Nice to see the Korean military complex isn’t done with exploiting its big star recruits, after pimping Binnie out for some marine training documentary that was purely an exercise in making money off the poor boy who just wants to be an average marine like every other guy in his platoon. The hottest Taiwan drama of 2011 has been Rookies Diary, which has now spawned Rookie’s Diary 2, and is the inspiration for the K-version of the same, except starring major Korean stars who are in fact currently serving in the military. Taiwan media reported on this upcoming K-military sponsored drama which stars Lee Jun Ki, Kim Ji Hoon, and Kim Ji Seok, among others.
It’s clearly a dramatized funny version of what it’s like to serve in the military. It would be a nice propaganda recruiting tool but for the fact that in Korea service is mandatory for all men. So I’ll take this as an attempt to pimp out my Jun Ki. I am not amused. But Jun Ki and co. look pretty happy making the drama, so I suppose maybe it was a nice way to practice their actorly skills during the time off.
News report on K-version of Rookie’s Diary:
[Credit: news and screencaps from Baidu Lee Jun Ki bar]