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Fantasy romance Hundred Year Bride lines up its main cast

Casting continues on Hundred Year Bride, the upcoming fantasy melo starring FT Island’s Lee Hong-ki as part of a chaebol family line… whose first sons always marry brides that die. Er, the first wives always die. Presumably the rest live on to help continue the family line, as this curse has been dogging them for the past hundred years.

We’ve already heard about the two leads, Hong-ki and leading lady Yang Jin-sung; you may remember her as the dead ex-girlfriend who sent Ji Sung on a revenge-fueled rampage in Secret, or maybe as Nana’s bodyguard friend in City Hunter. In any case, she’ll be playing the sunny heroine who comes from a southern island village, and also the cold, calculating woman who for some crazy reason actually wants to marry into this cursed chaebol family. What people will do for money.

Hong-ki plays the standard chaebol hero type—good-looking and educated but cold in personality and harboring a pain from a bygone love. That’s every chaebol ever, I guess until you hit fifty, and then all of a sudden you’re the one making your chaebol sons miserable. The world goes round and round.

In addition to the two leads, we have (from left to right in the photo above) Sung Hyuk (Marry Me), Jang Ah-young (Protect the Boss, Playful Kiss), and Kim Seo-ra (Big, Jang Ok-jung).

Sung Hyuk plays the cold, elitist older brother to one of Yang Jin-sung’s characters (the snooty rich one)… and then gets into a love triangle with her doppelganger, who’s also romancin’ Hong-ki. Wait a minnit. You mean to say the rival second lead is in love with a girl who looks just like his sister? Dude, that’s messed up, dramaland. *backs away slowly*

Jang Ah-young will play an upper-class young woman who went to a prestigious university and has looks and brains—standard Candy-rival setup. I suppose that makes her similar to the heroine’s doppelganger—let’s call her Anti-Heroine for now—which is why she’ll be Anti-heroine’s rival and does what she can to get in the way of her budding relationship with the hero. Hm, so if she’s conflicting with Anti-Heroine, who conflicts with Heroine, is she also Heroine’s enemy? Is the enemy of my enemy my friend, or just one more enemy to have to beat down? Kim Seo-ra will play Hong-ki’s elegant chaebol mother.

Hundred Year Bride promises to pack its 16 episodes with fairy-tale-like fantasy, scheming, conspiracies, and melo romance. It premieres on TV Chosun in February.

Via TV Daily, Hankyung

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The idea of the curse actually sounded pretty interesting...
But then, I'm pretty sure it spiraled into what-in-the-goodness-gracious-did-you-just-say? land from there

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I am lost in that land... WTH

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I am so confused...

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Lol. Me too!

I was reading this & by the end of the post had no idea what the heck was going on. I almost reread it but decided it was not worth the time as it is highly unlikely I'll decide to watch a melo anyway.

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that is so confusing that i have a headache now.. and it hits me hard on the last paragraph.. *faint*

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Reality is confusing enough. Who needs KD-land to confuse us further?

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O.o wtf that's creepy

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This sounds hilarious on paper already!

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Except I don't think it's supposed to be funny.

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For a moment I thought the guy on the bottom left was seo-jinnie! Yunno, a younger, less stressed, pre-halbaes version.

Love me some fantasy dramas but if there's faux-incest involved, count me out. I have enough of that in GoT.

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LOL! I was wondering if jb had put up a picture of him from the 90's! XD

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Yes but in GoT, it's not faux-incest is it heh...........ohhh come on HBO, throw us a bone with a teaser or something!

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It is hell to be rich in Korea!

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I sense another Aurora Princess in the making ;)

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I think the story line is pretty interesting minus the faux incest (though that push and pull between knowing that a person looks like your sister but feeling that there's something different about her could be good if treated with appropriate delicacy)... wish this got the full network treatment to be honest.

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i read somewhere else that this drama is from TV Chosun, not jtbc...so who's right, in the end?

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Definitely TV Chosun as it was in all the press releases.

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Whoops I believe you're right, thanks

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I was willing to give this a try until I read that whole doppleganger and whatever thing.....sounds crazy and not my cup of tea....

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I am in cause they did a twist in the usual chaebol guy - candy girl.... but then again I have been burned watching a new twist story that ended up just the same old tale...

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The beginning narration sounded interesting but as you read on....uhm.....O_o

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uh.

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This sounds kind of strange, but I'm in!

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I am totally confused.

When I read the title, I thought "so he is marrying a woman who is 100 years old?" (Picturing Betty White)

Safe to say this is makjang?

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Lol!
How are we supposed to approach this one when the intro/ description is already 100% cracktastic!?
I will handle it this way; Crack open some type of alcoholic beverage, microwave a bag of Orville's and snuggle down in my favorite chair, laptop tuned in and my brain turned off. Perfect!

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Lovethis--> "the standard chaebol hero type—good-looking and educated but cold in personality and harboring a pain from a bygone love. That’s every chaebol ever, I guess until you hit fifty, and then all of a sudden you’re the one making your chaebol sons miserable. The world goes round and round."

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It all seemed pretty standard, dopplegangers in all, until you got to the creepy brother part. O.o I could see him thinking his sister is leading a double life or acting differently to get close to Hong-ki's character and that's how he gets involved but... falling for her look alike?????????

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Sooo...if I was a scheming, evil chaebol momma, I would have my son marry a disposable nobody and then have a backup no. 2 perfect girl ready waiting in the wings. Then *boom* cursed bride dies and I move in my preferred daughter in law. um....just sayin'

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I was thinking the same... >.>
So...does that mean I'm gonna be an evil mother-in-law when I get older?

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Umm...I'm here for Hongki but that is a CRAZY summary...she looks like your sister man...

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i'm DYING. i love it.

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Um I'm confused. There was a sister and the love interest looks like her?

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i still don't get it...looks like his sister? huh? im lost.

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considering that there are more and more cable dramas, i wonder why they don't have their year end prizes, just like the main stations...but only one show for all cable stations...wouldn't it be interesting?...or at least could you consider having a post about it? even voting, maybe?

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I was actually willing to check out this drama before I got to the part with the brother. *shudders* That just sounds so strange. A girl that looks exactly like your sister...

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I am pretty confused... If I got this right, there is the heroine (the Candy, poor and smiling), then a girl who looks like her (same face but rich and calculating) and a rich girl, and all 3 are romancing the hero. But the brother of the cold one is in love with the Candy, who looks like his sister...?
Anyway, it reminds me of a taiwanese drama I began watching some time ago (and stopped, because... it was boring) with Mike He, where a chaebol was in love with the heroine who happened to have the same face as his sister. Strange.

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"Kim Seo-ra will play Hong-ki’s elegant chaebol mother."

... and by elegant, did you mean she's screechy, slaps people, and throws water/wine in their faces? Like most chaebol moms?

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Hongki is Jeremy in my heart forever and ever so it would be weird to see him as a gloomy chaebol! the curse thing sounded interesting, then the look alike bit reminded me of I summon you gold and confused me like that drama did in the beginning -no problem with that- but the brother thing is creepy as hell! I hope its more on the oppa as in that close childhood friend who had a crush on her than her actual oppa o.O

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THIS IS sounds like pig bride manhwa..

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I'm willing to go give this drama a chance just because i really love Hongki and this is his first lead drama so i wanted so support him, i just hope this drama will atleast be average. It doesn't have to be one of the best drama of 2014 but i hope it was atleast good since this is Hongki's first lead role and it would really suck for him if this drama have such a bad script.

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I read it once, got confused at the bro part, read it again & can't stop laughing... The description is already this crazy?? Guess I'm not watching~

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It had me at the part about the curse and the it lost me after that. Well it's a good thing theres no one i like in this cast, besides hongki but i don't like him thaaaat much.

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Didn't Hong-ki are announcing he was dropping out due to injuries or was that for a different drama?

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I have such a soft spot for Hongki I can almost forgive him for anything, including being involved in a bad drama or movie. However, I hope this is gonna be at least a tolerable one.

Get well soon, Hongki-ya !

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The only reason I'm tempted to watch this is for Lee Hong-ki, who I haven't seen in a drama since You're Beautiful. He broke my heart and made me laugh too, so I've been looking forward to seeing him in something else. So I may give this a shot, but it sounds so confusing. I'm guessing Anti-heroine will die at some point. Otherwise, why bother making the lead actress play two characters, unless they are long lost twin sisters. Not sure what to make of this plot. I can see a lot of things happening that I don't like happening like the guy's mom making him marry Anti-heroine, her dying secretly, and replacing her with Heroine. That's one possibility that I don't particularly find palatable, but I'll watch a few episodes just to see how things shake out. If both Anti-heroine and Heroine stick around, then I may finish it.

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hmm.. confusing

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i will watch it for hong ki...but i have no expectations of it being great or a disaster...

perhaps it will be ok, since he's taking time out of his music career to do a drama with a script that sounds like it's been completed (since they were getting such an early start on filming - unfortunately he was injured)...i guess we'll see....

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Will give this a go for Hong Ki =)

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The first two episodes just came out during the weekend, and I'm hooked. The main leads have chemistry and the whole curse thing is actually really interesting. I just want to clarify, the bracelet doesn't make the girl prettier, but is considered a lucky charm.

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Just watched the first two episodes of this drama. To be honest, I didn't go into this drama expecting much cause if it's clichéd storyline and there indeed are a whole bunch of clichés so far. But I'm surprisingly hooked! The mystery of the ghost and the curse is really interesting and the main leads have great chemistry! Looking forward to the next couple of episodes this weekend :D

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Four episodes down and it's come up a winner! I did nt expect to like it so much but it wrapped me around its little finger and can beckon me whenever it wants! I hope you all have time for recaps!

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This drama is surprisingly good !! I did not expect it will be that good. The story line is funny and unique and is not like other rich boring korean stroy. I hope also that you have time for recaps.

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Wasn't expecting much from this drama after reading your post, but decided to check it out anyway. And don't regret it one bit :D

Although it's full of all the K drama cliches, it's cliches done right! In addition, the main leads have awesome chemistry and the story is moving at a really solid pace...no dragging so far! Really hope it keeps this pace till the end.

Anyway, just thought I would let you know that it's an awesome crack drama so please check it out if you want to give your brain a break and just sit back and enjoy the fun :)

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I wish you guys would recap this, I've watched the 6 eps. S
it's so far so good =D I loooove the lead actress (she has some talent ). Please, make my day and tell me you'll recap this ?? Pleaaaaaaaaaase ??

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This drama is good. Y'all need to check it out. Seriously. No joke. It's not April Fool's Day .. yet.

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This drama is a breath of fresh air!!!! im so hooked. I had so much fun watching it. Yang Jin sung is awesome!!!!! she nailed it playing dual roles. She can be bubbly Na doorim and after that the fierce Yi kyung. She has great acting performance and what a beauty too. I just love her. Looking forward for more dramas and movies in the future. Btw,Lee hongki and jinsung look good together.

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Their synopsis was bizarre and does not do the story justice whatsoever. The drama ended up being really good, though.
Yang Jin Sung does such a great job at playing both roles that the brother thing really isn't as creepy as it sounds. The actor who portrays the brother is pretty good as well. You can tell the brotherly concern for Yi Kyung versus the romantic concern for Na Doo Rim. Hong ki is really good as well. His character really fit the passion that he portrays in his songs (such as Severely and Madly), so I think he was able to portray Kang Ju well.
I really wasn't expecting to like this, but it's now one of my favorites.

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Just finished watching this drama turned out to be pretty interesting and cute...
Loved loved it plus the leads good job

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This drama is AWESOME!!!

Both Lee Hong Ki and Yang Jin Sung carried out the character so well. Don't get turn down by the write up above as I believe that's what the writer had guessed and assumed.

Dramabeans I hope you give this drama a chance, watch it pls, I'm waiting for your recap.

The drama contains horror, romance and comedy, just as what we normally wants from Korean Drama.
Story line may not sound real or reasonable but hey, it's drama!! Storyline is pretty interesting though.

I love this as much as I love 'You Are Beautiful'. You can see how 'Jeremy' transforming into a man.

Because of this drama I started to listen to FT Island songs. Lee Hong Ki has a powerful and beautiful voice. Yang Jin Sung acting are so outstanding here.

Really love this drama... I'm still watching it over and over again.

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I'm sad the summary above was written the way it was. I feel like it does an injustice to how fabulous this drama turned out to be by turning away viewers because of a misunderstood plot line before actually viewing the drama.

This has got to be one of my favorite dramas and I was hoping for dramabeans to have a recap because I love reading your analysis after every episode. I found it through drama fever since it was one of the highest rated dramas on there. Seriously. THIS IS A GREAT DRAMA. Probably one of my favorites I've seen including Pinocchio, love from another star, and I hear your voice. This one does all the cliches just right including what could have been a potentially creepy incest relationship was played out wonderfully. There's suspense, mystery, romance, and a whole lot of comedy to love. Really good drama just sad that this summary turned away a lot of viewers from giving something great a chance.

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