BY Julie Jones | Jul 20, 2015 08:37 AM EDT
In the upcoming film "Match Made In Heaven" aka "Marital Harmony," Lee Seung Gi will play Seo Do Hoon, a highly skilled matchmaker. Seo Do Hoon has been hired to determine which of the four candidates vying for the hand of a princess is the best match. But in the process he may choose none of the above. He may decide that he makes the best husband.
Shim Eun Kyung plays Princess Songhwa, the woman he is meant to find a husband for. She does not want to marry any of the men that her family has chosen. She wants to marry for love so she leaves the palace.
Matchmakers are still common in South Korea. Families often hire a matchmaker to find a suitable spouse for their child. Single men and women also hire matchmakers. The matchmaker makes a choice based on the prospective spouse's educational background, career, looks and lineage, as well as interpreting marital harmony signs. These days more young Koreans are making love marriages and families have become more accepting of them.
The casting director for this film made a good match by choosing Lee Seung Gi and Shim Eun Kyung. For a start they are both popular and bankable actors. In 2014 the actors were voted "Best Young Actor and Actress" at the 7th Seoul Senior Film Festival.
And both actors have experience acting in a romantic comedy.
It's only Lee Seung Gi's second film but it will be his second comedy. He previously filmed "Today's Love" with Moon Chae Won. In that film he played a man who had a crush on his best friend of 18 years.
Lee has had romantic scenes on the small screen appearing in dramas such as "King 2 Hearts," with Ha Ji Won, "My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho" with Shin Min Ah, and "Gu Family Book," with Suzy Bae.
In 2015 Lee Seung Gi will also appear on a new reality program that is expected to reunite the cast members of "1 Night, 2 Days." He was a permanent cast member of that program from 2007 to 2012.
Lee does have more romantic comedy experience than Shim Eun Kyung. While Shim won praise for her performance in the films "Miss Granny," "Masquerade," and "Sunny," her small screen romantic comedy experience was limited to the drama 'Tomorrow Cantabile" with Joo Won.
Jupiter Films is producing "A Match Made In Heaven."
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