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Jeon Ji-hyun considers her next project with A-list team

Well, teaming up with one of her Thieves partners worked out well for Jeon Ji-hyun (her current rom-com You From Another Star with Kim Soo-hyun is a hit), so perhaps reuniting with another of its co-stars and its director will yield more success. She is currently entertaining an offer to take on Director Choi Dong-hoon’s next film, to potentially co-star Lee Jung-jae and Ha Jung-woo; all offers are currently out, and actors are considering favorably.

The film is a crime blockbuster titled Assassination and is set in the 1930s—a bit of a turnaround from Choi’s modern heist movie The Thieves. Granted, The Thieves wasn’t exactly the light-hearted Ocean’s Eleven-esque caper it was promoted to be—it had a darker, grittier vibe than I’d expected—and Assassination is being described as a kind of caper movie as well… though if we’re comparing stealing a big diamond to plotting to kill somebody, I’m gonna give the serious edge to the murderous movie.

It would be Jeon’s second time acting with Ha Jung-woo after working together on thriller The Berlin File, though they had almost taken on another film last year, The Way Home. (It ended up being recast with Jeon Do-yeon and Go Soo.)

It would be her third time starring with Lee Jung-jae, whom she first starred with in the wistful romance Il Mare; director Choi reportedly wrote the screenplay with both Jeon and Lee in mind, which I hope means they’ll get more screentime together than they did in The Thieves. (I loved her with Kim Soo-hyun, of course, but I also loved her and Lee Jung-jae in Il Mare—where they had to spend most of the movie in different years, much less the same two-shot. Grar.)

Assassination plans to do much of its filming on location in Shanghai, and will begin production in the latter half of the year. With Jeon Ji-hyun in the thick of drama shoots at the moment, her reps stated that she won’t be making final decisions until You From Another Star wraps. Aw. I love her so much in the drama that I’ll be sorry to see her head back into the film world. Maybe I shouldn’t be greedy and just be glad Jeon did a drama at all… though who am I kidding, I’m always gonna be greedy and want more of a good thing.

Via MBN, TV Daily, Osen

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Ooh...me likey.

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JJH is cute actress who can wear red lipstick beautifully ,

I find most of Korean actresses look cheap with red lipstick . too much cosmetic killing their natural beauty

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Lee Jung Jae!!! i love him more after seeing him as Grand Prince Suyang the usurper in The Face Reader <3

the Berlin File didn't have any romance but i'm convinced my screen sizzled when that scene where JJH wrapped bandages on Ha JungWoo came up. Rawr.

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LJJ was not surprisingly very alluring in that movie because he IS LJJ afterall, but I was surprised he was alluring since I had been set up to hate him.

I kept scolding myself for it. "Bad LJJ. Bad Prince Su-yang. Bad Jomo."

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i kept replaying the scene where he had his slow-mo strut.

*thunk

glad it's not only me!

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Reply 1994 taught me that LJJ was the perfect 2nd male lead, something that Chilbong was modeled after.

So honestly I got a shock after watching The Face Reader... the man is cunning as hell. Goodness....

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JJH has that thing where she is "full of chemicals" and gives off pheremones even when applying first aid.

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LOL <3 .

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Man, I hope it won't be another 12 years before Jeon goes back to drama T____________T

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I love her. But I'll be happier if she'll take on another drama. I mean, duh, I'd like to see her on atleast 16 episodes to satisfy my craving for her sassiness and goddess-like beauty.

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Blood: The Last Vampire was not a Hollywood production. It was a Japanese production and I believe it was market to the US by Sony. It would be under foreign films imo.

I would say she is yet to make her debut in Hollywood but to be honest I want her to stay in Korea and not waste her talents doing action movies in Hollywood.

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Ooops sawrrry, I meant to reply to pogo. Please drive through lol.

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I giggled a bit here. I like your response.

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aww, i liked illmare so much..i hope they do it though i wished it to be a romantic movie!

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I swear to God.. YESTERDAY I was gonna complain on the KKW movie thread about not hearing from Ha jung Woo since the buzz about his upcoming Kundo (& they wouldn't throw us a bone about the damn thing!), & here I am reading about a potentiel teaming with Lee Jung Jae (who I absolutely adore but not nearly as much as HJW)

I am not that fond of Gianna, I think she's an okey actress, she was the weakest part in the Beline File but then again maybe because the part itself didn't give her much to work with, I liked her in My Sassy Girl but I think she was outshone by her costar, & the same goes with Daisy, my favourite role of hers to date is Il Mar
Anyway... anything with HJW is satisfaction to me, might as well read the phonebook & I will be glad to sit through it with popcorn & all!

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Ha ha! Ur name is waay too scary-goosebumps ;)

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It was my brother's choice. So l couldn't say no that would've been rude of pe
& as you said.HJW is a sure hit. An actor who is as talented as bankable is a rarity

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Yay! More scenes for them, I got annoyed at how they weren't even together in a same scene in Il Mare for most of the movie and they only had a few scenes and interactions in The Thieves.

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HJW=certified hit!

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What make the happiest is actually the fact that Jeon Ji Hyun is offered and consider many project.

Her marriage is early compared other actress and she marry a non celebrity so I was worried that she won't do more project. I was even thinking that she need to protect her image as "rich man" housewife
but i think you from another star has swept all those worries away.
I don't know how her husband saw her when he watched her in yfas, but i wish that man is also a goofy fun man that he actually will alway let her do every kind of role.

Talk about a list star, i have this hope of mine that one day Jun Ji hyun could act alongside Kang Dong Won. I mean, that'll be the greatest eye candy.

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girl, we're on the same boat:) Kang Dong Won and Jun Ji Hyun in a drama would be the greatest news for me, but i can accept even if it's just a movie. lol

Kang Dong Won - Jun Ji Hyun
Kang Dong Won - Han Ga In
Kang Dong Won - Kim Tae Hae

But Jun Ji Hyun for now please, please!!!!

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If anything i feel like getting married would spur her into taking on more projects and proving herself that she's here to stay in k-ent and definitely not just some housewife.
I love

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exactly, she's one of Korea's biggest stars and after her marriage it just feels like she's really out to make her presence felt in Korea. Hollywood (like it does with most Asian actors) really wasted her, even if she did get a profile in American Vogue out of it.

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Blood: The Last Vampire was not a Hollywood production. It was a Japanese production and I believe it was market to the US by Sony. It would be under foreign films imo.

I would say she is yet to make her debut in Hollywood but to be honest I want her to stay in Korea and not waste her talents doing action movies in Hollywood.

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I was talking about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which had direct Rupert Murdoch involvement and was released in the US by Fox Searchlight.

I guess it's more accurate to say films in the English language are a waste of her talents, though I would love it if she worked with a top director like Quentin Tarantino or Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (both of whom have extracted memorable performances from Asian actresses in their past movies).

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Oh I thought it was a IDG production from China and Fox Searchlight only stepped in for the US release.

I'd prefer her to work with Asian directors in Hollywood like Ang Lee, Park Chan-wook , Joon-ho Bong or Kim Ji-woon.

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@pogo: The only significant role for an Asian-descended actress I think of from Quentin Tarantino's films is Lucy Liu in Kill Bill, but she's Asian-American. Chiaki Kuriyama's killer schoolgirl character, while memorable, didn't require much other than kicking ass and taking names; she didn't really get to flex her acting chops there.

And Rinko Kikuchi (from the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) is an interesting case, because she's a talented actress who's actually a lot more appreciated on the international scene than she is domestically (Japan doesn't seem to really know what to do with her). And there does seem to be a bit of a cultural disconnect between what Westerners and East Asians value in actresses that compounds the difficulty of crossing over - on top of the narrative roadblocks that arise when attempting to seamlessly integrate foreign Asian actors into English-language/Anglosphere-set storylines.

But yeah, I tend to think Asian actors are best served staying in their home markets and more aggressively marketing their films to Western audiences rather than trying to "make it" in Hollywood and thus being handicapped by the English and cultural requirements (this applies to some foreign non-Asian actors as well, such as Penelope Cruz, who has often been bad in English roles, but is amazing when acting in her native tongue).

And on a side note, I cringed so much when I learned about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan; you could tell just from the trailer it was going to be another Memoirs of a Geisha or even worse.

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@Gabby - I agree that Chiaki wasn't particularly stretched as an actress by Kill Bill, but like you said, she was memorable and delivered what she had to, in spades. Even Rinko Kikuchi doesn't always score solidly in English-language movies, Pacific Rim did that same thing where all it really required was a paint-by-numbers kick ass kind of job, but unlike Kill Bill 1, the whole movie came off as a cliche, and I expected better from Guillermo del Toro.

And I totally agree that non-English-speaking actors are often 100 times better in their native language. Penelope Cruz is a prime example of that (though she was great in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and that was in English though iirc she spoke Spanish), as is Audrey Tautou (so incredibly winsome in Amelie, so wasted in that Da Vinci drag) though there have been exceptions in the past - Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren and Clemence Poesy (who is doing tv in English, and doing it excellently)

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@Gabby

Totally agree. It seems like the *only* Asian actor or actress that made it was Jackie Chan. And that's only because he fits a "role" that Western audiences are willing to accept.

I hope more Asian actors will realize this and focus on their own projects at home, or at least work on pan-Asian projects and then market it to Western audiences.

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Yes to a Kang Dong Won- Jeon Ji Hyun. I vote for Won Bin- Jeon Ji Hyun as well.

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Kang Dong Won~~~ *SIGH*

That man is the death of me.. Like seriously! Where is he?

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I was secretly hoping she'd do another drama... But I am happy anyway, though a bit greedy off course.

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Go sweep all the good opportunities girl! *throwing confetti and cheering loudly

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A huge part of me is happy whenever my favorite actors/actresses get nice job offers, but i can't help but feel a tad sad that she's going back to the film world so soon and that her time on YFAS will be the last. That just makes me want to savor the last 8 episodes of seeing her grace our screens since i'm more drama addict than film addict.
It's different since Jeon Ji Hyun is mainly a A-list movie star and that i should be happy she even did a drama, but can't she straddle two worlds like ha ji won, uhm tae woong, son ye jin among them?

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To be honest I am happy that she is going back to doing movies after all she is an A-list movie star. They are in another level of quality when it comes to acting but hopefully she will come back and do a drama for the old and new fans in dramaland.

Before YFAS a lot of the foreign fans called her acting annoying and some never heard of her but now they are all on the JJH bandwagon which is nice to see.

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To be honest, I'm happy she's headed back to Chungmuro - better working conditions, proper pre-done scripts and no live shoots are always to be celebrated.

Plus I feel like YFAS is almost like her statement to the world 'see, I can do drama, and I can do it IN STYLE and I will rule everyone else', and that makes me happy. Because unlike many other CF queens of her generation (looking at Han Ga-in and Kim Tae-hee here), she's actually a good actress. And I love it when people that spectacularly beautiful do not let their looks become a reason to be lazy or complacent as actors (see also: Shin Mina, Lee Jun-ki, and even So Ji-sub, when given the right role)

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Everyone should say YES to Ha Jung Woo tbh...
While JB is hoping for LJJxJJH, I'm firmly on the other team. HJW x JJH team anyone??

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Me too... Ha Jung Woo all the way. :$

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Also i really like how more korean celebrities are starting to re-team -- i feel like back then it was a written rule that costars are never to be paired up again. I wonder -- is there? Or do producers just not like the idea of doing a rehash? Or maybe k-ent is just that big of a world?
Some repeat pairings:
Lee Da Hae and Jang Hyuk
son-yejin & kim nam gil
Jang Nara and Daniel Choi
Choi Kang Hee and Lee Seon Gyun
jeon ji hyun & kim soo hyun
jeon ji hyun & lee jung jae/ha jung woo.

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Here's some more:

Joo Ji-hoon/Shin Mina (The Devil, The Naked Kitchen)
Ha Jung-woo/Gong Hyo-jin (Love Fiction, 577 Project)
Park Shin-hye/Yonghwa (You're Beautiful - though he was second lead - and Heartstrings)

There are some pairs that badly need to have a repeat - Lee Jun-ki/Shin Mina, So Ji-sub with Gong Hyo-jin and Im Soo-jung, and Kim Woo-bin with both Kim Ji-won and Lee Yubi, are just some of my picks.

(also Lee Jong-seok/Kim Woo-bin. I'd adore a repeat of the Best Bromance Ever)

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to add:
Kwon Sang Woo and Kim Ha Neul (they did 2 movies together)

and Yes, So Ji Sub & Im Soo-jung should reunite (damn, I'm Sorry I Love You was mainly one of the reason why I become addicted to watching asian tragic love stories)

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Uhm Tae Woong-Han Ji Min : Resurrection, Wolf
Uhm Tae Woong-Soo Ae : A Family, Sunny

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jung woo sung and ko so young, they played 3 movies together as leads and all the movies were in the late 90's.

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And is it true that we only get one episode of YFAS this week due to the lunar new year? say it aint so, JB. say it aint so!

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Yes, this is true apparently. I saw it on Soompi.

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JJH, LJJ and HJW in a movie together??? That's crazyyyyy

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man, i love me some lee jung-jae.

Jeon and Lee are so great together. it's like seeing jang hyuk and lee da-hae always working together, but like, the opposite effect. hahahahha. (just kidding, i don't have anything against JH and LDH.)

so excited for more projects from JJH :D

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I dunno why, but I usually confuse Lee Jung-jae with Jung Woo-sung.

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I really love this unni.. but since she doing work with few of her previous co star .. can I request her to do a rom com movie with cha tae hyun oppa ... As I really loved them in Sassy girl ^___^

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She's so pwetty!! >u<

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love this if it comes true! i've always loved seeing Jeon Ji-hyun with Lee Jung-jae (their Il Mare pairing still slays me after so many years), and Ha Jung-woo is just all kinds of awesome.

one of these days, i hope she re-teams with Jung Woo-sung as well... who can forget their Giordano CFs? <3

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It's true, we should all be glad she even did a drama at all. I remember doubting that she'd take on YFAS and look what happened. I'd be pushing my luck if I keep hoping she does another a drama. Sigh.

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JJH all around pls <3 ever since my sassy girl, she has been my fave korean actress.

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I think this would be a great project to do after yfas ..with the awesome HJW and LJJ <3 i do wish that she will continue to do a drama like once a year or twice? I dont want to wait for another decade rofl . It would be nice if she can work with hyunbin or wonbin in the future <3

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Yes.

Nginep: stay overnight
jg: (Indos like to shortened their words for faster writing/typing), it's short for "juga", which means: also.
ngerengek: whining (the proper word is "merengek")
kuatin: strengthen (the proper word is "menguatkan")
denger: listen (the proper word is "dengar")
nuker: to swap or exchange (the proper word is "menukar")
eteh: nooo idea what this word is

Hope this helps!

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Il Mare is considered a classic just like My Sassy Girl. Jeon Ji-hyun got me hooked with Korean movies way back then. Just like Kim Sun Ah got me hooked on Kdrama's.

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Wah, LJJ!!! Isn't that he also got another upcoming movie this year with Shin Ha Kyun...

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Javabeans and girlfriday's one and only love LEE JUNG JAE (lol I always read the name in girlfriday's voice in my head)

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I would love for Jeon Ji-hyun to have a comeback tandem with Cha Tae-hyun in a most hilarious rom com ever. (wishful thinking, sigh)

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I am happy to see that she is going to appear in this project but I will be happier if she can spent time for 2 parts: drama & movie, there is a lot of people express that before YFAS, they had never seen her name and did not know who she is, I am so sad. Of course I know, playing movies present the higher level but to be honest, I expect she can play drama much more.

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I hope oneday jun ji hyun and hyunbin can be a couple for a new drama #hope

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