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News bites: September 13, 2015


Gong Hyo-jin

  • She’s been christened Loyal Woman of Chungmuro, and Gong Hyo-jin (The Producers) is upholding her reputation as she teams up again with director Lee Geun-woo in his upcoming film, Project Spirit (spirit as in vigor and rah-rah, not ghost). She was in his 2012 movie 577 Project, and she accepted the offer to guest appear without a moment’s hesitation and without a guarantee. Project Spirit is a faux documentary about an idol group that will expose the inner workings of the entertainment world (ha, maybe Gong will cameo as Tak Ye-jin), and filming is currently underway. [TV Report]

  • Jung Woo-sung, Hwang Jung-min, Joo Ji-hoon

  • Investigative thriller Asura has lined up quite the cast: Jung Woo-sung (Madam Bbaeng-deok), Hwang Jung-min (Veteran), and Joo Ji-hoon (Mask) have all joined the movie. It must be a happy reunion for Jung, who’s starred in three of director Kim Sung-soo’s previous films–Musa, City of the Rising Sun, and Beat. This time he’ll play a detective who begins to get mired in corrupt activities as he tries everything to save his terminally-ill, cancer-stricken wife. After receiving political pressure himself, he’ll set out to arrest a notoriously corrupt town mayor, played by Hwang. Joo is a junior investigator who thinks of Jung as an older brother, and Jung will send him to work as a detective under the villainous Hwang. Filming for Asura begins before the end of the month. [Star News]

  • Kim Seul-gi, Han Ye-ri

  • Ooh, seems like everyone’s favorite ghostess Kim Seul-gi will be back sooner than we thought. She’s currently in negotiations to take the lead in the drama special Splish Splash Love as the love interest of Yoon Doo-joon. In the Joseon-era comic fantasy special, Yoon’s been cast as King Yi Do while Kim will play a third-year high school student and the object of the king’s affections. While sad it’s only two episodes, I’ll take any Kim Seul-gi I can get. Splish Splash Love airs in October on MBC. [Osen]
  • Sounds like this movie will give Han Ye-ri (Kundo: Age of the Rampant) an actor’s workout, but no doubt she’ll rise to the challenge. She’s been cast as the lead in The Worst Woman, and she’ll play a chameleon who changes her personality with every guy she’s with. The film will cover what happens when she meets three men in one day, and Iwase Ryo will play a hot Japanese novelist she’s dating, Lee Hee-joon (they worked together in Sea Fog) will play a divorced cafe owner and Kwon Yul (Let’s Eat 2) will complete the trio of men. The Worst Woman is targeting a 2016 premiere. [Joongang]

  • Thieves, Veteran

  • Is a sequel to director Choi Dong-hoon’s The Thieves in the works? While at a publicity event for Assassin (which he also directed) in China on September 9, Choi confirmed, “We’re not ready to film right this minute, but we are planning a [Thieves 2].” Just thinking about a Jeon Ji-hyunKim Soo-hyun reunion makes me happy! [TV Report]
  • Given the success of Veteran, which recently hit over 12 million admissions, it comes as no surprise that a sequel has already been confirmed. While the script hasn’t been written yet, director Ryu Seung-wan believes Hwang Jung-min‘s return is essential to the story. Producer Kang Hye-jung indicated that the movie will come out in the next two to three years. [Sports Worldi, Kyunghyang]

  • Three Meals a Day

  • Those mourning the end of Three Meals a Day, take hope. While the project was only meant to last a year from the onset, the show could come back–just in a new location. A tvN source confirmed the end of the show’s run in Jeongseon, but didn’t close the door on the variety program completely, saying, “If we do bring back the farming village version of the show, it won’t be in Oksoonbong but in a different region.” The final episode of Three Meals a Day in Jeongseon aired this past Friday. [Joongang]

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Excited for the Kim Seul-gi mini drama yay

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Yeyzers! All good news this week :D

Love all the actors/actresses mentioned. Though if I'm being a pessimist, it's sad that Doojoon and Seulgi's drama special is only 2 eps long :'(

BTW, have you ladies seen that short Jisung vampire/indie movie for BIFF2015? There's a 3 minute trailer that's kinda weird and funny and disturbing and *cough*hot.

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yay , ji sung vampire movie looks GREAT

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WHAT WHAT WHAT? I need to google this right now!

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*After watching it
Thank you so much for putting this on my radar Mary! I swear he looked exactly like Shin Segi decided to get zanier with the glasses. And then he opened his mouth and Perry Park came out. The man is so freaking sexy it should be illegal.
And I totally get what you mean by the trailer being hot. I kept looking over my shoulder during the 'necking' in case my mom decided to come in xD

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3 Meals TT TT TT TT

I'm behind, I'll savour the last episodes

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Even though the movie left us with some plot holes, I'm still excited for a Thieves 2!

I don't think it will be happening anytime soon though with Jeon Ji Hyun's pregnancy and all. Hopefully, if they are going to make a sequel, they would use all the time they have to carefully write the story and secure the previous cast for the shooting schedule

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Am I the only one who doesn't like The Thieves? It reminds me so mich of Hongkong action movie, something I don't mind IF it's a Hongkong film, but this film is trying so hard and Kim Hye Soo-Kim yoon Seok & Jun Ji Hyun- Kim Soo Hyun love stories are no better than K-dramas.
Or is it just my sentiment with Choi Dong Hoon? Not a fan of him, but Jeon Woo Chi is entertaining (although the CG at the beginning is laughable).

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I haven't seen it, but the impression I got (from reviews etc) was that despite the fact that it did will at the box office, it was a mediocre film, not a must-watch. Like, reasonably entertaining but not without issues and nothing new at all.

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My friends and I saw it. It had a good start but at the end of the film, we were all wondering what the hype was all about.

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well, they can't do the Thieves sequel (if it is with the same actors) for at least another year, since Jun Ji-hyun is pregnant.

I agree on the Hong Kong action movie feel. JJH and Kim Hye-soo were very charismatic but it did feel a bit by-the-numbers.

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I remember watching it and thought what a waste of great actors. :/

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I'm glad Ha Jung Woo wasn't in it.

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I tried watching The Thieves on numerous occasions but could never make it past the first 30 minutes. I never understood what the hype was all about, I guess it's one of those movies whete the hype exceeds the actual interest of the movie. Either that or I have wildly different tastes...

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Ocean 11 ruined it for me.

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My highly opinionated thoughts on this movie: Highly disappointed. Boring. Waste of time. Waste of talent. The fu*k did I just watch. This is it? Really? I wasted my time for this sh*t? Yawn. Yawn. Yawn.

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Pretty much "meh."

Also thought Kim Soo-hyun was miscast and out of place.

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It's one of those movies where you just fawn over the cast the whole time then next thing you know the movie's over and you don't even remember the plot. lol

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good summary!

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Can't wait for Tak Ye Jin PD cameo! Haha
(I read somewhere that Music Bank PD and 1N2D PD love story actually happens in real life in KBS! That must be awesome)

Excited for Jung Woo Sung-Hwang Jung Min-Joo Ji Hoon's movie. I know I won't be the only one watching for the cast right? :)

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Regarding Mubank and 1n2d PD, they actually met and dated when they were both 1N2D PDs. Now the wife is in Mubank while the husband is still in 1N2D.

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Since the project is about the idol world maybe Gu Ae Jung is more appropriate than Tak Ye Jin. hehe She was a former idol after all. lol

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It's always great to see Gong Hyo-jin!

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What's the word about 'Busan Bound', the zombies on a train flick? It was supposedly filming in April, and it has disappeared from the Internet. Is the filmmaker very secretive?

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I see Ma Dong Seok tweeting about it sometimes....

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Busan Bound starring Gong yoo Ma Dong Seok and Jung Yu‑mi 'll be released next year and yes they started filming in April and finished filming in August

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Looking forward to ASURA.

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Does anyone know what ever happens to the joseon-kakaotalk drama project? I think it was gonna be adapted from a manhwa right? I rmb reading the news here and got excited coz it looked super funny! ^^

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I saw that too! I thought it would be pretty interesting, and I wanted to read the source material (but it was all in korean)...

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yay for more Gong Hyo-jin!

And I am SO THRILLED that Kim Seul-gi finally gets a chance to flex her chops in a lead role, even if it's only for two episodes. I love Yoon Doo-joon and think they'll be a perfect match. (see, networks? this is the kind of young actress you should be offering lead roles to, it's high time for her)

I just hope Doojoon can handle the technical aspects of sageuk acting, though doing a two-episode special is a smart way to test the waters (as opposed to going into a full-length series with no previous experience).

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"Splish Splash Love" doesn't sound sageuk-ish. I hope it's something similar or close to the 2 episodes "Legend of Hyang Dan." Short, sweet and fun.

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yeah, the high school girl aspect of it means we're getting a Queen In-hyun's Man-style story and not a classic or full sageuk.....

I can't wait.

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Is it a time travel drama or am I mistaken?

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it would have to be, right? I mean, how else does a (I assume) contemporary high school girl get to meet a Joseon king at all?

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In her dreams? lol I don't have a clue what this is about to be honest.

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Kim Seulgi was in a MBC drama short last year as well. "A Resentful Women's Diary". 원녀일기

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off to look that up, now.

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She looks so adorable in a hanbok.

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Jung Woo-sung, HWANG♥JUNG♥MIN and Joo Ji-hoon? What a cast ensemble huh. Sheeeesh I love it. (I mean I love Hwang Jung-min)

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I don't have enough +1 for you! I just luuuurve this cast...HJM is the actor's actor of his generation!

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I can already imagine the comedy that will be in the yoon doo joon-kim seul gi pairing. October come quick!

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I know! It'll be Shiksha-nim and our favourite ghost.....

Just pray that it gets subbed, these short dramas can sometimes slip through the cracks and I have no idea if MBC subs its drama specials and puts them up on its youtube channel the way KBS does.

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I'm sure I'm the only one in this world who felt nothing while watching The Thieves ??

Aw KSG, will surely watch your new stuff. Hope there will be Engsub ??

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OMG. Kim Seul-gi and Yoon Doo-joon!? Uhhhhh, adorable!

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I had to google Yoon Doo-joon's name, but *YAY* super approved for Seul-gi!

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faaaaaaaaaab, you have to watch Let's Eat.

Please please pretty please. It is SO MUCH FUN.

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What's with all these popcorn movie series? Hated Hollywood for doing that and now Korea is doing the same thing.

Mmmnnn I love me some villainous Hwang Jung-min!

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AH I WANT A THIEVES SEQUEL SO BAD. Can we get a Zampano/Yenicall romance line this time!? So cute!!

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KSG looks totally adorable in that photo.

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the word Chef was never the same after she said it..lol

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So glad Veteran hit 12 million! Yoo Ah In is one sexy villain!

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glad to hear about Gong Hyo Jin but "loyal woman of chungmuro"? :D

still waiting until one day where GHJ's name and Jungwoosung are written for same project...

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So excited for the Kim Seul Gi drama! She and Doo Joon have got excellent comedic timing. Can't wait to see their chemistry together!

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