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News bites: October 25, 2015


Jung Il-woo

  • Jung Il-woo (Records of a Night Watchman) has been cast as the lead in a Chinese drama that will air on Hunan TV. Called Beautiful Woman (literally A Woman Who Is Beautiful Like a Flower), it’ll be about a bitter battle between two food service industry giants, as well as the complicated and crossed love lines of three sisters. Jung’s been cast as a famous food critic/blogger who writes about international and Korean cuisine. A hit with the ladies, once he tastes a dish, he has the unique ability to read the emotions of the chef who made it. His noona love will be played by Qin Hailu, and the show will air in early 2016. [Herald Economy]
  • Pop queen BoA (Big Match) is coming back to the big screen with the melodramatic movie Autumn Post Office. There’s not much info available on the role or plot yet, but the first feature film from director Lim Wang-tae will begin shooting before the end of the year. [TV Report]

  • BoA, Jo Hye-jung

  • Jo Hye-jung, the daughter of Jo Jae-hyun (Punch), is taking the heat for landing the lead opposite Yoo Seung-ho in his army comeback TV project Imaginary Cat. Many are of the belief she wouldn’t have gotten the role without her famous father’s influence, and Jo’s under a lot of pressure to prove her critics wrong. The show is based on a popular webtoon about a man and his cat, and she joins the drama as an energetic and positive girl who falls for Yoo at first sight. Her character lost her beloved kitty as a little girl and as a young woman, she’ll often care for strays. Jo’s drawn to Yoo because something about him comforts her the way a cat would. Imaginary Cat airs on MBC Every1 in late November. [Osen, Sports Worldi]

  • Jung So-min, Yoon Je-moon

  • The casting of Yoon Je-moon (Last) and Jung So-min (D-Day) has just been announced for Dad’s a Daughter, and already I’m looking forward to the comic human drama film about the special relationship between fathers and daughters. Kim Hyung-hyub will direct, and filming begins in November for a 2016 release. [Newsen, Osen]
  • Aww, she was very cute as Nora’s friend Seung-hyun in Twenty Again, and I’m glad to see rookie Jin Ki-joo land more work. She’ll collaborate with Yoon Doo-joon (Let’s Eat series) in MBC’s drama special Splish Splash Love, and try her hand at a sageuk role. The two-episode fantasy romance with a time-slip element stars Yoon as King Yi Do, Kim Seul-gi (Oh My Ghostess) as his love interest, and will be written and directed by PD Kim Ji-hyun. [Sports Worldi]

  • Jin Ki-joo, Kwak Dong-yeon

  • I like the way the casting is going for Puck, the two-episode drama special starring Lee Kwang-soo (It’s Okay It’s Love) as a loan shark whose life is a mess until he discovers hockey. Kwak Dong-yeon (Hwajeong, Modern Farmer) joins the short drama as a star ice hockey player with a big heart and tons of resolve. Due to a sudden crisis, his athletic career takes a hit, but Lee will help him make a comeback. Kwak is currently taking hockey lessons from actual athletes to prepare for the role, and Puck will begin filming in November. [Hankook Economy]
  • Upcoming cable drama Riders: Seize Tomorrow, which airs on November 8 on E Channel and DRAMAcube, will launch simultaneously in the U.S. and Hong Kong as the broadcasting rights have been sold to Viki in the States and IPTV channel Now TV in HK. The show featuring Kim Dong-wook (Maids), Lee Chung-ah (Wonderful Mama) and Choi Yeo-jin (Valid Love) will be about growth and romance (and cyclists with rickshaws) and air 12 episodes. [Sports Worldi]

  • Riders, Island

  • Island: Island That Steals Time, starring Oh Ji-ho (Ghost-seeing Detective Cheo-yong and Cheo-yong 2) and Moon Ga-young (Master of Trade–Inn 2015), has secured a theatrical release date of November 26. In the film, Oh plays a man who’s lost everything and who returns to his hometown of Jeju Island. Something strange happens each night when he falls asleep, and he begins to search out the island’s secrets. Based on J.M. Barrie’s play Mary Rose (the author wrote Peter Pan), the story has been adapted into a Jeju island fantasy. [Dong A]

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Yay for Kwak Dong-yeon! The kid's great but, sadly, underrated. I loved him in Adolescence Medley and Middle School Student A(is the title right? lol). What he needs is a breakout role coughTvNcough. Haha.

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I'd like it if he went the Kim Ji Won route - slowly build up his resume with small/second lead roles to hone his craft. If he's still a trainee planning for a music group debut, maybe it's not a good idea to break out in a lead role so fast?

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You don't need Jung Il Woo's powers to know my feelings while cooking. They're all just:

"Why is my soup so bland, I did everything maangchi said T____T"
"OH GODS WHY IS THE RICE CAKE TOO HARD"
"Thank god for ramen soup powder"

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Bahaha thanks for making me laugh Mary!

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Maangchi is a life saver *o* but I always have to go and tweak stuff because it either ends up tasting like water (soybean sprout soup) or either being too spicy and only tasting like fire (my previous batch of kimchi)

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I think possibly you have to dress fun and smile like Maangchi to get her recipes to work 100%. The secret ingredient is enthusiasm and positive energy.

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finally a new drama from kwak dong yeon!

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YASSSS! JUNG SO MIN!!! this girl deserves all the leads role!
you go, girl!

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I really want Splish Splash Love, like, NOW. The combination of Yoon Doo-joon+Kim Seul-gi is a very happy prospect indeed <3

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This addition of Jin Kijoo, who I guess is my latest darling, to Kim Seulgi's drama special is making Splish Splash Love sound such an adorable fusion sageuk. (I really hope it ends that way so we'll get subs.)

If their characters end up friends, there will be an insane amount of squeeing involved~ ♡

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I haven't watched Twenty Again, but I know people like her character, it's always good to see a promising young actress get a shot at something.

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I desperately need Jung Il-woo back in dramaland!

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Riders is interesting, so will it also be available for viewers
outside the US?

I do want to see if Jo Jae-hyun's daughter has inherited his acting talent.

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I think DB means the Americas, I have yet to see Viki broadcast something in the US only. There's no channel for Riders yet and I still haven't recieved a notification from channel managers about it, so I could be wrong.

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YAASSSS!!! JUNG SO MIN.
That girl is too adorable for words...

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I was so happy when I read Kwang Soo ( finally ) be a lead in a drama and no so crush when I find out it only a 2 episodes drama ( sad face ) but I'll still watch it any idea if it would come to US anybody ? thanks a ton

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Jo Hye Jung is currently appearing in the drama: Because it's the first time. She only has a supporting role there. It's hard to say that she has talent, from the looks of it so far in 3 eps. Let's hope that when she gets a meatier role opposite Yoo Seung Ho, she can prove herself worthy.

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She's not exactly awesome but she's not that bad. She's currently in a drama with Choi Minho from Shinee and other few famous people

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Yay for moon ga young !!!!

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Thank you for the news update.

I really liked Jin-ki joo in Twenty Again and look forward to seeing her in other projects.

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A father helped his daughter get a chance to prove herself in a hyper competitive industry. What is the big deal there? Lots of parents do that for their children. After all, it is up to her to prove worthy of the chance. Netizens can be so judgmental.

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I think the issue is that she hasn't so far (proved herself worthy, that is). Of course that could change, but right now, she hasn't really made an impression one way or another - I'm watching the web drama she's in and I literally do not remember her face.

And nepotism is NOT to be advocated in acting. I've seen the effects of it in domestic films in my own country, and believe me, it's not so much about 'proving themselves worthy' as getting endless chances to headline films, even as they keep sucking at actual performances.

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I don't see the problem here at all. This wouldn't be a big deal if it didn't star Yoo Seung-ho. Tbh, they clearly won't be able to find a young female star about the age of YSH willing to take on an ultra supporting lead role in a super minor station. She's got some fame from Take Care of My Dad (or whatever), albeit because of her dad, so this isn't a bad choice for the production company.

Also, personally, I don't mind nepotism in acting, especially since it has such little real social impact.

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Tbh, they clearly won’t be able to find a young female star about the age of YSH willing to take on an ultra supporting lead role in a super minor station.
I'm going to have to disagree with this. If that minor station can get YSH's comeback TV show, they can definitely find a young actress that'll be willing to be his co-star.

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Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Mira Sorvino, Nicholas Cage and Sophia Coppolla, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Javier Bardem, Emma Thompson, Kate Hudson, Toby stephens and many, many, many others. On the contrary in acting it may be a blessing to come from an artistic family so you know the difficulties of the profession.

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But all those people are talented/won awards and good public responses for their own work. No one considers any of them untalented.

Better example of bad nepotism is someone like Emma Roberts (Julia Roberts niece). She has been getting lead roles in movies/dramas for 10 years but can anyone name even one film she stars in without using google?

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And really, how much influence does a pappy have (no matter how well known an actor) unless he is investing $$ in the production company or is tight with the execs at the network or is willing to do a quid pro quo?

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Amen!

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Unless it's a profession that people's lives are at risk, I have no objection whatsoever against nepotism. Sons and daughters have been proved to be far beneath their parents' talent and vice-versa, given the opportunities. See, talent is not always hereditary and that's a fact. Besides the entertainment business is not that harmful to begin with...

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Why should someone get to block opportunities from more talented people just because their father has connections? Try saying you have no objection against nepotism when it's your job and someone less qualified/talented gets chosen instead of you only because of their parents?

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Artists' families have a pretty good idea of how this particular system works the same way the children of police officers or professional soldiers are more aware of the occupational hazards -usually they go into the same profession almost knowing what to expect. Unless the stupid son of a mastermind surgeon wants to perform a life-threatening operation on me, I prefer the police officer's son and daughter to follow their daddy's footsteps; so, I don't see it as nepotism by any means if they have an advantage over the other candidates. Besides who knows if this young actress is not talented enough and whose opportunities does she and her father block? Was there another candidate for this part on the web drama?

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Some actors have worked their whole life for a chance at a lead role. Why shouldn't people be critical if this is indeed nepotism?

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Exactly. If she can't act, I don't see the issue with being criticised. Idols who can't act and only get roles because of agency influence get bitched out by netizens too.

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From Kwang Soo's drama, the female lead will be Son Soo Hyun from Blood and Missing Noir M.

http://asianwiki.com/Puck!_(Korean_Drama)

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I would like to see a friend reunion with him, Kim Bum and LMH going out on a high..

I lovey dovey drama with 3 real life friends vs other girls real life friends in one drama

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I suspect Lee Kwang Soo is hippie, he dressed so cool and effortless (well behalf of his figure as well), and he is kinda always choose odd and interesting drama/movie's role (the fish head,lol) and strayed from cookie cutter drama..

Well you go kirin

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Oh Ji-ho makes me weak at the knees.

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