Kim Nam Gil Turns Down The Pirates Sequel

The Pirates: Goblin’s Flag” (working title) will be taking time to reorganize as several actors from the original cast of the first movie have decided not to appear in the sequel.

Despite Yoo Hae Jin turning down the offer to appear in the sequel, things were running smoothly with Lee Kwang Soo joining the cast. After reports stated that investment companies temporarily halted production once Kim Nam Gil decided not to feature in the film, a source from Lotte Entertainment responded, “It’s true that Kim Nam Gil, who starred in ‘The Pirates,’ turned down appearing in the sequel. There is no change to Lee Kwang Soo and Son Ye Jin being cast. Production has not been suspended. We are planning to start filming after [a time of] reorganization.”

“The Pirates,” released in 2014, had great box office success, surpassing 8.6 million admissions. The film is about pirates searching for the royal seal of the Chosun dynasty that was swallowed by a whale ghost. With the great success of the first movie, there were high hopes for the sequel as well.

Lotte Entertainment, which was the film investment and distribution company for “The Pirates,” also decided to undertake the sequel. At the 24th Busan International Film Festival held on October 2018, Lotte Entertainment even announced the sequel as one of the films they will be premiering in 2019, raising attention for the movie. Fans of the first movie were excited for the announcement that the sequel is to be made five years after the premiere of the first film.

Source: Soompi

I was heartbroken when the news broke yesterday about Nam-Gil oppa not returning to the sequel. But it makes senses as he needs to recuperate from The Fiery Priest, which he suffered so many injuries from and didn’t take an ounce of time off. Poor guy. I would rather have him take a nice long vacation and come back fully recovered. Hopefully, his management will talk so sense into him. At times, he can be too professional, ignoring his own physical being. I love seeing his face when he does those high demanding stunts, but his health is more important. 😢

I wonder if Son Ye Jin(SYJ) will even accept now?! It would be so weird to see her character (Yeo-wol) to be wooed by some new guy and the bandit team with a new leader. How are they going to explain this??? Also, they better not replace Jang Sa-Jung with another actor?! 😠

Best scenario is that SYJ doesn’t, they can then wait until Nam-Gil oppa recovers and reconsiders. Maybe at that time Yoo Hae-Jin will be free too. I like Lee Kwang Soo and all, but he ain’t gonna fit in Hae-Jin ssi’s shoes as Chul-Bong. LOL I am sure all of us do not mind staying put for a little longer so a truly sequel can be made.

Kim Nam Gil – The Pirates (Picspam)

After watching The Pirates (2014), I cannot tell you how much I love this film and needed to fangirl over Kim Nam-Gil oppa. His performance portraying Jang Sa-Jung, the dorky bandit, was outstandingly entertaining along with Yeo-wol (Son Ye-Jin), the amazing pirate captain. The entire cast was equally fabulous, especially the talented Yoo Hae-Jin as Chul-Bong. It was so much fun to watch, I was grinning like a Cheshire cat from beginning to end! :)  I might give the movie another run this weekend. XD

There were some news that a sequel is in development stages…crossing my fingers that Nam-Gil oppa and Ye-Jin ssi will accept their roles again. It would just would not be the same without them.

Pirates has similar elements and pays tribute to Pirates of the Caribbean, which is another fave of mine. I am not going to discuss anything specific at this time, except for Jang Sa-Jung. hehe

Why I adore Jang Sa-Jung?

Jang appears to be shameless, clumsy, bumbling, and loony on the exterior. Though, he is actually a righteous bad-ass who is loyal and kindhearted. We can see why Yeo-wol was captivated by his quirky charms. He can be quite romantic and cute at times. Who can resist a long-haired, attractive swordman with some moves?!

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Sister’s Slam Dunk S2 (K-Variety)

Wow, 2019 has been flying by so quickly! It’s already April and summer will be around the corner soon.

Anyone into Korean variety shows? I have grown fond of Sister’s Slam Dunk Season II, especially its cast members and how much effort they used to transform themselves into a girls group/band. The show focused on producing a group of diverse celebrities into one-time ensemble.

I adored Hong Jin-Young, Kim Sook and Kang Ye-won, as well as, the other members, Hong Jin-kyung, Han Chae-young, Minzy and Jeon So-mi. I love their chemistry, how they bonded and cherished each other even though they were so different from one another, personality and experience-wise.

Minzy and So-mi are quite well-known in K-Pop along Hong Jin-Young (professional singers), but they were so understanding and patient toward their Unnies. Keeping everything real was another aspect that made the show wonderful, especially when they shared stories of their struggles and dreams. Though, the show has ended, I am sure they will remain friends for a long time.

I was truly proud and happy for the Unnies when their Music Bank performance was a success and their song dominated the music charts on the first day of release. I emphasize again that not all of them are professional musicians and they did their very best to achieve the project’s goal.

Hopefully, they will have a third season one day with a few of the same members. In the meantime, please enjoy their music and performance below, as well as, the full season of the show on Viki and Youtube.

Right? by Unnies Music Video

Right? by Unnies Music Bank Performance

Right? Lyrics (English, Korean and Romanization) and Line Distribution

Kim Nam-Gil, my current crush (Picspam)

I decided to give Kocowa a try and stumble across The Fiery Priest, which stars Kim Nam-Gil, Honey Lee and Kim Sung-Kyun. This definitely caught me by surprise on how good and hilarious the drama and now Nam-Gil ssi is on my radar for life. ♥ ♥

I was quite clueless who actually Kim Nam-Gil was as he is not often found on the small screen. The more I dug, the more I adore him. Not only is his acting polished and versatile, he is quite skillful when performing action stunts. See his fabulous moves in The Fiery Priest and The Pirates. It would be treat if Jang Hyuk (my other bias) and him could co-star in a history drama together some day.

Nam-Gil oppa is super unique, charming, dashing, clever, sophisticated…, I could go on forever. The way he acts with his eyes and facial expressions are amazing, I cannot tell you how mesmerizing they are.

Although, only three of his works were sampled on my end, Live Up to Your Name was my latest, I found his chemistry with his co-stars overall to be impeccable. The romantic sparks with his female leads are
astonishing, you just want to see more of their journey together. I would not mind him in more romcoms!

Please continue to give him some love…I bring upon his likeness so his handsomeness can bewitch everyone! LOL

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Welcome back, Jung Il Woo!

I am really late on this. Recently, I had the urge to re-watch Cinderella and the Four Knights and came down with a severe Jung Il Woo fever again. LOL His smile is just to die for. ❤ ❤ Before long I was Googling for his latest news and found he was back from his military duties. Hooooorrray!! XD I cannot wait to see his new drama, Haechi.

For now, here are some picspam of my beloved Il-Woo:

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