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Yeo Jin-gu up to star in drama version of Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King

Come on, let’s be real. You had me at Yeo Jin-gu (Reunited Worlds, Circle) playing a king. There’s a drama adaptation in the works at tvN for the hit movie Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King, also known internationally as Masquerade, and an offer is out to Yeo Jin-gu to headline in the dual role as King Gwanghae and the clown who will take his place on the throne.

The 2012 film by Choo Chang-min was a massive box office and critical success, and is still the ninth-highest grossing domestic film in Korea with over 12.3 million tickets sold. Lee Byung-heon starred in the eerie historical melodrama as a paranoid Gwanghae who knew that his opponents were trying to poison him, and tasks his trusted advisor to find a double who will act as his stand-in and protect him from assassination. They find a clown who is the spitting image of the king, and when an assassination attempt nearly takes the king’s life, the clown must assume the throne while the king recovers. The problem is that he might be a better king than the real king, and a man that the queen could actually love.

Obviously the drama adaptation plans to age down Gwanghae and the clown if Yeo Jin-gu is up to play the lead. He’s already played this specific king in the film Warriors of the Dawn, but that version of Gwanghae was idealistic and heroic, while this one will be shrewd and twisted. The clown is really the heart of this story, as the commoner with a natural warmth who breathes life into the previously cold and frightening palace. His character is described as a survivor who was abandoned as a child and became a traveling clown, and he’ll come to enjoy his time masquerading as a king.

The drama will feature a love triangle between the king, the clown, and the queen, and is about a love that transcends class and the law. I’m sure it’ll draw comparisons to Ruler–Master of the Mask, but hopefully the associations end at the prince and pauper premise, because that drama was disappointing in so many ways. This one has a successful film as its backbone, so it already has a leg up. Directing will be PD Kim Hee-won of Warm and Cozy, Dazzling Temptation, and Money Flower.

Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King is being planned for a January 2019 broadcast on tvN.

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Money flower was amazingly directed and with the premise of this drama it could be an intense watch. I’m seeing similarities between ruler master of the mask but hopefully this will turn out to be better.fingers crossed.

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Ruler Master of the Mask was such a disappointment with the always clueless heroine. Everyone knew everything only she was in the dark about the happenings. Most of the characters were just stringing her along. What could make the writer think that her character would sound captivating?

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It wasn't just the heroine who was clueless. The whole drama was messed up in the writing department. The crown prince constantly needed saving and there was no logic in what any ever did. Even the villain was harmless till the last 5-6 episodes which is when the drama actually picked up.

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The villainess should have been an antiheroine. Problem solved. ;-)

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I will never forgive that show. It wasted the talent of Yoo Seung Ho

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It wasted everyone especially the three main leads but even PCM and HJH were severely underused. The massive chemistry between YSH AND KSH was also left untapped.

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It wasted everyone especially the three main leads but even PCM and HJH were severely underused. The massive chemistry between YSH AND KSH was also left untapped.

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I would love for him to take this, but isn't he doing Absolute Boyfriend? The scheduling might be a bit too tight.

But if he does take this, I hope they offer the queen role to Kim Yoo-jung. I've been waiting for them to reunite after TMETS, and it doesn't hurt her chances that she played young Han Hyo-joo in Dong Yi. Then again her cleaning drama is set to air in November so scheduling is an issue too.

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Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Yoo Jung reunion or a Yeo Jin Goo and Kim So Hyun reunion in a sageuk please.

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YJG and KSH in a saeguk would be the perfect combination! They would look great together plus they are already perfect with the speech and acting! I'm still not over their heartbreaking chemistry from IMY!

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That drama was not very good but they played their child parts to the hilt. It would be ideal to see yeo jin-gu reunite with kim so-hyun in a drama like this.

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Waaah! Kim Sohyun for this with Jingoo! The wait for over 6 years can end if they can both be offer the leads role! Right now she is on break after working hard for many years. This drama will film in November so it will not affect her study schedule also. Hardworking boy and girl who loves acting more than anything should now reunite.

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Jin-goo had so much chemistry with both ladies so hopefully he reunites with them soon. But we'll see since Yoo-jung is a lock with Clean with Passion for Now and So-hyun is up for Love Alarm (where I hope she reunites with either Kim Min-jae or Yook Sung-jae, or both if it pans out).

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I just asked this question about her new drama further down. Thanks for this information I had no clue she had a drama out to her already. Are kim min-jae and yuk sung-jae being offered the lead roles?

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Nope. It's just wishful thinking on my part.

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I like your wishes. Maybe I can add one where we can see the lovely trio of moon sun reunite in a movie. They were the highlight of that drama.

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@fleecestorm Such a drama deserves an epic setting. If not a sageuk, then a drama penned by a high-caliber writer. But most high-caliber writers of contemporary dramas like Noh Hee-kyung, Lee Soo-yeon, or Kim Eun-hee tend to skew older with their casting. Maybe a drama by Park Hye-ryun, who already keeps So-hyun as a regular cameo actress, but I was so underwhelmed by While You Were Sleeping so she needs to regain her creative juices first.

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I liked that drama but not as much as I was hoping I would. The writing wasn't her usual but even the directing felt worn out for that drama. Maybe it just wasn't the right combination of things. While saying that I don't see park hye-run having the calibre to write a drama that can be epic in that particular sense. I'm not sure any drama can be but I was thinking maybe if that asdal drama had cast them. I'm referring to the setting of that kind of drama which I feel can do justice to all of them.

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@fleecestorm Something like Asadal would be epic. I've been the three of them would get the chance to work with the writers of Tree with Deep Roots and Six Flying Dragons someday. But I was thinking of the writers I'd want for their reunion drama should they choose to go contemporary. But a sageuk is better.

As for WYWS, the first episode opened so strong and the show grew weaker with each passing episode. It's such a shame.

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Absolute Boyfriend is a pre-produced drama so filming will be done by September or October.

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Is he doing two back-to-back dramas? Again? He did them last year as well! How does he make time for college???

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He clearly uses a time turner. It's the only logical explanation.

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He had a pretty long break after he finished Reunited Worlds :D His next project after RW was 4 Wheeled Restaurant which only took 2 weeks to film (he filmed this around March). But yeah if he accepts this, it would be a back-to-back filming all over again. XD

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She would be done filming in November so I doubt scheduling is an issue. But with her health, I doubt she will do dramas back-to-back.
I'll recommend Kim Sae-ron. She seems to be on a hiatus for quite awhile so it would be lovely to see her back.

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It will be interesting to see Jin-goo with Sae-ron too. I think she's the only one of the 3 Kims who hasn't worked with him before. I liked her performance in Mirror of the Witch but couldn't get into the romance with Yoon Shi-yoon.

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I miss Kim Sae-ron but would love to see them in a film together. The big screen is her playground.

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Yes please!! I have also been waiting for their reunion since TMETS and in a saeguk. So please yes!!!

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Masquerade is a heartwarming movie. Lee Byung Hun was fantastic in it. I can't wait to see the changes in the drama version. PD of Money Flower and Warm and Cozy? Eye feast! 😍😍

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I totally LOVED Masquerade ! And seeing Yeo Jin Goo in a sageuk drama ? Hell yeah ! I hope it will have better writing than Jackpot, his last sageuk.

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I totally agree! I really enjoyed the movie Masquerade and Jingoo's acting in Jackpot proves he can pull this one off. (Although his most recent sageuk is actually Warriors of the Dawn where he also played Gwanghae) And I would love to see Jingoo play a role from the lower class in sageuk. He has mostly played nobilities and royalties (with the exception of Warrior Baek Dongsoo and Deep Rooted Tree).

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I think, with his commanding presence he's destined to play nobilities.

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I can't say I don't agree cos he totally does! ♥ He has the perfect voice and screen presence for such roles.

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His voice deserves an acting award of its own.

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@fleecestorm He's been gifted with a very rich and deep voice but I love how he also plays around his voice depending on the role. Like how he raised his voice pitch when he played the young and naive Prince Gwanghae in Warriors. Even when his character in Jackpot became a king.

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He does that not only for his roles but I notice it even with his interviews. He can modulate his voice even when he's only doing an interview. I'm always awestruck by it.

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He's such a versatile and fine actor that I can totally see him playing a commoner too.🙊🙊

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He did that really well in Warrior Baek Dong Soo. I wish he accepts the role. He'll get to portray both roles at once.

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If he accepts fans like us will be overjoyed with excitement.😍😍

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I meant Jackpot as his most recent sageuk drama ^^

I like your idea of him playing a lower class man. It would be heartbreaking.

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I loved his cameo in Tree!!! He had played little Go Ni in Tazza and I hadn't seen him since Giant- back then. I will admit to drooling. Poor kid.

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Please do this one, Jingoo! Gwanghae became a king in his 30s but Jingoo played King Yeongjo in Jackpot so well so I'm sure he'd do really well if he accepts! And it would be a great continuation from his movie Warriors of the Dawn as he played the very same role.

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Though Jackpot was bad but as usual his acting was awesome.

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IKR, the script was unbearable but he still nailed the role. I really felt how his character aged in the drama just from his acting.

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Yeo Jingoo was so amazing in this! The way he played a prince and eventually a king with such restrained emotions but you could still feel the internal conflict his character felt in the drama. He totally stole the show!
Choi Min soo also brilliantly acted in that drama.

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YES! Exactly! He starts out as a young prince who is trying so hard to prove himself and then turns into a king who is both ruthless and just and his character development comes across so well in the screen and he just portrayed the role so well. And he was just 18 years old when he played that role.

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It shows his fineness as a young actor.
I hope he accepts the offer coz he can nail the role.❤️

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How much do I badly want Park Bo Young to be the queen?

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I second that.😍

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Yeo Jingoo deserves a better partner.

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Exactly.
I'll prefer Kim Sae Ron too but please not a Idol actor.
*prays in earnest*

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Yes, any of the Three Kims would be great. <3 <3 <3

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Park Bo Young is not an idol actor. Check the facts before commenting please. She is versatile movie and TV actress.

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@balca She didn't say PBY is an idol actor. In fact she agreed with the OP that it would be great if PBY could play the queen.

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Have you seen Park Bo-young in "King and I?"
I don't want to compare because I love these talented girls but she gave a memorable performance for her first and only sageuk.

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This drama had me at Yeo Jin Gu in a saguek. 😍😍😍😍
I loved Masquerade movie and Lee Byung Hyun nailed that role. (Now I can't stand him)
Now hoping for a fine actress to join him.

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I'm wishing it can be Kim So Hyun. He deserves a good partner like her to carry a drama like this. Even though relaistically speaking the Queen doesn't have much of a role compared the King and Pauper who are at the heart of this story.

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Queen's screen time was relatively modest, but Han Hyo Joo acted brilliantly and captivated us. Her chemistry with Lee Byung Hoon was superb and so many of us remember her too while thinking of Masquerade movie. That's why I'm hoping for a Suitable actress for him who can dominate over the story and captivate us. (Any of the Kim's or Park Bo Young or any other fine actress which I'm missing out)

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Masquerade was my first( and only) exposure to Han Hyo Joo. She did a really fine job considering how the main story focused on The clown and the Eunuch.
That's why I'm always surprised when people call her a terrible actress.

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Oh I could see her carrying the Queen's role brilliantly. She's got the so much screen presence especially for historical dramas. But she already has another drama she's still considering. They haven't announced an air date for the drama so she could maybe do both. She's good with managing her schedule.

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She has another drama? What is it?

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It's Love Alarm and last I heard, it's being considered for a December/January premiere. So-hyun could do consecutive dramas but it looks like both are set to broadcast around the same time.

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You answered here as well. You're the kindest thanks.

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@noelle I'm not sure so asking did she confirmed that drama? coz I heard that she was considering Love alarm and has not confirmed it.

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@mimu1234 She hasn't confirmed yet.

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Uh I remembered Untold Scandal remake also offered Yeo Jingoo a role... and thankfully he rejected it. Not sure if this will end up having the same quality as that one... but I would like to see Yeo Jingoo in an original script. Remakes rarely do well.

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I both love and hate the idea of remaking a classic superhit movie but this role is perfect for yeo jin-gu. This director was great with money flower but so bad with warm and cozy. If this casting does go through I'd want to see him pair up with someone good like kim so-hyun. Having tvn attached to this gives me hope it might be visually stunning if nothing else.

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I'm so down for this!

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Thanks for this great casting news, girlfriday.

Seo In-guk's turn as Gwanghae in THE KING'S FACE was the one that introduced me to his historical role on the home front during the Imjin War. As a result, Gwanghae is one of my favorite Korean historical figures. Enough for me to watch HWAJUNG / SPLENDID POLITICS for Cha Seung-won's portrayal of him.

I loved the film MASQUERADE, and am eagerly anticipating the drama version. Lee Byung-heon was wonderful in it, especially in his clown persona. I haven't seen WARRIORS OF THE DAWN yet, and now have even more incentive to do so.

I'm so thrilled to have this sageuk to anticipate. MONEY FLOWER was excellent, so I'm expecting a taut plot with lots of skullduggery.

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Its the director not the writer unfortunately. If it was the writer I would be in this for hook, line and sinker.

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The King's face was awesome and now I miss Seo In Guk. Thankfully he's will be soon seen in a drama.

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Seo in-guk = eternal Gwanghae! 😁

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His voice is a work of art. I can't believe someone so young can be so talented. When he played in Jackpot I actually believed he had aged as his character aged. When he smiles he looks like a little boy; when he's serious he looks older. He can play a childish character or a character that is much older than he is. He is one of my favorite Korean actors.

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That’s the first I saw of him as well and thought for sure he was 30 years old playing younger. His talent belies his age.

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This kid never stops working!

Besides that, lol, I think he's an amazing young actor whom I was first exposed to in Circle (where is my season 2?!) and I'd be down to check this new show of his out. :)

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Abandoned as a child. Hmmmm....could he be the twin of the king? #plottwist

Side note:

Does anyone know what feelings were towards twins in the Joseon era?

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Additional side note: I really loved the film. Lee Byeong-heon was excellent.

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You beat me to it -- birth secret alert!

They must not have liked twins since one was always hidden away so nobody would know they were twins.

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Great minds think alike. ;)

Or, it could just be that we've watched enough k-dramas to smell the plot twists before a show even premieres.

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Twins were seen as bad omen in early Korean era especially with the royals.

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Thank you. I figured as much. Other cultures held similar views toward identical twins.

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More happy sageuk for next year YAY!
Yeo Jin-gu <333333333333333333333
It's has been a while since his memorable performance in "Jackpot." I hope he'll take this! tvN has been the most reliable station lately and they have the money to produce the more costly genres like sageuks.
I'd be happy to see one or two of my equally talented sageuk leading ladies. Kim Yoo-jung, Shim Eun-kyung or Park Eun-bin.
I wouldn't mind a Park Bo-young/Jin-gu pairing. She was so good in "King and I." More sageuk please.

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You’re here! I’m totally excited for this drama, but more excited you’ll be watching it!

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Aw I'm excited that you'll be watching too!
Did you try "Life?" I'm waiting for Netflix. Hope it's good.

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I'm waiting for Life on NETFLIX too, Sept 12th, right?!?

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While it will definitely draw comparisons with Ruler Master of the Mask, I can't help but think of Are You Human Too. The king with his warm and sweet doppelganger. Sincerely hope that is not a weekend drama

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Dont remind me about Ruler. That drama was disappointing and I hope this drama will better execute the story.
Would love to see YJG in another drama after Circle.
Now this piques my interest to watch that movie where this planned drama is adapted from.

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I can't wait who dares to step into Han Hyo Joo's shoes.

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I'm glad to see him back doing historical dramas! And this time he won't be playing the younger version of the main lead, he gets to lead the drama. It's been quite the journey growing up with him. I'm about the same age as him and I've been seeing him get more roles and more to do ever since I got into kdramas 6 years ago.

And I had a tiny crush on him too but a lot of us did tbh.

Looking forward to this!

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I remember a lot of ajummahs drooling at a certain shower scene and then questioning our morality. I love that kid.

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Anyone else thinks that his smile is very similar to micheal jackson’s?

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Yeo Jin Gu is great in historical dramas.
Imagine if Kim So Hyun plays the queen. That would be an awesome reunion, but that would make it too similar to Ruler.

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Yeah I was in at Yeo Jin Goo. In and squealing at Gwanghae!!! He's my 3rd favorite Joson romantic figure. Well one of 3. I would have squealed if it said Sado too.

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