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Song Seung-heon becomes time-traveling Dr. Jin

Looks like Song Seung-heon is heading to cable with all the other big stars, with the upcoming — get this — fantasy-medical-fusion-sageuk, time-traveling, manga-adapted series titled Time Slip Dr. Jin. Phew, that’s a mouthful.

Time Slip Dr. Jin follows an accomplished doctor, Jin Hyuk, who travels back 150 years to the later Joseon era. He comes from a long line of doctors and is a genius himself, with the distinction of being the youngest ever to be admitted to medical school, the youngest to graduate at the top of his class, and the youngest neuroseurgeon. Ah, so Song Seung-heon’s getting his Brain after all.

Because of his own brilliance, however, Dr. Jin is unable to tolerate mistakes in others, and therefore possesses a cold, severe personality. So, not Dr. Funpants then. Basically he’s Doogie, but with the bedside manner of House.

But! Dr. Jin suffers from love’s wounds, and through a mysterious power, finds himself transported from 2012 to 1860. Once a doctor, always a doctor, and he begins treating people in that time period, but he’s hampered by the rudimentary medical advancements of that era, and has to fashion medical implements and make medicines himself. In the process, he becomes “a genuine doctor.” In other words, he grows a heart to match that brain.

The premise is an adaptation of a Japanese manga that was turned into a drama in 2009 titled JIN. The Japanese version appears to have won a number of accolades, which never hurts. But I’m expecting the Korean version to tweak enough things to make the drama its own thing, and it sure has enough influences to draw upon from K-dramaland already: It’s like Faith meets Brain meets Operation Proposal meets Jejoongwon.

By some accounts, Time Slip Dr. Jin will air on new general-programming cable station Channel A (home of Color of Woman and Bachelor’s Vegetable Store). However, a few stories are treading more cautiously, saying that the production is still considering going with a broadcast station.

Via Yonhap News

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this seems interesting.

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Yeah! I think he sounds like he's part MacGyver as well.

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The dorama version was excellent and had a strong leading actor in Osawa Takao and a scene stealing supporting character Sakamoto Ryoma (Uchino Masaki) and the gorgeus Nakatani Miki as a courtesan.
It deserved all the awards it got.
I'm not sure how this adaptation will be because even SSH is a looker acting wise he leaves a lot to be desired.

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Exactly. JIN was interesting because the story was interwoven with Japan's history at that time, Sakamoto Ryoma played a big role in the series. Plus, penicillin has a place in Japan's medicine history.

I wonder how they'll play that out in this one.

Plus, Osawa was great. His return to the small screen in 2009 was on par with Han Suk-Gyu's return last year. Choosing SSH makes me scratch my head.

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Exactly times two... JIN/JIN 2 was the only recent dorama that I suffered watching live through a crappy KeyholeTV connection because I couldn't wait for the RAWs to be put up -- it had that much of a pull on me. Osawa-san... sigh.

But I doubt it will end up on one of the Big Three's schedules -- have you looked at the drama listings coming up for the next four-five months? I'd better invest in some No-Doz first... :)

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JIN deserved all of the accolades it won, but I agree with the other posters that it requires a VERY good actor in the lead, because the lead really carries the weight of the storytelling conflict here.

I am not sure how the Korean version will play out, but I recommend the dorama unreservedly; my husband is incredibly picky about dramas, and JIN is one of the few he likes.

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Not to mention the political atmosphere -- the Boshin wars, the rebellion, all that jazz -- really adds significant layers and complexities to the original story. Jin isn't simply a doctor somewhere; he's a doctor practicing clearly western medicine at a time when western medicine was still regarded very suspiciously *and* the ruling powers were still trying to come to grips with the implications of the black ships. Expel the barbarians, and all that -- which creates a backdrop to Jin, and an additional weight/ramification to his actions, that I don't see a parallel to in Korean history.

But who knows, maybe the Kdrama version will make something out of it... but they've got a long row to hoe to convince me that anyone could do Jin better than Osawa.

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I watched the dorama version as well. Wonderful story, cast, costumes and cinematography. Have high expectations for the Kdrama and look forward to it.

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i loved jin! i'm not sure of how the korean adaption will turn out, with SSH of all actors, but i'll definitely check it out.

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Am I the only one who sees a similarity in their looks?

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YES. JIN was one of my FAVOURITE dramas of all time. riveting, well woven, with excellent acting. SSH does NOT look like he can pull this off...

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I am not scared that they will be the same because Japan 1800s is completely different from Korea's 1800s. I think the premise sounds amazing. BUT SSH as the lead? noooo!

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See everyone. Now i'm sure there is an unofficial contest among writers to see who can put together the largest number of premises in one single drama. Just choose one and treat it correctly and in depth writers-nim, that's enough for us you know...
I'm waiting equally for this one and for Faith, just to see which one is the winner...
More seriously, i didn't see JIN, but it makes me want to try it.

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I agree, but these writers have NO imagination.
What? They couldn't make him a VAMPIRE?
They totally missed the boat here on this one.

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LOL! Jomo!

But true. Instead of bleeding the patients our Vampire doctor could just suck his. I imagine many would volunteer to be sucked/bitten by him.

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So NOT fair making me see these things in my mind!

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Oh so pretty. He's not the best actor out there but I've seen him handle cold well and funny well, so we'll see. And think about him in that mid-century garb...wait, did they wear western style clothing in 1860 in Korea? He was BORN for a flyaway coat.

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Did they have hand towels back then?

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You know, I always mistake his nickname for being Wet Towel instead of Hand Towel. XD

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I think a wet towel conforms more closely to the..

ok, bye.

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JoAnne, for people's exhaustive information, wet towels are used by men for... personal activity. It can be interesting too, but we are talking about dramas here. Not Crazy Horse revue. :)

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I wasn't thinking of THAT. I was more along the lines of a wet tee shirt. (blushing furiously)

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Hide yourself behind me woman, but i proudly announce i did think about THAT.
We need to open a window somewhere on this thread...

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Well now of course, I AM thinking about that. And wondering why I wasn't, before.

Perhaps I'm coming down with the flu.

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I thought we had established that NO hand towels were preferred.

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Well, you see, since Dr. McFly MacGyver Quinn Medicine Man Towel is from the future, and where he works does not have indoor plumbing, he will show them how to set up a rudimentary shower with the implements at hand.

The problem, of course is he will have to demonstrate this implement for the, um, nursing staff.
(I hearby appoint all the Ladies of The Hand Towel as Nursing Staff.)

But the Nursing Staff just doesn't get it, so he has to demonstrate over and over and over.

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I would totally give my green light for a korean Mc Fly / MacGyver product. Did they have chewing gum at that time ? or paperclips ? Did they know you can stop a leak with egg white or chocolate ? Yes, i miss my 80's serials.

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SSH can make his own moisturiser by taping his abs for natural oils. He can even package it in gourds and sell them to the nurses. They drink it, and become instant geniuses.

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No surgical mask? Not to worry. Just whip out that trusty ol' hand towel and tie it around the nose. A regular MacGvyer, our SSH.

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YES WE HAD!

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YY-
"but he’s hampered by the rudimentary medical advancements of that era, and has to fashion medical implements and make medicines himself."

I believe we have all died and gone to heaven, haven't we?
Dr. McFly MacGyver Quinn Medicine Man Towel

I have made an offereing a the altar of the drama gods.
I have bowed deeply many times.
This IS AWESOME! [weeping in happienes]

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I just knew you'd be here, Jomo LOL! I should have guessed he had mutiple personality disorder given his penchant for frenzied tilting and eyeball rolling. This is so exciting....imagine the hours of monologue he can have with himself in the drama!

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Has he done a saguek saguek Pat Sajak yet?

We know he can be angry and throw things, and beat up folks with metal pipes (See Fate), but I don't think we have seen him be genius-like.
It seems quite a stretch.

Maybe they will have a small cameo for Jane Seymour. (Is she still alive?) (I just checked. She is 61.)

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Why is he called Mr. Hand Towel? Could somebody share the story?

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Two things:
1. His name in Korean sounds (not sure spelling wise or pronunciation wise) close to hand towel
2. The Korean media once said that his acting was as dry as a hand towel

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See, I just thought it referred to a shower scene. Would have been a very popular one, if he came out of the shower in just a hand towel....

Can someone in Kdramadom get on that, STAT?

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His name sounds similar to the Korean term for handkerchief, which is composed of the Korean words for hand ("son") and towel ("soo-gun").

I suppose a handkerchief is a type of hand towel.

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Yes. me! ALL up on that.

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Since we see the emphasized vein, does it mean that he has extra baggage down there?

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Sadly, the vascularity just means he has low body fat and did some exercising right before the scene to emphasize the muscle definition...

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@JoAnne

He did come out of the shower in just a towel in My Princess.

http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/01/two-more-reasons-to-watch-my-princess/

Read the comment section...

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Oh, I definitely remember that scene. Sigh.

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Now i can say without a doubt i didn't know dramabeans yet on January 4, year 2011. I'm so young and sad... But the comments on that thread are to be saved on my HD for even sadder days. Priceless, epic, olympic gold medal.

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The only comment section that i have read over and over again... LOL.

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I prefer it when my time traveling doctors travel in a blue box, but i'lll give Dr Jin a chance.

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Sigh. David Tennant, best Doctor ever.

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i was going to make a comment like that. DOCTOR WHO was the first thought that entered my mind when i read time traveling doctor. i was like time lord? two hearts? it sounds interesting but i dont think i can watch this show without judging "The Doctor was so much better! what are these writers bluffing about"

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omg, one of my fav jdrama,JIN. It's so awesome and Mita san is double awesome. She is one of my fav character in jdrama land. The final ending in JIN2 made me cry so hard ;(

For the storyline, it's interesting because JIN in jdrama appeared when it's time when people are not familiar with western medical and when he time slipped, people doubted about his skill. It's also interesting when he befriend someone who is an important figure in Japanese history. I wonder how Korea remake will going to change about the history part

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ops, Miki san :p

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From what I leared from JeJoongWon, there were medical pioneers in Joseon at the time.
They could use smallpox again as a "something a Korean worked on," but I hope they pick something new.

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I guess the new drama trend seems to have something to do with time traveling..

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Darn it, I thought I was the first to notice it...:D

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You would have been, except I went back in time to YESTERDAY and noticed it THEN.

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Just my luck..my time machine just happens to be broken when I need it the most.

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Mine works perfectly. A californian brand : Cyberdyne or something. Just have to be extra careful around electrical equipment. And you'd better get used to be naked to use it. All in one, i'm satisfied.

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Has SSH watched 'The Fly'? A fly flew into the scientist's teleport machine. and he became....um a fly. Does Korea have flies? What if a fly comes a-flying while SSH is in his time machine? I don't want him to become an insect. Being a towel is bad enough.

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Maybe I'll contact Doctor Who and ask where he got his. I'm not gonna fall for those cheap brands anymore.

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Hmm...time travel seems to be the thing in dramas these days. I mean we have Operation Proposal airing and Rooftop Prince is also coming soon. But I won't complain...now I can choose the one that suits me the most.

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If we are to believe Dramaland. Korea has an overpopulation of geniuses.

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not to mention single hot 2nd-generation chaebols :]

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Oh yes, apparently, you can't swing a cat in Korea without hitting a chaebol. And they are all looking for spunky poor girls to sweep off their feet and make-over. Sometime I really regret letting Mr. Z scoop me up so easily. I really should have moved to a rooftop apartment in Seoul and sewn dolls eyes or delivered milk for a at least a year before settling down.

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Well, I'm going to recommend that my daughter move to Seoul and deliver dry cleaning...but I will caution her to hold out for the friend of the guy that makes her life miserable, not the actual guy.

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I was thinking the same thing. Because all Cheabols have equally Cheabolerific friends/cousins/birth-secret brothers who will be more than happy to change your life with half the grief.

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Exactly. And since they've grown up in Korea under the Second Lead Rule, they don't EXPECT to get the girl. Making them extremely grateful and loving when they do.

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Or delivered newspapers... or peeled chestnuts... or sold rice rolls on the streets... apparently doing one (or all) of the above gets you one of these: http://tinyurl.com/7bzorjz

YES I AM JEALOUS!!!

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I do love how these tiny rooftop ratholes have the best freaking views of the Han River, right?

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Rooftops are convenient to see loan sharks approaching. And you can still shout out for help to your neighbor if you forgot to buy ramyeon at the convenience store.
The only thing problematic must be the cold in winter and the heat in the summer. Just have to find a willing buddy to share body heat. And refreshing can be done with a shower on the open ( breeze, body oil, halo of light not included ).

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Rooftops are great for a tight budget, especially if you want the shower/halo of light. Hot dude can shower for free in the rain - who cares if the creepy ahjumma in the opposite block is watching! And there's so much space to lather and roll around or do lathery push-ups unlike a bathroom. You don't have to fix any special lighting, cos you'll have natural sunlight falling right on you. And if you're a spunky annoying heroine, you can get drunk and lean on hot chaebol's shoulder, and if you're lucky, one fine day, chaebol's evil mum will slap you right up there and call you a slut, but don't you worry, just sit tight and cryyyyyy for maybe 3-4 hours at most, and hot chaebol will come and grab you and pull you in for a hot chaebolly kiss. Just clamp your lips shut; that is a sure-fire guarrantee to get him to declare "I LOVE YOU, you stubborn, kind, hardworking newspaper deliverer/milk deliverer/egg seller/petrol pump cum car wash attendant!" And if you play your cards right and transform into a block of wood, next thing he'll say to you: "Marry me!"

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LOL. You ladies!
Holy guidance to kdrama heroines these should be!
But I long to see a heroine that could kiss and make those hot chaebols hot!

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Yeah, that's how you find a husband in Korea, works every time.

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lol

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Jin is one of the few Jdramas that don't suck total ass, so I have high hopes for this remake.

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It just hit me after seeing the top photo. Taecyeon of 2pm could be Song Seungheon's brother.

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Haha! That's true ~ That's exactly like 2PM's Taecyeon's face expression like that.....Woooah....they're like "lost brothers" or something :)

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You're right! Maybe the mysterious power that cause him to time-travel also causes him to channel idols (and, since this is a mega-mash-up of dramas, become a vampire)?

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Dr. Jin's story has 2 roles that would be perfect for Taecyeon & it seems casting a top idol is required these days, right?

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I was just about to write that too! They look exactly alike!

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is k-drama trend now, time traveling?
rooftop prince
operational proposal

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"Jin" is my favorite Japanese drama ever so i'm excited to see how the Korean version will turn out.

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I really loved the Japanese drama but found the ending unsatisfying. It was so far from a happily ever after and more like a doing useful work forever after, especially for the heroine.

So I hope the Korean version highlight the romance aspect that was so muted in the Japanese.

I imagine they will since they have already put the "Korean" spin on it by heightening his Jin's credentials, with the usual superlatives "genius" "cold" etc.

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you have summarized what I'm afraid of - the original (manga and drama) was focused on "deeper" issues like personal sacrifice (for the common good/the greater cause) and linking "our" time with _that_ era in Japanese history made the message that much more poignant. They were also true enough to "real" history for my bf (sb who has dedicated his academic career to researching Japanese medical history, esp. of that era) to fanboy over. The announcement (combined with what I know of K-drama) makes me fear for a Sungkyunkwan-Scandalized version and while me the little girly (the one that loved SKKS, my IT, so to speak) is getting all excited for fluffy time-travel romance, me the adult goes *facepalm* in "fear" of things to come...
I am glad, though, they apparently rid themselves of the whole "brain child/pseudo sci-fi"! As a fan of serious sci-fi that's the one thing that made me cringe when reading the manga.
Here's hoping that they'll somehow be able to salvage the original's meaning and spirit and don't get too hung up on the "form" (or romance) ... There have been a number of very good period dramas in Korea, after all.

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The ending was perfect for me. That's what I like about many jdramas...they deviate from the 'romance, romance, and even more romance.' Jin focused a lot on history and realism and the hint of romance to me set the balance perfectly.

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I have to agree too. The ending was bittersweet, but satisfying. I cried a lot (but partly because Jin was over).

I am actually excited to hear there will be a Korean version because I love historical Korean dramas and usually it seems there is more budget since the dramas are marketed internationally. So I'm definitely expecting better costumes, special effects, soundtrack - a "powered up" version. Regarding the SSH, I think he's acting is improving. Hopefully they will choose a strong female lead and supporting cast. I'll be disappointed if they chose some newbie idol actress...

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The problem wih dorama/jdrama is exactly that. In the romance department. The kdrama surpasses jdrama and tdrama when it comes to romance.

There are only few jdrama that are really satisfactory when we talk about conveying great love and affection feel by it leads to their viewers.

I'm hoping that Kdrama version will stick to what they are best at.

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I don't think it's a problem at all. Jdramas don't treat romance as be-all and end-all in their dramas unless the drama genre is romance. Kdramas are pretty much romance, romance and more romance even when it's not necessary to interject the romance bit.

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sometimes too much romance ruining the story. if you watch J movies some of them featuring love story not in cheesy way.

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So... what's not to love??

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That Kang-ah isn't cast as the scientist who invented the time capsule that teleported SSH?

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We don't know who his second lead is.
Who says Kang-ah can't be his rival in 1860 Joseon?

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My head just exploded at that possibility. Make it happen!

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No no no. Kang-ah cannot be a second lead. Rivals just stew from afar and look mournful and die in the end. If Kang-ah dies, I die.

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Kang ah and THT in the same drama? I'm already torn. Perhaps I'll just stare at the screen and enjoy the rare treats. I don't need to know who gets the girl. I get them both!

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the japanese version was definitely good!

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JIN, for me is a truly one of a kind drama, with excellent acting and powerful script. Song Seung Hoon might be an A-List actor, but that's just it. So far I haven't yet impressed with his talent, since Takao Osawa was really great portraying Jin Minakata character. I honestly doubt SSH can at least up to par with Osawa in acting battle. I wonder who's gonna be the leading lady, especially the one who will play the courtesan, again Nakatani Miki's strong acting left a very impressive mark. And The drama itself won so many prestigious awards (both seasons). Just please don't let me down on this one.

So many drama remakes, it makes me think is Korea really running out of fresh ideas????

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this is the one remake that shouldn't be compared to the original one. Jin was interwoven with Japanese history. perhaps, SSH can actually pull this off within the Joseon context. I'm very excited for this drama because it's only the premise that's taken from the Jdrama. but the context will be - should be - completely different. therefore, i'm pretty much anticipating it knowing i won't be comparing it a lot.

plus... Jaejoong from JYJ is supposedly confirmed for a secondary character.

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If it should be completely different with the original one, then they shouldn't make a remake of JIN. I honestly feel kind of disappointed with all the Korean remakes from J dramas, well not all, but mostly.

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JIN!!!!! I loved that drama. I loved it so much that I'm not sure if I'll watch the korean version. Hmmm.....will think about it.

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JIN was superb. It is the kind which Korean remake can't do better! Japan has extreme manga and short story database that livedramas can benefit from. I think Koreans don't at least they don't bother to utilize such sources. So they do remakes of Jdramas and everytime I anticipate them ending with a big disappointment (except The Man Who Can't Get Married). They always impose Kdrama patterns on those remakes. At the end if you watched 50 Kdramas, you have watched it all!!!
Rather than this go and watch original JIN season 1 and 2!

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let's not jump into conclusion in this one. because... the premise might be the same, but i'm sure this one will be completely "koreanized". Joseon was different from the Edo era. so... i think with good writing and directing -and hopefully, hopefully good acting from SSH and improved acting from Jaejoong- i think this remake has a chance to stand on its own.

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Another thought: In Japanese his name is Jin 仁, which (according to my Korean dictionary, the online Hanja Dic, and Rouzer) is read "in" - so what's with the "jin"? o_O Also, Minakata (Jin's originaly surname) is a different reading for "Nanpô" (Southern) which in that era was the common term for "European" (or nowadays "Western"). Since Jin is practicing Western medicine (as opposed to Kanpô - Chinese) naming him Minakata wasn't just an "accident". So, what does/could "Hyuk" mean in this context?

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i thought SSH has not confirmed whether he will accept the role or not according to Hancinema http://www.hancinema.net/song-seung-heon-i-haven-t-confirmed-time-slip-doctor-jin-yet-38969.html

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The purpose of this thread, sadly, is to IMAGINE the Hand Towel in this role, and to discuss all the possiblities, wardrobe, tilt-wise and showerwise.

What almost always happens without exception, he doesn't get or doesn't accept the role.
That may seem like a bad thing, but actually, it isn't. As long as he is NOT cast, we keep gettng casting rumours. And as long as we get casting rumours, our imaginations can RUN WILD!

SSH is a beautiful beautiful man. Just thinking about him makes my heart a-flutter.

JB and GF know this and feed us his news regularly. We are very very grateful to them.

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Seriously, that Lotte commercial he did, that starts out with Hyun Bin doing the whole Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter thing? Him as Prince Charming...just perfection.

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I hate commercials, but HB and him at the same time ? Need to see that to do a proper analyse : Do wonderful acting and crunchy abs improve sales of hand towels and flashy tracksuits ?

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I won't remember the order exactly but it does start with a Hyun Bin segment, and there's a Big Bang segment, a 2PM segment, a Kim Hyun Joong/Jang Geun Suk segment, the SSW segment...oh and JYJ. I think that's everyone.

I'm not much for commercials either but I do enjoy the Lotte commercials. Particularly the one where they have all my pretty boys (SSW, Ji Sung, Rain, Big Bang, someone else I don't know) singing 'So I'm Loving You'

Anyway here's the link to the one with Hyun Bin:

http://youtu.be/UCrwitjFaIo

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wrong one. Here's the right one:

http://youtu.be/XHyatjbhnQc

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Commenting on the second link:

So when THT sings
"Duty Fur -ree" he is talking about his collar, right?

How come we get a gecko in our commercials and SK gets beautiful men singing how much they love them?

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Seriously, we don't have enough pretty men. There are definitely some but SK tv has this RULE, I think. Whatever is in their water, I want bottles shipped here. Of course it's too late for me...but I might have a granddaughter someday who would thank me. Or a grandson. I'm not gonna hate.

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The ending of Jin 2 though....not happy

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Apologies in advance. This is totally irrelevant but I just had to let it out.

Cha Seung Won, what are you doing? Please do a drama soon!!

Ok, finished venting. I'm sorry ...just that it seems there's news on everyone else but him...and I miss him so!!

Drama sounds kinda interesting....although I'm not really into medical ones....but I'd watch it if you were in it, Mr Cha! Pretty please? *smiles hopefully*

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I just had this image of women every where shouting their frustration to the moon:

Cha Seung Wonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

ringing out from rooftops everywhere

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Sadly, ur not too far off. When it comes to me at least. Just take out the moon part.

And now I hear jaejoong is in this? Seriously, Cha Seung Won.....not to pressure you or anything....but anytime you're ready..........

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Jdramas and kdramas both hold their own unique charm. I enjoy them both. So after reading this article I've started watching JIN. Thankfully Jdramas only have 10-12 episodes and they are shorter, so it is easier to go through them. I am looking forward to the Korean version to compare. I know that with "Boys Before Flowers" I enjoyed the Japanese version better, while "You're Beautiful" I liked the Korean. If it wasn't for my daughter I would have disconnected cable a long time ago...

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SSH is like the only actor right now, in his 30s, who STILL hasn't done an erotic thriller LOL....I'm waiting for some stripping baby *_*

anyway, I am looking forward to the return of his body...on screen.... even if I hate medical dramas.

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...do you have a list of these movies?

And more importantly...care to share?

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I'm watching too much Korean tv. I see your name, OTK, and immediately think Otteoke, what to do?

Sunday night at my mother's, having drinks and snacks with a group of people who wouldn't know K-TV if it jumped up and slapped them in the face, I actually bit my tongue to keep from describing Downton Abbey's second season as 'a bit makjang' and then had to THINK FOR A MINUTE to remember the right word in English.

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lol that's actually what my username means xD

I have those moments too!

anyway I don't have a detailed list but I can recall some such as

Joo Jin Mo in Frozen flower
Jo In Sung in Frozen Flower
Kim Rae Won in Plum Blossom
Lee Jung Jae in An Affair , The Housemaid
Jo Dong Hyuk in Lover/Ae In , Searching For the Elephant
Go Soo in White Night
Bae Yong Joon in Untold Scandal
Kim Sung Soo in TSSAL (1st movie he made)

there's more but ehhhhhhhh. . .

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Kim Joo Hyuk in The Servant/Bangja Chronicles
Jo Dong Hyuk in The Intimate Lover
Kim Sung Soo in The Sweet Sex and Love
Jang Hyuk in Five Senses of Eros
Lee Sung Jae in Natalie

But you didn't hear it from me...

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Ha Jung Woo in Never Forever

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If SSH ever acts in an erotic movie, they could call it "The Towelling Inferno".

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YY that's the second time you've made me cry in 24 hours!

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Only the second?

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Yeah...I think so, but they were true tears rolling down my face due to laughing so hard.

Did anyone else think of sparks flying due to friction when she said The Towelling Inferno, or was it just me...

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Sent myself an email for all those...Have seen Frozen Flower and The Sweet Sex and Love but I think that's it so far.

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Thank you so much for sharing ladies. The only one I saw was Frozen Flower. I need to catch up with you all.

THE TOWELLING INFERNO!! LOL!
Have I ever told you I love you YY? You are the Sun and the Moon that Embraces us!

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I was really shocked to see these list of actors one day doing these erotic movies, i was just glad SSH wasn't in that list! :) Oh that one with Jo in seung was argh too much that one hahaha! but in fairness these are guys & was glad some of them were not distasteful but the other K actresses i was surprised with one actress who's quite popular now i won't name her here but she bare her chest in one drama i can't recall if that's a movie now.

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Another neurosurgeon?

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most people seem to already trash this into the bin.
I'd rather stay open-minded. =)
Good luck, kdramaland.

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Well, i don't dismiss it for my part. I just make fun of it but hey, they started this. I'm all open minded and open arms. :)

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SSH ain't no Osawa Takao. he should just stick to comedies and leave the emoting to those who can act.

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Lol no kidding.

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at least he's better than Bae Yong Joon. my god, i don't know why people worship that guy. he's the biggest, most unemotional stiff ever.

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I like him. He always seemed more subtle in his acting then outright emotional.

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Yes, I think BYJ's a fine actor. His eyes always reflect his pain, and his acting is controlled and restrained like he's keeping a tight rein on his feelings. I've only watched Winter Sonata and he was amazing there.

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Indeed, a fine actor with a soothing voice. <3

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You just like him in that because he had yellow hair and reminds you of you-know-who.

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Dang, you saw right through me, Jomo!

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what the hell..!!

i knew that Korea will one day remake Minakata Jin! ugh i just knew it!

but come on, it's a drama/manga tailored to the rich history of Japan, and Sakamoto Ryoma is one-of-a-kind character.

who will Jin befriend in Korea? King Sejong??? General Lee Sun Shin?? tsk tsk tsk.

and i also loved how Minakata Jin focused more on the gritty, raw stuff rather than the romance.

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If he could find a way to become homies with Un-ah and Baek Dong Soo... you won't be able to pry me away from my laptop. Just sayin'. ;)

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I love this. And who knows better about war injuries, domestic accidents involving snakes or acupuncture...

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And if a hand towel or two somehow makes it into the script... then it's gonna be -- GAME OVER!!! ::faintsdead::

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Actually, cherkell, in the very end of MP, there is definitely a hand towel moment with KTH. I'll see if I can find it for you.

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LOL. So true. They are gonna have to do a lot of tweaking to make it Korean history based. I was thinking the same thing about Sakamoto Ryoma. Not only was he Jin's friend, he was one of the most important story arcs in the drama and his interactions with Jin and what ultimately happened to him was probably the climax of the drama. I just don't think the drama would work without someone like Ryoma. Besides that, Ryoma was based on a real life person and several of the events were basically what happened in the past. It would be plain stupid if the k-version just had the same character.

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I knew this sounded familiar! I might watch this but SSH? I'll be optimistic.

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Ugh. Another prickly doctor? I was hoping that they were going to stay true to the manga and keep Jin as the nice guy. :(

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What made Jin shine was the strong cast of characters.

The korean version will have their work cut out to find an equally compelling ensemble. I'm not so hopeful as the main actor is endowed with good looks but not so much in the acting department.

I would nominate someone like Cha Seung Won instead.

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What is going on w/ all the time travel theme?

Please tell me there's another towel involved. I don't mind scrubs; just might not be the scrubs you're thinking of. ~ , ^

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Is it just me or he look like Taecyeon 2 PM in this pix.

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woah i can't wait! luv SSH!!!! thnx for sharing

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i'm not a big fan of korean cable dramas, but im excited for this drama

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Aside from Jin's superbly written story, the acting was top notch. Being a huge Jin fan, I'm a bit dissapointed with SSH being the lead.

Minakata Jin was a man who not only had to face living in a different era, he had to struggle with his inner self. Whether it was ok to save someone, to interfere with history, to befriend someone involved in politics, to love someone... these were all struggles he had to deal with. Can SSH portray all those fears and complexities?

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Great summary of Jin's character...I too am a fan of the original Jin drama and regard it as one of my all-time J-drama favorites. I even think it is a J-drama classic, so part of me don't want a remake of this J-drama gem.

I don't know if SSH can portray Jin's character. I do know (and many have also said before me), SSH is no Osawa Takao.

How about Jo Seung-woo? I read he's currently doing the musical Dr. Zhivago. But maybe he'll finish that musical just in time to do Jin. His filmography and theater experience seem to suggest he has a broader acting range and better suited to play Jin. I vote for Jo Seung-woo.

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SSH...hmmm...I don't like him. There is just something about him that makes me wanna punch him in the face

I really don't think he's that great of an actor either. :x

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really? You don't just giggle dumbly and twirl your hair when he does that smart ass wink/half smile thing? No? Really, it's just me?

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[raises hand]
No, me, too.

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Jomo The Wise lives up to her name!

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I giggle and twirl my hair when I see his SHADOW.

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If we see his shadow, does that mean six more weeks of shower?

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Yeah the fact that he's handsome & you're jelly is probably the reason.

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I notice this post had so many comments than other posts proves how popular he is. I rest my case.

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@JoAnne -- Haha, not really? I don't hate his face or his looks or anything like that, but there is something off-putting about him to me.

@gina -- Jelly? As in jealous? Of? Just because I don't like an actor doesn't mean I am jealous of him, lol.

@Luscious -- So him being popular means I can't not like him?

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I just want to tell him if one doen't like him won't hurt him at all.

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