I get that there isn’t a single entertainer that looks as beautiful or handsome in real life as onscreen. Thanks to the magic of make up and camera lens and editing, what we see is a very idealized version of some pretty good looking people. With that said, seeing Jang Geun Seok looking truly terrible at the airport last week was still quite shocking because of how young he is its hard to wrap my mind around him already preternaturally pushing his body and face to age like that in a short 3 years since he started his “singing and clubbing” other career. Fast forward to this week and I came across the latest China CF for Tong Yi brand fruit drinks featuring Jang Geun Seok and Park Min Young. He actually cleaned up okay but the hard-living lines etched deeper into his face is impossible to miss. Jang Geun Seok has already conquered Japan and has now set his sights on China, and word on the street is that he’s doing pretty well there in terms of building name recognition in the niche Korean entertainer category. I think Park Min Young’s exposure in China comes courtesy of Lee Min Ho‘s City Hunter, but nevertheless she’s taken on this CF with Jang Geun Seok to further make inroads. This is the second series of Tong Yi CFs they have done, but this time it’s a web-movie format that is scored to a Chinese single performed by Jang Geun Seok called “ICU” (as in I See You). Probably the only thing Jang Geun Seok hasn’t worked over is his voice, but hearing him sing in Chinese is pretty cringeworthy because his Mandarin Chinese pronunciation is awful. It makes me appreciate more how Super Junior and some of the other Korean singers who have released Chinese singles must have worked their butts off on their Chinese because they didn’t butcher the language. Here I was trying to read the lyrics to even understand what he was singing. I’ve always thought there was a high probability Jang Geun Seok and Park Min Young would work together at some point, and I’m glad its through this web-movie because they have no chemistry so at least this pairing is been there-done that and hopefully won’t get repeated for a drama or movie down the road. Check it out yourself.
Park Min Young and Jang Geun Seok for ICU Web-movie (Part 1 and 2):