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Kang Ji-hwan is Lee Jun-ki’s replacement in Faith

Finally, upcoming drama Faith has a leading man to fill in the spot vacated by its previous lead star Lee Jun-ki, who had to drop the drama when army service came calling. And now, with the casting of Kang Ji-hwan (Coffee House), things just got a lot more interesting!

I’m currently making a sound right now that can only be heard by dogs and small animals, such is my surprise and excitement. I am aware that there is only one news outlet reporting this news at the moment, though Star News is usually fairly accurate and is describing the casting as a done deal.

Furthermore, according to the report, Kang isn’t exactly a new addition, and he shot the drama’s trailer video on Jeju Island in early October along with the rest of the cast. In addition to Kim Hee-sun, that includes veteran Choi Min-soo (Road No. 1), Kim Seung-soo (I Am Legend’s resident bastard ex-husband), and Philip Lee (Story of a Man, who will actually be seen first in the upcoming Secret Garden). One reason given for not announcing this casting to the public earlier is because the Entertainment Management Association is requesting that Kang not be cast. (Kang’s still in an ongoing legal fight with his former and current management companies regarding contract disputes.)

Faith gained a lot of buzz early on with the casting of Lee Jun-ki and ’90s drama queen Kim Hee-sun, the latter of whom hasn’t acted much in recent years after marrying and becoming a mother. By the time Faith makes it on the air, she will have been off television screens for five years.

Furthermore, the project is an interesting mix of genres, and has been described as fusion historical project, to be filmed in 3-D with an enormous budget of 3 billion won (approx $2.5 million USD). Dealing with the topic of Oriental medicine, it is set in the Goryeo era and is being planned for 16 episodes. (It does not yet have a home with a particular broadcast station.)

Faith will be directed by a man familiar with epic fusion sageuks and huge production budgets, Kim Jong-hak of Yonsama’s 2007 drama Legend (Taewangsashingi). In fact, a number of the supporting cast are also from Legend, such as Philip Lee and Choi Min-soo. (Choi was also in PD Kim’s classic ’90s drama Sandglass.)

Though not my usual cup of tea, I’m intrigued by the premise of the drama — and, as you know, I’m a huge fan of Kang Ji-hwan, who is no stranger to the fusion sageuk himself; it was 2008’s comic sageuk Hong Gil Dong that really made him a household name. We’ll see what this drama brings when 2011 rolls around…


Kim Hee-sun


Philip Lee

Via Star News

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OMG! *tears of happiness* Ji Hwan ssi!!! ♥

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lovely! i like him in Hong Gil Dong! looking forward to this drama next year!

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I'm confused. They recently announced that the contract dispute had been resolved. So what's with the so-called ongoing issue???

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wow that's interesting ! :-)

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OH MY GOSH!!!!

I'm so happy!! crazy stalker ALL ABOARD!!

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that not my kind. Anyway I think KJH is more suitable for Kim Hee Sun than LJK. Lee looks too young n they can't have good on screen chemistry

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Dear mariah... I agree with u,,, lee jun ki look too young for her....

This news make me sad,,, I miss lee jun ki so much,,, :(

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wow didn't thought that kjh will return to dramaland that fast. YAY! \(^o^)/

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hmm that's bad news for me .... i never liked kang ji hwan

i really wanted lee jun ki in this one.

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Same here bad news for me too, never liked KJH, to me he's just a so so actor. Man aged slowly but in KJH case is not, he looks older than this real age.

Lee Jun Ki >3, misses you!

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I think he's a great actor but I do agree that he sometimes does look older than his age. Which makes me wonder if he's like JaeBin from Last Scandal Of My Life (he pretended to be 32 even though he was really 39). lol... that would be hilarious if it's true.

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hehe, he is 33 n I don't think he looks like a 40 years old man. Of course he doesnt have a baby face. I'm not in love with him but I can't deny his talent.

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Yeah me too...never was a fan of Kang Ji Hwan...nooooo Lee JUn Ki Come BAck!!!!
Bad BAd Bad News! :(

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woot woot!

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This is the best news since the announcement of Kim Kang Woo in Poseidon! I love Kang Ji Hwan... he holds a special place in my heart!

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too bad dark clouds took over due to *some* of the casting in Poseidon. i wanna watch the awesomeness of KKW and i dont mind Eric, but adding Yunho to the mix just simply put a bitter taste in my mouth.

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i couldnt agree more....HTTG is not a drama i remember on good terms....hopefully he would have improved....he seemed ok in haru..or at least in what little of him i saw there

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five years later and kim hee sun is as adorable as ever ♥

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...Forgot what you were saying..Phillip Lee has such a pretty face...Continues to stare at his face...

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SOLD. I am SO in.

*cue banshee squeeing*

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Oooo Kang Ji-hwan in Kdrama land again, YAY!!

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OMG!! Sandglass PD, historical drama, Choi MIn-soo, and a possibility of Park Sang-won joining too and now Kang Ji-hwan,too? Heaven!

I don't mind Kim Hee-sun, she was annoying in Tomato but that was a long time ago. Heard she was also in Sad Story Sadder that Sadness. Lulz.

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i kept refreshing the page today,
just to confirm this news,

thank you so so much javabeans ^^
i'm so looking forward to this one

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Thank God, I though I was going to have to keep rewatching Coffee House and the happy episodes of Hong Gil Dong to get my fix.

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love KJH , such a talented actor , for me this is a good news.

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Doing the happy dance!

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Aaahhh!!! Squeal.

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count me in! i am so watching this! squeal!

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sorry, but title is nit FAITH.
it means doctor of god ( great doctor )

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this is a GREAT, WONDERFUL news!
I'm really happy for my favorite star, JiHwan.

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Excited for another Kang Ji Hwan fix!

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Whoa...this is a wonderful surprise....I was just thinking yesterday that it would be great to see Ji Hwan in another drama and...Bam! So looking forward to this... ummm, i hope it will air in early 2011.

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Kim hee sun? She's just so pretty, however, she never left any special in me.

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"I’m currently making a sound right now that can only be heard by dogs and small animals, such is my surprise and excitement."
actuall JB, I could hear you in my head as i was reading the title.... actually not even the whole title...just the first thre words
whenLee Jun Ki dropped i thought they wouldnt find a better replacement...but not only did they find one...but a whole lot wonderful one at that....i think Kang Ji Hwan is a better match for Kim hee sun too
looks like i'll be seeing a lot of Lee Philip in the upcomong drama seasons

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oh i pretty much made the same sound JB did but it was for KSS! never fear jb im not one to poach your men ( though not for lack of tryin :P ) !! KSS omo omo such a HAWTIE!! this drama is gonna be the death of me!!if its a KSS vs KJH situation i will absolutely not know what to do *ahem KSS ahem KJH ahem KSSKJH DIES*!!

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Yay! I'm actually glad that Lee Jun Ki is not going to be pairing up with KHS. I like this pairing much more. I feel KJH is a much better actor and can pull me into the show more!

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EEEE! Kang Ji Hwan!!

Lee Jun Ki who? xD

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ummm i'm excited about kim seung soo! he was awesome in I am Legend as the bastard ex-husband who you were suppose to hate but ended up loving instead. yay!

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Yes!! YEs!! YES!!!!

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I heard the sound! You saying I'm a small animal??? :P

Kang! Ji! Hwan! :D
Not thrilled about KHS, but oh well...

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...or the other thing.

I KID, I KID!

(but you totally set yourself up for it...!)

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I sure did, didn't I...멍멍! :lol:

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Oooh, I really enjoy watched him in that drama "Coffee House" -- but it was very amusing and fun, heh!

(Especially for him as a GREAT actor in that movie "Rough Cut" with So Ji Sub -- that's HOT, ofc!)

Wow, I hadn't seen Kim Hee Sun in any drama nor movie since for a long time, but I am not fan of Kim Hee Sun, yup.

(aw, I really missssssss my best favorite actor Lee Jun Ki sooo much) =( =(

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not my taste either, but i love myself some kang jihwan, so i'm in!!

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I was ~somewhat~ curious about this article, skipped trough it and found a picture of Philip Lee D: no idea who this guy is but daaaaaaayum hes kinda hot in that pic xD

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this drama already sounds awesome, but with KJH in it, it's going to be epic!

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KANG JI HWAN ON 3D?!?! Imagine a close up shot of him doing a pouty kissy face. Lord knows what I'll do to my television screen!

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Why is it that just looking at him.. I can remember his antics in the Coffee House and the subsequent ending that didn't satisfy me.. I don't dislike him but I don't seem to like him either..hmm..

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No one can replace Lee Jun Ki...*sigh*
I am not a fan of Kang Ji Hwan, but I is still worth watching because of Philip Lee xd

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bring me back a hong gil dong mood

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like ji hwan ... since he played in Firework, 99 days, hong gil dong and the last in the Coffee Shop ... I'm looking forward to his work ... I want to see how far he can progress further .... fighting Ji Hwan

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Hong Gil Dong is still my undisputed favorite out of all of Ji Hwan's dramas and movies...BSGS comes a close second :)

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Ji-Hwan opppaaaa!!!!
I've been waiting for his newest drama!
But, still, I'm a bit dissappointed that it is a historical drama though :'(

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a video link of Faith (?) filming from DC KJH :

http://gall.dcinside.com/list.php?id=kangjh&no=209646&page=1&bbs=

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i love kang ji hwan! hes sucha great actor
and i loved him in hong gil dong & coffee house. great comedic timing lol

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owhhhhhhhh noooooooooooooo!!!
it's a really bad news for me..
i don't like kang ji- hwan.

Lee jun ki i miss u..................

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i'm happy he's back....yay!

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jihwan,you dont care to them just keep going
you such great actor .
we n ksa love you and depened on you to be natural star.
pightin

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I agree completely.

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He was good in another historic drama, so He delivers!!

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