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Jang Geun Suk Plans His Korean Comeback

BY Julie Jones | Oct 22, 2015 08:39 AM EDT


More than 10 months have passed since Jang Geun Suk last worked in Korea, but according to a report in the media outlet Korea Times, the singer-actor is preparing his comeback.

Anonymous sources quoted by the news outlet said that Jang is currently choosing from a selection of films and dramas to work on in the coming year.

Jang has not worked in Korea since January due to negative publicity surrounding a tax investigation into his finances. In  September 2014 when he was questioned by the National Tax Service for underreporting income earned in China.

As a result of the investigation the 28-year-old actor paid about $10 million in fines to the Seoul District National Tax Service. The chairman of Jang Geun Suk's agency Tree J Entertainment also paid a fine and the NTS investigated several other celebrities using this company to secure work in other countries. The investigation did not result in further legal action.  

"He underwent a normal investigation by the tax service so we don't understand why this is coming out again," said the Tree J representative in January 2015. "It is not Jang Geun Suk's fault but a mistake made by his agency and all the omitted taxes have been paid."

Although no charges were filed, the negative publicity surrounding the investigation prompted Jang to drop out of the reality variety show, "Three Meals A Day - Fishing Village" which he appeared on with Cha Seung Won and Yoo Hae Jin.

Jang wrote a note to his fans apologizing for leaving the show in which stars must prepare food with resources found in their immediate environment."

 "Whatever the reason may be, my name was in the middle of the controversy and I wanted to say sorry for that. It was a challenge for me to shoot in the village and the time I spent there is valuable to me."

Jang, who starred in the dramas "Pretty Man" and "You're Beautiful" has been active in China and Japan since January. He released a Japanese solo album, "Monochrome" and had a six-city Japanese tour. He also released a short DVD film, titled "Camp."

Jang will hold a 2015 Live in Shanghai" concert late in October. Tree J Entertainment has made no announcements about any of the specific projects he is considering.

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