Who are the best stars in this sector?
Although a lot of idols have deeply infiltrated popular culture, a few are considered undoubtedly triumphant in achieving popular success. With star quality and box-office potential, who are these all-rounder ‘must-have’ idols?
JYJ Park Yoochun has dominated television. Park Yoochun was introduced as an actor through the lead character Lee Sun Joon in 2010 hit drama ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’, and instantly penetrated into the small screen. With regards to Park Yoochun’s acting, Shin Kyung Soo PD of SBS Wed-Thu drama ‘Three Days’ that’s currently airing said, “He surprised me with each episode. The martial arts director also praised his action performance.”
Amongst idol-turned-actors, Park Yoochun’s unrivalled blockbuster power is something to be proud of. A look at the average viewer ratings of the dramas he has appeared in: ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ 10.1%, ‘Miss Ripley’ 15.4%, ‘Rooftop Prince’ 14.8%, ‘I Miss You’ 11.6%; and as expected, ‘Three Days’ has also been showing stable viewer ratings at above 10%. All five consecutive productions he has acted in have maintained double-digit viewer ratings.
As a Hallyu star, his blockbuster power overseas is also unquestionable. All the productions he has previously appeared in were broadcasted in Japan while the DVDs sold like hot cakes. ‘Three Days’ was exported to China for approx. $50,000 per episode, exceeding the previous record holder ‘My Love from the Stars’.
Another JYJ member Kim Junsu has established himself as ‘box-office guarantee’ in the musical scene. In 2010, he was cast in the musical ‘Mozart!’ which was held in the 3,000-seat main theatre of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts; he made a splendid debut with tickets to 15 performances he appeared in all sold out. His performances in musicals ‘Tears of Heaven’ and later on ‘Mozart!’ encore stage were also sold out, showing off an unrivalled ‘ticket power’.
The production that gave Kim Junsu wings to fly is the 2012 musical ‘Elisabeth’. He won the Best Actor Award at ‘The 18th Korea Musical Awards’ for his role as ‘Death’, receiving recognition for his singing and acting abilities. Professor Lee Yoo Ri from the Department of Musical Theatre of Chungkang College of Cultural Industries commented, “It’s almost impossible to maintain ‘ticket power’ reputation for four consecutive years relying only on his title as an idol. The passion, sincerity, and his own acting style he has built in order to overcome the aspects he lacked in are what placed Kim Junsu in the best position.”
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Upcoming SBS Wed-Thu drama ‘Three Days’ which is headlined by JYJ’s Park Yoo Chun will premiere on March 5th. The drama will mark Park Yoo Chun’s small screen comeback, and puts him on course to be a nominee for the Best Actor award at the year-end SBS Drama Awards.
‘Three Days’ is a story of how an elite bodyguard goes to great lengths to seek out the missing president, after 3 gunshots were fired at his villa. Park Yoo Chun plays the role of perfectionist bodyguard, Han Tae Kyung. As a member of idol boy group JYJ, Park Yoo Chun has managed to get awards for every drama he has been in since his acting debut. This, many are looking forward to seeing if Park Yoo Chun can continue his run with ‘Three Days’.
Park Yoo Chun’s first drama was KBS 2TV ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ in 2010, where he played the role of a scholar named, Lee Seon Joon. He walked away with the Newcomer Award, Netizens’ Award, and the Couple Award with Park Min Young at the ‘2010 KBS Drama Awards’.
Words by Cho Won-Hee (film director)
At this point we must find the ideal case of acting. Starting out as an influential idol star, he is an accomplished case of the ‘Setting-out* Model Generation’ that has underwent TV drama leading roles to enter into the film industry. It is precisely JYJ’s Park Yuchun. [*T/N: 'taking the leading', 'taking action', 'embarking (on a project)']
Park Yuchun appeared in ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ in 2010 and it is true that the voices of concern at that time were the highest. However from his first project he broke those concerns, he also was seen appearing in ‘Miss Ripley”s dangerous screenplay to maintain his own ‘stance’, and eventually through the recent ‘Missing You’ he was mentioned in the lineage of successful leading male actors in their 20s of this day and age.
Park Yuchun’s next project is the movie ‘Sea Fog’. Director Bong Joon-ho will take part with his first title as a producer and acting monster Kim Yoon-seok is in the starring opposite role.
As a member of an idol group transforming into the rising newcomer of Korean films, Korean idol-turned-actor Park Yuchun is seen as walking down the most desirable path.
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Since the age of 7 I’ve particularly liked Park Yuchun oppa very much. In the drama ‘Miss Ripley’ I appeared as the child actress for Lee Dahae unnie. I personally met Park Yuchun oppa when the director put me in a flashback. I was embarrassed and could not speak then. I received the said compliment ‘Your crying acting is really good’ when I was filming the intense crying scene. We even took a photo together.