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2011 Blue Dragon Film Awards

Awards, awards, awards! Friday, November 25, was the night of the 2011 Blue Dragon Film Awards, and — no surprise — the winners list was dominated by one of the biggest films of the year, sageuk-action-thriller Bow: The Ultimate Weapon. The film is a David and Goliath story of one man (Park Hae-il) taking down the enemy with his exceptional prowess with the bow and won awards for most of its leading stars.

A few other films also nabbed multiple awards, with best picture going to the thriller Bad Deal. (which also won for director and screenplay).

 
WINNERS LIST

Best Picture: The Unjust
Best Director: Ryu Seung-wan (The Unjust)
Best Actor: Park Hae-il (Bow: The Ultimate Weapon)
Best Actress: Kim Haneul (Blind)
Supporting Actor: Ryu Seung-ryong (Bow: The Ultimate Weapon)
Supporting Actress: Kim Sumi (I Love You)
New Actor: Lee Je-hoon (Bleak Night)
New Actress: Moon Chae-won (Bow: The Ultimate Weapon)
New Director: Yoon Sung-hyun (Bleak Night)
Screenplay: Park Hoon-jung (The Unjust)

Lighting: Hwang Soon-wook (Yellow Sea)
Technical fects: Oh Se-young (Bow: The Ultimate Weapon)
Cinematography: Kim Woo-hyung (The Front Line)
Music: Mowg (The Crucible)
Art Direction: Ryu Sung-hee (The Front Line)
Box Office Audience Award: Bow: The Ultimate Weapon
Popularity Award: Go Soo (The Front Line), Gong Yoo (The Crucible), Choi Kang-hee (Petty Romance), Kim Hye-soo (Villain and Widow)
Short Film Award: Yang Hyo-joo (Ruined Room)

 

Park Hae-il came sporting a newly shaved head to pick up his acting award. I think he should’ve ditched the hat altogether, but he looks so comfortable and happy. This movie, Bow: The Ultimate Weapon, has been on my must-watch list since I first heard about it; those underdog hero stories always get to me.

 

Big night for Kim Haneul, who won her Best Actress award for Blind. She always knows just how to hit the right balance between simple and elegant. The color’s great on her, too; I much prefer the vibrant blue to the muted rose she was wearing at last month’s Grand Bell Awards (where she also won).

 
Ryu Seung-ryong won a supporting actor award for playing a villain in Bow: The Ultimate Weapon. Sexy ajusshi is sexy.

 
What a big year for Moon Chae-won, who had a hit drama (The Princess’s Man) and a box office smash with Bow: The Ulimate Weapon, which scored her a newcomer award here. Red carpet-wise, I wish she popped a bit more — it’s either the white gown or the super-subtle makeup that’s washing her out — because she looks a little tired, but she’s gorgeous anyway and I do really love her. She may not be a great actress yet, but she’s working her way up and improving with every role. And the camera loves her.

 
Lee Je-hoon had two notable roles this year, for Bleak Night (for which he won the newcomer award here) and The Front Line. I’d keep an eye on this guy, because I have a good feeling about him.

 
Go Soo! Aka Govid, a nickname that makes me giggle (Go Soo + David). He picked up a popularity award for The Front Line.

 

Aww, how adorable. Gong Yoo brought his Crucible co-stars with him, and don’t they look like one happy family. It’s always something of a relief to see the actors of a depressing or harrowing movie (as in the case of The Crucible’s child abuse storyline) outside the film, looking like normal, cheery kids. And Gong Yoo looks the part of proud papa.

 
Lee Jung-jin (Wonderful Radio), mmmm. Sharp and dapper works for him — even though I’ll confess to preferring his scruffy hotness of Runaway Plan B. Something about that ruggedness just melted my brain, every time. He presented an award with his Wonderful Radio co-star…

 
…aka Lee Min-jung, whose red dress I LOVE. It’s super-flattering and chic, and I think she must have discovered the world’s most amazing push-up bra ever. Love her, love the look, want to be her.

 
Lee Min-ho, who proves that you can be amazingly hot and totally dorky at the same time. I think I’m just going to have to get used to the idea that Lee Min-ho likes funky pants. Not that these are terribly odd — I dig the matching vest — but they’re certainly a step outside the usual awards attire. And who can forget City Hunter‘s endless parade of pink trousers?

But even cuter? Apparently during the ceremony while presenting an award, Lee Min-ho commented to his former co-star and friend, Park Bo-young (Speed Scandal), “It’s been so long since I’ve seen you — you’re a woman now.” That prompted her to say bashfully, “Oppa! Oops, I mean, Lee Min-ho-sshi!”

She is adorable. Love her. Can’t wait for her to (finally!) be back onscreen.

 

Kang So-ra (Sunny) has been rocking the red carpet lately. Fantastic color, styled perfectly. Possibly my favorite look of the night.

 
Oh, Choi Kang-hee (Petty Romance). Will you ever not slouch and pout on the red carpet? I do like her dress with the raw frayed edges, although it seems to be a popular style of design these days, with a number of ladies in similar textured gowns.

 
Tang Wei looks elegant in her light seafoam green. I’m pretty sure it’s part of the design to look a bit loose in the bodice, but I can’t help thinking the gown doesn’t fit quite right. Hair and makeup is spot-on, though.

 
Min Hyo-rin has a tendency to wear gowns I’d normally hate, then look great in them, so that in the end I don’t hate the gown even though I’d probably hate it on anyone else. I’m not sure what to make of the sheer paneling, which makes up the entire back of the gown, because it looks like it’s half supposed to be there, and half “Oh, don’t mind me, just pretend I’m not here.”

 
Han Chae-young is statuesque in her strapless gown, but mostly I’m wondering if she and Nam Gyuri (below) were trying to avoid each other all night.

 
It’s not that the dresses look identical, and they certainly don’t give off the same effect when Han is so tall and Nam Gyuri so petite. But still. It’s almost the same dress, with almost the same clutch, right?

 
Yoon Kye-sang! I love him even more now that his High Kick character has moved past the perfect nice guy into oddball nerd territory. Not that you could tell from looking here, since he’s got his movie star pose on.

 
I know the gold wand isn’t actually part of her outfit — it looks like all red carpet-goers got one — but Jang Young-nam (Hello Ghost) totally gives me Glinda the Good Witch vibes.

 
Kim Hye-soo arrived with Lee Bum-soo and is pictured here with award recipient Gong Yoo. This woman knows glam. She practically invented it.

 
Kim Sumi won an acting award for I Love You, and rocks the kind of gown you don’t see a lot of older ladies wearing. It’s youthful and fresh and she’s totally got it goin’ on.

 
Jung Ryeo-won (Pain) wears a gown that I think is more of a fashion-editorial look. I dig it up close, but from far away I think she rather fades into it.

 
Su Ae presents an award with Song Kang-ho, wearing a perfectly fitted gown and looking amazing.

 
This guy is adorable. Kim Soo-hyun just looks so happy; his smile is infectious. It’s weird how some actors, I have to keep reminding myself are actually quite young (as I’m sure the ladies of the Inappropriate Crushes on Much Younger Men brigade can understand), but with Kim Soo-hyun I have to keep reminding myself that he’s actually older than I think. It’s just that his aura is so adorable-little-boy.

 
Apparently Lee Shi-young made a flub by mispronouncing the title of the movie she was announcing, The Front Line. Oops. I cringe for her, but she seems to be confident and sassy enough to handle it.

 
I have to admit, I’m sorta missing the wild and bold fashion choices TOP usually makes, even though he looks cute here. But that’s just it, right? TOP, being cute? Hot, dark, rebellious, scary — I get that. Cute… does not compute.

 
I love the flirty pink on Baek Jin-hee (High Kick 3), who looks fresh and youthful. I wish she’d worn sparkly shoes, though — every bubble-gum pink gown should come with some sparkle.

 
Must…resist…urge…to adjust Jin Gu‘s tie and smooth out his pant legs. It’s the OCD in me.

 
Ryu Hyun-kyung is currently starring in the cable drama Late Night Hospital, and came wearing a well-fitted off-the-shoulder white dress. The sparkly headband is a nice touch.

 
I became a fan of Jo Sung-ha (The Yellow Sea, Bleak Night) after his stint on 1N2D, but I’ve gotta be honest; that jacket sorta makes the normally dignified Jo look a little like nightclub papa on the prowl.

 
Byun Jung-soo presents with Lee Kwang-soo (City Hunter), who, yes, sort of looks like he just spilled hot coffee in his lap but is actually just climing the staircase. Wearing a funny expression.


 
Chun Woo-hee (Sunny) has learned the Barbie arm pose and she’s not letting go of it. (Seriously, it’s in every single shot. It’s kind of hilarious when you see all the dozens of shots together and she just won’t change position.)

 
Teddy-bear ajusshi Go Chang-seok is here with David Lee, who was apparently in two of the big winners of the night: Bow: The Ultimate Weapon and The Front Line. I wonder who you root for in that case. Flip a coin? Magic 8 Ball?

 
Yoo Da-in (The Client) dresses rather simply in a black gown. But proving that not all black gowns are created equal(ly simple) is fellow red carpet-goer…

 

Yoo Sun! (Take Care of Us, Captain) God bless her.

This? Is amazing. She livened up the red carpet parade of mostly pretty, safe gowns by coming decked out as a combination of Elizabethan brothel madam, gothic mistress, and the queen from Snow White. But it’s the attitude that pulls the ensemble together. ‘Sup.

Via Yonhap News

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Su Ae is awesome!

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agreed.

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When does Su Ae ever not look good?

Going to disagree a bit about Lee Min-jung's dress; the top part of the torso w/ the off-shoulder-style looks a bit unfinished.

Lee Jung-jin looks like a more mature/manlier version of Song Joong-ki (or Song Joong-ki a younger, more boyish version of LJJ).

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Totally in love with Su Ae's total look. She is gorgeous!

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Yoo Sun has got some nerve all right... LOL first thought was... "whoa... vampy!"

^ i agree, Soo Ae rarely goes wrong. :) i also loved Kang Sora's dress but if i'm not mistaken, i think some other actress wore it already to another big awards show. (seo young hee?)

& i absolutely love kim sumi's dress! the asymmetrical really worked with her body. (which she claims is still smokin' for her age. i concur) :D

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Moon Chae Won!!! I absolutely love her…I still can’t get the awesomeness of Se-Ryung out of my head. I agree that she has a long way to go

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This is the kind of red carpet I'd love to see over and over, time and time again. All the ladies were covered up to refined precision. Wonderful pieces. Every lady and gentleman were at their very best.

Congrats to the winners... in my eyes, every participant is a winner!

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LMHOT!!! DOrky :D

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How nice to see an award show where all look happy to be there and 99% are wonderfully dressed!

Kang So Ra gets my "Best Dressed" - girl doesn't put a wrong foot forward for these carpet events. She and her stylist know what they're doing. (She's even beautifully dressed for her We Got Married episodes!)

Kwang Soo really needs to be shopping at the Xtra Tall Store. Everything he wears looks 4 inches too short.
:)

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Moon Chae Won!!! I absolutely love her...I still can't get the awesomeness of Se-Ryung out of my head. I agree that she has a long way to go, but I think she is the most promising of the female actresses in her age group. Congratulations..this has been her best year.

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There's not a white dress Nam Gyuri doesn't own. haha :D So although she wasn't wearing the same one as Han Chae Young, I bet she's got it at home in the closet!

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hahaha..this is a priceless comment there friend ;)

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Congrats to all the winners and all those who got nominated! You all made k-movies rock!

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Lee Min Jung always looks great *.*.

TOP looks like a boy. I wonder if he lost weight, his face looks slimmer.

Jin Gu looks like that British actor from Gossip Girl in those pictures. I can't remember his name atm... he's the dark-haired rich one.

It looks like Byun Jung Soo stuff a chicken down her dress.

Jung Sung Ha ahjusshi, I love regardless of your suit jacket.

I laughed a little when I saw Yoo Sun, tbh. It's not terrible but I would've like it more w/o the neck piece.

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i noticed that too! javabeans also said that was a favorite that day too, haha.

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Although I thought Lee Minjung was the best dressed, Baek Jin Hee looked adorable in her bubblegum pink dress. :3

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ahh TOP actually looks normal here, but i see he still has his love of purple.

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Su Ae looks sooo amazing! Proves that u don't need to show skin to look sexy! Wish the ladies didn't all have the nude make up though, made many of them look so washed out.
& I'm so glad I see the men's foreheads!!!! Getting tired of the cap-like hairdo on most Korean actors....

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Top Top Top,i love there are many news about him recently.

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Was lucky enough to see the awards show live in kyunghee university last night.. gong yoo was such a cutie and very warm to his fans :) lee min ho was drop dead gorgeous..just like the way i pictured him.. he left after presenting the award though.

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Su Ae wins best dressed for me - hands down!

And i love the bit abt Lee Min Ho and Park Bo Young. My face was stuck on its "Awwww! that is so cute!!" expression for a few minutes!

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Hahahaha, True! ^_^

YEAA!! :D That's adorable between Lee Min Ho & Park Bo Young's friendship, of course!

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Su Ae totally wins the "Best Dressed" award tonight. Elegant, sexy, amazing color and fit...wow.

And lol at the Lee Min Ho comment. My brother watched City Hunter and was all, "What real guy wears pink pants?"

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SU ae looks amazing!!!!!!!

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When i saw Park Bo Young's pic I thought it was Moon Geun Young, they look similar from afar.

And looking at Lee Min Ho's suit i found him so hot, well dressed and handsome...till I got a look to his pants/ trousers. I used to justify him in personal taste. I thought the sponsors, producers or the devil made him wear that. But nooo it was his personal option. Omg!!! :(

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Su Ae was the most beautiful and elegant that night.
And TOP, I didn't dig his look before. but suddenly now I think i understand what's the crazy about him was all about. haha.

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Gooood lord, Su Ae really look very stunning with her dress like that!

....Unbelievable.

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Yoo Sun's dress is simply amazing.

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There always seem to be a mixture of clothes with the ladies ... from casual to pageantry. I just want to see leading ladies in classy gowns that stand out.

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So much pretty and variety *____*

And oh, an Korean actor with shaved hair. Ooooh.

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I love Kang So-ra's dress! She is definitely the most shining new star this year with the great success of Sunny. I love her athletically full body, her radiant confidence.

I disagree strong with the choices of best director and best film chosen by Blue Dragon Award. But once again, both Blue Dragon and Grand Bell have lost their credibility in the eyes of the critics as well as audience over the past several years. For instance, how can they fail to nominate Ha Jeong-woo? His performance in Yellow Sea is just like god incarnate. He is always one of the greatest, but I think his acting in Yellow Sea surpasses everyone else.

one curious question: what did CKH do to javabeans that she can never do anything right in her eyes? lol. She always got picked on (for some reasons i don't quite understand) from the days of My Sweet Seoul. Actually, today i was a bit disappointed since she looks "normal," not in her typical 4-dimensional fashion.

Oh. Soo-ae. She is the real goddess to me. :) So natural, sexy but not too coquettish.

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I don't think anyone would've dare hand out that glittering fairy wand to Yoo-sun because that would be so wrong. hahahahahaha

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omo. kang so-ra is wearing the same dress as seo young hee?
LOL. Oh JB.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm96/javabeans122/event/2011/11a/daejong11_daniel4.jpg

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I thought Kim Haneul's dress was the same dress as the one she wore for the Grand Bell Awards except in a different color. It took me a good 5 mins comparing pictures to realize it was a different dress...just very very very similar. Shes looks gorgeous but I think her stylist needs to take some risks and change it up.

Su Ae looks amazing in her dress. Simple and understated but the fit escalated the whole thing.

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Javabeans...I love your witty remarks!!! They made me giggling the whole entire time as I was reading the article. I laughed uncontrollably to some of the stuffs you said..especially on the last lady. LOL. Thank you!!!

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wow for Lee Minho and Park Bo Young. they do look cute together tho. scandal...lol.
nam gyuri's dress is beautiful always impressed. TOP<3

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Kim Ha-neul is lovely here. And so is Lee Min-jung. I wonder where she bought her push-up bra. And her partner too. Yum. Su Ae is always elegant and gorgeous in awards, she's like a goddess.

Go Soo never goes wrong with anything he wears. Anything.

So I was scrolling to look at the pictures when I saw Moon Chae-won and I thought, "I hope her and Lee Min-ho will meet and do another drama again.". I was surprised to see Lee Min-hot himself, looking dorky (though I don't approve of his outfit for this event).

What's even better is that he's with Park Bo-young! Oh, I would love for them to get together. No offense to Park Min-young fans, but I prefer seeing PBY and LMH. But I guess they're just really friends. But I would love to see these two in a drama with Jung Il-woo and Kim Bum.

TOP! <3

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when I grow up, I wanna be Su Ae on that red piece!
shes gorgeous. the dress seem very simple yet elegantly sexy and its......well gorgeous Su AE

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The men. Korea's funny man, Cha Tae Hyun looks very refined in his suit. Maybe he shouldn't have slicked back his hair though.

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Congratulations to winner
specially dear ko soo

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Doesnt matter whatever dress Lee MinJung wear, her face is an art itself, just focus on that n its ENOUGH <3

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Tang Wei looks so beautiful and her dress is gorgeous too.

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Park Boyoung looks so petite next to Lee Minho! And that's cute, how she called him ohh oppa.. :D

Kang Sora's looking gorgeous. And I agree the dress' color is beautiful.
Kim Soohyun, he's so adorable.

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ooh lee je-hoon,,how i wish i could watch your movies soon.
best of luck for you!
love lee je-hoon..!

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Can not help but feel the only films that win awards in Korea are those with huge budgets, thus huge promotion behind them, while smaller but perhaps better made films just get ignored all together, and pretty much have to head outside of Korea for an audience and kudos
Or perhaps they simply no one going to watch films any more in Korea thus only the film that have the money to promote get any viewers at all...likely a mix of both.
{lol or this being Korea have the budget to put in the right bribes..ow sorry I mean gifts}

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Are a lot of indie films produced in Korea?

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there always been, some are sponsored by the government some are brave enough to try and go independent or with limited backing by sponsors, a very tricky way to go as you never know when or if they going to pull the plug on you.
The fact you ask the question shows pretty much how much press coverage/attention they get though, unless the film is a flag waving one then they pretty much ignored. Though if they go outside of Korea to film festivals and the like and get awards, then they become known, ie flag waving increasing Korean influence outside of Korea thing.
Korea to me seems to suffer from what I call "Brand name -itess that is unless it big bright and expensive, then it is no good

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Oh I love Lee Min-hot's funky pants. Sure he got the slim and slender long legs, why not show them off. :)

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TOP looks like ...Younger? Cuter.. and a bit scary XD.. Loved that turned black again..

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Kim Hye-soo and Kim Sumi!! love the dresses!!!

and Lee Bo-young looks cute as always! and when they did co-star with Lee Min ho????

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I adore Su Ae's dress. Not skimpy and she looks healthy and comfortable in it.

So, after seeing so much bones I need to eat something :P.

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I just hate all these gorgeous actresses, how can they be so slim, so perfect?!

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Thanks for all the delicious pics! Why do I enjoy them so much?
...Maybe because it's easier to look at beautiful young actresses in gorgeous clothes than to diet, get a face lift and shell out megabucks for my own designer gowns.

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I actually hate Lee Min Jung's dress XD, but I love HER!

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That's funny. I just noticed that the dress that Kang So-ra is wearing is the same one that Seo Young-hee wore at the 48th Grand Bell Awards... or maybe my mind is playing tricks on me. *checked post* Nope, definitely the same.

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Lee Je Hoon is gonna do big things, I can feel it. He's just got such natural acting talents and oh boy but does he looks darn stunning in a black suit!

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Hmm I kinda liked Kang Sora's look...

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Oppa...... (oops!) Lee Min ho-sshi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I dont understand why korean netizens are so obsessed by Lee minho and Park boyoung couple. I didnt see any paticular chemistry there. They look like oppa-dongsaeng to me. The netizens are demanding a drama or movie from those two. Even wish them date. WTF!

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It's because they've acted in three projects together. They were all before either one hit it big so they were able to be pretty friendly (they have cute sel-cas back from the day), and it's kind of exciting to see them both shoot to superstardom, independently. Plus, the three projects were all school-based, so there's that young-students-being-cute mixed with adolescent growing pains to buoy the nostalgia.

(The projects were Secret Campus, Mackerel Run, and Our School ET. The first two were dramas, the last one a movie. FYI: Moon Chae-won was also in the latter two, so there's a bit of a budding-stars-rising-together effect happening here.)

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That is something. I did not know that they had three school projects together. The netizens must feel happy for all their success. BTW, They are cute together.

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