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Yoo Inna joins fantasy romance Queen In-hyun’s Man

A leading lady has been chosen: Time-traveling Ji Hyun-woo will be romanced by Yoo Inna in Queen In-hyun’s Man, the upcoming cable drama that takes our hero from the late Joseon era into contemporary Seoul.

Queen In-hyun’s Man is described as a fantasy-action-melo drama, and unfolds when our hero, hotshot scholar Kim Boong-do (Ji Hyun-woo), somehow gets plucked from the 18th century and transported to 2012. In his own time period, his family is wrongly accused and killed; he’s the sole survivor and a supporter of Queen In-hyun, who has fallen out of power. (Historically, she was deposed when concubine Jang hee-bin, often portrayed as a shrewd manipulator, was promoted in court status. Some speculate that Queen In-hyun’s early death came from poisoning, orchestrated by Jang hee-bin.)

So then our hero warps to the future and meets an actress playing the role of In-hyun in a drama titled Jang Hee-bin. Yeah, that’s not confusing. Yoo Inna plays the actress, Choi Hee-jin, whom she describes as being similar to her own upbeat personality.

Although my knee-jerk reaction to hearing about this drama’s premise was to sigh (another fantasy sageuk time-jump fusion action-melo-romance?), I’m hoping Queen In-hyun’s Man has got some major tricks up its sleeves to differentiate itself from the higher-profile Rooftop Prince, which premieres first. This drama actually sounds quite fun despite the Rooftop similarities and the overload of time-warping dramas on the air now and in the near future (Operation Proposal, Rooftop Prince, Time Slip Dr. Jin), so it would be ideal if it explored its unique points, rather than retreading familiar ground. Like the part where she’s not really the queen, while he doesn’t even understand the concept of film. Reality mindfucks can be fun, don’tcha know?

Plus, you can’t discount director Kim Byung-soo of the slick, well-paced, artfully filmed Vampire Prosecutor. Queen In-hyun’s Man will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama on tvN, premiering in mid-April.

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YAY!!!!!!!!!
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No wonder I felt a strong pull to check Db :D

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LOL. :D congrats ricky!

It'll be nice to see her as first lead in a drama. I hope this will be good considering cable TV had some good dramas out recently. ^^

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Thanks, cv!

Yes, I'd like to see her improve her acting skills.

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I am so happy for you RtRH!!

I hope they recap it so you can emote all over the page, but if they don't we will reserve room on OT just for you!

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Who knows, I might recap the drama myself! Heh.

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I knew I would you here. And you are first!
LMAO!

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I meant you would be here lol!

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Yep, I was first. This shows that I am destined to be with Noona Inna!

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If ever a male DB follower deserves to be first :-) It sounds better when a guy goes 'yay' for Yoo Inna.

Good taste :-)

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LOL
I always go 'yay' for Yoo Inna.

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[hand clapping for Ricky]

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Does Ricky love Yoo Inna? Has he 'mined' her? Not that he has much competition...John doesn't really strike me as a 'mine-r'. Are there any other guys who've outed themselves?

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I 'mined' her last year!

Bro code #321: A bro will not attempt to 'mine' another bro's 'mine-e'.

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Outed themselves as being guys or outed themselves as in the whole mine-ing thing? I only know of two other guys if that's what you're asking: Ace and Mars, if I can remember correctly.

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Outed themselves as guys on the OT. I only know Ricky and John.

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haha, congrats on getting your leading lady :) I know I feel like this when my favorites are up for new projects.

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So gratifying and satisfying isn't it? Love that feeling: It's a drug.

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I waited for one year for this to happen so I'm glad to see that she finally has the chance to act in a lead role. I hope she will take this opportunity to improve and be better.

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Have seen YI in a few things now and still have not warmed up to her.

I guess she's pretty enough in that nondescript, generic way, but her acting ability is so-so and she doesn't have the charisma to make up for that.

Just shows how being cast in the right project ("Secret Garden" - a huge hit which I thought was quite mediocre) can do wonders for a career.

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I like her but I don't think she's pretty or interesting enough to be a lead actress yet

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Same...so pass.

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In all honesty this on going trend does not sound that appealing so i'm really confused as to why there is an influx of it all at once?
Even though i say this, i will probably check out operation proposal (i watched and sort of liked the jap version, but i might drop it if it's either too boring or a direct replicar of the original) and maybe... rooftop prince? i feel like it'll have enough whacky antics to keep me entertained even though i might accidently skip it cause it doesn't grab me either? probably cause i still need to watch both dream high AND flower boy band, ahhh so much to do, so little time

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Agreed! Although I like Yoo In Na, why is everybody doing the time-travel drama all at once? Hope it will be good and original (both of them)

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I dont think she have the potential to be a lead yet, I just dont feel that she stands out

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In SG, she was best opposite Hyun Bin.
I loved every moment they had together whether he was Joo Won or Key Lime.

Hopefully, with the right leading man, she can shine here, too.

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Hi Jomo, what is Key Lime? I haven't seen SeGa yet, (just a few episodes) so I don't get the joke/pun. Help...

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I think it's a play on Gil Ra-Im's name. Ra-im sound like lime in Korean.

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Hello tvwithrice and thank you for the explanation :-)

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When I saw this I was like yay! However I dunno what to think about her as leading lady.

Yoo inna is 163cm short while Ji hyun woo is 187 cm tall.
But then, it would be funny to see his reaction to the innocent Queen's killer heels who is also not quite innocent and even a bit bratty as an actress.

Now I think about it it can be quite fun with this drama. I think they make an odd pairing, which can turn out well for the drama. A bit like a reversed Princess' man.

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Oh! I had completely forgotten about her. She didn't film anything after SeGa right? I'm happy for her.
About their height difference, i think it's becoming a gimmick trick to elicit feelings in the viewers. Those who have seen Padam Padam know what i mean: Seeing Big Guy all in love, intimidated and protective because of a little fairy is completely irresistible. And if i were her i wouldn't resist: Am i jealous? Not at all... *biting my fist*
That said, the heels effect could effectively be fun to watch.
Now, i'm having a thought: Could time travel be induced by flower wine or rain? SeGa withdrawal is incurable, that's all i have to say.

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She was a bad guy in Best Love. They didn't give her much to do, so she didn't stand out.

She does better in comedy.

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I too am wondering how all this time traveling will occur. Will it be cool like an Padam Padam with people drowning and undrowning and turning into mist?

Will there be a like a puddle? That you...fall in? Or something....? I feel like they'll all be doing some kind of emotional time-traveling. "I wish I could see this person again" or after a big let-down or fail or something.

But another interesting thing? How are these things gonna end? I mean it's not like Operation Proposal where you'll have to come back to the present eventually and deal with the consequences. I'm wondering if the characters will decide to stay in the present (because we have smart phones! and internet!...and pizza!) or will they go back to the past? (Or in Dr.Jin's case--the present?)

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excellent questions Canxi, would be interesting to see how the endings are handled. I am with you on the present, I like it much better than the past :-)

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Yep, with all the dramas having similar plots it's important that they're all handled differently. I wonder if all the writers sit down and have a talk to make sure they aren't writing the exact same story, lol!

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Hi Canxi,
I 2nd your opinion on the importance of the endings being different, and I LOL at the mental image of all those writers sitting together to make sure they were not writing the exact same story. That would be important too and that would be quite a meeting, checking things out with everyone :-)

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Hi Mysti,
What is the "Heels effect?" Just curious... (and also I'm not sure I understood :-) )

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First, let me tell you: I hate high heels. For myself, and for other women of the world. I find them ugly, it's bad for your health, it's expensive, and... I hate them.
BUT, they can be useful in one occasion: When you meet a total jerk. You can pretend losing your balance, then you plant the convenient heel in the shoe of the unmannerly guy. That's what i call being feminist.
And no, before someone ask me, i didn't think about the "other" effect heels can have on men.
(Eeeek, how to erase that mental image from my head now?? I'm doomed.)

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Awww... Mysti,
You have made me laugh today, thank you!!! I am with you on the heels thing. I don't really hate them, I actually think they can be sexy on a woman, however I do agree that they are unhealthy and can be dangerous long term for one's health. Why do women put themselves through that torture, I am not sure I understand... I guess to each its own.
Thank you for explaining the other use of the heels, a la "Me Two Flower" I take it (and I remember how much you have said you liked that show). I guess in that instance, I too can see the "use" of the heels.

"Eeeek, how to erase that mental image from my head now?? I'm doomed" LOL, literally :-). Many men like heels though, it does have that effect on many of them, especially if said shoes hum... said heels are worn with really nice (meaning sexy looking) stockings/nylons (des bas). That's what they always seem to show in movies/dramas/series, so... I guess it's true? (I haven't asked a guy about that, so I don't really know). But men are very visual, so that would not surprise me.

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I don't really mind a tall actor and a short actress. I've definitely seen couples with big height differences in real life. Some girls are just tiny, haha!

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Omg! This sounds exciting!! She is do pretty!!

Queen In hyung off of Dong Yi, right? ;)

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It does sound interesting and I do like her. She's such a cutie.

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Yay! I was already interested in this drama - 'cuz I'm always interested in time-travel, plus it's got the director of VP behind it, and so far I've liked everything I've seen from tvN, but this just tipped the scale from interest to excitement. I liked Yoo Inna in Secret Garden and then started to love her in Best Love, in spite of her mostly unlikeable character.

Plus, I'm thinking that casting Yoo Inna means we'll be getting a good dose of Cute, and whether it's a comedy or melo, every romance needs some Cute.

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About time! I like her. Now, there's more reason to watch this.

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AH! This actress Yoo Inna.....that's it! She acted in that beessst drama "Secret Garden" about 2 years ago! :D She's doing so goooood job, hmm! I am glad that she is finally make it....for leading female role, yay!! \^__^/ Also, I will be DEFINITELY watch this! (winks w/ big beams)

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Woah....i didn't think Yoo In Na would be able to get a lead role this soom...unlike a lot of other folks, I like her an think she has the chops to pull this off...the drama itself, I'm not too sire about

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I'm really looking forward to this (and I love time-travel shows, so the more, the merrier for me) but I worry about the description, "fantasy-action-melo drama." That sounds like this is gonna be a drama that takes itself too seriously. With this sort of premise, I would rather it be a comedy. I'm hoping they can find room for some laughs in there with all the fantasy-action-melo drama stuff!

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whats wrong with K-drama industry all same kinda drama's neuro docs & time gap !!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am so sad !

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It's really not limited to just the k-drama industry.

I notice trends and 'hoping on bandwagon' all the time in
Korean dramas,Chinese series, Thai lakorns, Japanese doramas, Hollywood movies.

I've notice these patterns as far back as i can remember

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hmm that's for sure ..but its been really only time hopping & med dramas galore recently ..I am a big fab of k-dramas so i am on a lil set-back !

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Yeah, and time travel dramas were a trend last year in China with Gong and BBJX.

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Aww Yoo In Na!

I'm honestly really happy that she's graduated from those annoying secondary/mean girl roles and into leading lady territory. I've seen her in other things and just thought

"You're way too cute for me to be annoyed with/hate you!!!"

So, yay! I'm sure she'll do well. Plus her leading man is all kinds of charm! I'm watching Birth of a Rich Man (aka the drama in which nothing really happens.Ever.) and he is great. Also Sweet Seoul...he was a cute noona-lover :3

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Hi,
"aka the drama in which nothing really happens.Ever." LOL, you are so funny!!! I have already said in a former post how impressed I was with the leading man of this drama. Now you are making me like him even more, I feel like I will have to eventually watch this drama as well :-). Your enthusiasm is very contagious :-)

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Hi!!! Yay, that's the first time anyone has ever ever complimented me like that ahahah!

I think tvN knows what they're doing, they've being making pretty good dramas, so I think this one will be pretty good too. It's certainly not less interesting than Rooftop Prince -- we'll just have to see how it goes!

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Canxi,
You are very welcome!!! (for the compliment). I have never seen the lead actor (can't remember his name) in a drama from beginning to end, so this would be a good opportunity for me to check him out and Yoo Inna as well. I do have to say that you helped me get there, so kuddos to you. We will definitely have to see how things go with this drama and the other ones as well, I might add :-)

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I totally agree with you! :)

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Oooh now I really have to watch this aren't I? Does anyone know what is on air after Flower Boy Band?

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(not that I want the show to end, ever.)

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Marriage Plot with Lee Kyu Han and Kang Hye Jung :D

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thanks JB,

YI ? oh ! Lee Jun Ki's friend ?.

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Lee Junki's friend?

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I accidentally read the title as "Queen Yoo Inna"... still accurate I suppose

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What fairy was in Padam Padam only an angel and Han Ji Min petiteness was only one reason why the drama worked.It's because the chemistry,storylines,and how adorable childish the 2 of them were together. I am happy Yoo In Na got a new drama but her petiteness is not a factor but her funniniest and Chemistry with Ji Hyun Woo.Congrats Ricky I hope they rock this because I love both of them.

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OMG YES SHE FINALLY GETS TO PLAY A LEAD :D
I loved her in Secret Garden and High Kick 2 (Although that may have something to do with Kwangvatar...) and although a lot of people hated her in Best Love, I thought she was cool :D
I can't wait for this drama <3

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happy for Yoo Inna gets to be a lead this time. I like her in Best love & Secret garden. However, I'm not exactly sold with the drama. Feels like everybody is doing time wrap, back to the future, fusion sageuk bandwagon nowdays, so hopefully everyone can differentiate themselves.

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"Some speculate that Queen Inhyeon's early death came from poisoning, orchestrated by Jang Hee-bin."

JB, since you said "some speculate" as to Queen Inhyeon's death, "some speculation" was that Jang Hee-bin, along with older bro Jang Hee-jae invited some shamans into the palace and prayed for the Queen's death and her own reinstatement back as Queen Consort, alongside with Jang Hee-bin shooting arrows onto the Queen's voodoo doll.
(Sukjong dreamt of Queen Inhyeon after her death, dressed in a white sobok drenched with blood, and pointing towards Jang Hee-bin's residence, where the King found her, her brother, and shamans partying)

The 2003 sageuk "Jang Hee-bin" added some flavor, even strangling the doll with rope and stabbing it repeatedly with knives.

Clearly not poisoning; but Queen Inhyeon died of a "mysterious illness" supposedly...

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YIN is nothing short of gorgeous: http://i.imgur.com/OcGjy.jpg

It's unfortunate that she's only getting her first leading role when she's pushing 30, but I have no doubt she'll make the best of it - she did a great job in Secret Garden!

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