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Ji Hyun-woo headlines another time-traveling fantasy drama

javabeans: Lordy, ANOTHER time-tripping, fantasy-sageuk, Joseon-to-modern drama!

girlfriday: Seriously? Now THAT’s gotta be the real competition for deadest horse ever.

javabeans: So it stars Ji Hyun-woo (A Thousand Kisses, Birth of the Rich), and it’s also got the 300-year time difference, with a time warp. In the Joseon era the hero is an upright Confucian scholar whose family falls victim to a conspiracy and is killed… and then he falls for an actress? And then he’s trying to rescue Queen In-hyun… wuh? I’m so confused.

girlfriday: He travels forward AND back? Why is there an actress?

javabeans: Oh, so in the present day the heroine is an actress who plays the part of Queen In-hyun in a drama called New Jang Heebin. (Jang Heebin is a royal concubine who is remembered for being a scheming femme fatale, who has been dramatized in numerous works. Most recently Lee So-yeon played her in Dong Yi. She was concubine to King Suk-jong, who was married to Queen In-hyun, played by Park Ha-sun in Dong Yi.)

girlfriday: Wait, so he comes to the future and falls for the actress playing the part of the woman he loved in a drama within the drama? Oh that’s not confusing. Though I guess in some ways, I like that better than the whole doppelganger thing in Rooftop.

javabeans: I don’t know if he was in love with the real Queen In-hyun, but apparently the hero was her faithful supporter. He is actually in the midst of plotting to restore her to power when he gets the time-swap to 2012… Can you imagine how confused he is when he meets New Queen In-hyun and is all, Who the hell are you?

girlfriday: And runs onto the set wielding one of the prop swords!

javabeans: It’ll be like one of Yoo Seung-ho’s time-warps in Operation Proposal, except instead of love on the line, he’s ranting and raving about grand-scale political conspiracies and spouting off in ancient lingo.

girlfriday: At least it’s a comical meta version? Still deadest horse ever though.

javabeans: And then the title is… wait for it… Queen In-hyun’s Man.

girlfriday: As in Not-the-Princess’s-Man? How many dramas is this going to rip off?

javabeans: This is just like the kind of parody drama you’d see IN a drama.

girlfriday: Totally! It’s like all those dramas in Myung-wol.

javabeans: I was just thinking Myung-wol. Like it’s the role Eric would take, and he’d be trying to save Myung-wol the actress.

girlfriday: Yes, yes, and he would get confused between reality and fiction… but wait, how does the time-traveling Joseon man end up an actor? Does he conveniently take a wormhole that spits him out in a casting office?

javabeans: I don’t think the hero’s actually an actor in the 21st century. It just says he meets the actress and comedy ensues and then they fall in love.

girlfriday: I hope he refuses to believe and/or understand that she’s not really a queen.

javabeans: “But… you just said you were the queen! [Gestures to film set] How can you be a queen there, but not over here? And how did YOU get your time-warp? And why do you look different?” But to mess with my head about the watchability of this drama, just as I’m about to write it off as Ripoff Pastiche of Hot Dramas Circa 2011, the director is the guy who did Vampire Prosecutor. So, awesome.

girlfriday: Huh. So it might be parody gold after all? Plus, yunno, time-traveling bidet jokes. Gotta love those.

javabeans: Plus, the writer did Unstoppable High Kick (cute and funny) and the lauded cable series Chosun Police (fusion sageuk investigation drama on cable that had three seasons). So… you might wanna clear your schedule after all when Queen In-hyun’s Man premieres in April. It’ll follow Twelve Men in a Year on tvN and run for 16 episodes.

girlfriday: Great. Just what I need, more dramas. *climbs back into wormhole*

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So it may be the deadest horse ever...but I love fish-out-of-water, time-travel stuff!

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I think all these time travelling hype started when the China side had a series of hits with time travelling theme. It got so popular that the central policy board started issuing a ban on time travelling in scripts! saying that it distort and has no respect for history. LOL

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Okay, this post is several months old now but I still want to chip in: 2 chinese girls actually commited suicide in pursuit of time travelling, apparently influenced by popular c-dramas at the time, such as Bu Bu Jing Xin. I say it's a load of bull and it should have been up to the people close to the girls to assess where it all went wrong, whether they placed too much pressure on them. For the government to place a ban on the genre is just...

Now back to topic, I don't mind if we're beating a (deader than) dead horse here; I'm a total sucker for time travel! Especially when it's proven to be such a gem as this drama has. Just gimme~

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Woot!! Looks good LOL :D

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I'm gonna be very clear here. I want a script in concrete, and i want this guy to laugh a lot on the scenes, and behind the set too. I want him to have a nice lady, who fights a bit for him (just to change). I want that drama to have 50% ratings, even if not deserved. That won't be a first. And i want him to flash some abs.
Thanks Dramagods for extracting that puppy n°2 from ATK's Hell.
And just to be even clearer: He's MINE! Arasso?

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How many MINES to you have, M?

Menage a six, ou bien huit?

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I have a lot of love to give. I'm a generous person.
I'm very flexible with my schedules.
I don't beg for handbags or couture dresses.
I'm funny.
I can cook dishes from all over the world.
I accept all modes of transportation for my dates.
I don't have a crazy bothering family.
So of course, i'm very popular with the boys. And since i never lie, they are very aware of the situation. I didn't receive any complaints for now.
But don't worry jomo, i still share The Sunshine with you. We just have to be extra careful around Bong Sun.

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You don't want Jae Hee for the handbags? Now I'm confused... :D

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Nope, no handbags : They are just magnets for thieves. A nice leather backpack would fit me better. Now, mainly I want him as the pilot of his nice white motorbike. And i want him as the owner of the cutest retired little house on Earth.

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*Sigh*
I almost forgot about the white motorcycle...

Just plop me in front of a bus stop, have Jae Hee drive up on his motorcycle and speak english to me, I am done.

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So, who is "The Sunshine?" Please, educate me... and who is Bong Sun?

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The Sunshine, Ivoire is Yoon Shi Yoon. He played the unforgettable character of Jae Hee in Me Too, Flower: Everytime he appears on my screen i can't help but to rejoice like if the sun had reappeared after the flood. I become a brainless sunflower, following each and every moves of his. Bong Sun is his love interest in the drama: A cop woman with unpredictable temper who doesn't hesitate to pull her gun when she's pissed off.
A true OTP those two. If you want to know how much gaga and crazy i can go for a drama, just read my comments on the recaps at DB: I wish i could erase a few ones...
YSY is property of jomo and mysty associates. Anyone wanting to participate has to prove loyalty. :)

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Hi Mysti, good to hear from you. I will respond but right now I have to go get ready to go to church and then I am tutoring French this afternoon. So I will be back much later. You are funny, just thought I would let you know that.
A plus tard , ma chere...

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:D

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I have given up trying to figure out...what's ATK??

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A Thousand Kisses also known as the Drama From Hell.
If you didn't heard about it before, good for you: Close your eyes and erase that title from your memory.

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Talk about writers screwing up a drama?!! The first 20 or so episodes were fantastic. Then the writers pulled a Hyde and the writing went into the pits!!! I was SO SO disappointed! I still have not finished it. I sure hope his new one is better! I love fantasy/time traveling shows!

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i was going to watch A Thousand Kisses b/c i heard a lot of good reviews for it (this was, coincidentally during the 20-40 ep range) can you explain to me what happened that made you change your opinion? i was already wary of the 50+ ep, but now i don't want to commit myself if it isn't good.

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Stopped watching that at ep 26 so i had no idea it got as bad as people are saying. I am not surprised though because I remember in the Korean news there being some controversy over the central themes of the drama such as the remarrying of a divorcee/ sister and law around the time of episodes 20-30. With korea's habit of censoring on broadcast channels (as oppose to the freedom that cable shows have) I am not surprised in the least that they screwed up the plot to make it more MOGEF friendly.

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If you really want to cry and rant and rave, watch A Thousand Kisses.. Such a great drama.. Yes, very much heart-rending. But justice and love triumph in the end. The ending was delightfully disappointing, if there is such a description. I couldn't get my eyes off that drama. Also my first time to follow the acting of Ji Hyun Woo. I watched his other dramas and movies because of A Thousand Kisses. Don't erase. Multiply.

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Spelling correction: Araseo?

Otherwise we don't get it. ^.~ That or learn Hangeul... so much less hassle than trying to squint at romaja.

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Thanks for the info. Just enough time now for watching dramas, and not much for serious Korean lessons. I wish i had. :(
I just write the way i hear it: I'm still lost with the 2 romanization systems. Maybe i should use an online translator then.

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try talktomeinkorean.com! and wikiprojects. Very helpful in learning Hangeul.

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Kdramas really love to pile on the bandwagon, don't they? From musicals last year we've gone to fusion saguek this year.

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Ok, now with the director of VP I'm going to HAVE to watch this. *weeps* Why is 2012 doing this to me? I wanted cake...and they gave me twenty.

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Don't forget the medical dramas full of neurosurgeons.

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OOOOOO can't wait~ this guy is pretty awesome, and he was in two of my first dramas ever. So I think of him fondly.

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Aaaaand my mind just took a nosedive.....

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way too much fun! IM ON BOARD.

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I hope this would be fun to watch like the Invincible Lee Pyung Kang.
He's got great chemistry with NSM...

Yes, we need flashy abs, more laugh and HOT KISSSSSes..
Hate what they've done to him in ATK!
He deserved so much more than that.

He used to be mine but now my hands are too busy with PSHhh and JKW ^ ^

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"Now THAT’s gotta be the real competition for deadest horse ever."

I am laughing and feeling reeeeeeeally sorry for the poor dead horse.

I want to see this show. I love this show. NOW.
Don't cast an idol girl for the actress/mistress, please.
We need a good comedienne.

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If they can get Ha Sun as the queen, it will be a bajillion levels of meta...

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Fine. Call me a horse but don't call me a DEAD horse. Unless SJS is in this, too?

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Something hard to stomach JoAnne?
I wouldn't mind SJS as a baddie or a valet for my Prince Charming: He needs someone to torture.

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Heh.
Still a mite bitter, are we?
:)

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I think the Dramaland has a stack of dramas for every genre and when one trend gets going, all others in that genre are let loose... like it's time!

At first it was music centered and now it's time traveling, about 4 dramas with similar concepts.. Please, Ji Hyun Woo, pick something fun this time, A thousand kisses was so hard to swallow!!

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I have to admit, it sounds like it could be a hot mess, but if the director and writer are good, then maybe... but then, I still have this vestige of hatred for him because of that horrible weak-willed fiance-swapping bozo he played in ATK...so I just don't know. I'll see what the word is here on Dramabeans before I decide whether or not I'm ready to watch this guy again.

Yes, I hated ATK THAT much.

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Believe me. ATK was an horrible accident. That guy plays the sweetest characters possible: My Sweet City, Invincible Lee Pyung Kang, the 12 first eps of ATK. He is just pure sweetness, and he can be terrific in physical comedy.
Plus the VP team, and on tvN? I don't need to look twice.
And it's about time we have a good parody about dramaland (someone must really read the comments here :)). They just need to insert a "perpetual weeper girl" on the script, so everyone can shout SHUT UP! at her in chorus.

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Agree!!
I had to endure the 50 pisodes of pain watching they turning him into some crap...
What a waste of his talent..

I have faith in VP team.

Just like how we were skeptical about the Salaryman prior to airing.....it turned out fun and not a waste of time.

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Not a waste in Ju Hyun Woo's talent at all...I think you were all just impatient for him to be victorious in the end.. and he did..

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Is it so dead it's undead? Zombie horse FTW!

This sounds all kinds of confusing. Will be waiting for further info.

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Annnnd the new trend is time travelling, just hot off the heel of vampires running around drama land. But essentially, even if this is the deadest (vampire?) horse there ever is I was all on board at the moment Vampire Prosecutor was mentioned.

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The title got me, LOL. Plus VP. I'll watch and if laughter is abound, follow.
And I also find it more creative than the well beaten dead horse called doppelganger(ing).

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Ji Hyun-woo and Lee Sang Woo look so similar! Love them both. Not another time travel story. It's getting boring..

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I agree. I am happy that I have someone like you articulating my surprise that Ji Hun Woo and Lee Sang Woo look so similar. In fact, I thought in the beginning that it was Ji Hyun Woo who played the homosexual character of Kyung Soo in the drama Life is Beautiful. Then I learned he was not but it was in fact Lee Sang Woo. I have high respect now for Lee Sang Woo and am starting to watch is other movies and dramas. Both actors are really good.

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That's Operation Proposal, Roof top Prince, Dr. Jin and now this one (correct me if I'm missing something)...and it's only March right now.....I think I'm gogin to go live under a rock for the rest of the year

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LOL when it rain in Joseon it pours. Damn... why cant Bidam travels to 2012 or Lord Alcheon.

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Hey VP Director man, if you've got time to direct something, why can't it be VP season 2?

But boy if they pull this off right, it could end up being a great farcical-History of salaryman type drama.

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LMAO!!!!!! Queen In-hyun's man! LOL!!!

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What is it with Korean dramas and having the same kind of set-up being used in multiple dramas at the same time? Obviously you have to judge each drama individually on it's own merits, but when you take a step back and see all the other stuff that's going on the effect is quite odd.

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"Can you imagine how confused he is when he meets New Queen In-hyun and is all, Who the hell are you?"

Bwwwaaahahahahaha! Thank GOD Hyun-woo is shaking off the horror that was ATK and moving forward. I love this actor, he's amazing. He never fails to bring a huge grin to my face.

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My man is back on tv yes finally. He always is funny, sweet, and so romantic. I cannot wait to see this and I pray it's not ruined by a closeminded writer like his last drama. I cannot wait to see this!

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It seems like the time travel bug has traveled from China to Korea. Sadly, time travel is one of those tropes that really give me a headache. I was okay with it when I was a kid watching Back to the Future, but now every time I see a time travel story, I go crazy with questions regarding the time travel paradox. And if there is a romantic storyline, I start wondering how each would adjust to what is practically a whole new world i.e. how would he get a social security number? what about tampons/sanitary napkins?

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LOL, I love how practical you are :-). I am sure they had ways to deal with "women issues" (once a month) back in those days, and would he really need a SS#? For what? just wondering...

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the sanitary napkins is more for what if his gal goes back to his time? It happened in a rom-com movie and when the lead female followed her man to the 1800s, all I could think was how relatively crappy things were back then for women without the convenience of sanitary napkins or tampons, women's rights, and epidurals for childbirth. And this is why i can't ever be a rom-com character - i'm just not adventurous enough to time-travel!

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This sounds like Kate and Leopold to me which makes me sooooo excited.

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Loved that movie!

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Don't all of you know?
All Kdrama writers will meet up once a year in a secluded area to discuss the next BIG thing in kdramaland. If they can't reach a decision, they'll each write a theme on strips of paper, put those papers in a box and ask the most senior writer to draw a paper out and BAM! They now have the inspiration to write new dramas. They should have taken it easy with the soju though, that's all I'm saying.

But hey, I'm not complaining. Yes to all the wacky time-travel fantasy dramas done right.

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In the U.S., the writer's room just has a big ole dart board that's named 'The Jump On the Bandwagon Recycling Plots Board'.
It's more efficient.
:)

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Humm...truthfully it does sound better than Rooftop Prince. But Yoochun with his kingly hat is just too good haha.

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WOOAHHHH!!!!!! PROPS TO tvN ! They are on a row! Was there first drama: birdie buddy? --Birdie buddy was alright !! But i love the flower boy series !! & this coming up! A total yeahhhh !

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Okay so the idea is not particularly new, and it does seem like a rip-off but I hope it's good. Especially since it's from tvN and I love the Flower Boy series (so far). AND plus, hey, it's Vampire Prosecutor director! Yay! Omg I want this to be so good. Please, with a cherry on top?

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What's with all the time jumping dramas? If we watch all of them do we get a free pass to go back in time too? Or something like that.

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LOL!! Air miles program. I want my pass then.

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It's quite funny how there would be a lot of Korean dramas about time-traveling fantasy, from Joseon to modern time. Many Chinese dramas and movies are also about time traveling, but from modern back to the Qing Dynasty or Han Dynasty.

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And Qin dynasty. But that was some time back, HK drama.

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Yeah, like Bu Bu Jing Xin and Huge's other dramas. But who doesn't love those dramas when they think that the people are just filming a historical movie or when the people in the historical thinks that they are in heaven? lol.

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All I can picture at this point is mass confusion in the middle of Seoul - actors running around in sageuk-garb, production sets overlapping, location shots with confused extras and just general mayhem. Won't there be 2 or 3 of these time travel fantasies shooting around the same time?

It might be a good time to do a tourist trip.
:)

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I agree, about the tourist trip. One could kill many birds with one stone (meaning one could see many actors and sets in one trip to Seoul). When are we going?

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I saw him once (I think it was last year) on "Happy Together" when he was promoting ATK and he was with other actors/actresses as well, of course. As some have said, he was so sweet (you just wanted to take him home and feed him. When I like an actor, I want to feed him and hang out and talk, ask a lot of questions. When I like an actress like Kim Sun Ah, I want to go shopping with her and hang out and eat at a nice restaurant and talk).
I was impressed by the fact that he didn't have any air and he was just himself, not trying to impress anyone or pretend to be someone or something he wasn't. He was just so sweet and so considerate. You should hear him talk about the relationship he has with his mom (swoon). OK, nuf said, I will stop, you guys know where I am going with this. I am going to stop before I get carried away (as that has been known to be happen). He did sound like a really sweet guy, and I am not usually easily swayed by celebrities. I observe them and I try to read between the lines, and I am usually accurate in what I see.

As I said 10mns ago, I am stopping now. Fingers stop typing...

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i know. he's so adorable. n so talented as guitarist, singer n actor too. i've liked him since watching him in Over the Rainbow(he acts as a back dancer turned idol in there..) u should try watch him in sitcom old miss diaries(or diary i dunno).....he's super adorable as an awkward uptight noona lover in there. xD

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100% agree, he's a really down-to-earth sweet person who doesn't put on fake airs. Yep, I wanted to take him home and feed him. He's got a great sense of humor too. (a big sell for me in any man) When he grins, I grin. (can't help it - natural reflex with this cutie)
First thing I saw him in was the "Fly High" movie from 2006 with Im Jeong-eun and I've seen everything he's been in since. He's beyond adorable.

Okay, I'll stop now too. *heehee*

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Hi Ladies, I will be back later to comment on your comments. I have to run at the moment but what you wrote brought a smile to my face.

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Ladies, what is with all the feeding of this man? I guess he will be well feed:) I can imagine lots of other things to do with him....but lets not go there.
I agree he is a cutie pie.

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So let me get this straight...

"...hero is an upright Confucian scholar whose family falls victim to a conspiracy and is killed…and then he falls for an actress? And then he’s trying to rescue Queen Inhyeon..."

Wait, so is JHW part of Song Shi-yeol's family??? Not that I'm assuming, but from the little I know, he's the most involved I know of that was executed. And I know for a fact that he along with the Yeoheung Min's (Queen Inhyeon's family clan, to which Empress Myeongseong is a distinct descendant through one of her older brothers), fell victim to the Gisa Sahwa literati purge following the movement to make Jang Hee-bin's firstborn son as Crown Prince. And I learned all of that even before "Dong-yi"...

And I guess this "New Jang Hee-bin" (新장희빈) drama thing is kind of a nod towards the drama "新還珠格格" (the current remake of 1998 hit series "還珠格格"/"Princess Returning Pearl") ...since the recent drama with the name "Jang Hee-bin" is like last 2003 (with Kim Hye-soo, Jeon Gwang-ryeol, & Park Seon-yeong)

"Queen Inhyeon’s Man" (인현왕후의 남자 / 仁顯王后의 남자)??? Most likely they'd go reformat the whole thing to "The Queen's Man", like that drama last year, or they'd go caboodling around like they did in "The King 2 Hearts", pshhh~...!

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I have no idea what i just read....

wow, this drama sounds confusing...makes me wanna watch it!

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I'm too confused to know if I wanna watch this.

So follower of Queen In-hyuk is helping her become more queenly then gets sucked into the future and meets fake In-hyuk and falls in love?

I hope that's it because if not, I dunno...

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Might be a dead horse, but it sounds promising the way you gals (JB and GF) describe it. Now if they did it the way you said... :D

On quite another hand, it's Ji Hyun-woo, so I hope it's good :D

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*sigh* Why? Why? Why? Don't add any more interesting dramas. I'm behind as it is. Does DST help at all in more drama watching hours? *sigh again* Nope, it doesn't help at all in anything. :(

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He he he I thought my drama watching was getting more sophisticated. I watch dramas based on the pretty I could torture myself into finishing a badly written drama as long as I formed an affection with a (good looking) character. Lately I'm googling writers and directors and taking note of DB recommendations. I think this is a good barometer for which dramas to watch out for but then I would miss my self imposed torture fest.
I got excited watching an IU and Minho preview so started watching Salamander Guru, not a very good series in a critical point of view. Then found out our L aka Hyun Soo will make a cameo and I'm a goner.
See its wonderful to watch well written dramas Ojakgyo Brothers, SUFBB, Vampire Prosecutor etc. it affirms that sane writers do exist and not just a myth.
Dramas that go insane due to lack of coherent narrative, bad editing and screwy directing those could drive you up the wall and make you question your sanity, but those dramas also drive my brain to think. I could write a 300 page disertation on why DH2 was a fail. In the end watching bad dramas is not necessarily a waste of time its just a stepping stone to the more discerning drama watcher that you were meant to be.
Unfortunately I'm still in my Neanderthal phase, ohhh pretty flower boy must watch.

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Aww he's so cute. I hope this drama is good. After bizarro Birth of a Rich Man and ATK he needs some good stuff.

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Today is daylight savings in the US so it's kinda like time travel in real life...

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Clever and I agree, it is kind of like time travel in real life...

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oh guys...am reading this , 12 episodesin..and hope all of you here...are watching the drama. it is so good. And ji hyun woo is that good too

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