Heartthrobs choose big screen for return

January 2, 2014


By Kang Hyun-hye

If the younger generation of Korean heartthrob actors dominated on the small screen in 2013, the 30-something Korea heartthrob actors Hyun Bin and Kang Dong-won have chosen the big screen for their return to fans. Adding to this line-up is another heartthrob actor Jang Dong-kun, who will star in “Crying Man” that will begin filming this September.

Hyun, 31, who was discharged from the marines December 2012 has chosen the film “Yeogrin (King’s Wrath),” which will be directed by freshman director Lee Jae-gyu.
Kang, 32, who completed his military service in November 2012, will work on the film by director Yoon Dong-bin titled the “Archipelago: the Era of Riot.” Both of the two epic movies are expected to be released this summer.

Hyun who soared to unprecedented popularity with the television drama “Secret Garden” before enlisting in the marines three years ago, will play King Jeongjo, the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-191). Hyun will portray the sorrowful king who strived to hold on to power amid the factional strife between the Noron and Soron factions. After this movie, he will start filming for the next movie tentatively titled “Not Proven.”

Kang turns into an unbeatable military attaché in the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910). His new movie, “Archipelago: the Era of Riot” is a story about Joseon’s Robin Hood and authorities. Kang stars as Jo Yoon, the bastard son of a mega-millionaire lord. Nobody in Joseon can win over Jo Yoon despite his lowly status.

The film will focus on the tensions and conflicts between the lord’s family trying to hold on to their wealth and power and the Robinhood-esque butcher, Dol Muchi performed by top actor Ha Jung-woo. Aside from “Archipelago”, Kang’s next movie is “Pit-a-Pat My Life” with Song Hye-kyo. The film that is based on the same-name novel by Kim Ae-ran will be released in the second half of the year.