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Han Hyo-joo, Lee Jong-seok confirm new MBC melodrama W

Remember this? I’m sure you do, since it’s the new drama that’s been courting Lee Jong-seok (Pinocchio, Doctor Stranger) and Han Hyo-joo (Love, Lies, Beauty Inside) to headline. The new drama, called W, now has confirmations from both stars and a green light for a broadcast this summer on MBC.

The new project is a pretty exciting mix of cast and crew, since it comes from writer Song Jae-jung of Nine and Queen In-hyun’s Man, and PD Jung Jae-yoon of the hit com-com She Was Pretty. They’re still being very tight-lipped about the story, so all we know so far is that it’ll be a 16-episode “romantic suspense melodrama” about a thirtysomething man and woman. Heck, I don’t even know if the title is Double You or W.

Han Hyo-joo hasn’t done a television series since 2010’s Dong Yi, and has had a number of successes in film that have kept her busy since. She’s really grown on me in the last few years, and I especially loved her in her recent movie Beauty Inside. Lee Jong-seok doing a new drama is far more common an occurrence around these parts, but I’m excited for the team-up since I think they’ll make a good pair, and they’ll be working with a strong writer who will actually deliver on the romance and the suspense.

Shoots are scheduled to begin in May, and W is slated to follow Lucky Romance on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in July.

Via Hankyung, Osen

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Wow. Lee Jongsuk is back.

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The sound I just made wasn't even human. I missed him so much..

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Same! I shouted so loudly that my mom was concerned for me for one second....but when is she not!?I cant wait for Han Hyo Joo to come back and I have been waiting for Lee Jong seok to come back to dramaland after his break for almost a year, because I missed seeing that guy on my computer screen (I can't believe how sasaeng that sounds....im weird)! But yeah, I cant be more excited than this, maybe i CAN be more excited than this when the drama actually airs! I. CAN'T. WAIT.

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LJS is bae. I so missed this cute ball of fluff. His dramas always seem to hit all the right notes for me.

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Hotdamn, this guy is such a noona killer, and I've been dying for a drama with the kind of heartfelt feel good male lead that Lee Jong Suk tends to play. A little iffy about the pairing, does anyone know how Han Yoo Joo is like in romantic Melos ?

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She was wonderful in Dong Yi with Ji Jin Hee. I'm really excited to see the chemistry between her and a younger man.

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Is she that much older than Lee Jong Suk ? I've only ever seen her on Running Man and she's one of their best guests.

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@Bam they only have around a 2 year age difference, so they are actually nearly the same age.

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Ah Han Hyo-Joo has been acting for so many years I keep having the impression that she's already in her thirties. On the other hand Lee Jong-suk has a baby face.

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As much as I am fond of HHJ, her acting in Dong Yi wasn't good (she kept using the same mannerisms over and over and over again) - but the directing sucked and as a consequence, most of the cast, w/ a few exceptions, acted badly (including little Kim Yoo-jung).

Both Park Ha-sun and Jung Yu-mi, in smaller roles, outshone HHJ.

Anyhow, not fun of the pairing - HHJ seems like she could break LJS.

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She's great!she's dubbed as mellow queen in movies! most of Hyo Joo's movie is a mellow genre..

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I believe han hyo Joo did a great job in Dong yi her mannerisms in that drama is what exactly the PD asked her to do and how to portrayed Dong yi character but if needed for her character to be serious she nailed it!dont compare dong yi to other character as i believe if they were the one portrayed dong yi I don't think the drama would have been that successful hyo joo did great as dong yi..

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Dong Yi's PD was absolutely horrible.

Aside from Jin Ji-hee, Bae Soo-bin, Jung Jin-young, Park Ha-sun and Jung Yu-mi - just full of bad overacting (and that included the young and talented Kim Yoo-jung).

Takes a bad PD to ruin the performances of both the young and old Dong Yi.

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she was awesome in the movies "heaven's postman" and "always. I also liked her in drama "spring waltz". all of the mentioned are on the melo side.

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So do we know for sure that the show is going to be called "W" ? Anyone have an idea what the name pertains to?

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This whole time I was under the impression it was called "Double You" since it's about time travel supposedly and parallel realities, I thought that went hand in hand with the title. But 'W' has a better ring to it and it still is pronounced the same maybe it can be an entendre?

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'W' because LJS is inside the 'W'ebtoon? Lol it's just my perception hahahhaha

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If this happens, then KWB and LJS go against each other... NO! The bromance :'( How do I choose? I legit have an obsession with their friendship. And also, Sidus does not have the best buisness ethics. I already see them doing smear jobs on LJS... which affects MY BROMANCE! Ugh I am sad.

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They're always pitted against each other but Jonbin/Heungsoon will always be my ultimate ship <3

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I don't know why Sidus bothers tbh, the two boys are still friends despite the agency's dirty tactics.

I'm curious to know what agency LJS will sign with next, idk he was in such a small one up to this point. I would legit cackle if he ended up under the Sidus umbrella.

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I literally cackled just reading that. That would legit make my day if it were to happen. I've hated how they go about promoting their stars, and people in general eating it up as fact.

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Eww. No. LJS deserves better. It's already hard enough stanning for KWB knowing he's under that agency.

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Does anyone know if LJS ever took up that crime movie he was being offered? Would have really liked seeing him play a mathlete

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No, Im Siwan got that role. I'm still bitter Jongsuk had to give up that role for a Chinese drama. Thank goodness he left his agency after that.

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That's really gonna come to bite him cause it would be two amazing roles he had to turn down because of his agency both of which went to Im Siwan, after Misaeng.

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I'm so happy, I've been craving for my Jong Suk fix. The leads, writer director and story seem promising, I just hope that the chemistry is there. A show can be downright amazing but I'd drop it if the leads had no selling spark. I don't know anything about Han Hyo Joo as an actor but LJS seems to have chemistry with just about anyone from Park Shin Hye to Seo In Guk, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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This could either be the best thing after Signal or a train wreck depending on how much MBC will tweek the story to suit them and the director they have for this show. The name for the show (W) is already sounding better than Ardently, Casually which I've seen been referred by about 5 different variations for names from different portal sites.

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Worry not cuz Han Hyo Joo is a chemistry queen!her movie The Beauty Inside will prove that ,she has such a great chemistry with all the actors that portrayed woo jin even to the child actor that portrayed woo jin and she had created such chemistry with almost all her co-stars! The likes of so ji sub, Go Soo, park hae jin,lee seung gi,her co-star in dong yi Ji jin hee & even with Jung Woo Sung in their movie Cold eyes though they didn't have a loveline in that movie but they look great in their pictorials and she Junho(2pm) too look good together and oh! i almost forgot her soooo cute chemistry with jaejong! ?

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They look kind of like siblings..

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I wouldn't say siblings exactly, but there's a similar look to them both. They've got that wholesome invisible halo thing going for them

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Yay!! Missed Sukkie in dramaland so I'm glad he's back.

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Isn't Jong Suk still filming for his chinese drama Jade Lover? The poor guy's gonna be worn out... Looking forward to seeing him again though. Lord knows I've missed this dork. :3

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I was under the impression that his Chinese drama was going to be a short one I've seen pictures around pretty early on so I assumed filming was already wrapped, but it seems like he's doing two full dramas back to back.

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Yes. Jade lover is said to wrap at the end of April. Back to back indeed.

He promised 3 projects for the new year after all.

*Silent screaming Jongsuk is back*

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I'm happy that he's back and filling his schedule, but I can't help but think that he shouldn't have gone on such a long hiatus only to work himself to death now.

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His contract with his agency expired at the end of last year. Strange things could happen during such a period.

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@Cipher what agency is he signed to now?

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He has no agency at the moment.

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Daebak this is a must watch.am already addicted to korean dramas.omg my two favourite actors in the same drama omg can't wait.oppa/unni fighting.

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FIGHTING HAN HYO JOO LEE JONG SUK!!!

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I've said this before and I'll say it again, 2016 is stacking up to be the best kdrama lineup in the history of well, ever. Lol. I don't think I've ever been more excited for these GREAT pairings that we're gonna be blessed with this year.

Arbitrarily Fond
Hwarang
Moonlight drawn by Clowns (please accept Kim Ji Won and Sungjae!)
Scarlet Heart: Ryeo
Lucky Romance

I think I am booked with kdramas until winter lol.

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I guess different strokes. I find a lot of the casts for these drams super underwhelming to be honest.

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But if this show is going up against Arbitrairly Fond I'm not so sure how it's going to fair, not because I think that show will be anywhere near to this one one considering what we know about the plot and writer directors for both plus the casting, but because I've seriously lost trust in Koreas credibility to judge good shows apart from bad ones. Back when LJS was going IHYV, it was Heirs *barf* that broke all records and came out ahead of both Secret and every other show that year. And more recently shows like Signal get little to no recognition or love and DOTS is breaking all records, I'm not hating on Descendants but the storyline isn't exactly original. At least nothing compared to what Signal was.

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Idk how to said this but Secret got lots of love in SK and I-viewer that watched it, maybe because DB didn't recapped it seems overshadowed but it did pretty well and even beat Heirs in early running,
now to Signal and DoTS, tbh everybody praises Signal, you can't even said bad things about it, 8,7 average and peak at 12% for cable is very big.
it can't be compared because even if Signal is that brilliant is and heart tugging, broader audience didn't feel fit in, most people watch tv/show for relaxed and enjoying the show's heart and not think about how the underworld is going crazy with mystery (dun dun dun dun).
People appreciate Signal, that's why we herd it here and there, but most people now related to DoTS because it transcend age and gender to be loved,
it is well executed and enjoyable,

my point is, Secret is big, Signal is big, they maybe not the biggest buzz in the year but they don't leave unappreciated, I hope people stop with this more deserved/undeserved things cause if you really looked at DoTS, you would understand why it's so popular, is rating is the only things matter?
not all people love thriller and mystery,
it's like saying Hannibal or Gotham is undeserved their high praise critics because of How I Met Your Mothers or Supernatural popularity.

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why are u comparing a cable show with a network show? that makes no sense. Signal had amazing ratings for cable. Like off the wall. I think they beat or matched Misaeng even? Signal did great and it will (has?) win likely win quite a few drama awards in SK. (I mean to compare, Misaeng was like a wild smash hit and pop culture phenomenon over there when it was airing, but it never got 20+ ratings because it is a cable program. and the way ratings are measured in this day and age isnt exactly ideal or infallible. and it ofc doesnt take into account all the other ways people watch things nowadays.
So I wouldnt worry about it too much. (agree about Heirs tho. yikes at how poplar that was)

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I think maybe they mean even being cable or network show they all seem to have a lot of disparity to fan appreciation and the amount of awards they get. Just see that Kim Tae Hee got best actress for Yongpal and best actor was given to Lee Jun Ki over Joo Won when Joo Won carried the entire show and Scholar was an average show at best. Even I Remember You which had hands down some of the most amazing performances of the year didn't get a single award. Daesung was given to Kim Soo Hyun and not Ji Sung and Ji Sung played 7 roles! Rookie award was given to Lee Soo Hyuk over Ji Soo, when LSK isn't even a rookie! Actors Yeon Jeong Hun and Choi Won Young got no recognition for their chilling performances.

It's always been Pretty stars>>>>>>>>plot/acting capabilities and then ratings>>>>>>>>quality

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The korean award show is mostly bias , but the public and their popularity doesn't.
Almost all the comment point out about jisoo, jisung, joo won, no one take that award when they knew there's better winner, how about punch, it's well received and well awarded.
People appreciate good things which yikes tend to disagree...

It's not always visual that make the drama successful, people praise Misaeng and Signal to high heaven, dare to said something bad, they judge you don't have taste but in this case eps DoTS, it's deserved, it wasn't some sort of heavy crimes.

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@dena I understand what you mean but more often than not it seems that good shows like I Remember You fly straight off th radar. No mention of it anywhere in awards and not good ratings, I don't even know if it god good critic review in Korea but internationally it was very praised. Actors like Seo In Guk are so underrated when a lot of DOTS's success is entirely because people love Song Joong Ki.

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I really need to said this
DoTS success doesn't lean on SJK alone, he is the lovable actor but he at the time the drama start wasn't kim soo hyun, jun ji hyun, hyun bin level in popularity,
It because they also got SHK and THE EPITOME of nice guy, nice people.
When all drama is about bad people get their way, unfairness, impossible shenanigans, revenge and there's one drama about humanity, romance, mature interactipn and not light nor dark enough, people take i terest and appreciate it.
It wasn't just because of the visual, even if people now is in SJK craze, it because they appreciate nice guy played by fine actor, but it wasn't because Song Jong Ki alone.

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I don't know if this reply was meant for me, but anyway...

I totally agree with you. The fact that DOTS is hitting insane ratings numbers and it's a drama with less of a plot than cringtastic Heirs, which was literally about 18 year old chaebols lol, is kind of laughable.

AF will probably do well because the writer knows how to amp up the love to die for, epic makjang storylines that tend to do well ratings wise. However, I question whether the hype for the AF cast is actually going to bring in ratings.

I mean weren't Korean netizens going crazy over SJS and SMA's pairing, yet OMV flopped harder than some dramas will a lesser known cast.

AF, though, I'm going to assume is going to be a lot more compelling for viewers plot wise than some random gym/chaebol/weight loss themed drama LMAO.

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with AF, the real draw isn't the leads, it's the writer - Lee Kyung-hee is a veteran melo writer with a long string of hit melos to her name.

OMV didn't have a good writer, this one does (yes, her series are flawed and this pair are the weakest leads she's had in the last ten years, but the Korean network tv-watching public positively eats up her stuff).

I would actually say the writer of Nine and QIHM is better, but that was on cable - there's a risk MBC might remove or water down what made those shows work on tvN.

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I'm on the same page as Yikes, I've really lost trust in Koreas ability to tell good shows apart from bad ones. Where the good ones might get recognition in the form of highly praised critic reviews they never do seem to become publicly loved or appreciated and don't make near to the kind of ratings the bad to average ones with *pretty* stars seem too. You can hate on Heirs all you want but it still swept every award that year and came out as the biggest hit as much as it makes you cringe.

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YIKES, who is calling this Arbitrarily Fond? I just had a full-body shudder at that name so I want to clarify what the title is: It means "Recklessly/Carelessly and Ardently." Both words are adverbs, and the first one does not mean in any way arbitrary; the title is meant to contrast the lightness of the first word with the sincerity of the second. We're calling it "Lightly, Ardently."

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Whoops, that must have been autocorrect. i meant to type Ardently*

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LMFAO.

I've seen this drama referred to with about four different titles and about a dozen variations on those titles by the international media/kdrama watchers.

It seems like every news site/blog is using a different title/variation.

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KBS is calling it "Uncontrollably fond" :/ https://youtu.be/08NxeEwK4Es

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I've been calling it Carelessly Tender myself, since the Korean word for Ardently in the title can be both an adverb and an adjective.

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I'm on the same page as you, I find the casting and premise of these dramas are pretty lacklustre. Even Ji Sung went the easy route this year and decided to do an idol drama, and I'm always ready to watch anything he's in.

Maybe it's the time travel aspect and the fact that I've really liked the writer/director on board for W's work previously but this so far seems the only thing I'd be willing to check out.

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I also find the casts.... so odd.

In Uncontrollably Fond, the second leads are sooooo much more interesting. KWB is okay but still not enough of a reason to watch a drama, and Suzy is a no-no – and they are so going to be outacted by Im Joo-Hwan and Im Joo-eun (why do these two still not have lead roles?).

Lucky Romance I would have liked to have tried for Ryoo Joon-Yeol but I have not yet managed to get through a single Hwang Jung-Eum drama (in part because her kind of acting doesn't work for me, in part because the dramas she chooses always have a kind of humour/characters that I don't care for).

Han Hyo-joo hasn't impressed me with her acting, but Lee Jong-seok did well in several dramas, enough for me keep an eye on the projects he takes on. Because of him and the writer involved with W, I'll probably give this a try – indeed, the writer is the most compelling reason here.

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idk, 2007 would be very difficult to beat.

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I get more excited every time there's new tidbits out about the plot, I believe in the writer to pull this off--

*using actors' names instead of character names because we don't know those yet.

Hyojoo's dad created Jongsuk in a horror-suspense comic book. Her dad then decides to kill off Jongsuk so Hyojoo has to travel between worlds to save him.

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Also, another thing that gets me excited is how the unrelated people in industry is praising how brilliant the script. I just saw facebook conversation of a director and a manager from different companies talking about it. Ironically, one of them was from the company that's producing Beautiful Mind lol.

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That is interesting to learn about. TY for the info.
You have just made me take interest in this project.

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Hmm sounds interesting and so far I truly trust the writer. Do you think I could have the links to were the plot is released and were they praise it? Please I would like to read about it, Thanks :).

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I'm really bad at sourcing the news articles because I don't look for them myself, they're copy-pasted and gathered in Korean sites that I frequent.

http://imgur.com/Q3jERXB
http://imgur.com/OJ2EjaR
http://imgur.com/g5w51v9
I saw translations of this conversation somewhere too but I didn't save it, sorry.

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Have they changed the plot from what the original premise that was said to be was? I really wanted to see LJS play a darker grittier role this time around, and kidnapped seemed a safe bet to go with. Jong Suk's not the one traveling in time to kidnap Hyunjoo ? It's the other any around, or am I getting things wrong?

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I think it's still part of the plot. It's just that we're only currently only getting teaser bits and pieces with missing points of the plot so it feels confusing.

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Does anyone have any idea around when this show will air or when they're starting pre production?

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It's airing in July and it unfortunately won't be pre-produced.

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Oops I read your comment wrong, I need sleep. The pre-production has already begun and they start filming in May.

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Oh btw I haven't heard anything about time travel for this drama. They live in the same time, just different universes.

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I should probably say 'world' instead of 'universe' just to be safe. They live in different worlds.

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Nono, last I heard of this show this was the exact plot premise that was going around:

W is a story about a surgeon (Han Hyojoo) who is searching for her missing father and gets kidnapped by a mysterious man (Lee Jongsuk?). They travel between reality and virtual reality. It’s described as a suspenseful love story melodrama.

At the time the synopsis, ‘a love story between a man and a woman in their 30s’ was all I knew too so I did expect THAT plot at all lol. Like the time travel aspect was entirely why I was so onboard with Jong Suk signing with them and it seemed right up the ally for the writer of Nine. Is this not correct then or has the story been revised?

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I mean the writer even did Queen In-Hyuns man so I was really banking on it being about time travel. And what does it mean that Hanjoos dad "created" Jongsuk in a horror suspense comic book' ? Does he technically not even exist in the same reality as her ?

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Yeah I knew what you meant, I think that's still part of the plot. We just don't know how it goes into motion since we're only getting fragments of the plot here and there.

"And what does it mean that Hanjoos dad “created” Jongsuk in a horror suspense comic book’ ? Does he technically not even exist in the same reality as her ?"

Presumably.

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Thank you. The premise sounds something to the extent of Last Action with Arnold Schwarzenegger, except for instead of a kid and a huge buff dude it's this pretty pair.

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OMG OMG OMG lemme finish freaking out!!!!!!!111

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yesseu !! OMG I'm sooooo excited >< eonni yaa welcome back to dramaland ❤

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I like HHJ and, and have recently discovered LJS dramas and really like him so far, so I'm looking forward to this.

But, yikes at this going up against KWB's drama, not because I think AF will be a sure shot hit, but because SidusHQ is going to wear themselves out with the media play trying to taint LJS' career, which they've already got a head start on it seems.

The fan wars will be exhausting.

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So THATS what that was! I was wondering how all of a sudden, randomly there was articles popping up about him apparently having 0% CF renewals. I mean as blatantly incorrect as that is, it's also just plain not possible. He's really big in China and Japan still, he's a hallyu star and he was doing his chicken CFs with Suzy up until a bit ago and a whole bunch of cosmetic lines.

But man, they're going to tear him to shreds for media play aren't they..

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I mean, I don't follow LJS' CF career closely (because LOL why would I?) but from what I read from Korean portal sites, he recently left his company and is a free agent, so a lot of those deals are obviously going to be affected.

But I am a HUGE KWB fan, so I know how Sidus works and given their history that article was obviously trying to plant a seed.

Either way, it won't affect LJS that much, I'm just amused at Sidus trying to media play KWB and this drama as early as last year, when it's not even airing until July. They're trying hardcore to make him into the next KSH, unfortunately he's going to need to beef up his resume compared to KSH, LMH, and LJS.

Anyway, I have a pretty good feeling AF will be a hit, so it will make up for him not having a drama in 2 and half years.

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As generic as the plot for AF is coming off sounding, I really do think it'll be a hit considering the lead pairing and that its Woo Bins first drama as a lead.

And too bad for LJS, he should really start promoting in Korea again he would be a lot more popular. I mean his airport scandal was nothing compared to Kim Soo Hyun's Mount Changbai scandal, and KSH is still South Koreas darling. But I think all the hate he got at that time really messed him up considering he never resigned his agency for how bad they handled the situation.

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I mean he's only been on a hiatus for a year and some months by the time he comes back with W which is a lot shorter compared to other "top actors" lol. Also, you could argue that airport scandal didn't really affect him that much. He still landed Pinocchio which was a commercial and critical success. It's a lot more talk than actual consequences for his career. He's still popular, but there's a new "it boy/girl" every other day - look at the Reply and SJK hype.

I feel the opposite about AF, it will do well because of the plot hitting a nerve with viewers. KWB is more hype than substance at this point considering he's been basically given a trendy male actor title without even having proven he can carry a drama - all the other hallyu stars, lmh, ljs, ksh, have already done that already, and multiple times as well.

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I don't know why Sidus is even trying it - as of now, Kim Woo-bin has three successful movies on the trot, which is more than any of the others you named barring Kim Soo-hyun.

And Chungmuro success tends to count for even more than tv success, he already has it, I don't get why LJS even needs to come into the equation. Just focus on promoting your own very successful star!

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Yeah, Chungmuro seems like it's the ultimate end goal for most actors, and once you made it there, there really is no need to come back to dramaland, unless you want to make sure you have public interest under lock with a super successful production.

As for his films, they were moderately successful, not super hits. Plus, most of his films had strong ensembles - Twenty and Technicians and Friend 2 - he wasn't the sole lead.

Basically, it's not like he pulled a WB in Ajusshi and had the entire country shilling out money to see a "kim woo bin" helmed film.

Plus, if he wants to add to that hallyu success from Heirs, dramas are were it's at internationally.

As a longtime fan, I've definitely seen Woo Bin's ifandom deplete somewhat because of lack of dramas. So I'm glad he's back this year.

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oh, they're modest but definite successes, especially Twenty, which actually managed to cross the 3 million viewer mark. And from what I've seen, they were sold on Kim Woo-bin's name and did well, that goes a long way towards establishing him as a bankable movie leading man.

(I love the boy but let's be real, he's not at the level of a young Park Hae-il or Ha Jung-woo, he's a star more than an actor and needs the box office success to establish himself as one)

If he continues having successful movies, he won't really need dramas as much anymore. The only use he'd have for them is to keep booking endorsements abroad, especially China.

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None of KWB movies were super hits and it was never his acting that received praised in any of those movies, not that he was bad, plus for Twenty he working with a strong cast of better actors like Kang Haneul. Globally he's not as big in China or Japan as LMH,KSH and LJS who have all had multiple hit dramas under their belt and have been leads with veteran actress whereas AF will be Woo Bins first time carrying an entire drama on his own.

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That 0% cf contract renewal thing is not incorrect. It's true LJS has no new contract renewals in S. Korea. But yes it was really unfortunate if it's really KWB's agency that is behind releasing the news in media.

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His lock & lock cf renewed was awhile ago not just in korea but in southeast asia! Not sure about Sohis other cfs but that news wasn't true!

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I really hope that wasn't the work of Sidus. LJS and KWB are great friends, and it would suck if they did all that. also, LJS is a unfortunately little "frail" when it comes to negative articles/reactions against him. hopefully, he won't be too bothered by that recent news, especially without a strong agency (at the moment) to back him up.

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Well it's not like KWB has a say in how Sidus goes about their media play, and he's hardly big enough to be calling the shots this is after all his first show as a lead. Even Suzy has more authority on that call than him. I honestly feel bad for both LJS & KWB. They're always pitted against each other by their fandoms and now it's all this negative media play putting them down. Kind of a low shot to go for Jong Suk when he's not even signed to any agency, and he hasn't promoted in Korea for a while now. They didn't even have to go after him, all they had to do was promote Woo Bin & Suzy and they're show would have been a hit easily.

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Frail? I never really got that from him. He doesn't look stereotypically masculine, and seems like the introspective type, that's about it, imo.

I mean, he's not like a lot of other celebs that feel the need to go sue over "hateful" and "malicious" comments every time their feelings get hurt, or over random "dating" rumors which people would forget about within an hour or two.

But, that's none of my business.

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perhaps wrong use of adjective. I use "frail" but really meant he's easily affected with bad press. that's based from interviews he's given. he'd be saying things with a smile, but one can easily feel his lack of self-confidence in his looks and acting abilities.

He is his greatest critic.

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Just ignore it, it's not that dramatic. Jongsuk has been k-netizen and i-netizen's punching bag for a while now and it hasn't stopped him from having a successful career. At the end of the day, netizens don't matter as much as they think they do.

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I mean, yes, none of this will affect him at all. As a general rule of thumb people shouldn't be taking the opinions of internet commentators seriously (even on sites like DB, perhaps especially on sites like DB), given that most of them 1. have no clue what they are talking about, and 2. are fans of one celeb while disliking another and have some strange, delusional agenda when leaving comments.

However, I do find it highly amusing that Sidus is THATTT shook over LJS' existence to be releasing stuff like this for years now LOL.

They need to go focus on the rest of their roster of actors/actresses who are either not getting work or flopping all over the place. I swear the only people they promote are KWB, KYJ, and Kim So Hyun at this point.

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Sidus is really selling some of their talent short - Lee Yubi went almost a year between projects after Gu Family Book, and has yet to book her next acting job after SWWTN. And Jo Bo-ah's getting shunted to what look like very minor second lead roles after delivering well-received performances on cable and even leading a series.

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Jong Sukiee is back! I've been really missing his blend of angst and like melo in dramas these days. Where every character he plays makes you just want to protect him and root for him a long the way.

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yeah... great description. he has that innate ability, that when he cries, you just want to pet his head, rub his back, and just envelop him in a hug. His crying scenes also always get to me. the one that's very unforgettable was in Pinocchio, crying outside the broadcasting office, after he learned about his dad's bones being found. it was real and truly heartfelt.

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THIS!! I can totally understand where you're coming from, no one does hurt puppy you want to hold and protect the way Jong Suk does. The only other star that can pull off anything in that genre might be Seo In Guk but he's been going a completely different route from the types of roles he takes.

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Just describing that scene reminds me of how hard I cried along with him. He just makes you want to protect him, I totally get it.

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OMG Lee Jong Suk yasssssssss

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I guess I am really in the old folks when I imagines Lee Jong Hyuk even after read Lee Jong Suk just because Han Hyo Joo name,
Idk why always mixed them up even if they looked so different,

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yayyyy!!!Finally My Han Hyo Joo is back in dramaland after 6 long years of absence!i've been waiting for your comeback girl!thank you for granting my ultimate wish to see you again in small screen!areumdapta!!!

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I will hold my excitement until i heard the full story line....

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wow wow wow!!! this will up against AF. sorry suzy han hyo-joo will eat you for breakfast.

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yeheyyy!my one and only love Han Hyo Joo is back in small screen!!!this is such a great news for all of us Hyoholics!we've been waiting for her comeback for ages and now it's already happening!i'm soooo happy!!!!

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Yay! Jong Suk in a drama! Definitely watching it. I also love HHJ from Beauty Inside. She was so charming and had chemistry with many different actors in the film. Beautiful couple.

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My favourite portion was her with Chun Woo-hee. Perfectly played and such great chemistry, even if the film itself wasn't perfect.

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The writer is promising, QIHM and Nine both had good scripts..... I just hope being on MBC doesn't undermine the story.

(and please god, let the PD be decent and shoot action scenes properly, it hurts me to see Goodbye Mr. Black shot on what looks like 2008 film stock and with the most amateurish editing ever)

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Yeah, I'm confident in the writer but I'm mostly worried about the directing. A different director who was talking about W's script on facebook was saying how important it is that this script has a director that can keep up with it.

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I'm not keeping up with GMB but it's shocking how badly it's shot. The cast don't deserve this.

A PD like Jin Hyuk would have been perfect for a premise like this but I think he's already directing LJS' Chinese series, it's a shame because he handles fast-paced action and romance so well.

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They should get Misaeng's and Signal's director then, Although as much as I love that PD I wish he would hold back on the extreme face close ups, like seriously.

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Agree with GMB, it's exciting act and important moment but the feeling can't passed the screen for some reason.

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No wonder with GMB, they have Han Hee. That PD is the one directed Dr. Jin (shudder). In Empress Ki he was helped by second PD so it looked better. But GMB once again highlights his flaws.

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meh for Lee Jong Suk. Having mix feelings about this. I hope this is another case like Park Min Young in Healer.

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whoa the writer! I'm gonna watch this.

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Yay!!!
So happy for them.. *doing dance of joy*
Looking forward to this summer.

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yaaaaaaaaaaas, welcome back han hyo joo!! i thought she'd never star in a drama again and just do films and it's been so long....
I can't wait for July to come now, but this better be good

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i know right!i also thought she won't be back in dramaland(which made me sad) i'm so happy that she's back in dramaland after 6 years and this news just really brought me into tears!i thought a miracle just happened..Fighting HAN HYO JOO!!!

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I'm so happy to see Han Hyo Joo back in Drama Land *cries*, Please be good drama, please be good !!!!! I'm not a huge fan of LJS, but I will give this a try.

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Yayyyyy Jongsukieee is back!

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It seems one of the more promising shows of this years line up. And I've been craving a good melo, the only show I'm watching at the moment is Marriage Contract.

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Yaaaay, Han Hyo Joo is baaack!! It's been way too long. And hmm, LJS.. He's a good actor but his looks isn't my cup of tea. I imagine HHJ would look better next to someone with a more masculine, older vibe. But let's see, I hope LJS proves me wrong. I actually enjoyed watching IHYV despite the glaring age gap between the leads.

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This kid gets all the noonas. But if he could make the dreaded fish kisser Park Shin Hye do a convincing liplock I'm sure he can manage with a veteran like Han Hyo Joo.

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don't forget Jin Se Yeon!

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As much as JSY makes me cringe in horror even SHE was a class apart in the kissing department. I mean the kiss scenes have never been the issue with her, it's the actual er acting she seems to suck at.

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Yup, why worry about the plot, direction, or actual acting, as long as the 10-20 second kiss scene in this 20 hour drama is good enough. I guess that's all that matters.

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To be fair none of PSH's dramas involved very much plot,direction or actual acting(when it came to her) up until she did Pinocchio, and she got lucky with being offered that one. Apart from her chemistry with her leads and obviously the much awaited kiss in any romantic genre drama there wasn't much to anticipate considering she only did damsel in distress candy girl characters, so there's bound to be criticism when the female lead doesn't even meet the bare minimum required of her.

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The literal definition of 'You had ONE Job!' Lol

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The literal definition of "You obviously don't understand how much direction goes into kiss scenes!"

Plus, she basically played young, naive, inexperienced girls up until a few years ago (i'm excluding her films), so yeah she's not going to be puckered up like how DB likes it.

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Okay, first of all, I wasn't referring to PSH specifically LOL. I was referring to the comment seemingly only looking forward to seeing how the LJS-HHJ kiss scene would be done in this drama, when there are a hell of a lot more important aspects such as plot, acting, and direction. Also, I don't appreciate actresses being broken down to how well they can deliver as the male leads love interest, because they are characters in their own right whose story should be important to the plot.

So, you jumped the gun with this comment.

Sidenote: PSH's best role wasn't even Pinocchio, that goes to FBND imo. Which most definitely involved acting, direction, and attention to the plot, which involved her playing someone with social anxiety and depression.

But, nice attempt at trying to defend comments like these LMAOOOOOOO.

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FBND being PSH's best performance is your personal opinion and not a matter of fact. To me it was just another extension of the kind of roles PHS has been playing until know except for this time the reason for the stilted acting is *social anxiety*. And you didn't get my point at all, I'm well aware that an actress isn't solely the romantic interest for the male lead (which thanks for pointing that out, real nifty of you) but when PHS seems to only ever play Candy Girl characters, than that's exactly the only thing her character is limited to: the love interest for the male lead.

But yeah you can go ahead calling it the directors call to play her scenes that way when she's worked for different writers and different directions with limited to little variation in her character portrayals. Her kissing honestly didn't even bother me until the rapey aspect of the Heirs kisses came into play, and that turned me off from LMH & PSH for good but people continue too amend that it was a *surprise* kiss, when literally every scene between the leads had a similar dynamic. Maybe she's turned that all around seeing how great she was in Pinocchio, but somehow I think that was just a one off.

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so basically, any improvement PSH shows is going to be dismissed as a one-off and her kiss scenes are all her responsibility, not those of the PD or writer. Because actresses, especially ones as young as she was, have so much control over the way their scenes are shot.

The literal definition of refusing to give credit where it's due.

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"FBND being PSH's best performance is your personal opinion and not a matter of fact."

Gee, that's probably why I literally wrote "imo" which is an abbreviation for "in my opinion" when I wrote that comment. Reading skills are important.

Also, you seem to miss my point as well. I wasn't claiming you were the one saying that female characters are reduced to just being the male's counterpart, I was trying to explain how the original commenter's comment came across, and why I responded in such a way.

Also, if you don't like PSH and LMH based off of one drama, that's great. Don't watch their dramas anymore, which based off of your knowledge of Pinocchio I'm assuming you still do.

Also, I'm not going to get into a debate about the state of roles available for actresses in their 20s and how the wide-eyed, fish kiss seems to be a staple in kdramas because god forbid the female lead character owns her sexuality because that would mean she's not the plain, vanilla character the audience has to relate to.

Yeah, so, excuse me if I, rightly so, believe it's a pretty common practice among scriptwriters and directors.

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Have you ever considered that there are other actresses that are better than PSH? And thus far more deserving of chances they never get. Kim Ji Won being one of them, she far outshone her in terms of acting in Heirs and yeah her kiss with with Kang Haneul had a lot more spark than any scene between the leads in that show, which given the context it wasn't suppose to be seeing as how the two characters were faking it. I'm only mentioning this because you keep pointing out that certain scenarios require specific reactions when it comes to PSH's performances, but there hasn't been a lot of disparity between those different situations.

Anyways yeah there are a lot better actresses who don't have the same fame as she does but I don't see how that has anything to do with PSH getting hate for her style of acting or why people criticizing her are supposedly "jealous" I gave you clear reasons why her character protrayals weren't my cup of tea and I gave her props where it counted, I don't see how that's me hating. Once again, I hardly think one great role is going to change her entire perspective on acting, for some actors that's all they have just that *one* good role and the rest are all mediocre.

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.... as if she's the only Korean actress to have her kiss scenes look like a dead fish.

And last I checked, she had a lot more to do in Flower Boy Next Door than pucker up (which she did just fine at the end), but apparently facts go right out of the window in the face of a good old scapegoating.

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Are you effing kidding me? I JUST gave her props for being great in Pinocchio but one role is hardly gonna change her entire perspective on acting seeing as how she's made a successful career out of playing her roles the way she has, Koreans certainly don't seem to have a problem with it given how scintillating they considered her scenes with LMH to be and her fans love her acting seeing as how they're the people who made shows like Heirs a hit.

You can owe it to her age or the director but actresses much younger than her have done much better when they were given a lot - Kim Sae Ron and Kim Yoo Jung being just two that come to mind at the moment. I hardly think THEY have any choice in their portrayal of characters they play, but still managed respectably.

I don't see why you're getting snappy at me I wasn't the one who wrote the original comment I didn't even say "the literal definition of.." Since you keep throwing that back into the argument. And i certainly don't remember asking for your permission on whether I should or shouldn't watch any of LMH or PSH's shows. Take you're fangirl rage and hash it out with the people you really have a problem with.

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Here's the thing, I would take criticism of PSH's acting/kissing scenes a lot more seriously if people on here (and other sites) weren't so hypocritical, and so uneducated on how female leads are expected to be viewed by Korean audiences.

Like, where was everyone when SHG had that non-mouth movement, wide eyed wine kiss with SJK, but then had a full make out with him later on. Obviously the script called for different reactions. But, unless your name is PSH, people won't comment on those wide eyed kiss scenes.

Some of the criticism is valid, whereas some criticism is obviously given to her because people resent her popularity/success and feel that others more "deserving" should have the career she does.

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Do you really think that just because someone defends PSH, or any actress from passive aggressive comments, that means I think she's the greatest thing to happen in dramas?

Yeah, no.

Also, whoever people think is more "deserving" is irrelevant to me, and further proves my point.

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so she has to do is good at kissing to be good actress with all the role she had, you say?
And no she isn't lucky. She has worked her way up here since she was 13.

Kissing doesn't equal with acting.
And she has been fulfilled her role from TOH to Pinocchio, some role is bad like in Heirs but it doesn't her fault.

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I wonder why are you dragging Park shin hye name in this non related article ?? What is your intentions seriously ??
The people who hate shouldn't care that much or they should see psychiatrist to define their own problems .

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That comment is unnecessary, many k-actresses kiss like a fish, it is definitely not Park Shin Hye specific.

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I mean, I agree with you, but actresses aren't really the problem. The system is. Drama demands that actresses act like they're chaste, virginal, passive recipients of male lust who have no understanding of or control over their own body. About the only thing an actress can do with these kinds of scenes is create the illusion of consent (or not), though admittedly some do this better than others. Until Korea starts to view women differently, most kisses are going to keep being bad.

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Sounds interesting but a lot of shows that sounded good in paper just didn't do it for me DOTS being included. Just see how OMV tanked despite the highly anticipated pairing and Mr.Back seems to be doing utter crap in terms of directing. Maybe luck will be on HHJ&LJS side in the case of W though.

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Weeeeeeee! Lee Jong Suk in a romantic melo, it's like the drama gods are actually listening to me for once

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This one's officially booked in my Kdrama schedule.

Han Hyo Joo & Lee Jong suk alone are enough for me.
Both are compelling and trusted actors.

Afterall, I haven't seen any works of the writer but based on the positive feedback, it's a plus.

Hooray for Kim Woo Bin. Well, this is very exciting, isn't it?

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I will give it a try, time travel shows can be a hit and miss. The show may be amazing but they'll do something with the last episode and leave it open ended where you don't know if the hero is actually back or still in the future/past

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Am i the only one who's more excited with Han-Hyo Joo's return. I friggin heart her! She's one of the very very very few actresses i love and adore. I usually do not see Korean Movies - they ain't my cup of tea. So damn me, i did not follow a lot of her movies! So i am almost in tears that i get to see her for 16 damn hrs in a lengthy k-drama. EEEP!

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Count me in!im not just excited for Han Hyo Joo's return in dramaland but im freaking dying to see her again acting in small screen!but i've watched all her movies and looking forward for her upcoming movie Love,Lies..but of course if i were to choose i love to see her more in dramas than in movies hehe..anyway welcome back to dramaland Hyo Joo!!!finally! After six long years of hiatus you're back!!!

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I'm excited for this show, im happy it's only 16 episodes shows tend to lose their momento at the 18-20 mark.

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Same for me, I for one am happy it's not either too long or too short. The 16th episode mark seems just about right. And the pairing is new, so I'd love to see how they work together

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YES! YES! YEEEEES! This is awesome, I love these two! Let's hope the drama will be good, huh?

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Was not aware Park Shin Hye had so many fanatics on DB I thought we were all of the same mind when it came to her acting prowess, or lack of it.

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Fan of HHJ though, so I'll give this a try not so sold on Lee Jong Suks flower boy appeal though. They would have to seriously do an image makeover for the actor.

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Why are you dragging park shin hye here you should stick to the original subject and your bias without unnecessary conversations .

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She is still pretty relevant to be named in an article has nothing to do with her.

That's something you can't deny

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So many good shows this year, and this pairing seems so fresh !

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Lol, now I'm hoping the drama's called "Double You"! But ooh, a ~mysterious~ doppelgänger story is the first thing that came to mind... :x that's definitely suspenseful an