Former KARA member Jiyoung continues to make moves in Japan, this time bagging a prominent lead-role in a feature film. Titled “Reon”, the film is based off of a manga by the same name created by Kaori Ookura and Kiyoshi Tomohide. Published in the magazine “Hot-Dog PRESS” it quickly grew in popularity among it’s readers.
In “Reon” Jiyoung plays the role of Reon Takanashi, a slightly frumpy/plain office lady who doesn’t really think much of herself. In a short time-span she gets fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend. Following the streak of bad luck Reon eventually finds work again as a dispatch employee at Asahina Foods, one of Japan’s prominent manufacturing and processing conglomerates. Reon eventually meets the boss of the company Reo Asahina played by veteran actor Naoto Takenaka. While he is truly capable of being a great boss and putting in hard-work, that tends to get sidetracked due to him being a womanizer.
The two are eventually involved in a traffic accident which leads to a “Freak Friday” switch of their bodies, which naturally results in a lot of funny situations. Reon tries her best to run the company and act as a boss, meanwhile Reo relishes in being inside the body of a woman. Reo does a makeover while in Reon’s body bringing out her hidden “beauty potential”, and uses those looks to become a very successful cabaret hostess. One day at the hostess bar Reo stumbles upon his nephew and a man that turns out to be Reon’s ex-boyfriend, who are plotting to get him removed from the company.
Since graduating from KARA in 2014 Jiyoung has stayed active in Japan appearing in many supporting roles in dramas and doing modeling work. In 2016 she released her debut Japanese single “Saigo no Sayonara”. Her debut album “Many Faces ~Tamensei~” will be released on May 10th, 2017.
“Reon” will hit Japanese theaters nationwide next year.