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Premiere Watch: While You Were Sleeping

Finally, it’s here! SBS’s new supernatural romance While You Were Sleeping premieres at last this Wednesday, after what seems like a year of waiting. Pre-produced dramas definitely know how to try a fan’s patience, don’t they? I can’t wait to see what’s in store in this latest project from one of my favorite drama writers, Park Hye-ryun (of I Hear Your Voice, Dream High, Pinocchio, and more).

 

While You Were Sleeping

 
Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: SBS
Genre: Supernatural romance
Episode count: 32 (half-hour episodes, 16 hours in total)

Reasons to watch: Writer Park Hye-ryun and leading actor Lee Jong-seok have teamed up for a third drama together, and while I don’t expect any new project of theirs to ever top I Hear Your Voice, if it’s as cute and watchable as Pinocchio, I’ll be a happy camper. This new series will also be a supernatural romance, and so far from the teasers it looks like it’ll have the writer’s usual mix of rom-com and thriller elements, bound together with a supernatural ability, of course. This one will belong to our heroine, played by Suzy, who has dream-premonitions of tragic events in other people’s lives.

I expect a bit of legal-procedural drama to be thrown in as well, since Lee Jong-seok is playing a prosecutor, and he and Suzy will presumably be running around saving people. I’m crossing all fingers and toes for there to be some chemistry between the leads, because I trust the writing to be solid, so it’s up to the actors to sell me on the romance. If we could just get a cross between Suzy in Dream High and Lee Jong-seok in Pinocchio or I Hear Your Voice, I think they have the potential to be adorable. Is that asking for too much, drama gods?

 
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It's near!! fighting!

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Yesss, can't wait!! I've been counting days! I'm so excited!! 😁😁

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I hope the writer will cast other actor in next projects, I don't hate LJS but I don't want see him same roles again. He not pick project well, he choose everything too safe.

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i bet many of the top hallyu actors wouldn't have done w-two worlds. when he gets the offer from park hye run there is no reason to reject them becoz they r so good.

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But his role in this drama looks way different from the other two. He is dumb and awkward here

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Also I don't think he is making safe choices.dramaland doesn't offer much variance as opposed to movies. He just played a murderous psychopath. That's hardly a safe choice. W was unconventional as well.

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I hope so too. Lee Jongsuk needs to stop relying on the same formula.

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no, his character is def different but he suits the role perfectly.

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1) what artist does not look for a safe project? (a good script)
2) Not all your papers are the same. I agree with what Sulli said
3) we can not judge that it is similar to any other role if not even the drama has been transmitted.
4) why not? It would be like asking a couple of writers to stop writing together just because their formula is a success. Would not that be a bit contradictory, right? If the double PHR and LJS works, then ... I want more projects together !!!!!

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Agree... There are so many dissappointing dramas out there. So, when you see this kind of combination, you have the hope, it will be good...
Let´s hope, at least!! LOL
And yes... If is half so good like I hear your voice... let them do more and more and more...

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IT'S AMAZING! watch the first ep without looking at comments/trailers.

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I mean the writer knows LJS, which means she knows his acting style. She obviously likes his acting and trusts him to carry out his characters well, that's why she chooses him and vice versa for him agreeing to the projects. This isn't uncommon, even in Hollywood, directors and writers constantly choose the same actors to work with. Ex: Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio, David O. Russell & Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro.

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I agree!! also he always has amazing chemistry with his counterpart. I feel like he works well with this writer.

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Seriously? LJS doesn't pick project well and playing safe? Have you watch "W"? If you call that role were safe, i rest my case. He even played a psycopath in a movie v.i.p so he actually one of those rare actor who doesn't play safe

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Please be good!!! I need a good drama OTP to squee and swoon over when I'm in Korea in a few weeks. Plus watching it "live" on TV there and squeeing or potentially even stalking out the filming sites will just add to the experience. 😍😍😍

Plsplsplsplsplsbegood! 🙏🙏🙏

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So jealous that you will visit Korea in a few weeks! Any chance that you will get to share a piece of toast with a handsome oppa for breakfast?

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I'm going with my husband and kid so, unlikely! LOL. Though I'm not beneath using my cute 4 year old to get Oppa's attention. hehe. I'm such a terrible mom ;)

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A good drama OTP at the moment is Temperature of Love couple, although it is still too early to decide that.

Anyway, hope you have fun in Korea! We will be waiting for your live-news lol.

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michykdrama, you must be so excited for your trip! I found a website about Seoul that you may want to check out, 10mag.com. It's full of ideas and recommendations.

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Wonderful! I wish and I hope you have a good trip! And if you can, please share your pleasant experiences of living the "live drama in Korea" with us. (Please act from our correspondent haha)

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Lol... Kpop drives us crazy!! hahahhahahahha
I also want it to be good. I am watching almost nothing right now... Strongest Deliveryman ended already :(

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it's amazing~ i'm screaming internally. My only regret is having to wait for the next episode ;_; I'm going to die between weeks.

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Can't wait! If its from the same writer then no doubt I'm going to love it :)

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Yes! My body is ready for this!

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Been waiting for this! Yayyyy!

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One thing I can trust is Lee Jong-seok to have chemistry. However, Suzy has almost no chemistry with any of her male counterparts. She is so stiff with them. So I am really hoping Lee Jong-seok can work his magic in the chemistry department.

This and Temperature of Love are the 2 drama I have been eagerly awaiting.

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I personally think it's the other way around. Suzy always has chemistry with her co-stars from what I've seen. Kim Soo-hyun, Taecyeon, Kim Woo-bin, and Lee Seung-gi, Lee Jong-seok on the other hand has only ever had chemistry with Han Hyo-joo and Yoon Sang-hyun, in my opinion, so I'm hoping he can recreate some of that magic and Suzy can help him.

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Personally I found wonderful chemistry from Lee Jong Suk with Kim Woo Bin, Lee Bo Young, Park Shin Hye plus those mentioned by you ...
As for Suzy, I have not seen any project from her, but I like what I've seen of them together in teaser and interviews. So, I just hope for the best of this new couple.

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Suzy was only good with Kim Soo Hyun in my book. Lee Jong Suk was amazing with Lee Bo Young& Park Shin Hye. But his chemistry was forced with Han Hyo Joo which was the reason i left that drama halfway. I am not hoping for Suzy becoz her eyes dont express emotion and they are empty even her mouth is shouting and crying.

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Honestly, I also had that feeling sometimes, but it was up to look at the BTS and feel that the chemistry between them is not bound at all. Now I see chemistry HHJ and LJS as the best. I feel that they did not have a real opportunity in the drama to prove it. I even read in an interview where HHJ regretted that they had no more romantic scene opportunities

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Han Hyo Joo is a good actress. I don't think they had chemistry on screen. But I think it was supposed to be like that, because they were from different "worlds". I called it quits whilst trying ep 3, I finished it but,

Ep1: Who is the mysterious murderer(mm)?
Ep2: Totally forgets there is an 'mm', because the trailer and the first two episodes are probably interchangeable.
Ep3: Why was this episode's plot, non-existent?

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Wow. I found his chemistry with HHJ so over the top that it overwhelmed nearly everything I've ever seen before. So interesting how different people interpret things differently.

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Well... LJS made the miracle with Park Shin hye!! And this is a girl who had the most terrible awful kisses scenes in Dramaland, and who had also very pitiful characters, and with him and this writer... you already know... she was lovable in Pinocchio...
I am hoping for a similar miracle here... he he he heh e

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I'm not a fan of Park Shin Hye but the only drama I have ever liked her in was Pinocchio. I thought she did a good job in it and she had nice chemistry with LJS. Was it the writer, LJS, or director? This show has 2 of the 3 so here's hoping Suzy will prove me wrong like PSH did!

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Yaaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

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Suzy, don't let me down...

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based on a long teaser, she will let you down...

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The story doesn't grab my attention and after watching the trailer I won't watch this drama. I checked Lee Jong Suk dramas I've watched on my list, turns out :
◾ I can hear your voice : I dropped it
◾ Pinocchio : I remember having some good laughs but I don't remember any moments or OST from the drama : that means a lot and not in a good way
◾ W : too many plot twists and it went wrong towards the 2nd half : I still haven't watched the last 15min : how can they end it in a good way, guess I don't want to check out 😅
Conclusion : I hope Beanies who enjoyed the writer dramas will enjoy "While you were sleeping" but I won't be in the watching club 😅

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I am on the fence with this one. I may just check it out because I have nothing better to wtch at the moment. But, this show is not on my "OMG. I must watch this now. Why isn't it Wednesday yet" list.

I enjoyed I Can Hear Your Voice for what it was, not great, but nice. And W was excellent until it couldn't keep up with its own story. My only concern comes from Suzy; LJS is fine enough. I remember really liking Dream High, and I assume she didn't bother me, since I can't remember otherwise. But man, she burned me in Uncontrollably Fond! So, if I am to watch this I need to wipe that drama from my memory.

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I'm not sure by mentioning W here as Lee Jong-suk's drama or Park Hye-run's writernim drama, but W isn't written by Park.😊 W is written by the same writer of Three Musketeers, Queen In-hyun's man, and Nine Times Time Travel. Among all you mentioned of Park's drama, I enjoyed IHYV only, but to be honest it was all due to Lee Bo-young. I might have dropped if it wasn't her. Pinocchio - I checked few first epi but dropped it. Lee Jong-suk's effect doesn't seem to reach me lol. With this writer's drama, I'll watch if casts are my favs, and in this drama there's only Lee Sang-yeob that I love. Maybe will watch it later to check what kind of role he has.

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After my post I began to write a reply to clarify that, I should have post it ^^' : The 3 dramas mentioned are Lee Jong Suk dramas I've watched, among them two are from the same writer. My conclusion mentioned the writer because of many Beanies trusting her in their posts :) .
Without dramabeans my knowledge of writers name and work would have remain so poor haha , not that I know a lot now hahaha.
I won't watch this drama but my main regret is that like you said Lee Sang Yeob is in it (I loved him in My wife will have an affair) , whereas I liked Lee Jong Suk in dramas I've seen him in but I've never really fangirl over him *cough* Tae Swoon, Kim Jung Hyun *cough*

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LJS was the reason I could never finish both IHYV and Pinocchio, incidentally both shows were written by this writer... But, I loved W and loved him in it, so I'm going to conclude that it's the combination of him and this writer that I don't like, however I'm willing to give this show a chance just to see if I finally love him or W was just a fluke.

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Dropped Pinocchio and I hear your voice too, but I fell in love with him in w, maybe its the character or writing, I love kang chul

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It's weird because I liked Pinocchio and thought IHYV was okay, and I thought LSJ was fine in both (I probably liked Pinocchio more because I felt his acting, character, chemistry was better than in IHYV, and I liked the family stuff) but in both cases, what made the shows for me were the leading ladies (surprisingly, in Pinocchio's case because I'm fairly meh on Park Shin Hye) and the supporting casts. So yeah, I'm really on the fence with this one. Plus, it's weird because I like the writer, and am fine with the writing style while watching, but looking back find it really annoying. I'm probably not making any sense at this point lol.

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Ugh, LJS not LSJ.

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What a list of antagonist reactions! It is intersting.. people liking more this one than the other one... or the other way around. I have not watched W yet, but if I do, I will do it because LJS. Ok, I confess, I am under his effect... At the beginning because he looks handsome to me, but also because he touches me with his acting... At least me! So, I am part of the poll, giving my own contribution.
I will be watching... hoping it would be good, like @michykdrama said... LOL!

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I'm looking forward to this!

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Lee Jong Suk is good but hopefully Suzy improved her acting in this drama. The writer is good as I liked the drama I hear your voice and Pinocchio hope this drama will not disappoint.

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I wanna give this a fair shot, but I'm just expecting everything I hated about W - Two Worlds and Uncontrollably Fond to converge together into one awful mess.

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Yesssss can't wait!!!!!

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Gearing myself up for disappointment (sorry no faith in Suzy) but I WILL watch this because gdi I am a FAN and will watch ANYthing that has LJS and his beautiful face.

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Thanks for summarizing my thoughts so well!

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I love both of these fine young people, this should be fun to watch.

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Finally, it airs this week. While waiting this drama (im)patiently I re-watched I Hear Your Voice and Pinocchio this past week. I realized there are many actors who acted as side/minor characters and extras in IHYV appeared in Pinocchio too. I think While You Were Sleeping will be populated by familiar faces too.

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Suzy looking good

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Hopefully a good rebound for LJS after the crappy W. This writer is real consistent, and LJS has always fared well working with her. Curious to see how this goes.

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Finally someone who agrees that W was taking to long to make no point at all. I think this will do way better, even though I don't like supernatural dramas really and I actually liked the idea of the comic book reality.

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Has anybody seen the long teaser of the show while Lee jong suk is great as always Suzy looks pretty but disappoints.....😢😢😢

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LJS is my favorite actor and I always watch his drama (and sitcom), although I can't get through a bad one (cough doctor stranger). Drama gods please let it be good :D

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Everything is better than a medical drama. Well, unless you are a doctor who can crit it, lol!!!

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Sorry that is right, warned about how bad Dr Stranger was, I decided never to even look at anything that was put in the starred "unwatch-list". So forgive me if the show had nothing to do with medical drama theme.

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I heard Doctor Stranger was not it... well... I also scan the recaps, although not all of them, and decided to skip it. But I still would like to watch W, and see if I can keep up...
Pinocchio and I hear your voice made me laugh and cry a lot. They are part of my favs dramas of all time as well...

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I love Doctor Stranger, and in general I don't finish or like Medical dramas, but this drama for me was more about the romance that would never end even after death!

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I've honestly never seen Suzy in anything before so I'm going in with an open mind. The only drama by this writer that I have seen is Page Turner and I LOVED it. I've always meant to watch her others like IHYV and Pinocchio but have yet to get around to it. The promo images have me interested, though. All the pretty!!!!

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i cant wait for watching this drama.. and it is already tomorrow.. yaayyyyyy... so excited.. good luck dangjamsa.. 😀👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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delurking just for this
LJS <3 PHR <3

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Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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Yes, I've been waiting for too long 😀

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Yay...1 more day will see my/our favorite Suk (so good to hear the director n lsy called LJS my Suk😄)....whether the drama will be good or bad or normal~ doesn't matter~ i will still like LJS ~ for being a good person n he works hard for it together with all the casts n staff.

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This is going to be embarrassing, right?

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From what the little teaser I saw, 2 scenes remind me of Dr Stranger which LSJ acted in with Jin Se Yeon
1. Heroine falling off the bridge
2. The hug scene
Will wait to see if this drama is good to watch through out the whole 32 episodes.

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wow amazing

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Saw the first episode, Suzy is ruining it for me. 😭😭😭 Lee Jong-Seok ate her alive on screen, most notably in that last scene. 😭😨😭😨

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I guess she has done really well....for the first time I loved Suzy she was great compared to her previous performances. And while you are sleeping is off to a great start

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you think so?? I actually thought she was amazing in it!

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Agreed with Kfan and AruPi above, Suzy was pretty good here. I've only seen her in Gu Family Book where she was definitely very green but she seems to have grown considerably since then.

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I just saw the first episode....I am shook. The cinematography was stunning. I don't want to spoil it for someone, but if you're on the fence, ignore the trailers/comments/news. Just watch the first episode (the full episode) and then decide! Words cannot explain how I feel, but I believe that beanies will put this on the yes list!

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I just watched the first two episodes and I love it! It's exciting and heart pumping!

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LJS looks like fine china.

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