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Cast fills out for omnibus film Night Before the Wedding
by | April 2, 2013 | 44 Comments

What a great title — Night Before the Wedding is instantly evocative of lots of conflict and possibilities, particularly when the movie is an omnibus picture. That means we’ll be given multiple story threads playing out the concept, to various romantic and comedic ends.

There will be eight main characters, and Lee Yeon-hee (Ghost), Joo Ji-hoon (Five Fingers), and Kim Kang-woo (Haeundae Lovers) are the three biggest names in the cast. Idol boy Taecyeon (Dream High) is also in the mix (although Lee Jia, who was previously mentioned as a possibility, is not). Other actors in final stages of negotiations include Go Jun-hee (The Chaser), Lee Hee-joon (Jeon Woo-chi), and Ma Dong-seok (Shut Up: Flower Boy Band).

This is the film being directed by Hong Ji-young, which explains the Joo Ji-hoon connection since she has directed him twice before, in Naked Kitchen and Antique Bakery. That should give you an idea of her storytelling style, with brightness and a light, sensitive touch. There’s a stylishness and quirkiness to her work that I like, and I hope she brings more of that flair to this movie.

No word on plot specifics or how our couples will be arranged, but with a title like that, I think we can guess the theme. Night Before the Wedding plans to begin filming toward the end of the month.

Via Star News, FN News


44 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Kiara

    Meh, Kim Kang-woo and Joo Ji-hoon are the only one worth watching.

    • 1.1 skelly

      Same here; I’m really not sure whether I can watch it or not, because although I really like Jo Ji Hoon and both Naked Kitchen and Antique Bakery were fun shows, Taecyeon is a blot on the landscape. He is a poster boy for everything wrong with idol casting, and I am sick of having to watch him try and figure out how to act. Meh. And the fact that he is going to school, but AFAIK not doing anything to learn more about his supposedly chosen craft, just annoys me more. I guess he sees it as a lovely money tree with some ego strokes as an added bonus. Double meh.

      • 1.1.1 pogo

        exactly. Someone on a previous thread said viewers aren’t willing to give an idol who doesn’t show a natural talent for acting a chance or be patient with them while they improve, and frankly, why should they?

        I mean, how many bad/mediocre performances of some idol ‘working hard’ am I supposed to sit through (and I don’t seek this shit out, I’m interested in this film for other actors/director) until they deliver the mythical non-terrible performance?

        I get wanting to stretch your boundaries and try other things, but what idols’ fans seem to forget is that their idols are not entitled to have a career in film and television if they don’t have the skills and keep turning in supar performances.

        • ravens-nest

          Though I’m not nearly as angry and I’ll still watch a film/show even if they have one bad actor in it, I do agree that it is not at all reasonable or required that I sit through someone’s bad acting stages for the sake of giving him/her a chance to improve. Why? I came here to see a quality movie/show not someone’s baby steps in the acting arena, especially if they’re in the lead role.

          Acting training belongs in amateur movies and campus theater, not on my screen. I only want to adjust to someone still learning, if I’ve chosen to go to a local school’s production.

          And yes, there are varying degrees of acting ability and every actor continuously learns their trade but there should be a certain benchmark every actor (idol or non-idol) has to meet before they get cast in a major role.

          And before anyone pulls the Park Yoochun card, he honestly wasn’t that amazing his first few roles. He was wooden in Sungkyunkwan Scandal to the point that many gravitated towards the other characters. (No, it wasn’t just his character’s personality.) He was merely serviceable in Ms. Ripley. It wasn’t until Rooftop Prince that I saw any improvement. But then again both Rooftop Prince and I Miss You were over the top story wise (the former as a comedy and the latter as a melo), so his overacting at times fit in well there. And this is coming from someone who’s been a Cassie for about 7 or 8 years now with Micky as my ultimate DBSK bias for about half of that time.

          Even if I include Yoochun, however, he’d be an exception. For every idol actor that is good, there are 10 who aren’t. Yet all of them are getting lead and second lead roles despite the fact that they’d struggle to get somebody’s friend’s kid brother/sister role had they not been connected financially.

        • asianromance

          Sometimes I feel like the idols get big roles because their management company is a big sponsor of the film or drama (or else the drama wouldn’t get made) or they want to use the idol fanbase to promote the drama. It looks bad that idols with no talent in acting are taking up all these roles, then again, maybe the producers should stop offering large roles to idol actors who can’t act.

          I do think that more mediocre actors should just practice their acting craft in dailies instead of leaving such big evidence of mediocre acting by headlining a major movie. I’m sure 10 years later, when they’ve finally moved up in acting, they’ll look back and be like “uggh! what was I thinking?” and feel embarrassed.

      • 1.1.2 pogo

        exactly. Someone on a previous thread said viewers aren’t willing to give an idol who doesn’t show a natural talent for acting a chance or be patient with them while they improve, and frankly, why should they?

        I mean, how many bad/mediocre performances of some idol ‘working hard’ am I supposed to sit through (and I don’t seek this shit out, I’m interested in this film for other actors/director) until they deliver the mythical non-terrible performance?

        I get wanting to stretch your boundaries and try other things, but what idols’ fans seem to forget is that their idols are not entitled to have a career in film and television if they don’t have the skills and keep turning in subpar performances.

    • 1.2 aX

      I complete agree with you. I couldn’t care less about the other actors especially Lee Yeon Hee and more so, Taecyeon.

    • 1.3 JO

      but it’s not like the bulk of us will actually be supporting the movie by watching since most of us will be doing so illegally. . . so no complaints.

  2. Danna

    I’m really glad Joo Ji Hoon is getting work! Also with Lee Hee Joon? Yay

  3. Starstruck.

    Taecyeon..? He’s a loveable guy but acting just ain’t his thing. Yay for joo ji hoon!

  4. AnotherFan

    Is Kim Kang-woo the creepy psycho in Story of a Man? I finally found the DVD and watched it per JB’s recommendation. Really liked it and this guy is awwwesome!

  5. Carole McDonnell

    Joo Ji Hoon. YES!!!! And i love omnibus books/films.

  6. pogo

    I am so HERE for Joo Ji-hoon, it’s not even funny. He’s always picked interesting projects (apart from that Five Fingers mess) and his movies have had more scope for him to really stretch as an actor than his dramas did, so I am hopeful for this.

    Still not thrilled about Taecyeon potentially stinking this up with terrible acting again, though.

    • 6.1 ht

      And Lee Yeon-hee’s one dimensional​ acting…

  7. ht

    I know a lot of people hate/dislike Lee Jia (mainly because of her scandal? and then her acting? Idk, it’s difficult to find any fan of her.) but I really want to see her act again. I think she did a good job in Me Too, Flower! (btw, the first and only LJA’s drama I’ve seen)… well, I like her.

    I agree Hong has some quirkiness to her movies. I thoroughly enjoyed Antique Bakery. um Naked Kitchen.. not so much though. Funny how I really do not care about the confirmed cast but am more interested in the latter choice.

    • 7.1 Mystisith

      I like her too. I’m very sorry to see that she can’t find a job anymore. We have criminals who can work in K ent but because of a divorce (not our business!) she’s been blacklisted. A shame!

      • 7.1.1 ht

        Is it ironic that one of the leads in this movie was… Ok, I’m not going to continue. Don’t want to offend any fans.

        Yeah, it’s so sad. Honestly, the lawsuit was a mess but it’s not like Lee Jia purposely kept her marriage life quiet from the public but poor girl has to apologise profusely to everyone in Korea and receive all the blames and hate. Didn’t Jung Woo-sung also say LJA told him about her marriage before the leaked news hit the media? (Though I wish he had cleared the misunderstanding amidst the scandal). Sigh!

        • ht

          Lol, sorry for all the buts. Should have checked before posting.

        • 1234itsover

          he is not really a criminal, he never harmed anyone anyway or dealed, he was using drugs and was busted and that is it, and he was banned for ages for it, only sbs took out the ban.

          • ht

            An ex-con, I say.

      • 7.1.2 okay

        I don’t think she’s blacklisted because of her divorce. She did that drama with yoon si yoon right after her scandal. I think it’s just that the public no longer sees her as an innocent person and her image has been ruined (she was married secretly to seo tai ji for years and then publicly dated jung woo sung while still legally married) that is why she hasn’t been cast in many dramas. Why would they cast an actress nobody wants to watch? Same goes for Joo Ji Hoon… but his scandal wasn’t as jaw dropping as lee jiah. I don’t have anything against her but her acting is just so so for me. The first drama she did was the only one I liked her in. the others were kind of hard to watch.

      • 7.1.3 liz

        She wasn’t blacklisted, she just doesn’t have her connections anymore to get her some work.

        She got some roles due to her husband and his friends…

        • Kiara

          Exactly, she wasn’t that popular to begin with. She got her first acting role opposite Bae Yong Joon in Legend who was good friends with her secret husband back then. At the time it didn’t make any sense for a noobie actress to take on a lead role opposite a Hallyu star like BYJ.
          She was a total weak link in Legend and Beethoven Virus in my opinion, so I didnt want to watch her in a another drama. I dont know if her acting has gotten better but I’m glad she didn’t run and hide after her marriage was discovered. I think she was treated unfairly by the public and I hope she ‘ll make it on her own.

    • 7.2 asianromance

      I want to see her act again too! I don’t think she’s suited for the typical kdrama heroine role (she can’t do cute very well), which limits the amt of opportunities she can get. Combine that with her age…the only women around that age who can still get good roles are the ones who have twice as many dramas under their belts and have been household names for years and have had more than one hit. And Lee Ji Ah has only had one big hit to her name.

      I feel like if we don’t get to see her this year, she’ll just fade away…

  8. snow_white

    film looks interesting….

  9. Jenny

    This sounds really interesting, I loved both Naked Kitchen and Antique Bakery.
    Meh about idol boy, he is not a good actor. I hope his role is teeny and not particularly demanding.
    Lee Yeon Hee can give a solid performance, she was adorbs in Hello Schoolgirl.
    But the rest of the cast is the one if more excited about.

  10. 10 JAG

    I must be the only one who doesn’t mind Taecyeon’s acting to much even though it is pretty weak. Well maybe that’s cause i’ve seen worse idol actors than him… Anyway, I will watch this though for kim Kang-woo!

    • 10.1 Ale

      I don’t mind Taecyeon either. I’ve seen actors (and I mean people who are mostly known for acting and not idol actors) who are worse at acting than him or other idol actors.

      • 10.1.1 asianromance

        To be fair, Taecyeon is sort of on par with the weaker crop of non-idol actors and is nowhere as horrible as that kid, JB, in Dream High 2. Ugh! bus,

      • 10.1.2 turtles

        Song Seung Hun comes in mind and he’s been acting for years. I think people seems to forgot that Kang Dong Won acting debut but yet he was given chances to act. Most of male actor used to be model, they were stiff but nevertheless was given chances to act bcos of their good luck.

        • okay

          SSH is not a bad actor. It just depends on if the role he plays is good. I liked all his other dramas except for Dr. Jin. To me he was not stiff in Autumn Love, Summer Scent, East of Eden, and My Princess. I don’t know why people take one bad drama or base it on looks and then tag that to him like that’s all he’s going to be. It’s not his fault that some people are not into those kinds of dramas. I am watching When a Man Loves right now and think he’s doing pretty good with his emotional acting. Some people are just overcritical of people they don’t like. Ex. Jo In Sung’s always opened mouth and wide eyes in emotional or aggressive scenes… nobody pointed that out or criticized him for it. No offense to Jo In Sung fans. Just trying to make a point. I just think that SSH isn’t able to show his more relaxed side like Kang Ji Won because people expects so much out of him. He’s so pressured to be the handsome tough guy that is supposed to be able to act and still be manly that it either makes him over act as in Dr. Jin.

  11. 11 cherkell


    Is all.

  12. 12 lo


  13. 13 aX

    Lee Yeon Hee again? -_-

    Oh well. This was an automatic skip for me as soon as I read Taecyeon is in it.

  14. 14 JC

    Looove Kim Kang Woo.
    Lee Yeon Hee… meh.

    I actually have nothing against Taecyeon, he wasn’t horrible in Dream High, and JB was infinitelyx100 worse in DH2.

    • 14.1 skelly

      LOL, I love the usual idol defense: well, he/she wasn’t HORRIBLE…

  15. 15 djes

    Idols are used to gain popularity point, and as some netizen pointed out, to give selling point to the movie/drama to be marketed overseas.

    So while I agree that people is getting tired with crappy acted idols, we couldn’t entirely blame on them, since they get offers by the movie producers, since they need them.
    There are always 2 sides of story, no?

    Story wise, this is interesting!

  16. 16 Fudge

    I heard that this movie will be similar to the film “Love actually”

    The story is interesting but the cast is just…

  17. 17 kfangurl

    Aw, really like what I see!! I liked both Naked Kitchen & Antique Bakery, so I’m curious to see this one. I wonder if this is her first movie not set in a food place? 😉

    Love the cast so far! And Taecyeon’s a cutie, even though he’s got a ways to go in the acting dept!

  18. 18 Jango

    why is Lee Yeon Hee still getting work??? She can’t act worth a damn and is disrespectful.

    oh wait nevermind she’s in SM no wonder.

    • 18.1 Lo

      keepppp talking cause you are SADDDDD LYH is pretty, talented and humble ,,,,,, and int his life people like her is always bless and received good thingssssss she must be one don’ you think 🙂

  19. 19 PennyRoyalTea

    I watched both Antique Bakery and Naked Kitchen bcoz of Joo Ji Hoon… Is Five Fingers that bad?.. I’m planning to watch it over the weekend mainly bcoz of him despite bad reviews about the drama.. oh well, there’s no harm in trying, I’ll give 4 episodes a try…

    • 19.1 cherkell

      I will continue to trumpet the awesomeness of ‘Five Fingers,’ since I thought it was totally fantastic (my biases notwithstanding). But you need to watch more than four episodes if you’re going to give it a fighting chance — the adult actors don’t show up until Episode 5. 😀

  20. 20 Jackie

    I love Yeon Hee cool

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