Aug 31, 2015

    Korean stars work harder as army stint looms


    AS SOUTH Korean men born in 1986 and 1987 must enlist for mandatory military service by next year at the latest, top 28-year-old actors including Lee Min Ho, Yoo Ah In and Lee Seung Gi are rushing to complete more work before they devote 21 months to the South Korean army.

    Celebrated Hallyu star Lee Min Ho is to spend the rest of this year filming for the Korean-Chinese film Bounty Hunters. Chinese actress Tang Yan, also known as Tiffany Tang, has recently been confirmed as the female lead.

    He debuted on the silver screen this year with Gangnam Blues, known domestically as Gangnam 1970.

    Lee Min Ho is perhaps best known for his phenomenal hit 2008 TV rom-com Boys Over Flowers and 2013 TV drama The Heirs.

    His agency said: "There hasn't been any drama work since The Heirs. We are currently considering a number of projects in hopes of continuing and expanding Lee's TV drama catalogue."

    Yoo has most recently received acclaim with his villain turn in crime-action movie Veteran, from star director Ryu Seung Wan.

    The film exceeded 10 million in attendance in South Korea on Saturday, the 25th day of its run.

    He was also in last year's much-talked-about series, Secret Love Affair, in which a woman in her 40s has an affair with a man in his 20s, played by Yoo.

    His film Sado will hit Korean cinemas next month.

    According to Yoo's management agency, he is concurrently filming for SBS drama Six Flying Dragons, slated for an October release, and the film Happy Facebook by director Park Hyun Jin.

    The agency said: "As for the movie, there aren't many scenes so the work will finish soon. But Six Flying Dragons is a 50-episode drama, so it might go on until the end of next March or early April."

    Lee Seung Gi started as a singer, but since 2004, he has broadened and cemented his standing as an actor and television personality.

    He has starred in a number of TV dramas.

    After releasing a new ballad album in June, Lee Seung Gi will return to the small screen with a travel reality programme with the working title Shin Seoyuki on the cable channel tvN, which will air in South Korea next month.

    He is also set to embark on filming for Marital Harmony, in which he will play the male lead.