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So Ji-sub joins Shopping King Louis writer on new drama

So Ji-sub is heading back to dramaland with a new MBC show, yay! It’s been two years since his last drama (Oh My Venus), and I’m looking forward to seeing him back on our TV screens, even if this casting news comes with barely any information to go on. But fine, I’ll cling to your measly scraps of info anyway!

All we’ve got to go on is the drama’s title, My Secret Terrius, which makes me think of the Candy Candy manhwa story wherein Terrius (“Terry”) was a major love interest of the heroine. It’s an unusual enough name that I have to take the reference as deliberate, although that’s mostly speculation on my part.

I’m looking at this news with hopeful optimism because the project teams him with writer Oh Ji-young of the surprise comedy hit Shopping King Louis, which was a breath of fresh air with its wacky sensibility. That’s music to my ears, because while So Ji-sub made his name playing broody, intense, serious types (see: I’m Sorry, I Love You; What Happened in Bali), I’ve been loving his more lighthearted turn in recent years with shows like Oh My Venus and Master’s Sun. I have to respect whenever a stone-faced and serious actor sheds his image and embraces a little silliness.

Directing is PD Park Sang-hoon, who co-directed massive weekend hit Jang Bori Is Here as well as workplace comedy Radiant Office. Terius Behind Me is being planned as a Wednesday-Thursday drama to air in late August or early September on MBC.

Via Ten Asia, Joongang

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Yay to So Jisub doing a comedy. He needs to do more of them. Master's Sun was great.

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Will watch anything with him in it

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I loved him in MS. OMV not so much.
I want him to do a not-rich character. So sick of chaebols.

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I used to stick with a drama until the very end, but Oh My Venus came and I broke my own rule as it was the first drama ever which I dropped. That's how uninteresting it was for me 😅

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Same with me, Oh My Venus is my first dropped drama. I lost interest to it when So Jisub's character enter his family company.

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Somehow I managed to sit through until the end but OMV was really bad...

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As much as I love So Ji sub, I dropped Oh My Venus after the car accident.

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I wanted to love that drama so bad after SJS-SMA's chemistry in their Gordanio campaign. But god that drama was bad with a capital B. I couldn't. No matter how much I tried I fell asleep, or my thoughts kept meandering and I finally gave up around ep 8. I still feel robbed. But it goes to show even chemistry can't save a badly written drama.

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I will admit to really liking Oh My Venus. I know it wasn't a good show, and if you listed out specific complaints, I'd probably agree with all of them. But I loved it anyway. It struck a chord with me. Also put a bee in my ear about getting my thyroid checked, which has changed my life.

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That's strange. It was quite some time ago, but I remember liking the drama. I don't recall much of the plot (which was probably the main problem?), but their chemistry was great. A lot of cute moments too. So I suppose it was good for a light rom-com. (At least for me.)

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Maybe he'll be a rapper this time. Maybe Terius is his rapper name. Will you be okay with a chaebol whose secret dream is to become a rapper?

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A geeeeenius rapper who is secretly a chaebol or a geeeenius chaebol who secretly raps.
Sounds like the perfect drama for idols . ><

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It's the perfect drama for So Ganzi So Jisub.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVVZwvBIwiI

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How about a rapper whose secret dream is to become a chaebol? He'll be trying hard to chair important company meetings, but breaks into rap battles at the most worst moments.

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You know from your comment I can see a writer position for you in the future.. :)
Yey for So Ganji!! So Ganji is always welcome.

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Clearly the only thing holding me back from being a kdrama writer is my total lack of Korean language skills :P

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I hope So Ji Sub will get a lead female as awesome as Gong Hyo Jin and show the viewers a burning chemistry like he did in Master's Sun

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Master's Sun is drama comfort food for me! Even now listening to the OST still brings back the warm and fuzzies. T

These two actors make me love the doormat candy and tsundere chaebol so much! Every interaction between SJS and GHY feels like double rainbow explosion followed by raining unicorns.

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Yeessss! Rewatching it for the millionth time - love the writing and acting. So much emotion. Such great characters. Love the way SJS brought his character to life with expressions and gestures. Those two were magical fire!

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Their chemistry was great!

I think Choi Ji woo would also be great! Or! Or! Our Zombie gal from Hwayugi!

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This year is like the year of 40s something actors make a comeback in drama. From Misty, Shall We Kiss First , later we'll get Mr. Sunshine and now this. I'm not complaining.
Never watched Shopping King Louis, so I don't know what to expect from the writer. But I enjoyed SJS performance in Phantom and MS (though I didn't finish it). Hope it will be good.

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It is the year of older and veteran actors returning or headlining dramas.
Adding to you list:
"Mother" with Lee Bo-young and Lee Hye-young
Kim Myung-min, Kim Hyun-joo and Ra Mi-ran in "Miracle..."
Son Ye-jin in "Pretty Noona."
Choi Kang-hee and Kwon Sang-woo in "Mystery Queen 2."
Park Shin-yang in "Lawyer Jo 2."
Lee Young-ae in "Different Dreams."
Jo Seung-woo, Moon So-ri and Lee Dong-wook in "Life."
Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Doona, Joo Ji-hoon, Heo Joon-ho in "The Kingdom."
Jung Yu-mi in "Live"
"My Ajusshi" doesn't only have Lee Seon-kyun. but Oh Dal-soo and Song Sae-byeok.
"Suits" with Jang Dong-gun.
"Return" with Go Hyun-jung before she was fired. I think the show should be called "The Replacement."
Kim Ok-bin and Kang Ji-hwan in "Lesser God."
etc etc.
Honorable mention: Kim Ji Hoon's return to leading man status in "Rich Family's Son."

I hope to see college romance or more slice of life dramas for the younger actor.

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Thank you the list! LOL for the "Replacement". I actually anticipated Return, but the first episode, which actually only 30 minutes, couldn't make me want to watch the second one.

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You forgot Hyun Bin and the infamous Lee Byung Hyun ;)
More than half of the popular younger male actors are either in the military or preparing to enlist, so of course the return of the 'originals' needed to happen. And it's better this way. Maybe there will be less 'my oppa is better than yours' fighting in comment sections this year lol
Now I'm just praying for Jo In Sung and Jung Woo Sung to decide to delight our eyes on TV again.

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Yes, Lee Byung-hyun and @manohira mentioned "Mr Sunshine."
I think Hyun-bin hasn't confirmed yet. He had an offer earlier for the high budget sci-fi drama "City of Stars."

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Really, I thought both him and PSH confirmed. He's not my favorite so I'm a bit 'whatever'on his comeback tbh.

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Hyun Bin rejected City of Stars :( It's now offered to Lee Je-hoon
Seriously this project sounds interesting... I hope they finished casting soon.

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Thanks Anne! I think it's a smart move . That drama is high risk.
He is doing well in films so I hope he sticks with it.

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@anne thank you anne.
I hope lee je hoon accept it. I really miss him on my screen. I'm willing to watch any drama with him in it even that dreadful fashion king

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The replacement seriously...lol

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Thanks !

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LMAO at The Replacement

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There is a lot of young talent, but maybe it's because I started watching kdramas in 2004/2005, there is something magical in seeing these folks in their 30s andd 40s and other actors who were getting big during my early years of kdrama watching. It's interesting to look at them now and think about all the different roles they've taken on over the past 10+ years and appreciating how they're still on screen.

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Shopping King Louis is one of the romcom drama that I recommend. Seo In Guk is perfect for Louis role I can't imagine someone doing it. Nam Ji Hyun and Seo In guk chemistry is really good (But I shift Nam Ji Hyun to Ji Chang Wook more)
It's a funny drama.

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Yayyyyyyyyyy!!! Oh how I’ve missed Ji-sub oppa.

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I’ve always felt in the minority because I never really have been pulled in by So Ji-sub’s acting—I think he’s TOO stone-faced and serious for me, and I also never really got the appeal of Master’s Sun, either. But this gives me so much hope! I LOVE Shopping King Louis! I would love to love So Ji-sub as much as everyone else so I’m looking forward to this one. 💖

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But I’ve also wondered, “Would SKL have been as awesomely awesome if it weren’t for Seo In-gook and Nam Ji-hyun?”

But hopefully magic is created a second time around with this writer. Looking forward to it 😊

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The way their relationship developed was very natural and sweet, the main actors were great but the romance came from the good writing first.

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I think he is a beautiful man inside out and I've watched his shows purely to fangirl over his looks.
I was touched by his devotion to his friend, Park Yong Ha. He paid for his entire funeral and took care of everything so his family doesn't stress over it.

I enjoyed his short but memorable cameo in "Sado" more than any of his full dramas.
I think he's gotten better with age and he works well with actresses around his age like Im Soo-jung, Gong Hyo-jin etc.
I'm looking forward to his new movie with Son Ye-jin "Be with You" based on Takuji Ichikawa's novel.

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I am with you on So Ji-sub. I've only seen Masters Sun and Oh my venus. Bother were nice, but they didn't pull me in. So he isn't someone, whose dramas I would seek out.

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i like his acting in What happened in Bali & I am sorry I love you. I dont feel Master's sun & Oh my venus. Seems i like him serious roles better. I even hate his character In Wook in What happened in Bali so much kk.

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Any reference to Terius makes me think of Dream High, where Kang Sem was the Candy to Ma Doo Shik's loan-shark-turned-agency-president Terius. A So Ji Sub drama based off a lame joke from an iconic teen musical would be fine by me! But the chances of that are sadly not great.

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To be honest, I would watch So Ji-sub just stare into the camera and read the phone book. His voice . . .

Anyway, please be a good show.

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That would have been way better than the company ordeal plot of Oh My Venus! 😣

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I like Oh My Venus!, but I also agree with this statement.

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I liked it, too. And I agree with the comment, too.

The writer gave us a lot of set-ups that fizzled at the end:

1. The stalker who just went away after she had to move in with the guys

2. The mysterious things original boyfriend said to SJS at the hospital that we NEVER GOT TO KNOW

3. The crazytastic illness not-illness that was supposed to prevent his takeover of the company that... was overcome by just walking to a podium and saying, “I accept the job.”

4. The wasted year where SJS heals and recovers ALONE.

*Sigh*.

However:
- Great chemistry
- Lots of fun
- Best soundtrack to dance to on a Saturday morning while cleaning the house
- a sweet slice-of-life drama about two lonely people who find each other and find a wonderful love (even though it is cocooned in what appears to be a thriller, but isn’t)

Love SJS. Hope it is awesome!

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Oh my, I usually can overlook a drama's faults but from the pros and cons you just listed, the cons would drive me batty!!!

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Oppaaaa is back ^_^ Can`t wait for him to bless my laptop screen :*
And lord, even thinking about I`m Sorry, I Love You makes me go to get tissue! I did love it and still listen to its theme music every day.

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I wish we had more info on the story. As long as So Ji-sub is back in my screen I am happy, but I reeeeeaally hope the story lives up to everything. Excited!

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I love him in serious stuff and romcom. He is so funny with his quirky humor. In all cases, he is damned sexy. This drama can't come too soon!

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Is this the year of Sexy Ahjussi Comeback?
Cha Seung-won, now So Jisub, and we'll have Lee Seon-kyun later this year... I'm not complaining!

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And Shin Dong-wook will grace our screens in LIVE starting on March 10. ;-)

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Omo! It totally went over my head that he would be in LIVE!
It's already on my watchlist, but this is great news and one more reason to lookout (heh) for it.

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You can just call me Pauline Revere. ;-)

I've kind of had my fill of cop shows, but I'll gladly tune in to see SDW!

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Haha! Hi PakalanaPikake!

*Waves a fin*

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@mermaidscribbler,
February 23, 2018 at 11:54 PM

* jumps for joy *

So good to see you, Chingu! Will you be tuning in to LIVE, too? ;-)

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@yuyuu,

Your LOOKOUT pun slipped right past me. Touché!

See you over at the LIVE recaps, I hope. ;-)

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Thanks - No, I am so so swamped. New job, essays to grade, and writing to do. Sorry for the late late reply. Have fun watching live!

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@Mermaid Scribbler
March 4, 2018 at 2:45 PM

Aw, thanks for stopping by when you're so piled with work and a new job. I remember the joy of grading papers. Which grade / subject do you teach? Hwaiting in your new gig. ;-)

Here's hoping you can get to watch an occasionaly Kdrama during vacation. ;-)

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It's always welcome to see So Ji-sub and that slow-burn vibe of his.

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So Ji Sub back to drama land!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY that's great news as it is and can wait for more information later on!!

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Happy dance time! I'm so excited to see SJS back on dramaland! I'm hoping for a rom-com too, bc I loved him in OMV!
Thank you for providing the 'scraps' of info - I'm sure all us SJS fans are thrilled to get them. :)

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OMG! Best news ever 😱

Just yesterday I was just wondering about So Ji-sub's return 😍 to dramaland. Maybe I should buy a lotto ticket today? 😀

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I love So Ji Sub!!! I'm so excited about this drama only because of him.

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Oh yay! been missing him on my screen too, it'll be quite a long time (late august) but i can wait~ ah and i hope the female lead will be awesome too

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When I read he wants to focus on movies when he reaches his 40s I was a bit sad, but so glad he didn't forget about dramaland.

But are we sure this is a comedy? If it is, I hope the actress they cast is very good at comedic scenes, Because SJS's comedic timing is very subtle and it will fly over people's heads, so someone with a more obvious comedic acting is required. I keep thinking Park Bo Young, but she's so tiny and baby-faced that she'll look like his niece. Well, as long as they stay away from idols or the likes of Shin Se Kyung or Jin Se Yeon (poor Goo Soo) we're good.

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Finally!!! I have missed him so much! MISA is one of my favorite dramas despite all the tears but i also love him on light, funny and sweet characters!!! Can't for more info! <3

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when I saw So ji sub i was just like yeh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....giggling like an idiot in the library and getting weird looks from pple....

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Weird looks? Not at all. Those are looks of So Ji Sub-deprived people 😉

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You are 100000% right.....😊

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Shopping King Louis writer + So Ji Sub is going to be gold *-*

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I hope he reunites with Go Hyun Jin or may be Han Hyo Joo... and I pray they won't cast an idol as a female lead.

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*gong hyo jin

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Your typo makes me think about Seo Hyun Jin. I think they will make an awesome leads

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SJS in a drama is good news, however the writer doesn’t have me too confident of this project, but I will hope for the best. I also hope they release a synopsis soon of what the drama will be about. I hope they cast Shin Min Ah opposite him, even though their previous project together wasn’t to my taste, they had really good chemistry.

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"So Ji-sub"
"writer Oh Ji-young of the surprise comedy hit Shopping King Louis"

I'm in, where do I sign?

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Oh my this team sounds good, I hope this is a good project for him. Really missed him and his charm on the small screen.

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So ji-sub was so cute in oh my Venus. I wan’t a big fan of the whole corporation plot but it doesn’t change from the fact that he had great chemistry with Shin Min-a.

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Can we have shin hye sun to opposite him. Its time for her to lead a prime time show already

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I still want to see the rest of the story with Park Shin-Hye in 6PM Ground...(runs off to listen)

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Oh yess please please please!!

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This is exciting. Master's Sun is one of my favorite dramas. Please don't give So Ji Sub a female lead who is 20 years younger than him!

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I like him more in a broody drama .... He shine in that type of role better. I love him alotvsince watching MISA. But He is always choosing a drama project I might not be able to watch. Uh uh hahhaa....

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SOOOOO JIIIII SUBBBB!!!

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Yay I LOVE So Ji Sub, good to have him back. Currently iam binge watching oh my venus and was just thinking it ll be awesome to have him back on the romcom. The drama gods seem to have listened to my request it seems !! Yay did i mention i LOVE So Ji Sub!! \^o^/

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I'll watch whatever he is in..!

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PLZ BE GOOD PLZ BE GOOD if anything for so ji sub's sake lol

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So Ji sub you said? more like count me in, i'll watch anything this man is in! also can i get Shin Min Ah as the lead???? They were just so cute in oh my venus, i need seconds!

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I'm s♥rry, I l♥v y♥u!

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What a delightful news! Love him!

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So excited for his next drama!!.. but he is going to be in a variety show this april with Park shin hye.. Love you Ji sub Oppa!!

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