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The romance begins (again) for 1% of Anything

I don’t know where Ha Suk-jin is finding the time to work on three projects concurrently, but here’s photo proof that he is — or at least he’s busy on project number 2, the remake of 2003’s sleeper hit drama 1% of Anything. (Number 1 is the currently airing tvN reality-drama hybrid series After the Show Ends, and numero 3 will be tvN’s upcoming Drinking Solo.)

It’s unusual for a drama to be remade within the industry that created it — that is to say, in a remake situation that doesn’t involve crossing borders or formats (such as movie to television, or webtoon to movie, or whatnot) — so I’m curious to see what exactly this new and hopefully improved version of 1% of Anything will yield. Even more unusual is that the writer of this series is the same writer who penned the original internet novel and the 2003 series, which starred (and shot to fame) Kang Dong-won and Kim Jung-hwa. Will writer Hyun Go-eun have more story to tell, or new ways to tell it? Surely it won’t just be a scene-for-scene remake?

So far we have a smattering of stills and behind-the-scenes candid photos from the production, mostly featuring the two leads: Ha Suk-jin plays Lee Jae-in, the haughty third-generation chaebol character originated by Kang Dong-won, while Jeon So-min will play the sweet elementary schoolteacher Kim Da-hyun. They’ll be pitted against each other from the start, when he finds out that his inheritance from Grandpa is headed toward her, a perfect stranger, instead — unless he marries her per Grandpa’s conditions. The original was one of the industry’s earliest contract-marriage dramas, and with the remake touting an “upgraded romance,” I want to see how it’ll pull off that upgrade.

I only know Jeon So-min from the bits I’ve seen of Aurora Princess and Maids, but I do like her; she’s got a bright, spunky vibe that should serve the character well. The hero is perhaps a less likable type with his rude, “rough like sandpaper” personality, but I’ve warmed to Ha Suk-jin so much after seeing him in lighter rom-com-type roles. He’s been finding ways to inject his personality into his recent characters, and the more I see of his oddball quirks — corny humor, goofy jokiness — the more I really like him. So I hope he manages to find an endearing, funny side to what sounds on paper like the standard cold chaebol character.

1% of Anything is directed by PD Kang Chul-woo of Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong and will be a fully pre-produced drama. It doesn’t yet have an airdate.

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i dont like his hair

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Lol. Best first comment I have seen on this site for a while. Surprised me and made me laugh at the same time.

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Another MARRIAGE CONTRACT ~
I have read sooo many mangas and watched dramas( well not so many dramas may be....) But I'm curious what new thing they will add.

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In this genre^^

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I know it's under the category, but I actually don't consider this one a contract-marriage plot. maybe a contract-relationship... If going by the original drama, the main couple did have a contract dating. however, they married after falling in love and getting approval from both sides of the family. there was already affection and intimacy shared when they had their vows, unlike say Goong or Full House.

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Yayy I can't wait to see this!

Contract relationships are one of my favourite guilty-pleasure tropes and I'm really looking forward to seeing Jeon So-min in a drama; she's hilariously odd and quirky in the variety shows I've seen her in (check out her latest appearance in Happy Together!) and I have hopes she'll be able to bring some of that charm to her role here.

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I agree, I also find contract relationship stories a lot of fun. I tried to watch the original 1% of Anything two or three times, becuae I like the premise so much, but I could never get beyond the first episode - I just couldn't stand Kim Jung-hwa...something about just gets on my last nerve. So I am looking forward to the same story with different actors.

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When I first watched it, I really disliked Kim Jung Hwa's portrayal. thus, it took me some time to warm up to her. Although, she was better than Kang Dong Won. I actually couldn't believe that guy was given the lead, cause he was bad and wasn't that attractive (in my eyes). ha ha. who would've thought that he'd be my favourite actor now! (Thank you Too Beautiful to Lie!)

But, I managed to get through it and learn some Korean culture when it comes to relationship and marriage. granted, I was new to Kdrama world and everything was interesting and mind-blowing. lol.

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I watched it years ago (u know 1% comes first alphabetically to naive old me)
I couldn't remember a single scene .... I tried to rewatch.... 20min of 1st episode was last... its terrible..

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I just hope he softens his word and action as the character,

and I hope no one mention about his looks compared kang dong won,
he has a good look,

and I hope this remake make the story better,
I really like the female lead character

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MBC so stupid. Why they don't choose this drama to air on Wed-Thurs? It's so much better than 'Shopping' or 'Weight'.

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Why you don't just go to Korea and become the head of MBC drama department ? You act as if you know everything. Meeeeeh

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In some photos, she looks like Han Ye-seul. They look good together though.

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My thoughts exactly!!!

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Does anyone actually think that Ha Suk-jin can fill in Kang Dong-Won shoes... What a joke!

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Kang Dong Won's shoes were a lot smaller 13 yrs ago!

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They're not big shoes to fill. Kang Dong-Won of today is not Kang Dong-Won of back then. He was terrible in 1% of Anything. I wouldn't call what he was doing in that drama acting.

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I agree, KDW was obviously very green back then and honestly didn't make an already unlikeable character any more appealing.

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UGH, I still really want to see After the Show Ends.

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I've seen the first 2 eps subbed somewhere the other day! Will let you know if I find them :)

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Apologies. I was mistaken. They were RAW ???

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Girl (i assumed u're a girl), you gave me hope and taken it back in a span of a second...

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Very sorry about that. These websites are very misleading when they say "ENGLISH SUB AVAILABLE" and then you click only to realise that its just the RAW and that the subs are "coming soon".
Saying that, I did watch the first ep without subs and it was interesting but will have to patiently wait for subs with you all ~^^

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Lol. See I find the sudden abundance of Ha Suk-jin dramas to be hilarious because not too long ago I was lamenting the lack of leading roles for him in dramaland. Surely one of these will manage to be a hit right? Too bad I can't watch one of them. Really wish subs would come out for After the Show Ends because him and So Hee sound cute together.

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As one of the few people in the dramaworld that absolutely LOVED the original, cheese and all; it is with hesitation that I look forward to the remake. Why? I like the leads....A LOT!! So looking forward to this one!! Whether it is by rout remake or a new take, I will still enjoy the premise of the story. Just keep the romances as they were! Any interjection of some nebulous 3rd party competition shouldn't be allowed!! K-Dramas love their 3rd wheel romances. I abhor them Just tell me when it starts!

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i feel horrible for saying this (i have a huge soft spot for HSJ) but i smell flop allllll over this.

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i remember watching the original series when i was in high school... i definitely had a small crush on kang dong-won!

but out of curiosity, was the series very popular or particularly memorable to justify a remake?

i only remember it because, well, i find that all the dramas i'd watched back in middle/high school/early college days have lingered in my memory. regardless of quality. i can't remember all the stuff from recent years, but somehow the stuff i watched in my early/late teens i remember with some fondness/nostalgia. same for american movies too.

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No matter how they remake this drama, one opportunity they can't possibly miss is the improvement of sets.

What a surprise. 1% of anything was in the first batch of kdramas I viewed because I liked the premise. Even a while back it seemed dated though, and it was a bit slow so I didn't quite finish it.

I'll look forward to this.

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Uh-huh that's nice, what about the rival cousin and his girl? Because that's the relationship I was really invested in when I watched the original back in the day.

I actually am excited for Ha Suk-jin; he has a lot more experience now than Kang Dong-won did when he originated the role. He'll probably do a great job.

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I watched KDW's 1%. Watching this will make me realize how many years I've been watching Kdrama.

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Did he found a way to travel between time or did he get the other HSJ from another dimension to help him, just like The 2 World or did all the time travel in dramaworld have finally cause a crack in the dimension...or watching too much kdrama just make me overanalyzing everything

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The second leads also broke the regular kdrama mode which made it refreshing! No back stabbing second leads trying to be with the OTP couple - they were their own couple!

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The original was such a snooze fest. The set up was cute and had potential but the romance went no where and there really was almost no plot. Don't see why it was such a big hit and why it would warrant a remake. I couldn't even bring myself to watch the last few episodes because I was so done with it.

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Love the original version (I love the raw KDW although many said that he wasn't great there). I'm not a fan of Ha Suk-jin and I don't even know the heroin so this drama definitely a skip.

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I couldn't stand the actress or the grandpa in the original series. So looking forward to watching this. And am interested in the older brother's stories. And the other girl. Don't understand all the pessimism here. KDW was just dressed in those loose floppy suits and was so cheesy and earnest. Totally digging a remake and pfft to all those nasty comments.

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Oh I like Jeon So-min in Maids and Endless Love... Still do not have time to watch Princess Aurora. Hopefully this will be a breakout role for her, she is quite underrated.

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Their face looks more like thaiwan than korean, idk or maybe just not familiar with them … nvm

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The drama is upgraded, ofc. Both leads have their own smart phones now. hehe

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