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News bites: December 24, 2016


Jung Woo-sung, Go Ah-sung

  • Steel Rain, the webtoon written by director Yang Woo-seok (The Attorney), will serve as the source material for a film adaptation he will direct. Chungmuro veterans Jung Woo-sung, Go Ah-sung and Kwak Do-won are finalizing details to bring to life the story about a former reconnaissance agent and the Blue House’s foreign affairs and national security agency’s efforts to prevent a war between the two Koreas. A covert operation will be carried out, and Go will play a woman who hails from the North and gets mired in the clandestine plan. Filming will begin at the end of next February. [Star News]
  • We’re inching closer to a second season of Signal: Following a lecture on December 20, writer Kim Eun-hee stated that she’s in talks to pen the script for Signal 2 after her next drama wraps, a sageuk that will likely debut in the latter half of next year. Kim said, “I’ve kept in touch with the cast and producers [of Signal], and everyone is very attached to the project.” [E Daily]

  • Yoon Kyun-sang, Cha Seung-won

  • PD Kim Jin-man (Kill Me, Heal Me) explained that he wanted to portray a Hong Gil-dong different from expectations in Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People, and thus chose Yoon Kyun-sang (Doctors, Six Flying Dragons) for the role. “I knew that the simple and trustworthy image of Yoon Kyun-sang would be a good fit for the drama. Only a young actor who has a passion for acting could mold this Hong Gil-dong to be his own.” [Osen]
  • Hehe, I love this: Cha Seung-won’s been offered the role of a druglord in Onward, the film that’s also courting Jo Jin-woong to appear as a police officer, and the pair are being called aje fatale in the press (short for ajusshi fatale). [News 1]
  • Following a string of thrillers (The Hunt, The Phone, Chronicles of Evil, Hide and Seek) with another is Sohn Hyun-joo, who is confirmed for new criminal mystery film Tropical Night. He’ll play an investigator in the violent crimes division on a case about a doorbell-ringing serial killer. A sequence of grisly murders puts the city on edge, and although a suspect is arrested and put behind bars, the real criminal will resurface three years later. [Herald]

  • Sohn Hyun-joo, Kim Myung-min

  • Kim Myung-min is juggling another film offer—he’s considering playing King Taejong of Joseon in Kang Dae-kyu’s upcoming film, Yongnu (a working title). That would be a bit trippy since he played Jung Do-jeon in Six Flying Dragons who (spoiler alert for those who aren’t familiar with Joseon history) died at the hands of Yi Bang-won (King Taejong’s name at birth). He hasn’t confirmed Yongnu or Water Monster yet, and he’s currently busy filming scenes for VIP. [Osen]
  • A musical based on KBS’s Hwarang might be in the works, which sounds like it could be a really fun show to see live—who could resist singing, dancing flower boys with flowing manes of glory? [Xports News]

  • Jang Young-nam, Jung Bo-seok, Yoon Jong-hoon

  • The King Loves has added some familiar names to its cast: Jang Young-nam (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) has been cast as the mother of the crown prince (Im Shi-wan), Queen Jangmok, and she’ll play “the scariest woman in all of Goryeo.” She makes everyone quiver in fear but her maternal desire to provide her beautiful son with everything is strong. Jung Bo-seok (Monster) will play her husband and Im’s coldhearted father, King Chungnyeol. Yoon Jong-hoon (Age of Youth) will take on the role of Jeon, the second eldest hyung of Ryn (Hong Jung-hyun). An elite royal with good looks and an intelligent mind, he’ll oppose the ascension of Im to the throne, and he’ll also fight to win the affections of Eun-san (Yoon-ah) from younger brother Ryn. The King Loves will be directed by PD Kim Sang-hyub (Dazzling Temptation) and will air in the first half of 2017 on MBC. [Osen, Sports Chosun, Xports News]

  • Choi Woo-shik, Jang Hee-ryung, Shin Hyun-soo

  • A web drama based on the popular webtoon Some Man is being developed. About two guys who used to be neighbors and who end up living together, Choi Woo-shik (Ho-gu’s Love) has been cast as a spoiled man-child, while his roomie will be played by Jang Ki-yong (Beautiful Mind). Jang Hee-ryung (Uncontrollably Fond) will play a tomboyish college student who’s sort of a friend to the guys, and sort of not. The bromantic college story will become available next February. [Xports News]
  • Shin Hyun-soo (Age of Youth) is trying a historical drama for the first time and is joining Ruler—Master of the Mask as the royal bodyguard of crown prince Lee (Yi) Sun (Yoo Seung-ho). (The two worked together recently in Remember—Son’s War.) Shin’s character is a bit simple and not too bright, but he’s an excellent swordsman and extremely loyal to the prince. The show will air on MBC in the first half of 2017. [Xports News]

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Yay for Go Ah-sung. Please just do something. Movie or drama I don't care.

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"We’re inching closer to a second season of Signal.."

Be calm, dear heart.

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I know right XD, I almost screamed but I was able to remember that everyone in my house is asleep.

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Let's toast for Signal 2 XD

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Signal 2 ! Yes !! Be patient ....

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I know, right? I just started watching thanks to the year end reviews and am on ep 14 now. If there is a second season..... oh my. More suspense and excitement!

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Goodness gracious now that's a good tease for the new year :D

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That sudden jump! Be still, dear heart. Be still.

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the men from Age of Youth is gonna shine in 2017. I missed yoo eun jae's man and kang unnie friend

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Choi Woo_shik !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Am the only one who always mistake Ruler with The King Loves?

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Nope. For a minute, I thought Yoo Seung-ho was in The King Loves.

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I think 2017 will be the year of melodramatic youth-ish/ fantasy sageuks. We have Rebel Hong Gil Dong, The King Loves, Ruler- Master of the Mask and Saimdang- Light's Diary already lined up. As a sageuk fan, I am pretty excited!

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I'm a sageuk fan as well but I have to admit I'm not that happy with the sageuk lineup. I had hoped for more diversity, but like you pointed out: it seems we will get a whole lot of youth and fantasy fusion sageuk, but sadly only youth and fantasy fusion sageuk.

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Same, getting sick of these dress-up sageuks.

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Yeah right.. back in early 2000s or even early 2010s almost all sageuks are serious stuff, the people involved were "seriously" try to tell the history, well even if elements of fiction involved. That's why we get the likes of Dae Jang Geum, Jumong, Queen Seondeok, Yi San, Dong Yi, etc.

But then.. I think since 2013 or so almost every sageuk produced are youth/fusion sageuk. Only a handful of them can be categorized as serious sageuks. And it's even rarer nowadays! I wonder if no one interested in serious stuff anymore? Because I'm sick of fantasy sageuk already, I love sageuk and I love it because I can learn history, not because I wanna watch flower boys dressed-up in hanboks.

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@Kiara & Kanz-

I definitely understand how you both feel. I love learning about history through serious sageuks, and all the ones mentioned plus a few recent ones such as Empress Ki and Six Flying Dragons are all amazing watches (though a little low on the historical accuracy scale).

I am not Korean, but having binge watched most of the well-known sageuks recently, I feel that they have covered a wide range of the more well-known rulers and eras, and there will be repetition as well as comparison.

Thinking from a marketing POV, The traditionally older ( female )audiences who tend to watch these shows and garner ratings have probably already seen it all- right from the 80's and 90's till today, and may find the recent shows repetitive and inaccurate (as I believe shows these d [Read more]

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I don't know much about Korean history, but I do know there's enough of it for intelligent writers and producers to do new and interesting things with it for years and years to come. Even the more well-known parts of it can be re-interpreted or approached from new angles. And although it's true that period dramas are generally more difficult to do, an accessible, good sageuk doesn't need to be particularly elaborate or expensive, or to talk down to younger or international audiences. IMO the problem doesn't lie with the genre but with TV stations that are so fixated on trends and money that they have lost sight of what is important.

As for Game of Thrones vs Downtown Abbey: GoT is set entirely in the realm of fantasy, but to my mind it's a more accurate reflection of real-world history [Read more]

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Yaps .i love saeguk like sfd.but lately saeguk is about romance and flower boy.

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yeah, kinda need A LOT of QSD, SFD, DRT, Dongyi, or JangGeum. I've become korean dramas addict since I watched sageuk but now I can't stand any silly romance's sageuk this year

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Well, I think these are the only ones declared for the first half of the year. I hope some more compelling/serious shows come our way in the second half.

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And My Sassy Girl - sageuk version

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Oh yes, I had forgotten about this one! :)

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I am so hyped for The King Loves! :D

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I can't wait to see Siwan on my screen again. I really hope the cast especially Siwan, Yoona and Hong Jong Hyun, prove the doubters wrong and show good acting in the drama. I wish the drama success. Can anyone tell me if the director is good? I am really curious if they got an effective writer and director.

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Wow, am I psychic? I've never seen WF coachnim before in a drama, but while I was watching WF thought "this actress is awesome and I want to see her in a sageuk, preferably as a queen mother." Guess I wasn't the only one!

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Shin Hyun-soo's character reminds me of Kwak Dong-yeon in Moonlight.

Noticed the trend in saeguks too. Wonder why since they didn't perform very well in ratings except for Love in the Moonlight.

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It is interesting to me as well. I'm a big fan of fusion saejuks and historicals as a whole and generally they don't do that well. A lot of Moonlight was the lead couple's popularity. However, since it's my kind of genre, I'm just gonna run with it and hope that a few of them have good stories to tell.

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It's my kind of genre too. I can't really stomach serious saeguk so fusion saeguk works well for me.

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..She’s in talks to pen the script for Signal 2 after her next drama wraps, a sageuk that will likely debut in the latter half of next year..

Uhhh, why so long? Means it'd be 2018... Where would I be by then?

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Probably still watching drama ;-)

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;)

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My eyes cant distinguish whether its Jung Woo-sung or Jo In-Sung in the first picture, until i saw the name below. Their names are similar and their faces are too similar and the smile is so similar.

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My God, Jung Woo Sung is handsome and, have you seen his legs? Greek God caliber.

Its interesting that he's in a project with Go Ah Sung because as I watched some scenes of one movie his( name's eluding me), I thought the actress looked like Go Ah Sung and now, voila.

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Aha! Its Lee Som in Scarlet Innocence.

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I see Signal, I click.
Yaaay :D

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SIGNAL TWO!

That's gotta be on a lot of people's christmas list this year - hooray!

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MBC has two anticipated saeguks next year, with trendy actors, that means they decided to enter the ratings battle with the SBS and KBS, this year they didn't seem to care, as far as I remember they have trendy cast only for W.

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Signal 2 ! ! !

best news of 2016, i don't care if it's 2018 when it airs -- i'm in!!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Can't stop giggling over "aje fatale", which is so apt for that deadly attractive pair Cha Seung-won and Jo Jin-woong.

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