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Hong Sisters back with their sixth drama

The Hong sisters writing team — Hong Jung-eun, Hong Mi-ran — are coming back with another drama series! The intense popularity of their last series, You’re Beautiful, means there’ll be a lot of anticipation for their follow-up — and while nobody’s infallible, these two writers have a solid track record in the romantic-comedy genre (they’re five for five with hits like My Girl and Hong Gil Dong).

Now they’ve cast singer-actor Lee Seung-gi, who’s coming off a huge series himself in last year’s Brilliant Legacy. He’ll play the “extremely immature” (and somewhat cowardly) lead in their new drama.

The series is called My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and is described as a fantasy-melodrama. A “gumiho” is a legendary fox with nine tails that is frequently found in Korean folklore and horror tales. The main character meets a gumiho and fears getting his liver taken by her (the gumiho eats human livers), and winds up falling for her. The Hong sisters’ brand is strong on spirited comic scenarios, so even though they describe this as the most melodramatic of their projects, you can expect that the melo aspect will be more quirky than conventional.

The writers explained, “Western countries have Dracula. In Korea, our classic ghost is the gumiho, and we prepared our story around that. …The gumiho carries meaning of shaking a person’s resolve. The main character’s friends all say how great he must feel to have such a beautiful girlfriend, but he can’t reveal to them that she’s a gumiho.” Fearing for his own safety, he ends up doing all sorts of things to “protect” his liver from her. The gumiho character is extraordinarily beautiful, and will be cast with an actress in her early 20s. Lee’s casting is in the final stages as the producers finalize contract details.

The Hong sisters explained that this idea kept coming to them when they found themselves facing difficulties while writing You’re Beautiful. The drama will begin shooting in May, and plans to air in the summer (tentatively July or August).

Via Newsen, Star News

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SOO excited! I'm really wondering who the lead actress is going to be... any guesses???

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I LOVE the Hong sisters' dramas and I LOVE Lee Seung Gi (though he's not exactly the strongest actor out there (and he carries the stigma of being yet another pop-star-turned-actor...but hey, more room for growth, right?). I'm excited for this one!!! Thanks for sharing! =]

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I'm in. Doesn't even matter what it's about. You had me at Hong Sisters. :-D

Which reminds me...must get to DGCH!

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LSK's acting is a bit... (to me).

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I've heard somewhere that Go Hye Sun is being considered as the leading lady. Is that right ?

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eek im excited! i hope it does well

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haha are they sort of playing off the current vampire craze? at any rate, this seems super interesting. knowing that this is coming from the hong sisters, i can already kind of envision what it might be like. and although i didn't like brilliant legacy because i strongly disliked the two leads, lee seungi has recently grown on me through strong heart and i like him better. i'd be interested to see him in this.

no idea who they might consider for the female lead..... but why does im joo eun run through my head? just her face

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This sounds adorable mostly because I can totes see LSG as a bumbling cowardly lead :)

I think the casting of the female lead is going to be key with this. She has to be able to play snarky evil, like UEE did in YAB. there were rumors of Sandara Park playing the girl, but those might just be rumors and I don't think she has the chops to do it.

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Okay, this sounds amazing. I loved LSG in Brilliant Legacy, and I always enjoy dramas by the Hong ladies, so I'm super excited. :3

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i also heard about this...
also with the sandara park rumor....
i love hong sister's dramas (i've watched dgch, yb, my girl, want to watch hgd and fantasy couple)...but lee seung gi..(i like bl but i don't know....)
i also like sandara and thinks she's quite a good actress (based from what i saw from return of iljimae) but....i dont know....

just i dont know

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I'm incredibly excited about this upcoming project. However, I also feel hesitant towards Lee Seung Gi. Although he did a pretty good job in Brilliant Legacy, there aren't a lot of projects to draw his acting ability from. I really hope they cast a good female lead although none really comes to mind.

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i'm so exciteeed!!! i wish they will cast LEE MIN JUNG.....they look good in the cf photos, she is super pretty and of course awesome acting skill

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OMG LSG I love him!!!!!!!!! How does he do it all??? Getting his masters, being in 1d2n, strong heart, singing promotions.... no wonder he has no love life... ....... He is one of the few singer turn actor that has alot of potential. He is really talented. He have so many careers to fall back on if one fails. But he's excelling in all of them.

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that's great news!

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Oh this is great great news!

Lee Seung Gi may not be a great actor or anything, but he's a newbie, and if you've seen him in Brilliant Legacy, you will agree with me that he's improved leaps and bounds from his previous drama with Goo Hye Sun. I thought he carried himself very well in Brilliant Legacy altho his character wasn't a great one to side with.

The Hong Sisters may not always be consistent with their writing. But the magic is that they always always manage to make their stars hit it big with their dramas. Just look at the amount of actors which have benefited from acting in their dramas. Jae Hee, Han Chae Young, LDH, LDW, LJK, HYS, HGD, SYR, JGS, PSH, JYW...etc. They're all huge stars on their own right now. And plus LSG's already Korea's darling and the guarantee of 40% ratings (haha, they always tease him! :P), I have a good feeling that this drama will do well.

I've heard rumors that it's either Sandara Park or Shin Se Kyung (young Chun Myung in QSD) as female lead.

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i heard that Shin Se Kyung will be playing the female lead.

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LOL @ ripgal -- did you mean KJH instead of HGD? Hehehe. To be fair, Kang Ji-hwan IS Hong Gil-dong...

On the flipside of your comment, I like that the Hongs take chances on unknowns and lesser-knowns, choosing to go with actors who are appropriate rather than going for the big names.

If it's indeed Shin Se-kyung, then (1) yay, and (2) it's not yet confirmed. Either this is only a rumor, or sources are leaking info before it's official. (I think it's often a case of strategic leaks, so it could be true.)

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I am SO excited for this.
I love Lee Seung gi & love the Hong sisters dramas.
Best of both worlds.

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I am excited! I have never seen Le Seung Gi anything, but he has good vibe!

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OMGOSH This sounds SOO exciting! I love Lee Seung-Gi, he's so talented and adorable, of course! Can't wait to find out who'll play the Gumiho ^^.

Also, doesn't the description of the Gumiho sound exactly like the pokemon Ninetales? Anyone? I like flipped when I read that description, haha.

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I'm not feeling excited for this. Meh. Maybe it's better that way, heh? High expectations = more chances to be letdown

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It sounds really interesting actually...not looking forward to the melodramatic part though..

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ahhhhh excited for more signature hong but i'm not digging LSG much lately in general :/

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Watch the lead be Im Yoona. LOL.

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New Hong sisters drama? Count me in! :)

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hehe its 2.50 am here, i was just drifting to sleep and decide to check on dramabeans before going to bed, but now im wide awake and full of excitement ;D

*thinking of watching women still wants to marry...

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wow! soooo excited for this! Seung gi-sshi fighting! XD

btw, javabeans i just want to share this video,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMeHg66R8A
im also anticipating this one :)

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Since it's hongsister's drama iam looking forward to it,but LSG? i don't know...

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WOW LSG new drama, I wished the female lead is HHJ .They were so cute togethter during their recent BL promotion in Japan. Sandra park though rumored is not my preferred choice for the lead.maybe someone with a fresh image might be a good choice.

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Yes!!!!! 2010 is the best kdrama so far. I've just finished The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry. Was a bit sad but perked up at Personal Taste following that and now this great news of another Hong sisters show. Thanks!

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Yeay! Totally excited with another Hong drama! Haven't seen LSG in any drama (need to start watching BL) yet, but love him in the variety shows.

We all have our doubts when the Hong sisters casted JGS in YAB, but all of us (ok, most, maybe? :P) had been totally smitten by him by the end of the series!

I'm liking all their leads so far (regardles show reluctant I was before the drama start), so even if they cast a real fox as the lead, I'm already sold!

p/s I'm sooooo loving 2010 dramas so far!

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Cool. I like Hong sisters and I like LSG.....so combination of both means anticipation!!!!!

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Hmm weird. Usually Hong Sisters go for a lesser known actors and cultivate their images from the drama. But Lee Seunggi is like the Nation's Prince and has got a pretty strong image already. Plus, the 'cowardly' part reminds me of his role in Seven Sisters.

But at least, I'm a Seunggi fangirl, so this is still a treat.

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Sounds really weird - with the 9 tails and liver eating. If it's strictly horror melodrama, count me out for watching it.

Sort of surprised Lee SeungGi is doing this b/c he said on an interview that he's a real scaredy cat when it comes to horror movies. :-O

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can't wait! I love how the Hong sisters always come out with dramas with different quirky plots. They've had a modern retelling, a few modern-times dramas, a fusion sageuk-turned sageuk, and now a modern-fantasy type story.

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WOOHOOO!!! so it IS confirmed! i'm so excited - need another hong sister's drama NOW!

and then others in my family would say: need another lee seung gi drama NOW!

hehe - i'd love to see lee seung gi play a bumbling role - the plot though KINDA reminds me of a parody on all the vampire shows/movies we have here... at first i thought Twilight, but not really - maybe Vampire Diaries? either way - this is (probably) gonna be WAY BETTER

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@mimi,
I wouldn't think of it as real horror. I'm thinking of it like Hello Franceska -- it takes a common horror element (vampires) and sets it in the modern world and has a mostly comedic tone.

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Plot: What the...?! Oh well, let's give it a try.
Lee Seung-ki: YAY!!!!
Hong Sisters: Ehnn. I like their use of comedy, but their female leads are always dimwitted and way too pouty. I'd expect stronger woman characters from a female writing team.
Overall: Uhm... interesting? I'll be tuning in for Lee Seung-ki, the only actor I've had a crush on based on charisma rather than looks.

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Is this like a fantasy kind of drama? With like demons and angels and what nots?

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YAY!!!!!
I love Lee Seung Gi..
I love Hong Sisters!!
Really can't wait for this,,,,

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Hmm.. Shin Se Kyung? I'm not a big fan of her in Highkick to be honest. She got a pretty face but i never really got to like her since her character frustrates me the most in Highkick...

Anyways, it's just a rumor.. who knows she'll grow on me through this drama.

Seems like this will be a sageuk? I remember there was a manhwa by the same name... are they remaking that or it's a different plot with the same title..
I'll see... LSG is fine but i'm not really into Hong's melodrama.. hopefully they'll still keep their trademark - comedy~

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The description sounds rather... strange, but I'm sure the Hong Sisters will turn it into something exciting and fun! Can't wait to hear more about this. keep us updated!

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yayyyyyy hong sister dramas!!
yayyyyyy LSG!!!

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no offense to anyone but i honsetly hope its not dara park she just dosent give off that vibe of someone who can act in a drama like this i hope its some one like shin se kyung to !!

ppl dont kill me for saying this but i honsetly dont think that dara park is really that pretty i think 2ne1 is overrated neways but
as a musical group they are not bad !!!

neways seung gi fighting

srry if i offended neone !! :p

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LEE SUNG GI?
I ARE EXCITE.

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oooohh... another one to my to-watch list.. kekeke

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i think everything lee seung gi does will be a hit.. like NO LIE. all his songs, his dramas so far was just AWESOME. i think the hong sisters did a good job nabbing him.. cant wait!! Hong sisters + lee seung gi= <3 :DDD

sorry if i sound like a fan girl :[ hehe.

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another hong sisters series... well count me in!!!:D

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I really wish Park Shin Hye will be tapped for the female lead although I wouldn't mind if it's Shin Se Kyung.

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oops please no Dara, I like her in 2ne1, but I don't think she is at a level yet in her acting career to be the female lead in a high profile drama. I think if that happens I would approach the drama with a lot skepticism. I mean LSG and Hong Sisters?? dude that spells already success. either mania (like YB) or ratings wise (like their previous dramas or BL)..

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