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News bites: February 6, 2016


Lee Jun-hyuk, Yoon Seung-ah

  • Lee Jun-hyuk (Bluebird’s House) and Yoon Seung-ah (I Need Romance 3) are confirmed as the leads for the short drama Birth of a Mrs. The drama is garnering interest from those prepping for marriage, as it aims to blow the lid off of what wedding planning is really like. Lee is the MD of a clothing company, while Yoon is a contract employee at an animation center with aspirations of becoming an animator. Based on an eponymous webtoon, the show will be helmed by Lee Jung-hoon (Wonderful Mama), consist of ten episodes of ten minutes each, and air on SBS Plus. [Joongang]
  • Director Park Chan-wook will helm the film adaptation of Genocidal Organ, an award-winning Japanese sci-fi novel from Project Itoh. The story is set in the future in a time when Sarajevo is completely wiped out due to a nuclear explosion and genocide is rampant, and the movie will bring the search for an American in possession of the titular genocidal organ to the screen. It sounds dark, gritty, and right up Park’s alley. [Star News]

  • Lee Mi-sook, Shin Sung-rok

  • Lee Mi-sook (Rosy Lovers) has been cast as the ex-sister-in-law of the male lead (Jo Jung-seok is being courted) in Jealousy Incarnate. Lee’s character is a former hotshot journalist who gets no respect among announcers and who finds that men don’t take her seriously in the newsroom. She gets bounced around between departments and ultimately gets assigned to the weather team. Jo and Gong Hyo-jin aren’t confirmed yet, but if they take the roles (please!), Lee will play a mentor to Gong’s weathercaster. From the writer of Miss Korea and Pasta and the director of What’s With This Family, the Monday-Tuesday drama will air on KBS in July. [Sports Chosun]
  • They just keep adding more must-watch actors to this film: Shin Sung-rok (King’s Face) joins The Prison, which stars Kim Rae-won (Punch) as a prosecutor who lands himself behind bars in an attempt to connect with jailed kingpin Han Seok-kyu. The contract details haven’t been finalized yet, but Shin is close to signing on to play a petty criminal in the same penitentiary. A loner at the correctional facility, Shin will distance himself from Han and his network. The Prison begins filming this month for a release before the end of the year. [Star News]

  • Ryu Seung-beom, Chansung

  • Ryu Seung-beom (Intimate Enemies) may be coming back in the upcoming project from director Kim Ki-duk, The Net. If he accepts, Ryu would play a North Korean fisherman in the film about North-South relations, and The Net hopes for a release before the end of the year. [Joongang]
  • JTBC’s new Fri-Sat drama, Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki, has added Chansung (of 2PM) as the younger brother of the male lead (Yoon Sang-hyun). A lively and vivacious unemployed little brother, he’ll catch people off-guard with occasional moments of gravity. The show that pits a timid Yoon against a hot-tempered Lee Yo-won (and that has added Answer Me 1988 alums Kim Sun-young and Yoo Jae-myung) will air after the conclusion of Madam Antoine in March. [Star News]

  • Kim Dong-joon, Henry

  • Allegations are swirling that KBS’s upcoming show, Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho, was plagiarized from a script that took top prize at a 2015 SBS scriptwriting contest. The prizewinning script was for a show called Thousand-Won Lawyer, and its writer, Choi Soo-jin, has accused Neighborhood Lawyer writer Lee Hyang-hee of poaching from her work. While the KBS show is based on a webtoon by Hatchling, Choi isn’t accusing the webtoon creator of stealing — she’s asking Lee, who adapted the webtoon for the small screen, to explain the similarities in sentence structure and plotlines. The story is still developing, but in the meantime, Kim Dong-joon (of ZE:A) has joined the show as the son of a man who’s wrongfully imprisoned (that sounds familiar), and he’ll seek the help of Jo (Park Shin-yang) to free his father. He’s a rough-around-the-edges hoodlum, but in front of Jo, he’ll turn into a docile lamb. Barring legal complications, the show should air in March on KBS on Mondays and Tuesdays. [Osen, No Cut News]
  • Aww, this casting sounds perfect: Henry (of SuJu, Oh My Venus) has joined the Chinese version of Noonas Over Flowers as the luggage boy. The cast will embark on a trip to Peru in mid-February, and the second season will air on March 5 on East TV. [TV Report]

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Lee Mi-suk and Gong Hyo-jin together in one show? My cardiologist does not approve ...

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Eh, since when did we listen to cardiologists anyway? XD

(No offense to actual cardiologist beanies)

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+1000!

But Lee Mi-suk, Gong Hyo-jin and the writer of Miss Korea? I can already sense the awesomeness and non-doormatness(essess lol). Now to hope that the male lead isn't as jerky.

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Awwww Henry as the luggage boy for noona over flowers - Chinese version?! That's sounds like a lot of fun! Who are the actresses which are cast for the show?

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I want him for the Korean version, too.

Ma'am...Ma'am...Ma'am!! LOL

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not sure about the rest T.T but Lin Chi Ling is one of them!

hahaha and again Peru :D my country is kinda popular on this franchise

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Super excited if Gong Hyo jin - Jo Jung seok really signs up for the drama!! Please drama god!

Hello Lee Jun hyuk, long time no see!

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just as I was wondering when we'd see Shin Sung-rok in something again....but of course it's a movie, which we won't get to see for ages, if at all.

I wish he'd book a drama lead already, I loved his chemistry with Jung Eun-ji in Trot Lovers and he'd make a killer romantic lead (metaphorically. not YFAS-style!)

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Shin Sung-rok is having opportunities of a lifetime in Chungmuro. He is in Director Kim Ji-woon's film with Song Kang Ho. REPEAT Kim Ji-woon and Song Kang Ho.

He is now added to Prison with Han Suk-Kyu and Kim Rae Won? That's awesome!

pogo, I know you miss him in dramas but he seems to be working with some of the best in Chungmuro.
I also think he is doing musicals in between.

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I know he's ultimately better off making a name for himself in Chungmuro, since dramas tend to have a high risk of screwing the pooch. But I still miss him anyway, even if losing him to Chungmuro >>>>>>>>>> losing him to the military for two years (he's an '82er so he's done with that already)

and I do know he does musicals, I spotted a gif from his Romeo & Juliet musical somewhere and it just brought back all my give-this-guy-a-drama-lead feels. In a perfect world, he'd be a serious candidate for lead in the upcoming Park Ji-eun/Jin Hyuk drama, frankly I'd take almost anyone over the current candidate.

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I have a thing for stage actors. I'd support the hell out of them when they transition to the big screen.

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LOL at killer romantic lead ^___^

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lol I realised as soon as I typed it, hence the parentheses :)

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Lee Joon-hyuk's projects after the army have been very underwhelming, and now he'll be wasted in a short drama of ten minutes. SO sad.

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ok, gong hyo jin, shin sung rok , kim rae won
I hope I have enough time or I might miss it all when it air

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New movies from Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-duk? Do we mere mortals really deserve such riches?

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Ikr? We are not worthy. Bows down a thousand times.

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We really got lucky, I'm going to see this as some small measure of karmic payback for certain crappy drama casting news of late.

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I might sound obnoxious but accusing people of stealing your work when theres a similar webtoon out there which the drama is said to be based off... and a drama thats currently airing with a similar plot, is a bit ridiculous...!
Im praying for Jo Jung seok's and Yoon Sang hyun's dramas to be fun!!! eventho its a movie, im glad SSR is back :3 wish next time its a drama... preferably as the leading man! even tho I wouldnt mind him being a villain...!

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I read somewhere that the writer for the 1000-won Lawyer was initially accused of plagiarizing the actual webtoon during the scriptwriting competition. it's a weird (for lack of better term) situation.

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'A loner at the correctional facility, Shin will distance himself from Han and his network.'

SLAMS MUG ON TABLE, BREAKING IT INTO HALVES

SIGN ME UP FOR MY HUSBAND

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Wow Park Chan Wook! I'm imagining Cumberbatch as agent Shepherd.

If director Lee can get someone like Liam Neeson to star in his movie Operation Chromite than Park should be able to get great Hollywood actors for his movie.

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Lee Jun Hyuk, yo. I still feel electricity. when will I get over it...

all those movies sound awesome, I am glad to hear what Shin Sung Rok is doing. and see - a scenarios of the future emerging, like I was wishing for! Great.

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