Okay, I’ve figured it out. Lee Jong-seok has cloned himself. There’s just no other way to do so many projects in such a short amount of time. So out there, running about, is a Face-reading Jong-seok, a Swimming Jong-seok, a Voice-hearing Jong-seok, and of course, everyone’s perennial favorite, Woo-bin-loving Jong-seok (you have to have a separate one for that). It’s the only sane explanation.
Add to the list Hot Blooded Jong-seok, set to romance Park Bo-young in the throwback ’80s teen movie Hot Blooded Youth. I’m really looking forward to this pairing, which is too adorable for words, and the setup sounds a lot like the fantastic teen period film Sunny. This one will have more of a focus on romance, that’s “as hot as the blood that runs in youth.” Directing is Lee Yeon-woo of Running Turtle.
Park Bo-young stars in her most unexpected role to date as the school jjang, a tough gangster girl who rules the school the old-fashioned way — with an iron fist. I love it. She’s so wee, but I can totally see her pulling off a badass mean girl. Lee Jong-seok, meanwhile, plays the legendary Casanova of the school, who “slays the girls with one look, and one breath.” I hope she flattens that ego with gusto. It sounds like an Answer Me 1997 dynamic, but with more swagger and badassery.
Lee Se-young (I Miss You) plays a transfer student from Seoul, who will be the iconic first love of every boy in the school — you know, the beautiful, innocent, ethereal girl who wears white dresses and melts boys’ hearts. Kim Young-kwang (Good Doctor) rounds out the cast as the boys’ jjang, an actual gangster-gangster beyond the confines of school. He’ll have a wild impetuous nature, and his character will be used to explore the law of the jungle that ruled the day.
Hot Blooded Youth is shooting now for a release next year. Can’t wait.
Via TV Report
- A potential movie romance for Lee Jong-seok and Park Bo-young
- Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin strut their stuff
- Character posters for The Face Reader
- I Hear Your Voice: Episode 1
- Lee Jong-seok and Seo In-gook headline sports movie
- Park Bo-young up for image change in new film
- Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
- Wolf Boy takes the box office
- Park Bo-young’s Unidentified Video looks at 2012 release