Drama Casting & News
Oh Yeon-seo and Kim Ji-hoon headline new weekend drama
by | March 10, 2014 | 55 Comments

Oh, Kim Ji-hoon, why must you repeatedly star in long weekend dramas that I won’t have the time or inclination to watch? MBC’s newest weekender called Jang Bori Is Here! has secured its main cast, and Kim Ji-hoon has signed on to star opposite Oh Yeon-seo (Medical Top Team), who will be headlining her first miniseries in the title role.

The new drama comes from writer Kim Soon-ok of Wife’s Temptation, Angel’s Temptation, and Five Fingers, who’s known for her addictive makjang dramas–you know, the kind that everyone curses at but watches and parodies. She’ll be working with PD Baek Ho-min of Flames of Ambition and May Queen. So… we’re pretty much in for some really overwrought melodrama, methinks.

It’s a Cinderella birth secret switcheroo tale, about a plucky heroine (Oh Yeon-seo) who witnesses a traumatic incident involving her mother and suffers from amnesia as a young child. She ends up lost and eventually gets adopted by a new family, where her stepsister, played by Lee Yuri (Your Woman) is jealous, evil, and ambitious. Of course she is. But then the stepsister ingratiates herself into a wealthy family, only to discover that the heroine is actually their birth daughter. Of course she is.

Kim Ji-hoon plays the chaebol hero they’ll both love. He’ll have an ambitious half-brother in Oh Chang-seok, who was in last year’s crazy daily drama Aurora Princess, and idol actor Han Seung-yeon (Her Lovely Heels) plays their little sister with a princess complex. Hm, the setup is SO obvious that they have to introduce crazy twists in the execution, right?

Jang Bori Is Here! follows Will You Love and Give It Away in April.

Oh Chang-seok, Lee Yuri

Via Osen


55 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ys

    That was my first reaction too, why another weekend drama, Kim Ji Hoon?? But reading the description of the show consoled me. Sounds frustrating and tedious. Though Stars Falling From the Sky was plenty frustrating and I plowed through for him. Ugh, I don’t know how to feel about this.

    • 1.1 brian

      I really liked him in Stars falling from the Sky — I loved his fussbudgetty character in the beginning of the show, how he totally ignores our heroine and pompously goes about his life, only to come to realize his softer side when he has to live with 5 extra children! One of my favorites! I also liked him in Flower boy next door, except he didn’t get the girl which should of, even though Park Shin Hye was sorta milquetoastish in that show.

  2. Chandler


  3. oneclearnight

    Wow, that plot sounds terrible.

    I feel pretty bad when I see Kim Ji Hoon in makjang crap because he really does deserve better. I still remember his performance in the wonderfully eclectic Joseon X Files, and wish I could see him in something like that again. It really sucks that he doesn’t seem to be offered roles in anything half-way decent nowadays :/

    • 3.1 omona

      hum, but he was a delicious bastard in his last drama, loved to hate him, he did fine.

  4. Tara

    The premise sounds like everything melo all crushed into one…why do they keep making weekend dramas into these melo makjangapoolozas?!?! :/

    Kim Ji-hoon in yet another weekend drama?? I’m curious as to why he keeps siding towards these…did he not get the memo from his experience with Goddess of Marriage?? (The only good one I’ve seen him in is Golden Era of Daughter-in-law, back when weekend dramas were actually good and watchable!). Even if he’s one of my faves…I wouldn’t put myself through watching this x/

    When I first read the title, and saw that Oh Yeon-seo was starring…thought of her role in daily Oh Ja-ryong is Coming! from 2012, ha 😛 And Lee Yu-ri always seems to gravitate towards similar sounding weekend dramas or dailies…guess she likes this type of stuff x/

    Me no thinks I’ll watch, thankyouverymuch.

    • 4.1 Audrey

      Too Bad for Kim Ji Hoon. After Goddess of Marriage, he’s gonna be in a role with more drama…oh lord.
      I wished that he would do something a long the lines of Wish Upon A Star. He’s a really good comedic actor, and his real life personality is really funny.
      I did manage through 50 episodes of Golden Era of Daughter in Law for him and Lee So Kyung, it’s such a cute and realistic family weekend drama.
      And as for Lee Yuri, she’s in this type of role again. This is like the exact role that she played in Twinkle Twinkle.
      I kinda like her I love you, Don’t Cry, but that drama was just too long and dragged out. And you’re right, she just one of those actresses who will always do weekend dramas.

      • 4.1.1 Mrs.Jang Guem Suk

        Right LSW the same thing its a vicious cycle I wish wasn’t there the only way I am watching this is if he dress like Tae wook lol NO EXCEPTIONS LOL

    • 4.2 kakashi

      as much as I HATE that he chose this, it’s good for his career. These type of weekend dramas are loved by the Korean audience, so why would he NOT be in it?

      • 4.2.1 Tara

        If this was a KBS weekend drama, then I’d applaud his choice…but it’s not. The high ratings (and subsequent love by the viewers) are typically for KBS’s weekend slot, which has ruled that time slot for a while now. Wonderful Season, which is on currently, looks like it’ll take it as well.

        MBC hasn’t faired particularly well here since who knows when (a few years ago, probably). Although I heard of people in Korea grumbling that MBC/SBS either only aired an episode per weekend during the Olympics for their respective shows…I would call that a smaller bracket of viewers who watch their shows. If KBS had put off one or both episodes, I think there would have been an uproar.

        But I guess we’ll see…although I was hopinggg that he would do a mini during the week. To be optimistic–at least he’s working a lead actor role!

  5. trixicopper


    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve seen most of the dramas you’ve listed.

    What can I say? Sometimes it’s fun to watch a trainwreck. With liberal fast forwarding of course.

    With KJH I’d be willing to give it a shot. At least there would be lots of pretty! 🙂

  6. topper

    See the writer and producer…


    • 6.1 Pipit

      LOL! Indeed. What they have produced are really not my cup of tea.

  7. Mandy

    LOL at the “of course she is”. The plot is ridiculously predictable, I can’t even believe people still watch these kind of dramas. Its the ones that get the 30-40% too! I haven’t liked an MBC drama in god knows how long.

    • 7.1 windsun33

      That was my reaction also – when it starts right out of the gate with the amnesia cliché, you know it can only get worse. Over the past year or four, I have been tricked into watching far too many totally failed train wreck weekend dramas, I am not falling for this one. It sounds like the whole thing was specifically designed to be makjang to the max.

  8. canxi

    I feel like the only one who loves these things, sometimes. I dunno I like the comfort of weekend dramas. It’s like an old friend, haha.

    I’ll probably watch this. Well…Kim Ji Hoon is in it so it’s very likely I will watch it. Yaaaay handsome!

    I also misread as “plucky” as “lucky” and was SOOO confused!

    • 8.1 Gala

      Not the only one! -raises hand- I might be even worse cause I even watch the morning daily dramas. Lol, lee yuri is a queen of that. Plus, I like both leads.

      • 8.1.1 canxi

        Oh yay! Lol, I mean sometimes I am just in the modd for over-the-top and ridiculous drama, ahaha.

      • 8.1.2 marie

        I love daily dramas XD They offer half an hour brainless entertainment every weekday, with the similar makjang-y storyline and similar actors.

    • 8.2 magnus

      Sometimes it’s fun to watch the trainwrecks weekend dramas and turn your brain off while watching. I find it make especially great background noise. But when an actor I love who can do wonderful things is in it then im TOO invested in the show on principle and then the headaches ensue from all the shenanigans. So while this is something I could normally sit through, I can’t now with Ji-Hoon in it. I just can’t do it!

      • 8.2.1 canxi

        Hahaha, that was me during Goddess of Marriage. I was like yelling at him. “DO BETTER YOU MORON! MOVE OUT OF YOUR PARENTS HOUSE! TAKE THE GIRL AND RUUUUUUN!”

  9. dmohican14

    LOL, this is a magnificent train wreck waiting to happen, though I expect nothing else from MBC and with Lee Yuri attached as the money hungry second lead again, I already know this will be crazy. Pass.

  10. 10 dearly

    It screams “Crazy” and “headache”. Not worth my time. Too much going on and it’ll probably get sloppy in the middle with too much to handle on the plate.

    • 10.1 windsun33

      This one sounds sloppy even at the start. Amnesia, birth secrets, evil step sister – and all before it even airs. Of course, nobody will know that the heroine is REALLY who she is, so you will get to put up with that birth secret for probably 40 episodes.

      Sometimes train wrecks are fun, but this one sounds a bit much.

      • 10.1.1 Alex

        It’s so sad. I’d been hoping Kim Ji-hoon would star (rather than co-star and not get the girl) in another drama soon, but this isn’t something that I’m going to want to watch. :-/

        I always wonder what factors into drama decisions like this… is KJH not being offered roles for weekday dramas? Does this pay better or offer better job security? Is it a deal along the lines of “you star in this ansd we’ll give you the lead role in that other drama that’s coming up”…?

        My vote is for the latter, provided the other drama in question is a zany-sweet romcom with an interesting and original premise. 🙂

  11. 11 myra

    i like him a lot, though…
    by the way, there’s another weekend drama at the moment on Chosun tv, Bride of the century…could you please add it to the currently-airing drama list here? could someone recap it? it sounds cute…

    • 11.1 tipster

      Just so you know, it’s considered uncool to ask for recaps around here. This isn’t a recap-on-demand service– they recap what they want to recap. We should be super grateful for the gifts that they give us, not asking for different gifts. If you read the recent Odds and Ends post, you’ll see that they’re especially overextended atm, which makes asking them to take on another drama seem rather insensitive. Fortunately, Bride of the Century is being recapped at A Koala’s Playground. Also, not all dramas make it to the currently airing dramas list.

  12. 12 M

    So is Kim Ji Hoon the son in the wealthy family that Lee Yuri ingratiates which would make him and Oh Yeon Soo siblings? Or was KJH swapped at birth with Lee Yuri? Just thought I’d ask? 🙂

  13. 13 Quiet Thought

    Shuffle the deck, deal the cards, and it come out . . . Cinderella . . . birth switch . . . Chaebol prince . . . evil step-sister . . .

    Rats, they left out the missing documents buried in a brass box under the fish market that would prove the president of Korea is secretly the grandson of Emperor Hirohito. And that only our hero, the secret service agent, knows he hates Ramyun.

  14. 14 Abbie

    The premise is so overdone and irritating that, even though I LOVE Kim Ji-hoon, I most likely will not watch this. Most likely, means I may still check it out, but maybe I won’t finish it. If it’s a miniseries, how long will that be? If it’s on the weekend, it’ll probably be pretty long, right?

    Oh, Kim Ji-hoon, why can’t you do a rom-com?! You do those so well! Next time, hopefully!

    • 14.1 Abbie

      Also, I love that picture of him. Love his smile!

  15. 15 whit

    Oh, it’s her. I didn’t like her on Medical Top Team, her performance and her character…so definitely skipping this one.

    • 15.1 Tara

      Omg, she annoyed the hell outta me in MTT…and because of said annoyance, I frequently FF’d whenever she was on.

      Then she was coupled with Kwon Sang-woo, which further increased her screen time, ugh. Her shrill voice and overacting was similar to how she was in Unexpected You…which was odd because she was bearable in Oh Ja-rong is Coming. Eh, since I’m not even gonna watch…whatevers.

  16. 16 Locturne

    I used to have a girl crush on Lee Yuri… but there’s only so many crappy makjangy dramas I can watch for her. Too bad she’s decided to stay in that niche, though I guess it makes sense money-wise.

  17. 17 Elfie

    Wow, this sounds bad…..oh KJH, I don’t even want to give this a chance.

  18. 18 Trina

    Sorry Kim Ji-noon, if you do short episodes rom-com. I will watch it. The main lead actress with writer and producer. Run away!!!!!!

  19. 19 risa

    What, no cancer or blindness? Well, then I guess you can count me out.

    Her Lovely Heels is yet another drama title that cracks me up~ it makes me wonder if it’s about an envious cross-dresser or an appreciative foot fetishist.

    • 19.1 windsun33

      “..no cancer or blindness?..”

      Dammit, you just gave away the plot for episode 2 🙁

  20. 20 MsB

    Not a big Kim Ji Hoon fan. I wait on others opinions. I do like my dramas melooooooo

  21. 21 clauric

    Kim Ji Hoon should do 16-20 episode dramas..i loved him the MOST in Love and Marriage..seeing him smile most of the time…but weekend dramas are so depressing and frustrating :(((

  22. 22 Penny

    Oh, Kim Ji-hoon, I don’t know if I can watch this one, even for you. I’m glad that he’s working steadily but I can’t say I’m thrilled with the roles he’s being offered since he came back from his time in the service.

  23. 23 marie

    the writer ,PD and Seung-yeon (?? why why why this girl is the worst idol actress why she still got roles?????), I’ll pass.

    sorry Kim ji-hoon and Lee yuri, I like you two but no.

  24. 24 snow


  25. 25 kooriyuki

    I saw “Wife’s Temptation” and my first reaction was to groan. And the plot…run everyone!!!

  26. 26 selina

    Okay Kim Ji Hoon oppa, if I can sit though Goddess of Marriage for you (aka fast forward and only watch your scenes and still not miss a damn thing) then I can do the same for this. Lawd, the drama gods are testing me.

  27. 27 fat_crayon

    Why does Lee Yuri keeps doing the same type of drama? And it’s really meloDRAMAtic drama?!?

  28. 28 Lisa-Loo-Loo

    Seems like I have seen this one already, except it was called, Baker King Kim Tak Goo, and the heroine was a guy. Why, oh, why can’t we be more original with the melos?

  29. 29 flat

    Definitely watching this one for all the pretty cast.

    • 29.1 Windsun33

      I told myself the same thing for Heirs, and was traumatized from watching k-dramas for about 2 months.

  30. 30 Sadie

    oomgsh…the setup makes me LOL…like seriously? we’re still doing amnesia, Cinderella and step-sisters? STILLL??

  31. 31 sangjhoon

    happy to hear about another drama from him & one of my other faves Lee yoo ri of Yellow Boots (which i liked a lot), I Love You Don’t Cry etc. I hope this is good! aja KJH luv him in SFFTS & all his dramas!

  32. 32 Heylohey

    Kim Ji Hoon! Yay! But weekend makjang drama? Nay! Oh Yeon Seo? Nay!
    Dunno why she got so many offers, I found her acting so annoying in You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly which I accidently watched in kbsworld. Ouch why does it seem like almost no kdramas that appeal me these days.

  33. 33 goldeng

    im really happy hes doing back to back projects but MAKJANG again?? NOO no no noooooo why?? Godess of Marriage infuriated me like no other drama/novela/soap opera has in this planet proving makjang is kryptonite for me. Ill cross my fingers or him to land a lead role in anything but a makjang drama!

  34. 34 Dd

    Why there`s so much complain about kim ji hoo. If u dont like to watch weekend drama then dont watch who is stoping u? But i like this drama very much better then u r all surrounded. Both the cds are bought bt jung bori is more interesting than other popular dramas.

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