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Yoon Seung-ah cast as badass warrior in Moon/Sun drama

Ooh, interesting: Yoon Seung-ah (Playful Kiss, All My Love) joins the youthful cast of buzz fantasy-sageuk project The Moon That Embraces the Sun, where she’ll play a badass swordswoman who guards the shaman/heroine played by Han Ga-in.

Ha, I love that Yoon Seung-ah’s character’s name is Seol (雪), aka Snow, so really I wasn’t too far off with the whole MoonSunRaincloud bit, although I’ll have to adjust that to MoonSunSnowflake, which doesn’t quite have the same ring. (Fyi: Originally it was stated that the king’s name would be Hwon, as in light, while his love interest was named Wol, aka moon, to make this all very literal. I am a little bit sad that Han Ga-in’s character’s name has changed, though really, the shtick was terribly on-the-nose so it won’t be too hard to recover from that disappointment.)

Yoon has been training for her role, as you can see below, and expressed her excitement to play this character: “Seol is extremely appealing. She’s a woman, but she’s also really tough and thinks of others before herself. I’ve never played a role like this, so I’m so excited for it. I’m really looking forward to it. The action parts aren’t easy, but I’m working hard to become an impressive warrior.”

Meanwhile, the cast held its first script rehearsal on December 25; below are the three main leads at the table read. Kim Soo-hyun plays the crown prince and later (fictional) Joseon king, Lee Hwon. Han Ga-in is his love interest, who happens to have been Hwon’s first love but has since lost her memory, now living as a shaman. Jung Il-woo plays the king’s older brother who purposely affects the persona of an irresponsible playboy to discourage political threats from using him as a means to challenge the king.

Ooh, and looks like Kim Min-seo is another addition to the drama who’s flown under the radar. She most recently played the snooty fashion designer adversary in Baby-Faced Beauty, but perhaps you’ll know her better as the mysteriously badass gisaeng Cho-sun in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Her character is one who looks pure and noble, but hides fierce ambitions, making her a stealth femme fatale: She fails to earn the king’s affections, but has lots of tricks up her sleeves to go after what she wants. It’s sort of perfect for Kim Min-seo.

Veteran drama and film actress Kim Young-ae, meanwhile, plays the cold and sharp queen dowager, pictured below in black.

Basically, this drama is full of interesting characters and narrative potential; I’m crossing all my fingers that it can deliver on its promise. The Moon That Embraces The Sun is planned for 20 episodes and premieres on MBC on January 4.

Via Kuki News

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The only one I'm currently worried about in this casting is Han Ga-in. I know she's a big name actress, but she hasn't one me over, which is not saying a lot, but as a viewer? It's disappointing. I hope she can prove me wrong and totally hit this baby out of the park. All else said, another kdrama for 2012. X)

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Hrm, I meant "won me over" not "one me over". This is where I pull the ESL card and say I'm not an EFL person. XP XD X)

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I totally agree. I was disappointed with her acting in Witch Amusement. She's a pretty face, but I've never been impressed by her. Also, am I the only one that thinks she looks too old to play Kim Soohyun's love interest? o_O

By the way, Jung Il Woo looks adorable with his glasses in that picture near the bottom. :)

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I definitely agree...wasn't a huge fan either...and she's a lot older than Soohyun isn't she? We'll see how this will turn out I guess...

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I liked her in Witch Amusement, but I found her bland in Bad Guy - where the rest of the cast (over) reacted promptly to each scene. On the other hand she played only in a 2 relative recent dramas, therefore her chance to be loved by foreign public is pretty slim.
Indeed she is pretty, but I really think she should act a little more and let her vampy husband to eat cold noodles and to take care of her career.

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True, she is older but alot of "noonas" has been paired with much younger males recently so it not really surprising.

I just hope she pulls out some hidden skills or something.

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totally agree with u!! she is absolutely stunning to look at, and seems like a lovely person in real life, but so far her acting/or the roles she's played has not been striking or made me a hardcore fan of hers :(

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Wow i was thinking the exact same thing - with such a stealer young cast, i hope she doesn't stink up the place like a bowl of dirty dish water!

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I´ve only seen her in Witch Amusement and yes, I hated that, but I don´t know if it was because of her. I´ll give her another chance for my darling Il Woo ;)

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I love her! I was so bummed she got pushed aside in Brain but I'm now looking forward to this. Fighting!

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i think its good tat she dropped brain coz i think she wd look like a baby nxt 2 te lead guys.
love her tho

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Well the original leads were all younger, and they all got dropped.

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agree i love her too :) can't wait , i will be supporting her and hope all goes good:D

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I think ill stick around for a while just to see where this drama goes. And for the boys Hehe.

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Interesting, interesting. I will tune in!

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Awesome! Another reason to watch The moon that embraces the sun!

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Hmmm....seems like with each new bit of info, I become even more interested.

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The cast is looking mighty fine for this drama. (Weak link seems to be Han Ga In except I wasn't too impressed with Park Min Young's casting in SKKS at first either but she proved me wrong.)

I'm more interested to know who they cast as Woon, the King's bodyguard. He seems to feature pretty prominently in the book. (Note: Translated chapters 1-3 are available on Electric Ground. You guys should check it out, they're awesome!)

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based off of a book? hmm.... sounds intersting. It better have a good ending. LOL

I"ll stick around to watch this.

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yeah, I've read it, and it's so interesting!
Can't wait any longer (:

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Woon will be played by the model guy from Jung Ilwoo's flower boy posse in FBRS. Hot!!!!

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Really? I have book 1 and 2 with me and it's too heavy for my brain to digest, I mean it's 사극 and I'm very unfamiliar with old words and sayings etc~ THANK YOU! Shall hunt it down!

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Woah the first script reading was Dec 27th and the drama airs on Jan 4th? How in the world is this drama going to crank out 2 eps by than? Not to mention, that Im pretty sure Kim So Hyun will attend the KBS Drama Awards.

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Oops, it should be Dec 25. Not that that, uh, makes the issue that much better. Commence live shoot madness!

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i tot i read somewhere they already shot the childhood eps - but still, yikessss...

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From what I've read the childhood portions is kinda long, from episode 1 up to 6 :(

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Oh man, I didn't realize it would last that long :( :( I really wish they'd start mixing in the backstory with flashbacks or something. It's so hard to get interested when we have to wait so long for the present story to start.

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Weren't there already posts about them shooting the kids scenes for the characters younger selves? Maybe there will be a lot of backstory initially.

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they will have a few episodes spend with childhood episodes. Therefore they will have about a 3 weeks in advance. I wonder if the PD can take care of both ... filming the airing episodes and instructing the adult actors.

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That's a bit of a relief. It's still insane nonetheless.
PD may have an assistant...

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I usually stay away from sageuks-The Princess's Man being a HUGE exception-but I have to say any update about this show that pops up on Dramabeans I suddenly have to read it. Despite my best efforts I'm getting really excited for this show :P

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Watching ONLY because Kim Soo-hyun is in it and it's a historical drama.

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yesssss. excited. i feel i'll follow this drama regardless. ha. but we'll see.

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Wohoo!! Another saeguk drama..Been in love with saeguk drama..Finally, i know what i will watch after 'Warrior Baek Dong Soo"..Han Ga In is such a beauty whom i envy so much..She's so sweet and i love her..Jung Ilwoo back on screen so fast! I feel thankful for that! ALready missed him since FBRS finished..The cast for this drama are good-looking and i also have high expectation for its story since it's based on novel..MoonSun fighting!!!

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^ they already filmed childhood portion so those eps will air while the adults film their part
Aww man I was disappointed w the casting of HGI and then she showed up all pretty like that and I'm temporarily blinded :D anyway I just hope the romance is worth rooting for whether it's chemistry or narative. I usually buy most anything if somebody at least put in the effort to sell it. I have a feeling I'll mostly get forlorn looks from the two guys and an ambiguous jade face from Wol but I hope the story will get me to buy her part as well

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LOL. I'm hoping too that the actor and actress have chemistry on screen. If not, it'll look awkward! But with HGI's look, she'll do well.

I just hope the directing/writing is well done if what they aim for is a good romance between the king and the shaman. A hand touch here and there, a hug/embrace better be believable. ha!
I've seen some acting--lovable hugs where the two main characters are sooooo stiff with eachother. That's bad bad! As long as they can sell it to me that their characters are in love/etc, I'm all for the show!

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I'm trying to remember if Han Ga In has had chemistry with any of her male co-stars. I mean, how can you be on screen with Kim Nam Gil and Kim Jae Wook and NOT have chemistry?! Aargh, so frustrating!

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Just seeing them in these stills makes me soooo happy, especially KSH who I know will be great just like every other second he has been on screen since he started.

Is that the tall skinny girl from PK?
That means she is playing the black ops half of Chosun?

And that Kim Young-ae was great in Hwang Jin Yi and Sandglass.
Good cast good writers...hopefully if they get the end right. Hey writers - why don't you write the end first and then move back from that?

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It's such a nice feeling seeing Jung Il-woo and Kim Soo-hyun in one picture. Thanks JB.

Can't help to notice their pencil case..JIW's is so huge (and pink! loved it), it's practical and can hold so many thing (I'm imagining his script highlights with at least two colors, bunch of note on the side with blue marker :)),

while KSH's is a small and neat one, the kinda person who settle with a pen and one yellow highlighter. loved them both.

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YES!!! Same thoughts, exactly.

Note to self: need to get large pink pencil case:)

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hahaha!!!! I noticed that too.....pink pencil case it is !!!!

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So far great cast except ha ga in.... Therefore, I hope she prove me wrong with her acting and chemistry of with the TWO HoTTIE male leads.....

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yayy for Kim Min-seo!

tho i like to look at Han Ga-in too, she's so pretty..

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looks interesting. will give it a couple of eps.

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I hope ha ga in husband (Mr. HOTTIE Vampire prosecutor) make cameo In six episodes:) in moonembracesunwithtwoHOTTIEmaleleads...x)

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Agree with this idea ^^
I hope PD will considering this idea ^^

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I love Kim Min-seo. She's one of those actresses who I think is better suited for saguek than modern dramas. No doubt she will be awesome in this. can't wait!

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we're on the same page here - i was thinking it cud be becos of her impressive portrayal (even tho it's a secondary character) in SKKS.

i'm happy for her all the same :-)

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Am I the only one who's drooling over the picture of Jung Il Woo with the glasses...and then hottie Kim Soo Hyun next to him? Ahhh, picture perfect! Il Woo is explaining things...like the BOSS!

Anyway, I love Yoon Seung Ah...she's got a lot of potential so I am glad she is cast in this new drama!

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oh my goodness,, I can't stop shaking my head looking for the pictures... >.<

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I'm hooked, loving the continuous updates to the cast (this isn't going to be another crack right? xD.. not that i mind, i just have alot of things on my plate-dramawise LOL)

Though i'm suprised i'm not the only one worried about han ga in? I've only watched two episodes of witch amusement but i feel exactly nothing for her (perhaps its her character rather than her but...), i think i was expecting alot from her considering what a big name she is, perhaps i'll try and finish that drama before i make up my mind.. OR i'll just skip to this drama :) Pretty AND talented actors? Bring it on :D

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Finally a drama with ZERO idols. That and the cast alone makes me excited to see this.

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lol. Not that I mind about idols but do we have idol in saeguk drama before this? I only remember idols in modern dramas

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Yup! Park Yoochun is an idol and he was the main lead in SKKS. Some idols have been in saeguk dramas before with smaller roles too.

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Ham eunjung is currently in queen insoo. But she can actually act and was an actress before she became an idol so I don't mind as much. But with all the idol casting in dramas as of late, it's refreshing to have a drama with no idols. I mean there is already snsd's Sooyoung with lee Jung Jae in Speed, Snsd's Yuri playing second lead in Yoo ah in's fashion king ( thank god shin Se kyung is the lead ) , Snsd's Jessica in wild romance ( she is playing lee dong wook's first love ), snsd's Yoonah playing lead in love rain . There are a couple of male idols in dramas as well. I think this and maybe dream high 2 (it's a music drama so idol casting makes sense) are the only ones I may check out. I may also check out fashion king for Yoo ah in and shin Se kyung even though I hate the fact hat an idol was casted in it too.

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Aigoo. Too much SNSD. *shudder* *shudder* O_o

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I have to agree... not to suggest that no idol can act, but...

And this cast is looking mightily fine! (Haven't watched HGI in anything so I can't comment on her.)

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Well, if I'm not mistaken there's at least one idol (Siwan from ZE:A) here... even though I think he's only in the earlier episodes (while they're childs) :P

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Actually, this drama is has one idol in it. Im Siwan is from the boy group ZE:A. This is Siwan's first time and he'll be playing the younger version of Heo Yeom, Wol's older brother.

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JUNG IL WOO & KIM SOO HYUN <3 it's nice seeing my two loves in one picture :D

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Kim soo hyun looks sooo good in the pictures!! ANd I can't help but LOL at the BIG FAT pencil case of Jung Ill woo's.. hhahaha so student-like.

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at one point I was glad that Jung Il-woo replaces Joo Won, I'm not belittle Joo Won but I think on acting wise Jung Il-woo is the perfect match for Kim Soo-hyun.
Joo Won is a decent actor, but as her fan I think he needs more experiences.

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totally agree...jeong il-woo is such a hottie and seems to be more interesting playing lighter ,easy roles.... i'd hate to see jeong il-woo playing bad boy like what so ji sub played in " a movie is a movie...."....joo won was great with baker king....

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can not remember seeing her in anything myself so looked her up, she hardly 'young' at 1983 but perhaps is in experience as wiki didn't have much on her. As for Han Ga-in, she never stood out for me in the two drama I have seen her in, always seems to hold back and you can 'see' she acting, if that makes sense. The one good point is she often said to look like Jang Nara, so can watch her for eye candy in more light roles.

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at one point I was glad that Jung Il-woo replaces Joo Won, I'm not belittle Joo Won but I think on acting wise Jung Il-woo is the perfect match for Kim Soo-hyun.
Joo Won is a decent actor, but as her fan I think he still needs some experience.

Looking forward to this drama & dramabeans's coverage (and recaps. hehehe.)

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Jung Il-woo and Kim So-hyun? Wow, i've somehow become interested in a sageuk drama. haha. Although I'm disappointed with Han Ga-in playing the love interest. I feel like she's a little too old for him, and she's pretty, but really only barely passes in acting.

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They had their first script reharsal on CHRISTMAS?! *feels sad for overworked entertainers*
First episode airs only 10 days after that?! *facepalm*

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It's the first script reading for the adult characters. I think the first 6 eps are the childhood parts, so they've already shot some of those eps.

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The first script reading for the adult cast was on Christmas day but the younger cast already shot episodes two weeks before.

In addition, Il Woo just finished filming for FBRS before finally confirming the acceptance for the role as Prince Yang Myung, and Han Ga In also recently finished filming for 'Introduction to Architecture.'

Yoon Seung-ah makes a pretty kick-ass swordswoman as Seol and I'm curious how she and Song Jae Rim (who reportedly will play Lee Hwon's bodyguard warrior, Woon) will play out in the drama!

Now an unfolding love triangle among half-brothers/princes and a female shaman? Can't wait to watch! ^_^

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i'm jung il woo's fans and I'm a bit disappointed bcoz he's the 2nd lead male and probably won't get the girl. I hope he wouldn't turn into a bad character.

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Don't worry about JIW. He's a smart one.
He will prolly steal every scene he is in, and as the second lead who doesn't get the girl...or will he? I think the audience will NOT be able to choose one or the other. That makes for a more compelling story than if the second lead is written as weak.

I can't imagine JIW the actor allowing his character to be weakly written. His experience in My Fair Lady, and whatever else that was called, taught him that bad characters come from bad writing. His Scheduler was fabulous despite not even being a first or second lead.

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Agree with you, I still remember the only scene that perked me up during that flop was the scene on the last episode, when Jung Il-woo flirted with Moon Chae-won asking her to call him by his name, that scene was just plain perfect for me. After all these years it stuck with me, was it their great chemistry or seeing JIW flirts for one minute was really something, gosh, then I’ll never get over Chwa~, won’t I?

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Because of the source material we do already know he won't get the main girl, but JIW's character will be acting as a playboy type. That, and the hope of seeing Il-woo's Mane Of Glory II, will keep me watching. :)

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I love badass swordswomen. I refer to them as "kung-fu chicks". Let's get ready to rumble.

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Oh, now. this. is. what I'm looking forward too!

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o.o This. Drama. Is. My. Dream. Drama. I mean Kim SooHyun AND Jung IlWoo?!?! o.o Ultimate. Fangirl. Drama.

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YAYAY for Yoon Seung Ah ! ! ! I really like her from Playful Kiss & she's doing great job, ofc! I expect that she will do very well with her impressive role as a warrior....Do your best ~~ Hwaiting, Seung Ah ssi ~ ;)

Woaah....ooo, oh my, that's Kim Soo Hyun and other is Jung Il Woo ~ ~ I am sure that they will work together, like chemistry, in this drama very well. (crossing fingers)

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Whooooo! :D I will be looking forward to this if I have time!!!

Keke! ^___-- v

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yay:) i like ha ga-in :) some people didn't really like her from Bad Guy/Boy but i loved the part she played, although i was mad at her in some scenes, but i think her acting is fine, i just hope that not a lot of people bash on her because of previous dramas and keep it in mind , which would affect on how they see her in this drama. also i liked her in Witch Amusement also soo, for me she's good:) ahhh well love the other characters so far and really looking forward to this now:D can't wait :D

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jb, will I be banished from Dramabeans for eternity if I admit I'm not that crazy about Jung Il-Woo? : )
I want to like him, but I just can't seem to. I'm still bemoaning the loss of Joo Won. But this does have lots of potential to be awesome. This + Wild Romance = way too much giddy anticipation from me!

btw, I was rewatching Coffee Prince and realized that Yoon Seung-ah is the girl in one of the first scenes playing cards with Gong Yoo!

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I like Han Ga In. She's pretty. I liked her in Dr. Kang. Thought she was great there. I also liked her in Terms of Endearment.

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That last pic reminds me of Mishil from Queen Seon Deok.

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Sageuks are not what they use to be. It's getting a bit more trendy. They're just fashion designing these things for young girls.

They're doing a nice updates at Soompi.com

Trailer #2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFMhJ_yZQ94

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please recap this drama. em so excited! :D

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It's hard to imagine her playing the villain, I have always seen her on the good side.... Perhaps she will play the part well...

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KIM SOO HYUN and JUNG IL WOO. Just hearing their names in only and i'm alread all booked to go and jump on their bromance ship!

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So excited for this. Weee.

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