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Yoo Yeon-seok to star opposite Im Soo-jung in romantic thriller
by | December 14, 2013 | 32 Comments

Well it’s certainly somebody’s breakout year, and that someone’s name is Yoo Yeon-seok. The Answer Me 1994 star has scored himself one juicy lead role in a movie, opposite Im Soo-jung (All About My Wife) no less. He’ll be joining her newest film Secret Temptation, a remake of a 1960s Hollywood film apparently, though it sounds a hell of a lot more like the 1990s film Indecent Proposal. (Or was that a remake of a remake of a remake? Who knows anymore.) Yoo Yeon-seok will star as Im Soo-jung’s lover who sends her to seduce a wealthy man in a dangerous power game.

The movie is the latest project from director Yoon Jae-kyu, who directed the thriller Secret and penned Seven Days. Im Soo-jung stars as the main character who falls in love with Yoo Yeon-seok, but he sends her to marry a wealthy older man, played by Lee Kyung-young (Hwa-yi). Judging from the setup it’s certainly for nefarious reasons, not because he’s being a noble idiot and sending her away for her own good. The central couple is driven by the temptation of wealth, as they trade love for ambition and suffer the consequences of betrayal.

I hope there are also more Chilbongie-esque roles in Yoo Yeon-seok’s future, because he’s played his fair share of despicable characters (mostly because he’s just really good at them). But a headlining role in a movie opposite Im Soo-jung is worth gettin’ your evil on, I’d say.

Secret Temptation starts shooting early in the new year.

Via Osen, Sports Hankook


32 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Daph

    Chilbong-ah ♥

  2. 7bong

    omfg i can’t wait !!its been a while since i saw queen im soojung

  3. nina01

    Yes! Good for him! Answer Me 1994 work is already paying off. Hope there’s more good jobs for him.

  4. Xxvxx

    I’m ecstatic to hear that he’s now scoring lead roles! I don’t care if he’s playing bad roles again he’ll always be our CHILBONGIE

  5. maldita

    Chilbong’s moving up! So proud of him!

    And I swear, I can’t even wrap my head around the fact that he was young Yoo Jitae in “Old Boy.”

    • 5.1 Saima

      I may be one of the few who hasn’t watched OB. I YT’d the infamous chemistry lab scene and after having being introduced to Chilbongie I couldn’t wrap my mind around the character YYS was playing in the movie. They were polar opposites, alright!

      • 5.1.1 Chandler

        Where did you find that scene? All I can find is the one where he’s on the bridge.

  6. Saima

    The fact that with every forthcoming episode of AM94 he’s having lesser screen time (than the previous one) doesn’t even upset me because of this news!! YAYYYY! SO happy!^^

    That said, I NEED to see him in a drama hopefully as a lead soon times!

  7. yuna111

    this is great news!

    at least his acting got noticed more and his popularity increased after doing answer me 1994. at least, there’s that silver lining.

    for a main character in the drama, he barely appears

    hopefully, he gets more roles. and yes, for me, preferably chil bong type roles. i love chil bong!

    • 7.1 yuna111

      oh, i’m especially bitter about his screen time, or lack thereof, in the recent episodes

      go work on all those other projects yoo yeon seok! i’m looking forward to seeing you somewhere else.

  8. TIKA

    throw the reply 1994 and go act with the frikkin amazing im soo jung!! yessss. *one bitter reply 1994 chilbongie shipper here

    • 8.1 liz

      you shouldn’t, if it wasn’t for A1994 he wouldn’t be getting that many love calls.

      • 8.1.1 catherine

        he’s done a ton of movies in recent years. he’s build up a good filmography over time.

        he’s gotten popular yes, mainly with international fans but directors do cast him in korea, because of his good work and solid filmography experience.

        and i don’t think he’s being cast in these roles because of answer me 1994. he barely appears there.

  9. Cam

    Yayy happy about this. I hope he’ll score a drama as the only lead as well because they’re doing such a disservice to his character in R94 right now. Despite the turn of events in Ep 17, Im still convinced more than ever that he’s the husband (don’t question my sanity, I have none at the moment) but his lack of screentime is just ridiculous.

    Rant aside, Im happy that R94 introduced me to this actor because even with the small amount of material he’s given to work with in these past episodes, he nails them every time. There’s a beauty in how he portrays Chilbong’s heartbreak with so much restraint. So I too hope he’ll play another “nice” character in the future.

  10. 10 Midnightwatcher

    Yayy for YYS. Just so happy that now he geta the recognition he deserves… I am not so keen in watching AM1994 now that he gets so little screen time. Hopefully this can cure my love sick 😀

  11. 11 coby

    I don’t know if these upcoming movies will pacify me if he turned out not to be Najung’s husband. Hehe. Less screen time in ep17? I’ll watch Empress Ki then..

  12. 12 ebay

    Yay!!! Fighting, yoo yeon seok!
    You may not win NaJung’s heart! You win mine’s!

    …waiting for AM1994 recap, but can’t help myself… Why i didn’t see chilbongie at ep.16? Why??? This is their worst episode!

    • 12.1 liz

      Because fans can’t see CB getting hurt or crushing on NJ anymore, and viewers were tired of the love triangle that isn’t really a triangle, so pd decided to not have CB from1994 in episode 16, he still appeared on episode 16 on future scenes btw.

  13. 13 meiyih

    so happy for him, at least i don feel so bitter for AM94 now, how dare u let me fall for chilbongie n pull him out of the picture just like dat

  14. 14 outsider

    YESSSS. and knowing this is a remake of ‘Woman of Straw’ (starring Sean Connery), he’s doing in a ‘dark’ character again which he does sooooo goood.


  15. 15 KDaddict

    No Chilbong in ep 16 AT ALL!! Where is he?

    Chilbong, come back!

    Movies are ok, but I need my fix in tv dramas!

  16. 16 Jyyjc

    My first thought after I read he played bad guys was ” what the hell he played bad guys????”. I’ve only seen him in Gu Family and am in love with his chilbongie so far. I can’t imagine him as a villain!

    • 16.1 TIKA

      well he played bad guy a lot. architecture 101, werewolf boy, hwayi

  17. 17 Mashimomo

    Awe girlfriday, we can wallow in our feels for Chilbong! I’m so happy though, YYS made me fall in love with him for AM 1994 and I’m happy he’s getting a lot of offers after this. thought that I was seeing double on DB and there was a glitch lol

    • 17.1 Mashimomo

      Make that three postings!

  18. 18 pogo

    Aww, Chilbongie! I’ll be thrilled to see him work with Im Soo-jung, she is one of my fav k-actresses.

  19. 19 tura


  20. 20 jit

    im happy he’s receiving so many love calls , the man deserves it

  21. 21 Abbie

    Really happy for him, though this movie doesn’t sound appealing to me.

  22. 22 Viki

    Will be watching! but gosh, seriously before Chilbongie, I didn’t feel anything for Yeon Suk…usually I dislike the character he plays…I wish he would play nicer characters as a lead too…not just evil 1s…even though he’s fantastic in those roles.

  23. 23 Z

    There is also a Bollywood film with this exact plot. The name escapes me, but I think it’s Humraaz.

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