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The boy who can’t feel and the Girl Who Sees Smells

The first teaser is out for SBS’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama Girl Who Sees Smells, and though the production is super low-rent (really, you couldn’t manage to think of anything other than shooting on an empty soundstage?), I can actually see Park Yoochun and Shin Se-kyung being cute together. The mystery suspense rom-com seems much more rom-com in tone, and based on the character descriptions, it’ll be a lighthearted show with sunny characters.

In the teaser, Shin Se-kyung introduces Yoochun’s character interview-style, while stifling laughs when asked if he’s cool. She says no and spills the secret that he can’t feel anything, as we watch him plow through a group of baddies and take hits like it’s nothing. But then they meet and he asks if she can really see smells, and she asks us, “Why is it that I smile whenever I see him?”

The drama is about two characters who are connected by a gruesome set of murders called the Barcode Murder Case, though neither of them knows the connection. Yoochun plays a young man named Moo-gak (short for “no feeling,” hur), who worked at an aquarium and dreamt of doing that his whole life. But he loses his sister (Kim So-hyun) to the Barcode Murderer, and is so traumatized that he stops eating and sleeping for twenty days until someone finds him passed out.

He slips into a coma for six months, after which he wakes up with strange side effects: He can’t smell or taste anything, and he can no longer feel any pain. If his body takes too many hits he just passes out, but he never feels any of the pain. All of this makes him very closed off from his emotions too, though he’s capable of feeling them — just not very well or very often. He becomes a cop three years later with the sole goal of catching his sister’s killer, and carries the mistaken distinction that he is super manly because he eats anything, doesn’t need a mask to investigate a grizzly murder scene, and can take endless hits. Something tells me he enjoys the misconception.

Shin Se-kyung plays a young woman who dreams of becoming a comedienne, though she repeatedly tanks her gagman auditions at the networks because she laughs at her own jokes. She has no memory of her life before waking up in the hospital at the age of 19, after a six-month coma. So she doesn’t know that she once had a different name, lost her parents to the Barcode Murderer, and was the sole eyewitness to that crime.

She woke up with strange side effects as well (were they both kept in a facility with radioactive spider monkeys?), and all her senses have become hypersensitive, except she can’t smell anything either. But she can see smells and very accurately at that, and can even trace where people have been because their lingering smells are like a visible trail.

Well now I can see how this ability is extremely helpful to the cop who can’t smell, though there’d better be an explanation for how they both happened to lose that same sense. I know we make jokes about all drama characters needing to be complete opposites, but olfactory opposites is a new one; I’ll give them that.

Girl Who Sees Smells premieres April 1.

Via DongA

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Shin Se-kyung's character description is hilarious! It's the first time I heard of it. A gagwoman who isn't funny?

Hahaha~ now I'm even more interested in this! :D

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Indeed. I was on the fence with this drama, but the teaser actually won me over. It was cute, and they both looked good. On a shallow note, Yoochun looks even better in this than he did in 3 Days. And Shin Se Kyung does better with lighter, cutesy roles than with heavy dramas.

This show might be a winner after all.

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This maybe the first drama of Shin Se-kyung's that I actually enjoy.

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count me in!! the teaser won me over too. maybe we can see SSK's improvement here. hope so.

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Where do you get all your vocabulary from JB? ;)

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She is ♥

It's why I keep coming back to DB.

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I'm actually anticipating this drama. It looks fun. Please don't disappoint me.

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when i heard the lead actress was shin sekyung i was like no i cant expect anything from this drama. but when i watched the teaser it looks cute and nice. i cant help but feel excited. oh geez why do i feel like this;; anyway hope it's worth to watch and dont disappoint~_~

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To be honest I need a light drama to watch lol I don't know how light it is going to be since the ''main plot'' is about finding the killer..
But at least it not about split personality..
Wait wait wait they both lost the sense of smell hmmm

ps.
nice one (were they both kept in a facility with radioactive spider monkeys?) hahaha

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This actually looks good and light hearted. Plus Shin Se-kyung looks lively and alive more than I've ever seen her. Maybe this will turn out to be decent after all!

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I love the teaser. It have sweet vibe. I'm glad it is really a romcom. They look cute together. Both of the characters are interesting lol. The boy can't feel & taste, and the girl could sees smells hahahaha. And all those misconception on Yoochun being manly & Shin Se Kyung as unfunny gagwoman LMAO.

Finally spring drama is coming :)

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The teaser gave me TvN vibes. And Yoochun looks like an ahjussi…*Don't kill me...

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He doesn't look like an ahjjussi for me. Esp in the picture still. He looks pretty young. Anyway, I don't think being an ahjussi is a bad thing as there are many hot ahjussis in dramaland *wink* ;)

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I like ahjusshi style... My first crush on ahjusshi is Uhm taewoong's character in My Sassy Girl ChunHyang @ Delightful Girl ChunHyang. Even his character is not a good guy but I still like him <3

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I actually think he looks cuter and younger here than he did in 3 days. He has a mischievous glint in his eyes, and I like that he is not flower boy smooth, but somewhere in between.

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You say that like it's a bad thing...

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Honestly, I could see Yoochun & Shin Se Kyung being cute together. I was pessimists when hearing she confirmed as the female lead, but she actually was okay in the teaser. And OMG, Park Yoochun look dashing in uniform.
The drama looks light and fun and I need lighthearted show after watching HJM. Bring it on!

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Looks like it could be cute and silly. May not have much depth but sometimes I want some mindless cuteness.

I do wonder how they will handle her ability to see smells.

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I smell spring and fresh air ^__^
hopefully the drama will smell good till the end..:p cant wait for 1st april to come..

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Next.

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HAHAHA!!

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The teaser reveals the promising and interesting lead characters and there's a chemistry between these two too. I can't wait to watch it

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The teaser looks ok, Shin Se-kyung actually comes off quite natural and charming.

(wonder how upbeat it can be if it starts with a dead kid sister though)

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Aww, it looks like fun and I'm digging the different career choice Shin Se Kyung's character has. That's my girl. I will tune in :D

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Ok the way Yoochun melts a little when she gives that smile at the end is quite adorable. That haircut is not really flattering on him though. Anyway, hope it's good. The teaser is cute.

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Saw the teaser last night and thought it'd be a light-hearted drama with lots of funny moments with the leads. XD Looking forward to it!

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Hee! Okay, I'll bite, these descriptions are fun. The teaser disappointed me but since I think a different team handles the actual show maybe they'll do better. If not...*wishes for Blade Man's PD* I've been holding it in but I actually don't think Yoochun is good at funny (judging solely from Rooftop Prince)... aside from Chunface, but that's more inadvertent. I was actually more tentative with his casting, but since he's playing an emotionless robot, that eases my mind some.

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i'm a yoochun fan, love my chunface to bits and disagree what you said about his acting but
damn :o
you went in
" since he’s playing an emotionless robot, that eases my mind some"

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It's not that I DISlike him, it's just if you asked who'd I'd cast in a quirky comedy(such as I hope this will be), he wouldn't be in my top 10, even if you narrowed it to just idol actors. He's decent in dramatic moments though.

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i was admiring your shade throwing abilities :o

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I think otherwise, I like him better in comedy. He's still decent in dramatic or melo roles, but I think comedy suits him better :)

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i don't like the teaser too, when i watch yoochun teaser drama, it's always make me lose interest, i always find his expresssion seems blank, i saw rooftop prince, i miss you n this teaser, i feel the same way. Miss ripley is his only drama that i watch till the end actuallly i don't think he's that bad but amazing either

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really? Because 99% of his fans tends to forget miss ripley lol. It was boring. Did u really watched any of his drama?

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i really watch miss ripley, boring? you must be prefer that rom com, i always love watching drama which meaningful not funny silly drama, i like rom com too as long it good story not just silly romance. i watch rooftop prince only till ep 5, i see Sunkyunkwan skandal too then loose interes after i found the story is same old croosdresssing female lead, it was boring nothing new

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It's just funny to read your comment. 95% of Korean drama has rom-com vibe. Did you watch ghost, the chaser and three days? These dramas has no romance at all...

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I don't like the second lead. It's just my personal opinion, but I think he's ugly and not charismatic.

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Waah! Ugly?! Ah well but I agree he really dials it down with quite a lot of his performances but he was so charismatic, playful and adorable on WGM. I think he needs to choose a more silly, funny role because he's almost always a serious character.

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Namgoong Min was very funny in Unemployed Romance. The scene where he only talks to his rice cooker for several days is hilarious. He has a deadpan yet droll way of reading a line which shows a real flair for and understanding of comedy. Plus I think he's as cute as all heck!

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@Lindy12 I agree he's great when he's being droll (though admittedly I've never finished unemployed Romance).

@Anata If all you've seen him in is INR3 your dislike is justifiable. He had some good moments in MSH (mostly with the PR lady), but on the whole it was too similar to INR3 and they were trying and failing at being ambiguous for the sake of the mystery, which took away from his character a lot.

Depends on the angle he's filmed at that determines whether I consider him attractive or not. He's actually not really my type, but I like him without having a cohesive reason as to why. That must count as charisma right? Actually I forgot how good of an actor he was till I watched A Still Picture recently. Its drama special on KBS world and he was really good. That trumps cuteness for me.

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Ugly is harsh word

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may be he's ugly in your eyes, but i prefer watch ugly actor but can make me feel the charracter emotion, i cry watch him in chongdamdong alice, i smile n laught watch him in unemployed romance i'm getting suspicious with his charracter in my secret hotel

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Sigh of relief. So glad I'm not the only one who thinks this! The main thing for me is that I just find his voice really whiny.

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As I was reading the description for the female lead, I thought she's basically a dog with her nose.
Anyway I'm glad the plot is different, I'm over split personality triangles,as Intresting as the dramas are I hope that trend dies with no hopes of resuscitation.

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Not gonna lie, the teaser and the more detailed character descriptions have piqued my interest. Shin Se Kyung doesn't look as cold and emotionless as usual. But one thing doesn't make sense. Yoochun's character suffers from congenital analgesia, a condition in which he loses the ability to feel physical pains. Who on earth let a person with such a dangerous disorder become a police of all professions? Don't they have a thorough medical background check for police applicants, no?

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HAHA I'm just happy these medical conditions aren't accompanied by hiccups.

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WTF?? congenital analgesia?. I am a doctor but any person with this condition wont survive without severe morbidity and yet he look perfectly normal and healthy enough to become a cop.
The story line is gonna be too absurd to stomach probably gonna get much worse than doctor stranger.
NEXT!

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my bad! sorry :D. Sometime when I read article I do jump straight to comment section. It was not congenital analgesia. It was acquired illness after he get comatose for 6 months.
I retract my comment above :D

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Sorry for being such a partypooper, but I still am not onboard on this drama. :( Shin Se Kyung is doing nothing for me in the teaser. All her wide-eyed, perky animation is slightly way too trying-hard and exaggerated for me.

And I had so much hopes for Yoochun's next drama. :(

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Hate much?

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The teaser is actually better than what I excepted. And the characters are interesting. I'm in

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Hmm.. I loves Yoochun but I don't normally like Shin Se Kyung, but she was ok in the teaser. I like the fact that it is light hearted show after all the headache HJM brings lol. The teaser is cute & funny, I'm looking forward to see this

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seems really interesting

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Boring. Next.

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The teaser can't convince me. I think I'll choose Angry Mom instead.

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Then don't. kkkkk

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Love it!

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Shin Se Kyung should stay away from playing doormats in melos. She is much better when playing spunky characters. She was decent in High Kick Through the Roof and Tazza 2.

So far, the teaser is reeling me in. Yoochun and SSK look good together. Let's hope they will have good chemistry.

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OH FREAKING GOSH my heart beats really fast right now due to my great excitement when I saw the stills and the teaser! Better use my time now to prepare myself for a real crazy ride! Yoochun & Shin Sekyung fighting!!!

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(This, Angry Mom, Hwajeong, Superdaddy Yeol, my life is really entertained!!!)

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Teaser is cute and they look good together. I love the uniqueness of their characters's description. :)

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This is interesting for me. SSK actually sold her character while YC didn't. Either he doesn't have a good grasp of what his character is supposed to be like yet or he's not going to be doing well for the rest of the drama. Either way, from the looks of this teaser, SSK seems to actually be the one with a grasp of her character so far. Will have to wait until the first 2 episodes of the drama airs to see.

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