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Man of Honor holds script rehearsal

Three weeks to go until the Baker King Kim Tak-gu team’s follow-up drama, Man of Honor, premieres on KBS. The sizable cast convened on the 10th for a table read, and while the three main leads are Chun Jung-myung (The Duo), Park Min-young (City Hunter), and Lee Jang-woo (Smile, Dong-hae), there are a ton of other names involved, including:

  • Choi Myung-gil (Miss Ripley)
  • Sohn Chang-min (Road No. 1)
  • Jang Young-nam (I Am Legend)
  • Kim Sung-oh (Secret Garden)
  • Lee Jin (Hon)
  • Lee Moon-shik (Giant)
  • Choi Ran (You’re Beautiful)
  • Nam Bo-ra (Sunny)
  • Lee Ki-young (The Duo)
  • Kim Sun-kyung (You’ve Fallen For Me)
  • Phew! That’s alotta names. Apparently these days even making it to a table read doesn’t assure you of a job, but with a 100% attendance rate and less than a month till go time, I think we’re safe on this one.

    The big question is whether the creative minds that made Baker King into a ratings powerhouse can re-create that success with Man of Honor. In these days where ratings in the mid-teens is considered a success (and merely hitting double digits a relief), it’s almost outrageous to dream of breaking 40%. But Baker King served up that mix of addicting makjang plot twists and speedy developments that Korean audiences just eat up, securing its status as a national drama. (One thing to temper expectations: Baker King had more episodes to build up its crescendo, while Man of Honor is scheduled for six fewer, at 24 total.)

    You can see the similarities in the two dramas in the basic plot description: Man of Honor tells the story of a young man who struggles to overcome his downtrodden fate and achieve success. Where Baker King had the world of bread as its backdrop, Man of Honor plays out within the baseball world. I wonder if we’ll have birth secrets, philanderers, and spiteful chaebols in this one, too. Oh, right. This is a Korean drama. Of course we will.

    The drama will replace currently airing sageuk The Princess’s Man on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning October 12.

    Via Osen

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    Looking forward to this. Thanks for the update JB.

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    PIE, sigh.
    Like him, I.

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    "I wonder if we’ll have birth secrets, philanderers, and spiteful chaebols in this one, too. Oh, right. This is a Korean drama. Of course we will."

    Hmmmmm... I feel a "take a shot if..." game coming on with this Show.

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    what does makjang mean?

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    From the useful dramabeans site glossary

    http://www.dramabeans.com/about/glossary/

    "makjang :: a sylistic, tonal, or narrative element in dramas that chooses to play up outrageous storylines to keep viewers hooked despite how ridiculous the stories become (adultery, revenge, rape, birth secrets, fatal illnesses, and flirting with incest possibilities are some makjang favorites). Shows can be part of a makjang class of dramas (Wife’s Temptation is a makjang series), or they can have makjang tendencies (Mary Stayed Out All Night went makjang toward the end). Generally considered a negative thing (“Gah, how makjang can you get?”), unless a drama intentionally embraces the style (such as Baker King Kim Tak-gu or Flames of Desire)."

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    I'm surprised I understand your name. A pat on the back for my very non-existent skills :).

    Staying on topic, I think I'll be passing on this one. I hope Park Min Young can continue her consistent success and good luck to the other bajillion actors in the series as well.

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    PIE's smile, whew.
    like him, i too.

    and i also love you, Jomo. hehe :D hehehe, also, we need to figure out who the hell likes Park Min Young up there, so we can send him fruits baskets and mini muffins. i need her LIFE!! dating lee min ho, work with yoochun, minho, and now PIE!?! we need to get on this STAT!

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    That team sure knew what they were doing with Baker King: makjang plus the mystique of food plus loads of heart-tugging sentiment plus classy, slick sets & photography & a nice dramatic score. It'll be interesting to see if they can work the magic again with a sports story.

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    will keep a lookout for this since it's got PIE.

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    I don't know who PIE is but now I'm hungry ):

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    I hope it is not too similar to Baker King. Baker King was good but over-rated. Coming fresh from CH and with the recent dating news, it is hard to see PMY with someone else even in dramaland. Maybe....next year when the memories fade.

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    OooooOOoooooOoooO............NICE.

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    <3 CJM. There's no need to say anything else.

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    Hey! the little girls from saengchori...<3

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    I'll watch anything with CJM in it. :)

    Looking forward to watching this one.

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    nice!

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    Cannot wait for my baby-faced CJM and Lee Jang-Woo to come together in this.
    It's like a marriage of my drama and variety show loves haha :D

    I've been having a thing about revisiting old 'daily' type dramas lately. Rewatched 'Smile, Donghae', 'Smile, You', 'Life is Beautiful', 'Sons of Sol' etc.

    Any Recs drama lovers?

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    Oh Lee Jang Woo... it's gonna be hard to see him in any other character than Dope-jin, but I guess I'll have to try. But dude, that hairstyle is FUGLY!! You also had it in your cousin Hwanhee's video, but figured you'd ditch it for your next project. Consider it a 'fashion DON'T,' and go see your stylist, k? You'll thank me later... :-)

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    LOL

    You should have seen his hair BEFORE he got it cut!
    Looked like he crawled out of a bush backwards - this new look is sedate compared to what it was!
    :)

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    I doubt it i will enjoy the same kind of success as Baker King.

    I think most successful k/dramas these days do involved story of FOOD.

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    i just really hope it won't be too baker kingish. :(

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    Yay! theres Lee Mi Sook! love her in CS! So is CMJ!

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    I am excited to see Jang Woo in something. I heard he was good in Smile Donghae, but I'm not gonna watch that and I love him on "We got married"! He is my favorite husband since season 1 (I loved Andy so much). I'm glad to see Chun Jung Myung again too.

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    I am so excited abt this. Love the entire cast especially Nam Bora

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    PIE!!!

    love him!

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    My PIE cutie PIE.. Missed him!!! He looks DALICIOUS in blue.. *blink*blink*

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    woah..very solid cast we've got here. CJM and PMY as leads with LJW as third wheel? Oh yes please!(but LJW's hairstyle MUST go!)

    Choi Myung Gil and Lee Jin are in too and I absolutely adore both! I'm gonna so mark this one on my calendar.

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    waiting for this drama patiently!

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    Hmm.. i will surely be missing The Princess' Man, that's for sure.

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    I will surely what this drama.. can't wait! ^^

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