Four 22 Year-old Star Actors Up and Coming

January 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Stars | 4 Comments
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From left to right, top to bottom: Lee Min-ho, Jeong Il-woo, Moon Geun-young, Jang Geun-seok.

Lee, of the hit new drama series “Boys over Flower,” has shot up to stardom. Jeong is also getting significant attention, and his drama “The Return of Iljimae” has yet to start.

Moon, who won the Grand Prix at the SBS TV awards late last year, was the heroine of the historical drama “Kingdom of the Winds” while Jang cemented his popularity for his role in the hit music drama “Beethoven Virus.”

All four were born in 1987. The talented foursome of 22 year olds is set to rule 2009.

◇ Tall, handsome, born stars
The four all have handsome looks and long, slender legs. Lee is 186cm, tall, Jeong 184cm tall, and Jang 182cm tall. Moon appears small but she is in fact 165cm tall.

Lee is well built. In the drama, his character sports curly hair so his head looks bigger on screen but strong facial looks match his masculine figure.

In contrast, Jeong and Jang have more of a feminine flair. They have smooth, small faces while Moon is close to a real-life fairy tale character.

◇ Big career break
Moon first gained attention playing the childhood character of actress Song Hye-gyo in the hit 2000 series “Autumn Tale.” The Moon syndrome began with her 2004 film “Young Bride.” In the latest “Kingdom of the Winds,” she was comparable to her co-star, veteran actor Park Sin-yang. Her role of a woman disguised as a man was also well played.

Jang played the rebellious younger brother of actress Jeon Do-yeon in the 2005 “Lovers in Prague.” He continued to appear in “Hwangjini” in 2005, “Hong Gil Dong” last year and in the latest “Beethoven Virus” in which he played a genius musician.

Jeong was another case of overnight stardom through the hit sitcom “Unstoppable High Kick,” which ended in 2007. In the lead role of the new drama “Return of Iljimae,” he is anticipated to play a character compared to Lee Jun-gi’s performance in the 2008 “Iljimae.”

Lee Min-ho is the latest heartthrob and teen superstar thanks to “Boys over Flower.” He debuted in the EBS drama “Secret Campus” in 2006 and appeared in a number of movies including “Public Enemy 3” and “Our School ET” but didn”t gain much attention. His role of the wealthy and cocky “Gu Jun-pyo” in “Boys” has earned him explosive popularity.

◇ Only 22, ready to soar
Receiving the grand prize at last year”s TV awards, Moon said she feels more sorry than grateful. She said “I want to continue acting but I’m greatly burdened by this award.”

Lee has confessed to difficult times in the past 3 to 4 years when he was unknown and things didn”t work out as well as he thought they would.

Source: KBS Global
Picture Credit: Yonhap News


Young Star Jung Il-woo Returns With “Iljimae”

January 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Television | Leave a comment
55 p.m. on MBC Jan. 21.

Jung Il-woo stars as Iljimae in the new drama ``Iljimae Returns.'' It will start airing at 9:55 p.m. on MBC Jan. 21.

Young star Jung Il-woo is back as the stylish and righteous warrior Iljimae, the Joseon Kingdom’s Robin Hood. Originally a comic strip, it has been made into dramas most recently last year. But MBC is aiming to bring the popular storyline to the next level with “Iljimae Returns” (working title).

“It’s an old story, but the plots and characters are very modern. I just thought Iljimae was charming and cool, but as I started to get to know him better, I realized that he was actually a very sad person. I still need to analyze him,” Jung said at the press conference for the drama last week.

“Iljimae” was a comic serial strip series in the Daily Sports, a daily newspaper focused on sports and entertainment, from 1975 to 1977. The work of famed cartoonist Ko Woo-young, its catchy plot and interesting characters helped it become a hit and it’s only just reached its peak in popularity.

Jung will be the third actor to portray Iljimae after fellow actors Jang Dong-kun and Lee Jun-ki. Jang appeared in a 1993 drama and Lee in the SBS drama.

The two Iljimaes ― Jung and Lee ― are drastically different in terms of their clothes, personalities and objectives, but comparisons are inevitable.

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Jung Il Woo ‘Iljimae Returns’ Poster Revealed

October 27, 2008 at 1:52 am | Posted in Television | 1 Comment

MBC threw the veil off ‘Iljimae Returns.’

After releasing photo stills of the cast of ‘Iljimae Returns’ which includes actors Jung Il Woo, Yoon Jin Seo, Jung Hye Young, Kim Min Jong and others, the first poster for the series with genuine pyrotechnic flares in the background has been revealed.

Giving a new impression with a powerful pose, the poster is unlike the ones used for existing historical dramas in which it conveys a turbulent time during the Joseon Dynasty and brings out the best of it’s fictional hero, Iljimae.

‘Iljimae Returns’ will begin broadcast on November 19th taking the place of ‘Beethoven Virus.’

Source: Newsen
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Jung Il Woo ‘Returns’ As A Transformed ‘Iljimae’

October 22, 2008 at 12:50 am | Posted in Television | 3 Comments

Possessing the love of many Nuna (Older female) fans in the sitcom, ‘High Kick,’ Jung Il Woo makes his return as a man. Disguised as a charming hero, Jung Il Woo leads the historical MBC mini series, “Iljimae Returns.”

The drama production company, Jipi Workshop distributed a few photo stills to the public on October 22nd revealing ‘Iljimae’ Jung Il Woo’s impressive powerful and charismatic new look.

Jung Il Woo’s “Iljimae Returns” will begin broadcast on November 19th taking the place of “Beethoven Virus.”

Source: HanKyung
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What do you think? Will he be able to pull it off? He was definitely unrecognizable when I glanced at the new images! But being an Il Woo fan I’m definitely excited!

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