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Joo-won leaps across rooftops for Yong-pal

It’s a bird! It’s Healer! No, it’s Yong-pal! Who says secret night errand boys get all the fun? Apparently doctors can have code names and rooftop chases too, and if this second teaser is any indication, this doc will be getting into his fair share of scrapes and seeing plenty of action. Is it too much to hope that he meets a hacker ajumma to help him along the way?

Joo-won stars in the new SBS drama as a brilliant surgeon who moonlights as a doctor-for-hire on the wrong side of the law. He takes any and every job that pays and asks no questions, which is why his regular clients are scary gangsters and rich people with secrets to keep. In the teaser, someone asks who Yong-pal is, and the guy explains that his name means “skilled quack.”

He says that this doctor runs around town fixing up gangsters for money, and everyone says that if you get treated by Yong-pal, you won’t die. Joo-won asks nonchalantly, “Want to make a bet, whether he lives or dies?” A high-speed chase ensues, but he refuses to stop because if he does, he can’t continue paying for his sister’s medical bills and she dies.

We get just a tiny glimpse of Kim Tae-hee, the chaebol heiress who’s been placed in a prolonged coma by her greedy half-brother Jo Hyun-jae, and then Joo-won closes out the teaser with the line, “The only things that matter in this world are money and connections.”

I don’t like that the music choice makes the show seem flippant, but the action is definitely a draw since I prefer my heroes leaping headlong into danger. Genius surgeons are a dime a dozen in dramaland, but I’m excited about this jaded, mercenary character who’ll skirt the line between right and wrong. And probably make me swoon while he’s doing it.

Yong-pal follows Mask on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning August 5.

Via Ten Asia, Osen

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Can't wait - swoon...

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OH COME ON. Maybe 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,' but can't these scriptwriters come up with something ORIGINAL anymore?

And if Michael Learns To Rock submits a tune for the OST... I'm shooting my television. *drops mic and leaves*

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It has a different story with Healer. Healer was paid to find a missing girl, while Yongpal is paid to heal a girl. Healer is about journalism and corruption. While Yongpal is about doctors, gangsters and chaebols. Healer is an errand boy while Yongpal is a doctor. If a drama's hero is wearing black, has a codename and leaps roofs, it doesn't mean it is copying Healer.

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yep, so totally different! It also has different actors and a different writer and PD!

/snerk

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I honestly that was a sarcastic comment till I read the last line.

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The moment I saw the pic, the word came into my mind is Healer and surprisingly gf also thought about Healer :)

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Oh, come on. As if Healer is original...
Btw, not digging the music nor the teaser. Sooo generic. Kinda hope they throw KTH's scene in the church with dramatic instrumental music as the teaser.

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That's like saying since he is a doctor the screenwriters are copying Good Doctor. Just because it has similarities doesn't mean it's unoriginal. By your comment you could say Healer copied the James Bond movies by incorporating parkour.

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oh, camon. It's a long-limbed heroe wearing black, jumping through roof tops!! Among all the cliches in dramaland, this is the one we shouldn't complain about. I seriously don't mind getting more of this kind of thing.

Plus, the stories and motivations seem different. in Healer, Ji Chang Wook lived isolated from society and worked as Healer solely for the money (he even had a goal of buying an island where he could live alone), while here Joo Won looks like he still has a regular life (steady job plus a sister), while at the same time he'll have to moonlight it as a mob doctor, and all of this is to earn money to save his sister. Their motivations and circunstances aren't the same. The parkour is just aesthetics (and aesthetics that look cool enough, so I don't really mind).

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Before Healer, there was City Hunter...young man in black cap, black mask and quite a bit of jumping and leaping.

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ooops...this was meant as reply to cherkell

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To be fair, City Hunter was really not leaping buildings, and had a mask. Different from Healer.

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Both conceal their identity and act weak in the office, driven by curiousity of the past (+revenge), wear black, have shopisticated stuffs to support their work, have someone to help them from the back, and was shot in the chest in the last episode.
Truth be said, both are nothing original (CH was adapted from a manga).

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Healer was not driven by the past though. One of his job became more personal, but Healer's agenda is buying an island.

CH didn't act weak in the office. Did you watch the drama? He acted like an ass to Nana, unlike Healer.

CH had guns not really sophisticated stuffs.

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Do you mean "thriller" ?
I mean healer is also a thriller you know ? ;)

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There's nothing new under the sun. It doesn't have to be original, just good.

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ahahaha so the doctor version of Healer. i'm excited!!

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The first image looks like Healer lol
Wait to go !

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Excited For This Drama

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Same! C:

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I finally watched the teaser. It's made me curious about the chars. (But yeah, that music is terrible... It skews toward comedy too much)

I don't mind something similar to Healer. The more dramas I watch, the more I realize that I don't mind recycled things, as long as they're well executed. And hey, if Kim Tae Hee becomes as awesome and proactive as Chae Young Shin, wouldn't that be great, too?

PS also excited for evil Jo Hyun Jae.

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Chae Young Shin just become my most favorite heroin in no time! she's really awesome..
smart heiress will be so great so hopefully the heroin character in here is not disappointing..

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I'm so amused by the Healer reference!!! :D If rooftop chases include parkour, I'm in!!! No who am I kidding, I'm going to watch this anyway Healer-ish or not! LOL!

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oh this guy is literally a Healer!

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Hahahaha +1

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I was thinking the same think, so we have Healer 2.0 who actually heals people.........lol

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Lol!

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AHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA

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LOL xD

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I miss Joo Won. I feel that this is perfect for him.

I will stick with this drama thru crazy storylines as long as it is not as bad as 7th Grade Civil Servant. *His worst drama ever and I knew it was going to be bad even before it even started.

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He IS a Healer. I mean, he's a doctor :) But still, seems a bit "healer-ish" to me. Can't wait to watch it and I do hope we have hacker ajumma jumping out of nowhere to help our Yong-pal :))

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Someone mentioned that Kim Mi Kyung was in one of the script reading pics. The face was out of focus so I couldn't really tell, it did look like her though. However, I have not seen KMK name in the casting so no hope there for hacker ahjumma.

I think actor An Seha who acts as a loanshark will be the one who helps Yongpal. It's purely out of self interest because Yongpal owes him money. Who knows, if it's like Jo Jae Yun type of loanshark, it could be funny.

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Kim Mi Kyung is in the cast list. I think she's a nurse or some other hospital employee though. It'll be interesting to see how the different pieces fit - gangsters, regular hospital employees, baddies on the 12th floor, etc.

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I thought i just needed to fix my hearing :D now my eyes too...how did I miss that!

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Yay yay yay! Was hoping for a nurse ajumma when girlfriend said hacker ajumma, hope my wish comes true!
Doctor will need assistant help during surgery too, ha :p

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He looks REALLY good, more like Kang Dong-won than ever.

(I wonder if someone will ever line up a project where Kang Dong-won and Joo-won play brothers, with Park Shi-yeon and Yoon So-hee as unnie/dongsaeng)

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+1

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+1. I will definitely watch. He was literally mistaken as KDW in the past.

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That's for @pogo btw.

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joo won and jo hyun jae saranghaeyo.. :))

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joo won and jo hyun jae saranghaeyo.. :))
i love their acting in bridal mask and 49 days..

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Lol as if Healer was anything original. I bet this drama will be more successful in terms of ratings and quality than Healer.

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... the 1st 3 seconds of the teaser I thought I was watching 'Healer' and basically they styled Joo Won's character like 'Healer' with the same hair, cap, clothes, and carry on. I didn't think of any other drama like 'City Hunter' only because there is an uncanny similarity in the styling of the character... it ain't Joo Won's fault, but the styling is most similar to 'Healer' IMO

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I am so waiting for this drama. The cast is promising so I hope that the writers wouldn't screw everything up. Furthermore, I am worried about the chemistry between the leads. When watching the Teaser, I don't feel like they are able to convey any connection or love through the screen. Maybe it is because they haven't really looked at each other in the eye.
Yet, it is too early to say anything! I hope that Kim Tae Hee's character will be complex and challenging, hoping so!

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nice

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can't wait, Joo Won is one great actor and this is gonna be create original or not...

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I sooo don't mind the HEALER resemblance here! ?
Looking goooood Kang-ah. ^^

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I'm looking forward to this... Mask is a tough act to follow, but I wanna see Wonnie in action, performing surgeries, and getting chased. XD

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So looking forward to this. I love how Joo Won looks all dark and untidy in the stills. It's a nice breather from all the dramas I've watched lately (fluffy and too much make up).
Who cares if it kind of resembles Healer? I loved that show and if this is something similar or even better, then I'm on board!
Can't wait, for this. I hope it's amazing.

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Really really wish this one will be really GOOD and full of action and twists and complex characters at least our hero and villain,not really into this one for the romance angle so bring on the action and hope for a good plot!

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It's healer
pwahaha,almost cracked a rib at the reference. I'm looking forward to this but everytime I see a new teaser or still, I'm reminded Mask is almost over and that is not a good thing.

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WOW reminds me of Healer. I'm totally in for this drama then!!!

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It's not copying healer
Before healer there was our Shitty (whoops City) Hunter

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Lol. Hunter wasnt leaping buildings though.

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Joo-won looks like he's having fun jumping from rooftop to rooftop. Nothing is original these days so I don't really mind the show's resemblance to Healer. Just be good Yong-pal! :)

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i feel like these two (joo won and kim tae-hee) don't do the best job at picking projects. kim tae-hee is always a draw and i always tune in for whatever she's headlining, but i never end up finishing anything of hers. she does seem perform better in rom-coms, if my princess was any indication, so i don't know why she hasn't done more of them.

on the other hand, i really like joo won as an actor, but i wish he would pick dramas that i could actually end up liking. most of the stuff he's done since ojakkyo brothers i either haven't liked or haven't dared watch (e.g. gaksital—the recaps alone sound way too bloody for me to stomach). i found cantabile tomorrow charming enough in its own way, but the overall drama just didn't interest me enough to follow through. plus, i tend not to do well with music-based dramas either.

don't get me wrong, i'm not trying to bash the show even before it airs. and i'm always thrilled when a drama ends up surprising me, like unkind women did for me this year. i'd be even more thrilled if it happens with this show, given how much i like the actors (but in my opinion, don't have the best track record in recent years).

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It's a matter of preferences I would say for you, since Gaksital did very well in both rating and acting, the only fail projects in his resume are the romcom's, which is sad.
anyway we can not say he does not pick good projects it's more like writers\producers in Kdrama are not consistence. but I did notice that he does very well in dark complicated roles more than the simple\everyday ones and that's why he keeps coming back to romcoms. I really hope he goes to movies and give-up on dramas for more challenging roles.

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Gaksital was really good! You would miss big not watching it!
Even when the romcom like Level 7 Civil Servant went haywire, Joo Won was still good in it...
He was good in Cantabile Tomorrow too, even when Shin Eun Kyung's character was too outrageously exaggerated at the start.

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So excited to see Joo won!

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Jo Hyun-jae he born the same day and same month and the same year as me. Everytime i hear news about him, made me happy :)

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I cannot believe that hot dude with tuxedo is gonna be a villain. I don't think my heart can take it..
(cheesy...)

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I will be watching this no doubt...but how believable is it that a talented doctor isn't swimming in money? Last time I checked, good doctors were among the best paid professions. And when you call yourself "brilliant surgeon" then really, you should be weighing in the big bills, bro.

Well, I guess anything works for a storyline these days. Either that or the sister's medical bills are off the roof.

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The main premise is that he's in debt from having to pay his sister's hospital bills. Kidney or liver or something, constantly hospitalized sort of thing. So not that unbelievable.

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I don't know how medical education works in Korea, but in my country, residents aren't paid so they live decently. The rich ones are usually in the late 30s.

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I read a line somewhere that Yongpal is famous for not losing a patient in ER but that's because he's been actively moonlighting. So I am wondering if he's truly a genius or he's more skilled than your average 3rd year resident because he's done surgeries and save more lives than his counterparts in the same time frame.

It was also written that his pay at hospital is meagre, not enough to pay his sister's huge medical bills and debts including his med school loans. He's not at that stage where he's gone private and earn loads of money.

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Ooh, actiony sequences. Me likey.

Although, I do have the same reservations about the music in the trailer. It totally does make it seem flippant and something not to be taken seriously and more comedy-like....

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I can't wait for this and I can't wait to see Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee together! I love them both equally, so this will be my summer crack! Crossing my fingers that it will be good! The teasers so far have been up to par. :D Please come sooner, August 5th!

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the return of "GAKSITAL!!" *swoon* :P

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Jo Hyun Jae looks mighty fine in that snazzy suit! ~swoon~

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Oh god, the music! So bad. I'm glad other people hate (hate hate hate) it too. Haha.

And they did so well with the music for the first teaser...

Anyway, I like the looks of this. Should be fun. Hope it's well-written and intelligent too.

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Ahahaha It's a bird! It's Healer! You always crack me up, GF :-D
I've always loved Joo won since Baker King. And I don't mind me another Healer. Hey, if it also got the feels even close to what Healer had, it will just add more dramas to re-watch again and again lol *crossing fingers that it will be a good watch - and good osts*

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OMo..I can't wait..My three faves in one drama,now i just wish it to be good..

The feeling of seeing Jo Hyun Jae and Kim Tae hee together. They were the first onscreen couple that i shipped in real life.. Back then i was 10 and now i'm 21 i feel like aged too much..

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People see Healer.. I see Healer + Doctor Stranger hybrid.. quack doctor plus parkour action..

Seeing Yongpal teaser, I realize Mask has to come to an end.. *brb reaches tissues*

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I need a dose of Joowon. So in love with his acting in good doctor and cantabile tomorrow. I can't wait to see this dark, manly side of him.

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Yaaaaassss.

Since City Hunter, Gaksital, and Healer are pretty much the holy trinity of my KDrama religion I can't object to another masked ninja scaling walls and roaming the city to exact justice and revenge.

Bring. It. On.

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Not going to lie, I though of Healer-ya!!!

Leaping buildings on errands for jobs, very Healer-ish!

I think they wanted to use Healer as the title, but that was already taken. LOL!

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LOL at your comment on the taken 'Healer' title. This drama is about doctor, healing, so it seems like the title 'Healer' is very perfect but too bad it was already taken.

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The name "Yong-pal" makes me think of "Won-pal," the crappy pickup truck that showed/shows up every so often in the new season of 1N2D.

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Sorry but it really reminds of Healer's jumping. The music is not suitable. I will watch this drama because of Kim Tae Hee, but the trailer doesn't look like what I expected.

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I'm hoping for another awesome intense and broody Joo Won.

Que Gaaaaksital music. Well, man still can't get enough of Joo Won as Gaksital and its epic background music. Can we have that same feeling again.. please.

Yong Pal fighting!

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One thing for sure, sweaty Joo Won is HOTTT!!!

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I don't think this is unoriginal. parkour is just in these days, i think i've watched western movies with parkour for the action scenes.

btw, anyone feeling the same with me while watching healer (and also city hunter)? the romantic scene is just too long, didn't hold any meaning, just filler, for prolonging the time. i've given up watching that and just skipped any of the romantic scenes.

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for me, Healer romantic scenes is not really filler, even it's true that the director really milking it some of their romantic scenes.. Healer someone who shut himself out from outside world but the heroin bring him back in, and because of her he end up finding the root of himself.. so she's basically needed for his character completion..
as for CH maybe, the heroin doesnt really holding such vital key, and seems like she's only there for some support only..
well, just my 2cents =)

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I seems the only thing pretty on all this is Kim Tae Hee. All the rest is shitty.

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I didn't know that Joo won has a gymnastic skill. Look at the first pic. But I am going to watch it for sure.

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He's one of those actors who are good in action scenes. I don't know how much of it is inborn or training or hard work. Maybe it's got to do with his theatre background. Like I want to know how Kim Moo Yul does it.

Soon, I will be watching Joo Won, Kim Moo Yul and Jo Jung Seok, albeit in different dramas.

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Joo-Won was the understudy of Kim Moo Yul in Spring Awakening but end up performing most of the shows because he was injured (correctme if I'm wrong). So glad musical actors are more acknowledged these days.

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I vaguely remember 150 shows or did he watched 100 or 150 shows as an understudy? Ha...just know that the 3 were in the same production with KMY and JJS on stage first then JW and JJS as Melchior and Moritz respectively.

I think maybe actors who cut their teeth in theatre undergo more rigorous training or are serious thespians in the first place? There are others not named here but just looking at these three, all are good actors. Serious and committed to their art.

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I remember he did 150 shows because the main actor injured himself, Wiki stated that the show was Spring Awakening. And when I see Kim Moo-Yeol's page it's said he was the Melchior in Spring Awakening. But I'm not sure if he's the main actor when Joo Won was the understudy or not.
Yep, musical actors act with their whole body and because it's theatre, they tend to overact so their expression can be conveyed to the last row (one of the reasons why Joo Won was harshly criticized in KTG). Plus, musical actors have to sing so their voice are all good and powerful.
There are many screen actors originated as musical actors, like Kang Ha Neul, Ji Chang Wook, Shin Sung Rok, etc.

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He had undergone training during Gaksital days. He did almost all the stunts there. I remember him jokingly said that at first, Jin Se Yeon (his co-star) did better than him during the training.

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Yes it does seem a bit Healer-ish, but the heroes have different motives and reasons (why they stick to this kind of job), so I won't say Yongpal is copying Healer.

Because honestly, if you are a secret... anything that has to go around the city without getting caught, leaping through buildings, wearing all-black, and using a code name are the first things that come to mind. And that's probably the best way to get the job done.

Anyways, I'm excited for this but I'm still not getting my hopes up because now I'm kinda paranoid. Good premise and good actors don't always result in a good drama.

It's still Joowon, though, and he'll do good like usual. That's the faith I will always keep in mind.

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