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News bites: November 28, 2015


Song Ji-hyo, Joo Jin-mo

  • Song Ji-hyo (Ex-Girlfriend Club) has been filming in China for her role in the Chinese-French-Korean action comedy movie Rush Delivery. In it, the variety star is paired with a mainstay on the Chinese edition of Running Man, Chen He. The film also stars French actor David Belle. [DongA]
  • Joo Jin-mo (Beloved Eun-dong) began filming the Chinese drama Dear I’m Sorry in Beijing last week. The melodrama will be about Joo, the lead, and his three women, and will film until next February. Dear I’m Sorry will premiere on one of the main broadcast channels in May or June 2016. [TV Report]

  • Park Shi-hoo, Yoon Eun-hye

  • After Love, the movie starring Park Shi-hoo and Yoon Eun-hye, has suffered yet another delay and has been pushed back to next year. The move comes amidst criticism regarding Yoon’s participation in the Chinese reality program Goddess’s New Clothes — the actress has been accused of plagiarizing from fashion designers on the Project-Runway-like show. Instead of the film, Park’s comeback project (after riding out a scandal of his own) will be OCN’s Neighborhood Hero. Execs still hope to release After Love simultaneously in China, Japan and Korea in early 2016. [Osen]
  • Singer Seo In-young (formerly of Jewelry) is currently in talks to play a former idol in One More Happy Ending. She’ll join Jang Nara and Yoo Inna as previous members of girl group Alice. While she’s had bit parts before, this is her first acting role of any real substance. [eNews 24]

  • Seo In-young, Baek Sung-hyun

  • The popular webtoon Jilpoong Enterprise is being adapted into a live-action web drama, and Baek Sung-hyun (Hwajeong) has been cast as the lead. A junior employee at the company, his trademark is that he’s always late for work, but he’s actually very passionate about his job. A funny yet cynical story by writer Lee Hyun-min about corporate life, it’s described as a black comedy with action but “different from Misaeng.” Jilpoong Enterprise airs in December on Naver TVCast. [Sports Chosun]
  • Veteran actor Yoo Oh-sung will reunite with Kim Woo-bin in Lightly, Ardently. The two worked together in Friend 2, and this time, Yoo will play Kim’s dad. The drama begins filming next month, with a premiere on KBS early next year. [Joongang]

  • Yoo Oh-sung, Ma Dong-seok

  • A title change and welcome addition for the film Two Men (which just last week was calling itself The Four): Ma Dong-seok (Bad Guys) is finalizing details to star as a man chasing four rebellious young teens. It appears there’s another man on the kids’ tail, but no word yet on whether one’s evil and the other’s a good guy, or if the two are in cahoots. The low-budget film has already cast SHINee’s Min-ho, and is looking to fill the rest of the cast. [Osen]

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Yoo Oh-sung is a fantastic actor, looks like this drama is at least getting its supporting cast right.

And I see the Park Shi-hoo/Yoon Eun-hye movie got delayed, but it's weird if her alleged plagiarism draws more criticism from netizens than, you know, her costar's scandal and the behaviour he himself admitted to.

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People not so angry with plagiarism, her fans interpreted it as inspiration. What make them so angry is her statement, "Don't use my name to get popular" and she said it to the senior in fashion industry. The funny thing she just using ghost designer in that Chinese program, and this is what they tried to hide. Fashion designers in Korea just laughing at her.

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Ghost designer...?

You must not be familiar with the show and are still stating things without facts.... Everyone who had seen the show, even one episode, knows that the celebrities are working with designers.... In fact, they stand right next to the celebs on stage when talking about the designs.. The only reason why not many knows about them, especially those who haven't seen the show, is because YEH is the only one bearing all of the criticism and allegations.

And when you compare YEH to the other celebs, she did so much more than them. She fixed the models' hair, make up, accessories, and clothing before herself. And she was part of the design process. She chose the concepts and even the songs for the stage sets. So saying she is using a ghost designer is really over the line.

As for the design, she already justified why she didn't plagiarize and if people even saw the different angles, materials, etc of the 2 coats, it'll be difficult proving the false allegations. And she did say that she was inspired, but not by that designer...... she did her research and found designers who used ruffles on their designs and went off on that.

But you are right, the only reason why people are mad at her is because of that statement, which really shows the mentality of those trying to bring her down.

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is that statement came directly from her? or from her agency? (just asking)

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From her agency

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Baek Sung-hyun as a lead? Really? He is not a lead material. I cringe every time I see him on the screen. Barely a supportive material, if that. He was the one to give the only lousy performance in My Love Eun-Dong.

Well, another drama I can easily ignore then..

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Baek Sung-hyun was actually good in White Christmas, which had him as the de facto leader of the ensemble. And he's been decent in everything else I've seen him in (Love Cells, Stairway to Heaven, even *shudder* Big).

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Yes, Baek Sung-hyun was good in White Christmas. Too bad Jilpoong Enterprise is a web drama. I'm still waiting to see him in another drama in a leading role that I would or could actually watch.

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Oooh! I can't wait to see Song Ji Hyo act alongside Chen He!! He's so entertaining on Chinese Running Man...

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You had me at Baek Sung Hyun....

Unfortunately, chances are there won't be subs ever.

Haha I should start learning Korean. :)

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Not too excited about chinese drama but it's joo jin mo, should check it, the story is about him n his three lady wooow.....

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Lightly, Ardently already started filming. There are pictures of Suzy and Kim Woo Bin filming at a college and a police station.

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Seo In-young and Yoo Inna lol all they have to do is get say Lee Jin and they could have a mini Heroes remake. Checking the wiki and In-Young two years younger than Jang Nara, shouldnt say it but I thought it would be the other way around.
There seems a mass migration of Korea celeb heading over to do work in China, can not help think they should all pay a % of their earning to the likes of Chea Rim and Jang Nara, for opening the way for them. Of course there still time for another wave of anti Korean feeling to hit china, with such an increase of Koreans working in China now. Though the difference from the past is maybe that there also more chinese starting to move into Korea.

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In turn, would have to give credit to the massive popularity of the film "My Sassy Girl" and later "Dae Jang Geum."

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Indeed certainly Dea Jang Geum, though i more thinking of opening the chinese market to korean working in china rather than increasing awareness of Korean Drama and music, though they do tend to cross over.

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But at the same time, the popularity of Korean shows and films opened the way for Korean actors to work in China.

After MSG - Jeon Jj-hyun was doing a bunch of CFs in China/HK and Japan.

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China is sort of like Europe in the way waning American celebrities go to milk their popularity once more.

From what I've read Korean media has always been popular in China, even since the 90s, it's just that now stars can actually make money off of it. I've always found the anti-Korean sentiment in China quite silly. There's no legitimate substance to the hate. It's just people being jealous of success. And I doubt Chinese celebrities trying to make it in Korea will get anywhere. The Korean market is notoriously hard to break into - hence why Hollywood thinks if their films can get popular in Korea, they'll get popular in Asia. What they don't understand is that popularity is something that happens organically. Forceful inundation is what breeds contempt. Also, it's a stupid move break into a vastly smaller market. It's all for dumb ego.

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Think it's possible, but in particular for acting, a foreign actor usually has to be fairly fluent in Korean (tho Henney seems to be one of the exceptions, irrespective of being half-Korean) such as Yoo Min (Yuko Fueki) who was more popular in Korea than in Japan.

But yeah, really no point in Chinese actors trying to "make it" in Korean productions as it's a smaller market and Koreans will watch hit Chinese films/shows (would be like George Clooney trying to break into Korean films when Koreans already watch his Hollywood fare).

It's a diff. scenario for K-pop where there is a good # of foreign members of the various boy/girl bands.

While some of it was probably done w/ the intent of capturing more of the China market, others (usually Asian-Americans of a diff. Asian ethnicity) are brought in b/c of their looks, talent and bringing that "American" vibe.

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It is possible, Fuji Mina and Ryohei Otani comes to mind, but these are people that started from the bottom of the industry and climbed their way up. What China wants to see is one of their own stars getting big in Korea, equivalent to Chinese Lee Min-ho, which I can't see that ever happening.

Now that you remind me, I feel like there's more foreigners working in the Korean entertainment industry per head than anywhere else in the world.

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Er, I think you have it backwards. China is a much larger market.

China is more like America, where they will accept any famous Asian actor as "Chinese" as long as it fits the story.

Just like European and Australian actors go to Hollywood and act as Americans.

Sure, there might be some backlash, but it's really small compared to how big the Chinese entertainment industry is. So a lot of production companies will do anything to differentiate themselves and compete.

In fact, the Chinese market is so big that a lot of Hollywood movies are starting to rely on it to make a profit.

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Too bad a double scandal doesn't cancel each other out. lol Poor YEH can't catch a break.

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What is the different of low budget and big budget one?

Those terms used in that Minho movie and Moon Lovers drama.

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Low budget can be means that they will no use money for renting places, costumes or hired people for stunt. Instead of renting places for filming, they borrow places or make the stunt themselves. Usually, indie movie will be low budget because they got no money. Even sometimes they asked friends to help design poster. Best example is movie Set Me Free. The jacket that Choi Woo Shik wear actually old jacket own by the director.

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Can we just have a Misaeng Season 2 already?

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Honestly, why does media drag controversial and most of the time baseless issues with a simple information such as the delay of a movie prelieve or showing? Good thing the dramas Pinocchio and You From Another Star spelled it out: "THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE TRUTH, THEY ARE AFTER SELLING A STORY."

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Lee Byung Hun movies suffered the same delayed also due to his scandal last year. His movie Memories of the Swords didn't do very well and people blame him instead the plot actually not engaging. Then Inside Men doing well, those people shut up.

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That film was a legitimately a bad film. I don't know what you were reading but everyone thought his performance was the only thing good about it.

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sorry, PREMIERE not prelieve

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So looking forward to the Kim Woo Bin/Yoo Oh Sung reunion! They were so great together in Friend 2!

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