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Go Ara courted for Detective Hong Gil-dong

This news makes me genuinely excited: Go Ara (You’re All Surrounded, Answer Me 1994) has received an offer to partner up with Lee Je-hoon (Paparotti, Fortune Tellers) in a potential comeback project upon his completion of military service, the movie Detective Hong Gil-dong. She’s grown by leaps and bounds in her last couple of roles, and while previously I may have worried about the pairing, I’m more hopeful now that she’ll be able to hold her own on the big screen against the always fantastic Lee Je-hoon.

There isn’t much info available on the plot, but we know Detective Hong Gil-dong will be a film about a private investigator and set in the 1990s. And hey, possibly Lee Je-hoon! It will be directed by Jo Sung-hee, who helmed 2012’s successful A Werewolf Boy, and between the two of them, I’m sold already. I would be thrilled if Go Ara signs on; my only concern is that she might be a little overwhelmed if the part offered to her is a meatier, heavier one than she’s played in dramas as of late, but she’s been so good recently in spunky protagonist parts, and I’m rooting for the actress to branch out and to meet any challenges presented to her by the director and her experienced counterpart.

While an industry source stated that Go Ara was ready and willing to take the part, SM Entertainment, who represents the actress, acknowledged the offer had been received but stated it was still under review. Go Ara is currently wrapping up filming on You’re All Surrounded, and Lee Je-hoon will be released from the army at the end of July, so we should hear confirmations soon.

Via OhmyNews

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Ah this is wonderful news!
I am totally loving Go Ara <3 She was awesome in Reply 1994 and she is doing a pretty good job in You are all surrounded too!
I hope the best for this beautiful and talented lady!

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she did well with answer me 1994 and you're all surrounded but she says those characters are like her so she's essentially playing herself.

i would like to see her take on characters that are different from her and maybe then, we can judge her properly for her "acting"

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You go girl! she really has wind in her sail. ah so happy for her.
and if it is the director of werewolf boy, it should have lots of well played emotions.

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SM...with their terrible management I always worry they'll turn down roles for their actors to try to push their idols instead...

I wish it went the other way...if it has to be someone from SM then Jung So Min for Nodame instead of Yoona LOL

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It`s not like Go Ara ,Jung So Mi or Lee Yeon Hee are much better actresses than Yoona and Sooyoung. All these girls are in the same boat, they are all mediocre with a potential to get better.

And Jung So Mi failed to bring success to Mischievous Kiss, so what makes you think she would do well with a lot harder character like Nodame?

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Go Ara and JSM are way better actresses than Yoona in many many viewer's eyes. An unsuccessful drama makes not a bad actor/actress.

GFB and Dream High were very successful and highly rated. So was Architecture 101 and Moon embraces Sun. Doesn't make Suzy of Han Ga-in good. It just shows they pick projects well and/or has co-stars who carries their projects.

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Actually, both Suzy's and HGI's performances in Arch 101 was pretty decent - but both need a good script and an even better director to get the best out of them.

And based on their latest performances, Go Ara and Lee Yeon-hee (who totally kicked arse in "Miss Korea") are better actresses than Yoona.

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Architecture 101 was a little too simplistic so it wasn't challenging. Plus the length wasn't too long for us to nitpick. I still think they were below par, but I agree their drama outings had me cringing much more.

I haven't seen Miss Korea since that was such a snooze for me so based on her performance on GFB, I'd say she's as good/bad as Yoona. Go Ara is above them by leaps, and so is JSM I think.

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Yes, both parts in 101 weren't particularly lengthy and while there was some emotional scenes (by HGA), neither part had the histrionics, but often, it's hard to do the simple scenes right.

Upon watching 101 - didn't notice Suzy's or HGA's acting which is a good thing.

MK was one of the better-written K romcoms by far and LYH gave one heck of a performance (I'd say better than Go Ara's in Reply1997 - as much as I liked her performance in that).

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Sorry but Jung Soo Min was great in Playful Kiss was Kim Hyun Joon who failed in that drama.

Now Kim Hyun Joo its better, but in 2010 "Playful Kiss" was horrible.

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Were we watching the same Playful Kiss? Her Hani was an AWESOME, and way less annoying, version of Kotoko

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Jung So-min is an EXCELLENT actress. One of the best in her age-range, in fact.

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I'm so glad she's getting more work! She's great and seriously such a lovely person.

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I love everything about Ara unnie! :) From her pretty face & loveliness written all over face to brilliant acting!
She DESERVES to be offered great scripts & also act alongside topnotch actors!!
Actually,it's been a while since I am SHIPPING MinAra couple.I like to see Lee Min Ho oppa & Ara unnie in a drama or movie project! I don't know why BUT I think they could make a wonderful couple.
Anyways,SO SO HAPPY to hear the news & U may not believe how happy I have been since Ara unnie has been making it thorough since Reply 1994! She does deserve! ^_^

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My grammar mistake: since she made it thorough from her starring in Reply 1994!
Sorry for the mistake

PS:Who is Lee Je Hoon? I don't know him and haven't seen any of his projects!!

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Lee Je Hoon is a brilliant actor. I recommend these movies: Bleak Night, The Fortune Tellers and The Front Line. His filmography is far greater than his two dramas, Fashion King being an utter fail all around.

If Lee Je Hoon commits to this, will this overlap with Secret Door if he chooses one or both? (I'm selfish and want both but if I had to choose one, I hope he chooses Secret Door if it does indeed overlap.)

Happy to see Go Ara improving and getting more work. She's always been lovely and likable but it's really nice to see her being recognized for better acting chops.

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I want him to choose Secret Door toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@MinAra I forgot about the wonderful My Paparotti as well.

@maddragonqueen Secret Door has been busy casting so hopefully we'll hear a confirmation from Lee Je Hoon soon. Let's keep our fingers crossed because the story and cast is too stellar for him to pass up on it. :)

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i hope he would take SD as well, but be afraid that he still haunt from FK trauma and would avoid dramaland

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The only good thing about the King of Fail was him...he is a briliant actor and i also hope he accepts if needed between the 2 the drama ,playing such a complex character even more after a real person(such a famous one and complex) it's so challanging and i'm sure it will make his talent shine even more

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Please avoid Fashion King (the drama)!!!!!!!!! It's not his fault, though.

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Good to see her getting more roles and maybe it's quite serious this time. Is it her first movie if she accepts?

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it s her 5th movie and 3rd korean movie.

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Thank you!
It's because I never watch her movie so I don't know.

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Uncanny how similar Go Ara's looks are to Lene Lai in that picture.

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Aww, so happy for her plus that is a cute pairing I can get behind ;)

Only wish that she would pick up a drama soon (same goes for LJH) because I sure as hell would miss her on the small screen.

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I'm so happy for Go Ara! I'm glad that she's getting more offers and people are actually rooting for her. :)

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I absolutely love these two together or individual, but for now I prefer Hanu Seok Kyu more so I really want Lee Je Hoon to accept Secret Door. If its okay for him to choose both then just go head.

Can we look for someone else to costar Go Ara :)

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it s hard to find another good actor like LJH in his age group

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Aw. Go Ara looks especially pretty in the above picture.

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aww, I am becoming a fan of Go Ara after watching Reply 1994 ..

Happy that she finally broke away from her previous image

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Do Nodame too, Ara ahh

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She's a great actrice, gorgeous and super pretty, no the most beautiful korean girl, her eyes are !!! waaaaaaaw !!! Wish u all the best unnie <3 I love u ^^

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can she play nodame, please?

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not because they look similar to ueno juri but i wish korean nodame will consider casting go ara or han hyo joo. especially han hyo joo because her face is so demure i want to see her let loose this way :)

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Yes!!! I just don't get it why people don't find Go Ara a bad actress- she totally nailed her role in Reply1994 and now with YAS. I am planning to watch her previous dramas as well... I agree with all the comments here (except with the comparison of actresses). Go Ara is indeed a lovely actress. I hope SM Ent will let her do projects which will show her talent. (because SM is not really good with producing dramas/movies. lol)

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I've been a fan of Go Ara's since I first saw her on Who are You? and Heading to the Ground. She has grown by leaps and bounds since then. Her portrayal of Na Jung on Reply 1994 and Eo Soo Sun on You're All Surrounded shows that growth! She is not only very pretty, but she has become a very good actress as well! I hope she continues to get bigger and better offers for both tv and movies.

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If she's accepting another project, who else going to play Nodame perfectly? Go Ara would be perfect for Nodame. Nooooooo T_T sobs

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waah im really exited. Go Ara is one of my favorite actresses. Shes amazing :D Im really glad she gets so many roles, i wish she could accept all hihi maybe she does. SM please ^-^ i want to see her more in movies and dramas. More of amazing go ara.

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