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Moon/Sun: Behind the scenes and on Strong Heart

It’s always fun to peek behind the curtains — or scenes, I should say — of drama productions, particularly with a show that’s been capturing as much of the public’s attention as current sageuk sensation The Moon That Embraces the Sun. Here’s a recent series of behind-the-scenes photos with the cast members, a couple of whom will share some filming-related stories on talk-variety show Strong Heart this week.

Above are promo shots of Lee Min-ho (young Yang-myung) and Im Shi-wan (young Yeom) on the set of Strong Heart, where the former will talk about working with young co-star Kim Yoo-jung, who plays teenage Yeon-woo and with whom he previously acted in the drama Gumiho: Tale of the Fox’s Child. Im Shi-won, meanwhile, will talk about never having dated before, which is surprising if true, or a great PR move for the idol with the predominantly young female fanbase. (Im is 23 and a member of the group ZE:A.)

The episode airs this Tuesday, and the other guests featured include actor Choi Jin-hyuk, Brain’s Im Ji-eun, old-school kpop idol Chae Rina, and Lee Yoon-seok.

Meanwhile, talk is emerging of potentially extending the drama, which I understand but am dearly hoping doesn’t happen. I mean, I get it: The show has been amazingly fast to break the 20% ratings barrier and then the 30% mark, and has sold out every one of its advertising slots. Last week it was announced the show would produce longer episodes — to fill an 80-minute slot versus the standard 70 — but ended up putting out normal-length episodes. Phew. One bullet dodged. I am enjoying this show lots, despite some super-simplistic storytelling, but I have yet to see a single drama that ever benefited from adding length; often the opposite is true where they’d be improved with pruning.

There have been a number of conflicting reports so I think we’ll be hearing extension-related talk for a while longer, but for now I’m putting my faith in the producers’ strong denials of the rumors. They’ve declared that there has been zero mention of the issue with MBC. Still, an unnamed source with the production was quoted saying that while there has been no formal proposal, the issue is being considered as a possibility.

Currently, Moon is set for 20 episodes, and the number being tossed around for potential extension is 4 additional episodes. I’ll be sitting here trying to beam my thoughts into their heads: No extension please! Too many an entertaining drama has been ruined with extension-greed! Let’s not make this one the next casualty.

Via Hankook Ilbo

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I LOVE these behind the scenes photos!! Keep em coming please!

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I was really afraid they'd think about doing an extension. I really hope they don't though.

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I love all the BTS photos especially the one of little Hwon with the gangster hat doings the gangster moves hehe

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Aww, so in love with all the young casts. They are young and talented and I believe good kids, too ...
As much as I love the drama, extending it usually only brings disaster. I wanna leave it in the end with good memories.

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Ah! No wonder...I looked at the pic of Im Shi-wan on Star King and thought, "Hey, he looks like an idol. He could so be one..." And then I read on to find out he's part of ZEa. To his credit, he did an excellent job as young Yeom and fooled me into thinking he was a rookie actor with good skills. He was so believable as a humble, young, wise, promising scholar!

Does anyone else think Han Ga-in looks more similar to the young actress who played Bo-kyung?

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I agree with you. I thought I only one person think that Han Ga In and young Bo kyung are look alike..^^

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*off the topic

Kim Su Hyun and Su Ae look alike (98.9%) lol! Is it just me?

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im hooked.. this drama is amazing.. cant wait till next week's episode! is it wednesday yet? cant wait anymore... lol

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hei... not all the extended drama becaming riuned. princess hours and many the other not the one of it.. i prefer they extended it!!

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I totally hooked to this drama by merely reading the decals and book reviews. I just woke up from my afternoon nap. Dreamt of the king and MY fighting over wol. Can't gather enough courage to watch yet. Reading reviews took up so much of my time d. Read and many times rereading!

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Wah. So many handsome guys. O_O From the younger versions of King Lee Hwon, Prince Yang myung, Woon, Heo Yeom to the older versions of them. So many hot asses. :O Kim Soo Hyun and Jung Il Woo are the best. <3 Btw, I love Kim Yoo Jung too. Waah! So adorable and cute. :3

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The child actors are really talented. Like every other Nigerian teen, I used to like Hollywood movies but after City Hunter, I've been stuck on South Korean dramas. It should have been extended!

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