Idols Take Over the Silver Screen in 2016


It appears that idols are continuing to break the mold by taking on the world of film well into the next year.

At the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on October 3, CJ Entertainment revealed its lineup of films set to be released in 2016. The cast lists include a number of well-known idols, including miss A’s Suzy, EXO’s Xiumin and D.O, and singer Lee Seung Gi.

Some of the films in the lineup are “Collective Invention,” “Asura,” “Night of Seven Years” (based on the novel of the same title), “Gosanja, Daedong Yeojido.” The films set to be released are in a variety of genres, and feature a number of surprising idol debuts as well as comebacks.

Two of these are from global Hallyu group EXO, who are slowly gaining building a reputation in dramas and films. Member D.O is set to star in “Hyung” (working title) while Xiumin will debut in the historical comedy “Kim Seon Dal” (working title).

Suzy of miss A, known as the “nation’s first love” after her role in “Architecture 101,” is making her return to the silver screen through “Dorihwaga” (The Hymn), directed by Lee Jong Pil. The film is about a Joseon-era pansori (traditional Korean musical storytelling) master who teaches his art to the young daughter of a shamaness.

Although not really an idol singer, Lee Seung Gi will be appearing in “Chemistry” with director Hong Chang Pyo. The film is in the same series as 2013’s “The Face Reader,” and tells the story of a fortune teller who predicts compatibility between marriage prospects. Lee Seung Gi will be working with actress Shim Eun Kyung in this project.

The 20th Busan International Film Festival runs from October 1 to 10.

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