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Cable drama Panda and Hedgehog serves up sweet romance

Despite having a pretty dismal track record for drama programming, cable station Channel A is giving it another shot with Panda and Hedgehog, a series starring Super Junior idol-turned-actor Donghae and Yoon Seung-ah (The Moon That Embraces the Sun).

It’s a “sweet, lively” romantic comedy where our panda and hedgehog are metaphors for our couple’s personalities, which means Ms. Panda is peaceful and plodding, while Mr. Hedgehog is prickly and sharp (Donghae will even sport spiky hair to make the hedgehog analogy complete—yunno, in case you don’t get it). So, it’s basically every rom-com setup ever, just with new symbology.

There isn’t a lot of information about the actual plot, but it appears to involve cakes and bakeries of some sort. Third wheel Choi Jin-hyuk (I Need Romance) has also been cast, and he’ll play the gyopo (educated abroad) president of “Korea’s top cake franchise,” Saint-Honoré. Just one of these days, couldn’t we have some businessman own a franchise that isn’t the best in the whole nation? One that just does okay, maybe?

Choi’s character looks like your typical prince type, but harbors resentment against his parents (a vaguely described “feeling of betrayal”), which has made his personality cold. But once he meets Ms. Panda, he’ll start displaying bits of aegyo, which should be an interesting combination—cold and distant, mixed with cutesy and affectionate.


Choi Jin-hyuk

I have two thoughts about this casting: How funny, since Donghae and Choi Jin-hyuk played brothers in last year’s It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl. At least they didn’t play brothers who fought over the same girl, but there’s a good chance that’s what it’ll feel like here.

Secondly, how the hell does Donghae get top billing over Choi Jin-hyuk?! Okay, Donghae’s pretty and all, and he seems like an adorably earnest, maybe-a-little-socially-awkward guy (see: his cringe-inducing appearance on We Got Married) with a sweet real-life personality. But his acting? Shudders. He was terrible in Daddy’s Girl, and the only reason he didn’t embarrass himself entirely in that drama is because everyone else was pretty terrible along with him.

In fact, I remember thinking that Choi Jin-hyuk was the only actual actor in that show full of rookies and idol stars, and cringed for him wasting himself on such a show. Then he went on and stole hearts in I Need Romance, and I was hoping that after his recent show My Daughter, Flower ended, he’d pick a better, more visible project. (My Daughter’s a daily.) He really deserves a solid, buzzworthy role to take him to the next level. Choose better projects, Choi Jin-hyuk!

Here I thought Channel A was giving up dramas, scared off by the performances of Color of Woman, Bachelor’s Vegetable Store, and Goodbye Wife. It makes me wary of this drama, and I’m not sure one strong actor can make this one work. On the upside, I’m glad Channel A isn’t giving up entirely, either.

Panda and Hedgehog plans to air in July.

Via Joy News

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Javabeans did you saw "Skip beat" with Donghae and Siwon? Donghae was quite good there so maybe don't give up this drama:)

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I was thinking the same thing. I wanted to punch Donghae's character in the face (maybe even a little kick to where it counts). However, I still feel like he has a little ways to go before I could consider him having a potential career as an actor.

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Yeah...Donghae improved amazingly as Sho. As a result there were a shocking number of Kyoko/Sho shippers because I know the MV episode was pretty awesome to me too

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OMG yes, that MV episode was hilarious, it was a good episode for Donghae to expand his acting chops. There were some bits where I wished he had expressed Sho better (like the falling part) but for the most part, his chemistry with Ivy Chen was pretty explosive and they really hit home the dysfunctional love that is between Sho and Kyoko.

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Agreed. I was fine with him in Skip Beat. He wasn't anything to write home about and he didn't get as much screen time as I'd expected but I thought he was ok.

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Maybe he's just suited to 'characters you love to hate'?

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Fuwo Sho is definitely one of those character you love to hate but can't help but love.

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Yeah I agree with you, I'm not Suju/Donghae biased or anything but I honestly thought Donghae did a pretty good job with Sho's character, so hopefully he'll show improvement in this drama too

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I thot Donghae was pretty good in Skip Beat. So maybe he just needs a role that fits.

And i was thinking while reading this that I'll probably get caught with second-lead syndrome. kekekeke.

Can't wait.

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I'm not sure I'm buying what this show is trying to sell but I have enough fondness for Yoon Seung Ah to consider this(depending on the trailer).

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Everytime an actor/celebrity I like appears on cable, I get super scared. It's hard enough as it is in the big stations but doing cable when you are new and all...

I love Donghae but I wish he didn't. It doesn't sound very promising either... I mean the plot.

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Personally i think Dong hae is cute (like him in WGM) but his acting or i will say whole show din really make me skip a beat. So, just need to stay at shore and see how things work on this show... **finger crossed~

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Though I am an ELF, I agree that Donghae's acting is well ... not really good. Not a fan of Yoon Seung Ah either but I guess I will watch this show for Choi Jin Hyuk who stole my heart after I Need Romance ... and to think that I watched Romance because of Kim Jeong Hoon but ended up wanting the main lead to end up with Choi Jin Hyuk .

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My first reaction upon reading the title was "DONGHAE!!!"

And after reading the post, "OMG!!!!!!!!!! Choi Jin Hyuk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

After 5 seconds of processing?

"What!? Donghae leads over Jin Hyuk? Noooooooooooo..."

I like Donghae, but I think my brain (and heart) will be complaining when I watch him and Jin Hyuk on the same screen. Jin Hyuk can do much better......What a waste.

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The power of idols' agencies is scary. I mean it.
I hope Choi Jin-hyuk will have a chance show his skills (and whatever he chooses to show ;P)

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Ikr? and lets not even get into the award ceremonies. I used to watch it but I dont anymore.

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I thought I misread this until I retread and realized no... I was right the first time around. :O This is so weird.... What's the hell is Choi Jin Hyuk's reps doing?

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He probably wanted to be in this drama because a.) his good relationship with Donghae (they're both mokpo boys and bonded in It's Okay Daddy's Girl) and b.) he worked with the scriptwriter on It's Okay Daddy's Girl.

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I'm an ELF and thought Donghae was good in Skip Beat but am not a fan of dubbing...at least it'll be his own voice.
Choi Jin-hyuk stole my heart in INR, so will give this a try.

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What is an ELF?

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super junior's fanclub;)

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I am VERY interested

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CJH totally had his nose done, no?!!!
Btw would u guys give The Chaser a shot pls? Sounds like a pretty decent drama...if it doesnt go down the Athena route that is!

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Though Donghae did improve in Skip Beat...I'm a little surprised by Choi Jin Hyuk's reps. Perhaps he took the role because he is close to Donghae and it was a good paycheck LOL

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I doubt any Channel A drama offers a good paycheck. I mean, the ELFish (Donghae fans) in China, Taiwan and Korea felt so bad for him and the cast and crew that they actually raised money to feed the entire cast and crew (because apparently there were fan reports that said Donghae didn't have enough time to eat during filming).

Choi Jin Hyuk most likely took this role out of favor for the scriptwriter and because he's close to Donghae. I'm guessing Donghae did the same (plus, if you're a starting actor, you can't be picky about your roles).

Whatever the reason, I'm glad CJH and Hae are working together again. Their bromance is all sorts of win. I'm very happy they met through IODG, even though that drama was blahhhh.

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I mean, the ELFish (Donghae fans) in China, Taiwan and Korea felt so bad for him and the cast and crew that they actually raised money to feed the entire cast and crew (because apparently there were fan reports that said Donghae didn’t have enough time to eat during filming).

It is normal for fanclubs to do food support for drama actors or idols during filming. I don't think it has anything to do with a bad salary just because Channel A is a cable channel....if you're a big name actor/actress you get paid a big name salary. A lot of big name actors/actresses did dramas for cable channels, I doubt they'd settle for lower paychecks. XD

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Agree to disagree, it doesn't look like this drama is going to be a high paying drama. And just because you're a big name k-pop idol (I don't think Donghae's gotten the right to be called a big named actor/actress) - actually nobody in this drama is really a big named actor/actress (yet) - I doubt anybody in this drama is getting paid an obscene amount let alone a high paycheck.

The entertainment industry in Korea, Taiwan, even Japan don't pay these actors much money, it's not like Hollywood. the only place in Asia that's actually offering obscene large paychecks (because they can) is China. If you appear in a Chinese drama, chances are likely you're getting paid two times to three times the money you'd get if you appeared in a drama in Korea, Taiwan, or Japan.

Actors take jobs because a.) they like acting b.) they have no other source of income at the moment c.) it pays well enough over an amount of time and provides security d.) it's fits their schedule and etc etc.

And for someone like Donghae who does have a busy schedule with Super Junior's concert going on, sixth album recordings, his subunit's schedule, he doesn't have much time to pursue his acting interests. I'm not saying he is getting paid chump change for this role, but I don't think it's as high as an actual big named actor/actress would get.

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What? Why is Choi Jin Hyuk not the lead? Channel A Fail. I want him to get the girl. Gosh, I wanted him to be the main character in I Need Romance 2. Neither of these things is happening... :'(

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I've been waiting for Yoon Seung ah to get a lead role, so I'll definitely check this out. Hopefully it won't be as cliche as it sounds (or at least does something different with the cliches).

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Wait what? So moon chaewon was also bad in daddy's girl? I never watched that drama but I did watch the princess' man and loved her from then.

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She was pretty bad. I loved her in Princess's Man too, but Daddy's Girl was NOT a good project for her.

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I didnt watch Daddy's Girl but her last drama (Princess Man) and movie ( Bow The Ultimate wWeapon)were awesome. I think Moon Chae Won does sageuk very well.

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Choi Jin-hyuk was good in I Need Romance and a lot of people ended up rooting for him. *Disappointment*
I saw Donghae only in Skip-Beat. Let's be honest: He had the first 2 episodes where he appeared a lot (stiff to me) and the others you had to search for the 30 seconds of screen he had. It was a scam ladies...

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like what you say... >U<

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Wooot Wooot! I really enjoyed watching DongHae in that Taiwanese drama "Skip Beat" & he's really doing so good job at his acting style! ^__^ Ah, that's great! I will be looking forward to this because of DongHae and Yoon Seung Ah (I liked her in Playful Girl & she's so adorable), hehe! :D

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I saw Donghae's name so I had to read right? Yessss I did but when I saw Jin Hyuk's name? I was doing cartwheels!! I really hope this drama does good because it'll just be a waste for Jin Hyuk

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I want to see Yoon Seung Ah as a lead, I'm a fans of Donghae too. But they are being paired in a drama is not good idea. I'd love to see Yoon Seung Ah with Song Jae Rim instead. *grin*

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I think the pairing will be cute :)
and I agree! I so wanted a Seol and Woon pairing in Moon-Sun. I was so disappointed when it became obvious that she liked the older brother (it was one thing when he was Siwan, but the adult version- no).

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I was hopin that he won't be the male lead:( as much as I love donghae, he's better at singing and dancing. I don't want this show to be like Athena which siwon was the lead. Idols usually spoil the whole show. The only exception will be jj and yoochun though.
For the love of sapphire blue ocean, I shall give the first episode a try. Fangirls dilemma:/

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Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won were the leads in Athena. Siwon was just a supporting character.

Yoochun is quite good. He's improved a lot in RTP.

JJ is still very stiff. I've just watched Dr Jin. I guess he needs more time to settle into his role.

Loved Siwon in Hyang Dan and 18 vs 29...kept wishing that they would show more flashbacks of the youth versions of the leads when I was watching the drama. Poseidon wasn't a good show in the first place...the actors couldn't do much to save it.

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I think the drama will be cute, but considering Channel A's past dramas, it will most likely be bad. I adore DongHae because he always gives off a sweet vibe, but him over Choi Jin Hyuk as the lead? Also, CJH, why you pick bad projects? This drama sounds like it won't do anything for CJH's career, and he's a second lead. The drama sounds mediocre already, but I will watch it for DongHae and hopefully, some cute scenes and yummy bbang.

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I think both Hae and CJH chose to be in this out of a favor for the drama's writer (yep, the same writer that wrote "It's Okay, Daddy's Girl"). Since Hae and CJH are good friends in real life (and proably good friends with the writer), I'm guessing they wanted to work together again after IODG.

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Oh well, not that I'm too excited just because it's Donghae...but well, we shall see... (LOL, I typed "sea", XD)
Haven't watched "Skip Beat" actually (to gauge SiHae's acting, but I know their voices there were dubbed XP) since I have to find a decent file to match with WITHS2's subs, so yeah...

Why is he the Hedgehog, when he's a Fishy and his hair is so not prickly??? Specifically, a Clownfish??? Now I know why Seol was killed unceremoniously in TMTETS ep.19, she's gonna pair up with Mr. Fishy...

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Both guys sound like hedgehogs...

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I find his acting in Skip Beat pretty good. I mean, he acts better than Siwon. Hahahaha. No offense meant.

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Donghae hit my radar in Skip Beat, he was better than Siwon by far. Siwon is a terrible, terrible actor - sorry but looks aren't always enough. It was too bad Donghae had so little screen time in Skip Beat because I was far more interested in the GongXi/BuPoShang storyline. I'm willing to give Donghae a chance in this drama...

Loved Choi Jin Hyuk in INR - and could definitely watch him again.

Let's hope for a decent drama...

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Nah, Siwon's acting's okay, fair at best. He also has flashes of potential too, but in Skip Beat, Donghae definitely outshown Siwon, despite appearing with less screentime. But Siwon's character in Skip Beat was dull and bland as opposed to Donghae's character (who was childish, selfish, and narcissistic) so it was understandable why Donghae's acting was more memorable.

But, if I had to gauge them I'd say Donghae's acting potential is a lot higher. Even though he was dubbed over in Skip Beat, I didn't get the feeling his acting was detracted by the dubbing, whereas Siwon at times would get overshadowed. It was usually more apparent in the internal dialogue-type scenes.

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OMG, JB, if you're a fan of Choi Jin Hyuk you have to watch the Strong Heart episode he appears in. He shares a really heartbreaking story about his relationship with an older woman. He fell in love with her at first sight, impressed by her chic confidence, her ""도도함," if you will. She, however, wasn't interested in dating, having just been in a failed relationship. So he stayed by her side constantly and did his best to convince her he could be a reliable, dependable boyfriend, secretly working several part-time jobs, lying about his age, etc. They eventually went out, and she eventually found out about his real age. At that point she wanted to break up with him because she was at the age where she needed to prepare for marriage. He, however, convinced her yet again that he was serious about this relationship. In the end, though, he felt that he was too lacking, and that he was holding her back from a better future (this was all pre-debut), so he decided to break up with her. This of course, was pretty devastating for the girl, and despite her pride, she held onto him, calling him numerous times to take her back. He, however, decided to stay firm, though he was inwardly struggling with his decision. She drunk dials him one last time, and he turns her away. Later, he receives a call asking if he knows the girl. He says yes, and is told that he was the last person the girl called before dying. Yeah. Pretty depressing. So it's no wonder that Choi Jin Hyuk said he suffered from depression for several years and was torn with guilt by her death. He concludes by saying that he's much better now, though by telling this story he probably ruined all of his chances of getting married...er, lol? He still needs to work on his humor. But yeah, I always felt that he had this really grave, serious expression most of the time and his story pretty much explains why.

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That's the SH episode he appeared on with the It's Okay Daddy's Girl cast?

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So he convinces a woman to be with him despite her better judgment, but then dumps her when HE decides it's for the best? Um, wow. Yeah, I'd never marry him. Who knows when he'll decide to dump you "for the best"?

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I'm Donghae biased, so I will not lie and say that I'm excited for this drama. But I don't have high hopes for it only because it'll be on Channel A. That much said, I think Donghae has a lot of potential as an actor. I don't think he was awful in IODG, that role was a good supporting role without much demand in the acting department. He had some moments, but for the most part, he did alright.

I would say Donghae was probably much better in the Suju movie, Attack of the Pinup Boys. He showed flashes of promise and potential.

I watched Skip Beat this winter and while Donghae didn't have as much screen time and his voice was dubbed over, his acting improved a lot over IODG. It could be because he was playing a character that is vastly different than his own character, so he could separate the two more easily, but Donghae's acting (and looks) is probably why there are people who actually ship Sho/Kyoko now. His chemistry with Ivy Chen was pretty great.

And I'm excited that Choi Jin Hyuk is in this. He and Donghae are both Mokpo boys so they have a bromance going on. Love it. They bonded in IODG and the scriptwriter for this new drama also wrote IODG (another reason why I don't have high hopes for it) so that's my guess as to why Choi Jin Hyuk is going to appear in this.

I'll probably watch this for CJH and Hae.

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Well ... I do like my clichees, its a good way to lay back after a good day of real life time. If at least half the acting is good I do not mind spending an hour to watch this. At least for curiosity if not anything else. :P .... and I am curious to see YSA in her first lead role. :D

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Choi jin hyuk was awesome in I need romance....I agree with you this guy gets better with every project he does and a second lead role seem like a backward step.

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WHY WHY WHY!? Why Choi Jin Hyuk is not the male lead? I mean seriously... My daughter is flower does not have bad ratings at all and Jin Se Yeon from that drama is now leading in bridal mask but CJH ends up as 2nd male lead in a cable drama? WTH is CJH's reps thinking?

Sorry, no offense to Donghae.. it's just that DH needs more experience to be the lead, he needs more refinement to be able to deliver as the male lead.

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BTW, despite my rant.. I love YSA and i think her looks matches with both CJH and DH.
Well, let's just hope that CJH gets another lead role soon in MBC/KBS/SBS stations.. after this drama ends.

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Its good that Channel A is not giving up drama production altogether. donghae's acting , uhm not really good . He did better in Skip Beat bec. He was styled better than Siwon and had a more colorful character which is an easier sell (and easier to act) than Siwon's restricted and controlled character.

Donghae's char. Here is a bit more challenging than what he had to do in the past so he can't be the cute colorful Donghae everyone is used to seeing in his dramas. He probably got the lead over Choi bec of SME and Choi only took the project and second lead as favor to the writer n he is close friends with Hae.

SME is really trying and selling their hardest for Donghae and launch a credible solo career (the only SJ member w/o a specific skill like mcing like Leeteuk or acting/modelling like Siwon associated with him) so they are probably hoping with good ratings Donghae can get offered roles in the future on his own.

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That's because Donghae is the swiss-army knife in Super Junior. Dude can do a little bit of everything, sing, dance, model, act, compose, mc, etc but he isn't particularly the BEST at any one thing. When he applies himself, he's the jack of all trades in the group, the well-rounded one. Even in the looks department, he isn't the BEST looking (that's Siwon) but Donghae definitely isn't the worst looking either. He's like the 2nd best looking guy in Suju. Of course this is all "subjective" but really, let's be honest, Donghae is a good looking guy. Is he the best looking guy in the world? Of course not. But he ain't ugly.

As for SME trying to launch a solo career for Donghae, I dunno why you'd say that. It's not like they're gunning for any of the SJ members to go solo. Even someone like Siwon still hasn't left the group to go solo and I doubt they'd want the group to disband. Obviously they have vested interest in all the members, but idk why people keep thinking that SME is trying to sell Donghae and help him launch an acting or a solo career. Sure they allowed him to promote Oppa Oppa with Eunhyuk and their little subunit, but it's not their fault that song became catchy and fans demanded for it. It was supposed to be a gift to the fans. The fans liked it enough that they were able to promote it and get their own Japanese release.

Obviously of the Suju members besides Siwon and Heechul, Donghae's probably the most likely member to succeed if they did. But if they truly wanted to do that, they would have done that a long time ago after Attack of the Pin-Up Boys was released. He had a huge role in that movie. And at that time, he probably would have done well in a drama similar to Dream High or something because he has that seishun fresh high school look. And if they really wanted to improve Donghae's marketability (which btw is already pretty marketable), they send him off to Taiwan, Thailand and China where his popularity there is mind-blowingly massive and tell him to get his Mandarin learning down so that he doesn't need to be dubbed over in C-dramas or T-dramas.

This drama project is clearly something Donghae wanted to do on his own free time. To me, it seems like he's doing this out of his own interest and not something SME is pushing casting agencies to do. All the other Suju members get to pursue their interests like Kyuhyun with his musicals and Yesung with his musicals, so if Donghae's interest is in drama and movie acting, I don't see why they can't be supportive of that and why it seems like this big conspiracy act to make Donghae more 'marketable.' After Skip Beat's filming ended, Donghae had to go back to Mr. Simple promotions, he wasn't afforded the luxury to focus on drama acting. He's only acting in this during their down time right now (in between Super Show 4 and their sixth album recording).

I mean seriously, y'all acting like Channel A is KBS or SBS and that this lead role is equivalent to getting cast in Lord of the Rings or something. It's probably not going to get heavy press and SME probably won't even let Donghae talk about it too much. They only let Siwon and Donghae promote Skip Beat via Suju because SME had invested interest in that drama. I doubt they give a flying flip too much over a Channel A drama.

This is a small romcom drama with young actors. With Donghae's connection and friendship with the scriptwriter (and his status as a Suju member/k-pop idol) it's an easy casting choice.

Choi Jinhyuk getting cast as the secondary lead (we don't even really know what his role is - he might be playing a mentor type role to Donghae's character is my guess - and Donghae's character will bake for his store - again my guess) so of course he's not going to be the main lead. It's not a big deal, he's probably doing this for fun and out of his friendship with Donghae so let's be supportive.

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"But his acting? Shudders. He was terrible in Daddy’s Girl, and the only reason he didn’t embarrass himself entirely in that drama is because everyone else was pretty terrible along with him."

Really javabeans?

In your main review of It's Okay, Daddy's Girl you weren't that harsh about Donghae's acting. Was he great in that drama? No, but then again, like you said, everyone except maybe the father and Choi Jinhyuk, were pretty bad in it, but I don't think Donghae's acting was shudder worthy, nor was it terrible. He obviously benefited from playing a "good guy" type character that didn't demand heavy lifting in the acting department, but still, isn't it a bit of an overkill exaggeration to call his acting terrible and shudder worthy? Really?

For his first "official" debut acting in a drama, he was a secondary character and fulfilled his role. Idk that his acting warrants being called shudder-worthy.

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I think what Javabeans meant was that his acting just isn't good enough for a lead role? You're obviously a Donghae fan and of course you think his acting isn't that bad, but don't get so pressed over people thinking otherwise because the drama world is an entirely different fandom, what may seem to be ok acting to you isn't to them and they can be harsh about saying so.

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*rolls eyes* you obviously missed my meaning and wanted to quickly call out my obviousness in being a "Donghae fan" and lecture how fans get riled up over nonfan's criticisms.

I already mentioned in my obvious post that Donghae's acting in IODG was nothing to praise about.

My point was calling out javabeans for his/her sudden change in her determination of his acting when in her previous IODG's review post, when he/she mentioned Donghae's acting, it wasn't as extreme. I was curious as to what brought about his/her sudden change in opinion.

I don't need a lecture about how people have different "harsh" opinions over different things. I didn't attack javabeans, I merely questioned his/her sudden change in stance as it surprised me from his/her earlier opinion a year ago.

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I will watch this for Donghae. Skip Beat is the only drama I watched of him and he was great. I loved the way he emoted with his eyes. A stillness would fall over him and he would get all quiet and intense in his emotional scenes with Ivy Chen's Gong Xi. Siwon was very awkward in some scenes but he was gorgeous sometimes. He is not a natural actor and needs a good director. But Donghae has potential.

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I don't think Donghae is a bad actor so I am happy to see him act, if this is what he likes.
But the title of the series?! What 's with this silly/crazy/complicated title?

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There's an old show biz saying: "There are no small parts, only small actors."

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These fans, always so defensive at the slightest negative mention of their Oppa... Go to allkpop if you only wanna hear adoration about them!

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This omg. Are we going to go through what happened with the pressed Kim Hyunjoong fans again? XDD

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Dude, no one's getting defensive over "slightest negative mention of their Oppa." So far from what I've read, people haven't been attacking javabeans or Dramabeans for their opinions, they've only disagreed with it. Stop generalizing fans and actually READ the comments.

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Hi! just out of curiosity, is javabeans same person as dramabeans? just want to say I really really appreciate and envy your command over english. I came across a drama that was subbed by javabeans and I had thought that english sub was really of good standard.

keep up your good work and your sense of humour (and of course girlfriday's) appeal to me.

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lol like everyone else said, he was surprisingly good in Skip Beat. Maybe he fit's taiwanese acting better or he just grew as an actor. Anyway we will see if he will be okay or horrible. Either way I'm going to watch it because I lub Donghae 8D

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Hmm... I love her but why is CJH getting a second lead role? Probably gonna be rooting for him.

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I don't understand why Dong hae is getting the lead role when he's obviously weak in acting and not experienced enough to carry the drama as a lead. I will probably pass this one. Hopefully the trailer can change my mind.

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Choi Jin-hyuk stole my heart in INR, so will give this a try.

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Dongae's not bad. Not bad at all actually, His character in Skip Beat made me want to punch him a few times, and well, if the sweet lovable guy as he seems to be, can make you do that, he's got some potential. SO yea, this drama might turn out well.:) I really hope you guys give it a chances, Javabeans.=)

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Through "It's Alright, Daddy's Little Girls," I became a huge fan of both Lee Donghae and Choi Jin Hyuk. They played brothers in that drama and I'm hoping to see them play similar roles in this drama too. It's a shame that drama was so written poorly, but they worked with what they had, and it really did feel like they were brothers.

I can't wait to see this drama because of them. I've never heard of the girl actress before, because I don't usually watch a lot of k-dramas.

But I did watch Skip Beat and Donghae improved a lot. Even though he only appeared a lot in episode 1-2, 6, and 10, and appeared briefly in the rest of the 14 episodes, not to mention he was dubbed over, I still would recommend dramabeans to watch it. The drama starts a bit slow, but it really picks up around episode 6. The behind the scenes are also worth watching for because you see them speaking in Korean for their lines and for the most part, Donghae was pretty good.

Poor bby was even crying on his last day of filming. It's really touching, watch the drama + the behind the scenes filming if you have a chance ^^ Plus, Ivy Chen is AMAZING. She really was the heart and soul of Skip Beat.

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Really? You guys wanted to punch Donghae's character in Skip Beat? I've seen Skip Beat too but didn't understand a thing (don't have time to watch subbed version) so I just basically drooled in front of the TV whenever he's on screen. I say, he was pretty good in Skip Beat. Donghae really have amazingly expressive eyes (like a kid, you know). I suppose in IODG (haven't seen it), being Donghae's first TV drama, he was nervous. My poor baby is a wreck when nervous. And seriously awkward... Anyway, experience is always a good thing. He will definitely improve more, I think. And even though he might be doing this drama as a favor for a friend, he's really working hard on his role. He tweeted months ago some cake he baked. For this drama, I suppose...

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so i'm watching this drama right now (subbed on hulu :), and... well...
it's probably the fluffiest, most brainless thing i've ever watched. but it is very pretty and does have a lot of charm. sort of like a fantasy land, like disneyworld, or something.
i'm only on episode 3, but some initial thoughts:
the editing on this is kinda odd, and the pacing/reveals are even weirder.
choi jin hyuk must've missed the memo on the cold part, but he's doing a crack-tastic job of being a goofy, romantically innocent, absolutely adorable gyopo. he's like a little puppy, like actually. you know, the cute one who just wants to please everyone. (and his sister is a manic, crack-tastic mess who calls him hyung. what's not to love?)
dong hae isn't awful, but he overacts a bit. also, his character is supposed to have gone to jail, but he lacks that edge. i guess it would sorta be out of place in such a fluffy cotton-candy series, but still.... anyway, he reminds me of the puppy that's a little more rascally than his other littermates, but is still adorably well-behaved, for the most part (his grandpa, on the other hand, amazing. but why wouldn't he be? he's played by mother-effin park geun hyung.)
yoon seung ah is... just ok. a little schizo/mood-swingy, and over acts a bit too, but she's cute and charming, and she's not as much of a pushover as i thought she was going to be (and her aunt, the inimitable yang hee kyung, is amazing.)
the 4th member of the love polygon: wholly unnecessary. why is this character even a thing?
in short: thus far, it is like a very likable, fluffy, marathon-able offering. not super deep in the brains, good-acting, or wit department, but it's got charisma and pretty in spades. so even though i'd normally dislike something like this, it somehow hits that one spot, you know, the one that wants to eat all of the rainbow-laced sugar-crack candy.

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so... i finished watching episode 3, and i take it back, about the rainbow-laced sugar-crack candy.... let's just say it went from charmingly ditzy to wtf cray in about 0.2 seconds....

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