A reader asks, “Who are the Korean actors expected to make their return after completing their military service?”
In answering this question, I’ve separated the men into two groups. One group consists of men who have already been discharged after completing their military service since 2010 and an update on their recent, current, or upcoming projects. Another group consists of men who are scheduled to be discharged before the end of this year. (But really, this is just my shameless excuse to dedicate an entire post solely to photos of men. Yeah, I’m pretty brilliant like that!)
YANG DONG GEUN
Discharge date: March 25, 2010
After returning from his military service, he went right back to work by taking part in the film Grand Prix with actress Kim Tae Hee. He has now been casted in the upcoming baseball movie Perfect Game, along with actor Jo Seung Woo.
Discharge date: June 18, 2010
There has been no news from him since his discharge from military service. What up, Jae Hee?
JO HYUN JAE
Discharge date: June 19, 2010
Jo Hyun Jae is busy filming the currently airing drama 49 Days and stealing hearts everywhere.
RYU SOO YOUNG
Discharge date: Sept. 6, 2010
Ryu Soo Young has been a busy man. Since his return, he’s already successfully finished the romantic comedy drama My Princess earlier this year.
JO SEUNG WOO
Discharge date: Oct. 23, 2010
Well, if you thought Ryu Soo Young had been busy, you’ve seen nothing yet. Immediately after his discharge, Jo Seung Woo went right to taking part in the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Then he confirmed to be taking the leading role in the movie Goo Hye Sun is directing, Peach Tree. The latest news is that he has been casted along with Yang Dong Geun in the upcoming baseball film, Perfect Game. This man is a workaholic.
Discharge date: Oct. 30, 2010
Eric had earlier signed up for Poseidon, a drama surrounding the lives of those in the Korean Coast Guard. Unfortunately, with Poseidon hanging in limbo with no air date in sight and many of the other cast members already having dropped out, it remains to be seen what becomes of the drama or Eric’s comeback project.
OHN JOO WAN
Discharge date: Dec. 3, 2010
Ohn Joo Wan will be acting opposite Lee So Yeon in the upcoming SBS weekend drama My Love By My Side, premiering on May 7th.
KIM JAE WON
Discharge date: Jan. 24, 2011
Kim Jae Won has taken the lead role and is busy filming the currently airing MBC drama Can You Hear My Heart?
KIM JUNG HOON
Discharge date: Feb. 28, 2011
Kim Jung Hoon chose the 16-episode romantic comedy drama I Need Romance as his comeback drama. It is scheduled to air on the cable channel tvN in June, following Manny.
LEE JIN WOOK
Discharge date: March 7, 2011
Media reported on April 27th that Lee Jin Wook and his Hallyu star girlfriend, Choi Ji Woo, have split earlier this year. There’s no news yet of his comeback project.
JO IN SUNG
Expected to be discharged on May 4, 2011
There’s no question that Jo In Sung’s return is the most anticipated by the public. In fact, even before his discharge, he’s already confirmed the film Fist Fighting as his comeback project.
LEE DONG WOOK
Expected to be discharged in June 2011
Not sure how much of this has been exaggerated by his agency, but the word on the streets is that he’s happily shifting through numerous scripts he has been offered in anticipation for his comeback.
KIM RAE WON
Expected to be discharged in August 2011
Like Lee Dong Wook, the rumor is that offers have been pouring in for Kim Rae Won. He is reported to have turned down a role in a sageuk drama (hmm, I wonder which one…), and is considering between the upcoming MBC drama, Light and Shadow, and a major blockbuster film.
JOO JI HOON
Expected to be discharged in November 2011
Since enlisting in the army after his drug scandal, Joo Ji Hoon has been slowly preparing for his return. Earlier this year, he was reported to have signed with Bae Yong Joon’s management company, Key East.
LEE KI WOO
Although Lee Ki Woo is expected to be discharged late this year, his movie Our Neighbor’s Crime, which he had filmed before his enlistment, has only recently been released earlier this month.
And I can’t think of a more appropriate way to end this post than with this Old Miss Diary MV: