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News bites: August 23, 2015


Su Ae, Oh Yeon-seo, Kim Seul-gi, Jin Ji-hee

  • The sequel to the 2009 movie about the national men’s ski jump team, Take Off 2 will be about the national women’s ice hockey team. It stars Su Ae and begins filming in October, and has made several great additions to the cast:

    • Oh Yeon-seo (Shine or Go Crazy) plays an incredibly competitive, rebellious and boyish athlete who makes it onto the ice hockey team after being thrown off the short track team.
    • Kim Seul-gi (Oh My Ghostess) is a girl who works for the ice hockey association and whose sole motivation for joining the team is to earn extra income.
    • Kim Ye-won is a teammate and former figure skater who’s obsessed with her looks.
    • Jin Ji-hee (Seonam Girls’ High Investigation Unit) is a middle school student and an inline hockey player who dreams of making the transition to the national ice hockey team.
    • Ha Jae-sook (Twinkle Twinkle My Heart) plays the unni of the team and the only housewife. A former field hockey player who failed to make the national team, she’ll show her strength at shooting and defense as she transitions to ice hockey.
    • Veteran actor Oh Dal-soo plays the head coach. As an athlete he was always warming the bench, but as a coach he’ll use his skills and experience (and a healthy heaping of bravado) to lead the women’s team. [Osen, Xports News]


    Lee Sung-min, Lee Beom-soo

  • Lee Sung-min (Misaeng) is in final contract negotiations to join Shin Ha-kyun in Baram Baram Baram, the comedy movie set on Jeju Island. About two families who move to the island to get away from it all, the heads of the households, Lee and Shin, will be united by a common denominator. Lee’s a retiree who now provides for his family by driving a taxi. He can’t stand his wife but he’s a devoted family man, and paradoxically the only thing that keeps him going is his desire to find someone to have an affair with. He’s sleazy but somehow still lovable, and thankfully he’ll become a better man after a life-changing incident. Filming begins in October. [E Daily]
  • Some reports say he’s considering, others say he’s confirmed, but what’s for certain is that Lee Beom-soo (Last) is being courted to play a murderer and sexual predator in the movie Door Lock. The basis for the script is research on actual crimes and interviews with real convicts, and the film will take a deeper look at the inner workings of serial killers and psychopaths. The criminal thriller will be directed by Park Sun-wook (90 Minutes). [Osen, News 1]

  • Do Sang-woo, Lee Min-ho

  • Baek Jin-hee is in demand in her new weekend drama, My Daughter, Geum Sa-weol. She plays the titular Sa-weol, and first we heard Yoon Hyun-min‘s character was smitten; now come reports that Do Sang-woo (Ex-Girlfriend Club) will have “some” with Sa-weol. Do will play a doctor who is ashamed of his father, the country’s biggest loan shark. He’ll give up medicine and his wealth to prove that a fulfilling life can be had even if penniless. He’s Sa-weol’s long-time friend, and in the beginning, he was at her side when she was in love with his buddy, he stayed close to her even after they broke up, and he even helped her out financially when her life became challenging (when he still had money, that is). Finally, he’ll come to the realization he thinks of her as more than a friend. My Daughter, Geum Sa-weol premieres on MBC September 5. [Hankook Economy]
  • Lee Min-ho (’93, Prime Minister and I) has joined MBC’s Hwajeong as the second son of King Injo (played by Kim Jae-won), Grand Prince Bongnim, who becomes the future King Hyojong. His first appearance will be on Monday’s episode. [Star News]
  • Writer Kim Soo-hyun (Thrice-Married Woman) is penning a new weekend drama after a 2-year hiatus. The plan and concept for the new show are finished (like her others, it will be a “home” drama), and she’s currently in the process of writing the script for each episode. The as-yet untitled weekender will air after I Have a Lover concludes on SBS next February. [Joongang]

  • Late Autumn

  • The seminal Korean melodramatic film Late Autumn (the 1966 original movie spawned three remakes) has now been adapted for the stage. The play, based on the 2011 film starring Hyun Bin and Tang Wei, will run from October 10 to November 8 at the Artone Theater in downtown Seoul. The stage adaptation will feature five actors and a small-scale band will provide a live soundtrack. Like the movie, it will spotlight convicted murderer Anna, who unexpectedly meets Hoon when she is on a three-day furlough from prison to attend her mother’s funeral. [My Daily]
  • Rapper L. Joe (of Teen Top) will make his big screen debut in Trumpet Above a Cliff, a joint Japanese-Korean film. He’s had cameos in Missing Noir M and Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit, and played the lead in web drama Enchanted Illness last year. The movie is about a woman who moves to Okinawa to recuperate from heart transplant surgery, and there she’ll witness a mysterious man blowing a trumpet from the top of a cliff. Filming has begun and the movie will premiere next spring. [Osen]

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Sorry for being shallow, but that movie with Binnie and Tang Wei, is it the same movie where she fell in love and married the Korean director irl?

I just remember a news about that and thought it was sweet. :) But that was years ago and this movie seems recent...

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I think it is. :)

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Oooh that seemed ages ago! Movie production schedule is really different from dramas. O___O No wonder it's hard to get back movie Oppars and Unnis into dramaland.

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Lee joon gi is having a new jap-kor collaboration movie?

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Kim Seulgi!! Aw yeah~

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So happy to see her in more project! So yeah!!
And the movie seems having great casts as well! :D

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Hwajung really messes up my mind about actors' age and their characters.. but I guess the real historical events would be messed up too..

Just imagine from Kim Jae Won's perspective, Cha Seung Won is your uncle and Lee Yeon Hee is your aunt. While Lee Min Ho '93 is your son. And you have so many brothers/sisters/cousins/nephews/relatives that grow up and age as well.. The only ones who aren't aging are the ministers/officials.

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Miyazaki Aoi + oppa?!!!! This is going to be a Virgin Snow reunion, I am SO into it!

Also, the Take Off 2 cast is great and solid, now I hope they find a good screenwriter - Sue Ae and Kim Seul-gi on the same screen is something I could certainly do with more of! (and get KSG some lead roles sometime too, please?)

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So happy that oppa already have a project lined up:). That beats all the other casting news for me. He is very popular in Japan and I'm pretty sure they'll buy the rights to Scholar for a lot like Arang.

Lee Sung-min and Shin Ha-kyun in a comedy together is just perfect.

Glad young Lee Min-hoo is back doing a sageuk. I'm not watching Hwajeong but I will watch the episodes that he is in.

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I have read the news that Japan has already bought the rights to Scholar at $200,000 per episode already.

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Same here - the news on oppa (and with a leading lady I adore, too) beats everything else for me. Glad to know the Japan rights for Scholar went for a good price, too - that's mostly him.

(now I hope Yubi gets her next project sometime soon too, and that it's good)

Lee Sung-min's character could not sound more different from the sweet, gruff types we've seen him play in the past, but he'll pull it off flawlessly and that's why he is a great actor.

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I am so happy for Junki, but why don't he have some rest before jumping to another project?

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That is so unlike him and I'm a bit surprise. He usually take his time before getting into a new project.

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Lee Joon Ki is doing a drama and movie? Gez....No wonder he has dark circles even make up couldn't disguise on close-up scenes.
Hope he take extra care not to hurt himself like when he broke his nose doing Scholar.
At least movie schedule are known to be less grooling than dramas. Fighting Joon Ki ah! ?

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Lee Jun Ki didn't start filming for this movie yet, he still has 3 weeks left of SWWTN and he is spending all his time in the live shoot.

They are probably filming the childhood/younger portions of it with the idol now, the older stars and especially LJK will join later.

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No. Lee Joon Gi is not participating in this movie. News story mentioned his name and Aoi only to introduce the director of this movie who also did their Virgin Snow movie.

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Good to his health, he can have a some rest after scholar.

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yeah I thought that bit sounded odd too.....he'd never run off and do a movie while his drama was in the middle of live shooting!

I would have liked a reunion of Aoi/Jun-ki, but not at the cost of his health or the drama.

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Woah I did a double take on Oh Yeon Seo's photo; without the caption, I would have thought that photo of Oh Yeon Seo was Kim Hee Sun!

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Ahhh Su Ae after Mask?. Now it made hope for JJH and SA pairing again even though it is impossible. Just wanna have them in drama with a better story. I think I'll wait for this movie since Kim Seul Gi is also in it. Love her in OMG!!!?

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teacher must like literal titles. Scholar Who Walks The Night (but can, in fact stay intact in daylight) and The Man who blows something on a cliff (and the man on the neighboring cliff with ear plugs.

what next? the man who falls off a cliff at night because it is dark?

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Kim Seul Gi ❤

Lee Junki ❤

Enough said :D

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According to one of our kr fan, JG's name appeared only to introduce the director who made "virgin snow" in which Miyazaki and JG starred. The Osen article never mention JG has agreed to take up the movie offer. Can you please verify and clarify before everyone got over excited. Thanks

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Oh well, it's all good either way.

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According to the korean source quoted, (Lee Jun Ki)JG's name appeared only to introduce the director who made "virgin snow" in which Miyazaki and JG starred.
Can the translator please double check and rectify the content asap.

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Soo Ae, Oh Yeon Seo, Kim Seul gi!!!
Oh yeaaaah!!!!!~~~~~~

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I am definitely watching that hockey movie because of Kim Seul Gi.. that is all. lol

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My girl crush oh yeon Seo... Glad that she is finally doing a movie and her role looks interesting although i miss seeing her in dramas too. Looking forward to kik seul gi as well, she is adorable,

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I'm the only one so excited for Lee Beom Soo! ^_^

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I'm excited over Lee Beom Soo, just not so much over the idea of him in this movie, given the director. There just isn't much confidence to be had when you hear a work will be about a sexually depraved psychopath and directed by someone who's so badly into stripping women and showing gratuitous sex scenes.

Though I read at least one of his two works was actually quite good with its treatment of women and related topics. So perhaps with a writer capable of and willing to handle something like murder and sexual violence against women seriously, it will be ok.

It can just so easily go bad, you know? I love the man, but I won't follow him into some misogynistic erotic mess.

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Love Lee Beom Soo but watching him play a sexually depraved psychopath is not my cup of tea. I'd rather re-watch Giant 100x then take a peek at this.

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I'd watch it just fine, if the creators involved were more encouraging and I believed this to be a serious look into crime and psychopaths etc. Heck, I'd be ecstatic to see him play such a dark character in a really good work, since I like my admired actors challenging themselves and showing me different sides of their art.

I just don't know the director and while I have not seen his works, their premises and promos don't exactly scream 'respect for women' and 'contemplative entertainment'.

So for now, I hope I am wrong or then that Lee won't take the role. If he does and I'm right, I'll just stay away from it.

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If it's a Korean version of American Psycho I'd take a peek :).

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My daughter geum sa wol? That makes me miss Jang Bori with its craziness lol.
I'm definitely rooting for Oh Yeon Seo in her movie. Her with boyish character is interesting..really love her for always trying out new character

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Im sorry i cant find any #joongi news here? why u tag uri oppa? explain me pls juseyo :3

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