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Park Eun-bin up to become a hot-tempered judge in Nothing to Lose

This would definitely be an interesting casting decision, for a variety of reasons. Hot off the heels of the second season of Age of Youth, Park Eun-bin has been offered what might be her first leading role in a Big 3 station miniseries, the upcoming courtroom drama Nothing to Lose. This is the show that’s replaced Park Shin-yang’s Flying Trapeze in SBS’s lineup, and it looks like the station is substituting the irascible psychiatrist with an irascible judge.

If she confirms, Park Eun-bin will play a fiery judge known for being incapable of holding back her temper in front of particularly shameless and despicable defendants. It would certainly make for an unusual courtroom scene to have the judge cursing at the defendant mid-trial, proper court procedure and etiquette be damned. Maybe that uncontrollable temper is why she becomes the first judge in South Korea to be held hostage in her own courtroom.

She didn’t become a Seoul District Court judge to mete out justice, but instead chose the field of law because of its material benefits. She might have become a judge for less than noble reasons, but she’ll get way in over her head when her older brother is framed for murder, and is himself killed by powers greater than her. The rookie judge will fight against these powers, and bring to light long-buried truths, while also restoring a battered sense of justice to the system. Sounds like a tall order for a judge known to spit out swear words in court.

I’m thrilled that Park Eun-bin is being offered lead roles in dramas, since she definitely has the talent to pull it off with aplomb. However, a smaller part of me is slightly incredulous at Park Eun-bin playing a judge. I’m not exactly sure how judges are appointed to their positions in Korea, but I might strain something trying to sufficiently suspend my disbelief enough to accept that she is one. Maybe she’s a geeenius judge??

Directing Nothing to Lose is PD Lee Kwang-young, who previously worked on Entertainer and drama special Puck! starring Lee Kwang-soo. The script will be written by writer Seo In, who doesn’t seem to have any previous credits. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does make it hard to gauge expectations.

Nothing to Lose will follow While You Were Sleeping on Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting sometime in November.

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my favourite housemate!!

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I Knew she will be in demand after her impressive performance in AOY 2, she's the hot topic among the girls.
A judge who has a temper no body can pull this character better, good choice PD-nim *pat the PD's shoulder*.

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I really love her in 3 of her dramas. the family drama she was in, it was a not so interesting character. Which is why im appy she picks this drama- cause a fiery judge is a colourful character- and we know she does well in non-meek roles. Hoping for a good script too !

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Can there be a reunion with her AOY costar? Sorry , I'm not over that drama yet!

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i don't think so, the guy is a musical actor, and he's working on a musical right now.

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you know I love that actor I didn't know he was a musical actor... besides AOY I've seen him in the mon-friday drama Person who Gives Happiness which I felt was more like Person who Gives Heartbreak/ Person who gives Frustration because the good people were SOOOO GOOOD and the evil people were SOOO EEEEVIIIIILLLL. He was a bright spot in that drama honestly.

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You know, I wasn't satisfied with how his character got zero closure during this season so I started watching Person Who Gives Happiness, and you're right... His character was the best thing about that show. I marathoned 118 excruciating episodes just for him, becoming even more convinced that I must see him again on the small screen. Him as a male lead would be great. And he sings incredibly well. <3

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What if there's a reunion... but he's the Oppa who dies?! Quick! Change your wish! Drama gods are cruel!

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What is wrong with you?! Take it back!

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It's not me who made the wish! @cocomo has to take it back!

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Haha okay I take it back :P I will save Oppa!

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I love to watch more of Park Eun-bin, but you are right that it would be a bit hard to suspend my belief here. I don't know how they appoint judge in Korea, but I do think she is a bit too young.

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If there is a young actor in dramaland that could act with the mannerism of someone twice her age or much older then look no further than Park Eun-bin.
That's why she rocks in sageuks. Watch "Hur Jun" and "Secret Door." Her characters were much older than her age.

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Park Eun-bin is 25!

Check it out—according to Law and Legal Institutions of Asia: Traditions, Adaptations and Innovations (ed. E. Ann Black, Gary, F. Bell), the average age of judges in Korea is 38.7 and 52.46 percent of them are aged between 31 and 40, as of Jan. 2009. Average length of service for retiring judges is 8 yrs and 1 mo. (as of Jan. 2009).

According to the Federal Judicial Center website, the average age of U.S. judges is between 50-52 yrs, since the turn of the 20th century.

From Americas Quarterly: "2011-2012 UN Women report Progress of the World’s Women, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries have the most women judges in the world—over 40 percent."

Law and Order had its way, all judges would be magnificent, commanding late middle-aged African-American women. Imagine your most severe Auntie. In a judicial robe.

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Maybe kim shin helped her.

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She'll probably act as someone in a her early 30s.

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Oh! Thanks for these statistics. Just to be clear - 25 year olds can enter the lower judiciary in India. The entrance is via exams followed by interviews and you are qualified if you hold a law degree. It's tough and needs a lot of preparation but by no means undo-able so I have no issues with a 25 year old judge in South Korea. :)

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It's possible to be a judge at 25 (or perhaps she'll play older char), but still..

Wiki about judges in SK:
In the Court Organization Act Article 42 states that those who passed the National Judicial Examination and have completed the two-year training program at the Judicial Research and Training Institute (JRTI) or those who obtained qualifications as lawyers are eligible for becoming a judge. Though a small number of the judges are selected from practicing attorneys, an overwhelming number of them became judges right after graduation from the JRTI. The judicial reform in 2009 which established U.S. style law schools in lieu of the JRTI also requires the new judges to have a few years of law practice.

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Okay so it doesn't sound as unattainable as it does for someone in the States at that age. It still seems like they would need to age up if it's 4 years undergrad, 4 years doctorate, 2 years post-doctorate (JRTI). She would be 29 (non-Korean) age at the youngest.

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Is it necessary to do an undergrad, and doctorate before JRTI? If it's US style law schools now, they must require an undergraduate before the law degree, but many countries - such as the UK, India - don't.

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But the graduate law entry is still a relatively new programme. The older judges would have gone to the old route.

Having said that- having been through the Korean court system a few times- the judges are YOUNG skewing towards the under 35 looks. I am Asian and usually guess ages accurately- since I am familiar with plastic surgery and how to spot aging- the judges were under 40. There was one- and I am being generous when I say she looks young at 35. I sure heck hope she was.... because she really did look like she was only in her early 30s. And I know some are new judges to the circuit they rotate through- they do go through rotations between different types of court- look too young for the job.

My brain knows their qualification. But when I see them I go " geez how many years have you been a judge?"

The Soong triplet's mother is a judge and she looked young didn't she?

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India's Judicial system is a copy paste of the British system in existence since they colonized it. At least the UK made amendments to it. We are still stuck in the dark ages and our laws and rules are outdated. A 25 year old judge is suspension of disbelief but eunbin looks older than her age. She can pass for a 31 year old so I'll take it. I wish she'd just rest a bit though. I'm worried she's overworking herself.

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Opps edit: law school in the US only takes 3 years not 4.

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It's so heinous it feels like four.

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Their grad school programme is 3 years. So that's undergrad, grad, JRTI 4+3+2 = 9 years of studies. If you start at 19, the youngest judge would be 28. Park Eun Bin can pass for 28.

I had a Japanese judge in some of my classes this year. He didnt look a day over 30 and had been working a few years. I think it's more of a western thing to have older judges, I guess is many asian countries judges have similar career tracks as prosecutors and lawyers, where you can easily become one right after graduating.

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Rarely does anyone (in the US) graduate law school and instantly become a judge. A number of years practicing law comes first, then perhaps a magistrate, and then move up, if you're lucky and talented.

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Thanks for the stats and info. perhaps she isnt playing a 25yr old. maybe she's playing a woman in her early 30s

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I love this thread.

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lmao same

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isn't she too young to be a judge????

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I'm cool with this. It's about time girls started playing unrealistically young geeeeeeniuses, not just the love interests that teach those baby geniuses how to have normal human relationships.

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+1000, beautiful, approve, proceed.

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Preach babe!

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you best believe i am going to watch this even though the plot doesn’t click entirely well with me, just for our fav ssong

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Maybe she’s a geeenius judge?? ----- you just read my mind!

But who cares, we all know we're still gonna watch her. :)

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Yeay for Park Eun-bin!

I think she will play as someone who is in late 20s. Park will make it believeable as someone who is that age. She doesn't look as someone who is too young in my opinion, with a little touch up she will look good. Besides, she has that charisma. Anyone who watched her in Secret Door will know.

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I think she is too young to play a judge. When I read about the synopsis, I thought that an actress in her late 30s will be more credible in this role but they know better to choose the actors in line with their scenario. At least she is a talented actress.

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Her character sounds like the judge in To Kill a Mockingbird with the "bored with law but doesn't stand for bullshit in the courtroom" vibe.

I imagine she looks bored during trials because of her detachment from law but that detachment also makes her impatient when defendants are wasting her time.

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Now YEON WOOJIN is also being considered to be in this drama hope he accepts this love to see him in a new drama. 😁😁😀

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Yessss I love her and it's so fast. November will come so quickly!

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Everyone is focusing on the age, and I love the thread by @tsutsuloo, @greenfields, @amaimikan, and all the other beanies that really break it down with proper technicalities. But I think the point of greater interest is a judge who has a temper. My mother is actually a court transcriptionist (in America), and will often regale me with stories from the courtroom. While lawyers are often brought up in her stories, judges rarely are, unless they are unusually calm in a chaotic courtroom. But some of my favorite stories are like unicorns, judges who are just done with defendants who think they are above the law. This almost always ends in the case being transferred to a different judge in the real world, so I would like to know where the show takes it.

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When I was a lawyer and still a newbie that time,I saw a judge lost her temper,not only with defendant but also with lawyer 😁😂😂 Judge normally have to remain calm so it is interesting to see judge with a temper.

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Her first? I really thought Operation Proposal was on one of the big three. Not so big anymore actually ratings wise.
Park Eunbin has been around for so long it's hard to believe she's just 25! Maybe that's what the casting people think too? LOL. But babe is our fave and I've even watched a weekender for her so I'm ready.

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Why do they keep casting ppl not old enough to graduate law or medical school as well into their careers? There are plenty of older actors (30-40s) that would make the drama more realistic.

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I've only ever seen her once, in Operation Proposal. I should see more of her. ☺

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LOL. I don't know why, but this premise seems a bit off to me. I'm already predicting the gazillion plot twists and nonsensical turns... Park Eun-bin's a great actress, but I'm not sure about this.

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Please cast Son Seung-won as Cameo if he can't be the second lead male *finger-heart*

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