I say this without snarkiness (a quality I think is growing far too
overrated these days anyway): One would have thought that idol singer Kim Hyun-joong’s stiff, uncomfortable acting debut in Boys Before Flowers
earlier this year would have convinced people to STOP casting him in
high-profile projects, but alas ’tis not the case. He has just been
cast as the lead in the film adaptation of popular Japanese
manhwa-turned-drama Kimi wa petto, or You’re My Pet. The j-dorama aired in 2003 on TBS.
Like Boys Before Flowers, the Japanese original starred the popular idol-actor Matsumoto Jun (opposite Koyuki).
The romantic drama unfolds as a woman fashion-magazine editor who is
perfect in looks and talents comes to live with a good-looking young
man. She and the man, who is first taken in and affectionately called
her “pet,” gradually fall in love. The female lead is still currently
The contract has yet to be finalized, according to Kim’s management,
but should be made official soon. The film will begin shooting as soon
as the casting is complete, and aims for a release date next year.
(I really thought Kim Hyun-joong would go the way of Se7en,
as in, he’d realize that he was sorely limited in the acting arena and
focus on his music. Coupled with his seemingly indifferent attitude
toward acting in the first place — he had to be persuaded to take the
BBF role by management who were eager to heighten his name recognition
— I figured he’d fade from acting, not be cast as the lead in another
high-profile remake. Again, I mean this without sarcasm, but I
sincerely hope he hies himself to some intensive acting training if he
wants a career in the field.)