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Kim Hyun-joong’s Playful (almost) Kiss

The first stills of Playful Kiss gave us the bickering side to the main couple’s relationship, so now it’s time for some skinship! Well, almost skinship as the leads, Kim Hyun-joong and Jung So-min, tease us with this almost-kiss.

I’ve said it before, but they do really look cute together. (I’m approaching the drama with optimism, honest! Wary optimism, but still hopeful.)

Jung So-min said that she still gets stuck calling him “Hyun-joong sunbae-nim,” which is the polite way to address her elder. She added that she’s working to meld her character, who is not too bright and chases after her crush (who is her complete opposite), with the character of the original. (Although, judging from people’s comments, hopefully she finds a way to avoid the annoying aspects of the role and brings out the appealing side.)

Playful Kiss airs on September 1.

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wow. i m excited too.. Sep 1, cant wait.

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There is chemistry. I do hope they do justice to the manga coz I really loved it. I might watch it...I will wait and see...

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aww shoo cute!! xD can;t wait for it to start and yes, I am now optimistic as well! thanks for sharing!
and lmaooo does his top say guilty panties? =O loool

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OH GOD. I thought for a second his vest said GUILTY PANTIES....LMAOOOO!!!

I LOVE SUNG JO MIN and LEE TAE SUNG!!!!

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THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT!

It's guilty parties. But written badly.

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hahaha. that's what i thought too!

at least their clothing here isn't that gah-ugly brown. lol

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OMG I thought that too! LMAOOOO

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OMG SAME! LOOL. It was a total "WTF" moment XD

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That's funny. My eyes were reading "Girly Panties".

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OMG hahahahah ur girly panties misreading cracked me up even more than guilty panties hahahaha....shouldnt have used "guilty" whatever it is in the first place lmao...

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you cracking up over her crack up is cracking me up. wow! did i really just think let alone write all that! 0_o

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LOL!

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ROTFL Guilty Panties :P

It was a Freudian slip? His hotness has muddled your mind. What's going to happen once you start watching the drama? :D
I must say, that he looks so much better with darker hair. They make a cute couple. I'm looking forward to this one.

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the guilty panties comment cracked me up, it never occurred to me until ur comment

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(I’m approaching the drama with optimism, honest! Wary optimism, but still hopeful.)

JB, much as I LOVE KHJ, I totally am in agreement with you on your "wary optimism" comment!!! Yet, despite that, I'm anticipating this drama more than "Gumiho"...but being the KDA that I am...I'll still watch BOTH!!!
Who knows, it might spring me a surprise? Much like "prosecutor Princess" became one of my all-time favorites, when I was actually expecting "Personal Taste" to be better!!!

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Pollyanna mode activate!

I am glad the stills look ok. I am glad there appears to be chemistry. I am glad she is starting to look more the part as I was worried she might be too pretty to pull it off. I am glad ...sheesh this glad game is seriously hard.

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Resistance is futile, it seems. Damn it. Now I'm actually looking forward to this, guilty panties and all...

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I'm definitely watching especially after seeing the stills. It's looking good so far.

LOL on the "guilty panties" comments.

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I thought it said 'guilty PASTRIES'.

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yeeeeeeee!!...i swear thats not a banshee cry but a fangirl scream....they look absolutely adorable together!!...im glad at least that is working well for this drama...i saw some stills of the F class characters the other day and it looked to me like they were trying too hard make them look dumb or even the way lee tae sung's character looks...i sincerely hope they dont turn this into another BOF....despite being a crazy Hong sister fan I'm anticipating this drama much more than MGiaG...i hope it doesnt dissapoint....which reminds me that said drama will be premiering tomorrow!...Yeeeeeeeee!!

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one drama I definitely look forward to.. they look so freaking adorable!

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getting ready for more awkward kissing aka touching of lips.
wouldn't it be crazy if the producers were like screw it, lets have a real kiss!

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LMAO!!! guilty panties totally made my day. I can't stop laughing. People must think I'm a crazy person laughing to herself on the bus lol!

I'm actually looking forward to this! But I'm not getting my hopes up too high. The lower your expectations the lower the disappointment if this turns out to be as cringe inducing as everyone seems to believe it will be.

But they look so damn cuuute!

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Wait, is what they're wearing in this pic their uniforms? Because they look a lot better than the uniforms in http://www.dramabeans.com/2010/08/playful-kiss-kids-in-uniform/

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Ok, is it only me or KHJ is oozing lots of charisma in the stills? I mean, judging from his past acting activities, I would have never though I'd be this excited about Playful kiss (I did watch ISWAK and TKA and I pushed the FF button A LOT!), but now I am? the more stills I see, the more I want to see it and the more hopeful I get he might actually be good in this drama. *crosses fingers* IDEK why I have this feeling. He looks different? The way he carries himself? IDK, there's something quite different about him, but I can't quite put my finger on it. They look cute together.

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I think it says 'Guilty Parties.'

But guilty panties is funnier!

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@#6 deannadsc

I thought the same, that I would like Personal Taste better than Prosecutor Princess, but until now I have not watched the last 3 episodes of Personal Taste. Prosecutor Princess will be on my top favorite K-drama, #1 is Coffee House :o)

The stills for Playful Kiss is getting better and better, I will probably watch this than My gf is a Guminho since I don't find the lead guy there cute, ever since Shining Inheritance.

And as much as KHJ's acting is concern..."wary optimism" at least his cute :o) so I will probably watch this . . . aja aja fighting!!!

I love the Taiwanese version (ISWAK and TKA) great chemistry between Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng so looking forward on how the K-drama will be.

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cute, cute, cute!!! cant wait!

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Ahhhhh soooo cute! I totally dig their chemistry! Guilty panties or not!? Im waiting for this drama. Although I dont want to expect much but they look so adorable together!

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If I had known he was going to call attention to them, I wouldn't have worn my guilty panties today.

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omg you too?

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LOL!!! Who stole my panties!!!! Where is the guilty party?
:P

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LMAO!!! Where do you find stuff like this. Just perfect.

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hi to u. say hi to ur fan.

sorry to insert this one here, totally inappropriate especially that those guilty panties are all over the page.

i so love your witty writing, any tips u can share? *runs to hide*

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Hi!

Tip #1: Live life with a sense of humor.

Tip #2: Say the first thing on your mind, then learn to ride the wave of backlash. Learn, then repeat.

Tip #3: Always wear your guilty panties.

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the best tip was the last one. thank u so much.!

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1) Jung So-min has Eun-young's (Coffee House) braided hairstyle! Yay! I read that Park Shi-yeon's hairstyles were making waves (heh) through the drama-watching world, but it's awesome to see another drama heroine adopt the style so quickly.

2) @ 28 Reese -- I agree that Hyun-joong just looks like a statue. He's gorgeous (seriously, how does such a beautiful boy even happen?), but I'm not getting anything from that picture. She's being cute, and into it. I totally believe that she's anticipating that playful kiss, and from him I've got ... nothing. He's angled away from her, his face seems expressionless. Le sigh. That being said, he is gorgeous and they're really cute together. I'm excited! You should watch the drama, Reese, if only because Girlfriday is recapping the show. If the drama ends up being good, you'll be glad you watched it. If it ends up being not-good, with Girlfriday recapping, you'll be SO glad you watched it!

3) Exactly what are guilty panties? I have to check to see if I have some so I can wear them while I watch the drama. Are they panties you wear when you're feeling guilty? Or are the panties themselves guilty? If so, what causes the panties to be guilty? Naughty panties....

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Damn! I posted this in the wrong place. Still getting used to the new (but awesome) format.

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First thing I noticed too was the EunYoung/PSY-inspired hair style. I hope it gets more viewers to watch Coffee House. Loved it!

I had to scroll back up to look for the "Guilty" message. You know, it really could have happened the way you saw it! On his school uniform, no less. I'm thinking of that teen girl K-pop band (T-ara?) selling Tshirts sporting the F word in a phrase that makes no sense to me but (according to the band's reps) it is used commonly in English-speaking countries. Can someone explain that to me?!

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Khj's character is supposed to be cold... As opposed to the girl's character which is full of emotion.. So I guess they really did a good job in this picture!!! Read the synopsis of the manga guys so u will have an idea of their characters!!!

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Claire!!! I have read the manga synopsis!!! I understand that he's cold!!! It just didn't fit with me that he would keep the coldness all the way until right before their lips met!!! At some point, when kissing someone you care about, you should heat up!!! You should lean toward the person you're about to mack on!!! I expected some emotion!!! But you seem to know more about the manga than I do, so I'll admit that I'm wrong, and that's OK!!! Because he's gorgeous!!! And they're so cute together!!! Yay!!! Woohoo!!!

Why are we ending our sentences with three exclamation points, Claire!!!

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Hahaha.. I guess it's just a habit to end a sentence with 3 exclamation points.. Kekeke.. This pix was taken I guess to show their character..if u based it on the manga...it will be weird to see naoki smiling while kissing..sorry to disappoint u but I think this is the typical naoki style of kissing..!!! Kekekeke

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@ Claire

I'm willing to wait for the drama to start before I make judgments on the actual acting, but I'll respond to that whole Naoki-is-cold thing. No matter how "cold" a person is, they aren't dead. In a manga, we have internal dialogue that let's us know what is going on inside someone's head, no matter how no matter how expressionless they appear to be. That won't work on film; allowances need to be made for the medium. There's an underlying complexity in this type of portrayal; a character's emotions may be somewhat hidden from other characters, but they should be, if not transparent, at least apparent to the audience. He will need to convincingly display some sort of internal struggle as this girl begins to get a grip on him.

I'm not saying Kim Hyun-joong should emote up one side of the screen and down the other, but there will need to be flashes -- hints if you will -- of humanity and emotion beneath that "coldness," otherwise the audience will have absolutely no idea of what he's thinking/feeling. Taking "cold" as a license to be a blank slate is poor acting and would result in a failed portrayal. Unless his character is actually a corpse, we'll need to see some sign of life. If Kim Hyun-joong can do that -- and I'm rooting for him to succeed -- I'll be pleased as punch. If he can't ... I'll accept it and enjoy the drama anyway! And anyway, I'll always be grateful to his parents for making such a cutie-patootie! Cute, cute, CUTE.

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I agree with you..but in both manga and ISWAK drama actually plus the anime..he started cold and arrogant but it was the girl who awakened all the complex emotions deep within him... So eventually he'll pass the cold state with the help of the girl... That explains the full amount of kissing scenes in ISWAK and TKA... Kekeke.. But I doubt in Korean version if they will have one... They're so conservative when it comes to kissing scenes.... I've read from another blog that the concept for this photo is "To kiss or Not to Kiss" so I guess it not bad for a first photo still.. I checked out the official website of playful kiss from mbc.. They have more photo with ugly uniform on but they're expression is much better...I'm sorry but I'm just one of the believer that khj will deliver this character better.. I just turned into one of his avid fan recently.... Kekeke

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@ Claire

Please be a believer in whatever you like -- no need to preface it with an "I'm sorry." I too want to believe that Kim Hyun-joong will deliver this character than he did the last one. I don't know if he will -- I have some misgivings -- but you can be darned sure that I'm hoping for it really hard. And I quite like the kid. Therefore, other than us having different opinions about the way an actor can portray "cold and arrogant" I'm thinking we're of pretty much of the same mind. Here's hoping! :-)

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Oh i wish was was tugging at his tie!!

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THAT'S SO ADORABLE!!!!!

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Ahahaha, GF, JB your comments made my day :)

So. Cute. These pictures have me excited for the series. And I am one of those that hopes JSM will add something else to the lead girl.

I actually really disliked how the lead was played out in ISWAK (I am not hating the drama, just wasn't my taste. No tomatoes please).

I'm really really hopeful that JSM will make the character lovable and appealing.

I'm actually more worried more for JSM's character than KHJ's acting just because I had so many issues with that character in the other drama.

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okay, that's the first time i'm getting happyvibes for this drama. :3 PLEASE, hyunjoong, PLEASE don't suck. i love him forever irl, but omg jihoo sunbae. ><""

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Looks like it'll be great! I still miss the old layout though... =(

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were on the same boat...(sobs) letting go is really hard, isnt it?

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it's just a matter of time imho. The other one has been on for years so of course it was more familiar. I love that we can reply to each comment on this one. ^^ Now if there were email notifs, that'd be the cherry on top. :)

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I really hope Somin will do well with this role. I really got annoyed with Ariel's rendition. Ah, cannot wait~!

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As much as I want to watch this, I might bow out.

I'm kind of done with the whole "over-reacting" character-types, that are loud, brash, and oh so annoying. If the main female in this is the opposite of that, then fine, but I'm already iffy on this because of KHJ's acting.

Even in that picture, she's the only one being "playful". He just looks like a rock. Shouldn't there be some emotion when you're about to be kissed or are that close to someone who is as pretty as she is?

Maybe I'm just being too critical...

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I've seen ISWAK (and loved it!!!) and the character is supposed to be really cold towards her, so he shouldn't look to into it. Though he does tease her at times and gets pretty close and makes her uncomfortable. I don't know, I'm feeling very mixed since Joe Chen was so perfect and I'm afraid I'll be comparing the characters the whole time, expecting them to be the same, but they won't be.

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My opinion the kiss pose is so suit the character already ^^ you have to kiss looks like what your character, isn't it?

Shouldn’t there be some emotion when you’re about to be kissed or are that close to someone who is as pretty as she is? -> hahaha because he is Naoki ^^ a man with his so high pride. I think i can see his secretly 'smile' expression in that pic, just like his character (you can see how his lips make a curve) LOL. Just like he was try to hide his excitement, but actually he do want it. Thats Naoki.
In this pic the one who is kissing is Naoki and Oh Hani, and their pose is just like how itazura na kiss character style.. ^^
I am an avid itazura na kiss manga fan ^^

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He's supposed to have a cold character.. I bet u haven't read the manga.. Should u be reading first the synopsis of the manga before judging and criticizing the actor?

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Actually, I have read the manga; I even saw the Japanese drama and anime.

But being cold doesn't equal being emotionless.

Someone who is cold still has emotions; they aren't completely emotionless.

Look at Kim Ji-hoon in "Wish Upon a Star/Stars Falling From the Sky". He was cold, but was he entirely emotionless? Not at all.

There are a ton of characters in Korean dramas, let alone Asian dramas that are "cold" but still show emotions. The only "cold" characters I've seen that don't show emotions are the ones played by people that can't act.

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cute...can't wait this drama.....

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She a natural when it come skin ship, she look relax and comfortable. I'm not surprise with her abilities to be so realistic in a skin ship scene, every since the bathroom scene in "Bad Guy" I knew she do well. Natural body language is a great traits to have in K-drama so many of the actor/actress have not learn to act in character when doing a skin ships scene, you can see right through the computer screen they whole body and facial expression says I'm in a room surrounded by cast members!

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Love this drama in Japanese and Taiwanese versions.
I'm sure it will work nicely in K-drama too.

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this pic reminds me of all those scenes where the girl would stand still like a statue while the guy leans in for the kiss....except the roles are switched here in this pic!

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In this picture he looks like the Taiwanese actor, Wu Zun.

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holy buffaloes, batman, he does look like wu zun!!!!

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yeah...i also noticed that....even from the first pics they have shown...when they were talking at the road...
seriously!...WTH does he look like wu chun to me now??

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this is cuteeee... i mean so itazura na kiss style... ^^ their pose is really like their character...
the girl seems so hope the kiss so much.. and the guy.. just like naoki style.. actually secretly want that.. ^^
it wakes my memory about the manga..

me so excited..

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i love how the girl is in this picture.

no wait i love this entire picture.

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My 2cents worth: I specifically went back and watched KHJ in BOF and skipped the other scenes, and he actually did a far more credible job of adapting the character of Rui from the original manga than the other actors taking on the role. Rui is 'off' in his own world for most of the manga, a blank slate to his buddies, Akira and Sojiro and Tsukasa, who are always saying things like "What's that guy thinking?". He doesn't share, except with Tsukushi: she brings out his feelings.

And despite all the harsh criticism from some dramaphiles, the director and KHJ himself, in interviews they gave, have made it clear they were attempting to be true to Rui with the character Jihoo. I've just re-read the mangas to make sure I was on track before watching BOF the last few days.

I said all that to say that in his live performances, music videos, and previous shows, and BOF, KJH has expressed fairly well a wide range of emotions and complex feelings. He has a less-expressive face than many actors, to be sure, which is why he's being cast in these roles, one would think.

Again, in the ISWAK/PK/Itazura na Kiss manga, Naoki is described repeatedly as a very cold character: if there's very much expression coming out of KJH, then, I'd be surprised, unless the writers and directors decide to make a wild left k-drama turn from the source material.

Again, I'm encouraged by the cute chemistry they've already shown in stills, and a careful re-read and re-watch of BOF, and now doing the same with Itazura na Kiss in prep for the Sept 1 launch date.

Should be interesting to see how they pull it together.

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ditto here, my friend, plus my 2 cents

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I watched all 3 version of BOF as well as read the manga. Tot KHJ did a pretty decent job vs the other 2 actors in other versions.

Read Itazura manga & caught a few eps of the TW version. Unfortunately did not enjoy the show cos Ariel's character protray is too OTT for me.

Hope this version is better.

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LOL to *guilty panties*

call me bias but i am anticipating for this drama
because i love khj in bof kekeke
i have seen iswak and enjoyed it too
but i wish the character of JSM
will be less annoying than ariel's
wanna see a real kiss ^_^

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YES! I see the chemistry! (weaker on HJ's side, but still there)

I can't wait for this!

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Well the picture does look cute! I totally didn't expect that. Ever since the news of the Korean version of ISWAK came out, I have not been having much interest since the Taiwanese version is always the best for me. But after looking at the stills released so far, I am willing to give this a try. The only bad thing is the timing; September is when the fall semester starts and all things get hectic. :/ Anyway, hope it does not disappoint me too much!

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Awww they look cuuuute!

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all i can say is, they are cute looking together..i hope this time we can see the real kiss like the tw version..i think if their chemistry will go on way, leader and jsm will be develop in real life..hmmm, i'm just imagining for this couple..i think all asian countries now a days excited to grab this drama since in our country already spreading MK news! i wonder what inside of khj to get the attention of all people not only in korea but also in other countries...can't wait more kissing pics in the future..MK fighting!

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Gahhhhh! This still gives me chill. I'm on board with this drama..for now. Your new fancy 'reply' thing is kind of fun fun to read. Now I'm starting to like this new makeover of yours.

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OMG! They are so cute together! I think this drama is definitely worth watching! I'm soo excited! ^o^

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I'm in... I loved the Taiwanese version... Hope this one doesn't let down... but still im committed to watch the whole thing...

seriously love the shot...

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Wow this pic so cute and scream chemistry. They really look what the manga character are. So min with his 'naughty cute girl' expression and Hyunjoong with his 'cool but expecting it much' expression. Just really like their character should be. I am in this shipper already. Just still but this already scream chemistry. Can't wait 9.1

I am not KHJ fans, but in this still he looks damn good. I think I got my karma already XD

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as long as khj is the main lead actor, i will definitely watch "mischievous kiss" whatever the outcome of this drama.. jung so min is a lucky girl to be kiss by our leader!!! they are cute looking together^^ hwaiting for more skinships pics:)

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I wonder if they will show what ISWAK did in two seasons? Are they going to end at a certain point or will they end somewhat similarly?

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can't wait for this one

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loving the fact that KHJ would be back to small screen again!!! can't wait till Sept!!!!

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Guilty panties. Hilarious! Thanks for the laughs!

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Eeeeeeh....I don't really see the chemistry there. I feel like KHJ made any attempt at some sort of feeling in that picture other than to just close his eyes and lean in. I guess I'll have to wait for some actual footage to make a better judgement, but I'm still highly pessimistic at this point =T

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I think basing on the other comments here, his character in this drama is supposed to be a genius in everything but rather cold. The girl's character is dumb but full of emotion. I think they portrayed their character very well in this picture.

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