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KBS secret agent thriller Spy rounds out cast


Jaejoong, Go Sung-hee

You know, I really wish this drama had picked a different title — for a drama about spies, it’s a little lacking in covert slickness. KBS’s new Friday night drama Spy has secured its leading cast, and plans to enter production shortly. Idol actor Kim Jaejoong (Triangle) will be headlining as expected, and veterans Bae Jong-ok (Wonderful Mama) and Yoo Oh-sung (Joseon Gunman) have signed on as well. Newbie actress Go Sung-hee (Records of a Night Watchman) has been offered the role of Jaejoong’s love interest, and is considering favorably.

I don’t know how high-profile the love interest character will be, but I honestly can’t get very excited for Go Sung-hee, who shouldn’t be playing leading roles. She went from her debut in Miss Korea to playing the heroine in Night Watchman, and her lack of experience was hard to ignore. I really hope this one is a minor supporting role, though I honestly doubt it. I guess she’s just going to be one of those actresses who keeps getting cast in things and I’m just going to hope she makes a sudden improvement down the line. Hey, it’s happened before.

Spy is a thriller series based on the Israeli drama The Gordin Cell, adapted to North and South Korean secret ops. The original is about parents who are sleeper agents forced to turn their son in to become a spy; this adaptation will be about a mother and son who are spies for enemy countries. Bae Jong-ok will play Jaejoong’s mother, a former North Korean spy and sleeper agent who has spent decades as a regular homemaker mom, and Jaejoong plays a geeeeenius analyst who works for NIS (South Korea’s national intelligence agency).

One day the order comes down from North Korea, reactivating Spy Mom and giving her the mission to capture and bring in her own son. She’s suddenly forced to choose between son and country, and risks her life to see the choice through. Yoo Oh-sung plays a North Korean operative (so, our scary mofo villain — what he does best), and Go Sung-hee has been offered the part of Jaejoong’s girlfriend. She’s a tour guide for Chinese tourists who can’t speak Chinese, and the hero helps her translate in a pinch, and they fall for each other. It probably goes without saying that she’ll likely end up in the crosshairs.

Spy Mom vs. Spy Son does have some serious dramatic potential, whether she chooses to follow orders or to disobey and protect her family. I would hope that the reason we have a drama is because she’d rather die than give up her son, but then on the flip side, you have to wonder how accepting Spy Son will be, when he finds out that his loving mom is an enemy agent. We certainly won’t be lacking for conflict around here.

Spy airs on Friday nights beginning in January.


Bae Jong-ok, Yoo Oh-sung

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girl.. lots of cassies would like to be in your place right now. acting with yunho and jaejoong back to back.

but i honestly hope someone else got cast. she still need to learn a lot before landing a lead role.

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after Go Ara, Go Sung Hee becomes Yun Jae's newest emeny

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Don't know if this will work but let's submit a petition to KBS2 to change the female lead.

http://chn.ge/1y2USgd?recruiter=121429270

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who are you? are you jaejoong or JYJ fans? we JYJ fans never make any pettion like this ? are you prentending become his fans?

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seriously? i get that she is a rookie so some people don't like her casting but a petition? that's pathetic. she's actually much better than the infamous "experienced" actresses out there so chill out. i hope she improves and all you mean people would be stuck with her in all the dramas.

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Totally agree that Go Sung Hee isn't leading lady material at this point...her acting was so obviously lacking next to the others in Records of a Watchman...

I don't know what her connections are but obviously she's not getting these leading roles from skills.

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That was my reaction as well. Who's her godfather getting her all these plum leading lady roles? Because her acting is not yet up to snuff, nor have I seen her in any supplemental roles that other actresses use to build up their resumes and add to their acting experience.

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lol. Please! She was just as god-awful as the other 3.
It is just because she isn't some dude in a boy band or a flower boy with legions of hormonal females that people think it is Ok to single her out. NWJ was not only horribly written it was badly acted as well. \ Only a few supporting actors did a tolerable job.

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.......and predictably, here comes the "you only criticise girls!" nonsense comment.

You sound especially ridiculous here because Yunho's horrible acting was criticised for years by even his own fans. Contrary to this vision you have that "flower boys" "hormonal"fangirls let them off for bad acting.

Is it that hard to accept that it is not some great anti-feminist conspiracy if a girl is criticised for being bad at her job? The other female lead was not criticised because guess. what, even in this horribly written show she acted decently. Go Sung Hee was just bad in her role, time to accept that and hope she does better instead of attacking the other actors or fans.

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You guys really speak harshly. In my opinion Go Sung Hee did a good job for a newbie in NWJ. And what were you saying? Connections? Go Sung Hee? I think she just fits the role of Do Ha that's why she was cast. Don't judge too much, you guys.
AND MAKE A PETITION TO CHANGE THE FEMALE LEAD? Do you even have the rights to do that? Go Sung Hee might be trying her very best there while you guys just crush her saying that she acts sooooo bad. Is she that bad? Can't you wait for her improvement? And about Yunho...well he's improved! And of course! He should be cold in NWJ so what do you expect? Of course he's not gonna play bad boy like Jung Il Woo and make us laugh horribly! We should see the coldness from Yunho!
You just criticize. If you have nothing good to say, just don't speak!

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Actresses like Suzy, Yoona and Han Ga-in getting lead roles when they suck so bad - I get it. They are popular, were it girls at some point, has an appeal amongst many, etc. But actresses like Jin Se-yeon and Go Sung-hee? What's their excuse?

I can't even start to explain how horrible I found her in whatever I saw of Nightwatchman. She made Yunho look award worthy and that should say everything. Jaejoong may have improved in Triangle but acting circles around her is going to be a challenge of high magnitude. Too bad since this is surely his last drama before enlisting.

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@Mandy
Go sung hee is one of the worst actresses I've ever seen. She was really bad in Night Watchman. Yes, she made Yunho look award worthy, but know matter what he actually showed improvement. That's why he got good reviews from K-critics and netizens. I objectively think he's now an average, decent actor.

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Oops typo...meant to say "no matter what"

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Maybe JJ wants to pair with her so that he can really outshine in this drama just like Yuhno in Night watchman.

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I would not say "Jaejoong wants to be paired with her" LOL...He accepted the main leading role Before they offered her the female lead. Jaejoong and Yunho do not need a bad actress to show their acting improvement OR to outshine in a drama.

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I just would like to clarify;;;
When I was going to post the comment above while I was in the middle of cooking, I could not have time to mention or put some mark to show that my comment is not serious. But in the middle of frustration time with cooking, I pressed the 'submit comment'.
When I heard that Yuhno was in NWJ, I was kind of worried due to everyone's low expectation on his acting skill. But he really did a good job and I really admire idols who tried so hard to make themselves actors. I guess opportunities to be cast second or leading roles are there but acting well is an effort. The prejudice against them ( becoming actors) do exist so I think that they really have to make extra efforts to break the prejudice.
I honestly do not think they prefer to be with bad actresses due to the fact that bad actresses really pull their( and the drama) down. When a bad actress cannot create a good chemistry, the drama is not going to be received well.

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He did just great opposite Baek Jin Hee who is a much better actress......he doesn't need a crappy actress for a female lead.

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I am currently watching Night Watchman and what a BIG disappointment! The story sucks and unbelievably bad acting, especially from Go Sung-hee. How can she even be casted?? OMG.. I'm skipping eps and fast forwarding to avoid watching her.

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Casting directors have way different views of what makes an actress/actor tolerable. We've also witnessed on more than one occasion that a great script and ditto directing can make almost any actor look good.

So this is a thriller? Fingers crossed!

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Lol I agree. She was so bad i excuse Yunho's lacking acting skills because I hated her acting more. But then maybe her character here is just a supporting role. The lead seems to be the mother and the son. And the story will revolve around them. But anyhow if her acting is still the same then she will surely make JJ such a best actor in comparison.

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Do not say "she made Yunho look good".....When critics praise his acting, they judge him based on individual performance. You think he's lacking acting skills....(because he plays a stoic cold character), but that's not really true. He really has improved and did a decent job....his crying scenes and his eye expression were both convincing. My judgment is objective and fair.

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aigoo... there are other better actress to cast but why her?

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I really wanna know too why her. She can not act and have two lead character in one year? Please let this be a Yoona dejá vu moment and she refuses the offer, because this hour of drama is still new for KBS and everything could be bad again like their previous work 'High School-Love On'. Please her NOOOO.... not another bad drama with bad ratings to Jaejoong :( And the acting of Jaejoong in Triangle was really good, but the lack of a good writing, consistency in the plot and the characters made not very good ratings to the drama and not much popularity.

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There are literally many better young actresses with no acting job right now. Jung So Min, Han Groo, Park Se Young, etc. They certainly can act and had experience as leading lady before.

When I think about those actresses and how bad actress like Jin Se Yeon and Go Sung Hee here easily get lead roles, I feel like I'm weeping.

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U forgot to include shin se kyung - she still known for super bad acting

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ok shin se kyung is exceptional. with many project under her belts, her acting skill is still questionable. but i feel she's only decent in sageuk dramas. erm no not decent, almost decent. other than that, pfftttt

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Found this comment funny because it's really weird for an actor to do terribly in contemporary dramas, while doing fine in period dramas, when it's mostly the other way around. Haha. (I didn't think much of Shin Se-kyung in "Tree With Deep Roots," but that's a much better reaction than what I have of her in her other dramas.)

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Oh bluck. I agree with everyone else that she's not someone who should be getting big roles. While I didn't hate her as much as other people did in watchman (mostly because I couldn't tell how much was acting issues as opposed to chaotic inconsistent screenplay and characters), I also could not find anything to like about her. She was so dull. Also her and Jaejoong? Eh.

Netizens please make a big enough fuss so that she magically realizes she has a scheduling conflict ;)

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So many shady casting decisions in the business, we will never know.

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Maybe she has a sponsor....A lot of them apparently do.

I don't mind sponsors...but sponsor.... please pay for their acting classes too!

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Lmfao, that comment is gold!

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But that's personal accusation and probably even sexist, because even dubious male actors keeps getting cast. And I don't mean acting prowess per se, but in terms of the overall package including star power, public recognition and likability. Noobs becomes leads overnight.

They used to need to do sitcoms (remember the Non Stop series, high kick series), progress to dailies, weekenders, supporting cast/2nd lead. Now it's just parachuting in (borrowing the term from Misaeng).

Money changing hands, strings being pulled, favors being exchanged.

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damn it. Can't help but remind me of JYJ that still can't appear in tv station except being cast in a drama...

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Other than with idols (and even Im Shi Wan and Lee Joon spent time doing supporting roles first), which male newbie actors get cast just like that even when they are bad at acting? Lee Jong Seok spent years in supporting roles and IHYV was a surprise hit for him last year so he finally became leading man.

If you look at the other 20s actors who are popular, Kim Woo Bin has never done a drama as leading man yet, Kim Soo Hyun was a popular child actor first, Seo In Guk spent time in supporting roles and on cable, Lee Seung Gi was loved by the public for his variety skills......none of the newbie actor crowd had it easy like these girls. The only one who hadthe. kind of overnight success you describe is Lee Min Ho, who is not that good an actor but even then he is not Go Sung Hee/JinSe Yeon levels of bad.

In fact, the only men I can think of who used to get lead roles and major high profile roles even when they are bad at acting, are idols (Taecyeon, Yunho). And neither dramabeans

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Taecyeon is still really bad at acting, but at least Yunho improved, became decent now and got favorable reviews from critics & Knetizens.

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Yeah he was actually better in NWJ but my point is that when he was bad at acting, he wasn't excused by "hormonal fangirls" on db or anywhere else, not even by his fans.

Taecyeon's "acting" is just next level horrible. No one excuses the men being bad at acting, despite the claims of some people. Like I said,almost all the 20s leading men who are a trend became that way after years of supporting roles, less high profile dramas(not prime time public broadcast) or experience in theatre/musicals. I am just tired of people making bullshit claims contrary to facts, in the name of feminism. Sometimes a bad actress is just a bad actress (and idols using connections to weasel their way into drama roles even when their acting is bad, is well known anyway)

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I think the only exception in the "idols are bad actors" argument is Yoochun. If I remember correctly, his first role was the lead, although he was stiff but serviceable during most of his Sungkyunkwan Scandal days. He showed improvements in every role he was cast after his debut.

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But isn't so that most dramas revolve around the hero other than the heroine? And the casting of the male actor almost always happens first. Jin SY is just the right example, it seems to me that for all of her leading roles, she got cast last minute, and I really can't help but think that the drama execs don't care much for the heroin; she is just there to serve as a plot devise for the hero to shine.
In that regard it explains why newbie male actors don't get to lead a drama right away.

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@Fab - your argument might be valid if all young female actors got lead roles within 1-2 years of starting their acting career......... The alleged "female lead role is only eye candy and that is why girls move faster up the lead role" logic that you are using, is not supported by facts at all.

Young actresses who are 3-4 years (or more) into their acting careers and have shown much better and more consistent acting skill than the likes of Go Sung-hee and Jin Se-yeon, in hit dramas, are being passed over for lead roles on public broadcast prime time, in favour of people who have shown little to no talent and have no popularity or recognition among the Korean public.

In those circumstances, it is not surprising for people to wonder if there were other factors behind these casting choices.

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I am glad that someone has the same suspicion that I have. she really flopped in Nightwatchman. How can she continue to get a leading role with so limited experience?

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This fandom really makes one lose faith sometimes. Yes, the industry is unfair and turns people into stars without them having earned it. But I only see selling sex and sponsors mentioned as reasons about women.

You think none of all these one-hit wonder "oppars" did the same? Or are those just so shining with potential that someone "spotted their talent"? I don't see many saying such things about said oppars.

Plenty of shady deals go down in these industries. Not all are the same type and not all have delicious sex gossip behind them. And not all of those are about women...

The drama industry is lacking in young female actresses with star value. It was even on the news. They're trying to get actresses with little hope and means and turn them into stars through hallyu-friendly shows.

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To clarify, I can't cast shade on what goes on behind closed doors, and the pendulum probably swings both ways, as in males and females. Her(?) comment just put in a funny mental picture: Sponsor: Let's see, I bought clothes, shoes, stardom, hmmm why do I feel like I'm forgetting something? Oh well. *Leaves with tv playing terribly stilted acting in the background*

And if anything, its funny because doesn't it highlight the inherit sexism of the industry? Pretty boys get cast because they're pretty and fangirls will follow. The same thing with girls, but fangirls froth at the mouth pointing out the very flaws their oppas have. Its deplorable, but it happens due to dramas having a primarily female audience.

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Agreed there. On the funny mental image. I don't think it's the majority of the female audience though. Or I hope it's not. I think internalized misogyny is a problem, but vocal groups can often feel like the majority.

I see plenty of people here say she sucks. Those would give a second chance to any puppy oppa that they are not giving her, but at least most are speaking about her acting. Thankfully, these more disrespectful comments are rare.

I probably made them in the past too. We live, we learn. Hopefully such commentators will one day learn too.

As for Go, if the mother and son are the leads, then she might do ok for the role she is given and since there are different creators who might guide her better here. We can hope and wait.

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Ooops I was late...and thank you for saving me with this brilliant clarification. I'm a girl by the way...:)

And my comment was indeed made as a joke...
and I used the word "maybe", because everyone here seems to be bewildered that an unknown actress without obvious talent is brought into the industry... and after just one supporting role in a drama... is being suddenly cast in lead roles in major networks no less...and not even in weekend dramas...kyahhh.....this obviously raises eyebrows.

And when I mentioned sponsor...I did not necessarily mean sex...and my comment did imply men as well...sorry I did not specify that...

Again my point is that whether is your uncle...your rich dad's friend or hell... your sugar daddy.... who is pushing you to be famous...
Be it a girl or a boy...just tell them to shed some cash in some acting classes too....cause is go'n come back to haunt you....like it's happening right now for this young girl in this topic.

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@sogazelle

Ah, sorry to misunderstand there and glad you did not mean that. It's true connections matter a lot in Korea and business is very corrupt.

Add to that the need for stars and you get total rookies, some even bad actors, being given leading roles right away or after a couple of non-impressive works/performances.

Businesses like quick gain and so it's cheaper to push popularity than train them well and push talent. With idols, it works, since they have a fan base abroad that can sell the shows. With rookie actors, it doesn't work as much. Unless they're hot men.

I think they need a new approach with rookie actresses. The vocal netizens will clearly not give those the free pass rookie actors get. I think it's a good idea to train talents in general. People will eventually get tired of dramas if all they offer are the same stories and bad acting. Diversity is increasing, so it's about time they follow that quest for better quality with casting too.

I have only seen Go in the bad 'Night Watchman's Journal', so I have to little information to assess her future, but I think this is a smart choice on her behalf. Well, not smart for netizen love, obviously, but for working on some skills. Secondary role, some seasoned actors around. I hope KBS can behave and let this one be good.

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They’re trying to get actresses with little hope and means and turn them into stars through hallyu-friendly shows.

I don't think anyone would question it, if it wasn't for the fact that actresses who have shown far better skills in the smaller roles they have been able to get, are being ignored in favour of newbies with neither skill nor popularity.

Sure, great that that they are trying to get actresses with "little hope", but "little hope" in this case apparently means "absolutely terrible at acting" too.

And please name even one of those one-hit-wonder oppars who is criticised for bad acting and just waltzed into lead roles without going through several years in smaller/supporting roles first, i.e. the male equivalent of Go Sung-hee or Jin Se-yeon. (someone who is not an idol, that is - we all know idols are not cast for their skills).

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haha u may probably rt. she may have sponsor thats why she got those lead roles

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Good gad! Why her? She's one of the reasons I couldn't continue watching Night Watchmen -- even JIL could not save it for me. I was all being grateful that PSH is in Pinocchio and she could not be in this one...

As 4D mentioned above, I do hope that netizens make enough fuss that she will suddenly have scheduling conflic. ;)

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Why are you grateful that shin hye couldn't be here??
I just want to know the reasons .

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@ NileRose
I saw her in You're Beautiful and saw her in an ep of Strong Heart and just took an intense personal dislike of her...

I can't even watch Pinocchio even though it has LJS. T_T

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park shin hye is not considered as a good actress?

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Seriously ......... No comment
I think the good thing that she isn't in this drama although I love JYJ but the story will concentrate on the male as always .
At least pinocchio she is new ,different and sassy :)
Plus strong heart episode make you dislike her so .... you can't watch pinocchio ....!
Any way Good luck with your reasons ( I don't understand the intense disliking her bcz a tv show hahaha ) .

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I too, have an intense dislike for Park Shin Hye. Just couldn't explain why I dislike her. Maybe it's her acting style or her roles. But to my surprise, she is adorable in Pinocchio. I like her character in that drama and her chemistry with LJS. Not that I have turned into a fan, but I definitely have change my view about her. You should try the drama out! Maybe you will change your opinion about her too.

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If I were to answer your question, I would say that Park Shin Hye is not a very dynamic actress. Just in my opinion though. I've watched many of her dramas, except the currently airing Pinocchio (this is my opinion before watching Pinnochio so it might possibly change), but her acting never surpasses my expectations. She always acts in very similar roles. Just once, I want to see her try something new to prove herself like how Go Ara did with Reply 1994.

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I'm okay with everything .. but why Sung-hee ?? Waeyo??

Liked the plot of Spy Son and Spy Mom. Hope the eps flow turn out well and lets see how well the episodes are written..

Looking forward to JJ's acting again !! He's improving with every role he's doing !! Jia You Jejung !!

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out of topic.. I'm hoping Jaejoong to sing OST for this drama. Can not waste his multitalented skills. <3 ^^

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Agreed! I always look forward to his OSTs. So mournful... but such a rich sounding voice!

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Agreed !! I love his voice.

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I was going to say something about the actress but I see from the comments above that I'm not the only one who thinks she is terrible. Please drama gods,make her reject the offer.

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I've seen the many comments on forum soompi, different websites, and on social network. EVERYBODY thinks she's a bad actress.

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Sorry, but she accepted..... oh god please don't turn this drama in another cliché romantic tipical kdrama. It will be really hard for me watch this drama. I'm mad and sad.

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Why is the big question here... I thought it's only MBC, but turns out KBS likes her too? Or are they just not putting in too much for this timeslot?

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Idk, I liked Go Sung Hee in Miss Korea. She made the most out of a small role. But I didn't see much of Nightwatchman bc it was pretty terrible, so. I'd be surprised if by the end anyone gave a good performance in that drama bc it was just so awful.

Anyway, it sounds strictly a love interest role, so I doubt she'll have much screentime. I probably won't watch this anyway bc I don't like Jaejoong much.

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gosh nightwatchman is pretty terrible. I wouldn't dare to recommend my friends to watch that drama. not even ilwoo can save me.

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Yeah I've only watched her in Miss Korea. Her part in that was small but enough to show some acting skills. She was ok in that. But it really seems that she was terrible in Night Watchman.

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maybe she sucks in sageuk drama?

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Why don't they take the lead actress in "Surplus Princess" if they are looking for a fresh young face....

At least she can act and...

She would be perfect with Jaejoong!

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No, Jae Joong deserves much better actress than her.

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Her name is actually Jo Bo Ah...and she already did a movie with a much bigger star and better actor than Jaejoong.

That movie is called "innocent thing" and Jan Hyuk was her costar.

And I love Jaejoong...in case you are wondering...

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@Gladiola
eh? for me Jo Bo Ah deserves better than Jaejoong..I think if Pinocchio casting her instead of PSH, I may like it better..I found her good and natural compare to some well-known actresses.

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I know ur oppa improved but he is terrible too in Protect The Boss. Just after that he improved so why not giving that girl a chance? Why so fussy now after ur oppa got recognition? Even Lee Boom, Son Hyun Joo, Kim Yoon Seok doesnt have problem to act with idols so I dont get it with all these complaints like ur oppa was a big star already

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I really love Go Sung-hee in miss Korea you have hidden talent
good luck girl!

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I'm liking the sound of the plot, plus Yoo Oh-sung, who is one of my favorite villains (Sad Popsicle FTW!). I haven't seen this actress, but if she's as bad as all that, maybe she'll be one of those love interests who dies (and STAYS dead) to spur Jaejoong on to do stuff. Hopefully.

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This suddenly sounds so much more interesting. I wasn't going to watch, but maybe now I will.

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Is she really that bad?

For Jaejoong to act extremely well, it seems he needs the support of a very co-star. So far, in his projects, he's been surrounded by effective actors who are able to bring out the best in the scene. heck, even his j-dorama, he was acting alongside friggin' EITA!!!

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not only eita but also with juri ueno!

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Yes but in Dr. Jin he had to act against PMY and SSH....both are pretty bad actors....

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I like the story and I'd love to watch jaejoong again in drama world. His eye-acting in triangle stole my heart. go songhee or whatever her name is I don't care much because I know this story would focus more on mother-son and family rather than love story. possibly that is another reason why they pick her. wallflower? anyway, I will watch this drama!

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wow for a newbie actress to have "considering favorably"! lol

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lol media play?

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"considering favorably" = My agency and I want to accept, but we'll see first how netizens and/or general public will react.

Very reminiscent of Yoona's potential casting for Cantabile Tomorrow.

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hahaha !! lol.. where's the LIKE button >.< ..

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Boo to Go Sung Hee. Why do great ones like Kim Ji Won, Lee Yubi, and Lim Joo Eun never catch a break for a lead character? For Jaejoong's sake, I hope Go improves drastically.

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Tbh I don't see this pairing working out. I just don't feel it. Idk how to explain it..but yeah. _.

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So I was trying to be nice in my comment, but reading other comments made me realize that I was worried about nothing haha oh man

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Please not Go Sung-hee.....

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What happened? They have no actress better than her?
May be she is the only vacant one as all young better actresses are in other dramas right now.
I think she and the one in Bridal Mask or Doctor Stranger or Inspiring Generation became actress because of some connections... lol...

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...new faces need a chance also, however I hoped that the lead actress will be more famous with amazing acting skills

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i like her... she's pretty and she can act. We have to give a chance for new actress like her to get more ability

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Now who is the male from the female between the two leads??

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Look I know you you guys don't like her but this is a horrible comment to make, like really now? I mean the sexism is just so obviously rampant all over this comment section but this one takes the cake

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Umm...this troll is trying to insult KJJ not GSH. Don't know why people keep using Mirotic era pictures of him. It wasn't his best look but losers like reeta700 will find anything to try to bash.

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oh gee! What you said in the second paragraph. TOTALLY AGREE!

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I feel bad because I really liked the plot.
But, man, jaejoong.
As for Go, I really hope she improves, she was pretty well in miss korea.

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I am not impressed. Having a gorgeous face isn't all there is....I want to see some acting skills and not this cast line up of horrendous actors.

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When you say cast line up of horrendous actors, I hope you're not including Jaejoong because he actually showed good acting in Triangle.

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Is she going to be another Jin Se Yeon? Someone we will forever be confused about how she keeps getting those leading roles. In my (extremely shallow) opinion, she's not that pretty or charismatic and her acting is pretty average too.

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Agreed. Go Sung Hee is not pretty at all. I tried to be patient with her in Night Watchman, but in the end I have to admit her acting is really bad.

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your a new acting but your doing well in the night watchman
so beuty young lady
go go Yoo Oh-sung . love you ..

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I know the real piece of news here is that Go Sung-hee got cast, but I feel like people are missing the obvious lol...with Jaejoong headlining, it's already a lost cause. (I'm sorry, I'm still scarred from Dr. Jin.) I mean, she's beyond terrible and would probably make him look good, but that's saying so much it doesn't even seem worth it. I don't know, maybe it's like driving off a cliff instead of into a ditch, but it's a wreck either way.

But I have to say, I agree with the consensus that she is one of the worst actresses to get this kind of break in a good while. She was fine in Miss Korea but her performance Records of the Night Watchman made me want to spork my eyes out (well the whole thing did, but it became urgent whenever she was on screen).

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I see someone is still in 2012...

If you bothered to watch Triangle or look at the responses to it, you would know that everyone (general knetizens, dramabeans, commenters on Triangle recaps) was praising Jaejoong for showing a not only improved, but genuinely good performance. So far from what you think, in terms of acting Jaejoong is actually a strength to this drama.....unlike his leading lady.

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haha sorry, I'm not his fan but I'm not really an anti either, so I can't say I have bothered to follow his career all that closely. I'm probably being unfair, and unnecessarily snarky. I just thought the general drift of comments was funny, because imo he's just not that good (and from what I've seen he's pretty bad). I'm glad that people think he's improved, I just think it's a big stretch to say he's a good actor, with only one solid performance under his belt, or that his casting will necessarily be a good thing. Maybe it will be in the end? I personally am not inclined to be generous with him, but that's just my opinion. Btw, though, it was cool of you to just come out and say he was good, instead of saying he's improving and stopping there like a lot of people do. I'm not one for oppa learning curves.

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I will be honest, I doubted his acting ability too and started watching Triangle only because I thought Lee Beom Soo and Im Shi Wan were good. But Jaejoong surprised me by actually being good at his role.

I never watched Dr Jin because of the legends. of how bad it is (saw one ep, came here and read the recaps and then stopped watching) so I do not blame you for suffering through that garbage haha. But while I know to stay away from any project with Song Seung Hoon , who really cannot act, Jaejoong delivered a good performance despite the faults of the writing. And that is an honest assessment of him as an actor, I would not tolerate fangirls trying to claim "oppa is improving!" if he was still bad.

I think maybe he is bad at sageuks so Dr Jin felt worse, but I do not mind at all if he is the lead in a modern drama, especially an action drama. As for Go Sung Hee, I thought she was ok on Miss Korea. Maybe sageuks are not for her either but I hope she is better here than in NWJ.

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Haha yep, however bad Jaejoong was in Dr. Jin, Song Seung-heon was a thousand times worse. And you're right, sageuk's are more difficult, so that could explain why he's doing better in modern dramas now. I hope you're right and that's what the problem with Go Sung-hee is too. I liked her in Miss Korea too, but now that I think about it, I don't think that role required much range or anything, so we'll just have to see.

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I made a mistake....when I say Jaejoong delivered a good performance despite the fault of the writing, I meant in Triangle and not in Dr Jin!
And one solid performance is more hopeful than none. He was good as an actor there, I didn't have to lower my standards like I do with some other idol actors, where I have to think ".....at least her makeup looks pretty" or "at least he is facing the right direction on camera". Don't apologise for the snark btw, this is not a fan site and I think people enjoy being sarcastic sometimes. Even I do!

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I hate that, too. That's why this fandom is weird for me in some ways, because I feel like standards here are really slippery--there are a lot of people who seem to watch just for their bias and don't seem to care about the quality of their work. So it feels really dangerous to critique anyone fairly around here, haha, and snark often comes out as hostility on the internet...so yeah. That's why I'm so glad you just gave your honest assessment and didn't get too offended by my opinion either, I feel like we don't get a lot of that.

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The plot sounds good on paper especially IF the romance is only secondary, then again this is still a kdrama so watch them ruin it with unnecessary romance. Unfortunately korean remakes are always a disappointment, with the exception of Liar Game but that is probably because TVN seem to make better dramas these days and I don't see KBS doing the remake justice, would love to be proved wrong though.

At the end of the day even good actors can't save bad writing, we've been proven time and time again with countless potentially good plots turned bad. And Jaejoong does not have a good record in choosing good writing which is just sad since he is indeed improving too bad poor guy is always stuck in bad dramas.

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I don't really know about go sung hee because I don't watch Records of the Night Watchman yet... but I read almost the comment in here said that her act wasn't really good. Emm, I'm little disappointed but its ok I just wanna see JJ's act. fighting JJ.....

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wooaaoww almost people in here refused her become the leading role but you guys have to accept the fact that she confirmed to appear in this drama.....!!!!!!! come on guys let see how bad she is or she get more better and improve in this drama>>>

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Well this post only states it was offered and she was considering it. Potential casting choices always allows people to hope for a change.

Also it's tiring to constantly here that an actor or actress can improve. I hope they're all working on their craft but the fact that someone is "trying to improve" does not mean that they should be given a role over someone who is already good.

I'm not even that strongly against her as I've only seen one show and while I didn't enjoy her I didn't dislike her as much as others (just had issues with the show in general), but the number of comments saying this will give her a chance to improve is frustrating. There as 20+ episodes in her last show - she should have improved then or off camera. If she's not good that doesn't mean she should keep getting lead until one magical day she's good. Most actors have to work their way up so if she wants to improve maybe she should work in smaller roles that would allow her to do multiple parts in a small time frame and force her to hone her craft more.

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omg… not go sung hee please (she's like another jin se yeon whose acting is the same in every drama). saw her in night watchman's journel…her voice, facial expression especially eyes, and body gesture…almost all are lacking. please dont cast her!!!!

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heck why bring up 'sponcer' and all the nasty undertones that comes with it. For what any one knows she may have a rich connected family and connections are way more important than talent in Korea after all.

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Agree. My thoughts too!

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Considering how horrible NWJ was, absolutely no one came out of that drama looking good. I mean even the supposed 'good' acting in that godforsaken drama was mediocre at best, it was bad to mediocre performances from everyone involved, the nonsensical plot certainly was no help. It was straight out nail on a chalkboard, bad writing, sometimes decent to bare-minimum acting performances with the occasional overacting in between, so there is no helping GSH there. What can she gain from that drama really?

A good writer, director and good costars can help an actor improve, we've seen this before (hello Go Ara), and isn't this her second leading role? Kdrama is always a gamble, for now GSH and Jaejoong are in good company with BJO and YOS, so I'd be more worried about the writing and directing, good writing can help even the worst actors but bad writing saves absolutely no one.

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Triangle was quite badly written too and yet none of the cast (Jaejoong, Siwan, Baek Jin Hee, even Lee Beom Soo) sucked that bad even if they did not all shine the way ISW, BJH and LBS have done before.

The best I can say is that maybe Go Sung Hee. is only this bad in sageuk dramas? Maybe she will be a little better if she does not have to do sageuk dialect? Because she is really bad at itand cant emote either. (The other actors could mostly at least manage it well enough, at least Jung Il Woo and Seo Ye Ji anyway. It'sskill that domestic viewers immediately notice lacking, but may not stand out to international viewers)

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For K-critics' comments on Korean news naver, Seo Yeji got criticized for Unstable vocalization. They said JIW and especially Yunho did a good job with appropriate, stable saeguk dialect.

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I actually really appreciate that info. I know foreign acting is always tricky, especially when it's a certain dialect or era. I'm half-French and I'm always intrigued by who my friends (here in America) think are good actors in French films. There have been several instances where I realized that an actor was really not good because of the way they spoke but to my friends who didn't understand they mostly saw facial expressions and tone.

Your explanation that she was especially bad at sageuk dialect helps make me understand why people thought she was especially bad. I thought a lot of people in it weren't very good and overall there were so many issues with that show. I found her mostly boring but as far as bad....I couldn't decide what was her and what was lack of consistency in the script or material to work with.

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Oh lord she was bad in Night Watchman, why is she keeps getting lead role?? This girl isn't ready yet! She's is pretty but she acts like a stone.. Please cast someone better.

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Liking the premise but why is this a Friday drama again? I like the idea of a Friday timeslot (for diversity, and also mainly because it satisfies my geek tendencies towards programming trends), but I thought that the upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama "Blood" better fits the schedule.

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Eeeek!!!why her? She is not that pretty, bland, nor charming and bad acting. I'm glad the industry is giving chances to newbies but give leading roles to those deserving ones. Jung so min and han groo???
Actress like her and jin se yeon should do more supporting roles first.

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I thought I was the only one who hated Sunghee's acting. I stop watching The Journal of the Night's Watchmen because of her. I called her Korean version of Kristen Steward breathing when acting in Twilight. She keeps breathing loudly on every freaking lines she had! I got annoyed so bad I can't watch the episodes anymore. If Spy is going to cast her, I have to say sorry for the whole team. I'm not watching.

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Im Siwan vs Jaejoong in Friday nights.

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Dear Bae Jong Ok, please bring Jaejoong to your share house. Want to see him in Roommate. Beside that, I like the other cast and hope for the best.

I also can't wait to see the news of Jaejoong food support from fans all over the world. I'm basically keep update with the fans support news everywhere from his last drama.

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Woaaahhhhh…what with those hates to the girl? Just because Jaejong's acting becoming better from his last drama, you all already said he deserves better female lead. Someone's acting not only depends on their own talents, but from the script, the directing and the co-stars surrounds them. Unless the actor/actress still shine when poor script writing, directing and other supporting stuff on drama production exist, I could say he/she is truly great actor. Other than that, still questionable.

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@mwoya

"Unless the actor/actress still shine when poor script writing, directing and other supporting stuff on drama production exist, I could say he/she is truly great actor. Other than that, still questionable"

I think you just quoted Jaejoong's capability in bringing out the best from Triangle, the drama said to have poor scripts and directing plus low rating. But Jaejoong came out the Top Male Excellent Actor for his role in Triangle against other candidate from much more fluid and concrete script/director and steady rating like EK. And that award is totally based on professional judgement and no fans at all.

Perhaps you should watch Triangle, if you haven't and the girl's drama in NWJ and you'll understand where all this coming from. But I'm not worried about Jaejoong, I believe will still shine together with the support of other excellent casts. So hiopefully the romance part will be as little as it can be, hence the choice for the girl.

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Yeah I didn't like her in Miss Korea she didn't convince me that she was actually "Miss Korea" material so the whole time I was like...why is she training her?! and then I stopped watching it -_-

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i know she is doing a bad job in her last drama but give her time she will improve, please calm down. let just wait

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Now, she has confirmed for SPY. I don't know how bad her acting but let see her acting in here. I'm little disappointed but like other....
and apparently the issue about new comer actress become leading role has been responded by a drama production. this is the article from Naver.
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From the initial stages of drama production, the casting emphasis is given to the male Hallyu star who is critical for the TV ratings and overseas sales. Top actresses tend to avoid the female characters with lesser impact. Low ratings recorded for dramas that casted female stars as one top had influence as well.

The overseas sales has become one single most important part of drama production in recent years. Consequently, the production companies tend to rely on influential Hallyu stars and most of them are male stars. As the result, the impact of female characters in dramas became relatively weak… In fact the title roles of the dramas Im Jiyeon and Go Sung Hee will star are Lee Seunggi (Kill Me, Heal Me) and Kim Jaejoong (Spy).

They are among the top Hallyu stars who have command of formidable forces in both TV ratings and overseas sales.

The roles they will play in each drama are substantial… Kim Jaejoong leads the drama as a genius analyst who specializes in North Korean society. But … Go Seonghi will play a minimal role as his girl friend and a helper.

Theses days, it is not easy to find actresses with presence, either. A drama production insider commented, “The balance between male and female leads in a drama is critical.” “It is impossible to cast a star actress if the drama is mainly about the male lead.”

Source: DongaNews via Naver
Translated by: @crystalmoon64
Shared by: JYJ3

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I think the set up of the show is interesting except the girlfrnd of our hero....
Becoz of her i thought to ditch it...
She is not beautiful at least to me...and looks a lil older than the hero who is just breath taking both in looks and acting...
I hope our hero like someone else in the long run.

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