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Faith releases teaser and character descriptions

Here’s a look at the first teaser for the highly anticipated blockbuster drama Faith, starring Lee Min-ho and Kim Hee-sun as a Goryeo warrior and a present-day doctor who defy space and time to meet and fall in love. On the one hand, being the Nth time-travel drama of the year brings the excitement down a notch; on the other hand, none of its predecessors have figured out how to perfect the form, and if I’d put my money anywhere, it’s on this production team.

The fantasy fusion sageuk is the re-team of writer Song Jin-ah and PD Kim Jong-hak of legendary dramas Legend and Sandglass. Lee Min-ho plays Choi Young, bodyguard to the king in the year 660. He’s 29 years old and has no regrets in life, and no ambition for women or money. His hobby? Sleeping. His specialty: “Sleeping for long periods of time.” Ha. Catnapping warrior it is.

Because he lives a life of no regret, he’s not afraid of death. (You could argue that because your occupation is life-threatening, you choose to live a life without regrets, yeah?) Choi Young believes that people who don’t fear death needn’t spin their wheels scheming, so he takes that to the extreme — he’s a warrior who doesn’t strategize, so much as attack everything head-on. If he happens to succeed, great; if he fails and dies, oh well. OH WELL?! Ack, set your hearts to permanent lurch. I don’t foresee this being a calming experience, watching our hero walk right into death traps with a devil-may-care shrug.

Meanwhile Kim Hee-sun plays Yoo Eun-soo, a 33-year old plastic surgeon in the year 2012. She was originally a general surgeon, but quickly found that it was an overworked, under-paid profession and jumped ship to plastic surgery. Her dream is to someday open her own practice. But one day a strange man she thinks is dressed as a drama extra kidnaps her… and takes her back to the Goryeo era. Their love story spans centuries but also warring beliefs. He gave up on love to be an unflinching warrior. She doesn’t believe in love or trust anyone.

The title Shin-eui means faith, as in belief in justice. But in Hangul it’s also a pun on god + medicine, as a play on the medical and the fantastical, two major elements of the world. It’s a re-imagining of a what-if version of history, potentially changed on a massive scale by the actions of two individuals. The taglines for the show: “Fantasy and history will meet. Person and person will meet. Person and heaven will meet.” It’s described as the epic story of those that will shape a king and change the course of fate. Sounds epically epic as epic can be.

Faith premieres Monday August 13 on SBS.

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Oh yay! I am so excited!

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It it's Song Ji Na and Kim Jong Hak, that would be AWESOME!

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LOL i am seriously loving Lee Min Ho's character description. I hope they saved the best for last in terms of time travel dramas

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I know, right? All hail Song Ji Na, who does not make her male leads The Best Swordfighter In The Land.

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wait... do my eyes deceive me, or is that

SEX ON LEGS!!!

Well, hello there! haven't seen you since Secret Garden. Where have you been?

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Isn't it? :)
Missed him too!

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Me three in the missing PL department. So looking 4ward 2 this drama.

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Bwahahaha

I needed that. And I concur. I concur the hell out of that statement.

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Love your comment. :)
I've been waiting to see what he'd be in after SG.

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is that philip lee i can see in the 4th still at the bottom?

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Yes.

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His hobby? Sleeping. His specialty: “Sleeping for long periods of time.”

Ding! Ding! Ding! We're MFEO. Hahahaha!
Can't wait for Faith. Well, not really. LMHot's the reason for my anticipation. I missed him on my screen. There's only so much City Hunter you can watch and I think I've filled up my quota for the next 5 years.
Also, I get your dig at previous time-travel dramas but I can't include QIHM in that list. ;)

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That part reminded me of Rukawa from Slam Dunk. :P

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Yeah, I agree about QIHM. I'm a fan.

I'm also looking forward to Faith. I've managed to only watch City Hunter once, but that's only b/c I want to forget what happened and be amazed again. Hopefully Faith will be as engrossing! :-)

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Nice to see the QIHM fandom's still going on ^0^

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yea! QIHM is too awesome!

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LOVED the preview!! ackk, SO EXCITED!!!

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Same here, when I read gf's time-travel snark I thought, "Well, I wouldn't say QIHM was anything but an epic win..." I am thinking this might be as good as QIHM, but in an apples-to-oranges sort of way. QIHM focused on the personal story, two people trying to work things out between themselves, with the focus on them, while Faith looks like one of those broad, sweeping dramas with lots of characters and the World Held In The Balance.

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Agree...QIHM was excellent and have high hopes 4 Faith. The other ttravels this year.. I ended up dropping.

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I am thinking this might be as good as QIHM, but in an apples-to-oranges sort of way.

Perfect way to put it! :) If Faith is as expected *I hope, I hope, I hope* it'll be an awesome-time-travel-tale of its very own, taking that basic premise in an entirely different direction.

I really do hope it matches the hype -- because I'm definitely watching. Because, Lee Min-ho. One of the best 3-syllable arguments you can offer. ;D (I watched Fashion King for Yoo Ah-in... so sometimes the 3-syllable argument can burn you. But still, it's Lee Min-ho.)

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Totally agree!

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I beg to differ gf, one drama HAS perfected the art of time travel already, ur comment felt like a kick in the balls (which i dont even possess he he!) am a QIHM mad fan and i aint afraid to show it lolz

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Me too! This would have to dig deep and surpass QIHM for me to consider it as epic.

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i concur!

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i am pretty content with QIHM actually.. however i think there's quite a difference in plot between these two, sharing only the time travelling part..
i just feel a bit awkward with kim hee-sun being much older than lee min-ho in real life ;) but we'll sort that out right? :D

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It helps that they've included the age difference in the show. He's 29, she's 33. Not the whole difference, but it's a drama. When did age really matter in dramaland? lols.

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technicaly his character is centuries older than hers.

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Ding! :)

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I'm really looking forward to this. LMH looks good with the long hair.... yeah! and I like the premise too. Can't wait

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I'm always glad to see actors moving forward. I do a bit of acting myself and I can tell you it's not an easy job. The competition is insane here in America so I can only imagine what's going on in another country. I'm just glad that for me it's a hobby. I watch KDrama and get all Vercua Salt about the men. You know :Mummy I want one of THOSE Flowers, I want one NOW!: (It doesn't work if you don't say it in a snooty voice and point at the screen at the same time) also since I'm mom... eh ...trust me all I get is disdainful side glances. Yea yea...ok so I've had My flower for 26 years now...:eyeroll: Whatever... I read this blog While watching the show so that I can have a companion, my girls will watch it but they mostly avoid it like the plague not wanting to get "Sucked In". So sadly..your the only chocolate and cookie dough pal I got. So rock on..This one looks to be a blast. `hq

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I have three daughters, so far I got two of them to watch City Hunter and one is watching Secret Garden with husband and I. My guess is I may get my City Hunter watchers on board with this one...

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Yes, fellow City Hunter watcher, I'm watching this one too. Have 2 friends that think Lee Min Ho is hot so we're watching it together. I'm also watching Secret Garden with my husband, lol. I started watching it on my own and then he asked/told me to wait and watch it with him. He loved City Hunter as well. So glad Philip Lee is in this show; he's hot in Secret Garden.

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Welcome to the club, many of us understand how you feel :-)

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My daughters aren't interested in my K-drama obsession in the slightest, and one is even studying Chinese in college, but my poor little nerdlet isn't even interested in pop culture in America either. (sigh)

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My entire family thinks kdramas or anything else I enjoy watching/listening that's Asian is a waste of time. They would rather I just study for school all the time (even though it is SUMMER VACATION RIGHT NOW). My parents are Asian by the way, not eastern though, so they sometimes fit into the mold of wanting me to study in school and become some sort of doctor or other profession they could brag about. I have a friend that isn't as into watching kdramas as I am, she sometimes forgets about them in the middle or just floats away (commitment issues). She's not the type to just sit down one day and dissect a drama with me. (TT~TT) So that's why I stalk this site. I just hope that when the next drama cycle hits, I'll be able to love a drama to the point of wanting to write my own recaps for them.

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Looks good cant wait to watch I bet its going to be a hit eventhough theres a freakin huge age gap maybe the pds will pull it off. I just wish they could get a younger lead or an older guy for Heesun but I will still watch

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I also am a QIHM fan who felt it was a good drama as well.

However, I'm falling over in excitement for this one! He likes to sleep. HAHAHA.

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OMG THAT LOOKS EPIC :D

I like Lee Minho's character I'm excited to see how executes it~

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how HE executes it~

It looks pretty but I'm worried about how their love will prevail.. I mean I've seen so much historical meets present and of course the ending varies but I'm really curious at how they will do the ending hrrmm...

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OOOh sounds good!! I'm hoping that this will be more than just an epic love story... like the part about them shaping a king sounds really interesting and totally the stuff I go gaga for in sageuks! Sounds like we'll be spending more time in the past as opposed to modern day which has got me excited for all the possible hijinks! Since most of the timetravel dramas I've seen have had the character from the past dealing with the future (I haven't seen Dr Jin). Also LEE MIN HO <3 :D

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Um yeah... QIHM was the bee's knees. And I especially loved its approach to time travel, memory, and the body-spirit duality.

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I doubt any time-travel drama will top QIHM but goodluck to Faith.

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LMAO. Spoken like a true QIHM fan. I'll be a little more modest in saying I doubt any time-travel drama can top QIHM's insane chemistry. That OTP is possibly the OTP of 2012.

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For a mainstream drama (that had other elements other than romance) I'll say that LSG & HJW had superb chemistry. In the latter half of the drama their characters were apart more than together but they were effectually able to make my toes curl.

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I agree! It will be hard to knock QIHM from it's throne

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I like your style. No holds barred. LOL.

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cinematography and music seem great...can't wait

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OMG okay excited level up 1000x

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Am I the only one here who finds it funny that LMH will star in a drama similar to that of his ex's PMY? Kinda in the same roles too (only he's the male version obviously). I don't know why but I find it hilarious XD

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well everyone's sorta doing historical dramas now... its like the In thing.. next'll Kim Bum lol

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hahha true

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He is no Kim Boong Do.

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No one is Kim Boong Do...

Unfortunately. ;____;

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Ji Hyun Woo is Kim Boong Do!!!

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wait so QIHM which was "almost" perfect is gonna get toppled by Faith!? Is this what I'm hearing now?

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Yes. coz Faith has great production. The writer-PD duo have made the most epic kdramas.
It will top QIHM in most of departments except chemirtry b/w leads.

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I am reserving judgement till we see how they resolve the time crossed lovers issue.Nicely and to everyone's satisfaction

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I tend to 2nd Ani's statement...

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Oh boy, here we go.

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Er. Well this is awkward. Hi Ani2.0.

Anyways, I gotta agree there. Heh.

*passes on the torch as she rides off to endless days at her new job*

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Faith will top QIHM in having a rabid fanbase because of LMH. The rest is wait and see...

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You know, that makes more sense. Counting the chicks before the eggs hatch won't be doing us much good I suppose.

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It will take a lot for Faith to topple QIHM in my heart.

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WAS WAITING FOR NEWS ON FAITH!!!!!!!!!!

And all those loyal QIHYM fans, I get your pain, the drama was awesome! Definitely one of the best of 2012!

But my heart and am sure many others have a very very very very tiny soft spot for Min ho! (I swear a very small one!) :P
So no matter how awesome QIHYM was, this girl will always hope for faith to be best not to topple QIYHM, but JUST CUZ LMH IS IN IT!!!!

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How could bodyguard of king love sleeping? LMAO :-)
LMH always amazes me whenever i watch him onscreen. And his sexy voice is so sexy.

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That's what I thought.
As a bodyguard of the king...doesn't that mean no sleeping?

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Maybe that's why he loves sleeping. It's a rarity. XD

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And that's why sleeping for long periods of time is a skill? xD

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maybe that just means an hour.

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I wonder how they will understand each other as he is from 660 and she is 2012. I know they both speak korean but language evolves over time so it would be hard to buy they could understand each other with no difficulty.

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Good point!

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It's not like his hobby is being smart and his favorite thing is being smart, right? It's not like he's super intelligent, meticulous, and adaptable, right? It's not like the girl has experience saying lines in ancient-speak, right? Maybe they have extreme chemistry?

It's not like everyyyy time-traveling couple can be like the QIHM OTP. D;

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LOL. And Amen!

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Woohoo...I like this story! Even though it's another time-travelling drama, at least the characters go back to the past -- err...Dr Jin don't count cus I didn't watch it. Hehe.

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GF....u have made a lot of QIHM fan angry...lol! I thought QIHM was pretty awesome....personally!
From reading the premise m still not overly excited about this drama...seeing as before LMH got the lead part, three/four (not sure) actors dropped out of the role......so m gonna wait for a few episodes to show n read the recaps to see whether its good....i think the only reason i would want to watch it is to see LMH...he seized my heart in City Hunter n never let go!!! LOL!!

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Wooaaah...this drama seem very interesting ~ At first, I heard that news about "Faith" with casts Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun last time....but I am not sure that if I'd watch this or not. Right now, this drama preview reaaaally made me so curious to watch this drama, haha. XD I don't know why I am really into historical drama (and, I am also into action/suspense with romance), keke.

FIGHTING, Faith casts and staffs!!!

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My sister is very interested in the premise of this series and she's not even a fan of Lee Min-ho. She couldn't stand him in Boys Over Flowers.

But what is it with him that he actually looks good with older leading ladies? The noona-dongsaeng combination really works with him based on his chemistry with Son Ye-jin before. And now, based on the teaser alone I can't wait 'till her and Kim Hee-sun share scenes together! :D

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Son Ye Jin looks pretty young for her age and the characters in PT didn't have an age difference iirc. Kim Hee Sun and Lee Min Ho just don't click for me and she's an awful actress to boot. Pass!

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That's fine. I'll still watch this but I'm keeping my expectations low. Who knows, I might be surprised like how Ghost is keeping me hooked these days. :D

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THIS is the one I've been waiting for!

It's a Perfect Storm of writing, production, director and actor(s). It's quality all the way and I'm anticipating a homerun for all involved.
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I have to say based on the trailer this looks AWESOME !!!

Can't wait to Lee Min Ho again <3

Please August come quickly! * twiches like an addict anticipating her next hit*

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" His hobby? Sleeping. His specialty: “Sleeping for long periods of time.” "

Is there any chance that he's Choi Kang-hyuk's ancestor? If he just lays down for a nap at random times in random places, that would make my day.

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My thoughts exactly!

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OH I AM SOOOO EXCITED! I have so much hope that this will be awesome, and probably tragic so I've prepared my heart for that. But LEE MIN HO is all I really care about. YAY!

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meh. ha.

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Out of all the time-traveling dramas out there, this is the one I was really looking forward to. Mostly because of Lee Min-ho. He is really turning into an amazing actor.

Also, the year 660?! Gah! I would love to "see Korea" at that time. Or any country at that time.

And how great is it that the doctor is female? Awesome.

Totally looking forward to this. Cannot wait!

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It should be 660 years from today

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Yeah... but 660 wasn't Goryeo-- it's 3 kingdoms just barely before unification. I wonder which is correct, the year or the era? (either way, looking forward!)

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Maybe Gogoryeo?

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Hope this would be epic. Please Please Please. Keep expectation down.

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Totally agree. I'm keeping my expectations low as well given that Kim Hee-sun doesn't seem to have a great track record when it comes to her acting judging from the comments I'm reading here. But I trust a great storytelling tandem (PD + Scriptwriter) to do wonders.

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Loved, QIHM, forever will. Doesn't mean there is no space for anything else. Am a k-drama addict after all. Just like I am a Jang Dong Gun newly minted fan, loving AGD nowadays.

Since I am also a forever-and-a-day fan of LMH, Faith will be my flavour of the month in August. Lee.Min.Ho. in an epic sageuk! Looking awesomely hot and sexy! 'nuff said.

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I hope Faith will be awesome and epic all the way to the end. Lee Min Ho's Choi Young sounds fun. A King's bodyguard who like to sleep. Haha.

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There is no mention of QIHM in the context. Why need to compare? I am getting tired of comparing.
QIHM is excellent. Faith is fine not to top it.

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Thank You. It's getting tiring & annoying reading comments about which OTP and drama are the best thus far. QIHM was all about romance. In Faith romance isn't all-encompassing.

Also, why do fans of certain dramas expect everyone to love their drama?

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Because that's what fans do?
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warriors can´t possibly have such a good skin. or is that only after he met that plastic surgeon?

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Good point. I thought they had beards in those days. When I see sageuks on TV (about ancient times) they always seem to have beards...

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Thank you for the news!

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"Sounds epically epic as epic can be". Bwaa ha ha!!! Loved your last sentence GF.

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Wasn't Faith suppose to be a Romcom? Why do I get the feeling the special effects are gonna be overpowering to the rest of the dramas?

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I couldn't care less about Lee Min Ho so ... not watching it for him .
though hopefully this drama will have something better to ad to the whole time-travel thing ...but to be honest I don't have too much faith in this one.

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I was already pretty psyched for this, but now I cannot WAIT. Of course it doesn't help that I've been rewatching City Hunter with a friend- which we've nicknamed Korean Batman- and it's reminding me how awesome Lee Min Ho is.

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That's funny, when my husband and I watched City Hunter we kept saying "Just like Batman!" and "What is he, Batman?" Yes, after City Hunter I realized how great of an actor Lee Min Ho is (and not bad to look at, either).

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I am excited to watch this, and also to see how they play up the romance between the two characters. There is a decade difference in the actual actors' ages, but that's done in I Do I Do as well. However it doesn't look as drastic between these two since LMH is so yummy. I have only ever seen Kim Hee-Sun before in the Myth.

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My job is to keep expectation down. One thing I love about this drama is that its based on Koryeo era not Joseon era which I have seen a lot in historical drama. I dont know why i feel sad for the description of lee minho's character, cute but makes me want to hug him and let him just sleep.

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This may be the umpteenth time-travel drama of the year but I'm still excited. I've missed LMH dearly since City Hunter and I've never watched a drama set in the goryeo era so that should be interesting..I think.

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