Drama Casting & News
Character introductions and kisses for Jeon Woo-chi
by | November 16, 2012 | 52 Comments

Aw, smoochies, smoochies for everyone! Get ’em while you can, I say, especially since we know there’s a whole revenge plot to come, once happiness and loved ones get stripped away from our hero. But before the darkness and mayhem, it’s nice to know that life in utopia is, well, perfect. It’s a still-a-palooza for action fusion sageuk Jeon Woo-chi, featuring character promo shots for each of our players, as well as some enticing introductions to our cast of characters, supernatural and otherwise.

First, our hero Jeon Woo-chi (Cha Tae-hyun), a mischievous wizard who lacks no confidence. He chases women, talks a good game, but doesn’t seem like he amounts to much, or cares a lick about revenge. But of course that’s all an act, because he travels to Joseon to avenge the loss of his teacher and the love of his life — he just adopts that persona so that people will underestimate him. Tricksy, and smart.

Woo-chi also lives a cover life as Ichi (Ha — that’s like me forming a secret identity as girlthursday — no one will suspect!), a type of reporter for the local news source. So he’s basically got a Clark Kent/Superman deal going, complete with the dark-rimmed glasses for the dorky reporter persona. Ichi is money-crazy, and a wimp who runs away at the first sign of trouble.

Though he only cares about his own revenge mission, Woo-chi keeps getting entangled in the citizens’ problems. He finds it all annoying, but the more he helps, the more they start to see him as a hero. It’s the last thing he wants, but perhaps a fate he can’t avoid.

Our heroine Hong Mu-yeon (Uee) is the granddaughter of Hong Gil-dong and the princess the (fictional) utopian land of Yuldo. She learned wizardry along with Woo-chi, and is brave and strong-willed, and doesn’t flinch in the face of death. Big Bad Ma Sook (Kim Gab-soo) puts her under a spell that erases her memory and controls her mind, taking her away to use her as a weapon against the Joseon people. But once a month, the energy from the moon weakens the spell, and she remembers and longs for Woo-chi.

Jeon Woo-chi’s nemesis is actually a frenemy: Kang-lim (Lee Hee-jun) grew up with both Mu-yeon and Woo-chi in Yuldo, and his is the classic jealous best friend second lead story. He loved Mu-yeon, but always ended up second best in everything, including winning her heart. He chooses to betray them, setting our story in motion.

Lee He-ryung (Baek Jin-hee) is the real Ichi’s little sister. Ah, so he adopts an identity that actually exists. Ichi’s been missing for some time, so when Woo-chi takes on the persona, He-ryung thinks she’s found her long-lost oppa after all this time. Now he has to keep her fooled and thinking that he’s her brother, when he’s really not. AH. I thought she’d be Woo-chi’s little sister, but this is actually more interesting.

Seo Chan-hwi (Hong Jong-hyun) is a member of the royal guard and a humorless, rule-following man of honor. He’s a good guy, but since Woo-chi is acting outside the law, he’ll be dogged left and right by Captain Stick-in-the-Mud. I can only hope for City Hunter/Prosecutor goodness from these two.

Jeon Woo-chi premieres on Wednesday (Eeeee!) on KBS.



52 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Kenzz

    I wonder how Jowon will feel abt this lol

    • 1.1 Farpavilions

      Extra scuffling on 1N2D coming up! (with a side of pouts)

      And even with kissy pictures I still don’t quite see this OTP working out. So cute separately but I find it hard to get my head around the idea, what with the age difference and the gap between CTH playing adorably whiny ahjussi on weekends versus Uee’s sexy getups for After School…

      • 1.1.1 buki

        They still look better than Joo Won with Choi Kang Hee.

        • MEK


      • 1.1.2 morro

        Yea I find this couple even less believable than CKH and Joo Won. But its not going to stop me from watching it!

    • 1.2 ...

      completely forgot abt that… so… that means Joowon and CTH have indirectly locked lips… o.O

      • 1.2.1 foodluver88

        given the epic bromance action on 1n2d, i wouldn’t be surprised if joo won and CTH directly locked lips ๐Ÿ™‚

        though i much, much prefer joo won with uee. (a part of me secretly wants them to be a real couple.) even with CTH’s baby face, i can’t get passed the huge age gap between uee and him.

        still, i am SO looking forward to this!

        • hannah

          No secretly about it for me, I want them to date for real ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Anne

    So excited for this!!!!! Uee’s hanbok is really pretty,

    • 2.1 jomo

      The costumes are amazing!
      I hope the color palette of the stills matches the show.

  3. L

    In case anyone doesn’t know, there’s a 13 minute preview/highlight video here:



    • 3.1 Arhazivory

      Thanks L. ๐Ÿ˜€ 13minutes was a lot for preview but it raises the anticipation.

    • 3.2 im_eve

      ooh!ooh! so naruto! hehe even the clones power one…& the frenemy! hehe

  4. nomu nomu nomu

    It’s nice to have some details on what the story and plot is about (don’t ya think, ALice?). ha. I gota say, the costumes is…um…fantasy based?

    Anyways, This looks like a fun fantasy-action-romantic-comedy (and this time a LEGITIMATE comedy in the rom-com and not just because it is standard to call everything Romantic Comedy)

    This and a couple other drama I’m looking forward to, will be a nice balance between other more darker drama’s I’ve been watching.

  5. UJ

    excited excited excited!!!!!

  6. crazedlu

    baek jinhee is so cute. excited. wednesday, come swiftly. ~

  7. DayDreamer

    Wow! This sounds exciting. After Nice Guy, I think this will be my next venture. One good thing about Kdramas is that there is always at least one drama to look forward to as soon as another one finishes.

    Looking at the photos, I kinda got a Aang: The Last Airbender feel, lol.

    • 7.1 asianromance

      Yay someone who has also watched Avatar: The Last Airbender!

      Looks like they’re from the Earth Kingdom.

  8. Kiara

    Cute but no one rocks the Joseon law-enforcement attire like Lee Jun Ki.
    Uee looks gorgeous in those beautiful hanbok. I love everything I read about this show so far. Dont let me down <3.

    • 8.1 boholAnna

      Just read your comment – I agree, sort of – Lee Jun Ki looks gorgeous in anything ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 8.2 Ennayra

      I did really love Lee Jun-ki in his magistrate outfit. When he was wearing his regular clothes, I was ambivalent, but he looked so good in the magistrate robes! Ugh. So good. I’m just disgusted with myself for remembering so clearly, haha

  9. mas

    Baek Jin Hee is so cute cute cute :3

  10. 10 lenrasoon

    it’s so weird seeing the kiss picture, Uee looks tense and counting the seconds for the kissing to stop lol.

    i’m excited for this drama to air already and i hope it’s awesome.

    • 10.1 Uee

      I saw Uee and Cha Tae-hyun on K-Wave Extra, and she could not stop laughing at everything he said. And while Joo Won is cute, somehow I don’t think Uee would be nonstop laughing with him.

  11. 11 MEK

    i cant wait to see this…i need a drama to replace Faith…I didnt have anything to watch – well now I will – I waited for Nice Guy to finish before I start it. Aaaaaaand I. LOVE. CHA TAE HYUN!!! The funniest person in the world, i think – well, besides Will Ferrell

  12. 12 Abbie

    So looking forward to this! I love UEE and Hong Jong-hyun. I’m not familiar with Cha Tae-hyun, but just these promos make me laugh, so I’m expecting big things from him!

  13. 13 Matt

    What do you mean wizardry? Do they shoot fire out of their hands? LOL I;m new to k-Dramas so I’m not sure what to expect from this one.. I’m willing to check it out though

    • 13.1 Matt

      okay I just watched the trailer.. omg this looks awesome.. like Japanese anime on steroids haha

  14. 14 becca_boo

    eeee! Can’t. Wait. Thanks for the update, girlfriday!

    Y’know, it IS kind of odd, that you’re never here when girlthursday shows up. What a weird coincidence….

  15. 15 Whatis

    I love love LOVE their clothes!!

  16. 16 boholAnna

    Thanks for the updates! Love, love, love Cha Tae Hyun. Love him more after seeing him in 1N2D.

    I liked Uee in O.Brothers but I can’t seem to wrap my head around her and CTH together. I’ll try to reserve judgement of the drama until after I’ve watched it.

  17. 17 Mirai

    So excited for this drama!!!!

    And I see UEE still doesn’t know how to kiss. Poor guys, having to do all the work. But that black and red hanbok is awesome!!!

  18. 18 saranga

    eeeeee indeed! i think this may be the first time i’ve actively looked forward to a sageuk (even if it is fusion, though, aren’t most of them fusion nowadays?). moon-sun did what i thought would never be possibleโ€”opening me up to the genre.

    the premise (wizards, conflict, magic!!) and cha tae-hyun are the main draw for me. i’m very fond of each of the cast members up there, except baek jin-hee. i found her quite annoying in high kick (and a bit constipated looking), but hoping she won’t rub on my nerves so much here. definitely planning to marathon both episodes on thanksgiving, as a nice diversion for when i’m trapped in the house, all day, with way too much family…

  19. 19 wowow

    Joo won… what will be his thoughts regarding this? ๐Ÿ˜€ His beloved Hyung with his ex-gal? >:P

    honestly I thought the poster shoots were kinda hilarious, and a tinge bit awkward especially for the three leads ._.

    Aaand yes, Lee JunKi rocks the joseon hanbok like nobody’s business :’) I miss Arang so much!!!!

  20. 20 miiko

    waaa…. that ice princess’ costume is so pretty.. love the colours..

  21. 21 Lady Seoul

    I don’t really like this actor.. No eye candy either besides UEE but I’m a girl so yeah… Lol

  22. 22 jane

    The lead is ugly, sorry i will say it. Just ugh! I need my leads to still be cute not an old looking man kissing a cute girl. Just no. Will skip this one.

    • 22.1 ien

      Cha tae hyun maybe not handsome but he’s not ugly. As for me, I like and love CTH acting and his persona in 1D2N.

  23. 23 Shinmen

    To me it seems like this will be either a huge success or a huge flop

    • 23.1 Mystisith

      Hehe. Taking risks much? If we except Moon-Sun (QIHM on cable had good ratings too), is there a fusion sageuk out there which had ratings any different than medium/low?
      That said, I wish them all the best.
      Korean viewers are difficult to understand sometimes…

  24. 24 misch

    im looking forward. love both leads. they look perfect for the role ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. 25 MEalways

    I love Cha Tae Hyun, especially since he joined 2D1N. He’s so witty and frank (a rare quality, since sometimes people can misinterpret it as being rude), but that just what he is.

    I like Uee, especially since Okjagyo Brothers. She was playing her part quite well there.

    Sasageuk drama actually is not my cup of tea. So far, I only able to love Deep Root Tree and now I still like Great Seer (those two strong females characters hooked me from the start). But, since CTH and Uee there, I wish it really, really, really delivers…

    Couldn’t wait….

  26. 26 hairpin

    i’m quite confident this drama will be a huge succes like NG.
    It looks this year KBS produce more successful drama from bridal mask, NG and Jeon Woon Chi.

  27. 27 Irene

    I’m kinda grossed out by this picture….and UEE looks so tense and uncomfortable when CTH has his lips on her.

  28. 28 foolmoon

    Those hanbok are very beautiful and dreamy-like. Like them, like them very much. ^_^
    It’s a kind of awkward looking at the picture CTH and UEE kissing ’cause I remember about their age gap, Joo Won, and to be honest, visually CTH isn’t an eye candy.
    BUt I know he can act and so does Uee, hoping for the chemistry in the screen …

  29. 29 fafa


  30. 30 Steamy Bun

    OMO gorgeous costumes, I love them!

    Am I the only one who thought it was two girls kissing at first? ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. 31 seina miller

    Cha Teahyun!!!<333

  32. 32 seina miller

    Oppa Fighting!!!

  33. 33 seina miller

    Can’t wait fot this!!!<33

  34. 34 Sammy

    All I can’t help but notice is how lovely UEE’s hanboks are. She is going to be a show-stealer for sure.

  35. 35 Sonia

    I can’t be the only one who thought it was two girls kissing when I only saw the thumbnail.

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