Saturday, September 24, 2011

Korean Idol Featurette: Jun Ji Hyun

For those who have been hooked on Korean movies (like me), this K-Idol I'm going to feature this week is an unforgettable, probably the most iconic actress to date. Her movie is the very first Korean Drama/Comedy film I've ever seen which paved the way to countless of other Korean films I watched thereafter. She's no other than Gyeon-woo's My Sassy Girl, Jun Ji Hyun.

Quick Facts:
Real Name: Wang Ji Hyun
Date of Birth: October 30, 1981
Education: Theatre and Film Degree at Dongguk University
Favourite Hollywood Actress: Angelina Jolie
Debut: Model for Echole (1997)
Breakthrough Films:  Il Mare (2000); My Sassy Girl (2001); Windstruck (2004)

Jun Ji Hyun's success in the box office came in 2000 when she starred in the movie Il Mare. A little trivia,the movie's storyline was later adapted in the Hollywood film, "Lake House", in 2006 which starred Keannu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. It was in 2001 that Jun Ji Hyun became a household name (in Asia, that is) when she played the role of this feisty, soju-chugging, obnoxious,suffer-in-silence, but oh so lovable "The Girl" in the movie My Sassy Girl. The movie had such a huge success all across Asia and even became a worldwide sensation. The movie was later on adapted, yet again, in Hollywood which starred Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert. In 2004 she then again starred in another romantic comedy flick, Windstruck, which was directed by the same person who directed My Sassy Girl. Although they claimed that Windstruck is not the prelude to My Sassy Girl, fans (including me) speculate there was indeed a connection with both films. And to further solidify that assumption, the lead actor of My Sassy Girl, made a cameo appearance at the end of the film. 

Il Mare (2000)

My Sassy Girl (2001)
Windstruck (2004)

Jun Ji Hyun is also known to be the CF Queen of Korea (CF stands for Commercial Film).  Her career blossomed through modelling for Echo magazine and starring in various CF's. The list of her commercial endorsements include Giordano, Laneige, KFC, Pantene (China), Olympus, and Samsung.  She was entangled in some controversy with her Giordano CF in 2004, which was banned in Korea for being a bit too sexy. Even her Olympus CF was only shown on late night television again, for being too sensual. In 2009, she became the first Korean actress to be featured on the cover of ELLE (Hong Kong). Recently, she has been picked by Guess? to be the face of their new ad campaign.

Giordano Ad Campaign (2004)
Samsung 3G Promotion
Elle HK 2009 Cover
Harper's Bazaar (Korea) 2009
Laneige Ad
Guess Ad 2011
I usually have some bit of dirt/gossip to my features, and this one is no exception (haha). Rumour has it that Jun Ji Hyun and pop star Rain have been spotted countless times out together. This sparked speculations that the two are dating secretly. The both parties vehemently denied the rumours via their respective agencies. The two were set to do a drama together, but Jun Ji Hyun eventually declined the project amidst the rumours.

A photo on Rain's twitter page which he deleted when the rumours broke
Well my dearies, I think it's about time I wrap up this week's featurette. I hope you all enjoyed it and stay tuned for next week's K-Idol Feature. Annyeong! 

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SassyUptownChic said...

Smart. Beautiful. Not afraid to push the limits. She's awesome! Thanks for sharing her story Wi. I love reading about people's lives. She's a firecracker! Enjoy your weekend.
SassyUptownChic xoxo Kim

The Cat Hag said...

Thanks for joining my giveaway. ♥

JJH is a super popular Korean actress, and maybe one of their most recognizable.

Love the profile you did on her. :)

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janurai said...

no doubt she is so beautiful :):)a

Bravoe Runway said...

OMG girl...I stayed up late for this post to show up! OK JK.... Incredibly well done and I had no idea who is this k-ido BUT...I do know who is Rain! My aunt who is 62 is a HUGE fan...she even bought tix for his concert! Jun Ji Hyun is gorgeous and I don't get how that ad was too sensual or risque koreans are faint hearted! OK...super excited to read NEXT week's k-idol feature!

Kim L. said...

JJH is so hot!!!
I love watching my sassy girl and that giordano ad( yes i watch the ad repeatedly cause she was so hot!).

Then I hated her a little bit cause she's dating Rain! Then I got over it after 5 mins :)

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klaudia said...

beautiful :o)))

songbird said...

she is really gorgeous to look at!

margarita ts said...

love this post!

Danii said...

Thanks for your supportive comment :) and omg my sassy girl! My friend made me watch this last month haha. Do you only watch k-movies? or Dramas too. Man, story of my life, I dont know how many hours I've used up on korean stuff lol.

Anya adores said...

She is lovely - and very pretty.
Cool blog you have :) Have a great day,

the nyanzi report said...

cool post.

Keeping up with E.S.E.M said...

she looks awesome!


Eva Ana Kazić said...

Damn she's pretty.


Miss Kwong said...

i adore her! she has so much character. very natural too!

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Macherie said...

you have an interesting post, I love sassy girl.=)


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Danii said...

Ahah the anime phase! I've totally been through that too. But after dramas, can't go back :P Have you seen city hunter and Lie to Me yet? Those were my summer projects haha.

Nava Krishnan said...

I am not into Korean movies but can't stop admiring the gorgeous actress.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Such a pretty girl. No wonder she's so popular. My sister went to university with her. Have a fab Sunday;-)

Olga♥ said...

i don't know this actress
i only watches one korean drama and that was seret garden
but i want to watch so much, but i don't have enough time :(
nice post btw :P

CutestPrincess said...

i've watched the windstruck and my sassy girl, she's so beautiful!

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Peiyinn said...

She is so amazing and stunning! She has a great style :)

Blackswan said...

Yes, yes, yes, I've seen My Sassy Girl too! Looks like our age gap isn't too big. Hahaha!

Wi, thks so much for visiting my blog during my absence! You're such a doll! I'll spend some time going thru your posts so pls be patient. Heeheehee!

Anonymous said...

She is cute!
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