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Lee Da-hae cast with Joo Jin-mo in period film

Lee Da-hae has been confirmed for a leading role opposite Joo Jin-mo in the big-budget period film 가비, described as a period spy-melodrama. (The title means “coffee” but isn’t the same word for coffee used in Korea today; modern Koreans pronounce coffee as “kuh-pi,” while this title is the older pronunciation of “ka-bi.”)

The movie is about a secret plot by Russian spies to assassinate Joseon’s Emperor Gojong, who was a man who knew how to enjoy his coffee. (He reigned from 1863 to 1907, which puts this movie in the twilight years of the Joseon era. It’s a slice of time I grew interested in when watching the excellent mystery-treasure-hunt drama Mixed-Up Investigative Agency, which is a modern-day comedy whose major plot point involved Emperor Gojong and his year of living in refuge at the Russian diplomatic house in Seoul.)

Lee Da-hae’s role is described, interestingly, as a Joseon-era barista; she plays a woman who serves coffee to the emperor. In addition to Lee and Joo Jin-mo are the always-great Park Hee-soon (A Barefoot Dream) and Yoo Sun (Sons of Sol Pharmacy).

Coffee / Ka-bi is based on a novel by Kim Tak-hwan titled 노서아 가비, which is the old way of saying “Russian Coffee,” and comes from director Jang Yoon-hyun of Tell Me Something and Hwang Jini (the movie version with Song Hye-gyo, not the drama starring Ha Ji-won). Boasting a sizable 10 billion won budget, the movie plans to begin filming in early 2011.

Spies, coffee, period costuming? You’ve got my interest.


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Yoo Sun


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Via E Daily

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I like her quite a lot. Definitely interested in her new movie.

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yay, new movie

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that is joo jin mo?!?!?! what happened to him? he looks washed out in that pic.....

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I know that picture did not do him justice, at all. He looks way better properly groomed and in a suit. Wonder how he will look in period costumes?

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You've never seen him in period costumes? FAIL! XD

But he's always hot, imho. Even in that. OMG his eyeeees!

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JJM looks good in period pieces ("Musa", "Bichunmoo") - long hair suits him well (he also looks good w/ short hair).

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I like Lee dae hae, but I dislike coffee..................

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i have no idea where this is coming from, but i thought a korean emperor died from poison in his coffee.
i think it's cause i watched the shaman scene in jeon woo chi. huh.
anyways, i miss the convo-posts. they were fun.

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Lee Da Hae's face seems to keep changing that I think she is a different person from herself...maybe it's photoshoot magic.

I hope her choice of new projects better suits her than Hello Miss, East of Eden and Chuno.

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i agree. her face changed so much since she started.

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wow, joseon period is a bottomless pit of movie ideas isn't it?! such an interesting topic, wonder who will play the russkies...

oh and that's a great pic of lee da hae, she so pretty. want that coat...

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Love Lee Da-hae and looking forward to this!

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Me too!

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Love Lee Da Hae, Love the cast and Love the story. It seems to be something different. Looking forward to see how it will come out.

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Another Park Hee-soon film? Count me in!
I hope the movie does well in Korea for Park Hee-soon's and Joo Jin-mo's sakes. Joo's latest projects haven't been doing so well, and after 7 Days, Park's films were all flops (though I enjoyed most of them). Looking foward to 2011 and what new stuff the industry will try to dish out (or recylce)!

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oMG ... finally she's back!!!!!!! but i was hoping she would come back to a drama soon.

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to be quite honest, she doesn't seem like a terribly charismatic actress to me... i dunno. only an opinion, of course, but wow she annoys me. maybe coz of her project choices that fail to deliver and the drama surrounding her all the time. eep, sorry, guys..

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I agree, I actually don't see why everyone likes her so much. She hasn't impressed me as an actress, although she's very pretty. *braces for the onslaught of angry fans*

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she is so damn overrated no charisma and no talent

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feels sorry bcos u have to read this article.
This world is full of funny people.

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I agree. Lee Da Hae is tall and pretty.
But I find her difficult to watch because she relies on her habit of overacting. All of her Kdramas had great co-stars like Go Soo, Lee Jun Ki, Lee Dong Wook, Oh Ji Ho, Jang Hyuk and Kim Ha Eun.

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She may be pretty (though I prefer her face in her earlier years), but not a great actress. I saw her in Green Rose and that was the first and last drama I watched of hers.

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agree on her habit of overacting. she has the tendancy to overact with her face.. it fails to deliver.

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LOL i'm with ya, sister *shields you from angry fans*
i REALLY liked her in My Girl, with lee dong wook, i thought the over-acting came with the role of yoo-rin.... but then i followed her next dramas and was not only severely disappointed, i also realized that her over-acting is really just.. erm.. how she acts. heh. *peace* ...

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Yey! love Joo Jin Mo ever since Frozen Flower. He was soooo awesome in that movie (and yes, looking so regal in period costume). And Lee Da Hae, I like in Green Rose, which I happen to have finished just a week ago. So I am definitely excited about this and will look forward to it.

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YAY for Joo Jin Mo!!!!!!!

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Joo Jin Mo, Coffee, Spies!!!! *crazy happy dance* he he

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YESH!! Joo Jinmo got Sexy with capital S in my book. The man just oozes sex.

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Was wondering about Lee Da-hae's upcoming project just the other day. Hopefully, she'll have better luck with this movie.

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What a surprise and very good news indeed. Lee and Joo Ji Moo, I can see his staring at her already. Love to see her getting a big project and hopefully meatier role. I remember reading she is also into another blockbuster movie few months ago-looks like 2 big budget movies in her hand-not bad.

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hmmm, i SO wish this was a drama instead!

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PARK HEE SOON IS GONNA BE IN THIS? maybe then.
idk about lee da [email protected][email protected] and i didnt really like the hwang jinyi movie @[email protected] song hye go was pretty but that movie was such a yawn :S

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*sighs* wow, why does everyone seem to jump onto 'let's make Russia a bad guy' movies these days?

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Joo Jin Mo AND Park Hee Soon?!...hell ya!

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South Korea is either into Coffee or Soju .Very interesting !

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yay for Lee Da Hae! I hope she gets her groove back with this movie!

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hoping that it is a tv series rather than a movie. Looking
forward to her next tv series. Big fan of hers.

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so she is actually the lead character here, right? Since that novel revolved around "Danya"... and I think JJM will play "Ivan"... the Korean guy from Russia she runs away with. They go into this huge plan to kill/poison the king... through the wonders of coffee?

All I know is the heroine is the central character in this one.

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Watching Chuno right now. KDH just stands out on the screen. She's very pretty in historical and modern dramas. There's something very endearing about her. Her acting I consider it "B", with plenty of room to improve.

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KDH was forgetable in "Chuno."

While much of it may have had to do w/ the writing for her role, she really didn't have that charisma that other popular actresses have.

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i've always have a soft spot for LDH, so i am really excited about this. hopefully she will do better here than she did in her previous projects. lol a joseon barrista, that ought to be interesting.

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Joo Jin-mo you’ve got me there! Though you annoyed me in Frozen Flower I love your guts to play the gay hope to see you in a more fitting role that is worth your looks and talent.

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Lee Da hae, I always love you ....

Hopefully u do the best ...

Basya

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JinMo is great in anything, way back then he blew me away in 'Musa The Warrior'..(but then i totally got zapped by Jung WooSung too...)i just hope LDH can do justice to this sexy man-thing..anybody seen Korean's version of Á Better Tomorrow'yet?..he's so awesome!

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I think this sexy man will be benefited more by co-staring with her-more exposure to Asia and maybe she will introduce her to Warner Brother later-who knows.

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typo error..introduce him (the sexy)....

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Wow. I hope this is will be good, and I hope I can watch it. Probably have to wait forever before it goes on Netflix. T_T
Thanks JB!

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Wow, it must be intersting to this new movie, ofc.

Whoooooooooo! I am admiring Lee Da Hae too much since I had seen her in that drama "My Girl", yupz! =)

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Ahh Joo Jin Mo!!! He's who I'm interested in in this movie :D

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she very preety....love her....

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I am your Fan!!!!!!!!!!!

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