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Kye Baek releases poster and promo stills

Lee Seo-jin is back in another sageuk with Kye Baek, playing the title role of the Baekje-era general, and recently participated in the drama’s poster shoot.

This drama boasts some big-name stars, like Jo Jae-hyun (New Heart), Cha In-pyo (Daemul), Oh Yeon-soo (Bad Guy), and Jeon No-min (Royal Family, Queen Seon-deok). A pretty strong lineup, I’d say.

Furthermore, this high-budget, large-scale fusion sageuk project is a re-teaming of Lee with Damo scriptwriter Jung Hyung-soo, as well as Yi San PD Kim Geun-hong. Between those two, sageuk credentials are substantial: PD Kim also produced The Duo, co-directed Queen Seon-deok, directed Jumong, and worked on the productions of Dae Jang Geum, Sang Do, and Heo Jun. Jung also wrote dark cable fusion series Yacha and Jumong.

Suffice to say, expectations are fairly high, to match the budget. I wonder if that’s why MBC is was toying with the idea of extending Miss Ripley, in order to give this production more time to get ready. Because the extension is still undecided, That means Kye Baek’s premiere date comes in late July and will run for 32 episodes. [Edited since Ripley is not extended. That’s what I get for writing posts in advance!]

In addition to Lee Seo-jin, also pictured below is his co-star Oh Yeon-soo, whose last sageuk role was four years ago in Jumong. She plays a strong, fierce character who’s adamant about preserving the blood purity of the Baekje people, which can give her the appearance of a villain but which Oh explains as a result of her intense love of her nation. Oh, so we’re using prejudice = love as our argument now? Oh Yeon-soo is awesome at playing cold and intense, and no doubt she’ll be great at making you hate her.

Her insistence therefore makes her a harsh antagonist to Ui-ja (Jo Jae-hyun), the future (and last) king of Baekje, because of his Silla origins. Thus when Ui-ja becomes king and receives the support of Kye Baek, she becomes a prominent political opponent.

Meanwhile, Cha In-pyo bares his abs below to play Ui-ja’s personal guard, and has been busy with physical training for the role of warrior. Not bad, for the “original flower boy” of the ’90s, at age 43. Not bad at all.

Via NTN Seoul, Mk.co.kr

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Cha In-pyo looks pretty badass I must say *o*

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He looks baaad! bad ass is understatement.

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LSJ CIP MY FAVOURITE ACTORS HWAITING...

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Cha in pyo is hot. He was hot in daemul and he is hot here.

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Big fan of Lee Seo Jin!
Plus, I see steam rising in the river...Cha In-pyo is hawt!

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regarding Cha In-pyo's body...

a two syllable damn: daaaaaa--yaaaam!

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Eh, he just looks like he's sucking in his gut. But Oh Yeon-soo looks fantastic!

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In that pose, you kinda have to be sucking in your gut - which CIP doesn't really have any.

Maybe not the most defined abs, but there's not much fat on the guy.

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Cha In-pyo - I'm in lust.

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Mishil will be Mishil, no one will be able to surpass this character in any sageuks. I just feel that many productions are trying to re produce a Mishil :/

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Of course, since she's Mishil...her name alone screams badass consisting of ambition and evilness, even from the Samguk Sagi itself...

Though Oh Yeon-soo's char. is lightly different from her, in that her prejudice is mostly blood-related...oh, now why am I smelling Voldemort from her?!!!
(I am agreeing with you hun, it looks like they mixed Mishil & Misaeng together...bring on the wigs and jewelry, haha)
seriously, I missed her last in Jumong...

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Totally agree. What was scary about Mishil is that she just wanted power for its own sake/for her sake. And her actress really brought the character to life.

This women is deeply racist, from what I can tell, and is justifying it with a love for her country. Voldemort indeed!

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Mishil is not mentioned in Samguk Sagi or in any of Korea's standard history records. She's mentioned only in The Hwarang Segi. The Hwarang Segi manuscript is considered by most Korean historians as a fraud.
Bidam on the other hand is mentioned in the Samguk Sagi for his rebellion against Queen Seon Deok and his execution by Kim Yushin.

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oops, sorry about that. thanks for reminding me, she's only in Hwarang Segi...:P my bad

Totally agree with Diane:
Mishil - evil bec. of power and ambition (wanting to be the first Queen Regnant or Queen Consort since birth, but impossible since she's jingol). And GHJ did it! from ep.1 to 50. (yet I think she's not the 1st Mishil to be onscreen)
OYS - blood prejudice a la Voldemort's blood purity philosophy

yet take note, both women are racist, but:
Mishil - "Baekje-in...Goguryeo-in...Silla-in..."
OYS - "Baekje is the best among the rest", or something like that...

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Yea and I'm not really buying this Mishil wanna be. I guess it's hard to come up with a worthy (villain) for Gyebaek because he was admired for his bravery and loyalty even by Baekje's enemy (Shilla).

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Loved Yi San, man, those posters were gorgeous but how much does that costume weigh? It looks bulky. So the latter half of this year is full of Sageuk; this one, the Princess's Man and Warrior Baek Dong Soo, but why they have to use such difficult dialogs!

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I'm not usually into Sageuks, but the posters and stills look pretty epic.

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I'm not familiar with CIP, but you give me the impression that he was pretty popular in the 90's. It made me wonder. What is the 'life' expectancy of a popular star. How much longer can I expect to see Kim Rae Won, Kim Jae Won, Lee Ji Hoon, Goon Yoo, etc? Do they just fall off, become the villain, or the father/grandfather?

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It really depends... I mean, there are actresses playing grandmothers in currently airing dramas who used to play the heroine or secondary lead back in the day. Playing roles like the father/grandfather is by no means "falling off". Just look at Jung Bosuk's recent projects - very different and very complex characters. :) I'm sure people like Kim Raewon and Kim Jaewon will be around for a long time yet.

Basically, a good actor/actress will be around for a long time. If not in dramas then in movies.

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I've only been watching dramas for a few years and I am not familiar with a lot of the popular 90s stars. So, I could be seeing them now (like Bo Suk) and just not know who they are.
I don't think of playing the father/grandfather as falling off but as kinda an upgrade. I find that in a lot of dramas these characters are more compelling (CYHMH, Royal Family, Cinderalla Sisters, etc) than the love interests.
Quick question. Who was your favorite 90s star? I think I need to back and start watching some older dramas. :)
Thanks

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There's still plenty of actors from the 90s playing lead roles such as Kim Nam Joo, Go Hyun Jung, Kim Hye Soo, Lee Jung Jae, Chae Si Ra, Yeom Jung Ah, Kim Ji Soo, Choi Soo Jung, etc...Seeing how they have all played leading roles as of late I imagine it's easier for actors nowadays to stay relevant enough to avoid becoming the grandfathers, villains and ajummas.

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my reacition: ooh purrty!!*scrolls down, scrolls down, scrolls down* GAAAAAAAAAH!

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hee hee. mirrors my reaction.

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great pictures. Love the black background, it makes the figures stand out.

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Lee Seo-jin is one of those guys who looks waaaay hotter in period garb with the top knot and goatee to boot. So obviously this is a welcome project for me.

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I second this

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You Had Me At Lee Seo Jin and i cant wait. weee.

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wa!!!Saguek season!!!!!this is killing me!!!

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Cha In-Pyo - now there's one impressive hunk of aged man-cake!

Isn't he still married to the lovely Shin Aera? I recall them having several children, some adopted.
They're like the original Brangelina!
:)

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Their outfits don't seem to be Korean. That is Chinese style~~~~

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No; you're simply not familiar with old period Korean garb.

Depending on the region, it's true there are enfluences from China. Considering this was before North and South Korea divided, so the closer up North, it's closer to China.

If I'm correct, Hanbok-style was more recent after this period.

Regardless, if you look closely, you'd see the Korean details :/

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more details:

garb like this were common during the Three Kingdoms period up until the early days of Joseon, so you'd be seeing Chinese influences everywhere.

The hanbok we're familiar with became way distinct during the Joseon Dynasty.

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YESSSS!!! So excited! I've been itching for some good saeguk for a while now my last one being the Duo and before that QSD.

And with leads like Lee Seo Jin AND Cha In Pyo, HECK FREAKIN YES! Sign me up for this drama.

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Finally, real men and women. I have been wondering when Lee Seo Jin was going to appear again. Move over fluffy floppy boys your about to get schooled. I am so looking forward to this.

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I agree time to see a very seriously talented lead actor, move over idol boys

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Cha InPyo in a lusty pair of pants..i'm gonna love this..

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I thought the extension for Miss Ripley has been nixed?

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AAAAHHHH~!! looking forward to this Drama...^ﻦ^'

LOVELOVELOVE~LEESEOJIN~LOVELOVELOVE

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Cha In Pyo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My eternal love since secondary school. XD

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looks amazing

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I'm having a hard time reconciling the Cha In-pyo of Star in my Heart, with the above photos. :O

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Yay, Oh Yeon-soo back in sageuk! Good ol' Jumong.

And also, I could barely recognize her in those pictures; holy, she looks evil. xD

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IKR? Gone were the days when she was Yuhwa buin being thrown about by that empress who was Lady Choi in one sageuk and was LSJ's mother in another sageuk

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i don't like men with boobs!!!

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Well, hello there ab....er, boys.

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I can't wait for this so excited.

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JB-
"Oh, so we’re using prejudice = love as our argument now?"

Let's hope that her stance will be proven wrong THROUGHOUT!

Segue way: I think JK Rowling's biggest achievement is showing how wrong, hateful and inaccurate the belief that "pure blood" is better than mixed.

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i am having Lee Da Hae and Mickey withdrawal complexes. This is worst than quitting crack cold turkey.

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It's been too long, LSJ!!

hy... per... ven... ti..la..ting

Plus Butler Uhm from Royal Family?? Will I be able to breath normally watching this drama??

Cha In pyo is looking mighty fine! One local channel is transmitting Wish Upon a Star right now (dubbed in Spanish). My aunt is going nuts for him :)

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Just looking at the still I'm excited about this drama - they just look gorgeous and luscious (the whole look of it rather than a the beauty of a particular person). The writer and PD's creds too got me all excited too!

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i will watched it for cha in pyo!

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i don't like saeguk drama, am i guilty if i fast forwad all the scenes, and stops only at that fountain scene....????

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I have to watch this one too...Aish!

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looking forward to watch this. I love Saeguk drama.

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YEAH!,...I am really excited to watch this!,..hehehe,...Sa Taek-bi!!!!,...I am really excited to watch Oh Yeon-su as Sa Taek-bi and to know her role(I have a fanfic rumbling on my mind..haha)

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lol at the qoute "Oh Yeon-soo is awesome at playing cold and intense, and no doubt she’ll be great at making you hate her."..hahaha,...her fierce,strong and GORGEOUS role here will definitely makes me LOVE her more!,..

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