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Thirst’s preview attracts A-list VIPs

Whoaaa. Check out this new still from the vampire film Thirst [박쥐], which recently confirmed that it will be screening at Cannes International Film Festival later this year.

The much-buzzed-about film held its press conference and VIP preview screening on the afternoon of April 24 in Seoul. Given the movie’s high profile (and its director and lead actor), the screening attracted some big names, such as Lee Byung-heon, Jeon Do-yeon, Won Bin, Rain, and Song Hye-gyo.

Lead actor Song Kang-ho, playing the vampire priest who falls for his friend’s wife (Kim Ok-bin), discussed some of the film’s more provocative scenes, one of which serves as the crucial point of the film. He had discussed the scene in some depth with director Park Chan-wook and had no qualms shooting it, as he agreed that it was essential to the story.

Park Chan-wook said, “I watched the film as just an audience member, and the acting in that scene really came off naturally. Perhaps it was the camera location or the size of the screen, or the composition, but rather than trying to be deliberate, it felt like showing something that couldn’t be hidden. I think the audience may feel that nuance too.”

Song Kang-ho has previously worked with Park, for 2000’s Joint Security Area as well as Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and its follow-up, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

Meanwhile, this project marks a jump in visibility for its female star, Kim Ok-bin, who was one of those early internet uljjangs who parlayed her online fame into an entertainment career (other uljjangs: Gu Hye-sun, Kim Hye-sung, Park Han-byul, Nam Sang-mi). She’s since gone from television dramas (Over the Rainbow, Hello God) to a budding film career (Dasepo Naughty Girls, Disturbance in Her Barroom), and said of this experience, “Working with Song Kang-ho was an incredible honor.”

Fellow co-star Shin Ha-kyun (who plays Kim’s husband), also had similar feelings about working with the respected Song: “It was a huge shock to be told I would be playing a friend to Song Kang-ho sunbae.” He recalls being present when director Park Chan-wook initially spoke about this project ten years ago with Song Kang-ho — Shin also acted in Park’s Joint Security Area — but says, “At that time, I could never have imagined I would be involved in this project too.”

Thirst releases on April 30.





 

As for the VIPs at the preview…

Song Hye-gyo (The World They Live In) sits a couple of seats over from her former co-star Won Bin (Mother):


 
Lee Byung-heon comes to support Song, his co-star from The Good, The Bad, The Weird:

 
“World star” Rain (Ninja Assassin) looks rather bored:

 
Kim Hye-soo (Tazza), Kim Min-sun (Portrait of a Beauty):

 
Jeon Do-yeon (Song Kang-ho’s Secret Sunshine co-star), Lee Jia (Beethoven Virus), Lee Yoon-ji (Pure 19):

Via Hankook Ilbo, Mk.co.kr

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"Lee Byung-heon, Jeon Do-yeon, Won Bin, Rain, and Song Hye-gyo."

Talk about awkward LOL. Did Won Bin and Rain beat up Lee Byung-heon? :D

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ZOMG, could Rain be any more gangsta? He is seriously like the most interesting/amusing person in the industry - caught Speed Racer the other day and just had to LOL no matter what he was saying or doing because ZOMG, Rain.

Wonbin is so insanely gorgeous; SO looking forward to Mother. And then do a drama, please.

Song Hye Kyo has become tres shiny.

And the important thing, the movie - the stills from this thing are honestly brilliant.

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Oh heeeeeeeyyyyyyyy now. Okay, I'll bite. I'm intrigued. That still looks pretty cool.

As for our celebrity guests: Ahahaha, Rain. He's a special kid, that one. And I'm so glad to see Won Bin popping up more and more often. I've always liked him, and I missed seeing his adorable little face. <3

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Brilliant director with an equally stellar cast (Kim OkBin's performance actually looks very promising from the new trailer).
This is going to be one amazing movie, can't wait!

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Can't wait to watch this film! Everything's about vampires these days - Twilight, True Blood and now Thirst... hope this film slays the others (pun intended :P)

As for the VIP guests, did they leave their make-up kit at home or something? Everyone looks so washed out and tired. The only one looking fab is Kim Min-sun... gorgeous hair and face!

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im excited about the movie but more thrilled about seeing won bin.... that's one hot dude

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I'm so dying to see this film but well, i will have to wait until the release of the dvd, so sad >_<
Anyway, every Song Hye Kyo guys are there ahahah xD Her "first guy" Won Bin, her second (and real) boyfriend Lee Byung Hun and Rain, her "supposed former-boyfriend-which-must-have-been-pure-imagination" ahaha... So funny, I wonder if she spoke to Lee Byung Hun or Rain, maybe it would have been a tense athmosphere hehe...
Anyway, Thirst seems so good, can't wait to watch it *_*

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i think this movie will be great! i'll definitely watch...

and Won Bin looks hot!!!

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Yum, I forgot how gorgeous Lee Byung-heon is. Thanks for reminding me!

I enjoy Park Chan Wook's films for many reasons, but one of them is because he doesn't gloss over sex. For some reason, I find that in many Korean movies or dramas, sex is JUST NOT TALKED ABOUT.

It happens people. And, believe me, I've seen my share of movies with pointless sex scenes, but if sex is a plot point, I don't understand why it shouldn't be shown.

Anyways, I think I might rewatch A Bittersweeet Life tonight, just for Lee Byung-heon. I keep forgetting how attractive he is.

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Honestly, Rain kind of annoys me. I don't know, he rubs me the wrong way (and I don't even mean that in a perverted way!).

I saw him in A Love To Kill (my favorite drama) and didn't know about his being a popstar (that's how far removed I was from Korean entertainment!). But now that I read blogs and see him as a performer and not as an actor in that series. . .well, I'm not really impressed with what I see. He just seems so cocky to me.

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"So funny, I wonder if she spoke to Lee Byung Hun or Rain, maybe it would have been a tense athmosphere hehe…"

Bi and Kyo actually dated?!? I thought they were just good friends. LBH + SHK = really awkward. He was her idol at the time, and it was said that they were close to getting engaged. (Though there are rather strange and disturbing rumors about SHK not wanting to do certain things with LBH . . . )

"For some reason, I find that in many Korean movies or dramas, sex is JUST NOT TALKED ABOUT. "

Uhh actually sex in South Korean movies can be rather graphic.

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@ 11 Belleza

--Uhh actually sex in South Korean movies can be rather graphic.--

Really? Then maybe I'm just not watching the right ones!

I have seen some sexually graphic Korean movies but they were marketed as Mature +18, which made me think they were marketed solely for the reason that there was sex in the movie, unlike the states, where a lot of movies are rated R (not all may contain sex) and it's not marketed for the sex IN the movie but for the movie (except for those raunchy college movies). (That probably made no sense. It made sense in my head).

But yeah, most k-movies I've seen have at most, a nice kiss and long hug. I don't even want to generalize. I think the only one I remember seeing that showed sexually implicit scenes were 3 (and I'm trying to remember their names right now!), The Intimate (?), Sweet Sex And Love, Oldboy and this other one. . .gosh, I think it was called A Love or About Love (about these two couples that switched partners or cheated with each other).

But like I said, I could just be watching the wrong ones!

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--LBH + SHK = really awkward. He was her idol at the time, and it was said that they were close to getting engaged. (Though there are rather strange and disturbing rumors about SHK not wanting to do certain things with LBH . . . )--

Oh man. I love K-Ent gossip because I never hear it. They don't seem to have the crazy media that we have here (Angie's pregnant again! Jennifer is lonely! Lindsay's coked up!).

Song Hye Kyo's was a lucky woman. Lee Byung Hee seems like a great catch (speaks 3 different languages AND a good actor AND good looking? Perfect!).

Also, kind of reminds me of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. She actually MARRIED and had a kid with her idol. Weird. She had that interview in Seventeen magazine when she was younger where she said 'Tom Cruise is the man I want to marry'. And it happened. Hmmm.

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@Belleza

No, they didn't but well, they were so many rumors and on the top of that, Bi has been soooo eloquent sometimes (remember the famous "i wanna get married soon and have a daughter as pretty as SHK"...) that I thought it could be quite tense.

On the top of that, it's really amusing to see that three of her former screen opponent are at the preview... Even though it is not the main point here :P

Oh, i didn't know about those strange rumors, so disturbing for SHK, it must have been quite awkward in fact ^^""

Anyway, I agree, Park Chan Wook knows how to put some harsh scene with class and on the top of that, it becomes marvelous, like poetry ...

Actually, I think Open City had a pretty good sex scene, My Wife Got Married too, and it was so funny, Addicted with Lee Byung Hun too, it was great!

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"Really? Then maybe I’m just not watching the right ones! "

Ask Kobe, he's probably seen em all. :D Korean guys love to get nekkid in movies. It's all about da butt yo. :D

Sex in South Korean films (which isn't a lot, but surprisingly strong) tend to be more matter-of-fact. More French than Hollywood. It's also incredibly risky for actresses. Kim Hye Soo and Jeon Do-yeon disrobs all the time, but nudity destroyed Kim Eun Joo.

"I love K-Ent gossip because I never hear it. They don’t seem to have the crazy media that we have here "

Oh it's pretty crazy over there. Hong Kong is the worst though.

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oh well. This isn't age appropriate for me so I dont think I'll watching it (though I want to know what happens but yeah. A bit too much in the scenes *sigh*)

But I hope it becomes a success at Cannes.

This was a bit weird for me to see Song in that scene since I just watched The Good, The Bad, and the Weird the day before yesterday so I still have this goofy image of him still XD

It was interesting seeing all the people that came too :O

For each picture, I made a caption with each actor/actress XD

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Was literally talking to someone about Thirst an hour ago, and then I see this. I don't know if I'll be able to handle it (I'm a true coward when it comes to thriller/horror movie - ask my sister. After I watched Candy Man as a kid, I didn't look into a mirror for 6 months....) but I'm looking forward to it!

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It looks like a reunion for Song Hye Kyo with her male partners both onscreen and offscreen..hahaha. Won Bin, Rain, and LBH.

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i couldn't pass this chance! omg! Won Bin is still adorable, he doesn't age!
yes, talk about awkward, but still jealous of SHK coz she's surrounded with hot guys! lol ^^

so happy to know that Thirst and Mother are both going to be in Cannes. So we will see more of Won Bin. *sighs*

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@ #12
Oh yeah..I find a lot of korean movies have graphic sexual content even more graphic than american movies. After watching so many korean dramas, I was shocked when I first watched korean movies as to how sexual or promiscuous they make the women/men to look like. In Korean drama, you used to not see a lot of kissing scenes (although it's changing) but in korean movies, many of them are about sex only.

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#12 - watch Women is The Future Man - another Yoo Ji Tae's movie has many sex scenes and nudity

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Awkwaaard.
Since Song Hye-Kyo and Lee Byung-Hun have a romantic history together.

I'm excited for this film too!

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actually, i u guys see some of the other pics floating, LBH is just sitting behind SHK...awkward much?! ahah and they said Bi is sitting on the same row as hye kyo. and there's wonbin... that guy in between them needs to move out argh!

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I’m from other part of the globe and I just woke up. What a day to start javabeans ha ha ha well it’s my fault I’m kindda addicted to your blogs. I have the same reaction with their first released poster and can’t wait to see the film. But why Rain kindda bored or mysterious look at me style?

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Morning All!

This movie looks good, really interesting.....and i'd watch just to see if it does "slay" twilight....hehehe! I'll put it on my list........

I'm of two minds about Rain. I loved "A Love to Kill" and "Full house" though not as much. There are times when i really dig Rain and other times when he's just annoying...who knows....i find him sooo cute though!

Won Bin is cute! LBH????....not sure, don't know nuffin bout him as yet.

Interesting convo bout sex in korean movies though....hmmmm...

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I can't wait to see this movie! My boyfriend's interested to watch it too.

Ohh lala...look at Won Bin's adorable face (2nd row - left). If I were that guy he was talking to, I would've stolen a kiss. :D

The first time I've known about Lee Byung-heon was when I was in Tokyo a couple of years ago. There was a huge crowd of middle-aged women by the Harajuku station, when I checked to see, they were hovering around a vendor selling Lee Byung-heon merchandise. The ahjummas were fangirling! They were so cute to watch, I didn't even pay attention to the goth-lolis.

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OMG what a visual fest, and that's just the VIP audience! Won Bin AND Lee Byung-heon. Supernova! Love them as they are 'manly men'. Have gone a bit off Rain ...probably due to his attempts and 'success' as a ahem 'World Star'. When you are good at something, surely there isno need to go 'world' as the world comes/wants to see YOU aka Won Bin, Lee Byung-heon.

Oh the movie does look interesting too! :P

Re: @13 'Song Hye Kyo’s was a lucky woman. Lee Byung Hee seems like a great catch (speaks 3 different languages AND a good actor AND good looking? Perfect!).
Totally agree with you there!
But.....
'Also, kind of reminds me of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise'
No offence @13 but to mention Cruise (even indirectly) in the any way to Lee Byung-heon is criminal! LOL TC is well TC.....LBH is sooooo much better.

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kim ok bin looks hecka OLD now! O.o

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i don't get it, they still have to wear sunglasses in the room? Come on, It's a VIP preview!

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not gonna lie, when I clicked on this post I was hoping to see SHK sitting next to Bi. Those two are like my Korean Drama OTP, ever since Full House I've had the biggest hopes of seeing those two together.

I know Bi is getting to be a little much with his aspirations, but I actually haven't heard that much news about him recently, so I don't mind. I do hope he realizes he needs to slow down a couple notches, otherwise I still love him.

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woah...big name!!

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Whoa... i never knew SHK dating LBH... really... (headdesk!!)
looking forward to thirst, but seeing that it would premiere 30th of April, so it would be june or july (or maybe august) to be distributed in my country :(

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"Also, kind of reminds me of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. She actually MARRIED and had a kid with her idol."

If you watch David Letterman clips before and after Tom, you'll notice how her personality completely, completely changed. All effects of Scientology.

1) Know how Tom Cruise always seems to be staring? That's a technique taught within Scientology in order to gain mental edge/control over people around you. Katie started doing this. You'll notice the intensity of her stare doesn't match her mouth when she's smiling. And when she's asking questions, it's like she's trying to collect information on a board.

2) If you listen to Tom's anecdotes, you'll notice how it's rich with sensual information, but when he makes assessments about those experiences, it's always "fun", "cool", "blast." Everything is surface, almost mechanically so. That reflects his Scientology training, which partially eliminate the kind of critical introspection that enables you to have reflexive, ironic observations. The introspection, sense of self-awareness and irony, are all gone with Tom, and it's also about gone with Katie. If you listen to most of the Scientologist celebrity converts, most tend to talk like this: all details, but no deep structure, not much personality. This is partially why Scientologists make perfect celeb (and job) interviews. You intellectually believe that they're being personal with you, but they're really telling you nothing at all because there's no emotional content. Everything is like a computer report. You feel no connection.

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indeed the stills are all interesting, but I also avoid horror movies at all cost....sigh.

I caught few Korean movies with graphic sex scenes in the past, and recently saw "Frozen Flowers". My friends - who are younger than me and this is likely their first experience on watching Korean R-rated movies - were little too anxious with it..their first comment was, " did they do it for real ?? "
I just laughed, and "kids, this is a movie..not everything you see in the movie is real, and do you know thing call "angle and effect"? "
but then I rewatched it, and thought...........well I also got curious the reality of the sex scenes in the movies, and how awkward the actors after the shot...:P

I remember got jealous with SHG when she used to date with LBH!! :P
And yes yes, that must be realllyyy awkward for all of them ( Hye Gyo, LBH, Rain and Won Bin ) being in the same room..or maybe they felt happy finally they met each other, and had great chats?

@nileey, because actors look more glamour when wearing shades? or so the reporters couldn't catch them sleeping while watching the movie?

( i agree, Won Bin looks hotter now......because he's getting older? :P I never understand his appeal, when he was younger.. )

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Just to clarify about Bi's "boredom" here. The reason why Bi looked 'bored" is that he just got back in Korea from Brisbane, Australia that night. He arrived at Incheon Airport at around 6pm and then he went straight to the premiere (reached there just before 8pm of which the premiere started. So was very glad he could make it. If you actually see other pictures and videos of Bi that spread around, he is not actually bored, maybe still jet lag.

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i dont think song hye gyo should be awkward to rain and wonbin because she never dated any of them, relationship between them are just business only, nothing personal. I agree that shg must had felt akward in there since her almost-ex-fiance(husband?) was there, but who knows, maybe theyre friends now, and that theyre cool with each other now, its been how many years already, right?

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Full trailer with subs here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG4AV6kLrKY&fmt=18

Like his other work, this looks very satirical (trailer seems like a critique on Korean Confucianism, but that may just be me . . . ) And nutritious.

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Won Bin is becoming more delicious as he age. Why does Rain needs to cover his face? If he doesn't want to be seen then don't attend those kind of gatherings.

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@36 ..

"I agree that shg must had felt akward in there since her almost-ex-fiance(husband?) was there, but who knows, maybe theyre friends now,"

IMO, I don't think both of them felt awkward to meet face to face with each other. They may have restarted their friendship again and might go on beyond that point. Love can't die or won't die if they truly love each other. I feel sorry for both of them.
At the time of break up, there were many side disturbances to add up the flame. LBH was filming with famous CJW at that time. CJW is very good in acting by climbing up and making love scenes under the pretext of making drama, CF or movie likewise in public. That's her signature acting that she claims unperturbed and purely acting, not seducing at all but poor men fell for her by her touches as they have flesh and blood too.( Look at LJW .. he fell head over heels after she entertained him, fooled him, climbed up on him at the beach . Are these just acting?) She is also quick in denying that these are all rumors and she is purely innocent. Well, she is 'an actress' .

Which lover will want to see her man being climbed up by another woman although it is in public that look so real? SSH, KSW, BYJ, LBH, RSW, SHJ, YJT, LJW, (not counting the non actor rumors) , men are poor souls and become slaves when they come to famous actress CJW. SHG and LBH can count that as one point that they broke up in the end. I wish them patch up again.

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Can't wait to see this movie.

Song Kangho is so much love. He's oddly adorable for a man in his 40s x)

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Oh wow, check this out:

http://popseoul.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/bat-0424-1.jpg

Lee Byung Hun was sitting RIGHT BEHIND Song Hye Kyo. O_o (And LBH looks like he's concentrating REAL HARD on the movie. :D ) I hope they are friends, because that is just uncomfortable.

"That’s her signature acting that she claims unperturbed and purely acting, not seducing at all but poor men fell for her by her touches as they have flesh and blood too"

I tease her a lot, but I'm still a fan of Choi Ji Woo. At the least, I don't buy those rumors about her seducing directors in order to further her career. Now, if we're talking about Seo Shin Ae, that's different. I know SHE'S up to no good! ;)

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CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS MOVIE!!

LOL, I am, like, seriously unbelievably excited.

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to # 39

the fact that Song Hye Gyo claimed that jiwoo is one of her good friends, that she sometimes seek advise from her make you remarks pointless becoz how come she regards her as one of her good friends if she seduce her boyfriend then, furthermore, all jiwoo good friends always said that she is a good girl, mummy's girl and etc, I know that all this remarks come from anti jiwoo

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Off topic: sorry JB

Whether who and who are good friends or bad friends, depend on the media how they played and it's all showbiz superficial hugs and muahs. As long as they don't scratch each other's face, anyone can be considered good friends. Would like to see whether SHG will attend if CJW marries LBH. Right now CJW still clings to SHG's former lover but LBH seems very careful to befriend her this time. Pictures don't lie too much unless it is photoshopped. When someone says the truth what it sees on pictures, easily be branded as ANTI so and so. Praise and praise , never ending praise , shut your eyes and mouth for any faulty behavior, then only becomes a true blue fan as if those fans had never criticized any other person.

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I LOVE Rain!!!!!

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won bin is looking good!!

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I can't stop staring at Won Bin's picture.
omygod he's really handsome

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SOOO excited for this movie. Great cast, one of my favorite directors, and will definitely be a better vampire movie than say 'Twilight', LOL.

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I'm just happy to see WonBin and SHG together again

Keepin mind... they're both in the same company "Eden9"

and that's won bin's company meaning he's her boss :)

so I don't think SHG is awkward towards Wonbin at all

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Why is there she wearing two different outfits here?

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