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Shin Se-kyung and Kim Rae-won up for romance drama Black Knight

Right on the heels of Bride of the Water God 2017, Shin Se-kyung may jump into another supernatural romance drama. Early on, Kim Rae-won’s (Doctors) name was attached to the project Black Knight, and if he does officially confirm, it’ll be his first foray into the genre.

Black Knight is about an innocent and pure man who takes on a dangerous fate for the woman he loves. Kim Rae-won is up for the role of the main character, who is a young successful businessman. He had a rough childhood, so he reached emotional and physical maturity at a young age. Despite being a pure romantic, he is scarily impassive at times, though he can also be gentlemanly and humorous. He went to high school in the United States, majored in physics, and graduated medical school before becoming an entrepreneur.

If Shin Se-kyung confirms, she’ll play a travel agent who works in the hotel reservations department but has never actually traveled abroad. She supports her maternal spinster aunt, but they’re extremely poor. In order to survive, she’s adopted a cheerful and optimistic attitude, but she feels a lonely weariness inside. I’m not quite sure where the supernatural aspect comes in, but earlier reports stated that their love story would span centuries.

It’ll be reunions all around if they both confirm. Shin Se-kyung had a minor role in one of Kim Rae-won’s early hits, the cute romance movie My Little Bride, where she played the best friend of the heroine, Moon Geun-young. In addition, Shin Se-kyung has worked with the writer for the project, Kim In-young, in the 2013 melodrama When a Man Loves. That drama was a hot mess, so that definitely decreases my enthusiasm for this upcoming drama. But with the Kim Rae-won charm, who knows? Maybe Black Knight will be the hit of the winter.

KBS’s Wednesday-Thursday drama Black Knight is set to premiere in December.

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hmm... i liked Bride of the Water God but i will prefer another female lead for Kim Raewon. a real, seasoned, experienced actress. is it too ambitious to wish for like, Son Yejin?

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It is right, it is too ambitious πŸ˜• If they wanted and have budget to cast her (I believe she is among the top in chungmuro now or at least going there), they would have casted her first. Agree on seasoned and experienced actress, there are many seasoned actress in kdramaland - Gong Hyo-jin for example. Or they should've just upgraded Seo Ji-hye. It seems like they are looking for someone younger in 20s, there are many talented actresses as well.

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She was always a film actress. But she also works in dramas from time to time. Same goes for KRW who has been a movie/tv actor from so many years.

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Yes. I know :)

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true.. they would have casted her if they have the budget. i just thought their chemistry will be mindblowing..

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Hopefully in a different project
in the future 😊

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Yay for Kim Rae-won! Nay for Shin Se-kyung; she's just so bland as an actress, imo. Admittedly, I haven't watched much of her projects, but from my own viewing experience and other people's comments, I'm sure she's still lacking that oomph and charm that I've always thought she was missing. I didn't watch When a Man Loves (and I'm gonna keep it that way), but can imagine the hot mess that it probably was. So honestly, the only good thing about this drama so far is Kim Rae-won, and I don't know how I feel about that.

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Ditto on the comment re: Shin Se-kyung. Saw A Girl Who Can See Smells, she is nice looking but Somehow I can't find a thing about her I like. Please pass on this and let a more seasoned and able actress take this one!

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ha.. I do not even think she is nice looking.

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Ditto! I'd been trying to put into words why I'm not a fan of hers and you described it well. I tried watching Bride and my problem was what you mentioned: she didn't have that likeability and charm that would have made me like/sympathize with her character - like she seemed bland? She was doing the usual mannerisms that I'd seen other heroines in romcoms do before but it just didn't work for her.

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I wish Shin Se-kyung declines. I want to see her in a different role.

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Agree. This is too hum drum for her. Contrary to what others are saying of her, I have always been satisfied with her acting in the shows I watched her in.

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"she’ll play a travel agent who works in the hotel reservations department but has never actually traveled abroad." πŸ˜‚
I mean, we can write about Korean dramas and culture without ever going to Korea, so why not?

I dread the prospect of another time-travelling drama (love story spanning centuries??? nooooo!!!!!). But the title at least sounds cool.

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"He went to high school in the United States, majored in physics, and graduated medical school before becoming an entrepreneur."

Yeah, okay. I love weird kdrama education back stories.

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majored in physics and graduated from medical school? then becoming entrepreneur? what?
Is dr. Hong changing his interest every few years?

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Next year he might be a teacher. lol

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he was a teacher too, before he went back to being a doctor in Doctors :P

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Exactly, this is so ridiculous that it's hilarious.

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I am already dreading thinking about trying to force myself into watching this drama if these two are cast. When I see chemistry, even from pictures of two stars sometimes it's visible, but I can't see any of it from the photos above. I hope KRW drops the drama, or better SSK drops the drama. I have seen 'when the man loves', and it was awful to say the least. I don't get how she keeps getting called for these roles. :/

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physics... medical school.... entrepreneur

So kinda typical rich genius male lead?

extremely poor... cheerful and optimistic attitude

So, extremely typical female lead.

writer.... When a Man Loves

Run!!

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Nicely dissected. A huge eye roll to all of it.

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Nail, meet head.

In terms of quality, I think this one sounds like it's going to bomb. But I do wonder - isn't this a recipe for ratings success in Korea? There's a reason chaebol male lead + poor, cheerful female lead tropes are repeated ad infinitum.

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Thank you for avoiding me a nightmarish first episode watch ;) .

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Hahaha. You summarized it so well.

Run too!!

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Yeah the character descriptions are yawn-inducing.

The only reason I may tune is to find out why he'd go through medical school only to become an entrepreneur.

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Yay him. But not her with him! It doesn't fit at all...imo. :(

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ppl these day being butthurt over SSK, they need to chill DF up & be more open minded goddamit

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I don't think people are *hurt* over Shin Se-kyung. People just don't like the fact that she can't act.

She knows acting techniques and employs them well enough. What she can't seem to do is to feel the emotions her characters are experiencing, figure out nuances in their motivations, or, if she does do all that, she can't figure out how to physically express them for the viewers to see.

I think people are just disappointed that someone with such a bad acting record is continuously being cast over other, more talented actors.

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Exactly. She proves time and again, she is not a lead material.

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exactly. applying all the techniques well does not guarantee portraying well. It is all the small, minor, little details that differentiate a good actor/ess . Many a time I just failed to 'feel' the pain when she cries, feel the anger , the helplessness ...

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Super agree with you. The funny thing is she's almost unemployable as korean industry does know her limitations. She gets mainly casted into dramas that NO OTHER actresses will take on. (The forgettable superhero drama that Lee Dong Wook did and BOTWG (nearly every A list actresses said no, largely due to NJH being lead) - Even SFD its because of the connections that got her into the drama and now unfortunately this one. The Man Loves is sooo bad, I dropped it after 6 eps which I already gave myself a pat in back for lasting so long. I love KRW, but my love for him cannot save the forseable tragic writing and miscasting so I will give this a miss as well. Its a downgrade for him after Punch and Doctors. One a critical hit and the other at least a ratings hit. Its kinda disappointing tbh if he does take it on.

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Going off topic here but I'm curious. Why did the actresses avoid BOTWG because of NJH?

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I don't think she's "unemployable". I'm not a fan of her acting but objectively speaking, I think she's more attractive than the likes of Park Shin-hye and has got more star power than someone like Baek Jin-hee. She definitely has her advantage amongst the crop of 90-95ers, and she will continue to be in demand with the lack of A-list actresses in the post-85ers age bracket. She's not leading a female centric drama anytime soon and I think she's tolerable since she's just a sub-lead.

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this is a huge reach LMAO

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Okay this was funny. It’s time to come back to reality lol.

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yes, what you have written exactly as I thought.
SSK looks very stiff close to her co star, unlike someone who is in love, there is no chemistry at all. if this drama has good chemistry like doctors (KRW and PSH), then it will be perfect. Even SSK has played with great actors like KRW, Song Seung Heon, Lee Dong Wook and Park Yoo Chun, but I still can not be a fan of SSK. Luckily SSK sometimes looks cute, so I'm not against her. It is unfortunate good drama but no chemistry.

this is my personal opinion, i apologize to SSK fans

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You mean to tell me he's not a GENIUS? πŸ™„
Can't they cast someone that matches his talent and or experience? Never happening huh

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Park Eun Bin please

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Yes, she is from Namoo too, so if SSl declines, I would love to see PEB get the chance. Age gap doesn't matter, PEB has worked with many senior actors.

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The descriptions of the leads make this sound like every kdrama ever...

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Right. It doesn't matter who they cast as femeale lead. Even great actress won't be able to make character like this memorable/interesting

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Everything nowadays sounds like every kdrama ever tbh.

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Oh my. Shin Se Kyung is so bland. Except for 6FD, I could not bring myself to watch anything with her in it. No way could she hold up to Kim Rae Won. The performance difference would be too jarring.

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She was good in Tree with Deep roots, especially in the scenes with Han Suk Kyu. She needs a stronger acting partner to act with imo. Her best parts in BOTWG were with Im Joo Hwan, who was the strongest actor in that drama.

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I read (not sure if it's official) it has been reported that Seo Ji-hye has confirmed for second lead. If Kim Rae-won is also confirmed, maybe I'll check this drama despite of being underwhelming about Shin Se-kyung. She was quite alright in few drama, but that's it. For someone who has acted for long time as leading lady and has projects for almost every year, her acting skill is still like several years ago,not consistent and failed to leave good impression each time. It's true she is still young, ( I don't know why I often thought she is already in 31-32 y. o, there are times I think she looks like unni to Kim So-eun, only to realize it is supposed to be on the opposite as KSE is older by one year πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

Maybe time to try some villain role for a change, she can follow Kim Tae-hee's steps. KTH was impressive in Jang Ok Jung and Yong-pal, I mean she was really good in these two drama. It was much better than her villain role in Stairway to Heaven back to her debut days.

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Seo Ji-hye deserves a lead role. It's crazy she still hasn't been given a chance. This drama has a horrible writer though. When A Man Loves is some kind of crap.

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She's had chances. She was the lead in Over the Rainbow (with Ji Hyun-woo), I Love You (with Ahn Jae-hyun) and Kim Suro (with Ji Sung). She was unlucky that none of them worked out but she was once a hot up-and-coming young actress in the mid to late 2000s.

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Ahn Jae-wook*. Argh, the autocorrect.

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Bad choice drama for KRW lately. I love Punch. Even Doctor have a high rating, but the plot is just worst for me.

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So SSK acted in My Little Bride a while back, so can I hope she declines and Moon Geun Young reunites with Kim Rae Won?
I mean MGY looks so young and KRW looks mature, but she's much better actress than SSK. Ever. Their cute romance in MLB needs continuation too!

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Now that would be cute. I love that movie. But, I think MGY is still having to take a break from filming :/ I know she was able to make it to one of her movie premieres, but I don't think she's been able to accept any drama/film offers still.

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I think it's better for her to rest more for another few months. I miss her, but she still doesn't look fully recovered for live shooting.I don't want to hear she collapse during filming. πŸ˜• Or maybe she can choose movie, pre-produced drama or short drama to re-start in which her schedule won't be so hectic.

But her reunion with Kim Rae-won would be so cute. Maybe next time in a better project. I don't trust this writer at all.

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Yeah, definitely. I hope she takes care of her health above all, but I'm sure she misses working. As you said, maybe a drama special or something pre-produced would work out once she is ready.
I haven't seen anything from the writer, but yeah, I think I would prefer them in a more interesting/unique premise. Though I'll take what I can get lol

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Yeah I think this writer is the problem... I do miss her a lot. I've been rewatching her dramas for few months now and now waiting for her movie to premiere. I think she'd better cast in pre-production drama or cable drama (since they usually have less hectic schedule). I wish it's not a movie since it takes looong time before it finally airs at the cinemas.

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Shin se kyung and the writer of when a man loves? Nope, PASS!

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I agree... That explains why SSK was invited to be the lead... ouch...
I hope Kim Rae Won declines... He can do far better than both of them.

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Nooooooooooooo. 😲 Please. πŸ™ Another actress that hasn't been cast as a lead perhaps, or someone whose facial expressions can convey emotions.

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The comments have been overwhelmingly against Shin se-kyung. My feelings are not strong on either side of the debate. I'll take the positive view, if she lacks warmth, who better to engender some than Kim Rae-won.

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Lee Yeon Hee, Shin Se Kyung, Jin Se Yeon, Lim Ji Yeon,.. they not SUPER pretty that we nevermind their acting (just like Kim Tae Hee) but they always get lead roles. Also female lead character of this drama is just like Bride of the Water God.

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Jin Se Yeon, Lim Ji Yeon and Lee Yeon Hee are the actress-actresses that have very underwhelming and bad acting. Shin Se Kyung was good in some roles but she never left any impression tbh. I thought her performance in Tree with Deep Roots was good. Maybe she needs strong actors/actresses like Han Suk Kyu to lead her

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BABYSITTING KIM RAE WON πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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I actually would like to see Shin Se-kyung playing a heartless b*tch. Cutie-pie roles do not suit her - she doesn't have that vibe. Whatever she does, she seems like a lady and therefore does great in historical dramas. Noble and cold, not cheerful.
Anyway, I will watch anything she's in because I just like her regardless. I think in the future she will play bad-ass ahjummas)))

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Lol. I'd want to see her as a badass ahjumma. I've always had this feeling that she can do better. She seems to bee very concerned and conscious of how she looks when she acts. If she overcomes that, she'd be really awesome. Or she just needs to take on a different role.

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am so excited for KRW come back but l prefer they could have casted a different actress someone like Kim Seul Gi πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œthe girl deserves to be lead role. she proved it may time.... I will admit it that SSK did a great job in the Girl Who Sees Smell but I hope she decline this One..

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KSG maybe good at acting but come on. Pairing her up with KRW isn’t a good idea. They don’t match at all. When I saw Doctors casting and the first teaser, at least him and PSH matched really well, even if that drama’s writer wasn’t good. I wish Gong Hyo-jin and KRW pairing actually

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Conversely, I was really impressed with the writing on Doctors. IMHO, it deserved the ratings.

1) Finally, an adult (!) relationship. Two headstrong successful characters who had a sense of who they were and what they wanted. Not a poor, simpering, cutesy female justaposed with a rich, arrogant rich male.

2) Characters who treated their attraction in a mature way and related to each other honestly and directly. No noble idiocy where it seems that the expression of "love" is to keep secrets, make unwarranted assumptions and not trust each other.

3) They gave each other room to make mistakes and learn from them. The characters were self aware enough to learn for themselves (rather than through some all knowing friends/relatives) from these mistakes and then ADMIT THEM to each other.

4) Adult attraction (at last!). Getting tired of seemingly virginal 30 somethings (especially female) - portraying characters who seemingly never kissed, never openly expressed attraction, and seemingly without any self awareness of how they felt and what a relationship means. For goodness sakes, this isn't the early 20th century.

5) Difficult relationships with relatives, openly expressed and not seeming glossed over. Yeah, relatives can be difficult and adults, even related, may decide not to get along with each other.

I think the writer overturned many of the standard tired cliched tropes of k-drama rom-coms and yet managed to put out an intelligent and realistic drama.

Imagine that! A drama without 6 episodes of noble idiocy, bitchy ex girlfriends, overbearing ex boyfriends, shouted non-conversations, interfering parents, misunderstandings that could be cleared up with a 2 sentence (real) conversation.

Even the antagonists were not portrayed as "over the top" bad people. (well the political blackmail part was pretty extreme) To me, had they eliminated the embezzlement and blackmail/backstabbing portion and made it a realistic difference of mission - one to focus on "profit" for the long term prosperity of the hospital and the other as a "non profit" mission, it would have made the conflict a lot more of an exploration of the nature of health care in a sophisticated society.

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Yes, I meant to spell "juxtaposed"

and Yes, I really liked Doctors !!!!

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I actually liked Doctors too, it had great characters and I quite frankly loved the teacher student dynamics. There wasn’t significant power imbalance because the writer made sure that the female lead is independent and not to be dragged by her wrist and the male character is sweet and considerate. That drama did deserve it’s ratings for its acting and the aspect that the characters weren’t typical at all. But the revenge plot was too draining and in the end it became too pointless. I watched it to the end because of the surgery scenes and chemistry.

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Sounds interesting. It reminds me of some series or film... Where they meet through the centuries but never manage to be together. A title escapes me. Any ideas fellow beanies?

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I chanced upon KRW's movie Plum Blossom recently and I don't think I can watch him again without the image of his rear flashing in front of me. For those curious, it's up on YouTube but only for those above 18 ;p
Hmm..Shin Se Kyung should really brush up her acting skills. She is still awkward after so many dramas!

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Kim Rae Won! I'd love to see him in this role...such a good actor. I'd have to agree with most other comments though. There are so many other actresses I'd rather see playing the lead female role with Kim Rae Won.

https://www.thekimchikorner.com

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Nooooooooo, not Shin Se-kyung!
There's a barrier … I can't really connect with her … as if I can't believe the feelings she's trying to portray … there's a lack of sincerity … or something, I don't know. I tried my best and watched 3 of her dramas, but none of them convinced me otherwise 😞

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I love KRW. But ultimate no to SSK. Bride of water god is a total dissappointment.
SSK got zero chemistry with her lead actor. Why she keep being offered with leading role? I can't brain this.

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Shin Se Kyung and Kim Rae Won would make a fun pair since their 'Little Bride' days. She did so well in BOTWG that Black Knight's PD/Writer are now offering her the role. Even if some denied her acting skills (hello, she won acting awards), at least give her more chances to prove she is worth the choice! Most viewers are not even familiar with her yet are misled by harsh critiques out to bring her down since BOTWG. How would you like it if say,you are constantly being passed over for a promotion by some jealous colleagues telling tales to your management who only credit your performance based on your co-workers' or supervisor's feedback? It's so heartbreaking to read all these harsh criticisms on her. Try being in her shoes & feel.Hugs, Divine Blessings & luck to SSK!πŸ™πŸΌ

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After 20 years in the business she still needs to be given a chance? I tried watching her dramas but I end up dropping the drama mid way. Guess why? And it's not because of the lead actor. And some fans call her a veteran? Unfortunately that's too assuming ... even some rookie actresses are able to deliver a better performance compared to hers. Just saying.

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That's up to the Korean Entertainment Industry to decide who are considered veteran actresses/actors & whose acting skills are in question. For SSK to survive in this highly competitive environment & still being offer lead roles through the years means she is still bankable. There are lots of overrated actresses out there too. In show biz, luck is everything. It's not easy surviving in Korea, heard of 'Hell Chosun'? If the drama is deemed unconvincing, owing to the writer's controversiality, Kim Rae Won would have rejected the offer given his credentials as a good actor. To each her/his own, it's anyone's choice. I happened to find affinity with SSK as I have with a few others as well. Well, that that's my take. Just saying too.

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Irregardless of so many disapprovals for SSK to lead in this drama, I am still waiting to watch the chemistry between Kim Rae Won and her after watching their short & few but hilarious scenes in 'My Little Bride'. Also I would to see what the writer has to offer since 'Man Who Loves' which she scripted to controversialize it, casting SSK in such bad light with the viewers then. Hope the write will 'atone' for the injustice she created. Till then.

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SSK looks very stiff close to her co star, unlike someone who is in love, there is no chemistry at all. if this drama has good chemistry like doctors (KRW and PSH), then it will be perfect. Even SSK has played with great actors like KRW, Song Seung Heon, Lee Dong Wook and Park Yoo Chun, but I still can not be a fan of SSK. Luckily SSK sometimes looks cute, so I'm not against her. It is unfortunate good drama but no chemistry.

this is my personal opinion, i apologize to SSK fans

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