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Love in the time of immortality in the Goblin

We’ve got a lengthy teaser out for tvN’s upcoming fantasy romance The Lonely Shining Goblin, and it is epic, to say the least. I thought I was watching the trailer to a mega-budget movie.

Gong Yoo (Big) plays the titular goblin who’s lived for thousands of years. He survived bloody sword battles that took place in pre-modern Korea and now bemoans his immortal existence as a world-weary, modern man in contemporary society. One day, he meets a sunny high school girl played by Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap) who claims to be his mortal bride. She has the strange fate of someone who should’ve died, and she’s adamant about marrying the goblin and ending his curse of immortality.

Lee Dong-wook (Bubblegum) plays an amnesiac reaper who ends up rooming with the goblin. Judging from the trailer, it’s clear that the two roommates have a tendency to clash. I guess two sensitive and supernatural figures living under one roof is one too many. He meets a seductive chicken shop owner played by Yoo Inna (One More Happy Ending) who makes his sad heart pound. And Yook Sung-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara) plays a chaebol heir who looks after the goblin; it’s a responsibility previous generations of his family undertook.

At this point, my expectations for this drama are incredibly high, and I can’t help it. I blame the consistently beautiful and mysterious teasers, stills, and posters. The show didn’t really need to try all that hard because I was game since Gong Yoo’s casting was confirmed, but the impressive CGI and the scenic and romantic Quebec footage are really upping the hype for me.

Moreover, the romantic relationships and the bromance all appear to be adorable and sparking with chemistry. I loved how excited Kim Go-eun was when she figured out that she was summoning the goblin every time she extinguished flames. And Lee Dong-wook quickly trying to wipe his tears and avoiding Yoo Inna’s handshake was too funny. I think I’ll be thoroughly amused by any goblin-reaper roommate discord; obviously the pettier the disagreement, the better. The unexpected gem of this teaser was probably the blooper scene in which Gong Yoo is modeling random objects in front of Lee Dong-wook to determine how to look cool and intellectual every time he’s summoned by Kim Go-eun, heh.

For now, both the darker, more sinister elements and the lighter, comedic aspects of Goblin are working for me, and I hope it’s indicative of a solid, fantasy drama.

The Lonely Shining Goblin is set to premiere on December 2 on tvN.

Via Osen

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It looks SO good. Gong Yoo is ❤❤❤

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Did tvN do a last minute title change? What's up with the "guardian"?

And why isn't he shiny any more?

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If they did then that wouldn't surprise me, was a weird name to begin with. Although it kind of grew on me. ?

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I'm guessing that removing the word 'Goblin' from the title might have to do with avoiding Chinese censorship.

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Is it sad I only care about the bromance…just give me more and more LDW and GY screen time and I could care less about anything else.

Heck, I'd watch a drama of them just sitting there modeling for each other….16 hours of that and I'd probably want more.

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Nope not sad at all....I totally get you, but that could be because I am a sucker for bromance. This drama is on my mudstone watch list. I love love Gong yoo

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my must watch list*

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You're not alone. I'm so excited for bromance as well + Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na couple. This December should be hot

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I only care for the bromance and Lee Dong Wook & Yoo Inna's story..
Not a big fan of Kim Go Eun anyway. But she looks pretty in pictures and teaser.

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Not at all. Both LDW & GY are fabulous & versatile actors. Would be great to watch their Bromance. It's the best combo ever

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I totally feel you! I like the plot between the goblin and the mortal bride but if this drama will spend the first half focusing on the goblin and grim reaper then I wouldn't complain. I love them together that I was hoping that the drama is just about the immortal creatures. XD

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Okay anyone who has a link to this in English Subtitle, please help a girl out. :( I really want to understand what they're saying...

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here is the link for the english subed video!! :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3jfjFGj2YY

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Thanks so much, @ilchul!

Gosh, I was originally excited just for Gong Yoo, but these teasers are really drawing me in.

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Thank you, ilchul!

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I hit the cc button first and when I found it in French I closed that cc. Then I watch the trailer. Then my eyes wide open for the beauty this world could offer. Then I smile to my mobile phone screen. Then my jaw drops on the floor. Then I swoon to my mobile phone screen (my phone must have hated me for witnessing one lunatic humanbeing), then the teaser ends. Then I play it again.

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Now I see your link. I guess I need to watch the teaser with English sub :D
Be strong, my mobile phone screen!

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Thanks for the link... the subtitles really helped. ;-)

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Teaser looks so good.
And once again, I'm just beeeegging for a saeguk like the beginning and very end of the teaser. Just go full out fantasy and make it happen Dramaland.

The bromance looks hilarious and the fact that Kim Go Eun's character is the one insisting that she is the bride-to-be actually makes me feel better about the eventual coupling though I do still wonder if they are going to age her up as everyone hopes.

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@Saphia, I saw an English Sub at koalasplayground.com

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MY GOD GY COULD WEAR A SACK AND STILL BE GORGEOUS

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hahahahaha!

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I was in the second Gong Yoo was confirmed but having promising teasers, posters and stills is always a pleasure relief!! the long preview left me speechless and gasping!! that was AWESOME!! Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook's bromance is GREAT and I'll be looking forward for the romance as well!! please drama be as great as I hope for you!!

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Al this epic stuff and then i'm reminded it is a Kim Eun Sook drama.

Please live upto the expectations. I would have seriously been onboard if it was from some other writer as the premise is really interesting, but I had hopes for DOTS too and again I realized that KES might just not change her style.

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Oh yeah, now I remember why I was being cautious about this drama. :/ Let's hope for the best!

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Kim So Hyun looks so pretty:0 And I thought that it was Yeo Jin Goo with her for a moment but it's a different actor lol.

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She's really pretty the dark hair suits her.

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It was initially reported that Kwak Dong Yeon will have a cameo as king but on the teaser, that's Kim Min Jae (20 Again). Kim Min Jae and Kim So Hyun looks good together. Makes me wanna wish he'll be working with So Hyun instead of L in the other drama. Oh well...

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She is, especially with the hair. Such a fine looking, talented young lady. I was talking to my sister the other day, there's a bunch of child actresses and actresses in their late teen years in Korea right now. There's this really fresh talented bunch out there and it'd be exciting time for dramas a few years down the line when they won't shy away from dramas that are not PG -13 standard.

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I managed to rope my best friend into a deal of watching one kdrama with me, and I'm considering to watch this one with her. This long preview has got me SOLD!!! I am so hyped up for this drama, and Gong Yoo is love.

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Wait isn't the king supposed to be Kwak Dong-yeon? Why is there another guy there? Maybe he's a different character...

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I think he was replaced with Kim Min-jae because the news said he's the king and I haven't seen Kwak Dong yeon in any of the teasers either.

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No, he's still going to appear. I think he's suppose to be someone from LDW's past. Kim Min Jae and Kim So Hyun are suppose to be from Gong yoo's past as you can see in the teasers. It's confusing because they have bunch of queens and kings .

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Kim Min Jae and Kim So Hyun are King and Queen in Goryo (I think it's Goryo, at least it looks like it).
The articles said Kwak Dong Yeon was going to be King, maybe a Joseon King?
It's nice we're going to see different cronologies like YFAS

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What is the difference between goryeo and joeson?

As in what throws it off? What are visual/in the first glance kind of clues to differentiate?

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@EZ: The clothes and the hairstyles.. simply
Goryeo royalty robes/dresses are similar to Chinese dynasty(?). Like the ones you see in Moon Lovers.
Joseon royalty robes/dresses is a bit unique. The king's hat is unique too, a bit like Ming Dynasty but higher. The queen wore headgears or tied the hair into a bun with a hairpin.
In Goryeo men usually let his hair grows. But in Joseon men wore top-knot and the noblemen wore a hat called gat. Also Joseon has distinctive clothing style that is hanbok. You could definitely tell the difference between Joseon and other eras from the clothes and the hairstyles/hats.

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My friend suggested 50 flying dragons for me to watch if I want to know about the transition between goryeo to joseon.
So I guess goryeo was a dynasty before joseon. Cmiiw.

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Gong Yoo's character actually seems to be from Goguryeo (the Three Kingdoms period). If you look at one of the flags when he's walking through the gate, you'll see the three-legged bird on it, which was the emblem of Goguryeo. So he's from waaaaaaaaaay back.

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I think he will play young Lee Dong Wook

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Hate it when I don't get an acronym. What's CGI please, chickachunga? Thanks for this heads up. I'm sold.

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CGI = Computer Generated Imagery.

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Omg, that blooper is everything. I'm excited for the BTS more than anything else right now, though the drama itself seems to be shaping up rather wonderfully. I was actually feeling there was something off about some of the other promos, but this one really piqued my interest.

Can't wait for the bromance!

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At this point I probably will not care about plot or story as long as my eyes will be blessed.... ??

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This preview makes me want to run out and buy a ginormous TV to watch this drama on. WOW.

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haha. Everything about the preview is pure fire.

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I think I'm beginning to realize that Gong Yoo is not my type, appearances-wise, lol. Everyone keeps freaking out about him but I don't feel anything when I look at him. I recognize that he is good-looking but he just doesn't do anything for me.

Lee Dong-wook, on the other hand, is a bit more my style. ;) And Sung-jae!

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So my second drama ever was coffee prince..and i kept delaying watching it because everytime i would look at cast and see gong yoo.. i'd wonder.. he's not even good to look at..how will i get invested in the story.. and till ep 3 or 4 i was still wondering that..

AND THEN..i don't know what hit me..

He is legit case of my first celeb obsession ever.. EVER! and i am no kid..

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I think Gong Yoo is like that. The same thing happened to my friend, she was not at all impressed at his first look but then a few episodes later BAM! She missed some lectures to finish Coffee Prince.
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I fell for Gong Yoo back during Hello My Teacher, his puppy dog adoration just gets to you. I think you need to see GY in action to be actually pulled in by him.

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He's good actor but he doesn't impresses me with his charisma unlike LDW. But still it's the matter of taste. I will enjoy both of them in bromance.

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i know we all have different tastes but for me LDW is a bit boring he never impresses me with his acting unlike actors like Jo in sung or gong yoo i can feel them

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@noor I can say the same about Gong Yoo. He has never wowed me even in TTB. It was the girl and the catastrophe which did all impact. I wouldn't put him in line with Jo In Sung who is God of acting. I wouldn't put Lee Dong Wook in line with JIS as well (even though he is more versatile in genres but JIS is God in playing dramas) and I know that someone will find him boring. But when it comes to charisma we're falling not for the genuine acting skills. imo Someone falls for Coffee Prince, someone for My Girl or Hotel King, some for other pretty good Korean actors with their own unique charisma

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"Jo In Sung who is God of acting"

Oh come on, Korea has a lot of talented actors. He is neither God of acting in drama land or even in the same league as the top talents of Chungmuro.

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i didn't get the hype over gong yoo at first.. until i watched train to busan. damnnn he's not the typical pretty boy or manly guy with sharp features kind of actor but this person gives off a charisma that you just cannot fight back man...

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Same here. LDW is my style. That Amish look of his:)

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I'll be SO sad on Gong Yoo's behalf if this ends up being a trainwreck, but it looks great and I'm excited!

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Does Kim Go-eun always speak like that?

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Nope she's changing her voice to sound like a high schooler. I think it's awesome that she does even that. Maybe she'll age in a time jump and she'll use her normal voice then?

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I think she sounds terribly awkward.

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Same here, I was going to ask the same thing, is this her real voice?? Glad that it isn't. Also, I went to High School myself and no, high school girls, they don't necessarily speak that way, not all of them anyway, I don't know why Drama tend to do that. I hope she becomes an adult soon so that I can be completely comfortable shipping her with the Goblin.

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It's supposed to sound cute and bubbly and young, sounds fine coming from her, but a word of warning...don't try that voice at home...I did, and got weird stares from my family.

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yeah she sounds fine to me as well, dont find it awkward just surprising cause i've seen her inn cheese. but she is able to pull it off and feel of the character

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Hul gong yoo is so damn hot ???

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I started to watch it, but then I m.a.d.e. myself turn it off. (And believe me, that was a herculean effort on my part.) Because I don't want to know too much about what happens. I am going to watch this and I don't want to be waiting for "the part where the girl gets an arrow through her chest," (you can tell I didn't turn it off right away) or the "part where Gong Yo strips down to his goblin skivvies and runs through the Gerbera Daisies. (Okay. I'm making this up now.)
But SERIOUSLY. . .I just posted the other day how I don't like it when a trailer exposes the whole movie. So anyone who DID watch it better not post any spoilers about it. Or all go all goblin on your keyboards!

Believe me, it would NOT be pretty.

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"I'll" not "all." Geesh!

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Hey, Wag, there's a very long shower scene in the trailer. You're missing out on it.

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Hey Beanies

Is there a kind soul who could tell me who the gorgeous lady in white with the arrow piercing through her heart ?!

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Kim So Hyun ♥

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Kim So Hyun

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Kim so hyun, she's a famous child actress. Very talented as well. She's turning 18 next year.

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I love the - as the Buffy fandom used to put it - 'billowy-coat-king-of-pain' shot.

This could be awesome, or it could be cheesy, but either way, Gong Yoo, Lee Dong-wook, and supernatural shenanigans, so I'm definitely in. :)

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LDW and GY look great and that part looks fun. I'm not that surprised it seemed to be the main voice The second couple looks fun, but I can't get into the fact the female lead is a high schooler. I also don't like KGE's aegyoish voice. I'll wait and see how it turns out, but it's just seriously not appealing to me.

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*seems to be the main focus.

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My question is, in where thousands years ago in what kingdom did all of the bloody scene took place?
Don't tell me it was in Silla and he was some kind of a Hwarang's commander?
Because that would be a huge blow and very ironic to the real Hwarang's drama teaser next door.

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A thousand years from today would be Goryeo during King Hyeonjong's reign.
Not sure if the sageuk version is based on history or not.

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It looks like Goguryeo to me because of the three-legged bird flag. I think Goryeo had a different flag, even though they took their name from Goguryeo.

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It is the Goguryeo flag. The Goryeo flag is different, I was going with 1009 yrs. If this is early Goguryeo then we are talking about over 2,000 yrs.
Mid Goguryeo (Gwanggaeto The Great etc like I originally thought in earlier articles) would be 1000+yrs.

The trailer is not specific so they might not be basing it on any historical timeline.

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err 1000 yrs not 1009 yrs.

Goguryeo era sageuks are my favorite. It's too bad they don't make those epic sageuks any more.

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I was actually replying to the first person haha, but true! By the looks of it, the king in the past is definitely a weak one, easily manipulated and deceived by a slimy adviser since the voice talking about Kim Shin as the "god" above the "king"doesn't belong to Gong Yoo's character or the king. If there's a weak king in Goguryeo history, it'll probably be him.

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Sounds like late Goguryeo. Yeon Gaesomun, Yang Manchun <3, King Yeongnyu and Bojang era.

The historical records is so vague but I love this era.

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Oh my god it's just soooo good I cried. It's officially being my most anticipated drama this end year !
It's the first time I'll be watching Yoo In Na in a drama, but she looks good already. I hope I'll love both main couples so I can watch it in ease :)

Excited to see the whole casts, especially cameo from Kim So Hyun. And for a second there I thought I saw Jin Kyung, but suddenly remember that Lee El casted in the drama. Their face is very look alike it's confusing.. hehe

December come faster !

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How can I not be sold to this drama after I hear about GY and LDW combo? After seeing the sizzling poster of LDW and YIN? After this epic 6 mins trailer?

I'm sold, SOLD. Now, why Dec 2 seems so far away? *drummingfingersimpatiently*

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Sizzling such a great word to describe that poster. Can't wait to see if LDW and YIN will bring that chemistry on screens.

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After LDW has been confirmed for this I was frustrated by his choice. After bunch of teasers and posters I can say that it might be one of the best drama this year and maybe not only this. And seeing his chemistry with GY and YIN makes me anticipate the great satisfaction with this story.

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Same thoughts. LDW is striking a good chord with both Gong Yoo & In Na. All set to jump in the bandwagon of Bromance & second lead romance!

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I can't wait until Dec 2nd ?.

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Goblin: Fantastic Oppars and Where To Find Them

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Okay, the official English title officially confuses me; he's a god now?
*thinking of converting now that Gong Yoo is the god.

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The official title always had the word god in it, it's typical KES wordplay - in Korean title the adjective ending for lonely contains the letter shin, which also means god in Korean.

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I watched Train to Busan yesterday. So ready for Gong Yoo now!!

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Haha almost same situation here! I saw Train to Busan just a few days ago and I'm a bit too happy about this... :'D *attempts to breathe calmly*

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i know many complain about KGE being high schooler and prefer 2nd couple for me i just love KGE and trust her too i'm sure she'll impress me with her acting plus her chemistry with GY 'll be great since both are good actors
KGE was the only reason i watched CITT

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I haven't been disappointed with KGE on the big screen. Gong Yoo said before that he wanted to act with her, she is talented and has a good reputation in Chungmuro.
Maybe he is the reason why she was cast. Kim Eun-sook usually pick a well known and pretty actress as the leading lady. Not saying Kim Go-eun isn't pretty, she just doesn't seems to care if she meets the public's standard of pretty.

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I think KGE care about her role more than being pretty and that's why she 's successful in movies but it's different in dramas which depend on visuals more than acting
For me I care about acting more than visuals that's why I love KGE, GHJ More than Pretty actresses who can't act

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Same and that comes from being a movie fan. The most talented and skilled actors are Chungmuro's finest.

They are so different from drama actors. They are not the type to over act (less is more). They care about the overall success of the film then showcasing themselves.
One of the reason why I love Song Kang-ho to pieces. He is a skilled actor who knows how find balance between his character the rest.
I love watching him with Jeon Do-yeon. They are amazing together. He never tried to match her intensity, he kept her grounded.

Kim Go-eun's film experience shows. She is a natural and in control. No need to be all flashy or over the top.

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yeah i trust her as well, by the looks of it, she is blending into her role, plus she is 19, so an adult even if she is in high school and the goblin is like 900+ yrs old. atm i wonder how her and gong yoo's dynamic will be, im interested to find out

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I'm super excited for Lee El, and I seriously don't know why!

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Im trying so hard to temper my own expectations and falling.
There's Gong Yoo
There's Gong Yoo historical
Theres Gong Yoo and LDW bromance
There LDW and YIN
Then there's great cinematograph

I also just read writer of Goblin courted Gong yoo for 5 years to star in her drama. Im so glad he finally agreed.

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Dear Drama... just start already... #sigh

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I am watching for Lee Dong Wook. I hope he will have a lot of screen time :)

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the 6 mins trailer is amazing
the plot is intriguing
all the characters have interesting story
and Lee Dong Wook !
must watch !

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My favourite was the shot for the boys walking slo mo side by side. ?

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Fan fact that it's the favourite KES's scene as well :))

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Oh, it is pretty ! Hopefully I can watch this. I couldn't stand DOTS, despite I liked all the cast.

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Holy crap. The extended teaser has me SO EXCITED for this now!!!! YES YES YES GY x DW x SJ = WIN WIN WIN

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I want to be excited for this drama on so many levels.

Please, please, please, let the entire series be a good as what's here to see. Let's not have any nonsense, and just have a lot of fun and some angsty cryfests, with no reason to want to take the writer/producers/sound engineers/editors out back and shoot them with half frozen paintballs.

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i normally won't touch a kim eun sook drama with an infinity of ten foot poles but i'll admit that while i didn't understand the DOTS hype, from the recaps it seems like what was for me the most aggravating elements of her relationship portrayals were much more muted there, even if nothing much could be said about the plot. There are soooo any themes to be explored here in this set up and e v e r y single member of the cast is so on point here i am going to succumb and watch this please please let's have a good goong yoo drama

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I feel this is going to end in tragedy....like some kind of sacrifice will be made: either the girl dies for GY, or GY dies for the girl. Bring it on, I say! Love me a tragic ending!

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despite it was written by Kim Eun Sook, I'm so excited for this. I can't wait to see the first ep, hope it won't disappoint

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Last time I was this excited for a drama was Scarlet Heart Ryeo and.... yeah... I'm trying to keep my expectations low because I want this to be good so badly. Please be good, please be good

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I will watch this for LDW and YIN! Hope they will have a lot of screentime as well! And loving the bromance of GY, LDW and SJ! I am usually wary of this writer's drama but I hope this one will deliver!!

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I love how all the leads were presented in the trailer. Love all four actors as well and am super excited to see how the show turns out. But I can't help secretly wishing that LDW and YIN will headline a drama. Their chemistry from the couple of scenes alone is sizzling!

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Looking forward the sexy couple Lee Dong Wook <3 Yoo In Na
and bromance too :)

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Lee Dong Wook looks so hot in this drama,omg !!

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