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[Drama 2023] The Bait/ Decoy ☘️ 미끼 ✦ Jang Keun Suk/ Heo Sung-Tae/ Lee Elijah


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[Article] Jang Keun Suk says he owes his success to his fans and expresses his affection toward them
Actor Jang Keun Suk, who recently celebrated his 31st year in the industry, expressed his deep affection for his fans during an interview at a café in Seoul's Samcheong-dong district on April 4.

The interview was centered around his role in the Coupang Play series 'Decoy', directed by Kim Hong Seon and written by Kim Jin Wook.
Jang Keun Suk began by stating, "I am extremely careful when it comes to my fans. To me, being careful means showing respect, and I don't take their love for granted."
He went on to say, "I am most afraid of fans who become overly obsessed. I believe that the relationship between a fan and myself is akin to that of a lover. We have responsibilities and obligations toward each other. I often ask my fans, 'Isn't this like dating?' But they dismiss it as nonsense."




Jang Keun Suk also expressed his gratitude toward his fans, stating, "I am aware of how much I owe my success to them. I don't want to disappoint them." He went on to reveal that during his 5-year hiatus, it was for his fans whom he felt the sorriest.
In conclusion, Jang Keun Suk shared, "My fans and I share the same personality - a fiery passion, but sometimes that passion can be excessive. That's why I love them."
Jang Keun Suk's latest role is as detective Gu Do Han in 'Decoy', tracking down an economic criminal who has committed the worst fraud in history and is hiding behind his own death. Part 1 of 'Decoy' was released on January 27, and Part 2 is set to be released on April 7.


cre: https://www.allkpop.com/article/2023/04/jang-geun-suk-says-he-owes-his-success-to-his-fans-and-expresses-his-affection-toward-them

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[Interview] 'Decoy/Bait' Heo Seong-tae "I thought Jang Keun Suk is a manly man now"


Actor Heo Seong-tae said about actor Jang Keun Suk, whom he worked with in the Coupang Play series 'Bait', "When he was young, he had a glamorous feeling, but now I think he's a real man." 

Heo Seong-tae said in an interview with Ilgan Sports ahead of the release of the Coupang Play series 'Bait' at a cafe in Samcheong-dong, Seoul on the 4th, "I have been watching Keun Suk's activities ever since I was not an actor. When we met, it was strange and different,” he said. He added, “I thought I could act as a man to man with Keun Suk.” 



He continued, “Keun Suk has a much better vocal ability than me and is cool. He approached me first and that's it. It was nice that he wasn't the same style,” he said, thanking him and saying, “We had about three drinks, and he was surprised when we talked about the old days. He felt 'You've really been in this field for a long time'. It was amazing to see all the episodes about PDs and directors I didn’t know.” At the same time, he laughed, saying, "It's not fun when people in their 50s talk about it, but it's funny because Keun Suk is talking about it." 

Heo Seong-tae said, “Keun Suk takes care of all his colleagues and staff. He also goes with people who like camping,” he said. “He is strict with himself again. He has all the features of a successful actor,” he praised. 

'Decoy' deals with the story of people tracking down 'that RickRoll'D' who committed the worst fraud ever and hid behind death. Heo Seong-tae plays Noh Sang-cheon, the godfather of multi-level financial fraud and a symbol of absolute evil.

Previously, 'Decoy' received great attention as it was released in 186 countries around the world through Part 1, had an overseas rating of 9.4, and ranked first in Coupang Play's most popular works. 

Part 2 will be released on the 7th.  



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[Article] “Decoy” Jang Keun Suk, “During the 5-year hiatus, I took lessons and learned acting again”
Actor Jang  Keun Suk revealed the story about learning acting again before shooting the drama “Decoy”.
On April 4th, Jang  Keun Suk had an interview with OSEN at a cafe in Jongno-gu, Seoul, and talked about Coupang Play’s original series “Decoy” Part 2, which will be released on the 7th.
“Decoy” is a crime thriller drama that follows the secrets surrounding a criminal in the biggest fraud in history when he was identified as a suspect in a series of murders 8 years after his death. Thanks to its unique structure, solid story that goes back and forth between the current mysterious murder case and the fraud case that shook Korea in the past, and unexpected twists, the drama recorded explosive viewer ratings every week.



Following Part 1, which tells about the fraudster who died eight years ago being identified as a suspect in a series of murders, “Decoy” Part 2 is expected to reveal the hidden truth between the people who chase him until the end and deceive each other in relation to the murders.

Jang Keun Suk said, “I felt so thrilled in the first shoot. Before joining this project, I thought my acting was so stiff. Going to the first shoot after receiving acting lessons and preparing for it for a few months, I felt great tension, excitement, and also fear. When the director gave me the OK sign on the first take, I realized, ‘this is why I am an actor’. I completed Part 1 and Part 2 with the excitement felt when creating every scene.”



He continued, “Although I have been acting for a long time, I wondered the reason I should learn more. It was not about creating something new but about awakening the senses inside me. I did not have the ambition to create new tricks or techniques. Focusing on the overall meaning rather than a specific aspect, I acted as if I was watering a plant. I have been acting for a long time, but I still wanted to get some help and I actually needed it for myself. Nobody told me to do it and I decided to do it myself. That’s how I did it.”

In particular, Jang Keun Suk shared, “While I was thinking about what to do, I told my acting teacher, ‘You can wake me up’. I said I wanted to entrust them, and I remember crying a lot in the first lesson. I think the process of bringing out emotions from my life, regardless of the worldview I get when acting, was very important. I drew a mind map, starting with the people I miss and resent the most in my life, not the characters, and ended up crying with sorrow. I gained confidence after the teacher said I had achieved half the way. That expression was like giving water to my dry emotions.”

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Whoa…..Saw episode 1.  This is dark literally and intentionally.

I know this is in the past, yet I find it hard to believe people put all their proverbial eggs in this one man’s one basket.  These folks lost everything?  Why?  I find this hard to imagine, yet it happens time and time again due to FOMO.

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I cannot relate to the characters scammed in this drama so the empathy or sympathy factor is missing.  They loved the con artist when they thought he would make them rich, flip a coin and now they want him dead and/or their misery and mistakes to live on…..I will have to wait on this one.

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[News] ‘Decoy/Bait’ Jang Keun Suk, perfect seam from start to finish



'Bait' revealed the secret to its popularity.

The Coupang Play series “Decoy” announced on the 7th that it has emerged as the king of well-made endings since Part 2 was released on the 7th, and is being evaluated as opening a new chapter in K-thrillers.

'Decoy', which deals with the story of people tracking down 'The Guy' who committed the worst fraudulent crime ever and hid behind death, raised expectations by revealing the majesty of the perfect narrative and the development of reversal in Part 2 from the beginning. The secret to the popularity of 'Decoy', which was able to charm people all over the world, is that the actors' passionate performances that raised emotions to the highest level, director Kim Hong-sun's meticulous directing skills, writer Kim Jin-wook's detailed writing skills, and the passion of the staff formed a perfect ensemble. there is.

Regarding this, writer Kim Jin-wook looked at the narrative of characters with deep stories as the strength that firmly supports the work. “The Ponzi scheme that appears in ‘Decoy’ was actually based on my acquaintance’s experience, and was projected as one of the episodes of Cheon Na-yeon’s mother (Seo Jeong-yeon). I was always interested in the shameless behavior of scammers and the psychology of people who are being scammed, and that was the reason I wrote this work.”



“‘Decoy’ goes back and forth between three time zones: 2006, 2010, and 2023, and it is spread evenly even with a running time of just over an hour each time. It can be said that the composition in which each person's time flows at the same time, rather than a simple recollection of the past, can be said to be the first in Korea, and in this process, the character's depth was added, and viewers seem to see it with immersion. There are many puzzles hidden in multiple layers, so you will be able to feel the fun of putting them together.”

Director Kim Hong-seon also said, “The composition itself was not an easy task because the three time zones had to be separated from each other but not too far apart, and we tried to direct with that aspect in mind.” As this is a projected result, I think you will enjoy it more if you watch it carefully.”

In “Decoy,” the sensitive emotions and shady atmosphere that flow out as the characters chase each other’s scams and become entangled in serial murder cases are expressed through a directing technique that persistently digs into various colors, light, lighting, and color. Regarding this, director Kim Hong-sun said, "Basically, I put a line with different tones for each era, and I paid attention to the details while thinking about how convincingly the point of view of the person who sees the work itself as a story that is not light can be conveyed to viewers."


In addition, 'Decoy' has subtitles for each episode, so it is fun to follow along while analogizing the incident. Regarding this, writer Kim Jin-wook said, “The subtitles for each episode have not changed once since they were first decided. In particular, the subtitle of the last episode of Part 2 expresses the theme that this work wants to go to the most intensively, so it would be good to watch it until the end.”

Director Kim Hong-sun also said, “The original title of the work was ‘Chronicles of Crime’, but in the middle of it, it was compressed with the word bait. It fits well with the meaning of 'Decoy' in that it is a story of people throwing rice cakes at each other and biting the rice cakes. The subtitles in each episode are also implied and released, so if you look carefully, you will find it easier to immerse yourself.”

‘Decoy/Bait’, which is renewing its legend with all-time developments in each episode, is releasing Part 2 twice every Friday through Coupang Play.


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This show is so well made but slow paced, builds up great suspense but part 1 was super slow. For part 2 now it got intense tho I am a bit confused if no sang cheon's old corrupt official friends didn't know he is alive, how they made him come out, infact in simple words how did those offiicals like assemblyman, prosecutor etc made nsc come out and why nsc came out too when he knew he will be safe in hiding. I think the whole kidnapping and stuff js all planned by nsc himself.

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[News] 'Decoy/Bait' Jang Keun Suk, first choice in 5 years.. Great transformation + overwhelming acting

Decoy' Moon Jang Keun-suk erased the blank
'Decoy' Jang Geun-suk is captivating viewers around the world with his unprecedented transformation and overwhelming acting that erases his 5-year hiatus at once.

In the Coupang Play series 'Decoy/Bait', which deals with the story of people tracking down 'that RickRoll'D' who committed the worst fraudulent crime in history and hid behind death, Jang Keun Suk took on the role of an elite detective who was a lawyer, and immersed himself in the character itself with his high-density acting skills. It is gathering topics every day with a character synchro rate that seems to be alive and breathing.


In 'Bait', the past, the past, and the present flow tightly each time, and if you follow the steps of Gu Do-han, who is gripping the present, you will be chasing the heavy problem of a serial murder case in an asura version of cheating and deceiving each other. You can meet the thrill of extreme tension and reversal. As such, 'Bait' is captivating viewers around the world as a well-made K-thriller with its unique composition, delicate characters, and meticulously calculated development of even the props, as well as a clear sense of theme.



Jang Keun Suk also fell into the trap of this deadly charm possessed by 'bait'. Jang Keun Suk, who spent five years looking into himself, was able to get out of the abyss of deep worries because of the fundamental power of the 'bait' itself.

He earned the nickname 'Prince of Asia' by exploding his charm as if he was wearing a tailored suit in the romantic comedy genre, mainly in the romantic comedy genre, such as the dramas 'Hwang Jin-yi', 'Beethoven Virus', 'You're Beautiful', 'Pretty Man', and 'You're a Pet'. It was inevitably attracted to the undoubtedly crime thriller 'Bait', as well as the reversal ending in a thrilling development, convincing characters, and a clear sense of the subject.


Jang Keun Suk, perfectly possessed by Gu Do-han, a 'brain-sex detective' equipped with a shaggy beard, sharpness and meticulous investigative skills, confessed that he felt joy the moment the question mark turned into an exclamation mark. “While filming 'Bait', whenever the staff said, 'I didn't know you could do this,' I gained courage and felt joy myself. I accepted the idea of creating something inside me as a 'bait' as if it were fate." Through 'Bait', Jang Keun-suk broke the prejudice of the public and his own limitations, and expanded the depth of his work by unfolding the longing in depth.

Writer Kim Jin-wook, who wrote 'Bait', also said, "I don't tend to write in detail about the character's emotions or explanations in the fingerprint. Actors should have pondered and researched on this blank space and acted, but Jang Keun Suk was the one who rescued him.”


Thanks to the solid character of Gu Do-han, built up by Jang Geun-suk, the narrative of Noh Sang-cheon (played by Heo Seong-tae), who became the godfather of a Ponzi scheme in part 1 from a neighborhood gangster, was meticulously revived. It is thrilling viewers around the world with its fast-paced development that digs deep into the drama. Jang Keun-suk's colorful transformations, from his sharp reasoning power to bursting with brain-sex potential to thrilling motorcycle chase scenes, are melted into 'Bait'.


As such, Jang Keun Suk plans to enhance the fun of watching by portraying the unusual aspect of Gu Do-han in the remaining episodes with a sense of weight, so attention is focused on his future performance.

'Decoy', which contains the special transformation of Jang Keun-Suk, who is renewing his life character as a rescuer, will be released today on the 14th through Coupang Play.


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[News] Jang Keun Suk, outstanding psychological depiction
Part 2 of the Coupang play series 'Decoy/Bait' Jang Keun Suk raised the level of immersion with a passionate performance that goes back and forth between cold and hot.
In episodes 9 and 10 of "Decoy" Part 2, which aired on the 14th, Jang Keun Suk portrayed the various situations and emotions of Gu Do Han, who is chasing Noh Sang Cheon (Heo Sung Tae), with solid acting skills. 


In the ninth episode, Jang Keun Suk captivated the viewers by elegantly portraying various emotions, from his tenacity to Gu Do Han's incident to his sincerity toward Jung Na Young (Lee Elijah).

In addition, in episode 10, the complex psychology of Gu Do-han, who was in front of the key person in the incident, was completed with a skillful adjustment performance.



In this way, Jang Keun Suk brilliantly portrays the psychological changes that occur between the intertwined characters in the process of uncovering the incident, and adds dramatic fun by imbuing the narrative with a sense of urgency by impersonating the character.
On the other hand, the 11th and final episodes of "Decoy/Bait" Part 2 will be streamed on Coupang play on the 21st Apr. In Japan, it will be broadcast for the first time on KNTV from June 17th.


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