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Lee Hana added to Triple

And the cast just keeps growing. Lee Hana (Women in the Sun, Merry vs. Daegu Battle) is the latest addition to figure-skating drama Triple, which already has to its name actors Lee Jung-jae, Yoon Kye-sang, Lee Seon-kyun, and Min Hyo-rin.

Her character is a figure-skating coach who was once a top skater herself, having won an Olympic gold medal and been #1 in the world. (More so than Min Hyo-rin’s young skater, Lee Hana’s may be the more Kim Yuna-esque character, projected about a decade into the future — and infused with an aspirational tinge, perhaps.) The character’s personality is described as bright and lovable off the ice, but strict and attentive at work.

I like Lee Hana, but I don’t really have an opinion on this bit of casting. One potential silver lining is that with more attention given to this “older” generation of actors, it’s seeming less and less likely that Min Hyo-rin and the young set will be the focus of the drama, which is reassuring.

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Okay, Triple has officially become a must watch for me. I am a little iffy about Min Hyo Rin and perhaps even Yoon Kye Sang, but I love Lee Hana.

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She'ssssssss the one that hosts "Peppermint" right?
I wasn't sure about how common her name was.
I haven't seen any drama she's been in,
but the cast looks reliable.
Especially Lee Jungjae. C:

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At first I was a bit meh on the whole figure-skating plot, but looking back at the cast, I really look forward to it!

at least the first epi ^^

I can totally see LHN as the role.

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OMG!!! I gotta watch this. She's been growing on me from women in the sun, flowers and rose to my favorite actress list.

Gotta say that the plotline is definitely not my cup of tea, i've been hesitant to watch it but the cast looks good and the producer is coffee prince's PD, i'll probably give this a try.

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My Man and Lee Hana? Why, I think I love this show.

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i will watch anything with lee hana in it

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ooh, how interesting. i like Lee Hana a lot. with all these big names, i'm starting to forget about Min Hyo Rin. she is playing the main character right?

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WTF? I just can't get over the fact that this is a FIGURE SKATING story. Why the hell are all these names in here? LOL.

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wow...what a cast it's going to be =D

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koo! i can imagine her as a past famous skater who's now a coach. i think she'll suit the character well.

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I'm so excited!!! Love the cast, the director.. the only thing I'm not excited about is, I guess, the storyline but let's see how it goes..

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Look, you got me hyper about Triple when you announced Lee Sun Gyun, Yoon Key Sang and Lee Jung Jae were casted. I will watch this no matter what happens. ^_^

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seriously i kinda lost interest right when KJH dropped. too many postponed and changing cast may say something's wrong the the project
on the contrary, im still willing to watch anything with LSG attached

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One more solid reason to watch Triple! XD I love Lee Ha Na!!! And I sure hope you're right, that the focus won't be on the young set...

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"...having won an Olympic gold medal and been #1 in the world."

I like Lee Hana, but that is so laughable. Korea hasn't even had a figure skater, before Kim Yeon Ah, even close to medaling at Worlds or an Olympics. This just adds more ridicule. Did they even do any research for this drama?? If they're going to have a coaching role, they should model it after Shin Hae Sook. Oh, that's right. They don't want to cast old farts.

Again, I'm sorry for being so negative towards this whole project. It just sounds so, so silly and if they're going to touch figure skating, at least make it realistic, otherwise, stop extorting Kim Yeon Ah's popularity and adding more pressure for her to win OGM.

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casting Lee Hana says one thing: this is not going to be a serious drama.
That's my assumption considering her past roles in other dramas. I don't think i've ever seen her take a serious role. It's always been silly, dumb and immature and that's the sort of image she's left me with. So it's harder to see her as a coach, let alone a medal-winner figure skater. It just doesn't fit her image.

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^ Ooh, this a first. Someone who doesn't like Lee Hana.

Me Ri, Dae Gu was a silly, dumb, and immature drama altogether. However, her last drama, Women of the Sun, was serious. She was actually good in it and held her own against a veteran like Kim Ji Soo. Still, her best role yet was in her debut, Alone In Love.

As for Lee Hana the person, I can't see why anyone would dislike her. She's really harmless. She doesn't ask for attention, she's not overrated, and as a host of a music show, she actually has some musical talent as opposed to actresses who want to be an MC of their own show because it's the cool thing to do.

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Ahhhh, I can't wait for this show to come out~ I've never seen Lee Hana in anything, so I can't say I really have an opinion about her, but the rest of the cast is really intriguing. (Plus, my best friend is a nationally-ranked figure skater, so I'm a little biased towards this premise. XD)

I wonder if they're shifting the premise of the show, though, since, like you said, it seems like they're going to be focusing on the older generation..? o.o

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"I’ve never seen Lee Hana in anything, so I can’t say I really have an opinion about her,"

Lee Hana's kinda cross between Lee Na Young and Kim Ha Neul. (Though, after We Got Married, I'm close to nominating Lee Si Young as the new Princess of Weird :D )

Her role in Alone in Love is kinda the prototypical Lee Hana role. Casual, quirky, bohemian, happy. I don't know how the heck she got PDs to cast her in lead/supporting lead roles, but I'm thankful they did.

"I just can’t get over the fact that this is a FIGURE SKATING story. "

True. I'm trying to visualize Hana and My Man as skaters. Unfortunately all I do is visualize My Man. :D

"Me Ri, Dae Gu was a silly, dumb, and immature drama altogether. "

I've liked every K-drama I've every watched. Except Mae Ri. I couldn't go on with that show. It's literally the only show in all of K-drama that I couldn't stand. So it surprised me how mad I was for Women in the Sun, which was from the same writer.

I liked her in When Spring Comes ; her rapport with her Alone in Love padre Kim Gab Soo was genuine.

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@#15 ndegeocello: But you see, in the world of drama, anything is possible ^^

If we only stuck to realistic stuff, no imagination.... it'd be a pretty boring world XD
(especially since one of my favorite dramas is Zettai Kareshi, and we all clearly know that perfect human looking androids who are created to become boyfriends etc etc obviously do not exist. But hey, its a drama ^^ Or you can just think Goong, where that whole monarchy stuff doesnt exist like it does today, but do to imagination and etc, we got Goong~)

Even if Korea never had a figure skater win a gold metal etc etc, thats where the "what if" stuff comes in, and we can start imagining: "what if" Korea had a #1 figure skater who won a gold metal who later became a coach, aka Lee Hana ^^

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can't wait to watch it now. i really like lee hana.

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"Even if Korea never had a figure skater win a gold metal etc etc, thats where the “what if” stuff comes in, and we can start imagining"

The pressure on Kim Yuna is kinda crazy. She's going to be one of the favorites (arguably the favorite) to win the gold next year, especially since us Americans haven't yet produced a new breakout hopeful. If she doesn't medal, the backlash from the antis will be vicious.

FWIW, I still think her artistry needs work (her lines aren't great, and she's kinda like a melodrama queen out there with the emoting <-- I do recognize some judges have scored her high for this) and her rotations aren't as clean and tight as some other of the elites. But she's like a rocket with her 3-3s, and her toe/edgework are ballet-like.

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after Kang Ji Hwan dropped out i thought i wouldn't watch this, but Lee Ha Na's addition has changed my mind. i wish she were the lead girl, but i'll give this drama a chance now.

i really liked her in Alone In Love & Meri Daegu, Meri Daegu was written by the same person that wrote Women In The Sun, so you've got the silly drama & the serious drama. i like silly dramas best.

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Re: Biscuit

The thing is, a figure skating drama is sort of unnecessary when Korea is already watching a drama-filled, real life figure skating story unravel right in front of them. My beef with Triple is they're obviously banking in on Kim Yeon Ah and her success. Triple could be the same story, with the same characters, but with a different sport as a backdrop. They could have the same actors with the same setup, except they're swimmers. Or golfers. Or synchronized runners. Why does it have to be about figure skating?

Re: belleza
"If she doesn’t medal, the backlash from the antis will be vicious."
Are you saying Kim Yeon Ah has antis, or will have antis if she doesn't win? Or are you talking about Koreans who will be vicious towards whoever does win? Because I don't believe Kim Yeon Ah has antis, nor do I believe she would gain any if she doesn't win. There would probably be a nationwide breath of disappointment, but they wouldn't ever hate her if she doesn't win gold.

"FWIW, I still think her artistry needs work (her lines aren’t great, and she’s kinda like a melodrama queen out there with the emoting "
I agree about her lines. That could use some work, but melodrama queen? I think she emotes the most perfectly of all the current ladies in the world. Her two programs this year are considered the best of the season by many figure skating fans. She brings fierceness and intensity in Danse Macabre and in the Long, she's exquisite when she embodies Scheherazade.

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^ Whoops! That Anonymous would be me, ndegeocello.

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"Are you saying Kim Yeon Ah has antis, or will have antis if she doesn’t win? Or are you talking about Koreans who will be vicious towards whoever does win?"

I'm more talking about medalling in general. If Yuna doesn't medal at all (ya never know, given that a fall can happen anytime)

Right now, I would put Yuna slightly ahead of Mao and Rochette (though she'll have the national crowd behind her ) as the favorite to win Gold. (Though I say that without really understanding how the @$#%@#% new scoring system works.) Mao has more jumps, even better toework, and to me better lines, but she's also incredibly inconsistent and, like 2002 champion Shizuka, doesn't really emote to the audience. That'll hurt her BIG against a North American audience.

"Her two programs this year are considered the best of the season by many figure skating fans."

Depends on whom you speak with. Yun-a is the most "expressive" of the elites in the sense that she uses her whole body, makes big faces, and uses very balletic edge work . . . But a lot of skating fans (myself included) think it's excessively melodramatic and it sometimes makes her technique a little sloppy and her so-so transitions between jumps. Her poses can be gangly against Mao's truly balletic bearing. Yes, she's gotten awesome scores in the new system . . . but it's the new system, and both choreographers and skaters are trying to figure out how to best work the score. A lot of people think the scores are high too.

It's still a year away, though, before we get the summit of the Mao vs.Yuna rivalry. However, I feel that going into next year's Winter Olympics, she'll be the favorite for the gold. Also, because she's practiced in Canada for a few years, she'll also be a favorite for the Hongcouvah crowd. Of course I say that presuming that Mao doesn't improve further or start, you know, smiling. The problem for her programs. It's dull and nothing like the aformentioned Scherzanade program that David Wilson cooked up for Yuna.

I actually thought about going to the World Figure Skating Championships to watch Yuna, Mao, Kostner, and Rochette do their thing. The true star is Yuna though; whatever I think about her technique or artistry, she has the strongest rapport with the crowd since Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen.

Yuna vs. Mao, Korea vs. Japan, Fire vs. Ice. And please world of skate, please no more Carmen or Bolero, mm kay? ;)

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“I’m more talking about medalling in general. If Yuna doesn’t medal at all (ya never know, given that a fall can happen anytime)”

One, I think it would have to take two disastrous skates for Yuna (or Mao) to not land on the podium. Gold, silver, or bronze, both ladies will be on that Olympic podium barring some extraordinary mistakes from them. And two, we’ve already seen Yuna lose (or win silver) at GPF in Korea and there wasn’t the slightest sign of antis against her. I’d say her popularity actually grew even more after GPF. I remember in the entire month of December, there wasn’t one Korean site I went on without reading some kind of news about Kim Yeon Ah. Her CFs since GPF have been some of the most popular advertisements and the K-entertainment news even said Kim Yeon Ah surpassed "CF Queens" like Kim Tae Hee and Lee Hyo Ri. She also topped Forbes Korea's list of Korea Power Celebrities last month. So even with a loss at the Olympics, I think it’s going overboard to say she would gain antis. With all of her achievements in figure skating so far, she could stop skating today and always be a legendary athlete to Koreans.

“Right now, I would put Yuna slightly ahead of Mao and Rochette (though she’ll have the national crowd behind her ) as the favorite to win Gold. (Though I say that without really understanding how the @$#%@#% new scoring system works.) Mao has more jumps, even better toework, and to me better lines, but she’s also incredibly inconsistent and, like 2002 champion Shizuka, doesn’t really emote to the audience. That’ll hurt her BIG against a North American audience.”

Mao may have more individual jumps, but she hasn’t had a ratified 3-3 all season long. The old thought used to be Yuna had the advantage in the PCS and Mao won in TES (artistry vs technical elements). However, that’s an oversimplified view. Mao has the triple axel so it’s automatically assumed she beats Yuna on jumps alone, but even though Yuna’s base value is lower than Mao’s, she gets huge scores through GOEs. The quality of Yuna’s jumps are among the best of the field. Even Tracy Wilson, the CBC commentator, exclaimed Yuna jumps like a man! (as a compliment to Yuna) And even though Mao doesn’t appear to emote to the audience as well, her PCS scores are on par with Yuna’s because Mao has excellent skating skills and transitions. Although, I’m disappointed with Mao’s LP this year. It’s repetitive and lacks any choreography at all.

“Depends on whom you speak with. Yun-a is the most “expressive” of the elites in the sense that she uses her whole body, makes big faces, and uses very balletic edge work . . . But a lot of skating fans (myself included) think it’s excessively melodramatic and it sometimes makes her technique a little sloppy and her so-so transitions between jumps. Her poses can be gangly against Mao’s truly balletic bearing.”

I’ve been an avid figure skating fan long before Kim Yeon Ah came along. In fact, it was Midori Ito who got me interested. Anyways, I go on figure skating forums like GS and FSU so I think I have a good sense of popular ideas and the impression I get is Yuna’s SP and LP are both considered favorites this season by many FS fans in general, not just the Korean fans. Of course, not everyone agrees, but the more popular feeling, IMO, is favorable to these programs instead of against them. As I previously pointed out my disappointment of Mao’s LP, I think TAT has severely underserved her for creating such a jump-packed, yet choreography-less program for her.

“Yes, she’s gotten awesome scores in the new system . . . but it’s the new system, and both choreographers and skaters are trying to figure out how to best work the score. A lot of people think the scores are high too.”

I’ve been following along all season long and haven’t seen a lot of people complaining about unfair, high scores for Yuna. When she reset the world record at 4CC, there weren’t any FS fans saying the score was too high. When I think of a time when, “a lot of people think the scores are high,” I think of Carolina Kostner at Worlds last year. Now that was truly a time when a lot (and I mean a lot) of people thought her scores were too high.

“It’s still a year away, though, before we get the summit of the Mao vs.Yuna rivalry. However, I feel that going into next year’s Winter Olympics, she’ll be the favorite for the gold. Also, because she’s practiced in Canada for a few years, she’ll also be a favorite for the Hongcouvah crowd. Of course I say that presuming that Mao doesn’t improve further or start, you know, smiling. The problem for her programs. It’s dull and nothing like the aformentioned Scherzanade program that David Wilson cooked up for Yuna. “

Mao’s an exceptional skater and competitor. She wouldn’t give up without a fight. I give Mao a little benefit of the doubt this season because she’s still adjusting to a new coach, who BTW, wasn’t even with her at 4CC! Yuna has always been the kind of reliable one whereas Mao was a little more unpredictable. Who can forget her LP at Worlds when she scarily slipped on her first jump, but then skated perfectly the rest of the program? So I would never count Mao out or even try to pick one skater having an advantage over the other.

“Yuna vs. Mao, Korea vs. Japan, Fire vs. Ice. And please world of skate, please no more Carmen or Bolero, mm kay?”

Cosign on the Carmen and Bolero!

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I apologize to dramabeans for the tangent. Back to Kdramas...

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i love lee hana!!! her quirky character in Alone in love was simply the best. wow, the cast is filled with some of my favorite actors. plus, the pd is adorable and talented. this drama has everything to make it awesome. with the kim yuna craze (who is amazingly expressive and talented, by the way), this drama will definitely garner interest for solely its subject matter.

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Just wondering whether Nam Gyu Ri is still going to be in this because her name is listed in the cast at dramawiki but I have not seen her mentioned here at dramabeans. Her inclusion would make this series a MUST WATCH for me :)

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I'm excited for Triple ~!
Hope it's fabulous (:

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"I’ve liked every K-drama I’ve every watched. Except Mae Ri. I couldn’t go on with that show. It’s literally the only show in all of K-drama that I couldn’t stand."

I felt that way for the first few episodes but I eventually got drawn to it :)

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Wow the cast of Triple just gets better and better.
I'm just worried about Min Hyo Rin. Will her lack of acting experience be lifted by al the other veteran actors? Or will she bring the drama down?
Having said that I wish Triple all the best.

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omg, you guys all love her?
i can't stand her.
but maybe i need to educate myself and re-watch her dramas, but seriously, i can't stand her.

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