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Shin Se-kyung up for leading role in Bride of the Water God 2017

I was sad when Moon Chae-won turned down the leading role in tvN’s upcoming manhwa remake Bride of the Water God 2017 over a week ago, but it looks like the production is back on track with an offer out to Shin Se-kyung (Six Flying Dragons) to headline in the title role. She’s considering favorably, as is Nam Joo-hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju), who seems a pretty sure bet to sign on as Ha-baek the water god.

The new drama adaptation is being called a spinoff rather than a faithful remake, since it takes the fantasy historical romance of the original manhwa and reworks it into a modern romantic comedy set in present-day Seoul. There’s some serious talent behind the scenes of the drama, with writer Jung Yoon-jung of Misaeng and Arang and the Magistrate penning the script, and PD Kim Byung-soo of Queen In-hyun’s Man and Nine directing. I’m totally skeptical of this spinoff idea, but I also can’t fathom this writer-director pair failing me, so I can’t help but be intrigued and excited for the drama to come.

In the original fantasy manhwa, villagers plagued by drought offer human sacrifices to a water god, and the heroine expects to die when she is sacrificed. Instead, the water god saves her and takes her as his bride, and she’s unaware of his curse that makes him appear as a child by day and an adult by night. It’s unclear how much of this will be retained in the spinoff drama, in which the heroine will be a neuropsychiatrist with her own practice, who is saddled with mountains of debt. She inherited most of that debt from her father, who always put humanity as a whole before his own family, and accrued the rest while putting herself through medical school.

I’ve never been very moved by Shin Se-kyung, but I also know that she’s been getting better with her recent projects and tapping into a warmer side; plus, she does seem a better fit in a romantic pairing with Nam Joo-hyuk than Moon Chae-won did. I still feel a little iffy about Nam Joo-hyuk headlining as the water god, because even though I loved him in Weightlifting Fairy, it was the first time I actually felt like he met a character that worked for him. I’ll just cross all fingers and toes that he’ll tap into something deeper, or that modern-day Ha-baek will be a puppyish water god.

Bride of the Water God 2017 will be fully pre-produced, and begins shooting in March for a broadcast later this year on tvN.

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Oh, I think she's actually perfect for the role.

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oh but she can't act to even save her own life

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Please watch sensory couple, sfd, and tree with deep roots? I know she sucks in melo but she can act

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watched all three and blademan and baker king.. and she totally sucks..

the only work of hers that i have not seen is probably man loves a woman

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She's not even in Baker King ???????

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Ez meant Fashion King.

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Have you watched Girl who sees smells, Six flying dragons or Tree with deep roots? She was good in them... In fact I think she would be perfect for this drama

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At least she's not Krystal.

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I've not seen the webtoon so can't comment on her "fit" with the character but she cannot emote. Even when crying, I feel she still has the same expression.

Shame because there are many other actresses in their 20s that could really use a leading role.

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exactly.

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Exactly. Too many talented and underrated actressess in 20s deserve the chance.

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+1
Anyone but her (and Jin Se Yeon). She is the least emotive K-drama actress I've had the misfortune to watch in a drama.

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Exactly thanks for taking those words out of my mouth. For the first time I was looking forward to a remake which is rare but I guess I can kiss that goodbye now.

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She's not the problem. They need to find a better lead ACTOR.

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Yeah i think so.. still can't find maturity from NJH.. Or maybe he will surprises us

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UHU. She may not be great but he's worse. Double freaking standards!

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I was just rereading the TWDR recaps so I'm in an "I really like her" mood right now. :)

If the modern version replaces the rain with money (what humans sacrificed the heroine to get), does this make Habaek a loan shark in this version? :O

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I think money to replace the rain will work, although I am very much intriguing with the original mahwa. I wish they can do this in both modern and sageuk setting. Maybe the curse is he will be a child during the day in sageuk setting and met the heroine in both setting.

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And she's probably forced to work with/marry him because of her debt?

And since she's a neuropsychiatrist, she has to treat him since maybe he's having a disorder or something that he would behave puppyish in the day and adult at night?

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WHAT?!? OK,I'M OUT BYE......

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LOL same here, I am out!

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I love this this reaction lol! No need to get worked up in righteous anger, just bail!!

I'll be cautiously following on the sidelines.

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Me too!

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@n / @kimster

See ya!

Don't let that door hit you on your way out!

;)

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Lol!

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Same :)

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Honestly, same.

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I've never really figured out if I disliked her or her character so much in When A Man Loves. It was one of my first k-dramas and I just didn't get that whole show ...what I saw of it anyway.

I liked her in Sensory Couple and generally she seems to do well in historicals.

I just don't have really strong feelings about this one way or another. I have to give this drama a try because Arang and Misaeng are two favs of mine so I'm just stuck with whatever combo the drama gods give me.

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I second you on When A Man Loves. I watched the entire show and still didn't understand why anything ever happened. Not to mention SSK's character and acting were both a mess in there...

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I didnt understand the whole drama and I dont even understand how myself was able to finish it. lol. The second leads were much better than main leads; characters and acting. Glad Yeon Woo Jin is now in a leading man territory.

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You know what I think she'll do good! She fits it more than MCW tbh.......

NJH is my issue. He's too puppy for this.......since Lee Joon Gi won't do this can we get Kim Woo Bin????

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Right, Moon Chae Won could do better, she's not in their level

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Lee Joon Gi won't do this because he was never offered though the naver news site reported that most K-netz pictured him as the perfect interpretation of Habaek. And it seems they are going for a younger casts. Too bad. He is the perfect image of a water god and has the acting range for such complex character.

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NJM should take a break and give other actors a chance. We just saw him in weightlifting fairy

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If it's romcom, it might work with these two actors.
If it's half-sageuk like Goblin/LOTBS just pray earnestly you all.

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"just pray endlessly you all"

Lol @kanz. I seem to recall people being impressed with Nam Joo Hyuk's scenes in the ealier episodes of Moon Lovers, esp when he confronted Hae Soo for the first time, plus he had that flowery and graceful look with his loog hair.

As for Shin Sae Kyung, I've not watched her in saeguk so I can't say, but apparently, she has improved. I feel ambivalent to her casting.

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Agree. NJH displayed some acting range in WFKBJ, I was impressed by him in a few scenes and none of them were about puppy love (which he also did so well). If he keeps up this level, I can see him doing an impressive job as the water god :) And I found SSK quite likeable in The girl who sees smells.
For now, I will trust the team behind the production in that they know what they are doing. And since I like both actors, I will look forward to this. :)

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Agree with you. Between these two, maybe I am slighly prefer Shin Se Kyung and wishing some other actor to be partnered with her, who has better acting. I just cannot picture these two as main leads in same drama. They dont have the powerful aura to carry the drama, especially if it is heavy /melo ones. If it is something fluffy romcom, maybe it works.

When A Man Loves or whatever the title - the two leads were really really bland. I dont want to see the same thing again.

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She was not bad in Girl Who Sees Smells but I don't think I would tune in unless the reviews say it's good, none of the leads interest me.

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I started TGWSS randomly and was OK with her, but Park Yoo Chun was better than her. But then what made me stayed to the end was the villain. lol.

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NGM def stole the spotlight.

I might just rewatch this as I am in drama slump, I used to love this drama.

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Yes agree with you. I never loved NGM before this drama but he really stole the spotlight. Now I am his fan. ?

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Good, at least no Moon Chae Won
So there's no reason for me to watch it

Good luck

Will check it when the review is good

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Yeah good luck to the team esp after I hear Krystal also considering 2nd lead.

Since there are no Moon Chae Won or other actor I like I don't have to watch it. LOL

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Good luck to the team too! Heard that Gong Myung has been offered the role too.

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I was excited over the adaptation but with the latest development, I have probably lose all the interest.

1) Nam Joo Hyuk is great in Weighlifting Fairy but admittedly, he is more or less the same level as Seo Kang Joon. Given the perfect role, he could definitely deliver but with that limited acting range, I am not sure how he could pulled off such larger than life character.

2) Shin Se Kyung never striked me as a powerful actress. Most of the time, I find her rather bland on screen. But she has improved a lot in "Six Flying Dragon". Still, I will only watch her if the drama premise intrigued me.

3) The total shifting of fantasy from sageuk to present day not selling at all to me and please, I have had enough of doctors and heroine with mountain of debts.

Now, I only have faith in the pairing up of the writer and the PD. Come to think of the actors being extended the offers, I am puzzled if this production is on tight budget or what?

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No Lee Yu Bi? Where in God's name is Lee Yu Bi?!

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Lee Yu Bi already casted in other drama.

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Which drama? For God's sake, when they're rotating all these casting names, why is her name never in contention? I pray she goes off to Chungmuro and CONQUERS! Mwahahahaha!!

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Wait I think I read here months ago if I am not mistaken, she will be paired with Lee Joo Hyun. A romcom, I guess. Not sure if she has confirmed or not.

She is like missing in radar, although she is not my favourite but I think I rather see her rather than someone untalented.

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I don't even consider myself some big fan, I just get excited to spot potential and lament its waste.

I think she should focus on Chungmuro and go for roles like that of Kim Tae Ri, Go Ah Sung, Han Ye Ri e.t.c though I don't think she wants to.

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I actually prefer her in serious role (GFB) much more than any romcom or playing cute heroine. So I think maybe she should do movies. Even if she is playing small roles in movies probably better. I dont know if she wants it or not, but I believe her agency is powerful enough to get her projects.

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Han Ye-ri, Go Ah-sung, Kim Go-eun, Kim Tae-ri etc started their career in Chungmuro beside Go Ah-sung. They made a name for themselves as the young film starlets before they started doing dramas. Kim Tae-ri hasn't done a drama yet.

I think Lee Yubi is better off trying to establish herself in dramas. I'm not sure she can compete with the established 20s in films. Shim Eun-kyung seems to be the busiest young actor in Chungmuro and it's hard to compete with that kind of talent. There is also not enough roles for their age group to go around.

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I actually think she can? In terms of acting, that is. She just needs opportunity and to choose the right projects, maybe go the way of Kang Hana. I mean, if Han Hyo Joo can find a career in Chungmuro( I've heard not so stellar things about her acting, personally haven't seen her in anything except Always) then she can.

Maybe she should start with indie directors.

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Shin Se Kyung...

Nhnnnnh.

That girl has it all. She was one of my early k-drama crushes. The girl is on fire...

She can act AND she's drop dead gorgeous.

So down for this.

All haters can fight me. ;)

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i believe in my storybooks.. so i am just gonna accept.. "love is blind"..

( j/k :P .. but honestly hats off.. if you are able to see any acting skills in her)

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She is not great, but at least she has shown some improvements in each project, the SSK I saw in Six Flying Dragon was not the same with the SSK I saw in When A Man Loves.

The thing is, I am in doubt with these two pairing. Both just showed improvement in latest project(s) but will this combination work?

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The SFD writers have worked with her in 3 sageuks. They know her well.

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She ruined Fashion King for me. I only finished the drama because of YAI because he was good in it. But after that I have never watched any YAI drama.

I watched her in Blademan because of LDW and thought she actually improved in it. But the trauma was strong and still lingers.

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This part "in which the heroine will be a neuropsychiatrist with her own practice, who is saddled with mountains of debt" already turns me off before I even look at who is the main lead.

If there is no turning into child and becomes adult at night and the whole fantasy world building, there is no point of watching this drama.

Now you have Nam Joo hyuk and Shin, this is not a good track. With or without Misaeng writer.

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That mountain of debt ish jumped at me too! I pray she turns out a cynical person who doesn't share her fathers altruism...or rather, supresses it because of where its led them in life.

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The mountain of debt is a kdrama staple! Just like subway ppl, you cannot miss it!

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Two thumbs up! brace your self ... subway will make an omnipresent in-your-face cameo ... you will not only get a sandwich but an entire building ..

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I wonder if it's only going to be the loosest of adaptations. MCW, SSK, and NJH don't seem to match the auras of the characters. I think they have more earthy, grounded auras.

But this is from the writers of Misaeng and Arang, so I should have more faith

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I am fine with Shin Se Kyung especially after The Girl Who Sees Smell and Six Flying Dragons. The problem is, she needs a partner who has better acting than her.

TGWSS - there was Park Yoo Chun and even Nam Goongmin
Six Flying Dragons - Yoo Ah In and other actors definitely better than her

If she and Nam Joo Hyuk accept, well good luck for them.

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I could never pinpoint why I don't like her...there's something stiff and off putting about her acting..although I did think that her last drama was a good improvement

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I first saw her in Blade Man(also my introduction to Lee Dong Wook and his ssssoulful eyes). I just find her tolerable. I don't know if it was the character or her interpretation of it but I couldn't find any genuine warmth in her performance. Even though she was written as a mother bear with maternal insticts.

But I'm curious to see how she fairs here.

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I liked in her Tree, when she didn't speak for most of the role.

I just don't like the way she speaks, her delivery annoys me, and the fact that her facial expressions don't change.

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??? SSK and NJH perfect pair for awfully bad acting.

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Hello PDnim, can you start the shooting on April or May, and cast Lee So Hyuk and Kim So Eun instead? KSE will be free from April onwards. Since you probably looking for younger actors and not big names, how about give these two the chance? I dont know how much these two resemble with the manhwa, but since this is spinoff remake, and if you want to make this drama half sageuk and half modern, these two will be great.

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do you think that the pd will be here reading comments.

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As long as no one confirmed for the role, everyone can dream, right?

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Actually, filming of 'Our Gab Soon' will end at late March. They already began fliming so soon.

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Currently they are filimg the last 10 episodes, I guess. Few days ago saw JaeRim's post his script for epi 51 / 52. But yes i think Our Gabsoon will done with the filming by end of March. Part of me want KSE to take a break since she spent months for 60 episode, but this girl never took long break anyway and she loves to act, so if there is any good project to do, she should do.

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If this was still a sageuk Kim So Eun and Lee Soo Hyuck would be perfect.

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Shin Sekyung is one instance that proves that to each his own. I really love her and I can never understand it when people say she can't act. I'm excited to see her in a drama again so I'll tune in.

I'm still a little bit iffy about Joohyuk though I really loved him in Bokjoo. We'll see. I hope it will be good.

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This so much.

I'm right there with you. I really don't understand the hate towards Shin Se Kyung.

In my assessment, it seems some of the hate stems from their dislike of her character in When A Man Loves.

Anyway, I love her and will be excited to see her again.

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I think a portion of it is because she dated SHINee's Jonghyun then there was Fashion King.

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@Emanresu&@earthna
You’re both right. People quickly jump on her acting and say she is bad because of when a man loves and people might disagree with me but SSK was better than SSH in that drama and her character was interesting too. My mom hated her character, but I loved it and empathized a lot more with Mi Do.. Also she dared to date SHINee oppa and got a lot of hate because of that...

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Yes, contrary to most people I actually also sympathised with Mi Do and could see why she acted and felt the way she did.
On one side I think the problem is that Mi Do had flaws that were a bit "too real" / verged too much on the inconvenient truth about people's behaviours that we'd usually like to avoid facing in dramas.
On the other, I think the fact that the audience was able to pry into SSH's character's real motives and personality from the start (i.e. that he was actually genuinely nice, warm and selfless) - which Mi Do couldn't for most of the drama - also made it that most audiences failed to understand her feelings of suspicion,, uncertainty, uncomfortableness around him, when putting myself in her shoes I think I'd feel exactly the same lol (I wondered at the time if feeling I'd act the same made me a bad person as people were quite harsh on her actions lol)

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They're taking the historical and fantasy out of the story? :/

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ikr what even is the point in it? i probably might still end up enjoying it for what it is but i was excited when i thought it'd have both elements of fantasy and historical in it but oh well.

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I honestly hope there will be be half modern and half sageuk at least.

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This seems to be the trends these days. And the bride hunt is looking strong too in dramaland. I just hope this will not be too much like Goblin. Moving it to modern-day already makes it feel similar.

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That's why they should just stick to original setting... #cries

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Me too. I mourn for the loss of fantasy sageuk. And if NJH is the lead, I read that he did okay to quite good in ML and that he seems to fit sageuk more than contemporary. I don't know since I did not really watch ML. However, I am keeping faith because of the writer. I hope they pull off something spectacular with this spinoff.

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If all these casts confirmed. I will see from the sidelines, because none of these casts really attracting me. If the are really positive reviews, maybe I'll watch.

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@celine You should watched ML. That's the best kdrama so far. I am still re-watching it alternately with current dramas. By doing that, the more I realised how good Moon Lovers is.

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Me too I am still disappointed they took out those elements from the story.
I wish that if they have to modernize it to at least show both worlds. What if he lives in a palace that is from that era with all the fantasy elements from the manhwa and she also lives there with him but they strike a deal and he lets her go out into the modern world to work or see her friends. It would be funny to see him get used to her world and her get used to his. This way we would still get to see the georgeous gardens and costumes yet it wouldn't take over the whole budget.

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Well there goes my dreams of Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young as the leads.

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Ji Chang Wook will do a drama also this year, I heard. So still have a chance for his reunion with PMY. So never stop dreaming, ok? ?

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NJH was lovely in Weightlifting Fairy. Couldn't bear to watch him in Scarlet Heart, so the Joon hyung character he portrayed was such a refreshing improvement. I think he is best at college/uni youth roles...I liked him in Cheese as well.

As for SSK, she was stiff and expressionless in When A Man Loves. Coupled with the overacting theatrics of SSH, the show was impossible to watch. I dropped it halfway. I'm glad to hear she has improved.

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What, you gave up on the handtowel?
But...but, weren't you supposed to write poems dedicated to his beauty?

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LOL!

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Well, I am in the process of composing a song for the Towel, to be sung in three parts: the towel, the shower, and the mirror...like an opera. When it's ready, I will share it with The Hand Towel Fan Club.

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I still remember your parody of dialogue between Wang So and Wook. They were better than the script!

So are you watching Saimdang?

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LOL! That seems so long ago...thank you for the compliment. I fast forwarded to the Towel's scenes in the first two episodes. He was so bad I decided that much as I love him, I could not bear the torture of watching him trying his wooden best to emote. So I stopped watching. The only show of his I have finished so far is My Princess. But I love him so much, really I do.

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Nice to know you haven't abandoned the Handtowel's Temple of epic acting.

The Chronicles Of Towelarnia: The towel, the shower and the mirror.

Sounds about right for an epic series.

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Yes! And no worries about the budget, because, unlike that spendthrift of a Goblin, our Hand Towel would just be wearing one off-the-rack towel from beginning to end.

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Expressionless, theatrics.. Overacting? Your description of SSK was contradicting.

Theatrical is ideal for Saguek. Many Korean lead actors don't have this skill. You can only find few actors who can vividly show emotions.

For SSK, her expression is monotonous.

And for NJH in Moon Lovers, Well..Saguek is not for anyone to do. But he was all riht in CITT. But Moon Lovers as drama was really good. He is not the main lead in that drama anyway.

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Does NJH have enough acting chops to pull off the role? Don't really know Shin Se Kyung but I'm curious about their screen chemistry together. Who knows, they might end up surprising us like LSK as weightlifter Bok Joo.

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I'm quite bored of shows that actually remakes entirely exactly or at least 90% of the content from novel, web story etc.. yes I'm looking at China show especially haha

But it seems like I'm pretty much upset too if the story deviates too much from the original.. can it still retain what makes the original material interesting??..

(let's see how it goes.. though I think messing around with the original plot or even bring more content or other side content into it might just make things backfire even more if it's done unsatisfactory.. but Koreans love doctor drama right? Maybe this is a pretty safe bet after all..)

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Her acting is bland although I also have to admit that she has improved a little.Argh....why can't they get Lee Sung Kyung??? She will be a better fit for the role and matches well with puppy. Although it's too close to their last collaboration.

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I'm sorry to say I'm not very hopeful for this, but I'll still watch it just in case they manage to come up with something amazing.

Some of what is below could be considered spoilers, depending on how much of the source material stays intact--you've been warned.

I also have to agree in regards to the world building nightmare with the choices they've made as to changes. I know it will likely only include the intro part of the original, and we won't really get into the war or anything because...only so many episodes.

I feel like every time I'm reading a report on this show, it's wandering farther and farther away from what makes the original so interesting.

Spinoff? What does that even mean at this point? They've already changed:
- the time period;

- pushed the genre to romcom;

- the location (seriously, Seoul? And is it instead of the village or the Water Kingdom?);

- female lead has a long term schooling occupation, so definite adult
--so it's likely they drop the boy by day/man by night unless they only play it out for comedy;

- I guess they're trying to link the debt stuff with how the father kept selling her (and younger sis) as tribute in the original.

*shakes head, wondering*

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I think it will similar with Goblin.

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NJH is all but confirmed. I'm not sure why people keep mentioning other actors to replace him. It's not going to happen. Actresses are being floated and then declining, but nobody but him has been mentioned for the male role. Obviously, he's already accepted it. Anyway, this works better than MCW/NJH for sure.

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Honestly, I was ok with either MCW or NJH to bow out. I was just not feeling that pair that I was okay with either one of them turning down the offer. Now that it was MCW who bowed out (it seems the team is looking for younger cast), I see SSK as a good match for NJH.

As for acting, I personally find both of them to be alright. They are not wow, but I've seen improvement in both of them. They most certainly have a long way to go and still need improvements and I'm willing to give them that chance.

I am looking forward to this because I am a fan of the writer and PD. I hope their combined powers bring out the best in the acting of SSK and NJH should they end up as the leads.

I do hope we get confirmations soon because March is just around the corner. And I am excited to see who else is part of the drama.

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I hope anyone confirmed for the role asap. Shin Se Kyung probably will do this, I doubt this girl has turned down any offer before. So maybe we can settle the final pairing will be SSK and NJH. As long as no one confim, they will let us keep imagining other actor/actress for the role. Better confirm soonest possible so most of us can decide to watch or not. Otherwise I'll let my imagination keeps working. LOL

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Interesting though because we only got one name for the lead guy. No other actor was mentioned. Only Joohyuk got the offer. Also, they replaced MCW and said they're looking for someone in her 20s. I do feel he's pretty much set at this point, but I still want a clear cut confirmation. lol

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Yes I want the clear and official confirmation, no other actor was mentioned aside from Nam Joo Hyuk so most probably he will accept it. I think the writer probably in the process to write the script and adjust the role which is fit with Nam Joo Hyuk before officially announce it. Maybe.

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OH sh*t...if she signs on, then I'm not watching. Sorry Nam Joo Hyuk! I was gonna watch after seeing him in Weightlifting and looking forward to see if his acting really did improve, like it did in Weightlifting, but SSK is someone who has never really improved so umm...I'll pass

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shes improved! you're obviously never watched her previous dramas, so dont talk trashy bout her.

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sometimes I can't differentiate between SSK and leeyeonhee through a pict

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My first SSK drama was Fashion King, i watched the drama because of YAI and then I saw her.. I had no idea who she was and never bothered to look her up.. watching her in FK was sooo painful because of her wood acting.. i was cursing all the time she came on screen and ff most of her scenes alone.. i thought it was only me who felt that way but later found out how the majority hates her.. well, i don't really hate her, just her acting.. then i watched Sensory Couple because NGM was in it.. i thought, her acting in that drama was tolerable so i guess need to check Water God for the story .. who knows, maybe she will surprise us this time :)

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according to naver, it's f(x) krystal. http://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=241&aid=0002642961

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wait.. I think Krystal will play second lead.

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She is considering the role of Mura.

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Can you copy and paste the translation of this article? I just cannot translate the article. dont know why...

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Shin Se Kyung & Nam Joo Hyuk now in final considering (stills not official confrimed, they just official confrimed after done contracts).

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I know. I want to know what is the article on Krystal's casting about. Is she up for the same role or second lead? These casts.....

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Crystal plays Hira (Mura), the owner of the second divine stone, the god of hydrangeas in the play. I have been living among people for hundreds of years, and I have been living in an actress's life mainly because I have been circulating in beautiful beauty. I maintain only 1% of life and I know that I am God. I have a crush on Habakku, so the girl named Child, who is standing beside Habag, does not like her.

'The Little White Bride' is a woman who has a rough and rough soul, explores her journey to become a goddess by loving herself and searching for the true meaning of life and happiness through sweet romance with God. The original comic book of the same name was published in 'Wink' for 10 years and it became popular as a book published in 9 countries all over the world including Russia and Hungary. The male and female protagonists are in final coordination with Nam Ju-hyeok and Shin Kyung-kyung.

'Minnae' writer Jeong Yoon-jeong writes a script, 'Nine', 'Three Musketeers', and Kim Byeong-soo PD. It will be filmed in the first month of next month with pre-production and will be broadcast in the second half.

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Thanks Chi

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This is google translate?? Not sure theres much accuracy, but this one is so much easier to read than the last time i tried google translating a paragraph~

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Shin Se Kyung! Yup, I agree that her pairing with Nam Joo Hyuk looks suitable and she is more physically-and-age-matched than Moon Chae Won herself honestly (In fact, I am happy she turned it down). I love Shin Se Kyung in Six Flying Dragons (2015) so much and I think she can act well with Nam Joo Hyuk then hiii

If Nam Joo Hyuk is seriously considering it now, I will be happy to see him acting again!

Overall I am happy for Shin Se kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk! Peace ?

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lol... I hate her bcus of d man who loves..... Worst PAIR..... the could have used an qctress who is more great in acting to cover ul nam hyuk lack of experience or vice versa..... like how d did in W world bcus dat gal culdnt act it was my ACTOR dat covered d bullshit..

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Hate is like holding on to a hot burning piece of charcoal. The only one that's getting burnt is yourself.

why would you take so seriously? its just a damn drama.

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You forget to ad "my precious ACTOR". So funny, I can't even.

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It was started with a bride of an alien in my love from the star. Then goblin's bride. And now a bride of a water god. K-dramas sure know that we have a deficiency on human-male number they starting an inter-species (or rather inter-universe) romance.
I'm starting to worried about my own future groom.

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LOL this comment. Add bride of someone from the past.

At least in Legend of the Blue Sea a mermaid became the bride of a man. And My Girlfriend is a Gumiho help balance this out.

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I bet Namoo Actors thinks Moon Chae Won is too good for this but they still want to keep the role for another artist under the company. Shin Se Kyung debuted years before Nam Joo Hyuk but she did not show any improvement until The Girl Who Sees Smells. Before that her acting is really tiring to watch. Her acting now is still on the same league as Nam Joo Hyuk only.

"Improvement" is what to hope for from these two. I still don't like to see mediocre actors taking lead roles for sort of "practicing their skills". They could have taken minor or supporting roles.

I'm glad Moon Chae Won dropped this. This rushing casting is such a mess.

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Between Fashion King and Blademan, she has improved a lot.

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With the mentioning of Nam Joo Hyuk....I hope this will be a rom-com though I know, the manhwa is nowhere to be categorized as rom-com. And with Shin Se Kyung possibly on-board, please make it a rom-com. These two actors can act but only as far as their limited acting range. And can I say they both appear to be pretty boring on screen.

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so much better choice than the other choice who declined. I'm in.

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SSK was always just ok for me, better in some thn others. Obviously not a better actress thn MCW. But visually she fits NJH better. For the sake of d writer-director hope it all works out

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So far the rumor

Nam Joo Hyuk 94
Gong Myung 94
Krystal 94

Shin Se Kyung 90

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I hope they all confirm soon, so we don't have to go on about the castings for this drama over again. And we can decide to watch, not to watch or watch at the sidelines for the positive reviews.

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I used to hate Shin Sekyung but after watching Six Flying Dragons and TWDR I began to fangirl over her. Same goes with Kang Sora. I hope this girl does well in Water God.

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same2, i agreed with you.. ;)

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I have a soft spot for Shin Se Kyung. She often plays unlikable, no non-sense characters and sometimes comes off as stiff and unlikable but she portrays her characters well. She isn’t perfect or the greatest actress, but she is believable and doesn’t deserve the hate targeted at her. I guess people started seeing that she improved in Girl Who Sees Smells only because there her character was more likable.
She would be actually perfect for this role, she has a lot of experience in sageuk and also looks ethereal

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IKR!! I don't know why this all people putting so much hate towards her

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Both can be good and bad depending on the character they portrayed.
Joo hyuk is good at his supporting role in Cheese in the trap, Surplus Princess. He acted Joon Hyung fit like a glove. That role tailor for him so he could used his skill at best
While he is really bad in Who are you and Moon Lovers.
Same as Shin se kyung.
I have a love-hate impression about her
I hate her so much after Fashion King and When the man loves a woman. Then come to like her in Tree with Deep roots, The girls who see smell and especially in Six Flying dragons, i was impressed. She is sweetheart in real life too. She is quite brave to choose the roles that require body exposure and might get lots of hate (cheaters ...)
Actually They have skills but still limited. Lot of limitations
So if the writing is far from their acting range, they will be lost and the result is obviously a mess.
Otherwise if it's within their range , they will do well. Even really well
So it's like real gamble. They need good writing and great acting partner to shine.
Visually they are matched with each other. Also their image fit with the webtoon character which is the reason they being scouted

I really love both the writer and the PD. They wrote and directed my favourite dramas. Most of them are from TvN productions
Will they create another magic?

I am still disappointed that they got rid of the fantasy elements. And it's spin off of the webtoon. Why!!!!!

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After reading comments about Gong-myung and Krystal being offered roles in the drama so I searched about their characters on Naver.
I am okay with the offer of the second lead to Gong Myung as Bi-ryum since he was good as Ja-kyung, the loyal puppy and bodyguard to Princess Jungmyung in Splendid Politics (according to the short character profiles I read in a blog, Bi-ryum's god character is like a protector to Muha and he pities her unrequited love for Ha-baek so I guess he likes her.) and his other roles in drama set in contemporary times.
I don't really know how to feel about Krystal as Mu-ha because the latter is kind of a bad-ass, warrior character in the manhwa and Krystal mostly played sassy roles (still she was likeable) and it would wrong to reinvent the character into a sass.

I guess the spin-off makes sense since the original story (*spoiler*) ends with an open ending in the modern era with Ha-baek feeling jealous at the sight of the reincarnated So-ha, the female lead, with her boyfriend. The reincarnated So-ha is in college so the drama is timeline-wise in creating a setting where the heroine has a profession. However, I do not like the idea of dragging the unreturned love of second leads and making it mainly romance, compared to the epic fantasy in the manhwa.

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Omona. So that's the ending? huhu. I haven't checked it out in a while. What happened to their child (her name I think is similar to lotus) then?

I suppose Soah was meant to die after all since she wasn't able to eat the fruit (of everlasting life). But did they got back together after they met? I presume a lot of chaos happened in the realm of gods after Soah returned,no?

BTW, you're right on the 2nd leads unrequited love they shouldn't have emphasize the story on in it coz the manhwa focused more on many things. ;-)

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Im actually pretty excited abt this pairing! Even though many seem to have doubts abt nam joo hyuk's acting chops, i'll be glad if he really takes up the role bcs you dont become a good actor overnight right? So im looking forward to see him bloom and grow as an actor by taking up more projects to expand his acting range. As for shin se kyung, i think that she has shown improvement in her acting and im pretty excited to see her in a new drama. I hope that this drama will receive a lot of love <3

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Don't recall she can act. Anyway, I may keep a look out to see if I like the production before deciding to watch or not. And of course, if she proves my memory right, I may just drop the whole drama.

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SSK's not a good actress, but she's likable in some of her roles despite that. I like her well enough. Her and NJH are on the same level acting-wise if you ask me, though I like her a little bit more solely because I've yet to see NJH in a role I liked him in. They fit, and would probably make an interesting pair, though the drama clearly isn't looking to hit it out of the park in terms of acting.

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Still haven't moved on from Scarlet Heart so IU please??? I know she just had her hair cut bu I really think she can pull this role. The LJK is practically the best option for Habaek in terms of character, except that he's supposed to look like 17 something years old. But for the female lead, IU please? I am a fan of this manhwa and its really gonna upset me if casting isn't good. No offense to SSK and fans but though she can shed a tear, her facial expressions don't change.

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Ohhh.. for Habaek, how about Kim Soo Hyun? ksh as habaek and iu as his bride.

Both probably can't accommodate this drama due to busy schedule but hey, I'm free to wish for my dream kdrama pairs.. hahaha

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Ooohh please guyss.. if she can't act, why got offered for this role?? And for TWDR , and for SFD, and for TGWSS.. The PD nim's know better..
Please be objective
Plus .. She is soo beautiful

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more sekyung for me c: (though not sure if this is the kind of drama i'd want for her..... also want her to do movies again)

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Since the male lead is meh, it doesn't matter if she's lead.

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oof! everyone's busy talking about how the male lead is not good enough or how the female lead puts them down....and here I am..all excited to see if the drama goes with the curse story or not..just to see how the interactions would go between the leads..as in the female lead with NJH and his child counterpart..
It would be hilarious if the heroine is all stiff and rude towards the adult but goes full on aegyo in front of the child :D I wonder who the child actor would be though!!
Also..Since NJH is playing Water-god,in modern days...is he going to be a Swimmer again?? If so..it'd be a Hatrick!!!

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Color me black, but this is the actress that I have unreasonable dislike since when a man loves..
Is it her acting, her face or what? I really don't know..
I tried watching six flying dragons since db beanies gave it great reviews but drop it coz of her..
I could tolerate Suzy, iu, or even jin so yeon but not her..
Maybe the problem is me?
Food for thought...

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