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Promo photos and poster shoots for High Kick 3

Ah, now it feels like High Kick: Promo shots are being released from High Kick 3, aka Counterattack of the Short Legs, which bear the trademark styling of the franchise with the cutely distorted photos and their fisheye effect, making the characters look like living bobblehead dolls.

Below are examples of the same promo shots from High Kicks past:


(From High Kicks 1 and 2)

The show has been releasing these character shots one by one so we’ll probably be seeing them continue to trickle out, but these three are the main characters and the ones I’m most predisposed to liking, anyway: Yoon Kye-sang, who I happily welcome back to comedy after he’s spent some time with darker, more serious projects (Poongsan, Executioners, Road No. 1); Ahn Nae-sang, wonderful in everything from family dramas to sageuks like Sungkyunkwan Scandal; and Yoon Yoo-sun, a familiar sister/aunt/mother figure in a number of dramas (The Duo, Birdie Buddy, My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho).

Yoon Kye-sang plays another doctor after recently playing the warm, earnest Dr. Pil-joo in Best Love. This time he works at a public health center and gets to keep his real name for his character (sitcoms often do this, which has the effect of blurring the line between character and real-life persona and creates a sort of pseudo-intimacy with the viewership).

He sees some similarities to Pil-joo, in that he’s principled and kind, but I think we can anticipate some good laughs, with his relationship to brother-in-law Ahn Nae-sang described as “strangely competitive.” (Ahn plays husband to housewife Yoon Yoo-sun, who is Yoon Kye-sang’s older sister. Here the actors’ real names aid the sibling connection, since they both get to keep their own surnames. I’ve noticed that it’s when playing relatives that sitcom characters most often use fictional character names, since they need to share the family name.)

Yoon explained that he’s been a fan of the High Kick series, saying, “I felt the appeal of director Kim Byung-wook’s works, which have meaning within the laughs, and wanted to be in one of his projects. I’m happy to be a part of a show with such a good director and actors that anyone would want to be in it.”

“Premium supporting actor” Ahn Nae-sang explained having previously thought poorly of the sitcom format, and rejected offers right away in the past. He’d felt that sitcoms were forced and uncomfortable. He enjoyed American sitcoms, though, and wondered what the difference was, and decided that it was because it felt the actors were playing rather than acting, and started to feel an interest in trying that himself. So he changed his mind and began to feel the pull to try sitcoms — just as the offer came in from hitmaker PD Kim Byung-wook. Ahn said yes immediately — the first time he’d replied on the spot to take a role.

It’s the first sitcom for his co-star Yoon Yoo-sun, who’s suddenly faced with her husband’s business bankruptcy and early menopause all at the same time, leading her to some mighty emotional mood swings. I admit that description makes me a bit nervous — I hate the characterizations of wives as nagging, angry, and yelling — but perhaps it’ll be handled with a sense of humor. Yoon explains that she gets angry and raises her voice easily, but then turns on a dime and laughs right away.

High Kick 3 has a pretty large cast list, including Park Ha-sun, Seo Ji-seok, Krystal, Kang Seung-yoon, Park Ji-sun, Baek Jin-hee, Lee Jong-seok, Kim Ji-won, Go Young-wook, Julien Kang, Yoon Gun, and Lee Juck. Phew! That’s a lot of people, as you can see in the photos below from the show’s official poster shoot.

The sitcom began filming on August 17, and will follow All My Live, premiering on September 19.

Via Star News, NTN Seoul

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So excited for this! :D

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I´m so looking forward to this! :-D

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I'm not gonna lie, after seeing Krystal and her catchphrase "WOW!" in More Charming By the Day I'm not so excited to see her here. Than again, her character in that particular drama was annoying from the get-go, so hopefully she doesn't get stuck playing another cutesy, yet selfish, character in this. If she does get another annoying character, I sure hope it's a side-side-side character.

Looking forward to seeing Yoon Kye-sang in action again, plus Suh Ji Suk (all pretty and suave) and Lee Jong Suk (who I always thought should've won Oska over in Secret Garden, but whatever). XD

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so excited for this!

I really wish that Na Moon Hee would cameo in this! I loved her funny bickerings with her daughter in law (in the first season) She was too adorbs.

Kinda sad that they removed all the seniors out to keep the youth's stories as a center... I turn to korean sitcoms for the entire family hilarity not just the young folks.

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...also, I am STILL waiting for campus sitcoms (3guys 3 girls/Nonstop) to make a come back!

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NONSTOP!!!

*tear*

Honestly, that seriously needs to make a comeback. And with the amount of idols making acting debuts, that's the kinda place where they'd fit perfectly. Youth, campus sitcoms.

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im going to watch some nonstop right now and maybe some banjun dramas with eric or dbsk

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OMG Nonstop!!! Those were the series that made me anticipate campus life lol. And then I found out the cold hard truth -__-

But, Banjun dramas were flippin amazing too. I miss the emphasis on sitcoms. High Kick series gave me hope but then, after that tragic scene in High Kick 1 where KHS ran after his bro Kibum and gave up crying, I just didnt have the heart to place my hopes on it anymore :(

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HK1 still has a special place in my heart. It reminds me of the older sitcoms that were fun, light and fluffy - yet very touching.

Honestly, I wasn't interested in HK2, and was unsure of HK3 when I saw the promo posters with everyone in black and being gloomy. It reminded me of HK2's ending (*GRUMBLE*).

But those bobble-head shots and Yoon Kye-Sang made me giggle and put me back on ship. I do think the nagging wife isn't that interesting to watch. I didn't really enjoy the oldest brother's wife in HK1 since she could be really annoying at times. She wasn't always upset, but I don't want another wife that's always loud and complaining.

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AHHH I LOVE IT!

Counterattack of the Short Legs!!!

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Got a question, is there going to be a love line with yoon kye sang? If so, who's the girl? thankyouss

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"Yoon Kye-sang plays another doctor ... gets to keep his real name ... (sitcoms often do this, which has the effect of blurring the line between character and real-life persona and creates a sort of pseudo-intimacy with the viewership)."

Thanks, now I know why they do this.

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Wow. That's a huge cast. Dang I can't even imagine how much crew they have.

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Yeah, I was thinking that. I don't want to be the one who makes that schedule... uffff

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aww, frick. that last pic is CUTE!

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I had always dismissed these series because of the number of episodes. But I really loveee Yoon Kye-sang. And have also grown fond of Ahn Nae-sang (loved him in SKKS), and Yoon Yoo-sun.

I have a few questions for HK fans, if you guys don't mind answering.. Are HK1 and HK2 worth watching all the way through? Has anyone ever tried marathoning them (not non-stop but over the course of a few weeks/month)? How long did it take you? Also if I had to choose between HK1 and HK2 which one should I watch?

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when i started watching HK1 it was still airing so it took a couple days/months for everything to be subbed.
so i watched it here and do.
if you do watch HK1 it should take you not that long because it is really funny and time goes by fast when you're watching HK1

Personally i couldn't stand HK2, maybe its because i missed the characters from HK1 and i couldn't get in HK2

HK1 is definitely my fave out the two, comedy and drama is given at the right amount that it works. the characters have an impact with you and you'll definitely find yourself shipping Kim Hye-sung and Kim Bum. (seriously their bromance is EPICALLY AWESOME)
and of course jung il woo played the hot bad boy...
HK1 will always have a place it my heart.

So there watch HK1... you'll absolutely love. the character interactions are so funny

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It's the kind of show that it's fun to watch the series from the beginning to end because there's an overall plot, but you could really start anywhere as most of the episodes tend to have their own mini arc or storyline.

I'd say if you've got time and want to relax, HK is best if you start from ep 1 to the end just to follow along the main story. But since it's light and breezy, it's not the same as if youre watching a makjang or sageuk, or any other drama. The episode length is also shorter.

It's more like going through all the seasons of Friends. And yes, HK1 rules over HK2.

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HK1 owned my life for 7 months earlier this year. However, I only watched one epi a day (it was my treat for surviving work). By the 7th epi I was addicted and felt like the characters were my family (except Yunho/Il-woo, because the thoughts I had about him were NOT family-like). I was shocked to be upset that even after 167 epis I STILL did not want it to end. It was hilarious, heart-warming, and yes, in the last epi, quite heart-breaking. I still don't know why they chose to end the Min-ho/Kim Beom pairing that way. Grrrrrr. I decided to write my own ending, and this drama is in my top 5 of all time.

Having devoted most of my year to obsessing over HK1, I gave HK2 a whirl. And I HATE it. It has zero of the warmth and commraderie that 1 had. Everyone just yells and screams and trips. There is little story continuity and Julien Kang's over-pronounciation of Korengrish makes me cringe. The fact that he's in HK3 makes me wary, but Seo Ji-seok has me reeled-in.

So, definitely watch HK1, it's worth every second!

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What short legs?! Look at the legs of all those ladies!!!!! *looks at own short legs and pout*

"Yoon explained that he’s been a fan of the High Kick series, saying..."---hmmmm...i wonder if YKS is a drama addict?! I remember him mentioning What Happened in Bali before.

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that last photo's such a funny contrast to the previous 2 lol from all posed and sharp to messy mass. <3 YKS

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Haha Yoon Kye-sang!! I like that he gets to keep his real name. Can't wait to watch this! I'm in the mood for some short and sweet (and funny) episodes. They better not screw up the ending for this one!!

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how can there be no more Lee Soon Jae!!! :(

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OMG look at bb Krystal looking so fierce and totally working it in the promo pics! Whoot!

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Krystal.. total jailbait. Hottest 16 year old girl I ever saw, see I'm not even ashamed to say it. So wanna spoon with on a bed or in a back alley. And the aegyo! I swear only Korean girls can pull off aegyo. Whenever Victoria attempts to do her aegyo, it just comes off as a impersonation of a down syndrome kid, seriously makes me want to punch her in her chinese fish face.

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Wow! That's a lot of characters. Do some characters from past High Kick's make cross over appearances?

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Does anyone here know where they are filming this series? I am now in Seoul and would love to stalk Yoon Kye Sang who got me totally smitten in WHO ARE YOU? Please?

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Lee Jong Seok?! He played that super-angry hotty Sun in Secret Garden! Yey!!! Is anyone else excited about this? :D

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I'm staring at Yoon Kye-sang's long legs in his black suit. Hot dog!

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