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KBS’s second honorable thief of the year (third overall) ties on his mask, readies for (ratings) battle

Eric rocks the Zorro look as he takes on his honorable-bandit character in KBS2’s fusion sageuk Strongest Chil Woo (no, seriously, I saw a pic where he’s even sporting some kind of reverse “Z” scar on his chest). I can’t decide if he looks absurd, or kinda sexy in a *different* sort of way. Or maybe both. One thing’s for certain, though: Jesus hair aside, his simple black mask is light-years better (or at least less ridiculous) than Iljimae‘s metal Darth Vader mouth-plate.

With Yi San (finally!) ending, everyone’s jockeying for position. The drama’s original airdate of June 9 has been pushed back to June 17, kicking off its three-way Monday-Tuesday competition with Gourmet‘s premiere on the same day, followed by When Night Comes the week after on the 23rd.

Gourmet (SBS), Strongest Chil Woo (KBS), and When Night Comes (MBC), coincidentally, all star male leads (Kim Rae Won, Eric, Lee Dong Gun) who are slated for upcoming military enlistment: Eric pushed his entry date back to September for his drama; Kim Rae Won and Lee Dong Gun both plan for sometime later this year.

With the Chil Woo character seemingly cobbled together into a pastiche of various pre-existing notorious figures (Robin Hood, Zorro, Hong Gil Dong) I don’t really see Chil Woo as being a *good* drama, but I really do hope it’s fun. The key to enjoying the show? Keep your expectations very, very low.




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Wow, he does look like Zorro lols. What is up with these Hong-Gil-Dong-like and i-am- a-guy-but-really-a-girl dramas these days?? It is getting annoying.

The mask is much, much better...totally agree. I wasn't sure how Lee Jun Ki was breathing in his o_O

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I really like Eric, but when I saw some previews for this, I cringed a little. I don't think he's really suited for a sageuk drama (I'm recalling a previous post of yours about netizens commenting on how some actors didn't seem to fit their sageuk role). But we'll just have to see.

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LOL at "Jesus hair aside". I definitely feel ya on that one.

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After news of Eric taking on Chil Woo, every one wondered if his image will fit for a sageuk roll as he has a very modern look. Even Eric himself was unsure but went for it anyway because he loves the script.

I think Eric looks darn good in hanbok costume (not sure about the assassin's hair do). He had earned his acting skill in previous dramas (specially QSS) so I'm not worried about it here.

It's going be a mighty battle for all 3 actors this summer. Just hope some one will do the subbing for Chil Woo. It comes down to the wire.

Javabean, will you do a summary for any of these 3 dramas?

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It looks entertaining. It's alright if it doesn't turn out good. Sometimes all I need is some fun. Just entertainment.

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i can't help but think that mask is ridiculous. I do agree that eric looks really "modern." Perhaps that why they took on this zorro image. I will hold my judgements on this drama until I actually watch it. But regardless, I'll be supporting it for Eric and Go hyesun.

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whoa i didn't recognize eric in the poster! lolz
i thought it was the guy from the vineyard man
uh.. i think his name is oh man-suk
haha and i didn't even watch that drama. xP
i think it's the eyes.
perhaps i will watch this, but i'm more interested in the lee dong-gun drama! (when night comes)
i tend to doze off when watching sa-geuk dramas.. =_=

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I just don't find Eric attractive at all. However, I think he can act very well.

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bwahaha at the very least Eric has got the "bedroom eyes" look down pat. He doesn't strike me as well-suited for a saguek drama but who knows. He's a decent actor and if this is a fusion saguek then his modern flair may make the drama more "fusion" and less sageuk, hopefully making it a little different from what we've seen thus far. At the very least his presence alone will make Chil Woo more "accessible" to a wider (and younger) audience.

Eric looks infinitely better with shorter hair (and I usually prefer longer hair on guys too). Even the traditional little bun in the screencaps looks better on him than his scraggly "Jesus" style hair.

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It's funny when all the actresses get mad or pissed off in a drama, they all have on the exact expression (like the one she's sporting up there) or whenever they say "AIIIISHHH" or something like that.

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i love this song it rocks! Thank you java beans

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I don't know about you guys, but as soon as someone subs this drama, I'm on. I love him in Phoenix, and went crazy on him with QSS. This is a different side of him I would not dare miss!! :)

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"jesus hair" haahahah!!!
he does look strange on the poster, i didn't recognize him...and i thought you were just kidding about the black mask...but he really wears one x_x
there's just something weird with the hair...i'd like to see it in the drama though, maybe he pulls it off quite nicely, after all, he's eric... ;p

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hmmm....a pleasant surprise here.

I thought I would cringe more at pictures of Eric in his outfits...but this is definitely not bad at all.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm96/javabeans122/drama/other/chilwoo_44.jpg
Now I am curious what this last cap is about......why is Chilwoo looking back in sadness?

Keeping expectations at minimum...

I hope that there will be a group that is willing to sub this series. Pity that this isn't picked up.

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:_( I was extremely disappointed when I saw Chil woo's other side. I hate that Zorro look. It's hideous.

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another historical drama for me to check out all cuz of eric..(first was iljimae)

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