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Stills from MBC’s divorce romance Can’t Lose

Stills are out for Choi Ji-woo and Yoon Sang-hyun‘s new MBC rom-com, Can’t Lose, in which they star as a married couple in the midst of divorce who, I presume, eventually get their groove back.

Both leads are lawyers — she’s capable and competent, he’s a perfectionist — and their contentious relationship is described as a War of the Roses. (Which I assume is a reference to the ’80s movie, not the historical battles pitting Lancaster versus York.)

The background: Eun-jae (Choi Ji-woo) and Hyung-woo (Yoon Sang-hyun) meet without knowing of each other’s occupations, and fall in love practically at first sight. Their courtship is sweet and they marry with vows of “Til death do us part.” Slowly, cracks form in the relationship over the next year of marriage as they fight and make up, until they end up here, mid-divorce proceedings.

The premise reminds me a bit of Queen of Reversals (a whirlwind romance followed by a rocky marriage) as well as Alone in Love (a divorced couple having a second chance), although I expect Can’t Lose to be more in the comedy bent. I will say that Choi and Yoon look good together, and the plot makes me curious to see how they fell apart in a way that keeps the door open for reconciliation. Also, I’m looking forward to seeing some of the supporting cast, with Kim Jung-tae (Miss Ripley‘s Hirayama) and Sung Dong-il (My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho’s Chow Yun-fat lite, Runaway Plan B‘s Nakamura) both onboard. Can they camp together and sing about chewy dough again? Please?

Can’t Lose is set for an August 24 premiere.

Via Hankook Ilbo

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Yeah!! First!!

All pictures look beautiful, except the last 2 pictures. She looks so sad, like a salted fish, or rather bitter gourd.

Isn't it a comedy? Why is she looking so bitter and sour?

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My best wishes and wish list to the PD of Can't Lose

To: Mr. PD of "Can't Lose":

"Do you have some valid reasons for wanting a divorce?, Excuse me!!" Setting out rules for waging wars of the Geneva Convention.

Thank you, PD, for putting in effort to present us with something not so fresh, but, nevertheless an interesting drama (I hope), like the infamous movie starred Michael Douglas in "Wars of the Roses" and the Japanese Drama "Sasaki Fusai no Kingi Naki Tatakau".

My concerns are of three-fold given that

(1) it is an old theme. The story can be old, but it depends on the story teller. Hence, I wish you all the best as a story teller.

Potentially, I believe the drama can be a really good one, if the chemistry between the leads are right, the tone of drama is coherent i.e. slapsticks being cut to the minimum and the right dose of sense of humor.

(2) the male lead tends to over react in many scenes in his previous dramas. Moreover, he seems in favour of over using a lot of gestures, which may not be necessary in this drama; given that he is no longer allow to shout that "He is a Hallyu Star" in this drama.

He is potraying a lawyer, hence, he needs to show the stature of a professional. Well, his finger pointing gestures may be useful during a court summation, but not necessary at "his wife/CJW. (This is referring to the still at the roof top).

The male lead has a pair of expressive eyes, perhaps it is a good idea to have him expressing his frustration, vilnearability and anger through his eyes, and through the power of his voice.

My wish is that you can somehow blend him to become a "talkative donkey" and the "Puss in Boots" in Shrek, and the laugh box of SpongeBob Squarepants.

BTW, the male lead also kind of short. Hence, it will be nice to see CJW is allowed to wear super high high heels. The contrast in height will be transcend into a joke, with an occasion wallop on his head when he is too talkative or there is a conflict!! ^^

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LbumSMoQK8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QRZMISgDJ0

(3) the female lead somehow, not so natural expression as depicted in the still pictures (last two pictures to be specific) is a concern. I believe CJW can cry pretty, and she should be allow to cry naturally.

The way she tries to withhold her anguish (in the still), frankly is like a bitter melon. And, most importantly, please don't make her cry and howl like Stair's to Heaven. It is a real torture having to watch those scenes with cotton wool on both sides of my ears!!

I think CJW presented her light side the best in Episode 1 to 4 of Winter Sonata and Episode 6 of Star's Lover.

Also, in the old variety show when she was chased by ghost and throwing corns on the vampires were very funny. Similar scene repeated in "Actresses" was equally funny when she cry frightening in the washroom.

In fact, many of her fans think she is funny and cute in 2D1N, I tend to think otherwise. I believe Sumi was cutest and funniest in 2D1N. She is like the "yoda" in the Return of the Jedi or the Master Shifu of Kung Fu Panda.

Hehe...it will be nice to have the mother's character in "Can't Lose" to show traces of Yoda or Master Shifu wisdom.

Finally, the name of drama "Can't Lose" somehow reminded me of my short stint in Singapore many moon years ago. It is the nationalistic attributes of Singaporean (note: without disrespect to Singaporean).

I believe in local Singlish (Singapore English), it is called "kiasu". The Singaporean, further divides Kiasu into Kiasi (scare to die), Kiabo (scare of no money). The Singapore PD Jack Neo was particularly good in presenting comedy in the "Can't Lose" gendre. May be, it is a good idea to consider watching some of his movies and reading comic books on Mr. Kiasu.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwhmJaWIU2M

Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your crew, "Mr & Mrs Kiasu", the very best!!

Keep healthy, safe and happy filming!! Cheers!! ^__________^

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Dude, for a drama that is YET to air, you sure do say/type a lot. Geez, relax.

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Hehe...Starjiwoo Webmaster asked for encouraging words for CJW, YHS and the PD, I am just being "kiasu" to name my wish list!!!

If we wait until the drama being air, I believe it will be too late to rectify the "defects". This I believe, the Singaporean will call it " kiasi"!!! LOL!!!!

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Spongy, you should marry that stajiwoo web master. She is perfect match for divorce. lol

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p.s. you should put 'kim' in the cage and hang her in your living room to tweet all her fancies while you are advocating the divorce.

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"Kim" is one of the die-hard fan of CJW. She is not the Starjioo Webmaster.

I was tempted to tweet her this time, nevertheless after recalling the past experience of dealing with her. It is best to let her Win this time!!

She has the capacity to make me feel very comfortable. Her words gave me goosebumps and making all my hairs stand up!!! ^_________^

Man is from Mars, Women are from Venus!!

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No wonder all your hair from every part stood up from kim's words. So it is an honor for her/him to get a chance to on that SJWoo website. Pathetic loner, tsk tsk.. I think kim is from Mars too. ^_______^

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i can't wait for this drama!
choi ji woo looks pretty (:
good things its a rom-com ;D

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Oska, the Hallyu star, with a real Hallyu star! hahahhaa

This drama and Tree with Deep Roots are the upcoming dramas I'm really looking forward to!!

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they look better together than i thought they would! it'll be nice to see choi ji-woo in a romcom for a change :)

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yep, they look good together. Virgo Yoon and Gemini Choi.

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Premiere August 24th? So that would mean "You've Fallen For Me" is going to end with 15 episodes?

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GASP!

Kim Jung Tae AND Sung Dong Il?

I love this show already! :D :D

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HAHAHA I'm more excited that they're apart of the cast than the leads!

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ME TOO!

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Yay!!! I heart these two.

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I'll add 'me too'.

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Looks like Oska's adopted his cousin's haircut for this one

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Exactly what I was thinking. :D

Haha!!! XD

Is that haircut the standard/uniform for an elite businessman or something? lol

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You bet! You can even photoshop some actors cum businessmen into that hair cut. lol

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oh god. that was the first thought that came to mind also.

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Is it wrong to watch a drama for a wedding dress? Because hers is lovely.

But honestly, they do look really good together. I hope the comedy keeps up it relatively upbeat. Divorce can be nasty business.

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No, it's not wrong. The gown is beeauutiful.

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omg its jungtae!!!!!!

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Man I have a feeling this is going to be soooooo good! I can't wait.

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They do look good together ... and age appropriate too. I think the strong acting will see this one through.

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lol on the age appropriate. that's really true; it's been a while since we've seen leads around this age group huh...

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Choi Ji Woo in a comedy? Nice! I will definitely check this one out.

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Haha!! JB! You got me at chewy dough singing! :D

Looking forward to this! (if only school didn't start on the airing date >_<)

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I'm predicting this will be somewhat Laws of Attraction in one of their actions over a court case is what caused the divorce preceedings. Just hopefully not exactly like Laws of Attraction. Cause that's a lil lazy for those of us who've watched said movie and it not being an adaptation.

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Oh my god, I really wish I could be there when Choi Ji-woo swaps notes with Kim Jung-tae and Sung Dong-il about 1N2D!

I went into watching the Actresses Special of 1N2D thinking that I was going to like Kim Haneul more than I already do, and didn't expect much of Choi Ji-woo. But by the end, I was kinda annoyed by Kim Haneul, and I ended up loving Choi Ji-woo's slightly airheaded cutesiness. I've never seen any of Choi's dramas, but now I'll have to tune in for this one.

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Is that Oscar ? Wow he looks so different ~

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I didn't recognize Yoon Sang-hyun at first either. Then I was like 'What happened to you?'

I guess I'm still stuck on Oscar.

Will wait for the drama to see what Choi Ji-woo and Yoon Sang-hyu's chemistry is like on screen.

Yoon Sang-hyun fighting!

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Nice Wedding Pix... Both Bride and Groom... Both are my super favorite... Can't wait 24 AUG ...
Can't Lose Fighting !!!!

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They look so adorable together. Strange pairing, but I love both actors.

Absolutely love her wedding dress, Choi Ji-woo looks beautiful. Looking forwarding to watching this comedy!

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this drama premise reminds me of Japanese drama "Sasaki Fusai no Jingi Naki Tatakai" with Koyuki and Inagaki Goro who plays two lawyers with different personalities but end up married and after 3 years after a lot of heated quarrels they seek for a possible divorce.
I've even thought they were doing a remake but it doesn't seems so, but the history so far looks similar.

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Yoon Sang-hyun is such a chameleon. I love him as Oska. It was after Secret Garden that I found out he was YEH's love interest in Fair Lady or was that Castle Lady (whatever Lady, I cant remember the title). When I found out he was already lead status in the drama with Yoon Eun Hye, I was surprised he took the second lead (to hyun bin) in Secret Garden. But I am truly glad he took SG because I truly appreciated him as Oska - he almost steal the show from HB, almost but not quite. I'm looking forward to watching him as lead to Choi Ji Woo.

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Wow, this pictures of "Can't Lose" seem VERY interesting & this new drama really make me soooo curious to watch and I would like to know what's going between divorce couple, fufufu. ^_^

Wooaah, Choi Ji Woo is really lovely (she's pretty w/ her hair) and I first saw her in that drama "Stairway to Heaven" about 6 yrs. old ago, ofc. Also, I admire Yoon Sang-hyun from that awesome drama "Secret Garden", woot woot!

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Wow, the last CJW drama I saw her in was Stairway To Heaven. She looks a lot like my godmother, however, I think my godmother is way prettier.

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Hehe...now, I guess, you want to say she looks like your godgrandmother?

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I just noticed how simple her hair is in that wedding dress photo, yet it still comes off as elegant.

Anyways, I love the cast and as long as no one dies after they reunite, I'm looking forward to this. Too many deaths mentioned in dramas this year. Even romcoms!

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The wedding dress is so beautiful. Looking forward to the premiere!

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Eeee! I didn't realize both Jung-tae and Dong-il were going to be in this! 1N2D forever! Na PD making a cameo as a judge or criminal defendant would make my life. :-)

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lol. That would be hilarious.

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hey! it's "I'm a Hallyu star!" i love him, he's hilarious :D

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choi ji woo looks absolutely radiant!

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"The background: Eun-jae (Choi Ji-woo) and Hyung-woo (Yoon Sang-hyun) meet without knowing of each other’s occupations, and fall in love practically at first sight."

this is my first to hear this part of the plot. wonder where they first met. Can't wait!

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this is gonna be another wonderful drama, gah! with Choi Ji-woo and Yong Sang-hyun!

I'm forever a fan of Choi Ji-woo... but Oska captured my heart in Secret Garden, he just soooo good there. And for me, he doesnt;t even look that good in SG. I really appreciated his looks during the script reading of Can't Lose. With a cap, wow, he just look so handsome.

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choi ji woo looks so old -,-

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soooo cute together~!!!

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choi ji woo is so pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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not really a fan of Choi Ji woo because she cries all the time... but I got into liking her after I watched 1n2d where she gets kooky and lot's of funneh.. hahaha

I'm looking forward to this!~ because it's a romcom and hopefully less tears for Choi Jiwoo!!

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Hope it is a great drama. They look beautiful. Looking forward.

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i soo like the first picture! they look cute together. i'm excited to watch this drama :D

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i'm so excited for this drama!!!

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Love her wedding dress!!! So gorgeous and elegant...

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Is Oska married? Or a divorcee? Or single and available? Now CJW fans are looking for a groom for their idol as usual as any other previous actors that they can hook her for themselves. I think Oska is married man. he he..

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YSH is still single, based on the info provided by his management company. They do look good together in that wedding picture. But a lot of his fans are lining up to marry him, including me! heehee ^ ^

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With Yoon Sang-hyun inside, it can't NOT be a comedy ^^ Anticipating this drama!!!^^

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Sang Hyun Oppa is back!

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choi ji-woo is very pretty here...

i like her red hair...

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Statement of the obvious: the gods have been very kind to this Choi Ji Woo person and also to those of us with the gift of sight who may gaze upon her image... :)

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