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Upcoming drama previews: Master, Doctor, Who Are You, Her Legend

Teasers galore! We’re gearing up for a new wave of summertime dramas, and have the previews to prove it.

First up, we have the Hong sisters writing their ninth rom-com miniseries with Master’s Sun. It’s the Wednesday-Thursday show starring Gong Hyo-jin as the ghost-seeing heroine, who works for the haughty boss-man played by So Ji-sub.

The trailer has a distinctly Addams Family-esque camp-horror factor, which I dearly, dearly hope pays off in the final product. It could make for something very fun and quirky, or it could flop big time. We’ll have to wait and see.

In the teaser, So Ji-sub narrates, “Her world is a little… special.” That’s puttin’ it mildly. She sports a Mona Lisa smile and says, “I’ve been waiting for you.”

 

On the flipside of the same ghost-seeing coin, then we have tvN’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday series Who Are You, where the heroine (So Yi-hyun) wakes up from a six-year coma and can see dead people. Her leading man is Taecyeon, who’s of the “Prove it with science!” camp, and they work together as officers in the lost and found department who resolve unsettled issues through the objects left behind.

I would never have predicted it, and it half-kills me to admit because I like the Master’s Sun cast SO SO much more than the Who Are You cast (who, meh), but if I had to place bets based on teasers, I’ve gotta go with Who Are You. But time will tell.

 

JTBC has a summer drama entry with an August Monday-Tuesday series Her Legend, which is a success story of a young woman with a dream to make it big designing handbags, which sounds just terrible and clichéd and is saved perhaps merely by dint of being on JTBC, which as a way of taking mundane premises and doing something thoughtful with them.

I’ll say it—this teaser bores me—but I do expect the show to have the brand of low-key warmth and charm of most JTBC offerings.

 

Last but not least is another Monday-Tuesday show: Joo-won’s autistic-savant surgery series Good Doctor, co-starring Moon Chae-won. The plot may be Doogie Howser, but the camera work looks gorgeous. Medical human dramas are so dependent on execution since the medical plots are often just filler or placeholders for the theme of the day, so I think the high production values here are a promising sign.

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ghost seers and dead people I think I'll like. Not so sure about the handbag industry but it might be good...as long as she isn't all genius Ok Jang Bin-esque. Not gonna watch the autistic savant surgery. My son is diagnosed as autistic and I have very little patience with the way autism and/or Asperger's is shown on TV.

Thanks for the info.

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The Hong Sisters I think will go for scary... so Master's Sun should have a light horror edge to it. If it hits between campy, and something like Chilling Romance I'm going to be happy. If they inject Muism into it, I'll be all over it.

Who are You I'm not that excited about... I have this feeling of unease watching the teaser.

The handbag one I have no faith in. Both because of the network and because it doesn't seem like it's well put together nor has much budget.

The Autistic one I have issues with. But I said that from when it was first produced and released. It's because it only portrays autism badly, and if someone isn't a savant and is autistic, then they are usually categorized by dramas as "useless" and I seriously protest that. Makes me twitch.

Looking forward to Master's Sun.

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Yeah, I've said similar things in other posts about Good Doctor, or Green Scalpel or whatever they are calling it this week. I won't repeat them but I definitely second you on the twitching. I was twitching during the promo.

I mean he's acting as though he's lower on the spectrum when he'd have to be very high functioning on the spectrum to be a surgeon and -- see there I go again. I just wish the drama wasn't shouting "AUTISM!" in big Las Vegas neon when I think that what the role needs is more subtle.

I keep thinking of the episode of Scrubs where Michael J. Fox played a surgeon with OCD. He was really good at what he did but his disorder definitely affected every part of his life.

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I agree with you on this one. I had imagined that Joo Won would have a version of Asperger's or some other high-functioning kind of autism. It just seems like if he isn't able to deal with a simple street light with lights and beeping, how does he deal with bright OR lights and beeping instruments on a daily basis? I could understand if he didn't feel comfortable around people, but there are certain things he should be able to function with in his daily life.

Although, someone mentioned that he isn't yet a surgeon in the series, but that he works on becoming one. In that case, it will be interesting to see how the story shows character growth.

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Your comment about how if someone isn't an autistic savant, then they're usually categorized as 'useless' got me thinking, and it brought to mind something an online friend said one time in one of her many critiques about how able-bodied people love to portray people who are disabled/expect the disabled to act, which would be to put disabled people on a pedestal, and to do that, they have to have a redeeming feature. Savants have their super-normal abililty(s), so that makes it 'okay' for them to be 'broken'. Their ability also means they aren't 'useless', so it's okay if they're on SSI and/or other form(s) of public assistance and it gives meaning, purpose, and/or justification to their existence. [/ignorant POV] I, personally, don't think like that. I can't stand the way disabilities and disorders are handled on TV (in the States and Korea), and I'd love to beat writers and producers soundly with a copy of the DSM-IV. ;)

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Preach!!! and also respect for the DSM IV mention!

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V is out now too. Though it's not much different from IV.

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Yep. That pretty much ticks me off. It's the you're either black or you're white. So either you're useful or you're evil if you're outside of the dominant sphere.

But humans have the right to be viewed as human first through the individual choices, etc. This does not mean the other labels aren't important either, it means that part of loving a person for who they are and how they define themselves is understanding their core differences and accept that, too, is part of being human. (It's sad when people feel threatened by such a simple statement like that).

I've seen the reverse too, where the person with autism is shown not as a savant, so they are merely a burden on their family. Both extremes make me want to cry and rub my temples.

The only decent portrayal was about Temple Grandin, but that's only because she closely monitored the film and they also based it on a book she personally wrote. (She's only part of the spectrum though). Of course not everyone agrees with her... but at least she claims they got it right for her life.

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I agree on the aspect that there are a lot of production houses out there which depict shows on the spectrum of autism specifically on abilities that the "normal" human mind is not capable of doing at all. However, I came across an english subbing of the teaser where the "Savant Syndrome" rolling credit includes - a limitation on emotional depth and it is only a specific area of capability the person will have. Keeping that thought I have decided to keep an open mind for The Good Doctor because Asian dramas do not overlook the positives and negatives of a human condition compared to American cable shows. Definitely not trying to make a racist comment since I have watched shows from both sides of the hemispheres.
The other drama I am definitely gonna watch out for is The Master's Sun. I wanna see a different side to SJS's acting and as always GHJ is one awesome, quirky and lovable darling.

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I didn't care for Who Are You's teaser either. It seems more like a skin care commercial or something of that sort. Master Sun's teaser was definitely spooky but at the same time peaks your curiosity.

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The second one is like a CM for something... Mascara that doesn't run in the rain. Become a Noona that attracts younger guys! Summer is coming and you want to look your best! (Ignore the fact red lips like this is usually on sexually forward and evil women in Korean fiction.)

Shiseido... or whatever.

The first one tried, but couldn't establish the tone and had to rely on telling you physically what it's about.

"After a coma, I could see dead people."
"I'm the skeptic getting on an elevator."

Or in writer language, "I have no idea how to convey this feeling I want to give you, so I'm going to tell you because I'm clueless."

Master's Sun set tone through music, sound, atmosphere and showed, making for a stronger teaser.

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Hi, what does CM stand for here, Commercial Movie? I didn't get it...

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Ok, Master'Sun for sure on my list of must see.

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people here need to stop categorizing autistic/savant syndrome based on some movies you watched, or some people you know. there are SO MANY broad ranges of autistic/savant syndrome. try and conduct some research for it, you'll be surprised. people should stop comparing this type of syndrome as autistic since autistic is a part of the savant syndrome, or vice versa. and to judge this disorder based on 1-minute teaser is not fair to the drama, nor the actor.

people here also need to know that this is a drama. certain things are not easily portrayed without words, certain words are not easily said without motion. so the actor (Joowon) needs a lot of physical motion, not to mention the deep emotion that comes with it. losing a parent when he was little, and having been bullied since then must have affected his self-esteem. so regardless of him being a high-functioning savant syndrome, his behavior needs to be mixed with other normal emotions. why do you think k-dramas love monologues so much? why must there be imaginations or a lot of flashbacks? coz some things are difficult to show without words/motion.

this is what i hope the drama would do: portray savant syndrome as realistically as possible in order to show everyone here how everyone deserves a chance in life regardless of what they are diagnosed with. one person with an autism does not represent autism as a whole.

to quote a friend of mine "This is a drama not a documentary. Even if it is not all accurate and only showcase a tiny slice of the entire spectrum, at least it leads people to awareness, to find out more and most importantly understand why being different does not mean he or she is less of a human."

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As someone who lives with a disabling chronic illness, I tend to avoid dramas that portray illness or disability in any major aspect of the plot. The make my blood pressure rise. They are usually wrong, unrealistic, and downplay and/or romanticize what someone with that condition would actually go though. A disability is not a character quirk like having a temper of a taste for pink shoes. Just no.

Sad, because I love both Joo Won and Moon Chae-won, but unless I hear really amazing things about this show, I doubt I'll watch it.

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I have a lot of reservation about Good Doctors, and my first reaction upon reading the synopsis was Oh no they didn't. I really really hope the drama won't be one of those shows that employ illness or disability as some kind of aw-inducing factor. I really don't put much stock on it at the moment.

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I'm so glad to hear others speak about the way autism is portrayed in media. Being married to someone and having 2 children who are all somewhere high on the spectrum(Asperger's) has shown me that there are not a lot of people who really understand. It's very frustrating.

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The way I see it: it's of course sad that people don't really understand what people with these disabilities go through. But honestly, how would they if they haven't experienced it in reality? And it's not really fair to judge other people because of it.

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Of course you can't truly understand it if you haven't lived with someone who has it or you haven't had it yourself, but you can take the time to research autism and the autism spectrum, talk to professionals about autism, and talk to people who are on the spectrum. You can take the time to get the facts and make the effort to portray autism and someone who's autistic in a realistic, respectful way. That's all anyone here on the spectrum or who knows someone on the spectrum wants.

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Others are talking about the way illness and disability are portrayed in media, nobody judges anybody else for not understanding it. Instead of having a knee-jerk reaction here, you could go do some research and educate yourself on the subject.

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Same here. My son has autism spectrum disorder and the trailer of Joo Won completely puts mi off. Joo Won looked like Rainman and no Rainman could work as a doctor in a hospital. I thought they would choose a subtle approach and show the real problems, but after watching the trailer I'm afraid of cliches which basically are not possible in real life.

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Totally agree with you as I have the same problem with spinal cord injury people being represented on screen since I have spent 40 years in a chair. At the very least you would think they could have an expert on the disabilities to advise them but it always looks as if they are just stereotyping.

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Yes, I agree. Joo Won's character made me uncomfortable. I worked around autistic people for a little over a year, and he does not give me the feel of an autistic person at all (at least not in that trailer). If this is how he is in the actual show, then he will only be able to fool those who have never been around autistic people for any length of time. It is something about his eyes. They didn't seem committed to the role at all. They seemed to be playing a role, they didn't become the character, at least not yet.

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it is only a 1-minute teaser, where the scenes are cut off here and there. give him a chance, you might be surprised. also, since you worked with people with autism for about a year, it would be interesting to know your feedback on the drama, be it criticism (not bashful) or recommendations. =)

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If we have to judge the book by the cover... I mean, the teaser:
Both Master's Sun and Good Doctor attract me very much. You sense that the actors and the staff did some homework for those projects.
I love Kim Jae Wook and So Yi Hyun but I feel a cheap quality production and some superficiality with Who Are You.
Her Legend's teaser makes me want to runaway: Boring, cliche, makjang... Bleh.

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you could take the same theme as Her Legend and I dunno, make the girl a thief, a pickpocket first. or kleptomaniac. habit which she would keep even becoming a designer. and what leads her to liking bags. double innuendo. I like handbags that are...easy to zip open. and have outside pockets... and give her a phibia of leather as well. try make it through that.

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*phobia

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See? I'd like to have a female character written like that. Brownie points if she did some jail time and has to redeem herself. Then she could design school bags to spare the back of the kids who need to walk 10 miles to meet their teacher in the Third World...

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sometimes adding an off-the-wall twist to a standard makjang makes a better drama plot than an originally strong plot with little space to play around. I love absurd and impossible twists.... even Dr. Jin would have worked as a flat out comedy where the fetus has an OCD to talk constantly.

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cringe at your use of "third world"

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Redfox, I usually hate any dramas that have to do with the fashion industry but it someone went with your concept, I would give it a try. The heroine would have to wear vegan shoes.

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I am all hand to try writing one.

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i didn't expect that ghost in Master's Sun, just thought it would be GHJ. yikes! i don't think i have the guts to watch this one

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I think they'll pitch towards scary like Chilling Romance scary. And maybe some camp for the humor. I'm hoping since I need a crack drama right now.

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Really liking the Good Doctor's teaser. It seems to focus directly at the heart of the story which is Joo-Won's character's trials and tribulations and a person who can help him overcome it. I dunno much about autism and savant syndrome, but to my untrained eye, it looks like Joo-Won has done some research into it and will hopefully be able to portray the disorder in a well-done and nuanced way.

Dunno if I'll watch when it comes out or wait to hear some of the reviews and marathon later.

I wasn't really interested in any of the other shows, and none of the teasers really made me change my mind.

I do like that Who Are You's teaser focuses on the actual story vs. The Master's Sun interesting yet non-story-focused teaser, though to be fair the first teaser for Who Are You doesn't focus on the story either and just highlights the main couple's chemistry.

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Thank you for the update, JB!

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Joo Won and Moon Chae Won look so cute xD

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I think Good Doctor could go really wrong in so many different ways (mostly in the handling of Joo Won's character and if the medical part of the show is just window dressing or if they're actually gonna deal with it seriously) but that teaser does look good. Joo Won and Moon Chae Won make a great pair.

Master's Sun looks really fun. Loving the blend of horror and romance, yay for something a little bit different. Finally a potentially good rom com? I adore Gong Hyo Jin, I just hope the Hong Sisters bring it with a solid script this time round.

Who Are You - yeah, not really grabbing me. I wish Kim Jae Wook was the lead (why is he so underrated?) and I'm afraid it's gonna go all overwrought makjang on us and tbh, Taecyeon's eyebrow acting ain't up to that kind of emoting. I'm hoping tvN do me a massive favour and give Kim Jae Wook his own show after this, though. That would be awesome.

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I cant decide if Joo Wons take on the autistic savant is cliche or not.

with you one the Who are you? being the best out of the bunch. gives me real chills.

seems like dramas with that name work well for me...

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Good Doctor actually looks better than i expected!

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with you on that.

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I think i'll give all of them a shot, that is only if they are all easily accessible. I don't necessarily have an opinion on any of the teasers above... Except for the last one, that one definitely triggered interest.

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I know right? Good doctor teaser is kinda giving me goosebumps. Love it

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Good doctor

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goog doctor n master sun, i'll watch

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same

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this is my first time medical drama ever because of JOO WON and MOON CHAE WON. well, looking at the teaser of GOOD DOCTOR it may be good, JOO WON sure can act with the character given. the meeting on the street make me want to know how will they develop each of the character despite being involve with medical and others influence.

I'll be anticipate for MASTER'S SUN too. that's new genre to me from Hong Sisters. this drama will be compete with GOOD DOCTOR for sure. since SO JI SUB and GONG HYO JIN are good in dramaland, this will be count in my drama-to-watch-list !

I have watch SO YI HYUN's drama like HEARTSTRINGS & CHEONGDAMDONG ALICE because of the main leads. but not sure for this drama. will be reading the recaps only.. maybe~ for HER LEGEND. err, I'll not watch it.. its not my type.. sorry.. hahaa~

waiting for GOOD DOCTOR; MOON JUN WON & MOON CHAE WON !! :D AHH, MASTER'S SUN too..! :D

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HAHA did anyone watch the Suha-man (superman/Su-ha mash) video that the Master's Sun teaser had a link to? kekekeke

i actually found the who are you teasers quite plain...:/

but Joowon's teaser... his acting is so realistic and has been for every last one of his roles. he has this sincere, unpretentious quality in all his works that is so artistically (and physically) attractive T_T can't help but love him

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btw...2Moon couple fighting <3

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So many drama to watch..how am I gonna catch up for my beauty sleep ?? ;)

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Yeah ... plus summer nights are short ;)

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As someone who has worked with autistic children, I am a bit wary of what Joo-won's portrayal of autism will be in Good Doctor.

As for Who Are You?, I think I'll give it a try. Maybe Taecyeon has had some acting lessons since Dream High.

The one that looks the most fun to me is Master's Sun, but if the Hong Sisters have come up with a good premise and cast, but not thought out a resolution, I'll be sorely disappointed . . . again.

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with you on autistic children. I have some experience as well and they can be way more open and coping than peopls stereotypes would allow you to believe. but they are by no means "peaceful" they can lash out in a rage as well. goddammit if that would happen in operation room chills....

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There are so many variations for autism... As long as they pick one version and stick to it, I'm all right. Now, I don't expect perfect accuracy either: It's only a drama with an experimental approach. Mental problems are so taboo in SK (see how depression is used in dramas)... If it can introduce Koreans to the topic like Rain Man did it for me years ago, then it will be enough.

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That's true. I'm not expecting accuracy either but Joo Won did look more like a patient than a doctor in that teaser to me, so I dunno. I don't have any experience with autism, but it's still something that can rub you the wrong way if done poorly. I'll just rely on everyone to have done their research and hope for the best since it does look really good and hopefully people will learn from it (but not rely on it too much since it is a drama, lol).

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Actually it seems that Joo-won's character is not yet a doctor at the beginning of the drama. I think the story is about how he overcomes difficulties to become a pediatric surgeon ?

I like the teaser and also hope he will portray well the character...

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Oh, well that's better then. And also makes for a more interesting and hopeful story if I'm to be honest.

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yea. I don't think the drama will start with him being a doctor. In the teaser, he (and she) don't seem to recognize each other (and from the drama synopsis they say that Moon is a co-worker)

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Master's Sun - love the Hong Sisters and hope it's YB/MGIAG/BL quality this year.

Who Are You? - sounds real good plus it's tvN. Only qualms: Taecyeon. As long as there are no dramatic moments in his scenes, it'll be okay.

Her Legend - will check it out only for Choi Jung-won who I really loved in WUAS. Also, it's jtbc which I currently love for giving me Heartless City.

Good Doctor - trailer looks good and the acting too, but I'm really not a big fan of Joo-won and medical dramas.

Thanks for the teasers, javabeans!

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Good Doctor, definitely.

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Oh Moon Joo Won, he look good! I have high hopes for this drama. Let's hope their met.

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good doctor !! can't wait.

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actually, the teaser that popped out the most for me was good doctor, with master's sun being a close second.
pretty sure there's gong to be alot of controversial once good doctor airs but i'll give show the benefit of the doubt and if i remember correctly, this is the same writer of medical crime investigation show God's Quiz, which i heard good things about.

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Hmm, so much, so much!

Master: creepy stuff... but sort of intriguing. If it's not too horror-y, I might be able to handle it, but I'm not sure.

Who Are You: Why oh why is KJW second lead and Taecyeon first? Unfortunately, i don't think I'm going to get far with this, or I'll skip-watch for scenes with KJW.

Legends: sounds... boring. Now, if this was a Japanese drama, I'd have hope because they somehow manage to make you interested in the most random things (from synchronised swimming to the Japanese airforce), but Korean?

Doctor: Not much a fan of medical dramas, but it does look nice. Probably not. We'll see...

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Here I was waiting for Kim Jae Wook's return, and unfortunately he's been sidelined as a second lead again. Even with that glorious new haircut and the police uniform, sigh.

I have to admit though, the teaser for Good Doctor was filmed beautifully, and plus you can't really ever get enough Joo Won.

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I'm looking forward to Master's Sun and Good Doctor!

Btw, the ghost's face when the lightning struck creeped me out, but then SJS's smile made me feel all better.. :)

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Well...three out of four ain't bad. I am so ridiculously excited for Good Doctor, I can hardly contain myself. I can already see how different this character will be for Joo Won. I just love his versatility!

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Which one has the most good looking cast? I am new to all these actors and currently, I just want to start a drama based on good looking people and then switch if they bore me :-). Also, has to be male... LOL

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Luuurve that teaser for "Master's Sun"! Their smiles at the end! Augh. Can't wait! I find the Hong sisters fend better when they're paired with PDs who fit their style of funny. I think you guys mentioned it on a podcast once, but I do think a part of the reason for the "Big" catastrophe was its look. It was pretty to look at, but there was no chemistry between the writing and cinematography.

My money's on "Master" over "Who Are You".

"Her Legend"... meh.

"Good Doctor"... eeeeeee! Haha. It must be my love for Joowon speaking, because I am EXCITED!!!! I'm not much a fan of Moon Chaewon, but I found her so charming in this teaser. Joowon is so good looking, as always. Ha.

**AND OH, I clicked on that link of Lee Jongseok in a Superman costume after the "Master" teaser ended and was led to a Superman trailer with "I Hear Your Voice" clips, and... lollllll. Nice. Haha.

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Master's Sun looks the most interesting out of all of these teasers.

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AHH! No time for sleep or school for the rest of the year, huh?

I'm super excited for Good Doctor, the teaser looks AH-mazing. It gives us a look into the character portrayals, and may i say, Joo-won is killing it. MCW looks sweet too!

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Master's Sun looks like fun. Looks both parts creepy and romantic and I'd really really love it if he show actually had a couple of genuine horror moments in it with that kind of teaser and plot. Why not?? Go for it, I say! Scare me and then kiss it better. And this is coming from a person who generally stays away from horror flicks, lol.

Who Are You fascinates me. It's kind of mysterious and I like the helping-dead-people storyline. It would be cooler if not all the dead people were good. Add in a ghost that seems nice but wants to cause some mischief...I derno. Curious about Kim Jae Wook's character. I am excited to see him but he's such a mystery as well. Meh, Taecyeon, mehhh. I say it a lot --I like him, but he's boring as an actor. Plus his character is just as mysterious as KJW's which is not that great in his case...because it makes him seem kinda useless. At this rate, I feel like you could scrap his character all-together and still have a show.

Good Doctor's trailer was lovely! I always cringe at portrails of disorders in Korean-drama's though...if Joo Won manages to pull it off...if the show and scriptwriters manage to pull it off I will give them a big round of applause. It could go horribly wrong or it could be awesome and touching! Though, I have to say Joo Won makes himself look a little unstable...I dunno if I would hire him as a doctor with that body language since he looked more like a patient to me. I was hoping he would be more put together but with some kind of tendency for avoiding people so that you can tell something is off. He kind of looked like a scared mouse. Buuuut, we'll see.

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Me too, I dislike horror flicks. You might like Chilling Romance which was funny and fun...

Definitely watching Master's Sun.

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I did like Chilling Romance! It was so cute and yes there was one part that made me jump haha. Loved Son Ye Jin there; she was so charming.

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It's important to note that Joo Won's character is dealing with Savant Syndrome where autism is just a part of the package. Obviously there will be some inaccuracies but disabilities like these come in many so many forms and everyone have a different experience. Mental disabilities(real ones) are so rare in kdramas, even if they make it like a stereotypical portrayal of Savant it is more important that they convey what it is in large. I've only taken a few courses of psychology but I wrote a special paper on neuropsychological conditions, so this will be interesting to see. I can't speak for people with Savant of course, but the hyperactive information retrieval they are described to have is very tastefully done and feels realistic in just the few seconds of the teaser.

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I luv Gong Hyo-jin and the Hong sisters can usually entertain me for like 10/16 episodes - but somehow I haven't been able to fully finish any of their last couple dramas...I just get frustrated and quit so hoping this one breaks the curse :)

I'm watching Who are you for obvious reasons of the pretty, but I like the noir feel its giving off. I thought it was going to be cuter with that first teaser, but I think its gearing up to be a little more dark. I could go for that.

Nope for fashion drama

and I'm giving Good Doctor like the tightest leash EVER. As a person who has worked with autistic children and their families, I side-eye everything. Plus, if their was ever a residency director who accepted a candidate like that into a training program, idk man idk... dramatic license and all I suppose though right?

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autistic acting not convinced me at all

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It's not autism. If you watch the trailer and pause 10 seconds in, you will see letters in English that says "savant syndrome". Try looking it up, it's a whole lot more than just autism.

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Read the synopsis! He is an autistic savant--an autistic person who also happens to have savant syndrome.

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I'm really looking forward to Master's Sun and Good Doctor...is it August yet?! However, my excitement for Good Doctor is mainly due to the cast, not the premise. I share some of the same concerns as many of the previous commenters regarding the misrepresentation of autism. As someone who has an autistic relative, I fear the drama stereotyping Joo-won's character. Hopefully the drama will prove my worries wrong!

On a side note, this debate has me thinking of other k-dramas with autistic characters. I remember in Shining Inheritance/ Brilliant Legacy there being an autistic brother. However, I only ever finished the first few episodes so I don't really remember how his character was portrayed. Can any one fill me in on the portrayal of autism in that show?

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IIRC it was pretty well done, surprisingly so.
And, MCW was in that, too.

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I agree with jomo there, too. It was a pretty good portrayal. It was believable and not over-done or under-done. And *surprise!* that actor was Yeon Jun Suk who played young Kim Nam Gil in Shark!

I also heard Park Ki Woong managed to do a pretty good autistic character with an affinity for stocks (??) in Story of a Man but I haven't watched that drama.

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Yeah PKW was very good (and cute ^^) in this as well as the whole cast, especially Kim Kang Woo imo (love him !). The drama is AWESOME (by the Gaksital's director) !!!

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Well, that's good to know! Not that those two portrayals necessarily mean that the one in Good Doctor will also be pretty good, but at least it's reassuring to hear that k-drama's track record with the portrayal of autism isn't totally negative or anything.

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with this recap, I can decide which one will be my next drama. yihaa. Good Doctor! I don't pick Hong Sister drama because the treaser is freaking me out but I kinda wondering the whole story. But I don't like ghostly drama. I think I just read the recaps.

Thank you JB.

Love from Indonesia.

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These all look good except for the Handbag Girl - that one smacks of "Fashion King" and it's too soon to travel that road again.

Joo-Won's autistic savant piece is interesting, especially if the writer handles the illness with the finesse of Su Ae's "Thousand Days".

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I'm looking forward to 3 out of 4 so that's not too bad even with the girl from Stars Falling From The Sky you could not pay me to care about handbags.

The two ghost ones I love supernatural stuff especially Asian horror and with the Hong sisters apparently going more campy/humorous and the TvN looking like it's going for more serious scare stuff I'd say they're different enough to watch at the same time.

The medical one honestly I'm not a big fan of medical dramas and as I have been diagnosed with Asperger's, though I guess since Asperger's no longer exists it's just high functioning autism, I'm not really a fan of the poor treatment of mental disorders on t.v. but Moon Chae Won trumps that and makes it a must watch for me.

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You know, I can't watch anyone in a role like the savant Joo Won's playing without hearing Robert Downing, Jr/Kirk Lazarus's speech from Tropic Thunder.

Let's see if he takes the master thespian's advice. If he keeps it toned down, he won't go home empty handed from the awards' shows like Sean Penn did.

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Will be watching Master's Sun for sure...and maybe Good Doctor.....rest: skip!!

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Hrmmm... Master Sun for sure.. the rest will just read the recaps better for me...

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From GD soompi. Crdt to uploader and translator :-)

Drama “Good Doctor” delivering a warm-hearted and serene message finally unveils.

KBS new drama “ Good Doctor” (written by Park Jae Bum, directed by Lee Min Soo) premiers on August 5, releases the first poignant teaser on July 10th through KBS website, attracts attention.

Through the 1minute video, the symbolic portrait of the young man Park Shi On (Joo Won) with personalities of 10 years old, who suffers autism and developmental disabilities, and his encounter with Cha Yoon Seo (Moon Chae Won) draws a strong curiosity from the audience.

Before the teaser “ the conventional medical dramas often depict intense surgery scenes. However, this drama wants to focus on the medical assistance, which the main actors Joo Won and Moon Chae Won emphasize in their portrayal the meaning of the meeting.

The meeting in the daily crossing of two people instead of hospital rooms and operation table appraises the highlight on the meaningful moment of their encounter.

Especially, in this teaser, the production team makes the teaser through the optical view of an autism person to show how autism people see the world and acknowledge to overcome the agony of autism, which describes not only ”disease” to further as“ failure”. This is the goal that the teaser wants to subject to.

This drama makes the public notice the significance of Cha Yoon Seo as Park Si On the biggest helper. In “Good Doctor”, the production team wants to reveal the remaining intact about the dimensions of difference and coexistence between warmth, conformation, healing. Delivering new impression to the audiences, “Good Doctor” receives high anticipation.

Representatives of Logos film said, ‘“Good Doctor” excludes all political elements in the traditional medical dramas, instead focusing on the represent of healing aspect, creates a new form of medical dramas.” And “ In order to produce a great drama, the actors and staffs do their best to bring more expectation for the viewers.”

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Video subber/translator/subber credit to Madamtongy and Chrissy at moonchaewon.net

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Oh hm.
Easier said than done but i'd love it if everything you said was the case. That would be alot more interesting than your typical medical show, imo.

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"personalities of 10 years old, who suffers autism and developmental disabilities,"

This line makes me even more wary of the drama. It's kinda a poor understanding of autism...

Autistic people don't have under developed personalities...

and not all of them have developmental disabilities (as in cognition).

Mostly it's an inability to read social cues. (If simplified beyond belief).

So I have this huge feeling of apprehension. Given that the preview itself raised some red flags for me which made me go, "Wha?" and it was verified by other posters here with more experience than I have, I feel even more wary since they couldn't even nail a simple preview.

I have this creeping feeling that he'll be the only autistic person in the whole drama which just will make it worse too. (Bechdel test for disabilities).

Huge sense of unease. I can hope they prove me wrong, but I can only see this going south and perpetuating the problems listed.

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I wanted to point out that a normal woman would never walk up to a twitchy, spastic, weirdo like that and talk to him unless she had body armor and a can of mace ready.

Then, it occurred to me that this was, after all, Moon Chae Won, and if Moon Chae Won walked up to ME on the street and smiled at me like that I'd probably get all twitchy and spastic myself.

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looking forward to who are you ♥

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I actually liked all of these teasers a HELL of a lot.

The Master's Sun had me hooked from the first release of the stills. I'm kind of neutral about So Ji-sub and one was of the few who never warmed up to Seo In-guk in Answer Me, but Gong Hyo-jin I pretty much worship, and seeing her smile creeptastically was enough to make me giddy. Hong sisters, please don't disappoint me!

Who Are You's teasers threw me a lot because I was in the "could not even care less" camp about it prior. But now I'm cautiously optimistic; the Cute does not a good drama make, but it never hurts and boy was the Cute rearing its head. Also, I finally got around to looking at the stills, and on a purely shallow note, second lead Kim Jae-wook looks spectacular.

At this point, I'm of the belief that jTCB is in possession of some serious fairy-dust-mojo that makes everything good. So even the fairly commonplace teaser that promised nothing interesting was enough to make me curious. Also, Choi Jung-won looks natural and pretty, and I've never actively hated her unlike some of the drama fan base. Her Legend will probably not be on the level of, say, A Wife's Credentials or the currently airing Heartless City, but it's all in the execution, and jTCB hasn't had a serious slip-up yet.

It was actually the music of the Good Doctor teaser that made me interested--those opening strains of music are from Snow Patrol's "The Lightning Strike" which is a pretty moody and atmospheric song. I hope the drama can capture that same ambience throughout; the plot description sounds like it could veer dangerously into the "sickeningly earnest" category, and it would be great if all the "heartwarming" could be balanced by some introspection and seriousness.

But really, I'm so excited. 2013's slump is finally over.

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good doctor for me

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Awwww, Joo Won looks so cute...i'm expecting three out four of these drama...i hope i have time to watch them all :)

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Thanks for sharing the info.

I'll probably check out all of these except the handbag person drama.

Both MS teaser and the 2nd WAY teaser look more like promos, not actual content of the show.

I don't rely too heavily on teasers and even take the basic descriptions given out with a grain of salt. We all know not to be surprised if a show is not exactly as advertised. I mean look at I Hear Your Voice-it was first billed as a Cop and Lawyer that team up with a high school boy that could read minds to solve unsolvable cases. That's not exactly wrong, but it's not quite accurate either. :)

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I really like all the teasers, except for the jtcb one. I like Good doctor teaser the most though (even though most people are turned off by the autistic arc of the story). I'll give them all a chance and go from there

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mmm i really dig the format of this post! it's nice to have all the teasers in one place together, and see all at once what's coming up.

i'm most interested in master's sun and who are you, but i'm not getting my hopes up. it's always fun to check into new shows, but i've learned to dial down my expectations since the most random shows end up being my favorites.

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Mmmm no. For me is "Master’s Sun" over "Who are you" Although I love Taecyeon, I don't love him enough to watch an entire drama just for him and the teasers dont encourage me. If the Hong Sisters return to their usual awesomeness, "Master’s Sun" Its going to be good.

Handbags, out. Good Doctor....Aaaa....maybe.

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Love joo won! look forward to watch the drama..

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