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Couples cozy up for Mnet’s new drama The Lover

I’m curious to see how Mnet will handle a drama about cohabitating couples — it is cable, and yet their new drama The Lover seems like a big step out of their comfort zone (Mnet’s first two original series were the youthful music-themed Monstar and Persevere, Gu Hae-ra). But I’m eager to watch it, partly because it’s a drama about couples that choose to live together, and partly because of Oh Jung-se. Okay, mostly because of Oh Jung-se. I do love him so.

The 12-episode drama will air once a week on Thursday nights, and it’s an omnibus series about four different couples living together in one apartment complex. Oh Jung-se (Plus Nine Boys) and Ryu Hyun-kyung (Tasty Life) play the main couple in their 30s, who’ve been living together for two years. Oh Jung-se’s character is a voice actor, and Ryu Hyun-kyung plays a reviewer who runs a blog. They’re an average 30-something couple and they simply chose to live together instead of getting married.

Choi Yeo-jin (Valid Love) and singer Jung Joon-young (1 Night 2 Days, Today’s Love) play a couple that’s twelve years apart in age. She’s a penny-pincher who basically supports her younger boyfriend, and he’s a musician who carries a guitar but doesn’t know how to play it. They’ve been living together for a year, and though they fight like cats and dogs, they’re always quick to make up.

Ha Eun-seol (Yoo-na’s Street) and model Park Jong-hwan play a 20-something couple that just moved in together. She’s the type of woman who doesn’t want her boyfriend to know that she isn’t the perfect embodiment of femininity, and works tirelessly to keep up the illusion. That’s bound to backfire when you live with the guy (not to mention that it’s tiring, no?) but I guess that’d be the point.

And the final couple is actually a roommate bromance: Lee Jae-joon (Dating Agency Cyrano, Night Flight) plays a loner who prefers to stay at home, but is forced to get a roommate for financial reasons. He doesn’t even want to exchange unnecessary small talk with the guy, and thus seeks out a foreigner who can’t speak Korean very well.

Idol Takuya plays the new roommate, a young man from Japan who’s on a trip around the world. Takyua thinks it a shame that Lee Jae-joon is wasting his youth as a homebody, and begins to draw him out into the world. Aw, all the couples sound so cute, but this one seems especially adorable. With four stories to weave in and out of, there should be plenty of material, hopefully with a dose of chemistry on top.

The Lover premieres April 2.

Via My Daily, DongA

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This is looking good.... I've so many dramas to follow and I've exams coming up... :(

Joonyoung and Yeojin looking SO cute together despite the age difference

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I'm really looking forward to this! I can't wait for it to start!

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HAHAHAHAHA! Jung JoonYoung's character can't play the guitar? Well HE would take that as an affront...

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I'm interested because of the cast and because it seems like a big step out of not Mnet's comfort zone but out of the comfort zone of the Korean media as a whole. I can't ever remember seeing anything with unmarried couples, who actually choose to live together, not counting the age old drama practice of forcing near strangers to live together.

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Not even in I need Romance 2; they lived next door to each other.

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i dont know why but im excited for joonyoung and yeojin's story. haha im familiar with how JY is in 1N2D and i cant imagine how he will do this acting lovey-dovey with a noona (well, not counting WGM because it was scripted meant to be shown unscripted romance -__-). im excited! too bad its in the 1 ep per week format again!

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expectinggggg!!!!
Oh Jung Se <3
Andres Simon Joon Mercutio Cheng <3

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*Andrew

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In the first still Choi-Ye-jin's joney looks like a zombie.

"Takyua thinks it a shame that Lee Jae-joon is wasting his youth as a homebody..." HEY! cough. I mean, my friend doesn't think that's very nice. cough.

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pahahahaha I had the same reaction. I-- I mean, my friend returns home every chance she gets!

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Can someone just splice scenes of the last couple together so I can watch that drama? Because yes to the bromance but a huge no to everything else.

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Nobody would mind if you don't watch at all.

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Okay, this sounds adorable and hilarious and definitely not the usual drama fare. And I do love Choi Yeo-Jin. I hope it ends up being good. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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Oooooooh Joonyoung and Yeojin. Not going to watch it because of my upcoming exams but I like what i see and read so far. *write title on my never ending list of to watch drama & movies*

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i'm in!

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Definitely watching it for Choi Yeo Jin. I just loooooooved her in Emergency couple and RUNNING MAN ! She has sucu a bright and funny personality.

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I won't be watching. I do not want the Korean dramas to become like the American shows. I like the modest romances. I do not watch American t.v. anymore because it has become so sexual. I am afraid it is a slippery slope that I hope the Korean dramas avoid. I do not want them to compromise the very principles that are making them popular in the U.S. - innocent, fun shows!

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O God, you again! If you want to close your eyes to reality please, but stop being a party pooper!

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It seems we are in the minority, sadly, but I totally agree with you, Lauren! Here's hoping K dramas stay watchable for a few more years at least! (And don't worry about the people who try to make you feel bad, just for having good morals. It may be the reality, but it doesn't make it right.)

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I think this would be cute and despite Asian countries being somewhat more conservative still, in reality there are more people living together before marriage.

I'm also for more innocence because that's what made me watch k/jdramas in the first place. Though I do get excited when there are good kissing scenes (sometimes the passive kissing scenes don't work anymore).

I do have problems with a few Western viewers' comments on wanting kdramas show more about sexuality etc so that it would work for them but would not for most Asian viewers.

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I don't think anyone is saying that they want every Korean show to be racy or sensual but I think that some people, like myself, are happy to see more variety in the programming. It's just like with TvN's shows - I don't care if they include sex scenes but it's nice to see dramas where women are allowed to look as though they're enjoying physical affection instead of ones where they're barely allowed to react to what is happening to them. That's an extreme in another direction.

It's fine if you don't want to watch this or other shows because they don't jibe with your own moral code but I think it's a bit of a stretch to assume that just because a drama is tackling an issue that hasn't been shown in dramas before (but which is a reality for some people in Korea), then it means that they're on the highway to vice town. It's just about showing different experiences and ways of life, not condemning one or praising another. This is an experimental show and they're taking a chance on something new. Who knows how the Korean public may respond? Maybe they won't care for it and the concept will fall by the wayside for another few years. I don't think you need to be so upset just yet.

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I respect your opinion but then I take it as you stop watching every drama that has a passionate kiss or a bed scene or hinitng at the characters being sexually active because if you don't then you're contradicting yourself. Living together isn't the only thing that makes a romance "not conservative"

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I agree with you, but I don't see why you're saying this in this context. Is there any hint that there'll be lots of sex in this drama? I don't think so. They only said that there'll be unmarried couples. As far as I know, that doesn't rhyme with "there'll be tons of sex".

Don't make people misunderstand others who think that way. I'm all for a PG-rated(ish) Kdramaland. The abuse of explicit sex scenes and skinship and I-date-my-friend's-bf-then-she-dates-my-ex type of vibe is definitely one of the things that turned me off American television. TV can be realistic without being indecent, and frankly, I don't encourage shows that suggest all people care about is sex-related (sure isn't here in Canada, so...). But a sex scene here and there is not a bad thing, especially if it's not very explicit. Moderation is key. And really, this topic has nothing to do with this post.

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There are couples who just live together in Korea?! Since when? Because judging by all other dramas couples beraly kiss...

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"Oh Jung-se’s character is a voice actor..."

I am in!

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Hmm.. its gonna be interesting to see unmarried couple living together in K-dramaland.

Me too in minority group here. I don't agree with the concept. But, hey, not everyone have same thought toward ones life.

For making a risky-different theme in the midst of same-theme kdrama out there, i'll definetly watch this. At least for the premiere. ?

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Hot noona Choi Yeo-jin!

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I'm in!!!

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This sounds interesting plus I really like oh Jung se and choi yeo jin.. And I have dropped a few now so hoping for some good ones to replace the void!

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Oh Jung Se!

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OH JUNG-SE the loooooooooooove of my life! ♥
I will truly watch this!
(Huhuhu Oh Jung-se's picture at the bed. Sooooo handsome!)
(And Oh Jung-se being rivals with Lee Sung-min in 'Miss Korea' makes me truthfully wish I AM their woman)

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Geezzz.. how can only keep up a facade while living together. I recall one of my married girlfriends told me that after married for more than 10 years, her hubby still hasn't seen her bare face. I asked how she managed that, she said that she makes sure he falls asleep before she does, and wakes up before he does....It's as good as pretending girls don't fart, pluck our hairs or shave or legs or do big business. lolx

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Sounds pretty good.

The situation where the guy is carrying around a guitar he can't play, and whether he is upfront about admitting that or is trying to hide that fact, can be a whole conversation starter in the drama. Heh.

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Aww, this looks so cute and funny!!!! :D :D

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I might check this one out. I really like Choi Yeo Jin ever since MISA. She has that smile that lights up a room.

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Yay, Oh Jung Se is back! I've missed him.

And Takuya from Abnormal Summit! Looking forward to his foray into acting!

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I think it's a great challenge for unorthodox KDramas. It's not so American (it's wrong to say that living together is so sexual). It's fun about young people questioning their values of life and jump off or compromize the traditional values. It will be so interesting for the story itself.

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Long before, American had FRIENDS sitcom, Japan already had Tokyo Love Story. It's not always sexual. It's about our youth life.

That's I think it's also worth for watching.

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Just caught first Episode. The Lover manages to be crude & cute at the same time if that's possible. It's a very funny show especially Oh Jung Se. Wait till you see the scene where his neighbours are being noisy lol. My favourite couple if I had to choose are Joon Young & Choi Yeo Jin...but that's cos I'm partial to Noona Romance ;-) and what can I say about the Bromance couple except one word...Hot! . All in all it's a suprising but truthful observation at what couples get up to in the privacy of their own homes. I will definitely be catching all the episodes if Episode 1 is anything to go by.

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Just finished watching the second episode and wow this drama had me in stitches for most of it. I have to say the most amusing pairing is Lee Jae-joon and Takuya, purely because of their dynamic where you aren't actually sure what they feel about each other. Some very funny scenes with the two of them. I know it's unlikely but I would really love them to develop into an actually romantic line, they seem to have to most compatibility of all (always excluding our leads). MNET, MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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i like the drama with adult scene,,never seen before

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i hate it !! i watched the first and second episode to giveit a chance but the humor is so sexual an dirtyand just like american sitcoms...i absoloutley prefer the other regular kdramas !! I pray to god that this drama was just a bad expaction. I have no problem with people living together before marriage thogh... but its all on how they portray it... in this drama it seems like they are just always horny for each other an EVERYONE is smoking ... Why?
the bromance couple is okay i think ... but the rest i dont like at all ...its not even realistic and doesnt portray korean lifestyle at all...sorry but i think i can give my honest opinion

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I loooove this drama! It's so refreshing to see Kdramas like this. I couldn't stop laughing and I think this might salvage my meh year of dramas.

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i adore this drama!! i especially love joon jae & takuya and do si & doo ri! if takuya and joon jae dont end up together im gonna be so mad :((

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I love this drama. Finally some normal ppl Doing funny stuff. Korean drama usually has unrealistic expectations, they all act like virgins, they even bring that subject up in The lovers. Congrats for this great tv show!

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I've been watching it since yesterday. I randomly found it on Viki and decided to give it a try, even though I was trying to find more in the way of jdrama, since I haven't seen a lot of those. I think I've only really seen a little of Kazoku Game and Attention Please!, but I've seen at least 10 kdramas now.

I also really enjoy the time that gets put into relationships in Kdrama and I feel like not having them jump into sex right away is a good way to keep their romance developing at a nice steady pace, which I really don't feel like American tv shows do very well, a lot of the time. There's always a lot of tension building up just to that first kiss and it's nice to be able to have that kind of tension building and finally pay off.

However, it's a matter of how well the show writers can develop characters, too, so I'm sure a relationship that does get sexual quickly or maybe even doesn't take that much time to develop CAN be riveting to watch, still. Even in such a sexual show like Empire, I still felt tension and was waiting with bated breath for Cookie and Lucius to finally kiss each other after having been away from each other for so long. So I know it depends a lot on writers, and there's also a difference to take into consideration with the way that American shows are planned/executed in comparison to Kdrama and the like.

I really enjoy pretty much all the characters in this show and it's made me laugh at some of the more ridiculous bathroom humor gags, which is not something I will usually do because I hate bathroom humor. And it's definitely interesting to see something look into what I feel is a more realistic portrayal of relationships.

It's also kind of interesting to me personally because the only gay character I've ever seen was in Secret Garden, and I felt like it was a fairly good portrayal that treated the character like a human, not some funny stock character, but it's not like he's a main character, so, at least to me, there feels like there's less of a risk in having a character like that, there. And besides that, there's the 'not actually a guy because it was a woman crossdressing' stories that get to avoid going through with anything because 'Psych! Actually a woman the whole time, this character isn't gay! Haha!'

There's issues with this in American television, too, obviously. I don't really like how Takuya and Joon Jae are used as a shock device for the others in the apartment. The two themselves/together are good, and I honestly hope the show goes through with it and ACTUALLY explores it, rather than skirting around/just using them for comedy reasons, I do feel like there's a nice balance of comedy and serious tension between them right now. I feel like both characters are pretty well written, though with Sakuya I feel like we could be getting a lot more depth to his character. Hopefully we'll get to explore what I feel are some real hidden depths and get a more serious look...

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cont.) at his character, in general.

Also, I know this probably won't be given any mind, but the show has so far portrayed them like a pretty viable couple. Sure there's the shock/humor factor to them for the others and the show COULD do something to portray them more sincerely in that way, but the attraction doesn't seem like a one-way street. Sakuya's a bit more playful/possibly looking at Joon Jae as a one time thing (whereas, I would say that Joon Jae is probably very likely bi/pansexual given the miscommunication about 'jerseys' and how excited he got over the porn his friend sent him that featured women. I mean I SERIOUSLY doubt they'd ever portray the character as anything different than gay, it's such a binary and like, possibly one of the raunchiest shows we have here is Orange is the New Black and even they can only seem to use the word 'bisexual' mockingly, so I won't expect much from Kdrama for sure) but after that one scene with the nail in episode 3, Sakuya is at least somewhat there, if he wasn't already.

So, with saying that, don't call them a 'bromance.' It's honestly the most ridiculous and invalidating term people use to avoid acknowledging there might be a ROMANCE between two men. It's not a cute word, at all, and I might be able to ignore it if I did feel like they were just being toted around as a joke/strong male friendship, but it's just ridiculous to see being used. I know there aren't a lot of lgbtqia characters available in drama, but I cringed so hard when I saw 'the dangerous bromance' as a descriptor for them. Just. Please. Don't. Please give a little more thought to what's being implied with terms like 'bromance' And also please give a lot of thought to why the hell anyone would ever want to describe something as a 'dangerous bromance.'

Yes, there are very real dangers in society to being gay, so I can understand it being used that way, but it's still ridiculous to call it something like that, there are other ways to communicate that without using words like. That..

Actually, if I could just formally request everyone throw the word 'bromance' out of their vocabulary, in general. There's already a word for what you're trying to describe! Don't pussyfoot around, and if you don't want to or refuse to call it an outright romance, you can say it's 'a strong relationship' or any other already existing words, rather than using a ridiculous homophobic term like that! I realize people won't see anything wrong with it if they've never had anyone bring up why it's annoying, but please don't use it if you can avoid it. Thanks

Off that, my favorite couple is Oh Do and Doo Ri. They have history there already that makes them feel more stable than what I feel is shown with Young Joon and Jin Nyeo. I also like both of those characters to an extent, but I don't feel as comfortable with the 12 year age gap, especially with the emotional manipulation Jin Nyeo used in what...

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cont.) I believe was episode 4 or 5. Oh Do and Doo Ri are really cute, though, I loved the scene with the old car and how they hid when Doo Ri's mom came over. And then Seol Eun and Hwan Jong are also very enjoyable. I was a little put off when I first saw them because I forgot there was going to be a fourth couple and was honestly looking more foward to getting back to Room 609 or 709, but the scene with her 'crying' in the kitchen was fantastic.

I feel like portraying more sexual relationships (and that Ridiculous neighing horse every time Doo Ri/Oh Do have sex.. honestly..) doesn't pull away from it being a kdrama. There's still a distinctly different feel to American tv shows, and I feel like it's definitely worth at least giving it a shot. The characters are all pretty endearing and the sexual scenes are really not very explicit. At least from an American point of view, they aren't very explicit. The most explicit thing I think is probably Oh Do's birthday (which became oddly Sims 2 like) and Jean's present from France. Very tame sex scenes, though they should probably be watched with headphones. There's also a lot of bathroom and dick jokes. Including a weird dick made out of eggshells and all the weird jokes Sakuya keeps making, NOT to even get into Young Joon's jokes. But it cuts away before you see much of anything, compared to American tv shows.

I think it's definitely worth giving a shot, maybe try and get past episode 1 if you don't like it. I mean, don't push yourself to like it, but the characters are fun and it's kind of cool to see when they intersect/ or react to things the others are doing. I hope to see more good episodes from the show, and I'm sad it's apparently almost over!

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So random. I found it on viki yesterday and started watching it myself too and I'm loving it as well. Such a laugh out loud comedy where sometimes I'm left thinking what just happened, pause, rewind. One particular scene was the 911 scene with Takuya and Joon Jae ~ such brilliant timing with the fainting by the actor portraying Joon Jae.
Sad that it's already halfway through but looking forward to the rest of the show. Happy watching to you too!!!

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Woooww i love this drama :) But my favourite is couple from 709 room. Takuya and Lee Jae-joon they're must be together :)

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I was resistant to watching this drama and now I'm completely hooked.
The apartment 709 couple needs more air-time. Maybe their own spin-off show.

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Thanks for the drama introduction! I'm now completely hooked on The Lover via Viki. It's a nice break from historical k-drama.

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I thought The Producer was funny. Well, that was until I watch this one, The Lover.
Especially that skinny guy, because I watch 2D1N too

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Best korean drama of 2015. Two thumbs up.

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