Idol members who once ruled the stage are solidifying their position as actors one by one. Although they are still acting as K-pop idols, more people are familiar with their TV or big-screen appearances. From the latter half of this year, the “actor-idols” who shine not only on stage but also as actors will make their comeback to the big screen one after another.
Following JTBC’s Run On, Im Si Wan is currently starring in tvN’s show House on Wheels. And soon, he will greet the viewers with two new films: Kang Jae Kyu’s Boston 1947 and Han Jae Rim’s Emergency Declaration.
Boston 1947 tells a rousing tale of the Korean athletes who ran the 1947 Boston International Marathon, the first international marathon held since World War II. The film follows the runner who achieves a splendid result even after twists and turns following independence. Besides Im Si Wan, Ha Jung Woo and Bae Sung Woo took the lead roles.
Emergency Declaration, which was invited to the non-competition section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival, is an aviation disaster film. The movie takes place in an airplane that declares an emergency landing in the face of an unprecedented disaster. The star-studded cast lineup includes Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon, and Kim Nam Gil.
Ok Tae Yeon played an unforgettable villain in tvN’s Vincenzo. Soon, he will return to the big screen with Kim Han Min’s new film Hansan, which features the Battle of Hansando. It’s an action blockbuster depicting the strategy and vigor of Admiral Yi Sun Sin and the Joseon naval forces in the battle of Hansan to defend Joseon that was in a quandary. It’s the second film of director Kim’s Admiral Yi Sun Sin trilogy. The Admiral: Roaring Currents, the first film of this trilogy, became the most-watched and highest-grossing film in South Korea with 17.6 million admissions. Park Hae Il turned into the younger days of Yi Sun Sin, and he worked with Byun Yohan, Ahn Sung Ki, and Son Hyun Joo.
To K-pop fans, he’s EXO’s D.O, but to viewers, he’s actor Do Kyung Soo. This January, he was discharged from the army, and soon after it, he joined two films: Kim Yong Hwa’s The Moon and Seo Yoo Min’s Secret.
The Moon (working title) tells the story of a man left alone in space due to an unfortunate accident while another man on Earth struggles to bring him back safely. It’s a new project by director Kim Yong Hwa, who created a double-million (moviegoers) history with his Along with the Gods series. Sol Kyung Gu and Kim Hee Ae have joined Do Kyung Soo in the cast lineup.
In Secret, the Korean remake of a Taiwanese film of the same name, Do will take on the male lead role, played by Jay Chou in the original movie. It’s a fantasy romance movie that begins when a former piano genius meets a female student who was playing mysterious music in an old practice room. The filming will start in the second half of this year.
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