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Press conference day for Chuno

The wait is almost over — KBS’s upcoming fusion sageuk thriller Chuno (aka Slave Hunters) is two weeks from its premiere, and held its production press conference on December 21.

All the actors from the main cast were present, led by the drama’s three main stars Jang Hyuk, Lee Da-hae, and Oh Ji-ho. The series will take over for IRIS‘s Wednesday-Thursday timeslot in the new year, and Jang Hyuk said regarding that: “There are a lot of advantages that IRIS ended with high ratings. Also, because we have a completely different topic than IRIS, viewers will be able to feel a fresh, different appeal.”

Jang Hyuk has been in a sageuk before (2002’s Daemang) and said of Chuno, “There are advantages to being a sageuk. The characters are three-dimensional, and the plot is fresh. The subject matter is different from other sageuks — previous court dramas, biographies, or hero tales express one type of style. However, Chuno is able to show a diversity of colors.” That’s why he decided to take the drama, saying, “I found its mix of melodrama and action very appealing.”

Lee Da-hae said, “I feel excited each time, but since this is a large-scale drama, I felt even more nervous.” She plays a young woman who was born a slave, but is raised in a noble family after fleeing her owner’s household and hides her low birth. She initially is in love with Jang Hyuk’s character, but as the drama unfolds, she becomes more and more conflicted between him and Oh Ji-ho. She doesn’t appear in the drama’s first two episodes, which focus more on Jang and Oh, and shows up soon afterward.

Asked about the love triangle, Lee answered, “I’m happy to receive the love of both men.” Supporting actor Gong Hyung-jin chimed in jokingly, “Watching Lee Da-hae filming, it really looks like she enjoys the love triangle.” As this is her first sageuk, she expressed some concerns about getting down the dialogue and tone (sageuk dramas require a more deliberate, serious tone of dialogue delivery that often trips up the less experienced), “but I’m not uncomfortable at all now and am able to act comfortably.”

Chuno premieres on January 6.

 
Lee Da-hae always looks wonderful, but here she looks particularly stunning:

 
Jang Hyuk and Oh Ji-ho are the chaser and the chased; it’s a little odd seeing them with that hair in modern dress (it looks much better, imo, in the show’s stills):


 
I’m anticipating that Lee Jong-hyuk‘s villain’s role will be portrayed with his usual charisma:

 
The supporting cast is rounded out by Kim Ji-suk, Gong Hyung-jin, and Han Jung-soo:



Via My Daily, Asiae

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Oooh I can't wait!

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Chuno chuno chuno! :)
16 (15) days left before Chuno! :D

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What a gorgeous cast.

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Lee Jong-hyuk Lee Jong-Hyuk Lee Jong-Hyuk Lee Jong-hyuk Lee Jong-hyuk Lee Jong-hyuk *keep chanting louder and louder*

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Oh, finally. I wait for Chuno so long.

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MORE Christmas presents, JB? :-D Seriously, January 6 cannot get here fast enough. This is going to be amazing.

"I'm happy to receive the love of both men."

What an understatement...lucky girl!

TEAM DAE-GIL!

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Thanks JB for posting this press conf-really can't wait on its premiere. Really happy to see LDH making a comeback with good spirit,-always follows her career movement since I found her one of very talented actress.
Love all the casts also, OJH and Jang Hyuk-very macho man indeed.

Heard that Chuno is first kind of saggeuk drama introduced by Korea-hope it can gathered more male viewers, since I just read Korean dramas were not popular among men outside of Korea (esspecially in China, they said always love/melodrama kind of story without action or other genre.)

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Let's see if Lee Da Hae actually finishes this drama all the way to the end. ;)

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I can't wait, loving the premise and the cast is beautiful. Especially Jang Hyuk (be still, my heart).

Does anyone else think Jang Hyuk and Hyun Bin can pass as twins?

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Yay! Yay! So excited! only two and half weeks till Jan 6th! It'll be interesting to see how this turns out...and I'm trying hard not to let my expectations get too high (which they already are).

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LEE da hae is so hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's so beauitufl in everyway.........so envious...

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LDH looks lovely. There is something so graceful and feminine about her. Her head is kind of huge tho'. Probably because her shoulders are so delicate. But she has the height to carry it off and big heads make you look magestic, regal. I am sure she'd make a great empress or queen in a drama.

I love the long hair on the guys and I think it looks cool with the modern attire. But what's with OJH's plaid pants? He is so good looking but I prefer JH. There's something so bland and vanilla about OJH but not in an annoying way like DHenny. There's a sweetness to him.

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Wow. I never knew how tall LDH is, until I see her standing next to Oh Ji Ho (6 feet + 1 inch heels on his leather oxfords).

Dude! She's TALL! 5'7 + 3 inch heels + 2 inches of hair = 6' tall.

And can Jang Hyuk look any more different than what he used to look like? Waaaaaay different. Could this be the same guy who apparently para-glided randomly into country bumpkin Jang Nara's outdoor bathtub in the wilderness in Successful Story of a Bright Girl? I find that hard to believe....

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hmm, so i've been waiting for this because of Jang Hyuk, but i am anticipating that i will like the other characters as well..

"I’m anticipating that Lee Jong-hyuk’s villain’s role will be portrayed with his usual charisma" - same here. So far, I haven't been disappointed in his acting.

@ #9 - hehe. if not twins, then at least hyung/dongseng roles

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January6January6January6January6January6January6

CHUNO FIGHTING!!!

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Who coined the phrase "Chunoary"? So great.

Oh, Jang Hyuk...you give me butterflies. I think I'm going to go watch a certain proposal scene for the 587th time.

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guuuurl, you just did not make some snide remark about LDH finishing the drama. guaranteed she will for the sole reason it's pre-taped. so they are mostly done. ;)

the men look so greasy... so much so that it's refreshing seeing Lee Jong Hyuk looking yummy.

I hope they really pull this off. I'm excited.

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Alot of talented men surrounding one very gorgeous lady.

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how tall is lee da hae? i never realized she was that tall.

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Too many beautiful and talented people on in one place, the universe might explode. Or else I will self-combust come Jan 6, 2010.

Maybe I'll root for the nice guy for a change......or, I'll fall for the bad boy, as usual.

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Waaah...Jang Hyuk! *marks Jan. 6, 2010 in k-drama calendar*

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oh my goodness! I barely recognized the villain actor when he smiles. He's so good at what he does :)

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I like Lee Da Hae, she's very enjoyable to watch onscreen. Mostly check out this drama, but I don't really like the 2 boy leads. But I'm hoping my mind will change after watching this.

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i literally went "wOooow" like an amazed little girl when i saw lee da hae's picture. she's so PWITTY!

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There are no boys in this drama. Only men...dayum hot men. ;)

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@ hjkomo

Agreed, calling the ab-tastic muscle patrol "boys" is like calling a bottle of Opus One an alcoholic beverage.

Understatement of the Century.

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I have seen only half of "Kingdom Of The Wind"
And for a non Korean like me I must admit that period dramas are quite nice, having say that I do hope that it does not go beyond the 50+ episodes that this series usually take, my attention span tends to falter after a while... the previews look really cool, so I will give it a try.
I am amazed at how many historical/period dramas Korea produce's, kudos for having so much pride in your culture, and thank you, JB for sharing a beautiful culture that is not my own. I spend my adult life among Asian's e.g Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Thai, Cambodians, Philippino,etc.

Feliz Navidad from a Mexican/American that has a great respect for all the Asian cultures, Muchas Gracias.. :O}

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Oh Ji Ho , Gorgeous as ALWAYS. I cannot wait to see Chuno , it's my most anticipated show of next year.

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Will LDH always get the bad rap for quitting EOE? Please , give her a break. After watching EOE, I was glad she left that crappy role. It was so meaningless to be in that series. Now that Chuno is mostly finished, and we see LDH with that megawatt smile, I have a feeling that this series will deliver.

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15 more days to go....Chuno fighting!

So true so true...there are no boys in this drama..just daaaaamm hot men lol.

Samsooki --- yeah I know what you mean. Jang Hyuk sure has matured a lot since his Bright Girl's days. He sure has been able to change his image..and not to mention has also improved his acting by leaps and bounds since then.

#27 Amg1 : not to worry. Chuno is slated for only 24 episodes.

As for those who doubt LDH...I have a feeling this drama will show people what a great actress she really is.
And seriously we all know there are more problems in EOE than just LDH leaving early....

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WOW!!!! What a good looking cast especially my two favorites LDH and JH. wishing them all a great run with this drama. Looking forward to it.

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all that hair still can't hide oh jiho's beautiful smile<3

so i guess i'll be watching this, god of study, and christmas!

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Two weeks is such long wait in this case!!!!! I can't wait to watch this!!! What a gorgeous cast. LDH is stunningly beautiful. The men are not too shabby either. ***drool***

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Oooh, shiny! ::random Firefly reference for the scifi fans among us::

I like the long hair, but then I like the extra long hair in QSD, so that's no surprise.
So so looking forward to Chuno, another saguek full of handsome men.

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they forgot to mention kim ha eun!!! so sad that the press isn't giving her much attn :[

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is there any SM and MNet artis in ths drama? so nobody will push nobody to change the script?

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ockola- seriously, way too many talented and beautiful people in one place. Even the director is part of it!

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Oh! Oh Ji NO! Who put together his outfit??? Those plaid polyester pants and brown shoes are sooooo WRONG!

But the man IS looking good! LOVE those dimples! ♥

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Wow, I'm actually really liking their messy long hairstyle w/ the suits! And Oh Ji-ho looks more masculine w/ this look rather than his usual clean-cut, cute style.

I happily approve ;)

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LDH is so beautifulllllllllllllll!!!!!!! Love her dress too!!! She looks so elegant and classy in that dress!!! I like JH in Bright Girl (my first kdrama) but didn't like him that much in Daemang (Jo Hyun Jae made more of an impression on me in that drama than JH). Like Oh Ji Ho in Fantasy Couple, but not that much in QoH (Yoon Sang Hyun out-acted him there). Good luck to Chuno!!!

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Lee Jong-hyuk!!! And Han Jung-soo always looks great in Sa-qeuk.. This is going to be an amazing drama..

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aahhhhh :D
LOVE lee da hae
LDH LDH LDH LDH LDH ♥
JANUARY 6 COME ALREADY!!!

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Wow! Lee Da Hae's so pretty!!! *girl crush* I didn't even notice the guys at first.

And of course, I get her banner up at the top. :)

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lee da hae is so cute and beautiful
chuno hoeting
chuno hoeting
chuno hoeting
chuno hoeting
chuno hoeting
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for me, it'll be 2010.01.20 when it comes to KBSW.. but i think due to all this excitement, i'll definitely sneak in ahead - no harm done..

love LDH ..

(i noticed there's another 'D' up there)

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i can't really put my hand on it...but something about LDH's face looks plastic?
and half of the male casts need a haircut...but one thing positive thing i can say is that there's a bunch of great actors in this drama.

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Lee Da Hae - thank you very much for looking very beautiful for this press conference!
Jang Hyuk - i don't like the hair, could have done sth about it so it wouldn't look greasy or untidy, and his coat - looks like too much padding on the shoulders. he looks like he has lost a lot of weight.
Oh Ji Ho - looks like he has gained back the weight he lost for the drama. i like the top half, his hair may be long but it doesn't look greasy or untidy. with that hair he could play Jesus Christ in "Jesus Christ Superstar" the rock opera (hahahaha). but whoever told him to wear THAT pants and THAT pair of shoes should be crucified!!!!
Lee Jong Hyuk - is he wearing a wig? the coat is meh....
the guy in striped coat and pants - he looks familiar, but can't place him. lose the stripes, please!!!
the guy in the long, shiny leather coat - don't know him. please, please, please, i beg you, lose that coat!!!!
the guy in the weird pants - don't know him either. Is he newly circu--ised? is that why he's wearing pants like that?

But still, I wish Chuno the best!!!

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ugh the long hair is gross but im guessing that they need it to film the drama so i won't complain!
im super excited for this drama
i loved lee da hae since my girl

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@Samsooki..
I think she looks tall because of the highheels

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Wow I'm uber-ly anticipating Chuno!! Excitement Much?
Seeing the press-con photos just pushes the blood pressure up that much more, Gorgeous Mature Cast, should be greatness!

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