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Ji Chang-wook busts out the action moves for his new thriller The K2

It would’ve been a crying shame to let the Healer’s badass fightin’ skills go to waste, so it’s a good thing that his new bodyguard drama The K2 is putting them to good use. Sadly I don’t see any of the bumbling side of Healer that I loved — here, Ji Chang-wook is all sleek, all the time. The newest teaser for his upcoming tvN Friday-Saturday drama finally shows us a glimpse of what we’ve been waiting for — Ji Chang-wook busting heads and being a hero.

At least… I think he’s being a hero. Loyalties will probably be murky in this action thriller from the PD of Chuno and the writer of Yong-pal, because Ji Chang-wook plays a bodyguard-for-hire who gets entangled in a political family that’s full of secrets. He’s a mercenary soldier who was betrayed by his country, and he gets hired by an ambitious presidential candidate’s wife, played by Song Yoon-ah (Assembly), to guard her husband’s hidden daughter.

The daughter, played by Yoon-ah (Prime Minister and I), is a shut-in with an extreme fear of people and a panic disorder triggered by camera flashes, due to a childhood trauma. A mystery brings her to Korea, where she’ll become a pawn in her father’s race to become president, placing her and the bodyguard in the center of a dangerous political war.

The action teaser looks slick, but I expected nothing less from the director Chuno and Runaway: Plan B. If this drama has literally nothing else, it’ll have style. Hopefully there’s substance to be had too, because it would be pretty great for The K2 to do well, and for Ji Chang-wook to solidify a career as an action hero. Just think of all the kittens that need saving!

The K2 premiers September 23 on tvN.

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please be a good drama for Ji Chang Wook sake

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Please be a good drama for us Ji Chang Wook's fans' sake.

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LOL!

Just be a good drama!

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'makes me want to watch the Healer again.

But why Yoona, she's just so thin and well, I don't know...

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well.......I hope she will surprise us......... l look desperate ?

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"Yoona, she's just so thin and..."

Thin and PERFECT.

That schoolchildren blush when they see her... Cute, furry woodland animals follow her around... Cheerful, optimistic music plays wherever she goes. Disney animators use her as muse when drawing princesses... Thieves return purses at her request... Water puddles dry up before she walks into them... The sun beams bright in the sky and refuses to set until she falls asleep...

That's what you meant right? That she's perfect.

If not, I don't want to hear anything different.... (covers ears) ;)

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Are you talking about Yoona or Wookie? ? ?

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LOL..I've seen this comment a million times already! I can find this comment in every post/article/page that has a negative comment about Yoonah! tsk!

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Oh d-mn you caught me!

If my defense, It was actually only one other article. And I slightly changed the comment. Cut me some slack will ya!

Besides, if you all would stop trashing Yoona I wouldn't have to put in all this work... ;)

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Wait... you don't frequent Allkpop by chance?

Well...

I may have posted it a few times there as well...

(looks around guiltily)

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But she was good in Prime Minister and I, I think she has the potential. Fingers crossed.

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Ji chang wooooook! I missed you so.

But i dont think tapping people on the side of their head is supposed to hurt.

Or were you trying to stop their brains from leaking out on witnessing your sheer awesomeness.

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The stills have him looking very manly. No more sad puppy. That's fine because he's fine.

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He's so good looking. I should check out his Chinese drama.

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They were awful!
Politics aside, one advantage of China's limiting Korean stars' presence in their dramas and films right now on acct of THAAD: at least these stars stay in SK for Korean projects.

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agree.
at least we got to see them in something worth watching before the army duty.

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Oh really (regarding his Chinese dramas)? :( that's disappointing. Well at least we got this drama.

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Yes! Positive thing about this thaad thing. We will see our beloved actors in korean projects, and listen to their real voices. JCW chinese drama is terrible. Maybe the worst drama i've ever watched. Bad plot, bad acting.

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I think Whirlwind Girl 2 is pretty good, actually. It's the first C drama I watched because of JCW, and I thought it was unexpectedly refreshing. I liked that the show had a female character whose life and goals don't involve getting together with the male lead, and that she's strong and responsible in all areas of her life, not just the stereotypical girl that bickers with the male lead.

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I like whirlwind girl 2, but not nearly as much as Healer

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Ah ok. Maybe I'll check that out after watching the first Whirlwind Girl (which stars a cute actor)

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I haven't seen the first one but I imagine it's probably similar. Light young people empowerment stuff.

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The drama is awful! There's a heroine who always cries (I somehow understands her because she's having a difficult time but it is too much, especially that hair clip scene.) They also have a super annoying second male lead that makes me want to punch my computer screen. The only good thing about the drama is JCW and the opening OST.

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She doesn't always cry, but when she does, it's always about reasons that have nothing to do with romance (like feeling guilty over injuring a competitor). That in itself makes it better than many other shows.

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Are we watching the same show? She's always crying in the first half of the drama. And it's because of her sunbae. The one she's in love with in the first WG. She can't even fight because of the lost strawberry clip. It took a while before she finally moved on and stopped crying whenever she remembers him.

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it was awful experience I don't dare to think of it again.

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Yeah.. Just think of all the kittens that need saving... LOL

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meow! There's one kitten here that needs saving!

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Please save me.

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imma thinking there's a lot of kittens that need saving (me being one of them) and a lot of girls hearts that need a racing and he will provide both. plus, we wouldn't want that body to get all rusty not being used, would we?

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(nodding furiously...!!)

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Never wanted to be a kitten so much in my life.

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A stray kitten even! LOL

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Pretty sure Healer's kitten is about to become infamous.

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The fight sequences were badly edited. The slow mo were not necessary at all. He is looking awesome nevertheless.

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I agree. The editing is horrible. They usually do it that way to hide how fake the fights are but JCW has skill and training so there really shouldn't be a need to have to use editing to cover up ineptness that would occur from untrained actors.
It could be too that the editor is trying to adhere to a commercial style since it is a teaser but it's just not mixing well and he should have gone in a different direction.

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just...Hellouuu....

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I miss Hacker Ahjumma

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The hair...love it!
The shades man,the shades...
I love characters who can roch dark shades
Angelina Jolie is one
Cheon Song Yi and her ubercool sunglasses is another
Park Bo Gum in the Bombastic teaser and how he stylishly removes them...then starts those wacky moves(dies) and so forth....

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I really like the promotional picture,
it shows them individually and what exactly their role,

even the yoona (both) seems so lonely in different environment,
it's sad and I can feel it trough picture,

one has nothing in her life but it's a bright life yet lonely and sad and the other girl has many people around, darker light, still looked lonely and sad

props for the fotographer to capture the essence with something that looked normal,

that just my observation though,

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You can see it's Yongpal's writer who's penning this. The visuals are gorgeous, hoping the story matches.

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Yeap, the visuals are amazing

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He has such a nice face! I love this kind of hairstyle swept off the forehead, I don't know why some insist in the Justin Bieber baby hair.

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Yup. I second this.

In Monster, Park Ki Woong's bangs were driving me crazy. Show improved so much for me when they swept those off...not that there's much of a plot to follow there, imo.

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LOVE HIM! Yoona, on the other hand, not so much. ☹️ So conflicted.

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However gorgeous Ji Chang Wook is, that one episode of Running Man where he went to the amusement park in Taiwan and screamed his lungs out will always stuck in my mind and make me laugh uncontrollable.

Nevertheless, I'm praying for The K2 to be good.

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Oh dear, how could I have forgotten that. Thanks for the chuckle! ??

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who could forget that? or how utterly adorable and sweet he can be?

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Ah...

I realized it too late that at the time i didn't know who he was...

(going back to check RM archives)

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Love the concept, the action scenes are not bad, but the weakest link is Yoon-ah, I hope it's a good drama regardless of that.

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i'm a simple person, i see abs, i click..

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LOL

... Thats all of us! really! We just pretend to be articulate.

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I'm right there with you, but more in the spirit of the sentiment.

See, for me it's more... I see Yoona. I click.

(I'm a guy)

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Lol. I had trouble following the words, I admit.

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I'll confess: I haven't read the post yet. I just clicked to see the pictures.
(off to read the post now...)

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I... I think I'm in trouble....

About 2 months before I've finished my fellowship, (and it's been two weeks since I've finished fellowship) I've... I've sunk into Dramaland again. I was a shadow reader for the last, I dunno, 5 years maybe. Then I stopped watching your site coz of training. I was on board LFG, currently on UF, W, now MLSHG and MDBC. I actually dropped Doctors, not too committed to C4K and JI tho... but somewhere in between these two months, eating, living, going to the hospital, and fixing my clearances,... I think I may have run through Healer, Oh Hae Young Again, Signal and now eating my way through Jackpot. And now, I'm looking forward to K2!... Oh no. Oh no. I am doomed. I am doomed.

I have got to get some sense of control before my board exams.... which is next June. (oh no, oh no, oh no.)

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You're not alone. This season has many good dramas and is keeping everyone busy. I am currently watching 6. 2 on every timeslot. And i know I would've dropped half of them if I was busy right now but I'm totally free and am constantly getting headacjes even though I only watch 2 episodes a day. 12 in a week is still too much for me( when live watching obviously otherwise I can marathon 12 episodes in a day too)

But in case you are busy and still into dramas then remind yourself that you can watch them anytime. I personally think marathoning is better than live watching so I tell myself that, that way I'll have more fun while watching a drama and it would be done in a few days rather than waiting for a period of months.

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*swoony sigh* Why is he so cool?

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because he rescues kittens. and is one hell of an actor, too.

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Never have I ever wanted to be a kitten so badly. I'd go for cuddles with him every single day...

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Hahaha. I said the exact same thing, almost.

Good to know I'm not alone in the sentiment.

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Cant wait for this new drama to air !!!

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He is very handsome, but he is most definitely not an action star. He lacks the style.

However he has lots of charisma.

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We were talking the other day about dearth of action dramas. Who of the current lot is a good action star ? Of the recent shows i watched:-

LSJ - has training but he looks comical in W while fighting
LJK - has training. awesome in saguek swordfights.
SJK - he was good in DOTS
LMH - should never do action. Ever.

..... ?? Who else ?

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LMH fans will come after you and they will bring up City Hunter.

Not sure what you mean by current lot but I will add Joo Won. He's athletic and looks aggressive in fighting scenes, check out Gaksital.

Now that I am thinking of this batch, did Kim Soo Hyun ever do action?

Yeah...who else?

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:) I love city hunter. I must have re-watched it so many times. it was probably the 3rd or 4th Korean drama i saw and i loved it to bits and LMH in it.

But if someone tells me that the action in CH is good, i'm going to laugh. There were a few scenes that were very stylised - the initial jungle fight, the fight on the staircase. But overall you could see clearly that they were compensating for him by some seriously good camera angles.

I haven't watched Gaksital. But its on my list of shows to watch.

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Haha...I loved City Hunter too but like you I didn't think LMH was a good action actor. I was giggling throughout that spoon fight but never dared to admit because the fans just loved it.

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Man, that spoon fight deserves its own wall of fame
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Now you have done it. Now i need to move it up my pile and watch it. Anti heroes RULE!

btw, which Jang Hyuk drama are you referring to? I haven't seen him do action.

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@bipps99 YAY ?

Jang Hyuk does action here and there for most of his dramas/movies, especially after his role in Chuno. I mean, look at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64x-NthPhVg

-nose bleeds-

Apparently, he practised martial arts for more than 10 years and was a former professional Taekwondo athlete, which ???

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Byun Yo han had wonderful sword-fighting skills in Six Flying Dragons!

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@#$%^&!!!!!!!!! Lee Bang Ji is love!

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I wish he do action dramas. Crime and investigative dramas.

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Anyhow, from Punch and Iron and Veteran, I think of him for boxing.

He did have fight scenes in Sungkyunkwan.

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Jang Hyuk!!! ??? (My ahjussi-crush)

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Agree! He gives his all, no half-ass fighting :D

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I second Jang Hyuk!

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Did you catch his latest turn as swashbuckling hero prince in the the most recent episode of Moonlight Drawn by Clouds? looks like he might have it in him to take on action flicks!

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He also did a fist fight scene in I Remember You, and was good there. Although considering how cute and cuddly he is, I will laugh if he becomes the next big action star.

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I would say that LJS was the worst out of them. I forward all his fight scenes in W. It was just funny and made me distracted plus I feel bad for laughing because he said it was the most difficult to act.
I really don't remember LMH's fight scenes since it was a long time ago.
Anyways the lack of practice shows in this kind of scenes. It's hard to find someone who does not look awkward and can keep up with his body and if you lack the moves you need to act very well to hide it.
LJK is clearly the best since he is already trained.

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What about Jung Kyung Ho in Cruel City? I thought he was ok...

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Yes! Loved Cruel City. Enjoyed it, especially the scene of him taking out 10+guys...

Search for 야차같은 모습으로 덩치들을 때려 눕히는 시현(정경호) - 5/27 월요일 밤 9시 50분 무정도시 첫 방송 on youtube for this 1:33 min clip for those interested.

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I thought his action moves were not bad, no problem with style either. He just didn't have that killer look, see that part where half his face was hidden behind the pillar.

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Agree that it's not a style issue but it doesn't look like the killer look was needed here.

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Hmmm....how about dial up intensity a notch or two? It was a little too placid considering the danger.

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Certainly love for more intensity. But the furtive look here works for me too. Let's hope for more gripping scenes in the actual drama. ;)

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Most action stars can't act. How many action stars do you know are in musicals? Not only is he a good actor, he has the look, the body, and the athleticism to be a great action star.

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True that.

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Hmm. I think JCW was pretty good at fight scenes in Healer. He managed to look "thuggy" enough. He didn't just look like a pretty boy performing a choreographed scene...it looked fairly realistic.

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I'll take all the sleek I can get! Thank you very much! Don't pull a Yong Pal on us though!

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I'm not even sure what makes me anticipate this pairing so much, but I really am excited. My gut says it'll be fantastic, so please don't let me down, show.

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The promotional teasers and trailers looking slick and intriguing so far. Look like an full package of action, romance and politics.

I have been waiting for Ji Chang Wook comeback to dramaland since forever. Hope this role will be even more amazing then Healer ( is that even possible?)

And I know Song Yoon Ah will play villain role brilliantly. I am prepared to hate her to pieces.

About Yoona, I am open to give her another chance to prove herself. She has been working hard to improve after every projects. With this meaty role, I hope she will commit to it 200% and make me her fan.

I saw another teaser pics of her and Song Yoon Ah. They look better than the pictures above. It showed their hate relationship. They both look like they want to kill each other by their eyes alone.

And the BTS pics from Spain look promising too.

Cant wait for 23rd of September !

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Any new yorkers here that can commiserate with me on this name?

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So looking forward to watching this. Meanwhile watching Whirlwind Girl 2 and rewatching Healer for the nth time to get my JCW fix.

I haven't watched Yoona in anything except her CFs with LMH. But I have a feeling she can deliver the role.

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Can JCW come back to a real drama, pleaseee? -fingers crossed- He is too handsome and too good of an actor to be wasted on half-assed TV. (I'm looking at you, Whirlwind Girl 2. ?)

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I think K2 looks half assed...it seems like a near repeat of Yong Pal (badass guy and girl that needs saving). Except it's Yoona and not Kim Tae Hee. And since it's not on a network channel, I doubt they have the budget to make it a high quality action drama like Healer.

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"And since it’s not on a network channel, I doubt they have the budget to make it a high quality action drama like Healer."

-LOL! Even Healer doesn't have enough budget. Accdg to the writer, they need to adjust the elevator scene to fit the budget. She was also told that it will be the last because they can't afford another scene similar to that. Don't underestimate TvN. I heard C&4K has a big budget.

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LOL. If you think C&4K is a high quality drama, that bodes ill for K2, lol.

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I'm not talking about quality. I'm talking about budget. LOL!

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I swear, the dramas coming out lately are chock full of hotties. My week is full from the 2 sageuks, W-2 Worlds and Cinderella.

And now this is coming?! Blisssss!

Love JCW...he's so hot, I swear!

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all along i thought the title was just 'K2', so it actually has 'The' in it..

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I don't know why this comment made me chuckle.

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Aaaaaaaaa aaaaaas aaaaaa ok bye

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Hah, like you ever really would.

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Kwak Jung-hwan <3

Really, really hope this puts him back on track.

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Aaaaaa it's September already! 16 more sleeps!! ??

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The teaser looks very interesting! JCW is really good at action scenes! There're about 2 weeks left. I'm so excited . JCW's face is quite naive, but his body is so...buff. LOL

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Lool the part where he punched two guys at the same time was funny.

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I am more worried about the writer of the show, I really hope he won't mess up. It's JCW's last drama before the military service I think, so it has to be the best. I am sure JCW will give his best to the character with his great acting skills. Let's hope for the best!

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Really excited for this drama . JCW definitely is a good choice for this drama and the script looks promising (with a bit of cut and paste here and there).Hopefully the writers can carry out the drama well. Yoona on the other hand .... i am unsure about I mean her character sounds like they experienced a lot of trauma and therefore are in a lot of pain ... i really really hope she can pull it off believably.She is definitely stunning and cute but has she got the emotional range to pull of this role? well i'll have to wait and see.

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Is this drama pre-produced?

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No, live-shooting. Currently the production team is in Barcelona for filming.

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Oh good. September 23rd can't come soon enough \^O^/

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Ji Chang Wook! Oh, my Healer feels! glad he's back with a kicking ass drama but the girl lead...why? why...? T_T

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such a complex character for yoona. can she deliver?

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I've waited too long. Hoping that this will be as great as Healer... but if not, at least be good enough! <3

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Hello chingus! Haha just my random thoughts though! I think Seo Inguk could play action scenes also. Well in I Remember You his fight scenes looks promising, and he was athletic too! Haha and the fact that Seo Inguk and Ji Chang Wook are best friend are just pure awesome! Love! Love!

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I"m really excited for this, more for JCW than for Yoona. And I have this thing for bodyguard falling for the girl he has to protect lol. And if Yoona's going to be this dead looking throughout the drama I guess I'm okay with it since well she might be good at acting dead lol. Just joking, but I hope she proves me wrong.

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