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Im Shi-wan, Yoon-ah headline new historical drama The King Loves

Well, it’s about time that Im Shi-wan came back to dramaland. Not that I blame him for being extra careful; when you break out in a drama like Misaeng, creating some time and distance between Jang Geu-rae and your next TV character seems like a smart move. He’s signed on to star in the new sageuk The King Loves as the titular king who—what else—falls in love. Starring opposite him will be Girls’ Generation’s Yoon-ah (Prime Minister and I), whose other drama, tvN’s action thriller The K2, is due out this Friday.

The pre-produced drama will be set in Goryeo, and tells the story of an ambitious antihero king, and two fictional characters who will shape his destiny. Um… that sounds a lot like Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo without the time-travel. But you know what, despite being up to my eyeballs in Goryeo princes right now, I do wish I could see a drama do this the grand, sweeping way, and not the clunky, confusing way. Maybe The King Loves will get it right? Is it wrong that I wish Lee Jun-ki and IU could jump ship and do this one instead?

Im Shi-wan stars as Chungseon, the 26th king of Goryeo, though the story will begin when he’s the crown prince. He’s a strikingly beautiful young man, but that beauty and virtue on the outside hides a twisted thirst for conquest underneath. He’s described as having the wisdom of a snake, a shocking temperament, and an eloquence that makes him especially good at drawing people to his side.

The prince is described as Janus-like because of the wily ambition hidden behind his alluring charm, but he’s also a tormented man who’s lacking for affection. He’s a bundle of contradictions: sensitive, bewitching, capable, cruel, and greedy. The drama will portray his terrible rebellion, and “the beautiful but tragic love story” that involves his closest friend and the woman they both love.

Their love for her will drive the country to its destruction, in fact. Yoon-ah will play the beautiful woman San who is loved by two men, described as the Goryeo-era Scarlett O’Hara. She’s the only daughter of the wealthiest man in the nation—her father comes from the royal line and does anything if it means amassing more wealth. The third leg of the triangle is a man of royal descent named Ryn, described as elegant, refined, and upright in character. In one fell swoop, the heroine will “break down their strong bromance that’s as beautiful as a flower.” Well it couldn’t have been that strong if a girl’s going to break it down. Just sayin’.

Both actors have been confirmed, and the 100 percent pre-produced drama will begin shooting in November. It’s currently being considered at MBC for a 2017 broadcast.

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Oh Dramagods, Help us.

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Why Yoona again?! Why?! Is there any actress shortage that we dont know of? We've been waiting for Ji Chang Wook since last year but she's on that drama as some anorexic female lead, ok so we bear and grin it. And then again here with Im Shi Wan. This is an abomination! Argh!

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Exactly my reaction. Why should it be her?

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GODDESS YOONA is a GREAT ACTRESS!!!

+Famous American Directors and Chinese directors are chosen Yoona as the lead female for their new projects Amrican-chineses. because she is one of the best asian actresses.
+ she is the only ONE actress-idol reaching more than 41.5% rating with her 1st kdrama.
+ her last drama surpassed more than 10 BILLION of views. she is the only one korean actor/actress reaching so huge views.
+ she ranking #1 on list actors for more than 17 times, she was even beating hottest male actors on list.
+ her last drama ranking #1 per many times on list of dramas!
+ her dramas (YAMD, Love rain and Gowzy) became best sellers in japan and others countries.
+ she won many awards, ie: the best new actress, excellence acting, etc.
+ she is chosen as the Best role model by Forbes international.
+ she is chosen also as one of the biggest influences by Forbes Asia&International.
+ she is 1st actress and 1st kpop artist received Presidential Award.
... and more. She is the goddess of Asia!! she is amazing!
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*yawns...yeah, she's a goddess yada yada yada....Can we move to the next actress please? Not necessarily a good actress on paper but in reality...opps!

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Dmn the dramagods must hate us. Some people have even the courage to say that yoona is the greatest actress, high ratings doesn't mean best= pretty face doesn't mean you can act!
Im shi wan is first and foremost an idol but did you see him in misaeng? The best yoona did was k2 (even if she was the most uselles character there) she was not so bad but you people really can't compare them! Even if you are a fan you have to be honest, she is not the best she is just popular. She can always improve, but as a viewer i wish there was a solid actress like kim ji won to look forward to.

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Actress Yoona is great!! she is the only one korean actor/actress surpassed 10 BILLION of views with her drama and also keeping #1 on list of dramas and actors.

Actress Yoona is The BEST!!!

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YOONA IS ONE OF THE BEST K-ACTRESSES, not just actress-idols!

tbh, she deserves a better actor with high level like her!

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+4. WTF this Yoon-ah again. C'mon Kdrama's get it together, there are more actresses in Korea, stop type casting the same old people we are sick of it. How many times in one year do I have to see Yoon-ah and why is she always paired with the guy leads i want to watch???

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Yoona is the only one Actress & Actress-Idols beating hottest male actors. she is the Queen of Queens., her acting is great for that reason her popularity and fame is HUGE!

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I think she can be considered an actress by now, not just an idol dabbling in acting.
Actually acting was on her mind since the very beginning of her training. She has since played the lead in 6 dramas (this will be the 7th) by now, to favourable review and even awards, and has a degree in theater studies. What else is needed for you guys to take her seriously as an actress?

From Wikipedia:

In 2002, she was cast in the SM Saturday Open Casting Audition and spent five years "doing nothing but constant training" in singing, dancing and acting. During her trainee days, she had low self-esteem about her low voice, and once thought of giving up singing in order to pursue an acting career.

In May 2008, Yoona landed her first leading role in KBS's drama You Are My Destiny, playing the character Jang Sae-byuk. The drama achieved viewer ratings of up to 41.5%, and Yoona became known for her character.[6][12] She considered the role a turning point in her career,[13] and won two "Best New Actress" awards at the 2008 KBS Drama Awards[14] and 45th Baeksang Arts Awards.[15] In 2009, Yoona was cast in MBC's drama Cinderella Man along with Kwon Sang-woo.[16]

In March 2012, Yoona was cast in a lead role alongside Jang Geun Suk in KBS2's drama Love Rain, a fantasy drama about fate where the offspring of an ill-fated couple who met in the 1970s, met and fell in love with each other in the modern era. Yoona played two characters: Yun-hee of the 70s and Ha-na of modern times. Although the drama lacked in domestic viewership and was criticized for its failure to relate to the viewers, Yoona's acting received positive reviews.

Yoon Ga-ee of OSEN wrote: "The speed at which her acting is improving is blinding. She has matured to the point where you want to ask, 'When did her acting get so good?

Choi In-kyung of Hankook Ilbo said her acting was continuously improving and "Yoona is completely immersed in her character and has now become 'Hana' herself.

In December 2013, Yoona starred alongside Lee Beom-soo in KBS2's romantic comedy drama Prime Minister and I. Loosely based on the musical film The Sound of Music,[27] Yoona played Nam Da-jung, a young and stubborn reporter who falls in love with the prime minister. The drama received low ratings, but Yoona was still noted for her acting ability.
Lee Beom-soo praised her, saying "Acting has to go by logic, only when one understands can the audience understand too, Yoona is smart and did very well. I am anticipating her path down as an actress; at the same time, I want to give her applause".
She won an Excellence Award at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards for the role.

In February 2015, Yoona graduated from the College of Arts, Dongguk University, with a bachelor's degree in theater studies, after starting the degree in 2009.

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For your information, You are My Destiny was Daily drama. And daily drama in KBS always has huge ratings. The most popular one What's Up with Family reached 40% average ratings. But the high profile dramas always air in monday-thursday at 10.00 pm and none of her dramas at that prime time was hit.

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"she’s on that drama as some anorexic female lead"

this is really gross and uncalled for.

everyone here is so transparent when it's coming to Yoona as well. She hasn't acted on Korean screens since 2016, that's 3 years ago, and her first acting comeback hasn't even aired yet and you are all crying her agaaaiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnn like children, acting like she is in something new every month. If you don't like her acting fine but stop acting like she has been in your face in Kdramas consistently when she hasn't, she's only now starting to really flesh out her acting resume.

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I meant since 2013 not 2016

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Don't mind those types of comments. These damn oppar worshipers are too blinded to see how vicious they are with their words when it is an idol turned actRESS OR basically any other actRESS, unless its Park Bo Young, Kim Seul Gi, Kim Yoo Jung, etc. and fail to realize that when it's about male actors, they're not as hateful. And no I'm not derailing. I have noticed that if a male actor isn't that great acting wise, there's never really vitriol against them, where as an actress has to be the most talented and prodigy in her field to deserve a role in a drama. Smdh...

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yeah, it's weird seeing all the "Yoona again??" comments when i haven't seen her in a k-drama in a long time. do some people really hate her that much that a couple year break between k-dramas is too little?

and agreed, the anorexic comment is really nasty and i can't believe so many cosigned that nonsense lmao. it's ok to make fun of skinny girls and make light of a serious condition as long as it's a person they dislike.

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"some anorexic female lead"

Wow that's a really disgusting thing to say. You must be so ashamed of yourself. Anorexia is a serious mental illness, and affects so many people's lives. It should not be used as an insult.

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This is pretty late, but they're not using anorexic to describe Yoona, they're talking about her role as an anorexic person.

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MORE Yoona. Do the Dramagods hate me? What have I done to deserve yet more idol girls staring into the camera in 'lovely' confusion? Is this really what everybody else on the planet (or at least in Korea) wants to see? The number of dramas I can watch without tearing my hair out is fast dwindling.

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If she's really serious about improving, perhaps she should try daily dramas instead to hone her skills. So many excellent young actresses and another average idol-actress has been cast :(

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Who are some excellent young 20s actresses you think are underrated and don't get enough recognition?

I honestly can't think of that many. I can only think of Kim So Eun. Other 20s actresses I think are good are already recognized.

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I like jung so min. ?

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I thought she did a fine job in Love Rain, four years ago, and she surely must have gotten better since.
This is her 11th drama, not to mention 4 films.

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It's too much. ???

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I must have sinned this year.

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LOL!

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The dramagods has been busy lately that's why they stuck IU with LJK and Suzy with WB! Lol

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I know right, I did not like Suzy in that drama and it is a shame as he is such a great actor and that show did not do him justice. I hope he can be in another drama but with a great actress....................

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I've not seen any dramas with Yoona so I have no opinion on her acting. Is she a bad actor? I personally don't care if people are idols as long as they can act.

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Haven't you seen Love Rain? She was really good there.

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I haven't. The only thing I've seen her in was Bottom of the 9th with 2 Outs but I don't remember her character in that.

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Im-Im couple??? They both resemble deer.

the plot seems so....overdone

At least they're pretty!!!!

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I'm snorting awfully unattractive right now.

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*googling how to be Yoona*

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LOL XD

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Ji Changwook, and now Im Shiwan. Oh yes, we need a manual to be Yoonah.

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god forbid she'd be paired with lee jongsuk and seo inguk next! coz she's burning through my bias list incredibly fast lol

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I like yur bias list. Amen.

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Not to shake your tree, but she already started with Seo In Guk in Love Rain and she is very close friend with both him and Lee Jong Suk in real life. LJS even sent her a massage at her fan meet.

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I'm okay with her being besties with my bias list even fine with her dating them. I'm just not okay with her acting opposite them.

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Even though LR has some of my bias list, I like to pretend it never happened.

Plus, the scenes between her and SIG wasn't that many or deep from my memory.

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Shhh, don't mention it. They'll heard you. Write a script, get a director, and start casting, just off of the comment.

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Hahaha... This is hilarious!

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I almost misread it to *googling how to be Yona*.
Anyway, how to be Yona? Wear a pink HS girl's uniform, makeup, hair clip and you're all set. Ah! Don't forget, you have to be a man then you can now chase OPPA!

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Sooo happy to see Im Siwan back on the small screen and the plot actually sounds good,making him the antihero reminds me of Lee Bang Won,i'm sure he will do quite well in this type of character...The ending sounds like tragedy...Don't know what to feel about Yoona casting,i confess i kinda wanted another actress(ex. Baek Jin Hee) but will wait till the first episode to say more

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+1 Yes.. in my mind of anti-hero is Lee Bang Won. YAI was so good and i hope ISW will be good too. But i do not hope too much for yoona.

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Yoona is one of the best korean actresses, Even Chinese directors and American directors was chosen her as the lead female for their new projects.

but i Don't know what to feel about siwan casting, i confess i kinda wanted a real actor with high level level her,( ex. kim soo hyun and song joong ki(. But i will wait till the 1st episode to say more.

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Where were you when misaeng was out? Don't make me say he deserves a better female lead, opps!

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I dont think her level is that high tho, in fact its the other way round

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YESSSSSSSS TO THIS.

I know lots dislike her, but I love her to bits!

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XD!!! lol hahahahaah I know lots dislike him!

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curious to see the third part of this triangle....

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The story seem quite interesting esp in male lead charracter but big doubt he could deliver it, yoo ah is so so too, too many sageuk lately, may be i'll interested if they got better cast

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This is not hatred, but I cannot help to think " Yoona again?". Even if they want to cast idol, why cannot better idol, Im Shi Wan seriously deserves better leading lady. :(

Why not Im Shi Wan and Baek Jin Hee? They deserve to be reunited in a drama as couple. Or is she is not qualify to be Goryeo-era Scarlett O’Hara.? But this girl rocks in sageuk.

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Amen. I really want to see two character actors in a drama...so that I can cry and laugh and feel what just any actor can't do for the role/s. Sigh...I know she can act, but is it wrong to have higher expectations...there are so many good actresses out there waiting to be assigned deserving roles....

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So many great actresses in 20s still queuing in the line waiting for the chance to get good roles...

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your not wrong,im really not fond of idol leads unless they are actually really good like im siwan, be that an actress or actor as well not just idols actually.

i really lower my standards when it comes to idol acting though and i've noticed that even if they are average or not horrible i've come to get excited over slight improvements when i've already seen really amazing actors and actresses, so why should i get happy over small improvements by the leads of all people, im fine if they are 3rd or even 2nd lead, im more forgiving cause at least they arent leads and hope by the time they are, they are actually good.

im past the the point of waiting for them to be already really good when they have been acting for a while as well, that too in lead roles.once your lead i expect training wheels to be off, i dont wanna be sitting there watching you train im gonna give yoona a chance though in K2 so im hoping she is better then okay.

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Yep. Yoona gets a lot of roles for not being particularly talented and having so many dramas that underperform. Powerful agency I suppose.

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I was quite OK with her in Prime Minister and I, and I was decided to give her a chance for the upcoming K2, but out of sudden read another Yoona's casting news, I'm not ready for it yet.

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We will not whether she will be good or bad once K2 starts. Fingers crossed, maybe she is actually good or maybe its the director or maybe she is bad really. But still too many idols getting role over once who should get them, how does this work. Agency lobbying or popularity??

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Honestly, she's not terrible, or passable I guess. But I'm sick of "not terrible" for lead roles all the damn time. I'm really sick of dramas being used as an acting school for these idols and their attempts at a 2nd career. There are other young and talented rookie and upcoming actors to cast in roles who are far more deserving than these idols are. Stop casting IU, Suzy and Yoona in stuff (along with random male idols too). Is that really so hard?

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Yup, totally. The thing is the idols marketability ($$$) as they already have a fan-base aside from skillful acting criteria. Unless the director & writers are more into appreciating their work, at the end of the day, it is about $$$.

I have a totally unpopular opinion here, don't think Im SW is fantastic either ( ~ duck). I think the director of Misaeng knows his camera well & very skillful in getting the job done (~ duck again).

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she gets a lot roles for her talents, potential, for heself, not because of her aganecy(sm). SM is a damn Sh*t!!! sm always trying to block her huge success. her agency (SM) did NOT support her last drama too, she obtained huge success with her last drama again thanks to herself and her own good job, acting and talents, no because of sm agency.

she was ranking #1 on list of actors thanks to her talents, her las drama even ranking #1 too. Her last drama reaching more than 10 billion views, thanks to herself, not sm! OKEY!!

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lol we are talking about YOONA not Sooyoung, who SM obviously doesn't support and who had to work hard for her roles. Yoona is one of the chosen ones in SM who gets the good roles, who they have produced dramas for and doesn't have to fight for much because she's nice and pretty.

And don't fool yourself into thinking SM didn't get her the Chinese drama in order to help her group break into China..that is their M.O....

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hahah agreed. I don't dislike Yoona, but I also can't help wondering if she like, saved someone's life to get ANOTHER part opposite a good actor. Wish there was a little more variety in actresses for her age group. I feel like there are a lot of underutilized 20-something actresses that I'd like to see more :/

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well, technically she DID save someone's life since she's been sponsoring an african kid since she was 18

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I think you need to save a country not a life to be this lucky...

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I don't think she's lucky, actually. There's no such thing as a free lunch in life. It wasn't an accident that she was cast in these roles. She had to work really hard to make that happen by building connections, building relationships, building her reputation, etc.

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Actually there is still an element of luck involved. I am not saying that it trumps over hard work and all but there are certain things that you are born with or situations you are born in that makes you less fortunate, doesn't mean that it defines you yes, but nonetheless luck has something to do with it - at least at the starting line.

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@Ina. I wouldn't call Yoona "lucky" though. She had a pretty difficult childhood...her parents divorced when she was young and she doesn't even remember her mom. She had to work hard to prove herself at SM. She had to work hard to gain popularity with the public. She had to work hard to get acting roles. Everything she has gotten is a result of her hard work.

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I am obviously talking to a fan. I am sorry if I came across as dissing her. I don't know anything about her and I purely looked at her in her roles from her previous acting and had been disappointed tbh.

My statement merely highlights the fact that she had probably gotten this role not through her acting history. I am in the industry so I know how some companies/agencies with a lot of clout will pull out all the stops to get their actors/idols/celebs into a movie/drama. I have seen better actors/actresses shelved because of said companies/agencies. Those better actors/actresses did not lose out because they did not work hard but because they did not get into these companies or given the opportunity. The industry is about money so if you do have a strong company backing you up then, you are more lucky than others. I have no doubt that she worked hard in SM, however if she really likes to improve on her acting and not be unjustly criticise, then taking smaller roles, being on the sideline, observing and learning before stepping in the lead role may be a better option. That will certainly shut everyone up and I doubt anyone then will say she is lucky to get the lead role.

IMHO, I think the majority do not dislike her, it is just that if we were to sit through a drama, a drama with potential and it is carried by leads that are either mediocre or forgettable, then to us, it's almost blasphemous.

Thank you for highlight to us that she is a hard working person, but in acting, it has got to show. I do hope that her K2 experience will help her and so bring that improvement over to this drama - for all our sakes.

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@Ina, no need to apologize, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

In terms of her getting roles because of her agency powerful agency, that's probably true, but most idols at SM don't get opportunities to act like Yoona does.

Most girls at SM who aren't in SNSD don't get chances to act. Yoona had to work hard to be chosen for SNSD and help make that group popular. And even most of the SNSD members aren't getting as much acting as Yoona. So clearly she has worked hard to make SM want to support her over her other groupmates.

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i agree, i like yoona as a person but generally i wish instead of idols better actors were cast unless of course the idols are actually really good in the case of im siwan.yoona isnt bad but this is also a sageuk which is known to be difficult, so it could be IU in SH all over again.

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If everyone can watch IU in SH then they should be fine watching Yoona in this. O_O. Lol

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Just don't get me started about IU. If I could trim her out of every scene I could. The only thing keeping me from tossing that entire show into the Black Hole of Abandoned Kdramas is Lee Jun Ki, who is 1,000 times the actor she is and truly deserves a much, much better costar.

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This is kinda like 4th prince, 8th prince (or maybe 13th) and Ruoxi (she is general's daughter),
especially this part “the beautiful but tragic love story” ,
I still remember how painfully my heart cry when the 14th re-write the letter envelope, that's the last chance . . . .

and if the king isn't bewitching, this also reminds me of The Princess's Man,

of all, I actually gonna look forward for this,
and who gonna play Ryn, someone like Im Siwan is the face of nice guy,

how abut Lee Won Geun he has those nice and flirty feels, (but can he play Saeguk?),
Yoo Seung Ho (but he probably too big for this),
Yeo Jin goo is good but he is too young,
Park Bo Gum (He can't, lee young just reign, if the 2nd is villain type, I'll probably like if it's him)
Lee Hyun Woo 93?
Lee Min Hoo 93?
Baro?
Jisoo?
Hyung Shik?
aah I am just listing actor name here

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I'll go for Baro...or maybe Nam Joohyuk. Joohyuk should do more sageuk in the future. His mane of glory in SHR suits him.

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idk which one it is but I assume it's the one that play flute cause that guy is good there and I knew who is Jisoo and Baek Hyun

I still had trouble remembering the cast of SHR

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Yes. It is him. I find him okay in CITT but I was surprised that he's good in SHR. I think he suits in sageuk dramas. While for Jisoo, I prefer him to do modern era dramas.

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Lee won geun played the younger version of song jae rim in the moon that embraces the sun so i'm sure he can handle sageuk

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Oh, since ISW was also in TMETS this would be a nice reunion...although I think I'd rather see LWG as the lead in a drama.

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that's him? I didn't notice it,

TMTETS reunion then...

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Yes to LGW, YSH, YJG, LMH '93, Hyung Shik!

I'm not sure about Baro, Lee Hyun Woo '93. But they could change my mind with promo pics and teasers.

No to PBG & Jisoo. One puppa shouldn't be 2nd lead anymore in my book. And the other needs to rest for his health, even if this is a far time off.

Might I suggest: Kwak Dong Yeon (too young?)
Kim Minsuk (I need him in a bigger role)
Gong Myung (back to back w/ Drinking Solo & Entertainer)
Ahn Hyo Seop (I want to see him again)
Lee Tae Hwan? (^^)*

The other half of the bromance will be the deciding factor for me because I haven't seen fallen in love with Im Shi Wan and because I don't actively seek out Yoona dramas anymore.

*I'm spiraling off into fangirl land, aren't I?

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oh no.. All of a sudden we are getting a double doze of Yoona... No!!!!

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How is it double dose when this one is 100% pre-produced and won't air until next year? Months after The K2 ends...

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oh wow! I've missed our Jang Geu-rae.

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if it's bromance you say i would like to see lee min ho '93 in this

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The K2 is not pre-produced right? How is Yoona going to wrap up the K2 and start this in November?

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That's also the first thing that came to my mind.

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Me too! How's that gonna work? Unless Time Travel really is involved, I was wondering how she's going to do both.

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Meh, the plot sounds terrible.

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His Moon-Sun character flashed in my mind!
Yoona is so busy!

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It sounds so much like Moon Lovers, no?

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Can they change the female lead to someone like Jung Somin or Park Boyoung?

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Really...love that Yoona is so eager to keep working back to back, but as pretty as she is...I don't find her to be a mesmerizing actress that I LOVE to watch on screen...

Would also prefer another actress...sigh.

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Park eunbin will pass as Goryeo's Scarlett O'Hara too, I guess..
Really missed her in sageuk drama

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OOOOoo yes definitely Park Eunbin!!! Sigh but that aint gonna happen huh?

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There are Jo Boa, Lee se young, Jung so min, Ha yeon soo, Lee yubi and more. Not necessarily the best actresses but at the very least better than most idol-actresses.

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I agree 100% I would love to see jung so min but sadly its just idols being cast

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All that description about Siwan's character screams Wong So to me @[email protected]

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FINALLY! I have been waiting for you, Jang Geu-rae! Congrats to Yoona for landing another lead role. She is decent in my book. I hope she improves more.

The story is nothing new, so it'll come down to execution. I have no qualms with a story that's familiar so long as the execution is done right and as a viewer I can connect with the characters. Looking forward to ISW in hanbok! woohoo!

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/yawn

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Good to see Im Siwan back, but... hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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Sorry to fans, but I think yoona is being greedy right now

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Too many sageuks.
Too much Yoona.
But it's ouri Geu Rae - ah. UGH.

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In defense for Yoona, let's give her another chance! Who knows the K2 trailer looks really good right now so I'm excited to see her improvements since the last drama I saw her in.

And it's good she's so excited to up her resume and title as an actress. I really think she's trying to shed the title of acting idol especially with SNSD getting older. We all know her career as an idol won't last forever.

It's good she's trying to shed her old image. She's 26, and it's about time she start better establishing herself in the film/drama industry. I think she's trying to follow the footsteps of others like Eugene and Yoon Eun Hye, and I really wish her luck with these next 2 dramas because they will be pivotal for her career :) I definitely don't want Yoona disappearing off the face of the earth after her SNSD career is over :(

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I have decided I am allergic to patience and fortitude. Whenever someone suggests we give these manufactured and well-backed idols yet another chance to prove they can actually emote, I break out all in hives. Here's Yoona, trying to prove she can do more than light and simple, and I feel an itch coming on.

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I've always love your sarcasm. lol

Sigh!!! Is Korea in dearth of good young actresses? I'm kinda allergic to Yoona. Her acting in K2 trailers also looks painful, so even if it's JCW, I have to pass. And now this.....

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Wow...you said it. Yes she's a good person, yes she's done humanitarian work, yes she's this and that...but there's no connection to her acting... we've given her lots of chances already...when i see yoona acting, I see yoona...I had to close one eye looking at K2 trailers...help dramagods.

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I always give everyone 4-8 episode,
drama is not just about the female lead and the quality of acting isn't just about who is the best actress but who is fitted the best, who knew if this fits her before watching, right?

so yeah I don't have a problem with idol before the drama aired, because after all they all just acting, it's the act that we need to judge,

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Why do we have to give her a chance? Is drama watching some kind of charity? It's ridiculous the audience is supposed to put up with mediocre acting in order to give these rich spoiled idols a "chance" to improve. There's a reason most idol led drams fail. The Korean audience won't put up crappy acting.

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Hmm, not sure if I'm feeling the plot. It sounds very whatever so far.

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Am I the only one who thinks I'll be more heartbroken over the death of a "bromance as beautiful as a flower" :(

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Basically, Goryeo Kings are the new equivalent of Chaebol antihero heroes. ;)
Thanks for the news, GirlFriday!

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The plot seems just so....common. Not hating Yoona really...But is it too fast for her to take another role? Health is more important. What if The K2 good response and she must go overseas for promote the drama? Or CFs etc... I think she should think more careful.

Im Siwan should choose more interestiing or challenging role. If he likes to try saeguk why not the strong one? This is absolutely saeguk romance which reminds me Moonlight or Moon Lovers.

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Im Si-wan has that face with the innocent delicate beauty that if he does the Janus like character right, it could be amazing. Like Park Bo-gum in I remember you. Or Song Joong-ki in innocent man. It will be all in the eyes!

Also have never seen any of Yoona's shows, so hope she is good in the upcoming K2.

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production has not started and yet so much haters.

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I don't think people are blatantly hating Yoona 'just because'. It's just that her current track record in dramas hasn't been all too great. There are other 'idol-actresses' who do really well and earn praise from viewers (Eunji, Minah, etc.) Unfortunately, Yoona hasn't been one of them.

But here's hoping she improves!

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she's not the best actress, i agree. i also hope she does well on her current drama. but browsing through the comments, i can feel a strong force of hate. seriously. so i can't help but give my opinion, as well.

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acting aside, a lot of comments here hold a lot of.. animosity? it's really jarring to read from the perspective of someone who neither likes nor dislikes yoona. seeing people insult her weight, call her anorexic, say they refuse to give her a chance or give her the benefit of the doubt. it's really bizarre to see people hate an actress who's "meh" at worst this much lol

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Yoona overdose.

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Well, I kinda hope a conventional sageuk as Shiwan's comeback to dramaland, but I think we'll get another light romance sageuk. I'm not against light romance sageuk as long as the storyline is good or it has wow factors.
Please don't be another Moon Lovers SHG. It has LeeJunki, KangHaneul, Jisoo but the plot is meh. I can't stand bunch of awkward scenes, acting, BGM, OST and even its messy directing.

I was so excited reading Im Shiwan's name at the headline, but then.. SNSD's Yoona appear.. it killed my excitement.
After The K2.. and now this one.. why oh why they didn't cast better actress than Yoona? Tsk.

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This is not a typical sageuk at all though!
First of all, this is based on a novel; Im Si Wan's character doesn't actually get the girl - he's obsessed with both his bff and the girl who are in love with each other and tries to ruin their lives. I'm surprised that it looks like they're making King Chungseon as the center of the story because despite the character arc he's clearly the villain? I have a feeling the character is gonna be very twisted and tormented and I can see Siwan pull this off fantastically.

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Okay, that actually makes it sound a lot more interesting. Hope they keep it as a dark villain centric story rather than turning it into a typical kdrama love triangle.

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Ooh, can you let me know which book this is from?

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"Everyone has their own game of Go. – Jang Geu Rae"

You can do this, Jang Geu Rae!

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How I wish they would've chosen someone besides him. I read his name here sometimes, and I always avoid commenting because I know some people like him. But honestly I don't see the appeal. He is a good actor but not great, and most importantly he lacks screen presence and charisma. Also isn't this girl Yoona the one who was in that prime-minister drama (which I dropped)? Then since Si Wan strikes me as someone who is short, won't she be taller than him? It just doesn't seem like a good combination at all.

I know I might be too honest for some, but with a premise like this, and with them actually hoping to cast an anti-hero in the role of the hero, then I would wish for a much more compelling casting. Also I hope that if the male lead is an anti-hero that he will really be that, and not some watered down version (4th prince in Scarlet Heart which I haven't watched in a while).

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Anyways since the casting is done, that means that I will be passing on this. But happy watching to everyone on this thread.

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Yay Siwan! About time!!!

But Yoona? Wae? I saw the preview to K2 in which she screams for JCW to kill the ahjumma...it was so FAKE (still watching K2 for JCW)! I hope Siwan and 2nd lead male actor can save the drama

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LOL I thought I was the one thinking like that. But I decided to reserve my judgment. Though the way she screams...

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Still cheesed off about the whole thing. First I stayed away from Uncontrollably Fond because I can't stand Suzy, and now I have to stay away from K2. She just seems so awkward here--why did they think an idol could be anything other than cheerful, perky, and loveable?

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Im Si Wan not fit a sexy roles, and Yoona? No, thanks.

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I just read the dramabeans article on CNBLUE’s Lee Jong-hyun and actress Gong Seung-yeon reunion in a time travel sageuk drama and now this. I think I had too much of the historical dramas these days.

I'm gonna watch Yoon-ah in K2 because I can't just not watch Ji Chang-wook. I'm passing on this one unless somebody tells me that it's actually worth picking it up.

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Lol.

Funny, I said the same thing myself in another thread.

I too, am getting tired of Youth romcom sagueks. Now a drama like SFD, I can easily get behind.

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Strange they are not waiting to see the reception she gets from K2 to cast her straight on to this one...

*sigh* hoping all works out well - for both dramas.

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She was casted in this drama first but K2 popped their news earlier, it was why SM denied the K2 casting news first.

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Soo Youngggg! This girl better chances to shine more.

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Oh yes I just read Soo Young will be casted in a new drama. Yes. hope she will get a great partner, team and script!

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Haven't heard of this before "wisdom of a snake". I'm quite excited for this except for Yoona. And who will be the second male lead.

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While I have abundant love for Im Shiwan, I don't think I can take heartbreak caused by the tragic triangle love, especially between best friends. So, I pass this.

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ummm .... this sounds a lot like moonlovers - ambitious, lacking affection, cruel streak, sensitive - this is 4th prince redux! ... anyways tortured chaebols, oops! prince are always welcome

btw, is yoona really that terrible ? I haven't seen any of her shows till date .. should i cross this off my list because i was looking forward to im shi-wan's next

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she isnt terrible. she is average but i think most are giving her a chance in K2, which is a more heavier drama and she is playing a more emotionally complicated character. i suppose from there you can judge whether you wanna watch the king loves

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Hmmm..She isn't terrible like Jin Se Yeon but I have had difficulties grasping at her emotions when more is required of her. Her acting is a little unstable and at times it can be pretty surface. I have watched her Korean and god forbid, one Chinese drama she was in and I couldn't feel her if you know what I mean. But I can only hope that she improves with K2 and bring that improvement over to this new drama or we're all screwed...

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imo, she's just average. i guess people see her average-ness as an extra awful thing because they hate idol-actors/actresses? i have no idea, tbh, but she's just "meh" to me. i'll be glad to be proven wrong, though. i'm shallow and like looking at pretty people.

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Oh Yoona again? I am actually avoiding k2 becoz of her. Im Shi Wan, cant resist him. Remember him in Moon that embraces the sun? He is gonna be hot prince for sure.

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Hi guys! Even as a big fan of YoonA, I'm still shocked that she's storming the dramaland in a really swift way. Some may not like it, but let's give her the chance. However, I think the biggest reason why I think SM Entertainment (YoonA's entertainment company) is pushing her to the limelight is to prepare for Girls' Generation's 10th anniversary. After all, they're a pretty big group and I suppose they really want their anniversary to be a big celebration for the girls.

For now, let's appreciate her hard work! A drama after a drama isn't easy. The girl is getting her won.

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Y'all are negative Nancy. If she's being casted she's being casted. If you don't like don't watch. You know there's a saying if you can't say something nice don't say it at all.

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Honestly the worse ones are the ones who criticise the way she looks, calling her anorexic, disgusting.

Criticise her acting, that's absolutely fine. But not something she finds hard to deal with (her weight).

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yep, and i imagine weight is an especially sensitive topic to a lot of idols. their bodies/looks are always under so much scrutiny and their physical flaws are always picked apart by men and women alike. it'd be nice if people could leave the gross "anorexic" comments to themselves.

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why would Yoona accept another drama when she clearly knows that she has one which is yet to be shown? besides,there are so many k-actresses to chose from.

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Why does the sun go on shining
Why does the sea rush to shore
Don't they knooooooo.. it's the eeeeeend of the world
'Cause Yoona was chosen..again?

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I really dont get why people always overact toward Yoona acting lol like okay she is not great but she's not bad as well. As someone who watch a drama without bias of actor or idol-actor thingy I found her decent.

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Why would we want decent when we can have great? Shouldn't she take it easy and take time to learn from past mistakes before jumping into another project? Sometimes you can't rush the process. Who cares if she's an idol...jin seyeon gets the same treatment

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Lets see how both this and K2 goes. If both projects do well Yoona can establish her self as new Yoon Eun Hye of this generation( now that YEH put a foot in her mouth for good).

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