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Joo-won takes up the conductor’s baton for Cantabile Tomorrow

Here we go, our first look at Joo-won in character for Cantabile Tomorrow, the Nodame Cantabile remake. I’m still holding off on making judgments on liking/hating the remake, but I’m allowing myself to feel cautiously hopeful, and I do feel like Joo-won looks the part of the hero, Cha Yoo-jin (Chiaki of the original). Not that a gifted, handsome, fastidious, smart, and annoyingly-perfect-at-everything-he-does hero is all that rare to K-dramas in the first place!

Cantabile Tomorrow sounds like it’ll be be hewing fairly closely to the Japanese story (and frankly they’d probably have an uproar on their hands if the production took too many liberties with the popular series), with its quirky central character Nae-il (meaning tomorrow, played by Shim Eun-kyung) being the heart of the show as the lovable, messy oddball who slowly works her way into the uptight hero’s affections. There’ll be a fairly large background cast of characters in the special orchestra that the students are all a part of, and they’ll come together in a random but endearing collection of misfits. I hope, I mean; that’s what the original managed, in an upbeat, low-key way.

Thanks to this remake news, I’ve been rewatching bits of the Japanese drama and anime recently (and you know, this may be blasphemous but I think I prefer the anime—I just love the way it depicts the classical music as a character, which comes across differently in live action). And in rewatching, I can’t deny that I have some concerns about the fundamental disparities of tone between Japanese and Korean productions; the former has a nice touch with understated slice-of-life stories, while the latter likes to stir emotional responses, whether it be through laughter or tears. Neither is intrinsically better or worse than the other, but they’re very different, and I think Japan-to-Korea remakes (or vice versa) are never going to be able to skirt the problem of fans being upset that the remake feels “too Korean” or “too Japanese.” Still, I’ll keep the optimism alive…

Cantabile Tomorrow will follow KBS’s current Monday-Tuesday drama, Discovery of Romance, and premieres on October 13.

Via TV Report

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I AM SO EXCITED.....where's Nae-Il????...I agree with you on the difference between the JDorama and Korean adaptations but for this in as long as they keep the.music in the center I can forgive any other histrionics

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Agreed. I expect difference, adaptions cannot evade that. But if they manage to just keep the main theme alive, then everything else is forgivable. If they can keep "music" as its own character then it will be fine. Because it was the music that built each of the character.

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this is so exciting.. the perfect cast. just laughing by looking at them. i hope it won't break my high very high hopes for this drama <3 <3 <3 .. i want the fun back in kdrama

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"And in rewatching, I can’t deny that I have some concerns about the fundamental disparities of tone between Japanese and Korean productions; the former has a nice touch with understated slice-of-life stories, while the latter likes to stir emotional responses, whether it be through laughter or tears."

Well said, it's inevitable at any rate that Cantabile Tomorrow will have it's own flavor, so I think people should just calm down and take a wait and see approach. If it's bad it's bad, and we can bash it then and forget about it, but I'd rather be positive in the mean time.

Anyway, Joo Won looks great, so I'm excited to see the rest of the teasers roll out.

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So happy to see Joo won! I love his acting, He has great emotional range. He seems to be everywhere all of a sudden? How many projects is he taking on? He's sure going to be busy.
Anyway, im looking foreward to this, just as a drama, not to compare it to the original. I really hope its not going to be like FTLY in the sense it takes a well -known/loved drama and makes it a mediocre drama with stacks of tropes. Still excited to see it, and hope its done well,.

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Er is it me but all the men ( bare the shaved head and the other ahjusshi ) all sporting curly wavy locks? Even the normal older actors.

Is this how the Ja version men are like?

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Some Korean hair is just naturally wavy, so if they don't style it heavily, I think it just naturally falls that way.

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Aw yeahh.

Finally. Stills and photos. It feels like we've been talking about this drama FOREVER, so I'm glad it's finally coming to life.

I totally get that the transfer from Japanese to Korean or Chinese to Korean changes the overall tone of a story, but if the Korean productions end up keeping the HEART of a story and staying away from extreme melodramatics and the more irritating, overused K-drama tropes, then things are still good.

That's what I'm hoping for for this. Joo-won!!!!

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I enjoy the manga & j-drama but I can't help but think people are wayy overrating it. It was a very successful live action adaptation because it did a great job of capturing the atmosphere & quirk of the manga, but it's not some kind of brilliant masterpiece. I think the outrage over the remake has been a bit ridiculous.

Having said that, I'm probably one of the few out there who does not enjoy joowon as an actor lol I think he has a tendency to overact. I'm just not a fan, I suppose.

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Really depends on personal preference but I do rate it VERY VERY high on my list of personal favourites. So for me I do consider it a masterpiece in that sense. That said, I am also keeping an open mind to remakes. There will be changes no doubt but for me Nodame Cantabile was about the heart and music ..and as long as they get those right I am willing to give it a chance.

I do think the overt bashing is too much but given past examples it is inevitable that fans are concerned. Still I don't see the problem. If it ends up sucking..we move on and still keep our favourite version in our heart. If it is better or as good then we can enjoy the great story over again. I still say win win.

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I still need to finish the original^^

But I am looking forward to this! I mean... JOO WON 'nuff said xD

The tone will be different (it's K-Drama after all) but I guess by now I found my piece that there will be a remake and I'll try to see it as a new K-Drama! Of course comparisons will be made but I'm with crazedlu. If they keep the heart of the story and stay away from typical K-Drama tropes then I'm perfectly fine! *starts praying*

Also... Did I spot Ahn Gil Kang in those pictures? Guy is EVERYWHERE nowadays^^ Not that I'm complaining he's fantastic and I can totally see him in this since he has a knack for funny roles! (His detective role in My Secret Hotel cracks me up :D)

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yep....Ahn Kil Kang indeed! :D

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To be honest, I think he would have made the perfect pervvy conductor.

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Funnily enough I got real excited for this drama after seeing Ahn Gil Kang in the photos!!

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Me too!

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haha..yes for Ahn Gil Kang! I didn't know he was in Secret Hotel since I dropped after ep.1 but man, he is epic in Surplus Princess!

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He looks sexy.... I'm all in for it...

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Omg, such a coincidence that the first post I see on Dramabeans is on joo won. I just saw him perming his hair at the salon I was in!

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Where was that?

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Omg, for real? If so, we need details! Is he just as hot and adorable in real life? How close did you get to him? Did you get to bask in the glory of his shiny, silky locks?
(Just kidding on that last part...I think :D)

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I can't wait!!! So excited for this series. I loved the Japanese version to pieces and I am looking forward to how the K-drama will interpret this beloved series.

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It doesn't matter to me whether something has a Japanese tone or Korean tone to it as long as it remains true to the heart of the original story. By default of where it's filmed, it's going to have different cultural tones. So, really, just appreciate the differences, right? ^^

Anyways, I never watched the Japanese version. I'm only watching it for Shim Eun-Kyung. Loved her in Granny movie.

Now. If only there's a Korean production of the manga series, Mars. Read the manga, loved the Taiwanese version. Can we have a Korean one? ... Pretty please? ^^

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Yep, watching it for Shim Eun Kyung. She's one very talented actress and hopefully more people will start recognize her. She's amazing in Miss Granny. So I believe she can pull of quirky weird character like Nodame here.

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yeah Shim Eun Kyung is an amazing actress. I have no doubt she's gonna be great as Nodame.

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I can't see a kdrama version of Mars ever happening because the story may be "too dark" for network tv...

Who would your ideal cast be?

I think Joo Won needs a good PD who can reel him in when he overacts. I really like him (not his project choices though unfortunately) but he can be hit and miss depending on the show itself. Like you, I'll be watching this for Shim. She's so talented and will probably act circles around Joo Won but I think they might be a good pairing. :')

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I agree -- I liked him best in Good Doctor, least in Bridal Mask (but also hated the script and other leads in that one -- not to mention the mask itself which was hideous -- so I cut him some slack ) and found him and his storyline the only compelling thing about Baker King. I don't think I've seen the female lead before but looking forward to it based on the positive comments about her casting.

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I have different opinion about joo won acting , i don't think he's overate, he act as the charracter he could be calm when the charracter need to be calm , his charracter in Bridal mask n baker king is really emotional charracter so he need to be like that. I think most PD n producer like him because he's good , it proven by many different role he got, an actor could get many role just because he's popular but not many different charracter n most of his charracter is difficult charracter not just sweet guy in romance drama
About Shim eum kyung i like her in miss granny she's good but nodame role isn't really different with her charracter in mis granny which is funny n cute so i couldn't say she's good actress because i hven't see her in different charracter

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Maybe a non-network TV station can do it. I did think it may be dark, but then I think there'd been a few dramas over the years that ran along this theme. I just can recall the titles at present.

Who would my ideal cast be? LOL. I hadn't even thought THAT far ahead. Now which Korean actor can play Vic Zhou's broody, tortured Mars character well? LMAO... cos what K-drama doesn't have broody tortured male lead down to pat? Hahahahaha.

So, here's a list of my favourite younger male actors who have the potential:
Yoo Seung Ho
Kim Soo-hyun
Lee Jung Seok
Seo In-guk

As for actresses... I don't know...

How about you? ^^

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oh good god I'm really excited about this!!! PLEEASSSEEE live up to my expectations!!!!!!! >_<

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Finally, thank you for saying it ! I loved the anime more too. Somehow I could not enjoy the live action version as much. And also (hoping people do not throw stones at me for making this comment :/) I felt Tamaki Hiroshi was not suited to play Chiaki's character. Although, Juri Ueno was definitely apt as Nodame.

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I share your sentiment. Lol. No stones please. I thought Tamaki was a little less natural but Juri WAS perfect. And i need to start watching the anime...

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I love this. I love everything about this so far. <3 Joo Won looks perfect, I can picture him as Chiaki. And I have no doubts about Shim Eun Kyung.

ps I liked the anime better too. :P

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I tried and tried again to write a good, well thought out comment but I cant think of anything worth writing except that...

Joo Won looks AMAZING.

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Yes! I actually screamed when I saw this. Hot DAMN that boy is good-looking.

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I can't wait to see Shim Eun Kyung get into character! I wanna see how she'll appear!

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that ahjussi with the highlights tho. is that hair for a character? i strongly hope so.

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Alright, lets see how this goes. I don't have high hopes it will do the original justice but I will watch. I'm really excited to see Shim Eun Kyung as Nodame though

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The anime over the drama any day. Although Ueno Juri did put in a fabulous performance as Nodame in the drama.

Now with Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung secured as the leads I am beginning to harbor hope for the Korean adaptation. Joo Won certainly looks the part as the prickly, uptight Chiaki in these posters. Dear drama gods, please do not make this story solely about the romance! Please preserve the heart of the original narrative which is undoubtedly the music and how it affects these characters, their dreams and their relationships with each other!

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OMG OMG OMG!!! * breaks into incoherent squeals* I can't wait for this remake!! The original remains my all time number one favourite Jdrama ever (I lost track of how many times I watched it, and it still makes me laugh like a loon), and I really hope Joo Won can do justice to Chiaki.. Joo won and Eun Kyung fighting! I hope they bring to the Korean version at least 50% of the spirit and heart the original had..

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The cast looks amazing. I think this might actually be watchable. Keeping my hopes in check. Hoping this won't be another Hana Kimi. I mean dear god dramaland what in the hell was that!

Oh which actor is playing Strezemann? Every time I watch the original his character just makes me laugh till my cheeks hurt.

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Ahn Kil-kang seems to be in a lot of shows these days LOL

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Woooww... Joo Won, his acting never fails to amaze me....., will watch this drama for sure... !!

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Joo Won!!!!

Can't wait!!!

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Joo Won used to be a singer, so I he should fit the role quite nicely. I don't think I'll be watching the show, unless the (hopefully) upcoming recaps tell me to do otherwise :)

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Prior to his TV debut, Joo Won was a musical actor, NOT a singer.

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It's essentially the same thing. What do you think they do in musical theater? Sit there and knit?

Still, Chiaki's character isn't a singer, so that part probably wouldn't have much influence anyway.

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I'm still concerned about Joo Won, he's not impressed me so far.
Shim Eun Kyung I know can make a greatb Nodame (I'm hoping they keep the character Nodame like and don't change her)
I'm just more concerned that this version will not have as much heart as the original had knowing how kdramas love their triangle dramas and angst and this story has none of that. Also the supporting characters were allowed to grow and shine as a example we had Mine and Kiyora's romance.
As long as they don't remake Nobuta wo produce that's my big fear.

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just finished watching the dorama along with movies...i still can't get over it...ueno juri and tamaki hiroshi were awesome and adorable...

i can't wait for this though!! i'm excited to see how the other characters would interact...

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OMG Joo Won. How wonderful life is. Hahaha.

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Hmmm, dont think we have seen Kiyora in the K-lineup. Do i miss something?

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wwwwoooooottttt!!! exciting!!! cant wait till mid-October!! fighting!!

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sooooo hyped for this drama!! the cast is just perfect seriously!!

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The posters look too serious..

I am now 100% sure that the tone will be different from the J-dorama. Hopefully it will be a nice surprise like Fated to Love You remake.

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I'm pretty excited! I loved the Japanese version (even though I felt it had way to many movies) and I'm interested to see what kind of tone the kdrama takes with it.

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expectations are high for this drama

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I am NOT going to watch this....erm...maybe...take a peek once and a while....but heck, this is JooWon we are talking about. >>

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I'm gonna go watch this with an open mind - the same way I do with any adaptations out there. In fact, it's quite interesting to see how [for eg] kdrama spins a jdorama, and vice versa.

I'll be honest, I'm more into jdoramas, so I think it's more superior for me. but, kdramas also have certain charms that jdoramas can't do, particularly heart-fluttering romances. oh, and I love watching weekend family kdramas too! so far, though, I've only been satisfied with one dorama adaptation - He Who Can't Get Married. both dorama and kdrama were such gems for me.

anyway, i'll be watching this without comparing. it also helps that I like Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung. I'll try not to expect the wackiness that made it so charming, but rather the laughs that a kdrama can deliver. here's hoping it delivers.

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I don't know how I feel about this. In one corner I'm super excited about this. Then in the other corner I feel like Korea gonna make it awful ? .... Soooo conflicted

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EXCITED about this!!!

Because this is Korean drama, I will try NOT to compare KANG MAE's persona to Cha Yoo-jin's!!!

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Aww it's joowon and he looks so hot. How could i miss this one? I wish to see him as a cold and indifferent chiaki. I am pretty sure he will be a perfect chiaki role, i have believe in him.

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The casting alone makes me excited for this drama. Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung as the leads ! HELL YEAH ! I have always been fond of their acting. Hopefully Shim Eun Kyung will gain more popularity internationally with this project. Her acting is so good, much better than many other actresses her age. So excited to see her play the piano !!

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Wow. Joo Won looks great !

Also, Ahn Kil-Kang is everywhere those days ! Good for him!

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I really like SEK so I only have positive feelings for this drama. I feel like it might not be that bad. It's really amazing what a good cast can do for my opinion to change this much! I don't think it will be better than the original, but here's hoping it's at least watchable.

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HELLO SEXY! I'm so excited that Joo Won will be playing "Chiaki". In my opinion, he is perfect for the part!

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I can't wait until October now, really looking forward to watching more Nodame goodness. I do wonder how far into the story they intend to remake. In Japan they had the live action series followed by 2 specials and 2 movies. If the remake is successful, I hope they remake the entire manga :)

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Never seen the jdrama, but I really love the Nodame Cantabile anime. It does have several laughter and sadness inducing scenes (it has a LOT of laughter inducing ones, actually) so I think it's a good manga to adapt. As long as it's true to the spirit of the original.

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I'll be watching it with open mind. I love the Jdrama, the anime and also the manga.
I think Joo Woo looks great but I always pictured Joo Ji Hoon as the perfect Korean version of Tamaki Hiroshi "Chiaki". I like Shim Eun Kyung she is a good fit for Nodame.

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