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Kim Bum turns tough guy for new drama

New project!

Kim Bum‘s had pretty good luck with projects — Unstoppable High Kick, East of Eden, Boys Before Flowers — and we’ll see if he can keep the streak going with his new drama. He’s just announced his next role, in the SBS Monday-Tuesday drama Dream [드림], which also stars Joo Jin-mo (200 Pound Beauty) and pop singer Sohn Dam-bi.

In Dream, Kim Bum will shed his pretty-boy image for a tough guy who spent time in a juvenile correctional facility and now practices mixed martial arts. Because the role calls for lots of skin-baring scenes (topless fighting Kim Bum?!?), he’s busy working out to get into top shape. The drama tells the story of the young man’s journey alongside a sports agent (Joo Jin-mo) as both struggle to overcome hardship and succeed. Sohn Dam-bi plays the daughter of a martial arts director.

Honestly, I have no idea if this drama will be good. Joo Jin-mo is sexy, yes, but Sohn Dam-bi is a pop singer with no proven acting skills. (Not saying she can’t have ’em, just saying I’m not convinced.) But I’m definitely going to be looking forward to Kim Bum demonstrating some good acting, because I think Boys Before Flowers was a horrible example of what he’s capable of (for which I blame the director).

I find a little hope in its production team: Dream will be written by Jung Hyung-soo (Jumong, Damo) and directed by Baek Soo-chan (Tazza, Golden Bride). The drama will air in September.

Via Hankook Ilbo

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Hmm..... I'm not too sure about Kim Bum playing a tough guy. His face is just too sweet, but let's wait and see.

He's the only F4 who didn't have a topless scene, right ? I thought it's because he's still underaged (is he ?). ^___^

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Hmm this seems like weird casting to me. I just can't see cute and boyish Kim Bum doing martial arts alongside sexy-hot Joo Jin Mo. And then one(?) of them falls in love with the "female Rain"? I can't imagine these 3 acting together.

Also, topless Kim Bum? I don't think he's ready for that yet!

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Kim Bum did a pretty good tough guy in East of Eden (who also spent some time in juvie), so I actually don't think this is SO much of a stretch......

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ooo..topless kim bum?! i will soo be tuning into this drama just for that..i cross my fingers that it'll be good..i personally did not like how to meet a perfect neighbour and left it midway, but let's hope this will have a better direction

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Looking forward to this drama...
I should watch East of Eden to get a sense of a tough Kim Bum..

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His face is both a blessing and a curse (at least to me). It's just too baby cute. He'll never be more than a little kid brother/boy next door no matter what role he plays. His So Yi Jung role actually gives me goosebumps (not in a good way) every time he tries to act slick. I also find it hilarious.

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i don't really find the story interesting. and the cast, well, i only like kim bum and i don't think i can go through the whole drama if he's the only thing i like about it.

i hope javabeans recaps this drama,

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Oh jeebus. The storyline is a little questionable, but hey, if it has topless Kim Bum in it, I'm sure it's still worth peeking at? Maybe?

His East of Eden was one of the best performances I have seen that child carry out. And it definitely outshone some, um, talent-lacking people. *COUGH* This child is so very talented. I hope this doesn't turn out to be a flop, but I'm betting it probably will be.

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He didn't convince me as the playboy in BOF and I don't think he's going to convince me as a bad boy. He is too wholesome looking. Maybe in two years.
I would watch this for JJM. I have been watching bits of Queen of the Game and the two leads are fantastic. Made me realize how I much I enjoy cheesy corny dramas as long as the two leads have great chemistry. That was my problem with BOF. I didn't mind the flaws ...LMH and GHS just didn't look good together. GHS comes across as a nice smart person in real life. If only the director had let her be that instead of making her act cutesy and dressing her like a tween. As you can see I am still bitter about BOF. LOL.

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Why out for people would they cast Son Dambi? Ughh...I'll probably watch this just for the male actors. Seriously, I hope Son Dambi isn't the lead.

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Son Dam-bi? I have no problems looking at pretty pictures of her but to see her acting is going to be one big trip.

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Baek Soo-chan was the lead character in How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor,
the director was Jo Nam Kook.

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^ Thanks for the clarification! I mixed up the actor Baek Soo-chan with the director Baek, it seems.

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My pleasure... I worked on subbing PN so I spent a lot of time with that show :D

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Although he had a smal role, Kim Bum actually portrayed a tough guy in East Of Eden. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Kim Bum. He has so much potential and personally I think that the role of So Yi Jung didn't give him much opportunies to show his talent.

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Excited for both male leads but Son Dambi? She is so "one note". She is very pretty to look at but I couldn't stand her in we got married. she was just VERY VERY BORING and ONE NOTE. I think I will have to pass on this one EVEN IF Kim Bum is in it.

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i'm just looking forward to a half-naked cut Kim Bum!

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Kim Bum showed excellent acting in East of Eden! It's also a tough guy role. This is a good follow up after his ho humm pretty boy role in BOF! hopefully, the role will showcase his acting range!

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Kim Bum is officially a HOTTIE now..but the real reason for my missing heartbeat is Joo JinMo.. *faints*

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I'm watching this, just for Kim Bum... because I like him, I hope it'll be a good drama.

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looking forward to this! well honestly, looking forward to see kim bum in action :p
plus his shirtless body!!! *squeels* fufufufu~!

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completely irrelevant comment but i've SOOO been to that cafe that he's at in that picture! LOL. it's in Insadong... i took a picture next to that clock too!! HAHAH.

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^ errr.. i meant samchungdong.

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Interesting cast ^^;;;;

I'm not much fond of any of the cast *particularily SDB -.-* but I'll be sure to give it a try ^^

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Yeah, Kim Bum did a simply fantastic job in East of Eden! He can totally pull this off :D Wow, I'm looking forward to this drama. I actually tried to check out Dream (because it's a possible future project of WITHS2 XD) and wasn't able to find much information apart from the fact that Joo Jin-mo had been casted... so I assumed that he was the male lead. But now it seem that Kim Bum will be more of the male lead than Joo Jin-mo? Sounds like the story will be centered on Kim Bum's character~ Anyway, I'm skeptical about newbie Son Dam-bi... I hope she'll be able to pull off a decent performance and not suck too much acting-wise.

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mamamia Joo Jin Mo and Kim Bum together!!!!!!! HOTNESS overload O_O;;
ok seriously I'm so looking forward to that ^_^ Kim Bum was great in the 1st episodes of East Of Eden as Dong Chul (he made me cry several times, when other adult actors/actresses couldn't, even after bawling their eyes out <_< ). And Joo Jin Mo *faints* loved him in 200 pound beauty and A Frozen Flower *double faints*
not sure about the lead actress though, never heard of her so I don't really know what to think!

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I'm not quite sold on the premise of the drama, but Joo Jin-mo and Kim Bum are both good actors (I don't have a clue about Sohn Dam-bi. Didn't even know who she was till JB mentioned her). Here's to hoping the drama is not a total letdown.

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omg!!! Joo Jin Mo and Kim Bum??? really ....it's a 'Dream' come true!!! lol..

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Joo Jin Mo.... .seem to recall him in a certain movie that Sere perhaps didn't like as much as I did... :)

Kim Bum.... looks like a little baby compared to Joo Jin Mo.... Now Joo Jin mo is considered a total ahjussi. JJM is still young! Why put him next to a baby to make him feel old???

aurggh.... I'm beginning to feel the beginning stages of early onset premature mid-life crisis depression and/or jealousy against young people syndrome (also known as EOPMMLCDA/OJAYPS).... must fight the urge to buy a 911 convertible....

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I'm really looking forward to Bummie's next project where he could prove that he's really more than just the pretty face and charm. Along with Lee Min Ho, I'm sure this guy would go a long way.

As for the rest of the cast, Joo Jin-Mo is indeed sexy and a great actor as well. Not really hot about Sohn Dam-bi though.

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I'M WATCHING! I'M WATCHING! I'M DEFINITELY WATCHING THIS!
Well, not so much for the sake of seeing a half-nekkid 20-year-old (somehow, those kinds of things turn me off) but more for the sake of seeing KimBum do some real acting again!
But this drama isn't much of a stretch, is it? I mean... he was already in a correctional facility and struggling and blah blah blah in East of Eden. Hope he doesn't disappoint me! I bet he wouldn't.

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I wonder if KimBum will do pottery again in this drama..and he should do it naked too..how interesting!. I've seen so much of Joo JinMo already..LOL..!

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@Samsooki

LOL That convo is unforgettable ;) BTW, I totally loved him in A Frozen Flower. Fantastic performance in that one.

pssst, ahjussis are hot! *g*

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I don't know if i will watch this drama..Another boxing story i guess?! I think i've had enough when i watched A Love to Kill, Snow Queen..Here there comes again..Oh nooo..My Kim Bum, it'd be better if you choose another great role..You can try some roles like Lee Jun Ki (Time Between Dog and Wolf) or even Joo Ji Hoon (Mawang)..It takes all your dedication to acting i guess..

Topless Kim Bum?! Hmm, honestly, i don't like watching men showing their body (even it's just for the acting)..To me, a great acting can be seen through her/his expression when somebody is really into her/his role..
I thought, his acting was great in East of Eden and i'd like to see him acting like that once again-and please no topless Kim Bumaaa~~~..I don't wanna see my little dongsaeng gets mature so fast through that kind of role..

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Oh God...Son Dambi?!? I think Kim Bum is terrific...in fact, I think he was the best actor in BOF, which, if you ask me, is not saying too much. But, I DID like him in EOE and I thought he was very promising. HOWEVER, what is up with casting SINGERS with no proven acting abilities? Has Korea REALLY run out of great young actors/actresses that we have to stoop this low? YIKES...Joo Jin Mo and Kim Bum IS a dream casting but SON DAMBI?!? I'm not that convinced about her skills as a SINGER, much less an ACTRESS. I'm so bummed now...I think the Korean entertainment governing agencies should mandate that all aspiring actors/actresses who are currently models, singers, et. al, should be REQUIRED to take acting classes for a year AND do internships as understudies in live theatre before debuting as an actor/actress. Yes, I know this is unrealistic and improbable...but imagine how frustrated I must be to suggest this.

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"...he’s busy working out to get into top shape."

Love double entendres! :) Love your blog. Being Korean but relatively new to Korean actors, I love seeing familiar faces in your posts.

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Oh My God!

HOTNESS OVERLOAD!!!
Joo Jin Mo I missed him!
Kim Bum? Oh my!! Him being tough? I don't know, I mean w/ his cute pretty face.

Son Dam BI!? You gotta be kidding!? I mean yah she's cute & all but! This will be her DEBUT soooo yah...I'm just gonna go w/ the flow.

Marco is also part of the cast. (He's a model-turned-actor-so-called-boyfriend-of-Son-Dam-Bi)

I hope that it was So Eun to be paired up w/ them BUT so NOT!

*I'll probably watch this due to fact that Joo Jin Mo & Kim Bum are in here.

T______T

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ohhh..:)..he's so cute..LOL

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can i be your friend?

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hi kim bum................

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The drama is pretty good , bet u all like it

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i like kim bum but idont think sohn dam-bi is right for him, i rather like kim so eun than her for kim bum

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GRAVEH ANG GUAPO2 TLGA NI KIM BUM ANO? ALAM NIU BVAH MTGAL Q NANG GUSTO XIANG MGING SYOTA!!! IN ENGLISH, I WANTED TO BE HER GIRLFRIEND I AM JOJO FILIPINA PO!

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kim bum has the sexiest smile ever. 'bout this drama? i honestly don't like the couple. i mean, there's no chemistry. *poof* (in my opinion)
but still, i <3 kim bum in this drama series! especially in the shower scene! rofl

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