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Tuxes and thumbs-up for Youths Over Flowers in Iceland

Could this cast be any more adorable? The four actors starring in the latest installment of the Youths Over Flowers variety franchise are looking rather dapper at their press conference, held on December 29 at Seoul’s Imperial Palace Hotel, and appear to be having a blast together. I can’t wait to see it in action.

The four are, from the top of the pile downward: Jung Woo, the group’s mood-maker and leader in fan votes for the franchise’s all-time best character; Kang Haneul, the group’s lively maknae; Jung Sang-hoon, the eldest hyung with both a kindly side and a strict one; and Jo Jung-seok, described as the best driver, the brain, and a good English speaker (or, perhaps more accurately, most able to use his phone translator function).

I’m not entirely sure why they decided to show up in tuxes, but I won’t complain about the snazzy results. It’s not the first time Na PD’s cast has opted for formalwear at their press conference, but maybe it also has something to do with Kang Haneul being whisked away by the show literally still wearing his formal tux from the Blue Dragon Awards. In any case, I approve.

The cast was asked to pick who they thought the best character among them was, and both Jung Sang-hoon and Jo Jung-seok indicated Jung Woo, whose reckless use of English and Korean somehow still managed to get results. Jung Sang-hoon marveled at his indiscriminate usage of Korean, and how the language barrier never set Jung Woo back: “He’s the only actor who would go to a foreign country and be able to communicate using Korean. He would just throw out Korean, and strangely, it would be understood.”

He added, “Jung Woo doesn’t speak English well so he only used easy words. He used the kind of words anybody might use when in a foreign country, and with body language, it seems like a lot of the nuance got across.”

Na PD compared Jung Woo to a mix of Lee Soon-jae and Baek Il-sub from the Grandpas Over Flowers travels: He would barrel on straight (like Lee Soon-jae), but also got stubborn about things (like Baek Il-sub). I can absolutely see both of those traits in him and I find the mix super endearing. Or really, I just find all of Jung Woo super endearing.

Na PD explained how he’d first met Jo Jung-seok over a casual meal and thought he had a pleasantly everyday vibe about him, “like a neighbor dongsaeng.” He described Jo as having an innocent and indecisive side, and compared him to 1N2D’s Lee Su-geun… by saying that in the early days of 1N2D before Su-geun had found his footing, he was just the cast member who drove well, and Jo Jung-seok is also a good driver. HA. He did add, “Jo Jung-seok is quiet, but entertaining.”

Jo Jung-seok (who is holding his travel guide upside-down): “The phrase I said most often was ‘I’m okay with anything,’ and the most frequent question he got was ‘Jung-seok-ah, say so honestly.'”

If you guessed that Na PD chose to go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, or because it was cold (and thus entertaining to make the cast suffer), you’d be wrong: He picked it because it was cheap. (Such a Na PD bit of logic!) Apparently he’d wanted to travel to Northern Europe, but found it was too expensive… except for in the off-season in freezing Iceland when the prices were cheaper. He didn’t think he could take the elderly cast members for Grandpas Over Flowers, but figured the younger thirtysomethings of Youths could handle it better.

I love Kang Haneul’s recounting of how he came to join the cast relatively late, and how he’d been a Na PD fan and had seen his shows before. Hence: “I did have suspicions, thinking, ‘He wouldn’t just take us away without us knowing, would he?’ But the day before the Blue Dragon Awards, my management company told me I was being sent overseas for a photo shoot, and I got my expectations up. I even bought luggage and did all my laundry.”

“The day of the Blue Dragon Awards came, and my agency called me in to do an interview. They told me to make odd comments in the interview, things like, ‘Two is better than being alone, and three is better than two’ and ‘Isn’t it very cold?’ So I thought the interview was going to be outdoors, but suddenly Na Young-seok PD handed me a letter.”

The letter basically gave him the choice to leave now, or back out. That was at 11 o’clock, the plane left at 1:30, and he had to depart immediately, unable to take anything but his parka and the toiletries he bought at the airport convenience store. Which explains why he brought two tux jackets to the press conference, swapping them jokingly once there, since he literally flew to Iceland still dressed in his fancy duds.

Meanwhile, that load of laundry he’d thoughtfully washed before heading to the Blue Dragons sat at home, and he didn’t realize until his last day in Iceland that he’d meant to hang the clothing out when he got home from the ceremony. The load ended up “in dire condition,” and even after washing everything multiple times, he wasn’t quite able to get it to stop smelling. Why is it that even when you think you’ve got Na PD outsmarted, he still wins? That should be the motto of the show: Na PD always wins.

Youths Over Flowers in Iceland premieres on Friday, January 1, on tvN.





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LOL Jung Woo is really similar to Trash Oppa in real life. So excited for this to air >.<

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woohooo just booked my roundtrip ticket to iceland next year <3 Cant wait for this show.

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You will love it!!! Don't forget to visit the hot dog stand!!! Join tour so u don't have to worried about driving ;) enjoy, I can't wait to go back again

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"Meanwhile, that load of laundry he’d thoughtfully washed before heading to the Blue Dragons sat at home, and he didn’t realize until his last day in Iceland that he’d meant to hang the clothing out when he got home from the ceremony. "

Awww... Boy is doing his own laundry... on an award ceremony day too...

Can't wait to watch this show. Hope a kind soul would translate it !

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How can we read the same thing and come to completely different conclusions?

I was like "Oh please, NO" *groan* because my brother just did the exact same thing. The smell...

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I was thinking "Couldn't he call up his mom?" but then I imagine he either a) had no chance to make international phonecalls from Iceland or b) it just completely slipped his mind because the Iceland trip was such a riot.

Na PD should gift him some clothes as an apology. But joke-clothes (like T-shirts with the most random slogans or the most atrociously coloured ahjumma pants).

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Only Na PD can bring out the best from people. I bet four of them will more loved by people. I know their works before, but I think this show will put a lot of cherries in my cake's top. Can't wait for the broadcast!!

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The laundry story is funny..poor guy

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Definitely cant wait to watch this!!!!

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can't wait for this shoooooow!!!

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Such a great idea, Alua !

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Na PD is like an auto-buy author for me. Any show with his name on it is an automatic to-watch show regardless of what it is. There has never been a show of his that disappointed me yet. Cant wait to watch this !!!!

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Aww, I've done the laundry think and man does it never stop smelling (it was an accident i swear!). The cast looks so adorable that I really want to watch this show but I don't know if any subbing teams are willing to sub it. I'm still waiting for Three Meals a day: fishing village (anyone know where the subs might be available?)

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Its being shown in Channel M currently.

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“He’s the only actor who would go to a foreign country and be able to communicate using Korean. He would just throw out Korean, and strangely, it would be understood.”

HAHAHAHHAHAHA. Oh gosh. I can't wait for this show. Jung-woo and Jung-seok, I have always loved so I'm looking forward to seeing Sang-hoon and Haneul and make me love them too. Ahh, Na PD should win all the awards. The guy is genius.

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"he picked it because it was cheap" lol, as a person actually living in Iceland I find this baffling. This country isn't cheep at all. Though maybe it is to some foreigners XD.

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I think it meant the airfare. They had so many staff to go so they'd go for cheapest possible flight tickets.

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And also rooms. Rooms can be half off during off season, when it's freezing.

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"Apparently he’d wanted to travel to Northern Europe, but found it was too expensive… except for in the off-season in freezing Iceland when the prices were cheaper."

Cheaper than usual.

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I think he meant since it's off season. Everything from airfare to hotels are cheaper during the off season for most travel destinations. Winter is definitely off season in Iceland - I went during the winter because the airfare and hotel were cheaper. It's nice to see a place I've visited - brings back memories!

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LOL and groan cos it happened to me once too.. just thinking if Kang Haneul can claim a whole new wardrobe from the production. But it's Na PD so i doubt it..

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Couldn't he call his manager or his mom or someone to take the laundry out? Or even email his manager if he couldn't call? FB message? I mean there are so many ways to contact people these days. I'm sure he must have called because on the show he remembers it while he is flying on his way to Iceland. Maybe he forgot once he got off the plane and didn't think about it until after he go home.

I do think it's cute that he is thinking about his laundry. Such a living alone thing to do~

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Jo Jung Seok is the "brain"... who is holding that guidebook upside down. :-]

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bwahahaha “He’s the only actor who would go to a foreign country and be able to communicate using Korean. ”

I JUST CAN'T WAIT xDDDD

Jung Woo is basically trash oppa 2.0

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I'm thankful for these guys coming along for some healing as I'm heart-broken over Song Il Gook's triplets leaving Superman Returns. :'(

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i'm sad about the triplets leaving too... they're no longer quite the babies they were when they started out on the show, but they are SO cute and they're just finally starting to master speech. can you imagine all the funny and hilarious things they're gonna say and do that we're gonna miss out on?! TT.TT

but i love them so much that i do think that it's right for them to go, if that's what their family wants. the fact that they're beginning to talk so fluently means that sooner or later they're going to realize what those cameras are there for. i expected them to leave in 2016, but i did think they might stay through spring or summer—maybe up till fall?

my dream combo would be an episode where yoon hoo (from dad where are we going) and the triplets come together for a play date. i can't imagine how sweet that would be. too bad they're on two different networks...

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So glad someone here loves the triplets as well.
Their father said they're leaving the show for him to return to his acting career. I can understand how impossible it'd be to film Jang Young Sil and SMR at the same time. I'll miss these kids dearly and will be re-watching them on KBS World's The Triplets' House forever. Hope to see them again in other shows in the future, for I can't imagine them not being in showbiz in some capacity.
I like Daebak too. He's so good natured.

Sorry for being off topic, but this is a quiet thread and won't bother too many ppl.

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ohmygod.... you would never know the painest of pain I feel since I learned about their departure. I even stop rewatching their videos for a while because just seeing them makes me remember the day I won't be able to see them again and it's just difficult.

I also thought they would leave the show maybe like mid of next year. Even though the news of them leaving appeared several times, still, the reality hit me and I felt.. unprepared. I kept asking... can you stock like 100 more episodes?

What I know is that the certainty of watching Jang Young Shil rose to 1000000% because of the triplets' cameo.

Still, I feel fortunate that we were given glimpses of the ever responsible and caring Daehan, the almighty cute Tyrano, and the ever free-spirited, lady-killer Manse.
Because of you guys, dinosaurs will never be just extinct animals.

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"the painest of pain"...
You and me both, tien.
I believe that Minguk might debut as a singer someday; he's such a natural. Appa has said that he won't stop them from entering showbiz.
You know what? I've been kicking myself for Not ordering their calendar last year!!!!!!

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Will definately watch !!

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I'm SUPER excited to watch this!!

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Can Na PD get away with murder? How does he still get away with his shenanigans?

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Gosh, they look so cute trying to look daper and all. And that laundry's story. LOL. I feel 'ya, boy.

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i just cant how Jung Woo is able to communicate to foreigners only using korean lawllllll ?? i just cant waitt

watched the previous seasons but didnt finish them since life got in the way but definitely looking for this one!! I MEAN JUST LOOK AT THOSE ADORABLE AHJUSSIS

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thank god! something to help me get by without Reply 1988 this week.

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Yoo Yeon Seok still outsmarted him in youths over flowers with hotel paying.

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Na PD wasn't with them on that trip. I bet he would have noticed if he were.

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Does anyone know where I can find this press interview? I'd love to watch that too!

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jo jung suk sarange....

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Poor boy... traveling to Iceland in his pretty tuxedo and dress shoes. How could he survive the snow and ice in his dress shoes!? Hopefully he was able to buy himself a cheap pair of sneakers or something.

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