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Revenge drama Room No. 9 lines up star cast


Kim Young-kwang, Kim Hee-sun, Kim Hae-sook

Ooh, this sounds interesting! The upcoming revenge drama Room No. 9 from tvN has cast its main leads and supporting actors. Everything centers around veteran actress Kim Hae-sook’s (About Time) character, a unique villainess who is in line for death row. She meets Kim Hee-sun (Woman of Dignity), a Machiavellian but beautiful lawyer, when fate plays a dirty trick and switches the two. And the key of this fate seems to lie with one man, played Kim Young-kwang (Lookout).

Prisoner Kim Hae-sook is the infamous killer behind the “Poison Serial Murder” case that gripped the nation. Having waited 33 years for her execution date to be set, she has all but given up on life. But a godsend comes her way and she’s given a chance at a new life as a beautiful, intelligent lawyer. Nicknamed “Icon of Rudeness,” lawyer Kim Hee-sun is the type of person who shamelessly flatters the powerful, while completely ignoring the weak. Not exactly a role model to follow, but it has worked for her so far — her winning case rate is a whopping 100 percent. But will that mindset and personality be able to survive prison?

The Kim Hee-sun/Kim Hae-sook combination is a powerful female duo for sure, but I’m also really digging this supporting cast lineup. Kim Hee-sun’s lover, played by Kim Young-kwang, is an outwardly sweet family psychiatrist and a charmer, but his warm exterior hides an inner dark side. But the real villain in all this seems to be the character played by Lee Kyung-young (Misty), a sociopathic CEO hiding a secret from his past. He used Kim Hae-sook to create a new life for himself, and threw her away without an ounce of remorse once he was done with her.


Lee Kyung-young, Oh Dae-hwan, Jung Je-won

On the law enforcement side, Oh Dae-hwan (Life on Mars) plays an investigator who was demoted after a previous encounter with Kim Hee-sun, and he has been looking forward to a chance at revenge ever since. But when he meets her again, he’s surprised by her suddenly changed warm demeanor. Then, there’s Jung Je-won (of Hwayugi, also known as singer ONE), playing a genius of geniuses, at the top of the 0.01% world’s most intelligent. However, he can’t control his own emotions and lives a lawless lifestyle. His behavior is furthered by the fact that he is spoiled rotten as the only son and heir of his father, Lee Kyung-young.

PD Ji Young-soo of melo Falling for Innocence and corruption drama Big Man will be directing, while writer Jung Sung-hee of sageuks Master of Trade—Inn 2015 and Ja Myung Go takes the script. To be honest, this is a little conflicting because the casting seems phenomenal and I’m excited to see the dynamic interplay between veteran actors Kim Hae-sook and Lee Kyung-young, but I wasn’t a fan of Big Man or Master of Trade—Inn 2015. I’m hoping PD Ji will find a fresh and compelling angle to “life reset revenge drama” Room No. 9, so my fingers are crossed!

Saturday-Sunday drama Room No. 9 will begin airing in September, after the conclusion of Mr. Sunshine.

Via Osen, Enews24, News1

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Kim Hae Sook AND Kim Hee Sun? Not sure I need to know anything else about this drama to state that I'm Watching! ^^;

BUT since more has been offered, I can't help but notice, "playing a genius of geniuses, at the top of the 0.01% world’s most intelligent". *cue eye roll* Dramaland has so many geeeeniuses running about that I'm convinced every tenth person must be a genius.

In any case top of the 0.01 % of world's geniuses makes no sense, writer of the drama-nim. It's the same position whether he's at the top of 100% of the world's geniuses or 20% or 1%. It's the top. Glad to know our character is essentially a flawed God who meets some objective standard of geeenius hitherto unknown to mankind.

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Kdrama sure loves to throw the word "genius" around easily. I've yet to watch a truly genius character in kdrama despite the claim..

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obtained their second PhD from Harvard while still in the womb
😂😂😂😂😂

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Wait, that's not true. Shin III's mom was a genius.

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@stuartnz Shin 3, from Are You Human Too. His mom was a genius scientist who created him, an AI who looked and acted exactly like a human. It just finished airing

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I'm glad there's at least one genious female in kdramaland. So is ahjumma from Healer.

But re Shin III's mum, she may have been a genius but was she ever described as such in the character description? Did she even GET a character description, let alone one that went "geeeeeeeenius".

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Add in the bonus of Kim Young-kwang and I'm there.

The genius thing is getting old. Why do drama writers feel the need to label characters in such a way?

Anyway, this one sounds interesting, and hopefully the talented cast will elevate the abilities of the PD, and we will get that magical melding of good writing, good directing, and great acting.

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Kim Young Kwang sounds like the perfect fit actually, with this cast. :) I'm looking forward to it.

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Maybe his character is the reincarnation of Lookout's Jang Do-han and he'll finally update his Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BTP3tFxlWux/?taken-by=dohan0213

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I miss Jang Do-han so much!

Kim Young Kwang was a revelation in Lookout!

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It is amazing they that are using the word genius to showcase that he reads like a straight psychopath.

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Yeah. Just find us a geeeeenius PD 😏.

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Everytime they finished with a character cliche they moved onto another one. Great cast but...

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And the geeeeeniuses are always male. That must be it!

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Director of Fallen for Innocence and writer of Ja Myung Go is behind this.

So that means they are going to be reaching out to Jung Kyung Ho for some part in this show, right, right, RIGHT ???!!!!

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Also fallen for innocence was a very bad drama. I cannot judge the direction though. I am only talking about the story.

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Yesss, Kim Hae-sook, my queen, is returning and in a drama centered on her? And up against Lee Kyung-young? I love it. The story sounds fascinating, though I'm not quite sure about the PD-writer team. Hopefully the refreshing premise, the awesome cast, and tvN will bring out the best from them.

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I really like Lee Kyung Young, he's usually unsettling-ly charming while being scary, or is it the other way around? I hope his role is big.

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Also his voice is so pleasant

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🤦🏻‍♀️ another scandal?

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I just educated myself. Sigh. What a shame.

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Yeah, that's pretty much exactly what he is! That's why he always makes such a compelling villain.

My appreciation of him has been brewing since Misaeng days, but really took off after Misty!

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Honestly, they found him the most beautiful neckties in Misaeng. So flattering.

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His role in Kundo sealed the jung for me. When he plays an obvious jerk or baddie, obvious, mind you; it just seems so wrong. I loved him in ㅠ Aragon.ㅠ

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I didn't really understand. Is it a crime / thriller drama?? Is it a dark comedy drama? Is this a melodrama???😒😒😒 highly doubt it... But, anyways. What is it?? Science fiction? Body swapping??
Didn't get it.
But the cast seems to be awesome. I wonder... If it would be worth it...

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As far as I can tell it's everything. All at once.

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Thanks for the casting news on ROOM NO. 9, tineybeanie! A revenge drama with a death-row switcheroo, if I understand correctly. For some reason it makes me think a body-swap is involved, but maybe I've just got sci-fi or the supernatural on the brain. I'm sure the big, bad sociopath has beaucoup ways to frame his prey.

I've been waiting to see what kind of role Kim Young-kwang would pick after his turn as Prosecutor Jang Do-han in LOOKOUT. This ought to be interesting. I'm looking forward to Kim Hae-sook's portrayal of a serial poisoner. She is one of my favorite Kdrama moms. I think I've only seen Kim Hee-sun as plucky time-traveling plastic surgeon Yoo Eun-soo in FAITH. It will be fun to see her as a lawyer. I'm tickled that Oh Dae-hwan (detective Yong-ki in LIFE ON MARS) will be back for another spin as an officer of the law.

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I'm so curious to see Kim Hee Sun playing an edgy role. I've watched her in Faith(fell in love with her) and in Angry Mom.
I loved Kim Hae Soo in both Witch's Romance and I Hear Your Voice.

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Kim Hae-sook was terrific in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. I've also seen her in PINOCCHIO, SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY, and ABOUT TIME.

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I also loved her in Faith, and was convinced she was an Angry Mom who'd protect her daughter no matter what.

I really wanted to watch Woman of Dignity for her but the story was not my cup of tea, though I read raving reviews. Sigh.

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Oh yes. Sounds good. I'm there.
I have to say though, this sounds like a whole bunch of antagonists in one show. Which lesser evil do we root for?? LOL

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From experience, it's either the most delicious villain or the one with a hidden marshmallow core. >___<

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*deliciously evil

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My shame-crush is usually the Deliciously-Evil, while I fall for the hidden Marshmallow-core. So, can we take both? There are so many options here, I think we can

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Dunno about that correction, Mary. Delicious villain sounds about right! LOL

Marshmellow-core is tried and true though. Will it be an anti-hero face-off?

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Anti-hero faceoff yaaassss... but I’m fine with either the unnis fighting to the death or reluctant frenemies fighting a bigger bad or both. Time for tvn to make good use of those lengthy episodes!

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From your mouth to the Drama Gods ears!

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It would be interesting if the poisoner turns out to be the decent person in the mix. If she's been in jail for 33 years, she's had plenty of opportunity to change and grow. Also, we don't know who she poisoned or her reasons for doing so.

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True, I'm interested in that too especially since it states that the investigator is surprised by the "suddenly changed warm demeanor" of Kim Hee Sun's character after the supposed body swap??

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@seekingidlewild,

I smell a frame-up... because that's what sociopathic criminals do. ;-)

And I love your idea that the convicted poisoner is actually the decent human being, along with the potential for redemption. I'm a sucker for redemption arcs. ;-)

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O___O I thought this would be a female version of Come Here and Hug Me (with the serial killer ajumma on death row and a lawless lawyer who will get her out somehow.) But does the switch mean a fantasy plot twist where their bodies are swapped? Because why would Oh Dae-hwan be surprised at Kim Hee-sun's changed demeanor?

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I was picking up on a body-swap, too -- because the former member of Insung Violent Crimes Unit #3 noticed a personality change in the lawyer. Now I'm wondering if the lawyer on death row will get out of jail during an eclipse, but can only go to Goryeo. I wonder if paper talismans or incense sticks will be involved. ;-)

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It almost HAS to be body swap. Or magic illusion. It's not like the two actress look so much alike that someone could just mistake them.

Then "paper talismans or incense sticks" would fit right in :)

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Aww I was hoping for a non-fantasy scenario. Like a thriller where Kim Hae-sook manages to pin her crimes on the ruthless lawyer. I think it’d be awesome to have the ladies lead such a show for a change. Having a fantasy twist makes it 0.01% less cool, but still something to anticipate.

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Maybe it will be the "magic" of plastic surgery that prevails. Or perhaps a personality transplant. LOL.

It will be wild to see Kim Hae-sook playing a ruthless poisoner and Kim Hee-sun as a lawyer unfettered by a conscience. Both may end up being pawns of the shadowy Big Bad sociopath.

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Eureka! A clone of Nam Shin-III gets a sex change along with a personality transplant. Problem solved. ;-)

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Yes! Sounds like a body-swap to me. I'm hoping.

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It has to be body swap. I'm excited to see them trying to act as each other and still failing.
I guess Lunar eclipse before her execution will lead to body swap. Intense sticks and talisman's will be prohibited in jails until unless a police sub ordinate will give it to Kim Hae Sook out of her fear.🤣🤣

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I like your idea of a female version of COME HERE AND HUG ME mashed up with LAWLESS ATTORNEY. ;-)

It wouldn't surprise me if the poisoner and lawyer are both framed by the sociopath pulling all the strings while lurking in the shadows, but for now all I can say is, "Insufficient data." LOL.

As for the lawyer's change in demeanor, who needs a body-swap and the supernatural when there are simpler explanations? For instance:

1. Identical twin (with bonus Birth Secret)
2. Doppelgänger (natural or Gangnam style)
3. Amnesia
4. Brain tumor / neurological condition
5. Change of heart
6. Lightning strike (or other Near-Death Experience)
7. Coma
8. Dream/Nightmare

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I'm so excited, you have no idea.

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Tineybeanie!!!! I've missed seeing your byline on news posts! Awww this made me very happy!

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The thing that intrigues me most about this so far is that none of the apparent protagonists are straight "good" or "evil," so I can't quite peg where it's going and who I'll root for.

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Umm, this is massive. My first bias so of course I’m watching. But all the veteran actors too. My calandar is set after Mr. Sunshind, it would seem.

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I thought that Top star Yoo Baek would be the drama following Mr.Sunshine

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My understanding is that TOP STAR YOO BAEK with Kim Ji-suk will be airing one episode/week late on Fridays following BIG FOREST on tvN.

http://asianwiki.com/Top_Star_Yoo_Baek

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This sounds like it could be quite interesting and I'm also liking this cast!

After watching Lee Kyung-young for the first time in Misty, and liking him in that show, I'm curious to see how he'll play the role of a sociopathic CEO ..... who goes up against Kim Hae-sook! Definitely checking this out!

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@korfan,

I realized I've seen Lee Kyung-young in a bunch of sageuk movies (he's got a filmography as long as my arm), but the roles that clearly stand out in my mind are in SUNNY (2011, as Na-mi's teenage crush, now as an adult who has a son who's a chip off the old block) and THE BEAUTY INSIDE (Woo-jin's father in the present). He was named best supporting actor in MISAENG, but I must not have been paying enough attention when I marathoned it. Anyway, he definitely got my attention in those two excellent flicks. I agree that it will be really interesting to see him as a villain facing off against the mesdames Kim.

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Thanks! I've made a note of the movies and added them to the never-ending "To watch later" list. Misaeng of course I've heard about, along with the rave reviews, but I've still not gotten around to it.

One of these days ..... one of these days.

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The music in SUNNY is great. It's a great flick. Just don't get it confused with Lee Jun-ik's Vietnam War flick circa 2008 -- which has the same title. ;-)

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Oooooo.... I'm in and eagerly awaiting it now!!!!! I love the two leading women (just speed re-watched Angry Mom a few weeks ago too!) and I've been in love with Kim Young-Kwang since Lookout but was totally crushed/betrayed/had my heart ripped out (and not in a good way) by the last two episodes of that show. Here's to hoping for the best for this one!!! :)

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oh my goodness!! The cast line up is wonderful + the interesting premise. Sounds fascinating. Could be a pitch-black comedy.
Can't wait.
ROFL at the 0.01% genius of geniuses. 🤣🤣🤣 Onew did well in A Korean Odyssey drama so I'm definitely looking forward to watching him act again.

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What does that say about you when you recognize all the actors even the supporting ones? That you have no life, you say? You got that right. :D

Joke aside, that lineup is awesome and as a mystery crime lover, I have a thing for female killers so count me in.

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@ally-le,

This is great casting news on LOOKOUT alumnus Kim Young-kwang. I was thrilled to see a brief mention on AsianWiki that his drama brother Shin Dong-wook will be headlining in DAE JANG-GEUM IS WATCHING, which premieres on 4 October on MBC. It almost sounds like it could be LET'S EAT 4 (but with siblings who are foodies).

Do you think we might be able to persuade tineybeanie to dig up the latest information for us dyed-in-the-wool SDW fans?? It would be a true public service. Hehehe... ;-)

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Lol! SDW too??? I’m set for the entire fall it seems!

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I knew you'd be thrilled, @ally-le.

Who needs sleep? It's highly overrated. ;-)

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Kim Young-Kwang, Lee Min-ki, and Shin Dong-wook in the fall? Okay, I think I can handle this drama load. But wait, there's also So Ji-sub, Kim Jae-wook, and Jang Hyuk with upcoming projects. It's too much.

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@egads,

When it rains, it pours. ;-)

Thanks for the reminder for Lee Min-ki and Seo Hyun-jin in the drama remake of THE BEAUTY INSIDE. And the two Coffee Prince Kims (Jae-wook and Dong-wook) reuniting in exorcism drama THE GUEST. Plus Jang Hyuk in BAD PAPA.

Sell my clothes, I'm going to heaven. ;-)

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It IS too much. I think I’ll just retire early and stay home this fall!

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Maybe it's a good thing Gong Yoo is still resting.

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I’d be 😵.

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OMO! Uri @ally-le, his #1 Fangirl, would blow a gasket from Kdrama Exhaustion and end up in the recovery room on an IV drip if Gong Yoo has a drama, too. But what the heck. If some's good, more's better. ;-)

*Wonders if "Speak of the devil" applies to conjuring our favorite oppas' next dramas... Lights incense, just in case.*

Oh Man-seok has been scarcer than hen's teeth. He's long-overdue on the small screen.

Thanks, @egads. If this works, we Beanies can get a group rate on a ward at Doldam Hospital and keep Ally company. Hehehe. Sounds like a plan. ;-)

Hong Jong-hyun and Yeo Jin-goo are filming ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND, which has not been scheduled yet.
http://asianwiki.com/Absolute_Boyfriend_(Korean_Drama)

HJH's princely Goryeo bro Ji Soo's 2-ep. TV movie PING PONG BALL airs in September on JTBC. I can hear the fangirling now. ;-)
http://asianwiki.com/Ping_Pong_Ball

See y'all in the recovery room. ;-)

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you say "powerful women", I come running. by god, a legal drama I'm excited about?

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@vivanesca liquidsoap,

I don't recall whether you live-watched LAWLESS ATTORNEY. It featured a dandy villainess. Lee Hye-young was memorable as corrupt Judge Cha Moon-sook. I just now realized that she played Dong-Joo's mom in CAN YOU HEAR MY HEART. I did not even recognize her.

She is a stage actress, having started in musicals and played in everything from Euripides to several Shakespeare tragedies (no comedies) and Ibsen. No wonder she has such a commanding presence -- and great diction. ;-)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hye-young_(actress,_born_1962)

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