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Nam Sang-mi confirms Joseon Gunman

This isn’t new news, as the casting was previously teased, but now Nam Sang-mi has confirmed taking the lead role in KBS’s upcoming romantic sageuk-action-thriller drama Joseon Gunman.

Yay! (…for some of us, I guess, since it seems some people aren’t thrilled with this pairing, although I totally don’t get it because I love her! But fine, I understand that people have different reactions to various actors. And I suppose if you’ve only seen her in her recent work — say, Goddess of Marriage or Light and Shadow — you may not have seen her at her most charming. I loved her sunniness in Bad Family and Gourmet, and she can be spunky as well [Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang, Sweet Spy].)

So far this puts the confirmed cast at Lee Jun-ki (Two Weeks), Han Joo-wan (King’s Family, and now Nam Sang-mi. Her character is described as having been raised in privilege but growing to be courageous and fearless, becoming something of a modern woman of the times. The drama is set in the twilight years of the Joseon era, at a time of rapid modernization, as evidenced by the hero’s choosing of the gun over the sword as his mode of vengeance for his wronged family.

Joseon Gunman will begin filming this month, and plans to air in June.

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Yayyyyyyy!!! This email s really exciting for Time Between Dog and Wolf fans...they had fantastic chemistry there and now they will be incredible in a sageuk and with this production team too!!

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AYE AYE! <3 Can't wait to watch this drama & I really love that drama Time Between Dog and Wolf (it's one of my favorite!) ~ Keke! :)

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is it me... or is this the year of classic OTP reunions???
See lee dong wook-lee da hae
And Jang nara-jang hyuk

The feels :-)

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OMG This is REALLLLY happening!

Dear Drama God,
THANK YOU! You have been so kind lately by reuniting my favourite OTPs - Jang Hyuk & Jang Na Ra and now Lee Jun Ki & Nam Sang Mi....DAEBAK!

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OMGGGGG SOOOO EXCITEDDDD!!! I freaking love her and together with LJK, they are one my favourite OTP EVER!!!

I haven't watched a Kdrama in 2 years, only read recaps and/or news on them. Nothing seemed to compel me enough. Finally, I CANNOT wait to watch this drama!

The director makes me happy as well. Now writer(s) PLEASE don't kill this!

SO HAPPYYYY!!!

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This news makes me happy! :)

Now the hard part. Waiting for June! :)

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Well hurray, finally! I was really afraid she wouldn't take the role. She and LJK make a great couple. Now June come faster!

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There's something wrong with anyone who has a problem with Nam Sang-mi being cast in, well, anything. She brings sunshine and rainbows to everything she is in!

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We all have our own preferences, there's nothing wrong with that.

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I'm actually sad when I read comment the people against her casting just because she doesn't popular and not rating maker, even they prefer Park Shinhye over her. They are who thinks that is very closed minded person. TBWD is my favourite drama and I like their chemistry,it brings me to be fan of LJK

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she's a versatile actress and very pretty as well ( she's totally gorgeous in hanbok)
and she has good chemistry with Lee Jun ki
i too seriously don't see what's wrong with her casting

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Different strokes for different folks.
Why is there sth wrong when ppl have different tastes or preference as yours/ours?

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Well I don't know how other people feel, but I am STOKED! I love her and adored what I saw of them together in TBDW. I actually haven't finished that yet because it isn't as available to me, but now I have to! Love them both!

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I ended up buying the DVD set of TBDW and have been too busy to watch it. Since reading everyone's comments I must sit down and watch it.

Really looking forward to Joseon Gunman and June is right around the corner!

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I am neither excited nor non-excited - but that is because I am not fond at all of saeguk shows. I may check this one out, but so many of them end up being scene after scene (1) guys with swords and (2) guys in funny hats plotting around a table.

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"(2) guys in funny hats plotting around a table."...I looled!

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well, now it is 1) guys with guns and 2) guys in funny hats plotting around a table

:P

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Quite the opposite for me. Sageuks is what brought me dramaland. Love the Korean culture and its people past and present.

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My problem in that regard is that the Korean Culture portrayed in saeguks is all whitewashed and is as phony as a 33-Won banknote.

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Well, its to be expected because historical dramas are not documentaries. I don't think anyone is watching them for it's historical accuracies etc but it provokes an interest in learning more about Korea, their history and culture. I don't think would have taken a history class if it weren't for the 100s of sageuks I've seen.

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Count me in as another who's excited for this pairing! :) I was really hoping the female lead would be near/on par with LJK, and I'm glad that she accepted!

I, too, don't get those who don't like NSM...I think she's a much better actress than those give her credit for, because she was good in BF and ILPK.

GoM is a horrid example to base one's opinion, because you can't blame her for coming off as badly acted when it was so badly written in the first place!

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I am very disappointed with this news. But oh well...life still goes on..lol.. nothing will stop me from watching Lee Junki..not even NSM!

I am crossing my fingers that he'll be pairing with someone I like for his next project.

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I'm not really liking this pairing. Didn't watch Time Between Dog and Wolf so I'm not entirely sure how "great" their chemistry was but NSM looks mature for her age whereas LJK has pretty much a baby face so they just don't look "right" to me. I'm a big fan of LJK but I may not watch this. A bit like how I still haven't watch MFAS simply because KSH is starring in it (despite the fact that I adore JJH).

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I agree..
She totally looked like his Noona in TBDW

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America has stopped making good westerns, so I was up for this even before I learned that the female lead was courageous and fearless, rather than just being one or the other.

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I don't expect much follow up on that. I am pretty sure that she will end up having to be rescued at least 11 times by some male.

And actually, there never were that many good westerns.

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Interestingly, whenever I get in an Internet discussion about that, the only people who remember Westerns and are under the age of seventy are Spaghetti Western fans. As near as I can tell, they killed the genre in the 60s, thought it may have been dying already, along with the traditional American costumers and melodramas. So I get yelled at by people.

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I don't really think he has a baby face anymore but that's me.
I haven't watch TBDW either though so they're a new pairing to me.

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How could anyone in their right mind not love a reunion of the OTP from Time Between Dog and Wold?! This is now my must see drama of the whole year! I am already in love! Don't let me down Kdrama-gods - I know where you live and I will hunt you down.

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OMG, She's So Beautiful, I'm In Love Right Now

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I'm overly excited for this drama because I'll finally see my Jun Ki twice a week!

I'm totally cool with NSM as she is pretty and can act. Much better than some other actresses who obviously can't.

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Oh damn! I was one of those hoping against her casting. Definitely don't think there's anything wrong with me, since I happen to read that there are quite a few people who aren't thrilled about her inclusion too.

I was So Damn excited for this, but now I think I'll pass unless it's said to be as good as TPM. I totally understand if people like her; there are so many actors I like who aren't everyone's favorite too. But NSM does me nothing and she lacks the charisma I look for in actresses. Specially in sageuks. She looked like Jun-ki's noona in TBTDW, and I didn't see chemistry. Still wish they courted MCW or HJM, but nothing can do done about that now.

On a fun note, this is gonna be the ratings battle of the year! IOIL vs. FTLY vs Joseon Gunman. I still dunno what to put my money on. I guess I'll pass on betting then.

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What's IOIL?

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It's Ok, It's Love, I think.

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What's TPM? And FTLY?

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TPM - The Princess Man starring MCW and PSH

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FTLY is the Korean remake of Fated to Love You starring Jang Hyuk and Jang Mara.

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Sorry, it's Jang Nara. The auto correct is screwing me up.

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Don't pass please... More news now coming out about the exciting new cast additions and more to the plot. Like a possible love triangle with Lee Joon-Ki and the two leading ladies? That's the first for Joon-Ki. I so look forward to seeing that. All the characters sound bold and exciting, and the PD of "Princess Man" can create magic.

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About Han Ji Min... I think, such powerful leader as Lee Joon Gi no needed such strong female character by the side of him.

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I am currently watching Bad Family and she seems fine in that. Haven't seen her in anything else.

Looking forward to seeing it. Has Heads selected her next project? How is she doing? Perhaps she can do this one.

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Heads is a sageuk girl do I hope so.

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err so.

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I saw her in Goddess of Marriage most recently and also realized she was in Sweet Spy (thanks JB!!! I wouldn't have noticed at all lolll)--not the best dramas but I like her just fine!

She's a good actress! Never seen Time Between Dog & Wolf but this drama sounds pretty cool. It'd be neat to see someone fight with a gun.

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*thinks about Joseon kevlar...*

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I haven't watched any dramas with Nam Sang Mi before, but I'm watching Time Between Dog and Wolf right now!~ ^^ Actually just finished ep 1 ytd.

I gotta get it in before I watch this drama!! ;]
I hope that Lee Jun Ki & Nam Sang Mi are a good match to me.

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She was pretty mediocre in everything I have seen her in including TBDW. But just as her poor performance in Gourmet did not stop me from watching the fabulous KRW in it, she will not deter me from watching Lee Jun Ki in JG. At least she is not irritating. There are far worse actresses than her.

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America has stopped making good westerns, so I was up for this even before I learned that the female lead was courageous and fearless, rather than just being one or the other.

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Everyone expecting a couple power reunion, but I think Nam Sam Mi and Lee Jun Ki do not have a star couple power, like MY GIRL couple, chemistry just average. Both are good actors but not a good combo.

Hotel King has terrible plot and writing, plus many many flaws but at least the star couple chemistry managed to make it watchable.

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Lee Jun-ki is his own man. I would watch him no matter who the leading is. He doesn't need a star power leading lady to make a memorable quality performance. He gives 200% every time and he is a joy to watch. He is one of the few actors in his age group that I respect.

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The only actress who was always together with LJK on-screen is SMA and they had a very good chemistry in AATM. I won't prejudge how LJK-NSM combo will turn out this time with TBDW since they didn't have much screen-time together there.
The main reason I'm anticipating this drama is also bcoz of the interesting plot, a famous PD and LJK, a promising k-actor with his brilliant acting and action scenes. His dramas can attract its certain audience to impress them though they are usually used to have less romance. So a star couple seems not that important to him in these kinds of plots. My hope is the writer could pen out well this drama to be an exciting action-packed one. Looking forward unpatiently!

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I like the idea of this pairing, so I'm all for it.

You know what I like even more? (besides oppa of course) The idea that this heroine is actually going to be a woman of her time and not just a 21st-century girl in a hanbok and sageuk hairdo (that works in some cases, like Arang, and not so much in others - Gu Family Book, I;m looking at you). The Princess' Man also did well on that score.

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oh no, as much as i like lee jun-ki and his acting, i fear for the quality of this drama. filming less than two months before it airs, wouldn't that affect the drama's overall quality? they might not be able to film a satisfactory ending just like so many sageuk dramas filming on short notice. i hope i'm simply being presumptuous. crossing my fingers and will continue to root for lee jun-ki.

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Have always adored Nam Sang Mi...her roles in Bad Family and Sweet Spy were polar opposites but she was equally convincing in either of them. She is a good actress who knows how to step into the shoes of a character.

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Is Sweet Spy any good? Is it a comedy too?

I like her very much in Invincible Pyung Kang and need to see her more and im not keen on Goddess of Marriage.

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She should stick to comedies then. She is not capable of delivering a good performance in a melodrama.

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I think most people's unenthusiastic reaction to her is mostly due to her not being in popular works as of late. I've always known about her but have only seen her in goddess of marriage. I like her, she's pretty.

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Yes, she is pretty (sometimes), but she cannot act. Her only two acts are "I am so charming" and "I am a pretty girl in distress..." She is the same in all the drama I have seen her in. Only the story around her changes.

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She must have been in weak dramas in recent years because i think she is a good actress and more than good enough to star with Lee Jun Ki who isnt the best male drama actor other than he is very good in historical dramas.

I think she is wonderful,spunky,cute in Invincible Pyung Kang and she looked very good acting in saeguku parody parts in the eps too.

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Okay, for those who like makjang dramas as mentioned won't know what the talents of a great actor mean. They won't be drawn to the quality dramas either.

If LJK isn't the talented actor or like what you said he isn't the best male actor, why he keeps getting the trust from PDs and writers of the quality projects with male leading plots to star him as their 1st choice??
The reason he doesn't get A-list actresses is just because his dramas usually get more screen-time for him than the female lead characters.

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... the quality projects of the "PRIME Time slot"...
Plus LJK tends to choose a mixed genre than the bubbly rom-coms for good-looking actors like him or the melodramas which are usually frustrating.

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I did not say LJK isnt a talented actor because he is, he has it easy to show emotional intensity. Two Weeks worked well only because you believed his character emotions. I think he is best in historical dramas compared to modern setting dramas. He had more depth, showed more of his acting in Arang. Which is why i looked forward to this series along with the creators of easily best historical drama i have seen in Princess Man.

The fact he isnt the best i have seen in dramas of the male actors doesnt mean he is pretty boy type actor who is very limited in his acting and are popular because K-dramas viewers care alot for looks. I would diss Kim So Hyun from You From Another Star, Lee Min Ho, Park Yuuchun for that.

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Yes, he is good looking. This is one of the reasons of him to be popular but he isn't a pretty boy type actor who only chooses safe chaebol roles or rom-com. He is not limited in his acting also, his characters are different and depth to every each role.

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Im agreeing with you in my last comment i said he ISN'T a limited actor who lives on his looks.

I can see why he is popular for other reasons than his looks.

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You mean me is the one who like makjang dramas and dont look for quality dramas? I hate weekend dramas, can stand few melodramas. Other than rom-com who i watch of many different qualites i usually only follow fav actors or fav writers.

I like Lee Jun Ki for choosing different genres all the time. I just dont think he is too good for this actress.

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I think NSM deserves a prime time drama than her previous makjang ones coz I know she is a good actress.
I don't think she is better than LJK though, maybe she didn't get chance to try. At the same time, LJK has played a wide range of characters and gave impressions on me. So, I'll give more marks to him than her.

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Ah i see what you mean, that some people have seen her recently only majkang weekend dramas.

I think too she is a good actress than needs a good prime time drama to show viewers her ability. This drama will be perfect for that. Historical drama with many different elements, hailed creators, a good leading man.

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In a "TBDW Review" published by DRAMABEANS, it states:
"As for Soo Hyun, I never felt his love for Ji Woo – I think he lacked any chemistry with Nam Sang Mi, despite the drama claiming otherwise. Nam Sang Mi herself was quite annoying...."
I totally agree with that statement.
http://www.dramabeans.com/2012/11/time-between-dog-and-wolf-a-review/

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Maybe. TBDW was the first popular k-drama in overseas that focused on action thriller and the other action kdramas followed its idea of undercover service. The love in TBDW was penned like the kind of westerns. They didn't have much time together and the mainstream of the plot is Soohyun's mission.

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This link of TBDW review was posted by kadejun, the one who is no longer a recap member of DRAMABEANS.
She also only recapped some unimpressive shows so opinions may be different.

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Yes.. I realize that.. She has her own independant blog these days.

Nonetheless, it was published by DRAMABEANS, so I expect Dramabeans to stand behind what they had published.

Besides, I personally agree with that statement. Even if the end brought them to Paris (separately) I think it was to give viewers who wanted it, a "possibility of continuation," but personally, the way it ended with Soo-Hyun statements, gave me the feeling he was a "lone wolf" and had no real interest in her. If he had, he would have fought for her earlier. It was always she who was after him.

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That's why I said it was penned like the love in Western films, with no depth and his work is his priority.

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I don't think you understand that each writers here don't have to agree or have the same views and opinions with every drama they recap. JB has her own taste in dramas, GF her own and same goes to Heads and kaedejun etc.

kaedejun did the review on TBDW and that was her take on it, not JB, GF, Gummi or Heads. Just because they published kaedejun's review DOES NOT MEAN they all agree with every bit of it.

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The writer's name is always stated at the top of each post here, just as a newspaper article will provide the journalist's name, please take note. DRAMABEANS is not one person.

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She also seem to be a CH fan and wrote the review in a Very Negative way. The ones who have watched TBDW really know how good the drama is, even after many years later.

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I agree.. I thought the drama was far better than what she thought. I was totally into it for the whole ride.

I only agreed with her point about lack of chemistry between NSM-LJK and how irritating NSM character was.

Lee Jun-Ki was fantastic in it. NSM was not impressive, to say the least.

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I think that NSM`s acting in TBDW was PD bidding. And chemistry WAS.

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I'm totally happy with this as Bad Family is a classic favorite of mine and Gourmet was great. &of course Lee Junki is just something I can't get enough of.

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I guess people that hate Nam Sang‑mi are just jealous of her because she is beautiful with natural beauty and no plastic surgery usually pretty actress get low ratings. Jang Na Ra and Lee Yoo Ri are both gorgeous actress but also have low rating. The only actress that people agreed on that are beautiful and have high rating is Song Hye-Kyo, Park Shin‑hye and Kim Tae-Hee I also agreed that they are really beautiful.

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