K-actor Kim Soo Hyun‘s success has both hard work but also a measure of luck in choosing the right projects at the right time. If luck comes and goes then announcing his impending military enlistment right now is probably a very smart choice. His luck appeared to run out this year with the biggest K-movie box office bomb in quite some time in his summer thriller movie Real, which was by all accounts really really really bad. If we consider it a vanity project on his part and a chance to do something different then he’s scratched that itch, and by announcing that he will enlist for active service next month on October 23rd he’s leaving at a good time to place a nice 2 year distance between that turd of a movie. He’s an ’88er so is now 30 years old in K-age so it is his time to enlist, and he’s smartly chosen to do active service which always gets kudo points with the netizens. He’ll forever be Song Sam Dong from Dream High for me but with enlisting it really means the young days are over and he’s coming back a matured man, with hopefully yet another successful stage of his acting career ahead of him.
To note how many successful projects Kim Soo Hyun has under his belt at this age – Dream High, The Moon Embraces the Sun, Secretly, Greatly, Thieves, and You From Another Star. And IMO his Producers was quite a successful attempt at something different for K-dramas.