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News bites: February 4, 2017


TOP, Junsu

  • Come back healthy and well! TOP (Tazza 2) and Junsu (who recently made a cameo appearance on Introverted Boss) are reporting for duty next week. They’ll begin basic training on February 9 before serving the remainder of their mandatory enlistment period as military policemen. [My Daily]
  • I’m hoping for a speedy recovery for Moon Geun-young (Village: Secret of Achiara), who is currently in the hospital with a diagnosis of compartment syndrome. Moon underwent emergency surgery on February 2 after experiencing arm pain on the 1st, and she is awaiting a second surgery. Romeo and Juliet, the musical she is currently headlining with Park Jung-min, has canceled its shows in Daejeon this weekend, and depending on her health, upcoming engagements in Daegu and Andong may also be canceled. Her agency offered profuse apologies to fans who had anticipated seeing her on stage. [Star News]

  • Moon Geun-young, Hwang Jung-eum

  • Congratulations to Hwang Jung-eum (Lucky Romance)–she and her husband are expecting their first child in the fall! [My Daily]
  • Look for a slew of comedic movie sequels to hit theaters later this year. The follow-up to 2014’s Pirates has been confirmed, with the original team of writer Chun Seong-il and director Lee Seok-hoon on board, as well as stars Sohn Ye-jin and Kim Nam-gil. The Accidental Detective (or Private Investigator: The Beginning) will also be getting a sequel, and has secured starring duo Kwon Sang-woo and Sung Dong-il to reprise their roles, but will hire a new director to helm the second edition. Finally, the third installment of Detective K (also known as Joseon’s Greatest Detective) will combine the forces of Kim Myung-min and Oh Dal-soo again when it heads into production this summer. While serial works aren’t common in the Korean film industry, depending on how these sequels fare, a couple of projects that have been put on the back burner (New World 2, The Berlin File 2) may finally come to fruition. [Star News]

  • Lee Byung-heon, Park Jung-min

  • Lee Byung-heon is hoping for another hit in collaboration with Yoon Jae-kyun’s production company JK Film (Master, Insiders). He’s signed on to play a has-been boxer in That’s My World, which will be helmed by Choi Sung-hyun in his directorial debut (he wrote the screenplay for Fatal Encounter or The King’s Wrath). The film will follow his reconciliation with his younger brother (Park Jung-min, Entourage), who’s been cast as a genius pianist with a physical disability. Filming will begin around June. [DongA]
  • Jealousy will rear its ugly head in the weekend drama You’re Too Much. Sohn Tae-young has been cast as the granddaughter of a university chancellor and a well-bred, dignified woman who is engaged to Jung Kyeo-woon (Oh My Venus). Jung previously held a torch for Uhm, which will cause a crack in Sohn’s self-esteem. You’re Too Much follows Blow Breeze on March 4 on MBC. [Joy News 24]

  • Sohn Tae-young, Jung Woo

  • I miss him in dramas, but it looks like Jung Woo (Retrial) will be staying in movieland a little longer. Fifth Column has been delayed, and he’s decided on a film called Heungbu as his next project. Based on a Korean folktale about two brothers, one greedy (Nolbu) and the other humble and kind (Heungbu), the film will be a new interpretation of the classic story, but still set in historical times. Heungbu will be directed by Jo Geun-hyun (Late Spring, 26 Years) and cameras are expected to begin rolling before mid-year. [Star News 24]
  • Jeon Su-jin (Jackpot, Descended From the Sun) has been cast as Choi Kang-hee‘s sister-in-law in Mystery Queen. An immature but intelligent woman studying to be a psychologist, she and Choi get along, but they have a love/hate relationship. Kim Min-jae (The King, Village: Secret of Achiara) will play Lee Won-geun‘s partner and hoobae lieutenant. He’s fiercely loyal to and fond of his partner, but at work, he’ll tend to pass responsibilities off to his sunbae. Mystery Queen will take the spot vacated by Chief Kim on KBS in March. [TV Report 1, 2]

  • Jeon Su-jin, Kim Min-jae

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So like, if I call 911 (or equivalent in Korea), there's a chance TOP might show up on my door to check on me?

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I've learnt from watching Voice that it's 112! ?

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It's funny because the emergency services here has the same number, will report when I can get TOP on the phone. ^_^

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If I lived in Korea, I'd be abusing that number for sure.

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lol XD

sounds like a kdrama plot, an antifan calls for help, and the celeb she hated shows up and saves her life and she falls in love and becomes a sasaeng

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Cute plot line - I would watch that drama ?

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I would watch that! Make it a thriller please!

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I'm laughing already! It has "comedy" written all over it.

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sounds more like a horror story than a romcom. call it "so i married a crazy fan"

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Lol ikr. you can't say "becomes a sasaeng" and then try to sell it to me as a rom-com! there is nothing romantic about sasaeng fans lol. that would definitely be horror... altho it could still have a comedic aspect haha

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If only it were that simple! Military police are called upon to respond to problems in military facilities, or concerning military personnel, so unless you live on an army base in their jurisdiction/branch of service, or were a law-breaking soldier/sailor/airman you would likely be out of luck TT TT

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he is a military police, not the police

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I so badly want to see Jung Woo back in dramaland, I selfishly want a good dose of him every week lol.
That being said I'm really looking forward to his film Retrial with Kang Haneul, it definitely has caught my attention going by the trailer.
With his new project Heungbu will he be playing both roles or just one ?

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Pirates sequel ! Yaaay !!
But I feel worried too, it's such a relief that Kim Nam Gil's character FINALLY got a happy ending in 'Pirates'.
So they'd better keeping his character alive at the end of the sequel or else I'll never watch him in anything again. I've already had enough wounds from all of his tragic stories :(

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hey, a whole fan of him felt the same way too. I wonder when will he back to dramaland. Is there no PD or writernim come to him or what.

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national service for junsu possible until the end of the year 2019
and 2020 will be reunited TV5Q .. I really hope it will happen. Always keep the faith.

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Pretty sure he comes back on 11/08/18. So not too long~

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ahhh .. (lol)thanks for the correction
so it was not long
they will be reunite 2019 i think

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In hope that Moon Geun-young is fine now and its good news that Hwang Jung-eum is a soon-to-be mom but then no project from her this whole year.

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Compartment Syndrome? How'd she get that? But regardless how, get well soon Moon GeunYoung!

(Although, her musical being cancelled sucks for so many people. Shouldn't they have had an understudy for problems like this?)

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How many geniuses live in Korea, anyway?

If someone said, "Is there a genius in the house?" would half of the men present raise their hands? (In a humble way, of course.)

How do you get the label of genius? Is there a State run exam? Can you just say, "I am a genius at brushing my teeth?"

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If you are male and brush your teeth in a particular way, then yes, you are a genius, congrats!

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If a genius is in the room but no one around knows it...are they still a genius?

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When I see the word 'sequel', it immediately reminded me of the Liar Game sequel that I am still waiting for. Maybe dramabeans can compile the top 10 dramas that NEEDS a sequel ASAP lol hahas

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I hope MGY makes a speedy recovery. I also wonder if there is any news on the actor from Mirror of the Witch; the one who was diagnosed with cancer.

Looking forward to the sequels of Detective K and The Accidental Detective!

Congratulations to Hwang Jung Eum and her husband!!

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I've read some news about him and it was said that he is already recovered from his illness ? what a good news! Hoping it's true..

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That's good to hear!

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Tabiiiiiii, come back well!

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Come back healthy Bingu TOP :( I can't believe no BB for a long time but hopefully it'll pass by quickly.

Congrats to HJE!!!!! How wonderful ~

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Congrats for Hwang Jeung Um for the pregnancy
(o^▽^o)

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My first thought was, "Aww, I'm really happy for her-- I bet she's gonna love being a mom." And then, "Someone had better start designing some wacky denim onesies, stat!"

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Come back safely my dear TOP. You will be missed so so much, I have cried so much already. He is my first bias and only bias in Kpop land. </3

Also congratulations for the pregnancy to Hwang Jung Eum. But I am a bit sad since that means I probably wont see her in dramaland anytime soon.

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Congrats to Hwang Jung-eum!!! I was beginning to wonder why she wasn't in the drama casting news lately! That woman never stops working.

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MGY! Wish her a speedy recovery. And return to TV.

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O___o

Kim Min-jae is playing Lee Won-geun's hoobae???

Didn't he used to be Sung-jae's sunbae police guy in Achiara? I wonder if the reversed hierarchy is going to be played for laughs like Pa-oh and Dan-se in Hwarang. :D

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Jeon Soo Jin is blonde?!

Bad choice. One of the first people I've seen look less interesting blonde. Not that most people look good blonde but it usually makes it more interesting to look at them.

Her stunning eye shape isn't as pronounced with that color.

Oh, well. Congrats unnie on a new show.

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lol what? i dont remember seeing a TOP cameo in introverted boss..?

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Junsu made the cameo appearance, not TOP.

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Not TOP!!!!!!! *cries*

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*cries* *cries* *sob*

*pass some tissues*

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See you soon my dear TOP I love you!!!! Congrats Jun-Eum, have a healthy pregnancy!!!

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