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Top Korean actors in a rush ahead of military service

  • Published : Aug 28, 2015 - 09:50
  • Updated : Aug 28, 2015 - 09:50

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Yoo Ah-in, Lee Seung-gi, Lee Min-ho (OSEN)
As South Korean men born in 1986 and 1987 must enlist for their mandatory military service by next year at the latest, top 28-year-old actors, including Yoo Ah-in, Lee Seung-gi and Lee Min-ho, are rushing to complete more work before they devote 21 precious months to the Korean army.

Yoo Ah-in has most recently grabbed acclaim with his villain turn in crime-action movie “Veteran,” from star director Ryu Seung-wan. The film has hitherto garnered over 9.5 million viewers and is expected to break the 10-million mark this weekend.

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Poster of 'Veteran' (CJ Entertainment)

Another film starring Yoo, “Sado,” will hit the cinemas in September.

According to the actor’s management agency, Yoo is now 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’s main work involves singing, but since 2004 he has broadened and cemented his standing as an actor and television personality. Lee has starred in a number of TV dramas.

After releasing a new ballad album in June, Lee is coming back to the small screen with a travel reality program from cable channel tvN with the working title “Shin Seoyuki,” which will air next month.

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Poster of 'Shin Seoyuki' (tvN)

Lee is also set to embark on filming for “Marital Harmony,” in which he is to play the male lead.

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, or Tiffany Tang, has recently been confirmed as the female lead.

Lee debuted on the silver screen in 2015 with “Gangnam Blues,” known domestically as “Gangnam 1970.”

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Poster of 'Gangnam Blues' (Showbox)

He is perhaps best known for his phenomenal hit 2008 TV rom-com “Boys Over Flowers” and 2013 TV drama “The Heirs.”

Lee’s 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 catalog.”

By Lim Jeong-yeo (kaylalim@heraldcorp.com)

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