Drama Casting & News
Hong Sisters’ new rom-com-horror drama confirms leads
by | April 26, 2013 | 104 Comments

Since this pairing had been rumored for a while, it’s not a huge surprise to hear that Gong Hyo-jin and So Ji-sub have both officially signed on to headline the new Hong Sisters drama Master’s Sun. (By the way, we’re talking about Hong Mi-ran and Hong Jung-eun, the Best Love and You’re Beautiful duo, not Hong Jin-ah and Hong Ja-ram, the Beethoven Virus and The King 2 Hearts duo.)

The show has an intriguing-sounding premise in that it’s a romantic comedy with horror elements; following an accident, the heroine becomes able to see ghosts. She feels cast off by the world and has lost hope in herself, which contrasts sharply with the self-centered and haughty hero who learns to (presumably) mature as a human being. Her “gloomy and quick to tears” heroine sounds a bit dire, but since it’s the Hong Sisters I do expect the dolor to be undercut with comedy; for instance, Gong’s character is too afraid to sleep at nights, which I foresee posing a problem since she has a full-time day job as a secretary. So Ji-sub plays the company president who sees people in terms of monetary worth. Can you imagine her falling asleep at crucial office moments? Hilarious.

This means Gong Hyo-jin will be the writer pair’s star for the second time, after playing a washed-up former idol in Best Love, which is good news; she has a lovely groundedness to her acting that actually works very well with the Hong Sisters’ brand of absurdity. It worked particularly well in Best Love, because no matter how insane Cha Seung-won got (and he got pretty wacky), her emotional throughline felt real. Gong explained being drawn to the project for its blend of irony and horror, which I hope is an aspect that gets full mileage — I LOVED the horror quirk of Arang and the Magistrate and was sad when it went away.

So Ji-sub is one of those actors I’ve been wanting to see tackling more comedy for a while now, just because he’s got such a heavy, melodramatic image. He hasn’t gotten in touch with his softer side in years, so either he’ll be really rusty at it, OR he’ll be unexpectedly fresh and surprise us with a little-before-seen goofy side. Hey, it totally worked for Cha Seung-won and Kim Tae-hee. If he manages to really sell the part of the guy who “gets intoxicated on the sight and sound of himself,” how hilarious would that be?

With PD Jin Hyuk of City Hunter and Prosecutor Princess also attached, so far Master’s Sun sounds pretty promising, even if it does sound an awful lot like Chilling Romance. At least he’s not a magician who conjures ghosts this time too. Truth be told, if not for the colossal suckage that was Big, I’d be a lot more excited about this. But I’m not about to write off anybody for one flop, especially when their work has given me so many hours of enjoyment otherwise, so I’ll be approaching with enthusiasm, albeit muted.

Master’s Sun will air on SBS in August.

Via Kuki News


104 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. maldita

    So excited too see So Jisub tackling a different role than he usually does.

    On the other hand, I’m apprehensive of this drama. Hopefully it doesn’t crash and burn horribly like Big did.

    • 1.1 Sarah2

      You managed to recover from fantasy couple, I’m sure recovering from big is no problem at all.

      • 1.1.1 sur

        yeah i was thinking of watching both the dramas big and fantasy couple only hong sisters i’ve not watched and also hong gil dong which one should i watch please help πŸ™‚

        • haruko

          See, I loved fantasy couple….but I’m also a big fan of the original “Over Board” movie it was based on…

      • 1.1.2 antonia

        love fantasy couple! one of my hong sis faves πŸ™‚

    • 1.2 im_eve

      Fa-HI-NALLY! funny so ji sub (w/c i “kinda” saw glimpses of in Ghost”) ftw!

  2. birdscout

    Cautiously excited πŸ™‚

  3. geesdoubleyou

    please dont flop like Big did ._____.

    • 3.1 dani305

      Nothing can suck like Big did. I didn’t even watch an episode of that one. So Ji Sub!! I’m in for the 1st ep.

  4. Wendilynn

    cautiously exciting. I’m not fond of our heroine. I really didn’t like her in Best Love. I just couldn’t connect with her and our hero has that “look” of someone who is in love with himself. So, we’ll see what the Hong Sisters give us. I’m intrigued.

    • 4.1 Korazy Lady

      Wendilynn, I’m wondering, since there are so many people who seem to love her, if Best Love was the first thing you’ve seen her in? Because it was for me, and I didn’t care for her at all. I was thinking maybe if I had a history with her and had seen her in some other things, I would have taken to her more in BL.

      • 4.1.1 Jo

        watch her movies. They are entertaining and make me love her.
        I also love how she delivers her lines. As a native Korean, perhaps its a nuance that can particularly be appreciated as a native speaker/someone who has a good grasp of the Korean language. I noticed that many many subbers just lose so much of the humor and subtleties (esp. since the English language doesn’t distinguish between jondae and banmal/formal and informal. It makes a world of a difference sometimes)

        • korfan

          Jo –

          Her line delivery is something I find truly special about this actress ….. and I say this as a non-Korean language speaker, which is interesting on my part I suppose.

          I don’t know what it is, but even through subtitles (which, you’re right, I’m sure they miss so much), I can tell there is nuance, subtlety, formality or not, especially when she’s speaking. Gong Hyo-jin is just great!

      • 4.1.2 arina

        watch her in Crush (movie)..and watch her in Thank you with Jang hyuk.. shes one of a few good actress in korea..

    • 4.2 jayne

      Looks like we’re the only ones who aren’t so in love with the heroine. I know exactly how you feel. I tried so hard to like both leads in Best Love finishing the whole series, but somehow I just failed to connect with them. Before that, I tried Pasta and City Hall. I ‘m a big fan of LSG and KSA, but I almost scream in frustation because I just couldn’t connect with the other leads.
      Oh well, maybe three time’s the charm. I’m willing to give another try since I admire works of SJS.

  5. Eliza

    I haven’t felt this excited for a drama in a long time! I love Gong Hyo Jin!

    • 5.1 trotwood

      I love her, too. She has that quality about her that I like her in everything–even in shows that I do not like playing hcaracters that I do not like. She is one of those actresses I fell like I could be friends with in real life.

      And So Ji Sub smiling at me *cough* on screen?!?! I’ll be making sure my blood pressure medication is at the ready.

      I have not been this excited about a drama in awhlie. Bring on the grown ups!

    • 5.2 KDaddict

      Love Gong Hyo Jin! 1 of 5 K actresses I’m always glad to see on screen!

    • 5.3 sur

      true i’m excited for this one because of her she is just amazing in whatever she does

    • 5.4 Lilly

      Well, well, well. Things are looking up.

  6. Chizzy girl

    “rom-com-HORROR drama”….i had make sure i wouldn’t be watching this at NIGHT…i learnt my lesson from watching ARANG and the MAGISTRATE during late hours…

    • 6.1 jomo

      Me, too. That show, with any of the evil mom scenes, made me want to check under my bed, in my closet and leave a light on.

      • 6.1.1 sur

        haha same here

  7. snow_white

    So excited for this πŸ™‚

    I love Hong Sisters and Gong Hyo jin….

    Also, I love almost all of their dramas except Big and the ones I haven’t seen…..

    Can’t wait!! (please don’t disappoint us this time)

  8. sally_b

    hmmm… I find her a bit bland …and BIG scarred me, just when I thought I liked Hong Sister’s shows.

    Withholding judgement until I see a few episodes… crosses fingers for a good show.

  9. OMG

    m excited….but i agree this is sounding a little too like Chilling Romance….i want to see So Ji Sub tackle another genre…..overall m excited for this though

  10. 10 eny

    excited about the story, let’s see

  11. 11 crazedlu

    Yunno, I’m still in recovery after Big. Gah, that crash was tragic. It took out a bunch of us.

    I’m going in cautious. I think So Jisub and Gong Hyojin will make a good pair. The Hong sisters’ strength is fantasy/comedy, so I’m open to liking it. I can’t give up on them (I hope I never have to!) when they’re the writers behind my favorite Korean drama EVER. The drama that taught me how to enjoy and value Korean entertainment.

    And fine, I can’t blame Big entirely on the two. I still think the cast SUCKED. Gong Yoo and Suzy included, but MOSTLY Lee Minjung. Urgh. Lee Minjung. Poor, POOR casting.

    Come on, Hong sisters!

    • 11.1 Hazel

      Tbh, I feel like Gong Yoo got too much of a pass for Big’s failure – people talked as if he did this great job and was simply dragged down by everyone else, and it’s too bad he had to be associated with that mess, etc.

      I mean, yeah, the writing was terrible, Lee Min-jung and Suzy were terrible, but his take on Kyung-joon was totally off and actually ERASED the nuances rookie actor Shin Won-ho had given the character. So, he was one of the problems too.

      • 11.1.1 crazedlu


    • 11.2 sur

      i was having an exam at that time it aired and missed it but when i saw the reactions on DB i passed the whole drama and decided not to try it lately i was thinking of doing it but after this whole comments sections i’ve decided to skip it again

  12. 12 cherkell

    Yes, cautiously optimistic as well. But if there’s a scene written where SJS pulls out two turntables and a microphone, and sings his new rap song… THEN I’M IN!! πŸ˜€

  13. 13 Merry

    Think I’m gonna love this pair. Are they both fancy free? Actress is just so grounded and funny.

  14. 14 Uhnny

    I am so excited!!!~ πŸ˜€

    I hope Cha Seung Won does a cameo role for this. Even as a ghost. Hahaha. πŸ˜€

    • 14.1 ryoko

      That is an excellent idea for cameos, and not just by Cha Seung Won. We could have a whole parade of ghostly cameos by bunches of former Hong Sister actors/actresses. If only this actually happens. Quick, how do we spam the production team?

      • 14.1.1 snow_white

        this sounds great!!!

      • 14.1.2 sur

        excellent idea… wow now i’m dreaming about all the hong sister leading men together terrifying gong hyo jin and me wishing i was in her place hehe

      • 14.1.3 Celery

        CSW needs a cameo in this. PRETTY EXCITED because I do like her, but on the other hand, I don’t feel anything for SJS.

    • 14.2 Unnursvana

      That would be awesome. I actually want Shin Minah to make a cameo as well ^^

  15. 15 acejihyo

    i’d practically watch anything gong hyo jin is in, but hong sisters is really the icing on the cake.

  16. 16 mellowyel

    I want to be excited for this, but I’m getting tired of the haughty man who learns how to be a person trope, particularly of the Hong Sisters’ variety. I like their writing, but I wish they’d put more effort into fleshing out their female leads.

  17. 17 altair

    The plot sounds……not good. The leads: I like (maybe love(?) SJS. GHJ is another story. I never understood how she can be a lead in anything. But then again, I am biased towards beautiful people. I like both my leads to be drop dead gorgeous. Otherwise, I just can’t bring myself to watch a drama. In this case, SJS is very good-looking and GHJ is….not. So…… next!

    • 17.1 Nicolette

      Wow, you sound like an awesome person. I’m glad to see that some people have their priorities in order…

    • 17.2 KDaddict

      1. Beauty if in the eye of beholder.
      2. There is more to drama than ‘drop-dead gorgeous’, like acting, maybe.

      • 17.2.1 sur

        nicely said…. i just can’t stand bad acting no matter how beautiful

    • 17.3 anon

      wow you are a complete idiot.
      gong hyo jin is attractive AND a good actress
      you’re missing out bitch

      • 17.3.1 pogo

        <3 this comment and its truth (six months later, but still!)

  18. 18 Waiting

    Interesting picture…looks like he is praying for a hit, too! πŸ˜›

  19. 19 Danna

    This sounds a hell lot like Chilling Romance…but I liked that movie, mostly because of Son Ye Jin’s wonderful performance and therefore I think there’s some hope here thanks to Gong Hyo Jin who’s equally awesome…Also a fan of this PD and though I haven’t seen anything with So Ji Sub, I trust the opinion of some of my favorite bloggers who love this guy…..the only problem are the Hong Sisters…will this duo bring their A game to the table or well, whatever they were playing with Big? Since their track record has been nothing but a very consistent hit or miss, I;m guessing this should be hit since the last was such a big miss….also I like the sound of the heroine….even if the hero is a cliche (bleh) at least the heroine isn’t a typical candy

    • 19.1 cho

      Agree. This is like a drama adaptation of Chilling Romance aka Spellbound.

  20. 20 Zareen

    I haven’t liked a hong sister drama since you’re beautiful so while I’m interested in seeing how this turns out, I probably won’t be watching it.

    • 20.1 maldita

      Not even My Girlfriend is a Gumiho?

    • 20.2 sur

      not even best love?

  21. 21 Noelle

    This sounds good.

  22. 22 anotheraddict

    I’m really looking forward to this. GHJ has long been one of my faves– I just watched Ruler of Your Own World and fell in love with her all over again. I’m not quite as enthusiastic about SJS, but I actually think he may be really charming in a rom-com.

    • 22.1 ilovekimchi

      Loved ROYOW! Love GHJ! So looking forward to this….

  23. 23 chaosgirl

    Hmm, I’m still gun shy from Big…and this doesn’t have Lee Minki in it. We’ll have to wait and see I guess.

  24. 24 MeeisLee

    Looking forward to this. I’ve heard (and seen *.*) so much of So Ji Sub but never watched a drama or movie with him so I’m glad for this opportunity. LET THERE BE MANY BROODY SHOWER SCENES, or just any scene where he takes of his shirt *.*.

  25. 25 Slightly excited

    I have always been a fan of Hong’s sisters work even though “Big” was a let down. I do look towards this drama, just hoping it will do a much better job than Big!

  26. 26 lalale

    I will gladly watch just to see GHJ. She’s always been my favorite since Star Candy.

    • 26.1 KDaddict

      Love love love Biscuit Teacher, Candy Star to pieces. So charming, so endearing, so cute, so sweet.

  27. 27 Cherry

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! GHJ!!!!!!!

  28. 28 canxi

    I love Gong Hyo Jin so much. She’s a bright light in anything, lol. So Ji Sub in a comedy should be good–even the picture up there that actually shows some twinkle in his eyes is giving me hope. It will be cute to see the prickly compny president start to care for the girl who keeps falling asleep during meetings and maybe probably looks like she is talking to herself on occasion (please, let there be a scene lik this, LOL.)

  29. 29 mysterious

    I’m excited. I love So Ji-sub and I’ve missed seeing him. Plus I love Gong Hyo-jin (Biscuit Teacher, Best Love: enough said).

  30. 30 Seunghye

    As much as I enjoyed The Greatest Love, I am not really a fan of Gong Hyo-jin. For some reason, her characters never really sat well with me. Therefore, I have no idea what to feel about this casting news. I am totally in love with So Ji-sub though, so that is a plus. Still… a little skeptical.

  31. 31 Snow girl

    I have always been a fan of Hong sisters’ drama, but this drama sounds a little similar to the concept of the movie “Spellbound” by Son Ye Jin…

    • 31.1 ricky

      I agree, with the character outline descriptions this sounds very similar to ‘spellbound’. Even the relationship between the characters match (boss/subordinate).

  32. 32 yoz

    yesss so ji sub in a rom com<3 i've been waiting for that.
    not sure about this pairing tho.

  33. 33 oftheshore

    To be honest, there are quite a few films about people who start seeing ghosts/the future etc. after an accident, so I would say it’s just a common trope. What is potentially hilarious is how this plays into the heroine’s work life. Oh, and SJS in a romcom? I’m (cautiously) excited!

  34. 34 apple

    My experience with Gong Hyo jin: Everything she does turns to a Hit! And the combination with So Ji-sub is very promising. I hope for great entertainment.

  35. 35 nakai

    EXCITED ! Please be good.

  36. 36 Suzi Q

    Not a fan of Gong Hyo Jin and although I like So Ji Sub, can he do comedy? I think I’m too use to him doing heavy brooding dramas.

    Agreed, SJS looks like he is praying for a hit. So am I…
    I liked Chilling Romance, but BIG was a BIG disappointment… What a BIG Dud.

  37. 37 ricky

    Rom-com horror and basic premise sounds like that one kmovie ‘spellbound’ (‘chilling romance’). Which I thought was a good movie, by the way. In any case gong hyo jin and so ji sub sound great for this drama. I can’t wait to see it!

  38. 38 Mystisith

    Thanks to Big, my expectations are really low for this new drama of the Hong sisters. If the script is written from the get go to use absurdity and nonsense, then I’m in. Nothing more frustrating than a show which promises to be grand and deep and then turns out brain dead.
    I think that those 2 can have combustible chemistry on screen. Btw, I hope that no one truly believes that SJS is in real life like his public image. He would not be a human being then. πŸ˜‰

    • 38.1 oftheshore

      OMG, abou public image vs. real life – I just recalled the SJS ad parody they did in You’re Beautiful. This is a whole new level of meta!

      • 38.1.1 antonia

        lol i forgot about that one πŸ˜›
        after watch YAB (and i think that scene was the funniest of YAB) i discover hot sjs doing that comercial (beatifoul CF btw) i loled so much
        maybe we can have sjs making a parody of JKS?? is it to much asking????

  39. 39 Maricel

    I like her. She is so nice and natural. THe drama premise is pretty appealing. I didn’t watch Big but just reading comments on the internet i got dissapointed. I still believe this one will be good though…i really hope so!!!

  40. 40 Little Shorty

    So so so excited to watch this!!! August please comes fast, λΉ¨ 리,λΉ¨ 리 :”>!!! GHJ is my all-time favourite actress and SJS is just so so hot!!! So excited >.<

  41. 41 jomo

    As long as they play the weepy funny, I am good with this.

    I liked Big, and I know I am relatively alone in that.
    I LOVED Big Love until the last two or three episodes.
    This pairing will be very interesting. GHJ can mix it up with whoever stars opposite her; I can see her going toe-to-toe with JJS power character as she did with CSW.

    Plus, she gets to wear the coolest clothes. I am prematurely jealous of her wardrobe…

  42. 42 Hubba_Hubba

    I LOVE romcom horror! I wish there were more shows/movies in this genre, like Chilling Romance.

  43. 43 nh

    SJS was funny in that awful Chinese movie (Sophie’s choice i think?), and a looong, looong time ago he was in an ensemble romcom drama with Chae Rim (just looked it up – it’s “We’re dating now”). And in that other lawyer drama also a loooong time ago he played sort of a goofy and haughty lawyer as well. I think he can do comedy just fine. We just have to wait for GHJ -SJS chemistry πŸ™‚

  44. 44 Lilian

    This totally reminds me of Song Seung Hoon’s move of taking on a light refreshing rom com , My Princess. That was a good move and he should really do less makjang stuff! Hope So Ji Sup will do well =) as for me, I love the female lead so will definitely give this a try regardless of Big.

  45. 45 deissy

    I LOVED BIG. i dont care how many people didnt. i loved it. =) it was awesome.

  46. 46 Khady

    Can’t wait to see So Ji Sub in anything! I loved him in Always and A Company Man so I’m sure he’ll be great in a Hong sisters drama (Best Love was a big hit for me too).

    Let August come quickly!

  47. 47 skinnymocha

    His hands are MASSIVE.

    Anyway, the pairing sounds rather intriguing and I’m excited to see how this turns out.

    • 47.1 antonia

      his hands are perfection!!!! sometimes i wonder if they’re the best of him… until i think of his eyes, smile, body….

  48. 48 MsB

    Love these two! So excited! I’ve been hoping for SJS to do something other than his normal role! Sure, I love him but I just wanted to see him do something different and comedy was the missing link! Definitely looking forward to it. Everyone has a misstep and Big was a big one!

  49. 49 Momos

    Gosh, how I envy you GHJ. She got this look of a nextdoor girl who is not really so great looking, yet, she has worked with the best of the best ahjushis in k-drama (CSW, JH, LSK, and now…SJB!!!!)
    You ROCK, girl!!!

    • 49.1 Momos

      * SO JI SUB*
      got smitten by SJS in Ghost.

  50. 50 antonia

    like GHJ, love hong sisters (minus Big) and LOVEEEEEEE SJS (sigh) ever since i read this news i can-‘t control myself or think about anything else…… this sounds so good, i need this drama like right now!!!!
    i hope it won’t dissapoint.. i’m sure it won’t, cause sjs is in it… and he’s enough to make anything worth watching

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