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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 16

It’s hard not to find this episode frustrating, when an entire group of your leading characters are operating under false information and magically only encountering others who are equally misinformed. Everyone has the best intentions, of course, but I could do with fewer good intentions and more communication, especially when lives are on the line. I guess it’s a good thing our hero happens to specialize in saving damsels in distress. Hurry, scholar-nim!

 
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EPISODE 16 RECAP

While Yang-sun is well on her way to sacrificing herself to Gwi, Sung-yeol learns that her mother died at Gwi’s hands—it means that their blood won’t kill him.

Meanwhile, Hunter Baek is followed by the local loan sharks, who keep calling him hyungnim and beg to be taken in. They say they know he’s part of the black hanbok brigade, which is funny since Hunter Baek has never heard of such a thing. It must be what the townspeople are calling anyone who rebels, since the latest royal decree was about arresting anyone wearing a black hanbok.

King Yoon is told that someone is wandering around in a black hanbok and taking the girls who are meant for sacrifice, and that it must be Sung-yeol. Yoon orders an immediate arrest, even though he knows full well that he’s the one wearing the black hanbok under his dragon robes. Hye-ryung helps him undress, and he wonders to himself where Sung-yeol is.

Sung-yeol sets out to rescue Yang-sun against Ho-jin’s protests, and someone cloaked in black watches him leave.

Hye-ryung asks if Yoon isn’t afraid of Gwi, and Yoon says he’s been afraid of him all this time, and was even willing to sacrifice his oldest friend to kill him. But it was seeing Hak-young turned into a vampire that woke him up. He shakes as he thinks of Hak-young, and Hye-ryung comes close to take his hand.

Yoon says that he will no longer sacrifice any of his people to kill Gwi, and he doesn’t need secret plans that involve letting anyone else die. He asks Hye-ryung not to sacrifice herself either, because he couldn’t handle losing her too. What a difference from her father; how could she not be moved?

Gwi decides that it’s time to poke at the king’s advisor to see what they’re up to, and calls him down to the underground lair for the first time. The advisor warily approaches, and Gwi taunts him with his grandson Hak-young, who’s now a rabid feral vampire and Gwi’s pet.

The advisor is horrified to see his grandson in this state, and begs for Gwi to just let him die in peace. Gwi is more than willing to comply, just as long as the advisor promises to pay him regular visits down here to tell him about what the king is planning.

Hunter Baek’s new minions tell him that there’s actually a black hanbok brigade, moving in stealth to free the girls who are being sacrificed to Gwi. Hunter Baek doesn’t know who they are but he agrees with what they’re doing, and learns from his minions that there’s suspicious activity happening at the gibang.

It’s where the girls are being taken to be dressed up before entering the palace. In the scene that closed the last episode, Su-hyang takes extra care with Yang-sun, sympathetic to the fact that she had no choice to be born into Gwi’s bloodline. Yang-sun says that it wasn’t her choice to be born, but it is her choice to die this way, and wishes Sung-yeol well.

Sung-yeol, meanwhile, is looking for a way into the heavily guarded palace before dawn breaks. He’s noticed by some guards who chase after him, and he’s almost cornered until a man in black leaps into the fray to distract them. He gives Sung-yeol a message that someone wants to meet him.

He’s taken to a house where all the men are dressed in black and their leader is shrouded behind a screen, also cloaked in head-to-toe black. Gonna guess you guys are the black hanbok brigade?

It feels a little bit like Eumlan Seosaeng’s style, and their leader asks Sung-yeol what side he’s on. Sung-yeol says he’s simply on the side of the people, and if he did anything wrong, it was to test the king’s loyalty.

The leader asks if there’s anything left to hope for in the king, and Sung-yeol counters that there is, just as he’s a vampire and there’s hope left for him. Sung-yeol pulls the screen aside and is met with multiple swords to the throat, but the leader tells them to withdraw. He stands up and reveals his face, and sure enough, it’s Yoon, back to his secret rebel ways.

Yoon asks for Sung-yeol to give him his trust, and asks if he’s really going to give up fighting Gwi because of his love for a woman. Sung-yeol answers, “The reason I have been able to fight Gwi as a vampire is because I have not lost my human heart.”

Sung-yeol says that he hasn’t given up control to his beastly nature because he still remembers Prince Jeonghyeon’s wishes for the future of his nation and his people, and adds, “It’s also because I loved one woman more than my life.”

He refuses to give up one or the other, and at that, Yoon asks if he’ll fight alongside him. Sung-yeol asks in turn if Yoon is willing to sacrifice his people to fight Gwi, and if what he really wants is to reclaim the throne for himself.

Sung-yeol wants to know if he’s willing to give up the throne for his people, and Yoon says of course—he’s even ready to give up his life. Are we finally on the same side, guys?

There’s no secret handshake or anything, but Yoon hands over Sung-yeol’s sunlight-blocking black hanbok, with apologies for Hye-ryung’s theft. It’s only now that Sung-yeol fills Yoon in on Yang-sun’s mother dying at Gwi’s hands, and the fact that Yang-sun is on her way to sacrifice herself.

Yoon tells him that the girls are being kept at the gibang, though he warns that it might be a trap for Sung-yeol. It doesn’t matter to Sung-yeol, who dons his protective hanbok and a mask to blend in with Yoon’s men. They look more like the reaper brigade, but in any case, it’s pretty hot.

Yang-sun waits nervously with the other girls and gives Su-hyang a letter, asking for her to give it to Sung-yeol later. The other girls are terrified and one of them starts weeping when she hears that they’ll enter the palace tonight, so Yang-sun tells her calmly that they’ll be okay.

Hunter Baek and his minions scope out the gibang looking for a way in, but find it too heavily guarded for the three of them to handle. At the same time, Sung-yeol arrives with Yoon’s men and tells them to provide a distraction so that he can slip in quietly.

Yang-sun keeps the girls distracted with stories about the night scholar, and promises that he’ll rescue them all. The prime minister arrives to survey the girls, and stops when he sees Yang-sun. He can’t quite figure out where he’s seen her before, but tells her to follow him to a separate room. Ew, please don’t.

Sung-yeol’s men charge the front gate, giving Sung-yeol a chance to hop the wall. Hunter Baek is pleased to help the black hanbok brigade, and tasks his minions with getting the girls to safety once they’ve been rescued.

Hunter Baek jumps into the fray, and meanwhile Sung-yeol takes down an officer and drags him away.

The prime minister stares intently at Yang-sun, trying to figure out how he knows her. He lifts her chin up to face him, and she nervously insists that she has no idea who he is. Thankfully they’re interrupted when the fighting comes indoors, and the prime minister tries to slip away.

He’s caught by Sung-yeol, who’s now dressed as a guard. Sung-yeol demands to know where Yang-sun is, but the prime minister doesn’t recognize the name. Screams from the other girls come from down the hall, and Sung-yeol runs toward the sound.

Hunter Baek is the first to find Yang-sun, and he tells her to run while he fights off the guard. He manages to catch the prime minister as he’s trying to sneak away, and angrily holds a sword to his throat, thinking of all his friends who died because of this man’s treachery.

Yang-sun and Su-hyang find each other outside, and when Yang-sun hears that the rebels have come to free the girls, she says that she can’t be rescued. Nooooooo. They decide to hide and enter the palace quietly.

Sung-yeol puts down the last two guards who are with the young girls, but Yang-sun isn’t with them. When one of the girls asks if he’s the night scholar who’s come to rescue them, he realizes that she was here just moments ago.

Hunter Baek uses the prime minister as a hostage to force the guards to back off, giving the others a chance to flee with the girls. Sung-yeol continues to search the rooms for Yang-sun, and discovers the letter she left behind.

She writes that she’ll take back her words now, from when she asked him to remember her for as long as he remembered his last love—she says it’s impossible now, because the blood of the enemy who took that love away from him flows through her veins.

She says that she’ll use the life he saved to repay him: “I love you. I’ll take all of this love with me, so please don’t remember me when I’m gone.” He opens the second parchment, and inside is the hawthorn necklace he gave her.

He heads outside, where the other officers are closing in on Hunter Baek. It doesn’t look like he’ll be able to get out of this alive, even if he kills the prime minister. When they see an opening, one guard charges and gets Hunter Baek alone—it’s Sung-yeol, which shocks him.

Sung-yeol quickly tells him that he needs to find Yang-sun inside the palace, and asks him to hand off the prime minister. With a quick nod, they push each other and Sung-yeol orders the other men to chase after Baek, leaving him alone to defend the prime minister and escort him into the palace. Nicely played.

Yoon stops in to see his mother, which is his cover story for being outside the palace today. Mom asks after Hye-ryung and admits that she wondered if Hye-ryung had approached them intentionally. She’s decided that Hye-ryung isn’t a bad person though, and thinks that she seems sad, like she’s been searching for her place all her life.

Gwi commends Hye-ryung on getting Yoon to trust her completely, and wonders if she isn’t afraid of being abandoned when he discovers that she belongs to Gwi.

He admits that he doesn’t have human emotions, but he always thought he and Hye-ryung were most alike. He’s curious about the love that moves people to sacrifice themselves for each other, and tells her to go ahead and try growing a human heart for the king, confident that she’ll discover it’s a mistake.

Sung-yeol leads the prime minister back to the palace, easily gaining entry to his room. When he lingers behind, the prime minister assumes he wants a reward for saving his life and opens a chest of silver. That’s when Sung-yeol charges and grabs him by the throat, getting close enough that the cut on the prime minister’s neck makes him vamp out.

His eyes go red and he growls, “You’re bleeding…” He gets ready to bite down and the screen goes black…

But when we return, the prime minister is alive and tied up in the corner. Sung-yeol changes out of uniform and growls one last time in the prime minister’s direction before heading out.

The king’s advisor finds out that one of the girls intended for sacrifice has arrived in the palace, which goes against the king’s wishes. He tries to stop them, but Yang-sun reveals herself and says that she’s here willingly, knowing that her one sacrifice will save many. So of course the king’s advisor leads the way. Aaaack.

Hye-ryung discovers them on her way out of Gwi’s lair, and when she learns what Yang-sun is about to do, she actually tries to stop her. The advisor wonders why, even accusing her of trying to protect Gwi, but Hye-ryung says that Yoon wouldn’t want this.

She admits that she’d like nothing more than to sacrifice Yang-sun and kill Gwi, but Yoon has made his decision to fight without sacrificing another of his people, and she wants to honor his wishes. Wow, I’m shocked.

But Yang-sun is fully committed to being the sacrificial lamb, and makes a break for Gwi’s lair on her own. The only one who goes after her is Su-hyang, who is supportive in her own way and insists on going with her, to help ease Gwi’s suspicions.

She leads Yang-sun in by the hand, and they’re taken aback when Hak-young jumps out at them. Gwi sends him outside to go feed, knowing that the king’s advisor is nearby. Hak-young happily goes above ground and attacks. Please don’t eat your own grandfather. Please don’t eat your own grandfather.

Gwi is suspicious when he recognizes Yang-sun, and wonders how she came to be one of the sacrifices, and happened to be the only one who wasn’t rescued. He asks about her relationship with Sung-yeol, excited by the thought that her death will enrage him.

He asks repeatedly if she loves Sung-yeol, so she finally answers that she does, and that she doesn’t care if he’s vampire. Gwi goads her, musing that Sung-yeol will stay young and beautiful and live for centuries, while she’ll grow old and be forgotten.

She angers him with her resolute answer: “It doesn’t matter. Even if I die right here, my heart will never change. You could live thousands of years, but you will never know that heart.” Gwi seethes, and in an effort to calm him, Su-hyang says that he loved someone once too.

Up above, Hak-young gets ready to bite his own grandfather, when Sung-yeol flies in just in time to knock him against a wall. They bare their fangs and charge at each other.

Gwi reminisces about the woman he loved, calling it the first and last mistake he ever made while living amongst humans. He says that she found out what he was and ran away, and when he found out she had his child, he killed her.

He went after the child too, since he’d heard that his descendant could kill him, but he couldn’t trace the lineage until after a hundred years, when he found and killed everyone in that bloodline.

Su-hyang asks if he drank their blood, which he confirms, and she realizes what this means: Yang-sun’s blood won’t kill him. It dawns on her just seconds before Gwi leans in towards Yang-sun’s neck…

Hak-young starts to overpower Sung-yeol, so his grandfather starts to join in the fight, and Hak-young retaliates with a bite. At his grandfather’s pleading that they die together, he seems to come to his senses for a moment and looks horrified at what he’s done.

Grandfather falls dead, and at that moment, an arrow comes flying at him from above, where Yoon has just arrived. Seeing his chance, Sung-yeol takes out his dagger.

Down below, Su-hyang stops Gwi by suggesting that Yang-sun will make good bait to lure Sung-yeol here. She puts herself between them and asks to become a vampire, and for Gwi to keep her by his side for a long time.

He tells her that it takes enormous self-control to live as a vampire with her will intact—she’d have to withstand the enormous hunger, which would kill most people. He points out that Hak-young couldn’t do it, and ignores her pleas, pushing her aside.

He’s about to bite Yang-sun, but seems to sense that she’s been bitten once before. He reveals the scar in her shoulder, and asks how it is she survived a vampire bite without turning into one herself: “Do you have vampire blood in you?”

Hak-young is too strong for Sung-yeol to overpower himself, so he drops the hawthorn dagger instead so that Yoon can pick it up. Sung-yeol urges him to hurry, but Yoon hesitates, unable to do the final deed.

But in that last second, Hak-young comes to his senses. He runs over to Yoon and clutches the hand holding the dagger, pleading, “Kill me, kill me.” He pulls the dagger into his own heart, and breathes his last in Yoon’s arms.

Yoon trembles with rage at what Gwi has done, and Sung-yeol tells him to stay up here.

Gwi has Yang-sun by the throat, and she can only spill silent tears as she fights to breathe. She calls out to Sung-yeol in her head, and just like that, he appears. Gwi senses his arrival and turns around with a smile, dropping Yang-sun to the ground.

 
COMMENTS

Guh. I find these kinds of episodes to be the most aggravating—the ones where the entire conflict could be done away with if people could just have one conversation that clears up all the misunderstandings. You can’t even be mad at anyone in this situation (or okay, I can be mad at the writer), because everyone is doing what they think is the right thing at the time, and you can’t exactly fault Yang-sun for being willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good. Again.

But it’s so deflating when we’re told that the sacrifice is totally moot at the start, after which we continue to watch her avoid rescue (bah) and walk right into the lion’s den. I hate that it was a pointless act of sacrifice that didn’t need to be made, and because of that, I spent the whole episode either yelling at Sung-yeol to hurry or yelling at Yang-sun to slow down, when I don’t want to be yelling at either of them. It might be different if the story had advanced somehow because of her sacrifice, but overall this week’s episodes amount to mostly plot filler, to pad out the episodes before the final conflict.

The only real development was Sung-yeol and Yoon getting back together on the same side, and Yoon showing that he still has a bit of the old Eumlan Seosaeng left in him. I did feel bad for Yoon when he had to kill Hak-young, but by then I pitied Hak-young more, because seriously, how many times do you need to sacrifice your life for your best friend before you’re allowed to die in peace? It was a nice moment between the two devoted friends, and I’m glad for his sake that he was freed from an afterlife spent as Gwi’s pet, though I worry about Su-hyang following in his footsteps. And it was nice to see Hye-ryung honoring Yoon’s decision not to sacrifice his people, which made me think that loyalty might’ve turned into love the moment he asked her not to sacrifice herself for him.

At least I find Gwi’s obsession with Sung-yeol interesting (did he not look positively ecstatic to see him at the end?), especially his jealousy over Sung-yeol’s ability to find love. He insists that he doesn’t feel human emotions, but Gwi seems entirely driven by very base human needs, and what he struggles with is why he can have endless power and wealth, but never love. He seems slighted by Hye-ryung’s disgust, hurt that the one woman he loved abandoned him for being a vampire, and jealous that Yang-sun (and Myung-hee before her) could be so devoted to Sung-yeol when he should be exactly like him.

He’ll never see it, of course—Gwi will never be loved because he thinks he’s better than human, while Sung-yeol believes he doesn’t deserve love because he’s less than human. So he will always be throwing his life on the line for the one he loves, and she’ll always do the same in return. It’s no big secret, but I like that Gwi is stumped by this, having only experienced betrayal. I guess living a thousand years doesn’t grant you much wisdom when you’re still just hung up over the pain caused by your first love. Is that really all there is to eternal youth? Because a hundred lifetimes of teen angst is not my idea of a good time. But seriously, can they fight already and make me forget that the last two episodes were spent putting our heroine in danger by mistake because information travels like molasses in this town? No more secret plan-before-the-plan! It’s go time!

 
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On tonight's episode of Vampire Idolatry in the Night, Changmin realizes that his only friend, Yunho, just reported for active duty, thereby leaving him with no friends, and crown princes should ALWAYS have friends, even when they're huge dicks. So he regifts Iljimae's magic cloak back to Satto, since he wouldn't know the difference anyway. Then they become friends, it's that easy.
Yoobi-chingu has been kidnapped for the 47th time this week, and Gabri has stopped caring. Even Mukadil, who instrumented her kidnapping, doesn't even care. So he order ox tail soup and studies English and feeds his pet Hak Young some royal guards blood.
Also throughout all of this Arang is yelling at Mukadil for killing her but Mukadil can't see her and doesn't remember so she pours his soup on his English textbook.

Seriously, the more absurd this show gets, the longer my entries are.

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Haha you're Funny ...

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"pours his soup on his English textbook"

Oh...you are hilarious!

I suspect GF and JB prefer to write this type of recap.

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While this fellow, HY, was kicking the well, because there was no bucket there, I realised that vampires are a special breed - the idols of Joseon, sort of - they were the only ones that into adulthood they were allowed not to wear a mustache and they were picked based on their looks. So your short stories got a totally new dimension to me. I am sad that the drama ends, because I won't be able to read your comments anymore!

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haha i'm not watching this show ...i'm just here for your coments!!

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Thanks for keeping us entertained cali <3.

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Haha..don't mind the length of your entries!!

I was happily prepared to watch the finale of this show, which i thought was today! But then Gwi didn't die and i was like huh??

Silly me!!

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lol not a single person here is complaining though!

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Love ya Cali! You are just so funny. I come here only to read your comment!!

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R.I.P. HY!

And now let the showdown begin....

Why oh why till next week!!!!!!!!!

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I really felt their strong friendship here. So sad.

R.I.P Hak-young.

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I'm glad he remembered their friendship before he died for real this time.

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I wanted to cry a little at that scene, poor Hak-young.....

(and is this going to have some bearing on how Gwi goes down in the end?)

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Aaargggh! I'm throwing things at my screen as I watch this hot mess. Soft things, bc I like my computer, but object throwing nonetheless!

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? Soft but not wet like slightly melted ice cream, right?

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Hair ties and very soft slippers....

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? Very wise.

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I am a fierce defender of this drama. I have enjoyed it all the way through Ep14, even with bad music, choppy editing and somewhat daft plot once in a while.
Ep15 was just so so, but I felt it's a well-deserved slowdown after the emotional rollercoaster of Ep14.
Then, Ep16 aired on August 27th, my birthday ...

... and I spent the entire episode banging my hands and head on the table and yelling at the screen. I didn't enjoy it at all ;(

I feel it's a pointless episode, really. Yes, it is necessary for EVERYONE to figure out that Yang-sun being sacrificed is not the right way to eliminate Gwi ... but did we need ONE WHOLE EPISODE of ppl running around like headless chickens for that?! It was worth 1/4 episode, tops!

Sigh ... sad that they just destroyed the build-up from Episodes 13 and 14. This week was a bummer.

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i agree with you in all what you said,

and late birthday wishes to you

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Thankie :)

... for agreeing with me and the b'day wish!

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Happy Belated Birthday, and Many Happy Returns, zi4r! ??

I do agree with you on what had transpired these two last episodes, which were both cringe, yelling and yawn-inducing.

But the OTP scenes and SY in Iljimae and Arang garbs managed to soften the blow somewhat. ???

The wonderful recaps above also helped tremendously (thanks, JB!), as I am reminded once again what kept me hooked to this drama, as ridiculous, sappy and corny as it is.

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Sorry for the mistake. (Edit for the above)

Thanks for the wonderful recap, girlfriday! Much appreciated.

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I feel your pain.

Happy belated birthday :).

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Happy belated birthday!
May this show redeem itself to present you an appropriate gift in the end.. :)

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omg. i can feel ur frustration through my own screen, haha

and totally agree with ur assessment. i feel like they are trying too hard to make the ep at cliffhanger, and ended up failing to deliver during the whole ep.

and happy belated b'day to you, zi4r.

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@tenoh27, @Kiara, @kanz, @s.mitch Thanks for ur wishes.

Fingers-crossed that the show will improve, come Wednesday. Well, I think (or I hope) it can't get any worse.

@s.mitch Yes, you're right. They wanted to wait until next week for the epic vamp battle, but didn't know how to subtly slow down the plot. watamess :(

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Belated happy birthday! I'm sorry you got such a bummer of an episode to watch though :(

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I totally agree about ep 13, 14, being very intense and well-developed, about ep 15 slowing things a bit but that was still Ok (we needed to have again Sung Yeol + Yang Sun bonding again and Yang Sun accepting Sung Yeol for what he is!!
and I agree about the first half of ep 16! ;( They spent too much time on finding out about Yang's pointless sacrifice and passing one another that information!!! ;( grrr
only the last quarter was fast-paced and thrilling again!

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Happy bday zi4r ..... don't be sad. Watch till the end ..... next Ep ... tonight will be better ...becoz everybody already found out sacrifice YS is not the answer ...

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I was right from the start, Gwi is Lord Voldemort.

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aahhhh???? but he has a nose :P

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A pretty one too and a sexy voice for a bonus :).

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...and hair....awesome hair. Old Voldy's got nothing on Gwi's luscious locks.

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I like that name... Lord Gwi-mort. he-he! :D

Uh another draggy episode of Yangsun going to and fro as a sacrifice and nothing at the end. What have the writers done... poor casts are working their butts off.

At last we say bye bye to Vamp Hakyoung and the finale of fight is between Gwi-Sung yeol. Come...bring more action scenes to the screen!

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Why do Lee Jun Ki’s dramas always have low ratings? His name should be “Lee_Jun Ki_never_a_ hit”. He’ll never breaks into movies with such low ratings dramas. Even Lee Seung Gi already has good movies offers (and many other young actors) and Lee Jun Ki still is filming in dramas with crappy ratings. Till when? Until he’ll be too old to leading a drama? He has to choose his projects more carefully.

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YES, he should be careful in considering (hope he learned from this), but this show shine him of how brilliant and versatile actor he is.
Even thou his drama is low rating ( Arang, Two weeks and GIJ ) it has a sense (for me).

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yeah i agree with you, even though the story line is getting crappy, in acting LJK did a great work in Song Yeol.

the only reason for me to watch this drama is for his acting skill. he did a great job in his acting.

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Arang and 2 Weeks did fine in ratings. This is his lowest drama.
I wish he'd go back to his roots and do a movie once in a while. No more fantasy sageuks for a while oppa.

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i dont blame about his acting, he is doing great in it, and oh those expressions in his eyes, no words for that.

the only thing is about selecting a good story!!! and plz do that

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He is carrying the bulk of this show and doing a fine job at it.

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if he choose sageuk again in the future, dont choose fantasy again. go for more historical story. i think its good if he transform to be a King /Crown Prince after this. but please wait after 2-3 modern projects (movie/drama) before do the sageuk again

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Would be great to see him in a conventional sageuk at some point. He has done quite a few fusion and fantasy sageuks already.

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Yes ...agree .... but I love to see him in hanbok ...he looks so handsome in hanbok ... Hahaha .

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HIGH or LOW the drama was the best worth things is viewers appreciate how great the acting of actors. In addition he already reach the peak of his success. His popularity before in korea is incomparable to the new actor nowadays.

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LJK's hit drama was iljimae, and rest of the dramas got higher ratings without hero and this one, arang couldn't beat bridal mask (that time also joo won, i think he is LJK's Rival), TBDAW was top in its time slot as well as Joseon Gunman.

Anyway i agree with you he should more careful when selecting a drama. he might have born in joseon era in previous life. that's why he always choose saeguks.;)

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it will be really good if that is real,

eventhough he selects saeguks its ok,,,, but he has to select a good storyline

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+1 . Good Point . Could be True ... because he looks very Handsome & Beautiful in Hanbok .

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I thought I heard from somewhere that a director from China personally flew to Korea to ask LJK in person to star in his movie....now that's an actor who's not having a hard time. He's very talented. Not all his dramas had low ratings. Even if they did, I still enjoyed watching them because he is in them. Give him a break. An actor doesn't know if a drama/movie is going to be a hit or not. He probably choose this project because he probably felt the character and he's always up for these kinds of challenging roles. Only LJK can portray Sung-yeol like he did wholeheartedly. No one else can. Applauds to him!

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Agree ~~~ Junki is talented actor and loved by Japanese and Chinese very much by Thais too ...
LJK can portray any roles perfectly , he did all the stunts by him-self ... he gives his all .... LOVE HIM .

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I love him mainly for his acting abilities, but his good looks makes it easy to love him more as well!

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So True .....

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Yes, we Thais love him so much. I heard he has had many movie offers but he prefers doing drama to be closer to his international fans.

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Haha..yes! Its amaze me, one of the most respected directors Lin Yuhsien went to Korea twice, and went out for drinks with him twice, and only then he was able to ‘trick’ him into doing the movie!!! Kkkk..

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Love oppas well-informed fans. :)

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Joseon Gunman has Good rating ....

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Yup. Dunno what's wrong with Joseon Gunman, coz so many negative comments about this. I watched it not just because I'm LJK's fan, but because the story is interesting. Compared to SWWTN, JG's writers are more creative

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@Luna, I'm going right now to finish Joseon Gunman. TTYL about it.

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I don't usually bother replying to posts regarding ratings. (In this day and age, Korean entertainment industry knows full well that local viewership ratings are no longer representative of the success of a show.) However, your "Lee_Jun_Ki_never_a_hit" kinda hit me in my gut so here I am, replying.

Maybe, the kind of projects he WANTS to be in and the kind of shows Korean audience like are just vastly different. He seems to like to push himself... and he seems to enjoy grittier dramas.

If he was after ratings, he could have stayed a flower-boy icon for a way longer time, but he didn't. I feel Joon-gi is the kind of actor that enjoys the production process and fan-interaction itself. Artists like that usually make project choices based on their own creative vision (what they can add to a project), not based on the returns (as in, ratings in this case).

I, for one, have enjoyed everything (except My Girl and Hero) he has acted in starting from King and Clown movie. I mean, I am no fan-girl of his, but his very visceral acting always touches me.

So I hope he keeps choosing projects that let him explore his versatility ... like he has been.

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*Claps

And that sums it up for me.

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+1000000 for nailing it.

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Also that "never_a_hit" part is a lie. I couldn't reply to this main comment but had to put it in comment no 14, his movies when he did them were very successful. And the comparing to Lee Seung Gi for movies HAS to be a joke.

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He is always fabulous in his works, whether they garner commercial success or not, and hence why I am more than willing to fangirl him (even as a noona).

The many facets of his talents and hard work are also highly admirable.

SWWTN would in high probability (it sort of is, already) be a complete failure in the hands of another actor; as it is, am completely in love with LJG's Kim Sung-Yeol. I always have to tamp down the urge to squee whenever he comes on screen, sigh....

Truly, the cast (and the costume design team) should be commended for the effort and dedication in making this poor story work despite everything.

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Agreed.

I'm looking it like this : LJK is still shining even in dramas with low ratings or questionable script. Could you imagine how professional and committed he is ?? He is still putting his best efforts and being good, no mater what happened. I watched 'Hero', his drama that most people think are the worst. I have to admit that I don't really enjoy the storyline, but he still acted well and looked good. So, the fact is, he is exceptional for being able to carry on a show, despite the plot holes.

Regarding Joseon Gunman, I actually like it. The writers are creative, despite the downside in the plot in the middle of the series. And, LJK is amazing as usual.

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@tenoh27 & @Luna That's why I praise LJK even more and not because I am a fangirl. He's committed and acting his butt off!!! And agreed, no can act this role but him and I can't picture anyone else who would play it believably. His acting diversity should garner him awards galore. Damn, his vampire transformation from Episode 1 is the shitz!!!!! Even in the BTS clip from that scene, the staff was like "Ahhh..." Pretty much blown away! If that scene alone doesn't get him awards, then I don't know what will.

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His acting in epi 1 is superb, but his acting in the whole series as a cold vampire who (doesn't want to) fall in love is also good . He looked cold with very limited facial expression all the time, but his eyes are the ones that do the talking.

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@zi4r
kudos to you for hitting everything right on the nail.
and for someone who is "no-fangirl of his", your comments did him a whole lot of justice.
thank you!

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you know what, you shudnt even mentioned/ compared between LJK and LSG. you can freely criticise LJK or anyone but dont compare with LSG or any other actors here.
This is not an entry to choose the best actor/popular actor. you shud leave a right comment at the right place.

Honestly, u did wrong.

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I often wonder, and would be most appreciative if someone could enlighten me, HOW Korean actors actually choose their projects. If most dramas are operating a 'live-shoot' system, then what information is the actor given before he takes a project?? The full script wouldn't be done, right? So does the actor take the project solely on a rough synopsis and faith? Faith in the other actors in the drama, faith in the writers/ producers? It seems such a gamble.

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It is always a gamble with live shooting. Nothing is completed ahead of time.

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@Klare
How is Arang not a hit? Or 2 weeks? Or even Iljimae?
"Never break into movies"? Didn't he "break into" dramas because of a movie in the first place?
Sorry, but I feel as if you are just trolling, because nothing you said makes even a bit of sense!

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@Klare, you should do some research first before making comments like this, otherwise you will make yourself look really ignorant like a "frog in a well", because (1) his dramas do not ALWAYS have low ratings (2) "never-a-hit" is incorrect, he has already had a few BIG hits in movies and dramas like K&C, May 18, Iljimae etc. (3) he has already broken into movies, and (4) his recent dramas (Arang, Joseon Gunman) DID NOT have crappy ratings.

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Finally kept refreshing the site for this recap. Why oh why? Epic fail plan.

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Satto... that outfit.. can stop to fangirl LJG.

I wany to throw my comp. What a mistake of sacrificing they are doing.. RIP HY...
Thank God LJG is here, he is worth watching.

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I just had a thought what if they up the stupid and make Yang Sun's blood the cure to vampirism

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can any one advice me how to spend another week with out a frustration. because i can't wait for next episode.
hmmm, lee Jun Ki is super super thousand tome hot with that plain black hanbok.
Hak yong rest in peace.:(

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Yes, and you can't even see much except the eyes in that all black Hanbok! ?
But whoa, the way he wears that garb, and those eyes! I wanted to scream....??

Poor HY, but am glad he is RIP now.

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yeah, he's literally covered from head to toe except the eyes, and it is still insanely hot.

I really can't blame Yang-sun in the early episodes for her expression being permanently like ?, I mean LOOK AT HIM!

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Well, I channel YS (of the earlier episodes) whenever I look at him, so, I totally understood her feelings. He is the only actor to have inspired this level of worship from me.

Amongst all those gorgeous Hanboks of his, I have to admit I love the all-white and all-black - with face veils - ones the most. ?

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Like I said already, LJK would look good even if it's a trash bag. The man makes the outfit. He's beautiful. An adjective reserved for a woman but said who?

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though it's not THAT surprising considering he has such gorgeous eyes.

There's something about their shape that really stands out, no other actor looks quite like him.

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yes he has phoneix bird eyes, that shape is like that, it is a fantasy bird our jun ki is gifted everything so perfectly, that shape is really rare, i think i have mentioned this in this discuss but can't find it.

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His "Phoenix Bird Eyes" are just gorgeous!

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Yes ... you nailed it ...Phoenix Eyes ... I read some where Man with Phoenix Eyes and Woman with Dragon Eyes will be very successful ~~~

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His instagram is a wonderful way to make the week between episodes more bearable. He's so funny. And is always thinking in his fans.

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saw sato years after arang and the magistrate,

and god this episode sucked, guys why are you running on all the place and missing each other within some little steps.

this episode didnt just slow down the drama, this episode is like a recap for all the previous episodes, making me remember all the previous episodes one by one,

the dramas which are nearing the ending normally should be fast and nerve wrecking, but this drama is the opposite, starting episodes are great! couldn't wait for the next episodes to be aired. but now this is dragging out.

but any way girlfriday thank you for your recap :)

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At least they got the filler episodes out of the way. I don't know what to expect from this show any more.

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at the rate the storyline is going I am envisioning a finale with something akin to a power ranger, sailor moon-esque trifecta attack against Gwi. I for the life of me can not picture exactly where the writer is dragging this out to anymore.

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Today felt like Frodo and Sam's journey to Mount Doom. Are we there yet?

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Seems like everyone in South Korea has stopped watching this drama. But it has a strong international following due to LJK and I will support him and the cast till the very last episode.

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agreed, and dont care about the ratings LJK cas we know how is your acting

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No offense to South-K Fans ... it's proven that the koreans love modern com more than sageuk ... only romantic sageuk worked for them . We can see this pattern .... but this is sageuk with vampires ... more fantasy . And the Rating Systems kinda weird ...based on who turn the channel when it's air ...and the same samples ( for many years ---- mostly already became an old women ) .
If they stopped watching this drama it's their choice ....... Kkkk ......
Sexy and Beastly Vampires ( Candy Eyes) are absolutely not for them .....

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Agreed, and lots of people use to watch them in internet, or after few days when they have time because of busy schedule they have in day today life, tv will watch by ahjussis and ahjummas mostly they don't like fantasy dramas anyway. so rating system is kind a out dated. S korea is a developed country i hope they will invent new rating system.

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I'm an ahjumma and I love fantasy dramas, lol! Guess that makes me cool...hehehe. It helps also that LJK who I adore is the star. :)

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i beg to differ. koreans love sageuk and i can see many sageuk actually got high rating as well. if you say romantic sageuk, didnt fantasy sageuk also romantic sageuk? if you say fantasy sageuk is not their cup of tea, before there were some fantasy sageuk that actually got quite good rating, for eg Gu Family Book. Good rating is contributed by many things, one thing for sure is a good plot. And the casts also plays important role. but high rating for sure not the sole factor for the success of drama.

This drama got own fan base internationally, even not everyone watching, it is still good. credit to popularity of LJK who has many loyal fans.

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Fantasy sageuks in recent years have rarely done well/topped the ratings unless the competition was exceptionally weak. Moon/Sun was the rare exception, and even Sungkyunkwan Scandal was more of a mania drama than anything else - with a fantasy sageuk, you have to hope that your competition is worse than you on script etc, otherwise it's a loss.

Gu Family Book won its ratings battle against Jang Ok-jung, but they actually started out with the same ratings - it's just that the JOJ script went straight to hell and interest in the drama plunged as a result, leaving the field clear for Gu. Same with Night Watchman's Journal - utter trash with some terrible actors and more embarrassing special effects than anything seen in SSWTN, but it was up against Trot Lovers and Temptation - again, exceptionally weak competition.

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I agree with yaya that modern dramas seem to be more popular with the SK audience nowadays.

For 2014, the top ratings dramas were You Who Came From the Stars, Empress Ki, You're All Surrounded, 3 Days and Dr Stranger. For 2015, The Heirs, I Hear Your Voice, Master's Sun, Good Doctor and Gu Family Book.
Only 1 sageuk made it to the top 5 of each year.

For fantasy dramas, whether modern or sageuk, I think SK audience don't like vampires. All 3 vampire dramas did not do well this year. It seems that they prefer ghosts and gumihos. After all, vampires are not Korean supernatural beings or monsters in the first place, unlike gumihos.

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Sorry, I mean for 2013, The Heirs....

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For 2013 the top dramas were Heirs, Good Doctor, Master's Sun, I Hear Your Voice and Yawang (aired in early 2013). Gu Family Book was successful but unlike the others it didn't make 20 percent ratings so it's not top 5 but still in the top 10.

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@Pogo, Yes you are right. Which means no sageuk in the top 5 for 2013.

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S.Korean viewers do love their historical/period dramas, conventional sageuks over fusion and fantasy. Some big hit dramas back in the late 1990s all the way to the last 3 yrs were sageuk/period dramas.

Heo Joon, Dae jang Geum, Jumong, Tears of the dragon, Taejo Wang, Queen Seon Deok etc
I think the only fusion sageuk to cross the 40% mark and becomes a national drama was Moon/Sun 3yrs ago.

Time changes and the ratings is not going to be as high as it used to be. Not everyone watches their dramas on tv like the old days. Heo Joon's 60+% rating will never be beaten.

The one sageuk that is shaping up to be a rating hit is "Six Flying Dragons". Kim Young-Hyun knows how to please her sageuk viewers. Hook them from the beginning with a first solid 10 episodes (excluding the child eps if there is any). It's going to be entertaining with 2 big competent stars at the helm, Yoo Ah-In and Kim Myung-Min.

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@Klare - Joseon Gunman was #1 in its time slot for the second half from its episode 10 onwards, are you trying to call that a flop too?

And Lee Jun Ki "will never break into movies"? The movie (yes, movie) that made him a star was one of the highest grossing Korean films of all time, the King &the Clown - 10.5 million admissions. And his other movie got 6+ millions admission...... after military service he only did kdramas but if he wants to return to movies, he will be welcomed back with open arms. Meanwhile Lee Seung Gi's movie didn't even make 2 million admissions but you want to compare?

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@Klare ans @pigsnout
Claps pigsnout !!! ..... totally agree . Acting wise LJK is much much better than LSG. And personally I think LJK is more handsome too ....

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@ pigsnout & @ yaya, I just hate it when people don't get their facts straight! Don't mess with LJK fans, we know our man and his stats.

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LOL !!

You gals are amazing :D . I'm LJK's fan, but I don't know those stats :p ..

Well, I guess I agree that his drama choices don't really suit the taste of most korean. I, as his international fans, like it though ..

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@Luna I think he chooses roles that are out of the norm/out of this world/ superhero type of roles that pushes his acting abilities to the limit. Personally, I think he does very well with these types of fantasy/sageuk roles. And he looks so damn hot in hanboks!

If you were his manager @Kiara and @Luna, what project would you suggest for him next? BTW, who picks projects for Korean actors? Their agency, manager, and if you're a A-list star like LJK, does he picks his own projects? Or all the above.

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@Ice - I'll jump in here to say that if I was his manager, I'd love to give Lee Jun-ki a gentle nudge towards doing more movies.

I personally would love to see him do an action movie, whether that's a sageuk or a modern-day one - he'd kill it in something like War of the Arrows or Ajusshi (NOT saying he should look for copycat scripts of those, because Park He-il and Won Bin were perfect, but I do think he'd do those types of roles really well). He can do his own fight scenes, which is a huge advantage when it comes to shooting such scenes and adds a lot to the experience as a viewer. And movies have the bonus of better working conditions and no live shoot.

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@pogo I'd like to see him do more movies, too! It'll give him more exposure if he picks the right movie to star in. Side note: just a fangirl wish--he'd make a sexy pirate!

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@pogo and Ice

Personally, I could not imagine why he does not do more movies - as stated by Kiara, better working conditions and no live-shoot - since I am sure he has to have offers for those. He is quite well-known as an action star, and yet, no movies as yet. I hope this situation changes soon.
("Under the Sicily Sun" will be out by the end of the year, and I hope that movie does him justice).

I am trying to imagine him in a rom-com, and nothing comes to mind. However, that is a different challenge he should try. That would be great fan-service, as he himself once said.

@ Kiara

Having him in a good Chinese Wuxia - even just a good sageuk will do - would be a dream come true; as well as a couple team with Park Bo-Young.

Well... A woman can always dream.

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@tenoh27 @pogo Agreed on action movies. I personally like to see him doing some type of James Bond/player type role. He's got swag (think tuxedo picture) and that flirtatious grin of his is so...ok I don't want to go there.

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@Ice I would prefer if he does a movie with his King and the Clown director Lee Joon-Ik. He could've been part of "The Throne" or his upcoming "Portrait of a Poet".

I would trade his manager with Yoo Ah-In's current manager. Yoo Ah-in gets to star in a movie with the incredible Song Kang-Ho. That could've been you oppa...../cry. Before that he was in the movie "Veteran" with the talented Hwang Jung-Min. Then he comes back to dramaland and headline Six Flying Dragons with the amazing Kim Myung-Min. Now that's the kind of sageuk meaty role oppa should go for.

If he stays in Dramaland I would like to see him try some cable shows, like my Beautiful Bride packed with amazing veteran actors.
He has been picking shows where he is mostly the strongest actor in it. I want him to be in a drama with strong veteran actors who would challenge him. Like Han Suk-Gyu, Ryu Seung-Ryong, Kim Myung-Min, Lee Beom-Soo etc.

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Thanks for the insight!!!!! This is amazing how we can discuss a subject and have respect for each other's opinions. LJK has got himself some brainy and well-mannered fans. :)

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@Kiara - so true, oppa would do really well in dramas or movies where he's matched with a stronger senior actor as co-lead - and he has in the past, King & the Clown had none other than Kam Woo-sung!

But as a leading man, the only time he's ever been somewhat evenly matched by a costar in terms of acting prowess and story focus, is with Shin Mina in Arang & the Magistrate. And honestly, I think he was even better for it - despite the imperfections in that drama, it was still the story of both its protagonists, not just one. And it's no coincidence that that drama is the best of his post-military works, in terms of quality.

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@Ice, well that's a tough question. Someone can choose to become a general or a specialized . Usually, action actors do well in action movies, but their acting are mediocre (the actors that I watched, though .. and I don't watch a lot of movies ). On the other hand, LJK is different. He can do well in both action and dramas. His movement is flexible and action scenes looked beautiful by him, because he holds a taekwondo black-belt. His emotional scenes are also done well and touching.

So, I guess he's doing fine all this time, playing various characters, like a vampire or a father. He should continue to play a unique character that he has never dong before. That is in term of expanding his acting ability. If he wants to do more, then he could choose a script based on other factor, like the writer's experience or his acting partners. I really hope that he won't try to become a villain, though. He acts really good, and he'll be very evil. I don't want to hate him *LOL*

In the end, I hope he do what he likes, not just in term of making the fans happy. From what I saw in Happy Camp, he should try to think about what truly makes himself happy.

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@ Luna

Couldn't agree more with what you stated.

I think he would make a fabulous villain, but I don't want him to go there either.
Me, too, the more I read about him, the more I just want him to find ways to make himself happy, not anyone else.

@ Luna, @ Ice

As already stated many times by others, he is not only badass in action, he can also act (not to mention dance, sing and wears his clothes like a dream), hence, wishing for more development in his craft and career.

@ Kiara , @Pogo

Thanks for the insightful commentary on his career choices so far, and the contrast with YAI's. Hope his career trajectory will be better from now.

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Who can forward these comments to LJK? You guys nailed his experiences, expectations, projections, achievements, and goals. He needs to hire us as his managers!!!!!!

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Ladies, I think we can manage LJK. I can put aside my personal desires and be professional. Not really.....

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@pogo
King and the Clown will always be my favorite in all of oppa's work. A masterpiece that I will remember for a very long time, even when I get old and grey I will still want to rewatch it. I love everything about it.

Acting was impressive (Jung Jin-Young, Kam Woo-Sung and oppa). I've been a fan of Kam Woo-sung ever since. Any Jung Jin-Young casting news makes me happy.
Directing was beautifully done by Lee Joon-Ik. He is one of my favorite film directors and that's why I want them work together again. I'm very much looking forward to "The Throne" (Sado) and I won't be surprise if it's going to be another masterpiece.
The story was beautiful and moving ( true friendship and sacrifice always gets me). Loved the beautiful soundtrack. I've been listening to it for years. "Fate" made me a fan of Lee Sun-hee.

This is the kind of quality project that I will remember oppa for and this psycho fan-girl want more of it.

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@Kiara - totally. I think what many of us forget is that back in the day, oppa was as huge as five of the present-gen flower boys stacked together - King &the Clown released while he was in the middle of filming for My Girl?

And still, he blew up. Think what happened to Kim Woo-bin with Heirs/Friend 2.....

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Deep down, I want LJK to be even more successful because I want the whole world to see what an amazing actor he is. When his eyes meet mine, I knew he was the one. That may have been in my delusional head, but whatever he picks for his next project I wish him much success. I will be a fan forever. I have about 20 more years left before I forget my LJK and which kdrama I love....so I will support him until I don't know him anymore and my memory fades.

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That is so true but I do remember every detail because I didn't get to watch it when it came out. A friend recommended it about 5yrs ago and that's when I started following oppa.

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I also wish he'd do another movie with Lee Joon-ik someday..... but yeah, he could fit any genre of movie - sageuk or modern, action/thriller or romance, anything's possible. He has the physical ability as well as the emoting skill to pull it all off.

Another director I'd love him to work with is Choi Dong-hoon, his movies are pretty varied but engaging. Yoo Ah-in picked some great projects over the last couple of years but some of that is really good judgement - Fashion King was a dud, everyone makes mistakes sometimes.

I know some of us might not be fans of the idea, but I would REALLY love to see oppa as a villain. A show-stealing villain can often make a movie, and we wouldn't love him any less at the end for it - hell, look at what we think of Lee Soo-hyuk as Gwi here :)

Plus, think of it as he gets to try something new. Ha Jung-woo, Kang Dong-won and now Yoo Ah-in all seem like they found a kind of personal breakthrough as actors after playing villains....... I think if oppa's ok with the idea of it, he would make a great one. And it would be invaluable experience as an actor.

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@pogo

I know we all love him as our hero but I will love him as a villain too. It reminds me of Tom Cruise turning villain in Collateral. He absolutely owned it. It'll be refreshing to see oppa in a different role.

Choi Dong-Hoon is very good with directing action. Lee Joon-ik is fantastic at directing sageuks. He could do action with Choi and sageuk with Lee.

I know that oppa loves to please his fans but that also could hinter his progression as an actor. Most of us fans want him to do dramas so we can watch him right away. We'd hardly see him if he goes back to doing movies but I think that would really good for him and his career.
I love Yoo Ah-In and I'm a bit jealous at the same time. He's been working with the best in the industry lately. Song Kang-Ho, Hwang Jung-Min, Director Lee? A lot of actors would love to be in his place.

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yeah, I really do appreciate the fanservice and yearly drama choice but oppa should think of himself and his own growth as an actor, too. He took SWWTN because fans kept saying that Sung-yeol looked just like him, and now he's carrying it but at what cost to his own morale?

And that's partly why I want him to do a villain/anti-hero role and do movies, because I think it'd do him good in many ways to not do what he thinks his fans expect and try something new.

Pretty much all the actors I like who've tried villain roles, have always emerged as better actors afterwards for it - from Yoo Yeon-seok (poor guy only played villain roles until Chilbongie lol) to Kang Dong-won in Kundo, and even Su Ae in Yawang/Baek Jin-hee in Empress Ki. Not to mention Lee Joon in Gap-dong! It'd be great to see oppa really let loose and play an antagonist.

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I do think LJG will make a great and impressionable villain! He has the looks for it too.

Playing a villain will certainly gain him extra acting chops, but just imagining the hate he will bring makes me shudder. ?

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@Ice - there's no way he will personally get hate just for taking on a villain role, if anything audiences are more likely to praise him more than ever just like they did the other actors I named.

I think in many ways, a charismatic and well-performed villain role can really do wonders for both an actor's creative spirit as well as public recognition.

But if he does take one, he's likely to terrify the living daylights out of us (I could not watch The Chaser without all my bedroom lights on, Ha Jung-woo was THAT scary).

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LJK can play any character. But I agree with you all, he would make a badass villain.

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Ha Jung-woo is in his own league and he will be around for a very long time since he is only 37.

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lol yeah, the King & the Clown wasn't just one of the highest grossing Korean films of all time, it was THE #1 highest grossing Korean film of all time by the time it ended its box office run.

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His movie "Virgin Snow" also set a record in Japan. First time a Korean movie did well there. He's very marketable and loved in Japan and China.

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This isn't a diss against Lee Seung Gi btw, I think he's decent as an actor, but to try to say that he is more successful in movies than Jun Ki is just......lol.

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I'm sorry for LSG ...he just dumped by Yoona.... Yoona is too pretty for him ... Sorry this is my personal opinion ... No offense LSG Fans

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why LSG and Yoona names come out of nowhere...??both them have no connection to this drama at all @[email protected]
if you want to fan girl over LJK, please do so peacefully without mentioning others' name. Im not a fan of LSG and Yoona, but it seems nonsense to even put their name here, yaya.

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@sera, it's because of Klare's comment (at no. 6) comparing LJK and LSG. Agree with you that others' names should not be mentioned.

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Sorry Gals ... no offense to anybody ...just my personal opinion ... Yes no mentioned any names ...... somebody try to compare LSG & LJK ... I think it's unfair ....

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Thank you pigsnout. I'm too lazy to break down his career and ratings for all his movies and dramas. You have good memories:).

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@Kiara I thought you were his #1 fan, lol. Pigsnout got us beat.

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Ikr? I think pigsnout and pogo beat us all when it comes to oppa.

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awww I'm touched to be mentioned :) but yeah, it is nice to be able to throw cold hard box office numbers at anyone trying to claim oppa isn't successful. Wish I'd been around to do that too.

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lol you two are still his #1 fans, I just thought that it was more fair to compare with actual statistics including his pre military dramas/movies (since LSG has not gone to the army yet).

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@pigsnout @Kiara @pogo We are all his #1 fans. When this drama is over, I'm going to have you to thank for an education on kdramaland. And let's continue to support our oppa LJK! :)

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I will add more iljimae was a hit in that year, all the dramas were successful, without hero, this one has lower ratings but loved by many fans.
I am Not Going to defend LJK over LSG but honestly LJK is multi talented actor. even the plot is a rubbish he has ability to attract the audience.

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LSG is to far to compare for JG

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Low rating doesn't mean bad acting...in this case - the script for ep 15 and 16 had everyone running around in circles.

This is my first LJK drama - I find him mesmerising and intense....and a little too pretty. If not for him, I would have given up on this drama. Can't imagine anyone playing the role of the night scholar!

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He nailed it, the character were made just for him.

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