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Kim So-hyun to romance Yoo Seung-ho in MBC’s Ruler–Master of the Mask

Now, this is a lineup I can get excited about: Kim So-hyun (Bring It On, Ghost) has confirmed taking the lead role opposite Yoo Seung-ho (Remember—Son’s War) in Ruler–Master of the Mask, an MBC historical drama set to air next year.
 
Ruler—Master of the Mask is described as a fresh, youthful melodrama-romance, which is a descriptor that appeals to me because we’ve seen quite a number of youthful sageuk rom-coms, but not many (or any?) that take a dramatic approach. And these two actors are great choices to carry a weightier youthful melo, having shown great range of emotion and ability in their prior works, starting from their child-acting years.

The drama is set in Joseon in the 1700s and is based on true events surrounding the attempt to privatize the control of the water supply, although it will also take creative license in fictionalizing aspects of the story. (That’s a disclaimer that hardly seems necessary anymore; where once sageuks were sticklers for historical facts, now they’re mostly historical fiction.) Yoo Seung-ho plays a lonely crown prince who fights against a secret organization made up of the wealthy and powerful movers and shakers in society who want to control the water.

Kim So-hyun has been cast to play a righteous, intelligent young woman whose father is executed on Yoo Seung-ho’s orders. That spurs her on a revenge mission against him, but she’ll end up falling in love with him instead. This mortal-enemies-to-lovers setup is like drama crack to me; give it to me now.

Yoo Seung-ho and Kim So-hyun have actually been in the same drama before, although they didn’t act together: She played the child version of the heroine in the 2012 melodrama I Miss You, while he played her friend-confidante-co-conspirator in adulthood. They’ve both got plenty of sageuk experience under their belts: Kim So-hyun played the evil jealous rival in The Moon That Embraces the Sun and followed that with a turn as the evil jealous sister in Rooftop Prince. Yoo Seung-ho cut his teeth on historical dramas, and is no stranger to playing royalty: He played young kings in Legend, King and I, and Queen Seon-deok (and King of Heaven in Arang and the Magistrate, which is like half-credit). I’m pretty excited about the prospect of seeing them act together, and will be keeping a close eye on developments for this show.

Ruler–Master of the Mask is being planned as a Wednesday-Thursday drama in MBC, to air in the first half of next year.

Via TV Daily

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so happy with the casting of the leads!! looking forward

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me too! I found a youtube video of Missing you BTS of them looking super embarrassed when meeting each otherrr. hee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zt9lxTpksA

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I legitimetly screamed of excitement when I read the title!!! This is a pairing I always wanted to see on the screen since they both are incredibly good at playing dramas!! I'm so happy it happened faster than ever thought it would!!! and the whole enemies-to-lovers story is icing on the cake!! I can't wait for it!!

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The casting is amazing.... I'm just worried though because the plot seems like a redo of a lot of other saguek dramas and I want to see something new. and the writer is a rookie... I can't find any previous works by him or her. I was really hoping that these two would do a modern drama instead. But nonetheless I'm so excited. the visual and acting chemistry should be off the roof.

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MBC is giving opportunities to new writers like Shopping King it's the wtiter debut drama too, maybe this one will be heartwarming and cute drama like SKL, although there wasn't anything new about SKL plot but there were something addicting in that drama and some attraction, and the characters were amazingly written and well acted.

I feel like MBC doesn't care about the ratings war that much like SBS snd KBS, those two are definitely competing hard. MBC got lucky with two dramas that surpassed a two highly anticipated dramas like UF and JI although JI is doing well but who would've thought that SK would win sometimes first place in ratings agains JI.

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I'm sorry to disagree with you. Even SBS and KBS also try to find new talent. KBS "On The Way To The Airport' and 'Oh My Geum Bi' script won a script contest and SBS 'Wanted' created by a new writer. Not only MBC try it.

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They care about ratings, but hiring star writers, such as Kim Eunsook and Park Jieun, become very expensive after they became sucessful with their dramas. KBS and SBS are pretty lucky because they hire them when they are still rookies. So, they have no choice, but to sometimes put their faith in new writers.

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Well SKL's writer gave us something refreshing and adorable, and she was new.

New writers can mean a different perspective and style to a story. Or can also mean copying the style of others. So it can still can go either way.

But as you said, cast is amazing. I've never seen any of their projects. Well I did see most of Moon that Embraces the Sun but heard a lot of their amazing skills so you can see that they'll bring their A-game.

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I will always about new writers when it comes to sageuk. It’s not your typical every day modern genre.
I guess it’s better to start off in a fictional fusion first.
The director did Shine or Go Crazy so he is capable if he keeps it simple.

I’m guessing this is based on the visionary Crown Prince Yi-san (King Jeongjo) <3 who used his own money to create and build water supply channels for farms and turning Hwaseong region into a major agricultural producer.
(I think this region is still the biggest producer of agriculture in Korea to this day).

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*worry*

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Been waiting for this news to be post on dramabeans since morning!! Im super excited for this pairing!!

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finally, he gets to play a young man his age, and has a young woman playing opposite him! i will look forward to this drama pairing...

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All I can keep thinking is I hope someone on Kim So Hyun's team is protecting her, and that in 10 years when she's no longer a child and she's at the ripe old age of 27 she'll be getting the same acting opportunities, and won't be competing with new teenage actresses for the same roles.

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I meant to make a standalone post, but somehow ended up replying to the person above? Sorry.

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They look so good together. And both can act!
Perfect.

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So true. I think this is a perfect pairing.
I didn't think of this before, but when I see them like this...it's just perfect.

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So excited!!!!

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I'm sooo excited about this news! Looking forward to this drama. I think it could be another "Magical Pairing" after Moonlight's YeongOn. Please, be good, drama~

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THISMAKESMESQUEALINSIDEOUTUPSIDEDOWN.

I have a long, long list of K-actor crushes, but Yoo Seung Ho makes my heart skip differently. Lol see, that sentence doesn't even make sense. Oh well, this is a sign to bid farewell to sanity, and welcome Yoo Seung Ho in his beaaaauuuutiful sageuk mane of glory with wide open noona arms. Give his character a fluffy cat and it'll be purrfect (why are there only horses in sageuks?). But him alone, is sufficiently beauuuuuuuutiful ?

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I'm really happy about this casting. So Hyun has only played evil characters in sageuk, so I'm glad to see her as a good person here.

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Well, she appeared on the movie The Last Princess where she was a late joseon princess. She's in hanbok and she's a nice character.

I'm so happy with this pairing!!!! I love Kim So-hyun, she's my fav actress. She is going to be 18 next year, so she's not a baby anymore. And Yoo Seung-ho looks so young, so I'm happy he was paired with someone who looks younger than him (with Go Ara and Park Mi young he looked like their younger bro).

I'm going to follow this drama news closely!

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It's amazing that they've never worked together before even though they're both the few high-profile child actors of their generation. Okay, maybe considering their ages, they're separated by half a generation. Still...

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There were plenty of child actors in his age group back then. By the time she broke out as top child actress, Yoo Seung-ho was in the army.

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WOOOOOOOOOOOON-AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! ???????

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I don't understand why this comment is full of upside down chickens

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This chick has flipped.

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I am so behind this pairing! YES! Two brilliant actors together and I love both (although here we go again with a minor-adult pairing). Instead of a light youth sageuk, we get a youth melodrama sageuk. I am liking this!

Give me more drama and tears because Yoo Seungho is one of the few that gets to cry really well that I feel my heart ripping whenever he does. Sohyun needs no further description because girl is so talented. A revenge plot? Count me in! Nothing new, but I am all for good delivery production and acting-wise even if the plot is familiar.

I'm a teeny tiny sad because I was hoping to see Sohyun's next project with Bogum, but this pairing is so good, that I can wait for more years before I see a PBGxKSH pairing. Now drama, please be good.

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Yes, like you, I'm so into the idea of Park Bo Gum - Kim So Hyun pairing. Ever since I saw them MC-ing in KBS Drama Award last year. But I can wait for my dream pairing to happen some time before PBG's military enlistment. "Uri So Hyun, drink a lot of milk and grow big soon. You have to hurry and grow up, so you can be paired up with Park Bo Gum in drama or movie~"

But for now, I'm so happy and looking forward to this Ruler OTP's chemistry^^

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Hehehe! Love the R88 line reference. And yes, I can and will wait. I have a very strong feeling it will happen and Sohyun knows that fans want her to work with Bogum. For now, I am excited for this pairing as I have a soft spot for Seungho as well. 93ers are filled with handsome and talented actors.

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I'm thinking in a few years when Sohyun is of age, that PBGxKSH pairing is going to go OFF.

In the meantime, I am so up for this melodrama pairing between YSH-KSH!

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Yaas, im with you girl, but i have zero percent concern on the age-gap, sincerely because even if other’s think that kdramas should hire an older actress, i think these young actresses deserved this lead roles, it is afterall the fruit of their labor, and they are no stranger to talent, instead of giving roles to untalented drama idols. i think when it comes to whomever gets the lead role, it should be fair in all ages, as long as there is talent and agreeable scene for the actors/actresses.
On the side note, this concerning comparisons with MDBC is igniting my undiscovered nuclear bomb inside, its really frustrating, please stop people, i never noticed it until i have read your comments, its not even noticeable, unless you have this really huge biases, geez, get a grip.

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too biased.

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Yes. Too biased

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again what?

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this site is too BIASED

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Are writers not allowed to have biases now? They're people too-- not just machines that dole out news for you.

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Hm do you want to elaborate? I'm confused

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Too biased, about what or who?

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YEESSS!!!

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How has this not happened before? hahahahaha. This news has made my day!!!!!!!!! YAAAASSSSSSSSS ~~

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My thinking exactly! As child actors, I would have thought they would have acted with each other a few times before now.

This is exciting to see them together! Wooo hoo!

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His leading lady was Park Eun-bin back then both in sageuks and modern drama. I think they had been paired 3 times.

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Yay...another underage pairing...yay...

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Can it really be avoided though? If we didn't want an underage pairing then Kim So-hyun Yoojung etc. should stop being casted as leads and wait until their old enough. Or they should choose a drama with no romance.

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It can easily be avoided. It's why these PDs constantly choosing teenage girls to romance grown men is so concerning. There's no shortage of 20+ actresses, so why is this problem so persistent?

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Yes, it really can.

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Well, he's only five years older than her; it's not as bad as a thirteen year gap that KSH did once. (At least, I think it was her)

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Well, it's Joseon, the reality was worst than that.

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People love to forget that there underage actress still has to play romantic scenes with the grown-ass male actor. If they were dating in real life, that'd be reprehensible. But if she is forced by the scrip to repeatedly fake intimacy with him in her workplace, that is totally fine.

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According to you.

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now its totally fine because it will be a different actress, but when it comes to YJ doing those innocent kissing scene, almost everybody went ballistic.......

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Kim So-hyun romanced Nam Joo-hyuk, who is only a year younger than Yoo Seung-ho, in School 2015 and I don't remember people saying anything about that. Is it because he played a high schooler?

If so, what matters more, the age of the actors of the age of the characters they play?

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I need help to understand all this underage thing.
Maybe it's a cultural thing for me, but in my country, and though the adult age is 18 year old, the society views teen girls such as 16 and above (to be 18) already grown up women.
I never seen on tv or alike things (or even on real life) a girl underage (16-17) and a boyfriend who is (perhaps 23 and above) get criticism and controversial topics.
We get on tv lots of youth tv shows who got love and made many teenage girls/boys get to stardom. In our tv shows there is always a love line with other characters, older or not, they get and I never seen criticism for it.
So I'm not used to all this topic of an underage woman (which for me 16-17, they're not just teens, they're grown up women physically) getting all negative criticism for playing with a male lead who is older and adult.
So I think it's a cultural thing maybe, how society views it. And I think my country is somewhat traditional in many ways, but we're western and maybe we're subjected to other border views as well.
Most girls now lost their virginity before 18, and many had lots of boyfriends even on their teenage years.
Of course I think 13/14 years old, they are still too young, but our society view women 16 and above grown up women, and even my grandmother finds normal 16/17 year old women that are dating guys, and most of the time their are on their 20s. I think what people still talk here is HUGE age gaps for example 20 years difference, or 10 years if the woman is older than the guys.
So it makes me kinda confused about all this thing with underage when the girls are physically grown up women. But again, it's just a cultural thing...I guesss...

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Well, it's a Historical drama. In that era, age doesn't matter.

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I am happy for Yoo Seung-Ho casting, but not Kim So-hyun. He is over 20 years old. He deserves a compatible leading lady and not a teenager, no matter how good she is. She really needs to be only in youth drama, as long as she is under age.

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But he doesn't match with any of the leading ladies lately though...go ara, park min young.. I mean kim so hyun is 18 in 2017. Not to mention they look the same age. I rather have a good actress like her who has great chemistry with every guy she is paired up with.

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Agreed she has good chemistry. But isn't it too hurry to come back. She just finished let fight ghost.

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she finished in august no? and this drama isn't airing until March of next year. She had plenty of time to rest.

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Park Eun-bin who can do sageuk better than any of these child actors have always been known as Yoo Seung-ho's leading lady. They were the sageuk child actors of their generation.

There are plenty of young talents in their 20s who can do sageuk.
Shim Eun-kyung (busy film schedules), Park Bo-young (jTBC Strong Woman), Nam Ji-hyun, Baek Jin-hee, Kim So-eun, Kang Han-na, Kim Go-eun....
(some are 2-4yrs older then YSH)

I love Kim So-hyun, she is amazing! Yoo Seung-ho is charming but I haven't been impressed his last 2 sageuk films after the army. Feels like he was just coasting.

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They should have casted kim ji won.
Best fitted.

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I love Kim Ji Won but she and YSH is a big NO, she looks older and if you wanna talk ab a "noona is pretty" plot it's ok, but in this drama the female lead seems to be younger so KJW is not really a good choice ;_;

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when I think about it again, yoo seung ho looks really young,
the impression of him is a young man and many 20- actress hardly passed as younger than him,
I can only think handful of actress,
kim seul gi?
park bo young ?

yup that's all apparently (my memory seems to not working properly today)

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it was really weird watching him with park min young. I thought that he would match with go ara in his movie but they literally had like zero chemistry. he needs someone that's younger than him to match him because he gives off a boyish vibe.

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That's exactly how I feel about them in The Magician. Two pretty people with zero chemistry.

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I like Jiwon too but I have the same sentiments. She would look older than YSH. I remember her name being part of the list for MDBC lead and while I like her, she did not fit the character description of Raon which should be around 18 yrs old and looks younger than PBG.

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Yoo Seung-ho is 5 years younger than Taecyeon, and pairing Taec with KSH wasn't exactly a disaster.

KSH is one of my favorites and I'm glad to see her again soon in almost anything. Don't care about who they pair her with, just hope they have a good writer and director.

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It's not about if it didn't turn out to be a "disaster." Taecyeon was 10 years older than her! Just because the gap is a LITTLE small here doesn't make it better.

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"...have a good writer and director."

^ YES. Emphasis on this. Really, So-Hyun is a very talented actress for someone her age. But she's never had a drama/movie in where the plotline was crappy.

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Or HE should only be in dramas with actresses who aren't underage.

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He's only 23 years old. Acting-wise, they're both perfectly fit to be together (if you watched Missing You, you'll know what I mean). The age thing is just a matter of persepectives, really. Besides, its a historical drama and in that era age didn't matter when it came love.

And yes, So Hyun's ability to have a good chemistry with her leading men is no joke. I'm more than happy and excited for this drama to air soooon~~!

(P.S: I think Kim So Hyun is the only teenager actress boardering on roles older than she actually is? Or am I wrong? Nonetheless, her portrayals are top-notch, taking Let's Fight Ghost's Kim Hyun Ji for example.)

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I dont really care about the age gap after seeing LFG's chemistry. I think SH can convince us all especially this time when the age gap is not too much and YSH looks so young :D I love these two and the plot seems interesting for me so, why not?

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This is a casting come true for me and my dongsaeng who said in a recent interview that she would love to act with yoo seung ho..... Its funny that they are going back to MBC for a reunion (I Miss You MBC)

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KSH wishes comes true she said also that she wanted to act with Son Yi Jin or she was her rule model actress then she played her younger version in a movie, and now YSH, lol.

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I can see her as the next Son Ye-jin of Chungmuro. Love it that they resemble each other in physical appearance too.

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Indeed! I miss those days. I really liked everyone in that drama, but most especially So Hyun, Jin Goo and Seung Ho

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I have only watched kim so hyun in bring It on ghost but I really liked her in it. So, happy to get to see her in pretty hanboks and joseon hairstyle.

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You should watch her other dramas, she is very talented and an amazing actress. i recommend I miss you and who are you school 2015 she showed amazing acting there

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Thanks for the drama recommendations, kim. Will check it out. :)

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OMG YOU SHOULD TOTALLY watch SCHOOL 2015!!!
I highly recommend it! ^^ My fave fave drama of all times.

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Ok ok.. Is this like another MDBC in the making? Another sageuk youth romance set in Joseon era? Boy, sageuk is here to stay and Joseon never dies.

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to think about it,
I think it because the other era already has its glory side represented greatly but I hardly think that joseon has a good one in politic theme, Six flying Dragon? but it's like early joseon (most of the notable one is the love story and you can remind me if my memory is wrong),
I can only remember dae jang geum, yisan, Damo, Iljimae and MDBC (perhaps) for the popular title from joseon era ( Tree With Deep Roots and SKK probably can be included),
but I hardly find any representative for Joseon that wasn't about love,

then we have damo, the ballad of seodong, seon deok, jumong, Haeshin, The Kingdom of The Winds, Gyebaek, the legend , Princess Ja Myung Go,Six flying Dragon and the before 2000 saeguk that tell us the story before Joseon and the gat era,
even Empress Ki is like early Joseon,

so personally think Jose on is good but they have to do a better story telling,
Nirvana in fire and many Chinese palace dramas is more like Joseon and I find it entertaining,

* you can correct me if my information is wrong, I probably forget something important,

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Korean media have recently named Sungkyunkwan, Moon/Sun and Moonlight as the troika in youth, fusion sageuk. They're all well-received works based on novels that brought great young actors to the limelight. They're basically the Sageuk Starter Set. Funnily enough, the lovely Ahn Nae-sang features in all three.

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yeah they all well received and well made,
and I just realised that it has Ahn Nae Sang

and he played the same character for SKK and Moonlight
- Sungkyunkwan Scandal (KBS2 / 2010) - Jung Yak-Yong
- Love in the Moonlight | Gooreumi Geurin Dalbit (KBS2 / 2016) - Jung Yak-Yong

I think this team need to cast him too, he is great at acting too

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Lol, Sancheezy. I didn't even realized he played the same character in both dramas! Thank you for letting us know.

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Joseon seems like the favorite era when it comes to sageuk. It's history was well kept (Annals of Joseon) compared to the earlier era with only references here and there to go by since the original historical documents were destroyed.
Yes, Joseon will never die lol. The highest rating sageuk ever (64.5%) was based on Joseon's Doctor Heo.

Most of the fusion sageuk these days are just dress-up based on novels, webtoons etc.
KBS is the only hope for a more conventional sageuks based on the actual history like "Jeong Do-jeon" (Joseon) and that was 2yrs ago. It's more expensive to make so I doubt they'd come out with another epic traditional sageuk in the future.

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woaah isn't this kinda the same with moonlight pairing?
seungho and sohyun are the same age with Bogum and yoojung, also it's next year!!

I still think they title need a bit improvement, Ruler sounds the actual ruler and not the leader of rule, idk probably just my pet peeves,

MBC has good reputation in saeguk so please be good

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Whaaaaaa... Park Bogum and Yoo Seung Ho is in the same age group?!

Is this because I already watched Yoo Seung Ho since his child actor era? I always feels like that he is still a young boy, hence the thought that Park Bogum is older.

I always thought that Park Bogum has the same age with Kim Soo Hyun...

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Bogum born in June 1993 and Seung Ho is August 1993,

I especially remember that because at 1st I remember Bogum as actor who born at the same yeah with yoo seung ho and look like lee hyun woo

and then I discover that Lee hyun woo born in March 1993, older than bogum and Seung Ho,
what a baby face this 3 guys (I mean bogum is quite young looking for 23, seung hoo and hyun woo is just more young looking than him)

bogum gives older impression because he starts older with more mature role in kdrama imo,
but he played as teenagers in movies before too

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Hyunwoo is older than Bogum and Seungho by months?? OMG bb looks so young. He is like the baby in all the 93ers and he does resemble Bogum a bit. hehe! I love 93ers. They are a talented bunch and not to mention so good-looking and young-looking. hehe!

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Before I came to know Park Bo-gum, I've always thought Park Bo-gum was Lee Hyun-woo's look alike.

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park bogum, yoo seungho, seo kang joon, lee hyun woo.. they're all '93 actors. and to be really honest, I think all of them look their age.

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Apparently, Crown prince is the equivalent of chaebol in modern time, huh?

Oh well, at least the casting is spot on. Like Javabeans said, both of them really good in mello. I especially love how Yoo Seung Ho's eyes able to reflect so much sadness just by looking a far. So much emotion!

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YES omigosh. The only project I have watched with Seung Ho was Missing You (where So Hyun was too), but even in that project only I know Seung Ho's acting capability especially with melodrama

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The acting quality is beyond good, the visual is perfect. I must be too greedy if I wish perfect story too.

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Oh, man! I was betting on Sohyun as Bogum's next leading lady. But like others have said, that pairing can wait. And this Seungho-Sohyun pairing is *two thumbs up* I'm iffy about the synopsis tho as I think it would be hard to balance youthful and melodramatic especially when set in Joseon. And who's the team behind this? *flashback of MBC's "Scholar Who Walks the Night*

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I just love how there are so many waiting for a Sohyun-Bogum pairing. I thought I was the only one after MDBC but then I saw a lot wishing for it on twitter, FB, and other forums as well. Yes, that pairing can wait because this one is good too.

I am curious who is the team behind as well. So far, I am on board with the leads, but I am scared of who will do the work behind and who the writer will be.

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MDBC was a huge success not just because of the cast but also because of the immensely talented crew. Everything just came together. A talented cast won't be able to save the show if the production team fails them (see: Daebak, Scholar Who Walks the Night, Moon Lovers). I do hope the stars align for this one because I want Seung-ho and So-hyun to succeed.

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I also silently waiting for yeo jin goo x yoojung or yeo jin goo x so hyun reunion,

idk it feels like it has to happen somehow

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That is one of dramaland pairing I would not want to miss, I love Yeo Jin-goo and Kim Yoo-jung as a pair, I'd love to see them in a drama together, as the main leads and re-ignite their chemistry in The Moon Embracing The Sun.

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No one does sageuk better than Yeo Jin-goo despite his young age. His equal would be the sageuk fairy Kim Yoo-jung.
I can not wait to see them reunite in a sageuk as adult leads. I'd die and go to heaven.

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My exact thought, lol. Die and go to heaven.

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I'd love too see a SoHyunxJinGoo drama (and I have the feeling its bound to happen somehow somewhere [esp when MBC replayed one of their 'Missing You' scenes just this year]. But that's wishful thinking (and also bc I ship them the most)

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it probably just me, but whats up with the title. the title remind me of Master: God of Noodles. not the story line but the title itself

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not just you, it even reminds of the royal gambler somehow and Master of Trade-Inn

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Can i say that this would probably be another 93-99 romance couple like park bogum and kim yoojung?? ♡♡♡

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Another youthful and romance sageuk, and underage actress like there is no other talented actress in 20s. Don't want to sound so bitter although cannot help to feel disappointed, but at least teen actress who certainly can act, that's what matters. Not something that I'll look forward, but if I read the positive reviews later maybe will try to watch.

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There are plenty in their 20s sera and more to be discovered.
Beside the obvious talents at the same age, Park Eun-bin (23), I think Lee Se-young (23) King's Dream and Gong Seung-yeon (23) did a decent job in SFD.

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I love both leads, and I love that this won't be going for a lighthearted tone. I want it to be distinct from Moonlight despite similarities in casting and the presence of a Crown Prince as the main lead.

(This said, I can hardly imagine a happy ending for this pair given that he had her father killed. It would always come between them, no matter how they come to terms with it and their love.)

KCSC will be watching this like a hawk so kissing scenes will probably be hard to come by and skinship kept to a bare minimum. Gotta avoid those sanctions.

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The only reason KCSC gave moonlight a warning was because they had too many complaints about KYJ's dressing scene and kiss scenes with PBG. I mean KSH has kiss scenes with taecyeon who is like 11 years older than her. And they didn't even care so I doubt that they would care in this drama.

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That was a cable station while MBC is a public station. The board is much stricter when it comes to public broadcasting stations. There were complaints as well between Taec and Sohyun, but nothing came of it.

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That, and Let's Fight Ghost was a cable drama. KCSC seems to be more lenient with cable (probably because there's less audience and therefore less people likely to complain). I expect they'll monitor Ruler to avoid viewer complaints.

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KSH's kissing scenes with Ok Taecyeon only bordered 'lips-touching' and they just stayed still while their lips were connected but they didn't move while doing so. I haven't watch MDBC, so I don't know if Bo Gum and Yoo Jung were in the same line, or more than that line

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Maybe the father turned out to be a bad guy so his killing was justified or they can always revive him on the last two episodes, heh.

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Even if the killing was justified, he still killed her father. The only way out is if he was somehow framed or if (like you said) dad's alive.

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Or maybe, the father is really not her biological father. You can trust k-drama writers to never get bored of birth secret conspiracies huhu

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Biological or not, if she was willing to get a revenge for his death, we can trust that he's precious enough to her. And this being melo, I don't doubt we might end on a sad ending, which could work for me, as long as done right.

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I think we'll probably end with the couple separated. Or the prince giving up his throne. I find it suspicious that we still don't know which crown prince/king Seung-ho will be playing.

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"I find it suspicious that we still don’t know which crown prince/king Seung-ho will be playing."

Based on JB's description, the control of the water supply and set in the year 1700s I think he is playing crown prince Yi San (King Jeongjo 1752-1800). He is also Prince Yeong's (Moonlight) grandfather.

If it's not him then it's Yi Sun (King Sukjong).

(If it's neither one then Hae-soo wasn't the only one sleeping through her history class lol).

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Lol, I see what you did there.

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"...Prince Yeong (MDBC)'s grandfather..."

just by watching kdramas, I am able to memorize the Joseon imperial line hahaha

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Yeah...I'm always iffy on minor's in romantic leads but it's a saeguk and the nature of the plot is what it is so...I suppose that means less romance than usual. We'll see...

I always wonder why they don't cast younger male leads, though. I think there are a few that could pull it off and who I'd actually like to see more of. (+ I'd also love to see a youth drama like this with actual youth in both main roles.)

Nevertheless, it seems like a good project for both though my feelings on the pairing run tepid for now.

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Of course, all 93 ers are handsome boys.. ;D
Yoo seung ho.
Lee hyun woo.
Park bo gum.
Seo kang joon..
Lee min ho.
Ji soo..

I think seo kang joon look the oldest among them all..

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wait.. seo kang joon and jisoo are also 93??

woaah, I mean it really weird to picture all of them together because you'll not find the middle,
they all handsome but really give a different impression,

yeah SKJ looked like the older and Lee Hyun Woo looked the youngest,
even when in you are beautiful, I legitly thought Hyun Woo is just enter high school

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This makes me miss Hyunwoo so much. He needs to come back to dramaland with a good project. His last was a disaster. I agree that out of the 93ers SKJ looks the oldest and LHW is the youngest. 93-line is filled with gems tbh.

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And I am here waiting for Lee Hyun Woo to get a popular drama on his hand..

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There's more :D those ones i mentioned are just the popular 93 actors..

there is this boy in mirror of the witch that i'd like to see become popular too..
the twin brother of kim sae ron..

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I will always worry about new writers when it comes to sageuk. It's not your typical every day modern genre.
I guess it's better to start off in a fictional fusion first.
The director did Shine or Go Crazy so he is capable if he keeps it simple.

I'm guessing this is based on the visionary Crown Prince Yi-san (King Jeongjo) <3 who used his own money to create and build water supply channels for farms and turning Hwaseong region into a major agricultural producer.
(I think this region is still the biggest producer of agriculture in Korea to this day).

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Oops, this was a reply to @a.

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Yes! Chonaaaaa never gets old (unlike the old ministers who keep saying it). All together now: CHONAAAAA.

Hmm if that's the director I'll hold my breath for a good ending (I'm still annoyed with that Shine or Go Crazy ending). Also, I still remember Warrior Baek Dong Soo so I hope they give Yoo Seung-Ho a good/reasonable ending this time. These are two young actors who can act, so I hope it goes well for them.

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Well, in his defense he was following the novel but in the end like Scarlet Heart, the king marries his historical wife. Queen Daemok always win lol.

I think this is no different unless the writer will do a Moonlight ending. Toss the historical crown princess out and the crown prince became a single king (yay for fantasy Joseon).

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Reply to 32.2.1.1.1 Kiara, below: I have no problem with the historic ending of Shine or Go Crazy (Queen Daemok rules!). I just wished there had been some point to Shin Yool/Gaebong's existence after all that drama. The ending of her particular story was unsatisfying for me, that's all (I could think of specific instances when I think her character could have gracefully made an exit, but I won't spoil it here).

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Oh I see what you are saying now. Sorry I misunderstood.

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King Jeongjo? Not King Sukjong?

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I'm not sure which one he is playing to be honest. The description fits Yi San but his character's name Yi Sun is King Sukjong's given name.

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You know Crown Prince Sado's given name was Yi Sun too so now I'm pretty sure that he's playing Prince Sado.

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Water..hmm..does that mean there'll be underwater kisses, hehe XD

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Why does he only keep doing Sageuk? I want to see him so bad but I really dislike that genre. And meh on the underage female leads. Give others a chance, these girls are overexposed.

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But Yoo Seung-ho's last drama (Remember) was a contemporary drama.

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Add Imaginary Cat to that list too :)

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That too. The guy's repertoire is well balanced.

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Anyone know if Imaginary Cat any good?

I've only seen Seung Ho in sageuks, and as the cheeky god in Arang.

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I want to see Seunghoo in a romcom contemporary. He does melo really well, but for once I'd like to see him in a romcom.

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Those were both last year! Since then he has signed up saguek movies n now a saguek tv drama .. and before that he was in military for 2 years. I just wanna see him in modern stuff soooo baaad.

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No, remember and imaginary cat are both 2015-2016 dramas..
That's how it should be written, he accepted the two sageuks before imaginary cat and remember..
if you want to see him in modern stuff so bad, you can watch imaginary cat..

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Aww!! I am definitely watching this. There is a"making" video of drama "I miss you" where she is all shy in front of Yoo Seung ho and he is teasing her. I thought they could be working together next time at that time and here they are?????.

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Haha i watched that too. And Havebeen dreaming of seeing them in the same drama from then on.

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I'm very excited about this pairing! Can't wait for next year.

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Dream comes true! I am so excited!

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OMG YAAAS! I adore both so this is amazing. KSH will be 18 next year also so I don't see much of an issue.

It all matters on script. I hope this works amazingly

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another teen with a grown ass man.
I love both of them, but can producers stop relying on these girls popularity and bring the appropriate age actresses? kim jiwon (92), CHAE SOO BIN FFS (94). producers don't want to ""risk"" a leading lady not so popular as the teen girls, so they started to put them on adult roles and now this is getting even more common with their drama success. but it doesn't mean it's right imo.

some people have the impression that YSH is younger because we're watching him since he was a kid, but he's an adult. he even did his military service lol and tbh I think he looks his age perfectly. not younger or older. park min young and yoo seung ho have a 7 years gap. yoo seung ho and kim so hyun have a 6 years gap. it's not that different at all. YSH is closer, in generation, to park shin hye than kim so hyun.

I feel like a hypocrite because I liked moonlight and mirror of the witch, but I still think it was wrong to cast those girls with their leading men. I'm confused and conflicted about myself.

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After watching Chae Soo Bin in Shopping King Louie and MDBC, I think CSB will be great at sageuk leading lady.

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right?! I love KSH, but now I'm thinking about chae soo bin and crying about the lost opportunity for her to showcase her talent with a melodrama and an amazing leading man.... =/

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Oh my gosh! I like Sohyun but CHAE SOO-BIN!!! My girl rocked Hayeon so much! She reminds me of Moon Chae-won and Su Ae. She needs a lead role stat! She's been doing a play after Moonlight and I wait to see her on screen again.

*writes Soobin in as one of my dream leading ladies for Bogum and Seungho*

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Don't be confused! I think it's perfectly fine to like those dramas AND those characters and still recognize the conundrum in casting teenagers with adults. They're talented actors and they do a good job after all but it's natural that there are some that are hyper-aware of who is behind those characters. And, like you pointed out in your opening lines, I do think it's about more than just finding the right young lady for the job. Here the gap in age is not the problem but the generational gap is—something you also pointed out.

Though it will always be a bit difficult to talk about since people perceive some teen years closer to "adulthood" than others, legal ages may differ from place to place, and other reasons!

I also agree that Yoo Seung Ho looks like most other 23 year olds. I mean, even though I'm a few years older than him, I feel he looks older than me LOL.

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yeah, there are different perspectives about being close to adulthood age and teen years and life is not black and white, but avoid putting minors with adults is a way to prevent this from happening in real life imo. and I really wanted to know if the filming schedule, for example, is made around the child laws or something like that. I doubt it. entertainment industry is already scary for adults to navigate, I can't imagine for young actors... even with their parents and all.

in the case of kentertainment, I also feel bad for a whole bunch of actresses that often ends up with second lead/supporting roles. if a drama production wants a cast to guarantee ratings (which also seems like the case here), they will always go for the young girls because they are already a strong name. it's not the girls fault at all, but it makes me sad for everybody else tbh.

it's not an easy debate at all. sorry about the essay... lol

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Not at all. It's always on my mind as well when this happens and it's been happening a lot this year. Later when the drama starts to air is probably when you'll see a bit more apprehension because it starts to weigh in on people that there is a romantic thorough line in the drama, lol. I too wish they would avoid it or, as I said in my other comment, cast younger actors to match. Not sure about child laws, though I would assume they have it handled.

I think it's a problem of the entertainment industry everywhere. Actors are allowed to age but actresses seem to have a shelf life unless they are particularly popular. I'm hoping that the success of actresses like Kim So Hyun and Kim Yoo Jung don't start to taper off as they hit their 20s and other younger actresses head into their teens. I think there is strong talent in the current pool of 20-something actresses and it's a shame we don't get to see them often or in more substantial roles as they seem to brushed aside by older and established, younger and established, or sometimes very green idols. And that's not to say it doesn't happen to teen male actors but definitely not as often. It's hard not to think about.

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Think it has more to do w/ star-power than actresses in their 20s being "over-the-hill."

There are a bunch of teen actresses who have become well known from their time being child-actresses, so producers go w/ getting a "name" than hiring a lesser-known actresses in their 20s (when they can't get one of the star actresses in her 20s).

Don't have nearly the problem w/ it as long as the age-difference isn't ridiculous and things are kept pretty chaste (after all, these on the verge of adulthood actresses are probably eager to spread their wings and stop playing students or the younger version of an older character).

Ironically, it used to be pretty tough for a child actor to break out of the mold of being seen as a child actor, but these days, the transition seems to be a good bit easier for those who have the combination of star power and acting ability.

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This is something that the OC mentioned in their original comment (popularity) and I agreed with in my reply. I think the nature of the K-entertainment industry is to get the biggest star possible.

I'm not wanting the young actresses to be kept in a box, though. People always seem to think that, lol. More so, I worry about things getting weird. It's a saeguk, so I think things will be fine, but usually I'll probably be thinking about it all drama long. It can't be helped. I'm willing to try out MDBC before this drama and see this type of pairing in action. But on paper, I'll always be wary of it.

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I think it's combination of star power and raw talents. Kim Yoo-jung, Kim So-hyun, Kim Sae-ron (the 3 young Kims) and Yeo Jin-goo. They are totally amazing for their age and they are still better than most even when they are not in their best performance.

This reminds me of Moon Geun-young. Raw talents and star power back in her youth. Most of her leading men (in films) were way older than her but her talents and star power made her a box-office draw. I don't think I've seen another young actor that would top Moon's popularity back in her youth. She is still the youngest to win a daesang award in a tv drama. Her sweet and innocent image, quality acting, exemplary school record, and charitable deeds earned her the title of the nation's little sister. Now she is crossing over as a stage actor in the Korean adaptation of Romeo and Juliet which I'm dying to see.

Anyway, I'm not too worried about these young talents being paired with older actors if the age gap is reasonable with parental approval and supervision.
(Kim Yoo-jung's mom was at the Moonlight set 24/7).
Even though it's still uncomfortable since we know who is behind the character and their real age but at the end of the day, it's just a job for them, nothing more nothing less.
They are sought after for their talents and star power. I'd take that over popularity alone like most of the idol actors.

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I don't have words to explain how excited and curious I'm to see this romeo/juliet. moon geun-young and park jung-min is the pairing that I never thought about before, but now that it's happening, I need to see it asap. lol

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I wish I was in Korea. I'd camp outside the theatre until I get to see it lol.

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My biggest issue is that it is that much more difficult for talented actresses in their 20s who have yet to get their big break (such as Lee Sun-bin) to get their chance at a lead role.

There are some actresses in their 20s who have the acting chops and star power, but there are probably more who have the star power minus the acting chops.

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ngl i've been lowkey wanting a drama with PSH and YSH since they were in a music video together. thought they looked cute together.

he's two years older than me and looks around my age, so i don't really agree with people who say he looks young for his age. tons of us don't look much different than we did in high school, barring style and make-up changes perhaps.

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I DON'T EVEN CARE IF THIS IS NOT GOOD, I AM JUST OVER-THE-MOON ELATED ABOUT THIS PAIRING!!!!!

HUHUHUHUHUHUHUHUHU THIS IS A PAIR I NEVER KNEW I WANTED <3

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Exactly! Though I hope the plot will be daebak, right now I dont really care, just these two in a drama can make it a must-watch to me :))

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I'm happy about this casting news, Kim Soo Hyun is a talented actress and this is a paring to look foward to with Yoo Seung Ho!! my only worry is for my heart and eyes since: Sageuk+Yoo Seung Ho+melo=I'll cry my heart and eyes out!! but the set up of the drama looks interesting and I love the "mortal-enemies-to-lovers" setups and looks like Yoo Seung Ho isn't planning in giving me a rom-com drama so I'm dumed to watch his "melo" dramas!! all I'll ask for is for the drama to be good and I'll give them my heart and tears gladly...and being greedy I'll wish for a happy ending!! I can dream at least!!

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Ooo i think it's awesome that they about the same age.... ?

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I'm really excited for this pair! Finally, YSH will have girl around his age but why, why does this pair strangely reminding me much of the pair in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds? Maybe because both are in their young age and starred in period drama hehe :P I'm worried now . As much I love YSH and recently after watching BIOL, started to like SH as an actress, historical drama is'nt really my forte and hearing about the new writer who would be behind this drama does'nt lessened my uneasiness feeling :/ Hope it won't become another Moonlight. Please be success Ruler!

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