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Veteran melodrama writer Lee Kyung-hee back with Chocolate

Melodrama hitmaker Lee Kyung-hee is coming back with another drama, called Chocolate (working title), which would mark her first project in two years, since the Kim Woo-bin (*tear*) and Suzy romance Uncontrollably Fond.

Chocolate seems to follow in Lee Kyung-hee’s mold of sentimental romantic melos, with two characters falling in love while healing pains from the past. One lead is a brain surgeon, the other a renowned Italian chef, and they work together preparing food for hospice patients in a warm-hearted story. I can see this story going uplifting and sweet, as writer Lee did for her 2007 drama Thank You, about a young girl with AIDS, and I can also see it going angsty and sad, as she did for many of her other projects that ended less well for our charcters (list below). I’m going to hope for uplifting.

There was once a time when news of a new projects for writer Lee would have had me bouncing in my seat in excitement, but I have to admit that after her past couple of dramas, I’m a lot warier going in. But I never write anyone off, especially when their resume includes some standouts and classics, even if most of them are over a decade old. See: Sang-doo, Let’s Go to School (Rain’s early acting breakout), I’m Sorry, I Love You (the massive hit starring Im Soo-jung and So Ji-sub), A Love to Kill (Rain again), Thank You (the sentimental melo with Gong Hyo-jin and Jang Hyuk), and Nice Guy (one of Song Joong-ki’s big steps into leading man territory).

I did think her 2014 pondering weekend family drama Wonderful Season was utterly dull despite being nice in spirit, while 2016’s Uncontrollably Fond seemed like it was poised to become an international sensation based on pre-show buzz but then fizzled (because it turned into a masochistic angstfest).

The project has completed synopsis stage and Lee Kyung-hee is currently writing scripts. Casting is underway, and offers have reportedly already been extended to top stars. And if there’s something we can expect from an Lee Kyung-hee drama, it’s top stars (see: So Ji-sub, Rain, Gong Hyo-jin, Im Soo-jung, Kim Hee-sun, Moon Chae-won, Song Joong-ki, Go Soo, Kim Woo-bin, Suzy, Shin Mina, Jang Hyuk).

Chocolate is looking at a January 2019 premiere, although a time slot has not yet been announced.

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I’m probably not going to even watch this considering how much of her tropes I can’t stand. If there’s no terminal Illness or memory loss then count me in

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i am more worried.. about the script..

i can't fight my superstition.. i don't want anything bad in her script.. last time she did that.. it turned out to be true...

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I am sorry I am not that interested in melodramas anymore (except that *unpopular opinion* I actually liked Uncontrollably Fond)

But I am commenting here to just welcome JB's 2nd news post! I am just happy to see JB's name! :D

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Me too XD Javabeans is back for real!

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😬 is it okay to get excited yet? I want to be excited! Can we be sure? Ohhhhhh, I hope so!!!! 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽

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Enough reason to be excited but yeah 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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Not yet for me. This happened before, but very short-lived. Let's see if this time it's actually going somewhere.

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Yep, let’s hope for a third post for tomorrow 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

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I also love Uncontrollably Fond. I like stories with flawed characters so close to life.

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I'm just commenting here because JB is back, and because my dear friend @obsessedmuch is commenting. Not going to watch it, but I am thinking of cameoing as BRAIN, in one body, or taking on multiple roles as BRAINS in multiple bodies. Any advice?

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*feeling all warm and fluffy in the heart at the "dear friend" Hehe*
But YY you can't cameo as a BRAIN!! Pretty sure the brain surgeon himself or the Italian chef would have a brain tumor! And we don't want our resident beanie poet to be all tumor ridden.. How about you cameo as a food item that the chef cooks up for the patients? You will be nourishing the sick and it would be your good deed of the day!

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Hm, you could be right. Chocolate? But I'd be drunk alive and have to die multiple deaths 🤤

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But to die having made someone incredibly happy and content- tis a noble death(s) I say! ;)

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I remember seeing the recaps and despairing comments for Uncontrollably Fond, so I’m not sure... but I’ve never heard of Thank You— that sounds pretty good with Gong Hyojin and Jang Hyuk. I’ll have to look that up!

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Thank You is a brilliant show! Jang Hyuk and Gong Hyo Jin doing what they do best!!

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The kid in that show is amazing. It’s possibly my favorite kdrama, I’ve watched it several times already. There’s an appearance by Choi Kang Hee, also. I didn’t realize the same writer wrote so many other shows I’ve seen!

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Oh yes that lil girl was brilliant!! Won't call it my fav drama but I was so so impressed by everything except maybe the first episode

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Yeah, I found the first episode offputting at first, but I got used to it on rewatches. I have that problem with a lot of kdramas, where I like everything except the first and last episode. Sometimes I just skip ahead to the second episode and then if I really like it I’ll go back to the first.

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Same! Many of my fav kdramas have less than satisfying start and end but the basic storyline and the acting wins me over!

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I did like the ending of Thank You. Again, the kid had the best scene, but I think this was the kdrama that got me following Gong Jyo Jin and Jang Hyuk. Love them in everything!

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I was on a Gong Hyo Jin drama binge when I found this show but it opened my eyes to the brilliance that is Jang Hyuk even though I loved him and his trademark laugh in that 'Fated to.. be a failed second- half show'.

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Thank You is a wonderful little drama that I re-watch every now and then.

A ‘healing’ drama when the term didn’t even exist in those early days. GHJ as the single mum with an HIV daughter and JH is the (super smexy) disgruntled doctor, plus a very green Shin Shun Rok. The superstar is however that little girl (who’s now a grown up appearing on some recent dramas). I cried and smiled with the story flow without exception, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.

This might however be the only LKH drama that I love.

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I love the music, too.

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Thank you is one of my favorite dramas.

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😯 It's already been two years since Uncontrollably Fond?

Feels like a fever dream.

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😂😂😂😂

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turned into a masochistic angstfest

Like Dramabeans when all the Beanies are wondering where JB is.

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JB is back!!!

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I would love to watch a good poigant melodrama, but in recent years most of the melos follow the same cliche instruction with exact same ingredients: childhood sweetheart, abusive parents, birth secret, & stage 4 terminal illness... also melodrama needs good actors not eye-candy idols

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"No chocolate for me" never thought I'd say that haha, I dropped Nice Guy and never been interested by Uncontrollably Fond. I won't watch it live for sure, then according to the reviews (and IF it's a happy ending) I'll give it a 2nd thought.
Anyway it's good to read news on DB :)

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Who is the director? I hope it will be as good as Kim Jin Won and Park Hyun Suk.

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I couldn't finish Uncontrollably Fond because of the ehm female ehm lead.... Het aegyo is so cringeworthy I can't even... she is an idol right? Aegyo is supposed to be her bread and butter.

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I remember watching A Love To Kill and being traumatised for a long time. That’s the only drama of this writer that I watched. Depends on who will be cast, I might give it a try.

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I miss Kim Woo Bin so much. I wonder if he or th agency posted on the daum cafe or not. It's been too silent on their part.

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Actually back in early April, he was spotted in public in quite awhile, and he's sent out a letter on his fan website in December.

Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDZ2diqd1x0

:)

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Thanks for the link.

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The pics were old and were actually taken when he went to Thailand for a fan meeting. The letter is real though. Where he told his fans that he's getting better and not to worry etc.

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I wish Soompi translated the letter. Anyways, thanks for the correct info. I wish him the best.

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My favorite is not a top star, so it's impossible for him to get a famous writer/PD like her

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Can we have Lee Sunkyun again?

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Hahaha.. Do you have a death wish on him? Guy just finished the most intense of show (My Ajusshi) and going straight into filming the movie with Song Kang Ho. With this heavy melodrama premiering in January, he'll die for sure if he takes this. But yeah, I would love to see Lee Sun Kyun back in dramaland before too long.

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Why is it called chocolate when the show is about hospital food? They're not gonna treat the patients using sweets, right? It doesn't sound like a masochistic angsfest.

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And the character is an Italian chef, not a pastry chef. I guess Pasta had already been taken as a title?

I think they should call it SpagBol

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LOL at SpagBol

But oops I misread. It's set in a hospice, not a hospital! I guess a chocolate pasta isn't too farfetched...

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I'm just so happy that @javabeans is back. Even though the post were decreasing I used to check Dramabeans everday. (I'm lurking around since 2011 I hardly comment :P ) It feels Dramabeans will be back to it's usual active site. Yayyyyy!!!

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The fact that I watch all of those dramas that JB’s listed except uncontrollably fond... and Nice Guy is one of my favorite drama
so I kinda excited with this news but not really too 😅😅
I think I’ll wait until they announce the casting line-up

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No melodrama for me please😳....Sorry bit no thanks

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And the only drama I finished is Nice Guy. Hiiii JB!

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I’m Sorry, I Love You and A Love to Kill were 2 of my very first dramas that made me cry buckets of tears. Hope this new project is at those levels. Uncontrollably Fond was not good at all for me.

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I'm Sorry I Love You and Nice Guy are in my list of most favorite Korean dramas of all time. I'm in the minority of favoring Uncontrollably Fond (I actually like Suzy's Noh Eul) and not so fond of Thank You though. Will see who will get cast and decide whether to watch then. Don't want to watch anything that has the like of Park Shi-hoo or Lee Byung-hun.

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And ALso, thank you javabeans for including Nice Guy Poster. Miss that drama so damn much.

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Interesting. I recently put NICE GUY on my DramaFever watch list.
I am not familiar with this writer's work at all. I have yet to see any of Song Joong-ki's work. SJK as anti-hero sounds interesting. I looked at the Wiki entry for THE INNOCENT MAN/NICE GUY and it drew ratings thattoday's shows would die for. It may be part of my summer rerun viewing.

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It’s totally worth watching. Moon Chae-won looks like an angel.

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Back then KBS and broadcast channel in general is still number 1 ahead of cable channel. I don't know since when this trend become the opposite nowadays. One of the reason might be Almost all the talent behind camera off to cable channel.

Glad You plan to watch Nice Guy. It's might be not a masterpiece, but surely , it's become one of my most fav Lee Kyung Hee drama.

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Javabeans! Hello there!! ☺️

Very happy to see your posts...two back-to-back too! 🎉

I have not posted a comment in years...content to simply be a “quiet but fervent” supporter of Dramabeans...

Had to comment today to relay my elation to see you posting again.
Please continue...

You have been sorely missed!

Hugs and smiles...😊

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Welcome back.

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When I read the title, I pronounced Chocolate like Korean (and I'm not korean!). I guess I watch too many kdramas.. lols.

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i still laugh when I think about So Ji Sub's successful disguise via pornstache in I'm Sorry I Love You. 🤦🏼‍♀️

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I hated Nice Guy, but I loved UF.

As I always say, I think people were expecting one thing and came another completely different. But it was a good drama, and Woo-bin was perfect on.

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Sounds like a pass for me. But I am happy to see the news back up and running :-)

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This writer is both a masochist and a sadist, so no thanks.

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lol

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Please cast Moon Chae Won.

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If the drama will be moving, uplifting and hopeful like "Thank You", then I'm in. If it will be like her other works, then I'm out.

Also something about the synopsis confuses me, a brain surgeon would not be working at a hospice, would he? I guess I'm not sure. Anyways I hope that the story will be good, and that there will be some romance between the leads.

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I thought it will be a remake of a popular manhwa back then with the same title. I guess not.

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Whew! @javabeans Thank god you're back! That was a looooong drought! My kdrama interest was withering without you!

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I loved Uncontrollably Fond and liked Nice Guy and Sorry, I Love You...but I'll wait first for reviews before watching it because the writer is known for sad endings, and I can't take another heartache in this lifetime after UF making me cry buckets every episodes.

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Let's see, although becoming a neurosurgeon requires 14 years of higher education, the lead will probably be about 24... yeah, that kills it for me.

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ugh nice guy was SO GOOD! high expectations for this one

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