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Seo In-gook joins Hong sisters’ horror rom-com drama

Seo In-gook (Answer Me, 1997) is heading back to television as the latest addition to the Hong sisters’ upcoming rom-com-horror drama Master’s Sun. Hm, he isn’t someone I would’ve guessed to play second lead to Gong Hyo-jin (Best Love) and So Ji-sub (Ghost), but his star is on the rise so good for him for nabbing a high-profile project. (Seo’s last drama was kind of a flop—weekend series Rascal Sons—but overall he’s had a breakout year as a rookie idol-turned-actor.)

The plot of the drama centers around a “gloomy” secretary heroine who suddenly gains the ability to see ghosts, and the ambitious pain-in-the-butt hero who is the president of the company she works for. We’ve seen these elements in rom-coms before, but I’m hoping that this show will have a fresh take and manage to wring something new and interesting out of it. If anything I’m very eager to see So Ji-sub in comedy and ditching his heavy image, while Gong Hyo-jin is wonderful in everything.

Seo In-gook comes into play as an employee of our hero’s “shopping mall kingdom”; he’s also a former soldier, having served in the Zaytun Division of the South Korean Army, which was deployed to Iraq in the mid-2000s. That’s oddly specific. Following the character’s discharge from service, he chooses to use that experience and skill set in pursuing a job in the private sector, thus leading him to take a job as the security head of So Ji-sub’s company.

The drama, which is directed by City Hunter and Prosecutor Princess PD Jin Hyuk, will premiere in August on SBS.

Via MBN

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Does that look like the face of the security head of a company?

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Nope! But he's actually very funny, so I'm really hopeful this is enjoyable and not stupid.

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No, but it's a Hong sisters drama with ghost...

XD

He's such a cutie and he sings beautifully. I love him to bits so I'm rooting he pulls it off. A Hong sisters drama is a big brake for a rookie actor.

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Haha, good point.

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Whoa whoa whoa there. I'm thinking you meant "big break". Unless you were referring to the one not-small drama by the Hong sisters.

'Big brake' reminds me of a big STOP! Haha!

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hahah yeah, i definitely read that sentence and was like "brake? it's a misspelling! .............or is it?" maybe malta knows exactly what she said lol.

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Let's say it's a machine for forming sheet metal. A sort of metaphor ;)

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Exactly what I thought..

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Hahaha! Too true

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Thanks, JB!

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It's Seo In-guk. I'll take whatever I can. Can't wait!

Though here's to hoping the Hong sisters deliver this time around. I have a love-despise relationship with them...

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just when I'm about to give up on the Hong sisters after the BIG mess they caused... (not that I'm totally disappointed cos I never intended to watch the drama based solely on DB fan reactions, but my, why waste Gong Yoo's comeback?!) here comes SIG and HS and drama and rom-comin in one headline! I think my heart skipped a beat! Loved him in Answer me 1997 (even when I have yet to watch it in entirety) and imo he might just be Hong Sisters' redeeming grace! (my excuses to GHJ and SJS fans.. but SIG will be the magnet to pull me in to these writer's works again..)

Let's wait and see...

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Could he be the ghost?

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What an interesting idea! Like Bruce Willis in Sixth Sense. That would explain why his former soldiering experience is so specific.

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oooh, I would REALLY like THAT drama.

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Also an Iraq deployment also possibly the only chance a South Korean in this century could have had to get involved in an all-out war, and the death and destruction that could lead to seeing/being a ghost - despite the North's threats, that conflict has not yet turned into war (which is good).

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Right, I think that is why the detail is important. But, come one, a secretary and her boss? ...I'm tired of chaebols. I also dislike how the Hong sister's are unable to keep it flowing in the later episodes. It usually becomes sort of heavy and loses its rom-com feel and ergh sighagihsag

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haha that's what I thought too! Like Bruce Willis' character in Sixth Sense... it will be interesting if it is!

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I was thinking this same thought, LOL. As soon as I read his oddly specific description, I was all "this dude...definitely died". We'll see, though!

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I also wonder if he knew people who died whom the heroine will (presumably) see and then pass messages between them. This is assuming he himself didn't die. Or maybe he accidentally caused someone's death and is haunted (literally) by it?

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Nice!!! All these ideas make me VERY interested all of a sudden! Not that I wasn't already!

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I want him to be the ghost too... I basically want him to be the main character. :-)

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Yay....this is another drama I'm eagerly waiting for other than Heirs and this casting is so new and good :-) Can't wait....

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Got another reason to watch this. :D

Trying to be patient while waiting for the month of August...

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ZE:A's Park Hyung Sik has been cast also in Master's Sun as the teen version of So Ji Sub's character :)

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seriously??? i love hin in sirius and LOVE him in nine!!! so happy if he's to play young SJS :)

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...since the "other (official?)" young So Ji-sub is in the army. XP

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He seems much too young to be the Head of Security. Is he going to be the second love interest, because again, he's much too young, lol. But meh, I'm sure it'll work itself out.

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Having seen SIG in Rascal Sons i can see him taking the nuna-romance to new heights. but let's just wait and see.

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So I hope my fave Hong Sisters will forget that they wrote Big and with GHJ, remember that they wrote one of their best dramas: The Greatest Love (even though some people didn't get that Dokko Jin was hilarious and the drama was witty and funny and romantic)

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totally loved Best Love and all the characters :)

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one of the best dramas ever!!! and my fave from Hong Sisters :)
Love Dokko Jin

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Agreed. I loved Best Love, one of my fave's.

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BL/TGL is definitely the Hong sisters' most complete drama scriptwise - not only good (witty) dialogue, but supporting characters which are more fleshed out; in MGIAG, they wrote wonderfully for the part Mi-ho (which Shin Min-ah played to perfection), but that was the only well-written character and the rest of the story line was a bit of mess as well (still, Mi-ho and SMA make it worth the watch).

Some people have didn't like the character of Dokko Jin - thinking he was too over-the-top, but that was the whole POINT of DJ's character and what him so interesting and hilarious.

Dokko Jin and "Ding Dong" (the kid) - are among 2 of most memorable characters in a K-drama/romcom.

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oh man...Ding Dong was plain awesome. Sometimes he was more mature than Dokko Jin XD loved the meta jokes too and the cameos esp from Lee Seung Gi

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yeah, best love is indeed the best.

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Awesome ! Thanks for the news.

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ohh so hes the one that will stay forever alone?? im surprised about his casting not because hes not good but his age... anyways, dramaland has done stuff like this lately and i never neen thrilled about it but yeah... good thing is that he could learn a LOT with this project.

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*snerk*

Guffawing at the "forever alone" comment.

As if it isn't enough that SIG's still single (he's part of an MBC show titled "I Live Alone" which I'm downloading hehehe), and the news articles about his "ideal girl" are truly annoying to no end. *lesigh*

But at least I laughed at your suggestion that he's not gonna have a pairing hahaha.

*prayingwishingforaHoyahehehehe*

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Cool! :) I wonder if they'll cast another actress to play his love interest.

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I hope Hong Sisters do not screw up this drama. I like Big but not loving it. I Love Greatest Live. It will be interesting to him being second lead and SJB being Ina comedy drama.

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I was wondering if Zaytun means anything in korean bcuz "Zaytoon" means Olive in arabic :P

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I'm excited for this. Seems good and I finally get to see So Ji Sub in a comedy! And Gong Hyo Jin again (I missed her!)! And Seo In Gook again (I didn't watch Rascal Sons...)!

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Don't watch "Rascal Sons", you'd just be wasting your time.

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I'm really curious how So Ji Sub will do, everything I've seen him in has been really serious so I can't wait to see can he do comedy.
Gonh Gyo Jin is flawless though, I have a girlcrush on her.
Seo In Gook is a talented idol turned actor, one of the good ones but as a head of a security company I think not. But it's kdrama, he could have been a genius neurosurgeon as a 10 year old.

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He's going to be a Genius Security Chief and a former Genius Commando.

It's not a real kdrama, if he isn't a genius.

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What you say is so true.

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i wanna see so ji sub in comedy, gong hyojin i see her few episode in thank you n greatest love, i don't like this two drama, i just like her drama pasta , seo in gook, i see a little in reply 2007 doesn't really like this drama too.I can't comment about their acting because only good in one or two drama doesn't mean they are good actor/actress.

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SIG is adorable. I saw him on a recent episode of Strong Heart 2 and he was both funny and serious. I think he is handsome, talented and developing as an actor to watch. He has the potential to really be up there and respected as an actor. I trust the Hong sisters casting and eye for a good kdrama (I know, I know BIG, but I didn't think it was the worst kdrama on the planet.)

\/ peace

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Well i saw a rom com horror movie spellbound ...Lee min ki and song hye jin was awesome...and i like that movie

so i think this drama will be fun to watch to...but after Big should i take a risk to see it? as Big scar me for life XD

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I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that his chanter is dead. Not sure if I'm going to watch this though so someone let me know if I'm right.

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This show should be interesting. Most Hong Sisters dramas are good (most, not all, i.e. Big). And Seo In-gook is a young star on the rise. So, I'll be looking forward to this.

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I wouldn't say "most."

"My Girl" - unwatchable
"Hong Gil Dong" - not even an avg. sageuk
MGIAG - worth it just for Shin Min-ah
TGL - their best effort
"Big" - awful

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I'm sorry, but "My Girl" was an AMAZING drama.

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he's funny, so i'm excited. i think he'll fit nicely into a hong sisters drama. 'rascal sons' was weird. egh.

don't burn me, hongs.

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Hong Sisters do so many things well, but NOT endings.
They really need to go to...wait for it...
FINISHING SCHOOL!

Seriously. There's nothing like spending all those hours with the characters to either get blown up for loving them, or it just kinduv ends with no pizazz.

"Begin with end in mind" ladies, it's one of the 7 Habits.

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LOL!

Totally agree with you Jomo, and it's something they've gotten progressively worse with rather than better over the years. Big is the biggest example (har) but Best Love had a really disappointing ending too, which in fact ruined the drama for me.

I'm not holding my breath for Master's Sun to be any good, but anything is possible in the kdramaverse.

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Excited! Gong Hyo Jin and Seo In Gook?! Can't wait for August.

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Oooh I think this drama sounds quite interesting! I will definitely need to check it out.

There are some really good upcoming dramas to look forward to at the moment which is just how I like it!

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maybe i am the only one who didn't care for him or his love story in answer me 1997?i was shipping his brother all the time... but i'm ok with the cast... since it's SJS and GHJ!!!

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Are you serious? Reply 1997 was the catalyst for my SIG obsession...I ship Shi Won and Yoon Jae SO HARD.

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One thing people don't get about the Hong Sisters is that they spend their dramas exploring various themes and in order to realize the theme, they will bend the plot and characters to it.

The other thing is that though, they do heart pounding, there are often little layers they put in that you don't realize until later or until you are sharp enough to catch it.

And finally, I *love* that they never play it safe with their writing and always, always experiment. I rather have that than bore doctor.

The thing with Big was that people didn't catch the first and the third thing about them, thus the second part about them got lost. Because people don't expect KES layers, but the Hong Sisters do pull it--you just have to be sharp enough to catch it between the laughs.

I expect for this drama, their handling of subtle will have gone up as they've practiced it a little. (Which means we'd have to pay attention more as you did in Big--people disliked the tone shift, but if you went with it, it worked.) and their characterization should have gotten a boost, since they were trying to isolate that.

I'm looking forward to seeing what theme they will try to explore this time, though. Usually they choose a theme that's related to the previous dramas that they didn't previously get to explore. I'm expecting this one to have an unresolved theme from My Girlfriend is a Gumiho...

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Oh and I like this addition of casting, too. I'm looking forward to this drama.

Look forward to a little more subtle with the character he'll be playing...

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Hmm the Hong sisters like to recruit rising (?) stars as their second leads. Suzy for Big, Yoo Inna for Greatest Love (I think she'd had some exposure before Greatest Love)

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Yoo Inna was in High Kick 2 & SeGa.

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Hmmm....Seo In Gook alongside So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin? It doesn't click for me. I rather much prefer someone older, maybe the same age as So Ji Sub or Gong Hyo Jin.

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As some people were suggesting up above you, Seo In-guk MIGHT be THE ghost, since they find some analogy with Bruce Willis's character in "Sixth Sense" being also a former soldier.

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not gonna watch this for seo inguk, gong hyojin, nor so jisub.

IMMA GONNA WATCH THIS FOR JIN HYUK PD!!!!
I love his works to pieces.

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Can't get enough of him onscreen. I demand him on big and small screens alike. I'm sure he'll take part in its OST at some point. When he sings, he gives me feels.

Can we skip July and catapult to August already? XD

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OMG I know! I just can't get enough of SIG...his voice is amazing too

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sounds like a hit; I can feel it in my bones!

*touch wood*

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