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News bites: October 15, 2016


Yoo Seung-ho, Taecyeon

  • Hooray that he’ll be back to sportin’ a sageuk mane of glory: Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War) is confirmed for Ruler–Master of the Mask, in which he’ll play an 18th-century crown prince of Joseon fighting off a faction that’s out to obtain control of the water supply. The sageuk melodrama will run for 20 episodes and air in the first half of 2017, likely on MBC. [New1]
  • House Above Time, the mystery thriller starring Kim Yun-jin (Gukje Market), has added to its cast. The film’s about a woman who is blamed for her husband’s murder in the family home and her son’s disappearance. The housewife will return to the home after serving 25 years in prison in order to uncover the truth, and during the film she’ll transform from a warm and doting mother to a cold woman who trusts no one. Taecyeon (Bring It On, Ghost) has been cast as a priest who is the only person wanting to believe her, while Jo Jae-yoon (Fantastic) will play her not-long-for-the-world husband. House Above Time will be directed by Im Dae-woong (To Sir With Love) and will begin filming this month for an early 2017 premiere. [Xports News]

  • Man to Man

  • Upcoming JTBC drama Man to Man now has the distinction of being the Korean drama commanding the highest price per episode for broadcasting rights in China. The record was previously held by Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, which received 400,000 USD per episode from Chinese broadcasters for a total of 8 million USD. While the exact numbers haven’t been confirmed, Man to Man has sold for an excess of 400,000 USD per episode, proving that Park Hae-jin remains a significant draw for Chinese audiences. [Busan Ilbo]
  • Given how much milking there was of the Misaeng cow, it comes as no surprise that there was a special “See You Tomorrow, Misaeng” panel discussion held during tvN’s 10th anniversary festival. Director Kim Won-seok confirmed that a second season would be forthcoming, but admitted the director and cast are all TBD. Stars Im Shi-wan, Lee Sung-min and Kim Dae-myung also spoke at the panel, and all expressed a desire to return for season two. [Herald]
  • KBS has a special treat in store for Moonlight Drawn by Clouds fans. Following the finale episode on the 18th, the station will air an 85-minute special with previously unseen footage and cast interviews. Meanwhile, a reward vacation is still in the works, and an unconfirmed update has the trip taking place in Cebu, Philippines from October 21 to 25. [My Daily, Osen]

  • Sound of the Heart

  • New posters are out for web drama Sound of the Heart, which is based on the long-running eponymous webtoon on Naver. The project is a collaboration between Naver, KBS’s variety department, and production company Cross Pictures, and it stars Lee Kwang-soo (Dear My Friends) as a simple-minded wannabe cartoonist. Kim Dae-myung (Misaeng) plays his elder brother, Jung So-min (D-Day) his girlfriend, and veterans Kim Byung-ok and Kim Mi-kyung his parents. The show will first be available via Naver in November, and then will be broadcast on KBS in December. [Sports Chosun]
  • How sweet, Heirs mom Kim Sung-ryung will be reunited with Heirs son Lee Min-ho when she cameos in the third episode of Legend of the Blue Sea, the fantasy romance starring Lee, Jeon Ji-hyun and more. Jeon’s a mermaid who tries to adapt to life in Seoul, while Lee’s a swindler who falls for her. The show will take over the spot vacated by Jealousy Incarnate in November on SBS. [Osen]

  • Kim Sung-ryung, Ji-yeon

  • Ji-yeon (Triangle, Dream High 2) is confirmed for the lead in web drama My Runway, in which she’ll play a high-schooler who isn’t very good at her studies but who has a good personality. She lacks any notable skills or talent and therefore began showing an interest in clothes from a very young age, since beautiful clothing would bring her attention. She naively wants to be a model because her face and body meet the criteria and she gets to wear pretty clothes. The fluffy-sounding show about haughty top models and the wannabe model youngster with loads of determination will be released on the web, and negotiations are underway to follow its web debut with a TV broadcast. [Joongang]
  • The Cheese in the Trap film has finally found its director in Kim Je-young, who has both directorial (Queen of the Night) and screenwriting (Miss Wife, Wonderful Radio) credits to his name and who recently wrote and directed the Chinese-Korean film So I Married an Anti-fan. The movie reboot of the popular webtoon-turned-tvN-show will also be jointly produced in China and Korea, with Park Hae-jin reprising his role as Yoo Jung sunbae and Oh Yeon-seo putting her spin on Hong Seol’s character. Cameras will begin rolling early next year, and the film should open in theaters in summer 2017. [DongA]
  • Park Jung-min (Dongju, You’re All Surrounded) and Moon Geun-young (Village: Secret of Achiara) are pairing up to bring Shakepeare’s classic tale of doomed lovers to life. Moon is returning to the stage after a six-year hiatus, and the two coevals will star in Romeo and Juliet, which opens its run on December 9 at National Theater of Korea’s Daroreum Theater. [DongA]

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House Above Time sounds good to me because I love mysteries.

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Me too !

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oh my GOD the thought of Misaeng 2..... they shouldn't tempt us with it unless they can actually get it done. And by the same writer/PD team, please!

(though I will miss everyone outside Sales Team 3, I mean Misaeng without Seok-yul, Baek-ki and Young-yi will feel....incomplete)

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They better not trick us! I'm all in for Misaeng!! I hope the entire cast returns ???

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Kang ha neul's character in nursing was to die for! I'm looking forward to him and kang so ra pairing up on next season. Can I hope they build up a relationship next time? Ha neul rocked that angst calm and composed character on missing,unlike the villain he has become on scarlet heart. I always thought he kind of suits these underdog sort of roles.

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Omg the worst case scenario in the history of auto-cotrect. Pardon me guys ...that would be * in misaeng :S.

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OK I give up now..auto-correct. :|

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There's no role in his age group that Kang Ha-neul doesn't suit, basically ;)

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OMG! Kang Ha-neul in nursing cracked me up so bad! But he would look good in a nursing uniform...nursing broken hearts....

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I know it's not good to stalk but is there anyone who has more info about the reward trip of the MDBC cast?? I won't be able to do it though but I might catch a glimpse of them at the airport before I leave hihihihi

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Copied this from Anh's post in Moonlight's Ep.15 recap

P.S: apparently the staffs vacation is 5 days 4 nights Cebu, departing 21/10, most cast members will go incl PBG, KDY, KYJ but not sure about CSB.
The special episode is 85min air 18/10, incl interview with 5 main leads, unreleased scenes, NG and BTS.

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Thanks! I guess fans will just have to camp at the airport on the 21st.

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I'm the worse. I thought it was service news for Taecyeon. I just want him to go quickly so he cane be back singing, dancing, and activities g sooner. I won't watch a film forever and probably not that one.

On the other hand, yay for YSH! This will be my second drama with him. Now I'm really glad he turned down Man in Our House.

Man to Man news makes me giddy. I'm still stuck on the mom who turns to her ex instead of the police. Intrigue.

Kim MI Kyung, Lee Kwang Soo & Jung So Min! Yay.

Kim Sung Ryung is so beautiful. She still doesn't look like she could have grown child to me. I'm 21 and I feel like she looks younger than me lol.

I wish I could see this couple play Romeo and Juliet.

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The very thought of Taecyeon as a priest is sending the wrong kind of chills down my spine. I really hope I can take his character seriously, the tipping point is when his ears starts turning red. Hee.

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Lol!!!

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When I first saw the poster I thought Park Jung Min is touching Moon Geun Young's boobs lol hahas

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Phew. *wipes forehead* I thought I was the only one who think so, lol.

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Same here ????

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kwkkkk...me too?

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I am still recovering from the fact that Park Jung-min is the same guy from "You are all surrounded" and "Adolescence Medley". Love how he is able to change and take on such different auras and images! Props to your hair and styling!!

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OMG me too!!!! lol

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Yes a good news! But when exactly is "the first half of 2017"? Feel like it's still a long way to go through hmm... It's been a while since I watched Yoo Seung Ho on my screen being all smile and cute with Bok-gil. Based on Ruler's synopsis, seems this would likely be another tear-jerking series. Another hmm... after Remember -_- Yet I can't resist his comeback even wishing it will come faster.

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How in the world is Kim Sung-ryung turning 50 next year? This woman doesn't age, once LMH comes back from MS she can maybe cameo as his noona. lol

And KWS PD-nim, those better not be empty words regarding a second season of Misaeng. And I'm still hoping for a Signal 2.

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? I was just going to ask how the hell she could've ever played LMH's mother because she looks like she'd be in her thirties at most. DAMN that's some good genes...

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LMH should just keep playing teenage roles and she can be his young mum.

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Life is unfair though. Lol. She can pass as someone who is still in thirties.

And speaking of Lee Min Ho's sister, can they have Kim Hyun Joo cameo as his noona? Lol. *BOFfeels

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park jung min's side profile is a killah~

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I never knew he was this handsome! Cute, yes and a little dorky but not this... intense manly young man I'm seeing. Plus tatts men, they're sporting TATTOOS which I normally don't like but I'm finding it hot here. Maybe its because it seems to be tying into a concept their working, kinda Gothic and stuff but nice pics!

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Are they trying to mess with our feelings and play with our hearts with the mention of Misaeng deux??! I know it's hard to get the cast together but please make an effort tvN.

PJM and MGY look impossibly compatible, someone cast them in a drama!

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As the resident Park Jung Min fan....*screaming* PARK JUNG MIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question: when Koreans perform Shakespeare is the script in sageuk speech? Surely not all of the nuances can be captured.

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I didn't know we had a resident Park Jung Min fan. Nice to meet you!

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That image of Park Jung Min.... sniffing Moon's neck though...

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Yoo Seung-ho <3 Oh noes, another sageuk. I guess I'll watch it for him. <3

Yay for Moonlight's special and the reward trip for casts and crews! They totally deserve it. Love them lots.

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Can't wait for Yoo Seung Ho????

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MGY looks so hot in this picture! Hope she can comeback to dramaland in 2017.

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She is, isn't she? Maturity bode well with her.

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Lol. whos the guy co star MGY? He looked weird n ugly .. Idol ? actor? the poster looked somewhat awkward too. But afterall rooting for MGY..

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As mention above, his name is Park Jung Min & he is an actor.

Surely, beauty is in the eye of the beholder & you entitled to your opinion but please restrain yourself from calling someone UGLY.

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Taecyeon play the priest? hmm cant get that fact right .. How can a priest be so hot . Hello from Argentina.

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I just can't picture Taecyeon as a priest, I'm not sure I'll be able to take him seriously, but maybe he can build on the improvement he made in Bring it on, Ghost. At least the premise sound interesting even if not all that new.

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Taecyeon a priest? How sinful...would be hard to concentrate in mass.

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This will be Taecyeon's last project before army enlistment. I hav never before dreaded for an actor's enlistment, hope time will pass quickly.....but I am really curious abt why most of his projects hav supernatural elements in it..like who r u? touching you, lets fight ghost, and now this when he himself has admitted that he is afraid of ghosts and all......

Fighting taec..............

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I'm not sure about a Joseon melodrama saeguk, but Yo Seung-ho with a mane of glory is a gorgeous image. ?

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Moon Geun Young commands so much presence. She's so beautiful and excellent actress. I wish i could see this awesome pair. Park Jung Min is having a blast with Dongju, Entourage & Romeo/Juliet :)

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Seems Yoo Seung ho loves sageuk and WATER. Hahaha. First, he tried to sell a river and now, he is fighthing for water supply. Oh the irony.

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With Park Hee jin and Oh Yeon seo, perhaps they should reboot Cheese in the Trap with a 10 year time skip. I love them both but portraying college students?? Really?
Take their character traits and give them a new story.

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I hope KYJ and YSH will pair up to his upcoming drama

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Pls don't tell me I'm in the only one who thought Park Jung-min looks like fx Amber upon first glance???

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Aigoo, now I'm always going to think of the kpop Dino family when I see PJM - Jonghyun, Amber, Jackson & now PJM.

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House Above Time sounds so much like the venezuelan horror movie THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME. A very good movie, with a surprising twist at the end.

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Aww how nice to get some news about Moon Geun Young! But theatre?!!!
Hope she will get a good drama project soon.
What about her in Misaeng 2 if they cannot get the exact same cast? :D Lol

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