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News bites: July 1, 2017


Song Seung-heon, Go Ara

  • Song Seung-heon (Saimdang, Light’s Diary) and Go Ara (Hwarang) are confirmed for Black, which will air before the end of the year on OCN. Song will play a cold reaper in the dark thriller, while (it’s assumed) Go will play the human woman he falls for. They make a handsome pair, but I wonder how they’ll hold up to the inevitable comparisons to the Reaper-Sunny couple in The Lonely Shining Goblin. Writing for Black is Choi Ran of God’s Gift–14 Days and directing is Kim Hong-sun of Liar Game and Voice. [FN News]
  • Finally, a premiere date for period film Taxi Driver: Set during the Gwangju Massacre and starring Song Kang-ho, the movie will be released in theaters August 2. Song and Yoo Hae-jin play taxi drivers, while Ryu Joon-yeol (Lucky Romance) plays a university student in Gwangju (his smile in this poster is killing me!). [Star Today]

  • Im Shi-wan, Jeon Ji-hyun

  • Waah, he recently completed filming The King Loves, and Im Shi-wan will begin military service on July 11, just before the show premieres. At least the drama will run until late September, and I can rewatch Misaeng to tide me through until his return. [Star Today]
  • Congratulations to Jeon Ji-hyun (Legend of the Blue Sea), who is ten weeks along and expecting her second child. [Joongang]
  • One of director Hong Sang-soo’s two films selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival becomes widely available this week. The Day After, starring Kwon Hae-hyo (Radiant Office) as a philandering owner of a publishing company, hits theaters July 6. [Xports News]

  • Youth Cop

  • Awww, character posters are out for Youth Cop, and I can’t wait for this movie. Park Seo-joon (Fight My Way) and Kang Haneul (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) star as a pair of police academy students with polar opposite personalities, and the green and overeager duo will work together to solve a kidnapping case that occurred before their very eyes. The youth investigative action film premieres in August. [Xports News]
  • Hooray for Jo Soo-hyang (Romance Full of Life). Her indie film Coffee Noir: Black Brown has been selected for the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (their descriptor, not mine). In a world where coffee has been prohibited, she plays a cafe owner fighting for the people’s right to enjoy a cup of coffee (I’m with her!). [Xports News]

  • Yoo Yeon-seok, Answer Me 1994

  • Yoo Yeon-seok (Romantic Teacher Doctor Kim) has been tapped to play genderqueer Hedwig in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He’ll share the role with Oh Man-seok (who has played the role previously to much acclaim), and three others. The show will run from August 18 to November 5 at Hongik Daehangno Art Center’s Grand Theater, and tickets go on sale July 6. [Star Today]
  • But wait, would it be too much to ask Yoo to reprise his role as Chilbongie in the Answer Me 1994 musical as well? There is indeed a musical rendition of Answer Me 1994 forthcoming—auditions are being held now for the show, which will open in March of 2018 at Chungmu Art Center’s Grand Theater. [Xports News]

  • Jaejoong, UEE, Baro, Jung Hye-sung

  • It’s confirmed: Cast as the friends of lead couple Jaejoong and UEE in comic time-slip drama Manhole are Baro (Master–God of Noodles) and Jung Hye-sung (Chief Kim). Joining the foursome are Kim Min-ji (Woman With a Suitcase), who will play the bestie of the two leads, and Seoyoung (Romantic Teacher Doctor Kim), who’s landed a sexycoolfun character. Production is gearing up in earnest, and the cast just held their first script read a few days ago. Manhole will take over the timeslot vacated by Seven Day Queen in August on KBS. [Osen 1, 2, 3]
  • Director Kim Ki-duk (The Net, One on One, Moebius) has been inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he joins esteemed peers Im Kwon-taek, Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook, as well as actors Song Kang-ho, Choi Min-shik, and Lee Byung-heon. [Xports News]
  • The latest from one of Kim Ki-duk’s protégés, director Lee Joo-hyung, will be hitting theaters soon. In Fork Crane, Uhm Tae-woong (in his first project post scandal) stars as a man who was a member of the air force during the Gwangju Massacre. He subsequently lives a quiet life as a forklift/crane operator, until he unearths findings that will reveal the uncomfortable truth from twenty years prior. Fork Crane opens July 27. [Osen]

  • Park Joong-hoon, Kang Haneul, Joo Jin-mo, Uhm Tae-gu

  • I hope these confirmations help lessen the sting that the second season will be a spinoff versus a continuation. Movie vet Park Joong-hoon, Kang Haneul, Joo Jin-mo (Woman With a Suitcase) and Uhm Tae-gu (Maids) will make up the impressive cast of Bad Guys: City of Evil (formerly Bad Guys: Age of Evil). The show will air after Duel, Rescue Me, and Black on OCN. [Osen]
  • Filming has begun on a new JTBC variety program hosted by variety vets Jung Hyung-don (Infinite Challenge), Lee Su-geun (1 Night 2 Days) and Park Sung-kwang (Gag Concert). While the show has no official title or format yet, Seventeen’s Seungkwan will guest star for its pilot episode. [Osen]
  • Adorable child actress Shin Rin-ah (she played Chung’s little buddy in Legend of the Blue Sea) has been added to Kim Nam-gil and Kim Ah-joong‘s tvN drama Live Up to Your Name. She’ll play the daughter of mountainfolk, and an important character who is the reason why Kim Nam-gil jumps 400 years into the future. [Osen]

  • Park Jung-min, Kim Go-eun, Park Jung-ah

  • Director Lee Joon-ik and Park Jung-min are collaborating on a new film (they last worked together on Dongju: Portrait of a Poet), and Kim Go-eun (The Lonely Shining Goblin) is being courted to join them. In Byeonsan, Park’s been cast as an aspiring rapper who hears sad news regarding his father immediately upon entering an audition program, and he’ll put his aspirations aside to return home. Kim is positively considering the role of his first love, and cameras for the movie will begin rolling before the end of the year. [Osen]
  • Glamorous Temptation’s Park Jung-ah has been cast as the lead in a new evening daily on KBS titled My Man’s Secret. She’ll take on one corner of a love square in the story, which sounds like typical daily drama fare. My Man’s Secret will debut in September. [Xports News]

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Wow I haven't seen news bites in forever so glad to see it again

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Same here!!

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Hoping that Taxi Driver fares well in the theater! Ryu Jun-yeol, hwaiting!

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I'm pretty sure it will be with Song Kang-ho headlining it and the rest of cast is pretty solid. I'm glad they hired a German actor to play Hinzpeter.
It'd be interesting to see The Gwangju Uprising from a foreigner's eyes.

Director Jang Hun hasn't made a crappy film. So far his work has been more than solid.

I love Ryu already from his short clip from the trailer.

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Looking forward Bad Guys: City of Evil..

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thanks a lot for updating ?
haven't seen any news bite for a moment,,really love this section because always giving me dramaland update

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I can't wait to see Kang Haneul and Park Seo Joon's movie!!!

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me too! 1. Park Seo-joon and Kang Haneul - what a winning duo. 2. I also love light cop comedies. 3. And the poster's got such a great vibe!

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Too much to look forward to! Thank you so much for spreading a bunch of good news. :)

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Always so happy to see Ryu Joon-yeol!

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It is an interesting cast for Bad Guys 2 but having just finished the 1st series it doesn't lessen the sting. I did doubt they'd get them all back but still really disappointed. Maybe a cameo or two?

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Park Jung-min and Kim Go-eun (yay!) Now that's a big screen dream pair. I'm glad she is going back to her root (Chungmuro). So excited! Love them both to pieces director Lee Joon-ik is pretty solid.

My most anticipated movie "Taxi Driver" has an official release date (double yay!)

Thanks for the update @awcoconuts!

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Kang Ha Neul in a movie, Kang Ha Neul in a drama! Give me all the Kang Ha Neul!!
I can't wait to see him alonside Park Seo Joon. From the trailer it looks like these have a great chemistry and I can't wait for the bromance.
As for Bad Guys I loved the first season so I have high expectations for this next one. Part of me wants Kang Ha Neul to play a pretty dark character and other part of me wants him to be the cinnamon roll that will lighten up the drama.

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Yes to Kang Haneul....I kind of just want him in everything...you think that would be too much to ask? lol

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There's a musical for reply 94? Not 97 or 88 but 94?? Why?! To break our hearts again?!

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PARK JUNG MIN!!!

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"In a world where coffee has been prohibited.." Worst nightmare.

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My heart broke with that line! Haha. Though if its an indie movie, is it harder to watch for us international fans?

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Thank you for all the great news! I'm looking forward for all the dramas and films!

Despite all the news, why have I haven't heard anything about Park Bo Gum? Where is he in drama or film?

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He's currently taking an acting break to focus on school. There have been news about a couple of movie offers months ago (Seobok and Ansi City) but so far no updates.

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Thanks for the info! ??

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Yoon-Seok as Hedwig!? YAY! If only it's possible to get the whole play on camera just so I can see his portrayal OTL

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Wut? Yoo Yeon-seok sings?

I can't resist a man who can sing. Singing in a musical is a different level altogether.

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I love how the actors take turn playing Hedwig so one doesn't get stuck with a long term contract.
So far I believe Jo Seung-woo (x5) and Oh Man-seok (x3) were the first in (2005).
Jo Jung-suk (x3), Byun Yo-han (x1) are the only other actors that I know that have done Hedwig.

I'm excited for Yoo Yeon-seok. Adding another actor to my Hedwig watch list.

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Are any of these performances available on YT or anywhere online?

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I don't know if Jo Seung Woo is actually have an IG or not, or maybe it is managed by his manager or his Korean fan I'm not sure, but sometimes this IG updated a little bit here and there parts of his musicals. I don't know if we can actually watch it online though

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I've found JSW's and I've seen his other performances too. It's the others which I have not seen except Jo Jung Suk's old ones prior to his drama debut. Obviously, musicals can't be recorded but I was hoping for short fancams or clips.

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You can watch some here. It would be easier if you read Korean.
http://www.playdb.co.kr/

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Kim Dongwan has also played Hedwig as well :)

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Song Chang Ui and Park Gun Hyung also acted as Hedwig,quite a long list :-)

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I'm conflicted about it. It sounds awesome but I can't watch it and that makes me sad. ? I want him to be in a movie or drama again soon.

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"Director Kim Ki-duk (The Net, One on One, Moebius) has been inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he joins esteemed peers Im Kwon-taek, Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook, as well as actors Song Kang-ho, Choi Min-shik, and Lee Byung-heon."

It's about time!

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I love that sexycoolfun is now a word, and is it possible to have that word carved on my tombstone?

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A movie and a drama for Kang Haneul! So excited! And I wish if Kim Goeun will sign with the movie with Park Jungmin, its more interesting than "playing his first love." Don't waste her! Hahaha.

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Yeah, I'm totally hoping her character's a singer that just so happens to be the rapper's first love. Ha.

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I would kill to see Yoo Yeon Seok as Hedwig! I saw Jo Jeong Seok in the role last year and he was fantastic. YYS will make such a pretty Hedwig though. I'll be stalking instagram for pictures once he starts performing in it.

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Wow, so many goodies!

- KIM. GO. EUN! I've missed her so much and have patiently been waiting for her return, so I'm ecstatic about the news of her possibly being in a movie! Since Park Jung-min's playing a rapper, I'm hoping her role has a musical background, too. She has a lovely singing voice, and being a singer is one of the many roles I'd love to see her play. The synopsis for this movie gave me Canola vibes, with the aspiring character and family love, and y'know, Go-eun, so I'm totally in.
- Congrats to Jeon Ji-hyun on her second child!
- Black is gonna be one to look out for, because the premise sounds interesting enough, but the casting is questionable. Song Seung-heon is meh to me and Go Ara is super charming and charismatic, but haven't really wowed me in anything other than Answer Me '94. Let's hope not. Having the people behind Voice, Liar Game, and God's Gift attached to it reassures me, though, since those were solid shows.
- Bad Guys: City of Evil is actually shaping up nicely–casting-wise. I can already imagine these actors in this show, so now we wait. Also gonna hope for a Bad Girl, too.

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Lol, this is what happens when I start editing my own writing. I originally had "Was it just the Answer Me/Reply magic? I hope not." But yeah, AM series has the amazing ability to make EVERYONE so damn good.

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i'm more concerned over song seung heon's casting to be honest. i think go ara will do fine given a good script and director. i think she did okay in you are all surrounded and she was good in the joseon magician. reply 1994 is still her best work, of course.
i was really hoping song seung heon would decline. LOL... so much wishful thinking, but i really, really wanted to see yoo yeon seok opposite go ara in this. shouldn't have re-watched reply 1994. chilbongie still gets to me even after all this years.
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I am shocked how much hostility is tolerated now in captions of celebrity photos openly calling out Song Seung-heon's bullshit.

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Can you explain what you mean here please? I don't understand your comment.

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In Song Seung-heon's photo the abbreviation "BS" is written right next to his face.

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Oh, lol.

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His head is probably blocking the letter S. It should say SBS.

I'm pretty sure this picture was taken at the "Saimdang" press conference.

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So serious lol.
I blame Shi-mok.

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Lols... poor SBS.. ( or poor SSH? )

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Thank you for continuing the news bites section DB team!

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I can't wait for all this dramas to be out and I'm so rooting for Youth Cop

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Aaaaaaw... I want Bad Guys original cast and the new cast to make the great blockbuster drama that will rocket the rating of this cable drama to the atmosphere.
But to be greed is a sin, indeed.

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Has anybody heard anything about the status of the Lee Jong-Suk film V.I.P.? Has it been released on Korea yet? I have fingers crossed we'll see it in Toronto.

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Haven't seen news bites in forever. Random question - does anyone know what's up with Byun Yo-Han (Lee Bang JI from Six Flying Dragons) these days? Everyone else seems to be in back in drama land except him.

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Byun Yo Han has been focusing in movies. He had a movie, "A Day" with Kim Myung Min (Jeong Do Jeon from Six Flying Dragons) just come out a couple of weeks ago in theaters.

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I can watch Kang Ha Neul in anything, such a brilliant actor. While i love his million watt smile i think he will be amazing in a dark role in bad guys 2.

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yes just yes. I adore Kang Haneul. I honestly think he's one of the best actors of his age. I could, and have, watch anything he is in...and have suffered through maybe not so great shows, cough ryeo cough to the beautiful you cough, just to catch a glimpse of him.

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The SSH+Go Ara pairing is so weird, and it's almost like they're baiting people not to watch it given their reputations as pretty-people-with-subpar-skills. I like Go Ara and really want her to tap into her potential, but I'm worried that her role will just be "love interest" and nothing more. I've been itching for SSH to do a rom-com drama again- maybe with someone like Gong Hyo Jin, Jang Nara, or Chae Rim (who hasn't done a drama in 7 years)

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Wow, congratulations Ji-hyun eonni!

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Woah! I just saw Siwan like an hour ago in Hyung Sik's fanmeeting and now you are telling me there's not going to be another opportunity to do it again for a couple of years? :(
At least I don't have to worry about netizens getting mad at him for not starting the service sooner :)

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Is it just me who thinks Go Ara chose this project over Are You Human Too because she wants to work with SSH and not with SKJ? lol.

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Also, I read it yesterday on Instagram, Eric Mun got married.
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A musical means no Yoo Yeon Seok in a new drama/movie before next year...Depressed

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ahhh two bites about Kang Haneul....I'm a happy lady.

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Holy shit. A genderqueer Yoo Yeon Seok in a rock musical, what else could you ask for ?

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