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Star cast confirmed for healing romance Descended From the Sun

This isn’t surprising news (since both casting possibilities were reported a while ago), but at least it’s confirmed: Song Hye-gyo (That Winter, the Wind Blows) will be teaming with Song Joong-ki (Nice Guy) in the drama Descended From the Sun, which is the new project from the Heirs, Gentleman’s Dignity, and Secret Garden writer Kim Eun-sook.

It makes for a high-powered lineup, particularly as it’ll be Song Joong-ki’s comeback project after serving his two years in the military, though the other names aren’t too shabby either. Joining the two Songs will be Kim Ji-won (Gap-dong, Heirs) and Jin Gu (Roaring Currents) in supporting roles — pretty solid main cast all around, I think.

The “blockbuster-scale human melodrama” is set in the world of doctors stationed overseas in war zones, and follows the love story that develops between an army surgeon and a special forces officer, both elite in their respective fields. The story will track both their personal and professional struggles while exploring issues about the value of life, with “love bringing about miracles.” Perhaps that’s just a metaphor for emotional healing, but when you’re a medic in a war-torn nation, the miracles and rescued lives could very well be literal.

Kim Ji-won plans another army surgeon, while Jin Gu plays another special forces soldier, and the two will share a “special romance.” With those character descriptions, I hope special means something more than a mere repeat of the main couple — though if anything, the mirrored setup should present the opportunity to draw interesting contrasts.

Descended From the Sun airs on KBS later this year.

Via Joy News, Osen

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YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Cannot wait!!

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Ottoke! All-star cast. I hope the script does the actors justice. :s

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With what other dramas the writer has under belt, I am a bit skeptical. I hope for our Song Joong-ki that it would be the writer's most coherent project.

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I like both leads a lot - but not sure as a couple. We shall see.

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sigh. well, itll have great ratings, if nothing else

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I was wondering how long it'd take for sb to show their dislike of Kim Eun Sook.
On DB, it doesn't take long at all.

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The fact that you knew someone should come, tells you something. Or...not? Maybe you want to keep a deaf ear.

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Of course it tells me something: That the writer is much disliked on this blog.

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Probably birds of a feather...

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As long as Kim Ji Won isn't bitchy second lead again, it's pretty much perfect cast.
Now, all I can hope is Kim Eun Sook write decent drama, not necessarily good/amazing/perfect drama, just decent will do. After Heirs disaster, that's as much as I can hope.

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As far as I've read, there won't be any love triangle, just 2 different couples who will not only have couply moments, but they'll also fight to survive and help others survive, so the bitchiness will be probably nonexistent or at least very limited.

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I pity every female lead in this writer's drama but what the heck!I still watch it though while still hopping the female lead can kick some a__ too..kekeke

Hope Song hye kyo choses a rom com after That Winter but I guess that's not her cup of tea anymore..I miss seeing her in rom com..Full house was centuries ago..

Song joong ki always delievers and I'm looking forward to how hot he became after military.(not that he isnt hot before but you know what I mean.)keke

The only project that I've seen Kim Ji Won is in Heirs but though her character is unlikeable, she's one of the fresh face i Heirs that looks to have a promising career..

Jin Gu, not familiar but curious how he will be with the rest of the cast..

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Still not sure about this two. I love them both individually. But looking at the pics I still can't see them as a couple. SHK looks young but doesn't really suit well with a baby face actor. I'll have to watch this drama just to see if they can pull of being a couple. I know Jihyo is about the same age as Song Hye Kyo and during the early days of RM SJK and Jihyo have amazing chemistry I could totally see them as a couple in real life. BUT that was back then now I don't thing Song Ji Hyo and Song Joong Ki would have the same chemistry now because Jihyo has become more mature much like Song Hye Kyo who gives a mature classy vibe.

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Huh what are you talking about? Where did the talk about Song Ji Hyo come from. Lol

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Because she's the same age actress I can think of as Song Hye Kyo who have a love line with Song Joong ki. Ju Ji Hyun is the other same age actress I know but she haven't work with Song Joong Ki.

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The unfortunate placing of those two photos show how young SJK looks and how SHK looks older than him. However, pictures are deceiving. What's important is that both can carry out their roles well and have great chemistry too.

Gong Hyo Jin and So Ji Sub was an odd pairing when they first accepted "Master's Sun". People were anxious and worry that this pair wouldn't work. Yet, both have an amazing chemistry in "Master's Sun". I'm hoping SJK and SHK will have sizzling chemistry in this drama. :)

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yeah I don't think this pairing will work :/

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Man I thought Hyun Bin and Han Ji Min would be amazing together (because Hyun bin is Hyun Bin), but they were not so fun together at all. You never know with chemistry.

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I watched a clip of one of the kisses in HJ and let's just say I'm glad I did not watch that drama. There was like ZERO chemistry between han ji min and hyun bin. So sad because i thought that would be amazing together too. Such a waste of Hyun Bin sigh. I love SJK and I really hope he has chemistry with SHK because I want to watch this..if only for him..I mean the cast. Lol

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Wow cant wait for SJK. I hope the OTP works out nicely and I hope the writer doesnt make the heroine another damsel in distress again like she has done in her previous works. Anyway I am super duper excited!!!

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Awesome cast, hope the writer does justice to them ... only wish to add what Kanz said above - don't want to see Kin Ji Won in another bitchy role ( Heirs).

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Okay so if we get a gentlemen's dignity type of drama it's going to be good, and I hope she is somehow going for that direction as the protagonistes portrayed are older. If it goes the heirs way, well it's probably going to be a hit and i'm going to watch it all will being angry but I'm probably still going to watch it all. The cast is strong and I think it's not that easy to bring Song hye Kyo to the screen, as she is doing well in movies in korea and in china so I'm hoping that it's a sign that the script is good + I see Song Joon Ki as an actor who usually is regarding on the type of material he goes into so... I'm crossing my fingers for this to be a good drama, because the premiss of it sounds really interesting.

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I am actually hoping to NOT see another Gentleman's Dignity. We are supposedly dealing with professionals in a war-torn area, the last thing we need is a heroine with the emotional maturity of a 12-year-old and a hero who is a first class a**, start to finish.
I haven't really liked anything this writer has done since City Hall - Secret Garden was OK, but Gentleman's Dignity was chock full of jerky guys and weak, crying females. And Heirs...the less said, the better.

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Right on! The "heroine with the emotional maturity of a 12-year-old" drove me far, far away from A Gentleman's Dignity, what would otherwise have been a tolerable drama.

Please God, hope she doesn't waste this cast with crappy writing!

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I liked both secret garden and Gentleman's dignity... Granted SG was better.

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Same here. Loved City Hall but all her other heroines act like little girls.

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All you have said is TRUE,I hope the script dont spoil the broth,because they are a terrific couple.

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Can't wait to see Song Joong Ki on my screen again!! And with leadig lady Song Hye Kyo, this is completely a top visuals pairing~~

However, I really dislike this particular writer's dramas so I'm rather conflicted at the moment.

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meh~ Kim eun suk drama.... bye2

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At least all 4 leads chosen can act.

Kim Eun Seok writes terrible heroes but at least she never gives a leading role to an actor who can't act at all unlike some...

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i'm not worried about the song joong ki and song hye kyo pairing like so many people seem to be because i believe in their acting abilities enough (especially sjk) to believe in them as a pairing tbh. i remember back when the lee seung gi/ha ji won pairing was announced for king 2 hearts and how skeptical people were of them as a potential couple and that worked out great chemistry-wise.

this cast is great, the only thing worth worrying about is the writing. a good cast can only do so much. here's hoping the material they get is up to par.

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I can't help it, but I still picture Song Joong Ki with Moon Chae Won. She could make the usually weakly written female lead of this writer spunky enough...plus her chemistry with SJK....

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Finally! SJK made his comeback! I'm reeeeeeeaaaaaally happy!

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Strong cast, hopefully the script delivers. If it does, this drama will be one people will talk about in years to come.

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Song Joong-ki, why does your comeback have to be a Kim Eun-sook drama WHY??? I want to hope this is going to be good but i have been burned by the writer too many times before. I would still check this drama out though, at least for the first couple of episodes, but still, WHY?

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Great. I love both SJK and SHJ and don't mind the writer either. Definitely in!!

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Love the cast... but the writer, meh.

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As much as I loved Secret Garden, the two other projects of that writer were nothing special. I hope she does this stellar cast justice - but then again, why would these 2 sign in if they didn't think the project looked fine? It's Song Hye Gyo and Song Joong Ki we're talking about! Never mind then. I'll make sure to give this a try :)

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I'm soooooo excited! please let this be good!!!!!!

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Two strong male actors and two meh female actors. Sigh. Song Hye Gyo has never impressed me as an actor. Overhyped like Kim Tae Hee, she is just not a natural in acting. Kim Ji Won should just stick to modeling. She looks like a high school kid next to Jin Gu. What is with the casting here? Its all up to Song Jong Ki now ...

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To compare SHK with KTH in acting is a bit too much though..KTH is known to be bad at acting while SHK gained recognition and even received a daesang..anyways..that's ur opinion..Everyone's entitle to one..:)

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I agree. Though her acting sucked in pretty much everything in the past, her acting in That Winter the Wind Blows was really shockingly good. She's made huge strides in her acting skills.

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.....Kim Ji-won, a "meh female actor"? Are you saying that on the basis of seeing anything she's been in other than her photograph?

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yeah so dissapointed with the casting tbh..I think kim ji won should've chosen to star in "chaebol's daughter" instead. Park seo joon would've been a better match.

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It'll be fabulous to see Song Joong-ki back acting once again. He's certainly been missed.

As for these four particular actors, it'll be interesting to see how they all work together to bring this story to life.

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I don't care for this writer, never liked any of her previous work but I love Song Joong-k to pieces. Would've been awesome if these two were the leads for "Bride of the Water God".

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Really worried about this writer + an overseas location. The part of Heirs set in California was just awful. The only KES drama I really loved was City Hall, maybe because there was a weighty politcal storyline along with the romance.

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Oh I forgot she wrote City Hall. One of my all time favorite. Why can't she do that again?

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Oh god, that part in California was just laughably horrible. I hope we won't get terrible Engrish here like we did in The Heirs and The King 2 Hearts. Why do they always get non-American extras to play Americans? LOL. The English-speaking parts in dramas are always so cringe-worthy.

On a different note, I like all four leads separately. Together, I'll have to wait and see to judge. I'm quite hesitant about the SHK-SJK pairing but I believe their acting skills will be enough to make it work. The writer I'm not confident in. Secret Garden was okay, Gentleman's Dignity I quite liked, haven't seen City Hall but I've been meaning to as I hear it's quite good, but Heirs is something best buried and forgotten. But then again, the script here must be decent enough for both SJK and SHK to feel it's a project worth going into.

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I'm not against this pairing, but I'm certainly curious about how their acting styles will mesh.

The age gap isn't really an issue considering he looked just fine opposite Song Hye-kyo's fellow '81-er Park Shi-yeon in Nice Guy.

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I am not liking this pairing at all. Appearance wise, they just don't match. SJK looks much younger with his baby face. Although, SHK is considered young looking for her age and is very beautiful., she still looks much older compared to SJK. Anyways, maybe, they will prove me wrong. I like the other two main casts!

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At least the cast can act. I really like Jin Gu. I never finished Ad Genius LTB, but he was good in Roaring Currents.

I was hoping Kim Ji-won would get a lead role next, but glad she's back in dramaland at least. (Did she pass 'The Girl Who Sees Smells' for this?) I'm not really complaining, she'll at least get some exposure.

As for KES, she has written good series like City Hall and On Air. I liked A Gentleman's Dignity as well. I won't snub her even though I really disliked Heirs. I think it deserves a fair watch at least. Plus, I'm curious about the lead pairing. SHK and SJK are both capable actors in my mind, and I'm optimistic that they'll have good chemistry on screen.

I hope that if this drama is successful as well, more will be inspired to pre-produce dramas. Seriously, the live-shoot system is awful.

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Kim Ji Won was never offered Girl Who Sees Smell, her company confirmed this. In fact, I suspect that was noise marketing by the same company to see if people would want her to be in it, and if there was enough buzz, maybe she would have gotten an offer. But I don't think there was much buzz.

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Ah, thanks for the clarification.

I would've liked her to get a lead role next, but I'm curious about the character that she'll play in this drama. (Let's hope KES gives her something good) And intrigued by the 'special romance' that she'll have with Jin Gu.

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Aw I'm excited that SJK is coming back to dramaland, but this new drama with its overseas setting seems like such a big project that could become overwhelmed.

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Pros: SJK; SHK
Cons: The general theme of the drama; The age gap between the leads
I would have loved to see SJK in something like Chaebol's daughter. I LOVE melos!

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Sigh....Ji Won and Joong Ki would make a cute couple...
So the two males play special forces soldiers while the two females play surgeons? Wouldn't it be nice if that was switched up a bit.....or is there some kind of gender restriction on those two professions (haha....no)
But at least I'll get to see Ji Won again

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I don't understand why there is so much hate for this writer. Both GD and SG were enjoyyable...Only heirs made me sleepy after abt 8-9 episodes..

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not crazy about this pairing at all. She is older than him, and looks like his noona. I love the idea of what the drama is about.

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I love SJK but why choose this writer for your first project back? :( given I've only seen Heirs and that left me with a bad taste. However I shall trust in your judgement that you chose a good project :)

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Joong ki-ah...you are back!! I know he can deliver the character very well...as long as the writer-nim write it well too.

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Sounds kinda boring

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Been waiting so long for SJK to return to my screen! A little worried about the writing for this one though.

I watched Secret Garden a few years ago after reading recaps/comments on DB, and didn't think it was that great. Heirs...let's not even go there. If it wasn't for Lee Min Ho & Kang Min Hyuk I wouldnt have bothered finishing it. Characters & story so poorly written.

I really rate SJK as an actor, even watched Nice Guy for him even though melos are not my usual cup of tea, and thoroughly enjoyed his acting in Wolf Boy. He seems to pick his projects based on substance/meaty characters so I'm hoping KES proves my doubts about her writing ability wrong.

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Eeeee! To see Joong Ki back on my screen in a new drama is enough reason for me to watch this! If it's a good drama, then it'll be an added bonus :-D

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WAAAAAAAA! I knew this would happen! I love Song Hye-gyo, but I'm NOT much into Song Joong-ki, though I have watched him in SKKS and Innocent Man. My love for Song Hye-gyo can make this team work! And oh, lovely, since both leads have made a recent melodrama (TWTWB and IM), and Kim Eun-sook wrote another melodrama (Was 'Lovers' her last melodrama?). Ha!

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Very promising cast! I thought the main pairing was old when I first read the headline months ago but I can't wait to see how they are gonna do this!

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This is a very well-rounded cast and I'm so excited for Heygyo-Joongki's first collaboration. The whole theme reminds me of Road No. 1 though, and I certainly hope this won't end up like Road No. 1.

Cannot wait!

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Ugh... I adore Joong-ki and am super excited to see him in projects again. But I just don't feel this project at all. The writer's past dramas (although I know they're ratings hits and always attract high profile casts) have been pretty hit or miss for me-- I LOVE her comedy, but not her angsty arcs and subpar character development, so my enjoyment of her past dramas has really been super dependent on actor chemistry for me. I just don't know if I feel the chemistry between this leading pair, since they definitely have very different vibes. I've also never found Song Hye-Gyo particularly winsome or charming; she's more of an aloof beauty compared to Joong-ki's bubbly, younger enthusiasm and charm.

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Yes, yes, yesss!! ^_^

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WHY MELO? You have done so well in comedy.

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This is good news. Both are good actors and can most likely pull off a chemistry despite the age difference.

Sorry, just want to ask...

WHY HASN'T THERE BEEN ANY NEWS in this site ABOUT HA JI WON AND LEE JIN WOK for the Taiwanese-drama remake ? :)

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This is good news. Both are good actors and can most likely pull off a chemistry despite the age difference.

Sorry, just want to ask... why hasn't there been any news on this site about Ha Ji Won and Lee Jin Wok to star in the Taiwanese-drama remake ? :)

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The casts of Descendants of the Sun! They're amazing couple by their good acting. Then nothing to be worry!Watching their dramas/films, both pleased the viewers.

Song Hye Kyo has perfect packet:beautiful&chemistry&acting.

Both're on TOP 10 list of actors&actress, the TOP list's from INDUSTRY INSIDERS, not from the viewers/fans or voting online. Both having real talent!

Very exciting!

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Wow! !!!!!! Finally it start airing.
I just love the chemistry between our leads.

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.... they're getting married!

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Write a comment...The movie is fantastic.Those guys are well talented.Tanzanians we appreciate,big up.

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