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Beware This Woman becomes Suspicious Partner, secures main cast


Ji Chang-wook, Nam Ji-hyun, Choi Tae-joon, Nara

Woohoo, we’ve finally got a heroine locked down for SBS’s romantic comedy Beware This Woman, which has now changed its title to Suspicious Partner. Ji Chang-wook (The K2) and Nam Ji-hyun (Shopping King Louis) are confirmed to star in the story about young lawyers going up against a world filled with prejudice, and growing up through the sacrifices they make. Choi Tae-joon (Missing 9) and Hello Venus idol Nara have also signed on to round out the main cast.

The new legal thriller rom-com comes from PD Park Sun-ho, assistant director on Legend of the Blue Sea, and writer Kwon Ki-young of I Remember You, All About My Romance, and Protect the Boss. Ji Chang-wook plays a Jack of all trades who’s good at everything from sports to music, and becomes a prosecutor to live out the life that his father wanted to live. Nam Ji-hyun plays a junior Taekwondo athlete who fought tooth and nail to get through law school and is now a junior prosecutor in training. In previous casting stories there were different tidbits about the plot—an amnesiac killer is after them, the heroine is a murder suspect, and the hero enters the private sector as an attorney—but we’ll have to wait and see how everything comes together.

Choi Tae-joon plays a lawyer with complicated family relationships who had a particularly harsh adolescence. In real life Choi Tae-joon and Ji Chang-wook are buddies, so hopefully they’ll get to have a bromance and won’t end up romantic rivals in the drama. Hello Venus’s Nara will play a prosecutor and Ji Chang-wook’s ex-girlfriend in the drama. She’s still interested in him when she returns from working abroad and will try everything to get his attention, from acting pitiful to confident to sexy. But Ji Chang-wook’s lack of reaction will make her sad, and in stopping by his house all the time, she’ll run into Choi Tae-joon’s character and start having strange feelings towards him.

I don’t know what to expect of the supporting leads, but Ji Chang-wook and Nam Ji-hyun are so great that I’m in it for them and no one else really matters. I like the idea that there might be two separate lovelines, so let’s cross our fingers for that. I mean, with an amnesiac killer on the loose, we might barely have enough time for one romance as it is!

Suspicious Partner airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays following Saimdang, Light’s Diary in May.

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Im watching Shopping King Louie, kinda skip it before. Nam Ji Hyun is so badass. Her character is strong but loveable.

I like this pairing. And Chae Tae Joon. His killing in Missing 9 still giving me creep.

I only worry how they can be on time for the broadcast, they only have few weeks away.

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The rating war gonna be so tense. Ji Chang Wook, Park Min Young, Yoo Seung Ho, Joo Won, Park Seo Joon, Kim Ji Won, Nam Ji Hyun, Kim So Hyun, Oh Yeon Seo plus Yeo Jin Goo, Yoo Ah In, Im So Young, Park Hye Jin.

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KBS: Seven Day Queen - May 31
SBS: Suspicious Partner - May 10
MBC: Ruler: Master of the Mask - May 10

Mon-Tue
KBS: Third Rate My Way - May 8 (15)
SBS: My Sassy Girl - May 22
MBC: Lookout - May 15
TVN: Circle - May 15

I guess the best way for May is skip them all then watch them later lol. Its impossible to choose. How Korean Audience gonna choose? We have almost no romance first quarter than it goes in full force.

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It's tough for Korean audience for us i-fand we can watch them all anytime, i like watching dramas while they air, if I marathon i tend to skip episodes that i feel they're fillers or irritating, but if I watch while airing i am forced to watch the whole thing.

I can't wait to see who will win this battle it's hard to root for since all the dramas competing has good actors and i am fan of the most but i root for Ruler because of Kim So Hyun.

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Clarification on the statement above: Korean viewers have the ability to watch the rebroadcasts of first-run dramas several times over after their initial airings. So if the shows are not watched the first time around, there's always later in the week to catch up.

But this will be a good indication of where the viewers' loyalties lie - with a sageuk or with a rom-com. We'll see on 10 May!

P.S. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! :P

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I would be watching suspicious partner first and then ruler of mask I think. I'm not much fan of park min young or YJW, so there's that. Also I guess if sageuk dramas are not done well, people tend to avoid them..contrast to that suspicious partner is a romcom, plus thriller, I can sense another SWDBS, minus the strength part. But yeah as international fans we don't have to choose one over another. For mon-tues, circle and third rate my way look promising. Though wish I could watch chun woo hee for the first time on drama land.
Nam Ji Hyun was quite bad ass when she went on a running spree with the halmoni, loved that scene.

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Hahaha, thank you for reminding me of that hilarious scene you made me laugh ? That marathon was so funny.

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Heheh IKR, the songs were quite appropriate too.

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LOL, I don't know which ones should I watch, other than JCW's drama since it's a given. Since I love sageuk, I may try Ruler and My Sassy Girl. But I also wanna watch PSH-KJW and YJG dramas. Decision, decision...

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hhhhhhhhhh don't forget the dramas that already started in April or/and March!! :o good thing the dramas I'm SO looking forward for are of different timeslot except for Suspicious Partner and Ruler: Master of The Mask that will start the same exact day :o but Ji Chang Wook is my 1st priority :d still my sanity will be in danger through this (May's) month!! :o

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For star power alone, I think the ratings will go to:

Mon-Tue: Ruler: Master of the Mask

Wed-Thu: My Sassy Girl

But the underdogs may rise to the top if the story and directing are good.

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Well SKL was an underdog against jealousy incarnate too. But then it came first in rating within couple of weeks. So yeah it depends. JCW also is a star in his own merit I would say. Here's to hoping that the story's gonna be alright.

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Thanks for summarizing that. Every time I read about upcoming dramas that I'm interested in, they're all in May! I wonder why they scheduled it like that. Like I have not had a Wednesday Thursday drama to watch this year and I'm interested in all those in May

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Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, who knows, I AM going to have to skip most of them and watch them later, because I'm travelling 28th of April - 16th of July, won't have a laptop and won't have much chance to watch anything!!!!

At least I'll have all these goodies plus more to come back to.

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@C
dear C. your schedules comes useful, so i have borrowed and posted on soompi for few of the dramas 'affected' by the major Stations' wars, coz i know some of us (me esp) will be chasing after all 3 at the same timing. so we really need the time table to organize.

so sorry, i 'ask' your permission to copy your 'findings' after i posted. but i need quote you. thanks for taking time to find out the details.

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I love Ji Chang Wook (My Bias lol) so I'm obviously watching Suspicious partner and I also loved the female lead in SKL and the Missing 9 second lead so those are big pluses. Other than that I'll probably watch third rate my way and maybe Ruler master of the mask.

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Scratch that after googling it I'm watching Circle too, I love sifi alien futuristic stuff.

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Chae Tae Joon has always been good. I'm glad Missing 9 puts him in some viewer's radar.

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True. I might be the only one who thinks he is a better actor than Ji Chang Wook. Hope he will be famous enough to be a lead in his next drama.

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Oh ye!! *Bong Soon's tone*
Nam Ji Hyun is in!
Although I like the title 'be careful this woman' because it sounds more like a female-centric drama, Perhaps Suspicious Partner is more appropriate for the story if they opt to change it.
But still, I'm looking forward to a ass-kicking heroine, her taekwondo title needs to be showcased right?

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Love that Nam Ji Hyun was casted as the female lead. She is so lovable and warm actress.
I saw her for the first time in Queen Seon Deok and she was really good. She did good as well in Hwayi. But it's her recent shows like What Happens to My Family? and Shopping King Louie that made her shine and transitioning to adult roles, she was a gem in both of them.
I'm looking forward to her taekwondo skills in the drama, I'm sure she can pull it of.

As for the main lead, LOVE Ji Chang Wook!!! He sure looks more mature than her, but then I remembered the role of Healer (the part he played a dorky) and he was so adorable. I can already picture them together and be extremelly cute!

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I don't know who's Nara but as for Choi Tae Joon he was a good villain in Missing 9 he nailed it.

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Nara is an idol from girl group Hello Venus

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Just by reading Nara's character description, It's sure to be another annoying second lead. spare us please.

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if there's character development in store for her than i'm fine with it especially with the fact that she'll get over the main lead and not pine over him throughout the entire course of the drama like most second female leads

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I expect that they will have separated love-line. I did enjoy watch I remember you, but i love Protect the Boss more. The writer has a taste of woman center and not childish and annoying second female lead.

The premise too sounds similiar to Protect the Boss. Second Female lead is the ex-of male lead. And the male and second male lead are friends/sibling. I enjoyed so much their rivalry. Hope it will go that way too.

Also the second female lead, i dont know her for sure, even her girl group i dont know. Hahahha..... So i will go with pure intention to watch her skill. Hope wont disappoint us. See After School's Nana got a lot of love on her first acting on The Good Wife. I will expect that too...
Think about it, why they didn't cast Nana? Hohoo...

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Agreed about this author and second female leads - Protect the Boss has one of the most lovable second leads ever, and she got a separate loveline too, and it was adorable!

Also I think I'm one of like three people who watched All About My Romance, but that was a pretty good show, and while the second female lead started out annoying, she had an interesting arc by the end. Plus I loved the strong, outspoken, smart heroine in that drama. (And the chemistry between the OTP!)

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Omg, you guys are really making me want to watch Protect the Boss! Should I do it?

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I loved the second female lead in PtB. She cracked me up. She was so pitiful. The fact that no one liked her and her only friend was the main girl who was her romantic rival was pure gold. I still remember the scene where her co-workers sent her home early from a work dinner because she was drunk but she was like 'I didn't drink any alcohol though!'. Poor thing.

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I predict "Nara" is going to be both annoying as a character and terrible as an actress. There will be comparisons, for good and ill, to the tiresome work Suzy did in Big. Everyone except Venus fans will heartily wish her off the screen. We will be told, several times, how nice she is as a person, how hard she is working, and how she is trusting in her sunbaes to help her. There, I think I've covered everything.

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It's obvious that Nara has an sponsor.

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there's so much known actress that they can offer that role to instead of an idol that never acted before, i am grateful that she's landed the second lead not the lead.

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Even second lead is too big for her if she has no acting experience before. But then this is not the first time.

As long as what happened in Cinderella & 4K won't happen again - where the second female lead who is an idol out of sudden stole the screentimes of main female lead, I think I will be OK.

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Ahh don't remind me, i can't forget the cringes i had whenever she's on my screen i f/f her scenes, i hope we won't see much of her but i also wish she will be good so we wont have the same cringy feeling.

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Park So Dam was so great at the beginning, poor her in the middle she was like nothing. sighhh. What made me more perplexed is the audiences also dislike the second female lead, from the character to the actress herself (her acting) , I see no point the writer /PD increased her screentimes though.

A drama that had every single potential to become a cliche and fluffy drama that we can at least enjoy the drama, but they ruined it for us.

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Yes I hope for this drama, she won't be clingy for a long time. Choi Tae Joon is good though, I see his potential.

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With zero experience you know they cut a huge deal to get her in there. Who even heard of this girl group? Who ever heard of her? I expect her producer has some serious dirt on someone over at the studio, or forked over some serious cash. To whomever argues that work always goes to the talented, I provide exhibit B.

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I dont know why she was casted as a second lead on her first time acting, but as long as she doesnt ruin the drama I am okay.

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Nam Ji Hyun and the writer of I Remember You?? Add Ji Chang Wook to it and it already sounds like winning show. Adding Choi Tae Joon is like a cherry on the top! He was frigging scary in Missing 9 and I am already wondering if he is a villain in disguise in this show!

That aside- Nam Ji Hyun + a mention of IRY makes me miss Seo In Guk even more!

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I see Nam Ji Hyun, and I am all in. Somehow seeing Nam Ji Hyun on my screen does ease the longing I had for Seo Inguk for a bit. Oh how I shipped them so hard during SKL days, and I still have until today. Glad that Nam Ji Hyun secured a leading role again after SKL ends, she really is the leading material to me.

Oh, oh and all this mentions about I Remember You, I missed you so much Seo Inguk! ???

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I saw a mention that he's left. Has there been an article on db for it?

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No article on DB yet as far as I know, perhaps they would put it into one of their news article?

I do hope they do though, we all need that space to mourn together like a counseling group LOL.

He got drafted on 28th and left a farewell song which is quite nice (Better Together also available on youtube).

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Yes there is no article yet on DB, and I am hoping they would squeeze one in in the News Bites side this week, because I am so need to do more counselling together with the other SIG fangirls, just like @Boomboompow said, ?
Yes he released 2 songs actually; Better Together and Mint Chocolate, and I have been listening to these 2 songs diligently since his departure to the army on the 28th. But I loved Mint Chocolate so so much more, maybe because it was an upbeat track, just like his Bebe song. But his ballad song really is good, Seo Inguk really amazes me with his endless talents, and someone please stop me before I go on talking non stop about my bae, ??

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Yup he enlisted quietly on 28th, without any fanfare.. i was somehow very proud of him :) The songs are heart-breakingly emotional, and the video- Oh my! Did u guys check out the lyrics... it's basically a song for his love of fans.. he is bloody awesome... I heard somewhere that another video or something will be released tomorrow (31st March).. Waiting for it!

And yes, I am waiting for Dramabeans to post something about his enlistment. I need all the fangirls who always come out when his name is mentioned in a DB article! We can mourn together!

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I am stoked.

I love Ji Changwook and I'm so happy he'll do a rom-com after Healer (!!!), The K2 (meh) and Fabricated City. It doesn't hurt the fact that I absolutely love thrillers, I Remember You AND Nam Jihyun.

(Okay the last part reminded me of Seo Inguk and now I'm sad all over again from his enlistment two days ago)

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Ayieeee finally, finally a lead co-star for JiChangWook-ssi!!!
I can't wait for this pairing for sure it will be a blast. JCW and NJH look good together as presenter in one recent awards night and who would thought they will be casted in a romcom like this.
CTJ is one brilliant actor, I saw him in Missing Nine and what an actor he is, so deep and intense...I am sure he will have a great acting moment with buddy JCW here, a bromance is a MUST i guess hihihi...
Cant wait for this, I am really happy for urri JCW and all the cast!
Countdown to May begins...

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I thought it has change to Suspicious Romance? No?

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"Suspicious Romance" was rumoured based on a leaked photo posted by someone working at SBS. *fail*

SBS has stated "수상한파트너" = Susanghan pateuneo = [A/The] Suspicious Partner. (The "A" or "The" is inferred, so it's hardly ever written.) That's how we at The Kitchen are going to refer to the drama going forward.

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Nam Ji-Hyun is like the send-off-to-military leading lady :D In Guk 1st then Chang Wook, oh how to be her??

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Maybe after this, she will be romancing Yoo Ah In. So yeah, how to be her?

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All good kissers too. Hmmmm!!!

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Hello Venus’s Nara will play a prosecutor and Ji Chang-wook’s ex-girlfriend.

FFS! Why? Why why. Probably pass.

Yay, a no name "idol" gets their chance to dilute the story down to " it's the same shit but in a new package" level.

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Amen to that, sister.

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lol, his name is John. That's a male right? Except maybe its a shortened version of a female name

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Lol Johnette, Johnalin, Johnna.....

Maybe John's wife decided to post on his behalf :).

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If there's an amnesiac killer on the loose, I won't exclude Choi Tae Joon from the list of suspects. His last acting role gives me chills down to the bone.
The casting seems exciting, except for Nara who has no previous acting experience. I just hope her screentime would be minimal if she turns out to be annoying 2nd lead with no acting skills whatsoever.

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Finally, someone truly at Ji Chang Wook's level YES! They're going to snatch the rating of all timeslot Let the ship sail

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YES YES YES <3 THANK YOU DRAMA GODS

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I like it when the second leads falls for each other. And for Choi Tae Joon it reminds me of his portrayal in Ugly Alert and i liked him so much in that one.

As for the first leads, iam all in. I liked Nam Ji Hyun in Giant and in Lobbyist when she was just a child actor. Iam so happy she accepted.

Ji Chang Wook, i don't even know why i like him. I LIKE THIS DRAMA. ALREADY

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I had to admit, I read this article very cautiously when I read the phrase, "secures main casts" on the title. I was scared to see the name of the main lead until I saw Nam Ji-hyun's name. Suffice to say, after several fist pumps, I become a very thankful fan.

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Can we please have a main casting lineup without an idol? Goodness. I am so sick and tired of their lackluster "acting", most of them anyways. Thank goodness, we still have Chicago Typewriter.

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But big yes on that Ji Chang Wook + Nam Ji Hyun pairing! ❤

I like Lee Sung Kyung but thank goodness, she declined. She's up to Chang Wook's level yet.

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Agree. They're now a staple in kdrama land but I'm interested in what Nara brings to the table. Is this her 1st drama?

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I sometimes hate them too, especially the one who jumps directly into lead roles without taking supporting roles first, that's stealing the job opportunities of the young promising actors who aspires only in acting, those idols from SM, YG, JYP, and those other big companies, at least if they're stealing they should be good at it, not suck at it ffs.

But sometimes I love them too, almost half of my fave actors were idols, like the two ZE:A boys, Lee Joon, and Yoon Do Joon

I have love-hate relationship with idols hahaha

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I like the cast and plot. Been in a drama dry spell for months. The production team is reliable. 'Definitely tuning in.

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This drama and Man to Man are my most anticipated dramas. I love both the leads in this and sounds like both characters will be kick ass. Yes please!

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Im sooo happy wit this pairing.. never get excited like this before in drama casting.. coz everytime a drama project considering a leading lady I pray in whisper "i wish its nam ji hyun.. im jo eun.. lee co hee.. kang sora or kim hyun so" but then a BooM! Idol girl is comfirm hikss .. but noww.. just Yeayyy!

I dont watch I Remember you but I hope the writer now how to make our couple shine... plis dont make a story unrealistic n dragging..

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this is going to be so weird. Nam Ji Hyun is so expressive and shows emotions very uniquely, but I have yet to be impressed with Ji Chang Wook. I wonder if it is a compatible match or not...

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JCW is really good too. I think his best role is in Empress Ki. His character undergoes a lot of growth and change and he delivered it.

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Lots of us wondering why LSK n HJM drop this rule.. maybe coz they have to play as a girl who can do taekwondo.. so little time for practice n exercise wish NJH can be baddas n maybe a bit tomboy in this drama.. never see she acting like dat

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I'm really curious to see Choi Tae Joon in a rom-com.... after his scary role in Missing 9 !!

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I'm fairly neutral toward NJH but I'm still looking forward to this.

I'm just happy that they finally cast a female lead and I hope the delay in securing an actress wasn't because of a badly written female lead or anything...

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Still wondering how Nara got second lead without acting experience. I just hope she doesnt ruin the drama. Otherwise, I like everyone else.
Super happy JCW is finally an oppa during the drama. I am looking forward to some cute chemistry.

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Aww im so happy. Was already praying Nam Ji hyun would dp another full length drama in 2017. Happy that she signed on. Ji chang wook wouldnt hav to worry about a costars acting. She may b young but shes got d acting chops.. Im liking the new title too. I hav no idea how korean audience will cho ose. All 3 shows from the 3 main stations i hav interest. I felt the drama Gods smile on us with all the 3 pairings. Bravo. Cheers to May

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It seems I am the only one here who watch Law of the Jungle and form some kind of girl crush to Nara. Although she is not as awesome as Jeon Hye Bin but she is still far better than some other female guests there, and she does work hard in that show. In some cases, she is even better than the male guests.
As for acting skill I haven't seen her in anything. I hope she work hard too and impress anyone who belittle her. Just like Nana and Ryu Hwayoung did to me last year.
Btw I don't plan to watch this though. Good luck for all the cast. ♡

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Do you know that both Nam Ji Hyun and Ji Chang Wook acted in drama Warrior Baek Dong Soo before? At that time she was just a child actress. But now it seems like she is old enough to kiss JCW in a drama. LOL
I'm so excited for this drama. It's the first time we'll ever see JCW on screen as a lawyer! Yeah!!!

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Will they have chemistry as leads? I know its almost impossible to top the explosive chemistry of ji Chang wook and park min young, so I'm a bit cautious of this pairing.. The leads chemistry really matters to me..

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I am a HelloVenus fan (HelloCupid, if you will) through and through, and Nara is easily my bias of the group without a doubt. That being said, I still don't really know how she got such an important and large role so early on in her acting career. I'm happy for her, I really am, and I'm sure it will bring a nice amount of promotion for the group as well. However, I just can't shake off the fact that somethings a little dodgy here, no matter how hard I try to keep the rose tinted glasses on.

For one, she has very little acting experience - she made a cameo in the first episode of 'Entertainer' last year, where she really didn't do a whole lot. She only had, like, 2 lines. Not much to really make a solid judgement. Her other 'roles' in other dramas were also just simple cameos. To suddenly jump to a supporting role is extremely surprising, even to a die-hard biased/deluded fanboy like me. In fact, when I read that Nara was going to 'star' in an upcoming SBS drama, I had thought it was just another mindless cameo, not an actual important, large supporting role.

Regardless, what's done is done, and despite the really bad feeling I have in the bottom of my stomach, I really hope that I'm just being a negative potato-head for no reason. BEST-CASE SCENARIO, she's going to blow us all away with her amazing acting skills that she had stored away in her locker for the past 26 years of her life, and I REALLY HOPE that's the case.

Here's hoping that it turns out to be a perfect casting choice.

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I just love this drama suspucious partner. Am quite a fan of ji jang wook so I watch it as soon as I saw it. Kdramas been my past time... It really made me entertained. ?✌

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