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K-pop idols lackluster on big screen

A growing number of K-pop idols are taking up the challenge of appearing on the silver screen, but their transitions are having to weather harsh evaluations.

Red Velvet leader Irene's film debut in "Double Patty," which hit theaters Feb. 17, drew criticism for her unnatural acting. The feature attracted 4,450 people over the Friday-Sunday period, raising its total admissions to 11,268, according to box office data from the Korean Film Council.

But the star, who previously had a lead role in the 2016 web drama "Game Development Girls," reacted humbly, saying she "learned a lot" from her first movie role.

Park Jeong-hwa of girl group EXID hit the silver screen in "Dragon Inn Part 2: The Night of the Gods," which was released Feb. 10. The sequel to the movie "Dragon Inn Part 1: The City of Sadness," which hit screens last year, again sees her in the lead role.

The film is a sequel, set in a Chinese restaurant called Dragon Inn, where problem solvers get together to defeat villains. The first installment amassed only 3,038 ticket sales while the second installment has garnered about 1,700 so far.

The singer-turned-actress expressed regret about her own acting, saying "There are so many things I'm regretful about. Although I put a lot of effort into it, I'm not satisfied with what's shown."

Rainbow's leader Kim Jae-kyung, and Kim Dong-jun, a member of the now defunct boy band ZE:A, starred in the melodrama "A Way Station," which hit theaters Feb. 18. The overarching plot involves a romance between a man named Seung-hyun who loses his memory due to Alzheimer's disease and his girlfriend Ji-ah. It saw less than 1,000 ticket sales as of Monday.

Idols' failure to shine on the silver screen is not only attributed to their poor acting skills. The changing landscape of the media industry is also playing a part, according to industry officials.

Nowadays, viewers watch drama series through over-the-top (OTT) platforms, regardless of time and place. When people watch dramas on their phones, tablets or computers, they can somehow overlook acting errors or flaws as long as they don't seriously hinder the storyline.

Unlike TV series that are able to respond to viewer feedback as they are shot using Korea's "live-shoot" system, movies are evaluated once production is completed. This means that idols-turned-actors could only show their improved acting skills in future projects. If they fail to be cast in more projects, they won't be able to shed their negative image.

"Most idols start acting in low-budget or independent films because they want to establish their filmography from scratch and build an actors' image. Their attempts are good as long as they have good acting skills," a production company official said on condition of anonymity.






source: The Korea Times
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Idols' failure to shine on the silver screen is not only attributed to their poor acting skills. The changing landscape of the media industry is also playing a part, according to industry officials.

And maybe because we're still in the midst of an worldwide pandemic?

The general public has always been iffy about idols appearing in movies or dramas, only a handful truly manage to hit it big.
The problem is that even amongst groups that hit it really big, most idols groups’ promotions as a group tend to not last long. Idols know this, and the companies know this, so they get into acting to have a chance of extending their individual careers. It’s shitty but outside of mc’ing/variety shows/solo careers there’s not many options for idols once they stop promoting as a group. I’m not excusing idols beating out non-idols for acting roles bc of the influence and power their companies have but there’s not many other options either. Just shitty all around.

fritterish

February 23 2021, 02:24:58 UTC 5 months ago Edited:  February 23 2021, 02:26:27 UTC

Well the criticism re: their acting really is warranted if you consider that some of these idols get lead roles even as rookies (Joy in particular got cast as lead role right away iirc). But it’s not like the industry has no bad actors (who aren’t idols)

also not familiar how other movies fare but isn’t the pandemic to blame for their lackluster ticket sales
I'm not even gonna hate on idol actors, because we have enough actors as is who can't act that well either. There are also the models turned actors and so on. People like to criticize idols more because they look down on the idol lifestyle, but it's not as if idols are the only ones who should be criticized or rather, should be criticized that harshly.
I have no problem with idols dipping their toes into acting because as someone already pointed out, they need a Plan B because an idol's shelf life is so short and a very few percentage gets to keep doing it if their debut wasnt amazing. My issue is when idols who are still very green get main lead roles that ruin the drama or movie watching experience for me. They need to learn from more experienced actors first and aim for smaller supporting roles, build experience, take acting classes. I think one exception will be the main cast of Reply 1997 who are mostly idols with limited acting experience, because the writing and directing are very strong in those shows and the actors actually auditioned to win the part.
I'm surprised Suzy has been able to successfully transition to acting, her acting is terrible IMO. i haven't watched, nor plan on watching Double Patty but the trailer was so cringe. Irene wearing her full cakey idol stage makeup while flipping burgers and pretending to be humble took me out😂😂

I need rowoon to stop picking flop dramas I can’t sit thru anyyyyy of his shit

Will be interesting to see how dawon acts next to boyoung

there is something really strange about this article. they clearly try to make a point about idols but mention real issue at the end (it almost comes out of nowhere because article itself focuses on just idols).
idk how author can pin it idols when mentioned movies are mostly indies and very low budget (idk all of them but some actually had big problems with finding distribution companies) so they can't go all out guns blazing with promo campaigns. of course box office data will be low. to blame idols for that is a lot of stretching and flexing.
also you know...could at least mention corona once because that's an overarching issue if you gonna talk about ticket sales in (2020-)2021 instead of movies with idols throughout the years and how it could affect movie industry.