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Kang Hye-jung dismayed over Ripley role

Or rather, her lack of one.

And not for no reason, either, since Kang Hye-jung’s role as Miri’s (Lee Da-hae) friend/rival/foil in Miss Ripley has failed to materialize, having been drastically cut in recent episodes. Viewers have noticed her nonentity status and let loose a string of complaints, and now Kang’s own agency has spoken out as well.

On the 13th, a rep stated in an interview that Kang is disappointed that her role has been reduced to near-invisibility in the drama, although she is determined to do her best with the remaining material.

When the drama was first announced, it was presented as a story about four leads, rather than two leads and two supporting characters. It’s hard to see how the drama could have scored such strong actors as Kang and Kim Seung-woo otherwise, given that they’re leading material themselves. Kim Seung-woo’s character has had more weight in the storyline, playing a major role in Miri’s rise and fall, although his sharp decline in visibility in recent weeks has also prompted grumbling amongst viewership.

But Kang’s Hee-joo character has all but disappeared, despite being set up to be Miri’s big competitor. She was the light to Miri’s dark, the girl with the happy life Miri felt she should have had instead. The one in love with Miri’s fiancé, the friend and enabler and — one hoped — the obstacle. She held the key to Miri’s downfall…and then, nothing.

Instead of using Hee-joo’s knowledge of Miri’s lies, the burden of those revelations have shifted to uncouth Hirayama (Kim Jung-tae) and steely Stepmom Lee Hwa (Choi Myung-gil), both of whom have been winning praise for their performances. Viewers point out that Hee-joo hasn’t merely taken a backseat, but had even less screen time than a cameo (by Eom Ki-joon). She could be written out and it would make no difference.

It’s a bummer, because Kang Hye-jung is a wonderful actress who doesn’t do many dramas (she’s more known for her quirky film characters, such as in Welcome to Dongmakgol and Herb), and a lot of her fans had been anticipating her return to television. Her last drama was 2007’s Flowers For My Life, which was lovely and insightful (still one of my favorites), but sadly a ratings flop. (Ratings were among the lowest I’ve seen, in the 2% to 3% range.)

I hope the Miss Ripley experience doesn’t turn her off television for good, though I can see why she’d be feeling mighty disappointed in how this one turned out for her. I’d love to see her take on a quirky and plucky leading role in another comedy — oh all right, I just want another Flowers For My Life. So what if I’m greedy like that?

Via 10 Asia, Joy News, NTN Seoul

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What a waste of a great actress.

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Was really disappointed about this, because I love Hee-joo TT_TT

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yuppie, i love Hee Joo's character...

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I love her in a lot of movies because she is so cute and a great actress. i really hope she will have more screen time

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I am disappointed, too...
She deserves a much better role and more screen time, of course.

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So this means there's no need for to keep watching this drama? I only tuned in for she and Seung-woo! WTH! And I was so excited too with that look I just saw in ep 4... Oh well.

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Same here. The only reason why I watched this was because of her. I thought she would have alot of screen time but boy was I disappointed. I stopped watching after the 3rd episode.
I'm not bashing LDH. LDH really improved her acting since "My Girl" days but b/c I'm more of a KHJ bias, I only watched this because it's been a while since she last starred in a drama. So, I was super excited that she's now in a drama; however, I'm sad that the writer aren't giving her enough screen time. She's a fantastic actress that is being wasted in this project. (Just a side note, she looks great for being a "mom". She always look so young and pretty. Tablo is a lucky guy~)

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Oohhhhh! Her! I love Epik High (my students *just* told me about Dynamic Duo, so excited to get on that).

Is it bad that I'm suddenly 110% more interested in this drama? ^_^....Just because Tablo's wife is in it. The story sounds compelling enough, but I've just been content to read the recaps ~ like an actual story.

So maybe I'll watch it up until she disappears? heh.

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I'm ragey, and I'm not even her. She did some of the most memorable scenes for me in Ripley. 14 eps in, I'm still allergic to LDH's OTTness in all of her ShitHitsFan OMO face(s) which r all exactly the same for every occasion.

Her HeeJoo calms LDH's MiRi down to a controlled performance in every scene they shared. In turn, calms my urge to hurl things.

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LOL your comment''s so funny

I actually liked Heejoo's controlled acting more than Miri's blatant shocked-nervous-omg'sh-to angry glare... don't get me wrong, LDH's not a bad actress but she's not great...

what I don't understand about the drama writers is that why don't they write as they planned from the beginning. they must have given the actors rudimentary synopsis to get the contracts. Or is it the pressure from the companies/braodcasting to change the synopsis(?) to fit the audience's taste? IDK...

If I remember correctly, LDH dropped East of Eden because her role became almost useless... it's nice to see Kang Hye Jung stick with her project even if she's not getting the *star* treatment in the drama because she has equally or better status as an actor than LDH in korea due to her sucess in film industry.

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"If I remember correctly, LDH dropped East of Eden because her role became almost useless… it’s nice to see Kang Hye Jung stick with her project even if she’s not getting the *star* treatment in the drama because she has equally or better status as an actor than LDH in korea due to her sucess in film industry."

I totally agree. Which is another reason why I'm such a KHJ fan. (off to rewatch Flowers For My Life)

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Even though I would have respected LDH if she stayed with EOE, that drama was a mess and I don't blame her for leaving it. I felt she did have her own right (which I found had good reason) to leave.

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Question:

Will KHY still keep trying her best if the series was 50+ episodes?

:D

Just curious. :D

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True!

It sounds like they got her because they promised a four-lead drama, and are now just taking her availability (something they ensured) for granted, which is disrespectful to anyone, much less a well-liked actor who appears rarely in t.v. miniseries. It's industry assholery.

I don't know about LDH's previous situation, but I know I'd be tempted to drop a long, long drama if it was turning out that I'd have nothing to do for the next few months but sit with the crew and eat kimbap.

...or maybe not. That sounds like fun.

Not the only reason I'm not an actor.

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I would've never thought of bringing the whole LDH/EOE issue here. ;) I side with KHJ and her discontent as I would if that's the same case with LDH/EoE (I didn't watch the drama enough to know how much she's cheated out of her role) Even if KHJ decides tmr to drop out of Ripley with 1 ep left, I get where she's coming fr.

It's just so jarring 4, 5 eps ago there's quite a few interesting (to me) HJ tangents going on, I still rem vividly her powerful scene with PYC's YH at the church. I feel so much heartpain fr her delivery as opposed to what LDH is capable of affecting me (not) with her frozen shock face/walk in the park/pretty and prissy in the rain take in the even more dramatic scene end of 14.

Thing is, HJ is in limbo as if she's time traveled and now dumped in real time missing what transpired in the last 10, 12 eps. I'll be less batty if she's written off cleanly but the writer+PD+whomever in charge do not have the guts to follow through with their pooping, instead, is giving KHJ seconds to mins of screen time of being part of the scenery when last I know of we r in the middle of her own arcs! Did the writer forget to hand in several pages/a whole episode where HJ had the good old amnesia?! She let go of her one sided love, but clearly with all the storms hitting YH left and right, he is not doing that well, opposite of the happiest lovesick puppy and we're not shown a fleck of concern towards YH as if she's forgotten she's met him?! And MR, whom she hated her guts to point of cant see face and bygones r bygones after a night's sleep?! and her aspiration of continuing her Dad's work?!? It's as if the bulk of plot in previous episodes concerning HJ r fragments of our imagination, a bigger mirage than the YH/youngMR puddle.

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good job for speaking up instead of ditching the role. oh wait, that's LDH's speciality, my bad.

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At least she plans to do her best with it even though it didn't go as she'd hoped...unlike LDH in the past *sigh*

I wish they'd give more screen time to KHJ and KSW too, as glad as I am of more Dark Yoohyun.

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I feel bad for her >< The same thing happened in Lie To Me with Sang Hee which was such a big disappointment because I had expected him to become a great source of angst. Instead, Lie To Me just fell flat with episodes full of boredom.

Sang Hee wasn't lead actor material though and these actors are so that's even more disappointing to me.

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I love her in "Herbs" and FFMY is on my top five best dramas list, since I watch it 3 years ago I was truly unaware that the drama did so badly. The "ONLY" reason I watched this drama because of Kang Hye-Jung. I hope "Lee Da-Hae" take note that an professional stick it out through the end, lack of screen time/storyline does not determine your worth as a actress but what you do with it show what you amount too.

Fighting Kang Hye-Jung in my eyes you have already won to state that you are determined to do your best with the remaining material is something to be admired and I have much respect for Hy-Jung for remaining positive and completing her role.

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it's funny, lee da hae was once in the same situation but chose to make her dissatisfaction known by dropping out of east of eden. i don't fault her for that though, even in comparison to kang hye jung, because east of eden had a much greater number of episodes while ripley is only a miniseries. it's easier for kang hye jung to stick it out -- collect the paycheck, make do with what she has, maybe think twice about the next role she accepts. lee da hae made a tough decision back then, but it was a different situation so i don't think these two are really comparable.

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The situation is exactly the same, comparing Da-hee situation with Hye-Jung is like comparing identical twins, regardless if it 50 episodes or 16 it a paycheck and being professional is being professional. What tough choice did Da-hee have? Da-hee salary did not get cut and because her role was cut her job was easier. I tell you what was tough the cast, production team and the screenwriter working to keep that drama from falling into chaos with her sudden outing. Saying it easier for Kang Hye to continue with this drama because it only 16 episodes is a slap in the face to her dedication to her work, Hye-kang would have complete this drama even if it was 50 episodes because that her work ethic.

As far as Hye-Jung thinking twice, three on four hundred times on her next project has no relevant because an actress/actor would not know her part is going to be cut/diminish since they film current

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You totally mentioned 3 names of others @[email protected] It's Da Hae (not Da Hee), and Hye Jung (at least at the last part, you got it right).

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The situations are not identical at all. In Hye-Jung's situation, there are only 2 more episodes to go - about 1 week's worth of filming, whereas in Da-Hae's situation, she quit after 30+ episodes with more than 10 episodes to go. The remaining number of EOE episodes is almost the equivalent to the whole of the Ms Ripley series! So Hye-Jung only suffered a diminished role for 4+? episodes whereas Dae-Hae stuck it out for 30+ episodes.

It is also unlikely that MBC would pay Da-Hae any salary after she quit, and does anybody really know whether her pay was cut or not? I think it's even more unprofessional if she got paid a full salary for appearing 3 minutes in each EOE episode i.e. doing an easier job and still getting paid a high salary for it!

I also cannot imagine how a drama can fall into chaos simply because a character who appears for 3 minutes in each episode gets written off. Da-hae's character would hardly be missed!

Just my 2 cents.

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You not making any sense, "I think it’s even more unprofessional if she got paid a full salary for appearing 3 minutes in each EOE episode"

what do that have to do with being professional? Athlete gets paid million and if they get hurt they still contracted to get paid. Actor/Actress gets paid millions when their do a movie if the movies a box office flop hey still get paid? I ‘m not following your reason here.

Please give me a freakin break the girl appear more then 3 minutes an episode and it was chaos for the screen writer and the cast regardless if it was a second. The only think you were right about was she wasn't missed.

In the episode comparison is ridiculous she last 30 she could have lasted 15 more. Save your 2 cent till it worth something.

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@11.1.1.1.1 I wish I was Bashua

Please stop writing under different names.

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you're right, i shouldn't have said that it was easier for kang hye jung to stick it out.

you're also right that it's hard for actors to know whether or not the projects they accept are going to be successful or not, especially if it's a drama where the complete script isn't available before shooting begins. that's why i said she was probably going to think twice about her next project -- especially a drama. she'll probably end up opting for a film since the scripts are usually completed prior to filming.

it's easy for people like us to think that lee da hae didn't make a tough choice when she decided to quit. i'm sure she knew about the backlash it would cause, although i guess nobody knew just how severe and long-lasting it would be. we don't have the right to presume that lee da hae did or did not have an easy time deciding what to do regarding her career.

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well there is the point of one drama taking two months to make and the other half a year or more. So there is a matter of being locked into a dead end role for that long. lee da may have thought it would be more damaging to her to stay in that sort of situation, than to quit. While Ripley only has a week more in it run so what would be the point in Kang Hye-jung to quit? it would just make her laughable to others.
I think both made the right choice.
I do not remember seeing anything Kang Hye-jung has been in myself, the only reason i heard of her at all, is resent Korean new reports about her, and linking/comparing her to Jang Nara, as in appearing in a 'come back' Tv Drama.

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Watch Old Boy and see the Kang Hye Jung in the role that made her famous.

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I think the situation is more similar than one would think at first glance. Sure, EoE was 56 epidodesa and MR is only 16. However, HJ started to lose face time a loooong time ago. Her character started to go nowhere quickly and it was written as a pivotal character too. In EoE, LDH left well after the half-way mark (don't quote me on this because it's been a while). And I know there's a difference because with a 16-episode drama, there's a much less risk of missing out on another project as a result of being stuck in one. Whereas in a 56-episode drama, you could potentially miss out on a lot of dramas. However, I don't think that LDH actually did anything else as a result of leaving EoE.

Who knows why she really left. Some say she was kicked out. Having watched the drama, I think she left because she wasn't happy with her character. Like the role of HJ, LDH's character in EoE was going nowhere. It was written as a mess and she was moving from one man to another. And quite frankly, I don't think her character really much of a chance to be what she was originally meant to be: the OTP with Song Seung Heon's character. The writer tried to throw a couple of hints in the beginning, but the writing was bad and the chemistry was non-existent.

So I would have to agree that the EoE situation looks to me very similar to the MR situation. Both actresses came to part with one view and then the writers messed up and took the role away. KHJ took the classier route and allowed her fans to show their discontent. LDH...well, someone needs to find her a better manager. One who can actually manage her if all her negative publicity is a result of her own willfulness and not bad decisions made by her agency.

And yes, I'm not a big fan of LDH. The reason: I don't like actors/actresses who think acting is all about the eyes. More specifically, the size of their eyes. Shock = big eyes. Sad = small eyes. Sad and wounded = big eyes.

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Kang Hye-jung so does not deserve this. She was in Oldboy for crying out loud. If I was her, I'd forget the small screen and keep doing my thang in the film industry. Even though she's done great in her TV roles, they just aren't cutting it for her. Sucks, because I'd like for her to stay in kdramas. If I was her I wouldn't go near a kdrama script unless I was being offered to be the lead.

This role should've been so much more, which is why I presumed she took it. Instead of the writers exploring the possibilities of a darker Hee-joo, or someone to unravel LDH's lies and reap the benefits, she's turned into nothing.
What a waste.

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oh yesss... i totally forgot she was in Old Boy.. damn that Mido character was truly something =_=

Aaaah.... use the talent you got, you drama writers.. don't let it waste...

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Totally wasted but left one of the biggest impressions...

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I'm so confused that something like this would happen in the first place - both here in Ripley, to LDH in East of Eden, etc. Isn't there a contract prior to filming, and wouldn't it stipulate at least an approximation of screen time? To put all the control in the writer's hands seems off-balance and precarious for the actors/actresses involved.

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I saw Flowers for my Life, and while I liked it, it did get very slow-paced and rather predictable in the latter half. She's not a bad actress, but she doesn't have the kind of spark on TV that makes one riveting. Not to mention Hee-joo kinda just became an obedient tool. I can understand why the writers took her out, and besides, the revelations came out with much more force, depth, and brilliant presentation under Hirayama and Lee Hwa.

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I feel for KHJ and I too thought that the dynamic of Miri and Hee Joo was one of the BEST things in this drama and a pity it was not explored. I really do feel for her and her fans who anticipated the drama for her performance.

Tho, it makes a whole lot of sense to compare her problems with LDH's experience back with the mess called East Of Eden, it is not as comparable being that EOE was a fifty episode long drama, the writers dropped out before LDH, and the actors such as Park Hae Jin were all expressing their dismay too. For God's sake there was so much tension in that set that there was even news that actors and crew were in shouting matches and the like. LDH dropped her role in Episode 42. She had a lackluster career and she suffered (losing endorsement deals, no drama offers,etc,etc) the consequences. I just think it is unfair to take a jab at her just because she is the lead in this.

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It doesn't matter whether it was a 50 episode or 16 episode drama, the key is maintaining professionalism even when things do not go your way. Even though the other EOE actors were probably tremendously unhappy they still stuck with it while lee da hae quit when things didn't go her way. I mean look at MMM, that drama didn't turn out like any of the actors had hoped when they were cast yet the entire cast stuck with it . In all honesty Kang Hye Jung is of a much higher caliber of actor than both yoochun and lee da hae based on her film work alone, that no one would blame her if she left, but she chooses to stay even though she knows she is 100x better than what they are giving her and that is an act of class and professionalism that lee da hae lacks.

I mean I still find the drama interesting and understood that ldh was the lead but is highly disappointing that the two strongest and respected actors are the ones whose roles have been diminished so greatly. I mean I was a dbsk fan and I think lee da hae isn't horrible (I don't think she is great either) but neither of these two have anywhere near the acting chops that KHJ and KSW have

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Understood, just agreeing to disagreeing. Not saying LDH is a poster girl for class and professionalism just giving a bit of insight of what happened behind EOE and not everything is as black and white as it seems.

I just think sometimes people (not you) like bringing up the EOE diva fiasco to simply discredit LDH's performance here. She is not flawless as Miri but she is riviting enough for people to be invested in an antiheroine (may it be for her redemption or her big demise) ...just my opinion.

But yes, KHJ is a brilliant actress and it is a pity this had to happen. I admire her for staying.

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*riveting. Cannot spell. Guh. LOL

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What? I guess we all think if professionalism differently.

O_o

For some people, it means sticking to sucky project even if you know there's no point in your character. And collecting the paycheck cause that's all you care about...

For others, it means letting go responsibly and pursuing something better in which you know you deserve. In the nicest way possible. -_-

Sheehs...

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It's not about the check but keeping a commitment that has been made. Also she didn't leave quietly if I remember right. It would be different if she was actually being mistreated and then chose to leave, but she left because her character wasn't as big as she thought it was going to be, similar to what happened to kang hey Jung here. Every actor is going to have a drama or movie that ends up being much worse than they signed up for or a role that ends up being less than they expected but many suck it up and finish the work because they committed themselves to doing it. If people quit every time a drama sucked or they get less airtime than planned, we would see many more actors quit. I mean look at dramas like Mary stayed out all night, triple, the list goes on, where the drama plot went to the shitters, but the actors stayed with it. I mean in Mary everyone was unhappy with the writing but they stuck with it and finished it. Both the leads MGY and JGS stated their displeasure with how the plot was going but did they quit , no and that drama was far more a mess than EofE.

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LDH sucked it up and quit only after 30+/40 episodes i.e. 5 months? If MGY and JGS took the same amount of time to decide whether to stay with MMM or quit, MMM would already be over. By the way, the writer of EOE quit even before LDH did.

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Agree with Soua on the professionalism issue. It is a common HR tactic to force employees to quit by giving them little or nothing to do. An unprofessional employee would be perfectly happy to continue collecting his paycheck with little or no work to do. On the other hand, a professional & responsible employee would quit.

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They amount they cut Lee Da Hae was ridiculous. If I recall correctly, in one episode she didn't have any lines and the only scene of her was her walking her dog... She was billed as one of the leads, but given 5seconds of screen time.

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And not just that, she was having health issues at the time as well. She fainted on the set.

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And how is that different than Hye Jung's treatment here considering she was also billed as one of the leads for Ripley? East of Eden was always promoted as an ensemble cast more than anything, while here there is 4 people that are billed as the definite leads.

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Well, at least HJ did not get relegated to a role which in one episode comprised of no lines & walking the dog scenes. Her role could jolly well be played by an "extra".

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Oops..I meant LDH's role could almost be played by an extra.

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LOLOL I still crack up at LDH's walking the dog scenes in EOE, it was just so hilariously bad. Just major second hand embarrassment.

People kept bringing up MMM to EOE...may I ask...did MMM have three writers quit? Was there screaming matches on the set? Was anyone brought to the hospital while filming? Just legit curious. There is such a thing as hating the material to a totally unhealthy environment that someone like Park Hae Jin will blatantly say...he would rather drop dead. LOL

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The same thing happened to LDH with EOE. The only difference is that EOE was a much longer drama. With only two episodes left of Miss Ripley, it's a wiser choice for her to stick with it to the end. There's no need to bash LDH for leaving EOE. I actually thought she was brave for doing so.

KHJ's character Hee-joo had potential in the beginning but the writers started easing her out early on that I wasn't that surprise that she somewhat kinda disappeared.

Neither one of them are that great of an actress but they each have their own unique talent.

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She wasn't brave she was highly unprofessional.

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agreed. its weird when people call quitting is a brave move.

KHJ fighting. we know you are so much better & experienced than LDH in terms of acting.

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some people call it a brave move because other people don't understand that sometimes speaking up for yourself and quitting is harder to do than bowing your head and pretending everything's alright.

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I agree with you.

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Kang Hye Jung is speaking up her mind here but even though she is unhappy with the situation she is still sticking with it, which is what makes her professional and Lee Da Hae not. This is why I do not believe Lee Da Hae to be brave or professional.

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What's the point of KHJ quitting now anyways? O_o It's only two episodes left.

People are weird... If LDH complained about her roles, people will backlash and say, "See! She's an attention whore!" But if another actress says something, we all feel sorry.

I feel so sorry for actors. They are in the spot light and people attack them simply because of what they read.

If you don't know the person, don't judge. Simple as that.

KHJ is an amazing actress... hated her HJ character. Loved her Mido character. :( *sigh

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It was not unprofessional for LDH to quit, especially since MBC had given their approval.

On the other hand, it is unprofessional for an actor or actress to express their disappointment or unhappiness to the media while the show is still airing - smacks of disloyalty to the show.

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Jannie quote "On the other hand, it is unprofessional for an actor or actress to express their disappointment or unhappiness to the media while the show is still airing – smacks of disloyalty to the show"

You must be brain wash by these damm dramas, disloyal you sound as disillusion as MIRI blaming HJ for the life she had lead because she was taken instead. Girl wake up there a real world just behind the light......

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@15.1.1.1.5 Girl please

You're making no sense.

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Nope, I'm not brainwashed. In the real world, I'm just a loyal employee.

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I wasn't a fan of any of the actors of Ripley when I started to watch it, I followed it for the story. But now I am a huge fan of Kang Hye-jung! She is a great actress! And she has a right to be pissed at the treatment (or lack thereof) her character received.

But I am glad that she is sticking it out till the end - what a professional! I hope this will not turn her off drama projects because I will def watch out for her next drama.

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Really....I don't know how you like her in this drama. There was nothing to her character or any strong acting to remember, because her character did not called for it.

You need to check out her other works, because this drama did not do her justice. She's an amazing actress.

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Maybe to you who have seen her other projects, her acting in this drama is not remarkable because the character didn't ask for strong acting.

But for me who is new to KHJ I was impressed by her acting despite the fact that her character and the actress' talent were under-utilized. I rooted for her character and felt bad/sad when her character was sidelined.

And I do think that for a "bland" character like Hee Joo to be noticed beside a very "strong" character like Miri is a testament to the talent of the actress playing the "bland" character. Just my opinion.

And yes, I am going to check out her other works - starting with Flowers for my life as it is highly recommended.

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I like KHJ as an actress... HJ as a particular character grates on my nerves... I think I would have liked HJ more if she had some back bone and wasn't all gooey over YH.

Eh. It's okay. :D

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I couldn't care less... I didn't like her Hee Joo character, so yeah...

Don't know much about Kang Hye-jung. Flowers for my Life is the first drama I couldn't finished. I stopped half way the first episode. I haven't seen any of her movies yet.

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if u dont know about her, then, maybe Old Boy would ring any bell? I mean, even hollywood has remake Old Boy.

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OOO... I knew she looked fimiliar... Old Boy was an awesome movie...

And strangely... Miss Ripley reminds me of Old Boy.

And wow... She's an amazing actress! I wonder why she would settle for this role? And why she didn't get the role of Miri?

:D I'm a LDH fan, too... but wow... KHJ was so amazing in Old Boy. I wonder how she would have portrayed Miri? :)

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lol, you might want to give it a chance and watch past the first episode. really flowers for my life is such a gem of drama.

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Maybe I'll watch it again, once I finish the shows I'm watching. thanks :)

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It's unfortunate that you don't know anything about her. She is one of Korea's best actresses. She starred in Oldboy which was by far one of the best Korean films ever produced.

I haven't watch Miss Ripley and I don't plan to either but that's disappointing that the drama isn't making use of their actors especially Kang Hye-jung and Kim Seung-woo.

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I really don't get it must be my America culture because regardless a person should finished what they started, Da-he was not being physically or mentally abuse her Diva attitude took a beating, so she quit. I have read some comments that she was brave to leave that it was 50 episodes drama "WTF" it her JOB, that what she got paid for. I’m sure the lack of her storyline was not reflected in her pay so she should have sucked it up and completed the drama.... There is no reason to find excuses for her behavior in how she handles EOE, because like the character “MIRI” only she thought she was that important.

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So... if you have a crappy job would you stay?

O_o

Blah. Why people tripping. You people act as if you are so righteous and awesome and always do what you commit to.

Blah.

And american values? Shoot, Americans don't give a hoot who quits what. We don't care. -_-

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"So… if you have a crappy job would you stay"?

@Soua I been at my company for over 17 years and there has been too many days I felt my job was too much, but Sweetie this crappy job pays my mortgage, my car payments, my second home, my son’s college education, it put food on the table and clothes on my back and when I’m too old to work it will give me a nice pension that go along with my sizeable 401k. So HELL YES!!!!!! I will stay, to leave my job because I’m discontent is crazy, what person in they right mind would do that? As for your other comments I think I will end it here. My mother told me once when you argue with a fool people watching tend not to know who the fool.

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It sounds like you're sticking with a crappy job out of necessity. I'm sure if you had a better option, you would jump on it without looking back.

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@Taber, looking at your comments, no other companies would like to hire you-still childish.

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That sucks for you. I am sorry you could find a job that you love... and that you are trap at your company for so long.

Honestly, if I don't like my work place, I will find a better job with better pay so that I don't have to stress and hate what I do.

Guess you and I differ in that sense. You don't care as long as it pays. :D

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it's kind of like hwang sun hee in city hunter.

i think fans were disappointed because she rarely gets any screen time.

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Yeah 'cause this woman is amazing!

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She gets a really nice scene in ep. 15.
It's up at Vikii - can't wait to read the recap, just hope she titles it "HOMESHOPPING - It Can Really Bite You In The Ass!"
Ep.15 of City Hunter?
Epic.
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Sorry - by "she" I meant JB or GF, whoever gets to do it this week.
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Agreed. I'm so pissed behind that little stunt I don't even want to think about it.

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Just want to make clear that I do not think LDH was ~brave~ for quitting EOE nor am I saying that she was blameless in all that. She got a Katherine Heigl sort of reputation after that and I do not blame the public for thinking so. From what I remember she did ask for a cut, like not to give her the salary anymore after her quitting. I do not know if she was ever paid for it,actually. The only thing I was trying to point out that it was a really tensioned set that had writers and an actor quitting (she quit after the main writer quit). The likes of Park Hae Jin and Jo Min Ki expressed their "support" for her, there was just a lot of drama that we as an audience do not know about. Which makes this Ripley experience different but that is just my view. I see why people would bring her up here in comparison to KHJ's professionalism. But I still stand by my opinion that EOE was a mess and I cannot say the same for this drama. That is all.

Anyway, I totally sympathize with KHJ with this one. And her performance as Hee Joo had its moments of greatness. I also think she is severely underrated, I hope she finds a drama that would really showcase her great talent.

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i wish i could articulate myself as clearly as you do! well said.

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I say that the writers must be really brave to reduce KHJ's character to almost nothing. Sad really, since she's such a talented actress.

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Oh and I agree with JB's sentiments. Miss Ripley could have done without the makjang elements. It's like a KDrama rule: if you're adopted/were in an orphanage, by the end of the series, you will find your parent(s) and they will be someone in your present circle of acquaintances. The story could have been better if the writers fully developed the side characters like Hee Joo, Myung Hoon, and heck, even Chul Jin.

It's like Can You Hear My Heart (which I love to bits) and its Seung Chul and Min Soo characters. So much potential unrealised.

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w-e-l-l she can thank mickey for that because everyone only wants to see him act and the producers probably want him for ratings.

perhaps if mickey wasn't playing in here she would get her chance.

seriously, mickey has destroyed the show

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"Mickey destroyed the show" ? .....now that's harsh & mean.

Let's be honest, the show was lucky to have Micky (since you mention it yourself regarding the rating).

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Oi! Low blow much?

She can thank the writers and the higher-ups for this. NOT other actors. She has her own reputation and fan base in Korea too, not just KSW, LDH, or Park Yoochun. Just because the guy's a so called "idol star" does not mean all roses for him.

@Chewy's right.
The show IS lucky to have Yoochun. Heck. The show is lucky to have ALL four of them in the first place. And let's not forget that she threw some people off and they had to learn to love her in the beginning as well. Fact is, this is life. It deals hard blows. Another fact is producers, directors, and writers need to think of EVER aspect and not just concentrate in one area.

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whoa, buddy. why the hate? you can just clearly say you're not satisfied with Yoochun's acting, seriously, there's no need for the "mickey has destroyed the show" BS..

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@juzi

I'm perplexed by your comment... "mickey has destroyed the show"

How did Park Youchun destroy the show???
He is the show...... not because he is a so called "idol"

But really if you are honest and you have followed him since SKKS his acting has not only improved but it has been above par.

So have you watched the show (Ripley) or is there just some "I hate idols who try to be actors" running deep in your subconscious mind that prevents you from veiwing the drama objectively???

Just wandering, because your comment just makes no sense.

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Oh!!Sorry But I think the show is super great now.^^

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Really!?!?
Immature and narrow-minded much?
Yoochun has an opposite role from Hyesung and actually, Lee Dahae is the other lead female actress so before saying something stupid, look at ALL the FACTS first.
I knew there were going to be ppl who would blame Yoochun...

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lol.

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just curious, is it micky or mickey? cus mickey is like the disney mouse?

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micky it was his nickname when he lived in the USA
he adopted it as his stage name

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Destroyed the show with surprisingly good acting and highest rated scenes in the drama you mean, as well resulting in Ripley being sold to Japan before a single episode had been aired due to one micky yoochun!

uh Huh

Also people what is with pitting Lee da hae and kang hye jung against each other?

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Because people like pitting women against each other. I am like...wtf...they are friends in real life. LOL

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I never got the appeal of Mickey Yoochun (yeah, I know he's an idol).

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its MICKY yoochun.

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ROFLMAO. you know nothing about the show if you said Park Yoochun destroyed the show~

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LMAO whut? I am sorry but hey did u even watch the show? Yoochun did great in the show n the acting is good. I just dunno your point buddy xD
Stop hating n get a life.

N I dun like how KHJ get cut out of the show but u guys can not take this advantage to blame on how unprofessional n not so good of LDH's acting. It is not her fault after all, even tho I dun like her as u guys do.

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WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY???
You waana die??!! *gang stare*

LOL ... calm down girl The 4 are great actors and It's not Yoochun's fault .. It's the PD decision :/

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@juzi

I’m perplexed by your comment… “mickey has destroyed the show”

How did Park Youchun destroy the show???
He is the show…… not because he is a so called “idol”

But really if you are honest and you have followed him since SKKS his acting has not only improved but it has been above par.

So have you watched the show (Ripley) or is there just some “I hate idols who try to be actors” running deep in your subconscious mind that prevents you from veiwing the drama objectively???

Just wandering, because your comment just makes no sense.

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well said!!!

And I don't really get why korean and taiwan dramas always HAVE to have a leading quartet of characters. It's almost always the case that at least one of the four will get shafted by the writing.

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this was directed @20 imogene_af

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Hee-joo has disappeared... which is a darn shame because Kang Hye-jung is a great actress and her character could have been so much more. Actually, while I'm at it, I'll just voice some more opinions and say that the whole drama could have been so much more (though it isn't over yet). I feel like the drama could have gone darker and explored more into the depths of the dark side of human nature (sin, revenge, anger, etc.) but no, it feels flat... or I'm just a bit more sadistic than your average watcher.

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I agree...my biggest disastisfaction against the drama was the fact that Kang Hye Jin was extreamly underused and there were lots of opportunities for the writers to further develop her character. Also like you I wish the drama would have pushed it a lot further and turned a bit more darker than what we saw and I had expected more...for a while it felt like it had the potential to be really really great but then it kinda cooled down and it's just ok.

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Maybe the extension could have helped (?) I hoped that Kang's character would take a bigger role and turn to the dark side (which would be a trip because she was presented as the nice angelic girl in the beginning continuously condoning Miri's misbehavior). I think if they used the theme of dark and light and the gray side of this motif through all the characters, the viewers could have really had fun with the drama... Now, I feel like the writer is just working really really hard to make us empathize with Miri with all the crying/oh the typical finding long lost mother (yuk... seriously can k-dramas run without this trite device?)
I'm just disappointed because I've invested numerous hours following this show. It's a pity, maybe if the writing has had enough time to be edited and polished instead of being squeezed weekly as the show's being simultaneously broadcasted, the show could have lived up to its potential. Maybe in the future...

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WAHH! exactly! i was so freak'n mad about her two seconds in the last, last episode. geez. might as well not put her in. this show has been paced well, but the whole dropping hee joo thing was a bad call. she really was the light to dark. ch, on that end. ='(

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I do wonder y she take up ths role at the first place~~
it's like any new actress could play this role not a big star like her?

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They convince an actress of Kang Hye Jung's caliber to act in their drama and they don't even utilize her?

Foolish, foolish people.

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Exactly.

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Oops sorry. That wasn't directed towards you. lol

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There are a lot of roles any "new" actor can take up, but an experienced one can add layers to it.

I'm pretty sure Hee-Joo was presented different to Kang when she first signed on.

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I remember there was a petition by the Korean audience to make Kim Jung Tae's role as Hirayama bigger...I wonder if that affected her screentime? Because he is the one who is playing with Miri and has power over her. Kim Jung Tae is brilliant and his praises are well deserved, but I do wonder what were the original plans for Hee Joo? And what is in store for her? Can she end up with YooHyun in the end then?

I also think Myung Hoon though still is important kind of got shoved into the backburner,too. :/

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It's a sad situation, but this is what happens when Korean drama works on a live shot trying to satisfy the viewers.

I just remember watching the earlier episodes & thinking that MH is the male leads, because there was a good 6-8 episode of building Miri & MH relationship up. Even on Soompi & the people that I watch Ripley with, all thought that Yoochun is the second leads. However, the second half of the drama really shift the story to a different direction & we get more of Miri's mother's story. Hence, MH & HJ's characters aren't that important. It's all about YH's & Miri's family history in the end.

I'm not complaining about the story line, but it certainly would of been nice to have more of MH & HJ more relevant to the story line because both of them are incredible actors.

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wonder how the drama would have turned out if kang hye jung had taken the miri role?

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KHJ was the only reason i was interested in Miss Ripley coz i can't stand LDH (sorry...this is just a personal preference). And it's extremely disappointing to see KHJ's character being reduced to such a small role for such a great actress. Though i understand that this drama was never bout KHJ as the main protagonist, i was sorely pished that we were duped into thinking that KHJ's character would have a bigger part compared to the measly appearance she had in this show. I'm glad that others feel the same frustration as i do.

And as much as i like YooChun, he's NOT going to be the saving grace of this drama for me.

Oh well....its time to move on and i sincerely hope that KHJ will not be undercut in her following endeavor. NEXT, please!!

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Ugh - just so sick of these superficial dramas that have all the pretty actors but no skill. Where have all the good dramas gone???? Ripley had great potential with a strong manipulative woman who was forcefully trying to create her own destiny, but now we get a weepy poor victim to pity?!?! WTH! I turned this off when they started airing more Yoochun & LDH rather than sticking with a great story.

Geez - I need a break from these kdramas.

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i thought she was supposed to make a drastic change after she learns of Miri's lies, i thought she's going from innocent to total bitch in this drama, who plays a bigger role in Miri's downfall. i was hoping for it to happen. and yeah, she's pretty much non-existence now, what a waste.

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she never was supposed to be a total bitch, she always was described as the purest person as opposite to Miri

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I think if this drama is not a 16 ep, we will see Hee Joo more. Cause I can't see where they can put Hee Joo in so far episode without changing the phase.

There's so much to tell with so little episode. I hope she will get her time on her next drama. Will wait for it because Kang Hye Jung did a really good job on Ripley

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and the writer, as much as they to blame for Hee Joo disappearance, are doing a good job on keeping the drama phase.

If DB didn't bring this topic up, I will think that it's natural for the lack of Hee Joo. I am are raging for Kang Hye Jong misfortune, but I can't deny that the story is good as it is now.

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Agree with u.
As much as i love Heejoo (I love her more than Miri),but can't deny that now the story is good.

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i'm also really disappointed with her lack of screen time. i was hoping her strained friendship with miri would be more of a focus, as well as her one-sided love. though i'm relieved that all of the "good" people in this drama didn't really succumb to the dark side, it would have been nice if they flirted with that idea a bit more, since they were all betrayed by miri.

i now don't really watch this drama, though i keep up through screencaps. i'm glad other people are also voicing their disappointment. maybe the writers will give her a more pivotal role in the last episode.

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but what can the writers give for Hee-joo at this point of the drama? she should have been consistently built up and developed, but now the scenes they squeezed her in are so purposeless.

i just want the end to this drama

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they actually could give her an important role. like how they did to MH as the person who rise Miri, HJ has the key to Miri's lie. they could actually made her as an important person who can loose all Miri's web of lies.

but i dont know why they focus on mother daughter story~ maybe just to justify Miri's act, so people wouldn't hate miri that much. Is it as per LDH's request??

BLEH~ just as i thought KDrama land is heading to a new era~~ bleeehhh

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I think the person who has the key to Miri's lies is Hirayama, rather than HJ. After all, he's the one who has all the dirt on Miri! What is worse than a lying forger who pretends to be a Tokyo Uni grad? A lying forger who pretends to be a Tokyo Uni grad but who is in fact a bar hostess! Imagine the scandal!

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Darn... i just hate false advertisement. -_- The things actors have been complaining about since dawn... eh. She's a great actress... I hope in the future she can find a role with more substance. :)

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And a role where she doesn't have to hit walls... and look sad, with quivering lips...

*sigh

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i thought she's going to be paired with Yoo Chun's character in the drama instead of LDH?

well if not then there's nothing for me to watch... i rather like her and yoo chun in this drama...

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*Lee Da-hae, To be or not to be*

I find it amusing, that a so call actress of stature of Kang Hye-jung, will take such a stance concerning her role as Hee-joo, since I was not at the signing of her contract to do the drama, “Miss Ripley,” I can only go about her claims, but the last time I checked Lee Da-hae was the “Star,” female lead of the drama.

Her claim is that maybe she was offer a part of “equal value” of sorts concerning Lee Da-hae's part, it is something to be taking lightly, otherwise she could well demand reparations, for breech of contract.
I do not remember the actors of “Mary Stay Out All Night,” taking the writer or PD to court for creating such a crappy characters, yes they did complaint, Lie to Me was also a casualty of bad writing, but still the K-drama world keeps going round and round.

I think it is unfortunate that her role was diminished, as the story mature, but I will be the first to acknowledge that Lee Da-hae's portrayal of the Miri character is worth the “Best Actress Award 2011.” The fact remains the same with Lee Da-hae is a love hate relationship with the public either you love her or hate her, and it is apparent that for the majority of the public in Korea where she suffers “Unjustly,” of being a stuck up “Biatch,” they cannot let her have her day in the spotlight, so I can assured you that she will be blame again for the other girl not having enough screen time.

The Miri character as played by Lee Da-hae, is a character that will live in my heart for many years to come, but the second female lead character, after the drama is done I will have no memory of.......

Lee Da-hae FTW...Fighting... : 0 }

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@ Amg1: unless there is some awesome dramas later this year, I think gong hyo Jin will most likely get the best actress role over lee da hae and deservingly so. Frankly I don't think lee da hae has been amazing here, it is just her character has been well written. She hasn't been bad but she has been serviceable at best.

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@Hapacalgirl! Ahhhh! You totally hurt my feelings....Ha Ha Ha.

I totally get what you said, but to be honest with you before the drama started I was on the "Hate Lee Da-hae camp," but I believe that she prove all her "Antis," wrong, with out Lee Da -hae, there is no Jang-Miri, and granted that her character is one of the best writen in years, but the fact remains the same, it is LDH that brought Miri to life, and I cannot take that away from her...Simply put I think this is her best work, and I do not think any other actress could have play Miri in such a brilliant way as she has done!!!!

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I think I will always remember the smile/cry look.

Very well done. :)

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@Amg1: I honestly don't hate LDH and never did, I just haven't been impressed with most of her works even before EofE and I personally think she is a decent actress but not as great as some of her fans make her out to be. Her tendency to be unprofessional and act like a diva didn't help my not so great opinion of her on top of that. I do agree this is some of her better acting but it is far from Daesang material.

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@hapacagirl, you watch all her drama,starting from Heaven Fate to Ripley?
Btw, I recognized your user name in Ockoala's thread, and some others like mookie, etc.

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@smiley

And? You have a great recognition of user names?

A nick is just what it is, I'm smiley:) today/mookie often. What u've been posting in this thread alone, before delurking... MUCH more memorable.

It's absurd we need to be carded having seen every minute of an actor/actress to have a judgment on what we've sat through, however little or much. If u r curious, she's the best in Green Rose for me, then it's hit and often miss fr then on.

If I were an overly protective fan of LDH, I wouldn't wish a Daesang on her. Think: I for one will have rants. Miri is intriguing an anti-heroine, but LDH's acting is not perfect scene to scene imo (and a few others).

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It is MBC anyway...don't they give like 500 awards every year?

Hyo Jin and Da Hae can share one of the 500.

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Yup, MBC's "famous" for sharing their Daesang awards.

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I say she takes a popularitary award and maybe possibly best couple award no shared Daesang. I would be a hassel to reorder a new one for her when there's one for Cha Seung Won

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I noticed that Heejoo has basically disappeared and I'm disappointed in the writers.
I would have preferred that writers and producers and whoever else was involved in changing the plot to have stuck to the original storyline they had intended for the characters. It's understandable to modify the drama a little to please viewers of the audience but it is inconsiderate to lessen an actor's/actress's screen time.

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Dang it!...This was only on my to-watch list for her and Micky...mostly for her (KHJ)...so does this mean it needs to get dropped, or hsould I watch the first few eps and make up my mind?

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Watch the first episode...if you did not like it,drop the drama. The mood is pretty much like that and LDH has that much screentime in each episode.

Also, you can watch Micky Yoochun shine starting around Episode 9 ...and beyond, if you want to watch it solely for him.

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shes a good actress but i think she looks different now compare to the days of her movies like oldboy, love phobia and rules of dating...i mean, i didnt recognized her. i cant believe its her. she looks old.

perhaps plastic surgery is taking its toll.No?

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Kang Hye Jung hasn't had plastic surgery. She has had only her teeth fixed. Of course she is going to look older, it's been some time since those movies you listed and she has gotten married and also had a child in the last year or so Those movies you listed are from 5-8 years ago, who wouldn't look older?

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It isn't plastic surgery, Kang Hye Jung fixed an overbite/jaw problem back when she was doing a film since her management suggested it. Now, she did not know the jaw surgery will pretty much change her face.

She was so depressed that she looked so different. She was so different in looks she claimed her dog did not even recognize her, she said it was a real low point in her life. She is glad now that she has come to terms with it.

She shared this in Golden Fishery.

Anyway in before the "but Lee Da Hae is faaar more plastic than that!"

I don't understand why we always have to pit women against each other #randomrant

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ok. thanks for the clarification. :) i agree with LDH part LOL

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I'm sorry to her fans, but I am happy that they did that, I find Hirayama and Lee Hwa are more interesting, and totally it is more natural and much better for them to be the part of Miri's downfall, not to mention that Hirayama's character and his role in all this adds so many layers to the story.

while I agree they probably should cast another actress as Heeju from the beginning, it is good that KHJ doesn't drop the project though.

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It's too bad, KHJ is a much better actress than LDH.

Anyway, 'Welcome to Dongmakgol" is a great film - shows the insanity of war and how people can come together.

As for "Flowers For My Life", going to have to disagree w/ JB about this one.

FFMY started w/ a bang - the 1st ep. was really interesting in a very quirky sort of way, but the drama soon devolved into a typical bad K-drama w/ a cliche-filled script, situations that were unbelievable and overacting (esp. by Cha Tae Hyun - who really gets on your nerves).

Not sure I can even say that it was an OK/average drama - it was that bad.

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micky and heejoo only have a few minutes of air time in half of the drama. who claim that micky destroyed the drama is bs.

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Wow. I didn't even noticed that she was "gone" in the past few episodes.

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From a narrative point of view, i like it when the villian in this drama shake Miri's world.

I agree Hee Joo as a character is totally wasted. Come'on who are we kidding, the clumsy intro of her character was a total downer. There was no way she was going to challenge Miri.

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Finally people spoke out about this and i thought i was the only one liking hee joo character. I feel really bad for KHJ and originally i watch the drama for micky but when i found out KHJ was casted i jumped on the train now I am disappointed. KHJ is an amazing actress and not only she's married to my favorite hip hop artist she portray her character well. I was hoping KHJ would have a bigger role and i mean miss ripley is good but i'm just disappointed on KHJ role T-T

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Dn't blame any1 for the cut of her role, blame the writer. The character is written so damn weak, illogical and unattractive. Considering how she never cares about YH after knowing everything, I dun think that is what a girl like her act. Writer is the pne who spoil her role.
I am just speaking the true, I love KHJ, I am not a fan of LDH's acting in this drama either, but looking how u take advantage of the news and bash other actors, I find u funny, ridic and petty.

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I've heard they are considering extension AGAIN TT___TT

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Poor Lee Da Hae, in Chuno, the second lead actress got meatier and interesting role, but people still blame LDH for her white skin, clean skin. In Ripley, when the second lead actress got less screen time, people still want to use the reason to bash her (I only see this type of argument in kindergarden). In East of Eden, when she want to resign for appearing 3 minutes per episode, still got the bashing until now.
That's the speciality of women I think. Hopefully, men are not laughing at us because of this.

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Well I'm a man and I think that there is a lot of "bitchiness" (is that a word?) flung at LDH. A lot of it is jealousy in my view.
If someone looks that good and can act and is also intelligent then they are going to get beaten down.
In my country we call it the "Tall Poppy Syndrome"
If someone has way too much going for them then they are seen as a threat and must be broken down to the common level.
Then we all feel comfortable in our mediocrity.

Get over it girls. LDH is great. She lights up the screen and she's made me cry on more than one occasion.

........and while I'm at it..............Robbers was great!!

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I'm a guy and LDH (in what I have seen her in) has been dull (Chuno) or unwatchable (My Girl).

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Agree that Chuno was boring. We gave up on that after 6 eps.
My wife rates My Girl as one of her all time faves though.
Everyone's taste is different.
For example I can't believe people are raving over City Hunter when to me it's badly acted childish nonsense. I don't have a problem suspending disbelief but that show has turned into a comedy.
But that's one of the charms of K Dramas. There's something for everyone and there's always something else to watch if you've had enough of the one you're watching.

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I have pretty much read every comment on this blog and not one time did any one reference the reason KHJ storyline was change/cut due to LDH, I don't think any one would give LDH that kind of power. The rant and rave is about the fact that KHJ is where LDH was a few years ago and how totally different each person handle the situation. I for one don't care it LDH had 100 more episode to go she was in contract and she was paid, if her storyline was great and she was the shining star she would have complete the drama, therefore her reason were purely selfish. She show no respect for her fans (which you can tell I'm not one of them) she bit off her nose in spike of her face with her sudden departure from EOE. Because of the actions she has not done much of any thing, in this kind of industry when an actress/actor can cause a production thousands and a network millions because of diva/biopolar attitude you bet your sweet @$$ they watched her like boiling water, in the back of their mind keeping LDH happy was not missed. I’m not saying cutting KHJ part was the way they chose to do it, I think it just wasn’t enough episodes to really invest in to complex characters it’s just that simple.

I have never seen any of LDH movies or drama; I heard of the EOE incident and felt how she handle the situation was wrong. I’m a fan of KHJ I have seen her drama FFOL, movie Herbs and I thought she was great in Gummy MV, I think the problem is that ppl keep talking about the different between EOE episodes and MR where that has no relevant what so EVERY it simply come down to how each actress handle very, very similar situation without a doubt KHJ did it with respect for her fans.

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'I have never seen LDH movie/drama'..
no wonder you are using your boobs when writing it, rather than your brain-cheer up girls, don't twist something.It is getting sick seeing women like this.

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lol.. right on mate!!

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how come your a LDH when you haven't seen any LDH drama?

as a TRULY LDH fan leaving EOE is the best decision not just for her but for her fans also.. treating her as an EXTRA is hard to watch..

i assume you don't watch EOE so you won't and will ever understand why she chose to leave...

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i mean how come you're a fan of LDH? ...

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And your tone is crass and vulgar. "OK" stated a valid opinion, there's no reason to assume he/she's doing it because she hates LDH or because "women love to hate other women". Not every woman who says something negative about another is jealous or a "hater".

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