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Park Hae-jin’s Four Men to be prequel to Man to Man

Well, this is unexpected: Recent reports indicate that Park Hae-jin’s upcoming drama Four Men will actually be a prequel to his currently airing Man to Man. According to sources from the drama’s production company, Mountain Movement Story, Four Men was planned in conjunction with Man to Man since last year, and they’re currently in talks with SBS to secure a timeslot at the station.

The upcoming romantic thriller will center around a female detective who gets swept up in various events following the loss of the man she loves. Early reports mentioned Park Hae-jin playing four different characters and twins, so now I’m wondering whether they’re all just personas related to his job. Well, if the heroine gets involved with all of them, talk about occupational hazards. Part of me feels relieved by the news that Four Men is a prequel to Man to Man, because when I read earlier posts describing Park Hae-jin’s four-in-one role, my mind was doing somersaults trying to figure out how that would play out. I was afraid they were going to go with multiple personalities or four doppelgangers, which is already two too many.

I was kind of surprised to hear that Four Men was being shopped at SBS, since Man to Man is a JTBC show, and it feels weird that the prequel would air at a different station. Not that SBS would be a bad choice, because the broadcaster’s Six Flying Dragons (<3) is the only prequel drama I can think of at the moment, and they did a spectacular job with that. I’m also kind of iffy about the romance aspect of it, because I’m afraid it might color my take on his character’s current relationship with Man to Man’s Kim Min-jung if he has this epic romance with another heroine. I do look forward to learning more about our Agent K, though, since Man to Man is being really stingy about his background.

In other developments, director Oh Jin-seok, of Yongpal and fusion sageuk My Sassy Girl, will be joined by Kim Je-young as screenwriter. Kim Je-young, whose writing credits include Wonderful Radio and Miss Wife, is currently directing the Cheese in the Trap film, so he’ll be jumping from one project to the next with Park Hae-jin. With a different director and writer, I wonder if the light tone of Man to Man will carry over to its prequel, or if Four Men will have a darker, more serious vibe.

The producers hope to have the main and supporting cast lined up by July, and start filming in the latter half of the year. If it all goes according to schedule, we could see Seol-woo and his fantastic deadpan return to our screens before the end of 2017.

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I'm still waiting to see Man to Man on Netflix! Sadly the 8 episode split Dramabeans spoke about didn't happen. All 16 episodes will be released on June 10th.

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Poor you.

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I am with you there man!!! June can't come fast enough!!!!!

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The episodes come out on Netflix twice a week for me, I wonder if it's a licensing thing where it's different for different regions?

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Yes. In the United States only, Netflix is releasing all of the episodes in one batch when it's completely ready to binge.

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Jerks.

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OMG that's so wrong! I'm glad I don't live in the USA then.

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I didn't realize! That's so sad. I'm just across the border in Canada and they update every week! Usually it's US Netflix that has all the stuff I want not the other way around.

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I was so excited that Netflix would be airing ManxMan as it aired... and then learned that apparently that's for everyone EXCEPT the US. Disappointing, but I'm still glad that Netflix is taking an interest in Korean dramas. I'm looking forward to rewatching the show once it's on Netflix.

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I'm with you TrinPie! I just keep waiting and waiting...seeing the recaps each week makes me feel like I'm standing outside of a party I was invited to but not allowed in... ??‍♂️??

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We should all go to a designated fan wall and comment together--those of us who are waiting for it to come out in Netflix! I'll volunteer!

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If you can't wait until then, there's always KissAsian.

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I was seriously bummed out by the Netflix situation, too, and went ahead and watched it on KissAsian -- despite the fact that we have a NF subscription. I'll take a gander at the subtitles to see what I think of them on NF. In the mean time, I've gotten to fangirl with the Beanies. ;-)

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I'll watch it with you! Was waiting for it on Netflix as well! However, I still want the plot to be just him and a different leading lady each week falling for him!

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now my understanding of what this four men show is going to be about has quickly gone from 70 to 0...if its a prequel then that means the love story ends badly since he's with kim min jung now in this drama...also..is he gonna be a twin or just a secret agent pretending to be other people?

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Yes, I also thought that the romance will end up badly. Could it be that the girl will turn evil, or perhaps she'll die in the end ?

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it could be that Park Hae Jin will be playing Sul Woo at all? Maybe he'll be Agent J who is Agent K's sunbae?

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hmmm interesting? a prequel to man to man? i guess i'll just have to wait and see when more details come out ... too many unknown variables ...

at this point, i'm not sure how it can keep the light tone when most of the comedy in man to man is based on Agent K being thrown into the celebrity world and the craziness that ensues ... i'll just have to suspend judgment for now ...

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I had the same feeling. Hearing that it was a prequel made me all of a sudden less-excited to see it. I wanted it to be its own stand-alone drama, not connected to something I'm already watching. Not only that, the fact that Cha Do Ha exists right now, makes the thought of watching Four Men a bit sour. I have to wonder whether or not Four Men will end badly or will it end with some open-ending of a girl reminiscing about her would-be romance with Ghost agent K.

Then there's the issue of the order you watch the dramas in. Should you watch the prequel first and then Man x Man, would it leave you questioning the respective dramas' heroines? If you watch Man x Man first or are watching it now, would the prequel leave you feel cheated? Decisions.

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No, but what about Cha Do-ha?! I don't want to see another woman love him like she does or, gasp better than she does!
On a less frantic note, maybe it's going to be the reason he decided to become a ghost agent. Maybe she gets kidnapped by terrorists and dies.

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Yeah like you're going into the drama knowing they're not going together

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or.. the woman he loved was in such grave danger and was hit so bad after he dissapeared that she lost her memory.. a couple who had lost their girl early on, found her.. and adopted her..

her face got burnt and the couple (since man is a swindler himself) realized with that face she will be in danger so they got plastic surgery done... and voila..

THE first love changed her face and identity to Cha Do Ha :)

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Lol Wut?!
Why does this make me cry and wish it was true?! Cha Do-ha is the only one for Kim Seol-woo, I refuse any other reality contrary to this.

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I read an article mention that Saja contain Man to Man prequel. Which meant part of Saja have information relate to Man to Man, as prequel.
So i think the main hero in Saja wont be Seol Woo but another, maybe his twin, the other two character are just Seol Woo's cover . If that was the case then it''ll be ok to have a perfectly happy ending kkk.

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or perhaps one sided love? I mean, the girl that love PHJ so dearly, sacrifice herself or something. OMG I hope not, it'll just too cruel.

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Okay right, this is both surprising and interesting and definitely agree about the romance factor that tipsymocha mentioned

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me two

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TWINS???

oh noooo, is there an evil twin that was featured in MxM during his nightmare???
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Haha, now I'm worried about the ending of Man To Man if evil twin shows up. :P

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Or Jekyll and Hyde split personality, heaven help us.

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I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, the idea of a prequel and more about KMJ is good, on the other I'm iffy about the romantic side of things.

Oh well, more Park Hae-jin is always a good thing so there's that.

I will def watch this

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Huh, this is very odd. I'm surprised that they've announced a prequel when Man to Man hasn't even finished yet, and shopping it at SBS? Has anything like this happened before?

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A prequel? idk the idea sounds strange to me. maybe it's just me but i can't imagine myself getting into the romance without reminding constantly that the hero will eventually be with someone else later. like, what. or perhaps there'd be a twin who's the actual hero here. huh

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I'm having a "Let's Eat 2" deja vu... took me some time to adjust to the new couple in the firsts episodes because I was SO invested in the romance of the first season... but I ended up liking them even more!!
I do like Do-ah, but I don't think it will cost me that much to let her go.

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same! I love lee soo kyung so much in the first season, in an alternate universe for me they end up getting married and enjoying marvelous food every day haha.
Thankfully I did end up being quite fond of Seo Hyun Jin as she plays 'ordinary' characters really well and make them relatable.

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First reaction: Wat?!
Hmmm.... never a fan of prequels, tbh, but Park Hae Jin... so, I will check it out. I am however concerned about the romance aspect, because if all four of them turn out to be Agent K, this romance has nowhere to go but downhill. So maybe not all of them are Agent K and one of them is "just" a doppelganger? And he gets the happy romance and there is no interference and everyone gets to be happy? Yeah, I need more information. Until then my brain is just gonna spin it's wheels around this to come up with plausible scenarios. (but yeah, still so here for four Park Hae Jins)

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Kind of disappointed, as I was looking forward to watching him play four different characters in one drama (course, that could still be the case... maybe?). Huh. I'm loving Man to Man so I don't hate the idea of a prequel. I'll wait to learn more before I judge it too harshly :P

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The more I think about it, the more excited I am. IF the original description was accurate, then we'd get the fun of watching PHJ play four different people, one of them a character that we already love. And presumably the detective will fall for another brother, not Seol-woo, as that seems like too big of a mistake for the writers to make (if they mess with the Do-ha/Seol-woo ship, I riot).

Someone else in the comments mentioned that his dream about 'himself' killing Do-ha might actually have been about a brother killing her. In which case, damn. That's a nice, subtle lead-in.

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Hmm...I understand Park Hae Jin really liked his character SW in Man x Man, but a prequel? Now it makes me worried about the ending of Man x Man! Nooo! If they leave it open or do something to Do-ha...I will strongly consider not watching the "prequel"!! Man x Man is so good as it is...I hope they don't mess the ending just for their ambitious prequel...I read what happened to Mystery Queen...argh!

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but if it's a prequel... it doesn't affect the relationship with Do-ha... however MxM ends that's the official end, the other drama will be whatever happened to him BEFORE he met do ha...

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Wait?! Is this Fakenews??! This is the first time I am hoping this is Fakenews!

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I'm confuzzled, but there is just not enough information to go on at this point so I am not going to overthink it. Didn't the initial reports on Four Men describe it as a melodrama? If so, it will be a very different beast from the light-hearted humor of Man to Man.

I wonder if Four Men will turn out to be more "inspired-by," then hard and fast prequel? I'm just picturing Park Hae Jin getting into character to play Agent K and coming up with a back story about what would make someone turn ghost agent, then having conversations with people around him (like the director of CITT the movie) and everyone thinking, "that would be a great idea for a drama!" and running with it.

I like the idea of a detective for the lead female role. Park Hae Jin's starring projects (CITT and Man to Man) have had female roles I really loved in Hong Seol and Cha Do Ha. I am hopeful that Four Men will have another strong female lead even with 4 Park Hae Jin's running around.

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The news surrounding this drama are very confusing. I barely wrapped my head around the whole 4 characters and twins thing and now I am confused again.
The fact that it will probably air on SBS isn't helping either and don't get me started on the writer. If it is a prequel wouldn't it make more sense to have the same writer?
One thing is sure, this drama definitely has my attention and I'm already looking forward to it.

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Why can't this just be the entire new drama, not a prequel since it won't be written by the same writer ?

I think Paek Hae Jin have some difficulty to let go of his roles especially the ones he considered special, so he wants the best for such role & project. Such as CITT and we also know why. But they said this is also planned from last year. So not sure. Different writer could be good for me, since I couldn't get into with Man to Man, which is sad since I love him.

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Yes, why not just make it a new drama? And I thought he has difficulty letting go or roles too! He's always choosing 'mysterious' roles lately. *sigh* Can't he play another adorable and smart chaebol heir like in My Love From the Stars? Maybe he wasn't happy to get switched to that role at the last minute, but it's still my favourite PHJ.

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I think he is now wants to do roles that can satisfy him as an actor.He is the only actor under Mountain Movement (if I'm right) so maybe they want to be all out for his career.

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LOL I was about to say the same thing. Park Hae Jin surely has some strong attachments to his drama characters. Or probably having the difficulties of letting go of goof roles. First CITT, and now Man to Man.

I hope whatever he chooses works well for him.

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I mean good roles. Not goof LOL. *Damn fat fingers!

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Well, I don't think holding on to roles is that great of an idea, not in this case anyway. If he has to hold on, then go do Bad Guys again just sit this one out. I am uncomfortable because if not done right, the prequel will destroy all our emotions regarding the currently airing sequel. Not happy with the news.

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Well, that's a sure way to make me watch this ^___^ (as if PHJ isn't enough reason ^___^""")

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This is interesting. I was always waiting for when Man to Man will shed light on Seolwoo's past (bec as far as I remember, it only touched on the past very briefly, when he said he was born in 1600s and he loves the interogator). A very good liar indeed. Looking forward to this drama. ?

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Okay so maybe we can say that PHJ really likes playing the same characters more than once

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Hahaha ikr. Yoo Jung and now, Seolwoo.

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I was actually really excited hearing about this except now I'm not. You're going into Four Men knowing that main couple doesn't get together. And if the romance in that show is stronger it undermines everything in man to man. I don't like it at all. Can't it just go back to being a separate drama doing it's own thing? Sigh.

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Ok, thinking about this more, if the story does involve twins, maybe it will the story of SW's twin?!! Then Park Hae Jin can reprise his role of SW and his twin! I would be onboard for that!

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Agree on the romance side of things, can't see agent K falling for any other woman before Do Ha. It would be good if the story us about how and why he became a ghost agent.

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Imo, this sounds like a horrible idea.

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I thought it was a completely new drama from the other article... Is this news meant to be a surprise for us, or was my reading comprehension skills lacking....

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Weirded out about the romance thing as well. So it'll be a drama about a doomed romance (since K is now romancing Cha Do-ha)? That's... Idk if I really want to watch that. I would've been super interested in the story if not for that.

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Okay, I was not expecting this!

So these four men are not different people but personas?! If he's going to be agent K, does that mean the female lead didn't actually lose him but she was a target and after he was done with his mission he blew himself up and disappeared from her life? She couldn't get over him and started digging deep into his death and found out he was faking it? Oooh, I want to watch that!

I'm gonna go write the script, fill you up with details later! LOL!

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She lost him. The guy who died really died. K will be one of the remaining three.

Really, azzo, how do you expect this project to go through when you haven't even figured out the script?

Hurry up and downsize your big face, shooting's going to start soon...geez, do I have to tell you everything?

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I wish they would move on from man to man, which is a 6/10 in my book...

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It's fun though.

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I don't mind prequel or sequel of ManxMan as long as it doesn't sink the ship of Doha - Seol woo that's finely and perfectly sailing now. Don't break anyone's (Seol woo or any woman in the prequel) heart. Please... please...
I have had enough heart break with prequel of TWDR (that is SFD) where Yeon hee was killed thus Lee Bangji was being bitter and lonely in the next story. So, if Seol woo had another woman he was madly in love with before he met Doha but they were be separated, I don't think I'd be able to live my life peacefully. No. I would be thinking about her and blame Seol woo for living happily with Do ha now.

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Ummm what is six flying dragons a prequel of?

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Tree with Deep Roots

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Thanks!

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haha this is unexpected but i can see why. PHJ likes this kind of role, it does align with his own personality. Yoo jung and seol woo is kinda similar in some way.
i'm not a big fan of multiple characters... but still looking forward.

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It is so weird that we get a prequel for a currently airing drama. I really like WoonKwang and DoHa now so I am not quite sure how I feel about a prequel and different cast. I def want to see more Park HaeJin! So i am hoping that the producers know what they are doing and the prequel will be good.

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I'm ambivalent about this prequel for the same reason as you, @tipsymocha. I want to get see Agent K's backstory before he met Cha Do-ha, but not at the expense of seeing him romancing another girl. Because it seems to me, his first genuine, moving relationship is with Cha Do-ha, and that before he met her, he didn't even know how to properly love someone.

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Wow, as a prequel, that's really cool they secured PHJ for the role. I also found it interesting they're going for SBS instead of sticking with jtbc.

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Thanks for this bulletin, tipsymocha!

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around four roles in one. It won't be the same without the bromance with Brother, so Agent K's genesis better be good. ;-)

Maybe we'll learn that he wasn't always a ghost, and that pivotal events sent him off on a solitary path. We might also get to see how he came to resort to faking his death in order to pull the plug on fake romances. I just hope the prequel has some comic relief in it.

At the moment, though, it's hard for me to think that far ahead while we still have a couple of weeks of MAN TO MAN left to savor. I'm already up to my eyeballs in the new crop of dramas. ;-)

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"If it all goes according to schedule, we could see Seol-woo and his fantastic deadpan return to our screens before the end of 2017."

I am surprised and a bit embarrassed at how happy that makes me!

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What does prequel mean?

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Show having preceding story of the current story, the events that led to the currents SW.

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The opposite of a sequel.

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Four men:

Dead Oppa: dies, leaving behind a grieving girlfriend who's a detective.

Cool Oppa: the hero, who will fall for, and romance the girl. He's charming and sweet, smiles a lot and laughs a lot. But he can be mean and hard, too, because all Cool Oppas are like that.

Evil Oppa: the villain, who will also fall for the girl, and do mysterious things like picking his teeth in the dark.

Smart Oppa: has a penchant for speaking in riddles, dresses in turtlenecks, will become a spy and the eventual ghost agent K. He will not be the main character here, rather, the drama will show glimpses of his past life. He won't fall in love with the girl because he'd be cold and enigmatic, but he will help Cool Oppa and the girl solve the murder of Dead Oppa and get rid of Evil Oppa.

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This is not bad! Daebak concept.

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I hope Park Hae Jin won't be reprising his character. Other than that, I'm intrigued by a story about a female detective having lost the man she loves. It sounds like it could be a story where the female character takes center stage.

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No, No, just no..........this is a train-wreck of an idea that takes away all development from the K we have grown to love so no thank you. Stick to the original plan and make a different drama. ManxMan prequel can wait.

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"Seol-woo and his fantastic deadpan".....omg I'm laughing so hard!!! :-D I'm looking forward to it too. :-)

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i think the prequel is not about Kim Seol Woo, maybe like the spin off same like Bourne-series, but i hope it won't destroy the story Man x man, i can't stand if it will be turn into gwen stacy-peter parker- mary jane syndrome

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With a different director and writer... I'm expecting something more deeper, darker and strong from Four Men.

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Wonder how people will be invested in the romance part since we know that in man x man he is with someone else. Wonder if it is a prequel to his story or just the man x man universe with PHJ playing another agent.

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This makes me so confused. How can a prequel be broadcast on a different channel? That makes no sense. Tbh the thought of it being a ManxMan sequel makes me way less interested. The thought of him playing quadruplets was really intriguing, but this sounds... common? If it's just one guy, being an agent, shifting identities, what's new? Cause that's been seen before. A lot.

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i guess bc the producer of these dramas is his agency, Mountain Movement. they get to ask which channel to broadcast it or sth, like a few weeks ago, there was a news that sbs denied broadcasting it, but now it's confirmed. i dont know why they arent sticking with jtbc though.

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Thank you for the info! :)

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Agreed! Was kinda like, "WHOA, WHAT!?" when the original news came out about "Four Men," but now I'm kinda like, "WHOA, WHAT? Oh, okay," which is kinda okay, too, but y'know, the former possible ideas of having this wild story of a person whose a quadriplet, or has multiple personalities, or even one actor play four roles was so intriguing (even though I honestly probably wasn't ready for it, heh). But tbh, going undercover and having different identities and disguises is kinda one of my favorite things to see a character do. ?

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Oh, I definitely love spy-stories and secret identities and all that stuff! Marvel, DC and White Collar were all a part of my TV and movie diet before kdrama ^^

It's just that it's not exactly original, neither even, would a multiple personality drama be at this point, since we already had HJM and KMHL with leads suffering from DID. But meeting your late loved one's quadruplet siblings?? Now that's different :P

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So... how are they going to handle the romance?

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I love Park hae jin, dont get me wrong here, but whenever i look at his face it always reminds me of that well ironed shirt that missed a few creases around the chin area or so. I mean, somehow my eyes always get drawn towards that. Not saying its a bad thing. It only makes him more human.....Loving Man to Man for now and looking forward to the prequel and if Bond can have steamy romance with every single girl in all his movies then you go right ahead and romance in the prequel also. I think that's a given for special agents. ;)

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azzo1 says they are residue scars from a childhood accident where he fell and crashed onto plates while climbing a cabinet.

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OMG is that true??

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Yes, it is. I was so shocked to hear from @azzo1 about it. He has another scar up on his face, also a result of the accident.

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A prequel, huh? Interesting... Park Hae-Jin's all about romancin' another lady in the same story and character nowadays...

I haven't had time to catch up w/ Man x Man recently, but it's a show I really like, so I wouldn't mind seeing a prequel–as long as it's good. Can't wait to find out more casting news and more details on the plot!

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Less romance, more bromance, please...

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I'm just excited about this so I could have my fill of PHJ but I'm still a bit anxious because this will always have a comparison with MxM which I dearly love atm.

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Correct me if I'm wrong. But Seol-Woo has never felt special about any woman other than Cha Do-Ha. He always said that all the relationships he had were all entirely for work. No lingering feelings. Until Cha Do-Ha came. I really wonder what's in this prequel.

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I'm still not sure if this really is a prequel because what I know about this drama so far is, yes, he's going to be playing four characters but Seol-woo isn't one of them. There is Kang Il-hoon (the character that I think is going to get the main focus), Dong-jin (female character's first love who dies), Chen and Michael (no character description, yet), so I don't know how they're planning to fit Seol-woo in all of this!

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