I love that Han Hyo Joo is so open to experimenting in both her image and her projects. She burst onto the scene in Spring Waltz with her glorious long hair playing the type of bright Candy heroine K-dramas love to trot out onscreen. Since then she was a fresh-faced sageuk ingenue in Iljimae, then she lobbed off her hair into a short bob for Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy, and finally she donned royal sageuk attire for Dong Yi. She’s been growing her hair out for the last few years but recently she sliced it all off again into the shortest look I’ve ever seen on her. She makes even an androgynous haircut look girly and sweet on her. Her latest romantic movie Love 911 (Korean title Bandage) with Go Soo has been doing solidly at the box office since its release in early December. I haven’t seen it yet but I love how spicy and forward Han Hyo Joo’s EMT character is with the object of her desire Go Soo’s broody widower firefighter. I don’t think I’ve seen Han Hyo Joo not have stellar chemistry with any of her male leads, drama or movie, and this time looks no different. If only she acted as well as she generated great onscreen chemistry, then she would be the whole package. To promote Love 911, there have been a bevy of photo spreads with Go Soo and Han Hyo Joo on the newsstands and each and every picture just lights my eyes up with the palpable chemistry and complementary levels of pretty. Up next for Go Soo is the movie The Road Home with Jeon Do Yeon (he must be so relieved he dropped out of the mess that is The Great Seer), while Han Hyo Joo is filming Surveillance (Stakeout) with Jung Woo Sung even though she could be resting and swimming in the double whammy box office bonanza of both Love 911 and her sageuk movie Masquerade with Lee Byung Hun. I doubt either of them will be back on television unless it was a high profile project but they’ve put in their drama dues and I’m so happy for their cinematic successes.
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