Don’t shoot the messenger, okay? I’m as stunned at this hot off the press news release as anyone out there, Yoon Eun Hye fan or not. She hasn’t done a drama or movie all year, with the cameo appearance in Chronicles of a Blood Merchant notwithstanding, and frankly she can afford to be picky. It’s hard to fault her for being gun shy these days in accepting projects when she’s been in a series of dud almost all of which can be chalked up to terrible scriptwriting. The live filmed K-drama system forces leads to accept a project with only a few scripts produced, praying that the story doesn’t derail in the second half, which it often does.
Movies are better since the script is completed beforehand so the chances of picking a dud is less hinged on a crap shoot. With that said, I’m going to be really wary if Yoon Eun Hye does accept this upcoming movie project. The C-newspapers are all reporting that Yoon Eun Hye and Park Shi Hoo are in talks for an upcoming joint production movie tentatively called Love After Love (爱后之爱). Nothing is known about it other than it’s a joint involvement of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese production talent and financing and described as a traditional romance movie about love and loss.
The movie is scheduled to go into production in early November so the casting confirmations are expected any day now. The C-insiders are saying that both Yoon Eun Hye and Park Shi Hoo have accepted while their respective agencies only confirm receiving the offer and are still considering it. If both leads are confirmed, Park Shi Hoo will have worked with my two favorite K-actresses in Yoon Eun Hye and Moon Geun Young. Apparently he’s still well received in China (his C-movie Scent did well at the Chinese box office) and Japan, where he’s held fan meetings and other PR events, so I’m not surprised he’s getting offers to do more Chinese fare.
Yoon Eun Hye’s popularity in China and Japan remains strong from Coffee Prince and Goong but hasn’t built upon it since then, only maintaining the same level even with successive lackluster offerings. It makes sense for her to consider branching out to China but I’m not keen on this being her chosen project. I ventured by Yoon Eun Hye’s Baidu bar and also by her DC gall fan club and the consensus reaction appears to be “Nooooo, do not accept the project unni!” With that said, let me state the fact once again that Park Shi Hoo was never convicted of any wrongdoing in association with the rape allegations against him in early 2013. It nevertheless tainted his image and dimmed his star in Korea considerably, which remains to this day whenever his name is mentioned for any potential K-drama.