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Kim Tae-hee only good for television?

Kim Tae-hee is one of the most famous actresses of her age/generation and an undisputed CF queen, and her dramas have typically performed very well. Yet once again her foray into film has yielded bitter results, and the horse-racing-based Grand Prix has had a poor showing at the theaters.

In nearly three weeks since the film released, Grand Prix has drawn less than 170,000 admittances, and was 15th place in the box office charts over the past weekend. (For comparison purposes, Cyrano Dating Agency and Invincible both opened on the same day, and they both hit 1 million admittances in the first week. Their current numbers are approaching 2 million. The current No. 1 Korean box office performer of all time is The Host, which stands at 13 million.)

Kim’s previous films, 2006’s The Restless and 2007’s Venus and Mars, also disappointed expectations, though the former performed much better than the latter. (The Restless totaled 1.45 admissions, while Venus and Mars recorded a mere 340,000.) Contrast that with the strong performances of her dramas: IRIS, Stairway to Heaven, and Love Story at Harvard.

Some are going so far as to call it a “big screen jinx,” though I think it’s a simpler case of Kim Tae-hee lacking the charisma for film; dramas are better suited for her because the audience has a chance to develop a rapport with her character over 16 to 20 episodes that film doesn’t allow.

On the upside, perhaps this bodes well for her upcoming romantic-comedy television drama My Princess, co-starring Song Seung-heon. That show is slated to air in January 2011.

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I grow to like her over the years. lolz it's mostly because i find her personality outside quite sincere and nice. At least she seems that way.
She knows she's not a good actress but she tries hard.

Not everyone will do well in both. She's still one of the most famous actress out there.

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The thing about Kim Tae Hee is that she needs a big named/top star and goodlooking actor as her partner inorder to do well in her projects. Once she doesn't have them, it'll be a disaster cause she's not that good of an actress. Lucky for her that she's gorgeous!

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"the success of movies can't be mainly dependant on 1 star power". For long time, the priority of important factors that are needed for the success of movies as following: 1st, the most important is the storyline which is interesting or not? 2nd important factor is good director or not? 3rd important factor is the star power. In addition, advertisement, etc... affects the number of tickets a lot.
In Grand Prix movie, actor was replaced in the last minute; new actor is not hot enough; the storyline is simple; director creates few exciting scenes; so it explains the result.
Invincible has 4 male stars, 2 of them are big names & it remakes big hit famous Chinese movie. It is surprise that it can't sale over 3 million tickets. Its original movie got a lot higher tickets.
Cyrano Dating Agency has interesting storyline & its actors are good with big names plus 2 actresses (instead of 1 actress). It is a lucky skunk.

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@ JB

You better be off at some bar with GF and some other lucky souls and posting this from there.

I'm sure you knocked 'em dead tonight! KTH and horsies, not so much it appears.

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I know, right? I was trying to figure if she had this story on auto-load or something. Why is she posting????

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Saying that she is one of the most famous actresses of her generation might be right, but she is more known as a CF star.

I recall that she has always been criticized for her poor acting. Her past dramas have done well, but I think that the fact that her co-stars are always huge stars like Lee Byung Hun, Kim Rae Won and Kwon Sang Woo/Choi Ji Woo count for a lot.

On a completely different note, (and I know that it's off-topic) but I'm really excited about Yoon Eun Hye's return to the big screen. I have noted that this site doesn't report about YEH's news anymore, whether about the Eric-Jo Hyun Jae possibility for Love Song or about her new movie while other site like AllKpop (which doesn't really focus on dramas and movies) have reported it.

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"but I’m really excited about Yoon Eun Hye’s return to the big screen"

Wished that YEH would take a melo drama part before trying out Love Story, but she's ready.

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I heard reports that YEH drama "love Song" already set Eric. Once he's release from the army the drama will start its planning.

I love all of them but i'm not really big on melodrama. But it's something new that Yoon Eun Hye haven't done. She's known for rom-com but i think she can do subtleness too. As for Eric, i'm big big fan of his. Again i prefer in rom-rom.Suits him better.

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Eric? With YEH? OMG really?!? They have great chemistry together. I used to watch them on a variety show and they were really good together.

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i dont think Eric would take up that part. The leading male character has been secured by another actor so Eric would be playing the secondary love interest instead. Which is why i doubt that Eric would take up this proj. Still...it would be great if Eric and YEH would do a drama together. They looked so good together back during the X-Man days. I'm just glad that Eric would be out of the army soon....i miss my hubby. XD

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ahh yes Eric! the infamous Love Triangle of Xman.. I love Eric! *wipes tears upon hearing his impending release from the military* Oh the Joy

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All YEH's fans know too much of the news so it's not a big deal if this site does not report it. I think.

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Kim Tae Hee's popularity in dramas has mostly been by association.She had a legitimate Hallyu hit with Love Story in Harvard, but instead of building on that success and establishing A-list credibility, she jumped straight and only into film. I've always said that Kim Tae Hee would have been MUCH farther along as an actress had she stuck to rom-com dramas for a good 3-4 years, building her fanbase and learning her chops.

Most post-2000 Korean actresses who are actually big movie stars really established themselves as movie actresses before their TV success came. Kim Sun Ah, Lee Yo Won, Jeon Do Yeon, Ha Ji Won, Kim Eun Joo (RIP), Moon Geun Young, Son Yeh Jin, Jang Jing Young (RIP), etc.

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do you mean lee eun joo rather than kim eun joo?

i agree kim tae hee should have stayed in dramas for a while longer. she doesn't have that screen presence that can be so important in films where you have only two hours thereabouts to connect with the audience.

even in IRIS and Love Story in Harvard, i thought she was kinda blah.

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"do you mean lee eun joo rather than kim eun joo? "

Ahh I'm sorry. Yes, Lee Eun Joo.

Tae Hee had only been acting regularly for about 2 years before she became a film-only actress. Really not enough time unless you have innate talent, like a Moon Geun Young.

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KTH DOES have charisma - as evidenced by her CFs and whenever she appears on variety shows; however, she simply isn't suited for melodrama and should stick to romantic comedies.

Also, she hasn't exactly chosen the best film projects to do (most of them having stilted, bland dialogue/plot-lines).

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hmm...i wonder if it would have fared better with LJK... or not?
Anyways, I wish her luck for My Princess, which I honestly completely forgot about until you reminded...
I've grown to like her as a person over the years but significantly less so as an actress so I hope can like her as both with My princess although, with SSH, i'm skeptical.

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A CF queen, maybe, but an actress? Not so much.

I just don't find her very engaging and she really killed IRIS for me.

Oh well, looking forward to Athena because she's not in it.

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it's sad, in a way, cause it seems people dont want to spend time and money to see her movies but can actually spare some time to watch her dramas. like most of the comments, it's also because of association with more superior actors. also, like javabeans said, you grow with her character in her dramas, hence her projects almost always perform well.

i'm not impressed of her as an actor [yet] but i do like her, and somehow wants her projects to succeed. it's a bit weird.

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We can't really say that Kim Tae-Hee's average acting and small screen presence are keeping the audience members away. To be honest, who really wants to see some melodramatic movie about jockeys (maybe except for Seabiscuit) when there are already 2 great and interesting movies out to watch. Cyrano for the rom-com attraction and Invincible for being a remake of an iconic film.

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"To be honest, who really wants to see some melodramatic movie about jockeys "

Me???? I like horsies! :(

It's a fair point. Son Yeh Jin is a box office queen (ironically never a big TV draw); if you have a Korean movie section, she's probably the most prominent actress. BUT, she herself says that her career's been carefully guided since her early success.

That said, "The Restless" was a relative disappointment. It's a lavish wuxia-style fantasy with Joo Woo Seung, but it drew bad reviews and underperformed.

Kim Tae Hee's core block as an actress is what also makes her an effective commercial queen. She BEAMS in front of a camera, and after while it wears. The rough equivalent is Tom Cruise, who's always staring at you with an intensity that produces that fatigue if the situation itself doesn't need it.

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"Me???? I like horsies! :("

Well I like horsies too but the crazy variety. I'd watch the movie if YAI is in it.

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Really, I might catch Grand Prix when it comes out on video. I love these type of movies.

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Her eyes are too big, I simply don't like big eyes girls!! Hehe....:P

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So she's basically the Korean Jennifer Anniston?

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Oh my... so true ^^

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Haha. Thats a good comparison. :)
I love them both. ^^

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No, as for dramas, her acting also not that good.

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i think it's because in the dramas, there are more well-known big named actors who are in it (i.e. lee byung heon, choi ji woo, kwon sang woo) and therefore, more people watch the dramas she's in.

just a thought...

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I found it painful to watch IRIS because of her. I felt no connection to her whatsoever. She just came on screen and said some lines or smiled/cried but I wasn't sympathetic to her as the lover of Lee Byung Hun. Meanwhile, the second girl was amazing! Talk about understanding her one-sided love and being sympathetic towards her!

In IRIS, I thought they had chosen her because of aesthetic qualities rather than her ability as an actress.

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Agreed.
KTH is "unwatchable" when she's trying to create a character. However, KTH being KTH is beautiful.

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Kim Tae Hee acts better than kim so yeon. Iris has good storyline, good music, etc... with many famous male stars in addition to actresses. All of them attribute to the big hit of drama. Movie "Grand Prix" has only 1 star KTH. She is alone & the storyline is not good enough, the actor was replaced at last minute, etc.... Movie depends only to KTH. My God! Many fail to understand that only one big star cannot create a hit movie.

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hopes her acting skill will be better.
I havent watched her last drama (IRIS), many people said her acting can't be compared with another actor. Might be in her new drama she will outshined another actor.

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no way she will outshine Song Seung-Heon

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it can be, she is in the role because of her beauty. not her acting skill. she has to prove it that she can act better

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Oh, I want to like her so much because she looks really elegant... but whenever I think back to Love story in Harvard or Iris, I cringe... really badly.

It's great that you know you're a bad actress and try hard... but if it's not meant to be, there's no use in forcing it. She really hasn't improved over the years, which makes me believe that she's really not into the art of acting.

I don't want to be too harsh though.

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can't wait for her new drama my princess!!

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Kim Tae-hee is a super attractive woman but as a actress she's not even mediocre.
I have watched several dramas and movies with her and it's so unfortunate that she cannot act.
I don't know if drama lessons would help at least a bit but I think people only watch her for her looks and not her skill.

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She's ok for an actress but not GREAT. She's more of a pretty face...

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she needs to choose better roles, take the grand prix for example it doesn't really target a large audience.

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When will people learn? Kim Tae Hee is pretty. period. If she joined the Ms. Universe Pageant representing Korea...she would have a huge chance of winning!! Commercial Queen. Why not? She's really good acting on a 2 sec moving ad. But..acting on screen/even on drama? I don't get it! I still don't consider her an actress. I couldn't see her in Iris...thank God..a great actor like Lee Byung Hun was in it..and the story line was great...but can this pretty chick carry her own in a movie? hmmm..hmmm..
but I look forward to her up coming drama with Song Seung Hun. She belongs to the IDOL drama group. Not mainstream...

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It's astounding what a gorgeous face can do to some people...They KEEP HOPING her acting skills will get better?!

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very overrated even as a beauty I dont like her looks her eyes are annoying

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poor girl, so many haters.

Actually i love her in Gumiho, her drama with Jo Hyun Jae.

Cheer up, girl, don't let these peeps bring you down.

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i dont think she can really act...
her acting in IRIS is meh.....

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oh too bad for her....bt i still wanna watch the movie cuz i love the set up...i'v always been intrigued by movie/noves which had anything to do with horses....also on a sidenote i wonder what happened to the jockey movie with Cha Tae Hyun??

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How an actor could be good for drama but not for movie? Acting is acting. Movie just works as catalizator, as you should prove yourself quick. And drama has so much more time, characters and plot, so 1 poor acting could be overlooked.

@ 24 totally agree about Iris, she dragged the drama down. The "north agent" girl outshined her totally! She should have been the main girl instead.

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If you look at it, all her dramas have had other popular, viewer pulling actors. Movies usually have more focus on one or two people and no one wants to see it if it's only her. The other talented actors in the dramas are what do it!

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I like her too because of her real personality. She is not like those who will sell her body to gain fame like a lot of actresses do. Her acting is mediocre. I see that she tries hard in IRIS. I felt more of her emotion than in Love Story in Harvard. I hope her princess will song seung hun will be a hit.

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Maybe it's as simple as she just can't act. Just because she has big eyes doesn't mean you should put her in front of a camera.

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I think pairing up with big stars will help her movie/series but whether it will be successful will also depend on her acting. Her 06 movie, Restless, she paired up with Jung Woo Sung (correct me if I am wrong with the names). He is a big star but that movie didn't turn out to be all that well one reason may be because of her acting. Her acting improved a bit in IRIS and it definitely helped in fueling the success of the drama besides working with Lee byung hun. She is not one of the best actresses but definitely not the worst either. I have seen actresses who are worst than her by a lot. They just recite scripts in front of the camera and their acting is completely wooden. At least in my opinion her acting isn't wooden and she doesn't make herself look like she is just reciting the script in front of the camera.

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I must disagree. I don't think she had much of a pull, if at all! in the success of Iris.

I agree with Anon, 31, that it was extremely puzzling that she some how got the excellence award for the role over Kim So Yeon.

I also agree with Anonymous, 32, that she doesn't have the innate talent... but I would make a step further also in that I don't think she's sharpening her skills at all!! Since LSAH to IRIS, the improvements are quite minimal, which is why I even doubt her seriousness about the art of acting.

She studied fashion designing in college... how that relates to the passion of acting is beyond me. I wish she'd be a bit more serious by taking more acting lessons or something. Is she even taking acting lessons these days?

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Honestly, I think she is not a good actress. Pretty, sure but she is not that talented.

I also think that if Lee Jun Ki had still been in it, it would have been a success. lol

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It was puzzling when Kim Tae Hee won the 2009 KBS Drama Series Excellence Award for Actress (IRIS) over Kim So Yeon??

Kim So Yeon didn't get recognition for her great work; instead, Kim Tae Hee got the encouragement to keep fighting to improve her acting!

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Let's face it...Not every beautiful face who acts in dramas and films is an actress. Kim Tae Hee will continue to be given numerous opportunities to act in CFs, dramas and films, but she is NOT an actress because she lacks the Innate Talent.

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She's attractive. However as I was reading the comments I realize that everything I have seen her in, my interest was drawn by the other actors. She is like the pretty bowl of flowers that is in the scene.
But it appears she a measure of respect in the film community and they are willing to keep hiring her.

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i like her , but i am not sad for this ,is because i prefer watch dramas than movies ,because movies are very short ,and i enjoy something longer ,so this is my personal preference but i am more excited about dramas (but i am in the middle ,in the other way i don't like veryyyy long stuff either ,i prefer the usually shorter dramas of about 15 to 30 episodes)

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KTH was a real pain to watch in Iris.

It was even worth when she was given an excellence award over supporting cast KSY.

With her new drama coming up, I can only think both she and SSH really need to buck up their acting as it's leads.

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I think KTH and SSH were paired up to "cover up" each other's lack of acting skills.

Many will watch My Princess to see the blindingly-gorgeous-looking couple...they don't have to worry about their acting.

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Lee Min Jung is the IT GIRL today. With the success of Cyrano Agency, we'll see more of her in the future! Hopefully she'll choose her projects well.

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LMJ, lets see how she handle heavy drama, so far I saw one dimensional acting. I think she sell he look more than her talent.

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DISAGREED,.. LMJ is a good actress, have u seen her in Smile,You, she was excellent there, handle both comedic and emotional scene really well,.
Her "Jaekyung" role in BOF was good also, and not to forget her recent Cyrano Agency movie,. thumbs up!!

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LOL...Lee Min Jung is way off-topic here.

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never really thought her acting was good, she's alright. but i prepare song hye gyo, but just like kim tae hee, song hye gyo has also been weak in the film industry...but she will be in a big budget chinese film soon so i guess she has more of an advantage against kim tae hee.

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She spent to much time doing CF commercials.What do u expect???

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While I admit that in the variety shows & interviews she comes across as very sincere and nice, that doesn't mean I want to see her in dramas. I've said it before and I'll say it again - just because she's a pretty face, doesn't mean she can act! Why can't this be understood by the casting/PD's?!?! She ruined Iris! The reason why it was as big of a hit was NOT because of her, but DESPITE of her.

CF's are in no comparison to dramas and movies - anyone can be tolerable in 30second intervals and more so when they don't have to speak. I agree with others who said that she should have been in dramas much longer - especially as a supporting actor so that she could work much harder on her skills instead of relying so much on her appearance.

I learned my lesson with Iris(I could have overlooked some of the other flaws, but she was the last and biggest straw!!!) - no matter who else is in the drama, I will never watch another drama that casts KTH.

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PLS HELp ME.....Where I can watch "GRANDPRIX" kimtaehees movie online??......pls.

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"the success of movies can't be mainly dependant on 1 star power". For long time, the priority of important factors that are needed for the success of movies as following: 1st, the most important is the storyline which is interesting or not? 2nd important factor is good director or not? 3rd important factor is the star power. In addition, advertisement, etc... affects the number of tickets a lot.
In Grand Prix movie, actor was replaced in the last minute; new actor is not hot enough; the storyline is simple; director creates few exciting scenes; so it explains the result.
Invincible, Cyrano Dating Agency has many male stars, that help actresses a lot. In addition, Invincible is the remake of the famous chinese movie

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anyone see the movie poster?
not too dramatic... no sweat at all, and it's about horse racing...no sweat...come on....
just like one of her "Hera" CF....

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