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News bites: January 31, 2015

  • Bae Suzy (Gu Family Book) has politely declined Girl Who Sees Smells, citing scheduling conflicts and Miss A’s comeback as the reasons for turning down the role of the character who literally has the ability to see odors. Park Yoochun (Three Days) is still considering the role of the man who became a cop after losing his sister in a tragic accident three years ago, the same accident during which the title character suddenly gained her smell-seeing power. Girl Who Sees Smells follows Hyde, Jekyll, Me on SBS in April. [My Daily]
  • Jung Jae-young (The King’s Wrath) has signed on to play the leader of an entertainment news desk in Talking About Things Like Passion, where he’ll make work life hell for newbie reporter Park Bo-young (Hot-Blooded Youth). She’ll play the young journalist whose dreams of becoming a respectable careerwoman crumble as soon as she sets foot in the workplace and meets her ticking time-bomb of a boss. The film will focus on Park’s struggles to overcome the harsh realities of the professional world, and cameras will begin rolling in mid-March. [My Daily]

  • Jung Jae-young, Park Bo-young

  • Seo Ye-ji (Records of a Night Watchman) will play a doctor with a crush on Lee Dong-gun‘s hapless but well-meaning character in tvN’s upcoming Superdaddy Yeol. In the drama, Lee (Mi-rae’s Choice) enters into a contract marriage with his former flame, Lee Yuri (Jang Bori Is Here), who is terminally ill. She’ll do anything to ensure her 9-year-old daughter will be cared for, and it must be Lee Dong-gun’s earnest attempts to become the world’s greatest stepdad that have Seo falling for him in the show. Superdaddy Yeol will air on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning in March. [TV Report]
  • The younger Lee Min-ho (Prime Minister and I) will play the student of Jo Jung-Seok (My Love, My Bride) in Time Renegade, which sounds more and more interesting as filming approaches. The movie will be about two men who begin connecting through their dreams and seeing aspects of each other’s lives. Jo’s a music professor living in 1983, and Lee Jin-wook (Three Musketeers) is a detective in the present day. Together, they’ll work to change the fate of the woman who’s connected to both of them (Im Soo-jung). As Jo’s music student, Lee Min-ho somehow finds himself caught up in the race against the clock (Or is it two clocks?) to save Im. Time Renegade is expected to be released before the end of the year. [My Daily]

  • Seo Ye-jin, Lee Min-ho

  • Ode to My Father (or Gukje Market) clearly resonated with audiences at the domestic box office this winter; in the seven weeks since its release, the film’s sped up to the fifth spot on the list of all-time box office admissions in Korea with over 12 million tickets sold. It’s still holding the top spot at the box office, and people are watching to see if Ode to My Father could surpass Gift of Room 7 (currently fourth on the list of all-time admissions) in ticket sales. [Xports News]
  • Hooray, Joo-won (Cantabile Tomorrow) and Yoo Hae-jin have confirmed That’s Him, and production will begin in early March. In the suspenseful thriller, Joo-won will pursue Yoo, the killer of his younger sister. [TV Report]
  • Her first Chinese project is a high-profile one: Sohn Ye-jin (Pirates) has been cast in The Bad Guy Must Die (working title), a film that will be jointly produced by directors Kang Je-gyu and Feng Xiaogang. Pegged as a black comedy, the movie will follow a young Chinese man (Chen Bolin) and his friends as they visit Jeju Island, where they’ll meet a mysterious Korean woman (Sohn). Filming begins in Korea in March and The Bad Guy Must Die is expected to hit theaters in the latter half of the year. [Star News]


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Ooh Chen Bolin! Looking forward to that Chinese-Korean project, though I always find it awkward when actors speak in different languages within a single drama/movie.

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It depends on the movie, really - the use of two languages worked excellently in Snowpiercer and War of the Arrows. Hopefully that'll be the case here too.

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Hmmm, I doubt they'll take the same approach as in Snowpiercer – Korean was really only used between the characters that actually spoke it, and English interaction between the two Korean-speakers was mostly put on the child's (bilingual) shoulder. Here, they'll have to have two lead characters constantly interact – whether in Chinese, Korean OR another language.

Being a Chinese co-production, dubbing is one possibility (groan), or perhaps something along the line of Won Bin's Friends. Jung Woo-sung's Season of Good Rain also comes to mind. Both these were reasonably good projects (the former a bit cliché but with its heart in the right place), thought the two-language aspect was a bit weak in both (again, particularly in the former).

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yeah, now that you mention it....it is tricky. I wouldn't have minded if the two actors did use each other's languages for valid reasons (like their characters being fluent in those languages while still retaining their original accents?).

I would prefer no dubbing :/

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I just want it to make sense. It did not make sense in the first episode or two of "Friends" (they speak nothing of each other's languages, Won Bin's character speaks a wee bit of English, while Fukada Kyoko's speaks essentially no English yet they have lengthy conversations with each other in their native languages, from which they "understand" way more than actually possible). In "Season of Good Rain" their English was accented (something some viewers would find off-putting but is actually quite realistic), but at least it was clear that both had a conversational level that made communicating believable. Hyun Bin's/Tang Wei's "Late Autumn" is another one of the better examples (only one part doesn't make so much sense – her long monologue).

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Yes bolen chen.. looking forward for son yejin and bolen chen collab...

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Time Renegade sounds interesting.. I guess...

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Sounds similar to that Dennis Quaid movie, Frequency.

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i guess so but i still interested because i miss lee jin wook

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I dunno but im glad suzy declined the offer. I like her as an actress but I like her more as a singer hehe

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na du.

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Ah, don't we all?

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suzy is drop dead gorgeous! I'm literally drooling on my keyboard and I am a girl.

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She's certainly pretty, but comes off as vacant any time she has to wear an expression that isn't a bright smile. (the pic above looks like they were going for sexy but it comes off gormless).

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I think she can be quite expressive when she's being herself like on variety but acting is another thing altogether. She seems to suffer from the same problem that Yoona has - which is that she somehow manages to be very fun and personable as an individual but find it immensely difficult to express that personality and emotion while acting. I've always found it odd just how restrained Yoona comes across while acting when she's nothing like that in her own life.

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Even Yoona's overcome that problem somewhat. And there is a slight difference between Yoona in her early years of acting - she used to come across, as you say, too restrained - like she could maybe feel an emotion, but had real problems letting it show. Suzy on the other hand just comes across blank, like she's miming the emotion. It's still bad acting, but two different degrees of bad acting.

And looking at Love Rain/PM &I, Yoona does seem to have broken past that restraint to some degree - she's charming and natural in more lighthearted scenes, and while emotional scenes usually require her acting partners (Lee Beom-soo/Jang Geun-seok) to carry most of the scene, she can pull at least some of her weight if not all.

I speak without any knowledge of either of the two girls in real life, so all I see is their acting. And Yoona's is definitely serviceable, I wouldn't fear for a drama immediately on hearing she was cast in it the way I do with others. Though out of her group, Sooyoung is a far more natural actress - I was quite impressed by My Spring Days.

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I agree that Sooyoung is a much more natural actress and she has much less experience than Yoona. Well, I haven't seen PM&I but I have heard good things about her in that show and it's nice to hear that she seems to have been able to move past that hurdle.

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Yoona is ok as an actor - she has expression and not stiff. I agree that Sooyoung is the much better actress though.

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Tbh ,Yoona was really good in PMAI until writers completely butchered her character in second part of the drama. But i felt like she can emote pretty well and she wasn`t overshadowed by a veteran actor like Lee Bum Soo. I put Yoona in same rank as Park Shin Hye- when they are given good script to work with they can pull of great performance( PSH was really good in Pinocchio in my opinion) but when the writing is bad they are unable to bring character to life beyond whats written on the paper.

Suzy on the other hand , makes every character even more bland and boring than what they originally are. The girl can`t emote to save her life .Her only saving grace is that she is naturally likeable but even that fades as the drama goes on.

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Wait why does Son Yejin look SO BEAUTIFUL in the picture above? She looks simple, but I am particularly glued to her.

Honestly wanting Gukje Market to surpass Gift of Room 7. Congrats for the box office hits! So happy!

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Son Ye-jin is a great example of girl-next-door beauty being enhanced a hundredfold by talent/charisma.

Pirates wasn't her greatest work, but it was so much fun and she made a very credible badass action heroine - I admit I was very envious of her messy hair/eyeliner game in the film.

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re: Suzy declining the offer, we're not out of the woods yet because apparently that block of wood from that North Korean spy drama last year was offered the role.

(at this point I think her agency must be either very rich or secret gang bosses, or both - no other explanation for why SBS keeps handing lead roles to someone who brings neither talent nor popularity to the table).

Much happier to hear about Park Bo-young in the entertainment reporter movie - I suppose by the time it releases, all Pinocchio associations will have vanished. But she's a good actress, and versatile too. I'd love to see her in a drama but it's totally understandable why someone of her standing would prefer to stay working on movies - at least those don't have live shoots.

And rather unusually for a young star, she hasn't attempted to parlay her roles in two smash hit movies (Scandal Makers/Werewolf Boy) into endless CF queen/Nation's fill-in-the-blank status (also good for getting lots of CFs) either, which makes her much more credible as an actress in many ways.

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Huh? Probably right in front of me, but I'm not finding it. Who is "that block of wood from that North Korean spy drama last year was offered the role."?

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The one should not be mentioned but need to. Jin Se Yeon.

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Another clue: That girl who always dies in her other dramas because she kept on making scheduling hell for the already gruelingly tight production of live-shot dramas. :)

Seems like her name is an unmentionable one around these parts.

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yeah, looks like some unspeakably bad actresses have a brigade of defenders on this site who don't like anyone who has a poor opinion of that particular one and expresses it.

and this particular one's defenders have been known to attack db users for things they have said here and on other sites about her after gaps of several months......which does not change my poor opinion in the least, lol.

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Bad actress or not, she's still a human being with a name so just name her.That's basic decency.

And this is coming from someone who never watched any of her works and so is not considered her fan.

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Lol! *rollingmyeyessohahardthey'reabouttofallout*

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I have nothing to say about her as a human being, only as an actor. And as an actor, she may as well be a block of wood.

Not my problem if you people are that incapable of seeing negative opinions of her acting and the prospect of her acting, as "hate".

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Any entertainment industry anywhere has its fair share of bad actors and actresses, so if one is casted or being considered for a role in a project, well too bad but I'll just move on.

It's just a drama, no big deal. Not enough to warrant me calling the said actress a block of wood, not to mention taking a with us or against us stance when being called out for such behaviour.

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Is she related to Voldemort or Beetlejuice? lol

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I would much prefer Beetlejuice playing the part than that girl tbh
nice f***ing model!

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For that Park bo young film needs to surspass Pinocchio in terms of popularity and ratings(ticket sales).media-based drama has never done well in korea.the one and only drama to do well is Pinocchio.repoter dramas seems to be very boring to netizens,so I doubt it can supass Pinocchio in everything,considering the huge fan base Pinocchio already has....

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It's a movie, and a lot depends on the storyline. Park Bo-young is a fairly popular young actress in Korea too.

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sorry, i can see Pinocchio is a good example for as a success drama with media-based, but saying that it is the only one is very overstated. The most successful media-based drama in Kdrama history should be All About Eve.

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...I consider All About Eve my very first Kdrama. Loved most of it, except for the ridiculous second lead character's over-the-top acting.

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Can we start pray circle in order to stop her getting the lead here? Eventhough I'm not YC fan, I don't want a drama, ANY drama ruined by her...

Re: PBY, she's talented actress for sure, but I wish to see her in drama. Maybe reunited with Song Joong Ki?

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as a fellow drama fan, I feel your pain, I really do.

Park Bo-young's movies have all done fairly decently over the last few years, none of them have failed to hit the 1.5 million admissions mark and some are even huge hits. Sadly, that means less chances of her ever doing a drama in the near future.

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Wow, seriously?
Block of wood?
Well then.
If Jin Se Yeon is casted, dont watch it.
Dont torture yourself.

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I see someone took it rather personally, sawrry not sorry I think she's not fit to play leads in anything.

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You have a right to your opinion.

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Agreed. There's nothing wrong with expressing one's opinion but maybe do it in a less harsher way, the girl has a name and there's no need to call and compare her to an inanimate object. It just seems a bit disrespectful to me.

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her acting is so subpar that it merits absolutely no respect from me.

Too bad if that offends people.

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agree :D
honestly I have not watched any of her drama except Gaksital, She was cringeworthy at best and hugely overshadowed by second lead who look much better acting or appearance-wise.

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I don´t find a lump of wood particularly harsh or disrespectful. how is wood insulting in any way?

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I'm actually one of her very few fans, ever since Ive watched her in MDTF, I've had a sof spot for her. Frankly, I've read far more worst things.

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@Kira - WORD. Its disrespectful to say the least. Some people here really need to tone it down with the hate. I don't love JSY but the insults are a little too much coming from the same people time and again.

Of course, too bad some are wrapped up with themselves to see what they're doing.

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I'm glad im not the only one who noticed, it's actually quite amusing how it's from the same commenters and it's the same speil over and over again. It's more amusing that she's not in the post itself.

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I like the way you think. Civility and kindness are never out of place.

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+1 Where's the like button when you need it?

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MTE!

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Preach it girl!! The Jin Se Yeon hate train just keeps on chugging along even if she wasn't even mentioned in the post itself. Her name always gets mercily dragged as if she actually deserves all the cruel and harsh words. And the poor girl doesn't.

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What about Jin Se Yeon merits respect, anyway? Her bad acting? Her lack of professionalism by always running out on projects in live shoot? Her lying about schedules to excuse it?

@pogo said nothing about her as a human being. We only know her as an actress and block of wood is actually quite kind compared to what many netizens say about her. It was mentioned that she was offered the role in Girl who sees smells so it's not some random mention for no reason.

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Well, to me it's not about the actress but more about the person behind the comments, regardless of what respect the actress merits and how harsh the term is compared to other comments.

To refer to a person as an inanimate object because she's a bad actress....

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hey look, people. I often refer to myself as an inanimate object. I make way harsher jokes about myself. and block of wood is a really innocent thing to compare someone with.
people are so spoiled, you cannot say anything without being accused of being impolite and harsh. how would you all have lived in the era of Oscar Wilde, Victor Hugo etc. - they had a very sharp tongue sometimes about the "celebrities" of their time. and they were praised for it. if you are a public person you have to realize people will not only pat your back and hold back. it is great if one has manners, but everyone gets judged, everyone has to compete their hardest, and everyone gets told right in the face how well they did. I bet netizens are not even half as harsh as real critics.
and some around the corner elaborate comparisons, if you have any self criticism and sense of humor, you can take it with a smile. if you get angry, you just look like a rookie even more.

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@redfox

You making jokes about yourself is your personal choice and is not an excuse to justify what is done to someone else. That's basic knowledge. Just like if I'd call myself an idiot, I wouldn't mind of course. But calling someone else that would naturally call for criticism.

Also, calling out harsh behaviour is not what I'd define as "rookie" - its being human and feeling offended on someone else's behalf. Some commenters here aren't even JSY fans (and yes, I'd like to refer to the person by her given name because she's living instead of an inanimate object that can be trashed about anytime). If people who aren't bounded by some fangirl love can feel as though JSY was being disrespected, then it speaks a lot about the initial commenter, her comment and character.

If someone insults you, maybe you can smile and move on - proving yourself to not be a "rookie". But sorry, I'm not like that and neither are others. After all, we are humans and can feel angry when necessary. We can also feel angry for others when needed.

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@Nina: well said.

Obviously, offending people is some person's permanent job here.

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2 DAYS AND 1 NIGHT REUNION!!!!!!

Omg I'm so excited for this movie now. Seeing Haejin and Joowon finally being able to cross swords on the big screen...I'm so curious to see if Seungwoo x Taewoong might happen down the road or something now!

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Same here, I can't wait!!

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That'll be cool! Cameos from the bros!

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I'm actually glad Suzy declined the offer. She for sure bring a lot of buzz to the drama but she's still lacking as an actress. I like her as a person and singer, because she is lovely. On the other side, I'm wondering why it took so long for Park Yu Chun to confirm his decision, is he going to drop or accept the drama?

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I would prefer Yoochun in a dramatic role

seems like Suzy got the hint she is too flat.

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it seems there's been a lot of negative backlash in Korea against idol castings in dramas when those idols don't have a rep for good acting - remember Yoona for Nodame? Looks like Korean netizens agreed with us there as well as here, even though this role isn't nearly as buzzed-about as Nodame.

I'd much rather they got a competent actress for the job instead of just running to sign some It Girl who can barely find her place in front of the camera, forget delivering lines (to be fair, Yoona is a lot better than that, she just wasn't Nodame level)

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I liked Yoona in Love Rain, but towards the end she seemed worn out. for Nodame, she was just the wrong type. far too delicate.
as for Suzy, she has been strangely scary in comedic roles cause her eyes just don´t smile they always look angry

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yeah, Yoona held up decently enough in Love Rain - Jang Geun-seok obviously carried the weight there but she could hold her own in the lighter/romantic scenes and even in some of the heavy ones once the drama went to melo town.

She's watchable as an actress and she's overcome her initial awkwardness fairly decently/has good chemistry with her male leads, but she's nowhere near Nodame levels. And Suzy is not even close to her level, no matter how much her fans try to blame PDs, scripts (often adjusted to accommodate her lack of skill), costars and the drama system itself for her consistently blank expressions and stiffness onscreen.

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Signing popular stars/idols has been a SBS's trend since Heirs and YWCFTS. If you notice, SBS tends to bank dramas' rating and popularity to popular stars and not plot. We would be lucky if we can get good plot like IOIL. However, most of the time, the plots are crazy and famous stars/idols cant save the rating (aka: MLG, DS, or HJM and the like)

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I LOL-ed....sawwry suzy...the little love i had for u disappeared after you won best actress over talented actresses and gave a very very painful and ungrateful speech of 'oh...i won?'...a disgrace... other ppl actually worked very very hard at acting...at least pretend to be grateful...

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oh! my baby lee min ho.. can't wait to see him again.. ♥

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Yay 93 Lee Minho has a project! He should be in more projects, TBH. Excited to check out the movie, because I've been interested in it since news was first released.

And I hope Lee Donggun's new drama will be a good one.i kinda like the plot from what was released.

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He should really adopt a stage name. I actually like his acting better than the more popular Lee Min Ho but when it comes to name recognition, his name is becoming a crutch to his career.

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ikr! but uh? can we just leave it like that.. he even said in an interview back then that he really considered using a stage name but his parents oppose the idea and told him to just work harder to be recognize.. besides he was basically the senior between the 2 since he debuted in 1998 but then suddenly BOF lee min ho shoot to fame and that was it..

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Reporters/journalists seems to be the latest trend in K-entertainment. I confess this is where I prefer Japanese dramas that instead just seem to seek out the strangest professions that no one ever else has used in dramas/films yet (except for doctors/detectives – they love those massively). It would be nice if at least the synopsis for Talking about Things Like Passion gave a hint of how it'll be different – at the moment it's pretty generic (could be applied to quite a few dramas). Of course, I'm sure it'll do its own thing in the end, but I'd love a synopsis that gets me interested right away, not just "rookie working hard to achieve ambitions & faced with tough opponent". (That said, that sort of synopsis would even fit Misaeng, which turned out every kind of awesome. ;-) )

Time Renegade is looking promising, particularly in terms of casting.

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the project that attract me is time renegade n joo won & yoo hae jin movie

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oh let it be lee min ho's project streak! hope for a drama and another movie this 2015 and the upcoming years!

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I'm glad Suzy declined.. please cast Han Groo instead >.<

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don't make me wish for the impossible :(

but it's HIGH TIME Han Groo got her own prime time network leading role, she's so talented and versatile too, at such a young age (22!)

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Or Kim Ji Won. I would watch the hell out the drama if they cast either Han Groo, Kim Ji Won, or even Yoon So Hee (love her!).

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all three of the girls you named have shown an incredible degree of versatility in terms of role choices despite being extremely young - Kim Ji-won in What's Up vs The Heirs, Han Groo in Girl K vs Can We Get Married, Yoon So-hee in Let's Eat/Wild Chives and Soybean Soup vs Marriage Not Dating.

I'd be thrilled if they could book network lead roles, it's high time SBS/KBS/MBC started giving roles to younger actresses who are competent instead of embarrassing themselves by choosing people of dubious talent and no public recognition whom fans attempt to defend with one excuse after another.

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I disagree about Yoon So Hee. I don't think she has demonstrated much range/versatility yet. Not saying she can't act, but she's very green in comparison to Han Groo/Kim Ji Won imo.

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I disliked Yoon So-hee's character in Marriage Not Dating, but then was shocked to find that she was the girl who played Jin-yi in Let's Eat - the two characters were portrayed so differently that she actually felt like two different actresses. And it wasn't a matter of performing badly in one drama versus performing well in another - she did her job in both dramas, but in very different ways.

She's green but has the potential to become a powerhouse among the younger generation, if her management plays its cards right and if tv starts taking younger non-idol actresses (ones with talent) seriously.

A huge part of the reason why the drama castings of people who can't act annoys me so much, is because it robs capable young actresses like HG/KJW/YSH of jobs. They deserve better, and it sucks to see them put in performance after performance with 100 percent given in while the networks choose to fill some high-profile lead roles with people who aren't even fit to act, forget in lead.

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Can we get jung so min to be cast in the drama please!

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Jung So Min is so good, I loved her in Playfil Kiss

which I cannot watch any more because of what we know about the male lead, disgusting person that he is.

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i would love to see JSM as lead in a new drama soon, but if YC picks this one, i m 100% sure that the female lead would not be JSM. SM would never let its artists to act along with JYJ

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WOW I was just going to suggest that - now i don't have to! YES!!! i love her! get that girl on my tv again!

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I'm glad Suzy declined that new drama. It sounds like a disaster just from the title and synopsis and she usually knows how to pick her stuff. I'm also hoping Yoochun dumps soon. There are better dramas out there!

Sohn Ye-jin is heading to China as well? Kent is slowly shrinking with big stars heading that way. Although I'm a little surprised the two big Hallyu starts in KSH and LMH are yet to pick a Chinese production. Great for me though, because I'd rather be seeing them in kdramas.

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Here's hoping that Seo Ye-ji finally gets a part in which her hair looks natural. I think it's so thick that it tends to look like a bad wig. Which would not have stood out in 'Night Watchman' if they'd given her better lines, better direction, and a costume more suitable to to a junior high production of Pocahontas then a Joseon drama.

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If Park Yoochun accepts the role in Girl Who Sees Smells, then I nominate Park Ha-Sun for the role declined by Bae Suzy. I would love to see them work together again in another kdrama. Although the romance was limited and more of a sidenote in Three (3) Days, they had really great chemistry with one another.

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Son Ye Jin is my girl crush. And she keeps looking better and better.

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lee min ho 1993 looks so fine! can't wait for him in a lead role

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Joowon and Yoo Haejin's movie seems like the basic thriller that will still chain the viewers into their seats. I really hope it'll be good because both of them are such great actors. And personally I want Joowon to play more serious movie roles and get recognition in the big screen world.

Time Renegade seems damn intense and the cast are wonderful. I'm anticipating!

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So excited for Time Renegade with my two biases, JJS and LJW!!

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Shouldn't we allow new actors time to break into their acting chops, be they Idol or specially-trained in acting? Honestly, regardless of background, I firmly believe there is potential to hone one's skills through practice.

I don't even know who Jin Se Yeon is, but I remember back when Sean Penn was really really bad and mediocre (i.e., delivering stilted, wood-like lines and a limited range of facial expressions, etc.), and then all of a sudden something just clicked and he started turning out AMAZING performances (e.g., "I am Sam" and "Mystic River").

The same goes for the Cantonese actors, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, in the 1980's...whose early works were IMO pretty hard to stomach. And yet, both have become stellar performers. Same is true for countless others who clock-in the hours and keep at it.

On the other hand, some actors who look as if they were born to act from the get-go--and there are many, too--haven't seemed to improve much..i.e., delivering the same performances over and over again. I say Tom Cruise and Andy Lau probably fit this description best, cos of the sheer number of movies they've each done, all within the same range.

Yes, one could argue that actors should be selected against more rigorous criteria, but...that probably won't ever happen, esp. when a character is supposed to LOOK a certain way, and the casting manager just needs to find the matching look.

A'way, we might be (unfairly) holding new actors up against the same standards we set for seasoned actors. No need to douse the lousy ones with too much hot coffee; just skip their dramas until...much much later, or not at all?

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