75

I’m Sorry, I Love You gets a Japanese makeover

Ahhh, I’m completely torn about this news. I’m Sorry, I Love You, which aired back in 2004 on KBS and starred So Ji-sub and Im Soo-jung, is getting a remake in Japan this summer. This was one of those iconic dramas back in the heyday of early Hallyu, and helped propel its leads to stardom. It was also the first hit drama for Lee Kyung-hee, whose follow-up shows (and sentimental favorites) like A Love to Kill, Thank you, Will It Snow for Christmas, and Nice Guy cemented her status as resident queen of the melo genre.

On the one hand, I’m so fond of this show and this writer (one would almost say uncontrollably so *badum ching*) that this news makes me happy it’s getting a revival. On the other, I recall previous Korean-Japanese crossovers, and the track record isn’t stellar. By all accounts Misaeng’s Japanese remake was better received, so here’s to hoping the Korean to Japanese track is a more propitious one.

I’m also curious to see what the tone will be like in the Japanese redo, because the J-dramas I have watched were either comic book adaptations that stayed pretty true to its source material, or were the slice-of-life shows that Japan does so well. And I’m Sorry, I Love You definitely doesn’t fit into either category. The Korean version was all kinds of angsty with a dose of makjang that made it ridiculously addicting: There were birth secrets, terminal illnesses, brothers in love with the same girl, organ transplants via noble idiocy suicides, etc. I’m not ashamed to say I ugly-cried. A lot.


Nagase Tomoya, Yoshioka Riho, Sakaguchi Kentaro

The Japanese lineup has also been announced, and we have Nagase Tomoya (Too Young to Die!) in So Ji-sub’s role, Yoshioka Riho (Quartet) in Im Soo-jung’s, and Sakaguchi Kentaro (The 100th Love with You) will play the role Jung Kyung-ho originated. I am wholly unfamiliar with the two leads, but I have seen Sakaguchi in Heroine Shikkaku and My Love Story!, and good Lord, is he pretty. He’s also a decent actor. Which is important. Right.

The Japanese I’m Sorry, I Love You will air on TBS this coming July. Now, for the most important question: Will Nagase Tomoya sport THE hair?

Via Sports Donga

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , ,

75

Required fields are marked *

Unfamiliar with the leading lady but Nagase Tomoya is aweeesooome. Sakaguchi is also turning out to be quite wonderful. I guess I should watch this k-drama now.

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

i can't decide if i should recommend you watch it first or not if you're going to watch the jpns remake. knowing the source material can be both good and bad. i pass judgment a lot more if i watch the source material first and then go on to see the remake. on the other hand, i'm less prejudicial when i watch the remake first. all i can say is have fun watching! lol... please let me know how it turns out...

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's similar to having had read the book before watching the movie. If I read the book first I am much more judgmental than if I have seen the movie first. In this case, I have seen the source material first but don't remember a thing, so if I were to watch the remake I would not be comparing.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

yes! i agree with your book comment! i'm the exact same way.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Haha, I think if it's a book to show/film adaptation I'm much more judgmental. If it's a show to show thing, unless they get everything absolutely wrong, I'm usually OK and while I do compare I may be able to find something to like even with a different approach. Recently, I watched the Chinese remake of She Was Pretty and there were some things I really liked in that version compared to the original even if it was twice as long, haha.

I'm more so saying I should watch it since it's always been on my to-watch list but I've just never gotten around to it. Having an adaptation of something come out, for better or worse, always suddenly makes these situations more of a priority for me lol.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes. Kentaro is super pretty. I love him so much in ore monogatari. But well, he is decent. I don't know if he is good enough now to play angsty character in angsty story. I am excited yet afraid at the same time.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I would have liked Aragaki Yui or Satomi Ishihara to be in Im Soo Jung's role and Sato Takeru for So Ji Sub's. Dream casting!

4
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

takeru would have the hair down... as he did in that baseball drama series, right? ; )

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm fine with any hairstyle as long as it's him lol

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just want him back in dramas

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for mentioning Sato Takeru. I am not that familiar with the new generation of Japanese actors (I am still stuck in the era of Kimutaku and Fukuyama Masaharu though) but Sato is amazing and he has that acting intensity as So Ji Sub. He would be wonderful in this role minus that ugly hair. But I think his status is too big in Japan to be doing a remake.

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think Takeru is happy doing live action adaptation films since jdrama ratings are dropping evey season. And the fact that Tenno no Ryoriban was a hit so the pressure to do well is huge too.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's a double edged sword. Once an actor have ratings and popularity success in one drama, the pressure is huge to replicate that.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sato Takeru is love~
I need him back to doramaland tho

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree! i love Nagase but Sato Takeru would also be amazing in this role (and he's around the same age as the other actors). The actresses you mention happens to be my favorites too but Yoshioka Riho isn't bad either just a little unknown, i think this is a good project for her career alias for Aragaki and Satomi wouldn't make much of a difference since they're already popular.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't think I'll watch it because I can't even rewatch the original one despite my fondness for it. It was the second drama I ever watched and by the end of it, I could not sleep until I finished it because I was so depressed. Thinking about it now, I'm not sure what kept me going because most people would call me crazy for putting myself through that emotional turmoil, willingly. However, hope it turns out well and I wish them luck. I wonder if they'll use the same song by Mika Nakashima. I hope so!

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm conflicted!
1) I love the original cast - So Jisub crushed it (and my heart)
2) I don't usually like remakes when the original's so good - save remakes when you've got a good idea poorly executed - but occasionally I prefer a remake to the original, like Hana Yori Dango (with Matsujun!) over the Taiwanese original.
3) I love Nagase Tomoya - he can do comedy, he can do angsty, and he's got the bad boy vibe (and maybe he'll sing the theme song with Tokio)
4) I love Nagase, but he's a little old for the character as portrayed by So Jisub so they'll have to do some re-writing...

4
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm afraid to even press the play button.I had snow flower on repeat for ages until I could repeat the lyrics;Maybe I'll just stay away from this remake for awhile...

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah i figured the age thing it's a bit odd but i'm honestly excited because it's Nagase doing melo lmao, plus we might have some Tokio music as a goodie.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yaaas! +1 for Hana Yori Dango with Matsujun! That moment where he lets himself get beat up for Makino Tsukushi: "Why didn't you fight back?!" and he tells her "Isn't it obvious? I love you." (like, 6 episodes in, too!) killed my unjaded drama watcher's heart back in the day and launched me into this crazy ride of Asian drama fandom. (sorry...this was offtopic. I've never seen I'm Sorry I Love You, but I came for the pretty So Ji-Sub pictures...)

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Perfectly understandable, come for the pretty, stay for the fun! And Matsujun was just perfect :)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Cried so much watching that one. Jung Kyung-ho did a great job too. But what I really want rather than a make-over is patterns for all the pretty knits that showed up in that drama especially that sweater.

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sakaguchi Kentaro is ok, last time I saw him he was a bit expressionless, especially near Yoshitaka Yuriko.
Nagase Tomoya, I just love him and I 've been in love with this guy for years, so I could check this out just for him.
I also liked Yoshioka Riho in Quartet.
Overall it sounds like they want to make this a hit with such a high profile/trendy cast....!

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ahhhh..one of the ultimate makjang..my eyes still swell up thinking about the time when I cried like a sobbing bear way back in 2004,I still have the DVDs of this one

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yoshioka Riho is still pretty green but she seemed promising in what little I've seen of her. There's a 15 year age gap between her and Nagase though.... I get that he probably fits visually, but then you should age up the whole cast and not just him.
I only remember two Korean to Japanese remakes - You're beautiful/Ikemen desu ne and Misaeng/Hope - and both were neither great not terrible. Though only the former managed to capture the spirit of the original.
Japanese melos with makjang-ish plots in recent memory tend to skew over the top ridiculous and trashy. There are quite a few older ones that did such stories very well though.
So... I'm hoping for a good drama but my expectations won't be too high.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I liked Maou which was a remake of some Korean drama. I thought it was pretty gripping all the way to the end - and the ending just did it for me.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

well, this was somewhat unexpected. i still watch the middle of i'm sorry i love you once in a while and didn't realize it was even being considered for a remake. i don't mind remakes if it is done well (hana yori dango, hanakimi, and witch's amusement are some of my favorites) but not if it turns out like the time i loved you (good source material, horrible remake). i do hope that the remake brings it up to date and will execute some things better. i'm often haunted by bad endings and this remains one of them.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't watch Japanese dramas but Kentaro is so friggin' cute.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sakaguchi Kentaro <3 whatta hottie #IKEMEN

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Anyone remember the short anime inspired by MISA?

MISA was my first melo and I love it to pieces (that ramen scene can still make me bawl) so I am curious how the j-drama remake would do.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'll give this a try. I've seen Sekai no chuusin de ai wo sakebu (Crying Out Loud in the centre of the world) and One Litre of Tears and based on my experience from those two melos, Japanese doramas can deliver melos well. I'm just not sure how they'll go with this as this is an adaptation, but I'll still give it a try. I've seen more Korean dramas than doramas but every doramas I've seen hits me in the right spot. They're very good with their human dramas too. As long as the staff and crew know what they're doing, I'll keep an eye on this show.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

as much as I am into jdramas, I'm split on whether or not to watch the original before or after the remake. I know a number of people who enjoyed japan's misaeng adaptation, only my favorite drama ever, but I was sehr enttäuscht & didn't finish. I'll be much less critical of japan's version if I watch korea's drama afterward, buuuut it's also fun to share thoughts with people who are familiar with the source material...

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

They better use Yuki no Hana (snow flower) as the soundtrack. And only Mika singing it!!!

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Did someone say...Sakaguchi Kentaro????!!! AHHHH my shoujo heart is fluttering at the sight of his name. He's very pretty like many say, and is a decent actor. However knowing this story I don't know if I want to sob my days away...Really hoping to see him in more lead roles too.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

OMG what an awesome cast! it didn't even cross my mind to see Nagase in this kind of role, he's a good actor but i hope they don't give him too much english lines during the US scenes lol. I've only seen Yoshioka Riho in Quartet and i quite like her there but i have a feeling she'll do well here too. And Sakaguchi Kentaro i don't even need to worry, he's a versatile actor and the role will fit him just right.

I can't wait to see this new drama version, i just hope they don't copy the hair from those days hehe.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ooh!! I'm surprised the male lead is Tomoyo Nagase. He's awesome in comic roles like Mukodono and My Boss My Hero. Not sure if he's suitable in such an antsy role.

The heydays of Hallyu with makjang elements were workable, but nowadays it's so cliche.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Hana Yori Dango, Hana Kimi or Nodame Cantabile- none is a 'remake' of the Korean or Taiwanese version, rather each of them were adopted from the respective Japanese source manga.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, you're right.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Weird. I posted a comment on this earlier this evening and it's not here now. Definitely didn't have anything objectionable in it....

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh my dear blessed heavens-- So Ji-Sub's hair! I will never look at him the same way again.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Omg this was my favoriteeeeee kdrama back in the day. I remember rewatching this over and over again although I already knew what was gonna happen lol Looking forward to the remake!

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Mixed feelings on this news. I loved the original and angtsy So Jisub (everything So Jisub if I want to be reeally honest ?). So hopefully it will be a successful remake.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Will he sport the hair? Let's hope not. Leave it in the past where it belongs, along with that headband. I'm not familiar with any of the actors nor the do I really like jdramas all that much (most of them are too -slice-of-life for me. I need drama, drama, drama!) but I'll check this out. Probably after I rewatch the old one, since I don't remember much about it, but I remember liking it.

I don't know if they'll adapt it well or not, but we'll see. I'm always interested when remakes come out. It's interesting to see where other countries take a certain story. It only sucks when they take them in terrible directions, which is most of the time, unfortunately lol.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This drama has a special place in my heart because it was my first ever Kdrama 12 years ago and I have been hooked to Kdramas ever since.
I remember I watched the entire thing over the weekend and cried so much that my nose got blocked and I caught a cold. Haha. Snow Flower makes me sad even today when it pops up on my playlist. :D

Not sure about a remake though and that too after all this time since Dramaland has changed over the years. It's also melo to the core and depends a whole lot on the respective actors skill. I admit I don't know much about the Japanese actors since I don't watch much Jdromo. Wishing them luck though. Hope they do a good job and live up to the original.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I cried so much, too...remember the ramyeun eating scene? I bawled my eyes out...

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am so in, even knowing that it won't be Ji Sub, I think I could love both if the Japanese version delivers. Coming this July, no less, I'll be on the beach vacationing and watching. Yes! Thanks for the awesome newsbite ~

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The first drama I've seen Jung Kyung-ho in, and it was love at first sight. Loved him since then. (He was also in another drama favorite of mine, Sweet 18, but I didn't notice him as much because of Lee Dong-gun heh)

Hope the Japanese remake lives to the original.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This was one of the earliest korean dramas I watched, and I fell in love with it. ISJ was adorable, SJS was broody and grumpy, but hey, it's not easy walking around with a bullet in your head. Jung Kyung-ho was the second lead, and he was so vulnerable and heartbreakingly sweet.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

LOL at the "Will Nagase Tomoya sport THE hair?" I couldn't imagine xD

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I watched Maou, a japanese remake of The Devil, but I stopped watching in the thrid episode as I couldn't get hooked in the plot or interested in the characteres. I don't really know if it was a problem with the remake or it was just me as I haven't watched the korean series...

Well, I just thought this series was worth mentioning and if somebody else whatched both I wish to hear your opinion! I might even watch the korean one eventually...

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I haven't watched The Devil but I remember enjoyed watching Maou throughout its airing time. I think remake sometime can get viewers feel disconnected with the original plot and lose the charm especially from Kdrama to Jdrama as the latter has to condensed the episodes lengthy into their own format. Vice versa with Jdrama to Kdrama. Eventually, it's depended on individual's preferences. And yes, I would love to hear some thoughst from who watched both series too!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I watched both dramas (loved them both too) and they each have their own positive and negative points. The Devil has 20 eps so they were able to make the story more intricate and include a lot of details however bcoz of the length, there were a lot of boring episodes. Maou has 11 eps so it was fast paced. Not as intricate as the kdrama but there was never a boring episode. You'll just get sucked inside the story the whole time. In terms of acting, the lead guy (Ohno) in Maou is a couple of times better than Joo Ji Hoon (he's super hot but the Japanese lead got really amazing acting chops). For the actress, Shin Min Ah is better than the one in Maou. Uhm Tae Woong and Ikuta Toma were both good but UTW was a little bit better.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am currently watching the Turkish version of the same show that's titled 'Bir Ask Hikayesi' (dubbed in hindi) and I must say that the show is just mind-blowing. I hope the J-version also is that good.

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I watched it, dubbed in Arabic, I loved the first episodes but then.. umm, well, don't want to spoil it for you, maybe you'll like it better than I did!

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

What? The show has reached episode 30 in India. And till now I find it pretty interesting. I have been watching it on YouTube but since I can't understand the language I try to figure out what must be happening. And from whatever I have understood the show seems less melancholy than the Korean version. Please spoil it for me. I really do not mind spoilers. Your comment has made me super curious.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's been such a long time that I don't remember much but I thought it was frustratingly melancholy, both guys will die, Korkut is gonna get killed by the guy whose girlfriend (or wife) is in love with him. There will be lots of twists, Korkut's father will show up, his sister's husband too, and a few new characters, it's gonna drag a bit, so yeah, hope I didn't spoil it too much.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Whaaaaaat?? :O Both the guys die?? What are you saying? From what I saw on YouTube Korkut and Ceylan get married and even have a baby. Don't tell me that's all a dream sequence.

0

Yup, it was a dream!

She will have a baby though. Korkut's baby, he just wouldn't get to see him!

0

I remember that it was the OST that got me hooked to this drama and I loved it, and yes ugly cried. I watched it's Turkish remake and I still don't know what I feel about it so not sure about this!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow, Nagase Tomoya was cast? I love him! I've seen his screwball comedies 'My Boss My Hero' and 'Unubore Deka', so I'm interested to see how well he can do melo.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Omg, Kentaro! Same with you, I've only watched him in My Love Story!! and Heroine Shikkaku but they're both enough works for me to love him! His character was the next best thing to Kiritani Mirei in Heroine Disqualified (not today, Kento).

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love sakaguchi...why does poor guy keep getting the side roles? :(
It's about time he gets a proper drama with proper lead role. Especially after Tokyo tarareba...Sorry for the off topic convo.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Omg Nagase Tomoya!!!! I totally digged him in my teens... The Lonely Toothbrush song, anyone???

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love Mukodono 1. The second one was horrendous through no fault of his. That's why I fell for him cos he was so cheesy, dorky and nerdy in real life vs his tough rock image facade. Then came My Boss My Hero !!! That race to get the pudding during recess was hilarious ! So I'm not sure if I can watch him in something antsy.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Omg mukodono....... <3 so good.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

OMG. So Ji-sub's hair! XD

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh ma gad this is surprised me many times.. First My first drama being remake in Japanese and second My baby Taro is in it... I'm screaming.. He's now really hot in Japan.. After Tokyo Tarareba Musume i missed him so much, now i'm so pleased

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow, a remake of Misa.

I'm ok with Nagase Tomoya, but Sakaguchi Kentaro isn't he too young for the role? I mean, the age gap of Nagase and Sakaguchi is double. In Korea's the age gap isn't that wide considering that both likes the main girl. Yes, Kentaro is the younger brother but his age is really to young to match a love triangle with Nagase. I am not familiar with the girl also but I believe she is too young to be Nagase's love interest. I know Japan may have considered this carefully before picking up their leads but I can't help but have a vague feel about this casting.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love Tomoya Nagase and omg, Sakaguchi Kentaro?! Yes! I first saw him in Juhan Shuttai! (which was the best drama of 2016 for me) and he delivered really well there.

MISA is one of my favorite dramas ever. I'll definitely check the remake once it's out.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

"There were birth secrets, terminal illnesses, brothers in love with the same girl, organ transplants via noble idiocy suicides, etc."

Sounds like Hoshi no Kinka (Heaven's Coin 1, 2 & 3). This was before trendy doramas became popular in Japan in the late 90s and early 2000s. I'm sorry but Kdramas are definitely not the ones to popularize the makjang-ness of their dramas lol.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Do you guys know about 'The love story'? I think its a Turkish(?) tv series...umm..and its really similar to 'I'm sorry..I love you'...like Really similar...like a remake! But I don't think i ever heard of any other remake for this show..have you??

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

O my! I`m sorry, I love You..
All I can think about is the nights I cried my eyes out over this drama, getting phone calls from my friends and being cursed because of recommending it to them.
It has been ten years since the last time I decided to watch it again but I still don`t dare. The wounds on my heart are still bleeding. Even seeing the poster brings back everything. I do love this drama but no. A makeover is not what I seek for. </3
Hope you guys enjoy it in July. ^.^

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wonder if the J-version will stick to the same plot line or if they will change some of it. The korean version is so painful... I cannot forget how much I cried watching it. Last remake I tried to watch was Mars... And it was horrible. Hope they will not mess this one up as well.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Aaaah, my favorite kdrama gets a revival! I really hope the remake will do it justice. I remember the times I wept while watching this show and wanting to chuck something at the TV when things go ugly. haha.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Have yet to watch this k-drama but Sakaguchi has gotten me curious for obvious reasons so I'm prolly gonna check out his dramas/movies ??

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Currently Airing

Prime-Time Shows This Week
Monday-Tuesday (March 30-31) Wednesday-Thursday (April 1-2) Weekend (April 3-5)