Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star

Who is the most popular star in Chungmuro, Korea's Hollywood? The Chosun Ilbo asked the country's 12 most influential film producers, who are thought to be the most realistic in evaluating the commercial value of actors and actresses, "How many viewers do you think a movie will attract across the country if it stars a certain actor or actress?"

Based on the results, we have listed the most 10 appealing actors and actresses.

Clockwise from top left, Jang Dong-gun, Song Kang-ho, Kwon Sang-woo, Cha Seung-won, Cho Seung-woo, Kang Hye-jeong, Kim Sun-a, Lee Young-ae, Jeon Ji-hyun and Moon Geun-yeong
Clockwise from top left, Jang Dong-gun, Song Kang-ho, Kwon Sang-woo, Cha Seung-won, Cho Seung-woo, Kang Hye-jeong, Kim Sun-a, Lee Young-ae, Jeon Ji-hyun and Moon Geun-yeong

Jang Dong-gun and Moon Geun-yeong topped the list, with their pulling power estimated at 1.43 million people and 1.29 million people. Among the men, Jang was followed by Song Kang-ho, Kwon Sang-woo, Cha Seung-won and Cho Seung-woo, and among the women, Moon was followed by Jeon Ji-hyun, Lee Young-ae, Kim Sun-a, and Kang Hye-jeong.

Picked by 10 out of 12 producers, Jang is now Korea's most bankable actor. It seems the result reflects expectations for his movies "The Promise" and "Typhoon" scheduled for release late this year.

Moon, who has become the apple of everyone's eye since she starred in the movie "My Little Bride" last year, emerged as a dark horse beating all-time favorite Jeon Ji-hyun.

Han Suk-kyu, who ranked first in the first survey and 13th in the second, has dropped to 22nd place. Bae Yong-joon fell to a poor 28th place from sixth, showing that while he may be Japan's favorite son-in-law, he certainly isn't Korea's.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 20, 2005 19:25 KST