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Choi Jin-hyuk to play young Lee Soon-jae

So Choi Jin-hyuk (Emergency Couple) will be making a cameo on the upcoming tvN drama Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit, which is that drama where everybody’s favorite grumpy gramps Lee Soon-jae (Grandpas Over Flowers, Potato Star 2013QR3) plays a former petty cop who starts poking his nose into investigations with a couple of grandpa buddies. And Choi Jin-hyuk will be playing young Lee Soon-jae. Pwahaha.

The character has an IQ of 150 and a membership in Mensa, and in his youth was a sharp detective with strong charisma, an outstanding memory, and ace problem-solving skills. He’s also a bit conceited and has a propensity for swearing. Haha. Which, okay, I can see Choi Jin-hyuk being those things… just not necessarily all of those things that then grow into Lee Soon-jae’s body. Everyone drink your milk and keep your bones from shrinking?

To wit:

But that’s not the only flashback we’ll be getting, since the other grandpas have also got younger counterparts. Byun Hee-bong (Oohlala Spouses, My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho) will be depicted in youth by Park Min-woo, who was the adorable Ba-wool in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and recently had a role in Can We Love. Younger Jang Gwang (Goddess of Fire Jung-yi) will be played by Park Doo-shik, who’s currently playing brother-in-law Kwang-soo in Emergency Couple.

Park Eun-ji (Standby) has been cast as Lee Soon-jae’s fiancee, a former weather caster and broadcaster… and I’m going to just go out on a limb here and say that she must be the fiancee in youth. Just a hunch.

Adding to the complications, Lee Soon-jae’s 70-something character will actually become body-swapped with a 20-something elite police officer played by Heechul, adding another layer of head-trippy identity confusion into the mix.

They’re using the word “noir” in conjunction with this drama, which I confess I cannot understand. Because I hear everything about the plot and I think “rollicking slapstick comedy,” and nothing at all about noir. Writing is Moon Sun-hee of classic sitcom Three Men, Three Women and also the sweet tween crossdressing drama Ma Boy, both of which suggest a strong comic bent. But what do I know? I suppose it could happen and this premise will turn out a fantastically gritty crime drama instead of the one I’m picturing (which is Murder He Wrote on Freaky Friday), but I’m actually going to hope that they just don’t understand what real noir is.

Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit will be a 12-episode Wednesday drama beginning on April 30.


Park Min-woo, Park Doo-shik

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All this eye candy guaranteeing I watch the first episode lol

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Oh my this is rising my expect-o-meter up notches!

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I'd watch for granpa lee soon-jae. love him to bits in the spain series of GOF.
and now we add in choi jin-hyuk...yums.

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HAHAHA! That is gold. This better be funny al the way through.

But Heechul? Not necessary...

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I...
couldn't be more agree.

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I thought they'd use Uhm Tae Woong (too old?) as his younger self - I remember that 1N2D episode where they had to identify young Lee Soon Jae and how they marvelled at Uhm Force's resemblance to LSJ circa I dunno when.

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At least they labelled this as a cameo so it's likely to be more fun and less of a waste of him than his last drama in 2013.

(also, I am tickled pink by the idea of Choi Jin-hyuk growing up to be a classic halbae, Lee Soon-jae no less)

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Hahahahhahaha I can't imagine Choi Jin Hyuk turning into Lee Soon Jae harabuji when he grows old LOL...Choi Jin Hyuk is a smoking hot piece of man meat *wipes drool* and Lee Soon Jae is an adorable tiny harabuji kekeekeke :D
I am liking the younger counterparts, and totally looking forward to the drama...
And I will agree with your hunch about Eun Ji being the fiance to the younger self of Lee Soon Jae kekekek

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WOW I'm so happy & excited, will check out the drama now with Jin Hyuk as his younger self....can't imagine he'll grow old into Lee Soon-jae! He is way too hot can imagine he'll grow into a manly harabuji!! Yeah, lets stay away from soju and drink up your milk, folks!

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This almost had me until the body-swapping...why mess up a good thing with body-swapping!???!!! Unnecessarily confusing!! Why can't HeeChul's character just be a nephew or grandson?

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Park Min Woo is soo cute! he kinda reminds me of Matsu Jun?

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The image I've had stuck in my mind for the grandpas is the older cast in Night at the Museum. (And now add a dash of Honey I Shrunk the Kids?)

Sure hoping it's comedy - I'd love to see LSJ do that. He's awesome!

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I was just about to say I'll definitely check this out - until I saw the body swapping business. Haven't we had enough of those hijinks? And if the grandpa ends up in a flower boy's body, then how much screen time will Lee Soon Jae actually have? And on top of that, it's 'noir', not the comedy it sounds like? Eh, I'll probably still give it a look, especially if it means I get to see more of Choi Jin Hyuk. TvN, don't fail me now!

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Lee Soon-jae will still have a lot of screentime; he'll just have to "act" like Heechul. Which could be amazing.

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Yay, you replied to me. Thank you!

Also now that sounds like it could be hysterical. I might really have to check this out.

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HAHAHA i'll watch if he's going to act like heechul xD that'll probably be classic.

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Heads' (future) recap:

'And the episode would have made sense if [REDACTED].'

;-)

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Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit

I can't with that title

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Hahaha me either :D

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Wow cuties am so in!

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Wow cuties am so in.

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My mind can't process a coherent response right now because I'm laughing too much. What the heck is this?!

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I really think this drama will not only make my year...but here's to hoping it goes on my favorite list. but let's just hope it keeps up with my expectations because i'm crazy excited for this. every time an article is posted for this show...I end up having a squee-fest. so please be good.please.please! ^_^
i mean..choi jinhyuk as lee soonjae? how awesome will this be..especially after heenim oppa comes in?!!? OH BE GOOD!

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After watching the comparison between Seunggi and Soonjae-halbae in GoF, I wanted to see Seunggi do it LOL

Like some people I don't like the body swapping idea too, but I'll try to watch it first before deciding to drop it or not.

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If this actually ends up a comedy, count me in, body swapping hijinks and all! I think it could be absolutely hilarious.

If it's not a comedy...uh. Hm.

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Sound like a hoot. Foreseen myself gonna groaned over the 1 episode per week format a la what Let's Eat had gotten to me, but! Bring it on, nevertheless!

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Ooohhh!!!! Can't wait to see this, I am especially excited to see Choi Jin Hyuk, going through withdrawals now that EC is over.

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