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Kim Ji-suk added to Personal Taste

Chuno‘s slave-hunting Kim Ji-suk has just been cast in MBC’s upcoming trendy drama Personal Taste. Both are Wednesday-Thursday dramas, albeit on different stations, so this means he’ll be busy jumping from one project right into the next.

I have mixed feelings about this, because while Kim Ji-suk can be amusing (as in Chuno), I don’t feel the pull for him as a second lead. I’m reading the novel Personal Taste right now and I can see how he was cast as Lee Min-ho’s rival (he’s a “perfect” type of guy with great background, schooling, and brains), although I don’t know if I’d find him all that compelling as a competitor. But I’m hoping that the main pairing is strong enough to sustain the drama regardless.

Sohn Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho take the lead roles, with Jo Eun-ji (Forever the Moment) playing Sohn’s best friend, musical actor Jung Sung-hwa as Lee’s close sunbae, and Ahn Seok-hwan (Chuno) as the father to Sohn’s playboy ex.

Personal Taste will begin filming at the end of February and will replace The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry starting March 31.

Via Mk.co.kr

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I'm not too comfortable this actor, but I hope he does well anyway.

All I know is that I am just excited to see Son Ye Jin acting in a Kdrama again. I wished it was with better costars that is for sure up to par with her but I am optimistic about this. Let's see if the rest, including the characters and storyline, is worth the wait.

Son Ye Jin, fighting!

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Kim Ji-Suk is actually very expressive and talented, tho he is limited by his one-dimensional character in Chuno... i actually expect a lot from in in the future, if he is given more to work with in terms of character exploratiion.

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^ I think my block with him is that he seems 느끼해 to me... slightly smarmy. And not just in Chuno, but in his other stuff, like VIneyard Man, Likable, Hometown Legends, even Nonstop. But I haven't seen him in Take Off; maybe that was a better role for him. I just think Lee Min-ho is going to blow Kim Ji-suk out of the water in terms of intensity and verve. But that's a good thing, right?

Btw, I think it's a very positive sign that I'm reading the book and I can clearly picture both Sohn Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho playing the parts. Please don't fail me, Personal Taste.

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I'm not sure what to think about this, LOL. I haven't seen him in Chuno, but liked him in I Hate You, But It's Fine - his acting was a bit stiff and rather flat at times, but he was still amusing and he was cute with Han Ji Hye.

On the other hand, he was an absolute RIOT in Hometown Legends 2009, and not in a good way. I'll never get that image of him as a constipated vampire out of my head again.

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Wasn't he in a police drama, a couple years ago? What was it called? It reminded me of a "You're Under Arrest" adaptation. I believe they replaced one of the female leads towards the end of the drama.

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First impression from Chuno? HOT guy! Second impression? HOT comic relief guy! Third impression? Kind of a wanker...although I think he's supposed to be. Chuno is all I know him from, but I don't exactly see him as a romantic 2nd lead guy, either. Wouldn't matter who they cast in his role though; it could have been Pee-Wee Herman and I'd still watch it, strictly for Sohn Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho! ;-)

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I only saw him in Vineyard Man and I couldn't bring myself to watch Likable cuz there was TOO many episodes. I think he did okay in Vineyard.
I want to see more of him as leading man rather than being 2nd lead all the time...
I like Son Ye Jin but I'm not sure about Lee Min Ho (I didn't like BOF at all).
To me, LMH is like a pretty boy and that's it.
Hope this drama will change my mind.

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Ohaithere, did someone say Lee Min-ho? It's a good thing the drama is now starting on March 31 because the thought of waiting until April was getting to be unbearable.

Dunno this guy but, really, anybody next to Min-ho is going to be boring/useless/so not worth a second look. Although, a smarmy-ish (even one perceived of as such when not called for in the role) second lead would be fun. Would be a welcome break from the generally androgynous/castrated "men" passed off in that role.

Also, Lee Min-ho!

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I agree with you guys; Kim Ji-suk was kind of that "perfect" guy in Vineyard Man, too, right? Likeable, smart, but a bit smarmy, too. He didn't have a chance against Oh Man-suk, then, and now, against Lee Min-ho? Uhm...I don't think so.

But, it still sounds like fun, so I'll probably be watching. =)

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this drama will air at the same time with Cinderella's Unnie, right? that would be interesting 'fight'.
I'm excited with those dramas.

btw, there is Personal Taste's novel? in Korean? Do you know is there any English translation of it, Javabeans?

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He was kinda meh in Take Off. At first, I noticed his good looks, but he was easily overshadowed by the rest of the cast. It could also be just his character. I haven't seen him in any other drama/movie so I can't tell if it was a weak role or if he's a weak actor.

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I haven't seen him in a lot of dramas, and the most I've seen of him's in Chuno (whose character I'm enjoying tremendously!).. so I'm kinda indifferent when it comes to him.

But the draw here is not him, nor Lee Min Ho (altho I like him good enough), but SON YE JIN. Mind me because I just got done with Alone In Love, and SYJ's just fabulous. ^^

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oh wow, youre reading the novel? for some reason, i find that kinda really impressive. but oh gosh, how do you have the time? between everything you do for this site and real life and work and stuff... you must be some kind of amazing! hows the novel? maybe i'll read it in the future.... (my korean is still at a beginner level... but i remember reading books in spanish when i was first learning it. i mean, yeah, i had to look up half of what i read, but it was good practice. hahah.

am kinda excited for this drama. i dont know much about the actors (other than lee minho. but after being smothered with all the boys over flowers stuff last year, i think we can all say we know about lee minho. i didnt really get into the BOF hype tho, so i dont know how his acting is, but i hear hes excellent) but i like the plot synopsis. i wonder if, had yoon eun hye been able to stay with this project, this would have been a better "comeback" drama for her...

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He's the constipated Joseon Vampire in Hometown of Legends 09? That was the most unintentionally, or intentionally, hilarious horror episode I've watched watched on screen.

Anyways, I worry, if Personal Taste starts filming in end of Feb, Chuno will not be done filming yet, and that means......his character may not be around by then. Sigh, hope my ab warriors survive until the end.

CANNOT wait for Personal Taste, I love love love SYJ, she can do no wrong in my eyes.

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Not much thoughts on kim ji suk, but I am excited for personal taste now that jo eun ji's inside. She really made an impression with her role in 9E2O. And I trust that she'll look the part of a fab BFF with SYJ!

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now that javabeans, while reading the novel, can clearly picture both Son Yejin and Lee Minho playing the parts, my interest in this drama has increased!

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@langdon
FYI KJS was also in The Vineyard Man with Yoon Eun Hye. He was the 2nd lead, and of course...he didn't get the girl. lol

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Even tho you have mixed feelings about this, I go SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! I love Kim Jisuk. I haven't seen a lot of his project so I can't comment on him being neukkihae, because he IS in Chuno (as I think his character demands). But this only makes me more excited for Personal Taste.

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when there's SYJ, I don't even care for LMH or men in general...guy2 can be a block of pretty/swarmy wood...lol

seriously 2010 is already shaping up to be such a great kdrama yr!!! so happy, I don't deserve it. I'm soooo far behind everything and only have time for WUAS.

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THE FIRST TIME I HEARD ABOUT THIS IS THAT I GOT SOOOOOOOO EXCITED..
AND IT IS ONLY INCREASING AS DAYS PASS..
CANT WAIT TO SEE SON YEJIN PLAYING ANOTHER BUBBLY, FUN ROLE AGAIN.

AS FOR MINHO, HE IS OKAY. HIS ACTING IS GOOD FOR ME.
JI SUK..I HAVENT SEEN HIM IN A DRAMA BEFORE..BUT I HOPE HE'D DO WELL HERE..

I'M JUST EXCITED ABOUT YEJIN PLAYING THIS ROLE.

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RIPGAL..

i saw your blog..and impressive writting you did there!
keep doing it!

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I wanted to lower my expectations for this drama but I can't help it, Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Ho are leading this show. But these two have proven to me that despite the bad writing/ directing, their talent will shine through. Now all I have to do is to not expect a lot from the director and writer, so if the drama turns out to be *ack* terrible (which I really hope not), the blame would have to go to either of them, or whichever is at fault. It seems pretty mean, now that I think about it, but that's really where the blame should be right? *coughBoFcough*

And again, I am SO glad to see Son Ye Jin in a series once again.

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Why on Earth does it have to be him?? I m really not huge fan of him... I was really looking forward to Personal Taste.

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I don't really care.....if Son Ye Jin and Lee Min ho in it.. Its more than enough. I don't want to be too greedy. Kim Ji-suk is good looking, i can picture him in that role, as a suave hot .. presumably chaebol .. competitor.

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Oooh, did you say that you are reading the book? Would you mind if I ask where you found a copy? I've been looking around and can't seem to find it. Thank you!

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You're reading the book? Please share with me when do you find the time to work, run the site, write recaps, answer emails, and read books. I'm dying here and I bet I'm not as busy as you are. lol

Honestly can't say I'm too excited for the second male lead either. I usually get second lead syndrome so maybe it's a good thing if Min-ho comes off a lot more charismatic. That way I won't be too troubled :)

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Hmmm, I can't imagine Kim Ji-Suk as the second lead... we'll have to see how that turns out. I haven't seen Sohn Ye-jin's previous dramas so I have no idea how she is an actress, but considering the praises I don't think I have to worry :) It's not like with Ha Ga In...

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Oh my God. I think Kim Ji Suk is not that bad you know. His acting in Chuno is pretty acceptable for my taste, well probably just mediocre. But he's quite enjoyable to watch too I think.
And oh em gee! I am so excited and sooo can't wait to see this drama! I love Sohn Ye Jin!
and Min Ho, I'm not a fan but I think he can pull it off really well for his new character. Because he did a great job in BOF. I can't wait. 1 and a half month is too long for me!

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@Meg, you can buy the book from AladdinUS:
http://www.aladdin.co.kr/shop/wproduct.aspx?ISBN=8925108038

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I've only seen him in Take Off so far (great movie btw :)).
I admit his acting skill wasn't so impressive at first... but he did a good job in the main scene...
In a little while, i think that he might become a decent actor...

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The only thing I've seen him in the Hurt MV from Loveholics. He was good in that.

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Can someone suggest what site can I find Personal taste novel? tnx

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hey vis, you just missed the true meaning of korean emotion because you haven't seen SYJ's movies yet...heheheh try watching sometimes...

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@javabeans Thank you for the link!^^

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One thing that I learned pretty quickly from watching
Korean TV dramas...............Never underestimate anybody.

Who is that actor / actress?
Where did I see him / her before?

And whenever the lightening bolt finally hits me, I'm amazed
at how costume changes, make-up, and time frames manage
to transform people. The foundation for me was "Dae Jo Young."
Now...whenever I see anybody originally from DJY, my brains fall out.
Is that the evil 7th century villain, Shin Hong, wearing a suit and tie? :)

My point being that the only role I've ever seen Kim Ji-suk play was
that of "Bacon-boy" in "Likable or Not." Somebody at the Korean
Drama Group web site made up that great name, based on Baeku (sp?)
which I guess nobody could remember. "LoN" wasn't exactly monumental,
but Kim Ji-suk did a good job with his role, and I'm sure he'll do well, here.
Good luck to all the cast and crew of "Personal Taste!"

PS...........
I would imagine that some people might be scared, to be working alongside of
~ ~ ~ The Lee Min-ho Fireworks Factory ~ ~ ~
But I wouldn't be surprised if LMH ends up surprising us all, once again,
with this new character he'll be playing. I expect to see the unexpected.

And I hope that the ducks from the swimming pool of "Boy Over Flowers"
will be making a guest appearance in this romantic / comedy / drama,
once again....... :)

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im excited the very first kdrama i watched was likable or not and i loved him in it and it got me hooked to k dramas so im looking forward to this

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im ji suk is a great actor..be careful what you say dont say in present because you dont know what will happen exactly ...in fact when she/he is very popular youll just go on without any details so be careful what you say....

Likeable or not is a perfect series...in fact anyone can remember that ...

kim ji suk is from a very well family...he use to go to highschool in england...

he s a great actor

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