South Korean actor Ha Jung-woo – currently starring in the hit fantasy action sequel, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days – was selected in an online poll as the perfect actor to bring a war hero to the silver screen.

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The star won the most votes cast by soldiers asked to pick an actor to play the second world war hero Colonel Kim Young-oak in a forthcoming film.

Ha, 40, topped the survey, gaining 63 of the total votes cast in the online poll of 629 army personnel organised by the South Korean Army newspaper Kookbang Ilbo between July 19 and August 12.

Those surveyed were asked to select an actor to play the role of Kim Young-oak, a United States Army officer – born to Korean parents in Los Angeles – who was considered a war hero during the war.

He also fought in the Korean War and died in 2005, aged 86.

Many of the soldiers think Ha is the ideal person to play the role because of his charisma and strength.

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“He is the perfect actor to show the painful history of Korea and to play scenes depicting the precious nation,” one soldier said.

Lee Jung-jae, 45, who like Ha appears in both Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days and the first film in the series, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) came second in the poll, with singer-actor Lee Seung-gi, 31, who completed his compulsory military service last year, in third place.

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This article was written by Kang Aa-young for The Korea Times.