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Goong, Iljimae director takes on Playful Kiss adaptation

Okay, now THIS I could really get behind!

When I first heard about the adaptation of Itazura na Kiss for Korean television, I was not impressed — I’m tired of the constant Japanese-manga-to-kdrama efforts, and I was skeptical about Group Eight’s ability to handle it well. The production house’s biggest success to date has been Boys Before Flowers, and they seem to have a particular eye for translating trendy manhwas to television, but for every decent show (Tamra the Island) they’ve had a bomb (Goong S). And we all know that Boys Before Flowers was a success despite numerous flaws.

However! Now director Hwang In-roi has signed on, and that makes me very, VERY excited. Hwang In-roi did Goong and Return of Iljimae, and turned those two projects into sumptuous feasts for the eyes. I didn’t love Goong‘s pacing, but as a work of directing it’s a gorgeous feat, and Return of Iljimae, I’m sure you all know, is one of my favorite dramas ever. Those two dramas, which were both based on manhwas, have breathtaking cinematography and two of the best soundtracks and scores of any kdramas I’ve ever seen. Hwang has a sharp eye and brings out the best in his actors, including a few who were not known for their acting before working with him (Yoon Eun-hye, Joo Ji-hoon, Jung Il-woo), and has a wonderful, delicate touch with emotional beats.

Writing is Go Eun-nim of Bungee Jumping of Our Own, the 2001 film starring Lee Byung-heon and the late Lee Eun-ju.

Playful Kiss (aka Mischievous Kiss) was adapted into a hit Taiwanese drama in 2005, It Started With a Kiss, and was so popular that it produced a sequel series.

The Korean drama version will soon finish casting and begin filming in July, and is aiming for a Fall 2010 broadcast.

Via Mk.co.kr

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This is GREAT! I absolutely love ISWAK (obsessively so) and cannot wait to see a Korean version. Let the Dramabeans casting frenzy begin now, right? :-D

I'm also a huge fan of ROI, so this is just getting better and better. With Athena and now this to look forward to, fall is shaping up to be a great season drama-wise.

Thanks JB!

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Omona !
ISWAK is the 1rst drama I ever saw and which made me fall in Dramaland *memories, memories*

I don't know what to think yet about the korean version... Wait and see ^^

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all i can say is OMG OMG OMG OMG... sorry i'm way to excited... can't wait =)

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!

This I can't wait to see, it has do be cast well and its the next BOF (Fingers crossed) !!!!

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I'm really looking forward to this!

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Thanks JB

This will be FUN speculating who will get the part.........looking forward to this drama

I am not crazily in love with Taiwanese ISWAK though have watched the first part....if it falls in the wrong hands the main heroine character will just be annoying

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omg...i hope Jang geun Suk will be in this drama!!!!!!

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YES! I LOVE this drama.

I can't wait to see who they cast. Maybe Jang Geun Suk? Oh please, cast him with Park Shin Hye, lol. They were great in You're Beautiful. However, this pairing may feel familiar in terms of dynamics.

Javabeans, who would you like to see? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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ISWAK takes the ditzy girl heroine to all new stages of stupidity but whether the character is cute and charming or annoying and stupid will depend a lot on the actress they cast. Here's hoping they cast someone with talent and charisma.

At least we know it's going to have gorgeous cinematography and music.

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OHHH.....is it too soon for a Choi Si Won........return???? He can do "snob," behavior really well.......

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I'm so excited!!! ISWAK was one of the first Tdrama I've ever seen, and fell in love with it so badly! I even like the Jdrama version hehe! And I've even watched the anime, and read the manga! So far, that's how far my obsession goes.

So for the K-version, I just- seriously hope that it's going to cast well! I'm soooo looking forward for this! Don't disappoint me, pretty please?!

Anyone has any suggestion of who could be the genius Naoki Irie (Zhi Shu)? Need someone who looks perfect and genius. Hmm...

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Jang geun Suk and Moon Geun Young!!!!!

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charisma, genius looks perfect must be JGS!!!

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Eh? The main girl of this manga/anime/drama has always been... annoying. I liked how the guy says the girl can do 10 percent of things that he can't do - which is a big deal since he's like some kindof prodigy - but the girl does things that would make feminists (even lightweight feminists - what's a real word for this?) cringe and spaz-out for days. I hope, if anything, for the kdrama that they make the girl have, even if it's just an itsy-bitsy bit, of a backbone. And you know, doesn't moon too much over the guy (but that would cause trouble since in the manga and anime she's supposed to). *sigh*

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I think Im Joo-hwan and Seo Woo would be perfect...if only we hadn't seen them in what amounts to these same roles in Tamra the Island.

hmmm....thinking, thinking...who else?

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I truly excited about this drama. I loved the Taiwanese version. I hope the Korean version will even better.I cant wait to know who will be the cast , especially the main couple.
There are 10 candidates in my mind right now

1 Won Bin & Song Hye Kyo ( I want to see Hyun Bin and SHK together in the same drama again but i think it is difficult because they are real couple now. That's why I choose Won Bin ^^. They matched very well too :D )
2 Lee Chun Hee & Yoon Eun Hye ( Simply because they are my favourite actor and actress. I miss them so much in drama. They did CF together before and I thought they looked really cute together)
3. Choi Si Won &Lee Yeon Hee
4. So Ji Sub & Moon Geun Young
5.Kang Dong Won & Sandara Park
6. Jae Joong &Kim So Eun
7. Kim Jae Wook & Seo Woo
8. Jung Il Woo & Moon Chae Won / Park Ji Yeon
9. Lee Min Ki & Lee Min Jung
10. Im Joo Hwan & Jung Ryeo Won

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oh well when LMH was allegedly taking this on as his next project i watched it.....it was jus meh for me....maybe as a k-drama with more sense and romance it could be tons better i think! PLUS goong's PD-nim yaaay <3333 goong except it got a looooot slower before it went anywhere story wise....still looooved it and loved JJH and YEH...sigh hope some of tht magic rubs off on this project as well!

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omgg yay!!!! i was so excited when i first heard news about it last year and now im 1000000X more excited

i want relatively young actors though. it's supposed to be set in high school & college . and pleaseeee i beg do not cast another older girl that is supposed to convince us she looks young.

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even tho the girl lead isnt the smartest person around, i'll confess that i'd love to see Shin Hye cast in this remake just for more exposure for her.

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Jang geun Suk or Kim Soo Hyun. I'm leaning towards Kim Soo Hyun because I want him to have his own lead role.

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I LOVED ISWAK so hopefully the Korean version is as good if not better. Actually I hope that the Korean version is better because the taiwanese version was good but not as good as it could be. Frankly even though taiwanese dramas are very addictive, their quality (most of the time) is pretty crappy compared to korean and japanese dramas.

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i think that JGS or Im Joo Hwan would be perfect for this drama

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Oooh, Kim Bum & Kim So Eun anyone? Or Park Shin Hye & some lucky fella? I can't really imagine Jang Geun Seok playing the male lead cause he looks a tad.. old. Don't kill me!

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Finally is all i can say. I thought they'd given up on this project for sure. I'm hoping that they might include further storyline, one from They Kissed Again, that is the one i'll be looking forward to :)

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omg, for the female lead:
Park Ji Yeon, Moon Geun Young, Kim So Eun, or Go Ara
for the male lead:
Jang Geun Suk ( the JGS I knew from Baby and Me plz, not the crazy eccentric fashionista!) Kim Bum, Jung Il Woo, Park Jin Woo, Park Ki Woong or Kim Heung Soo

This drama calls for a sexy, young couple !!
-Kim Bum and Kim So Eun : SoEulmates, 'nuff said!
-Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Suk: been shipping this couple since forever!!
As for Park JiYeon, I know she'd fit this role perfectly! I don't know who I would choose to be her partner though...

As for Go Ara, I just miss her LOL; and she'd look perfect with all the smexy men listed above.

Kim Heung Soo would fit the role perfectly! He's got the looks for it and the style. ;)

Park Jin Woo and Park Ki Woong... Wishful thinking on my part. They have baby faces and probably wouldn't fit the mean role. But they're sooo cute!!!

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Oooh
@20 Penn,
ooooh Kim Soo Hyun!
Oooh he would also fit the role perfectly !

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Oh dear! As much as I was initially attracted to the premise of the story, I wanted to gouge out my eyes in frustration when I actually watched the drama! Back then I had an obsessive need to finish every series so I made myself watch every episode, though with the liberal application of the first forward button.

The pacing was glacier slow, with frequent and unnecessary side stories and characters that went no where. And I have NEVER been more irritated or frustrated with a drama heroine! She was utterly devoid of all self respect, and was the most clingy, idiotic, helpless heroine ever. While watching, my constant mantra was girl get a spine already!

Although even I have to admit that the chemistry between Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng was extraordinry, but even that could not redeem the show for me. But unlike the drama I really liked the anime, so I am looking forward to watching the Korean version :)

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I am so on this drama Big time cant wait!!!

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I was just thinking it was about time they did a Korean drama adaptation of this manga. I've never been able to really get into the manga or Taiwanese drama, so I'm a little tentative about this, but I loved Goong so I might be able to watch this.

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YES! I can't wait for this one.
PLEASE PLEASE let them cast people that I like!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE

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This was the drama that got me into dramas oohh so many years ago. The Taiwan version first and then the Japanese version. Also read the manga. When i heard about the korean version some odd moths ago, I was soo excited/petrified, I ran to my next door neighbor's apartment and had a full on hissy about it.

It will be very hard to portray the male lead without ruining the whole thing. He is what sells it. He has to be properly detached from everything(machine like) while still drawing empathy from viewers. Aside from that miraculous feat of acting, the lengthy scope of the story from high school through college is murder on pacing. Too fast and we will miss the very subtle character changes in the main male lead. Too slow and I will start hurling insults and shoes at the secondary characters.

Also the mother's casting is important since she is the comic relief and the one person in the series who is always right. I can't wait to see her camera pop out.

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I think I'm spending WAY too much time thinking about this.

But right now I'm kinda hoping for Jung Il-woo; he has a really young face, so he could get away with playing a high schooler initially, and he can definitely cop an attitude when he wants to. Plus, we already know he can carry a drama!

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YEH and Won Bin or Eric Mun will be a hit.

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I loved ISWAK to pieces but I don't know how to feel about this remake. First, it's Group 8 (so. I wish this drama all the popularity of Boys Over Flowers but all the quality of... not BOF... he director makes up for this though. Return of Iljimae!!) Also, I don't know how to feel about the ending. I remember reading that Group8 (or someone) said they might decide to write a "korean-style" ending, which doesn't sit right with me. I really appreciated that ISWAK left the ending open out of respect for Kaoru Tada. I always thought it was an appropriate choice on the director's part. Classy, even.

@25 aww, I miss Go Ara tooo! Altho, sometimes, I feel like her acting is a little stiff/unnatural (bu maybe it's just me). She's so pretty though [[:

I think I'd like to see Kim So Eun in this drama. I think Moon Geun Young is an excellent actress but I can't really see her acting the part of Kotoko... I guess it's because I've only ever seen her playing more serious characters that I can't imagine her in a rom-com like this will be. This role is too similar to Park Shin Hye's role in You're Beautiful for me to really want her to do this. Love her to pieces, though. As for the guys, I don't know who I'd want. I think a couple people mentioned Kim Bum? I don't know, he doesn't really do anything for me (and besides, I don't think a baby-faced actor should really play Naoki's role...)

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hopefully it will not be shown on KBS though the ratings will be higher....dramas on KBS are known for its stiff kissing....not reflecting on the title at all

the male lead should be tall, look intelligent and have charisma and presence ... he will have minimal expressions throughout the show though ....thinking of LMH but it will be too soon for him to join another drama and he won't have a challenging role here...the girl's antics make up for it though I am frustrated with her clingy, klutzy character....the female lead should be lovable enough to be tolerable....loved the anime more

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I hope Sandara Park gets the role. :-) She has worked with the director before, so the possibility is there. I actually also like Kim So Eun.

Now, as for the guy... Choi Si Won is good; Jang Geun Seuk, too, but he's probably steering away from the same type of character as Hwang Tae Kyung.

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Is it set in high school like the original manga and ISWAK, or are they moving it to college from the get-go?

Makes a difference, some guys can't convince me they're still in high schol (cough, Bae Yong-joon in Winter Sonana, cough).

High school - since my first pick is busy with What's Up? already - I'd second Jung Il-woo (he's due for a breakout), the followed by Kim Bum. I don't think LMH is willing to do another drama or go backwards in age.

Female lead - I'm game for anyone. It's the talent not the big name that matters in making the female lead loveable and relatable, like Ariel Lin did.

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Please let it be Jang Geun Suk.!!!!!!! He can look mature or young it's up to his hair style ahhahahahahahahhaa

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Lee Min Ho and Sandara Park?? Since they were already assosiated with "Kiss". Get it??

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Awesome. Casting is key! I hope they pick good actors!

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Ooooh, now I'm excited. Sort of. I really, really hope the director gives to this storyline a nice refreshing touch. *crosses fingers* I need to ponder on the cast a bit. The cast-guessing game is my favorite activity. ^^''

@27 Viola
THANK YOU! That's exactly what I thought. Not to mention the fact that the heroine in ISWAK and TKA (can't speak for the manga/anime/jdorama tho) was the biggest canon Sue in the history of...well, ever. How come every.Single.Guy. Fell for her? Ahh. That was beyond my comprehension. Mind you, it's not like I hated her, but gee, she sure frustrated me. ISWAK/TKA cured me of my fear of the FF button. >_>

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Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho 'd be perfect
I can totally see it :)
Man.... "Game over"'s through the whole drama. Idk if I can handle that lol ^^;;
JGS 'd be good too but I want to see a new paring for this drama
What 's about PSH and Song Joong-gi? They already show a great chemistry in JIFF Event last month :)

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wow, itazura na kiss... i'm skeptical about it though... look at bof case. however, i also pray, who know, it might turn out well. as for the cast, im thinking of new and fresh faces, remember lee min ho, joo ji hoon? they weren't known before bof and goong... i think a new star is in the making ^^… for female lead, might be a little bit more familiar face, but also, someone considered 'new and fresh', and moon geun young is, imo, over-qualified, for this.. it's like using a bomb to kill a chicken. so, i'm looking fwd to a new couple that's gonna turn ppl crazy with their chemistry ^^

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I did watched the Taiwan version. But I hated the guy cuz he was so emotionally unavailable for her and treated her like a distant pet. And...she was stupid beyond belief and loved him for some unknown reason. The only scene I liked was when they finally consummated their marriage and both showed some reasonable normality. I'd love to see a Korean version because by now, one should see all the spots to make improvements on. I love BOF, so I hope they will work magic and turn this into something super romantic and fun. Something to really look forward to.

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That is actually not a bad idea because Lee Min Ho can pull the serious/heartless guy but still keep you from hating him. He is also very good at portraying the subtle changes that are needed in this role. I just wonder if its a little too similar to his role in PT though. I haven't seen Sandara's acting enough to say whether she has the chops for it but she does have the look to play the female lead, and the CF she did with Lee Min Ho shows that they would have the chemistry. Also lookwise they can portray high schoolers and college students while still being believalble in both.

I really like Kim So Hyun but I think he looks too young for the role to be honest.

For the female I think Sandara Park, Park Shin Hye, Kim So Eun would be really good because I think they look the part. I think MGY would also be good because of what I have seen her do in "Innocent Steps" and "The Little Bride" plus she is adorable but she very rarely does roles back to back so I think its highly unlikely she would take up a role so soon and a trendy one to boot. Lee Min Jung would also be nice but I am not sure how she would do with the high school part. Also Kim So Eun is doing a daily drama still so I don't how likely she would do this role.

For the Male: I would like to see Lee Min Ho, Kim Bum, Lee Sang Woo (Life is Beautiful; Don't Hesitate), or Im Joo Hwan because they all have the abilitiy to be really serious but goofy as well while still having the audience still like the lead.

I have to admit though after BOF I was very hesitant about a remake of ISWAK but I absolutely loved Goong ( watched the entire thing is a matter of two days) mostly because of the cinematography and score so I have more hope .

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OMG. i just came back from china. and. I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS POST!!! I have been following Itazura Na Kiss ever since I was young since the first Japanese Drama in.... I think 1995. whee... the naoki then was so handsome. anw. den i followed the manga and i watched the anime version of itazura na kiss that came out i think either 2008/2009. wheee. i am SO going to follow this! boy am i estatic! xD

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Oh my goodness...if Hwang In-roi is going to do it, then i'm totally going to watch it!!

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Kay: I don't think it'll be Joong-ki because he'll be busy filming another drama.

I really want Park Shin Hye to be in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I would love Song Joonki but he is shooting Sungkyunkwan Scandal at the moment so I don't think its possible for him to be in this role.

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oh. i just remembered ... i hope they do a very good casting for this drama. For the Taiwan adaptation "It Started With A Kiss", in the sequel "They Kiss Again" the female lead Ariel Chen won the Golden Horse Award Best Female Lead of the Year (which means very awesome acting agreed by most critics), therefore it is very important to act well as a not so smart person. there is a fine line between cute and adorable and not so smart and just pure idiotic. so i hope the female cast would be good, unlike gu hye sun who was a little let down in some ways for tsukushi. and naoki in the story who is a super handsome genius with IQ 200. I hope they find someone who fits the part. because there is so many emotional breakthroughs the actor can do if he does the part well. something like i thought lee min ho really did it better than matsu jun as tsukasa.

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