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Lee Jun-hyuk joins City Hall

Sometimes this drama whirl moves so fast it’s a little disorienting. I swear, it feels like SBS’s Cain & Abel just started and now the promo machine is starting up for the drama to follow it, Kim Sun-ah’s comeback vehicle City Hall.

The latest addition to the cast is Lee Jun-hyuk, whom you may have last seen on SBS’s A Star’s Lover (as Choi Ji-woo’s road manager); he also played a tough guy on the widely watched (in Korea) First Wives Club. This time, he takes on the role of assistant to lead actor Cha Seung-won, who is turning to television after a career of mostly film work (Libera Me, My Teacher Mr. Kim, Blood Rain); Cha’s last drama role came in the 2003 KBS drama Bodyguard.

In City Hall, Lee Jun-hyuk is the trusted right-hand man to Cha Seung-won’s ambitious bureaucrat (who’s got an eye on an eventual presidency), while Kim Sun-ah attempts to shed the disappointment of her last drama, MBC’s When Night Comes (or When It’s At Night) as a female mayor. The drama is the debut miniseries project from the production company behind SBS’s morning series Aquarius, Yein Culture, and has recently entered filming.

The more I read about City Hall, the more I have to head-tilt in confusion — its description as “cheerful and refreshing amidst these gloomy economic hard times” feels incongruous with its plotline, imo. It premieres April 29.


Kim Sun-ah, Cha Seung-won

Via Chosun

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The plot sounds soooo boring.

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Seriously, why is every new album or drama that comes out in Korea considered a comeback for its singer or star? She acted in When Night Comes with lee dong-gun last year, didn't she??? Such an overused term, if u ask me.

Anyway, blah is right... this sounds boring. Kim Sun-ah needs to get back to her comedy roots stat!

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My understanding is that City Hall's plot is about a woman struggling to overcome barriers, rivals and her own limitations, and rising from the lowest grade of civil servant to become youngest female city mayor. And Kim Sunah plays a truly uplifting role, pointing to a new future and a new hope for everyone. This sounds really interesting and could end up being great!

In the end, though, what makes any drama special and fun to watch is the chemistry and the simple story lines like love and promises kept or broken. I hope there will be a love story to go along with the main story arc, and a truly special chemistry that will make people want to root for Kim Sunah like they did when she played Sam Soon.

Maybe there won't be cancer, amnesia or a love rectangle, and maybe we won't see a fake relationship that turns into a real love story, and maybe there won't be a Hyun Bin to kick over a bicycle, but hopefully City Hall will be great and will push the envelope in terms of k-dramas.

Go Kim Sunah!

-Samsooki

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@Samsookie:
\o/ What you said. Also? Lol at the reference of Hyun Bin and the bicycle. *g*

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I completely didn't know about Cha Seung-won!

I like KSA, but she wasn't enough to really motivate me to watch the drama (these plotlines- I dont dislike them but they're just okay for me) but with Cha Seung-won, I've been waiting so long for his drama comeback >________________<

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Her role sounds a lot like cha's in Small Town Rivals. hope they cook up some fun chemistry together (although cha said he's hung up the clown suit for now...maybe KSA will be the funny one.)

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At first I thought the title of the post said Lee JONG Hyuk. My reaction was something of a "SQUEEEE........damn."

Anyway, it seems a lot of movie stars are coming back to dramas this year? For Kim Sun Ah's sake, I hope this doesn't become a flop.

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nothing new, the more I read about the drama the more I lose motivation to watch it..

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I totally agree with you Samsooki!

Not only Suna`s drama last yr didn`t had a good rating.

She did a fine job with CH character and she proves that she can be a dramatic actress. But honestly, the plot is not that interesting.

I always wanted to see her in a role very much opposite with KSS, rich, glamorous, fashion setter and bad. There is something about her that I haven`t seen yet.
I hope City Hall will successful. The clips that came out recently with the first filming was hilarious. Time to see more of her hidden talent. I hope Korean fans would love Shi Min Rae as much as they love KSA.
It`s not wise for City hall to broadcast later than CM, I hope the 3 drama on the same time slot will premiere on the same date.

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what happened to Kim sun Ah? she looks like she lost a LOT of weight.
admittedly i last saw her in MNIKSS which was ages ago but still......

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@samsooki and @jastinel :
yeh! very obvious and loyal KSA's fans! me too! I am rooting for her. This story line works for me. It definitely has potentials. Somehow, I get this feeling that the media/specifically the broadcasting media is not revealing too much about the content...don't let your competitors know too much! hehe.

I, too, would like to see sunah break out of her KSS role, just to see her increase her acting profile will be a real treat....hmmm sexy bad..maybe but evil bad?... nah...her face is anything but evil.

Fighting! KSA...aza!

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Last night, TKC did an entertainment special regarding City Hall, and they interviewed Kim Sunah and Cha Seung-won, and they showed clips of Kim Sunah in action.

Kim Sunah is so funny, and Cha Seung Won looked really good. They really seemed to be comfortable sitting next to each other being interviewed.

I hope the writing, directing and producing will be as good as the actors....

-Samsooki

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Why all this negativity towards a project you guys not really know. Actually some last year doramas start with great "plot" expectations and end up in terrible ratings.
This plot looks interesting, obviusly they're not going to tell the entire storyline, come on :P.
And for Kim Sun Ah, I love her total makeover, losing weight, new haircut, new actitude, so she can really play her new role without the shadow of Sam Soon.

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Even though it's late, let me join the wagon of Kim Sun Ah...
Really keeping my fingers crossed for this drama. Being a Kim Sun Ah fan, there is no doubt that I would enjoy this drama no matter what... but of course I want a lot of people to enjoy it too...

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Saw the interview on Youtube. Quite funny..definitely cannot wait for this drama and it is still one month away! Chemistry between KSA and CSW looks promising.
And now, as what Samsookie mentioned, let's hope the plot, screenplay and direction will be first class...like the lead actors.

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i watch n updating each epsd,,, full of funny scene

i get curious with cha seung won,, he's great actor. dont care whether he married n have 2 children,gives him more charm as actor n family man ^_^

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