Many Korean star actresses of the small screen have dismally flopped in movies although they achieve brilliant success and earn astronomical amounts of money in TV commercials. Now Jun Ji-hyun
is taking the gamble, returning to the silver screen with "A Man Who Was Superman
" directed by Chung Yoon-chul
She follows in the perilous footsteps of Kim Tae-hee
, who recently appeared opposite Sol Kyung-gu
in "Venus and Mars
". It attracted a mere 300,000 viewers amid controversy over Kim's poor acting skills, which have been in question since her debut.
, whose beauty defies age, was also unlucky in films. Her movies "A.P.T"
and "Go Go Sister
" were both failures. And Moon Geun-young
, once considered the queen of the small screen and the nation's little sister, fell flat on her face with "Love Me Not
". After a long rest, she announced her return to TV soap opera.
, meanwhile, did not meet the expectations of fans in the movie Hwang Jin Yi
, although her performance was slightly better than those of some fellow actresses and it drew 1 million moviegoers. But that was not enough for the producer to make profit from the production, which cost W10 billion (US$1=W937).
is well aware of what she is up against. In fact, she has been there before, with the failure of "Daisy"
two years ago. So the new movie is clearly a critical juncture in her career: that is why she chose to work with director Chung Yoon-chul
and actor Hwang Jung-min
, both renowned for their superb achievements.
But the road ahead is not easy. "A Man Who Was Superman
" will be released on Jan. 31, coinciding with other potential blockbusters like "Once upon a Time", "Radio Dayz
" and "The Devil's Game
". Will she be able to break the jinx?