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Floating petals under romantic moonlight in Bride of the Water God teaser

Oh my! Well, this certainly is pretty—the first teaser for tvN’s manhwa-based drama Bride of the Water God 2017 is out, featuring the main couple Nam Joo-hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) and Shin Se-kyung (Six Flying Dragons). This new fantasy-romance drama is about Ha-baek, the egotistical god of water who deigns to descend to Earth where he meets the heroine So-ah, a doctor whose family has been fated to serve the water god for generations.

The teaser begins with a sketch of the original manhwa characters standing amidst gently falling cherry blossom petals, staring soulfully into each other’s eyes. Then slowly they turn into their real-life drama counterparts, Shin Se-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk, as she narrates: “Popular manhwa Bride of the Water God is reborn as a new spinoff drama. A divine-fatale romance to begin in July.”

Not seen in this first teaser are the others on the main cast: Im Joo-hwan (Uncontrollably Fond) who plays a hotel resort CEO who becomes the second suitor to the heroine, Gong Myung (Individualist Ji-young) who is a wind god that harbors a love for Krystal’s (She’s So Lovable) character, a minor water deity who is infatuated with Ha-baek. Whoa, that’s a lot of angsty one-sided love for one drama.

As a fan of the original source material, I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous when I first heard about this drama being a spinoff set in the modern era, especially because they were doing away with some of the most appealing aspects, namely rich historical context and elegantly embroidered hanboks. However, seeing the exquisite scenery of this short teaser helps me feel optimistic that perhaps the aesthetic beauty of the original will be preserved.

Upcoming Monday-Tuesday fantasy rom-com Bride of the Water God 2017 will begin airing on July 3.

Via TheStar Chosun

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This show if anything better be beautiful. We can put a check next to beautiful people, now we just need beautiful scenery and shots.

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I have a feeling this show will be where I turn my brain off but my eyes on to see all the pretty.

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Sometimes thise are the best shows. Little effort needed to watch. The kinda of show, where if I didn't need to actually watch cuz I gotta read the subtitles, I would do busy work and have it on the background.

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LOL ....... i see what you mean. I think i also will be watching this show for the eye candies. Better to have low expectations and be amazed instead!

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Hahah so it doesn't hurt as much when you're disappointed.

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I took a brief look at the manwha some months ago and I think you might be right. It was fairly simplistic but the illustrations were beautiful. That will be enough for me to watch during the first few episodes, but hopefully there will be a good dialogue script that develops strong characters and a semi-decent plot to sustain me through the rest of it.

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Brain: *404: Error Not Found*

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She looks so pretty...I'm excited. Joon Hyung fighting!

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lol. whoever you're praying to will probably hear it :)

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I think I'll be watching for the visuals rather than the plot

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I know this one will be great. All I'm wishing is that it'll have a great OST collection as well. I miss watching a drama with good OST after goblin 😪

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I loved the manga (manhwa?) for its gorgeous hanboks and long flowing hair on everyone! Gonna miss that here. Still looking forward to this one..

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Both of them have no resemblance of the characters in the manhwa, Habeak in the manhwa looks more manly, NJH looks like a teenage boy.

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That's what I said about Nam Joo-hyuk when I first head the news. He doesn't give any manly vibes at all from what I've seen so far. I think he and maybe Gong Myung were the two people I felt didn't match up to their characters, as I imagined them in my mind's eye at least. I guess Krystal already has an image of being an ice princess in real life so her being casted as Mu-ra kinda makes sense, and Shin Se-kyung does seem like So-ah, the innocent wide-eyed part at least (this isn't my bias talking) but Nam Joo-hyuk is the biggest blank for me. I hope he proves me wrong. I hope this entire drama proves me wrong and makes me eat my words.

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This whole crap feels like a horrible screw up.

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Manhwa Habaek is someone who should be played by someone like Kim Woo-bin, Lee Jun-ki, Kim Jae-wook, or a young Joo Ji-hoon.

Nam Joo-hyuk is very pretty but just not suited to a role that's anything like Manhwa Habaek.

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I don't know, I don't care much about the appearances in live-adaptations. Unless it's completely different. Nodame is one of my favorite live-adaptation, and Chiaki doesn't look that much like the manga.

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In this case, it's not the look but the vibe. Nam Joo-hyuk doesn't give off that mysterious, intriguing, sexy Ha-baek vibe. He feels exactly like his Jeong Joon-hyung character in Weightlifting Fairy.

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He's still got that boyish charm which Habaek doesn't really have...

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Manhwa Habaek has such an otherworldly aura that sounds almost impossible to cast perfectly unless someone can dig up an unknown actor. Could have worked with Lee Jun Ki 10 years ago.

Then again, this drama seems to be a very loose spinoff of the manhwa and should have probably been just an original drama instead of taking the title Bride of the Water God.

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Hardly anyone from the popular male actors give rough manly feel.

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It's all about acting skill. Even a gay guy can look very manly if he a good actor. A very masculine man can look very feminine if he a good actor.

It's the skill that matters.

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Oh ho.... I don't know about anything else, but they got down the pretty part.

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Looking forward to this. They are a lovely (and very pretty) couple, and I have faith in Misaeng's writer...so please be good!
Nam Joo Hyuk is the water god of my dreams, I hope they include some swimming scenes. 😜

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Oh yes and perhaps that's why they cast him as the Water God! hehe.. I don't know about anything but to me, NJH seems like an interesting bet.. He got that look (at least for me), yes. I don't know about him being manly or not but perhaps this is my bias so you see lol. I just hope, dearly dearly hope, that he delivers.

On the other hand, I have no idea about the female lead. I read Manhwa and her innocent gaze in the last picture just makes me root for her. I think, if she can deliver as much as it's suggested in this still, there should be no problem that's gonna follow.

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I dont know why..but the teaser looks good though Lol(i know its only 15 seconds).and i think this drama will have a great scene.cinemathography and ost..AND For plot.If doing a cliche thing just DO It right.Because All drama that i watch it just all the same.If you watch action/Love/Law.In the end.The story either their will lose or win or dead or alive or happy or sad or both of them all combined Lol.so i think my expectation toward drama now is how can they achieve main goal(happy/sad) in the most unique way and the most logical thing.
Just do it with character and Acting that i can root for.tight storytelling..good OST(this is why i love kdrama in first place xD).Great Cinemathography(Well Kdrama now really 50:50 with hollywood now because their CG looks great for this past couple year).
So if This Drama Is cliche but they have that kind of thing. i'll make sure that i watch it :v

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I hope it will include scenes of habaek past which will have the historical context and the hanboks and to be less dramatic than the original source .

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I am on episode 13 of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Nam Joo-Hyuk is SO adorable in it. I cannot get over how adorable he and Lee Sung-Kyung are together. Hopefully the romance will be as sweet as WFKBJ!

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The scenes of the teaser look beautiful just like the leads (Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung). I hope this show will maintain these pretty elements to keep my attention on it. It's not another Goblin, but it will have to suffice. Still hopeful for this show.

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The scenery looks a little like WLFKBJ or am I still not over the show itself?

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You're not alone!

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I looove this haircut on Nam Joo-hyuk, he pulls it of so well. Hope his acting will be as good as the hair :) I have high expectations after WFKBJ!

I really liked the manhwa (when I wasn't terribly confused as for who is who, lol) and I'm still a little bit unsure about adapting it into modern times (visuals, locations and clothing in the manhwa were stunning. And Soah's hair! It was so long and pretty!). Still, I'll definitely give it a shot.

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I wish they had kept Soah's long black hair in the drama. But it looks like she's adopted the kdrama heroine look which is usually either light brown hair or shoulder length hair or both at once.

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Yes. I always ALWAYS have to look carefully to know who is who. They are pretty much the same, aren't they? lol

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OMG, I almost stopped breathing because my babe Shin Se-kyung is so freaking beautiful. I'm willing to put aside my misgivings (which are numerous and monumental) for the sake of Shin Se-kyung and Im Joo-hwan. If anything, at least I get to see them for 3 months on my screen.

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She's so beautiful and ethereal in the pics and the vid.

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Ooooh, this is pretty. Nam Joo-hyuk looks so different in this teaser somehow--it's his hair, I think.

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Goblin: "The Next Generation"

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Pretty much accurate title. Especially, if they're going to keep the original ending.

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I want watch this for im joo hwan - i didn't watch his last drama as I'm not a fan of melos. I liked gong myung in drinking solo so I'm looking forward to him in this. I've only seen nam joo hyuk in moon lovers and CITT which he was okay as a side character, have yet to watch weightlifting which i have heard good reviews on.

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Weightlifting fairy has to be his best work so far. I thought he was meh in School 2015, but he changed my opinion in Weightlifting Fairy. You should definitely check it out when you have time!

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Watch Weightlifingting, you'll fall in love with it!

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This looks gorgeous and I'm looking forward to it.

My only problem is that WFKBJ ended up being one of my favorite kdramas ever with one of the best OTPs and...I don't think I'm ready to see Nam Joo-hyuk as a character that isn't Jung Joon-hyung or JJH without Kim Bok-joo just yet. I probably need at least 6 more months?! Probably more. Heh

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Alright, I used to read the manhwa and I'm gonna put my reservations aside for a minute just to marvel at the pretty scenery.

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Well it certainly looks pretty so far. I still kind of resent the lack of hanboks and such, but they have succeeded in bring the pretty to modern day. Plus the excess of flowers was definitely present in the backdrops in the manhwa, so there's that.

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I see the teaser. Why they are so bland. LOL

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Oh I can't wait! I'm really excited for Nam Joohyuk's next drama.

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I'll try watching it for pretty cinematography and Jung Joonhyung...

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I will watch 1st episode for Gong Myung because really like his performances in My individualist Ji Young... and second for Im Joo Hwan

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And then... Kim Bok Joo suddenly appear and start yelling "He's my boyfriend" *lol* . I am so excited too see Joo Hyuk and Gong Myung again, I hope the story will be as good as the visual.

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When you read the manwha
Sigh... My expectation is that much 😳

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So pretty...agreed! Hoping Shin Se-Kyung will emote better in this!

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The comic turned reality reminds me of W and Misaeng style, me likey. I feel so conflicted, part of me is so keen to see it however the other part has a deep feeling it'll turn terrible. Though Nam Joo-hyuk doesn't look bad as a modern Habaek, I'm so glad they mentioned it's a spin off.

If anyone attempted the original it'll be so hard because the detailed costumes and scenery is what really brought the Manwha to life, if you don't have that then it's hard to be considered a original. But I think production level of Empress Ki is what it would look like if the original was adapted into a full Sageuk drama.

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It would have been really expensive to do it for 16 episodes too. I do hope a movie adaptation comes out though.

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I think an excellent sageuk costume designer (i.e., the hanbok designer of Moonlight) could've made some gorgeous period costumes for this drama. But ah well. What's done is done.

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I'm pretty optimistic about this drama. The writer is behind Misaeng (critically and commercially successful) and Monstar (made newbies and idols shine!) PD directed Nine and Queen Inhyun's Man so expect amazing cinematography. I don't have high expectations but but it's not hopeless!

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I've had a softer view on NJH after WFKBJ, so I'll watch this with an open-mind. So far, it doesn't look half-bad. :)

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I recently finished watching WFKBJ for the 2nd time and for me, Nam Joo-hyuk is Jung Joon-hyung. I know nothing about the source material here, but it is going to take a stellar performance with a totally different feel for me to think of him otherwise. Don't get me wrong, I'll check him out here but am worried about my ability to have an open mind.

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This got me so excited only to see that there's another month left until it airs.

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While I haven't read the original material (though I'm incredibly curious now), I have faith that TvN will deliver the goods in terms of OST and visuals/cinematography.

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I'm counting on the Misaeng writer...and on NJH's acting.

Seriously the wide shot made me stop and WOW out loud. The colors were so pretty I wanted to cry and drool all over it

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So much pretty! I am gunning for this to be good. Hopefully the beautiful visuals will be complimented by great soundtrack, good acting and a solid script.

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I also prefer this as a sageuk to follow the source, but I'm curious how they will adapt to modern era to make things work. The teaser sure is pretty and I like how they transitioned from the comic to the live action.

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This is one of the drama that I look forward to seeing it.
Please make it good and enchanting like its original story, drama God.

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The plot sounds intriguing and the visuals are really beautiful. I hope Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung prove everyone wrong about their acting skills in this :)

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Is it bad that I don't care how good the writing/directing/second lead acting is in this drama? I'm still going to watch it anyway? Because I'm going to watch everything with Nam Joo Hyuk til the day I die. Also NJH as a god? Sign me up

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The camera work is gorgeous. I hope it stays like the teaser for the entire drama.

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Does anyone knows where I can read the original material/Manhwa in English? Been trying to look for it for ages. Help?

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Try mangafreak, mangakakalot, or the famous (and my personal favourite) kissmanga.com
Kissmanga I believe is hosted by the same as kissanime, kisscartoon and KISSASIAN!! (woo!) So have fun.

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I haven't checked in a while, but mangahere?

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Thank you. 😊

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Thank you, thank you. 😘 I didn't receive any notification for this, so sorry for the long reply.

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Mangafox has it except for the final chapters. A few fans have posted summaries of the ending online on facebook and fan blogs.

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Oh really? Wow that's good to know. I don't think I have read it from Mangafox but in the source I read it stops at like chapter 149 and I just wonder if the writer will ever finish this. Perhaps I'll check Mangafox if they have anything more than there.

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Thank you. 😊

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Please let this show be beautiful, in both modern and traditional style!

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I have a thing for gods after Yoo Seung Ho's god in Arang, so if there's a drama with gods (or goblins) in them, sign me up.

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YEAH. Oh and hey isn't Arang written by this same writer??

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Pretty teaser. I'm drawn to fantasy lately, so I will definitely check this out, especially because of the PD and writer team.

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I probably shouldn't be, but I'm so optimistic about this. :D

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I was so excited over this drama because I started reading the manhwa a loong time ago (and I don't read a lot of mangas because let's be honest I barely have time to keep up with my crazy drama schedule) . I stopped reading this but I think I should pick it up again before it airs. From what I remember it was a nice manhwa so I hope the drama will do it justice

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Not familiar with the original story, but this is very pleasing to look at! Will look forward to this, I hope Nam Joo Hyuk breaks out of his boyish image, I guess his portrayal of Joon Hyung made that much of an impact haha. Female lead is really pretty 😍

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