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Fresh stills from Partner
by | June 3, 2009 | 41 Comments


Lee Dong-wook

Sorry, sorry! I try not to write too much about one thing at once (as a reader, I prefer reading about diverse projects rather than the same thing all the time), but I saw these new stills and couldn’t NOT share, right? Ah, well, when it rains (news) it pours.

Check out new stills of Partner, featuring the four main characters played by Kim Hyun-joo, Lee Dong-wook, Choi Chul-ho, and Honey Lee.

I’m a little surprised at how quickly this drama is coming together, what with the sudden flurry of casting news and now these official photos. I suppose the production is moving into high gear to make up for its late start. (The drama originally slated for its timeslot, Magazine Allo, was postponed indefinitely following plagiarism allegations from competing fashion drama Style.)

Partner replaces Accidental Couple and begins June 24.

 

Leading lady Kim Hyun-joo:

 

Cool Choi Chul-ho‘s character has never lost a case:

 

Honey Lee plays the femme fatale:

Via Asia Economy

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41 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Icarusfalls

    OMG!! Lee Dong-wook is just TOO adorable!!! I’m looking forward to this and to Triple… and JB, we (the readers) can never tired of your writing! =) I know I for one come to your at least a dozen times a day if not more!!!

  2. Sorrowmask

    No worries… We love reading your witty and funn posts and comments.
    This drama will be my must-watch list including Triple… :)

  3. Jin-Ah

    I never get tired of Lee Dong Wook…
    So you do what you gotta do JB.

    But may I suggest mentioning LDW as often as you like….

  4. jdb

    For non Korean like us and have limited access to Korean site coz obviously we don’t understand Hangul we welcome such repeated news. Many thanks to you JB and always you’ve make a great analysis of coming dramas….a million thanks to you….

  5. Hazel

    Omigawd. All these actors are insanely attractive and not one of them annoys me! It’s a miracle! Can’t wait for this drama; hope they make it fresh with interesting female characters (but maybe I shouldn’t get ahead of myself…kdramas and intriguing, complex female characters are almost mutually exclusive at this point). They’ll probably never give us a female Do-woo.

  6. ripgal

    Squealllsss… Wookie’s looking majorly FINEEE in that picture..
    I can already imagine him as the arrogant and money-digging lawyer! XD

  7. nileey

    aww…lee dong wook just looks so great! from the stills, I’m already interested in the show :)

  8. madgy888

    Lee Dong Wook – absolute best!

  9. cosmopolite

    Have to check in to this drama.

  10. 10 hanjanman

    I hope Shin Yi would go after Lee Dong Wook’s character. Yay, that would be a riot!!! I love you Shin Yi. I missed you. Welcome back!!

  11. 11 popcorn

    Wow! Two of my favorite actors… :D

    I’m definitely going to check this one out. :P

  12. 12 JeanCBloom

    I find your writing incredible, and I’m an English professor! I look forward to reading your work each morning as I drink my coffee and before I officially start my day. Your analytical writing style coupled with your wit gives me a great read! Thank you for all of your efforts.

  13. 13 B.B.

    JB……. ”I saw these new stills and couldn’t NOT share, right?”

    Hear all the seagulls – share, share, more, more. lol.

    Or, Mr Samsooki – In depth episodical coverage.

    Really liking that photo of Choi Chul-ho, ummm, need a nice long drawn out case with a lawyer like that…….

  14. 14 chajjye

    kim hyun joo chopped her hair again?! well, anything longer than the insoon bob is better.

    uh, is it just me or both the women smiled the same way? though honey lee’s smile is more evil though. :)

  15. 15 Samsooki

    @12 JeanCBloom

    I totally agree with you. JB’s writing is really, really good.

    Analytics, wit, composition, heart, opinion… . it is all really top notch. This is now my fav website (as if that wasn’t obvious before, hehe). And even when I disagree with JB from time to time, I still feel like she is probably right in an alternate universe somewhere.

    ***

    btw, it is so interesting how women see a picture of a good looking guy, and how I see a picture of a good looking guy, and we see it so differently. Take a look at that satorially pimped CCH up above.

    Women (likely??) see a good looking guy, nicely dressed, sharp features, etc.

    But I see Choi Chul-ho in that picture, and the first thing I think is, “threat.” And so I do a quick threat analysis. What does he have that Binnie (duh) and KJH (also mine) don’t have? Binnie (fashionable weekend wear) and KJH (everyday meat and potatoes) being alter-egos of mine, I see Choi Chul Ho and I think, I better go “talk” to him and set him straight. I’ll bring hjkomo with me as backup.

    Choi Chul Ho looks and feels like a pretty big threat, and him being a lawyer doesn’t make me feel any better. If we both worked for the same firm, I would be compared to him every single second of the day, and I would do my best to stay away from him, and if he took attention away from me, I would think about undermining him maybe just a little bit. hehe. I’m human!

  16. 16 KOK

    Im a guy and when I see Lee Dong Wook and those puppy eyes I can’t help but like him.

    I still can’t tell if this will be a serious legal drama or a comical office type of drama.

  17. 17 hjkomo

    @ Samsooki

    “But I see Choi Chul-ho in that picture, and the first thing I think is, “threat.” And so I do a quick threat analysis. What does he have that Binnie (duh) and KJH (also mine) don’t have? Binnie (fashionable weekend wear) and KJH (everyday meat and potatoes) being alter-egos of mine, I see Choi Chul Ho and I think, I better go “talk” to him and set him straight. I’ll bring hjkomo with me as backup.”

    Sorry, can’t help you…as I do not collude with criminals awaiting federal arraignment. ;)

    Choi Chul Ho in a suit (in this drama) is (Monday morning meeting with the multi-billion dollar clients) or (Wednesday afternoon with the toughest hardball judge in court).
    You’d be wiser to make him your ally.

    But then…Samsooki doesn’t always choose wisely when it comes to making enemies, now, does he? :P

    PLUS, if he takes his lunch break at the gym and sauna…or ends up having comic quirks…..I’ll be too busy mopping up my drool to be of any use to you. hehe..

  18. 18 B.B.

    @ Samsooki.

    ” Women (likely??) see a good looking guy, nicely dressed, sharp features, etc”

    Holds hand up. What do I see in this picture.
    A guy who can carry a suit, well tailored double breasted, longer length jacket. Watch, tie and Lawyers Pin – nicely toned. Relaxed, comfortable, confident pose in the suit. Add to that his smart, but not too austere hair style. – BONUS Cracking good looks and build.
    Some of the most good looking guys of late, have been wearing shorter style jackets, single breasted, with the top button, done up. Put hands in pockets and YUK, jacket pulls in every direction, belt, shirt and base of the tie is seen having an argument with the waistband, and parting company . This would be THE look if every guy grabbed his kid brothers jacket on leaving each morning. That saying ‘Is my butt big in this?’ with those jackets……Yes, even the slim ones.
    A fan of Kim Joo Hyuk, but the suits in the ‘Terroir’ stills……Double YUK. Casual attire, great.

  19. 19 Samsooki

    “He’s the snobby, sardonic lawyer partnered with Kim. The two clash in everything as they work together, with her believing that their role is to speak for wronged people while his is to treat people merely as business clients. (It’s something of a classic — clichéd? — setup, but hey! It’s Kim Hyun-joo and Lee Dong-wook, and I’m expecting good things here.”

    That’s from an earlier JB post, which I had to find to see what kind of male korean lawyer Lee Dong Wook would play. Snobby…. sigh. Cliche cliche…

    Still, it is interesting that up above, both lawyers Lee Dong Wook and Kim Hyun Joo (less scary looking) are photographed with a (legal) code book (法典 – in korean 법전) prominently in view. How come they need law books in their photos?

    Does Choi Chul Ho (and Honey Lee too!) not need a 법전 in front of him (or her!) to prove that they are lawyers because they are wearing threat-elevating and sharp snazzy suits? Then again… he does kind of look like a shark…. and so does Honey Lee…. sharks in the water… both are threats….

  20. 20 soon2soon

    someone better be posting subs for this drama. i mean, i’ll still watch without it, though i won’t understand any of it. but seriously. i need some subs.

  21. 21 jandoe

    i don’t mind Partner-overload news! Am so looking forward to it ( plot sounds good + cast sounds good = high expectations) and Lee Dong Wook too :D:D:D

    so hope you keep ‘em coming haha!

    thans javabeans!

  22. 22 amydem

    You are more than welcome to post anything about LDW anytime, JB! Especially when you find adorable pics of him!!!

    My husband and I are re-watching ‘My Girl’ right now and I can’t wait to see LDW in this drama. My husband absolutely fell for Kim Hyun-Joo in BBF so I know we’ll be watching this drama.

  23. 23 questions846

    Such a good looking cast but what is up with LDW’s facial hair?

    squee – SO EXCITED!

    oh and JB – MORE PARTNER NEWS PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE

  24. 24 DC

    Wow, looks like LDW has been working out? I love it!

  25. 25 k-lover

    Wow, the cast are mighty looking fine! Specially love Choi Chul-ho, mmm smexy! Rawr!!!

    @ Samsooki: “Still, it is interesting that up above, both lawyers Lee Dong Wook and Kim Hyun Joo (less scary looking) are photographed with a (legal) code book (法典 – in korean 법전) prominently in view. How come they need law books in their photos?”
    I think that both of them are with the code book because they’re the ones who are following the law faithfully and are therefore the good guys. While the other two seemed to state that they don’t need no laws, they’ll do it their own way to succeed.

  26. 26 Samsooki

    “I think that both of them are with the code book because they’re the ones who are following the law faithfully and are therefore the good guys. While the other two seemed to state that they don’t need no laws, they’ll do it their own way to succeed.”

    oooh. interesting take.

    One of these days, I am hoping that the good looking sharp dressing smart and energetic and moral and fun guy will be the lead lawyer guy. Then we can all aspire to be like him. Kang Ji Hwan, Esq.

  27. 27 Yoo Jin

    I’m still not sure about this drama but I’ll give it a chance…come on it’s Lee Dong-wook we’re talking about! Plus I want to see Kim Dong-wook in it…MY CHAN! XD

  28. 28 cheekbones

    Thanks ! Hope the drama is good enough for you to recap ^___^

  29. 29 anna

    Honey Lee looks awkward in that picture ..not very femme fatale ..just awkward.

  30. 30 mimmay

    I’m so glad LDW is looking healthier and way hotter than in La Dolce Vita. He looked so skinny in that show I was getting worried.

  31. 31 Jo

    I love getting Partner news, def. a drama im looking out for. :) the cast is beautiful…

  32. 32 Kender

    Oh man, Honey Lee looks awesome. And Kim Hyun-joo looks adorable as always.. I’m actually starting to look forward to this drama. :3

  33. 33 yvhsien

    JB…thank you for your posts. I totally look forward to them every day.

    @15 Samsooki

    I enjoy reading your perspective about the picture of CCH. It is interesting how you see him as a threat.

    When I look at that picture, putting aside he’s an actor, I see a ‘I mean business’ and ‘I’m totally confident about myself’ arrogant lawyer that thinks that he looks so fine in his suit. He has a face that I normally would not swoon over but in that suit and that air, another story…

    Now, if I have to choose between him and LDW….I will take LDW hands down…sorry CCH fans. Please don’t take offense…just a personal preference.

  34. 34 femmefataleartemis

    omgahhh! i’m soooo excited to see this!!!! i am loving the cast!

  35. 35 Samsooki

    @33 yvhsien -

    What is interesting is that I don’t see LDW as a threat, even if he turns out to be more popular. I see LDW as a potential friend, and I see CCH as a danger. Looks can be deceiving obviously, but maybe it is the dress or the stern scary face?

  36. 36 emeldy

    Well i m a big lawyers drama fan, so m really excited abt it. And LDW made it in my must watch list.

  37. 37 yvhsien

    @Samsooki

    I think it’s the stern face. LDW seems more approachable with that softer look. CCH’s stern face screams ‘Beware!’

  38. 38 ying

    I’ll definitely watch this drama! I’m a fan of LDW too!

  39. 39 Peggy

    CCH is one mean actor. He is GOOD. that danger you see is the stripping down of any softness which leaves us with the most attractive man of steel in any situation. He can be bad and he can be good but he can make the good look so Bad…..

    Peg

  40. 40 linmamie

    BEST PAIR^^
    BEST DRAMA^^
    BEST ACTOR^^ LEE DONG WOOK
    COOL PARTNER ~~ TAE JO N EUN HO **

  41. 41 agnes

    lee dong-wook! you are soooo lovable! ;)

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