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The Housemaid follow-up stars Kim Kang-woo

Okay, folks, I’ve got some bad news and some good news. First, the bad: Lee Jung-jae (Thieves) is no longer playing Mr. Housemaid as previously announced. The good: Kim Kang-woo (Story of a Man), whom I’d counted on seeing in Poseidon before that drama went into limbo, is now cast as the lead.

This movie is titled Taste of Money, and while it isn’t related to the Jeon Do-yeon/Lee Jung-jae film The Housemaid, it comes from the same director, Im Sang-soo, and has definite correlations to it. Back when this project was first announced, it was touted as the male version, but it appears the reports were a bit off the mark.

Director Im calls it “an extension of The Housemaid,” but it’s not a sequel and it doesn’t deal with the same characters. Nor does it deal with a houseboy/man in a reversal of the first film. Instead, he explains, “You can say that it’s the story of the children of The Housmaid who’ve grown up.” (By which he means children in a metaphorical sense, not literal kids.) Taste of Money is his exploration of the world outside the household portrayed in that movie — “What Hoon (Lee Jung-jae) does outside the home, what kind of parents he has, an expansion of the scope of The Housemaid.”

Im admits that he’d felt disappointed in some aspects of The Housemaid (“there were limits to the realism”), but that movie gave him the idea of continuing that style with a new story. Ergo, Taste of Money, where the male lead is an ordinary salaryman, while the female lead is a woman who has returned to the chaebol fold after divorce.

Taste of Money has cast two fabulous veterans so far: Baek Yoon-shik (Jeon Woo Chi) and Yoon Yeo-jung, the latter of whom, by all reports, stole the show in The Housemaid.

And yes, the plot-in-a-nutshell description doesn’t sound too exciting — it’s a story of “money and chaebols” and involves suspense, ambition, sex, and murder — particularly with several current dramas dealing with similar themes, like Royal Family and Midas. However, in the hands of this director, I’m sure style will play a huge factor. Also: Does this mean we can have nekkid Kim Kang-woo? O_O

Via OSEN, Movieweek

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kim kang woo!!!!!!! finally he's in something again :)

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oh cơol! i like him!

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erm, i'm a bit confused about the storyline, but if it's got kim kang woo, count me in! nekkid, shower scene, the works...

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hello kim kang woo!!
i've been dying to see him since "story of a man"
too bad poseidon is sooooo unstable
i was looking forward to that drama

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I agree - he was hands-down brilliant in Story of a Man, and I was looking forward to Poseidon just for him. Anyway, if this movie (and character) are going to follow the lines of The Housemaid, he's going to blow it out of the water.

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JB, promise me you'll have the phone nearby to call 911 if there is a nude scene of KKW ;)

First LJJ, now KKW? Can you handle it!?

CAN I HANDLE IT!?

If this movie is going to be more intense, trust KKW to bring out the full, complex emotions perfectly.

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Aw man for a moment i thought we were talking about Maids/Romance Town :( i WISH he was in that

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This would be so much above Romance Town acting/plot/editing/cinematography wise.

Oh my....if we see what we saw on The Housemaid.

@[email protected] indeed.

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i likeeeeeeeeee

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I was worried you were gonna say that Poseidon was canceled...

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Kim Kang Woo....gosh, how I love that man.

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whOOOhOOO love him! been a fan of his since Story of a Man

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Wow! Good news! Looking forward to seeing Kim Kang Woo on the big screen!!!

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lol maids (i refuse to refer to it as romance twon ) is about murder sex and money ? i thought it was a cute lovely story about i don't know - romance and a town . but will still watch for sung yuri , haven't seen her in anything ever since her cute and naive hong gil dong character

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wow that's a complete overhaul of the story. we have insurance in yoon/baek casting. director im loves them to death and knows how to show them off. still, "limits of realism" is total cop-out: he knows and we know "housemaid" is total style showcase of the prestigious foreign eye-candy/ festival-ready mold.

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That's EXACTLY what it was!

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FINAAALLYYY!!!

I am glad to see Kim Kang Woo so back since I am a BIG fan of unbelivable and awesome drama "Story of A Man"!!!! (my tpp best favorite drama, ofc!)

I really really want to see him act like a bad role - exactly like Story of a Man!!! =D

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I know! I haven't seen anything (Hollywood, Bollywood, or Hallyu) that's equal to Story of a Man. I hope KKW's character is going to be just like Chae Do Woo, but even sexier.

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YAY! Nuff' said.

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I liked him in A Better Tomorrow 'cos I didn't have to see so much of him in a 2 hrs. film. Oh, did I cry when he cried. Such a sucker for men in tears. > , <'

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I just started watching SOAM and so far, I have grown to respect Kim Kang Woo.

I thought he's just another pretty face but he can be a really good actor. Despite the pretty boy looks, his character in SOAM can be quite unnerving.

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