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Jo Hyun Jae, bracing self for public outcry

Hmm. Looks like Jo Hyun Jae is in some hot water.

The actor recently starred in the film GP506 (which the above pic is from; it’s not a real army pic) and currently stars in the new drama Three Dads, One Mom (for which I’m holding off judgment till I see the second episode — I wasn’t wowed by the first, but first episodes are so unpredictable).

He recently began his military service on the 1st, but has now just been released from training after only four days. That in itself is not terribly strange:

“According to military service law, if one is found to be unfit for active duty following a physical examination, due to disease or mental or physical disorder, or requires more than fifteen days’ recovery time for said condition, said person may be dismissed.”

What IS weird, though, is the fact that is just becoming known that Jo Hyun Jae left in the middle of filming a drama to enlist in his military service — and upon his dismissal after four days, immediately returned to filming. Something’s fishy over in Three Dads territory. (I don’t know the specifics of Three Dads, but generally a drama begins filming anywhere from a month to several months in advance. A trendy drama that doesn’t require excessive preparation — unlike, say, an epic or high-budget production like Legend — may typically have about eight episodes completed when the series begins airing. It is definitely weird to have started military service in the middle of a project.)

The situation is starting to stir up lots of suspicion and criticism — if he suffers from a severe enough condition to prevent him from training, how can he be fit enough to film a drama? — which is not helped by the fact that the drama producers have offered “no explanation, and have evaded questions” about the topic. Furthermore, prior to Jo’s enlistment, the producers had been unusually hush-hush about his impending service date.

Some of Jo Hyun Jae’s fans are supporting their star, casting aspersions on the validity of the news reports, but a majority of them agree that things look suspicious.

The mandatory-military-service topic is always a source of major debate, and a definite hot-button issue. Everyone knows that effing around with draft-dodging schemes in Korea is serious, career-damaging (if not career-ending) business. Methinks he’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Via News.Mk.co.kr, Daily Surprise

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yay first to comment....
damn those guys look fione..
cant wait to watch this w/ eng subs

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cool first to comment...

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Hmmm...that's weird..
How possible is that? Enlisting in the army service during filming? hmmm..
Definitely something fishy behind..

Anywhos, I'm enjoying 3 Dads 1 Mom a lot..hehehe..
Ep 1 was hilarious..XD

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really suspicious indeed, but what if there is something really wrong w/ him so he can't serve? i don't know, the military wouldn't let someone off easy b/c they are famous right? or have they?

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I think -- and somebody correct me if I'm wrong -- if he'd had a pre-existing condition, he would have been excused already, before having to actually enter training. For him to have actually started his service seemingly knowing that he would be excused right away suggests something strange going on.

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That's true.. and it seems that anyone could realize that this is something that the sensitive public would be able to catch on to and be suspicious about. That's so unfortunate, that he has already garnered himself this negative attention, since his drama has just started airing. And I really like him too.

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maybe they think his time spent in the on-again, off-again production of GP 506, was hard work enough pass for military service :D but yeah, if they're gonna use showbiz clout, they did it real clumsy.

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I read in the news something about car accident . News also say that he needs to report to Army HR Admin 45 days prior any activities.

My guess:
JHJ joined the drama by end of Feb and the drama starts by April 2nd- the gap is only 30days. Even he inform the authority right after Feb 26th, there was still the chance that they may process his case before getting his notification. Or he should wait at least 45 days after he sent the notification, so that he can make sure they allow him to join the drama and would not send him the enlistment notice during the time he's filming.

I think he thought they would accept it. But he got the notice with the enlistment date earlier than he expected, right before the drama started . On Kangta's case, I remember the news about enlistment came out about 2 weeks before the date (am I right?) Being a good citizen like JHJ, he would enlist as the notice requires no matter what. Just he got an accident and it turned out he needs to rest.

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^^ actually in those kinds of cases, he can postpone his enlistment date
eric and dongwan (from shinhwa) postponed their enlistment dates to be with their fans in their 10th anniversary
they should have gone to the army early this year, but postpone it to sometime august
so i dont know why JHJ didnt do that..

i still remember how people reacted with PSY and his issues with his army duties, it really doesnt help that JHJ's camp is not saying what the real reason is

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First time I'm hearing something like this too......in the middle of filming...where's the common sense? :/

Anyhow, I hope this doesn't cast a bad spell over 3 Dads, 1 Mom...which I have a vibe you are not liking....hm. Well, I haven't watched it of course but I guess I should be the one bracing for something bad...

Oh and I didn't expect a Lexy song...this is definitely different from what she normally does...thanks for all the songs you post though! Where do you normally get them?

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I guess my infor above is not right.
So this is what I got from a peer:

There's news that Jo Hyun Jae was jus dismissed from army after only 4 days of enlistment, and even KBS Three Dads one mom team could not know for sure whether this is right.

While filming for the drama Three Dads one mom, Jo Hyun Jae joined the army (camp no 306 in UiJungBoo). But after physical examination, he received a notice to return home (due to health condition) and dismissed from April 4th (the next check up is July 4th). Right on that day, he went to filming scene of "Three Dads One Mom" and continued to act with other artists.

The crew also confirmed that "Jo Hyun Jae is filming with Shin Sung Rok, Jae Hee, Yoo Jin as usual".

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Even the crew did not know whether news that Jo Hyun Jae enlisted and dismissed in 4 days is right or wrong. 45 days ago, Jo Hyun Jae got the notice from the army. That was middle of February, and until April 1st, he got information of enlistment. But on Feb 26th KBS informed in public about Jo Hyun Jae's joining the drama, the filming started from March. On March 26th Jo Hyun Jae also presented in press conference of the drama.

About Jo Hyun Jae in the army: he did overal physical examination in Gook Goon Yang Joo Hospital. A military official said " When JHJ went for the examination, I saw a cast on his leg, and he hardly could walk".

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Just throwing this out there but, does South Korea allows gays in the military? If not, maybe he told them he was gay after enlisting and they sent him packing? I don't know, just wondering what could be the reason.

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I think in my own opinion there's must be something wrong on his health condition that will aggravate if he continues to go on military training.. compared to doing tv drama which is not tedious one...

though for the meantime his back on showbiz work, maybe to finish his commitment... In the end he will still come back to military training coz its mandatory. .take care for your health JHJ...regardless of how negative was the news about jhj, will still remain on his side.

from your fan here in Manila

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Hadassah's theory is pretty interesting, about korean gays in military. I found an article in other site about this, might as well share it here:

Gay soldiers booted from South Korean army in 2005

Eight soldiers were discharged from South Korea's military in 2005 for homosexuality, the army said Friday in Seoul, its first-ever disclosure of such statistics. According to South Korean military regulations, gay men aren't allowed to serve. The exact number of those discharged was reported by local media, and the army confirmed it when asked. It said it hasn't tracked or released such statistics in the past.

All South Korean men are required to serve as conscripts, and officers consult fellow soldiers and seek diagnoses from doctors to determine whether someone is trying to evade service by claiming he is gay. Gay rights groups, however, say that this can lead to demeaning practices and exclude those who want to serve their country.

Hwang Jang-kwon, an official at Solidarity for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Human Rights of Korea, said a gay soldier sought the group's help earlier this month after being forced to provide photographic evidence that he was involved in homosexual relations. He said he was also forced to take an HIV test without his consent. The soldier wanted to finish his service, but his privacy wasn't protected by the military, and the group is now seeking to get him an early discharge, Hwang said.

This week the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center also blasted discrimination against gays in the army and called for changes to regulations barring them from duty.

Homosexuality has only in recent years gained some acceptance in South Korean society, with its strict Confucian traditions and strong Roman Catholic Church. The biggest current hit movie in the country, King and the Clown, centers on a gay love triangle involving a despotic king and two court jesters. (AP)

What do you think? A big possibility indeed.

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Hi,

I'm from England so can only talk about how the army works here. To me, him being dismissed isn't all that suspicious. Usually, the army will dismiss people for even minor health reasons such as having a hearing impairment or slight eye sight problems, even if you've got an injured leg or something that we may think is minor. This is because the training will be intense and they need people that are at the peak of physical fitness. Although army is voluntary in england, I have friends who desperately wanted to be in the army and were unsuccessul as they failed the physical examination on a minor health problem.

The same could have happened with Hyun Jae. He may have a minor health problem/condition that he wasn't aware of (like a hearing prob etc as mentioned above) and may not have been considered fit enough for the army.

I don't think it's fair to straight away be suspicious of him. I can understand that some people maybe do try and dodge mandatory army service but we can't automatically assume that's what he did.

I personally think that army service shouldn't be mandatory, or if it is, it shouldn't be for so long. Some countries have even reduced how long the service is now. I've heard it's about 2 years in Korea. That's a VERY long time for an actor/singer who's career depends on being in the newest dramas and movies etc. 2 yrs away from acting can be very damaging to their careers and it's a big risk.

So in a way, I can understand those actors who do try and get out of army service because it's their career and dreams at risk. But I don't think Hyun Jae dodged army service. It's understandable for him to go back to filming once he was discharged, what's the point of doing nothing if you've been discharged???

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hyun jae is a actor

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helu po.... tlaga ang cute mo....kmukha kayo ng kapatid kong si jem,.........
cruzalf pala to....i loove u

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An-nyeong haseyo! I do not care of that speculations. What I would like to tell to everybody is Jo Hyun Jae played an important role in the entertainment industry of Korea. If only Jo Hyun Jae reads this comment, please continue your acting and singing career because on behalf of your Filipino Fans, we are here to support you all the way. Kamsamnida!

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Hi jo, pls ignore the speculation. You are a good actor and singer. We support
you at anytime.

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gogogogO........................JHJ.................!!!!!!!!!JUST IGNORE THIS ISSUE YOURE A GOOD ACTOR...................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SEE YOU.............................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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hmm
jo hyun hae is the best
good luck for you

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since we really don't know what really happened... so putting some conclusion to it....that wouldn't be necessary...we're just making the problem be more complicated...

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...we love you jo hyun jae!!.,=>
...i really dont understand wats d prob of those people making small things a BIGGER issue.,are they insecure??..or are they just really happy destroying other people??.., come on!.,i just wanna say to all those freaks..grow up!!.,learn 2 appreciate d works of other people!.,coz if u cant say anything gud.,just keep it!.,,zip it!.,i just also wanna say that "3 dads with 1 mommy" is a good,fun,nice,wacky & a cute movie..,y??do u think all the viewers would agree to u??.,no matter how u critisize the movie most of us here would really love to watch the movie over and over again bec. 4 us the most important thing is the word "fun"..,that we r experiencing everytime watch the movie..,"FUN"

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amidst of all these controversies...JO HYUN JAE we're just here solidly standing behind you..if you fall back...WE.. your fans will be the first people to catch you!!!!just continue on whatever things you want to accomplish....what really important is that...you serves as an INSPIRATION to everybody who appreciated you from the very beginning..GUDLUCK and may GOD BLESS YOU more and more...WE LOVE YOU JO HYUN JAE!!!!!by the way I'm hoping that there will going to be a part 2 of THREE DADS WITH ONE MOM!!!!!!!!

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I know this was awhile ago but any news on what actually happened? I don't think this is because he is a star because well lots of big stars have to enlist with added pressure from the public. But filming a drama like 3 dads 1 mom can't be as demanding as the training period required for the army. So you can't say imo that if he is unfit for the army that he couldn't be fit enough to film a drama.

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People should leave his personal life alone. He is a good actor and thats it.

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This speculation, none of these matters we all believed what he can bring on the table he has proven his acting skills, and we all love him for that. we'll wait for the day u'll be release frm the MS, u got our full support, can wait to be amaze in ur upcoming drama series. Goodluck and stay healthy

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hi jo hyun im your biggest fun here in philiphinnes...............im diane

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im diane hello.............,,,,,,,,,

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HI, jo,hyun,jae,JUST IGNORE THIS ISSUE..............YOUR A GOOD ACTOR,HE'S NOT A BAD ACTOR, WE MISS YOU SOOOOOOOOMUCH ..............WE SUPPORT YOU ANYTIME........GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS....................

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hi! everyone, im frm. mla. philippines.

whatever !!! JO HYUN JAE is a great actor and the best looking korean actor i've ever seen!

hyun jae please be careful, take care of your self and we your fans from the philippines will wait for your comeback.

ajah! ajah! fighting!

we miss you!!!

and most of all WE LUV U!!!

pa-kiss....... mwaahhhh......... see ya!!!

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you are very handsome

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hi.. guyz... nice to c jo hyun jae movies..

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hi dear hyun jae,i and my family love you very very much.you are so cute.we miss you

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Hi,sweet JHJ,greetings and kisses from Romania!

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