[editorial] K-Poppin’ Into Film, A Rising Trend?


Hellokpop 4/13/2013 — by Brandi

K-Poppin’ Into Film, A Rising Trend? [excerpt]


Film is a reflection of the culture that produces it and recently, there appears to be a trend surrounding K-pop idols and the Korean movie industry. More idols are being tapped by directors, both commercial and indie to star in their films, but is this emerging trend really a good thing?

According to Rex Baylon, writer for Modern Korean Cinema, the answer to that is-not necessarily.  While this trend seems inevitable given the rising influence of K-pop and its stars, he argues that these stars don’t always have the acting chops that many previous stars had when they were tapped for roles. Why? Put simply, they don’t have the background in theater and screen that many previous crops had. Instead of spending several years tarrying in supporting roles and building their acting skills, K-pop idols are being given bigger and more recognizable roles right out of the gate.

He makes a good point when he states, “[a]lso, due to those earlier actors having worked for so long in the industry, they were far more mature in age and also boasted more unique physical characteristics. The new crop of stars eschew this and though all of them are attractive, a cinephile would be hard-pressed to tell one pretty boy from the next.”


I find it interesting that he makes a point to zero in on, what is to him, a loss in the variety of looks in films. It brings to mind the discussion of plastic surgery in idols that we had here and here. Obviously, there are numerous elements at work in the decision making of who gets what roles but it is in no small part that these idols are filling a growing need that filmmakers are wanting to cash in on…

» You can read Brandi’s thought-provoking editorial in its entirety and join in on the discussion on the Hellokpop news site HERE.

~ by Cloud USA on April 16, 2013.

2 Responses to “[editorial] K-Poppin’ Into Film, A Rising Trend?”

  1. My comments, from the article thread at Hellokpop:


    Humbly, let me say that I don’t think that Rain really applies here, seeing as he has been acting seriously for as long as he’s been singing, some ten years or so. He’s had either a drama or a movie every year of his career. He is a seasoned actor, rather than merely a singing idol who takes time off to act.

    This is a really good article. Thanks for the read. 🙂 (Solid acting idols in artsy films for a change? That’s what I would call Heaven! I’m a Cyborg But That’s OK is my favorite Rain movie, and I’d love to see more idols in challenging, off-the-wall roles like that.)

    Oh, and business or not, putting idols in roles that suit them and that they can pull off is the ONLY way to go. Anything else is just buffoonery. You might make a wad of cash, but, in the end, maybe at the expense of someone’s image and career. *sigh*

    Stephe ^@@^


  2. The same thing happens here too. Case in point, I’m a Beyonce fan musically, but her acting (to put it mildly) is not that great…..sorry “B”……love you girl. Although, she didn’t do too, too bad in Dreamgirls. However, studios and organizations want to cash in from jump street. What better way to do it than to cast someone who is already beautiful looking and has a worldwide audience willing to pay to see that singer on film.

    It does seem unfair to those actors who have spent a lifetime perfecting their craft. I’m sure they are thinking….here comes this pop star “taking” a huge role from someone who is probably a better fit and better trained theatrically. I’m on the fence with this one, because there are the gifted FEW (very few) who are “ambidextrous” when it comes to entertainment. Very few are good at both. Everybody, “wants to be” a Barbara Streisand or Cher and maybe Will Smith. Back in the day, those like Barbara, Sammy Davis Jr. and many, many other stars of yesteryear Had To be good at both because the stage/theater is where they had to start out in entertainment first before going into films.

    Oh and thank you for the pic of T.O.P. he is one of my “secret boy-toys”…..Ssh, don’t tell Bi. *SMILES*…………………………………..


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