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MUCH cooler stills from Warrior Baek Dong-soo

Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

I wasn’t too keen on the first stills we saw from the action/fusion sageuk Warrior Baek Dong-soo — and based on comments, you weren’t either — but I held out hope that the drama would prove itself to be dynamic and entertaining. And while I can’t judge based on a photo, I’m relieved that the next set of stills, pictured here, are much more interesting. (I think that’s always the danger in releasing the initial photos from a poster shoot, without the effects or the backgrounds inserted — because it just looks incomplete and empty, which is what it is.)

These new shots capture the gist of the drama: Two young men face off in a fierce battle, both in a metaphorical sense (one’s good, one’s less so) and a literal one (they’re both skilled swordsmen). Yoo Seung-ho, at top, is the dark and mysterious one in his first villain’s role, which is a big change for him since he’s earned the nickname Korea’s Little Brother after playing lots of likable characters, many of them future kings. (Seriously, the boy’s all of 17 and he’s been a king at least three times — Legend, King and I, Queen Seon-deok.)

Ji Chang-wook plays the hero Baek Dong-soo in what I think may be his breakthrough role, if all goes well. He’s already been the lead in a highly rated drama, Smile, Dong-hae, but that was a daily drama — having a hit miniseries would take him to the next level in his career.

The producing team should inspire a little confidence as well. PD Lee Hyun-jik has been a bit hit or miss but I think he did a solid job directing OB-GYN and Tazza. But I’m more interested in co-PD Kim Hong-sun, who’s done some strong work on cable with Medical Gibang, Mystery Detective Jung Yak-yong, and the dark Yacha. Those were all sageuk dramas, but all with a fusion bent and a decidedly stylistic flair.

The writer, Kwon Soon-kyu, appears to be a first-time drama scriptwriter but has a number of internet novels to his name; he was also a grand prize winner in the first SBSi internet novel writing contest in 2004.

Warrior Baek Dong-soo, based on a manhwa, will be a Monday-Tuesday drama on SBS, and premieres July 4. Which, by the way, happens to also be the premiere for the spy-action romance Myung-wol the Spy. Aie! And we thought May was bad. The problem is, those May dramas all eventually end…and a new batch start up the insanity all over again. I need to figure out how to operate without sleep, and fast.

Via TV Report

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love it!

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definitely looks more interesting now, hopefully it is...

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The drama looks REALLY interesting
but i'm not sure i really like Yoo Seung Ho's hair...O_O
it kinda looks like they're trying to copy Guh Ro's hair or something T^T
I Like him, but the hair just looks too awkward(ly long?)

i mean, Ji Chang-wook's hair looks Fine!
but Yoo Seung Ho's hair doesn't match his face...

Other than that.. ANTICIPATING THIS DRAMA!!!
(and being obsessed with B2ST^^)
Today: B2ST WINS 2nd CONSECUTIVE #1 WIN ON MCountdown!!! :DDDDDDD

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I have never see the main guy before..

the hair does looks weird as always with these shows (only liked Yoo Ah-In's hair in SKKS)... but its all good if everything else makes up for it.

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LOL yeah i never saw him before too!
And Yoo Ah-In's hair in SKKS was totally AWESOME!!

I hope their story plot and acting are good~^^

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Me too ,,,, ,more interesting...

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YUPS YUPS YUPS! =D

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me too! Totally digging the evil!

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me 2!

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this is unrelated, but wow, is it really 5 am over there when you post this, jb? o.O that's dedication

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and yes, that does look a LOT better than before. esp without the dodgy cables and stuff going on at the back

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I really don't like the wigs. Its so fake looking. Not like Moon Jae Shin's. haha.

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Oh yeah I've also commented on those wigs too, not manly enough haha. Only because Moon Jae Shin & Kim Nam Gil were way TOO hot.

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in QSD Kim Nam Gil had his own mane of glory.... except the eclipse episodes... where he had the hair as long as mine... and it takes years to be that long

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LOL at your comment of Kim Nam Gil's "mane of glory"

*sigh* just one more year...

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Totally agree with you...:))

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Almost one can look as good as Moon Jae Shin with a mane of glory

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*almost no one

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i really like ji chang wook so i hope this drama wows so he can get the boost he needs into stardom. he has the sweetest smile ^^

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yes, not going to lie, I'm more excited for Ji Chang Wook than anyone else lol. He's such a cutie! :D

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Love the first still, but is it just me or does the second still make Yoo Seung Ho look decidedly... feminine? Also, still boo on Ji Chang Wook's hair.

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So is this going to be on the short side? 16-20 episodes?

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Yoo Seung-ho never fail to impress me... I like his acting, I like the way he choses his roles, I like how he paves his way to be professional actor (cue "genius", I more respect someone like this). Noona will definitely watch your drama.

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Seems like he's been 17 forever. I'm holding on till he's 18 to avoid jail time but I know I'm still going to hell lol.

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WoooooW looks great ! And Yoo Seung-Ho's MY age *o*
Count me in !

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i'll try and put my faith in it. for my noona love for yoo seung ho.

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Looks great!

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this is gonna be a GREAT summer for kdrama! XD let's hope our luck lasts...

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I'm kinda looking forward to this - our young noona-catcher is rockin'his mane of glory, for sure! But, no lie - i still wish that sweet Bummie was doing this role. I guess I'll have to get over it....

OT but no place else to put this - saw the Raw City Hunter ep 3 last night. I'm still palpitating.
OMG - no spoilers here, but:
Lee Min Ho wet.
Lee Min Ho badass.
Lee Min Ho death by spoon.
I die.
:)

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OMG! OMG! OMG!
this reminds me of his good 'ol strongest chil-woo character. gah definitely a must see.

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It's Yoo Ah-in who plays Strongest Chil-woo (who plays Guroh too), not Yoo Seung Ho

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YSH is growing up really well. I like that he's taking more chances with his career. It's that he's not stereotyped too much. I can't wait to see him as a villain.

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wooaaaah! he's soooo cooool!! love it!! ♥♥♥

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Yes!!! I seriously think that i'm going to watch this drama because i've been looking for a good sageuk in order to start watching that genre.

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Very reminiscent of ' The Duelist' movie

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Omo omo I think I might fall for the less good one, he's the king, yunno!

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yup this is soo much better stills pictures... ^^

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YAY... having him as villain is awesome ^__^

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He looks a lot like Lee Min-ho in the second picture.

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Something tells me that it will be the dark villain who will be the breakout star (not that he isn't already at 17) that may take him to that megastar level. It remains to be seen whether Ji Chang Wook can break out of his passive role on "Donghae" and move into real leading man category.

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You were right!

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The top still is WOW.
SO SO SO much better.

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Wooooooow...................O_O I love this picture! I like that Yoo Seung Ho seem like he's acting sooo EVIL, oooh, I LOVE IT! ^__^

Aw, Yoo Seung Ho is acting like that it remind me of my best favorite actor Kim Nam Gil was doing so AWESOME job in that drama "Queen Seon Deok", of course! I will be looking forward this till next month!!!!

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definitely much cooler! I'm hoping for lots of sword fights in the rain! =P

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the 1st pic of ysh kinda reminds me of yoo ah in when he was in that drama with eric, strongest chill woo...

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Same thought with me :)

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First pic of Yoo Seung Ho looks so hot

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Much as I want to concur, I will refrain until he stops being jailbait. So I will settle with: Awww, so cute.

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if that photo is representative of the camera they're using I am SO in for this. that shot is amazing.

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I agree, these stills are 'MUCH COOLER'.

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yoo seung ho... oh noes... i'm his noona and he's still jailbait... gaah...seriously why are the youngun's so hot? gah... must only look at same age boys... lee minho.. lee seung gi... choi siwon...ok... but still YSH is pretty cute ^^ why am i such a pedo?

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They look so YOUNG. It's weird.

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Now that's hot! Hehe.

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they're both FINE!!!!
YSH is so hot like that..
JCW is hot too..
can't wait to watch this!!!

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Both are looking dayum FINE...
Anticipating the arrival of July 4th.

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I'm so gonna watch this!! Mane of glory that can make a par with Yoo Ah-in in SKKS -♥

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i'll surely watch this drama, two of my fave K actors why wld i wanna miss it? luv both of them JCW in SDH & Sons of S Pharm & YSH since he was little i've been following his projects like Hearty Paws, etc. This is surely a big treat! aja aja

I also hope that JCW after that successful SDH daily drama would prove more that he could be the next big star in Korea!

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Definitely one of THE BEST ancient Korean Dramas that exists.

SO much angst between my personal shipper: WoonxSu
haha
I have to say the female acting sucks some serious balls, but other wise.
AHGHGHG
I died waiting for each episode.

Most def. recommended. <3

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