Yoo A-in

Korean actor Yoo A-in poses during the production report conference for her new movie “Tough as Iron,” held at a movie theater in Seoul, Korea on September 2, 2013. [TenAsia/ Paeng Hyun-joon]

Korean heartthrob Yoo A-in is making his first appearance on SBS’s popular variety show “Running Man.”

Yoo visited his hometown, the city of Daegu, Korea on Tuesday to join taping of “Running Man” with actress Kim Hae-sook, Yoo’s screen partner in his upcoming film “Tough as Iron,” the pic’s promoter 1st Look said in a press release Tuesday.

“Running Man” will be Yoo’s first variety show appearance in four years after appearing in SBS’s talk show “Yashimmanman” [Romanized Korean] and MBC’s “Come to Play,” both of which have been cancelled now, to promote his 2008 movie “Antique.”

Korean internet users buzzed on Twitter yesterday over citizen’s photos of the two movie stars and the show’s regular cast members Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Kwang-soo, Kim Jong-gook, Gary, Song Ji-hyo, haha and Ji Seok-jin.

Yoo and Kim’s episode of “Running Man” is set to go on air on September 22, after two upcoming idol-studded episodes air the next two Sundays.

Set to hit Korean theaters in October, “Tough as Iron” will center on a man named Kang-cheol (Yoo) who ventured into a dangerous choice given by gangster’s boss in order to pay the hospital bills for his sick yet perky mother Soon-I (Kim).

Reporter. Lee Hye-ji hjlee@tenasia.co.kr
Photographer. Paeng Hyun-joon pangpang@tenasia.co.kr
Editor. Jessica Kim