Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Ryu Jin dorks out for Standby
by | March 20, 2012 | 40 Comments

This cracks me up: Ryu Jin, who’s so great at playing cold and serious, grins like a huge ol’ dork as the wannabe news anchor for MBC’s sitcom Standby.

Ah, he of the big dreams and the questionable fashion sense. (Those pants. They make me laugh.) There’s also the bumbling on-air presence, since he chokes in an early-career TV appearance and thereby consigns himself to a stagnating career while his younger colleagues pass him by.

Ryu’s character is named Ryu Jin-haeng (the other stars retain their real names for their characters) and marks a big departure from his prior images, showing us quirky and funny rather than cool, urbane, or sharp. I can hardly wait. With Lee Ki-woo playing his joking younger brother (and coming off such a random and quirky character in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop), can’t you just see the two brothers off on their own plane of 4-D ridiculousness? Plus there’s Ha Suk-jin, the younger, successful TV announcer who will probably make Jin-haeng stew at his own lack of upward mobility.

I do enjoy watching the “ruining” of a serious image, and I know Ryu Jin’s got great comic chops, so I’m expecting a lot from him. Hopefully the show doesn’t disappoint my ever-rising expectations… Or, I suppose I could just lower those expectations. It’s amazing what a pair of creamsicle-colored trousers can do, though.

Standby premieres in two weeks, following High Kick 3, and will air Monday through Friday on MBC.

Via Osen


40 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. trotwood

    I am glad that he is getting to play comedy. He deserves some joy after A Thousand (Tears, Disappointments), and Kisses. He deserves to get some of the laughs rather than having to play the straight man all the time. He is another one of those actors that exudes warmth even in those uptight characters he plays. I am trying not get excited because I probably would not be able to see this where I live, but . . . those “creamsicle” pants. What’s not to love with this being the first day of spring and all?

    • 1.1 skelly

      I am cautiously optimistic. Those orange pants may just have enough mojo to blot the horrible memory of A Thousand Kisses out of my mind.
      \Must focus…believe in the power of the orange pants…/

    • 1.2 kate

      Is everyone super excited for this sitcom? I know I am. Here’s the link of the script reading which shows the rest of the cast:

      • 1.2.1 Ariel

        Thanks for the link love the pictures, it’s so funny that the actors don’t pretty themselves up when going to a script reading is this a requirement? Does the production team ask them to come without any makeup on so that they are able to see the canvas for the characters. Because Ojakgyo Mom is sporting some pretty serious eyebags not that she’s not pretty it’s just that it was hard for me to recognize her.

    • 1.3 Jo

      exactly! He always does exude warmth despite the characters he plays. Like, I always hope that he has some good in him even though his characters always go off the deep end.
      d’awww. I love sitcoms too! And for Korean shows, I’ll watch 100+. It’s like 20-30 minutes of joy errday!
      (I’m serious) (Sitcoms make me happy) (even lonng ones πŸ™‚

      • 1.3.1 Ariel

        Yeah I just discovered the joy of sitcoms with Vampire Idol I love it although the wait for subbed episodes could take a while but then the rewards are just that great. I’m also watching Unstoppable Highkick, I’m not forcing myself to marathon it I’m just grooving with it watching at my own pace and its pretty darn cool.

  2. Denali

    Dang. These pants indeed. Oo Yuck.

    Not too sure about late thirties dorky guys or cutesy gals (hint: Kim Sun-Ah) tho. Let’s wait and see.

  3. poshong1227

    Eep, i love him dorking out!

  4. kewbie

    Too cute, even if his pants are orange creamsicle-colored. πŸ™‚

  5. Quinze

    Aww, this is right up my alley.
    Ryu jin is an amazing actor.

    But the second the angst hit A Thousand kisses I had to high tail it out so I’m looking forward the fun, awkward, dorktastic side of him!

  6. DMKO

    looking forward to seeing Jung So-min back on K-drama land. She was great in “Playful Kiss”. Sound like fun for all.

    • 6.1 DMKO

      Is Ryu-jin the same stiff guy who was in Summer Scent? those orange pants are niceeeee!

      • 6.1.1 Kaleido

        yes.. he is.

  7. Geneva

    Not gonna lie, I would rock those.

  8. comradeS

    I adore Ryu Jin, and I’m so happy that he gets a chance to play something different from his normally uptight and serious characters.

    Hopefully this will be a funny and sweet show, especially after his last one “A Thousand Kisses” which I had hoped would be funny and sweet, ended up being… well, how do I even begin to describe that kind of dramatic hell? I don’t even want to admit how many hours I wasted on that thing.

    However, my hopes are high for this one!

  9. Noelle

    LOL. The pants aren’t that bad. They match his little flower.

  10. 10 Emi

    I really really can’t wait for this drama, it looks so funny. I love Ryu Jin too~ He was the best thing ever in My Country Calls. Totally stole the show there πŸ™‚ I love him in comedy. I kinda miss his previous haircut though~

    • 10.1 DramaticTeacher

      I also loved him a lot in Call of my country, he was def. the reason I was watching that!

      Aah, he’s so adorkable!^__^that stupid smile,LOL

      • 10.1.1 Linda165

        Me three, joining in! Loved him in Call of the Country.
        Seriously, what’s the correct name of that drama?? *confused*

    • 10.2 nara

      me too Ryu My Country Calls…

      • 10.2.1 jzme

        count me in please, that’s where i saw first time his funny side & cracked me to bits! πŸ™‚ i always perceived him to be serious like other projs really really like you and o phil seung but in CofC he just made me LOL

    • 10.3 hanjiyoon

      Ahhh!! Totally agreed! First saw him in MCC and fell for his wit and charm. Oh my gosh. Other have got to see that drama… I cracked up way too much. Looking forward to seeing him with the same dorkish personality in Standby! πŸ˜€

  11. 11 canxi

    Love it! And his cream-sicle pants. I now want a cream-sicle though

  12. 12 Cam

    Hahaha! πŸ˜€ This actor is really dorky & his adorable~ish big grins like as little boy, of course. ^__^

  13. 13 tessieroo

    Ahahahaha! I love Ryu Jin, he was hilarious in some parts of ATK. (it’s still painful to bring that up) I can’t wait for this one, I’m PRAYING HARD that someone subs this.
    *laughs again at the dorky grin on his face*

    • 13.1 Jjoo

      yes yes he cracked me when in atk he was practicing to sing can i love or something & he was just so funny & cute! you shld see him in call of the country that was the first time i’ve seen him in a funny role truly!

  14. 14 lovepark

    Oh my, my expectations keep rising! I really hope this turns out to be good because more people need to see Ryu Jin playing dorky/oddball characters. He plays funny and wacky so well!

    • 14.1 Jjoo

      i so agree with you, that’s the side of RJ that most of us don’t get to see often but he can be hilarious!

  15. 15 Mel

    Ohhhh so Handsome!!! JB & GF.. Recaps pluz!!!!

  16. 16 Arhazivory

    I thought I’d given up on watching sitcoms but…..I REALLY wanna watch this one. I loved Ryu Jin in BFB (only thing I saw him in) and his appearance on Happy Together that showed him as a house-cleaning ‘ahjumma’ husband, just cemented my love even more.

    Hehe. Those pants and that smile are win. Now….I just have to hope someone picks this up for subbing. -_-

  17. 17 Linda165

    Love him! I have the same orange color in my nails right now. Is it fate? Of course is fate, this is Kdramaland πŸ™‚

  18. 18 kbap

    Aww, so cute. Still cautious about going to full-blown, obsessive love for this show though. I may end up feeling as if this show will be awesome and then come back and bite me in the ass with a unsatisfactory ending (ex: Moon/Sun. SIGH.) But those orange pants nearly completely won me over, lol. Looking forward to this! (though it takes a lot of time and commitment)

  19. 19 aznative

    Oh, those pants! Reminds me of the early 70’s (in the USA) when polyester and weird colors were the “thing”. When I was dating my future husband he had a yellow and white checkered tie … and soon as we were married the tie mysteriously disappeared πŸ˜‰

  20. 20 aznative

    Loved Lee Ki woo in “Flower Boy Ramyun Shop”. Looking forward to this new drama.

  21. 21 Gabby

    Airing Monday through Friday??? What does that mean, it airs every day of the week??

    • 21.1 canxi

      yep! daily sitcom! 100+ episodes!

  22. 22 elle loves kdrama

    I have a feeling I am going to LOVE this! πŸ™‚

  23. 23 Christy

    Looking forward to this!

  24. 24 Jjoo

    i just love Ryu Jin since his early dramas & he did crack me seeing him in that drama call of the country, that’s the funny side that i never saw from him & he was super good, even when he needs to be funny in a thousand kisses, i so enjoyed him there too! so happy he gets another project! yeyyyyyyyyyyyy
    hahaha & those pair of pants LOL i agree with JB
    thnx for sharing

  25. 25 jzme

    i sure hope they upload this online coz i can’t wait to see him again after ATK wrapped & so i’m missing him!

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