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Kim Rae-won in My Little Hero
by | November 17, 2012 | 51 Comments

This movie has feel-good written all over it. I’m in. Kim Rae-won (Thousand Day Promise) stars in the new film My Little Hero, as a third-rate music director who’s all but washed up, when he meets a young boy so talented it turns both their lives around. You just can’t go wrong with an underdog story like this, can you? And well, if it’s not up to snuff, I’ll just re-watch Billy Elliot and call it a day.

It’ll be Kim Rae-won’s first movie since Insadong Scandal and army duty, and a great chance for us to see him at his best — warm, good-hearted — even if it’s under a layer of loser. The little boy is newcomer Ji Dae-han, a bright young face who stood out in nationwide open auditions for the role.

Kim Rae-won’s character will be an all-talk, no-action musical director who enters a reality audition program as a final means to get his career out of the gutter. It’s a show that pairs a director with a child talent, and the selection process is blind. He gets partnered with a boy who doesn’t have the looks, the training, or anything that would make him a star, and the two embark on the uphill battle to win, changing both their lives in the process. Cue inspirational music here.

Directing is newcomer Kim Sung-hoon, and the supporting cast includes Lee Sung-min (Golden Time) and Lee Kwang-soo (Nice Guy) for Team Underdog (complete with matching team shirts, aw). I love it — a little odd family band of musical brothers. What could be cuter?

My Little Hero hits theaters in January 2013.

Via Osen

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51 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. mud

    Hmm.. I can’t see the child actor in any of the pictures. Was just hoping to get a glance at a future star. I’m always super impressed by newcomers who beat the odds in a nationwide audition. Hopefully I’ll remember to check it out when it comes out with subtitles.

    • 1.1 mud

      And by that I meant the child actor’s face. I can see his back and profile fine.

      • 1.1.1 twittie

        the boy’s name is ji daehan. his dad is korean and his mom is sri lankan.

        he will be playing a korean-filipino boy in the movie .

        here are some of the pics of ji daehan with kim raewon
        the boy:

        img.sportsseoul.com/article/home/2012/06/22/120622_4fe3d752c948a.jpg

        static.news.zum.com/images/5/2012/06/21/201206211627491127_2.jpg

        img.sportsseoul.com/article/home/2012/06/21/120621_4fe2d3afc0eb3.jpg

        • 1.1.1.1 djes

          awww the boy’s cute!

        • 1.1.1.2 mary

          Hihi cute kid. He doesn’t look like a Filipino though, just sayin’.

          Maybe the difference is not that obvious for non-Filipinos. :D

      • 1.1.2 twittie

        additional pics:
        pds.joinsmsn.com/news/component/newsis/201206/22/NISI20120621_0006546762_web.jpg

        img.etoday.co.kr/pto_db/2012/06/20120622104323_207450_600_400.jpg

        nimg.nate.com/orgImg/gn/2012/06/22/f4c6170586964f74ad830d85027ad35e_20120621010141.jpg

        nimg.nate.com/orgImg/hi/2012/07/05/2012070510122020_1_rstarbmn.jpg

    • 1.2 Danna

      that’s exactly what I was thinking…i wish there was a proper pic of him….or is he a surprise?

    • 1.3 True2u

      LOL!! I was practically breaking my neck to see his face in one of the photos here.

      • 1.3.1 Shin Haido

        lol me too. i wonder who the child actor is. is that him who fly while dancing ballet? that was cool

    • 1.4 mary

      Hehehe me too.

      Poor Kim Rae Won, I kinda just scrolled past him trying to get a glimpse of the kid. :)

  2. Kokare

    Aw it looks like it is going to be a great movie, I hope. What’s up with Kwang Soo’s head?

  3. alaki

    i just did a little squeal and flail at seeing lee kwangsoo :D

    • 3.1 catiechan

      yey! me too! im glad that Lee Kwang Soo has been getting good projects lately. i was pleasantly surprised at all the dramatic scenes he had on Nice Guy

  4. JP

    Looks good! I like under dog stories and Kim Rae won. It is hard to see child actor’s face.

    And someone should tell Kwang Soo that perm is not his style!! :)

  5. Mystisith

    Exactly what we need in the dark cold winter: A movie with a heart “like that”. Team Underdog here too. :)
    Kwang-soo has lost at the rock-paper-scissors game: He had to sport the ramyeon haircut.

  6. kopytko

    How good it will be to see KRW again? I have a feeling he is going to show lots of warmth in this role, which nobody does better. Also, I am optimistic about his interactions with the child-actor.
    I am definitely interested.

  7. jandoe

    Storyline sounds so incredibly cute and endearing. I’m in!

  8. Jayson dela Paz

    OMG can’t wait!!! I sooo love Kim Rae won! <3

  9. Annie

    Is it weird that this is the first time I’ve found Kim Rae Won hot?

    • 9.1 kopytko

      No, it isn’t. His superpower isn’t hotness, there are actors hotter than him. But still, whenever he’s on screen, one can’t help but believe him. And that is his ultra-hyper-super-duper-power. That is NOT to say, he isn’t attractive in his own way. He totally is :)

  10. 10 Nokcha

    KRW does warm really well. It’ll be nice to see him in such a role. And Kwang Soo! He’s really doing well for himself. Love his character on Running Man.

  11. 11 cherkell

    Underdog musicians? I AM SO IN. That is all. :D

  12. 12 Fab

    Well I find KRW totally hot. And I can’t wait for this movie to come out. Praying that he’ll do a drama in the meantime.

  13. 13 Fab

    Wait a minute, is this the movie that was called Dream and wasn’t Rae-wons character supposedly blind?

    • 13.1 nomu nomu nomu

      in case you are wondering what Fab is referring to:

      http://www.dramabeans.com/2012/01/kim-rae-won-signs-on-to-new-film-dream/

      As we all know the K-entertainment industry is obsessed with names and by the time a movie or drama is aired or in theater, it will have gone thru a dozen names/title

      • 13.1.1 Fab

        But did they change the plot too? What about Kim’s blindness (”born blind”)?
        Thanks.

        • 13.1.1.1 kopytko

          I guess a blind person would have trouble being a musical director, who cares not only for the music part but also movement on stage. I don’t want to discriminate against blind people, they are often wonderful musicians, but they couldn’t manage the visuals on their own.

          I’ve seen an article, were the word “blind” was used in a different context: the child actor was chosen in a “blind” audition: where the jury didn’t know who he were (background, etc) or what he looked like, they only judged his musical talent. That would make more sense than the first version, wouldn’t it?

          • 13.1.1.1.1 Fab

            Yes, I like the new ‘blind’ much better. It was just awhile ago when they announced the movie with a different name and a slightly different plot. The thought that this the SECOND movie with KRW in just a year is awesome. LOL

            Thanks!

          • 13.1.1.1.2 kopytko

            As for the title: maybe somebody is trying to make a KRS series of “My Little…”. My Little Bride, My Little Hero, what’s going to be next? My Little Pony? ;)

  14. 14 JC

    I’m in it for Lee Sungmin and Lee Kwangsoo being adorable and dopey, if nothing else!

    • 14.1 dbsklove

      ZOMGZOMG YESSSSSSSSSSSSS~

  15. 15 Danna

    aww, my favorite Lee Seung Min ajhussi and Lee Kwang Soo is there too

  16. 16 whitethorns

    Has anyone notice cute Kwangsoo is bombarded with acting offers lately!!
    I’ve been liking Kim Rae Won ever since I saw Which Start Did You Come From. I don’t know why but I like his acting style as well as Lee Seo Kyun’s. I notice acting style similarities between KRW and LSK, I just can’t figure out what it is.

  17. 17 temponess

    OMG! And I was just wondering what he was up to these days! It’s nice to see him again!

  18. 18 Noelle

    This sounds great! I like these kind of movies.

  19. 19 risa

    This movie is so my thang– I’m in ♥ with it already.

  20. 20 pillowhead

    aww. this looks like a winner. so how long do we have to wait till movies get online?

  21. 21 wanne

    Aww, my King Jae Kang!

    And this movie sounds great. I love this kind of heartwarming, feel-good underdog movie. Why are the shows that I anticipate all in 2013, it feels so far away..

  22. 22 booksarehoney

    lol, love the matching shirts ><

  23. 23 cg

    i really like Kim rae won….he has this warm feeling attached to his screen presence…. :)

  24. 24 Village Mrembo

    Lately am getting attached to the likes of Lee Kwang Soo and Song Joong Gi and its scaring me cuz i know millitary duty awaits! Running Man without giraffe? Unthinkable :( Hopefully it runs for a loong time so he can rejoin like Haha did for IC…
    Btw giraffe fighting! U’ll get that lead role very soon!

    • 24.1 Passerby

      I don’t know about Joong Ki, but no worries about Kwang Soo. He’s already served.

  25. 25 smiley

    Underdog musicians, Kim Raewon, and Lee Kwang Soo.

    GET ME MY POPCORN.

  26. 26 Lilian

    Ooh..one of my favourite actors. Finally he is back! Can’t wait to see Kim Rae Won in dramas too..

  27. 27 koreamom

    kim rae won is just adorable, not to mention an awesome actor! drat though, it is a movie which means lots of waiting before i can see it but i am so in!
    always been impressed with krw’s acting.

  28. 28 queencircles

    Gotta love that he’s got his good hair back :)

  29. 29 myra do

    I know this is a good movie to watch, KIM RAE WON is such a good actor, posses an excellent acting!

    • 29.1 Carinne

      Love. Love. Love. Him in Sunflower, gawd, he made me bawl like no tomorrow watching that film.

  30. 30 Rachel K

    The giraffe is on a roll. Everywhere on TV and Screen these days. Good job, boy lol

  31. 31 Carinne

    Billy. Elliot. <3

  32. 32 Jesica

    KRW is always great in my mind.

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