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Lee Jong-hyuk drops by Master’s Sun to play So Ji-sub’s rival
by | September 10, 2013 | 102 Comments

javabeans: We’ve had quite a number of cameo appearances already in Master’s Sun, and for the most part they’ve been fine. Well-used, mostly, though I wouldn’t say they were anything to get excited about. Just familiar faces to have fun recognizing as day players, like Seo Hyo-rim (Scent of a Woman) as the fiancée-for-a-day, or Infinite’s L in the recurring flashbacks to So Ji-sub’s youth.

girlfriday: I think the only really funny one so far was the cameo from City Hunter’s Bad Daddy Kim Sang-joong, playing a thinly veiled version of himself.

javabeans: The Seo Hyo-rim one was funny in a meta sense, in that the scene was a parody of Empire of Gold, where she propositions So Ji-sub with a marriage to escape her own family. But mostly they’ve been played for emotion, like with Jung Chan (Yellow Boots) as the bereaved (lazy) pianist or Shut Up’s bassist Casanova Yoo Min-kyu as a rich brat ghost. And Jin Yi-han (Dr. Jin) as the soccer player, who was great as always.

girlfriday: But it turns out the best cameo is still to come, because Lee Jong-hyuk (Dating Agency Cyrano) is swinging by for a guest appearance. Yay!

javabeans: At first I figured, hey cool. And then I read the description and burst into a giggle fit: He’s playing the president of Giant Mall! Bwahaha. You know, that rival shopping center that’s building bigger and ostensibly better buildings than Kingdom, whose property So Ji-sub jealously regards every day through his gold telescope.

girlfriday: I freaking love that gold telescope. I totally thought we’d never meet Giant Mall’s CEO, because it seemed like a funnier running gag that way, or that he’d be appropriately tiny, yunno, because the giantness of Giant Mall would be compensating for something.

javabeans: Absent that admittedly awesome image, I love that the rival actually IS totally a rival. Who better to play an ego as big as Joong-won’s? Will they both fit into the same room? And whose turf do they meet on — Your place or mine?

girlfriday: It’s going to be so petty, and so so great.

javabeans: It’s icing on the cake to have the Kingdom chairman-president relationship mirrored over at Giant, with Lee Jong-hyuk as the prez and his father the chairman played by veteran actor Lee Jae-yong (Chun Bong in Mandate of Heaven, the shrewd eunuch of Jeon Woo-chi, and a bunch of other dramas like Tree with Deep Roots and Sungkyunkwan Scandal). Charisma overload.

girlfriday: And apparently our hero will have more to be jealous of than just the size (ahem) of the other guy’s building, because Gong-shil finds him dashing and charming, because uh, who wouldn’t?

javabeans: Muahahahaha. Joong-won’s jealousy was hilarious even when he was actively denying his feelings. Now that it’s all out in the open, this oughtta be fun.

girlfriday: That telescope’s gonna be working overtime this week.

Via Sports Chosun


102 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Peridot

    This is great! I was wondering if the identity of Giant Mall’s president would ever be revealed. I thought for some reason that it might be saved for the end.

    • 1.1 Shukmeister

      I agree! And I’m so looking forward to this!!

    • 1.2 PonderWoman

      Honestly i was hoping for Hyun Bin but LJH is also a nice surprise!

    • 1.3 mary

      I was actually hoping for Cha Seung Won. 🙁 That’d be an even bigger War Of Pettiness, and lots of Best Love meta given the leading lady is the same.

      But Lee Jong Hyuk is also awesome, of course. 😀

      • 1.3.1 reina

        or Cha Seung Wonand Hyunbin could play fraternal twins Co-prez vying for the CEO position… That would be PETTINESS extraordinaire overload!!!

        but I love Lee Jong Hyuk, He can play petty and head the size of Mars to tee…

        • enenmon

          That could probably blast the production’s budget by having all the A listers in the same drama lol

      • 1.3.2 bd

        CSW would have been awesome; he’s great at playing a petty egomaniac.

    • 1.4 pari

      It time for the clash of the titans with big ego. This is going to be one crazy epi to watch out.

  2. skelly

    Can we just skip the rest of Tuesday and get on with it? The wait has been excruciating already, this just makes it worse.

    • 2.1 Pipit

      Right. It feels like Wed & Thu would never come. Thanks God it’s finally Wednesday.

      And thanks for the article JB & GF!

      • 2.1.1 bd

        1st drama or romcom in a while where I have eagerly anticipated the next eps (not since INR2012).

      • 2.1.2 LizJ

        Master’s Sun is the ZING in my week! With the end of last Wednesday’s ep, I had wondered if all the zing had gone out of the show, but then Thursday’s ep was awesome!

    • 2.2 jmjm

      I know! My Tuesdays have come to be defined as The Day Before Wednesday. Gimme my Master’s Sun!

      • 2.2.1 Gidget

        Ha! So true.

    • 2.3 pogo

      I knoooowwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!

      These are the times when I wish Master’s Sun was a daily because how am I supposed to go a whole week with just TWO EPISODES of my OTP?!

  3. Abbie

    OMG! This is gonna be EPIC! I cannot wait! I’ve loved Lee Jong-hyuk’s acting ever since I first saw him cameo in Vampire Prosecutor! Then, I saw him in A Gentleman’s Dignity, then Chuno, then Dating Agency Cyrano! Oh man, I’ve seen him in so many things, and he never fails to win my heart. I cannot wait to see how his character interacts with Joong-won! Two huge egos on the same screen, played by two amazing actors! How will I survive it?

    • 3.1 Sabelita

      YEES I love him to is like a land rover He can play all roles beautifully,So ji keeps an eye on him and learn…

  4. clover

    Lee Jong-hyuk?! Screw you Tuesday!! Wednesday…why are you playing hard to get?! *sob*

    • 4.1 kdramas

      HAAA!! Love it!

      Have liked him in his recent works but especially LURRVEEE him in Appa Oediga?! <3

    • 4.2 Yumi

      I know. This damn drama has me yearning for Wednesday like a lovesick teenager waiting for a crush to text.

      Please, please, please

      • 4.2.1 WM

        LOL I love that analogy, mainly because it is totally true for me, too.

      • 4.2.2 pogo

        This is me too! I haven’t felt this much pure giddiness about a show in, well, ever (maybe IHYV? No, that was more about overall adorability than just pure OTP squee)

  5. the other kay

    love it!!!

  6. zakin89

    OMG! Love it! This is going to be so great =) As if I couldn’t love that drama anymore^^

  7. Tima

    lol . i want Tuesday Wednesday so badly!

  8. kopytko

    To say I am happy would be a huge understatement. Those two actors in one scene? I am looking forward to sparkles on my screen.

  9. TG

    I totally missed Kim Sang-joong’s cameo! How did that happen? I’ll have to rewatch. It’s a tough job …

    I’m embarrassingly in love with this show and just itch for the next episodes to come around.

    • 9.1 clover

      Me too! Where was he?

      • 9.1.1 KDaddict

        Me three. Can’t possibly have missed the hot ajussi cameo. Scratching head…..

      • 9.1.2 bishbash

        I think he appeared in ep 2, as a TV show host covering the mystery of a ghostly face that appeared in the photo of the 3 school girls took at the fountain at Kingdom Mall.

    • 9.2 ~Feather~

      He cameoed in the 2nd episode as the reporter on the news broadcast about the fountain ghost.

  10. 10 Amberscube

    Im giggling already! Wednesday, please come sooner!

  11. 11 CupidinLove

    Wednesday should just come already…can hardly wait!!

  12. 12 Fusionjack

    If the cameo us hyun bin, it would be epic!! Joo won vs joo joong won 😉

    • 12.1 lillykitty

      Did u see the utube video they did of both of them master’s sun vs secret garden?

    • 12.2 lalalala

      IKR! My dream for the CEO of giant mall to be hyun bin was shattered! Hahaha. But I’ll take what I can get. Lee jong hyuk would probably be awesome too. 🙂

  13. 13 selena


  14. 14 Altari

    I haven’t been so hooked on a drama for such a long time. Seriously I don’t what I’m going to do when it ends. I had to go watch a SJS movie on Youtube this week to tame my cravings.

  15. 15 Kit

    Imagine if he didn’t have an ego. That would piss him off even further.

    • 15.1 Thursdaynexxt

      It’d be hilarious if that was true and he was like, ‘oh, is my… building… bigger than yours? I hadn’t noticed!’

      But I’m looking forward to the Petty War of the Giant vs the King!

  16. 16 dduk

    DYINNNNGGG!!!! I can’t wait! this is going to be awesome! Ego vs. EGO!
    BRING IT ON!!!

  17. 17 lillykitty

    Why can’t the week consist only of Wednesdays and Thursdays just for now????/

    • 17.1 Thursdaynexxt

      Best idea I’ve heard all month!

  18. 18 Noelle

    OMG this is the best thing I’ve heard all day! I don’t know if thats sad or not…hmm best not to think about it.

    Love him so much. I didn’t get his appeal in Gentleman’s Dignity but I was so on board after watching Cyrano. He was golden. So now I got to wait…. Is it Wednesday yet?

    Bring on the ego wars muwahahahaha.

  19. 19 zestcubes

    I am so trying not to end up laughing as everyone around me will wake up!!

    This is a hilarious post and just made my day!!

    Now I am off to sleep and can’t wait for this weeks’ episodes!!

    소고엤습니다 언니!!


  20. 20 manquant

    ~JONGHYUK OPPA~ Brilliant, SBS! ❤

    All the Doctor Who & Master’s Sun news these days are cheering me on to survive the incoming storm of exams now that the semester’s ending. Thank you~

  21. 21 Waves

    What a coincidence. I was just watching Gentleman’s Dignity, and now Rok oppa is going to appear in Master’s Sun. JW has his work cut out for him with Kang Candy and Giant mall’s CEO as his rivals.

  22. 22 jassarah

    Thanks, girlfriday, this is exciting news! I really like Lee Jong Hyuk both as an actor and how he is on “Dad, Where are we going.” This show is my new crack and I’m looking forward to mad pettiness between the Kingdom vs. Giant heads. Let the jealousy ensue.

  23. 23 zeTgi

    Kim Sang-joong cameo in Master’s Sun? Which episode?

  24. 24 sally_b

    Considering Lee Jong-hyuk is older than So Ji Sub – what I’d really like to see is BTS filming.

    The Elder/Younger relationships in Korean life fascinate me.

    Plus they’re both playing Big Time CEOs — the posturing would be awesome to watch. 😉

  25. 25 rogueprincess51

    Wahaha, I am so excited. Thank you guys!

    Sajangnim, you’re up!

  26. 26 Tohru314

    As so many others before me have said…this is going to be EPIC!!! Can’t wait!

  27. 27 Princessmia

    Hahah!! This is gonna be good!

  28. 28 pleasureparthenon

    Kim Sang-Joong in which episode?

    • 28.1 Rovi

      Ep.2 as a TV host parodying himself (Unresolved Mysteries)

  29. 29 jhu

    JB and GF! These conversation posts of yours are mighty fun.

    Will forever remember the look of petty jealously on Joong-won’s face when he found out Giant Mall’s building was bigger than his. Innuendo, anybody?

    Aak! Can’t wait for the face off.

    • 29.1 jhu

      *jealousy. Typo! Sorry 🙁

    • 29.2 marchelunaire

      “Will forever remember the look of petty jealously on Joong-won’s face when he found out Giant Mall’s building was bigger than his.”

      I just made the grossest cackle…

      (Please let this be an issue they address in-show.)

    • 29.3 Thursdaynexxt

      Ooh, I’m looking forward to how Secretary Kim will explain the size difference here (remembering his gesture describing the “Tae Gong Shil” zone: “it will get bigger!”) keh keh.

  30. 30 Pipit

    I want Gong Shil to blatantly drooling over the hot Giant Mall CEO just to see the look on our Master’s face.

    • 30.1 ck1Oz

      Yeah I want the Giant Mall CEO to be smooth and charming and adore Gong Shil. That would totally drive JW round the bend.

      Can’t wait!!!

  31. 31 eny

    I notice EMPIRE OF GOLD parody, it’s funny they give the same backsong plus”I give you wing”. I like Empire of gold too, it become more more interesting in the half episode, no wonder the rating improve n they get second place after good doctor in mod-tue drama

  32. 32 snow_white

    Yayyyyy 😀

  33. 33 jademwong

    WHAT. WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT. Don’t you lie to me. Oh my god. >_< Squuuueeeeeeeee. Cannot WAIT.

  34. 34 Carole McDonnell

    LOVED THIS–> It’s going to be so petty, and so so good.

    ::big grin::

    Thanks! I’ve only been watching dramas for two or three years. Not having seen a lot of dramas, I’m so clueless about all these cameos. Glad to be clued in.

  35. 35 damianna

    did anybody watch the preview. from the translated version that i read, at one point joong won said ‘get this clear, this is mine. there’ s gong shil next to him and jong hyuk in front of him. he could be referring to kingdom or gong shil. or both? hee. a jealous joong won is fun to watch but i hope gong shil won’t cry so much

  36. 36 blegh

    well this is good news. and here i was doubting whether the people from Giant mall might be related to lee jae ha/ lee hee joo or what’s that dead girlfriend’s name. i’m glad that isn’t the case.

  37. 37 Jaz

    Can’t wait!!!

  38. 38 greenie

    MAJOR LIKE!!!!

  39. 39 noanao

    It’s already wednesday here but we are still early in the morning…. Darn it! Never in my life I would ever wish to have superpower that can fast forward the time soooo bad I’m dyingggggg!!!! This drama is a serious crack pot I swear!!! And why aren’t chu posting my comment!!

    • 39.1 Waves

      Yes, if only we had magical talisman or incense sticks that let us time travel.

      • 39.1.1 noanao

        Yeah! I need to teleport myself somewhere earlier… which is nowhere since Korea is like 1 hour earlier than us.. -sobs-

        Just watched the teaser and as I guessed, I think GS doesn’t take JW confession in kind and… If that’s really what gonna happen, man I am so gonna be emo until tomorrow’s ep…

        But, teaser is just a teaser and it is meant to tease us like that darn it!!

  40. 40 noanao

    Damn! Giant’s father and son combo seriously rocking the suits like a Hugo Boss model!! ^^

  41. 41 antonia

    great news!!!! can’t wait for tomorrow’s epi :)))))

  42. 42 Perrie

    Seriously the perfect person to be playing Giant Mall’s CEO! Dude it’d be so cool his Lee Jong Hyuk’s character had his own radar too, hahahahahahhaha, that would really make the mirrored arc even funnier!

  43. 43 Terumo

    Cant today just end oredi? I’m dying right now..a mere week hv done enough damage to me dat I actually spent my days ‘stalking’ SJS n GHJ. And they said that there will be no TMS next week. I’ll literally die next week. Sigh

  44. 44 Toystar

    Love love it!!!! Come on Wednesday I need my next taste of Master’s Sun. I do hope she shines brightly and plays up to the new hot CEO from Giant mall.

  45. 45 Ace

    Woke up with this article and the recent one about Heirs. Gotta tell you that as much as I love LMH, I was more excited about this news so I read this first. Hah! Love LJH in DWAYG & DA:C. Was wondering who would cameo as Giant Mall’s president, I actually wanted Dokko Jin to cameo or maybe that not-so-popular (snerk) lead guy from last year’s Hong Sisters’ drama-that-must-not-be-named, but I’m happy that it’s Lee Jong-hyuk. Can’t wait for tonight’s episode!

  46. 46 tanya

    I was really hoping that it’ll be Hyun Bin after watching that video SBS made but oh well. I don’t know much about Lee Jong Hyuk but if it’s ego vs ego and a very jealous Joong Won count me in.

  47. 47 Mia

    I’m so excited! I need to watch it now!!

  48. 48 MariD

    Have we had our “required” person from last drama cameo yet?
    Like Best love had a LSG cameo
    MGIG had a PSH cameo
    My Girl had a DGCH cameo.
    Did Big have a cameo? I can’t remember..

    • 48.1 Waves

      It was Lee Hee Jin (Jenney) from Best Love.

  49. 49 darksilvercloud

    oooooh. awesome! Lee Jong-hyuk! Can’t wait to watch!

  50. 50 coby

    Gong-shil’s reaction to Joong-won’s confession is already enough for us to be excited for tonight’s episode. But seeing this, my excitement doubled!

    • 50.1 RockPaperScissors

      I haven’t seen the preview, but I was hoping GS would pull a “Cher” (as in Moonstruck) and slap JW, telling him to “snap out of it”.

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