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Yoon-ah cast as Jang Geun-seok’s leading lady

Looks like it won’t be Han Hyo-joo after all; “Season drama” director Yoon Suk-ho has cast pop idol and SNSD member Yoon-ah as the female lead in Love Rain (still a working title, apparently), opposite Jang Geun-seok.

The plot: Love Rain is “a melodrama that transcends generations and paints a pure love story with emotion.” It spans from the “pure love of the 1970s analog age, to the trendy ways of today’s digital age.” Yoon-ah plays Kim Yoon-hee, a young woman with a pure appearance, in the 1970s portion of the drama, and then also plays her daughter, named Yuri.

Jang Geun-seok plays a man named Seo In-ha, and while we only get one name for him, according to initial reports it seems he’s also playing a father-son pairing. (GROAN. I get why Korean melodramas love this whole “sins and loves of the father carry on to the sins and loves of the child” theme, but this just seems like overkill.)

PD Yoon explained picking Yoon-ah for the role because of her “pure and healthy energy, and her natural beauty,” which seems like just the kind of thing you’d want in a character of Yoon-hee’s description.

That said: AW, man. I would really have rather he stuck with Han Hyo-joo. I can see how Yoon-ah and Han Hyo-joo both have that pure, fresh appeal going on that would make them both likely candidates, but I think Han is, as an actress, a much better match for a melo romance with Jang Geun-seok. I’ve seen Yoon-ah in Cinderella Man and little teeny bits of her daily drama You’re My Destiny…and I think she should stick to singing. As a part of k-poppy, upbeat-dancey, cutey-honey SNSD, she’s got her appeal, but in an acting capacity, she just doesn’t pop. Bland city.

Love Rain will begin filming at the end of the month, but won’t air until early 2012.

Via Chosun

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Wow, I was looking forward to this drama too...

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Yoon-ah? :(

Don't hate on me idol/SNSD fans, but her acting is mediocre at best. An intense melodrama opposite Jang does not instill confidence in me.

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My thoughts exactly. While I wasn't bouncing off the walls when HHJ was rumored to be in consideration for the female lead, I felt that she and JGS could make it work. Yoon-ah hasn't wowed with any of her previous attempts at acting, so I think it's going to be up to JGS and the rest of the cast to carry this drama.

I think my expectations for this drama have gone down considerably now that she's been cast.

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JGS last drama was FAIL -______-

I think his acting is now mediocre.

We need more new actors!!!!

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We can only hope that none of drmabeans' precious recapping resources will be wasted on this - this is bound to be a train wreck.

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Is there a chance for her to be pulled out from the casts?!
i do not like her acting .. i mean, let's make it fair for Yoona. it seems so rude for me to just say she's boohoo ..

can I blame that SHITTY DIRECTOR who picked her?!! He started this and HE IS the reason of my goosebumps right now! Can I just give him a slap if he was really linked with SME?

anyone can get emotional ..still, i'm sorry. i believe we have all the right here ..

TELL ME HOW TO CHIIILLL OUT! ! ! ! ><

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AGREED...
I kinda like Yoona cause she seemed hpnest and hardworking in shows but in the drama department, she lacked that sense of aura and dramatic performance.
I think JGS will just eat her up, and that is not a good thing for a melodramatic plot.

If they couldn't get HHJ I wish they had taken a new face in KDrama land. I think a new face would have been better that Yoona.

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i don't know why she has to be casted instead of han hyo joo. i mean yoona is incomparable to HHJ. acting wise they should've chosen better ones. it's like an insult to be choosing han hyo joo then ending up with yoona.

i'm sure yoona fans will freak out but it's the truth. though it hurts, face it, yoona is not right for acting. especially a melodrama like this one. she has a poker face. don't get me wrong i like her in snsd but it would be better if she just stay as a performer. hello, she not even that great singer. an eye candy perhaps. but that's just about it.

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Totally on you right now. I would prefer if it was someone who had more experience in acting because since it is going to be a melodrama.

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she and SS501 Hyun Joong SUCKS at acting..

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Agree....Kim Hyun Joong and Jang Yong Hwa. Throughout the whole drama with same facial expression...but Jang Yong Hwa becomes diff when he sings on stage.

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i love yoona as a idol...but as an actor...shes just not exciting at all D:

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oh em. she'd be very depressed right now (better yet DEAD) if she can read all of these .. poor yoona.. soo sorry girl but, ACTING WISE, you just can't do better..

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wow, if i'm JGS, i would feel that my value went down several notch, after being paired to high calibre actresses and with no less than Kim Hanyeul in his last project, he is suddenly being paired to a mediocre acting idol. She's the reason why i can't get past episode 3 of Cinderella Man. I also don't like her in the 9 end 2 outs kdrama.

I don't know why (maybe it's me only), but i don't find her face pure and sweet. there are more pure and sweet looking girls in SNSD than her. And she looks ugly when she cries. I hope the choice is still not final and they will still change her. If not, this might be the first JGS that i will not bother to watch.

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Lol I love Snsd, but Im not a big fan of Yoon-ah either. Specially in acting. Just stick to your singing girl :/ but iI kinda wanna find out how this goes....
Don t you?

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SM behind the scheme?

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I’ve seen Yoon-ah in Cinderella Man and little teeny bits of her daily drama You’re My Destiny…and I think she should stick to singing. As a part of k-poppy, upbeat-dancey, cutey-honey SNSD, she’s got her appeal, but in an acting capacity, she just doesn’t pop. Bland city.

i saw her in cinderella man…and i stop at episode 4..i really can stand her acting…i dont know why i didnt get it.when i see horror factory snsd..i think soyooung act much btter..i think yoona was chosen because of her beauty and popularity and mebi sm behind this..sory yunna shipper.and i hope for dream high sm will sent victoria n jyp will will sent nikhun to act in the drama…haha my crazy hope :P

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now i just hope that full house 2 will confirm to cast song jungki,shin min ah and top...hope this news will heal my broken
heart
http://joongkiinternational.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/full-house-season-2-confirmed/

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wth! this was like ancient! there's no way this could be true. stop dreaming or you'll hurt some more.

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Tell me about it! Such a uninspired choice...double groan..

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true dat. Should've stuck with HHJ. Got nothing against Yoon-ah, but she's not much of a dramatic actress.

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Yeah.. drama would be best with HHJ. Unlike you who's so nice to have nothing against Yoonah, I don't like her. I stop watching that drama because of her. I just never like her as an actress. Please just sing and dance!

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agree with you///??

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me 3!!!

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Me 4!!

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Me 5!!!! Why not HHJ... ????

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totally agree!!!!!!!!

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i don't know her and I don't want a pop princess to act to almighty JGS.

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*with JGS

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Same here!darn...I actually feel sorry for her..she'll be eaten ALIVE by JGS acting prowess!Man, pure business..and i feel really bad..a good drama, with good, script ruined by an awful acting!She'll end up looking a mediocre paired with a good actor..and if the supporting cast is as good as the writer...man..she'll be the biggest laughing stock in drama world...

SHE is still NOT READY!!!!

HHJ!!!why!!!
why not Park Bo Young???arggghhhhhhhhhhh

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@hahaha (#2.1.3.1.1 ) - Totally forgot about Park Bo-young! I would love to see her opposite of JGS.

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I'm sorry but for me, she's plain looking not “pure and healthy energy, and her natural beauty”. >.< Like javabeans said, in (her previous) dramas, she doesn't stand out.

I'm not an anti... but I was kinda looking forward for this drama and this news isn't good news for me. I'm not a fan of Han Hyo-Joo either but I'd rather see her in this drama.

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Not a fan of HHJ as well, but I'd rather see her than Yoona. That's saying a lot for me.

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Ugh. What a bummer. Han Hyo Joo's much more legit than Yoon-ah. Oh well.

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I was having my expectations so high with this drama having Jang Geun-seok in it but having Yoona opposite him is not soooo good news to me... not that I have anything against Yoona, but this drama is just not for her.

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i think whether it's for her or not depends on the director, not you
how were you expectations after jang geun seok's mary stayed out all night failed?

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Mary Stayed Out All Night's downfall was the messy writing, not the acting. :)

The least Yoon-ah could do is surprise us & show us what she's got. Fighting~! :)

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... excuses! even if the story fails.. if the actor is great the visual effect of the story can carry the whole thing.. mary stayed out all night is a FAIL!

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chu chu >> agreed.

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"mary stayed out all night is a FAIL!"
THIS !!

Love JGS and all but hi's not really a good actor.
even yonghwa acts way better than him

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I disagree,just look at bad guy,kim nam gil is one of the best actors in the korean industry,but even his acting could not make me like his character,kim jae wook on the other hand,his acting did not impress me at all with the empty stares he always gave,but managed to be more likeable and sympathetic character than kng,because the writing for his character was a lot better!If the writing is a mess then there is no way to make the character likeable or relatable to the viewer,maybe you can be impressed with the acting,but that alone isn't enough to make you connect with the character.

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Sheesh, talk about disappointing. Another drama gone to waste cause of Yoona's awful acting.

I don't care what all those SONEs have to say, she's just terrible. Her acting brings me to tears cause she's so...flat.

Sighhhh.

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haha you're funny
how can someone who's awful at acting receieve prestigious awards and have a record high rating for daily dramas? im pretty sure the director and producers know better than you... unless you've directed a drama better than winter sonata?
im not a sone but after watching yamd, she won my respect for idol actresses. cinderella man just had a shitty storyline

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it's okay, anon -- no need to be so sensitive.
everyone's entitled to their own opinions.

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agree with u..anon been so sensitive toward her idol..

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you are overreacting.. anon was writing what she thinks ^^

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Chyeah. You are TOTALLY NOT a Sone. That's why you are sitting here...replying (not to mention bashing!) all those OPINIONS not in favor of YoonA.
And it's quite the FACT that Han Hyo Joo is the better actress (talk about prestigious award, Han Hyo Joo's Baeksang?)
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Man, I am super bummed about this news. I was hoping for Han Hyo Joo too! I was totally gna watch this for Jang Geun Suk...but now..meh.
Who knows..maybe YoonA will surprise us with her miraculously improved acting ~.~ (yeah.........................)

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Lol. Continue deceiving yourself that she can act.

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Sometimes high ratings doesn't necessarily means it's because of the acting.

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yeah but those awards were based off popularity. and just because something has high ratings doesn't always equal quality acting/writing/directing.

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thats what i hate from fangirl, OVER REACTED

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so your hating towards the fangirl isn't OVER REACTING?

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Those "prestigious awards" are jokes.

Seriously, an award for "best couple"? What the heck is that? And handing out TWO Daesang awards?

It's nothing to do with real talent but just to keep the actors happy.

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Yoona is fresh and pretty.. however, I saw her in Cinderalla man and she is terrible... i am really confused with the choice.. and I think there are better actress out there can be a better fit.... very disappointed.. i was so looking forward to JGS's new drama and now I am not so sure... I might still check it out just for him.

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Jang Geun-seok is going to eat her alive. I just don't think she's going to compare favorably with him - I don't really see her having any pizzazz next to JGS's intense screen presence. Ah, well. Here's hoping a miracle happens and she's improved 1000%. Good thing melos aren't my cup of tea anyway.

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Oh poo. Same here. I was considering it seeing I figured I'll never get around to watching Winter Sonata and all the other season dramas and well, there's, Jang Geun Suk... but this killed it. I don't have anything against Yoonah, even though she's in SNSD (I won't get into that), but darn, they seriously couldn't have found a legit actress? This is a melodrama, not a romcom or a family sitcom where you might be able to get away with you're cuteness.

Well, I hope it doesn't bring JGS down, though I doubt it. He can play both (or more like all four) characters for him and Yoonah.

And does anyone else find it funny that the second character she's playing is named Yuri? Of all names, YURI?! Bua haha. (This is for those who at least know the names of some of the SNSD barbies).

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Yuri's the one who looks a lot like Yoona, right? I used to get them confused all the time. (I gave up trying to tell them apart later when I decided I just didn't care. The only reason I can tell Yoona apart now is because she happens to guest on the variety shows I watch more often.)

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yuri was her bestfrenz..hate to see thier character in hello baby.seriously...

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also, i doubt he's gonna enjoy having someone upstage him in the hair department. or yunno-- having someone upstage him in the egocentric dept.

yoona was the worst part of bottom of the 9th with 2 outs. this upcoming drama has therefore lost its charms for me.

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That's just great.
I definitely won't be tuning in because of her.

What happened to real talent?
Were there no other actresses the director could've chosen with a "pure and healthy energy?" As well as "beauty"?

He's got it wrong on all 3 accounts.

I was looking forward to this drama, too, until this hit the news.

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totally agree as much as i luv Jang Geun-sook, i don' think i can withstand her bad acting. I already did it for cinderella man, not doing it again! Hyo Joo would have been perfect and i bet they would have a lot of chemistry ;D

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Ugh Yoona???? this girl is so overrated...i don't get her appeal at all. I wish it was Han Hyo Joo instead too >.<

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Agreed. Someone mentioned that the role was going to an SM actress and I could already guess that it was going to be Yoona. Oh well. Not interested.

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If it's SME, why not Lee Yeon Hee? Awww....i just hope Yoona wont disappoint the person who chose her for the role. Get your act together girl!

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WHO THE FUCK DO YOU THINK KNOWS BETTER. YOU OR THE PD OF WINTER SONATA?

SHE HAS BEAUTY AND REAL TALENT. I HATE HOW EVERYONE JUST ACCUSES HER OF HAVING NO TALENT JUST CUZ SHE'S PRETTY. HAVE YOU WATCHED YAMD? THAT GOT RECORD HIGH RATINGS AND SHE RECEIVED PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FOR IT.

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My goodness you are as terrible as her acting :p.

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Just one comment: let's not be rude.
People might like her, people might not. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But let's keep it civil, pls!?!
Cursing and rudeness just makes readers like me doubt and suspect the validity of your statements.
Thank you.

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clearly we have some pretty vicious snsd fangirls/boys around

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so many feelings hahaha...chill please.

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TAKE A CHILLPILL, blind fangirl.

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Indignant all caps comment just makes me laugh. That is all.

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hmmm... this seems like the same person that replied under the anonymous name to other replies in this post since they keep saying "prestigious awards" in all their comments.

You don't need to curse and type in capital letters. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You can just leave a post saying how much you enjoyed her acting and for people to give her a chance (Though I can't personally stand her acting). And also Han Hyo Joo is also pretty (more than Yoona in my opinion) so does that mean everyone is bashing her? The point you make of everyone hating Yoona because of her looks is ridiculous since a lot of the talented actresses I've seen are gorgeous as well.

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I believe that we viewers has the better sight on what an actress is seen on TV. I agree with everyone who believes what 'EXCELLENT ACTING' means. I just can't express how much I agree with this. So much that I can't breathe thinking if this female lead has no chance to be pulled out from the casts. Did the director got wrong how much of an actor Jang Geun Suk is that he would just pair him to a boohoo? I have heard that she hasn't yet signed the contract (for sure she'll grab this) but heyyy ... If she's just on her right senses, is it still pleasing to act in spite of all these petitioning words of truth?!

c'mon. we are all fans but for this critical aspect, let's make our eyes wide open for the REALITY. She CAN'T act.

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i think you're overreacting a bit...im a sone but i admit that Hanhyojoo is better as an actress than yoona..i mean...its her(HHJ) real/first(?) job and she has more experience....

oh well..who knows?..maybe yoona got some acting classes and improved...

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I see that you are very upset, but it for no reason. No one mentions she was dislike because she pretty, they stated because they watch her acting skills in the drama “YAMD and CM she must have been selected because of her looks. Since I love men Yoon-Ah have too use real talent with me and sorry to hurt your feelings she don’t have it in acting. You stated you watch YRMD, if that true then you can't honestly think she was good and if you did that your own personal opinion which you are entitle too just like every one else. I don't give a rat A** about the awards that drama received or the awards she received, I measure drama base on “MY” standard, YRMD suck awful storyline and worst acting. I can list 10 dramas before I blink that was consider a success but in reality was awful. When you have the time try watching an award show, I haven’t seen one yet that all the drama wins due to popularity instead of solid acting and story writing. It's not the Emmy sweetie that for sure. Lastly everyone stated they watch her performance and it was awful, they don't dislike her because she pretty they dislike her because she was selected base on her being pretty "darling"

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First of all, I can't be accused of thinking she has no talent quote "JUST CUZ SHE'S PRETTY" because I don't think she's pretty AT ALL.

Second, those so-called prestigious awards mean jack shit and it's all based on mindless popularity and keeping actors/actresses happy. It's an effed up system that allocate awards like free candy.

Third, calm down. What's with the caps? Please make legitimate accusations before you make a fool of yourself.

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i don't get yoon-ah's appeal. she can't act for toffee either, so why is she even being considered? aren't there other actresses out there who could have taken on the role? jeez.

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i had high expectations and now
it all went down. No offense i like her and all but
seriously?

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Oh no :| Is she good at acting? I have never seen any drama of hers. I am not happy with the rumor about Han Hyo-joo taking the female lead and now have no clue about this actress.

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Nothing against idols, but almost every drama use idols these days because they think it helps with their ratings. Too bad -I don't think Yoona is ready for melodrama yet.

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I really thought this show was gonna be different story wise. Now I have no interest. I've never seen Yoon ah in anything but I'll take your guys word for it that she should stick with singing. And I really wanted to see him in a drama. Well, I'll have Your My Pet to look forward to!

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I don't like Yoon-ah as Jang Geun Suk's leading lady! I also watched some episodes of Cinderella Man and You're My Destiny, and her acting was not good!! I also saw some episodes of Strong Heart where in she was talking about how she can cry easily for dramas but when it was time for her to show her "talent in crying," she cannot even shed a single tear and I also saw in Strong Heart where in she was showing to the viewers her different expressions in different scenarios (example: scary, sexy, sad, etc.) and honestly, she was not good! Lee Seu Geun was way better than her! The only thing she can do was to be cute :( She should just stick with singing and along with that, she should practice her singing because her singing is not that great (though she could carry a tune).

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ok you MUST been an anti
firstly, she WON AWARDS for you are my destiny and that drama also achieved the highest ratings ever for a daily drama
secondly, on strong heart, SHE NEVER SAID SHE CAN CRY EASILY FOR DRAMAS. SHE JUST SAID THAT HER METHOD OF GETTING INTO CHARACTER IS BY LISTENING TO MUSIC. AND SHÉ WAS ABOUT TO CRY BEFORE LEE SEUNG GI STOPPED HER. stop spreading untrue stuff please

she is a DANCER to snsd so it's ok if her singing isn't great like taeyeon. but she can sing. listen to some of their ballads and you'll know

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So far you have proven yourself to be a sone and/or a fangirl/boy. Just because people differ in opinion with you doesn't make them an anti.

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Are you in grade school? What's up with the "haters" and "anti"? How is a person an anti or hater when they simply do not care for the actress? Don't take your love and dedication to her to the extreme where you are no longer able to comprehend other people's comments. People have different preferences, so just chill out. You can't force the rest of us to like her, and if you can't handle the comments then don't read them. It's as simple as that.

There are few videos on youtube of her singing by herself without music (music always make people sound better). I'm have yet to be convinced that she can actually sing by herself. Dancing? Maybe. But again, not all idols these days can actually sing and/or dance; so she's not the anomaly.

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I have seen her singing and watched her drama (I bought Cinderalla Man DVD, and i want my money back)..

Bottom line, she can't sing or act and about dance skill, i don't thing ayego dance is called dancing... She is not that pretty.. She is average looking. Well.. all i can see is SM influence and money. Damn SM has links...

And Yes... I have drop the drama from my to watch list rader for this winter.

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yoona CAN dance. she's one of the main dancers in snsd. and beauty is subjective. the korean public thinks she's beautiful (evident by the number of male celebrities who list her as their ideal type). btw,

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wow ok not everyone is entitled to like her jeez. ppl have their own opinions, some like her some don't get over yourself!

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I'm am not A HATER NOR AN ANTI because I am a SONE myself but, I'm the kind of SONE that is being REALISTIC! I like SNSD's catchy music and their overall charm. However, this does not mean that I am blinded by them. The kind of opinion I have for does not AGREE WITH THEM ALL THE TIME because I also have GOOD THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THEM but I just want to be realistic by the fact that Yoon-ah is not a good actress.

1. Her daily drama with the highest rating: her drama was shown in the mornings where in ahjummas are watching and besides, she's not the MAIN reason why the rating was high, but because of the story and other actors as well.
2. she can sing: did I say she cannot sing?!? I just said that her SINGING IS NOT GREAT BUT I NEVER SAID THAT HER SINGING WAS TERRIBLE that is why I commented that SHE NEEDS TO PRACTICE TO BE BETTER BECAUSE SHE CAN CARRY A TUNE
3. about Strong Heart: ok, she said that she can cry easily by just listening to a music. I also saw that and it took her a while to cry even if Lee Seung Gi had to stop her... If she can really cry easily with music, she should have shed a tear already even before she was stopped because the music was playing a bit longer so if she is a good actress, even without music, she could cry
4. she is a good dancer: again, did I say that she is a bad dancer? I did not even say anything about her being a bad dancer but I admit, she can dance (not unlike Yuri and Hyoyeon) but still, I think her dancing skill is good.

Again, I will reiterate, I AM A SONE but I'm a kind of SONE that is a realistic one, and truth be told, Yoon-ah is not a good actress. Can she be a better actress? Yes she can as long as she undergoes a rigorous acting lessons, then she can be better because she is going to play opposite of Jang Geun Suk who has a tremendous presence and a good actor.
I'm just saying my opinion so don't accuse of me being a hater because I'm not.

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Are you trying to convince us or yourself about YoonA's

ability to act ? You are way too defensive and sorry to

say you will not win here. Why ? Because if you read the

comments, you will note that they are objective.

Most followers of DramaBeans are mature and objective

drama viewers. Better go to other sites like AKP or some

idol fanatic sites, I am sure you will be so much happier

there.... not trying to be mean just a suggestion to make

you less stressed out about this topic.

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Okay, I find it hilarious that people's criteria for good acting most of the time is being able to cry.

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LOL, I've always wondered about that, too. Making people laugh is quite a feat, too.

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hmmm. kinda disappointed, not gonna lie. but, at least it'll be a pot of gold ratings-wise. JGS could use a successful drama since MSOAN didn't do all that well.

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Meh.

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*echoes*

MEH.

:D

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Yeah, I'm pretty much on your boat Javabeans. Big drawback for me. There are other actresses who embody "pure, healthy energy, and natural beauty" who have acting talent to boot! Hopefully, she will be able to pull off the role, but really, such sad news. No offense to her fans ...

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lol. I snorted when I read "natural beauty"......but that's not nice of me, so I'll stop.

Anyway, I hope one of them changes their hair colour/style, because if they continue with the same hair people are definitely going to have an extremely tough time telling the two apart. Or she could just always wear dresses.

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LOL!! You crack me up!!! :D

Totally so true. I'm really wishing JGS would cut his hair already! It's been like that for forever it seems! >__< I miss his shorter hair...or mane of glory

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lol. I snorted when I read “natural beauty”……but that’s not nice of me, so I’ll stop.
MTE :| *now scared for my virtual life*

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I personally think this was a huge mistake. Honestly, as a member of SNSD, I think she's got a tremendous amount of an appeal, but as someone who battled her way through half of Cinderella Man just for Kwon Sang Woo, I can testify that Yoonah...has limitations as an actress.

Especially with Jang Geun-seok, who has an enormous screen presence. I remember thinking that in You're Beautiful he overpowered Park Shin Hye a bit. He would have been much better if partnered with Han Hyo Joo, who has improved a lot over the years. Especially considering she has much more experience with melodrama considering how she actually starred in a 'season' drama and made it through the more melo-moments of Dong Yi without making me want to cringe.

Honestly. I was willing to overlook the Yoon Suk-ho 'melo' tag on this drama for a Geun-suk/Hyo-joo pairing, but not for Yoonah. =/

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Same here. Unfortunately, with this casting I've lost all interest in this drama.

I'm sorry Jang Geun-seok!! ㅠ-ㅠ

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horror!!!! i want Han Hyo Joo as leading cast!!! she is better in acting

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not gonna lie, This piece Of News is a little hard to swallow.
that said I do hold a sliver Of hope for YoonA, working with JGS could do wonders for her acting ability or he could totally Own the drama, who are we kidding Its all JGS.

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That's a shame. I like a well made melodrama once in a while. But both Jang geun suk and Han hyo joo are much better actors than Yoona. And when there's that big of an acting disparity between the main leads, it's always awkward. I get that Yoona has appeal in a CF but she's going to get crushed by Jang geun suk's superior screen presence in a 16-episode miniseries. Oh well.

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Yoona? Seriously? I mean she's pretty and all but this drama requires some good acting. I was hoping for someone who can match JGS' acting skills.

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Wow... totally surprised that they chose her out of all the actresses of her generation! No offense to her, but most of her strong points are more in singing and dancing than acting. Did they not have enough budget to get a solid, more experienced actress for his leading lady? I like JGS, but not too enthusiastic anymore about this drama...

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This story sounds awfully familiar. Anyone know the movie The Classic? Son Ye-jin plays both the girl in the 70s (or was it 60s?) and her daughter in the new millennium. I really liked that movie, at least the 60s/70s part. I don't know how it'll translate to a drama though. Even through a movie it got a little boring at times. Thank goodness for the acting which helped carry the movie along. Except for Jo In-sung's character which as exciting as a cardboard paper can be.

And about Yoona well apparently she's not good at singing either. Nor at dancing. She's only pretty, really. I wish they stuck with Han Hyo-joo. She delivers the pure image as well or maybe even better than Yoona. Oh well, I guess I won't be watching this. Then again I'm curious to how super hyper Jang Geun-seok will pull through a mello.

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I was just going to comment that this drama sounds a lot like the classic! wasn't a fan of the movie, but it was beautiful and well acted. can't imagine such storyline could work as a 16 episode plus drama though.; would get way too boring.

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This drama is totally geared toward japan's market, since thy both are so famous in jpn...whichever it is, I think this drama will be hyge in jpn later...

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Oh no, she really cannot act, she has only a limited range
of expression, I kind of cannot stand her in you are my
destiny. Why not HHJ or any other actresses? why..
sigh!

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Yoon-ah is a bad actress please she can`t act as the same as Jang Geun-seok

the other actress is better!!!!!

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HAHA
jang geun seok's mary stayed out all night failed. are you still calling him a great actor?

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There was a lot wrong with Mary stayed out all night , if anything the only good thing about the drama was the acting. I like Yoona but Jang Geun Suk is eons above her in terms of acting. As everyone knows ratings and quality do not always go hand and hand.

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A drama's "failure" as measured by incomprehensible storyline and low ratings, does not mean that the acting in said drama was poor.

MSOAN was a hot mess, but it was not due to lack of acting prowess by JSG or MGY.

Hardly.

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This.

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jang geun seok is a mediocre actor

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A great actor doesn't need to be excellent in every drama he joins. But I agree with you (though I'm his fan), I don't really like JGS's acting these days. He seems focus too much on Japan market and spends lots of time with his own fan meetings - kind of fan service and earn money. Not to offend him but I would love him to have more time for learning how to deal with BAD situations before a drama. Mary stayed out all night is a bad situation and failed. The directing and script writing were messy. But if both Jang and Moon have more time to learn the script and have more preparation for it, the drama would surely be better. Moon was only cast in the drama just 2 weeks before it started. The script wasn't at least finished before the drama was aired (script might be changed but they should at least have something prepared in advance). Mary stayed out all night was a failure of both Moon and Jang (and they are both very talented actors). ....talking so much about this drama?
I just expected JGS to come back to his own way of acting like before. He did well in all drama he joined before (Bethoven Virus, Hong Gil Dong, and You are beautiful). Hong Gil Dong was even better than You are beautiful in terms of deep acting. But in YAB, his skills and characters were impressive. And they did have a good casting, working perfectly together.
I can't agree that Jang is not a talent. He is a talent!
But he needs to prove it enough to the world.

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What am I saying? I don't understand what I'm saying anymore. Am I crazy now? Maybe, I'm so disappointed about Yoona casted in the drama. Totally, disappointed. There are so many good actress, WHY? Why they have to choose her? (Sorry Yoona I can't love your acting).
Jang Geun Suk, omo, Jang Geun Suk! God please bless you...You suffered enough bad luck in the last project. The acting is real good, and with Moon, acting so naturally as she is. But why?, why do the director and writer of MSOAN made such a big mess and waste on you 2 talents?
This is the time for JGS to recover back from his last project. WHY? why brings Yoona to make it more difficult for JGS.
Sad Sigh! Worried and dissapointed!

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Yea...what ARE you saying?
Just because he is expanding his market and doing more fan service...it does NOT mean he's not a great actor anymore.
It makes more sense say you dont like JGS as much anymore..but to say you dont like his ACTING as much 'cause of his other focuses is o.O
I dont know how that's relevant.
And how does MSOAN a trouble-plagued drama and failing as a story makes Jang Geun Suk not as good as a actor as before? I mean it's not even within his control.
Not to be mean, but i just dont see your logic...

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I'm so amused by all these comments lol. So much hate~

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Not "hate", it's "disappointment "

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true daaaat.

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yoona , sorry poor acting skill

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you my friend have hit the nail on the head... she doesnt sing more than a few seconds in all snsd songs nor is she the main dancer, but stands in the middle dancing positions.... unbelievable.... what a waste of what could have been

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She's the face. She just has to stand there and looks pretty. She's literally the most useless member of SNSD.

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hahaha! this cracks me up.

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sadly nope, she is like Dara and Siwon. the face of their groups.. their rol is dancing, modeling and acting..
(obv they are not the Best but they are good in that)

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Well, this show is officially off my radar. :(

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Based from the reactions of everyone so far... I guess this drama will not be recapped.

I think the PD was banking on the popularity of idol for high ratings. Hmmm, I guess just incase the writer tanks he has a back up plan. Oh! also, he is probably thinking that even though the drama sucks, it will be picked up by other countries --- because of idol pull. Well... this is a good way to ruin the hallyu wave.

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I was hoping it would be Jung So Min actually- someone who could really hold a candle to JGS acting-wise and all that. Tsk tsk.

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I agree. My interest for this drama dropped to zero once the rumors of the SM artist came out. Yes, they are pretty people, but none of their actresses have the acting abilities to match that of a real artist.

I heard Jung So Min is doing a play for her school now. Theater is a lot harder than drama-world. I'd like her to get popular and whatnot, but she doesn't seem to seek popularity much.

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yeah jung somin would have been a great choice..there are other young gals like kim so eun, park bo young, shin shekyung who are pretty and yet can act..mgy would have been great as well if not for msoan..

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What about Park Bo Young, Jung so min and the list of many actresses that don't only have the pure and healthy natural image but with the acting abilities to boot. Sad to say but yoona's addition pretty much guarantees that I will not be tuning in.

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Park Bo Young!!!!!!! Why didn't I think of that???.....I love Jung So Min too but since he obviously wants someone with more popularity than that, she wouldn't be cosidered but Park Bo Young would've been awesome!!!...it would also be like a dream pairing for me

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I love her, too, but she's been casted in another drama, right?

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No she was casted in a movie last I heard....ut this drama is slated for next year

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Wow what a disappointment not watching this drama. I assume that this was gonna be good bc it reminds me of autumn tale, my first Korean drama. What was the pd thinking? Was he in the right state of mind?

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He's obviously on crack or something.

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NO WAY !!. That was so left field, I'm in shock to be honest. I've seen random pieces of YooNa in Cinderella Man and I prefer her as YooNa of SNSD than the actress.
Oh man, I hate watching dramas where there is a clear distinction that one actor is better than the other, it generally kills the vibe of the show for me unless the story is so compelling that I'm willing to sit through bad acting.
I'm not going to pass any judgment yet until the show starts airing but I do genuinely wish her the best of luck in this endeavor because I want her to do well and at least be on par with JGS.

[Random aside: I think its a good thing Big Bangs TOP didn't accept this role, could you imagine the mayhem that would've occurred if two of Kpops biggest Idol Groups were leads in a drama lol]

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watch you are my destiny. that's what won my respect for idol actresses.

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Watched it, but couldn't finish it. Unfortunately, as much as I want to like YooNa as an actress, I can't. Dancing is her forte, not acting. I hope she proves all of us wrong.

The only idol actress that has won my respect is Eugene and Yoon Eun Hye. Hard to break what they have done, especially the later.

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Sorry anon but Yoona's acting in YAMD was awful.

If you want to watch an idol acting - there's a good example in Ojagkyo Brothers.

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Agree with you! UEE is a good idol actress! But Yoona...I'm fed up with her cute and cute and just cute face (nothing else)!

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omagoodness gracious. i was sad when TOP didn't take the role bc i wouldn't be able to drool over him, even though i admit, i don't think he's ready to be the lead in a melo just quite yet. i definitely think he will improve with more projects. but now i am sooo glad. this drama looks like it's going to be disaster.

i know this PD's drama started the hallyu wave and what not, but really, his dramas weren't that great. they were aggravating, though surely addicting.

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wow.. wut a bunch of whiners and haters.. yoona will do a great job in this.. i cant wait for it.. she auditioned and won it.. if she was so bad.. u think the famous writer/pd duo will accept her.. dont think so.. if u dont like it when it comes out u can complain all u want.. dont start talkin smack when it didnt even start

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i love you
i totally agree
stupid haters seriously, it's not like jang geun seok's perfect either. look at mary stayed out all night. sheesh.

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Grow up. Haters? Whiners? Aren't you also whining at the moment? I would like to think that most of the people who read this blog are much more intelligent (or at least do not act like a 13 year old) than to call other people "haters" and "whiners." You and your friend, anon, are apparently the anomalies.

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Oh, dear lord, please grow up. We are not 'whiners' and 'haters' here. If you want those go back to Kpop. We are grown ups here and we are not 'hating' on YoonA, it's called criticism. There is a difference.
The dictionary is your friend.

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Oh dear...its seems like we are in middle school all over again.

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Yea, middle school indeed. We're all trying to be civil here so I don't think calling the people who don't think Yoon-ah should have gotten the role "a bunch of whiners and haters" is making you any better. I initially didn't want to comment but seeing your comment and anon's reply really gives me a headache. If this place makes you so irritated, feel free to leave, because I believe you aren't going to get many of us on your boat anyway.

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ok, what the fuck is your problem with all those people who commented below

firstly, YOONA was PERSONALLY CHOSEN by the director and producers of winter sonata. who do you think knows better, you or the director? they must have their own reasons for not picking han hyo joo - maybe she didn't fit the image enough. there's loads of complicated stuff that goes on with dramas and casting. why are you all bashing yoona?

plus, yoona's drama you are my destiny got the highest ratings ever for a daily drama. she also received the best new actress at a prestigious awards thing. do you seriously think such a great director would cast her if she was shit at acting?
cinderella man wasn't a hit because the storyline was shitty. but the japanese like it. why don't i see people bashing kang sangwoo for it? was yoona the only one acting in the drama? sheesh. it's not possible for an actress to have all her dramas be a hit. plus, wasn't jang geun suk's mary stayed out all night a fail as well? why is no one bashing him for his failed drama and instead pointing out yoona's cinderella man?

seriously guys, im pretty sure those experienced producers know best and if they believe in yoona's acting, why can't all we? i feel really bad for her because snsd is so busy and famous and yet she's shoving all this stuff into her schedule and getting bashed for overworking herself. geez. if she managed to pull of you are my destiny which had over 150 episodes whilst being in snsd and following her schedule there, im pretty sure she can do this. why dont we just all anticipate this drama and not say stupid things like ""im not going to wwatch it anymore because yoona should just sing and dance in snsd and not act." that's not something you should decide. if you want to complain, complain to the director, not at yoona. it wasn't her fault she was casted.

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I watched all of YAMD, and I do not care what kind of ratings it got but yoona was far from excellent there. Also those so called prestigious awards are nothing but a popularity contest and everyone knows that. Plus I loved a few of the seasons dramas but not everyone they have chosen were good actors. For example I loved autumn tale because of the great portrayals played by the young moon geun young and won bin and was quite disappointed by both the leads.

Many a dramas have shown that sometimes the pds don't know everything and based on this post yoona was chosen more for her looks than anything.

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her PRESITGIOUS AWARDS include the BEST NEW ACTRESS and MOST POPULAR ACTRESS. SHE GOT ONE FOR POPULARITY AND ONE FOR BEING A GREAT ACTRESSS. ONE WAS CHOSEN BY THE PUBLIC WHILST THE OTHERS BY PROFESSIONALS.

if you watched it all, yoona's acting must have been pretty good, eh? otherwise why would you watch it all?

what do you mean the great portrayals played by them yet YOU WERE DISAPPOINTED? please make more sense. im pretty sure producers which such great classics which much more experience than you in this field would know better than you.

there are lots of pretty celebrities. why would yoona get chosen for her looks? like the producers said, for her suitable image and her GOOD ACTING in her previous dramas

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I think hapacalgirl meant that she was disappointed in the two leads of Autumn Tale (Song Hye Kyo and Mr. Hand Towel) but enjoyed the acting of Moon Geun Young and Won Bin, who weren't the stars of the show.
I get that you're a HUUGE fan of Yoon-ah, but in the future, please just chiiiiill.

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I'm sorry but you've been repeating the same thing over and over and your argument don't even make sense. I don't know about the best new actress, but the "most popular actress" award is fan-voted so it has noting to do with talent.

Also, a high rated drama doesn't guarantee good acting. Daily dramas tend to have really high ratings because a lot of people tunes in at that time slot, and a lot of factors like writing, directing could have been in favor of the drama. Hapacalgirl could have stick to YAMD for a bunch other reasons, like good secondary characters, heartwarming storyline, etc without having to like Yoon Ah's acting. Likewise, a bad drama (writing wise and rating wise) like Mary Stayed out all Night doesn't automatically means that the actors were bad. MGY and JGS were what makes me try to watch until I couldn't bear it anymore.

And please, before attacking the previous poster for "not making sense", what he/she said is that she appreciated Autumn Fairytale because MGY (who was playing the childhood version of Song Hye Gyo's character) and Won Bin (second lead) acting, while being dissapointed by the leads (SHK and Song Seung Heon)

What people are doing here is civilly stating their opinion about Yoon Ah'S acting (or lack of) ability, and it's their right. Opinions are subjective and we base it on our personal point of view. You have the right to not agree with us, but we have the right to not agree with you either. We're not trying to force you think like us, so stop attacking every poster who do not share the same opinion as you.

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Also, their could have been a bunch of other reasons why the PD chose her and not another actress. She's managed by one of the Big 3, that alone could have been a factor. In the show business, a lot of deals are made and it's not always based on talent...

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her PRESITGIOUS AWARDS include the BEST NEW ACTRESS and MOST POPULAR ACTRESS. SHE GOT ONE FOR POPULARITY AND ONE FOR BEING A GREAT ACTRESSS. ONE WAS CHOSEN BY THE PUBLIC WHILST THE OTHERS BY PROFESSIONALS.
I bet you think the Oscars aren't politics-driven either.

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yeah, i get what you're been raving maniacally about-- have faith in her, give her a shot, don't hate. well, it's not hate, it's disappointment.
i've seen all the dramas you've mentioned and i found myself striving to finish the ones she was a part of it IN SPITE OF HER, and i QUIT watching YAMD because i couldn't STAND HER. or her acting. or the character she was playing. at all.
awards and all that mean NOTHING to me if my personal experience and history with her body of work has left a bad taste in my mouth already. i'm not saying the whole world hates her. i'm just saying I HATE HER ACTING. and am of the opinion that JGS will swallow her acting up WHOLE given the history. don't add historical to your hysterical and cite the flop that was MAry. because JGS has been a LEAD ACTOR for quite a bit now, and history says that JGS pulls that off so damn well, it's bananas how good he is. whereas my history with yoona's body of work suggest, meanwhile, that her acting is annoying and lukewarm at best. sucvh is my history with her, which has led me to make an informed OPINION her acting and nothing you say to me will change the logic that past bad acting => potential future bad acting.

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don't care about the awards....this is my true opinion....her acting is suck...her face expression is too flat...i don't know why she won awards....but consider her agency, no wonder she won. i saw so many snsd videos and to be honest, she's nothing but a pretty face....

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FYI I am a SNSD fan...yeah guys.I know.

First off we all know JGS has got tremendous acting chops and screen presence.

The other thing how do you expect people to listen when your first sentence you use expletives on us.Plus you're anonymous.

I have actually seen her acting in 3 dramas so it's not as if I am speaking from ignorance.I know she was trained in acting.Have you see her on SH when she demonstrates how she emotes certain scenes?We...ell.Even the demo she did was not very convincing.

We are not talking about bad scriptwriting in whose-ever dramas.

We're talking a complicated drama that requires strong acting abilities.So before you tell off the whole forum...please actually check what the comments are talking about.

Who is going to acknowledge that Yoona is as good a young actor as JGS?This has NOTHING to do with her abilities as a singer/dancer/CF abilities.

Oh man.What a bummer for me as well :-(

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umm you are obviously NOT a sone
sones would support her
they wouldn't say something like that

yup ive watched that episode of strong heart. it was convincing - her eyes were full of tears but she didn't let them spill out cuz strong heart is a happy variety show and everyone on the show was amazed so i dont know what you're on about

secondly, im pretty sure they know better than you or me. if they chose her, then it means they think she suits it more than the other actress.

it's not like you're username isn't
isn't everyone here anonymous?

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