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Go Kyung-pyo considers revenge and healing in tvN medical drama Cross: God’s Gift

Go Kyung-pyo sure is on a hot streak—he’s been working nonstop going from Jealousy Incarnate to Chicago Typewriter to Strongest Deliveryman—and he doesn’t look ready to let up anytime soon: He’s currently in talks to join a new tvN drama titled Cross: God’s Gift, alongside veteran actor Jo Jae-hyun (Solomon’s Perjury). Both actors have been offered the two main leading roles, and are said to be considering positively.

Cross: God’s Gift is a medical drama, though it doesn’t sound like your standard procedural type of medical show: It centers around a man who learns medicine out of a desire for revenge, but in the process learns what healing is all about. That main character is Kang In-kyu, the character offered to Go Kyung-pyo, whose father was brutally murdered 13 years ago, spurring In-kyu to go into medicine to learn to save lives—and also how to kill.

In the process, In-kyu ended up at the top of his class all throughout medical school and passed his doctor’s licensing exams with a perfect score, the first in ten years to do so. His learning was enhanced by a side effect of an accident he suffered 13 years prior, where injury to the right brain enabled greater capability of the left brain, in effect causing savant syndrome.

In-kyu is now a first-year resident working in the organ transplant department of the hospital, of which Jo Jae-hyun’s character, Jo Jung-hoon, is chief. Jo Jung-hoon is a world-renowned expert in liver transplants who has published numerous articles in international medical journals and has an impressive 97 percent surgery success rate. He’s described as a strictly principled man who keeps his distance from personal greed. Okay, so that makes me think he’s not the enemy… Given that Cross is emphasizing In-kyu’s growth and discovery of the true meaning of medicine, perhaps the enemy himself won’t figure as large as a mentor-type figure. (Although you have to admit, Jo Jae-hyun makes a pretty badass villain.)

Cross: God’s Gift is being planned for a broadcast in the first half of 2018 on tvN.

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This better have a good ending... *eyeing that title*

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Should they have called it Cross: God's Gift—13 Years instead?

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A savant? Go Kyung-pyo as a doctor?

How about The Good Doctor's Reply?
His reply is revenge, sweet murdery revenge.

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Waiting for someone to say that he's been doing too many dramas...

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yes and I haven't see one. except jealousy incarnate but haven't finish it yet.

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In case someone say this, my answer is : no he's not. He only did two drama this year : Chicago Typewriter and Strongest Deliveryman. Jealousy Incarnate aired in the second half of 2016 and Reply 1988 was in the first half. So two dramas a year. That's not too much. It means he's hardworking. Also, you never know, trends come and go. Gotta take that opportunity while you can. 😁

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Oppas can do no wrong, don't be silly. ;-)

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Yeah.. While actresses tend to get all the complaint.. recent case was Chae Soo Bin who has done Rebel, on-going Strongest Deliveryman, and planning to do I'm not Robot.
Go Kyung Pyo with Chicago Typewriter and also SD, and now this one..

They have exactly the same situation but very different 'treatment' from the viewers

Hard working actor is cool but hard working actress is desperate.. It makes me sad..

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While this situation is annoying, it's not the same as Chae Soo-bin. She's doing 3 major lead roles in one year. That's a piss take.

This guy's beginning to take the piss too though.

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Jealousy Incarnate: August 24 to November 10, 2016
Chicago Typewriter: April 7, 2017 - June 3, 2017
Strongest Deliveryman: August 4, 2017 - September 23, 2017

Thats 3 lead drama in 12 months too

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He's the lead in only one of those dramas which is the most recent one. The other two were supporting roles.

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he is the second lead, his name his face are on the posters of the dramas

chae soo bin was barely in rebel, her total screen time is less than 10%

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Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: January 30, 2017 to May 16, 2017
Strongest Deliveryman: August 4, 2017 - September 23, 2017
I’m Not a Robot: November 8, 2017 - December 27, 2017

You can argue few months differences.

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CSB did Moonlight then Rebel then Strongest and now Robot. By your logic then she has 4 dramas plus a web drama and a drama special. She's on overkill. Sorry but your bias is trying too hard.

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strongest deliveryman is her first main lead drama

how many minutes csb was on moonlight, rebel?

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and the whole point is people attack actress but not actors. Lee Jun-hyeok (eunuch in moonlight) is on 10 movies/dramas this year alone. Hes supporting roles but hes everywhere, same with majority of actors that actually need to work to make a living.

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makes me sad too... i wanna comment that he's in the smae boat as chae soo bin but plenty have already mentioned it

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No one is criticising Go Ah Ra for doing two dramas in a year. It's not about oppa. It's about being overexposed. Plain and simple.

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Where? Go A-ra did Hwarang last year and Black this year. Where's the two dramas you are speaking of

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this drama is for 1st half next year. Let assume for Feb 2018, so we got Oct, Nov, Dec, and Jan free from seeing GKP on the screen....4 months break...is not enough?
Cross is not directly jump from SD like how he jump from CT to SD (1 month different).

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Er this drama is for 2018. It was just announced early. So no he's not going to do 3 dramas in a year unlike Chae Soo-bin. It's not about oppalogy.

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"Oppalogy" is my favorite new word of the day.

There must be a dissertation written about this somewhere. Too significant of a cultural phenomenon not to be researched or pondered on.

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Actually there's several. Truth is most of Kdrama viewers and K-Pop fans are female and some people in the fandom can be incredibly vocal and harsh to other fandoms and certainly more critical to female actors. Which sadly, isn't really surprising and that's why DB is my only source of Korean entertainment news.

"Oppalogy"? LOL- so fitting.

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I never thought he is a good actor. All his expressions in his dramas are the same

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Sounds very similar to Brain...hope Go Kyung-pyo can give a heart wrenching performance similar to Shin Ha Kyuns!!!
looking forward to it..since I kinda mess those old K-drama melodramatic plots ^^

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I miss those days when dramas were headlined by mature and talented actors.
2011 was Shin Ha-kyun in "Brain" Han Suk-kyu in "Tree with Deep Root" Chae Shi-ra in "Queen In-soo" Cha Seung‑won and Gong Hyo‑jin in "Best Love" etc.

I'm glad that the cable channels are giving some of the veteran actors a chance to headline dramas.

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I am not a fan of Go Kyung Pyo tbh and while I do prefer senior actors, I think it's fair that dramas to be headlined by younger actors since movies been dominated by veteran actors. Otherwise, they don't have much chances to polish their crafts. As long as they don't cast idols or models who can't act, I am totally fine with them being leads in dramas.

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I'm getting the vibes of Golden Cross x God's Gift from the titles. Thankfully the synopsis is nowhere near that

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Hum... Makes me think of Romantic Teacher doctor Kim (which I am watching just now), and in this one, Dong joo also went into medicine because his father died, due to not being operated when he needed to be, and you guys know already...
I wonder if i would like to watch something similar. I like Romantic teacher because of him, and the rest of the staff, but I don´t like Dong joo.
Well... Go kyung-pyo is way more sympathetic than Yoo Yeon-seok. Although being young, he will make it better for sure ;)

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same thoughts... although I like Dong Joo's character development on RTDC and the romance too... If I do see Kim Hong-pa as the main villain for this... it's RTDC part 2 then...

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I mean Choi Jin-ho

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If only I was still stanning Jo Jaehyun (clenches fist) I love revenge dramas though, I might still be soft

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Jo Jae-hyun ❤❤❤🔥 Another revenge drama for him, although he might not a villain this time? Villain or not, Go Kyung-pyo gonna have to work harder to match to his level. I would love to see someone like Im Joo-hwan in such role but I can only hope. Anyway, Jo Jae-hyun made me want to re-watch Punch. And I miss to see Kim Rae-won in drama too.

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Meh

Basically healing through procedural episodes

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I hate him

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why?

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The side by side photos make me think they're going to be related. They look like father and son.

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Absolutely! I expected that they were going to be older-younger versions of the same character.

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Flavor of the month casting again.

I really have to wonder what the hell is going on in the K Entertainment industry. It's like everyone plans at once to continuously cast the same actors back to back.

It's boring.

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It can't be "flavour of the month" when are were not popular in the first place!
No seriously, I wonder if some actors like Kim Soo-hyun (who has been absent for two years) receive casting offers or the producers just assumed they won't take it and give it to more active actors (like Go Kyung-pyo) instead. I have been seeing some actors so often but the rest is just MIA.

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No one can play a savant better than Joo Won in Good Doctor. Anyway love Go Kyung-pyo and glad that he continues to get lead roles. His current drama is doing really well for that time slot.

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he's unstoppable👍👍👍

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Alright, here I am. So I'll say it, he and Chae Soo Bin should both go take a vacay together. A veryyyy long vacay. Because they both deserve a break. And God knows our eyes deserve a break from seeing them too. Just. Go. Kyung. Po.

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Oh,hope he accepts and playing a genius is not far from what he did in God's Quiz,neverthless he was one crazy doc there but brilliant...Quite happy seeing he is being now offerent main roles!!!

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Just hearing the words "God’s Gift" irks my soul.. i will never get over that ending

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Looks like a bit of Romantic Dr. Kim to me...Well both Leads are really good so I might give this a try.. Go Kyung Pyo is doing good these days.. His acting is really on the spot. I don't know but I like his voice...

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Could be interesting. I could do without the title reminder of God's Gift and Golden Cross though.

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I wonder how many dramas a Korean actor can do in a year?
I grew up watching HK dramas and back then, HK actors can do up to 4 dramas per year.

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I think HK and China have bigger entertainment industry - they have many drama that also released as web series if I'm not mistaken. Until now, one actor can do 3-4 drama in one year because all are pre-produced. Sometimes the shooting already done this year, but might only be released after one-two years, and sometimes one actor might have two different drama airing at the same time.

K-ent industry might be more popular (the hallyu wave) but I don't think they produced drama as much as China in a year. Korea also has smaller TV broadcasters than China. That's why the same faces headlined drama more than twice a year are noticeable because not every single actor do that in Korea. It isn't an issue for supporting actors who are doing many drama, but it seems not a case for main actors. Comparison between supporting and main actors in doing many drama in one year also doesn't make sense since supporting actors only appear in short amount of time,unlike main actors. Some actors might also have their own preference in taking the project -such as putting around 6 months gap between each project. It is because after 3-4 months of shooting (for normal series), they need some break so they can re-fresh themselves for next role and be apart from their previous role - talk about how to maintain the quality of their performance. Not always the case because it depends on offers too.

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Thanks for the insight. Because it seems to me that Korean stars typically do maximum one drama per year. Ofc the picky and elusive/exclusive one can go without a drama for years. Only recently I read of K-actors headlining more than one drama per year. First was Jang Hyuk and now Go Kyung Pyo and Chae Soo Bin.

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Jang-hyuk has been doing two drama in one year from years ago. He is one of the actors who is actively doing projects including movies without taking long break. His style usually one drama in early of the year, and the next drama after 3-4 months at least. I don't have any big problem with actors do many drama in one year, but watching them after each project without some break (maybe gap around 3 months) made me feel a little bored, and that's my feeling watching Go Kyung-pyo in SD now which is some lackluster drama after he did Chicago Typewriter around 2 months before this drama started.

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The usual is 1 or 2 for lead actors. Top actors do once every few years because they can rely on CF money.

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are a different story. The highest record for Taiwan is 7 dramas a year (by Wallace Huo I think). Another extreme case is Yang Mi, who has done up to 10+ dramas a year in both lead and supporting roles. Their market is more competitive so actors, even top-tier ones, film up to 2-3 dramas per year.

I prefer it this way though because as fans, we can watch them more frequently. It helps that their market is bigger as well, and they have more TV channels. They also air 1-2 episodes per night so the dramas end faster, making way for more dramas to air per year.

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OMG! Unbelievable!

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Wahh.. Then the female lead would be Chae Soo Bin.. hahahaha.. they are everywhere. They should take a break together..

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hope he can take care himself, just hope that the next drama will doing well in rating :)

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sigh..he is not confirm yet, and the drama is for the 1st half of 2018. The shortest we can see him on the screen if he accept it the next 3 months (Jan 2018), or the longest is 8 months (June 2018). It is not that he jump from SD filming site to Cross filming site after few days. Got months gap there.

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