Drama Casting & News
Choi Ji-woo considers reunion with Kwon Sang-woo in Temptation
by | June 4, 2014 | 75 Comments

Okay seriously, what is in the water these days? The Hallyu 1.0 reunion tour is starting to become a rake gag. Will there never be a new coupling in dramaland ever again? SBS’s new melodrama Temptation is now courting Choi Ji-woo to star, which would reunite her with leading man Kwon Sang-woo eleven years after their 2003 drama Stairway to Heaven. Initial reports announced that Lee Mi-yeon was considering the role but ultimately turned it down, while Yoon Eun-hye is still being courted to play the other lead.

The drama is about a man pushed to the end of his rope over a massive debt, who accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a wealthy woman. In exchange for money she gets to own his body, whatever that means. Insert your own Indecent Proposal-inspired montage here. He makes the choice despite having a wife (Yoon Eun-hye, if she signs on), and though the deal he strikes has dangerous consequences, he’ll figure out what true love is because of it.

Choi Ji-woo is up for the role of the cold chaebol heiress who buys Kwon Sang-woo, and she’s described as haughty but charismatic. It sounds like an interesting character, and is at least something outside her comfort zone and another step in the right direction after her unexpected offbeat turn in Suspicious Housekeeper. I like seeing Choi Ji-woo stretch herself to do something outside the classically good heroine these days, and that’ll make the Stairway to Heaven reunion seem a little less like they’re stuck in one place treading water. In the ocean. While playing the piano.

Temptation follows Doctor Stranger on Mondays and Tuesdays in July.

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75 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. sempoi

    Maybe they see the success of reunion of one hot OTP, Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook-maybe not in rating, but the hype internationally is no joke. Old k-drama lover like me, is over the moon. I want more old OTP. I wish Choi Ji Woo with Bae You Jong instead-the Japanese ahjumma will go crazy.

    • 1.1 Tracy

      CJE-BYJ reunion will be EPIC.

    • 1.2 madame kim

      Damn, they will make another Nami Island just for Yonsama/Jiwoo-hime reunion.

    • 1.3 fitta

      Agree with you. The popularity and hype internationally of Hotel King because of Lee Dong Wook – Lee Da Hae repairing is no joke. I can imagine if all those popular old school K-drama couples reuniting again this year–K-dramaland will explode. Looks like the PDs and TV stations and the drama makers just realise that reuniting popular couple can get them advantage.

      • 1.3.1 nynaeve

        If Ha Ji-won and Jo In-sung reunite in an awesome romcom, I could die happy.

        • Jemellee

          I know right, Memories of Bali didn’t end well for them that’s why I want them together in a drama again.

      • 1.3.2 Lilly

        I am really enjoying Hotel King.
        The chemistry between the two leads has been burning hot. Good stuff.

    • 1.4 hi

      That’s exactly my dream Choi Ji Woo with Bae You Jong <3
      and also Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun hye in another Comedies or Rom com or even in real life paring 😉
      I cant forget coffee prince and Winter Sonata.

      • 1.4.1 Risa

        I absolutely agree with you. Hope GY and YEH would feel the same way we feel from them to be reunited again… For sure it will be a big hit again not just in Korea but in other countries as well… How I will GY and YEH reunite will trend worldwide…. as they will hear our request….

  2. jjang

    2014 is the year of k-drama couples reunion!
    Now, can I have Song Hye Kyo-Won Bin and Eugene-Ji Sung reunion too? *puppy eyes*

    • 2.1 cindy

      I also want to see eugene-jisung reunion badly. Song hye kyo and wonbin too in a romcom. That would be epic

    • 2.2 Duh-duh

      Song Hye Kyo and Won Bin dated and broke up. They are each other ex’s now.

      That’d be awkward.

      • 2.2.1 Duh-duh

        My bad, I thought you said Huyn Bin. LOL

    • 2.3 kanz

      Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young and Song Hye Kyo-Won Bin… hehehe

    • 2.4 massakkali

      ikr? Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook, Jung Ryeo Won and Daniel Henny, and now this! StH had 40%+ ratings and each episode made the viewers cry rivers of tears.

    • 2.5 bebeswtz


      A Eugene-Ji Sung reunion is, like, OMG <3 <3 <3
      I want it SO. BAD!!!

  3. Kristy

    Just hope that Yoon Eunhye accepts the offer!!
    Okay….correction-hope that normal hair Yoon Eun Hye accepts the offer….
    Please let her show her nice and normal hair and not that ajumma perm

    • 3.1 pogo

      You mean that ajumma bob…..even the curls she wore for Mirae’s Choice were pretty, but that bob aged her by ten years.

      And to add insult to injury, she had her hair in a bob before c. 2008-09 and it looked lovely and stylish there! what happened?

    • 3.2 Nancy

      I hope YEH declines because 1. This will be all about the reunion between Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Ji Woo and she doesn’t need to get in the mix, especially another melodrama. 2. It gives us hope that she’ll reunite with Gong Yoo since she won’t be boggled down by this. It’s hopeful but hey, why not? 🙂

  4. Islandfever

    Next Will Be Hyun Bin & Ha Ji Won xddd i pray for that

    • 4.1 Joy

      Yes! Those two has an explosive chemistry. I can’t wait. 🙂

    • 4.2 coffeenlucia

      Yessssss Yessssssss now I shall watch Secret Garden again.

  5. Rachel

    That image of KSW being in the ocean playing the piano still cracks me up to no end bahaha.

    • 5.1 Moraine

      Can’t believe that scene is stuck in our minds forever n ever. I only watched it once!

      • 5.1.1 Pipit

        I think I cry an ocean while he plays the piano by the ocean..

        • shinmirae

          I cried rivers for stairway to heaven. I even cry on cue. I was so in sync with kwon sang woo that my tears fall at the same time as his. Lol.

          I am so sold on this pairing. And I dont want Yoon Eun Hye on this mix. I love her but not for this drama because its all about sang woo and ji woo.

          Since we are doing reunions… how about rain-song hye kyo, kim sun ah – hyun bin and princess hours season 2.

    • 5.2 Sophee

      That scene cracks me up now, but way back when I first watched the dram i was so heartbroken by that scene..

      • 5.2.1 ck1Oz

        Since I’ve never watched it. Why was he even playing a piano in the ocean?

  6. daktari34

    She looks so different from the way she looked in Suspicious Housekeeper.

  7. D's handphone

    Any possibility of the chaebol heiress losing her sight? I hope not. Maybe she’s the one who owns the amusement park instead…

  8. Mimie

    This one was unexpected. So…who’s next? Ji Jin Hee & Lee Young Ae? Han Hye Jin & Kang Ji Hwan? Kim Hee Sun & Ahn Jae Wook? Cha Tae Hyun & Jun Ji Hyun?

    • 8.1 nynaeve

      Ha Ji-won and Jo In-sung please…

    • 8.2 glowry

      dem, now you said it i want Cha TaeHyun and Jun JiHyun soooo bad..!!

  9. Muenchabench

    They’re coo-coo for core couplings!

  10. 10 melody

    Speaking of possible reunion of couple from Stairways to Heaven, I would like to see reunion between Park Shin-hye and Lee-wan.

    I still remember the young good actress PSH in Stairways to Heaven that made me fall in love with her, I still think that Lee-wan was her best partner so far. She need to act alongside someone that has depth in his acting..

    Owh, I’m glad to see Choi Ji-woo unnie back to small screen!

    • 10.1 halima

      I totally agree with you on Lee Wan and Park shin Hye . I dont know weather you have watched their other show tougether its called tree of heaven . Thats were i feel inlove with PSH and LW . She was amazing on a whole , her chemistry with LW is the most i have in her on her onscreen partners .

  11. 11 Sophee

    OMG! I love Kwon Sang-woo and Choi Ji-woo togethere in Stairway to Heaven, I became a fan of them in that drama… Stairway to Heaven is one of my earliest k-dramas along with Autumn in my Heart and Dae Jang Geum.. Suffice it to say Autumn in my Heart (and the whole Endless Love package) and Stairway to Heaven were one of the reasons i veer away from melodramas and heavy stuff, and stick to rom-coms.. i call it melophobia.

    • 11.1 bbstl

      HA melophobia is great!

      • 11.1.1 Sophee

        The 10 yr old me was practically emotionally traumatized by these early melos.. That was the time where mostly watch disney princesses and animes and had no idea that there are tragic stories out there with sad sad endings..

    • 11.2 Song Song

      Yep.. I stick to rom-coms after watching those old melos. I’m sorry to all fans out there, as much as I love the actors, but those melos bored me to tears. Way to much brooding scenes and really slow.. Had to force myself to finish them (you know the feelings when you didn’t finish watching drama you felt like you have some homework undone ? )

  12. 12 edith

    I would still like ksw to end up with cjw even if she’s going to be the villain.

    • 12.1 Pipit

      I sincerely hope that he would end up falling earnestly in love with the woman who buys his body. However, it’s very rare in drama land for us to see that a married couple breaking up and then one of them end up with the other leading character.

      Most of the affairs drama (the ones involving married couples) don’t have a happy ending. Kdrama production don’t have the guts to go for a divorce that ends with a happy ending. Except for a very few drama like Queen of Reversal and…..don’t know if there’s any.

  13. 13 Mandy

    OMG, when something trends in kdramas they really trend! I still wish they’d have a reunion for some of my favorite couples. I won’t name them in the fear of jinxing the chances 😛

    I wish they offered the wealthy woman’s role to YEH. She’s typcasted to playing nice, sweet, noble characters. Something like this would actually be interesting for her.

    • 13.1 hynbc

      not really, Yoon Eun Hye was kind of a bitch in Take Care Of The Young Lady, that’s why people couldn’t accept her character because after seeing her being such a charismatic sweetheart in Coffee Prince, she played kind of a bitchy role after that.

  14. 14 CFLH

    jung woo sung and son ye jin

    yoon eun hye and gong yoo/joo ji hoon

    park shin hye and jang geun suk

    uee and joo won

    please..please…please…and also

    yoo yeon seok and go ara…because i want justice…lol

    • 14.1 GlaSS

      Yees Chilbong need to get the girl, that stuck with me forever

      • 14.1.1 maknaee

        Who can’t forget the the pain when Na-jung choose Oppa instead of him? Despite of the ending, I’m in Chilbong Team forever xixixi

        • shinmirae

          I was so in Chilbongie ship. I left that show when they broke his heart.

    • 14.2 wits

      YES, yes, and yes! to all of your repeat pairings!!! And as for YYS-GA, make it a hundred times PLEASE! because that is the story that has yet to be realized.

    • 14.3 Mandy

      OMG yes to PSH-JGS. I wasn’t going to jinks any pairings I like by even mentioning them at all, but since the deed has been done… YES! I still think PSH’s best co-star in terms of chemistry is JGS, so a reunion just needs to happen!

    • 14.4 glowry

      lmao i’m allll the way with you guys about YYS-GAR!! Chilbong’s hurting leave me scars forever.. XD
      and i want to add another pairing, Jo Seung Woo and Son Ye Jin..

    • 14.5 melody

      Park Shin-Hye and Jang Geun Seuk

      Uie and Joo Won

      Yes. These four. If not now, maybe after the boys out from the Army!

  15. 15 mary

    Y’know before I went Song Jae Rim crazy I’d always demand that the drama gods bring back HAN CHAE YOUNG and JAE HEE.

    Like, seriously, drama gods.

    Those two haven’t had a decent drama since Sassy Girl Chun Hyang.

    Can’t you reunite them with the Hong Sisters or something???? T_______________T

    • 15.1 shinmirae

      So with you on han chae young and jae hee…. while we are at it, how about we let uhm tae woong get the girl this time.

  16. 16 Min

    don’t knock stairway to heaven… jajaja it has a really special place in my heart seeing as that was THE drama made me give up J-dramas to make time to see K-dramas exclusively. I’d seen k-dramas before, but they were just ok to me since at that point I still watched Mexican and Japanese dramas and time wasn’t enough. I have since stopped watching Mexican telenovelas and J-dramas I only watch when it’s either Oguri Shun or MatsuJun and even then it’s difficult to make time for them. AND all of that because I fell in love with Stairway to Heaven… aaah I still rewatch it every once in a while when I need a good cry, and i can’t bring myself to cry over my own problems because my mother taught me to tough it out. I watch it and cry for them and put things in perspective since at least i’m not an amnesiac or do i have a fatal illness.

  17. 17 pogo

    awww yesss, this drama could have TWO leading ladies I love! And if the kdrama heavens are riding the reunion train, I’ll repeat my prayer and ask for them to please bring back the following:

    1. Won Bin and Gong Hyo-jin (because Guns & Talks was not nearly enough, and can he please choose another acting project soon?!)

    2. Kim Woo-bin and Kim Ji-won (because Heirs cheated us of them)

    3. So Ji-sub and Gong Hyo-jin (in a movie this time so they can make out for real, maybe even a bed scene please?!)

    4. Lee Jun-ki and Shin Mina (no need for words)

    5. Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin (I just want to watch them sob over each other again)

  18. 18 ML

    My pairing reunion wishlist:

    Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye
    Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo Jin
    Song Seung Hun and Kim Tae Hee
    Song Seung Hun and Song Hye Gyo (the screen will explode with the prettiness!)
    Rain and Song Hye Gyo
    Bae Yong Jun and Choi Ji Woo
    Cha Seung Won and Kim Sun Ah

    • 18.1 John

      Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye

      I’m finally getting around to watching Coffee Prince.

      Yoon Eun Hye is attractive,
      now I see why the Poodle Hair Mi-rae was so wrong.

    • 18.2 wlst

      Both Hands and Feets up for CHA SEUNG WON and KIM SUN AH!!

      Their chemistry in City Hall was AMA-to the-ZING. It helps that both of them are solid actors.

      I shipped them so hard during City Hall but i have to keep on telling myself CSW is married. T.T

      anyway, i do hope they come back on screen together.

  19. 19 Minny

    I wish Jo In-sung and Ha Ji-won (they starred together in What Happened in Bali) and Yoon Eun-hye and Joo Ji-hoon (weren’t cute in Goong?) would reunite again.

  20. 20 kyl

    As I read this post my head automatically plays the Stairway to Heaven OST (bo go ship daaaaa~). This was the first K-drama I was really into and both of them made me cry a lot. I still got excited when I visited the amusement park in person 10 years after the drama (and the carousel. Now I wonder how the actors rode the carousel looking emo and not silly at all). And yeah, I still remember the piano by the beach scene at the end. It was sad then, but if I watched it again I would probably thought it was absurd to have a person on the beach playing the grand piano while emoing.

    Damn, I want them to end up together this time if she really takes the role.

  21. 21 trekkie

    Jang Dong Gun and Chae Rim… pretty pretty please…

  22. 22 Jng

    Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye is the best couple. I wish they can reunion on screen. Love couple GYEH.

  23. 23 momoisluv

    Duuuuuuuude a Cha Tae Hyun – Jun Ji Hyun wold be pretty epic and a Kim Sun Ah – Hyun Bin. Gaaaaaah. All ze possibilities.

  24. 24 exquisitemelody

    omg this is hilarious. Sometimes I’m not a fan of how kdrama trends work (no variety! we get the same kind of dramas at the same time….), but this trend? LOVE IT. I think stairway to heaven was my first ‘old school’ kdrama that I watched, and it’ll always have a special place in my heart – it made me cry BUCKETS (the coffee shop scene when she pretends!! – ME = BAWLING).

    I’d love to see these two again!

    Next: Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won

  25. 25 Messo

    I find it extremely befuddling that out of all these reunions, no one has thought about doing Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye of Coffee Prince. I mean, I’d watch that drama if it was about watching paint dry. <3 it's so sad those two have never appeared together again, they had such ridiculously amazing chemistry.

  26. 26 Haylee


    However on the other hand say for example the drama is going down the road of CJW being a cold hearted bitch through the entire drama/ends up alone/never catches KSW’s heart then I will truly die.

    I think it would be painful to watch my first beloved and still one of my favourite OTPs have no feelings for one another in this drama.

    I’m sure in another post I read there was going to be a third female, or am I wrong? I’m sure I read that he then meets female #3 who he falls in love with.

    If CJW does take up the role then the writer must somehow write in how he slowly falls for the cold hearted heiress and write in a happy ending. WE NEED ONE! Especially after STH.

  27. 27 Mapel

    No one mentioning Jo Jung Suk and IU…. T_T
    Them, in new drama please… T_T

  28. 28 woooo123

    Song Hye Kyo & rain that is all.

  29. 29 VanillaSalt

    I need a Kim Sun-ah and Hyun Bin reunion please

  30. 30 anj

    My pairing reunion wishlist:

    Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye
    Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo Jin
    Rain and Song Hye Kyo
    Bae Yong Jun and Choi Ji Woo
    Cha Seung Won and Kim Sun Ah
    Jang Dong Gun and Chae Rim
    Han Chae Young and Jae Hee
    Yoon Eun Hye and Jo Ji Hoon
    Yoo Yoon Seok and Go Ara
    Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won
    So Ji-sub and Gong Hyo-jin
    Song Hye Kyo and Won Bin

  31. 31 dal

    OMG I would be so happy if this news is truth. I would love to see Choi Ji-woo & Kwon Sang-woo reunion and have a happy end storyline. Their first drama was just to much painful and so sad.

  32. 32 jng

    Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye can reunion please. That is my wish.

  33. 33 mae

    omg! waited CJW and KSW for 11 yrs to be paired again. So happy to hear the news.

    Wish to see her next project after temptation with KSW will be Winter Sonata part 2 where BYJ and CJW have twins a boy and a girl ala angelina jolie and brad pitt couple. what Im gonna if it happens. just a dream but wish it may happen sooner or later.

  34. 34 Eihrm7

    I love watching Korean drama starring particularly Kwon sang woo and Choi ji woo, the skill they bring stories .
    Hopefully Temptation would not have been the last starred as his own, more may follow.

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