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Choi Su-jong to play next Korean President

Interesting how dramas always come in pairs, right? There’s Gumiho Fox Child and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Runaway and Athena, Road No. 1 and Comrades. Now Daemul vs. President?

Veteran actor Choi Su-jong (most recently of Comrades, and for those of you who remember the nineties, Jealousy) has just been cast as the lead in the upcoming KBS drama President [프레지던트].

It looks to be a different take on the presidency as Daemul, because this one is set a few decades in the past, and focuses on one man’s journey toward BECOMING the president, rather than a portrayal of a sitting one. But if President gets its act together faster than Daemul (which should be a piece of cake, considering all the production woes) then it’s got a chance to steal some thunder if it’s good right out of the gate.

Choi Su-jong will play President-to-be Jang Il-joon, who starts off as a top-university law school graduate. He gets involved in student protests during the time of the overthrowing of the Yushin regime (President Park Chung-hee, assassinated 1979) and meets the greatest challenge of his life, instilling a new dream in the idealistic young man.

He becomes a civil rights lawyer, then a congressman, and then throws his hat into the presidential race, with the dream of moving the nation toward change. His will be a tale of overcoming all odds to become president, and of course, the intense love story that fuels him.

This? Sounds A-MAZ-ING.

President will follow Runaway, which follows Baker King. It premieres December 8 on KBS.

Via Hankyung

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YEAH! So good to see more of him 8-)

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OH YEAH I LOVE HIM FROM SEA GOD, WELL DONE.

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I'm watching Comrades and absolutely love CSJ in it.

''He gets involved in student protests during the time of the overthrowing of the Yushin regime (President Park Chung-hee, assassinated 1979).''

This part sounds more Giant than Daemul, since it's a theme recently covered in the former.

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Was he the male lead on Emperor of the Sea? I probably got it wrong...

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He is, and may I add that he was very, very good in it too (not much of a surprise there since he's awesome).

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Dae JoYoung! i dont think i'll ever forget that series since that's my first k-historical drama i've ever watched!

it'll be interesting to see who rises above here. Choi Sujong seems to have quite successful dramas while Kwon Sangwoo's having a hard time for his dramas to rate well; but considering the female lead of Daemul... will be an interesting match.

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yay!!~~
more Choi SooJong...I'm finishing up Comrades....which I think is this year's best drama so far!!~
somehow Choi SooJong has this luck where his drama never really flops.....and as I've said in earlier posts before, CSJ makes other actors around him act real well....for some unknown reasons....>.<~~

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he's such an amazing actor ...i ll look forward to this!! i could totally see him in a role of a young idealistic president role

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Oh man. He looks really familiar... I think I recognize him from the sageuks my parents watch :D

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i saw him in family outing..he was hilarious! never watched his dramas but i heard that he's awesome!

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Hubba! Hubba! He could read me the phone book and I would be happy.His wife is lucky woman.All of his shows are great. Love him as Jang BoGo , Dae Jo Young and in Comrades. I love his deep voice and those looks
he gives! Yes He was in Emporor of the Sea . The first thing I saw him in.

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Can I just say that I'm currently obsessed with epic underdog stories? So, this? Sounds right up my alley.

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Woohoo, more Choi Soo Jong!
Now, if only Jung Tae Woo were in it, too... ;)
And the rest of the Comrades cast...
Comrades, I just can't quit you! :D

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i'll watch this one for sure. choi su jong is kind of my first love. he will forerver be my San U. choi su jong fighting!

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Sergeant Lee for President! Yeessss!

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i love him in Jae Do Yong ... he's so charismatic and mesmerising. am watching Comrades too ... so ecstatic to find quite a number of actors in Jae Do Yong acting in it.

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oops ... i mean ... Dae Jo Yong ... hi hi

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this guy is AMAZING. i adored emperor of the sea, and my mum had a complete crush on him as well. his charm obviously knows no generation gaps. <3
the drama isn't exactly my genre, but i have a feeling it'll be mad interesting.

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Is it just me... I think Choi Su Jong looks like Johnny Depp, esp in the "gladiator" scene in the Emperor Of The Sea.

A loving husband, I read, and a solid down-to-earth actor with great acting skills - an easy-going "ching-gu" of many ahjummas and ahjossis, shall I say?

I think he used to take comic roles when he was younger. I had fun kicks watching him in old dramas (played in K-restaurants) after Emperor Of The Sea, whose character is anything but comical.

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Choi Su Jong is an amazing actor. I am so happy he's back again. I haven't watched Comrades, but have read it is excellent. He is the reason I started to watch Kdramas.
Saw him in Dae Jo Young and then Emperor of the Sea. He was mesmerizing.

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What happened to Jang Dong Gun? Wasn't he supposed to star in this series?

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Between Athena and Runaway..surely Runaway will become hits...(definitely cos of Rain..his fans.....). This was based on the previous Rain drama..when people says that it was being overrating...WTH..I'm Rains fan also..heheh..Aja!Aja!

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like him since "On the prairie" with Chae Rim... wonder who will be the leading actress...

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Just saw him in comrades and that picture of him up there (with the crossed arms) LOOKS SO DIFFERENT. He lost so much weight filming Comrades, his cheekbones have become sooo defined.

(BTW, did anyone notice that they used eyeliner on him alot during the show (which was awesome)?)

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Is it true that this will be based fron a Popular Manga named "Eagle"?

Anyways,I have a High respect for CSJ in terms of his acting skill.

I Haven't missed any of his Dramas,So I'll watch this for sure;)

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Amazing indeed.
I haven't felt this urge to watch a Korean drama in months.
Will totally be looking forward to this. ;)

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i loved him in First Love as Bae yong's hyung, he was good in his role! i still hv to see him in Comrades, too many dramas & so little time :(((

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Why would his drama flop? He is a seasoned actor who knows his craft and is love by his fans the world over. When he comes on the screen he is magnanimous, brilliant, he is an actor, not a reactor like most of the korean actress/actors.

From the first time I saw him in "First love" I fell in love with him the actor, he emotes passion and an understanding for what he does, he can command his audience attention...Love, love, love him. Look forward to this drama, I have seen thus far everything he has stared in and will continue to support him.

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