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Jaejoong’s first stills as a gangster in Triangle

Here we go with the first stills of Triangle, MBC’s upcoming melodrama about three brothers who are separated in childhood after their parents die, who grow up without knowing anything of each other’s whereabouts, and then reunite twenty years later.

These stills feature Jaejoong, playing the middle brother who grows up to become a lowlife gangster; his older brother Lee Beom-soo becomes a detective, while little bro Im Shi-wan is adopted into a chaebol family. No doubt the reunion will be emotionally fraught, since it sounds as some of the brothers aren’t as connected to their earlier lives as the others. Jaejoong, for instance, has lost his birth name and goes by a different name as an adult, while Shi-wan’s repressed fear is that his adopted family will ditch him too. I expect Lee Beom-soo to carry the burden of guilt and responsibility for being the hyung.

I’m still waiting to hear more about the plot in the present day, because most of what we’ve been given is the backstory and setup. Until then, we can enjoy these pics of badass Jaejoong, who’ll get to wear lots of leather, tool around on a motorcycle, and associate with assorted ruffians. What’s not to like.

Triangle is three weeks from its May 5 premiere; it’ll take over the Empress Ki slot on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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I buy the cute guy on a bike. I don't buy gangster.

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This is probably a sort of flashback? If the info is correct and he gets to be big in his organization, this doesn't look like it. This is goon level.

I buy gangster though. Gangsters don't have to look like walking macho stereotypes. Of course, having had a tough life, you wouldn't look as flawless as he does, but we can't very well destroy the boy's face just for a role.

It's the acting I worry more about, given this is melodrama, but Jae Joong does have capacity for learning and since the Idol Whisperer is there, it might be ok.

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For Age Of Feeling they totally bruised that idols face for a gangster role where he fought like no tomorrow- now what was his name...

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But Jung Tae was an impulsive and quite slow guy who couldn't go two steps without a fight. There has to be a reason for bruising, but I also did not mean bruising.

I meant wrinkles, saggy face, the signs of a tough life, stress etc. This is something you can't really give a person unless you go for make up effects.

But this is Korean drama and we can't have the pretty boy uglified, of course. But a gangster with pretty features is not unrealistic in itself. Just in Dramaland which cannot resist making everyone clean and "perfect".

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Well, make up can take care of the image problem. But more than his face, it's his voice that worries me.
Have you ever heard Jaejoong talk? This is not really a voice that will strike fear into the heart of his ennemies.

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Again, people with non-threatening voices can be gangsters. Looks do not determine character, job or outlook on life. It is just stereotypes and perceptions that make the mistaken soft looks = soft personality association.

What it really comes down to in fiction though is acting, along with writing and directing to form convincing scenes that fully convey that the character is such a man.

So as I said, the acting itself is my only worry. A seasoned actor would sell anything, no matter what image, face or voice. I just do not think Jae Joong is there yet. So the writer and PD will need to help a lot if it will even be possible to see him as what Dong Cheol is.

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I actually agree with you. I just forgot to mention what I regarded as obvious: Jaejoong isn't an acting genius. I also think that a great actor can be credible in almost any role.

If I were to take Heartless City as an example, Kim Byung Ok didn't really need any acting chops to make us believe he was Scale, the scary drug lord, he already has a face that screams "villain". On the other side, Jung Kyung Ho and Kim Yoo Mi wouldn't have made convincing gangsters if they didn't have real acting skills.

Unfortunately for Jaejoong, I believe that given his face and voice, he has a serious handicap that his acting skills are nowhere near enough to make up for.

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Yep. It's the acting that's the issue. And of course, the idol image, which always makes it hard for the fandom and many around to look beyond it. Whatever they do, it will have to be pretty impressive to get past those issues.

It's the first time I see Jae Joong in a melodrama (I consider 'Dr. Jin' an accidental comedy) and it has been a while, so I will of course give the kid a chance, but worries I got plenty of as well.

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@ mudaepo. Your comment is funny... Regarding his voice, I agree. I love him though. I like androgynous looking men but yes, he can't act that well and he needs voice modulation. He can be the runaway street smart boy but he looks too "soft" for gangster. Lately everyone is proving me wrong so I guess it will a surprise treat.
P.S. Gu Hye Sun is surprise treat in Angel Eyes.

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maybe they're going for a soft-hearted puppy dog gangster adopted into a gang of protective hyungs?

i also have a hard time buying such flawless complexion as a rough-and-ready gangster...but hey, there are always exceptions to the rule and at least he's pretty!

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@mudaepo On the other side, Jung Kyung Ho and Kim Yoo Mi wouldn’t have made convincing gangsters if they didn’t have real acting skills.

they were both SO GOOD, and it didn't matter that it was a drastic departure from how we'd previously seen them (even in JKH's Time Between Dog & Wolf days). You're right that they could not have pulled it off without serious acting skill, because the fearsomeness of Baksa was even greater because it came from a guy who looked so slight compared to your usual bruiser. Even if JKH is actually six feet tall in real life.

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You are so right, Orion. This singer/actor appears really talented and, in addition, capable of learning & adding new dimensions.

Amazingly, he is not the only one. In my opinion, there are at least two other singer-cum-actors like him: Seo In Gook & Taecyeon.

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Taecyeon, talented?

Nice one.

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But some call him the "Gangster of Love"....

Sorry. I'll stop mainlining Nyquil now. Carry on.

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Warning: two weeks of that stuff causes permanent brain damage. Ask me how I know.

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The Ga... BWAHAHAHAHA! Oh man, no. Nope. No. If you're going to enjoy the man in the role, put Jae Joong behind and focus on the role. He's always be "oppa" if you can't focus on anything but the looks and romance.

I hope the role itself at least helps with that. They'll need all the help they can get to sell it, given the audience can't see past the idol and see the character.

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Looking gooood baby! Looks like he gained some healthy weight...(no comment about the show)

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So much pretty. I can't imagine Jaejoong playing a gangster though. It just doesn't go with the image of him that I have in my mind. He'll have to be really convincing in his role, and I hope he is, because even though I like pretty boys, badass boys beat them anyday.

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He's sooo pale. Maybe a nice tan will toughen/roughen up his gangster image.

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IKR?! He looked so good a bit tanned during Mirotic days. He's pale.

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Haha He is super pale according to accounts of him in real life, and this being Korea no one actually desires being tan. Though I do agree, having a tan complexion would help with seeming gangster.

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I agree a bit of tan would make him manly and probably a trip to the gym and some protein shake. Look at kim hyun joong looking at him now I can't believe he was the same lesbian looking guy in boys over flowers.

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why ? because only people with ''darker'' skin are gangster and ''tough'' but pale people aren't ? really now?

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Some people's complexion is so pale that it's hard for them to tan unless they bake in the sun for hours. But most Koreans prize pale skin so there's probably a few pale-skinned gangsters running around in Korea.

I rather that they leave his complexion alone instead of mucking his image up with tan make-up.

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Korean skin is pale compared to other asians but I don't its hard to tan. Lee min ho got tan just after spending a few days on LA beach. They tan pretty easily compared to caucasians I think they go out in the sun using sunscreen of course get a tan instead of looking like tomato. Caucasian skin tends to get really red instead of getting a tan.

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jaejoong looks good.

i am hesitant to take on more dramas, but because i'm a fan of JJ, i will check out up to 4 episodes before i deciding to continue. thanks for the stills.

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So pretty gangster! How he portrays the role is what makes me curious though, since I haven't seen his previous works.

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Meh. Shuffle the deck, deal yourself a hand with three birth secrets, an adopted Chaebol heir, a detective, a gang-banger, and no females except as sidekicks and expendable love interests.

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I am not just getting the gangster vibe here. He is going to need to have some Meryl Streep skills to sell me gangster.

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(speechless.).....(sigh)......

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Idk jaejoong as a gangster............ Thts like SSH playing a High Schooler lol

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He looks good. Hard to tell whether he'll be like a "real" gangster or not. And call me sheltered, I've never met a real gangster in my life. Not sure what a real one looks or acts like.

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Is it me or does he look gaunt?
Like no fat in his cheeks at all
Where has the PTB flesh gone to?

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He's been gaunt for quite a while, actually. Probably from late nights due to partying, busy schedules, and not eating right, I guess.

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This sounds a lot like Giant. Which means I definitely look forward to it. There's something so heartwarming about estranged siblings finding their way back to one another. When Giant did it, I always looked forward to the reunions. I even wished the two brothers, Kang-mo and Sang-mo, had prolonged their misunderstandings of one another before finally uniting. Hopefully this drama does something like that. Even Wonderful Season is playing with this kind of trope.

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OMG JAEJOONG. Sorry for the shouty capitalsss!! I cannot!! Hahaha

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I have to say, he looks hot. But I am worried about him acting-wise. Still, looking forward to this!

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I am going to think positively... If JaeJoong manages to ditch his image as a pretty boy and is convincing enough to be a gangster, he can go a long way with this project. That is if he pulls it off...

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bwahahahah, you got me at badass jaejoong & leather...

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Lol.. i dont get it why people make a big deal out of his acting in Dr Jin.. he's good in it! yes the drama sucks but the only character that attracts people to watch it was kyung tak.. i admit, his past drama was not so good but this one I had to disagree. he's even nominated with other veteran actors for an award(i forgot what was it). so yeah, he'll definitely ace this one!

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An MBC Drama Award.

Q.E.D.

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obviously not that.. google yourself.. it's bigger than that..

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I am excited for this drama, but I agree that KJJ has not yet settled my fears for his acting ability. The plot DOES sound intriguing, though.

If KJJ hasn't quite gotten his acting skills up to par, maybe he could just…be quiet. A quiet, soulful eyed brother would be nice.

With more than one "Idol" on the cast list, it *can* distract from the plot, because 1.) you can't always separate them from their "other line of work" 2.) the fangirl/boy commentaries that defend or attack him/her regardless of validity 3.) sometimes, let's be honest, actors they are not cut out to be.

I have hopes for this drama, but time (and obviously, their efforts) will tell as the drama unfolds. The eternal optimist in me really wants this to pull off well. Please, no Dr. Jin! I don't think my heart or stomach can take it.

:)

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Can't speak for Jaejoong, but Im Shi-wan is actually a good actor despite being a pretty-boy idol. I've seen him in three projects now, and he's more than held his own, he's a good enough actor to be getting roles on his own merit now.

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I used to be such a Jaejoong fan and squeal over anything and everything with him in it. Now I'm just worried 'cause he looks so gaunt and tired lately. He's not taking care of himself well. :(

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JJ looks pretty as always~
hopefully he get to his old weight...
not sure whether he is gangster enough but back during my rebellious stage of life, I did met some good looking gangster.... or maybe good looking goon idk
but, they still good looking... so yeah JJ can be good looking & gangster-ish...
Probably will check first episode & decide whether I'll watch it or not since I like all 3 of them

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They need to replace the passenger on the still of the bike with our h. Now that would be cute.

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Why do I feel that he'll really fit the role of a flower boy vampire more than a gangster?

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I'm mainly interested in this for Lee Beom-soo and Im Shi-wan (and I'm guessing maybe LBS will be the one to remember most, since he's so much older than the other two), but I wish they'd drop a teaser soon. We have no idea what this is going to look like, and I want this to do well for LBS' sake <3

Also, as idols go, how is Jaejoong's acting, anyone seen his dramas? I know Im Shi-wan's pretty good, and his group Ze:A seems to have quite a few talented actors, so I have no fear there.

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You can see a short fanmade video of his acting in his previous role here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsVSDmj649U

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You can watch a short fan video of his acting in his previous drama:

www. youtube. com/watch?v=bsVSDmj649U

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I like Jaejoong well enough, not necessarily as an actor, but he's not the worst out there... But seriously, I'm just excited for Lee Beom-soo.

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Well in Protect the Boss, he could convincingly convey gloomy, torn, broody as well as happy emotions. So, I have hopes for him to go even further to angry and whatever it is that makes a gangster.

As to Dr. Jin. I would read HeadsNo2 recaps and then watch the few moving scenes every few episodes. The worth watching scenes almost always included Jaejoong's character. He was the actor who kept going while the show fell around him.

Haven't seen anything else that he has done. So I don't have an idol image to get past. Perhaps that is why I can be a fan of his acting.

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And his nickname's gotta be Pretty Boy.

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Or Frivolous Boy. From that shirt. (sorry, can't edit!)

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I notice the shirt, too ! :D

He'll always be pretty boy Jaejoong, no matter what role he plays.....

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as a JJ's fan since his days with DBSK and now JYJ.. i admit that his acting sometimes could be a hit or a miss..sometimes he's good in some parts, some not..
well i only hope that on this drama, i hope his acting will improve so he could finally prove people wrong.

good luck and fighting JJ!

i'll enjoy watching this drama because i really like lee bum soo and im shi wan :)

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Jaejoong always gives people surprises. Who would expected this delicate pretty boy would scream a song as dark and sinister as "Mine"? But he did. To be honest that song, the lyrics ("You are terrible, It’s like you are diseased
Your congested spit mixed with blood.."), the music, the way he sang that song, gave me a new perspective about Jaejoong. For me he's not a delicate flower anymore.

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Dark hair is the best hair.

When they said he would play a gangster, I was actually imagining just this. Rather than a spiffy black suit of gangsters wanting to be business men, I prefer this. I dunno, it seems more...honest? Lol, I dunno what word to use.

I am quite interested in the story and seeing the relationship of the three brothers. I like all men's acting. I only really know actor Jaejoong and actor Im Shi Wan and you know...I really like them both. And with Lee Bum Soo it's a nice trifecta.

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Never seen Jaejoong, but I do like Im Shi-wan and Lee Beom-soo, and LBS has a good way of pulling the best from his costars if PM&I/Yoona is anything to go by.

And Im Shi-wan's group seems to have good actors in general, I've never heard their music or seen them together as a group but I really liked them in Nine, Heirs, Girl K and of course ISW in Moon-Sun and Waiting For Love.

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hope improvement from Jaejong acting
since he has better performance from protect the boss to Dr. Jin
but please the make-up team
could you give him some little scar on his face ?
how come gangster has flawless skin face
owh sorry I forget, this is dramaland

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Its hilarious reading some comments above. It's just because maybe some of you have made 'specific criteria' for gangster.

Try open your mind and see this world, anybody can be a gangster from a child to elder either man or woman, no matter good looking or bad looking. (as you know, his character in here is the most unfortunate child, and he grows up in dark environment. So, does it mean it's wrong to be a gangster with such 'pretty face'?) lol come on.

So, throw away your narrow thinking. Or maybe because you have been watching drama a lot and forget whats the people outside look like.

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Lol, I didn't know a gangster needs to have a certain look. In real life, some of the prettiest people are the deadliest ones. Ted Bundy, anyone?

I am not going to pass judgement until I've seen his acting. I am definitely intrigued. This plot is so up my alley. I have always been a sucker for this type of melodrama.

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"In real life, some of the prettiest people are the deadliest ones."

yeah that's why. But some people have a made a specific guideline for gangster which is really dumb and funny.

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"In real life, some of the prettiest people are the deadliest ones."

agree with this.

Some people are so judgemental and they made a specific guideline for gangster. thats just funny and dumb

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I'd really like someone to come in here and say that Jung Kyung-ho was too 'pretty' to play a gangster in Cruel City last year. Or that he didn't do it effectively because he's too pretty.

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Gonna watch this drama because of jaejoong.. his acting is decent.. i really hope he will do well in this drama..

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Jaejoong do look good in the above pics.BTW who will play the female leads in this drama?

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the story line is similar to GIANT?
maybe my feeling only

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[TRANS][MBC] #TRIANGLE Drama Introduction
Aim:
Being writer for 20 years, I have written various dramas including period drama, historical drama, and modern drama. In one way or another, the outcome has never been bad. However, there is always something missing in my heart. As the dramas I have written so far focused on the story, I couldn’t create an interesting character that lives for a long time in the viewers’ impression. And I couldn’t write a melo-drama which makes me feel satisfied.

I started this drama in order to fulfill these 2 desires.
This is a melo-drama led by an interesting character.

Above the story of 3 brothers who have separated for over 20 years after losing their parents, lived without knowing about each other’s existence and reunited by destiny; the drama narrates the story of their success and love. Even if the world changes, the society changes, the power of true love is forever. This classic subject will be solved in a new way and new writing technique.

Introduction to the production crew:
Planning: Lee SungWoo (A Hundred Years’ Inheritance, Hooray For Love, Golden Fish, etc.)
Producing: Jung Taewon (Taewon Ent.)
Writing: Choi WanGyu (Guam Heo Jun, Lights and Shadows, Midas, etc.)
Directing: Yoo ChulYong (Poseidon, Swallow the Sun, HIT, Sad Love Story, Into the Storm, etc.); Choi JungGyu (Lee Sang that Lee Sang, Two Weeks, Horse Doctor)

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I'm a JYJ fan, and from the beginning of their careers under SM as members of DBSK, Yoochun and Jaejoong always had the main roles in whatever acting production they were put in. They were the best of the entire group.

Since they've struck out on their own and are using the drama world to continue making their marks, I do not begrudge them the chance to grow with each project.

As with any drama production no matter what the genre, if the directing and scriptwriting suck, there is absolutely no actor in the world that can save it. I don't expect them to be anything but what they are, acting greenhorns who are trying to get better as they go along. And I've seen them improve from project to project.

Of all Jaejoong's works, Dr. Jin is the only one I could not get past the 4th episode. It was not because of any lacking on his part. It's because the director and scriptwriter, and editor, all needed to be taken behind the barn and shot! They gave a classic example of 'how to' mess up a Korean drama. I still have dreams of gathering nerve and going back to watch it. It's just that I know I have to watch all the drama to keep up with the plot, not just the scenes Jaejoong is in. That is a VERY TALL order.

I too look askance at the pale part, simply because I have never seen a gangster story where the gangsters all stay indoors and don't get out from time to time. Doesn't matter what level they are on. Something about that doesn't correlate. But this is a small issue, not totally relevant to the story. The voice thing, I don't think is that much of an issue because a good director will ask for a change in tone. Just like there has to be a change of voice in a saeguk drama.

What I think will be one of Jaejoong's strongest assets is his eyes. He has some of the most impressive eyes around. And it is possible to send huge messages by the look in the eyes. This is where I think he will make his biggest impression in the role. Let's not forget, at least I hope this is the case, this drama should evolve around the interaction between the three brothers. This is where spoken words and visuals should take center stage. IMHO.

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So..he's kind of reprising his real life story..the difference is in the real life, after separated from his mom, he has a good adoted family,,safe from underworld

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in real life
he is an orphan?

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He was given away to be adopted.

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Sounds like Amar Akbar Anthony/Trimurti/Yaadon Ki Baraat! I'm in!

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Ooh..he looks good. No pics of Si Wan yet? I will definitely watch this when it is out then only decide whether to continue..

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everything looks hot, but he looks more rebel than gangster...and lol..the helmet does NOT help. but than again...he's PRETTTY... ^_^

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i'm glad that jaejoong is taking on a new project. i'm interested to see how he'simproved. man, i didn't even want to touch Dr. Jin after the first few episodes. i mean, i tried to give it a chance seeing as i like song seunghun and enjoy jaejoong's music but i just couldn't. especially when jaejoong was terribly horribly stiff. i just couldn't bring myself to continue so that i could avoid smack talking the heck outta his acting and the drama itself. of course i took into account how he's still relatively a newcomer in acting not to mention he was playing a sageuk role but i'd rather not watch something i don't enjoy than watching and being unhappy the whole time.

i hope he does well this time. i'm still having doubts seeing as he's a pretty face and his voice isn't exactly gangster material, but i was surprised by lee junki in 2weeks and jaejoong's voice can work depending on how he chooses to interpret the character. so i'm hoping for good things.

p/s: heck yeah im siwan!! love the dude.

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Jaejoong's acting was actually very nice for his role. He even sneered really well. The story was a little slow in the beginning and nothing to do with his acting, but in the middle, oh, my GOD! I couldn't stop watching to the end! Very nice. I've always liked his singing voice, but I'm not a fan girl-fan girl. His talent, for me, is incredible (songwise). This role was actually a breakthrough for him. He can do tough... his face does get messed up, but cleaned up right after. LOL! Only in KDrama. I like him in this one. Pretty Boy in Heaven's Postman, emotional in both PTB and Dr. Jin, but he took on two amazing roles here. And it was incredible. He delivered what I thought the drama needed. His life conflict and his own 'honor'. Even the love part seemed perfect for the storyline which main focus had been on the three brothers. And that was fine. I think everyone can see that Jaejoong can do tough pretty good, despite his pretty boy face. Didn't we have a pretty boy western 'hero'? Oh, wait. He was Billy the Kid. Pretty boy, tough attitude. I think Jaejoong can do this role if he is ever offered it. :-)

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