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Kim Soo-hyun and Jeon Ji-hyun reunite in rom-com
by | August 16, 2013 | 85 Comments

Confirmations are in: Kim Soo-hyun and Jeon Ji-hyun are getting back together for the alien time-traveling fusion Joseon-to-modern-era romantic comedy (could there BE more descriptors for a drama?) Man From Another Star. Woot. Bring on the wacky zany fun. Let’s just throw the kitchen sink at this sucker and add superpowers, fugitives, and ghosts, and then we’ll have covered all the recurring tropes of the last two drama years.

The new SBS rom-com is gearing up for a winter premiere, for what will likely be a programming slam dunk for their Wednesday/Thursday lineup all the way from I Hear Your Voice to the currently reigning Master’s Sun, with Heirs and then Man From Another Star to follow. Someone’s bathing in money over at SBS this year. The drama comes from the writer of the hit weekend drama You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly, and the PD of acclaimed sageuk Tree With Deep Roots. I think we’re in for something good.

Kim Soo-hyun stars as an alien who lands in Joseon, and just lives there for the next 400 years until the present day. You’d think a guy would check out some other lands in all those centuries, but maybe he just really really liked Joseon. In any case I like that it makes him both a time-traveler and also a really old dude, but in the body of well, the gorgeous Kim Soo-hyun. *paws at screen*

In the present day he meets Jeon Ji-hyun’s character, a top actress. So… she’s playing herself. The drama will be about the man and woman who are literally from two different planets, overcoming their intergalactic differences to make a romance work. The tone is described as cheery and heartwarming. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say, DUH.

The Thieves co-stars made a big splash with their onscreen chemistry that was just enough of a tease to keep us wanting more, so I think they’ll make a great pair in a drama. Jeon Ji-hyun hasn’t been on television since 1999’s Happy Together, and Kim Soo-hyun’s last drama The Moon That Embraces the Sun is still the biggest weekday ratings hit since its day. Now that both actors are officially starring, I’m officially excited.

Man From Another Star follows Heirs and premieres in December on SBS.

Via TV Report


85 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ace

    Yeah! That’s all.

    • 1.1 Jo

      No, not that’s all! AMAZING. And not even because of the actors in this drama. The writer and PD are just AMAZING.
      I’m beyond thrilled. My reaction is: I CAN’T WAIT!

  2. JD

    Oh snap. SBS forever dominating the Wed/Thurs timeslot haha. Absolutely adored this couple in The Thieves. Cannot freaking wait for this!

    • 2.1 Hugepuffball

      I know! SBS is my favorite channel, but…. wow. Someone is DEFINITELY rolling in cash. Along with you know, a bunch of stock holders…

  3. hawaiianseoul


    watching for these two.

    but doesn’t it kinda sound like inhyun’s man??

    • 3.1 lol

      he didn’t travel through time (he came from outer space), so the answer is NO..

      • 3.1.1 hawaiianseoul

        I’m not saying it is. that’s why I said kinda.


        • reina

          I know what you mean.
          the kinda part comes from Her being an actress and him being from joseon era…

          It also feel like superman with Him Being from another planet and her being an actress rather than a reporter.

          I also agree with GF, 400 years to stay in one country when he traveled lightyears to come to planet earth. Hmmn maybe there is a quirk that the place will be the land he stays at until he meets his destiny…

          speaking of 400 years, does this mean he lives forever or is it like the elves in Lord of the Rings where they just live longer thus they seem to live forever in human lives, but whatever the quirk is for all those centuries of living is this gonna end with her dying of old age and him living still. That’s T___T

          but still looking forward to this drama, the cast, and the staff. JiHYun and SooHYun ins The Thieves was sizzling so I can feel like they are gonna bring it in, and the PD and screenwriter are AWESOMETASTIC in titanic proportios and the story is pretty much crazy interesting. This seem like a pretty made HIT!

          • Saturtledaisy

            400 years in Joseon. Maybe his Joseon-girlfriend died and now he’s not budging because he’s waiting until she reincarnates.

            Oh wait.

    • 3.2 Taber

      It exactly like In-hyun man instead of time travel from the past it going to be from different planet..OH MY ORIGINAL! People need to stop getting upset when drama are compare if you haven’t notice ALL all k-drama are remake of each other million times over, instead of waithing the normal 10 years they do it in 10 days!

  4. crazedlu

    She’s got charm, and I wish I was a fan of hers, but I’m not. Cries.* I’ll be tuning in still and hope it goes well for the story. Kim Soohyun…

    • 4.1 bd

      JJH has got tons of charm – esp. in her CFs (she really should do more romcoms b/c that’s her forte).

      KSH is the current “it-boy”, but he has yet to really gran me in anything yet and I thought their chemistry in “Thieves” was OK, but hardly a.ything to fawn over.

  5. Celery

    The title sort of reminded me of Starman, the j drama.

  6. lolz

    Everything about this drama makes me crazy. OMG!!! when i watch Thieves. I was loving these two. And i cant believe they are not together in the end. I was liks : What? Is this the end???i want more., but it will continue. Im ship them. <3 im so exciting.

    • 6.1 mary

      I haven’t watched Thieves, but koala’s blog used some screencaps from the movie.

      The screencap was a kissing scene. And his mouth was OPEN. O_o

      Thank god they’re bringing that chemistry into a drama!

    • 6.2 hannah

      I know. I wanted her to be waiting for him in the prison parking lot when he walked out or something.

    • 6.3 bd

      Still haven’t finished “Thieves” after starting it a couple of months ago; really hasn’t grabbed me.

  7. redfox

    time, alien, what? Alien Tim?

  8. the50-person

    Oh lol seems like SBS is going all out to dominate the wednesday-Thursday timeslot haha. Off topic–but I hope heirs works out fine cos I suppose the budget is damn huge from hiring so many actors. That’s expensive and I do hope the plot is entertaining, judging how much effort they are putting into all those news on heirs.

    back to topic: ooohhhh Kim Soo Hyun. The combi sounds good, and I do hope they’ll be able to deliver an entertaining performance.

    this year’s dramas are definitely going supernatural, what with IHYV, Who Are You, Master’s Sun, Ghost-seeing Detective and Gu Family Book. Not to mention there are fugitives on the run, with the likes of Mandate of Heaven and the currently airing Two Weeks.

    keeping fingers crossed.

  9. jomo

    He really really liked Joseon. LOL

    The writer, hopefully, won’t tease and leave us wanting with the skinship. Seriously. The pairing demands skinship and lots of it. How about they steal from Master’s Sun set up and say that the Starman character can’t talk unless he is touching JJH’s character?

  10. 10 snow_white

    I’m always excited when the actors return to small screen after a long time and here we are talking about 14 years!!

    that should make me super-excited ๐Ÿ˜€

    anyways, I have no idea about Jeon Ji Jyun as haven’t seen any of her movies but heard a lot about My Sassy Girl.

    • 10.1 ilikemangos

      There must be something about man from another star *cough kim soo hyun* that’s pulling her in after 14 years sticking exclusively to movies…
      I trust her good eye. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. 11 Naugh

    Just look at Man from the Star
    PD.,Writer..,Kim Soo Hyun’s Aura.., & Jeon Ji Hyun comeback after 14 years… all about this are more than perfect to attract viewers..Seriously who can denied all of this amazing combination… I just can say SBS is on it way to create another Ratings Monster drama…and to add more..KSH’s drama only against head to head with such a crappy actor like Kim Hyun Joong and Jang Geun Suk…Without a doubt.,Netizen will tune to SBS’s Man From The Star…100%..

  12. 12 tiny

    *paws at screen too* meow ๐Ÿ™Œ

  13. 13 manquant

    Now that you’ve pointed it out, I’ve been with SBS since the beginning of the year (TWTWB, AAMR, IHYV, Master’s Sun) and I’m planning to go all the way up to Heirs and Man from the Stars. Here’s one thing I love with SBS, they pour their hearts out to make real good dramas for the Wed-Thu lineup. All of these dramas deserve high ratings *^^*

    OMO OMO OMO Zampano and Yenicall in a much-deserved story? Yes, oh yes — count me in~!!

    • 13.1 Zsa

      Amen to that….!

      • 13.1.1 Rushda

        I third that. I was hyperventilating through that kiss they shared in The Thieves. I watched that movie for Soo-hyun oppa but their chemistry made me blush.

  14. 14 kitto

    I’m not fond to this pair.. Jeon Ji Hyun may be a top actress but she’s kind of blehhh to me..

    Fyi, I’ve already watched most of her movies, all i can say, she’s trying so hard in her acting.. No offense though..

  15. 15 korfan

    The “paws at screen” comment , oh so understandable.

    Looking forward to Kim Soo-hyun in a drama once more!

  16. 16 Janerdelle

    FINALLY A DRAMA COMEBACK FOR jeon ji hyun after so many years of doing movies…

    its been so long since the last time I watch ji hyun in the small screen, 14 years to be exact..I watch almost all of the movies on her especially the Blood: The last vampire and Sassy girl..

    Welcome Back to the Dramaland Jeon ji hyun

  17. 17 Uhnny

    Ohkay. Bring it on. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I just hope it won’t end like how Rooftop Prince did.
    I want a happy (and not confusing) ending.

  18. 18 the68monkey

    I fell in love with Korean films about ten years ago, and My Sassy Girl and Il Mare were a part of the reason why. I’ll definitely be watching the reunion of this pair and hope for a better ending for their relationship than they had in Thieves.

    Kim Soo-hyun plays innocent and confused very well, so the role should suit his cuteness. With the recent pairing in IHYV, maybe the older woman/younger man scenario will become a hot trend in K-dramas (hopes this older woman ๐Ÿ˜€ ). Bring on the noona & dongseng relationships!

    Looks like I’m not going to be breaking my K-drama addiction in 2013, that’s for sure.

    • 18.1 the68monkey

      Wait a minute. So Kim Soo-hyun is a 400-year-old alien trapped in a hot young bod? Please don’t let this veer into broody vampire territory, a la Edward Cullen. Stay young and innocent, please. You play the fish-out-of-water character so well.

    • 18.2 hannah

      Hey, Il Mare was my first Korean movie too. I had seen Lake House and somebody told me it was based on a much better Korean movie. They were right.

    • 18.3 D's handphone

      Me too.. she’ll forever be my sassy girl. She and her time travelling fics. Can we have a Cha Tae-hyun’s cameo, pls?

    • 18.4 bd

      JJH was best in the 1st half of “Windstruck” – great comedic charm and presence, but then the 2nd half of the film became a melodramatic mess (the 1st half is a real fun romcom).

  19. 19 Zsa


  20. 20 nicky

    count me in… so gonna watch this… woot woot

  21. 21 Kiara

    I wonder how much they are paying her to come back to dramaland and it’s terrible live shooting condition. It’s not like she is struggling to find a movie project.

    • 21.1 Moraine

      They’re giving her Kim Soo Hyun! Is he not enough? ^^

      She’s awesome. She’s always been awesome in my eyes ever since I watched Il Mare. Her and Lee Jung Jae.

      Wait … can HE come back to dramaland??

    • 21.2 bd

      And JJH reportedly passed over the part of Miho in MGIAG.

      While Shin Min-ah owned that role, think that the one other actress who could have done the part justice was JJH.

      Really surprised JJH is coming back to dramaland (well, she never really was in it, having a supporting role in 1 drama before she launched a film career) since it is known that she greatly prefers the work environment/condition of film and she still makes a lot of $$ shooting CFs.

      It’s not like she doesn’t get paired w/ top male stars in film or CFs.

  22. 22 kfangurl

    Eeee!!! Color me excited. This sounds potentially ALL kinds of awesome!! <3 <3

  23. 23 tiffshin

    Concept reminds me a bit of Queen In Hyun’s man – timetravelling man and actress leading woman hehe except this time he’s much more quirky and alienish haha looking forward to this! Thy had smoldering chemistry in Thieves xD

  24. 24 Rachel

    AIEEEE! So excited for this. That photo of KSH – sizzling, and JJH’s return to the small screen – pretty exciting too!

  25. 25 Beng

    ok, i’m totally shipping them =)

  26. 26 come2noona

    “The drama will be about the man and woman who are literally from two different planets, overcoming their intergalactic differences to make a romance work.”

    You’d think that after 400 years on Earth he would have picked up something about human relationships.

    All in all, it sounds like fun to me.

  27. 27 sora

    im innnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  28. 28 canxi

    I like Jeon Ji Hyun. I didn’t really like her role in Thieves, but I did love her in Daisy and Windstruck ๐Ÿ˜€

    This sounds like fun and I would watch it. Lol, but did Kim Soo Hyun’s character have to wait 400 years to find a girl he liked, though? The food must have been good…hhaha

  29. 29 RM

    Jeon Ji Hyun! I’d never expected her to accept the role. Fangirling forever~~~

  30. 30 Kiara

    A romance between a 400+yr old alien and a young human actress. Hummmmmn a little closer than Wol Ryung and Seo Hwa.

    • 30.1 Rovi

      Haha, the only OTP that worked in one of those Drama Voldemorts about a book or something…

  31. 31 smash

    It sounds interesting, kind of Doctor Who-like.
    My wednesdays and thursdays are going to be a busy from now till maybe next year ๐Ÿ˜›

  32. 32 pogo

    Jeon Ji-hyun <3333333333333333333333

    I won't lie, I am THRILLED that my first-ever k-actress crush is back on the small screen.

  33. 33 ilikemangos

    How long will this love last, i mean.. he’s not gonna age, ever!

  34. 34 Z

    If the guy has been living here for 400 years then I say he’s pretty well acclimated to life on earth. How big could the intergalactic culture differences really be at this point?

    • 34.1 Saturtledaisy

      Idk man. He’s 400 years old and he needs to learn how to deal with the 21st century. Even my grandma can’t deal with this century and she’s only 80.

      • 34.1.1 Z

        But don’t you think that after 400 years he’d be used to adjusting to new centuries? I think after the first 200 years I would cease to be surprised at all of the shiny new stuff and just learn to roll with it.

  35. 35 fishy2love

    No words can really describe how excited I am about this drama! Can’t wait to see the pair again!!! =)

  36. 36 Miky

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,they will rock my screem with their chemestry…so happy he accepted the offer…SBS sue has a gold mind in his hands these days not that i mind because i loved IHYV and MS ,so bring the fun and the supernaturalโ™ฅ

    • 36.1 eny

      Basicly i’m not really like supernatural drama/movie, except they can make it like I hear your voice n Master sun, adding some logical element

  37. 37 Amberscube

    This reminds me of MGIAG, hahaha so this is gonna be My Boyfriend is An Alien.

    Yay, my Wed-Thur is all covered till winter.

    • 37.1 bd

      Which is ironic considering that JJH supposedly passed on the role of Miho.

  38. 38 ChoiHyeRa

    SBS, are you trying to kill me?
    First I Hear Your Voice, presently Master’s Sun, followed by Heirs and now this? You have made my whole freaking year. Wednesdays and thursdays are now officially my favourite days of the week *dies of happiness*

  39. 39 MeeisLee

    You can already count me as a viewer :). I wonder if SBS will be able to continue with the hit Wednesday/Thursday dramas for a whole year (about another 2 hit shows after this one and it will be a year since IHYV aired). Can’t wait :).

  40. 40 RenRx

    I thought Baker King Kim Tak-goo was the highest rated drama of all time? They hit average 50.8% in the final episode. As far as I remember, Moon/Sun’s highest rating was 42%.

    • 40.1 Kiara

      Baker King is not even close to the highest rated drama of all time, it’s #25 on the list. The highest is still “First Love” (1997) at 65%. The rating monster days were the late 1900s and early 2000s.

      GF meant that Moon/Sun is the highest rating WEEKDAY drama since 2012 and she is right.

      • 40.1.1 eny

        i Think we can’t compare rating todays with many years ago, because now tv viewer not as much as before, many years ago tv is the only entertainment that easy to access, now it’s diffferent

        • ilikemangos

          Not to mention the fact that there are now other channels to tune into, like OCN, tVN, and JTBC

        • Kiara

          We are talking about the ALL TIME ratings and the latest week day national dramas. We wouldn’t call it all time ratings if we didn’t include old dramas.

          I think we all have been around long enough to know that the ratings are not going to be as high as they use to be in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

  41. 41 exquisitemelody



  42. 42 Carinne

    Is there something left to be said about the duo from The Thieves? I suppose people were thirsting for more, and now we’re getting some more onscreen chemistry. They are total professionals though, that I feel guilty fantasizing about them being OTP. It’s wrong since JJH is still a newlywed with no kids.

    I hope they do a good job sharing magic onscreen. Give me a bit of sweetness to fantasize about them as OTP. Can’t wait to see what kind of couple’s nickname comes up for these two. All I know is, they both will sweep CFs like crazy EOY.

  43. 43 foulou

    Kim Soo Hyun = overrated kid.

  44. 44 mong

    Time travelling alien? The Doctor? Heh.

    I love this two in Thieves. Too bad his character in the movie’s not that big.

    • 44.1 mong


  45. 45 amber

    The plot sounds a lot like starman(j drama). But I’ll still watch for Gianna.

  46. 46 Cee

    Oh My God, I love these two in The Thieves. I’ve never watched Jeon Jihyun in a drama and I’ve always loved Kim Soohyun, so I’m very excited about seeing them together again.

    The plot doesn’t really make me interested, but I trust the writer and the PD, so I’ll still watch <3

  47. 47 anniemo

    So…. Queen In Hyun’s Man… with aliens. Not a combination that naturally comes to mind, but I like Queen In Hyun’s Man and they’re about the only part I liked about Thieves so, heck, worth a go.

  48. 48 jane

    it just sounds to me like a cross between twilight and queen in hyuns man and etc….

    why do I get the feeling that kim so hyun is the one who brought on noona to the show? afterall she hasnt been on tv for 14 yrs, even removing the time freeze due to contractual problems, its still a long time.

  49. 49 EX-DF user

    YES!!!!!!!!!!! *insert high levels of fangirling here*

    Nothing else to say.

  50. 50 Lilian

    Wow! FInally confirmed. I knew Jeon Ji Hyun has not appeared on TV for ages, but I didn’t know it was THAT long! Definitely time for a drama comeback =)

    • 50.1 bd

      JJH only had a bit part in 2 dramas and then a supporting role in “Happy Together” all the way back in 1999 which was the same year her 1st film “White Valentine” was released.

      She was never a star in dramaland.

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