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Yeo Jin-gu dealt a blow by Fist Fighting

I feel really bad for Yeo Jin-gu (Potato Star 2013QR3, Hwa-yi) – he’s been let go from the blockbuster production Fist Fighting, and his reps are hopping mad. The movie, a futuristic martial arts thriller which will be written and helmed by director Park Kwang-hyun (Welcome to Dongmakgol), has been mired in issues since we first heard about it in 2011 – it was to have been Jo In-sung’s comeback project after his release from the army, but after several delays, the actor withdrew his participation.

In February, it was announced that Yeo Jin-gu had signed on for the lead in the big-budget film – a joint endeavor by Chinese and Korean companies. However, rumors recently surfaced that Chinese investors, who are funding 70% of the project, were not happy with the casting. A source from the business world said, “China wants a big Hallyu star, and although Yeo Jin-gu is a talented actor and is very popular, he’s not quite at that level yet.”

What fired up the actor’s rep, however, was that it was revealed that Kim Soo-hyun had been offered the lead in March, shortly after the conclusion of You From Another Star, and after Yeo Jin-gu had already signed a contract with CJ Entertainment, the Korean company backing the film. He was rightfully pissed that the production company would approach other stars for the same role after securing his client’s involvement. He blamed them for using the young actor as a sort of insurance policy, and engaging in contradictory activities behind the scenes.

Prior to confirmation that Yeo Jin-gu had been released from the film, director Park Kwang-hyun denied receiving pressure from foreign investors regarding casting, and hinted at scheduling conflicts with Shoot My Heart as a reason why the termination rumors began. Yeo Jin-gu’s rep quickly shot down that notion, stating that there were no scheduling conflicts – Fist Fighting would’ve filmed after the actor’s work on Shoot My Heart had wrapped.

The rep went on to say, “Being let go of is fine, but I don’t understand how they could have contacted another actor without letting us know. What’s the point of a contract? They threaten actors who do not fulfill their obligations but they basically ripped the contract with my client to shreds and stomped on it. What a terrible experience for this young actor to be involved with and to learn from.”

Yeo Jin-gu had already met with the director twice and had been steadily hitting the gym and training in preparation for the role. When asked if the actor’s team would pursue legal action, his rep said he hadn’t discussed with the rest of the management company yet, but personally, he felt it would be a fruitless exercise and would only result in the rewarding of a cancellation fee. He added in a last jab that they wouldn’t want to touch that dirty money.

Kim Soo-hyun’s team, who confirmed receipt of an offer, had said a few days ago that the star was so busy on his Asian tour that he hadn’t had time to review the proposals he had received. In light of these recent developments, however, the actor is said to have quickly turned down the role, as he wasn’t aware that Yeo Jin-gu had been committed to the character and doesn’t want to get involved in the controversy (perhaps showing a little loyalty to his The Moon That Embraces The Sun younger self).

It’s undeniable that Kim Soo-hyun is hot right now, especially in China, and admittedly, Yeo Jin-gu’s most recent film (Baek Pro) was a box office flop – although he was 13 at the time it was shot, and it isn’t his fault the movie took so long to hit theaters. I can see investors insisting that filmmakers cast a sure bet versus a risky alternative, but it is really unfortunate that Yeo Jin-gu got caught up in the crossfire. That said, it may be Kim Soo-hyun’s time right now, but I’m certain Yeo Jin-gu’s will come – they both have that certain something to keep them popular in the industry for a long time, should they so desire.

Via Osen, TV Daily, Kyeongin

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Too bad. I would have actually preferred him! Yeo Jin-gu? FIGHTING!!

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That blows! I'm not taking sides, all I can say is, "Be still my
beating heart, those men are FINE!" I love both of them, even though one of them has made me into an ahjumma at 19. Yeo Jin Gu, I will forever resent you for this!

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lol! same here XD

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I know exactly how you feel. I saw him in all these dramas and I was like yeah. He was then on running man and I heard him talk and I was like yeeeeessss oppa .... then I looked him up and was like yes.. dongsaeng ? O_o

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At 23 though, I might be an halmoni to Yeo Jin-gu Lol. Can they do yet another drama together? I really enjoyed their brother dynamic in Giant and I wish they were at least in the same frame in TMETS.

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what a terrible thing to do to a young actor, shame on whoever did this. but opportunities will come Yeo Jin-gu's way, i'm sure. he's a talented actor and he'll get good scripts!

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Aw....those bastards! ? How can they do that?! Where's their morals? Nevermind. Kama will get them.
He's still young & a great actor so there's more opportunities later for him. ?
Kudos to Kim Soo hyun for turning it down whether he knew Yeo Jin Gu situation or not. That's unconscious loyalty right there...??

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are you kidding me. yeo jin gu is actually the better actor out of the two. they missed out big time with this. he has a real acting presence. their loss. i'm more let down by cj ent. they're a company i really like and feel like they stand by their company stars through thick and thin but i've lost some respect for them after this.

it's ok kiddo. he's going to blow up so much more in a few years time and there will be very few to match him. i can already tell. he has potential just waiting to burst and then it'll be these guys really regretting their mistake. fighting!!!

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yeah, that was really slimy of CJ Ent and I'm glad Yeo Jin-gu's reps dragged them left and right (and stood by their talent). And good that Kim Soo-hyun turned it down, too.

In five years' time when YJG has blown up to leading ma status, CJ is really going to regret pulling this with him.

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Well Soo Hyun is hot in China right now but Jin Goo is still a great actor...it's good both dropped out of this nonsense

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aw i love yeo jin goo and i might sound really mean right now but i hope every actor that the production would ask for would reject the movie so hard that they would regret doing this to the young one.

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LOL......ANYBODY, at least South Korean, who takes on the role after Kim Soo Hyun has rejected it for these reasons should have a good PR team.

Good luck to them justifying themselves in the Court of Public Onion.Kim Soo Hyun may have laid down a high moral compass and the whole situation is becomes more of an injustice given Yeo Jin Goo's age. This is one of the few times where I think Korean netizens can put themselves to good use.

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That picture is quite apropos, lol! Makes me want to hug him \^^/

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I know this isn't a drama but, as always, what would Anthony do?

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Heh. Anthony was also a scoundrel. He'd hire the actor the investors wanted. (Remember the episode about switching writers?)

Anyway, classy move on KSH's part. We know he's a talented actor. Now he's shown us he's a decent person, too.

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You're absolutely right! Anthony would sell his own mother, without thinking twice about it, if he couldn't get the best actor in the role

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Heh, I bet he'd find Kim Soo-hyun after the rejection and bribe him to sign on

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Or blackmail him lol. xD

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Anthony was a scoundrel. "Was" being the operative word here. ;) He will now most likely succumb to Go Eun pressuring him keep the younger actor.

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Or at least savvy and mindful of his public image. It doesn't take much to get on the wrong side of K-netizens.

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I am really pleased with both of these actors. I hope that they continue to pick great roles and only deal with people justly.

That said, I think that KSH's turning down the offer once he heard how Jin-Gu was treated/the circumstances was a great move on his part.

Yeo Jin-Gu…Kim Soo-Hyun… FIGHTING!

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that's just sad. the poor baby. and yes, i'd like to believe it was loyalty from SooHyun's side..just to nurture my love for TMTETS. <3

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I love that Yeo Jin-gu's rep is going to town on them, damn straight dude!! Pretty rude of the movie's execs to act like that, especially to a sixteen year old kid. I get that Kim Soo-hyun's extremely hot right now, but Yeo Jin-gu's time is sure to come. Either of them would do a good job, no matter what the role, so I'm not too worried about them.

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douchebags !!!!
their big effing loss , YJG is such a great talent at such young age . let's just wait until this kid turns legal , i have no doubt that he is going to blow up n get all the recognition he deserves . when he gets there , these movie execs would be banging their heads on the wall for pulling such a shitty move like this

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Sad for Yeo Jin Goo, but it's not like there is no precedent for this kind of thing. Remember the guy that was supposed to play Aragorn in Lord of the Rings and got dropped on the first day because he was too young? It must have hurt him, but certainly didn't hurt the movies.

Anyway, if Kim Soo Hyun is turning it down too, what a mess! Fist Fighting is becoming the Faith of movies...

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I think Stuart Townsend had a different portrayal of Aragorn than how PJ wanted the Dunedain to be portrayed. Stuart had filmed a few scenes and it led to creative differences.

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I don't see him as Aragon and Jackson is very picky. Viggo Mortensen is the better actor imo.

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Quote "The rep went on to say, “Being let go of is fine, but I don’t understand how they could have contacted another actor without letting us know."

I think Yeo Jin Goo's camp is criticizing how they handled the whole situation. Being let go was fine, but how they handled or went about the whole issue of letting him go is another story.

More so, this wasn't some rookie unknown actor, Yeo Jin Goo as evidenced by his acting portfolio has earned both commercial and acting value/prowess to deserve the respect of being informed beforehand.

In terms of hierarchy, I am inclined to agree that at Yeo Jin Goo's level, negotiations should be a win-win, 50/50. They could have had a discussion with him, and compensated him for his time and together, come up with some PR bullshit to tell the public.

Also the whole situation irks because it was done to someone so young. Granted there is a business side to the industry, but doing this to someone so young, and well loved, heightens the moral compass even more.

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ditto about Jingoo not being a rookie. add to that the fact that he's actually Kim Soohyun's sunbae and the one with a more extensive body of work. he's the more experienced actor regardless of whether or not Kim SooHyun's blockbuster status trumps his. and as far as talent goes they pretty much are on par with each other. though i'd like to say that Jingoo can be much better in some roles. (Hwayi, hello!)

i don't understand what difference a blockbuster status makes against talent. not to mention i think Jingoo is much more suitable for the character than Soohyun. visually, i'd buy a martial artist that looked like Jingoo more than Soohyun. and this coming from an obsessed Kim Soohyun fan. like, srsly.

i'm glad that Soohyun showed what a great person he is by pulling out of this shitstorm and showing some amount of respect and brolove towards Jingoo. (didn't know that i could fall even more in love with him. *swoon*)

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I was really looking forward to seeing Yeo Jin Goo in this, so it's their loss for letting him go. I'm glad Kim Soo Hyun turned it down and quite frankly, I hope the film bombs now.

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I feel the same way; I was only looking forward to this movie because of Yeo Jin-gu but now I have no interest. I loved YJG in Moon Embracing Sun. He was sooooo good in Hwa-yi and would have been good in another action movie. I am also glad KSH turned it down; I don't like the way that company does business and they will see that they made a big mistake in treating such a great actor that way. (Even if the movie does well, they have a bad reputation with that actor now, so that will hinder any future business between them.) (And BaekPro flopping was NOT his fault; he wasn't even the lead and they took too long to release it.)

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For me acting wise Yeo Jin-Gu wins hands down, every since the drama Giant I have follow this hottie and I would have love to see him play this role. As for Kim Soo-hyun’s I haven't watch any of his drama to completion not even "You from another star", so I guess I'm bias.

You can shoot up so fast in this industry it's stupid to burn the bridge whiles you still crossing... Yeo Jin -Gu is not a nobody and be damm that kid is beautiful.

On a side note I'm watching my first Thailand drama "Cubic", if you love incredible chemistry intense sexual awareness, deep cuteness and corny actions scene it a great drama to check out (viikkii)

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Kim Soo Hyun was also in Giant as the teenage self of the eldest brother...

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Just marathoned Giant. Props to both YJG and KSH for playing the younger versions of Lee Bum Soo and Park Sang Min.

One of the marvelous things about Giant was the perfect casting. The way the young actors played their characters were so much attuned to their grown-up versions. Or is it the other way around?

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That my point did not even notice Kim Soo Hyun played the eldest brother I was so caught up in Yeo Jin-Gu and the actor that played him when he got older...

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They would only have to pay a cancellation fee for breaching the contract, WTH?! In the US, there was a case called Shirley MacLaine v. 20th Century Fox, where the film company breached their contract with MacLaine before filming began, and the court ordered the company to pay her the ENTIRE amount she would have been earned under the contract (something close to a million dollars).

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Wow. I like both actors a lot. But in this case, a contract is a contract.

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My......Yeo Jin Gu is a very talented actor..Fighting !
I do love him ever since he play those young Geum in Iljimae in a very young age, he can get into his role. He's got one of those 'it things' that will blown you away when he reach his legal age.

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right now ksh is turning down offers left and right esp from Chinese productions which like to throw his name around for attraction. Since the end of stars till now I've probably read 5 different "rumors" or "been offered so and so film" for him to star in a Chinese film. This one is among them. Its come to the point where keyeast has to make sure they announce his rejections or people get all hyped up just hearing his name attached to a project. Right now he's focused on his Asia tour so choosing a project is not his highest priority.

This is absolutely awful for yeo Jin goo who I adore to pieces. He's my favorite child actor, no doubt. To experience this so young in his career sucks, and I hope whoever was behind reaps what they sow.

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Also, i bet KSH texted YJG "you were too good for that project anyways" when he found out.
These two are cute together. I remember when asked what yeo jin goo liked about KSH, he said his upper lip, HA.
Very observant, that kid. And i agree.

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But I almost guarantee KSH will end up starring in a Chinese production.

The market is just way too big and his manager and agents must be drooling for the best deal.

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i highly doubt it. i've been his fan for a very long time and from what i've seen i dont see that happening at all. he is very picky and at the same time very wise at choosing projects. he just doesnt go for money when it comes to acting and that is one of many reasons why i like him as an actor. he might do some chinese cfs and appears on chinese variety shows time to time but chinese movie or drama? not in a million years.

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That is beyond unprofessional. How could you treat someone like that? Now I doubt any hallyu star would take up the role, which is good since I wouldn't watch a movie from a production that ridicules their cast.

YJG would have better and bigger opportunities, so in a way it's a good thing he escaped from this. He deserves better.

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It not beyond unprofessional Mandy. I call it money-driving-goal. See the people who had a large part in investing the money got big-voice here.

But at least for now, i think it will be hard to cast a decent lead actor for this film.

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Nah. I completely disagree. Business can be done professionally. If they didn't want him since his name wasn't huge enough, they could cancel the contract and scout someone else. It's basic business ethics.

I totally see that the investors have the biggest say, which is fair. It's not where the issue is; but rather how they handled it. That was beyond unprofessional and wrong, even from a business point of view.

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When I read the opening paragraph my first thought was, so shortly we'll see an announcement that Lee Min Ho is doing this drama, won't we? He's pushed so hard up in that neck of the woods.

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He's busy getting ready to film for gangnam blues if he hasn't already, i believe.

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YAAASSSSS!!! Real life drama! *sits back and munches popcorn*

Er, I mean, dang, poor Yeo JinGu.

Ok, actually, I don't even feel bad for him because it's clear that this is not his loss but the movie's. Kid is like the highest paid child actor in Korea right now and is set to only get richer ( unless he pulls some stupid shit like drugs or fights or just decides that showbiz ain't his thang).

I like that his rep is going crazy for him over this. Haha. Don't you just love it when people on your side expressedly show how much they support you?

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Oh dang it! I love both actors in Moon Embracing The Sun..they are equally talented actor, hope they won't resent each other over this stupid mess..if I were Kim Soo Hyun, I would turn down the offer too..Bravo KSH! As for YJG, with his outstanding performances, he'll certainly get other offers..YJG fighting!! As for the asshole production teams, hopefully their movie bombs

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I feel like they just burnt a bridge. He is going to be huge and if i were him i wouldnt ever want to work with that company again. There are a lot of professional ways to handle those situations and they just disregarded all of those.

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Absolutely agree.

Years from now yeo jin goo will be a top hallyu star WITH the acting talent to back it up -- people will be dying to work with him. He's going to be big, i just know it. He's already big, for someone his age. They're going to regret it.

SHOW EM, baby.

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Wow, this is a really dick move, pardon the expression. But seriously, how could they enter into a contract with Yeo Jin-gu and then actively pursue other actors? I agree 100% with his representative, and I'm sitting here applauding his brashness. Way to go, man!

Now that Yeo Jin-gu isn't going to do the movie, I see no reason to watch it whenever it's released in the U.S. He was the major selling point for me. Now, whoever plays the character, will not do anything to make me watch it. Yeo Jin-gu may be young and (relatively) inexperienced, having not reached the status of an A-list, Hallyu star whose known in other parts of the world besides Korea, but his star is rising, and I wouldn't be surprised if, in a few years after his military service (He is only 16) he becomes one of the most sought after young actors in Korea. He's handsome, and adorable (and I mean this strictly from a noona's perspective) and will go on to break a lot of hearts. To think that he's been treated this way because of those Chinese investors who want to gain money from using a well-known actor, is just despicable and heart-wrenching. I feel so sorry that he has to experience this kind of backlash at such a tender age. But I do think his agency pursuing legal action would do more harm than good and, like his rep said, who would want to touch that "dirty money"? I wouldn't.

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I also have to give props to Kim Soo-hyun for turning down the role in support of his hoobae. Very cool of him. I applaud him as well.

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actually Yeo Jingoo is two years the sunbae. Jingoo debuted in 2005 and Soohyun debuted in 2007.

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Very sloppy. :/

Well one thing's for sure we got to see how good YJG's management is. Stick with them, kid.

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there will come a time when they regret their actions—this kid's a major star in the making. i predict his career will blow up within the next 5 years.

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you don't even need to wait 5 years. he's 19 right now in korea. give it a few more movie projects and he's there. heck he's basically there already. as soon as he's 20 and gets a breakthrough kdrama role, BAM! done.

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Shame on the production team for sidelining a wonderful actor like that. But I am happy to see that there is proper support. Jin-gu's reps sound sensible and reasonable in their approach to the issue. And it's nice of Kim Soo-hyun to drop the script altogether after hearing what happened. Serves the production team right.

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I am angry on Yeo Jin Gu's behalf. You would think the director would have discussed casting with the investors before offering him the lead, especially if they were backing 70% of the film. These Chinese investors will be kicking themselves when Yeo Jin Gu becomes the next It boy. Thank goodness Kim Soo Hyun turned them down. I hope no actors take the role, and this movie never gets made.

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I don't think the issue is whom the Chinese investors prefer as the lead actor but rather how CJ Entertainment handled the situation. I'm sure the investors just wanted a bigger name to increase possible profits for the movie. If CJ had just behaved ethically and professionally by ending the contract with YJG BEFORE scouting for another lead, I'm sure there would have been disappointed fans but I doubt there would have been this kind of public outrage. If anything, CJ has just made it even harder to secure a bigger name for the movie and a favorable outlook on the movie. So if the Chinese investors are thinking about kicking anyone, it's CJ at this point.

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Unfortunate, but in the film biz, the investors/backers have the clout.

Too bad b/c Yeo Jin-gu can totally out-act KSH (as he did in MTETS) and pretty much any other young-ish male actor.

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That is bad.and thank goodness Kim Soo Hyun turned down the role,that would have been some messy business

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This movie will never see the light of day.

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these kind of a joint endeavor by Chinese and foreign film companies always, always flopped. so when I heard that Jo in-sung was going to do this I was like "noooooo and weaaaa!!" then I had the same reaction when Yeo jin-gu took the role. Now I'm happy that they ain't doing this shxt.

now I think maybe Lee min-ho will took the role... He signed a chinese film company for his chinese advancement and that company is very powerful but notorious for having shady bizniz with government officials. ( Fist Fighting's "Chinese investor" is a government-funded company that has worked with Lee's c-agency lots of times)

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Lee Min Ho is also someone who is in a position to call the shots. His C agency, whoever they are, does not have him on a leash and can order him around to take whatever roles they want him to. If he feels that his C agency is more of a liability to his career, I'm sure he can get some other company to help him further it in China.

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No they don't. There are plenty of films (like all the ones with Jang Nara) that did really well.

And their joint production dramas do really well too.

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tbh I can't remember a single joint production drama or movie that become a hit in china.( films like Battle of wits don't count--- they're directed by local directors/starred by local alisters)

a joint blockbuster production with a young Korean male lead and a Korean director ?it is going to flop so badly. even famous Taiwanese/HK young actors don't have enough box office appeal to the Chinese GP-- unless they're starring in some bestseller adaption.

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Even without the YJG fiasco, what made the Chinese investors think KSH would take the role anyway? He is in a position to do whatever his heart desires right now and dramas or movies involving Chinese anything isn't exactly the quickest way to more fame and success, at least in Korea. I'm pretty sure that no true Hallyu star will touch it now and it's their total loss. Serves them right too. On the other hand, Jingoo has a bright future ahead of him. Don't be too disheartened, Puppy, they did not deserve you.

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The Chinese market is too big for them to ignore. I'm sure there are tons of big name actors that will be drooling for that role.

China is now the 2nd largest film market in the world. And considering how China will at least import and show many Korean films (unlike the US), China is the most important market in Asia.

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I don't deny the Chinese market is big or important.

What I am saying is for a Korean actor, the quickest way to get fame and popularity in Asia is to star in a hit Korean drama. The quickest way to make money is to let that Korean drama catapult you into shooting tons of CFs with all kinds of companies, be it Korean, Chinese, Japanese, what have you. And then, the best way to take their filmography to the next level is to star in an acclaimed Korean movie.

I don't know of any Korean movie jointly produced with China that was well received in Korea. And unless a Korean actor stays popular at home, he/she will not stay popular abroad for long either.

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Yeo Jin Gu, don't worry.
You don't need this movie to make it big. You already half way there to become the next A-list star. You've got everything needed. The talent, the look, the good company to back you up, and all the noonas-ajummas-ajusshis fans here adore you sooooo much.

And Kim Soo Hyun.. thank you for turning down this movie. Love you more and more and more.. muaachhh

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Yeo Jin Gu has all the hallmarks of future mega-star. He's a great actor, has a great voice, and is pretty darn good-looking too. I don't know what they were thinking.

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How dare them. Hope this movie will flop to hell and back. Yeo Jin Gu is Korea's future when it comes to acting talent.

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I understand why they're doing this but it's just too much. I agree with what Yeo Jin Goo's rep is saying. He's smart too, knowing that legal actions would lead to nothing. He's a really good actor and I'm sure better projects would come his way. Fighting, #1 jailbait in my noona heart!

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What a mess! Glad Yeo Jin Gu and Kim So Hyun got it off their shoulder. Yeo Jin Gu has talent and he will flourish, He has a very strong screen presence and one can easily tell that he has a depth in his acting.
People saying that YJG is better than KSH must watch his earlier work. Kim So Hyun was very good in "Will it snow in Christmas?" and I fell for him head over heels especially after Dream High but lately I feel he is stuck to an image. Anyways both deserves better.

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Forget the finger. I hope, one day, this lad gets to shove a whole hand up their you-know-where. Excuse me while I go wash my hands.

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It's a terrible experience for any one to have. But that's how the system work. It probably happen to many many unknown actors (young & old) -> and they don't have the support of fans and the representative crew like big actors - Yeo Jin Gu - would. It's disappointing for him, but Yeo Jin Gu came out fine.
Film making SHOULD be about making good film - but at the end of the day IT IS more about being a business than being artful & and business need/should/want to thrive.

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That was a real boneheaded move on their part. At least they should have secured a bigger star before letting him go. Now that it's out in the open, I bet none of the true Hallyu stars would touch that movie with a ten foot pole now. At least I hope they wouldn't. It would be funny if that happens and they end up asking for him to come back.

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*slow claps for jinggyu's rep* seriously, wow impressive stance to be honest. His shots were firedd

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"we wouldn't want to touch that dirty money."

THEM FIGHTIN' WORDS. *slow clap*

Still, that's shade, to contact another actor when you've already had a contract with another.

That's bad faith right there.

I won't be surprised with all the controversy, the movie will have problem finding another leading actor.

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excellent choice of pictures!

aahhh.. yeo jin goo is like.. amazing! Who wouldn't want him in a movie?!!?

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They are going to regret it big time when Yeo Jin Goo becomes a superstar in Korea in the future. Which I'm sure he will because he's one talented young actor.

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I feel so bad for Yeo Jin-gu! You said he already started preparing for the role? Awh. I seriously would've preffered him in the role. even though I love Kim Soo-hyun. Besides, the role is of a high schooler so it would definitely suit him more. And I saw some of his action scenes in Hwa Yi. Damn. Those investors are going to regret losing him for sure.
I love the fact that YJG's rep refused to sue for cancellation fees. They won't touch "that dirty money"? Will someone please give this man a medal?
Anyway, YJG has a bright future in front of him, all these things are just minor speed bumps on his way to the top.

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Ah - the dirty side of the business!! Tood bad - that was a real shiiiity way to treat a young talented actor YJG.

That young man is going to go PLACES in the near future! That movie's GREAT loss , I say!

I just saw him in Iljimae - the Phantom Thief - as the young version of lead Lee Jun Ki while i was on vacation and marathoned the 20-part series. YJG was so adorable in that show. (Was getting myself geared up for the coming "Josean Shooter" with LJK!)

Fighting young one - bigger and better things awaits you - shaft this movie!

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comparing between shoot my heart and this fist fighting, i prefer shoot my heart more.. i love yeo jin goo's acting especially in hwayi.. he is very talented young actor... can't wait to watchs shoot my heart aja2 fighting jingoo ya~ ^^

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