In a rather quiet but unsurprisingly news reveal, embattled Korean actor Park Shi Hoo has signed on to act in a art house Chinese filmed tentatively called Fragrant Scent (香氣). Park Shi Hoo has actually been doing some activities since his rape allegation charges went away in late Spring though he had long stay in the US to get away from the media circus in Korea. Sometimes the means do not justify the ends and the press coverage of his rape case was one of those situations where even it didn’t matter anymore whether he was innocent or guilty both sides were going to get taken down in the end. Park Shi Hoo recently held a small photography exhibition in Japan where he is still very popular, showcasing pictures he took as a budding photographer. He also filmed a photo book of his own of the type that stars do as collector’s items for their fans. All of this sounds like a smart career choice since he can still remain active for his fans who seek out his latest works without acting which would lead to the general public opining on his scandal and the like. His agency has revealed that offers and scripts continue to pour in for him and its been Park Shi Hoo that has been very picky and selective with his comeback project. I figured he’d do something abroad and the most likely choice is of course in China where plenty of Korean actors and actresses can act in movies and dramas since its all dubbed anyways. I reckon some Chinese dialects are as foreign to some Chinese ears as Korean is to Mandarin Chinese speakers. No word yet on what the movie is about but Park Shi Hoo will be playing an interior designer of Korean ethnicity so he might not need to be dubbed and will speak his lines in Korean and if he does speak some Chinese dialogue his Korean accent will be acceptable since his character is Korean. The movie is by Hong Kong director Jessey Tseng who directed an award-winning art house film Big Blue Lake back in 2011.
Fragrant Scent will start filming in January of 2014 so Park Shi Hoo will be in China for a few months along with filming in Jeju.