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Kang Ha Neul Completes Military Service, To Star in Rom-Com Drama

By Staff Reporter | May 24, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

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Korean actor Kang Ha Neul is the latest addition to the Hallyu stars who have recently completed their mandatory military service.

After joining the Army Corps of Daejeon Gyeryong in September 2017, the "Moon Lovers" star has officially been discharged on May 23.

"This is my first time being discharged, so I don't know what to say. I'm [just] grateful so many people came to see me. I'm embarrassed but happy," he remarked as he was welcomed by his fans and the press.

During his time in the military, he starred in the acclaimed musical "Shinheung Military Academy" alongside Ji Chang Wook. The production portrayed the life of freedom fighters during the Japanese occupation.

Apart from his musical stint, Ha Neul noted that his overall experience in the military is life-changing.

"I really learned a lot... Many things have happened. I studied a lot and read a lot of books. I think it was a really meaningful two years," he further shared.

On a lighthearted note, he also mentioned the girl groups who helped gave him strength during his two-year military service. Though he said "all of them," he then particularly mentioned Lovelyz, TWICE, and Red Velvet.

Ahead of his release from the military, the actor has already been confirmed to star in the upcoming romantic thriller comedy, "When The Camellia Blooms."

The KBS drama, which is expected to be aired in September, will follow the story of a woman who will be involved with three types of men -- good, bad, and a cheap one. Ha Neul will be taking on the role of Yong Shik, a neighborhood policeman who has feelings for the main character.

Gong Hyo Jin is reportedly in talks with the production team for the lead female role. Helming the projects are director Cha Young Hoon ("Bridal Mask," "Are You Human?") and screenwriter Im Sang Choon ("Fight For My Way").

Ahead of Ha Neul's military enlistment, he has starred in the hit Saeguk drama "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) and in the blockbuster film "Midnight Runners."

He first dabbled into acting in the late 2000s. One of the most memorable he had was in 2014's office, slice-of-life drama, "Misaeng: Incomplete Life." 

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