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Profilers team up to take down serial killers in tvN’s Criminal Minds

What is it with guys in uniform that makes them so attractive, ’cause damn, Lee Jun-ki (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) looks good. When I first heard that there was going to be a Korean remake of Criminal Minds, I was interested because it’s an old favorite of mine among the many procedural shows out there and also because the production companies behind the remake have really solid credits to their name: NEW produced hit films Miracle in Cell No. 7, Roaring Currents, and Train to Busan, and Taewon Entertainment is known for IRIS and the Marrying the Mafia trilogy. And then, they go ahead and cast Lee Jun-ki, and I was completely sold.

The premise of the American show is pretty basic: Criminal Minds revolves around a team of federal agents who profile criminals in order to catch them. It’s a long-running show in its twelfth season, and inevitably, the cases can get repetitive, but I think its saving grace is the rapport between the team members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. There are some really cute relationships in the original series—like between Morgan and Penelope, or Morgan and Reid (why did you have to leave Morgan?!)—so I’m hoping the Korean remake can replicate those aspects of the show, especially if they’re considering a multi-season format as was reported in earlier articles.

Production is currently underway and the following stills have been released picturing the cast on set, giving us brief glimpses of our team of profilers, as well as a frail-looking Park Geun-hyung (Because I Love You), who will play the director of the fictional agency NCI. Lee Jun-ki’s team members will include Sohn Hyun-joo (Three Days), Moon Chae-won (Goodbye Mr. Black), Lee Sun-bin (Missing 9), and Go Yoon (Monster).

The station hasn’t confirmed Criminal Minds’s place on its schedule yet, but they’re in talks to have the remake premiere in July in their new Wednesday-Thursday slot. tvN, you’ve given us a good American remake (The Good Wife) and a crappy one (Entourage)—let’s have the pendulum swing back to good, shall we?

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I'm just happy to see Junki in a modern drama for once ?

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Same here! Seeing him in those jacket and uniform ???

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Is it me ? Or did he lose a lot of weight?
His cheeks look very thinned and he looks so young!

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He lost 15 kg for Moon-Lover and he is maintaining it for now. But I hope he gains half of the weight back, cause he looks way too thin...

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MAINTAIN? Why?!

I mean, if he's just naturally like that, then fine. But why put effort to look like a malnourished stick-man (albeit a very handsome one)?!

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I thought he lost weight and build up muscles for that role, no?

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Yeah, he looks like he lost a lot of weight. Personally I find him more attractive when he looks buffier ♥ I hope the skinny trend in male actors in Korea disappear 'cos I want my male leads to have more meat on their bones! lol

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He's also done Two Weeks (modern, aired a few years back)!

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Ditto!! But as long as he is on my screen modern or hanbok, eyeliner or no make up I will watch it!!

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tis has been awhile

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and now I need a DeLorean/ time turner/ time travel tunnel/ or time traveling matchsticks/ anything... because I must watch this drama... haven't missed a LJK drama yet, and I am not about to start now.

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Definitly watching this for LJG. After scholar and WS, I cannot accept any acting below his acting level♡♡♡♡

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I LOVE Criminal Minds and didn't catch up to season 12 to know that Morgan left. But I'm excited for the Korean version.

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*heart eyes gif* Lee Joon Gi looks so good in a uniform. Well he looks good in ANYTHING

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I will miss his long hair... For me, he is one the few actors who look better in long hair. Can't help it.

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He looks good in anything. <3

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He can even looks good without hair, just saying but not asking ?

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HAHAHA

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Hahahaha???.don't wish for this.Like the Chinese Scarlet Heart half hair at the back, half no hair no hair in the front.Oh the horror.No fam!!!I don't want to see that on our JG or monk-like bald?.But again I can imagine?.Have you seen his military hair cut.He looked like a little boy when he was 29.He would go back to looking like an adolescent especially now when he is so slim.

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So true, he looks handsome in everything.Somebody tease me saying that he has done some plastic surgery in the past. I said i like his smile,his facial expressions,his acting and his great personality which u can't have through surgery. So it doesn't matter even if he had done or not

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well, a trend of "pretty-man" was originally from Lee Junki after he was starred in The King and The Clown. He had long hair there.

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LJG as genius badass flirty profiler?! I'm dead already <3

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While Criminal Minds has some really interesting stories and great episodes, it's the characters that really make the show. Yes, the cases are compelling and exciting. But the main characters aren't just crime solvers. They interact as a family. They all have great friendships and that makes you root for them just a bit more. I think the reason shows like Criminal Minds last so long is because they make the characters easy to get invested into. Mix in with new excitement from every changing new cases, you have a solid show that is easy to watch week after week.

What will really break or make this drama is how they do this. Even if they turned out a perfectly good crime drama, I'd still be disappointed if they didn't capture those relationships. Many Korean crime dramas I've watched are pretty slick (maybe this is just me?). They have a different feel than American crime TV. I wonder how they'll balance genre and tone so that it can be a uniquely Korean drama while still capturing whats great about Criminal Minds.

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You make me want to go watch Criminal Minds a little. But so many seasons..... I do like the show whenever I catch random episodes on tv.

From the many crime/mystery Korean dramas I've watched, I feel like Tunnel has been the one that captured the most emotions from the main cast. The relationships between the good guys are great.

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I haven't seen Tunnel, but I'll have to go check it out when I have time!

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Please do. ^^ Highly recommended!

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I can see the cast like this:

Lee Jun-ki : Derek Morgan
Sohn Hyun-joo : Aaron Hotchner
Moon Chae-won : Jennifer Jareau
Lee Sun-bin : Not sure.. Maybe Emily Prentiss or Penelope Garcia?
Go Yoon : Dr. Spencer Reid

What do you think?

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Lee Sun Bin is gonna play JJ and Moon Chae won probably will be Emily. Because actress Yoo Sun was given the role of Penelope.

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Prefer Sohn Hyun-joo as Jason Gideon from Season 1.

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Agree.

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LJG will be Spencer Reid as far as I know

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If the show doesn't have characters that are roughly parallel to the American ones, I'm not interested. I don't really care for procedurals, but Criminal Minds is great because of the characters and their relationships. With no Reid or Garcia, I don't think I can be bothered to care.

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I agree! Love Derek and Garcia's platonic relationship.

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I adore them together. I can't see a Korean version with a Morgan calling their Garcia "Babydoll" or Garcia flirting back.

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Memory Lane:

Morgan: Garcia, baby girl, please tell me something I want to hear.
Garcia: You are a statuesque god of sculpted chocolate thunder?
Morgan: How about something I don’t already know?
Garcia: I have a sweet tooth?

Garcia answering the phone: "Penelope’s house of how may I save your ass today?”

Morgan: Hey dollface, ready to work some magic for me?
Garcia: Challenge me, you beautiful behavioral analyst.

Garcia in her sexy voice: Hey baby.
Morgan: Baby girl, we need to talk.
Garcia: PG or NC-17?
Morgan: You’re on speakerphone…
Garcia: I charge extra for groups. Gypsies? As in Gypsies Tramps and Thieves? Oh, bless you all for turning my life into a Cher song!

Garcia: Are you lonely in the Lone Star state? And are you wearing chaps?
Morgan: Only in your dreams, Garcia
Garcia: Oh, not necessarily. I have Photoshop.

Prentiss: I love you, Penelope Garcia.
Garcia: Get in line!

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LOL! ❤️❤️❤️

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@kiara May 24, 2017 at 5:37 PM:

LMAO. The tone can't not be lost in translation. But then again, this kind of snappy double entendre banter with a helping of ritualized busting of chops is lowbrow and American. Are we in for aegyo overload in the Behavioral Analysis Unit? ;-)

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@pakalanapikake
I'm iiiiiin.

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So true. If they just use the same title and cases, without the characters it won't be a remake of Criminal Minds. I loved CM more because of the characters.

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Then just watch the American show if you don't want to see a new Korean version. :)

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That's exactly what I'll do if we don't get similar group dynamics. I'm not saying that I won't give the Korean one a chance, but it's that dynamic that makes the show so enjoyable.

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I watched all 3 CM up to date... I am certain CM Korea would surpass that dynamics.

Because there was no Morgan in Suspect Behaviour & Beyond Borders, these two series are a bit boring & awkward. But because there's Hotchner & Rossi in Beyond Border in form of Garrett, that's why it's better than Suspect Behaviour.

I trust that LJG will deliver that dynamics within the team. With MCW & SHJ? That's a huge bonus.

I don't really worry much about the dynamics of the main casts as I have watched many works of the main cast particulary LJG, SHJ & MCW. What could possibly go wrong with the abilities of these actors.

I just want diverse stories.
*Pyscho serial Killing
*Terrorism
*Cyber Crime
*DID
*Abduction
*Cult stories
*North Korean secret invasion
*Religious obsession of course not same as the cult story
And more..... really Hoping for diversity..... I hope all 20 episodes will be different from one another. I hope no repetition of cases of the same type.

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This cast... swoon. Please be good.

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Does their intelligence agency not have a behavioral unit which is why they must make one up?? Interesting. I guess now they don't have to pretend to follow actual rules and structures of a real department.

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Good to see Junki with modern Hair and not crying.

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"and not crying" LOOL except its true

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I am loving his modern appearance but don't have any problems with his saeguk roles.I can watch him in anything.However, I would love to see him get along w/ his drama mom(never saw his omma loves him, always he is saying omma,omma and omma doesn't care) and happy ending with his women.

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I'm definitely IN! Lee Junki and Moon Chaewon looking real GOOD OMG I've missed them for years :( (Skipped Moon Lovers and Goodbye Mr. Black, don't blame me okay)

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Grandpa Park Geun-hyung is one "Amazing" actor. I'm glad to see him join this show. The talented veteran Sohn Hyun-joo looks ready to tackle this show like "The Chaser."

I hope this writer won't screw this up. It's been awhile since they have this much talents in one show.

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What's up with the make-up... I almost didn't recognize LJK or Lee Sun Bin. The only one I recongnized right away was Moon Chae Won.

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PLEASE BE GOOD!!

Lee Jun Ki looking hot in his uniform~ ^^
Glad to see him back on screen so soon, especially in a modern drama.

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Finally LJK out of a hanbok! Yey ? Haha.

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Will be Gideon in this version?

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I hope Lee Sunbin will be a scene stealer. <3

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N.E.W was no longer the producers. It is Studio Dragon and Taewon Entertainment.

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Wow! Definitely worth watching .CM is one of my favorite U.S. series b4 i got into kdrama..Im glad my actor Lee JoonGi is in it

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When u have such an amazing cast U CAN'T FAIL!!! U hear me writer!!!!

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YESSSSS Omg Lee Jun-ki looks SO good in modern clothes *fans self* also yesss more procedurals gimme!

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Sorry, but was proper research done before writing this post? Like someone pointed out NEW is not producing it anymore with Taewon Ent. but Studio Dragon is. I assumed since they switched from KBS to TVN, they made changes. And also the director of NCI is going to be played by Kim Yeong Cheol. That info came directly from Taewon CEO on his Instagram and I think it was also in the earlier casting news. Not trying to sound preachy, but people need to have the right info.

Honestly if people are expecting a carbon copy of the original words for words, flirt by flirt, they should just stick to the American version lol For all we know, they might have some of the cast married to each other or siblings like they did with Will and Diane in the Korean The Good Wife. The moment Will called her "noona" and didn't just mean it as older female lol As a big fan of the original, I still loved the Korean version as it was. I barely even compared because I decided to watch it as a show on its own.

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Fully agree with everything you wrote regarding doing a proper research before reporting. As well as expecting to see the exact same copy of characters. If that's the case, there is no need to watch the remake :)

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This website is not a realiable source for facts. Everything written here are all opinions. Some articles a little bit educated but some oh dear you just have to shake your head.

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That's true. I agree.

Since this site is dedicated for dramas updates/recaps, I expected better information shared. But sadly, it seems like recently, their writings are becoming less reliable and sounds too much of a fangirling for oppars

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That's true. I agree.

Since this site is dedicated for dramas updates/recaps, I expected better information shared. But sadly, it seems like recently, their writings are becoming less reliable and sounds too much of a fangirling for oppars only

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? Please reread what's being written on the entry. It clearly stated NEW. Not Studio Dragon

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Holy smokes. *fans self*

I've just started CIRCLE and LOOKOUT, and now here's this update for CRIMINAL MINDS. *douses self with bucket of water*

How could you do this to me, tipsymocha?! ;-)

Seriously, thanks for the breaking news on CM. Along with LJG, Sohn Hyun-joo is looking very spiffy.

I hope the camaraderie translates well in the Korean version. A similar committed sense of family among the agents kept me watching for 13 seasons of NCIS -- until my Kdrama addiction took over. I'd bailed earlier on CRIMINAL MINDS owing to heinousness fatigue. Since there's no way the Korean adaptation will run for a decade or more, I'm hoping that we're in for a nice close-knit team with interesting character arcs and development.

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I'm looking forward to seeing LJG in a detective show! But wow, he looks too thin - that boy needs a little feedin' up. :gets out the biscuits & gravy:

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It's okay, it's ONLY two months away.. anyway, I love Moon Chae Woon's clothes, she looks cool :)

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July come faster!!
Lee Joon Gi looks very good in full uniform ???

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Omg! Lee joongi! *swoon. Where are you, July?

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Oooooh!! I love the original
Hope they will pull it off

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Criminal Minds is one of my favorite procedurals. ? So excited to see this korean remake. Then add Lee JunKi and Moon ChaeWon...i am sold! ?

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Lee Joong Ki,,,,i waiting this drama,,,❤❤

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Lee Joong Ki,,im Waiting this Drama,❤❤

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I don't think there is like straight Morgan or Prentis. The Executive Producer of CM-US also tweeted that Korean is making it's own version. I am sure CM Korean make their own amazing version.

The main ensemble consist of Profilers, Communication Liaison & Technical Analyst which all series, CM, CM-SB,CM-BB, have it. So I am so excited to see about the characters of CM Korea.

Also, I am so overjoyed and hype to see LJG in modern drama. Although I love to see his mystical look in Saguek but modern drama is also a delight.

I can't wait.

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Oppa Lee Joon Gi cool and handsome guy.I can wait Criminal Minds Fighting Fighting I love you #jgthaifamily

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CM is something different and unique in Kdrama. Though I have watch few of their semi-procedural dramas but CM is really different.

As an avid viewer of all (3) Criminal Minds series, I am so excited with the Korean version.

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Who will play as Reid? Coz I can see the sexy vibes of Morgan on Lee Jun-ki.

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Talking about profilers, tvN when are you bringing back our favorite Park Hae-young? I really miss him!

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We've been gifted with Son Hyun Joo, Lee Joon Gi, and Moon Chae Won (who, by the way, looks like she may be the Korean counterpart to America's JJ)... This has got to be good, right? RIGHT????
*wills it with every fiibre of my being for it to be good*

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So many Junki fans in the comments.

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Yeah!!!! Two weeks is my fav LJK drama....so glad he is doing a role like this!

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So.. who is who? LJG = Hotchner, SHJ = Gideon, MCW = JJ? Are all the characters the same as US version? Wa... so looking forward to it. Happy to see LJG in uniform again.

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With what I've seen on the Taewon Ent. Instagram Account: LJG as Derek, SHJ as Hotch, MCW as Emily/Elle, LSB as JJ, Go Yoon as Reid, Yoo Sun as Penelope and Kim Young Chul as the director.

I believe the Korean actors will have their own interpretation of the characters, it won't be exactly like the US version. There might be a mix of characters for some of them as well. But I'm almost sure about who is who. MCW is the only one ATM that we have little to no detail about her character. If there will be any new characters unique to this version of CM it would most likely be LJG and/or MCW's role.

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I don't think there exactly like plain Gideon or Rossi or Hotcher.
LJG = Supervisory Special Agent (SSA)/Profiler as the lead I think LJGs role would take the emotional aspect of Gideon.
SHJ=SSA/Profiler/Unit Chief/I think he would take Gideon's leadership.
MCH=SSA/Profiler ( I think MCW maybe a combo of Ellen/Emily)
LSB=SSA/Communication Liaison
YS=SSA/Technical Analyst (unlike Penelope who is just pure technical analyst, I think Yoo Sun's character will be at the same time an agent)
GY=SSA/Profiler

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Lee Jun Ki in all-black could do no wrong. He is firing up my computer screen just with those stills. I must say I am going to miss his mane of glory and eyeliner but I know he would not failed me, be it in sageuk or in modern drama. And with Sohn Hyun Joo and Moon Chae Won joining LJK.....we have a complete powerhouse to rawk the show. I'm excited.

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As if it was not enough that LJG is casted in a modern drama (finally!), they add on MCW & Lee Sunbin in a Korean adaptation of 1 of my favorite American shows, I'm totally sold and excited.

Oppa looking extra handsome,though he's kinda skinnier, or maybe cause he's in modern clothes ?

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I love the cast so I'm quite excited. But can't help but think that Lee Jun Ki is way to skinny

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Skinny people can be a character in a drama too. Not only excessive protein enhanced body can be a protagonist. Toned skinny characters can be strong characters too.

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LJK??.. how come you are soo sweet?? But you're too skinny man

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Yaayy hope they can channel the relationships from the original and keep the multi season format. I wanted series like TEN and Vampire prosecutor to have many seasons but those goy killef off after season 2 :(

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I watched Ten & Vampire Prosecutors. Those dramas are like any Korean dramas except the genre is different. I have watched all three CM series & something can't compare. The formats are totally different.

There are two dramas Ghost & Signal, two of my fave dramas, tried to deliver a gist of CM. Signal tried to deliver the same methodology.

However, Criminal Minds is a totally different format. This drama's format is a pioneer in kdramaland.

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YES! I am so excited for this remake. Criminal Minds is one of my favourite shows ever (well, until Shemar Moore-- Derek Morgan left...). I am also excited to see Lee Jun Ki again in another drama after the disaster, that was Moon Lovers. Plus, Moon Chae Won. What else not to love? Please be good drama gods!

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Sorry Moon Lovers was far from disappointment maybe here on fangirling dramabean site. Moon Lovers is one of the best kdrama ever produced. That's a fact. The most expensive kdrama eversold. It's a drama that producers don't need to buy nominations & awards to sell because it's selling on its own.

Too bad that Korean viewers are discriminating idol actors but despite that it was number 1 in rating CPI. How dare you say MLSHR was a disaster?

It is too bad that SBS has limited rights to the drama thus they also gave limited support.

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If you're bringing in numbers and money into this, you're losing the quality argument.

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I don't simply just bring in the money for the heck even when I know people clearly say that MLSHR was disappointment because of the rating in Korea. If you are logical with your analysis, actually the rating in Korea was not as bad. The rating was actually average but definitely it wasn't what SBS was expected considering the drama was quite expensive for them & with such limited rights to the drama.

Well, it may not have rated as expected in Korea but it did amazingly internationally.

As to it's filming making style, MLSHR is a paradigm shift for kdrama. Most kdrama was so draggy, too slow, spoon feed everything in short predictable. MLSHR wasn't like it... it's was a very intelligent drama.

Quality:
Great cinematography, the best musical score ever in kdrama. The ending.. I know people didn't like it...but to me it was the most poetic ending. The camera focus... well that style actually brought in the emotions of this drama esp. on LJG part. Such style though not often use in k-drama but you commonly notice it in films. Also, in MLSHR you can't find unnecessary recycled scenes & no unnecessary flashbacks... if it's a flashback, they've shown brand new scenes.

Thus to me, MLSHR was the most engaging kdrama I've ever watched. I have watched it at least 3 times. In addition, the pace for the drama was just perfect. Fast forward is my fave button when watching kdrama... but not in MLSHR.

And, btw I never thought it's an argument. If it is? I don't need to win. I am just pointing out my piece to some people who for the heck say or unreasonably say that the drama was a disappointment.. which is something I don't understand.

Going back to CM. As a CM follower, I have no doubt that CM Korea casts can deliver an ensemble with amazing dynamics. I just wished that the cases are more diverse than the American CM.

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Well not for me.. it's the best of the best. I watched this after watching all those dramas with high ratings but skipped them all after watching first scene of JG only..
Truth: one scene of LJG as prince Wang So >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>all those dramas with high ratings.

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@kshow and ko5 I wish I can give you 1000 thumbs up!!! I'm watching kdramas for more than 10 years and Moon Lover is my most favorite ever!! I understand that the drama had some production issues (mostly because kdrama producers are still not quite experienced with pre-production)...But it realy hearts me when someone call it a disaster...how can you call prince WS , the most layered complicated vulnerable yet strong kdrama charachter, a disaster!!??

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