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Fusion medical-fantasy drama Faith gets on the SBS schedule

After multiple delays and casting hiccups, fusion medical sageuk series Faith is finally going to get a broadcast, more than two years after initially casting and announcing the production. Or at least, we can hope it’ll actually make it to air, because we still need a hero. At this point I’m not going to believe this show is actually happening till it happens.

The drama is set in the Goryeo era and is about Oriental medicine, mixing history with fantasy and, curiously enough, also comedy. We’ve had plenty of fantasy sageuks lately, and fusion historicals, and medical sageuks — but a medical fusion historical comedy? That is new. I am intrigued.

According to a representative from SBS, they’re planning to air Faith this summer, likely in August. The broadcasters are in final negotiations with the production company so details are not yet fixed, but this is good news for the drama, which has been on the shelf for the past two years. It hit an early rough patch when its hero, Lee Jun-ki, had to quit because he was drafted for his military service, sending the drama looking for a new lead. It then courted Kang Ji-hwan, but lost him when Kang had his legal dispute with former management.

Frankly they should just get Lee Jun-ki back, since he’s being discharged from his service today. The lead star literally went to army and back in the time it took producers to cast this drama.

I’m surprised that lead actress Kim Hee-sun has stuck with the project the whole way through, since nobody would fault her for leaving after all the delays. But the once-It Girl hasn’t been acting in recent years since marrying and becoming a mother (her last drama was six years ago, 2006’s Smile Again) so perhaps she didn’t feel much pressure over a postponement. Or maybe she figured it was worth the wait to work with the “dream team,” PD Kim Jong-hak and writer Song Ji-nah. Together they’ve written and directed a number of drama hits, like Sandglass, Eyes of Dawn, and Legend; more recently, Song also wrote What’s Up and Story of a Man.

Faith plans to complete its casting by the end of March — although many actors are already in place, such as Choi Min-soo, Kim Seung-soo, Philip Lee, and Park Sang-won — and will begin filming in April. *Knock on wood*

Via Mk.co.kr

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Could it be that Jun Ki jumped back on this ship ? It would explain that sudden and convenient restarting. And since i believe in Dramagods, i don't believe a second in coincidences...

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Hmmm...what good timing. Jun-Ki is back and the drama is back too.

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Perfect timing since LJK just got back...i suggest they snatch him since i'm dying to see hum in another sageuk

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Choi Min Soo? Am so there!

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Heroine, just stay in the woods, gather herbs and don't ever, ever talk to strangers. If you ever meet a nice guy who tells you he's the king, run for your life. Trust me. I know things you don't.

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And kings are so overrated anyway.... They always screw up dates because a rival wants their heads.

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Wait who is the ero then, have he been casted?

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Ughhh iPad spellcheck is messing everything up. "-_- i meant hero and has he been casted?

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Heehee now THAT is a really new drama.

(And no, no hero yet. Which is weird, right?)

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A medical-fantasy historical comedy written by Song Ji Nah? This, I have to see. Talk about stickiness factor! She has created some of the most compelling stories and memorable characters I've ever seen.This is a writer who really knows how to pack an emotional punch-- I'm curious to see what a comedy of hers looks like. I just finished watching What's Up and I was so impressed by how deftly the heavy and the light were woven together. Another thing I appreciate about her work is that it tends to include some social commentary.

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Ohh... can't wait. Song Ji-nah still has the magic. Not as potently as before, but there are still faint glimmers of brilliance, thus my loyalty towards her writing still stands. Kim Jong-hak, however, I'm not too sure of. Or maybe my allergy towards Legend was purely Yonsama-related.

Still, Choi Min-soooo!

But like Javabeans, I won't get my hopes up till I see it. SBS can be slippery backpedaling sods. (Geddit? OK, sorry.)

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Got it, LOL!

Considering that I've loved each of those dramas JB posted about the "dream team", I wouldn't blame KHS for not quitting. If I were her, I'd love to work with such a great writer~

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medical-fantasy/fusion style, like the Jdrama JIN? i'm sold! especially if with a mix of comedy.

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there's a korean remake of JIN currently in works

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really?! whoa~ i'm so out of the loop!

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The thought of LJK back in dramaland makes me squeal :)

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It looks like the planets are realigning to make this drama happen. The leading lady stays on, despite marriage and kids, the leading man goes away for 2 years and then comes back, plus a supporting cast that's unreal, along with a PD and writer who epitomize talent and gravitas.
Some things are predestined. Apparently, 'Faith' is one of them.
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Maybe they did it all on purpose to hold out for Lee Jun Ki's return. Clever. Very clever!

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I want Lee Jun Ki in this one !!!! pleaseeeeeeeee Javabeans,make it happen ! !!!

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let's all go and demonstrate..by chance does anybody know where the PD hangs out so we should take our placards and petitions???? hahaha!!!!

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Oh wow, she looks gorgeous. I don't see how her and Jun-ki is going to have any chemistry though. Kind of a odd couple, beautiful couple, but odd still.

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Kim Hee-sun is SO beautiful!

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Wait, Song Ji-nah wrote this? I wasn't sold on the premise at all before, but now I have to watch it. Dear SBS, please don't drop this drama, and dear production, please get your act together and cast a leading man soon.

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CHOI MINSOO!?!

aww yeah..

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PLEASE Lee Jun Ki. Oh my gosh, I missed him so bad. I would love to have him in another drama again!

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He might be busy having meals with yoo ri ah.

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Oh I have a random question...
I've never seen the lead actress in anything. Is she a good actress? :) I'm so interested in this drama I practically want every character to have wonderful actors, lol

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Kim Hee-sun is pretty decent. She's never truly had a standout role -- she's played quite cliche characters, but she does have a certain screen presence and magnetism. Really, there's nothing about her that remotely screams ''bad actress''.

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I need them to get Lee Jun Ki for this role-- hold on:

*Dear Drama gods, I beseech your wisdom once again in such a grave matter. It has come to my recent attention that Lee Jun Ki has returned from military services... If you would be so kind as to open windows, doors, jars, cupboards, and boxes to make it happen for him to get this role I will stop my grumbling to you about all these idols being in dramas i.e. Jessica in Wild Romance (Pissed to the highest level of pissedivity!). You were good to me and blessed with a season two of Vampire Prosecutor-- could you please work this out as well. Thanks*

E-kun

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:) I must do one too, lol...

Dear Drama Gods,
I will also not gripe about how I have to wait a week (well actually six days) until I get my next episodes of drama. I won't even complain about makjang elements (and I apologize first for being untruthful - I pretty much can see myself howling at those darned makjangness). And I won't even beg and plead and claw at you for City Hunter Season 2 (I'll do that after this drama, LOL). Please, have LJK back in this drama! :)

love,
kbap

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That's because it was meant for LEE JUNKI to star in! I really hope they cast him! They better cast him! I demand it~! lol

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Why not just make Lee Phillip the male-lead? They'll make for an interesting couple. I'd watch it, if we get to see a lighter side of the both of them!

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i want my JunKi BACK!!! They (the FAITH team i mean) wait for him, i know it!!!

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Why cant they called Ji Hwan back? It's settled with his agency. And he said before he want to let this project go.

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I meant JiHwan didnt want to let this project go.

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If this drama actually happens I'll...! uhm... be really happy. *lame* But hey, Legend was awesome

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Ah...I've never watched this actress in any dramas or movies because I am not really fan of her, of course.

LEE JUN KI ~ I LOOOOVE him since that 2005 drama My Girl, YAY!!

OOO ~ Gooosh, it's Choi Min-soo!! Aiyhoo, he was cool and awesome in that amazing drama "Warrior Baek Dong Soo" ! !

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*crosses my fingers for Junki. He was great in Iljimae

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Now I go through Kim Hee Sun' profile and all her forums, I really like Kim Hee Sun portray as Yoo Eun Soo. She is very beautiful girl and her acting improve a lot.

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I love Kim Hee Sun in Tomato, she looks very young and beautiful. She had characters of bright and strong as same as ES in Faith.

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