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Kim Kang-woo up to join SBS’s Goodbye Mr. Black

Ah, I do like the direction the casting is taking with Goodbye Mr. Black, SBS’s upcoming revenge drama that’s adapted from a The Count of Monte Cristo–inspired manhwa. First we had Lee Jin-wook (The Time I’ve Loved You) and Moon Chae-won (Good Doctor), then Song Jae-rim (Unkind Women), and now the drama is looking to add Kim Kang-woo (Missing Noir M). All in all, quite a solid lineup.

If he takes the role, Kim Kang-woo would play the CEO of a resort that’s part of a chaebol enterprise. When the last chairman came to an untimely end in an accident, Kim Kang-woo went to Thailand to continue the chairman’s work in petroleum development, made a crap-ton of money in the process, got involved in mergers and acquisitions, and secured his place in the financial world as a newly minted chaebol. All that money’s gotta make him an evil guy, right? That’s generally the tenor in dramaland these days, isn’t it? Money-grubbing chaebols are the devil?

That’s speculation, though, since it’s not explained whether the character is (to paint things in black and white) good or bad; the description merely tells us he is one of the main characters. I think there’s a good chance he’s playing an antagonist, since we know that the hero (Lee Jin-wook) is betrayed by his best friend, and I’d be surprised if Kim were cast for anything smaller than the primary villain role.

Which would be the perfect choice, really, since Kim’s an actor who seems to enjoy throwing himself into the evil roles (Story of a Man, The King’s Advisor). Honestly, even when he’s playing the good guy I’m sometimes a little nervous he might take a dark turn. He could go toe to toe with Lee Jin-wook and maybe even win sometimes (which would be a feat, since I feel like Lee Jin-wook loses to nobody these days—isn’t it amazing how suddenly he turned into an actor with all that gravitas and force, with a side of infuriating charm to make him simultaneously extra-frustrating and extra-hot?).

As for the rest of the cast, Moon Chae-won will play the heroine, a bright young woman who fake-marries the hero so he can reinvent himself with a new name. She’s a helper in his revenge mission but also ends up being a primary force in his healing as they fall in love. Song Jae-rim plays a brainy publisher and news editor who believes in the power of media as more powerful than the word of law.

Goodbye Mr. Black will follow Village: Secret of Achiara as an SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama.

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If they'll just get rid of Song Jae-Rim, it would be even more perfect.

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LOL

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omg haha

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:'(

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mary, dont be sad :)

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at least even with Song JAe Rim, it is still perfect, right...

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Ahhh, I'm not a fan of Lee Jin-wook but I just might watch this for MCW and Kim Kang-woo, and for the fact(?) that it's supposed to be a modern day adaptation of the Count of Monte Cristo.

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Really not a big fan of Lee Jin won but I better get used to him. Don't think he'll step out of the project out of nowhere. But Song jae-rim and King

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Really not a big fan of Lee Jin won but I better get used to him. It's not like he's going to step out of the project out of nowhere. At least Song jae-rim and Kim kang-woo are good and hot enough to make me forget him, even if I'm going to watch this because of Moon Chae Won!!!

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Sorry abt my previous messages :/ Really not a big fan of Lee Jin won but I better get used to him. It's not like he's going to step out of the project out of nowhere. At least Song jae-rim and Kim kang-woo are good and hot enough to make me forget him, even if I'm going to watch this because of Moon Chae Won!!!

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So true what you said about Lee Jin Wook, JB! I barely even noticed him in Spy Myung-Wol but in Nine he was just an explosion of awesomeness.
Cannot wait for this. Please be good, drama!

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totally IN for Moon Chae Won!!!
not so fond of Lee Jin Wook...

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Probably just me, but I'd take Kim Kang Woo as lead over Lee Jin Wook. I feel he will be better choice to play an intense, revenge-driven man.
And playing against type should be easy for experienced actors like them right?

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+1
LJW is a good actor, but I think KKW is much better actor and much more charismatic than LJW (for me)... Just hope KKW has an important role here.
If he plays the main villain then I hope his role will be really well written, like Chae Do-woo in Story of a man.

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LJW is good enough to play a revengeful character. An intelligent villain can be more challenging, for which KKW is the perfect guy.

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+1
Please drama be good to us !!

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Kim Kang Woo is more versatile with his acting then Lee Jin Wook. And this is coming from someone who has seen most of Lee Jin Wook's dramas and I can't say I am a fan of his. I don't mind him but I'd prefer someone else opposite Moon Chae Won.

Sorry Lee Jin Wook fans... :-/ He hasn't won me over yet...

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I'm not a fan of any of the actors....otokke?
I love Moon Chae Won to death but I will have to skip this :(
Song Jae-Rim and Lee Jin Wook are overrated.

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WHAAAT. Excuse me but KIM KANG-WOO deserves his own drama. Listen Goodbye Mr. Back, you better very well written, can't settle with less.

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Kim Kang Woo! He would be bring it as a villain. I didn't even venture into the show that should not be named, so I don't share the skepticism on Lee Jin Wook's acting. He was great in Nine.

So excited for Chae Won's comeback. I miss her terribly in dramas. It's been almost two years already, and she finally decides on a script. Please, please be awesome.

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^This! Let it be good!

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I was so excited about Goodbye Mr. Black since I'm fan of the original novel and movie. But when they announce Lee Jin Wook as the lead, don't know why I felt so disappointed. Then, they add Song Jae Rim who was just so-so in Unkind Woman, makes it worst. While so many choice actors in their mid 30s, they choose him. Lee Jin Wook's actings always makes me sleepy. Why not Kim Kang Woo as Mr.Black instead?

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Excellent casting(by talent AND look ).In the worst case scenario I'll turn off the sound and enjoy this show

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Wow, this show keeps sounding better and better. I'm quite taken aback by all the negative comments, I must have seen LJW and SJR in very different performances because I think they're both great.

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i find that whole casts are perfect in talent and look-wise. Moon Chae Won as always will show her great acting. I like lee jin wook in Nine and he was awesome in it. But suddenly kim kang woo turn up and i feel a bit worried if KKW would stole LJW thunder in Good Bye Mr. Black. I knew it already KKW has acting chop and used to be lead male. However, KKW got a lot of evil flare so much from him so he should be good in antagonist role. LJW on the other hand has that kind of his acting style but that is what make him unique. Based on the writer, i feel really nervous. I hope she didnt written a script like missing you because it was so much melodrama, disturbing and heartwrenching. I do hope she pull off something like Can you hear my heart+stairway to heaven in this drama. Thus, it would be sometimes heartwarming, melodrama but addicting.

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Don't know why the hate for LJW. Granted I've only seen him in Nine which I thought he was brilliant in. All I know is LJW is the most attractive Korean actor I know so I will take him in anything.

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OH. MY. GOD. This cast!!! It is so perfect. Can this come out yesterday???

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Woaahhhh!!! this drama seems to gather all of my favorite actors :) I am not worried about a little but writing worries me :( . I agree Kim Kang Woo can act the lead very well but he will be really great as bad guy too. Strong villain makes a strong hero, so I have no complaints :)

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--- REAL TALK, IGNORING RIM COMMENTS ---

I agree Kim Kang Woo can act the lead very well but he will be really great as bad guy too. Strong villain makes a strong hero, so I have no complaints

+11111 I don't get why people want Kim Kang Woo to be lead in this case, just because LJW "isn't good enough". This isn't a rom-com. :/

Evil roles are harder to do. Conflicted characters that you don't know whether to hug and cure with cookies or just run over with a Truck of Doom? They add an extra layer of awesome to dramas.

See: I Hear Your Voice, Liar Game, Badjusshi in City Hunter... even Kim Kang Woo's role in Story of A Man/Slingshot.

If I had a good actor and a great actor, I'd put my good actor in the nice guy role, which is easy to make sympathetic. Then I'd put the great actor in the bad guy role, where he can emote his ass off and evoke sympathy and f*ck with my audience's minds and make them question their morality... I guess I'm a bit twisted that way. But I love it when dramas do that.

-- END REAL TALK --

All you Song Jae Rim haters, I'll reserve a room for you in Hanshin Hospital's VVVVIP floor. T_____T

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Heehee where they will be cared for only by the nurse who can't do anything right.

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You tell em' girl!!! Song Jae Rim for the win!

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hahahaha the funny thing is, SJR is not even a male lead but the criticism he got is exaggerated. pity him.

I just want Kim Kang Woo to play a bad guy. Similar to Shin Sung Rok, i prefer both this play bad guys :D

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That VVVVIP floor really cracked me up. Good criticism though.

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i already in when they cast lee jin wook, kim kang woo addition just make it more promising . i like lee jin wook first in nine the the three musketeers then i watch many of his drama n like it now he's one of my favorite actor, spy myung wol is his only drama that i can't finish, that was bad drama for me

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Oooh it would be great to see Kim Kang Woo in this drama. The only time I've seen him act was in Missing Noir M and I liked it. There were times when I wasn't sure if he was a good guy or if he was going to turn bad. I could definitely see him playing the antagonist this time.

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I still have a crush on Kim Kang-woo as the villain in Story of a Man. That show was all about him.

...Buuut I'm not sure how I feel about the writer for this one. Missing You is my least favorite drama ever. In fact, it was so comically awful , it ruined my experience of kdramas. Well I haven't watched any of her other dramas but I saw that Thundie gave Can you Hear My Heart a 10.

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Can You Hear My Heart definitely deserves a 10. :)

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Thank you! I will check it out. :)

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This just ramped all the way up to 11 on a scale of 1 to 10 MUST WATCH TV for me!!! I'll watch basically anything with Moon Chae Won or Kim Kang Woo in it. You just put them in the same drama WITH the increasingly enjoyable to watch Lee Jin Wook plus Song Jae Rim?! My brain is going to explode from the awesome! I can't wait!

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Aigoo ... Too much complaints. My head hurts.

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I love moon chae won and really like Kim kang woo but the other two?im really skeptical of how well they'll deliver their roles..song jae rim is not a good actor at all and Lee Jin wook is soo meh, but I suppose since his character is supposed to be noble and naive like the lead character from monte Cristo they chose him since he fits that image..I'm just not confident he'll be able to properly display the character's complexities well when he turns to vengance later on..and not really feeling him with moon chae won to be honest..I can come up with ten actors on top of my head who would be a better choice..LOL he must've begged the PD's to cast him in this to make up for the train wreck that was his last drama.

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That's really mean thing to say that LJW begged for the role.

He's not the best actor but he has improved a lot the past few years. And he did the vengence thing just fine on Nine.

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Unfortunately, you don't have any right to choose an actor u want.. :)

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Such a stupid - silly of you for saying LJW begged for this role. I'm not even his fan but reading so many hate about him is just annoying. You must be sad because not your fave oppa casted in this drama, along with MCW who everyone worships here. Who do you want ? JIS , SJS, HB, KNG , who else ? It's not like your fave actor deserve anything good while others not. Why you don't make your own drama with all the casts you want ?

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this remind me of Story of A man...
kkw as evil-chaebol, lead male character taking revenge, cheerful female char, etc...

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all those looking-down-comments for ljw, I just hope you guys wont eat your own words later...

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When I watched the headine, I was like "Kim Kang Woo? I've heard that name somewhere." Then JB pointed out that he was in Missing Noir M and it refreshed my memory on how I loved that drama so so so much I prayed for a season 2, and now I think I'm hooked to this drama because of him. I have nothing against LJW and MCW, Ilike them okay but KKW, I've watched only one drama of his and I'm officially rooting for him now. Good or evil characters, I'm just gonna root for him. Because he doesn't need a co-actor to have a chemistry have, he naturally has the chemistry with the screen. Lol. I sound like a fangirl, do I?

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Girrrrrrrrrrrrrrl you should watch Slingshot/Story of a Man.

:)))))))))))

Or, you shouldn't. You might fall in love with him more.

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I think he's a TERRIFIC actor but have not been able to watch his recent works, er dramas.

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So from what I've read, Kim Kang Woo will be Fernando Mondego and Song Jae Rim prosecutor Villefort?? This drama just sounds better and better...:)

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PSSSH!!! I PREFER HIM OVER LEE JIN WOOK!

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Ouch--it hurts to see so little support for LJW :/ I, too, was very disappointed with his last drama and only finished it because I love both main actors. However, I've seen his other work and he is pretty good, so I am looking forward to this drama. The failure of TTWWNIL cannot be put entirely on him and the rest of the cast. LJW, fighting!!

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It's okay, every actor has their supporters and doubters, no matter how many. I, for one, have been a LJW fan for a while now, and yes, his last drama sucked, but what actor hasn't had a drama that sucked terribly? I'm a Joo Won fan, but will never finish Level 7. I love Hyun Bin, but Hyde was a snorefest. No actor can be solid in solid dramas all the time!

And the failure of TTWWNIL was the fault of the writers. I truly believe that.

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+1000

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Kim Kang-Woo :)
Now I'll definitely have to check out Goodbye Mr. Black.

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I agree that that KKW has the acting chops to play both the lead(compared to LJW) and the villain but I think he'd be more fabulous if he plays the villain role.
Now..with LJW: Ugh! Where are all this hates coming from? I have to agree with one of the comments stating that maybe these haters are "some" MCW's fans who can't accept the fact that it's not their favorite oppa who'll play the main lead. Don't get me wrong, I love MCW, but sometimes her fans are too much. If MCW is such a great actress just like what her fans claim, she'll do great in this one no matter who her partner is.

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Please do not make your own assumption that all this negativity came from us, MCW's fans and pointing finger on the fandom. From what I see, we, MCW's fans aren't reacted in such negative way although there are one or two who expressed their dissapointment earlier on but in polite way and have moved on from that. Most of the people who complains on this blog are kdrama fans, just like you who probably happened to like her and just expressed their opinions that annoyed others.. but I wouldn't call them her fans and attack the fandom.

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I'd like to apologize if I offend you by the statement I made above, BUT what I said is not an assumption, it's a FACT. Most of the negative comments I've seen so far were uttered by fans of the said actress, and YES, I happened to know some of them. And I didn't say ALL of the MOONLIGHTS - this is how you call yourselves right?, I even quoted "SOME". This will be my last comment for this issue. If you're not one of them, you don't have to be guilty at all. I get the criticism but not the bashing. Hope you know the difference of the two.

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I'm also apologized to you if my comment annoyed you.

But, can I ask this?

"Most of the negative comments I’ve seen so far were uttered by fans of the said actress, and YES, I happened to know some of them. And I didn’t say ALL of the MOONLIGHTS – this is how you call yourselves right?, I even quoted “SOME”. "

Where did you see that most of the comments came from moonlights? here? or anywhere else? could you please point it out? and you said that you know some of them, ok. But 'some' isn't equal to 'most negative comments'.. isn't? since there are tons of replies in blogs, twitter etc for the casting news and if most are from moonlights, then I wouldn't called it 'some'. And in my previous comment, I was referring to the people commenting here. And as you said that it is a fact, then can you point out who are those that are moonlights? real moonlights who sre following her and stan here instead of just a kdrama watchers who might happened to like her? I am asking since I am very familiar with the fandom and didn't see the bashing coming from the fandom (but of course, I wouldn't speak up about a few people who wrote in their personal SNS)

And no, of course I don't feel guilty since I never utter a single bad thing about the casting. However, I just feel the need to clarify with you about. moonlights being the major people who did the bashing because like I said, I didn't see it like the way you wrote.

And of course, I know the difference between bashing and criticism and again, I see no bashing from Moonlights in general that make it that most negativity came from our fandom.

It seems like you are just jumped into a conclusion and stereotypyed all the fans based on what a few people wrote.

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Nah... The only reason to watch this drama is Kim kang woo, I really admire him in Missing Noir 1, (and I'll definitely watch him in Missing Noir season 2 hehe..). he has brave and wild glare as villain, he can play both protagonist or antagonist role,.. It's great to have him in this drama,..

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Both Lee Jin Wook and Kim Kang Woo have shown their best performance in Nine and Missing Noir M respectively. Moon chae won and Song Jae Rim are not bad either... overall I like the line up. It depends on the writer too, can he/she bring their best to the drama? Please don't dissappoit us.

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Thanks JB for appreciating the charm on lee jin wook. Can the non fans of lee jin wook stop dropping comments here about not liking him? Are u guys going to do this for every post about Mr Black and being sour grapes since he got to act along moon chae won? If u dont like him in this role then just skip this post and this drama. There are many dramas to watch, you dont have to be recirculating your hate here.

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Totally agree with you! Especially those who don't even watch NINE or TTWWNIL, what makes you to drop hates and mean comments on him? Please be considerate. You have your favorite and I am sure you do not want your favorite to be insulted by others, so are we. Lee Jin Uk is a excellent actor and he won the Drama Star(Male) Awards at 'Mnet 20's Choice Awards 2013' for his performance in NINE. Most of the people who watched NINE should know how good his acting is. I love him because of NINE. All those who support Lee Jin Uk, let's continue to support him and wish this time the script can be done better and bring out the best of the cast!

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For those who never watch NINE or TTWWNIL (entire show), what makes you to drop hates and mean comments on Lee Jin Uk? Please be considerate. You have your favorite and I am sure you do not want your favorite to be insulted by others, so are we, the supporters of LJU.

Lee Jin Uk is a excellent actor and he won the Drama Star(Male) Awards at ‘Mnet 20’s Choice Awards 2013’ for his performance in NINE. Most of the people who watched NINE should know how good his acting is. I love him because of NINE. He always did good job in The Three Musketeers and TTWWNIL (even the script is not good)

All those who support Lee Jin Uk, let’s continue to support him and wish this time the script can be done better and bring out the best of the cast!

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Ah great news, I really wanted to see Kim Kang Woo in something again!

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I will watch this becoz of Lee,Jin Wook!
He is alwaysy nbr 1 idol!
The way he acts and read the dialogue are really unique,love him much , he is a great actor, he deserved as male lead in GMB!

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I love Lee Jin Wook the best among all of the K actors, his acting is really impressive especially for the sad scenes, awesome!!!
Good job, LJW! Gbu!from ur fan in Phils.

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LEE JIN WOOK !!!LOVE YOU ,OPPPPAAAAAAA......^_-

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I will watch for LJW!Love him in every way ;-)

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I will love these both leads LJW-MCW,,,FULLY SUPPORT AND FIGHTING!AZA!AZA!

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So glad to know LJW-MCW are the leads for this drama ,they both are perfect and great! fully support and cannot wait its premiere :-) Wush you all the best! fighting!

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Hoorrayyyy!!!+10000:-D

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Love LJW & MCW, also SJR ,KKW, Love all the casts of this drama, fully anticipate this one, fighting!!!!

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I hv been waiting for GOODBYE MR.BLACK !

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