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Yoo Ah-in to bring Dr. Frankenstein back to life?

Oh, well I was sad about Kim Soo-hyun turning down the new drama Dr. Frankenstein, which seemed to leave the production dead in the water without a broadcaster. But now news is stirring that Yoo Ah-in (Secret Love Affair) is up for the leading role. It’s only an early offer, but if he takes it, he’d be reuniting with the writer of Sungkyunkwan Scandal, in which case I just might let myself get excited again. I mean, there’s Yoo Ah-in, and then there’s Sungkyunkwan Yoo Ah-in. Did it just get hot in here?

Dr. Frankentstein is the new project from the production house behind Sungkyunkwan Scandal (and Records of a Night Watchman), which has recently secured a spot on KBS’s spring schedule. It is, of course (OF COURSE), another split-personality drama, though they’re pretty vague about the details of the split personalities in this one. You’d think calling it Dr. Frankenstein would give us more clues — are we talking literal sad-scary monster creation, monster-as-second-persona a la Jekyll and Hyde, or just a metaphor for inner demons?

The plot description just tells us that the hero is a doctor with a split-personality, who is normally very cold and standoffish, guarding himself from others so that his emotions don’t show. He meets a woman and falls in love with her, and slowly begins to change. Um, that is the description of every drama ever, minus the split-personality part. I guess we’ll have to wait to be enlightened.

As always, Yoo Ah-in’s camp was quick to say that it’s just one of a bajillion possible projects; besides his movies Veteran and Sado, he’s also due to enlist in the army sometime this year. Obviously with army duty on the horizon, it’d be nice to have him fit another drama in if it’s reasonable. I’m not exactly thrilled that all the heroes populating dramaland this year have second (or seventh) personalities to contend with, but I guess this show has the advantage of improving upon the formula and finding a new angle. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

Dr. Frankenstein is slated to follow Unkind Women (which comes after King’s Face), on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in May.

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YASSS!! signed the dotted line Yoo Ah-In, pretty please???

loved him in SLA and in Sungkyunkwan, he's one of the few young ones that truly make my heart pinch when he tears up

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal's Yoo Ah In!!

Can I hijack the first comment to share this wonderful MV of Geol-Oh?? Heartaches guaranteed! *Group hug for therapy*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgEu16yixsw

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Beautiful!

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He can play 10 personalities in his sleep...he's that good of an actor.

I hope he accepts...I like him.

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LOL. you crack me up. but yes to this!

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Totally agree! He's so talented and charismatic. I'm always drawn into his roles, so I'm excited that he's up for the role, even if it's another split personality.

And Yoo Ah In > Kim Soo Hyun any day, especially when it comes to acting. But that's just me.

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I share the same opinion with you. KSY is ok but his acting is pretty bland for me, YAI has much better acting chop.

YAI please take the offer.

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I am with you!!! I can not stopped looking all of SLA still when I watched it. He made me drool

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For real! I love him and would love to watch him once more before he enlists

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I love Yoo Ah-in. When he chose Secret Love Affair, I thought he has a knack of choosing good roles. And then I remembered that dreaded Fashion King. Ha! I'm in anticipation yet again for this project, with Yoo Ah-in no less.

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Fashion King is one of those shows that should be blotted out of our collective memories lol.

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Another split personality drama? I'll pass this one & just stick to KMHM :D

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not about the actor but split personality again, it's getting bore i want different story

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KMHM is remaining to be really excellent with the split personality premise. :-D

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It seems like I will not be able to watch many dramas the next 2,3 months. I really really dislike DID\Split personality plots!
Waiting for this trend to go away, far far away...

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I'm afraid it's sticking for at least half a year. If we get unlucky, even longer like time travel *shudders*

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I'm getting hiccups just thinking about YAI and SKKS writer XD

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HA! What a reminder.....

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;-)

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Hahahahaa!! Thanks for bringing back the sweet memories. xD

I adored YAI in SKKS so much!! :D

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Hehe. I'd forgotten about the hiccupping. That was adorable. I love Crazy Horse. So. Much. My worst case of second lead syndrome.

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I don't mind another split personalities drama as long as they're good - and I hope this drama will be a good one like Kill Me, Heal Me, not a generic boring one (like Hyde, Jekyll, I so far imo).

Sungkyunkwan Scandal is good, I like that drama, so I'm hoping this drama will be at least pretty good as well.

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To add in, tbh I'd be more thrilled if the main lead is played by Kim Soo Hyun, but I don't mind Yoo Ah In. The plot is more important anyway

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He's an incredible actor, I'm sure that he'll do a great job with this kind of role. Agreed about how uninspired this concept is getting though, it's way too recycled in Kpop too...

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Oh god ANOTHER split personality drama?!

I liked it better when the trend was ghosts.

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Ghosts or time travel? ;)

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Can't be worse than reuniting couples!

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Me, too. But for YAI, I'm even considering Fashion King! Haha.. THIS would be heaps better than FK, if all the report I hear is true.

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I can see why Kim Soo-hyun turned it down. He start of trends rather than follow them. This multiple personality angle feels so ridiculously repetitive when two of the current dramas are a version of it with one of last year's hit being about it.

But this is Yoo Ah-in. He's such a fabulous actor he can pull it off without a glitch. I just don't know if I'm up for another DID patient and love healing their issues or whatever. Can dramaland come up with something new for the second half of the year? Pretty please?

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"one of last year’s hit being about it."
What? Are you referring to It's Okay It's Love? That drama isn't about split personalities at all. The male lead disorder is psychosis which is a part of schizophrenia, not DID.

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Right. I was talking about IOIL but meant more in the lines of mentally challenged main leads which is so tiring. Add Shine or Go Crazy to that - except I think they may not be aiming for literal crazy there since thankfully no one has really been showing signs, yet. That's my bad though, I have no idea why I said multiple personality when I pulled off a marathon recently for it.

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But IOIL wasn't a hit though.

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actually IOIL was a hit in korea.. not according to onair ratings of course but instead online tv ratings & CPI
refer to: http://koalasplayground.com/2014/12/20/you-from-another-star-and-misaeng-top-cpi-rankings-for-most-influential-k-drama-of-2014/

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Both KMHM and HJM are both very different from IOIL though.

What trend does KSH start?

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KSH does start trends...amongst viewers. He probably starts them amongst writers too. But his dramas are so good/popular/rated~high that no one wants to try doing a different version because it will prob be lacking.

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Wasn't SLA episodes recapped here? Can't find it on the list?

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There are some at A Koala's Playground
Click my name
Shameless self promotion :)

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You go girl!

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Kind of you,jomo. thanks,

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Lol! Another split personality drama that might get accused of plagiarism.

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Yes, to this.

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Oh how much I love yoo ah in...that he made me watch fashion king...so I can do anything !

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Me too! I personally loved 'Secret Love Affair".

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WOW, lets not put Secret Love Affair in the same sphere as Fashion King!!!!

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wahh..As what I predicted it's Yoo Ah In..My intuition happens most of the time..He is such a talented actor but very underrated I hope his nxt drama will be successful..

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I like him, but I'm not digging the split-personality craze, and I'm definitely against the constant use of the same theme. Like, seriously writers. Get original.

Might give this an eye if I hear good stuff about it. Otherwise, pass!

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YESSS! I only just looked him up yesterday to see whether he had any new projects coming up after SLA which I enjoyed. Saw that he only had movies in 2014 after SLA so ended up d/ling Sungkyunkwan Scandal + his movies to watch.

Hopefully he does do this, quite enjoy his acting from the little I've seen so far. Seems to me he's another 1 of those actors with awesome acting ability but just not the desire/promotional ability to get to the very top?

Either way, love him!

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!!!!! YOO AH IN !!!!!
but seriously what's up with all the split personality themes this year ?

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oh goodness gracious. The Sungkyunkwan Yoo Ah-in. My god. I'm still living in the shadows of Geol-ro (I have severe attachment issues to characters I love) and if this new drama gives us the same sizzle that The Sungkyunkwan Yoo Ah-in was/still is, then I'll be good for the whole duration of his Military Service granted, of course, that I'll be anticipating his post-Military Abs the whole time.

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YES. Honestly, the only thing I remember about SKKS is my love for Geol-ro and how I used to spend hours making cheesy, slow-motion gifs of him flashing a smile or doing some cute Geol-ro thing (which is every scene with him).

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Oh my, what a timing! I just finished the last episode of Sungkyunkwan Scandal and i loved more than i thought i would! This is the first time ever that i have a Second Lead Syndrome.
My hearts just broken with Jae shin`s bittersweet smile and I SHIPPED SO HARD Geol-ro + Yong Ha. BEST COUPLE EVER!!! After Ji Chang Wook in Healer i have never been so excited for a character/actor.
So, bring it Yoo Ah-in!!!!

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I always wondered how writers always seemed to come up with the same themes at around the same time...
A few drama trends I think of from the last few years: gender benders, body swapping, time travel, vampires, reporters, and now split personalities.
I don't deny that there have been some gems among those shows, but I don't understand the need to jump on each trend bandwagon. Viewers don't generally go through phases of exclusively liking specific themes, do they?

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Well...... I guess some viewers who like a certain theme will want to watch something similar. Like.. if you watched Vampire Prosecutor, you might want to watch something else with Vampires or if you watch something with a body switch you might want to see something else like that.

But several of those dramas airing at the same time... Idk. Personally, I don't really mind the DID drama trend, since I like both KMHM and HJM.

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2015 is the year of split personality in dramaland.
I will remember this :D

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I guess I'm in the minority here, but I like all the split personalty dramas. It helps with the second-male lead syndrome I always seem to get, and the heroine gets to be with the male lead a lot.

I was sad about this drama seemingly being forgotten, but if Yoo Ah In really does take it, I'm sure it'll be great.

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I like it too. I like how psychological disorders is being put onto spotlight in dramas if it's made properly, it adds more depth to the drama and it makes it different than lots of others before. Why not especially if it happens to be good

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Are we gonna get split personalities too after watching so much of this theme? On the other hand, I wish I can split myself up to watch more dramas.

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I was just wondering what happened to this drama..

I'm looking forward to see if this story will be really different compared to KMHM and HJM, since that'd show that a story with the same main theme (DID in this case) can be really different (cause honestly, I think that KMHM and HJM appear to be quite different).

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SKKS Yoo Ah-In was great. Loved him in that. The guy was made for sagueks.

I am waning on split personality thing but neither one of the two currently airing dramas have finished and they barely started so I may come to like the genre, who knows. YAI's intensity knows no bounds. He was great in SLA although not one of my favorites dramas.

Hope he does a good drama before military duty. I am looking forward to Sado. MGY and YAI... interesting and SKH!

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I looooove him..................!!! But that PLOT...
I hope that its good because it'll be the latest to come, so that they can improve on all the other dramas. Just like Nine did on the time travel trope!
Fantasy casting, I live him so i would like to see some one whom i like,
Han Groo?
Jung So Min?

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Oooh, Han Groo would be great as well.

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Would love it if he took it on. I love Yoo Ah In so much; he is really wonderful.

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Ugh, I read that Jin Se Yeon is doing a drama this year. Maybe this is it? I personally have a fool's hope that the profiler is Jung So Min.

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I have a theory that all (if not most) drama/scriptwriters of the K-Dramaland have these exclusive soju drinking meetups near the end of each year to plot (keke pun unintended) what they want as the central theme of all their dramas for the following year and just do that XD Anyone else with me?? haha jkjk

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That must be it!
No way they always come up with similar theme every year! Ha ;)

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I am with you there!

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Heard some rumors that IU is going to be the female lead.
I can't see her and yoo ah in being a couple. She looks too young

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i adored him in both of the dramas i've seen him in (sungkyunkwan scandal + secret love affair), and i guess that him pairing with the writer of sungkyunkwan scandal is exciting? but omg, the plot.......hopefully, they do put a new spin on it- like make it into a rom-com somehow with lots of witty dialogue, or just make him "two-faced," almost to the point where it's like he has a split personality.....instead of actually having a split personality(-_-;)

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Personally I want him to try to make a monster or be one. Then each body part can have a separate personality if they want to keep to the trend.

Also, why can't they space these trends out. Some of my voices are getting confused. Even 'Healer' can be said to have at least two people with conflicting personas.

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Wow really? What is with this string of dramas with plots that are so similar? Personally I think the psychology/psychiatric trend for kdramas stared with "It's Okay That's Love" and then all of a sudden tons of other writers thought that was a good idea too. But I think the most obvious one is "Kill Me Heal Me" and "Dr Jekyll and Hyde" (or whatever it's called). C'mon writers, I'm sure there are a TON of different types of dramas just waiting to be written but instead everyone's deciding to jump onto the same ship.

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is it me or anyone recognize its yeon woojin on the picture ?

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no this yoo ah in i recognize this photo set

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I have such a conflicting feelings right now I don't know if i'm happy to him again or not?
I mean I miss YAI but i don't want him to get this role. Its too late for him to take a split personality thing. But what i hope is if he gets the role. The writer can develop the plot and learn from KMHM & HJM mistakes.
I really admire yoo ah in acting so i'm quite sure he will surprise me like every time.
And now more than one character?? Bring it in!! challenge accepted!
Also i hope for the lead actress someone as good as him! He deserve better!!

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Awwww...I was really looking forward to Kim Soo-hyun in this role, but I think Yoo Ah In could do really well.

I think I'm also in the minority of people who are enjoying the split/multiple personality dramas that seem to be the popular theme this year. I love psychological-themed dramas and I am loving Kill Me, Heal Me atm.

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Yoo Ah In is one the best young actors in Korea, and I'm sure he can pull the DID character off. But this DID theme is so overused this year. And I always have problems with the way the writers depict the mentally ill person in KD. As much as I love YAI, I wish he doesn't take this drama.

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