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Seo Ji-hye headlines golf drama Buddy Buddy


Seo Ji-hye, Lee Yong-woo, UEE

When I read that Seo Ji-hye had been cast in the upcoming golf drama Buddy Buddy, my interest was piqued. Then, a short while later, I read that her co-star would be Lee Yong-woo (so pretty, SO wooden), and I was bummed. He was barely passable in Style where his look fit the image, but as a lead actor? Oy.

On the other hand, Buddy Buddy has a few things going for it. Based on a manhwa called Buddy, this Group Eight production will be directed by Yoon Sang-ho, who directed Tamra the Island and Legend. And 25-year-old Seo Ji-hye has been quietly building up her resume with some solid performances (Shin Don, I Love You) and is due for her breakout.

Seo Ji-hye plays an heir to a world-famous golf resort who is also a talented elite golfer, having acquired her textbook-perfect technique in the best environment. Lee Yong-woo plays “John Lee,” who was orphaned and adopted as a child. He has won a PGA championship, but abruptly quits the pro life and becomes a golf course trainer. He also practices the Brazilian martial art of capoeira. According to a production source, Lee was cast because he fits the image from the original manhwa with his vaguely Western/foreign looks; he also has dance experience, which is an important element of capoeira. (But what about that acting element?) Last but not least, pop star UEE has been cast as a third golfer, who grew up poor but pursued her dream despite the hardships.

This drama has been the works for a while and was initially reported to be part of the 2009 resurgence of the sports kdrama, but is now aiming for an airdate in the first half of this year. However, with all the recent sports drama attempts falling flat (Triple, Dream, Heading to the Ground), I’ll be approaching with caution.

Via Mk.co.kr, Star News

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Oooh! What a good looking cast!

The guy looks somewhat like Kim Ji Hoon...!? *fangirl scream*

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Hmm, I thought the title was "Birdie Buddy"...?

http://news.joins.com/component/asiae/201002/201002050910266778393a_1.jpg

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Did anyone else groan when the saw UEE? Its not because of a YAB love, but she was just so bad in YAB, she was so...wooden?

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@3: UEE's acting was very memorable for me. She's one of those singer turn actress who can actually act. I couldn't find myself to hate her character because UEE's acting was so impressive (which is ironic because the better an actor/actress protrays their character the more believable they are..)

& is UEE the main character or is it Seo Ji-hye?

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His going to be lead actor?!! REALLY?
It was bad being a sports drama, since i had my share of bad experiences about it. But Lee Yong-woo as lead role, i know he fits the image and knows how to dance.

But I dont CARE about that. I dont care about him fitting the image of the character. Please i want a actor not model passing by and saying some few lines...His acting is bad like he is reciting the script (no emotion at all! UHG!!)... And capoeira is dancing and martial arts...

Does he haves what it takes to do act in this role? Maybe if tries really, Really, REALLY hard. Since i dont see much deep in his character for now. He may have luck and pass with it... But i am really wary about the drama... =(

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For me, this has got to pass the "hmm" test.

If I see any of them hit a golf ball, and they suck or they aren't close to being good, then this drama immediately has a huge strike against it.. But if I go "hmmm... maybe..." then I won't care about the golf part and I'll look to the drama itself.

So if I see the same kind of golf out of a PGA Tour winner that I saw out of the supposed "Korean Anna Kournikova" in that awful tennis pro from My Girl, then how can I not rip this drama?

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I think the last golf drama I watched was "Rival". I can't believe it's been 8 years! Not sure if anyone remembers it, but it starred Kim Jae Won, Kim Min Jung, and Seo Yoo Jin.

I'm actually excited for this drama. I don't think I really watched Style to know about Lee Yong Woo's acting. Although I use to find UEE annoying in rl and her acting somewhat bland in the beginning, looking back, her acting wasn't too bad.

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"So if I see the same kind of golf out of a PGA Tour winner that I saw out of the supposed “Korean Anna Kournikova” in that awful tennis pro from My Girl, then how can I not rip this drama?"

Lol if she was supposed to be the Korean Anna K then her play fit perfectly since Kournikova wasn't exactly known for her ability to swing a tennis racket ;)

"Hmm, I thought the title was “Birdie Buddy”…?"

That's what I thought, saw a post on this at soompi and the title was Birdie Buddy as well, and considering it's a drama about golf, it sounds a lot more appropriate.

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I'm excited to see Seo Ji hye in a new drama but when I saw the words 'golf drama' and 'UEE' now I don't really know what to think.

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omg this is going to be BAD. If you've seen Style you know that the guy's dancing is as bad as his acting, and UEE is so annoying for some reason...don't know about the lead actress.

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omg this is going to be BAD. If you've seen Style you know that the guy's dancing is as bad as his acting, and UEE is so annoying for some reason...don't know about the lead actress.

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sorry forgot to put my name :P

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Caught my interest when I saw the title (Seo Ji-hye!), but am not sure after reading your post. I'm ambivalent towards UEE and haven't seen Lee Young-woo act. SJH is definitely ready to make her breakout...not sure if this drama will be it though...

I think watching this probably will depend on what dramas will be currently airing as well. Like if Cinderella Unni was airing versus this or Personal Taste versus this, then I would be more willing to pick the former dramas in comparison. But either way the production values will most likely be great w/Group Eight.

For me instead of the golf...it will definitely depend on how well the lead does capoeira, which is pretty cool to watch...but kind of random? I didn't realize it has become that popular.

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Lee Yong-Woo is gorgeous. I felt his acting in Style was passable. I can give him a second chance.

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That said, and I am confident enough as a guy to say this, but Lee Yong-woo may just be the best looking Korean actor I've seen? Any one better looking than him?

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@samsooki:

IMO, I rate Mr. Perfect Smiles Lee Byung Hun with perfect looks, perfect body, and perfect charisma as the best looking male actor that has ever touched the soil of this Earth. He's almost like wine - a fine creature that gets better as he ages.

(Can you tell I'm a big fan of his?)

Next would be Go Soo, with his beyond perfect balance of innocent boyish charms and mature appearance.

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I wish this site had thumb up buttons. Totally agree with Samsooki's comment.
=]]

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Man I really hope for UEE to do well. It's tough when your first role is as a villain in a supremely fan-obsessive hit drama.

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@samsooki
LOL! This statement might start another big debate....

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LMAO You know, before I started reading that I was like, "Wait... isn't that the same dumb dude from Style?"

Then I read what Javabeans wrote and died laughing.

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lee yong woo looks like jang hyuk.....

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oh UEE,sounds fun...
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Gorgeous cast but golf....= (
I'm not even interested in watching dramas about sports that I do like (figure skating) so nevermind golf. I don't know what it is about sports dramas that just make me want to stay away.

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UEE taking up another role... im interested. xD

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Lee Yong-woo is good looking.. when he doesn't open his mouth. Has anyone seen any of Lee Hyun-se's manhwa? LYW looks a bit like typical male characters in Lee Hyun-se manhwa. I'm definitely going to give this a try.. I'm really interested in how this drama will turn out to be.

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oh goodness......first off, I am totally not into sports, but I was going to just take a peak at this drama.....now Lee Yong Woo is the lead - OH MAN. he was a stale cookie in "Style" and even then, he didn't have to do much "acting".....

On the other hand, UEE is a good choice for this drama - her acting was great in YAB! I really remember how much I hated her, and those fake "fairy" tears she cried - its a sign of a good, evolving actress (and she is DEFINATELY one of the better "singer-turned-actresses" of the lot)....

I have a feel I'll be checked out some other more interesting dramas than this one now

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Hum, another orphaned and adopted as a child character? Golf? I guess not for me. If the sport theme is more like running like long distance? Am a nut? What about cycling? Martial arts? Too bad, he does look pretty cute.

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I think Seo Ji Hye is so cute and adorable. She is what you would call "ssak ssak hae" and is like a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed watching I Love You only because she was so cute in that role. However, I think I have to pass on the drama unless it turns out to be a total surprise like YAB was a total surprise. Dramabeans, will have to catch your recaps before I am brave enough to actually attempt to watch!

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@3
she was really good in yb
its just that she had the evil role
and youre supposed to hate her character..
but you shouldnt be hating on ueeeeee :/

cant wait!
loveuee. !

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i seriously cant w8 for it !!!! XD
LOVE THE LEAD GUY !!
i hope UEE is the main lead >.<

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"Lee was cast because he fits the image from the original manhwa with his vaguely Western/foreign looks; he also has dance experience, which is an important element of capoeira."

Dance... *remembering those dance scenes in Style....(cringes)!!!* If he is going to dance like that (in Style) again, I will hunt the director down!!!

I have to agree with JavaB, his acting skills need "extreme" improvement.... and he wasnt even that telegenic (i have to say the clothes he wore in Style contributed to the "yyeeoow" factor, coz he wasnt really bad looking, just ...blah) to be able to compensate for his inability to act....

well, am hoping he has improved by the time the new drama kicks in....

now, UEE and Seo Ji hye... am curious!!!

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Omg! am lmao at 6Samsooki,10 loveydovey, and 20Toya's comments....

@Samsooki

No way Samsooki!!! You are kidding, right? *making a face* He isnt the best looking korean actor! I didnt even find him appealing in Style (just for the looks).....

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UEE is actually my fave female second lead just because she was so perfect in acting "perfectly evil". While most female leads annoy because they are so clingy, UEE seemed to have so much fun playing the wicked fairy that I couldn't help but like her. She was way better than that wooden cricket bat of a Shin Woo.

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He IS pretty, but the best-looking Korean actor? I don't think so. Oh Ji-ho (to me) is the best looking. Hyun Bin is right behind him. Just my personal opinion! :-)

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Ooh I love Seo Ji Hye! She was great in Hyang Dan Jeon and I Love You. But UEE... I think her Yoo Heyi character is too imprinted on my mind. =X

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Ok..... I am not familiar with the cast, except for .. what's her name from YAB.. I don't even feel like scrolling backward to check her name. This is something that does not hold my interest even one bit.. Unless JB gives a really good review of course.

AHH I find the actor cute......... but that's not enough, i have enough good looking K Actors in my list who can act.

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I don't think I can stomach another golf drama after Invincible Lee Pyung-kang..

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The story feels really lame to me. Im definatly not watching it.

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"He was barely passable in Style where his look fit the image, but as a lead actor? Oy."

*laughs* where's the "like" button when you need it?

Not sure about the lead actor, but I have hope for the girls. Uee's not bad, for a singer-turned-actress (I actually think she should stick to acting...since I'm not very impressed with her singing/dancing).

Not too keen on the golfing though...there hasn't been a decent golf drama that I recall (although there have been sorta-golf-trendy dramas that I have ENJOYED aka Get Karl!)...

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