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Lee Dong-wook’s comeback drama with Kim Sun-ah

Lee Dong-wook (Partner) isn’t even out of the army yet, and already he’s got a new drama lined up: Scent of a Woman, an SBS weekend series that will star Kim Sun-ah (City Hall) as his leading lady.

The plot: The main character is an unmarried 30-something woman named Lee Yeon-jae (spinster seems so passé, but it’s the term used to describe her) who works as a minor clerk and suffers life’s indignities with fortitude. When she receives word that she only has six more months to live, she decides to live the rest of her life happily, turning in her resignation and leaving for a vacation of luxury. Lee Dong-wook plays Kang Ji-wook, who falls in love with her.

Lest this sound too dreary a topic in the vein of melo-tearjerkers like A Rosy Life, it comes from the writer-director duo Noh Ji-seol and Park Hyung-ki, who worked on the breezy, slice-of-life drama Dr. Champ last year. I really, really hope it’ll go for an uplifting tone, rather than one full of angst, although I’m sure we’ll get plenty of that, too. ‘Cause while both leads are great dramatic actors, they’re also both strong comedic forces, and it would be a shame to miss out on that. Still, it’ll probably be wise to get the tissues ready, when he realizes he loves her and she realizes she has to tell him she’s dying. (If she leaves him cruelly because it’s “for his benefit,” I will howl and throw things.)

Interestingly, most of the 20 episodes will be filmed in Australia. Lee enlisted in August 2009; his planned military discharge date is June 20, while Scent of a Woman is set for a July 16 premiere. Eep! That gives him almost no resting time before he gets right back to work — he’ll join the filming team right away and will fly from Korea to Australia the day after his release.

Via Joy News

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Kim Sun-ah is soooo pretty <3

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She keeps getting pretty and prettier since the days of S Diary or My Name is Kim Sam Soon. Lovely! I too want to be like those who age with grace.

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I missed Lee Dong-wook! Hope after this, he'll get some rest, then make another rom-com...

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Kim Sun-Ah?
YES YES! A thousand times YES!!!

Love her, Love him.
So glad he's finally (nearly) out of uniform service, it feels like a lifetime.

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"...he’ll join the filming team right away and will fly from Korea to Australia the day after his release."

Oh, Poor man.
Just what every man needs when he gets out of the army.... to go straight back to a greuling work schedual.

Come to my house to rest for a while, it's okay.

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Maybe it's a medical mistake and she's not exactly dying. It's more like er...a miracle. Miracles occur ALL the time in KDramaland. Though considering Kdramaland penchant for tragedies...maybe I will get the tissues ready.

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LOL...well not all the time....I'm hoping its more like the drama Flowers of My Life...where they deal with it in a more humane and even comic way

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WTF did that have to do with my comment?

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LOL.

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It's Last Holiday (Queen Latifah), with a Korean twist. Because it's Kim Sun-ah, I'm really hoping for a rom-com...but I love her and him so anything will do.

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lol...i know!!! i thought the exact same thing when I read the summary...so hopefully it is..

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that's what i thought too, the Last Holiday. I hope it's like that so that Kim Sun-ah will not die =)

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Post your own comments stop leeching off my comment thread >_<
Shizz has nothing to do with what I posted.

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I know right......and the drama premieres in less than a month after his release!....as if liveshoots weren't crazy enough already

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Filming in Australia!? :D
Anyone know which state/city? and Possible dates... time for some k-celeb spotting ;p

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I'm thinking probably Queensland or WA where the weather's actually nice and warm at the moment. I mean if you're dying, you might as well enjoy nice weather. I'm from Melbourne and it is soooo cold at the moment and Winter isn't even here yet.

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"I mean if you’re dying, you might as well enjoy nice weather."

LOL

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true what! Melbourne is so cold now! but August will be better I hope?

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August is the tail end of Winter in Melbourne so will still be chilly. You guys are right, Melbourne in Winter would be the wrong place to spend your last 6 months! :P

Although, having said that, didn't MISA film in Melbourne?

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melbourne, holla! haha. i know what you mean, it's so freakin cold, it's not even funny anymore. also june 20 is my birthday, HURRAH FOR THE BEST GIFT EVER!!!!

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Does your "cold" involve snow? Lol, just joking. But here in Chicago we just had a humongous blizzard, no joke. The city just stopped for two days.

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Yay, I'm excited because it says Kim Sun Ah. ♥
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OM Sooooo many great pairings this year! <3

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the story line sounds a bit like Queen Latifa's last holiday movie

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Exactly what I was thinking...

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ME TOO! Maybe it WILL be a diagnostic mistake and no need for the tissue box...... :)

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Oooh.... I would so watch that story with these two in it. Please- more of the funny and less on the tear jerking angst (although a little is ok.)

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Me, too. Happy ending, right? :D

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AMAZING.

totes watching.

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K. Sounds like somewhat of an odd pairing but am looking forward to this. KSA has been in too many comedies and I kinda wanna see her do serious drama, and I have every reason to believe she will be awesome at it.

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Omo, omo! Two of my favourites! I am looking forward to this:)

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KIM SUN-AH FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LEE DONG WOOK!! : DDDD

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I'll probably watch it for Kim Sun Ah and LDW but I'm not liking the 6 months left to live storyline. :-/

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Same here! Love the leads and really looking forward to LDW's comeback... but it sounds so dramatic, usually not my style. Maybe this'll be more like Gumiho... cute, funny but still tragic. Either way I'll be tuning in.

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I'm literally allergic to melodramas but addicted to KSA. Rawr!

Dreary storyline. Hope they add some good dialogue and a dash of humour

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same here! but I'll watch it for KSA anyway!!!!

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Me threee...cant wait to see her again and this time with LDW....WOWWW! This news made my day!

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I like both actors but the storyline sounds somehow depressing so I'm not sure. And also the chemistry, I'm trying to imagine...hmm LDW may turn out looking a bit young for SA. But who knows maybe he'll look whole different.

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I miss Lee Dong Wook... I'm glad he has a project already lined up.. And with Kim Sun Ah!! That's awesome!!! The only problem being that its not a rom-com! Why?? I don't like watching tear jerker types :(

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There are enough upcoming rom-coms.

I welcome this melodrama with open arms.

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YES YES !!!!!
*does happy dance
not only do we get LDW back but with KSA in a drama with what souns like a nice plot despite the morose subject...also like the PD-writer team and hopefully they will use the same camer as Dr Champ plus Australia means gorgeous visuals....2011 is looking so awesome right now *knocks on wood*

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KSA - Woot!
Six months to live? - Booooo!
Dont have any ideas about LDW, though.

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Haven't you seen My Girl?

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Or you could try The Partner. He's in that with Kim Hyun Joo, who's currently on Twinkle Twinkle. :)

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That is a lovely picture of her. And these two together may be pretty awesome! I love them both! =)

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Nooo please, something lighter but with the same pair? It looks interesting but I don't like this kind of "last 6 months" things .__.

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What is this? My favorite female actress in a role with one of my favorite male actors? Forget all other dramas, this one is OFFICIALLY at the top of my list! SO EXCITED!

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Yes,yes....anything.. KSA...will be good...!!!!!

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did you forget night after night/when it's at night?

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I do think looking at KSA's performance alone this drama is ok. Too bad there's not much chemistry between the leads.

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I think the chemistry in that drama was good too.
It was the story and direction that was a bit problematic.

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You got me with the headline.

Yeh! Another Kim Sun-ah drama! Yeh!

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After reading this article, I wonder about his hair. Do you think the military will let him grow out his hair in advance? I have seen some other actors hair, cut very short, when they left the military...

Oops! I am letting "hair" distract me again... tsk tsk tsk

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lol!! hair???

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When I first read that it's a weekend drama, I thought there's got to a lot of angst because it's 50 episodes. But, when I read that it's 20 episodes, I'm more hopeful for a lighter vein.

Welcome back to Wookie!

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I love him, really love him, with all my heart... but let him rest...

Two years in the army! Of course I'm dying to see him in a new drama...

ah, whatevers... he's almighty xD

And I'm so happy he's back (almost)

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When I first read "Lee Dong Wook's comeback drama with Kim Sun Ah" I was like: Yeaaaaaah! I love them. Both of them are great actors (and it doesn't hurt that LDW is amazingly good looking, damn he's so hot...erhm, sorry) and then I read "six months to live and stuff" I was kinda: ewwwww, WHYYY T__T, I wanted a cute, funny and light love story because I don't like it when it's too melodramatic!
Anyway, maybe it could be a good surprise? (*crosses her fingers*)

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OMG... I wonder where they will shoot in Oz, very likely Sydney... Pls come to Melbourne :) I am here waiting for you, LDW....
He is surely busy right after his army discharge ... :) Missing him...

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I was waiting and waiting right now I'm not even breathing well from excitement! Kim sun a, lee dong wook! city girl couple!!!!

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Miss Kim Sun Ah...This will be one to watch for sure.

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I'm way happy this drama is coming out but... is anyone noticing a slight similarity with the American movie Last Holiday? I have, so I've got a whole set-up in my head as to what I'm expecting this show will be like. I hope it's as good as what I'm imagining!!! *Screams With Happpppyyyyy!!!!*

:3

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There must be LDW shower/ab-show-off scenes please! Pleeeaassseeee! :P~

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So what I was thinking! It's mandatory and will be so awesome!

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Yay!! Can't wait for Wookie to be back! :D lol
And with Kim Sun-ah no less!
AND with the Dr. Champ crew...people. Hope they use the same camera!! That would be SWEET! I loved Dr. Champ cinematography. One of the reasons why I stuck around with it and watched it in the first place.
PLUS Australia! Yay! I love that country ^^

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Quick! Somebody pinch me! Kim Sun Ah and Lee Dong Wook in one drama?! I haven't seen them in ages and did I love LDW in Partners. Can't wait to see Sun Ah and LDW's chemistry - she hasn't failed me yet on that department. Woohoo!

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OMG MUST WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I know! So excited.

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YESS YESS YESS YESS, I FEEL YOU!!!! =D =D

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OMO! I can't wait! I love Kim sun ah! She is so funny and pretty!!

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YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! =D =D =D

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He is my favorite leading man (Gong Chan...SWOON) and she's LOVELY! How exciting!!!!!!

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hahah mine too! Gong Chan FOREVER! :D

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love both leads and set in australia?ha,anytime!

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Isn't Scent of a Woman the name of a 90s movie? >_> I smell a name change coming ...

In any case, army term over + brand spanking new drama = gratuitous shower scene

Yeeeees!!!!!!!

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YESSSSSS!!!!!

I love Mr. Wook and have waited patiently for his return. And now his new drama will be with the fantastic Kim Sun Ah! Am now pleased as punch.

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Yaaaaay!! LDW is coming back!! This drama will be like a bithday present to me, it premieres the week of my birthday :).

And with Kim Sun Ah too boot!! She's like my favorite actress. I hoped it was a comedy (I've cried one too many times with this year's dramas) but c'mon it's Lee Dong Wook, I HAVE to watch it.

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AH I was just thinking about him!! (Like, not weirdly xD) I'm so happy he's coming back and has got a drama all lined up. Yus. Can't waiitt for July 16!

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Funny, I just finished reading and commenting on the previous article about Lee Da Hae and then came this. The only drama where I saw LDW was in My Girl so I instantly connected one with the other.

But again a melo? if JB or girlfriday will ever recap this I might just read the recaps than watch it.

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Can't wait!!! OMYGOSH!! love LDW and KSA!! <33 no matter how the story goes I'm gonna watch my fave actor and fave actress!

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GOSH GOSH GOSH GOSH GOSH GOSH!!!!!! o____O

MY LEE DONG WOOK WILL BE FINALLY COMING BACK NEXT MONTH (In June) & He will be ready for acting so joyfully -- with my top favorite actress Kim Sun Ah, woot woot!!!! =D

I WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THISSSSSS!!!!!!!!! (jumping & dancing so wildly) Whoooo!

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This sound just like the movie with Queen Latifa and LL Last holiday, I enjoyed the movie it was funny and light.

Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah), an employee in the cookware department at Kragen's Department Store in New Orleans, is a shy, unassuming woman who longs to cook professionally, and who records her dreams of a better life in a journal labeled "Possibilities." It is the Christmas holiday season. While flirting with a co-worker Sean Williams (LL Cool J), she bumps her head on a cabinet door and is taken to the store's health center for a CAT scan. There she is told by company physician Dr. Gupta (Ranjit Chowdhry) she has several brain tumors resulting from a rare neurological disorder called Lampington's Disease. Since her HMO plan will not cover the exorbitant cost of an operation, Georgia resigns herself to the fact she has only a few weeks to live, quits her job, liquidates her assets, and sets off on a dream vacation at the deluxe Grandhotel Pupp in the spa city of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.

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I keep thinking of dr. champ's overall tone and of the original movie and the sequel. I think the thing to remember about the movie is the woman doesn't really dwell on her fate or stay in self pity too long. She just decides to live happily for her remaining days. In dr. champ we had about 2 episodes of tough times for the 2 leads 3 episodes of dusting off and the rest of the way great stories. If the same cinematographer is used it should be wonderful even if not the picture story will be great because it is a story about celebration of all that is good while you can still live.
I'm a bit disgruntled because of the filming location ( Korean dramas should be made in Korea! ) but I can see Australia as a destination of choice for a dying woman which is how I think the story ends up there. I'm wary of the english speaking or lack of but I am willing to suspend disbelief there are people who live and work in america who don't speak english.

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HE IS A SEXY MAN!!! i was actually thinking about watching partner again but all the links are broken x_x

idc what kind of drama he is in, i just like watching his jaw line LOL

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LEE DONG WOOK ???

IS THAT LEE DONG WOOK??!! IS THAT THIS ACTOR FROM "MY GIRL" DRAMA??!!!! =O

Oh gosh! Is that MY Lee Dong Wook?!! YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

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Yupp.That's ryt...LDW is back...He's damn good in My Girl..
***Reminiscing the first time I've got addicted to kdramas***

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LDW and "My Girl" were huge factors in my kdrama addiction, too. LOL Such sweet memories:)

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I wish there was a LIKE button.

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Whoa. June 20, come now!!!

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omg sun-ah ssi is back?!!!! yeahhhh! now my summer is complete--may trendies, plus a KSA drama woohoo!

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I hope they come to Perth!!^^

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