With 2008 coming to an end, some fans have been griping about their idols lack of inactivity this year. A-Listers like Jang Dong Gun, Lee Young Ae. Jeon Ji Hyun, Kim Tae Hee, Bae Yong Joon among others have not put out anything of note for their long suffering fans. Be it dramas, movies, there’s practically no sight of them anywhere. The only time that their fans can see their idols are through their TVCFs which lasts for less than 1 minute every now and then.
News of the A-Listers reported lack of inactivity surfaced after Jeon Ji Hyun’s schedule for 2008 was debated by netizens and made headlines in the middle of last week. Netizens who have looked at her schedule on her website remarked that it looked like she did practically nothing for the entire year.
She had actively promoted her movie A Man Once a Superman (with Hwang Jung Min) towards the end of January. But since then, Jeon Ji Hyun disappeared (presumably for Hollywood) and nothing was heard of her again. Her schedule for the year was listed practically with deciding on scripts or resting.
Although there were magazine photoshoot plus CF filming shoots in between, but most if not all can be completed within a few hours or taking up at most 1/2 of the day. Netizens poured sarcasm at her, “the busy schedule of a top star, Jeon Ji Hyun”, showing their displeasure at her passive schedule.
Korea’s representative icon, Jang Dong Gun has also come under fire from his fans. You can’t see him in any movies or dramas at all this year. But in contrast, he has been actively involved with filming commercials and photoshoots for 5 different advertisers. With his fans only able to catch a glimpse of Jang Dong Gun’s friendly smile through TVCFs, how can they be satisfied with that?
Lee Young Ae meanwhile has been given the nickname of Invisibility Queen by her own fans. Since her 2005 movie, Sympathy of Lady Vengeance, she has practically vanished. Lee Young Ae did made an appearance for a special MBC program I Am Lee Young Ae in October, allowing fans to see her again. But for her long suffering fans, this short and hasty reunion is just insufficient.
Kim Tae Hee and Bae Yong Joon have similarly done little to impress their fans. They do not have any movies or dramas for their fans but appearing in various commercials. Kim Tae Hee seems to have devoted her entire year towards filming CFs while Bae Yong Joon has been pre-occupied with his work in neighboring Japan, totally neglecting his fans back in his homeland.
No matter what, acting should undoubtedly be considered as the primary job of an actor or actress. If you stay away from acting from any drama or movie for a long period of time, this will only leave your fans feeling disappointed and ultimately losing their support. The only and best way for these top stars to repay the fans for their support, is to film a good drama or movie for them. So hopefully, 2009 would be a better year for their fans than this year.