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Prayer ceremony for Personal Taste

The production of MBC’s Personal Taste held its prayer ceremony this week, as you can see from these photos featuring the cast, namely Sohn Ye-jin, Lee Min-ho, Kim Ji-suk, and Wang Ji-hye.

There have been a few comments in past threads so for the sake of clarification, the prayer ceremony isn’t a religious exercise, despite its name. It’s a common practice on film and drama sets and is often held in before filming begins or a drama premieres, to wish for good fortune and a safe production experience.

The occasion was held in the Yangju Cultural Village, which houses one of the drama’s principal filming locations, the traditional Korean-style house where Sohn Ye-jin’s character lives, into which Lee Min-ho moves as her roommate. The home was built by the drama production specifically for the drama, and it figures significantly in the plot. In addition to the cast, also present were the drama’s director, MBC drama department’s vice president, the CEO of Yigim Productions, the crew, and the writer of the original novel. (Writer Lee Sae-in, by the way, is also penning the drama scripts. I’m considering this a positive thing, because I’m hoping she’ll be confident knowing when to be faithful to the original story, but more importantly, when it’s safe to diverge.)

The drama is riding pretty decent pre-show buzz, but it does have a significant hurdle to overcome: The article notes that not since 2008 has an MBC Wednesday-Thursday drama been able to draw double-digit ratings. (That’s mostly true. The one exception is Return of Iljimae in early 2009, which started off in the teens but ended in the single digits. Then came Cinderella Man, which was riddled with writing flaws; Triple, whose sluggish pace lost viewer interest; Hon, which managed a few episodes in the 10%-11% range but mostly averaged around 9%; Heading to the Ground, which was a mess all the way through; Hero, which was a mania draw but had very low numbers and couldn’t keep up with IRIS; and the most recent series, The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry, which was no match for Chuno‘s blockbuster numbers.)

Personal Taste will have to prove itself against some tough competition: It premieres March 31 against KBS’s Cinderella’s Sister and SBS’s Prosecutor Princess.


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It's so weird to see Kim Ji-suk clean and with short hair! I'm still watching him in Chuno!

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@ JB, isn't it Lee Min Ho? not Lee Min Woo? :)

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need to see the show ... but I don´t like too much *Sohn Ye-jin* by the moment ... :/

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Getting more and more excited! :D I just hope that MBC doesn't decide to end it early if it doesn't get the ratings they want. I imagine that having LMH will help significantly there, but still.. (Of course, I also hope it doesn't go the other way unless the story really needs it; I hate dramas that are extended and end up getting even draggier than usual. :/ )

@2 zie

Lol, I didn't even notice that.

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There's something wrong with Lee Min Ho's nose. Isn't it a bit "pointy"? Hmm.

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@SuperFanGirl: uh, it's always been like that, ever since his BOF days.

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@2: ha ha, I even didn't notice that too.

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i will watch this because of the story and Kim Ji Suk but am not feeling the female lead. i also think lee min ho needs to prove something more than being a matinee idol. am sure this will draw fans of him. not really sure about the female lead.

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I know they're trying to kill us befıre watching the drama itself. thanks god! next week it will start. I'm so excited. for so long time, I've not been excited as much as now! the leading actors are awesome, they look so damn good together ^________^

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sorry, I want to add something as I really love this site and wanted to share the others. I've just read some comments on another site and I've felt really angry. I don't know why I take it serious but it is.
some say that GO KOO HYE SUN is much better bla bla bla =P but from the beginning I really didn't like her and every day it's getting more. also, they talk about the age gap which I really don't understand.
if u follow actors talent a bit, everyone will reach at the same point that Sohn Ye-jin is more more better in every aspect such as talent, beauty, attraction. whenever I see some positive comments about GHS, I feel irritated. I know I'm not objective sometimes but what can I do?
sorry for bothering u! just wanted to share with u, too.

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i was so distracted by Minho's short pants that i didn't notice that it said "min-woo" either.

i guess rolled up/cuffed jeans are making a comeback.

are the fruits stuck together so they don't tip over or fall off their place? i've never seen fruit temples before. cool.

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Wow I didn't know the author is penning the script. In my opinion, writing a novel and a screen play are two different things. LOL I am not being critical- it is just that I have such a great fondness for PT. I want it to do extremely well.

@ 9 I know what you mean about Goo Hye Sun. Any articles or websites pertaining to her, I don't read.

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javabeans ~

Lee Min-woo?
See......I TOLD YOU......that your brains were gonna fall out,
after writing up all of the plot twists and turns from the "PT" book
and trying to make sense of each chapter, in your re-caps.
HOPEFULLY YOU WILL RECOVER in time for the broadcasts. :)

By the way, I was very pleasantly surprised by this article.
I thought that this ceremony was very beautiful and touching.

PS.......
I don't have a clue how you manage to get so much information
on "Personal Taste" on an almost - DAILY - basis, let alone all of
the other dramas that you write about. I'm certainly not complaining ~
I guess "super impressed" would be a good description. THANKS AGAIN!

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i always lurk but rarely post, but just couldnt resist [email protected] muge: i hear ya! :) i wish people would give SYJ a break! she's a great actress for crying out loud!..ok, just had to let that out LOLz....PT fighting! soo excited for this drama!

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LMH and SYJ have matching outfits hehe cute

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hope this drama will do well.. :) the airing date is near... whoohooo

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People are complaining about SYJ???? How is that possible? She's one of the most luminous Korean actors out there.

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This romcom will be an attestation for LMH if he's really a viewer magnet & an actor who should be watched out, or just the opposite, that his BOF fameness was just a luck factor. Hoping that the former is the right one. There are many starlet who's become famous because of their big hit drama/movie, but just a few who can maintain their popularity. And moreover PT will has a tight competition on it's slot.

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Thai dramas have similar ceremonies.

Really want to watch this. :)

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@lb_tmi

"are the fruits stuck together so they don’t tip over or fall off their place? i’ve never seen fruit temples before. cool."

They usually use toothpicks to keep them together. Usually the candy stacks are plastic. The pig head is real and boiled. People put money its nose and mouth and top of the head for luck. The first time I saw one when I was a child I totally freaked. It was for my dad's friend who was having a new business opening ceremony.

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That's so true about MBC's ratings. Either I've never been interested to watch or to finish those mentioned dramas. I hope this one is different since I'm giving it a try (Lee Min Ho!!).

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Oh cute..matching outfit. What happened to SYJ's hair? she looks like she just got up from bed!

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with all 3 good drama coming, i wonder which one is going to success and who is giong to lose....but im going to watch all 3 of them...new season is super good

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I am so excited about this drama. Finally airing next week : )

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For the record, SHJ is one of, if not the best Korean actress I've watched & she's so versatile!!! Not at all to be comparable to the likes of GHS!!! though, everyone's entitled to their opinions, likes & dislikes...one also has to be careful in"pre-judging" -, especially if they don't even have the qualifications to do so, in the first place!!!
In fact, I'm looking out for this drama ONLY BECAUSE it stars Sohn Ye Jin!!!

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Javabeans, your clarification regarding the prayer ceremony confused me more. So, they don't "pray" but only "wish" for good fortune? So the table full of fruits and other food items don't represent offerings to some higher being? Please someone educate me as I'm not familiar with Korean custom/culture. Thanks.

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what is the purpose of the pig head?

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I like this site especially for the fact that there are many people understand me and speak the same language! thank u so much! I'm relieved =)

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Only stupid fangirls who don't know what the hell they're talking about will complain about SYJ. GHS can't act, im surprised she even gets casted in dramas.

Anyway looking forward to this, Oh My Lady has been terrible imo so Im hoping for a good fun drama, Kim Ji Suk is just a icing on the cake for me.

As for Lee minho nose, sorry to say but he had it "fixed" a while back, I didn't think anything was wrong with it to begin with but this is Korea.

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I’m a fan of Lee Min Ho, Goo Hye Sun, and Sohn Ye Jin. I don’t understand why there are so many anti-GHS here. Why bring her up when she’s not the cast of Personal Taste? If you don’t like her then don’t bother talking about her in negative way. Sohn Ye Jin has been in the Korean entertainment longer than Goo Hye Sun. Of course she’s a better actress compare to Goo Hye Sun. I believe Goo Hye Sun will continue to improve her acting in the future. Goo Hye Sun is a versatile actress compare to Sohn Ye Jin who only concentrates on acting. If you only concentrate on one in your life than of course you’re going to excel in it.

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I was looking forward to the drama because of the plot and Lee Min-Ho, but after seeing Chuno I really like to see Kim Ji-Suk again, clean and charming.

I'm curious how Lee Min-Ho will portray this character so that we will not be reminded of BOF. When I read JB's great summaries of the novel I was picturing him a bit like Gu Jun-Pyo.

I think I haven't seen the lead actress before, so I can't say if she fits the role.

Frankly, I don't understand what the whole deal about GHS is. I didn't like her that that much, but I didn't think she was that horrible in BOF, either. I thought she fit from her looks better than the ones from the taiwanese and japanese versions. More plain looking than cute.

I hope PT does great, can't wait for it to start.

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I have high hopes for most dramas but each has to pass my "one episode" test - grab my attention & please me with episode one or I quit, hehe. I adore Lee Min Ho, think he's gifted in many ways and I hope he proves he has grown/improved as an actor in this. I'm excited to see how it will go. I'm a bit surprised to read more and more of dislike for Goo Hye Sun in BOF. I agree some parts of BOF she acted a bit over the top but I think the script wanted her to act that way. ..I really like her acting and watching her and Min Ho is easy on the eyes and sweets for the heart.

I've noticed that a few Kstars have one eye with double lid and one eye monolid...and since plastic surgery is so common, why don't they get it fixed??? Single or double is just as good but having one of each bothers me because my eyes keep looking at each one and get distracted, keep imagining both sides of face to be the same...sorry if i offend any one, i don't mean to. I just like both eyes the same for some strange reason. While I'm at it, I also dislike extreme eye brow tweezing for guys. It confuses me and creeps me out ...it's too yin/yang fused. I like cool masculine eye brows on eyes. ok. better stop now.

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why do i have to wait so long to see my lee min ho again???
hopefully this series will get good ratings..honestly for me its the only series i am excited about besides "oh my lady"...and its not only because of lee min ho..its also because of kim ji suk :P
i think its gonna be a fun drama specially after reading the novel summaries given by JB (thank you so much for that you rock!)
i wish all the best to the drama crew while we wait oh so patiently for its premier..

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Hana Yori Dango is a drama that lives and dies on the acting of its main leads and not their looks, even tho I think GHS is just as cute as Inoue mao. And acting wise she was bad, really bad. But this isn't the place to discuss that.

Looking forward tot he drama.

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#18 dandy ~
"LMH......if he's really a viewer magnet & an actor who should be watched
out, or just the opposite, that his BOF fameness was just a luck factor."
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I discovered Korean TV totally by accident, on my TV's Channel #63.5.
The last few episodes of "The Immortal Yi Soon Shin" and then totally
into "Dae Jo Young." Can you tell that ~ I LOVE ~ historical Kdramas?

One day, minding my own business, along comes some "pink picture"
on my TV, with 5 people. OK, I'll watch this for a minute ~ whatever it is.
Yep, it was "Boys Over Flowers." ( I had no clue, then, about any HYD history.)

When Lee Min-ho smashed the cake into that poor girl's face, I was shocked.
He was mean, evil, cold-blooded and scary. I thought that this guy was total dirt.
I was cheering by the time he got hit with the ice cream, and laughing at what a clueless jerk he was, expecting the commoner to apoligize......TO HIM.
That was it for me. Episode #1 was all it took.

Later on, of course, there were many more scenes showing many more faces
of Lee Min-ho. Just by comparison......the thrill on his face when he opened the box of Junpyo cookies. The jealousy towards the little boy at the zoo turning into affectionate caring. The happiness of the picnic date turning into despair. After beating up the (whatever it's called) stuffed-toy-grabbing-machine and sitting
in jail with that look of numb devastation on his face. And ANY scene with that fantastic actress who played the evil mom? What can't this guy do?

I'm no teen-aged kid. I have mascara that's older than Lee Min-ho.
I've watched an awful lot of TV and movies in my life, some were great and
some were pathetically bad, so I know a talented actor when I see one.
Give LMH even a half-way decent script, and then just stand back and watch.

I hope that the TV viewers realize just how TALENTED Lee Min-ho is.
He does Korea proud.

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I'm actually looking forward to all three.... but out of all of them, *this* is the one I'm most anticipating. ^_^

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Kim Jin Suk looks unhappy there, probably missing his Chuno team-yeah they are so close to each other off screen.

Btw-hope the drama can get people attention, SYJ is really very talented actress.

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its pretty hard to decide which drama to watch, especially if you're in korea and might affect the ratings, but personally, after some thinking, i would go with personal taste. While cinderella's sister has all actors/actresses that i like, i don't find the story THAT appealing, plus taecyon? eh im not a big fan anymore, but still im going to watch it but it won't be the first choice out o the three, also for prosecutor princess, i don't know anything about it so ill have to wait to see. However personal taste, AH! i love the story and lee min ho <3

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How could anyone not know who Son Ye Jin is? I like her and Goo Hye Sun, and I think it's not fair to compare them as they both have different acting range. SYJ has been in the business for a long time, so she has more experience and awards than the other. However, with regards to GHS, the other day I was watching a few episodes of BoF (bless that show. it was really a mess. until now I still blame the writer and PD for that.) and I realized that she was acting too much. But, again, I blame the script and PD for that, because she's only an actor who does what she has to do. This was the first show I've seen her in, so it's not fair to judge her skills because of one show.

Wait. This isn't the place to discuss it here. All I'm saying is, Son Ye Jin is the best candidate to play this role. Those fangirls who insist that GHS should be the lead, well, they're just riding with their emotions because they want LMH and GHS to be together again. But really, ANY role SYJ picks is perfect for her because she can pull it off.

Regarding LMH's nose: Since his BoF days, his nose has already been that pointy, it's probably the angle of the picture, but he did have it fixed (a bit) when he had an accident in 2006. But who cares? If you look at his high school picture he was already that good-looking. OT: I'm currently watching his drama, Mackerel Run with Park Bo Young and Moon Chae Won which aired in 2007, and he's adorable. Fangirl aside, I think he's a really good actor who can express his emotions with his eyes very well.

JB, I am itching to read your recaps. I'm pretty sure you're going to cover them. :) And for that, thanks in advance.

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@ #39 luraa "Those fangirls who insist that GHS should be the lead, well, they’re just riding with their emotions because they want LMH and GHS to be together again"

LOLz, this really cracked me up harhaha, but, may i say spot on! ;) couldnt have said it any better...i respect the MIn-Sun fans/shippers, but i wish they would give SYJ a break, give her a chance, and wait til they watch the drama 1st, before complaining on and on, besides, it's not her fault that she was casted...ok, enough of the rant, im afraid ive watched too many youtube vids dissing SYJ, thus the need to take her side LMAO :D

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@ Sonam

I know, it boggles the mind. *scratches head*
btw, I love your choice of adjective..."luminous"

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#40 not-so-kdrama-newbie,

Hey, at least I made you laugh. I was just telling the truth. Honestly, I'm a MinSun shipper. I know everything that has been going on with them since the start of BoF up to their recent activities. But I respect them both, especially their relationship, and as much as I want to see them again on my screen in another drama, I guess I would just have to wait for the right time. Or there may not be another drama for them again. But so what? For anyone here who is a MinSun fan, you'll know that they don't need to have another drama to see them together again. They should know that.

I think we should just enjoy this show as it airs, either you're a fan of LMH, SYJ, or the other side characters. Having seen SYJ since Summer Scent, I'm sure she won't disappoint me. LMH won't, either. So now my expectations for this drama are to the writer and PD because it's now in their hands.

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@luraa: “Those fangirls who insist that GHS should be the lead, well, they’re just riding with their emotions because they want LMH and GHS to be together again”

I really agree with you 101% ^_^. I can't believe it, they're all bashing Yejin just because they want GHS become Minho (Jinho) Leading Lady. This is only drama, why they're worry too much. If you're truly Minho or Hyesun fans, you should support and respect their choice in carrier and life.

I hope all cast and crew can make good drama. :)

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Here we go AGAIN with comments about GHS. Get over it....I like ALL of them!!!!

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#35
I totally agree with you..How can we just say someone's success coming from hardwork and talent as mere luck..Once and for all Lee Min Ho deserves the recognition he is getting after BBF. The intensity and charm Lee Min Ho added to the character of Gu Jun Pyo made the BBF watch worthwhile..

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Thanks for posting Javabeans! They can keep Prosecutor Princess lol. Personal Taste and Cinderella's Sister have my interest :)

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The author of the original novel is also writing the script? That's a definite plus.
It'll be interesting to see what parts she's going to change...I'm keeping myself from reading the novel posts until after I see the drama, but once I do, I'd like to see what the author chose to make different in the drama.

I can't wait until next week!! =]

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I've read a few that are not so fond of Son Ye Jin and maybe I am biased but Son Ye Jin is the only reason that's keeping me interested in 'Personal Taste'. I just hope the other cast, its characters, and the storyline is up to par to what she's capable of...

As for Lee Min Ho, I've only seen him in BOF and even though I didn't expect anything from it (or do I expect very much from anything I start watching), I hated everything about it so it's safe to say, he hasn't given me any positive perspective based on BOF. Oddly enough, it wasn't until I saw him in his CF with Dara when I started to notice him. In fact, it was after watching his chemistry with Dara in the CF was when I decided to watch BOF. It's too bad I live to regret it now.

Anyway, I do have some minimal expectations with 'Personal Taste', thanks to Son Ye Jin...the same with Moon Geun Young's upcoming drama, 'Cinderella Sister' as well . Both dramas I'm definitely equally anticipating! :)

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@ #39,

I completely agree with you regarding what you said about GHS. I just didn't see whatever it was they saw between her and Lee Min Ho. Then again, BOF as a whole was a lost cause for me. Anyway, I didn't see their so called 'chemistry' since I thought that's one they definitely lacked. As a matter of fact, I thought she had better chemistry with Hyun Joong and found his character the most likeable from the entire series...

And you're right, you can't compare GHS with Son Ye Jin because simply, there's no comparison. Be it experience versus inexperience but Son Ye Jin has definitely proven herself as a versatile actress and rightfully so. As for GHS, I'm not saying she can't do it but with only BOF under her belt, I would strongly beg to differ to any comparison with Son Ye Jin.

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#45 Roselily ~
So we both agree, that Lee Min-ho has enough TALENT
to put the extra talent in bottles and jars, and sell it in stores? :)

But the LUCK part of it, was that the perfect role came along
at just the right time for him. He did such a good job of ACTING
the part of Gu Jun-pyo, that people assumed that he wasn't even
acting at all.......just playing the role as himself.

I guess that some people might think that he's just lucky, and can't act ~
because they couldn't see it...........as it was happening.

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