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Why Hollywood is into Korean actors (American captivated by the Korean Wave)

2008/03/06 | Permalink | Source

Lately, Hollywood movie producers are making an effort to employ Korean actors and Korean-American actors. Once captured by Japanese and Chinese actors, Hollywood is slowly being taken over by Korean actors.

Lee Byung-hun (G.I. Joe), Rain - Jeong Ji-Hoon (Speed Racer), Jun Ji-hyun (Blood: The Last Vampire), Jamie Jung, and Park Joon-Hyung (Dragon Ball), not Japanese actors are playing supporting roles in movies that are remakes of Japanese animations. This fact means that in a culturally, Korea has surpassed Japan as a strong nation, and it is welcoming news.

There are two main reasons why Hollywood keeps sending love calls to Korean and Korean-American actors.

It is because the Korean Wave that has blown in Asia has influenced Hollywood as well. Another reason is that the image of Koreans has risen in America. The power of the Korean community has increased enough that America would be interested.

In addition, because the movies are remakes of Japanese movies, it is established that the main character should be Japanese. Nevertheless, the script has been changed to a Korean, and actors such as Lee Byung-hun and Rain have been cast.

Also, the attractive image, acting skills, and sincerity of Koreans also play a part in this newly found interest in Korean actors.

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