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Sunlit stills from the set of Scarlet Heart: Goryeo

We’re still waiting on an airdate for the anticipated fantasy-romance remake (of Chinese Bu Bu Jing Xin) drama Scarlet Heart: Goryeo, but we are at least starting to get glimpses of the ongoing shoots, however brief they may be. I suppose I’ll take the trickle over no trickle, though I can’t help but feeling greedy for more.

These shots are certainly very pretty, as you would expect of a show directed by PD Kim Kyu-tae (It’s Okay, It’s Love and That Winter, the Wind Blows) and starring Lee Jun-ki (Scholar Who Walks the Night) and IU (The Producers). One of these days, Lee Jun-ki will film a good sageuk again, right? Right? That thought is what keeps me coming back time after time, even if I’ve been more disappointed (Scholar, Joseon Gunman) than not (Arang and the Magistrate). But hope keeps us all alive.

He plays Goryeo prince Wang So, who falls in love with the 21st-century woman who travels to his time, played by IU. He’s certainly not the only one, since the drama features a whole host of young princes to get tangled in the love… rectangle? Hexagon? Octagon? There are just a lot of princes, to be played by Kang Haneul (Misaeng), Hong Jong-hyun (Mama), Baekhyun (of EXO fame), Nam Joo-hyuk (Cheese in the Trap), Ji-soo (Sassy Go Go), Kim San-ho (Rude Miss Young-ae), and Yoon Sun-woo (Devoted Min Deul-le). You can refer to this previous post to confirm character descriptions for the various princes.

We also have individual stills featuring Kang Haneul as eighth prince Wang Wook; I expect we’ll be seeing the spotlight fall on each of the princes in turn. With that many of them, the pre-show promo cycle could take a while, but with the premiere still a ways off, we’ll have time to fill.

So far, all that’s been specified is that Scarlet Heart: Goryeo intends to air in the latter half of the year.

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IU looks so beautiful. I can't wait to watch this drama :)

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Agree!!! I guess traditional look suits her.

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She does... Can someone tell me what does IU stand for, by the way?

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"Prior to her debut, LOEN coined her stage name "IU", deriving from the phrase "I and You" to symbolize the unifying force of music between people." (Wikipedia) Real name: Lee Ji-eun.

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I find IU extremely interesting in the way that she has truly, completely owned her stage-name. There are so many kpop idols with stage names, but often, non-official sources (like the fans, general public as opposed to the media) would prefer using their real names as a sort of gesture of closeness. Like the EXO boys, Suho, D.O. etc., have to regularly remind their fans to refer to them by their stage names when they're being interviewed at fansigns. But, apart from entertainment industry insider and friends, rarely have I heard someone, even fans, refer to IU as Jieun. It's fascinating. She's definitely a force to be reckoned with. I love her music and her acting.

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While IU looks good in her styling. I just want to snip that awful, side bang off Lee Jun Ki's head. Already LJK seems miscast in the role, now with the hair, no. He looks like he is channeling the cute body guard from Moon Embracing the Sun, not the stately, reserved, but calculative 4th prince.

This drama is already raising so many flags. This is Goryeo, they have a bit of leeway with the costumes - so why, why the cheap looking outfits. Yes, they can't outfit everyone in silk, but they can at least spring for Satin, which will look better than the cheap, synthetic, polyester, material that we see in the above stills.

Drama team, you have a huge budget, for a drama with not that much battle scenes, or need for CGI, please use it on your costumes and set.

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Looks beautiful!! :) I am happy to see Lee Jun Ki again. I LOVED Arang and the Magistrate. Joseon Gunman was good too but very slow. Scholar, I left after a couple of episodes; vampires are just not my thing I guess.

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If anything we know this will be a VERY lovely drama to look at! Im keeping my fingers crossed that it will be as good as it looks. I'm very partial to time slip dramas and haven't come across any that really hit the spot (apart from queen in-hyun's man and splish splash love). Also really looking forward to seeing Nam Joo Hyuk after his turn as Euntaek in Cheese, and Ji Soo! Will you finally have the chance to play a character not riddled with angst? One can only hope.

Has IU done sageuk before? I've only seen her in Producers and liked her there, so am looking forward to seeing here.

Kang Haneul seems to have quite a versatile face - he quite fits the sageuk aesthetic here and i noticed that he also really looked the part in his other period film set in the mid-20th century.

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Totally agree about Kang Haneul's face. He has that kind of look to him that would fit in anywhere given the right clothes and hair.

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I'm not sure this is the right hair, though...imo he'd look better with the classic topknot, the fringe looks a bit fussy, which is really at odds with his face.

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I just hate fringes for sageuks (and Chinese period dramas). They look so so tacky. The ones for Shine and Go Crazy were so eeww that I didn't even bother to watch the drama.

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The wigs in SoGC were terrible eps on Prince Wang Wook (Lim Ju-Hwan's character). You don't see those kind of hair do in the more traditional sageuks.
It was a bloody era to be looking all clean and pretty.

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Dunno...you're probably right, but Lee Min Ho rocked his fringe in Faith.

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IU's never done sageuk before, but since the heroine is a 21st-century girl, it may not matter if her sageuk pronunciation is less than perfect.

I agree about Kang Haneul - he has a very classically chiselled face that looks at home in any era in a way that many of the flower boys of today often don't.

Not that flower-boy-ness itself is any bar to being a good sageuk actor - I mean, look at the lead of this very drama. But the lack of cosmetic tweaks also has a lot to do with it.

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actually BBJX, the original has nothing to do with all the time travel played, there's no explanation beside her soul that travel to her ancestor thousand years before,
despite that, her character really knew how to behave, what to said to get her out of trouble, she has the knowledge and what differentiate is her broad mind in society than people in that era

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Oh my god IU looks so beautiful! Even though im not an exo-l but i just cant wait to see Baekhyun in a drama. He is kinda my favourite from all the members. Im not a diehard fan and dont know much about them but still!

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How can you be so beautiful & handsome all at once Lee Jun Ki? IU looks very pretty as well.

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Should I add that Lee Jun-ki is beautiful? Or would that be stating the obvious?

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They're Goryeo princes right?

What's with the fringes?

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So much pretty.

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Lee Jun Ki looks hawt af! I cryyyyy!!!

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I don't really know what to expect..

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Omgah! Gooooorge! Please be good...

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they are so pretty it is distracting me from work.

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I enjoyed IU's bubbly energy in Bel Ami, and she looks really lovely here. It feels like a good choice for a Ruoxi. The princes all look pretty good - Lee Jun Ki looks good in black and in profile. Should be good fun...well, till the killing and the dying...

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Sageuks are my jam, I generally watch all of them... but this? Lord no. The cast is just full of pretty faces.

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We are going from Kim Sang Joong (Dawn of the Empire) and Jang Hyuk (Shine or Go Crazy) to my very pretty oppa. I can not see Wang So as a pretty boy.

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agree with you kiara. are we start to compare previous wang so to next coming wang so aka jang hyuk vs jun ki?

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Anybody knows the Tv-Show that will follow ''Please come back mister'' It's called something like ''A have a dancer'' who is casted there and I think Moon lovers might follow that one or let another one come thru

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Wow, although I'm not a fan of IU but she looks really pretty here *u*

And @the last pic!! Y U DO DIS T_T I want to see dem handsome princes !#$%#[email protected]#[email protected]#$

Can't wait for this drama, hoping for it to be good :)

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Lee Jun-ki AND Haneul? How did I miss this?! I will definitely check it out at least.

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And that top picture = my new screen saver

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OPPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

I really hope this drama turns out decent, simply because the cast deserve it - no one wants another SWWTN situation (competent and even talented cast stuck with a hot scrambled-egg mess of a script).

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This writer has never done a sageuk before so that doesn't help. It'll be very pretty to look at from the cast to their world. I was hoping that oppa would decline this. He can do sageuk no doubt but this adaptation doesn't feel right and the character that he is playing etc.
I'm not sure if they are going all fantasy with this or dark like the original and Goryeo's history.

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IU looks flawless and Kang Ha Neul Oppa....my heart !!!! Please don't be a mess drama !

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IU looks okay, but who's the gorgeous girl next to her in the second shot? Looks a lot like Jin Ki-ju ...

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She is~

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Lew jun ki I have no word to describe how beautiful he is.and also i want to see how my cute boy jisoo will do in sageuk.can't wait for this drama.

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Kang Ha Neul has a more princely aura than Lee Jun Ki. How is Jun Ki to play the 4th Prince? Jun Ki looks good but wrong. The whole getup makes him look more like the prince's bodyguard or sidekick than anything else. Amazingly, he also looks younger than KHN.

Could this version be BBJX sans the politics and dark stuff? Pretty, fluffy and love octagons. That actually explains the casting choices.

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The casting is weird indeed.

Could this version be BBJX sans the politics and dark stuff? Pretty, fluffy and love octagons. That actually explains the casting choices.

I agree, that's the only reason I can see right now.

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so...basically like the K version of Jade Palace Lock Heart then? >.>

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Now that you mention it ...

... I don't see how IU will be able to pull off one of those frantic Yang Mi performances.

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I'm curious as to why the Princes are expected to exude a princely aura. It's not like the Princes were born into a royal family which has existed for several generations and where royal customs and traditions have been clearly established and entrenched.

This drama is set during the founding of Goryeo. The princes' grandfather was a merchant, their father who likely started off as a merchant (family business), followed by service as a military commander, a general and subsequently prime minister who overthrew the king and became the founding king of the Goryeo dynasty. Another 20 years of war followed to unify the 3 Kingdoms.

Some of the princes (especially the older ones) were not born as princes by rather as sons of a military commander or general. The older princes were involved in battles & military campaigns against Baekjae and Silla, and probably did not have time for princely or courtly matters, but spent more time on horseback than attending court sessions or royal tutoring sessions.

It is likely that the younger princes born after or towards the end of unification who had the benefit of being brought up as royal princes who will exude the princely and courtly manners & behavior.

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Thousand Likes

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Good point! Where is like button when you need it.

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For the benefit of the audience, the actor playing the role of a prince should exude a princely aura. He could naturally look the part and/or have the aid from costume and styling. The ability to act and carry himself as a prince is of course just or more important. In reality, I am sure there were princes who didn't look like royalty whether their royal family existed for generations or if they were new.

Truth be told, I didn't find Nicky Wu princely in looks at all. However, the styling for him and all the princes was good. More importantly, the actors were able to exude the aura of princes even though their characters varied from frivolous to serious. What Nicky Wu lacked in looks, he made it up with his acting. He was convincing as the serious, aloof and ambitious prince.

In the case of Lee Jun Ki, I think this particular styling is unfortunate. I do not know if it's his hair or the fact that he looks pretty. I was taken aback by the contrast between Kang Ha Neul and Lee Jun Ki. If I didn't know and had to guess, I would have thought KHN is the 4th Prince and LJK the 13th or 14th. In one picture elsewhere, LJK even looked like he was wearing eyeliner. I wonder if he chose to do it or they thought he looked good with eyeliner. I hope it's not true because eyeliner has no place in dramas unless it's some showcase for kpop.

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It is assumed that Kwang Soo was a great military and something ruthless, it was called the warrior wolf or something. Obviously, its appearance is not that of a prince.

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Oh my goodness! I checked that up and they turned 4th Prince into a wild looking prince who emos and is nicknamed "Dog Wolf"? I almost wanted to call you out for lifting off some fan fic, oops!

I think it's best to forget BBJX and see this as a wholly new story.

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LJK's first shot was taken from Gosa:Gosa is a traditional Korean ritual with shamanic roots.The ritual asks for good luck when starting a big event-
and He put makeup for interview with magazine.
Actually the shooting happened a few days later.

Today they released few shots taken from drama site and he didnt look like have heavy makeup; no eyeliner too. :)

Sorry for my poor English.

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I read somewhere that the fringe might be to hide a scar on his face as well? LJK looks good af, but story wise they've changed his character quite a bit.

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Excellent information. Thank you

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tbh I feel like Kang Haneul is look like 4th prince with that attire,
Lee Junki should not wear that much eyeliner,
he looks so pretty (and this is a compliment)

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The politics and history which they did a good job keeping it intact was the bread and butter of BBJX. I would've been done after the 2nd eps if it was just about romance.

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It is assumed that Kwang Soo was a great military and something ruthless, it was called the warrior wolf or something. Obviously, its appearance is not that of a prince.

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My gaaaash, IU, why so pretttyyyyyy???!!!

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ow! ow! ow! too many princes but only 1 lady sent there?!
no problem, IU! i'll help you! I'll volunteer myself to take prince Ji Soo! :D

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OMG,
The pretties!

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I always wonder how accurate the portrayal of historical fashion is. Does anyone know, if they really had bangs like this in the past? There are so many historical (fusion) dramas, in which the male characters has bangs and it feels out of place and more like they tried to adjust the looks for the modern viewer.

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Don't look for period awareness in fantasy sageuks. It's going to be far from traditional.They can have bangs if they want to.

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Vampire was a dud, but Joseon Gunman was great. Geeze. But anyhow, I can't wait to see this if only because of the pretty and the fantastic PD at the helm. Although sprawling casts like this rarely work out, I'll be optimistic because LJK is in it.

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Kang Ha Neul and Ji Soo. <3

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It does not look polished.

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I feel like the costume is not good,
I feel like the color they choose is dark and Lee Jun Ki looked great, it just his clothes is not that good
They are prince and noble, tbh I expect more to the costumes,
I find Shine and Go crazy has really good costume, and I just want to looked more bright, Empress Ki is placed in China so it doesn't include,

I hope they did it well because even if there's tons of romance, it wasn't really a bloody love triangle of I love her 1st and I Love her too, it's all a choice, circumstances, and love.

I hope the political also interesting,
and for the look of it. I think KHN actually reminds me of 4th prince than LJK,
maybe because all I saw in LJK is Iljimae's role

I hope I can stand heartbreak this time, I survive BBJX and Jade: Palace of Locked Heart, I think I can survive this one too

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is lee jun ki not tired of playing saguek shows??? i really dont know wat to expect frm dis drama but i pray it does not flopp like scholar... anyway he is kinda cute in hanbok clothings!!!

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It's an earlier time period so the costuming is different. Look at that awesome asymmetrical haircut he gets to rock instead of the flat hat he wore in Scholar and Arang. The funny thing to me though is that judging by his instagram he wears MORE makeup in real life than in this drama.

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I really hope they don't make ALL the princes fall for her. Not all of them did. There were really only 2 major love lines between the girl and the princes and my favorite relationship wasn't even a romantic one, but rather a friendship and camaraderie between her and the 13th prince. I really hope they don't leave out the main girl's sister because the sister-ship was so strong in the original show.

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Totally agree, I hope they keep the wives too. It was important to know that the princes were able to have multiple wives as this really affects the story line and romance between the characters.

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Can Lee Jun Ki get any hotter? Though I like IU as an actor was doubtful about IU's casting in RouXi's character but the stills look good. Hope she does a good job. I finish i could time travel to the second half of 2016. Really anticipating to watch this one. Watched the original chinese version because i couldnt wait.

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Lee Jun-ki is so beautiful. I just finished watching Scholar and I loved it. Can't wait to see him in another drama! I watched the original Bu Bu Jing Xin and I'm not sure my heart is ready for all of the heartache, but I'll be watching. <3

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i have watched lee jun kin swwtn and iu in producers, looking forward to this

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Wonderful still. Thank you

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Lee Jun Ki looks absolutely gorgeous as always and I love him, I really do and I watched nearly everything he starred in, bar Scholar which I couldn't go further than episode 5 or 6 because of how cliche the whole thing was. I mean I knew vampire stories weren't my cup of tea but this was even worse and the main girl was so annoying it made me miss Park Min Young's Daemul because as unfit for crossdressing as a boy as she was, she was at least not nails on chalkboard like the girl in Scholar. Sadly, this project as well, I'll have to pass because I'm just tired of romances in kdramaland and how unoriginal they are, regardless of the setting and because of IU. I can forgive a lot of things because we all make mistakes but what she did with her last album and her interpretation of Zeze's character in her song was absolutely nasty and the fact that she didn't at least sincerely apologize for it made it impossible for me to look at her like I used to.

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Was here for LJK.. but KHN is just gorgeous!

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Yes!!!
yahoo!!!
..looking forward for this drama.
I can wait..& i'll wait, I won' t be tired of waiting as long as its LJK!

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Pleaseeeeeeeee let this be good!

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IU so pretty <3
Hope this drama do well :D
Fighting!

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LJK looks gorgeous! And IU looks beautiful! Her skin is really glowing. I'm excited for this drama and optimistic (not going to judge it until it's aired). I liked LJK in Iljimae/Two Weeks and IU in Producer/Pretty Man, so I'm happy they're in a drama together. <3

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omo....can't wait for this drama! joonki oppa is so handsome...haneul oppa is handsome too....can't wait for another teasers from oppadeul...especially jjong oppa~~~ ♡♡

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I'm dumfounded that we are a hundred comments in on this topic and no one has mentioned that IU is worshipping a butchered pigs head in two of the photos. Is this a Korean custom I've not hear off? Something to do with guaranteeing a good caterer on location?

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In short, it's traditional ritual called Gosa for good-luck.

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Love the stills and really anticipating this drama!! Can't wait for the other stills to be revealed. ^^

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They look so beautiful. Soooo beautiful. Kang Ha-neul's vibe is 8th Prince. Omg. I'm a fan of the original franchise (Nicky Wuuuuu how could you not?!), but this looks promising. Thank you for casting IU. I'm confident she will portray Ruo Xi super well. She looks stunningly gorgeous.

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They all look so beautiful, but i desperately wanted LJK to see in a modern drama, he has done so much historical dramas, but anyway i never fed up seeing him in those dramas, he is so handsome with those attires.

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Kang Haneul! Kang Haneul! Can't wait. As long as this show isn't TSWWTN absurd, I'll watch it. Please, writernim, give more love scenes to Kang Haneul, not LJK.

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Oh what the perfect time for an update for this drama! I've been waiting for such a long time and I hadn't seen anything. Thanks!

IU looks ADORABLE. I feel like she has the spunk to be the main character that Bu Bu Jin Xin requires, but she's a little soft spoken isn't she? I almost didn't expect her, but I love her so I'm totally okay with this...

We'll see where this goes! Hopefully it's not as drawn out as BBJX.

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