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Go Ara, L team up in courthouse drama Miss Hammurabi

Casting has finalized on JTBC’s upcoming legal human drama Miss Hammurabi, which previously was courting Infinite idol L (Ruler–Master of the Mask), who has now confirmed, as well as securing Go Ara (Black) to star. The drama is based on a novel of the same name, and novelist Moon Yoo-seok will be penning the drama scripts as well.

I consider this casting a mixed bag, but I do really like Go Ara in feisty roles so I’ll be looking forward to seeing how she takes on the role of a passionate and idealist rookie judge who dreams of a courthouse that is both tough against those with power and kind to those without. She turns the courthouse upside-down with her energetic spirit, which is both righteous and refreshing, and possesses endless positivism and a charismatic personality that wins people over to her side. The description suits Go Ara at her best, and can see her fitting right into that character.

L, on the other hand, plays a character who is her opposite (naturally!), a judge who took the elite course to his position, is a stickler for rules, and avoids making rash decisions. He’s the realist to her dreamer spirit, a serious person who understands the weight of the world. I… find L a much less obvious choice for this role, but considering that he was courted first, I have to believe there’s a reason he was selected.

The character setup sounds an awful lot like Nothing to Lose (where we had a feisty woman judge and a principled male judge coming together in work and romance), but with PD Kwak Jung-hwan (The K2, Chuno, Runaway Plan B) directing this drama, I’m expecting a different feel—different from Nothing to Lose, and also different from all of PD Kwak’s other works, which are usually more about flashy action than small human stories.

Veteran actor (and PD Kwak regular) Sung Dong-il (Smart Prison Living) has also been cast to play a different kind of judge; having entered this career later in life, he thus sees the world slightly differently from his colleagues.

Miss Hammurabi will be entirely pre-produced and plans to air on JTBC in May.

Via TV Report, MBN

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Well, both don't convince me as of now. However, the fact that casting went to them first must mean they're what the roles need.

PS. How cute that JTBC is starting to pre-produce shows 😀😀

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They are very skilled in acting, can't pick which one better than the other, but the two convince me with their great acting skill, this drama will receive lot of acting award for sure

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I am not sure whether this is meant to be sarcastic or not.

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lol

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I was wondering the same. Such a bold proclamation!

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I created an account just to like this comment.

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at first i did like her..but now, every year and on u'll see her face and the same stereotype of acting she carried and u can expect what gesture she will do, which is not good..she should learn how to approach the character differently and please don't hunch ur shoulder when u walk..

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You meant that sarcastically, right?

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LOL. so obvious actually.....
your comment really on point.
I like L as an idol but not as an actor (yet) and for Go Ara, she's known for her pretty eyes and face, that's all that I know.

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LOL! It's morning here and I'm laughing out loud. It's a good start...

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LMAO!! I almost chocked on my tea reading this. Thanks for the laugh 😂

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Watching Go Ara in both Black and Hwarang recently convinced me she looks better in stills than in motion. Hopefully she will have more varied expressions here, and not look perpetually pissed off.
L has improved in Ruler. Maybe he will surprise everybody here as well.

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she looks better in stills than in motion

Bwah! So funneeee. I watched Black and concur. I'm actually going to check out the first episode just to see if "feisty" is her preferred mode.

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I love Go Ara to pieces in "Reply 1994" but I can't stand her acting in everything else I've seen her in no matter how much I try.
L is even worse.

I love "Chuno" but I haven't been into any of PD Kwak's dramas after that. I'm not even very hopeful with these two leads.

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She was OK in You're All Surrounded, but everything after that she has been meh. L was good in Shut Up Flower Boy Band, but everything after that he has been worse than meh. And I really like L!!

This PD makes me nervous. The K2 was terrible. The direction that drama took was abysmal. I think it takes a lot to tank a show that had such good promise.

This whole combo has me nervous...

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idk even in SUFBB i thought he was awkward and he made this really weird face when he was trying to act pissed off? The one drama i actually like him in is in that one with krystal

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Textually the K2 was this really rich, interesting reinterpretation of Snow White that I found fascinating. But every time I was impressed by something, it didn't last long. Considering the thoughtfulness and intelligence of (some) parts of the script, I'm pretty sure it was the PD's fault.
I won't be rushing to watch this. In terms of courthouse dramas, Return sounds better.

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I think the K2 writer is good at creating this cut-throat, shady and thrilling world with even shady characters as leads but the moment he introduces romance as a main player, everything just comes apart at the seams!
It was the same for YongPal(which I enjoyed quite a lot) but I gotta say, even though I loved their early chemistry when they were first allies based on a contract and when they started becoming friends. It was cute how she was helpless, totally at-his-mercy and poor but was still ordering him around, and he just indulged her with that knowing smile. But the writer just had to rush everything and make it so obvious and abrupt that my sister( a sucker for any kind of romance who watches with this Cheshire cat grin and mushy cheeks) started ti fast-foward those romantic scenes in episodes 8 and 9( I think?). I was shocked! We still watched on, for the drama and her revenge, sweet and cold. I think YongPal's directing helped in the suspense and thrill of the show. I was really impressed with Kim Tae Hee's portrayal of a fragile sleeping beauty into a Crocodile Queen. But the show shouldn't have been named YongPal. Heard that Ji Chang Wook was also sidelined in K2. Shouldn't have named it K2 either, lol.

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K2 didn't fail because of direction or the PD, it failed because of the writing. The drama was excellent when the romance was not around but came to a screeching halt whenever the romance reared its head. This would have been one of my favorite dramas if the romance was never introduced. Like Flightey Gazelles said, the writer is excellent at writing gritty actions but she is absolutely awful at writing romances (also loved the first half of Yong Pal until the romance started heating up). The drama was excellent everywhere else in my opinion.

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On the contrary, she was the reason I dropped Reply 1994 but have heard her best performance was from that drama (similar thing goes to Hyeri).

Well, maybe this casting works. At least neither of them will overshadow the other one, just like Go Ara - Song Seung-heon in Black.

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There is something about slice of life dramas. It's harder to mess up than other genres for some reason.
Maybe because it's familiar and relatable to all actors who grew up in Korea.

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I like slice of life drama a lot, but female leads for Reply series kinda a turn off -the character herself. The only Reply series I ever finished was Reply 97 after second attempt. But I do love PD Shin's Wise Prison Life a lot, so I'll be looking forward for his next drama. He knows how to make viewers enjoy and relate to all characters.

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Glad I'm not the only one. I just feel there are a lot of great actresses out there and she keeps taking them. She was great in Reply 1994, but in everything else, not so much. Maybe she will surprise us all.

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Hopefully it doesn't become a "who's the worst actor" face-off, bc I like Go Ara in Black but although L improved in Ruler, don't know how he would fare as a main lead and not a second one. I think it's a matter of the right character for both though bc her character in YAS was terrible and his in Ruler was annoying, so fingers crossed it's good

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Also I don't trust anyone involved in K2's production besides the actors lol so prospects seem low

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How many drama reunions does Go Ara and Sung Dong-il have now? :D

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Another good question is how many legal dramas have we had now? :\

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and the 'judge's theme is becoming new trend now. may be lawyer and prosecutor is tiring enough to be drag.

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I thought I read on Soompi that the author of the novel, who is also penning the script, is actually a judge? So I wonder if this will be a more realistic, accurate portrayal of courtroom proceedings than we are used to.

Go Ara and L are both actors I have liked in one role (Answer Me 1994 and Shut Up: Flower Boy Band, respectively) but not in anything else I’ve seen them in. Hmmm. I agree with Javabeans that this role could be a good fit for Go Ara, though. We’ll see.

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With such similar character setup I sure hope for everyone involved that the writer for this drama does a much much better job with this story than the one the supremely talented cast of Park Eun-bin, Yeon Woo-jin, and Dong Ha had to work with in Nothing to Lose.
*remain salty for the foreseeable future about the opportunity wasted with this ensemble*

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Yeah, with disappointments like Nothing to Lose, Criminal Minds, and Ruler (poor Kim So Hyun) this past year, it's no use to have a stellar cast if the writing is bad and if they're not going to be used properly.

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So true...Nothing to Lose proves to me that no matter how much I love the cast I still cannot make myself sit through even mediocre, nonsensical and/or boring stories

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Yes,so true...I finished Nothing to Lose in agony but couldn't sit through the ordeal called Black Knight so quit midway, not looking back.
Sorry dear Kim Rae Won )-:

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Well I can only hope that this drama will be a lot better than "Nothing to Lose" which I dropped. The casting of Go Ara and L is even more unconvincing than the casting for NTL. As for JIS, he is an actor I can't buy in serious roles, because he suits funny (funny father in the Reply series). So again the casting here is not convincing. But if the story is good, then casting will be easier to overlook as long as the actors are at least decent. I guess I will wait until the reviews are in, before I decide whether to check this show out or not.

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Is the new trend human dramas??

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More legal dramas, yay 😥
*tries to get excited about this*

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I'm so over legal dramas. I though this was last year's trend. How is it carrying over?

Also, L did improved in Ruler, true. But the initial bar was so low it was beneath ground level. So it doesn't exactly excite me that he's doing any acting at all. Even a cameo would make me groan and he's doing a lead role. UGH.

Go Ara was fine in Black - it was a SSH drama through and through anyway. This is where she has to actually carry herself, the drama, and the weakest costar she could possible have asked for.

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I am disappointed at this casting from JTBC they always cast good actors, both are actors i try to avoid if I could, I wasn't fascinated by L's acting in Ruler specially his shouting scenes they were cringeworthy.
GHR on the other hand was terrible in Hwarang and Black i had to drop Hwarang after 10 episodes but Black I couldn't because the plot was so intense so I tried to swallow her bad acting for 18 episodes. She's at the top list of my worst actress, it was Shin Si Kyung before but GHR owned the crown after Black.

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Not everyone can do sageuk. Both of them should probably think twice before attempting another one.

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Write a comment...lol. u have a list

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Black was my favorite drama of 2017 so I'm quite glad I'll get to see Go Ara again.
For L, I haven't seen him in anything but he's so handsome so that's good. I'll look forward to this mostly because of the plot. It sounds like it's gonna be a lot of fun especially with Sung Dong Il in it too

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I think this is the first comment on Black I've ever seen that didn't involve a qualification about the ending.

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I guess for Black, I was too invested in the main story overall. It was such a thrilling ride I was grateful for every weekend. I rewatched it again on Netflix looking for clues I had missed. So the ending didn't really bother me. It wasn't a perfect drama but at least 90% of the questions were answered and the ending was a heartwarming finale for the main characters and justice for the villains. A simple end to a complicated story.
Unsurprisingly, I now have a soft spot and respect for the cast especially Go Ara since Black is the first drama of hers I've seen

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I tolerated L in Ruler, he was decent there. Now...that doesn't mean he will be good here lol. Also Go Ara hasn't done a single drama where I have liked her, so I guess I'll give this drama a pass. Also, if they have a romance line---no just no.

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Yay for pre-production!

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That’s the only good thing I could say Because as they say, “If you can’t say anything good...”

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Lololol. Uhm, she has pretty eyes and was tolerable in the few episodes of YAS that I watched, so...

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rofl!

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I think if L can succeed at any role, it's a serious, no-nonsense, somewhat emotionless character. (Read what you will into what type of actor I think he is). So.. maybe there's hope?

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But he has been playing that kind of character though? Like the "tsundere" type lol, his character in shut up flower boy band and my lovely girl (w/ krystal) was almost the same kind

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Mixed feelings.
-Ugh, another Nothing to Lose?
-But it's based on a novel...could be good?
-It's also on JTBC...could be good..
-More a human drama...that's a positive, since I don't think L and Go Ara do romance all that well.
-Is this the right role for Go Ara? I originally thought Black was a bad choice for her, but I ended up changing my mind and thought it was a good choice for both her and casting director. This role will be a change from her previous 2 characters. Also closer to her behind-the-scenes self, who is so likable that I give her a lot of passes. Could be good for her to have a heroine-centric story.
-L...*cringe* But maybe this could be the role that changes people's opinions about his acting. After all, just a month ago, Song Seung Hun proved me wrong and did an impressive job in Black...
-The choice of director here is worrisome. I hope he can surprise us.
-Sung Dong-il!! :)
-Pre-produced! More sleep for staff and actors, I hope!

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Why is Go Ara coming back on small screen too often?

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Less popular actresses appear more often. They have to make a comeback every year (or more than once) so that people won't forget them, while hoping they can secure a hit to elevate their status.

But then again, I won't say its too often? She does one drama per year - that's a norm for most actresses that are not top stars (like SHK, PSH etc). Nobody can beat Chae Soobin's record in a long time.

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Also, given that GA just moved from SM into an acting-oriented agency, and there are a lot of channels and shows now, not too surprising she's coming back on the small screen more often. She's already 27...28 in korean years...and as an actress and as someone with not that much acting talent, she has an expiration date for being considered for leading female roles. She should work as much as she can now.

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"expiration date" wow what a disgusting way to call another human being. be ashamed of yourself.

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You're right, that is a horrid term and I used it too loosely. I absolutely did not mean she becomes worthless as human being or as a woman or as an actress after a certain date. What I meant is that after a certain age, she will stop being considered for leading lady roles without a certain amount of talent or fame. And there just aren't enough leading lady roles for actresses after they're 35, and the entertainment industry values youth above all else.

I believe given Go Ara's personality and charm, she can end up playing beloved mom and grandma roles. Being a leading lady is a different sort of experience, so even though she may not be leading lady material in terms of acting prowess, I'm glad she's gets the chance to enjoy the experience and do as much leading lady roles as offered to her.

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I don't think @ar meant in a bad way, because in fact it is quite true and happened a lot, not only for actressess, but for actors too. Of course no one knows what will happen, and sometimes an actor can finally get a big breakthrough when he/she is in the middle of 30s such as Nam Goongmin, but it is unlikely happen to everyone. 20s is the perfect time to work non-stop and if at the age of 30 still not getting a big breakthrough, it might be getting harder for later because new and younger actors keep coming.

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sure most career opportunities are available to people under 35, but 'expiration date' is such a terrible way of addressing a problem that affects so many people, especially women, and not only in their professional life. hearing women worry about their approaching 30th, 35th, 40th birthday breaks my heart because what they fear is not, like, their approaching death, but invisibility and irrelevance. I don't care about the actress or the drama, but seeing someone whose comments I usually enjoy use this term made me feel embarrassed. sorry if I overreacted.

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Thanks, @sera, for expressing so elegantly what I was only able to do so terribly. And thanks, @liquidsoap, for being understanding and for pointing out that this is a more universal problem. As an over-30-year-old, I fear the loss of opportunity (not just professionally) with each passing year. There is this attitude that I'm trying to adopt (but sometimes forget) when facing certain casting decisions. Yes, be disappointed, but then remember my disappointment is nothing compared with what that opportunity may mean to someone, especially someone who may be fearing looming irrelevance, and encourage them to enjoy the heck out of it.

(Now if only I can get myself to apply a similar carpe diem attitude towards my neighbors in their 20s who like loud,
boozy parties...)

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Because people like me love her. And so happy for her comeback

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Thumbs up

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So much negativity in one drama. Haha2. Poor Kwak Jung Hwan. Well my negativity are the cast, legal drama, and unknown writers. Who knows it will be pleasantly surprised?

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Kwak is a great PD. I love his earlier works, "Conspiracy in the Court," "Return of the Gumiho" and "Chuno."
Sadly his last few dramas have been a miss for me. I was hoping he'd direct a sageuk again. It seems to be his forte.

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Conspiracy in the court is always my plan to watch list since it's only 8 episode long. And I enjoyed K2 despite it's flaws. Who knows he want to challenge himself directing questionable cast?

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And also, because I'm surprise at Yoona's performances in K2.

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wow! this is worse than casting Mr. who cannot act and Miss who cannot act together..

:O

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Needless to say, I have very low expectations for this drama. It could be a good thing.. I mean, I’ll never be disappointed. I’m looking at a half-full glass.

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The only thing which is promising in this drama is the writer is/also also the judge, so I believe he knows about courtroom well. I'm quite interested to check this drama based on the premise alone, but these two leads are not even convincing as an actor, what more as a judge.

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The author of this novel, Moon Yoo Seok, will also write the script for this drama. He is the chief justice at Seoul Eastern District Court. So at least, can we assume that the script would be good?

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Sigh.... I'm not particularly looking forward to this...
I mean Go ara 'finally' redeemed herself in my eyes with "black" after the havoc that was hwarang
But then I ask myself, "should I push it any further to see how well she'll do?' and my answer is no
The story of black pulled me in plus some very good recommends and she was good there thankfully but this story is not sooo compelling

I hope she does well regardless *shrug

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Oh yikes, what a pair to cast together as leads. 😓 Not sure if anything will get me to watch this drama now unless it receives nothing except praise.

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My concerns are:
1) From what I'm trying to picture... I feel like they don't really look that compatible together...(if there's any romance in this).
2) I looove L <3 but IDK about him as a judge.... but we'll see.. at least he showed improvement in Ruler!

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Ja, ok... in order to play a "rocky judge" they chose an 27 years old actress. Even if they will make her play a 'thirty-something years old rocky judge', ist that even possible??
Rocky lawyers, prosecutors (like in while you were sleeping and suspicious partner), that kind of make sense. People study, they do internship, they work a couple of years and you understand, you have the feeling, yes, they are still rocky, they are young, they lack experience in the field.
But "judge" is not a career you study and then can go to work as such. I don't need to be a lawyer to know that!!!
These korean writers!!
I know people look younger in Asian counties, but it is even uncomfortable to watch a drama where the judge looks like a miss universe contestant.

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But since this writer is the judge himself, he must know what he is doing because this is his field. I think because it has been discussed from Nothing To Lose's threads, about how young a judge can be in Korea and Asian countries, I won't say much. But maybe by viewing this drama as Korea drama specifically and every country has their own requirements to become a judge which might differ from one and another, would help in appreciating why rookie judges can be as young as 20s. This drama doesn't have to make these characters to be in their 30s as well.

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I have heard the writer is in the field. Then there is better hope that the processes will be accurate, no doubt about them. My issue has to do with "how realistic seems that such a young woman, who looks by the way younger, is a judge". I don't know, I may take a look, but if it actually looks like "Nothing to lose" (of which I only watched the first episode and for me it was like a absurd comic), then I wouldn't waste my time with it. I have not read Nothing to lose's thread, but it must be funny. There the main female lead is also a judge that looks like a college student.

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"how realistic seems that such a young woman, who looks by the way younger, is a judge".

It is realistic. There's no requirement for any judge to look older or matured, knowledge and understanding the law is way more important. I have many friends who became judge in their 20s, so it is not strange for me.

Maybe you can read @greenfields comment below.

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Ok. I read it. It is interesting because I am commenting based upon what I know from my own country, or from what I could have gotten from too much TV, LOL 😂. But it makes sense there could also be rocky judges in different type of courts and trained to deal with different type of crimes. Every judge was rocky once Ha Ha....
Ironically, still, i don't feel interested in watching this show, but maybe I will follow a couple of recaps, so that I can read all your comments... Let's be optimistic and predict at least something better than "Nothing to lose" 😀😒😂

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Same thought. Even at the level of a regional trial court judge or associate judge, they are too young for that. Law student, sure, since it looks like Go Ara's character description screams Elle Woods, but judges?

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I'm actually really excited for Myungsoo's casting. I thought he did a fantastic job in Ruler. I really felt for his character and thought he was the most interesting and complex one. I wasn't a huge fan of the Drama but I did enjoy his character. I thought peasant Lee Sun always got the short end of the stick in everything and deserved way more. The tragic characters usually end up being my favorites which is why I liked him so much. Anyways the Korean public seems to be more and more accepting of him as an actor and are starting to praise him. Although he's not perfect I do think he's improving with each role he gets. I know my opinion isn't a popular one on this site but I do feel that way. I even read how the writer/author of the book that the Drama is based on was involved with the casting and is very excited and has high expectations for him. If the author/writer of the book/Drama believes in him then I'm definitely on board. He obviously sees something in him to cast him for the lead role.

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I agree with you, peasant Lee Sun was an intriguing character! The drama wasn't perfect, but I definitely loved the cast.

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In defense of Go Ara, I have to say that she was not that bad in Black and she had a couple of great comedic moments. I think she should try something in that vein.

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I've only seen Go Ara in Reply 1994 (her best role so far, imo), a cameo in The Producers (where she was absolutely hilarious as IU's frenemy) and in a variety show, Happy Together (loved how candid she was; she's quite a good dancer also, made me wonder why SM did not put her in an idol group). I also think she'd do better in comedies.

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People have different taste. But for me, Go Ara is one of the best. I like her in almost all her shows. Especially, in reality shows like running man.

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Go Ara is good, but honestly I've never liked her acting in anything. I'm sure it's just me, and I know she's a good actress so she'll definitely deliver. The role suits her.

I previously mentioned how I have no problems with L's acting. If anything, I like it. However, playing a character like this makes me worried that he'll end up looking flat, especially compared to Ara. I hope he can step up his game and surprise all of us.

The story doesn't seem too interesting to me, it sounds like the usual opposites attract storyline but if I hear good things about this, I'm willing to try.

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As long as she is not crying I am in.

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Is L going to play "older guy but baby-faced" like Junho as Yul in "Chief Kim"? 🤔

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Yay for Sung Dong-il.

I miss the days when Kwak Jung-hwan seemed aware that it's possible to combine visuals and performance. Take Chuno for instance--beyond the rippling muscles and beautiful faces, the actors made their cartoonish characters into something raw and human and unforgettable. Imagine for a second that Oh Ji-ho and Jang Hyuk switched parts--the dude just as muscly, just as pretty...but like 90% of that show's power would evaporate. With Runaway Plan B, Basketball, Neighborhood Hero, The K2, and now this, it's like he's lost the ability to look beyond the surface, picks people who have the right kind of image for the character, and stops there. Ah idk. The K2 is the only legitimately decent show he's made since Chuno (which was like...7 years ago), and although it makes me sad to see the guy who directed the greatest fusion sageuk of all time shuffled off down the road of mediocrity, it's hard not to feel like it's at least a little bit his own doing.

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Go Ara is truly a beautiful actress, but the acting *sobs*

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@greenfields Does someone have to study lawyering and start out in junior ranks before becoming a judge? Because I can't believe judges in South Korea are so young. It's what put me off Nothing to Lose even with a stellar cast.

JTBC, I was so happy with your latest casting decisions (The Package, Just Between Lovers, Waikiki). But now... nope.

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I looked this up earlier when Nothing To Lose was announced. ^^

In short, from what I remember, the judges of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court are appointed under the Korean Constitution, and require years of experience.

But the judges for all other Courts beginning with lowermost are appointed appointed the The Court Organization Act. Those who passed the National Judicial Examination and have completed the two-year training program at the Judicial Research and Training Institute (JRTI) [where all must go after law school, even lawyers] or those who obtained qualifications as lawyers are eligible for becoming a judge. So yes, it is very likely that an overwhelming number of judges became judges right after their graduation from JRTI at maybe 25 or 26. And only a small number of judges, in the higher courts, have been nominated after years of practice. But it seems they are moving to a more US style system now.

This is the system in my country as well. The Constitutional Courts/Higher Judiciary need experience if you want to join later. But a couple of my batchmates - I'm 27, for reference - have joined in the lower judiciary. Civil Judge, Class 1. Small claims, minor disputes, small areas.

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Cool, thank you. So it is possible that they can be junior judges at 25, wow! I won't hope for much realism from the drama though; legal dramas usually like their scary criminals and fantastic thefts and murders. But if this drama decides to follow up on the petty crimes of small-town shark loans, or part-timers fired without any pay, or disputes over ToD being fined for not respecting traffic lights, it might actually be interesting... sort of like Chief Kim and dealing with corruption in lots of little ways. Who knows?

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Hahaha indeed. Nothing to Lose was a mess as far as realism was concerned. And yup - for judges that junior, petty crimes are all they will hear. Larger crimes like murder require a Judge (Magistrate)of a higher class, most likely in Korea as well.

LOL about the ToD reference. It's about time someone took that into account - I mean, sure we understand he has psycological issues and hence, is a serial killer; but there's simply no justification for this blatant and persistend disregard of traffic signals.

You've pretty much given me a reason to look forward to this show, despite the cast!! :D

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I think I will check it out myself!

And how funny, did you see that @cloggie's Defence of ToD was just published!

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legal human drama? is that code for adult *wink* drama?

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Are they really that bad? I've watched go Ara in reply 1994 and I liked her there, although I didn't finish the drama because I was team chil bongie 😂😂
Haven't watched L in any meaty role though.. only watched him in cunning single lady😕

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Hmmmm they’re both weak to middling actors, neither one of them is a particularly strong actor so I wonder why the producers decided to go with this combo? They both need someone to do the heavy lifting. Maybe they’ll rely on the second leads for that. L also has this young vibe. Too young for a judge imho. But as always it depends a lot on the directing and the script.

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They have Sung Dong Il who is much better and experienced actors, and yes you are right, second lead will be Ryu Deok-hwan who is miles better actor than the other two. Don't know about Lee Elijah as I never watched her in anything but she is still a rookie.

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It just dawn on me that Go Ara is helming the show as Ms Hammurabi. I guess they found a solution to showcase weak acting, just put a weak actor next to another weak one and voila, you have a show poised for decent rating, hopefully... And the case of Black proves that point. Wish they would have some acting lessons before the trade as the non-acting most times is painful to watch.

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Mixed feelings on this. I like them both, but I don't find L to be that great an actor. Granted I haven't seen anything he's been in recently, but past experience does not bode well. But I like Go Ara. And I like legal dramas (probably the only one who does, lol). I'll reserve judgment until it airs though.

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I'm not yet sure of the cast. Just curious, can there be a judge as young as these people? My brain computes a judge as a (at least) middle-aged person. I hope they can do justice to their roles.

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I love Go Ara's acting! and especially, her personality. So happy that she's taking the lead. So excited for it!!

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My only comment is: "Hey, I know these two!"

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TOO MANY LEGAL DRAMAS I'm alr sick of it. I swear even if a good one comes up now I don't think I'll be eager to check out. Idk but I kinda feel this might not do very well, the plot is too typical/cliche for the genre, weak leads, I'm not fan of the director's style either. Hope the result proves me wrong.

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so many pathetic people here (not the cast, but everyone that write a negative comment even before this drama air

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I finished exams and blitzed 11 episodes last weekend, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by all three leads - Sung Dong-il is fabulous as grumpypants Papa judge, L is surprisingly well-cast for the character, and Go Ara is actually looking good (in comparison to L, but I'll take what I can get lol).

I watched Black and was unimpressed by the script, infuriated by the ending, and unconvinced by the romance (blink and you'll miss it.) So I'm pleased to see Go Ara working the facial expressions a little better here. The script is giving a bit more space for nuance, and she's filling in some spaces.

The big surprise is that L is actually really well-cast here; I think he's doing quite well with the unspoken glances and the pensive introspection. He's definitely helped along by the script - which gives us insight into what he's thinking -- but I am so pleased to see cute dimples growing up and getting better at his craft <3

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