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Lee Sang-yoon stops time for Lee Sung-kyung in About Time

Lee Sang-yoon (Whisper) has signed on to be Lee Sung-kyung’s (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) leading man for the upcoming fantasy-romance drama About Time (full title is now A Moment I Want to Stop: About Time), which is a pairing I can see working. The tvN series is about a woman with an “unfortunate fate” who can see the lifespan clocks for people, and the love story that unfolds when she meets a man who can somehow stop her time.

Lee Sung-kyung’s character is a musical actor specializing in ensemble work and is named Choi Michaela. Michaela has accepted her unhappy lot in life, but when she meets a man who can stop her lifespan clock, she decides to pour all her efforts into somehow hanging on to him.

He is Lee Do-ha, the chief director of a cultural foundation owned by a chaebol family. Seemingly perfect on the outside, he carries an air of coolness about him. He stops Michaela’s clock unintentionally but ends up being harassed because of it, since she approaches him with threats, seduction, and “a cute obsession.”

I’m still not quite clear on the purpose or function of these clocks—is it just that she is haunted by knowing everyone’s lifespans, or is there more to them?—but I find the premise pretty intriguing. (It vaguely reminds of the quirky romance movie Timer, where people can enable a timer that tells them when they’ll meet their soulmate and features a heroine whose soulmate hasn’t yet turned his clock on.) If anything, I imagine it’s pretty grim knowing exactly when you’re scheduled to die, so it makes sense that discovering the ability to stop that time would turn your life upside-down.

Most of all, I love Lee Sung-kyung being oddball and cute and was charmed by her last role in Weightlifting Fairy, so I’m looking forward to seeing her next drama. And Lee Sang-yoon is always welcome in my book, but more so when he’s being a romantic lead rather than a villain.

About Time comes from PD Kim Hyung-shik of Twenty Again, Sign, and Ghost, and will air on tvN in May.

Via iMBC

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Interesting premise. Love Sungkyung and cannot wait to see her back on the small screen. It seems 2018 is the comeback year of my fave actresses. First Yejin. Now Sungkyung. Waiting for my next gal.

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I'm still waiting for yoon eun hye....

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Can't believe I guessed the casting right for the male lead 😝 Cant wait to see LSK as a musical actress at lesser they got the casting right this time

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And she can sing too.

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I may be the minority who can't feel the pairing works yet, since he just worked with similar-age actresses like Choi Jiwoo, Kim Haneul & Lee Boyoung consecutively.

But I will never say no to Lee Sangyoon as a romantic lead. NEVER~

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Not too excited with this pairing either, but maybe it will work? He worked fine with Kim So-eun in Liar Game, although not for romantic pairing and I was kinda hoping to see them in a romantic drama in the future because they have that chemistry. Even in Whisper, he had the chemistry with Park Se-young but Park also has some mature vibe. Lee Sang-yoon mostly did drama with similar age group, so this is quite an interesting change.

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I guess it should work, we will see. I wish we knew who's the writer or have more details on the plot. Hmm...

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I always read the pair in Liar Game more like a brother/sister. I didn't really pick up on the romance. Maybe I missed something...

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That's why I said not a romantic pairing 😊

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I have always felt that he looks rather green beside actors of Lee Boyoung's and Kim Hanuel's calibre. So perhaps this is better for him. These two seem more on similar levels.

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I have to admit he's not at their level yet, but he's more than serviceable in his roles (I can't say for Whisper coz I didn't watch it). I love him in Twenty Again & On The Way to The Airport. I definitely won't put him on Lee Sungkyung's level.

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He isn't among the best actors out there and I sometimes had problems to connect with his acting especially in Goddess of Fire but he is definitely not at Lee Sung-kyung's level and it is definitely not because he is a senior. Sorry, I was kinda surprised to see his name being putting in the same group with someone who is still less experienced actress and has a lot to improve.

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Maybe I just can't connect to his acting. Because although I quite like him, I never feel he is very good unless among lesser actors and actresses.

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actually i wanted to try Goddess of Fire for LSY but didn't get to do so. how did u find the drama?

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Goddess of Fire was quite boring imo, I prefer his other sageuk The Duo.

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i didn't know about The Duo. i just googled it & the cast totally caught my interest. i gonna put it on my list, thanks!

anw, how did The Duo ended? who got the girl? i hope no one (from the main cast) dies? 👉👈

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What's is surprising is that against the acting tour de force that was Shin Song Rok in Liar Game, he more than held his own. He wasn't lacking and that character required poker face and therefore, great nuance. He was great, maybe it has to do with the character.

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I agree.

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Looks like age-gap romances are a new thing in dramaland. Super excited about this, My Ahjusshi and Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food. Not so keen on Radio Romance and have already given up on Longing Heart.

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Hey greenfields, whats up with longing heart? as I want to check it out. Though is due to Lee jung shin.....

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Sadly, OCN can't seem to understand romance. But does blood and gore pretty well. This thread explains what a few Beanies who have seen it think:

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/silvermists/activity/358576/

My view is: "Incredibly odd – it’s just off? The dialogue is obviously scripted, the actors are stiff, the lights too bright, the plot weirdly edited. Erm… nope"

I was really looking forward to it too. :(

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I just watched epi 1 but I kinda OK with it? Maybe because I didn't have expectation after seeing Meloholic, and after comparing both drama, Meloholic was just like WTF drama.. lol. But agree actors kinda stiff. Lee Jung-shin still need to do more supporting roles, and work with seasoned actors. To be fair, this was supposed to be just a webdrama for SBS Plus, so this is kind of quality that we can expect from any webdrama. I don't want to be so demanding towards OCN as well, they are still in experimenting stage for romance genre. They also took time to build their image for thriller genre. I just hope their next romcom drama will do better because I can't afford to see it turn into disaster, not when my favs are there.

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Its not that OCN doesn't understand romance. They aren't making these shows, they're just airing them. Longing Heart was originally supposed to be an SBS Plus drama

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While i'm the minority that actually likes it a lot...

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From the ones you mentioned, I am only looking forward to this drama and "Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food". I am hesitant about "Radio Romance", but will give it a chance. The rest don't interest me.

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It's funny, I laughed when I saw the difference between the mild interesting in this comment section, over the complete meltdown in Radio Romance over the age gap. But at least a few of you are consistent.

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Lee Sung-kyung is 27 years old. Kim So-hyun is 18, still a teenager even though she’s legally an adult. That makes a big difference for many people. Plus, how young KSH looks in the Radio romance teasers adds to the squick factor.

You don’t have to agree, but I think it’s easy to see why people see the two situations differently.

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Agreed with @mindy, it's not the age gap but Kim So Hyun's age and appearance.

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I honestly think if there's an issue, then it'd be that she won't be a convincing for her role. Period. That people feel uncomfortable based on appearance only is even sillier than just the age difference itself.

People are free to feel whatever they want, but I think people made it a bigger deal than it needs to be. The fact that you and another Beaner defensively replied to my comment proves this point. That they try to rationalize it makes their outcry seem even more superficial and antiquated.

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1. You selectively chose to overlook the words 'age', '18', 'teenager', 'not the age-gap', 'Plus, her appearance..' etc in the two responses to your comment. In other words, missed the point.

2. Any reply will sound defensive if you make (harmless, I know) sarcastic statements like the one above: "It's funny.... At least a few of you are consistent." But a reply means one doesn't want to be misunderstood - which I usually think is a good thing.

And which is why I'm responding again. But that's the last I'll say on this.

Peace.

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^Replying back precisely because I think you also misunderstood. My stance is that she's an adult, he's an adult, and they're simply actors playing their parts. Am I going to judge the drama before it even starts? No. I have to see the performance to make my decision. I don't think it makes a difference if they do this project when they're both a few years older. They'll honestly still look the same because botox work magic, and they're acting out roles, not themselves. And you disagree with that, that's fine. Then you added appearances into the deciding factor that makes it 'squicky', and that's the point that I'm openly mocking because I think it's superficial.

Of course, I welcome discourse. I think it's not so much a discourse when 100+ people or comments are repeating the same opinion. When you defend your stance by repeating the same opinion, you're not making a new point or adding new information to the debate. You're beating a dead horse. Also, you made the assumption that I was being sarcastic. No, I honestly think it's funny and I literally laughed because I read the two articles back to back, and the difference between the two comment section is that jarring.

I have no ill will towards you and those who disagree. I still think you opinion is based on antiquated ideals, but thanks for trying. Enjoy your drama adventures.

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Looool, idk about anyone else but when I read the article title I had a mini meltdown right then and there like:

“No. No. No. Not another time-travel themed drama! Not again!! LSY, I love you and your dimples but I just can’t deal with this anymore, okay. There are enough time travel dramas in drama land already!! You hear me?? Enough!! ENOUGH I SA- oh wait it’s not actually about time travel?? Oh. Oh man. Thank goodness. That’s alright then. Yay.”

I feel like last year’s time travel trend may have slightly traumatised me. Just a tinyyyy bit. 😅

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Lol!

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YEH!!!!!! I am soo happy with this pairing. Can't wait to watch it...

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I love the fantasy genre so i'm looking forward to this one too

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lee sung kyung only can work with tall actors lol

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Hahahaha! Good point 😁

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Ooooh I love this pairing! I adore Lee Sung Kyung and felt it was about time I saw her in another project and I know Lee Sang Yoon can pull off puppy cute (Angel Eyes) or more seriou characters (Whisper, Liar Game). Now all they need is a good script...

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In what other universe but Dramaland that someone who threatens, harasses, stalks another will be described as having a "cute obsession"? 😆

I will now label my own oppa obsession as cute from now on, and that oppa obsession includes Lee Sang-yoon ala Twenty Again.

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I don't quite understand the plot, but I'm gonna check this for Lee Sang-yoon and his dimples.😎 I can see this pairing works despite of 9 years age diff (especially Lee Sung-kyung is 28 y.o, not a 20 y.o girl that would make this pairing seems off). I just hope Lee Sung-kyung's character is not over-the-top this time. I found she is at her best in the role like in Doctors instead of characters like Kim Bok-joo ( I know it was her breakout role.. but I just didn't really enjoy her acting at whole tbh).

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I love Weightlifting Fairy to pieces, but once I heard Javabeans (if remembered correctly) describing LSK's portrayal of Bok-joo as muppet-like, I cannot unsee it!! 😅 It is though still one of my favorite youth romance dramas of all time.

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bwahaha. Now I also can't unsee it.

This drama was my happy pill, together with Shopping King Louie last year. I liked it and can still watch it even with different leads because the writing was good. This drama also even managed to make the stiff Nam Joo-hyuk performed really good and probably the best of his performances so far.

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Same. I wasn't a huge fan of her Kim Bokjoo's role too but I did enjoy the drama. Honestly, I will prefer someone else as LSY's costar.. X:

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Ohh, I thought of Timer too when I heard this premise. That was such a cute and quirky little movie.

I have an undying love for Lee Sung-kyung after Weightlifting Fairy and am looking forward to seeing her in dramaland again.

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It’s been over a year since WFKBJ so I’m so excited to have Lee Sung-kyung back on my screen! Her with Lee Sang-yoon is not a pairing I would have predicted but I’m intrigued to see it now. Plus, I loved Twenty Again so the PD has me excited.

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Stopping time would be the least I'd do for one look from Sungkyung. Goddess.

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Getting such Master’s Sun vibes. Not at all complaining because...well...Master’s Sun!

Although tbh the first thing I thought of was definitely “wait is LSY taller than LSK?”’ *smh at self*

I’m excited to see LSY in a rom-com!! I’ve only ever seen him in Liar Game and Whisper, and any project that let’s LSK show off her singing is a definite watch for me

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I was about to comment the same thing, this does kind of reminds me of Master's sun, but since I really like that drama I think is a good omen!!!

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Lee Sang-yoon is very good in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. He plays the younger son, a professional diving instructor, in a family living on Jejudo. It's one of my favorite family dramas.

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Thanks! I’ll go check it out!

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And became real couple with Nam Sang-mi after the show for a while- heh. That show is just so memorable for Song Chang-eui and Lee Sang-woo couple^^

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btw I was excited to read Lee Sung-kyung’s character as a musical actor and hope we can see her singing (and piano playing please?)- She is so talented.

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Oh yes, I'm so psyched to hear more of her singing! I always wondered why YG didn't take advantage of her singing ability by letting her release some solo stuff. She's done a few collabs but that's it. She's no Lee Hi but she's surprisingly good for someone who's not actually a singer!

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That's exactly what came to mind, Master's Sun.

I have really come to like Lee Sung-kyung. She seems to steal every scene she's in and is adorable doing it.

Even with the age gap with this pairing with Lee Sang-yoon, I can get behind it. Because she seems like she can hold her own with Lee Sang-yoon. Whereas, some of the other age gap pairings aren't so much the age difference, but the acting experience difference.

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"He stops Michaela’s clock unintentionally but ends up being harassed because of it, since she approaches him with threats, seduction, and 'a cute obsession.'”

Very Master's Sun, indeed!

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I just can't see... I mean, I feel like he is to much "man" for her.
I don't know if you guys understand....

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but I like both and I'll give it a try. You never know, right??

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I think it depends on her character. If they make her some innocent lamb puppy( like Lee Yu Bi in SWWTN, urg!), then it may take awhile to warm up to the pairing.

In CITT, she was a glamorous drama queen, and she had a very antagonistic chemistry with Park Hae Jin( and Hae Jin also had it with Seo Kang Joon, and with Kim Go Eun at first, and- that drama had many antagonistic relationships!).

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This reminds me of Master's Sun :)

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I never like her in a drama, she overacts too much for me. I don't think she's ready for a lead role in a drama...

I think I will pass this drama between the not very clear story and the casting...

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Glad to know Lee Sang-yoon will be back in something new!

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Dimple Oppa is BACK!I'll watch everything with Lee Sang-yoon in! :)

What a good news to start a new year in Dramaland. After Jo Seung-woo & Lee Dong-wook for "Life" and Son Yejin and the bright smile Hae-in for "Pretty Noona who Will Buy Me Foods", now this one!

Hope all will be GOOD!

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love the pairing a lot. watched Lee sang yoon dramas and I can say that the role fit him perfectly and with Lee sung kyung and the story. I'm in

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Looking forward to see Lee Sung Kyung back on my screen. I miss her so much!! I hope Lee sang yoon's character will be different from the other ones he did because I haven't yet liked any of his characters yet, in Lair game (he thinks he is too smart) or On the way to Airport (tries to be too smooth and is the most rich jobless guy who buys last minute tickets to everywhere) or Whisper (he is plain stupid at least in the first 5 episodes, it took him so long to understand the game happening) or in Twenty again (he is too judgmental and almost harasses the female lead in the first few episodes). Now again he is from a chaebol family with an air of coolness (does he carry AC with him everywhere?) whatever it means.
But still I will watch!

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Loving every part of your comment from beginning to end. Does he carry AC with him--ahahahahahaha!!

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Lol, talk about a natural dislike!! We all have those people we just can't seem to like, where other people are daring and intense, they come off as agressive and potentially abusive. Or smooth and confidently charming becomes lecherous and creepy.

Even though I've liked Lee Sang Yoon in the only drama of his that I watched( Liar Game), your commentary was definitely hilarious!!!

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I don’t know how I feel about this casting. I like LSK, but I’m neutral towards LSY. This pairing seems odd/off IMO. Anyways I hope to be pleasantly surprised, and that this pairing will work out. Now the remaining question is, who is the writer? Because that will be a main determinant of the quality of the drama… anyways I hope for the best with this show! I will check it out when it starts.

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2017: The Liar and His Lover, Bride of the Water God
2018: Ajjushi, A Poem a Day, About Time
Huh.. tvN.. What are you doing?

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hi JB, are you no longer doing weekly ratings posts?
i don't see one for jan 1-7

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Maybe she's busy with more vlogs, which I like a lot. Especially the drunk ones. JB is quite funny and cute when she does those!

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yeah, normally she would have them up by sunday (so on the 7th), but it's been a few days and she has released other articles since then so i'm not sure if she's skipping ratings for 2018 or not :S

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I thought of Master's Sun and WYWS while reading this. Both plots sound strangely similar. Girl has some kind of supernatural ability she hates; Boy can stop the supernatural ability for some reason he doesn't know; Girl pesters Boy because of supernatural ability

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Lee Sang-yoon :* That`s all.

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You know what's best? It's only January but I already heard my top 3 actors will make come back this year at dramaland. Lee sang yoon, lee jin wook and lee dong wook ❤❤❤

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A versatile actress,
an amazing actor,
a reputable PD …
COUNT ME IN!

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So ready to see one of my favourite ajusshi's (and his dimples) and Lee Sung Kyung in a sophisticated role this time around; I can totally imagine how beautiful she will look! I really like this pairing ❤

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I don't understand the plot at all, but I'm down and excited for watching this -- I should watch Weightlifting fairy, everyone seems to have liked it so much, even though I found the casting odd -- she is so delicate.

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Weightlifting Fairy is one of the best shows on my list. It was perfectly fun to watch and consistently pulls at your heart. If you're only into darker, more mystery type of shows, this might not be it. Give this 2 episodes to let the weightlifting image of LSK sink in. WATCH IT.

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I can totally get excited about this pairing <333!

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The plot's a bit vague but that's understandable since it's still in the works. Would love to see LSK in a more mature role. By mature, I mean something where she doesn't need to over react just to get her point across. I loved her at WLFKBJ but too much exaggeration is too much at some point that it's no longer cute but annoying.

I've only seen LSY in Angel Eyes so I don't really have an idea how good he is but I'm giving him a chance. ;)

I don't get why people make a fuss on the age gap thingy, I'm down as long as the male lead isn't 20 years or more older. Also as long as he doesn't look that he's that *much* older.

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why is it that some find ok for Kim Sang Yoon to be paired with old aunties who are and looks a lot older and not ok with younger actresses?

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The same reason why they're freaking out over Radio Romance. They just don't like the way they look and act together.

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These are exciting news! I love the leads and very much enjoyed Twenty Again and I also like Timer!

Show, don't you dare fail me! 😠
Please😫

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Cannot visualize this pairing yet. Will just have to wait when the show airs :)

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Will have to wait how that all turns out. Interesting premise though. How exactly will he "stop her time"? Does he have powers too?

Too much pretty in one drama though.
I like them separately. Together, we will have to wait and see how they will do.

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Man, i did miss Lee Sang Yoon's dimples more that I thought.... I think i may love the pairing, i like them both individually. Romantic lead Lee Sang Yoon is also always welcome in my book! And SungKyung is one of my favorite actresses of 2017.

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Good choice of photos there - they both look very classy.
I'm excited for this pairing so now I just hope everything will come together to create a good drama.

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He is gloriously eye-candy and more in sageuks. I didn't appreciate him in "The Duo" until a second watch and after an eye exam lol.

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Oh nice! I can get behind this pair. I hope they have great chemistry!

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Love her, love the premise, don't like him. Maaaaan, I only saw him in one drama (that one with Moon Geun Young) and boy, LSG is too happy and adorable for how boring I find this man, he just doesn't fit the characters description, for me at least. But let's see, maybe he'll be different here.

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i'm in! LSK and uri fave-ahjussi...

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