Drama Casting & News
Jung Il-woo confirms Gold Rainbow
by | October 14, 2013 | 74 Comments

Jung Il-woo is coming back to dramaland! YAY! It’s in a long weekend drama. Boo. He’s romancing UEE! Awwww. The drama is by the May Queen people. Hiss. Can you tell I’m torn? I don’t know what to expect with MBC’s new weekender Gold Rainbow, but now that they’ve fiiinally locked down their hero in Jung Il-woo (The Moon That Embraces the Sun, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop), I’m gonna have to watch this sucker, come hell, high water, or tears — makjang-filled, boredom-related, or otherwise. Please be good, Show. Please, be good.

The new weekender from May Queen Pictures stars UEE as one of seven orphans who band together to make their own family. Kim Sang-joong (The Chaser) takes them in as their surrogate father, and the show’s running theme will be the siblings’ “bond that’s thicker than blood.” I love found family stories, so despite the May Queen pedigree (boooring), this story’s got an edge, not to mention the fact that UEE is always endearing as the plucky underdog (see: Ojakkyo Brothers).

Jung Il-woo will play her leading man, the son of Jo Min-ki (Two Weeks), who gets tossed aside like an outsider the second his father remarries and starts a new family. Despite being estranged from his father, he’ll grow up to be a good man and a prosecutor. He lives a pretty carefree life (I suppose the one upside to being cast off by your terrible father is living the way you want), and though he’s got an arrogant reputation, he’ll be sweet and supportive when it comes to UEE. D’aw. It doesn’t seem like a new setup by any stretch of the imagination, but I do think they’ll be adorable together.

There’s no confirmed episode count yet, so there’s no telling how long this drama will be. It could run the usual 50 episodes, but May Queen was thankfully a 38-episode series, so there’s a chance it’ll be shorter. I know, how could I want less of Jung Il-woo? Still, I’d trade a hundred hours of mediocre for sixteen of awesomely addictive. The show will be kicked off by child actors Lee Chae-mi (Two Weeks) and Kim Yoo-jung (May Queen) both playing the heroine, so it’ll probably be a while before we get to the adults. Huh, with Jung Il-woo and Kim Yoo-jung, it really is Moon/Sun all over again.

Gold Rainbow follows Scandal and premieres November 2 on MBC.

Via Joy News


74 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. callalilly

    whoo whoo, good news, good news!!!

    • 1.1 parksedul

      Indeed. I think it’s high time JIL becomes a bigger star. Younger, lesser talented males are getting higher billing than him and that does not make sense to me, considering his skills. He and Lee Sang-woo, need better representation stat.

      • 1.1.1 Faye

        I agree 100%. It’s incomprehensible. He’s played second lead so many times, and to me he’s very talented (not to mention easy on the eyes). Why isn’t he getting lead roles? Maybe better management is what he needs.

  2. Gaeina Lee

    “..I’m gonna have to watch this sucker, come hell, high water, or tears — makjang-filled, boredom-related, or otherwise..”

    I’m with you, dear GF.. in anticipating-watching this one, and chanting the solemn prayer to DramaGod for a good show.

    JIW… ♥◡♥ *squeee*

  3. Kess

    Can’t wait! I’m really excited about watching this one! Jung Il Woo is one of my favorites.

    I truly enjoyed May Queen. It wasn’t much different than reading a long novel…it was well written, had a great story line and ending.

    • 3.1 Sophia

      I can’t say the same. I enjoyed the child actors, but the adults storyline was awful and I didn’t finish it.

      Han Ji Hye’s acting was pretty horrible in this. I’ve never been a big fan of hers but I thought she was ok in the movies that I watched. However, in this drama she was basically expressionless in most scenes. She does the shellshocked face well, but other than that I didn’t know what she was thinking. I have no idea how she could show no emotion on some issues and go way overboard on other, perhaps less important, issues. She showed no tears at her breakup and the fact that her ex (15 years!) hit her and threw her out of the company, but went way overboard with anger at her little sister dating the rich jerk.

      Maybe it’s the writing and her character’s really supposed to be like that, or it’s her acting, I’m not really sure.

      • 3.1.1 reina

        I love Jung Il Woo.

        I was okay with May Queen, like you i enjoyed the children version: kim yoo jung is always winning in her acting, I have a soft spot for Park jibin cause I loved Yisan and he was an awesome younger version of Lee SeoJin in that saguek, but the one that surprised me in this drama is Park Gun Tae cause he was just great in that drama.

        But I kinda get where you are coming from regarding Han Hye jin, though I will not say it was horrible, i just found it lacking. It seems like the adult version didn’t carry the younger version narrative. I feel like the portrayal was a but off, the same with Park Guntae’s portrayal that didn’t carry over to JaeHae’s adult character.
        the only thing I was happy about May Queen was Kim Jaewon. I believed the transition from Park Jibin the easy going teenager to Kim Jaewon the high roller adult.

    • 3.2 ajewell

      I enjoyed it a lot. Not sure why it gets so much flak, but I’m glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who watched it and loved it. Of course I was a huge fan of all the adult actors, so their storylines didn’t bother me at all, and I thought the acting was terrific (even if I wish they’d done more with Jae-Hee’s character). Still, you’re right: AMAZING ending. 🙂

      • 3.2.1 ajewell

        Here’s an MV I made for May Queen a while back . . . just in case anyone wants to see the ‘cute, adorable’ side to the series. It wasn’t all about ship building, birth secrets, and angst. 😉


        • Tammie

          Really cute VM! Good job!

  4. akikisetsu

    Huh, with Jung Il-woo and Kim Yoo-jung, it really is Moon/Sun all over again.

    For these two, I hope we get the Moon/Sun ratings. I love them both. 🙂

    • 4.1 aina

      Every time, I stand a drama, the drama will get low rating. It’s like my curse. lol.

      But, please, please, please, be sweet, be good, drama, please. For the sake of Flower Woo Oppa

      • 4.1.1 akikisetsu

        Can I ask you not to stan the drama and just be regular viewer for the meantime? jk 🙂

        Since I love most of the young and adult casts, I really want them to have high ratings. And they have a heavy competitor with that Kim Soo Hyun-penned drama. And I remember JIW once mentioned that he wants to win one of those year-end awards and those awards are ratings-related. I know they’re not that prestigious, but still……..

  5. the50-person

    Oh yayyyy Jung il woo!!! *prances in joy* but…i guess I’ll still need to see the episode count hahaha

  6. snow_white

    Haven’t seen any of Jung Il Woo’s dramas yet…. and a long weekend drama is not my cup of tea….plus the May Queen connection….

    All these factors are enough to skip this show..

    • 6.1 rhienz

      Try watching Return of Iljimae (ROI) with Jung I’l Woo. A sageuk. One of his best performance IMO. And one of my favourite KDrama of all time. DB has its recaps.

      • 6.1.1 snow_white

        thanks for the recommendation 🙂

    • 6.2 redfox

      do not hesitate. if it´s Jung Il Woo, he can do it (obvious FBRS reference)

  7. Dorotka

    Aaaah, and I so wanted to avoid this drama…. sigh…

  8. biankoy

    finally i could be completely excited for this. beCause hell yeah! JUNG ILWOOOOOO! woooohoooooo!!!

  9. Carole McDonnell


    • 9.1 Enz

      So carole, did you find his recent pics from his japan fanmeet or not?

  10. 10 korfan


    Gosh, we’ve seriously missed him, haven’t we?

    • 10.1 MooFu Baby

      Hell yeah!! I’ve missed him SO much 😀 As so many others here have stated, I’ll be tuning into this weekend beast just for my favorite flower boy!!!

  11. 11 jomo

    Kim Sang-joong won my heart in Life is Beautiful first, then City Hunter.
    How does he play this one? Hopefully all strict and stuff but with a warm heart.

    JIW, of course I will watch!
    Does he have a child actor counterpart?

    Will Jo Minki have scenes with Lee Chae-mi so we can flash back to Two Weeks?

    UEE I love also; her tough will work well with JIW’s softness.

    • 11.1 meh

      can JIW have LMH’93 as his child counterpart again, so that KYJ and LMH’93 will be in a drama together for a 3rd time.. but too bad LMH’93 is not partaking any child counterpart role anymore.. :/

  12. 12 sara

    Another long drama to look forward ( Can’t wait for Empress Ki here LOL). I’m so excited for Jung Il-woo with UEE. The plot seems nice too

  13. 13 ck1Oz

    Oh gosh, now I have to watch it. I like the child cast and love the adult cast.

    Now if only the writer doesn’t suck. I could not take the slapping every episode. UEE better not be slapped around.

  14. 14 Mara

    Jung Il-woo is the selling point for me. Come hell or high water I’m in just to see his beautiful face every week. So shallow of me, right? He has the cutest smile and wink ever (can that be classified as charisma?). 😉

  15. 15 kDkiddo

    Yaaaaaaayi my oppa is baaaaaaaack

  16. 16 oozzeee

    I had zero interest in the drama but when I read that Jung Il Woo’s character is a gonna be sweet on Uee, I am definitely checking it out..Arrogant jerks can be tiring…Especially if it’s one arrogant lead jerk after another..

  17. 17 Newbie

    Now I’ll have to watch it.

  18. 18 t.j

    YAY! God answers prayers after all! I don’t care even if Jung il woo has to play the same old cliched hero role—-’cause i KNOW he is capable of making it unique with his charm and quirks. He’s an amazing actor who should ACT IN MORE DRAMAS!

    • 18.1 Anduril

      IKR. While I like everything I’ve seen him in, the personality he brought to ’49 days’ really sold me on his acting ability.

  19. 19 JaywhyJay

    Yippee Jung Il Woo is back! SWEEEEET

  20. 20 pogo

    So he finally confirmed! And he’s not playing an asshole? And he’s romancing Uee?

    SOLD. (for now, anyway – look what happened with YTBLSS)

  21. 21 Rashell

    I was hoping to skip this one, but….Jung Il Woo!!! I’m gonna watch. I’m not even going to hope for a good drama. Just be tolerable drama, and I won’t complain.

  22. 22 Daniaa

    I have no feelings whatsoever for JIW. Hurm. If anyone recaps it, and the recaps appeal to me, maybe I’ll catch it. I mean, UEE doesn’t come on that early anyway to seduce me into watching it.

  23. 23 meg

    Best way to wake up

  24. 24 Enz

    Will watch for jung il woo!! Its been toooooo long

  25. 25 kerine

    kyaaaaaaaa cant wait for it my heart is beating already. missed oppa sooooooooooooo so much

  26. 26 kerine

    i can watch him smile at me all the episodes who cares about content.

  27. 27 redfox

    I was very torn the past week thinking about whether it is a wise choice for JIW or not but then decided if he is the one that can make a drama shine, then of course. I like Kim Sang-Joon. I like UEE. I like Jung Il Woo. his characters are always endearing and very memorable no matter what the drama. I think these actors will make this drama better even if the writing turns out to be mediocre. just ad-lib please!

    • 27.1 redfox

      and as I said in Open Thread – if the bait to get people to watch a drama is Jung Il Woo, then it is hook, line and sinker. it really is, judging from all the answers here!

  28. 28 ilikemangos

    I wish i could say i love this guy, but i don’t think i’ve seen a project of his yet where i could say so!

  29. 29 Suzi Q

    Hurray! Made my day!

    Wasn’t too sure.. Not a fan of UEE, but will definitely watch because of Jung Il Woo!

  30. 30 Pitch

    Yay, it´s about time that he´s comming back to dramaland, I was a bit scared that he would go off to army without doing anything at all. Be good drama, pretty please?

  31. 31 Mar

    FINALLY. Jung Il Woo, I’ve missed your face. This will be my first family drama, I don’t do them, because of the length. But I have to at least try it out, I like UEE and Bad Daddy, and throw in the Jung Il Woo factor, hey new level of reasons.

  32. 32 ajewell

    I know I’m in the minority, but I actually liked May Queen, so this just gave me greater incentive to watch. ^_^

    • 32.1 sushi

      I enjoyed watching May Queen too, so you’re not alone. I’m so excited for Gold Rainbow right now. The cast set up is already luring me to watch it. All the cast members are extraordinary actors. And dam! Uee and Jung Il Woo are already looking good together in my mind. Joo Won don’t be jealous of Il Woo XD

      • 32.1.1 NinaRx

        AHaha my thoughts exactly! I can see pouty Joo Won in the near future… 😉

  33. 33 LangitBiru

    Why it on MBC and weekend drama too. I don’t think my local TV will air this.

    The awesome casting for weekend drama some more.

  34. 34 miszdi

    Yehey! But it’ll be too long. The longest drama I’ve seen so far is Shining Inheritance aka Brillint Legacy with 28 Eps. Hong Gil Dong comes next with 24 eps.

    Ok, I’ll give it a try, it’s Jung Il Woo! And a promising cast. Jo Min-ki (Two Weeks) and Kim Sang-joong (The Chaser, City Hunter) as fathers… hmmm, this could be something good 🙂

  35. 35 owl

    I love Jung Il Woo! Maybe it’s because of Scheduler, but he has a ethereal look that I really really like. Korean ethereal, maybe that’s the right combo for me? I can’t quite say, but I am sooooo in. Somehow I think he will work with UEE on this which is another thing I can’t quite explain. Especially given the drama synopsis that begins with “7 orphan siblings who are trying to survive…” a scenario that would normally immediately make me push the “off” button. Everything looks brighter (as in ethereal glow) now that Jung Il Woo is on board 🙂

    • 35.1 redfox

      Jung Il Woo is officially “bait” now. haha I find it so hilarious how people weren´t gonna watch the drama at all before JIW was thrown in. then swish! a swift turnaround, everyone is swimming after the bait.

      bhuhuhu so easy. hihi

      well I am swimming after the flashing bait as well. lets all get caught together and hope we go to a nice aquarium not a frying pan.

      • 35.1.1 owl

        Shiny bait. I’m a sucker. (oh, 37 is my response to you, too superfox, in the wrong place :))

        • redfox

          hehe, saw it!

  36. 36 Abbie

    I am SO happy Jung Il-woo is back in dramaland. I haven’t seen him in anything since Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, so I’m so excited. I’ll definitely watch this now!

  37. 37 owl

    I count on kdramas doing the work and providing the “bait.” That’s kdramaddiction power for ya!

  38. 38 Ate

    Jung il woo is so far the only Korean actor makes my heart flutter,,, yet I still have not managed to finish the Return of Iljimae… I like his smile but I can hardly his smile in the drama,,, maybe that is the reason for not to be able to finish the drama despite of his god acting.

  39. 39 AJ

    Awesome choices of child actresses..I love both!

    Can’t wait for this!

  40. 40 exquisitemelody

    LEAD!!!! yessss. I’ll tune in for a while. My only experience with UEE is from You’re Beautiful, so I’m not exactly sold, but whatevs…I’ll deal.

  41. 41 jennie

    Been waiting for that confirmation ever since it started!

  42. 42 Viki

    YESSS! Jung Il-Woo is back~!!!!! Please recap this!

  43. 43 Ade


    50 episodes is so loonnng! Any chances of a recap???

  44. 44 redfox

    about 50 episodes: it can still be good. Ojakkyo brothers was ute and well-received. and High Kick – I think JIW actually needs some opening up. even in Flower Boy RS he got better and better in the later episodes. I think it has to do with getting others to come along with his acting spirit, synhronizing souls. he has such unique approach that sometimes other actors seem to be on a different wavelenght at first. but give it just a little time and that unique spirit sticks

    • 44.1 redfox

      *cute, not ute

  45. 45 NinaRx

    I know I shouldn’t be thinking this….after all, it’s been 2 years now….but even when I watch this, I’ll be thinking of Joo won + UEE. Ahhhh they were so good in Ojakkyo, it’s hard to get over ’em! 🙁

    But I can’t wait to see the rapport between UEE and JIW. Hopefully they’ll have their own spark that’ll win me over for the time being 🙂

    • 45.1 jenny

      Nahh i completely understand you…that’s how I feel too, they were so adorable together!

  46. 46 Catherine

    around episode of Oppa?!?!

    Heaven thank you!

    I’m gonna watch you drama. No matter how never-ending, boring and so annoying, I’m gonna watch you.

    For I need my Il-woo Oppa.

    There is a limited number of time a fan can watch Iljimae without getting sick of it, afterall.

  47. 47 sweetlove618

    Finally!! I was just thinkin of him just a day or two ago how we haven’t seen this beautiful face lit up the screen. soo excited to see him back….

  48. 48 LoriLou

    NOOOOO! I just got burned by 50 episodes of Lee Soon-shin, do I dare watch?

  49. 49 M

    I couldn’t finish Lee Soon-shin. But, I think I will finish this one since I like JIL and UEE so much :p…

  50. 50 malian

    I just love this guy

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