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Ripley’s cast holds its prayer ceremony

Pre-emptive strike: Yes, this is an Lee Da-hae post. Yes, there will probably be lots of random angry wank. Yes, I’d rather we stayed sane. Let’s try and keep things civil, shall we? We can prove we’re not slaves to this curious, near-Pavlovian response to go feral whenever the name Lee Da-hae is mentioned, right? Right??

Anyway…

The drama apparently now titled Ripley — formerly Goodbye, Miss Ripley — held its prayer ceremony last week, that customary event held by a drama’s cast and production team to wish for good luck and success in the coming months. (It’s not a religious thing, just common industry practice.)

The four leads were there at MBC’s Yongin set — Lee Da-hae with Micky Yoochun, Kim Seung-woo, and Kang Hye-jung — giving us our first glimpse of them interacting with each other. No doubt there will be many a superfan scrutinizing the photos for signs to be gleaned in the LDH/Yoochun shots. (They’re standing close together! Then they’re standing far apart — to overcompensate for being close earlier? That must be it! They hate each other! No, they’re in looove!)

As we’ve mentioned before, the plot is of the ripped-from-the-headlines variety, taking its inspiration from the well-publicized case of Shin Jeong-ah, a professor who’d forged her credentials (claiming to have a Yale degree). When she was caught, she became notorious overnight, and also triggered the outing of a number of other academics (and even celebs) touting falsified school records.

In a society that practically values your worth as a human being based on the quality of education you received, you can see why this was such a grievous offense not only to those in academic circles but to the Everyman and -Woman, particularly if you’d been passed over for someone with a more lustrous school name on their resumé. It was also an affront to the Everymom slaving to get her kid into the “right” academies and universities so as to allow her child to score the “right” job and marry the “right” spouse to become a “right” member of society. Only to be pushed aside by a lying faker with a lack of real creds and shame.

Shin Jeong-ah spoke to the media last week while promoting the publication of an essay book, where she was naturally asked how she felt about this new drama based on her life. She gave a vague, safe answer: “I saw the reports when my friends alerted me to them. The drama hasn’t started yet, but I’ll watch when it airs.” She did admit, “The fact that I am the subject of a drama does make me feel some burden. But even so, I think I’ll have to watch it.”

Shin’s autobiography, by the way, has been selling out and her name has once again become a hot topic, although there are critics who have harsh words for her book. One famous writer even expressed her suspicions that the autobiography was ghostwritten.
 
Shin’s public image is, to put it mildly, mired in controversy; she’s also seen as brash and shameless. The woman’s frauds were flagrant, and even in her new book, she reportedly paints herself the victim rather than copping to her misdeeds. So one wonders how on earth she’ll be portrayed as the heroine in a drama — because as much as Korea likes delicious, flawed heroes/heroines in fiction, it’s another thing entirely to humanize (or romanticize) one so disdained in real life. And it’s not at all a stretch to wonder how an actress who inspires such divisive, heated opinions will be able to reconcile her own public image with this character who is already quite a challenge to begin with.

Lest you think I’m all about slagging on Lee Da-hae, let me say that I think she’s a pretty talented actress, and three years ago I’d have been exclaiming that she’d totally be up for a meaty dramatic role, no question. But now I add the caveat that she can be good…when she feels like bringing it. Because let’s be honest, as much as she can be energetic and emotive when she’s on, she hasn’t been on in a long while. She’s been phoning it in for the past few years, and if she never taps back into that deeper part of her — that inner actress who isn’t so hyper-conscious of how she looks, how perfect her makeup is, or what people say about her — it’ll be a great shame. ‘Cause she coulda been.

Ripley is set to replace The Duo, taking over the Monday-Tuesday timeslot in late May.

Via OSEN

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wow, no comments?

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I'm sorry, this was the first thing I thought of, about the movie, I don't know, the protagonist is not a great actor for me

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it's better to keep comments to myself until the drama airs lol

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ikr? jb's right-- i actually REALLY liked her in My Girl (although overly emotive is not my cuppa tea) , but i haven't considered her an ACTRESS for so long-- they're right.she's been phoning it in for the past years!
now i find a storyline i find i'm really invested in, and LDH turns out to be the actress-- it's ironic, in the exasperating sense. but no-- withholding judgment for now... we'll see.

as far this set of pics go, though... meh.

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Well, everyone looks exhausted already. I too hope this production runs smooth and safety first to all cast and crew.

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Hahaha the pre-emptive strike worked!!! XD

Thanks for the interesting post, I've always liked how you analyzed things in a very cool-headed fashion :P I'm really interested in this drama because the setup is rather unique. It's got a lot of potential I think.

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i do wonder how they are going to make it so that we'll supposedly like the main character??? or are we supposed to hate her till the end and its kang hye jung who is the lead???

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well, she might be perfect for this role of keeping up on appearances?

btw, who/what is the 'ripley' they're referring to, has anyone got an idea?

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It's a fictional character called Tom Ripley who was a famous con-man/identity thief.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Ripley

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I watched the film version a few weeks ago and man was it wierd (especially the ending).

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I have nothing aginst lee dae hee, but her recent performance in Chuno and the little I've seen her in Hello! Miss have disappointed me. oh well, hope she does better here. and she looks really pretty next to Micky Yoochun in the first pic (who, oddly enough, reminds me of Lee Min Ki there).

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Hi Angelpur! I like both Micky & Minki! Really Micky reminds you of Lee Min Ki in that picture? Sometimes, I see Lee Min Ho in Lee Min Ki too. Oh I don't know, my mind might be playing tricks on me. Sorry, out of topic. lol!

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ah thank you, THE mr ripley himself, now that makes sense.

but now i think the old title woud've worked better...

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they're totally doing it.

AHAHAH JUST KIDDING.

:P

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This is sadd...but I already like the chemistry of the 2nd leads...LOL...

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Oh, i was hoping Hye Jung and Seung Woo are the leads and Micky/Da Hae are the second leads. But i think with the storyline, HJ & SW might be the ones giving the emotions and the dramas, which the the other two might not. just thinking...

I miss Hye Jung, she's still cute despite being a mom now =)

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the played another errmm scammer in My Girl - and she was quite successful

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But circumstances were different back then--she wasn't a big star actress yet, and she wasn't embroiled in controversies blown out of proportion.

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Wow, after that intro, I wonder how they will give her a "happy-ever-after" ending with whoever? :)

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this actually seems really interesting. and I agree, I think LDH can definitely act when she puts her all into it. but you're right, her last few roles have been dismal, at best.

With that said, the story does sound interesting and I'm intrigued to see how the writers and LDH will represent the character.

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I don't care about the controversies surrounding the leads: break ups, dropping productions or whatever. Let it begin already!!!It's been soooo long since I've been this impatient about a drama, I can't believe it. LDH or no LDH they better deliver. There have been too many disappointments lately (yes, I'm talking about you, Midas).

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Glad I'm not the only one bitter about Midas

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Ditto.

I just feel awful for Jang Hyuk because he's sooo much better than the drama (although Kim Hee-ae is actually pretty good).

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in Midas aren't the actors but the plot
they have too many subplots and so little time and of course the business vocabulary

I'm more bitter how they push in in our eyes senior actors (I'm talking about the 3 dads one more boring than another ) and give us so little time with chars truly interesting like DOHyun's unbro or InHye's unbro MyeongJun - no matter their relationships u don't set urself to help another woman on her revenge - a revenge that she isn't that keen to do it

or they gave me the kinky synopsis : Myeong Jun is a playboy and they show me the same guy with the same girl twice - my impression without her MyeongJun could die a virgin (more the kinkiness was kinda cut at editing)

LMJ's char was meant to be a lil meatier - even more there are hints that it could be more than the surface ... oh well I just need to see it ... not only suggestions to let me fantasize about she and the cute playboy wannabe

(javabeans see NMW's interview with http://www.the-star.co.kr it was kinda fun)

I fell like they developed the right char behind the scene but failed to deliver - that gives self a bitter taste - you will tell that this time they tried to avoid her love triangle with the guys - not quite he is head over heels fallen for her and she doesn't dislike him - even more she is one of the few ppl who sees him as he really is

I would have a ton of fun if they tell me that he faked his illness to make her interact with him no matter what

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oooh javabeans can you please please do an article on that no minwoo interview? I am currently watching rock rock rock and omg he is frickin amazing.In that drama, not so much his other dramas. Maybe it's because he idolizes kim tae won or maybe cuz he's a rocker in real life but he really gave it his all in RRR.

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Me,too- about Midas.

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So this Shin Jeong-ah woman faked credentials... is this why it was such a big deal when people accused Tablo of that? (Other than that faking your credentials is illegal, I mean)

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Well, I don't really think both cases are directly related, but yes, people were targeting Tablo because he had such awesome credentials and it seemed unbelievable though it was quite evident that through his music, he's not some pretender... -___- I'm still pretty miffed by the whole brouhaha. Tablo is so gifted. :(

And the irony is that Tablo's wifey is acting in a show like this. LOL.

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i love tablo
i feel so sorry for him
now i love Big bang but when it truly comes to pure rapping nobody beats tablo for me!
Pure rapper reminds me of something

anyway if any of you other girls here have TABI LOVE i have something to share
everybody say hello to CHOOM TOP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnuun-CfCgQ&feature=player_embedded

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Hahahahahaha thanks for the link! Oh my TOP :3 ><

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you only have to go to stanford's webpage, and search for tablo, and he'd be all over the search result, pictures and all.
http://www.stanford.edu

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In the first picture, her fingernails and his lips are the same colour LOL

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I totally noticed that too. Hee hee!

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Oh go on then, I'll do the obligatory bitchy anti-fan comment then: *cracks knuckles*

Lee Da-Hae -- y she be so uuuglay?

Nawww... I'm honestly kidding. I'm actually kind of indifferent to the actress, as she has yet to really blow me away with her talent in order for me to rate her. Yet I've not seen her in enough projects to really qualify to make any kind of judgement about her... I think she's decent. And pretty. I just don't GET the hate. Or maybe the former sentence explains that?

Ripley doesn't seem like my cuppa tea, but let's see how I feel when they do actually air it.

Ooh... Kim Seung-woo. <3

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this is interesting drama choice for kang hye jung. considering her husband was under a lot of scrutiny for forging his Standford education.

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Tablo never forged his Standford degree. It was a misunderstanding. He did graduated from Stanford with a BA and a MA. He is a very talented and smart person.

Honestly, if you look at the way he speaks, you could tell that he is very smart. He is a good musician too.

For the last time, Tablo did not forged her Standford degree.

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Stanford*

And is it really that hard to come up with concrete evidence that they graduated from so and so school????? In Tablo's case, what about the prof he worked under upon earning his M.A.? Grad directory? Old grad photos? (lol)

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He provided his transcript and there was a letter from his previous English teacher stating that Tablo attended Stanford. The antis, however, refused to believe the hard, cold evidence that he was in fact a Stanford graduate. They wanted to create more controversy. They are just crazy people that are jealous of that fact that he's super smart, talented, has a beautiful family, and is a successful musician.

Also, @jpark, your choice of words bother me. Saying he "forged his degree" like its a fact shows that you aren't aware of the entire situation. This is how rumors start. Please check your facts.

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I completely agree. Even when Tablo provided evidence that he went to Stanford, people still didn't believe him! He must've been really upset about it and I don't blame him. Antis are freakin crazy sometimes.

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that was a crazy time with everyone not believing him even in the face of all that evidence! The Stanford officials must think the south koreans were dumb as rocks.

I think the person who started the rumors and trolling around the internet with them was like some 60 year old man in Chicago.

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I didn't think that my choice of words would be so closely analyzed. but, I know that he didn't forge his education I just claimed that he was under suspicion and scrutiny for it. it was a comment that i posted in 5 seconds to be honest. -_-

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tablo provided all of that. aint his fault that people are crazy and paranoid.
idek what was wrong w/ all those people. some of them were DOCTORS and instead of saving lives or treating people, they went around and helped terrorize a poor man and his family.

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They claimed that Tablo and his whole family were impersonating the REAL guy and that the real guy was in the deal as well.

The whole thing was a drama in making in itself.

As it turns out, the cafe(group) moderator was impersonating someone else. Talk about absolute foot in mouth syndrome. -_-

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Oh for goodness sakes I thought we had settled this with all the interviews from his Professor and photos of his transcript and the visit to Stanford.

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Troll much? seriously Tablo is extremely talented, extremely smart and there is proof! hard cold, in your face proof!

I felt so bad for him during all that hullaballoo that senseless antis threw up, really what's it matter to them that there is someone who IS as talented and smart as he is portrayed to be? beezus... why are people so jealous of honest, hard working down to earth people?!

Why must an intelligent person be boxed in one category? Should he have been a doctor, a lawyer or business man so that the masses could be satisfied? He can be what he chooses to be... honestly education is for oneself and the person can choose what to do with it as he/she pleases... and have you ever even listened to his music? it's not senseless ignorant "let's fuck and play around" type of hip hop it's music that actually MEANS something! lord, i'm mad... if life was like in dramas I'd be holding my neck and saying "I'm going to die because you made my blood pressure shoot up" that's how pissed I am... ugh...

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Why the preemptive strike? I was looking forward to the comments turning dramabeans into a zoo.

Just kidding!!! :)

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I dont understand this really why should you me or anyone else give a damn about her fans and who says she is talented I dont think so she is not a first lady or any thing she is just an actress like the rest of them and we can say whatever we like about her my fav actress gets trashed everytime her name is mentioned and no one cared

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promising premise and cast..now i'm just crossing my fingers for proper execution from the production team...speaking of which does anyone know who the writer-director duo will be??...also what is with all these dramas and name changes??

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I can't believe you said that, and I quote:
Yes, this is an Lee Da-hae post.

Soooooo biased against Mickey, who was hardly even mentioned, and you said NOTHING about his brother.

Geeez!

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aww, look at that, javabeans! Why can't you ever make EVERY SINGLE PERSON 100% HAPPY?? How can you not?? SHAME! I bet you didn't solve world hunger either, did you? MORE SHAME!

:P

I'm not familiar with these ppl but the girl in glasses is so cute!

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This is her blog she can do whatever she wants and i don't think bringing Mickey in this post fits the main point Javabeans try to say. Did you read it throughly?

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you didn't get it, Jomo is just being funny..

and LOL good one!

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Ah..now i see, I apologize.

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she's teasing guys!

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That was a good one! LOL

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Thank you Jomo!! No Yoochun love..? but honestly I am glad there isnt much about him in this article...

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Are you talking about me, Jomo? I swear on my tail Goofy's not my brother. I'm a mouse. He's a dog. No way we're brothers! heeheeeheeeheeeheeeheeehe And when are you going to do my write-up, DB? I'm still waiting! heeheeeheeheeeheee *high-pitched girly squeal*

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i think (i hope) i sense sarcasm
as a yoochun fan you do not make me proud
YIKES!

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Jomo, LOL! nice one...

for those who did not see prev post on Ripley a few weeks back, Mickey's brother's pic was mistakenly posted as Mickey's hence Jomo's reference to him in this thread. ;-)

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She looks fresher in all the stills for this drama. Younger looking and just, well, fresh.

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Well, I guess younger looking isn't right, she looks more her age which is young (26 right?) she was giving off early 30 vibes to me previously.

They look good standing next to each other.

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i'm sooo totally watching this one, for park yoochun and for the plot. i'm also going to watch city hunter for lee minho!!!! now, to await their aring dates...

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me too, i love yoochunnie :)

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btw plot wise from what I have heard from other sites this is nothing new and really except the forging part there is no connection to the scandle the story is about a poor girl adopted by an evil family who make her miserable she is sold or abused or something she is angry she wants revenge she forges and rises and so on and all of that in the hotel world and not in the art field just just like the real story and yes along the way the 2 men fall madly for her this sounds like alot of kdramas it is similar to woman of the sun for instance

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I hope its more connected to the story. A despised heroine without the tragic past is intriguing.

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kdrama writers don't know how to make a character likable without justifying their actions & personality w/ a tragic past though lol

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If Yoochun is indeed the lead male (aka hero, aka will get the girl), I just can't understand anyone who would pick him over Kim Seung-woo. I say this as a straight female and a long (long) time DBSK fan. Just look at Kim! Unbuttoned collar! Guh!

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yea... I was also wondering how on earth are they going to make LDH's character into a heroine whom the audience will root for and sympathize with. Based on the description, I'm thinking a lot of people will dislike her character from the get-go. Adding LDH's recent public image... I don't know. Sounds like a perfect concoction for disaster and hating.

I really waiting for this drama to air, because I'm so curious how it will turn out. If the drama tries to justifies her actions, I wonder how the public will react. Sounds like a very delicate drama... I hope they do this well. Or it'll just explode in everyone's face.

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I'm afraid of this too. I wonder what convinced her to pick up this role. Were there no other offers?

and news of this drama is moving pretty fast. I could have sworn it was just like 2 or 3 weeks ago when I first even heard of this drama.

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MTE. You see this character is somewhat almost like Go Hye Mi in Dream High. She was an antagonist character at first and then she became docile and much livelier in the end but still I can't give myself to like her character. It's like forever imprinted in my head that she's a bratty bitch.
And it's more like a challenge for LDH giving her latest cred as an problematic artist, I dunno if public will be able to like her character in the end. I. Can't. Even.

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Not excited about Lee Dahee at all but LSW is my ajussi for all seasons and I adore KHJ. I also have an interest in the plot and how it will be spun so I'm in... for now :)

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Lol, the Lee Da-hae posts have been getting a lot of hate lately.Seriously people, we just need to chill.

I'm looking forward to this drama because I do want to see how LDH's character is portrayed. Even if the real person is unfavored by the public, Korean audiences tend to love the power-hungry/money-craving heroine, so this could work, especially if the character skews slightly towards crazy. We'll see how it goes.

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I DON'T CARE ABOUT ANYONE ELSE, I'LL JUST BE WATCHING FOR MICKY <3333

lee-da who?!?!?!

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Honestly, I'll be checking this out for Kang Hye Jung and Kim Seung Woo. I've missed both of them.

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I agree with you. About the Kang hye jung part. I like her acting, although im basing it off of only one movie. But I really wanna see her in this drama. She's also really adorable.

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I still don't like her. I just gonna pay attention to other casts.

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...lol...same

...jb, your amazing....truly admire you a lot. You bring the best and and worst in your readers.....

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I don't like her either.

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The story is intriguing to me, so that's why I'll be tuning in. LDH and Yoochun are meh to me as actors, so hopefully if the story is good, their acting won't disappoint.

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it bugs me that the woman is still alive and they're doing a drama about her. she doesn't deserve all the attention that she's getting honestly! sheesh.

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is yoochun wearing lipstick? o_o

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is that an honest question? LOL. his lips have always been that shade of red even way back in '05 when i first took notice of him :)

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or he has been using that shade of lipstick since 05 LOL

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LMAO! you had me there, babe! ^___^

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Word of the day:
di·vi·sive
Adjective: Tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people.

Thats all I gots to day :)

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i see chemistry in the first pic..im a person who dsnt allow the actor's personal life taint their pic of as a proffesional in my eyes..although dahae idk might hve or not hve ben a proffesional..i think shes a good actor who can do great lyk sara said..if she wants. so im looking fwd to this show..has a talented cast :D

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If this is more close to the scandal than what Sandy (comment 24) says I might tune in. Otherwise.. I don't know. I love Kang Hye Jung, but I'm not that head over heels for this project.

I think I might read up more on this Shin Jeong-ah. You know, who the hell cares where you went to School. Education is what you make of it. Yes, going to an ivy league is nice, but should not be a precursor to all the riches in life. If she was doing good at her job only to have it taken away because of credentials...well, that's just dumb. But perhaps she was just a schemer. Yeah, I should go google that.

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Hmm, so if some doctor who was doing great at his job was suddenly fired one day because they found out he didn't have the credentials required, is that dumb too?

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I think they'd be a little more thorough with the vetting process for that.

I work in an industry where people "fake it until you make it" all.the.time. It's not easy for every job, but it happens.

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Well yea, but just because it happens doesn't make it okay was what I was trying to say.

I think that if a job - any job, regardless of occupation - requires you to have certain credentials, then you should have those credentials whether or not you rock or suck at your job. In my opinion, it's not dumb that someone loses their job when it's been made apparent they weren't even qualified for it in the first place.

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Fair enough.

But to be honest I'm just relating it to the Shin Jeong-ah story. She faked her credentials to be an art curator. Art. I'm just irritated that society would place so much importance on the ivy league aspect. Had she lied about a lesser known institution, would she still have gotten the job? A "go big or go home" lie indeed. Someone who might have had the education, but not the ivy league credentials lost out to a liar.

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For the sake of accuracy, she faked her creds to be a university professor -- falsifying both a BA and a PhD. Given that her field is academia and she was only actually a high school graduate, I'd say her firing (and subsequent notoriety) was deserved.

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It's a drama people not a biopic. How many crazy things do drama heroines do in Kdramas anyway?

pretending to be someone else
pretending to have a job you don't
pretending to be rich/poor
pretending to be married when you're not
pretending to like someone when you don't to make someone else jealous...etc. and etc.

Dislike LDH and SJH, but the Kdrama heroine character might be ok. Anyway I think the fact that SJH EMBEZZLED funds in real life is a much harder thing to resolve in the plot than lying about her academic credentials. I wonder if they are keeping embezzlement in the plot cause' that basically makes her a felon (at least in the US).

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I forgot! Pretending to be a boy when you're a girl...this list could go on forever.

In fact the rule of thumb for kdramas might be 'lie for an extended period about something integral to your life and you will find true love.'

Disclaimer: it will be painful.

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rofl @ your added " pretending to be a boy.... "!!! why don't they teach kdrama heroine 101 at my school. seriously!

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Reminds me of the Hwang Woo Suk Scandal with stem cell research. I guess lying and forging information doesn't work out so well after all.

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I am very disappointed that Mickey had to act alongside Lee Da Hae.

i don't like her at all!

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She will drop out, instead of the runway bride she the runaway actress.

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I don't hate LDH, but I've never understood the raves that she got for being an awesome actress. I first saw her in My Girl and while I really enjoyed My Girl, what I disliked about it was... LDH. She reminds me of Kim Tae Hee in that people criticize KTH for being just a pretty face whose sole concept of acting is bulging out her eyes. This pretty much sums up my first introduction to and impression of LDH--a pretty girl whose eyes were just a little too... intense? I can't even describe what it is about her eyes. Maybe the fact that they are so round or black or something. On top of that, everything she did (in My Girl) was sooooo overly exagerated. I next saw her in East of Eden and while she wasn't playing a perky character, there was still something so off about her acting.

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i'm soo agree with you. i dont hate her, nor like her. but i never get it when someone said she IS or she COULD be a good actress. i mean, she did fine in Green Rose. but then, in MG, i got annoyed with her exagrerated face expression (which is supposed to be funny). and then again, EOE & Chuno, she's off ... something is just not right about her, i think she looks too 'careful' to look pretty on screen.

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my girl is like one of my favourite dramas of all time, so i can't stop myself from liking LDH. her work ethic has much to be desired buuuuut ...

well i'm looking forward to this. it'll be an interesting mix of actors, but it'll have a high chance of working out. <3

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now i attribute my absolute love of my girl to lee dong wook, seriously. hehehe :D can't wait for him to get back from the army soon!

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I'm wondering about the hate on LDH. I never realized she was hated before. I don't have much of a opinion about her.

My Girl, Hello Miss and EoE didn't grab my interest at all. I never thought she was that pretty. I didn't really start getting interested in her until I watched Chuno. I must be one of the very few who liked her in that drama. I liked her character and how she played it. I thought she was great and really pretty in there, but I'm in the minority. :)

I'm really interested in her new drama now. I feel like she'll do great in it. Of course, I feel like this because of Chuno.

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I'd check the drama out if only for Kim Seung-woo and Kang Hye-jung. But if Lee Da Hae ends up ruining the whole thing, not even my love for the KSW and KHJ could redeem the whole project.

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*My Love/Hate with Historical Dramas/Movies*

One of the main reasons why I hate historical movies, and dramas, specially Hollywood ones, is the evident fact that they take such liberties concerning historical facts, that at the end of the day it all looks like the “history that never was”.

The Korean drama “Ripley”, is a 100% percent work of fiction, that may contain some vague resemblance from the real case history. How are they going to incorporate some of the story line is yet to be seen, but I can assured you all that the original case is already far, far, far, away from its drama counter part.

Shin Jeong-ah, the real life “Ripley Lady”, was born in on April 28 1972, I have not read her biography, so I do not know the real facts about her childhood.
At some point in her adult life @ her 30's she became romantically attached to somebody with ties to the “Blue House”, Byeon Yang-kyoon who at that time was an advisor to President Roh Moo-hyun, and also was 21 year her senior.
With Byeon Yang-kyoon, help, she was hired by Dongguk University on September 1 2005, at this point she had claim that she had earn two degrees from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D from Yale University,

Due to an error by a Yale staffer her credentials were certified as legit, not until April of 2007 when all hell broke loose, and accusations and recriminations begun, until finally by October 11, 2007, the “Lady and her Sugar Daddy” as he was called were arrested.
She was resealed from jail on April of 2009.
On her book “4001,” which the tittle makes reference to her ID number while in jail, she still unapologetic, tells the story of how she did what she did, but the most shocking allegations deals with former President Chung Un-chan, who also serve as the president for Seoul National University till 2009, she claims that her appointment for work as a curator was in payment for some form of “sexual favors”that she provided for President Chung Un-chan, what ever that may mean.
So the question remains the same: How much of the original story will be told by the drama? And the answer is not much.
1- She is younger, and her lover is 21 years her senior, drama she is older lover younger.
2- Her accusations concerning the former President, as we know that is a “No, No,” in Korea, so that is out of the question.

The real story is beyond “good,” it has all the makings of an epic drama, if we were in the USA, I will see no problem to sticking to the original story, but with the liability laws in Korea, I doubt whether they will follow to close to the original.
Don't get me wrong this may turn to be very good drama, but the more I read about the real case the less excited I become!!
Thus my feelings between love and hate!!! : O }

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We still don't know whether Kim Seung Woo would be the 21 years old her senior lover type. So No.1 could still be used. I don't think the characters have fully fleshed out?

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I'm watching this because I love YOOCHUN! I hope Yoochun improves from his SKKS drama!

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"She’s been phoning it in for the past few years, and if she never taps back into that deeper part of her — that inner actress who isn’t so hyper-conscious of how she looks, how perfect her makeup is, or what people say about her — it’ll be a great shame."

Wow, you have very eloquently stated what I've been feeling about Lee Dahae ever since she did the drama Robbers. God knows how much I loved My Girl, but the more I see her, the more she rubs me the wrong way. No matter how great of an actor she is, her self consciousness emanates off screen. I always get the feeling that her self vanity was too big for her to handle.

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I guess I'm a latecomer because there seems to be a tense attitude when Lee Da Hae's name was mentioned but I actually do like her. Did she recently have some controversy?? Anyhow, this one looks interesting so I will keep my eye on but I think I'm ready for some romantic comedy instead since I've been loading myself with melodramas lately.

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Just google her issues. The Philippino accents, the toiler paper on the red carpet, her tendency of dropping projects, etc. They are no biggie, but SHE made them big.

In all incidents, I can sympathy her. Her dropout of Edens was understandable because her character actually sucked, the English accents incidents could be forgiven as that was partly editing problem and ignorant.

My problem is her attitude, she makes drama out of everything around her like she's the victim, and it is as if she's the central of the world. While she could just ..... laugh it off. Life sucks, shit happens, but it's all about cleaning after yourself.

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gosh. it is not forgivable. never will..

she's a b*tch and has been wanking that title since her My Girl fame.

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"My problem is her attitude, she makes drama out of everything around her like she’s the victim, and it is as if she’s the central of the world."

LOL...I think you were being over-reacted. I'm not a fan of LDH nor a hater (I only watched her drama once), but I find it very ridiculous for you to say LDH made drama out of the problems she had. Duh. Wasn't it the MEDIA and the HATERS who blew things out of proportion?? The filipino accent, toilet paper, and stuffs.

I'm an Indonesian. And the majority Indonesians who don't speak English fluently, of course, have funny accent. And we, Indonesians, often joke about it. No big deal. I believe when LDH faked the filipino accent, she was just trying to be funny...not being racist...

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I really dun mind LDH. I think she is pretty and lively. Very spontaneous. I always think her few years of australian education make her at odds with the korean culture which is really not her fault.

I am rather neutral about Micky Yoochun, I know I am going to be bashed but I find his face rather unbalance. His lower part of the face seems to be too sharp and ends abruptly and would have been nicer if it is longer.

But judging by the first pix, he seems to have good chemistry with LDH, so thats quite positive.

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haha I don't think you're gonna be bashed about not liking his face. beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that jazz :P

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lol! I thought he looked like an alien in the photos above... :D

Sorry, Micky fans... He's just not appealing to me... Won Bin on the other hand... HOT!!!!

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LOLs i'm not going to bash you! :D
but check this out
http://jyj3.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/pics-random-yoochun/

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