I track how long I’ve been blogging at times by how many actors I’ve seen go to military service and then come back. I also can track it by both the rise and fall and then maybe rise and fall again, ergo the cyclical nature of some star popularity moments. K-actor Jung Hae In is a great study, he was the It Boy in 2018 after Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food (Something in the Rain) after breakout supporting hits in Prison Playbook and While You Were Sleeping. Then he stood in the super wrong place at the Baeksang Awards ceremony winners shot and was excoriated by netizens, losing their favor just as his next two dramas One Spring Night and A Piece of Your Mind did not get ratings or buzz. OSP is an amazing wrong and his performance is probably the best I’ve seen from him EVER, but Piece I couldn’t get into and it got a shortened run due to the super low ratings. Since then he’s smartly laid low on promos and just did the one thing he needed to do to rise again – pick the right role in the right drama and that’s the Netflix series D.P. (Deserter Pursuit). The drama premiered last week to rave reviews and overwhelming viewer buzz thanks to the realistic take on a tough subject matter (bullying and mistreatment in the South Korean military). K-netizens are back to loving Jung Hae In, which I’m glad because unlike other It Boys he is a very talented actor. He revealed this week that the PD is writing the script for the second season of D.P. so great news. I will leave with a cautious note though – his next drama to air later this year is Snowdrop on jTBC and we all know the netizen pre-airing furor over it. I hope that drama really does not have any subject matter that netizens can hate on and drag him back down over something he has no control over.
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Lol, at this point every Korean actor and their agency should be banging down Netflix’s door to get casted in a Netflix Original. The network has proven they can both launch and re-launch careers.
Just saw the new trailer for Squid Game, and Lee Jung Jae is about to get that Netflix treatment.
Nope Netflix Treatment belongs only to Song Kang.
Riding this post to say CONGRATULATIONS RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES for winning BEST DRAMA at the 48TH KOREA BROADCASTING AWARDS!!!!! And to KIM SO HYUN for winning BEST ACTRESS and POPULARITY AWARD!!!! ?????
Just saw it.
Quite an achievement for the drama and KSH!
Well deserved after everything they went through. Congratulations to everyone.
The drama is underrated but this is great news!
So happy for KSH and RWTMR team they worked hard for this. One of the best dramas this year definitely.
Jeez I thought this thread was about JHI?
Ignore them like everyone else is ignoring them. They’re just attention seekers.
These are fanatics. Like to bump stupid news about their idols no matter what the main subject koala post
As expected. All that awards on top of being the youngest Baeksang Best Actress nominee. Kim So Hyun indeed it’s THE Queen of Sageuk of her generation, with awards to back it up ????
yeah I knew he’d be all right, these Korean male actors and idols usually are sooner or later.
Maybe this newfound goodwill will help Snowdrop’s ratings. Jtbc needs a hit.
A Piece of Your Mind is really good and his acting was great. It’s just they didn’t adress easy subjects with mourning and depression. It’s sad because the story was really beautiful.
I liked his dramas, they have interesting themes. He never acted the typcical cold and rich male lead who changes thanks to the FL.
I agree. It is one of my favourite dramas from that year and it was such a shame they shortened it. He was great there as well as the other actors. The story is different and fresh. The characters were developed well IMO, I just wish there had been at least two more episodes to tie it all in, although I think the writer did okay with how she managed.
A Piece of Mind is actually a masterpiece, the drama is so poetic in its delivery, the script beautiful with a different story plot, it’s sad that it’s not being appreciated enough. Jung Hae In amazing in melodrama
The locations they chose were so beautiful! I’m rewatching if after D.P. I just love it.
Hahaha no way,snow drop will get rating flop because he can’t carrying drama alone without veteran actress like ha ji min and son ye jin. In netflix we don’t know about rating because they always say trending in the world just like king eternal monarch, sweet home, save heaven etc etc etc.
I dont have high hopes for the Blackpink idol as the FL but it might do well ratings-wise because of her.
Oh hell you are being mean! Watch D.P then comment later ya?
“One spring night “ is one of my favorite Kdramas.I finished but never was into Prison playlist. Dropped Something in the rain and While you were sleeping.I enjoyed DP and I enjoy his acting in every drama I see him. I liked him in a movie I saw him with Go Eun and I always check his work. I find him a good actor that has many things to give and happy to see k netizens positive feedback for DP and him.
APOYM was trash but OSN was pure brilliance he deserved all the praise for that role.
Totally agree with One Spring Night. I never got the hype with JHI before but OSN made me appreciate his acting more.
So agree!! OSP an all time fave and he was superb in it
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Loved him in Pretty Noona and was sad to see the fallout after Baeksang. I think he was just in the moment and didn’t realize his faux pas. I keep seeing DP on my Netflix recommendation list so I will watch it for sure.
Heard a while back JHI will be starring in a project directed by good friend, Lee Je-Hoon in his directorial debut.
Big mouth has started filming ohmgeeee!! Jongsukkie is coming!!
I love One Spring Night and his performance in it.
I loved “One Spring Night” as well. I thought both leads were good.
He deserves to get his popularity back because he acted so well in D.P. and he can proves that he didn’t rely on his co-partner/FL only.
Good for him. I really enjoyed DP. He’s one of the few late 80s actors who are talented.
JUNG HAE IN FROM CHOCLATE LOVER IMAGE TO SERIOUS HARDCORE IMAGE ..HE IS GENIUS ..I JUST LOVE HIM ..LONG WAY TO GO
Congratulations to DP. Specially to JHI. JHI is a versatile actor. Fan from ??. Hoping for D. P. season2.
I really like him as an actor and happy he is getting positive feedbacks for D. P.