      It is difficult to understand why he gets these roles when there are hundreds of better actors to choose from.
      Which brings me back to my first sentence, I guess.

      • 20.1.1 KERA

        Just try go into K entertaiment inner circle, you will be surprise your oppas are not angel as what you thought they are. They buy their name and popularity.

        • Dix

          I wasn’t aware of this. How do they buy their fame? Please explain.

      • 20.1.2 Dix

        If that’s the case, I guess people in Korea don’t care about his acting as much as we do.

        • bd

          Actually, it would be those in other Asian markets where SSH is a bankable name.

        • noel

          the reason why he has that project is because he deserve it..he’s the one who deserve to play that role..that means he is better than anyone you are talking about…for he is very talented than anyone else in korea…………..yah thats it..

          filipino fan here of song seung hun,,,,

    • 20.2 bd

      Agreed that it’s often harder to do comedy since only a minority of actors actually have comedic timing.

      And in even in romcoms, there are crying/emotional scenes, but in the case of “My Princess,” KTH did the all the heavy lifting in that dept. and did an admirable job.

      SSH didn’t even have to do much of the comedy in MP since he was more of the “straight-man” to KTH’s Seol character.

      He just had to act suave and charming which probably is 2nd nature to him.

    • 20.3 missjb

      Agreed that For some actor, do a comedy is harder than do a melodrama. But it depends on the actor ability. There is also some actor that really has natural talent for making funny facial expression and has natural good comedic timing, but lack some intensity. and It will become hard do a melodrama.

      So whether or not some actor can do more comedic and melodrama depends on their special ability. There is some actor who can do both convincingly.

  21. 21 canxi

    Is it mean that I literally laughed out loud as soon as I read the title? I couldn’t help it…LOL

    • 21.1 Ennayra

      It’s not mean at all.

  22. 22 dduk

    I loved SSH because… well he was my first drama crush from Autumn Tale… (jeez that was a long time ago) but after watching Dr.Jin… all I have to say is thank goodness he is pretty too look at… and I think I am going to skip this one.

    • 22.1 Lotus_Blossom

      Me, too. I actually liked him more than Won Bin in Autumn Tale. But now, I am forever Jined-out by them bugged out eyes. His prettiness is no longer a draw. Sadly, I am an ex-fan who will probably not ever watch him again.

  23. 23 haaruka


  24. 24 Alixana

    His leg on that pic is so fucking thin! D:

  25. 25 A-M

    He tries so hard… 🙁

  26. 26 sueteller

    Oh Ye Gods! Why are they letting this man take up another project? WHY?

    After the hot mess that was Dr. Jin I am completely stumped here. I mean he IS pretty but seriously…that’s just it.

    He needs to take a study break. Please Drama gods…hand him over to someone who knows what they are doing. I mean, I love that he tries but surely he must know there are people not willing to suffer through another Song Seung Heon debacle.

    • 26.1 noel

      the reason why he has that project is because he deserve it..he’s the one who deserve to play that role..that means he is better than anyone you are talking about…for he is very talented than anyone else in korea…………..yah thats it..

      filipino fan here of song seung hun

  27. 27 mskololia

    You have to love this guy because he tries really hard.

  28. 28 noel

    the reason why he has that project is because he deserve it..he’s the one who deserve to play that role..that means he is better than anyone you are talking about…because he is very talented………..yah thats it..

  29. 29 OBC123

    SSH’s acting may not be too strong but the bulk of why Dr Jin was bad was because of the writing and directing. Even Lee Beom Soo’s role lost its shine in the end. No idea where the show or its characters were heading.

    Look, like it or not, SSH obviously has something special about him and that’s why he keeps getting cast into major roles. He has even turned down major offers. (yeah, surprised that he gets offered so much?) Think it’s mere prettiness? Fine, that’s your opinion (cos, without personality, prettiness can only get you so far. He obviously has something else besides that in order to have made it this big and this far, especially in Asia).

    Wish that Lee Jun Ki or someone else you deem more worthy got cast? Well, they did not. Can’t stand it? Hate SSH? Well…BAD LUCK, LIVE WITH IT.

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