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Lee Jun-ki’s first post-army photo shoot

…has a curious lack of abs. C’mon, it’s the unwritten rule of post-army photos! Or maybe he’s being a big tease and saving it all up for the drama comeback, Arang and the Magistrate. Although, I dunno where in a mystery sageuk we’d expect to see the magistrate’s abs. This is where you pray it’s more fusion than sageuk, since fusion allows for liberties in style and convenient lapses in proper wardrobing.

The magazine spread comes from Allure Korea, and was shot in Canada; British Columbia’s Osoyoos, Kelowna, and Vancouver were the sites visited during the brief break Lee had before beginning filming on the drama. In the accompany interview, Lee explains missing filming while serving his two-year military term: “It was really tough and painful, following all those dramas while in the army, but now that I have a drama in the works, I’m really happy.”

Arang and the Magistrate is one of the promising upcoming dramas I’ve got my eye on, partly because I think the cast is likely to have chemistry, partly because the producers have solid (and relevant) credits (Hon to satisfy the creepy, atmospheric thriller quotient, and Chosun Police to hit the sageuk and mystery elements), and partly because the premise is so potentially rich. I’m a sucker for updated fairy tales, and this one’s an updated folk-ghost story, famous enough to be well-known by the general public (think Grimm’s fairy tales) but not done to death in film or dramaland like Cinderella. I’m crossing my fingers that everything comes together well.

The magazine is Allure’s June issue; Arang and the Magistrate hits airwaves in July.

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Well hello there LJK!
The last thing I saw him in was Time between dog and wolf and I think he's matured significantly since whenever that was. Or it could just be the better haircut.

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Is it just me or did he lose weight? Although I like a nice jawline, his is looking a little too sharp for me.

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I think he has. Maybe he really worked his adorable butt off in the army. I don't know if its the haircut or the skill of the photographer but he's looking REALLY good to me. Welcome back Lee Jun-ki!

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I think he's lost too much. I kinda liked the baby fat.

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I like it! He finally is starting to look more masculine than androgynous and I'm lovin it!

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I agree. As much as I love Lee Jun Ki, I don't like his jaw looking as if it can cut pizza!

He looks like Leeteuk from Super Junior.

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I thought the same thing! Leeteuk-look-a-like...

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i like his sharp looks. makes his eyes look beautiful - that pic with the flower is great (make-up might add a bit lol). he's looking the best since the king and the clown and fly, daddy, fly.
can't wait til july!

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He lost weight. He wasn't this thin before his Shanghai Fanmeet that April 28. But he practiced so hard for the event for more than a week~ when he performed in Shanghai, he lost a lot of weight then.

After that, he didn't have any vacation and went straight for this shoot. which also served as a pseudo vacation for him, because he also went straight to working on the drama. ^^

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I'm with you...that jawline is a bit too sharp....

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Pfft! It's a good thing that I generally am not eating or drinking when reading your posts since posts like this always crack me up. Lol!

I know it's hard to get an abs scene in a saeguk drama, but QIHM was kind of able to do it (given,it was very fast and it was mostly JHW's chest I saw, but still). That said, "Arang" should include an I'm-changing-clothes-so-you-can-see-my-abs scene. XD

Well, that is if they are really going to follow the unspoken rule...

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"I know it’s hard to get an abs scene in a saeguk drama"

If there is a will there is a way.

I've seen the, wrapping-sword-wound-up scenes. Then there's the Sharing-my-shirt-with-pretty-girl-who-looks-cold scenes. Then ofcourse you must have seen the brooding-shower-scene which is actually read as brooding-bucket-of-water-over-half-naked-body.

We just need LJK to be either wounded, or gallant or just plain depressed.

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Lol. Those are awesome choices! Although, I'm not sure if a magistrate is into much fighting. Then again, scholar Boong Do is, so whatever...just show us the glorious abs! Teehee XD

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"brooding-bucket-of-water-over-half-naked-body"
lol, that's perfect!

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There is nothing wrong with a Joseon shower! Seen it done, worked for me! :) What ever it takes!

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Abs in Sageuk? It can be done. In one word...Chuno! :)

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Lost count of how many times I've watched the scene of the woman peeking at the guys bathing.... ::fans self::

On another note, why the heck don't these photo shoots come south? We have lots of pretty scenery 'round here - Magnolia trees, plantation mansions, river boats, azaleas...

And I'd be MORE than happy to show them a little southern hospitality!!!!

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it has to rain sometimes. right? :D

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If the Shin Min Ah's playing a ghost, then we can probably pray on having a scene with Jun Ki changing clothes when she pops out (in ghost form, that is).

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The female ghost in the hot-tub worked for Harry Potter. I'd love to see Shin Min Ah play it out with this guy.

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welcome back my pretty!

He looks so much older ! I like the new look.

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he's looking good, so glad he's back in kdramaland! i can't believe it's been 2 years!

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GF what do you mean there's no abs in sageuks?????
There are sword fights and injured shoulders to strip that hanbok off so people can check the "wounds" and treat them.

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GF evidently didn't watch "Chuno" - which was pretty much abs all the time.

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Ah he looks so handsome post-army!

But I'm wondering whether or not he's one of the rare few without the glorious army abs we've grown to love!

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So much pretty.
So much pretty.
So much pretty.

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He's too pretty it's distracting.

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So true!

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Androgynous - yes

Pretty - not really

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I like him the way he is. He has a slender silhouette. Being bulky wouldn't suit him. And his face is one of the most recognizable in SK, like Lee Min-ki. It's nice to see something else than New York for the background, not that i don't like the city...
I'm curious to see what Arang will give us.

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I love the end-of-the-dock shot.

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he is one gorgeous man in kdramaland.

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I heard or read, (or most likely imagined after one of my all night kdrama overloads) that Tolkien based his elves on the Asian race. After looking at these pics, I can see why. Just so elegantly beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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I always thought he had elven features. Guess I'm not the only one who noticed.

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I can see why too.

I do miss his baby fat but his sharp looks are very lovely. <3

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I don't really know, but why, IMO, does Lee Jun-ki look like 2PM's Kim Jun-su??? Especially in the face angle and such...????

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I never thought so before but omg! You're so right! Some of these pics were screaming Junsu!!!!craziness! lol

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IKR?

Since I became a Hottest (before I became a full-fledged E.L.F. and part-time S♥NE), of course Jun-su's face is unique...

...and in some angles, LJK's face do resemble...Ahhhh why~?!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OK, peeps, take his abs, but give me his eyes.

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that..... does *not* sounds remotely creepy at all.....

^__^

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I just love him and I"m glad that he's back.. YAY!!
I'm sure we would get an ab scene in Arang after all we got on on QIHM. So I'm sure they can work it in there somehow, BUT with or without the abs, LJK is just HOT!!!
BTW, is it just me or was he looking like Kim Hyun Joong in those photos with the sunglasses?

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Theres about two photos there where he could legitimately not have a shirt on...isnt he in the shower in the first photo???...Come on!!

But I don't think I have seen Jun Ki bare much skin in dramas or photoshoots...please tell me if this is not the case!!

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IF you think he's in shower, look at the D&G The One bottle above his head. It would hurt a whole lot when it fell down :). He's actually next to a swimming pool, which BTW is a place absolutely suitable for him to visit shirtless:)
So through a mistaken assumption we have come to correct conclusion.
Let me think, I've seen pretty much everything with LJK but I can't think of him baring more skin. Although maybe somewhere in Time Between Dog and Wolf? That would make sense... I remember him clearly trouserless (pants-less would be too promising) in My Girl.

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I love him, not so much the shoot tho...

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Osoyoos... is literally an hour away from my 'burb of Vancouver TT_TT bring him back so I can stalk him...

So much pretty ain't right for my heart >.<;;

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it's almost too much pretty. But Happy to see him back :D

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Is it me... or is it guyliner-fest up there. Lol.

But the pretteh is BACK!

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LJK rocks the guyliner!

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woahhh, they shot this spread in Canada?!! Niceeee

His jawline is so angular in the penultimate pic! wow!!!

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He's cute without the abs...maybe he had a desk job in the army...

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Holy crap, his face looks sooo different without all that baby fat!

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The pictures are flooded with HOTNESS, oh, if there was a SHIRTLESS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *.*.......... I need some ABS

Plz HEART be STILL!!!

plz Temperature don't rise... >.<

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He looks like a mix of Tim and MBLAQ's Lee Joon sort of now with all those sharp angles.

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I don't particularly like LJK (I came here to see post army abs, and there aren't any?!) but thanks to dramabeans' wonderful banners I can see a Lee Dong Wok showering right at the top of the page. YAY! My new fav header for this blog! :D

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Such a pretty face!

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Boy doesnt look like he's aged a day since My Girl or Duel or Dog and Wolf...

Just seeing him is bringing back memories of girlish sighs and spazz-fests online :D

Cant wait!

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I second this comment's every word :D

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I love everything about these photos - starting from the gorgeous model (tee hee <3) all the way to the styling and composition and colors andandand!

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Lord, I really love him since that movie "Fly Daddy Fly" and drama "My Girl" & "Time Between Dog and Wolf" ~ woot woot! I am so happy to see him back on K-Dramaland & looooking forward to his new drama! \^o^/

Plus, I really looove these pictures ~ he look so great and handsome after his military service for 2 years. :)

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One of my faves!Loved him in Iljimae and love him in sageuks which he does so well.

He's lost too much weight. His face has gotten more angular especially the chin and jaw line. He's too thin and needs to eat a little more, but he's still HOT!

Can't wait to see him in his new drama.

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I gotta agree with you, he's looking awful skinny. Especially with the insane work hours they have on dramas, it'd be healthier for him to have a couple of lbs to lose then spend nights on an IV somewhere. I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around that.

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The short hair is a much better look than the long hair he was rocking before. I really like the "Titanic" pose on the boat hahaha

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actually it's not a boat...dock? Part of a dock??

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Me too! Kudos to the photographer - very nice use of negative space. ;)

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haha abs or no abs, i gotta say, he's definetly alluring xD

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I'm calling a foul..that second pic should totally have been shirtless... lol...have missed a tone and am keeping all fingers and toes crossed for his comeback drama to be decent

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Jun-Ki, oh how I have missed thee!

I think I'll always look forward to whatever he does in terms of acting (not too sure about his singing)...literally took my breath away in King & the Clown and while I don't think anything else he's done (with the exception of TBDAW) has reached that level of acting/performance, he is just fun to watch onscreen.

Thrilled that he's back! And optimistic about Arang & the Magistrate.

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Why is he always stretching his neck? And I fear for that adam's apple to pop out any time.

Other than those... he's hot. ;)

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"I fear for that adam’s apple to pop out any "

ha ha! Now whenever I see a guy with a large adams apple I'm going to imagine it popping out!

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LOL! Just make sure you get out of the projectile's way. :D

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He's stretching and straining his neck at medically dangerous angles throughout the shoots because he knows some girls go absolutely crazy over adam apples the way others drool over abs. He's just catering to the long-neglected adam apple fans for once. What a nice guy.

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Catering to broader demographics, yes? While he delights the AA fans, he keeps the abs fans guessing/imagining what Army duty had done to those washboards.

Makes me wonder how fans would compliment the adam's apple. Would it be like seeing nice abs? "Wow! Nice adam's apple!" :P

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He looks more like a (HOT) manly man now, rather than a very pretty boy (who could easily pass as a girl!)

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He's HOT & HANDSOME. When he was younger he has that GAY vibe for some reason.

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I wouldn't say that LJK is "manly" or looked like a "pretty boy" or "could easily pass as a girl."

All those are different from androgynous which is what he is.

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I see someone agrees with me but I never said it outloud I might get club over the head by his fan.

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OMFG i live In vancouver. Where was i when all tgis was happening?

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In his interview, was it "tough and painful" because he wasn't in any of them or what? LOLs~ He was working and serving his country, what else was more important then?

Nice to see him out and about. Canada... so beautiful!

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omg he lost that weight... he's looking gorgeous again (ok i'm shallow what can i say)

how long til july? are we there yet?

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no seriously, are we there yet?

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Not yet. I've been asking that since this drama was first announced. It's probably my most anticipated drama of the year (so far), right along with QIHM.

I live in Texas, so I've never loved July, but if it brings Lee Jun-ki and Shin Mina onto my screen in a ghostly-romance-revenge-fantasy-saguek? Bring. It. On. I'll be watching with the fan turned up and a glass of iced lemonade in hand.

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Dude looks like a dude! A very very *pretty* dude, of course, but not quite so little-boyish(-or-sometimes-girlish).

I've always liked him as an actor but had trouble getting past the baby-face. I just found out that he's actually two years older than Shin Mina - who would've guessed, right? I was sure she was the noona. Now that he's out of army he at least looks the same age as her, but older? Consider me floored.

Can't wait to see them together in Arang. I'll be counting the days until I Do, I Do ends.

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by baby face you mean the rounder version :D?
i like these photos - i fell for the ""king and the clown" version of his androgynous beauty, and i know he can act very well... but i'd love to have the acting with the pure-lines beauty, too :D

i just hope the drama makes his comeback a success :D

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While I can understand some people having a thing for the androgynous look, don't get all the comments like LJK now looking like a dude (really doesn't) or looking like a "pretty boy" or "girlish" (LJK would make for one unattractive girl).

Someone w/ a manly face would be someone like Oh Ji ho, Kim Sung soo, Song Seung heon or Han Jung soo (tho people sometimes do refer to them as "pretty boys" in the more abstract sense).

"Pretty boys" would be someone llke Kim Bum, Song Joon ki or Lee Ki woo - having a youthful, boyish face, but still clearly male.

LJK fits in the androgynous group w/ others like Shin Hye-sung (Shinhwa), Lee Soo-hyuk (who played the assassin in "Tree with Deep Roots" or Heechul (Super Jr.) or Jo Kwon - all androgynous and to me a bit weird looking.

As for a guy who looks like a girl, can't think of any other than Park Hae jin when he dressed up in a wig and makeup for parody of a girl group song on "Family Outing"

Unlike all the other guys who dressed up in drag (including Kim Sung soo and Jo Han sun) who clearly looked like men in drag, PHJ looked like Hyori's sister.

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If you don't like LJK, you don't need to read this article and also should not write such negative words. There are many people who think he's handsome & very talented in his works, unlike other popular k-actors with only good-looks! You should respect to his fans~ Don't you think your behavior is too bad??

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i have to say you are insane, go and look at you on mirror how your appearence look like, girl with a boy look or boy with a girl's look. lee joon gi is a good and handsome actor, who ever you are you won't get nice appearence in your next birth ^.^

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I want to go to there!

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Welcome back LJK...definitely be watching your new drama...:))

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he so photogenic that some of the shots looks photoshop to me...not in a bad way, it just looks a bit off to me

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But really....can you be more hot ;)

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I love the way he poses for this photoshoot~ Idk if it's just me but I think he lost some weight lol :)) anyway, he's still very handsome~ KEEP UP! LEE JUN KI! <3

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still so prettyyyy ~ guess the army doesnt rub off on everyone

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Well, till his abs come out, I'll just be here staring at his jawline.

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I used to love him alot in "My girl" but now I don't find him that appealing anymore.

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Why heellooo there, sexy! :) Can he just take his shirt of already? we all want to see his abs.

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He doesn't need to show his Abs to look sexy !!!!. By looking at his eyes..... melts !

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