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Kim Haneul and TOP are top contenders for Absolute Boyfriend

javabeans: Wait so Kim Haneul is doing You’re My Pet remake AND the Absolute Boyfriend remake?

girlfriday: What’s Absolute Boyfriend?

javabeans: It’s another Japanese manga that’s been adapted over and over again and is up for a K-drama remake. The heroine has a robot boyfriend. Literally a robot.

girlfriday: Does not compute. He’s a robot? Like a cyborg? This is the premise?

javabeans: She orders one to her specification, and then he develops some sort of AI form of emotion, so that he’s got his “own” thoughts and feelings.

girlfriday: Am I supposed to find this creepy?

javabeans: No, but you probably should.

girlfriday: I’m feeling wrong feelings, and not the good kind. I mean, unless we’re in like full-on Cylon territory or something.

javabeans: Sorry, no Battlestars here. Or Galactici.

girlfriday: Well then I’m back to finding the Acme Robot Factory really creepy.

javabeans: Does Kim Haneul just really want a career in Japan? The Pet movie releases in November, then right away Absolute Boyfriend drama series starts filming in December. Isn’t this how we get pigeonholed? It’s like doing Fantastic Four, and then, uh… X-men. Or Batman and then Superman.

girlfriday: What? You did NOT just group those franchises together!

javabeans: Not you too? I was just going to say that my brother would probably be able to break down that statement for all the ways it is factually and canonically erroneous, but that I wasn’t gonna give a damn.

girlfriday: I was just gonna say how some go in the SUCK pile while others go in the AWESOME pile.

javabeans: And I was just gonna say how some people take comic books really seriously. Say, into unhealthy territory.

girlfriday: AT LEAST I DON’T ORDER ROBOTS.

javabeans: That insult isn’t even logically consistent.

girlfriday: Neither is your face.

javabeans: Soooo mature. You talk to your fake robot boyfriend with that mouth?

girlfriday: *hmph*

javabeans: But really, TOP as the boyfriend? Isn’t he a little…scary for that role? That might make more sense if he were supposed to be Terminator Boyfriend.

girlfriday: Haha. It would be really funny if he had a Terminator mode. Okay, I can’t be the only person who’s going to ask this… is he… a sexbot? Like is that what he’s built for?

javabeans: This is broadcast, not Skinemax. I can’t see MBC potentially okaying the raunchy adventures of Lady and her Trampbot.

girlfriday: HA. How did Kim Haneul get branded as the career woman who can’t manage a love life and has to resort to ordering a pet/robot/domesticated boytoy to help unleash the wild child inside? Because the logical step after internet dating is what, frankensteining your own?

javabeans: These are busy ladies. No time to dilly-dally with internet courtship. Just order one up to go, and you can teach/tame/program him on your own time.

girlfriday: See, my mind is unable to go anywhere but the WRONG place with that. Pray tell, friend whose mind is not irreparably in the gutter: what the hell is he FOR, then?

javabeans: To be her perfect, gentlemanly, chaste, pristine boyfriend, of course! You know, the kind of guy who doesn’t exist outside of artificial intelligence.

girlfriday: If a girl wants chaste and pristine, she shouldn’t date dudes.

javabeans: And now you’re on the same page as this drama!

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I read the manga, and there is a little bit of sex-robot in there... O.O too bad they'll edit it

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Okay... so after reading this post i jumped on youtube to sample this drama. I ended up watching the special episode and... I can't believe it but I bawled like a baby. Still sobbing as I type AND I DIDN'T EVEN WATCH THE DRAMA. I don't even cry anymore when i watch dramas but this broke me from one measly special! =O It was sooooooooooooooooooo goood. I can't see Top being Night... just no.

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TOP as Knight? oh nos. he'd be suited as the replacement when the original bot breaks down. ...and ha neul as riiko... hmmm... might or might not work.

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I love Zettai Kareshi. I laughed then cried with Tenjo Nighto. the manga sets on a highschool premise, while the dorama was a young working girl. What now this time with Kdrama? Kim Haneul is very beautiful, but she's too old to be paired with TOP.

Unless the Kdrama version wants to go with a sadistic & cold sexbot who falls in love with a lonely sex addict noona who mail ordered her very own full size walking (and vibrating) sex toy. Uhm... On a second thought, I'm totally gonna watch it if it comes to that! Nekkid TOP.. Yumm! Whatever TOP is & will be doing, I'm gonna follow anyway. I'm obsessed with him!!

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after into the fire, top's acting has improved dramatically, but i still see him as robotic.. definitely not up to par with other young actors. and i like kim haneul, but i would NOT cast her in this adaptation.

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Oh dear... My previous comment made me blush. LOL

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I was thinking TOp will be a good robot boyfriend.. But now that you say he looks scary, I can see that. Never seen Zettai Kareshi because of the ridiculous premise but if there is a k remake, I'll check it out.

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yah plot sounds ridiculous. but its gd. must watch! almost wanted to tear at the end, and with the special episode after that... really must see!

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Yes!! TOP as Soushi is perfect! I want my TOP!! I'm just giddy about the fact that DB had a post about TOP after such a long time...

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UGH.

TOP doesn't fit the role. :L
his features somehow are too strong for the part of Night Tenjo.

however, I see Lee MinHo as a good contender for the lead role.

OH, and Kim Ha Neul is a good actress but she's too old to play the character of Riiko Azawa.

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I want to know who they will cast as the third leg of the triangle, her ..boss or a co-worker. He seems like a more interesting character, at least from Hiro's adaption.

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Kim Haneul? Are they trying to make a Sex and The City version of Zettai?

Can't see TOP as a sexbot. He's too 'cool' for his own good.

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Since the k-version will be making the female older using Kim Haneul maybe they will consider using Won Bin as the robot (opps, I just drooled on my keyboard). Or if they go younger how about Nichkhun from 2pm, he is buff, innocent and has a sweet smile.

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the Won-Bin comment made me laugh but yeah it would be really cool if ever they cast him for the drama ^_^

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I've seen Absolute Boyfriend 5 times already and hearing this news of Korean adaptation is making me anxious to watch it <3 however, I cannot imagine Kim Ha-Neul portraying the lead role for some reason (maybe because she give off an aura of being really independent who can make guys drool all over her,,, maybe it's just me) and TOP? I like him but I also do not see him as the robot boyfriend (I agree with javabeans about him looking kind of scary).

I don't know why but Kim So-Eun has been popping in my head as the female protagonist. I also like Lee Chung-Ah (but she has another project already). For the role of Night, I'm imagining Lee Min-Ho, Lee Seung-Gi, or Choi Si-Won...

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not siwon... I don't want him to do that kind of character... I want him to actually get a project that will stretch him... also he's already sexy enough that he doesn't need to be cast as a sex bot on top of that.

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Errr the robot is sweet and a gentlemen! TOP is too fierce to do the role!! Nooooo T__T

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My fav smut shojo by my fav mangaka. The end made me weep a tear or two for more. Kim Haneul's kinda old for the role. Guess they'll adapt the heroine into OL, hence making it josei. Top's gota go to the gym more often before playing sexbot.

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In the Jdrama Night would say on occasion something along the lines of, "Want to have sex now?" This never happens. I don't see why they would cut that out if the action never occurs which is sad to say least. I mean in the drama she made him a flipping wild cat. rawr. Anyways, Top? Hm, this is a case of "I'll have to see it to believe it" sorta thing.

On another note....
HOW DARE YOU GROUP BATMAN AND SUPERMAN TOGETHER! One is a complete masterpiece why the other is a complete disasterpiece-o-shit.

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I can't help but be a bit pissed off by comments abt TOP's looks being mean and that he'd not suited for cute roles. It's obvious the people commenting haven't seen TOP in anything else than let's say IRIS and maybe a BIGBANG MV. Seriously I won't defend his acting, since he's clearly unexperienced and even in Into the fire was still a bit awkward (though I think he did a decent job, better than Kwon Sang Woo actually), but judging him on his looks and stage persona or deep voice is really wrong.
Just try and watch one interview or behind the scenes of him and you'll see that he's one of the cutest and most shy guys in the kpop entertainment, plus a big goofball, he's everything but cold and scary.
Does one need to speak like a girl and have shaved eyebrows to be considered nice/cute. This is BS. Sorry for the rant but I really hate comments abt people's looks (at least he didn't go for plastic surgery like so many others).

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Kim Haneul AGAIN?!?

I hope it's not true. She's too old for the part and I'm sick of seeing her face. I don't find her attractive at all and don't see why everyone makes a big deal about her. :-/ I guess it's just one of those things I don't understand.

As for TOP as Night I don't see it either.

No Min Woo would be my pick for Night.

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WOW, whats up with her and all these kpop stars starring in a movie together? ... lol, she is so pretty though.

T.O.P is my boyfriend. :)

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Top would make a perfect robot in the drama...u can imagine his cold and expressionless...yet smexy face. but TOP would never do topless......haha.

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NO! I lurve TOP but I think the casting is totally wrong. Playing a robot won't get TOP anywhere and Kim Haneul is so not right for the role!!!

I hope this doesn't happen, as much as I want more TOP on TV! :(

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As much as I'm a VIP, I can't imagine TOP as Night. TOP's features are too rugged which would be difficult when you're trying to portray a flower boy. In my four years of knowing Big Bang, I've never seen a topless picture of TOP. I know he was overweight as a kid so that's probably the reason for his refusal to bare his body.

However, YG's been going through some tough times lately. Daesung's accident and GD's marijuana incident has really affected their reputation. Absolute Boyfriend might be their savior. I want to see how this plays out. We all know how much YG loves to troll.

Kim Haneul sure is milking these Japanese adaptations. I was never a big fan of her acting, but I could see her playing the lead in You're My Pet. Not so much for Absolute Boyfriend. The lead's supposed to be a teen (despite the Japanese version screwing that up).

I just wonder how the Korean version is going to handle the sexual suggestiveness of the plot. The officials constantly ban everything; it's ridiculous! I honestly can't see this drama reaching broadcast stations without a revision of character interaction unless it's going to be on cable.

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I really want Rain to be in it (but he's in the military ):) and Im Soo Jung should be in this drama!! They're both perfect for the role.

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As much as I luv luv T.O.P i can't see him in this role... I don't know why i keep on picturing Daniel Henney playing the perfect robot...

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TOP is great, he can be a different version of Night!(robot's name, i didn't really read the manga, but i know the story)
I'd be rooting for him! :)

Kim Haneul not so ok :( *does not compute*

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"neither is your face" I loved reading your bickering. brings back middle school and I mean that as a compliment of the highest order.

About being in love with a robot, am I the only one who had a thing for Data from Star Trek Next Generation...gasp..I just gave my age away... sigh..I miss Data.

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No you're not. I've watched all the episodes and movies on DVD and had a serious crush on him. Still do, actually.

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Yeah! Someone else likes him too. Could it be because he had such joy de vivre or was it how his Star Trek uniform fit his shoulders & chest?

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The castings all wrong. I mean its supposed to be a high school girl with a sexbot that I somehow feel like TOP doest quite fit the role...the story's not even that great....

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I remember reading Zettai Kareshi and I wasn't a big fan... I finished it because I needed to know what happens but other than that I never was interested in anything else from it... so I never watched the drama and don't know much about the cast in that version.

I was thinking about the casting for the k-version - I have nothing to say about KHN because I don't know much about her though i did like her in Almost Love and Too Beautiful to Lie. I've realized I have never watched a drama she was in.

And then I was thinking on TOP... I love TOP, especially when he's doing that finger dance thing, he's absolutely gorgeous on stage. but I think TOP would look like a scare robot boyfriend. for sure it would scare me if he arrived in a box to my house... I'd think I've been sent a mafia boss bot or something... lol..

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Loved the jap version... Zettai Kareshi.
Must watch that first to see how this new version fares:)

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seriously???? Kim Ha Neul??? Yesssss!!!!any drama or movies with her is on my watch list.... And i don't think she is too old pairing with TOP. She looks forever young.... And the most important one, she can pull out every roles that given to her very very well..... So in this matter, i still believed that TOP was given advantage to learn from his sunbaenim.... Hehehe..... Afterall, they re both very good looking and height matching. Oiya, if TOP is going topless in the drama, they just give me more reason to watch this..... Haha...

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I seriously love Absolute Boyfriend! Yuu Watase, the mangaka, is an amazing artist. I don't really see TOP as Night. I think Lee Min-ho would be a better choice. TOP could be that Gaku guy. Anyway, this is going to be soooooooooooooooooooo good! If they don't screw it up like Boys Over Flowers, that is.

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hahaha... i really enjoyed your convo girls... but seriously, a robot boyfriend, that is so... anyways TOP is so looking like the role. thanks for the post.

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Well, he is supposed to be perfect, but if I remember correctly, several times they say that he supposed to also be used for sex.... And since it's a shojo manga, you've got a lot of blushing and things about it because the robot is also super hot.

But hey, don't get tooo creeped out. xD The manga also had a really cool (imo) second lead. A guy who's hot and nice and her friend. And also not a robot.

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"But really, TOP as the boyfriend? Isn’t he a little…scary for that role?"

I kind of find it funny that TOP has this "scary" vibe.

For real, it is ALL smoke and mirrors. If you watch any behind the scenes/interviews/etc, you see that he is actually this really weird/ goofy/ insecure guy. He just happens to have great charisma while performing, and eyes that look intense.

But he's really NOT. He is like a giant 5 year old. He collects toys, he's super shy around people he doesn't know, and even his bandmates call him a weirdo right to his face.

Evidence? Go to youtube, search for "TOP best of (2)"... or watch his episode of Family Outing.

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Ditto for you!!! He's totally weirdo!

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Also, I just reread what I wrote, and I hope that didn't sound snotty haha. I just love TOP :D.

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a taller choi siwon would have been perfect for the role. top is not... angular? enough. (nor ripped enough.) i feel ashamed to say i actually enjoyed the japanese zettai kareshi. maybe i shouldn't so readily admit to it...

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Choi Siwon would be a good choice, now that I think about it. He could give off that vibe of simultaneous creepiness and cuteness.

Now I'm racking my brain for the best Korean actors to fit these roles... I think Lee Min Jung and Choi Siwon would be great choices!

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I think TOP could pull this role off... as for the body, Idk since I haven't seen him half naked....

As for Kim Ha Neul, I absolutely love her dramas, but I don't think she's the right fit. She doesn't really have that innocent look, maybe it's due to her age, maybe not.

I guess we'll see, but the Japanese version of Zettai Kareshi is going to be hard to beat!!!

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I didn't watch the Jdorama, but in the manga he was a sexbot :D I wonder if MBC would allow them to broadcast like sexual jokes and stuff (cause thats what makes this story awesome!) Also would they make Kim Haneul an office lady like in the dorama or a high school girl like in the manga? hmmmmm (probs an OL)

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I must be one of the few who never really caught on to the Absolute Boyfriend fandom. I had read only halfway through the manga and then bemoaned that the heroine is all into this robot guy when her neighbor(? childhood friend?) is HUMAN and seemed like such an awesome guy.

For a kdrama remake, I'm not feeling TOP as the robot boyfriend...i actually can't picture any korean actor in that role who would be appropriate. My pick would be Kim Bum, but I think he's going for bigger fare now.

If the drama has to be of a Yuu Watase manga, I'd want something like Imadoki!

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OH NO! Not Kim Ha neul as Riko!
She's too old for that role.
And Top?? I don't see he suit as TEnjo.
Arghhhh... i guess i should stick with the Japanese version!!

They should choose cast other actors such as Lee min ho as Tenjo? or maybe Lee Dong Wook??
I guess LDW is more suitable because he seems heartless and have nice body as a robot.hahaha

For Riko, i think Lee min jung suits the best. With short hair like she did in BOF.

Anyone agreed?hahaha

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Woah, really? Hm. Interesting casting... (to be honest I'm not convinced they're the best actors for the roles)

Absolute Boyfriend is a really, REALLY great show! If you like Hana Yori Dango, javabeans, you'd probably like it too. Normally I don't go for Jdoramas. They're a bit silly. But HYD and AB are two exceptions.

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its kinda off to me hearing people said KHN is too old, too old.... She is just 32, right? And seriously she looks much younger than that. And too look like she is now, is freaking awesome.... She might not suitable for a high school girl, but she is perfect as a college or a young biz woman... just twist the story background a lil bit and voila.... for TOP, he is good choice too...good looking, good shape... Just off that smokey make up in the eyes, and giggle a lil, he is good to go.... I'm just worry he can't balance KHN in acting, as i trust he still a newbie in this field.... But, well... I think he can manage it just fine.... Looking forward for this one.... Hope its confirmed......

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hihi to be honest most of jdramas i watched was always put the mimic a lil bit too much.... Even a mature woman in the series act like a lil girl.... Well, its wayyy better to put ha neul here, i can't stand it if they picked from korean girl band members.... Which probably suitable for high schooler girl, but...Its going to be all sweety syalala....

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hahaha.... O yes, you pointed it out.... Why jdorama girl seems like all act cute, shout cute, pout cute even if they are roles as a mom.....

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Ha Neul is a good actress but I really dont understand why cant they get a younger actress? She is already 33 and TOP only 24 oh NO. ??? Again how can she wearing school uniform at the age of 33?

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Holy crap! I totally called that this remake would happen, but with Korean Rui as the robot boyfriend...

I have issues with the premise too, girlfriday. I have seen the Japanese version, and I don't think it has been adapted that much- just the J-drama from the manga. It turned out better than it sounded, but still fundamentally flawed, because no matter how much A.I. he picks up... still a robot.

The last episode of the drama made up for a lot with some needed emotional gravitas, but I am not sure I'll be sticking with the Korean one beyond the first episode to check out the trainwreck.

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I'm one of the few who didn't like the drama, except for Hiro's character. I mean, she was in love with her boss during the whole thing and then at the last minute she suddenly shifted her attention to the robot just to add tension because it was going to die or stop working . And then, the robot resurrects in the movie and she ditches Soushi only to go back to him after the robot dies again, is that messed up or what :P

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As much as I'm dying to see TOP again, I also kind of don't want him to do this at all hahahah. I feel conflicted.

I mean, I suppose it's good that he tries to take a variety of characters (although I guess he's only had like one and a half), but I just can't see this going right. I suppose it doesn't help that I've seen the Japanese drama and read the manga. (I don't know what propelled me to do it. Don't ask haha.)

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I agree with JB. If there was a Korean remake of the Terminator, that would be the only instance in which I could see him being a robot. Killing and destroying while looking very sexy. As a perfect gentleman? DK, about that. And I'm a major TOP fan.

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i just gotta pray that they don't cast TOP. anyone who knows Zettai Kareshi - should know that Night should be a pretty boy with "model-type" body and TOP just don't fit the bill.

also, check out the jdrama, which the kdrama in no way could do better imho.

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