Kang Ha-Neul Reviewing Drama Before Military Discharge in May

Still waiting for his military discharge in May, actor Kang Ha-neul is positively reviewing a lead role offer from upcoming drama.

It has been confirmed that Kang Ha-neul has been offered a lead role in “When the Camellia Blooms” (working title). The drama is a new work by Lim Sang Chun, who wrote “Fight for My Way.”

While Gong Hyo-jin has been announced as the strongest candidate for the female lead, the news about Kang Ha-neul’s possible joining excites drama fans even more.

Having started his military service in September 2017, Kang Ha-neul is receiving several offers even before the discharge in May. Previously, the actor starred in “Misaeng,” “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo,” and films of various genres.

 

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INFINITE’s Sung-Kyu, Ji Chang-Wook, and Kang Ha-Neul to Co-Star in Military Musical

Actors Ji Chang-wook, Kang Ha-neul, and K-pop boy group INFINITE’s member Sung-Kyu are to meet their fans on the stage of upcoming military production musical, “Shinheung Military Academy.”

On August 14, Ji Chang-wook, Kang Ha-neul, and Sung-kyu, who are currently serving in the military, had a press conference with other co-stars and military officials to announce the production of the military musical, “Shinheung Military Academy.”

“Shinheung Military Academy,” which is set in the early 20th century, follows the lives of young people who fought against Japanese imperialism. Produced to celebrate the 70th Armed Forces Day, the military musical allowed the stars to be on the stage while serving in the military.

The musical will be led mostly by actors and singers currently serving in the army. During the press conference, a total of 39 cast members gave a sneak peek the production. Both Ji Chang-wook and Kang Ha-neul sang solo numbers, while Sung-kyu sang a duet number with a co-star, Kim Ji-woong.

“We wish the musical can touch people’s hearts,” said a military official. “Through the musical, we wish people to commemorate those who dedicated everything to fight for the country when it was taken.”

Ji Chang-wook also shared how he feels about taking a part in the musical. “Thankfully, I was able to participate in the piece as military personnel,” he said. “It is a very meaningful piece to me and I’m working on it with much pleasure.”

“Whenever I act in a piece, I approach to it with a mindset to truly enjoy it,” said Kang Ha-neul. “When I first met this musical, I realized that I could do so, with so many people. Serving in the military, I met a number of people who joined the military while preparing to debut as actors. This piece allowed them opportunities.”

INFINITE’s member Kim Sung-kyu, who joined the military only about three months ago, also added, “We’re doing our bests not to disgrace those who dedicated for the country.”

Musical “Shinheung Military Academy” will be performed from September 9 to September 22 at the National Museum of Korea. Following its Seoul performances, it will be staged in other parts of the country by the end of the year.

 

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Kang Ha-Neul, Ji Chang-Wook, INFINITE Sung-Kyu Cast in Army Musical

Infinite’s Sung-Kyu pairs up with actors Kang Han-nuel and Ji Chang-wook for a military musical production.

Sang-kyu
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On July 3, reports emerged that Infinite’s Kim Sung-kyu has recently announced his appearance in the musical “Emerging Military School” (literal translation). The plot of the story takes place in Manchuria in 1910 during the Japanese colonial period. There, independence fighters work together to build a school. The army produced the show and had reportedly been holding auditions publically among recruits.

Unsurprisingly, actors Kang Ha-neul and Ji Chang-wook, who are both currently enlisted, decided to take part in the production early one. Further, the actors for the play will gather and hold practice somewhere in Seoul starting early next month.

Kim, who debuted as a member of boy group Infinite in 2010, joined the military in May. Since then, he has earned recognition for his experience and skills as a musical actor with his roles in “Gwanghamun Sonata,” “Dracula,” and more. With this recent announcement, many are paying attention to see the final product between the three actors. Both Kang and Ji are proficient actors who have taken leading roles in both musicals and mainstream dramas.

Meanwhile, a total of 19 performances are scheduled at National Museum of Korea in September.

 

 

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Kang Ha-neul Quietly Enters Military Training Camp Despite Dating Rumors with IU

Actor Kang Ha-neul entered the military training camp on 11th. He finished the ceremony quietly without mentioning his dating rumors with IU or saying goodbye to the press.

As he promised earlier, Kang didn’t have any official event with the press except he was only interacting with family.

On the day of the ceremony, a lot of reporters visited Kang especially to cover the dating rumors with IU.

However, Kang Ha-neul only said “I am so sorry as you have traveled so far here” to the reporters. Kang was still nice to his fans who were asking for pictures.

 

Earlier, Kang was involved in dating rumors with IU as the two visited a cafe in Itaewon with friends. Yet, Kang’s agency argued that the two were “just friends”.

 

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by Jung So-young

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Actor Park Seo-joon is Young and Fresh For ‘High Cut’

Actor Park Seo-joon went for a fresh, teenage look in his photoshoot and interview for ‘High Cut’ magazine.

Photo from ‘High Cut’

He wore a casual white shirt with jeans and sneakers—a classic boyfriend look that exuded a friendly, yet charming vibe.

After the photoshoot, the actor talked about filming action scenes in his recent drama ‘Fight For My Way’, and upcoming film ‘Midnight Runners’. “Although the action is quite different, I think ‘Hwarang’ gave me some confidence. I learned how to act so that it looks like I’m actually getting hit,” he said. “To be honest, in ‘Fight For My Way’, there were more scenes where I had to expose my upper body than there were action scenes, which made me felt a lot of pressure. I kept losing muscle. For ‘Midnight Runners’, we had to choose among three kinds of martial arts to perform. Kang Ha-neul chose kumdo while I chose yudo. Since I chose yudo, there was a lot of grabbing and throwing action involved.”

The actor also shared his thoughts on the Dong-man + Ae-ra couple and Joo-man + Seol-hee couple in ‘Fight For My Way’. “I think that Dong-man (Park Seo-joon) and Ae-ra (Kim Ji-won) have their own male friend and female friend fantasies. Joo-man (Ahn Jae-hong) and Seol-hee (Song Ha-yoon) fight over realistic problems and talk more realistically. I think there was a good balance achieved by having two different couples; it made it more enjoyable to watch. I didn’t have a lot of scenes with Joo-man or Seol-hee. I only saw them on TV. Whenever I saw Jae-hong hyung on set, I would tell him, ‘Hyung, I’ll see you on TV.’”

When asked if he could see himself falling for a close female friend like his character Dong-man did, the actor responded with, “I don’t have a lot of female friends. But then again, you never know with people. I’m open to the possibility.”

 

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by Park Jin-young

Translated by Janet Kang