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Thrice Married for Han Ga-in?

Han Ga-in is eyeing a return to television, which is good news if you’re a fan of Han Ga-in’s acting. (Admittedly a big if. I’m a fan of her as a real-life person, but her acting has never been on the shortlist of reasons to like her. Or the longlist, for that matter.)

The drama she’s reportedly considering is a Kim Soo-hyun project, but it’s not a rematch with the Kim Soo-hyun she acted opposite in her last drama, The Moon That Embraces the Sun. Rather, it’s the hitmaker writer who has penned a string of successful mostly-weekend, mostly-family dramas: Childless Good Fortune, Life Is Beautiful, Mom’s Dead Upset.

This new project is titled Thrice Married Woman and, like many of writer Kim’s works, will be a weekend series. The main story will center around a mother and her two daughters, the elder of whom will be played by Eom Ji-won (Sign), which is great because I love her. (Lemme tell ya, I was confused for a good long second thinking we’d already covered this casting a year in advance with the post titled “Eom Ji-won headlines new Kim Soo-hyun drama” — were we clairvoyant? Only to realize that that post was about the other Kim Soo-hyun drama that Eom Ji-won acted in; she was in the cast of runaway cable success Childless Good Fortune.)

Hm, would it be weird for Han Ga-in to play the little sister to a woman who screen-romanced her real-life husband? (Eom Ji-won acted with Yeon Jung-hoon in Can Love Become Money in 2012.) This is dramaland and acting is acting so it’s not exactly weird… but it’s a little weird, right? Maybe a little funny. But also weird.

I wouldn’t have pegged Han Ga-in for weekend family drama material, but I don’t necessarily see the move as a bad thing. It could actually be a boon to her, if she’s interested in improving her performance. I think a lot of stars with big profiles but relatively weak acting chops would greatly benefit from just acting more, and a weekend drama is a nice opportunity to stretch yourself in a relatively safe environment with a less hectic shooting schedule.

Thrice Married Woman will follow SBS’s current weekend drama Goddess of Marriage, premiering in November.

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She's beautiful and seems to be a nice person, but her acting is really stiff. Then again, weekend dramas are better in covering any acting flaws since most would have a sprawling casts and most Kim Soo Hyun drama's that I've seen are long and would have a lot of light-hearted moments.

I just remembered, Kim Yoo Jung is gonna be headlining the one from MBC (Golden Rainbow), so its gonna be young vs adult Yeon Woo. :)

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I have only seen her in one complete drama series (never cared for Moon Embraces, so only watched first episode). Not the best actress around for sure, but on the other hand some of her anti-fan criticism is just stupid. One criticism was that she "looked too Western".

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Um, "looked too Western"? I don't think so.. I actually think she looks very Korean. Of course not in the traditional way, like, small eyes, wide nose, etc., but despite her supposedly "Western" features, one look at her and you'll still think "Korean". I don't know what it is that makes her still look Korean. I think it's the same case with Yoon Eun Hye and most Korean actresses. Her features now are really far from the typical Korean but she still looks Korean. I'm probably not making any sense now lol, but that's what I think. As for Han Ga In, if you put her beside typical Koreans, you'll think she doesn't look Korean because her features are different. But put her beside the real Eurasians and pure Westerns, and you'll realize she still looks very Korean, just in a different way.. if that makes sense to you lol

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huh?i think kim yoo jung will just play the younger self of the lead in golden rainbow.. ;?

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Yeah, she's headlining ~10 episodes of the childhood portions, which is quite a lot for a child actress. But with her name being thrown out there first, it just seems that she's one of the drawing cards of the drama. :)

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"a relatively safe environment with a less hectic shooting schedule. "

i don't understand what the meaning of that, are they shooting weekend drama in the weekends too?

and why would weekend drama make them "acting more" i think not all weekend drama have long episodes there are some of them with only 16-20 episodes

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Week end family dramas have a lot of characters and the screen time is globally less important for everyone: Certain weeks you see more W & X and the next ones you see Y & Z. Actors can even have little vacations if the writer is skilled enough to plan things in advance.
Short dramas are not the norm for the WE, at least on the Big 3: 50 eps is the reference. Goddess of Marriage which is airing these days is supposed to be 32 eps and that is unusual.

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well so that only refer to family drama then..with many episodes and characters, i see the usual 50 episodes only on KBS 8PM timeslot drama and 9PM timeslot dramas on MBC and SBS...

For primetime 10PM timeslot they rarely did 50 episodes dramas especially for SBS so nothing unusual for Goddess of Marriage..and also most of drama in 10PM isn't family drama..i won't surprise if this soon- to be HGI drama isn't a 50 episode drama too since that was how it usually

actually i only want to argue with the general thought that weekend drama always have "long episodes, many characters, safe for rating" which not the case with 10PM weekend dramas

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well they say a pretty face can only take you so far, but Han Ga-in seems to prove that wrong. Though I do not think she is a 'bad' actress, unless you take in the seemingly lack of develoment or improvement in her acting from ten year ago to now. I think she an actress a director knows just what he going to get everytime, so in a way that a skill in itself, after all most leads in Korean drama just have to look great and that 50% of the job right there.

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She completely ruined Moon Embraces Sun for me. :-(

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DITTO x 100. I was into it until she came on in the adult years. I love Kim Soo Hyun and a lot of the other actors, but I just could not handle her. I just kept thinking "if only X,Y,Z was playing this role instead".

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It's a crime PD's and writers keep giving her leads when she has no talent.

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Frankly, if that level of stiffness and dead-eyes is not considered enough to make her a bad actress, I don't know what is. She was so wooden in Moon/Sun, it made me repeatedly wish the character could just have been played by the actress who played her child version, even though that's obviously impossible. And in a drama that was allllll about a romance, it's hard to care about the story when one-half of the OTP is so bad at playing it.

She wasn't bad in Bad Guy, but frankly I think she's one of those actors who just does not have any feel for acting, with them the bar is set so low that even saying the words of your lines correctly (without bothering about expression or emotion) is considered an achievement.

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I am on the same page with you. HGI's performance in Moon/Sun would have earned her a Golden Raspberry award if it was produced here. It was awkward to the extreme and uncomfortable to watch at times.

I actually do not like to see these types of actresses to get jobs (let alone high profile jobs) that easily - it is unfair to the other struggling talents out there (and Korean has such an abundant supply of that). Her good looks (which is quite debatable based on individual tastes) is the main contributor to her success and status in the industry, which is pretty sad and also a bad influence that is saying "certain beauty standards trumps all others". No wonder the national obsession with plastic surgery!

I am accusing her personal for the bad things and trends in the industry here though so please don't throw snarks or other sharp things my way. Just stating my disappointment with her as an example.

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Correction needed - I am not accusing her personally for the bad things....

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"..even saying the words of your lines correctly ... is considered an achievement..."

Had to laugh at that, but kind of an ironic laugh because it seems to be way too common. Idol-status, looks, flower-boyness, and the like can only carry you so far.. unless it is a weekend drama I guess.

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That's why though I expected it, I was still pissed, when she won the Top Excellence Actress for MoonSun with that performance of hers. They could have just given her the Popularity Award, since she attended and all. But outside of acting, I really like her in her interviews, etc.

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IMO she's one of those actresses who have chemistry problems. Another one is Park Si Yeon. I can't really pinpoint what it is but i suppose generally its the lack of onscreen charisma. Probably it's just me.

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Well I gotta disagree with you on Park si yeon.I think she has lots of charisma.I watched her in coffee house and there she had amazing chemistry with kang ji hwan and was quite charming and charismatic in her role.She's also way prettier than han ga in(IMO).

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HGA is like Suzy or Yoon Eun-hye.

She needs the right script and the right PD to pull a good performance out of her.

Both HGA and Suzy gave their best performance in "Architecture 101" and that has everything to do w/ the aforementioned (for YEH, it was "Coffee Prince").

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She seems genuinely sweet but but in all her years as a actress there has been zero improvement in her acting.
Of course if the requirement is to stand and look pretty then she fits the bill perfectly.
Even KTH showed some improvement in romcoms and her most recent drama.
But I like Eom Ji-won.

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exactly! even KTH improved over the course of her career. Song Hye-kyo have shown some noticeable improvement in her movie and her latest drama. Not by a very huge leap, but you can see, they are working their cratft, slowly but the effort, the hardwork is there.

i dont know abt HGI, pretty face, easy on the eyes, but so stiff and wooden than a piece of dead wood. all these years and not even a little improvement. she wasnt that bad in Bad Guy but i give it to how the character is written, not her acting.

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This isn't just any old weekend drama though - Kim Soo Hyun is uber popular and the show will be a guaranteed hit.

It looks like the male leads are Song Chang Ui and Chun Jung Myung... one for each sister, I'm guessing?

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Is this male leads confirm or just a rumour?

I like to see Chun Jung Myung back to small screen, not really into his latest TV drama Glory Jane ;-P

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Their names were included in articles about Uhm Ji Won's casting - since the script reading is on August 1, I think it's safe to say that they are confirmed.

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really? PIE is in this? that sounds awesome.

i quite like Han Ga-in, but her acting is pretty meh and she was boring in The Moon That Embraces the Sun. hopefully she'll be able to improve acting in the weekend drama.

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If it does turn out to be a big hit as you say, that could backfire, especially if the other characters can.. you know, actually ACT. If you are teamed up with a bunch of sucky actors, nobody will notice.

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Admittedly, she needs a whole lot of improvement in her acting (and I don't see a breakthrough anytime soon) but I do have a soft spot for her so...

Give me some yummy male leads please!

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Not a fan of HGA (sorry oppa ;) ) but I'm a fan of that writer: Childless Good Fortune is a gem and if SBS is clever enough to let her do what she wants, than it will be very good.

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Grrr. Typos! HGI and "then", not than.

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She was in bad guy,right?I really liked that drama and she ruined it for me,uggh. Wish they chose someone else to play the lead role.

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i love bad guy too, one of my favorite drama alltime n I don't think she ruin it, her charracter isn't really difficult n her scene actually not really important than another cast, n the other cast act good.

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That's the only drama I've ever been able to tolerate her in, even if relative (then) rookies like Kim Jae-wook and total rookie Jung So-min acted circles around her without even trying.

She's basically a grown-up Suzy - likeable but with zero acting talent - which makes it extra appropriate that they played the same character in Introduction to Architecture.

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thing is Suzy is improving but HGI didn't

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I vaguely remember HGI in a weekend drama. I think she was the half sister? result of an affair and brought into the family but never fit in and was out living on her own working in a salon room place where she meets Song Il Gook? who treats her pretty poorly, but she loves him and eventually gets pregnant and all the while there's the really nice guy who's always cared for her supporting her when she's down even though she's going to have another man's baby......I think the good guy was Ji Sung...

Was I dreaming this?

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you mean terms of endearment...

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Yup. Thanks for the title. I just reread the description and it's just as I remembered it. I was just getting into Korean dramas when this aired in L.A.

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Aww! Just when I thought she would be resting and enjoying marriage life with her super hot hubbie after the string of success she's had in the past year with The Moon that Embraces the Sun and Arch. 101, she announces another possible project D:

Not complaining though, a huge fan right here.
Also, a note to hot hubbie:
Please do something about a Vampire Prosecutor Season 3 soon!

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I love her. I have a soft spot for her. I'm glad she's coming back to the small screen.

Aww, I thought they were trying to have a baby this year or so.

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Writer: kinda boring. I stopped somewhere in the middle of CGF and can't bring myself to find the time to continue as I still don't get why it had high ratings. Would've exchanged all that time watching I Live in Cheongdamdong instead (if only subbed episodes are available).

HGI: first thought was I'd rather watch a not-so-good-at-acting idol than her ever again, but then Yunho came to mind. Maybe if they did a melodrama together I'd watch it just for the unintentional amusement it would bring.

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Maybe Han Ga In should get acting lessons from her dearest hubby? The lovely , lovely Yeon Jung Hoon =)

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True! Yeon Jung Heon has an acting talent running in his blood! He can give her acting lessons in exchange for a good meal :) ... I don't even understand how Moon /Sun ended up being #1 when it was shown when its competitors in the other network that time weren't bad either! Too much attention was given to her for her looks when there are other Korean actresses way much more talented and more beautiful than her. Oh well..to each his own... and this is Dramabeans!

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He must be one of those husbands that always tell the wife that she is perfect in everything she does lol. It's obvious she is not learning from him.

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Well, when it comes to looks, HGA blows him away.

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Never been a fan of HGI and can't say that I will see how a weekend drama will help her out. Especially one written by Kim Soo Hyun. I remember watching Life is Beautiful and the thing with KSH is that she likes to write about controversial issues--adultery, homosexuality, etc. Acting on a show that touches or revolves around these themes requires top acting chops. Unless HGI is just a peripheral character, but I don't see how that could be since she is a "big name."

And that's why I don't see myself ever becoming a fan of hers. She's a big name, but on what basis? In all honesty, only because of her looks, which I have to agree is based on personal taste. And personally, I don't get it. Sure, she's not ugly or even average. But she's also not the prettiest actress or model ever. She's no Sohn Ye Jin, that's for sure. She's not even an Lee Da Hae (who also can't act, but is pretty).

What she is, is someone who relies only on her looks. And that's why I can't ever see her acting improving. 10 years and she's still stiff and wooden. And I blame it on her beauty--it's what made her famous and so she's afraid to ever really act, because real acting involves emotions, such as anger, pain, fear, hurt, etc. Emotions that will distort the face. I never cared so much in her other dramas, which were so boring that I never finished watching them. But in Moon/Sun, her presence was like a black hole that sucked out all the energy in a scene. Even when she was being tortured, she hid her face behind her hair. When she was crying in emotional pain, she again hid her face. Until she gets over her fear of having an ugly expression on her face that may be frozen on a computer screen, she'll never improve her acting ability. Correction: she'll never learn to act.

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Lee Da Hae admitted to having works done on her so the 'pretty' would be after the works of knife. But I do agree that Han Ga In is stiff and would still evoke the same expressionless face; and given that it is a weekend drama, she wouldn't have to worry too much about acting so she's safe. Weekend dramas tend to focus on minor characters as well.

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Lee Da Hae was stunningly pretty 'before' she decided to to get work done, I only seen her on runningman recently and frankly she looks just well, odd, rather than pretty now.

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Seen pics of LDH 'before' - and really not that pretty.

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You just articulated what I feel about Song Hye Gyo!

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I'm going to disagree whole-heartedly.

There are numerous CFs where HGA looks absolutely gorgeous.

In terms of the most beautiful/striking Korean actresses - HGA is up there w/ Kim Tae-hee, Shin Min-ah, Song Hye-gyo, Jeon Ji-hyun, Lee Yeon-hee, Soo Ae, etc.

Lee Dae-hee, otoh, has a generic look and had "help."

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can someone enlighten me on what differences there are between weekday dramas and weekend dramas?

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Weekend dramas are commonly 50 episodes, while most weekday are 16 to 24 (16 is most common).

Because weekend dramas are much longer, they also tend to be a lot weirder and full of makjang plot devices to fill up all the space. They also often have a lot more secondary characters and plots, which often have little to do with the main one, and might make no sense at all.

That is my take on them, others may have a different one.

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To me weekend dramas will be forever remembered as 'family dramas'. There'll be romance sure, but there'll also be a lot of other additional sub-plots with various themes as well. Most of the time they tend to be more 'light' on content too; most of them will be focusing on making the audience laugh, simply have a good time and is a easy viewing all the way throughout.

This is because weekend dramas are aired on weekends - Saturday and Sunday only (duh). The intened audience group for them is the whole family - everyone gathered together, sit down and enjoy one hour of light-hearted humour every week. This is what my childhood was like with weekend dramas anyway.

Riding onto the previous comment, so yes, with so much more episodes in store, it means there'll be a lot of story lines going on all at once. A good exmaple is the High Kick series, though it wasn't a weekend drama in theory. They had a lot of mini plots with a huge cast.

Weekday dramas are of course aired on any days beside the weekend. They can be commonly as short as sixteen (with the exception of it geting cut short due to poor ratings) to around twenty-four episodes (usually a drama predicted to be a hit or with a large budget). Most of them are romance concentrated (don't even bother arguing with me here) and assume all the audience cares about is the leading man and lady and as long as their story is floating, they don't really care if everyone else sinks.

In short, weekday dramas are like drugs; amazing in the short-run but can be really frustrating and depressing in the long-term. I usually find myself wanting to view a weekend drama after a series of (really bad) weekday dramas.

Weekend dramas are a good break from the fast-paced weekday dramas I suppose. Majority of the time weekday dramas tend to be badly written and can feel rushed and neglects other characters, and it's especially hard when they're actually the ones who are still keeping you onboard. With weekend dramas you get much more luck in this department - hopefully anyway.

Hopeuflly this has helped! :D

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guess wife has to make some extra won to pay for hubby's new Porche 911.

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She looks like a living doll.

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I have read that she suppost to look like Jang Nara, I guess I can see it sometimes, though Han Ga-in always looks the same [perfect] while JN has a hundred faces.
Maybe as someone said that why Han Ga-in has never developed much as an actress, unlike Jang Nara, she always worried she has to look good and 'scared?' to look silly or bad for a role. She was a model first I think so maybe that part of the reason, though then again so was JN so maybe not.
Heck she should just do a year of variety shows that should cure her of the feeling she has to always look perfect!

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I recently fell in love with Kim Soo Hyun's family dramas (although I'm stuck on episode 25 of Childless Comfort due to lack of subs!). Ugh I love the two doctors' relationship on CGF. I am currently watching Life is Beautiful too. I love the slower, breezier pace of those dramas. They're so relaxing and fun, and I feel more satisfied when things get resolved. (Spoilerish: The grandpa finally finding out was one of the great highlights of CGF for me.)

I also like Uhm Ji Won a lot, but I'm not so sure about Han Ga In, although Nam Gyuri was really great in LIB, so there's some hope for her maybe? And if Song Chang-eui is involved then I am definitely giving it a try. I hope this gets subbed!

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ga in unni might slap me but I really enjoyed ji won and jung hoon's relationship in can love become money they made a cute couple lol Its interesting that she would explore weekend drama territory too. yun jung hoon did that too with i summon you gold -which im loving to pieces rn!- maybe both decided to experiment.

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just way way too much hate around

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I don't hate her. She's pretty and seems genuinely nice. It's just that her acting is stiff and well, she sucks at acting. I much rather watch someone else who is better at evoking various emotions and bring the character to life. I mean, if you watch Lee Bo Young in "I Can Hear Your Voice" to her last project "My Daughter, Seo-Young", you can see two different characters who were perform by one same actress. We have the sassy girl in "I Can Hear Your Voice" to the always fearful and serious Seo-Young in "My Daughter, Seo-Young". For Han Ga In, no matter what drama/movies she starred in, it is still the same expressionless face and stiff acting. Not so much changes in her acting.

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HGI wasn't too bad in Architecture 101. For some reason her acting does not have the x-factor to connect with the audience in all the TV dramas.

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PLS DO NOT TAKE OFFENCE but her acting SUCKS!!!
REALLY SUCKS!!!!!!!

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So no posters attacking those who dared to criticize HGA's acting?

Guess HGA is too "old school."

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I love han ga in. She is the best in Korea drama.

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Han Ga In was terrible in Moon Embraces the Sun. She nearly ruined it. Her acting is wooden. I don't get what is so pretty about her either. I wish they would have just used the girl who played the younger part. Plus, Han Ga In looked way to old to be playing this part against the other younger actors. She might only be 30 but she looks 35--my guess is she is sick which is aging her. The mole on her nose was irritating. And what is with those sanpaku eyes!!!! Did anybody else notice the bulging proptosis eyes? Does she have Grave's disease or some other thyroid related illness? God, between the awful awful awful acting, the distracting mole, and the bizarre sanpaku eyes, it was so difficult to watch this series. Please, aren't there a million Korean girls who could have done better? Give someone else a chance. She made her money. She can't act. And the camera does not love her anymore.

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I agree x 1000. I hate to sound mean but she ruined it for me too. I wanted to turn it off after episode 10. HGI was horrible in this drama. Pure garbage. non of the older actors matched the younger actors. The men in his drama were just plain weird looking. I couldn't wait for it to finish.

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I'm soo late for the hate party but I have to comment and agree that Han Ga In 100%ruined moon/sun! My gosh, the first time she appears with those big eyes I was like 'whaaat?! Why her? She's ugly! And what's with the big stupid eyed expression ?'

I don't know if I can finish this drama. I keep on imagining another actress. I really want to watch it bc of Kim Soo Hyun but gaaah i can't stand Han ga in.

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