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Han Ji-min, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Hye-ja up for JTBC time-bending romance

Ooh, PD Kim Seok-yoon of the stylish, thoughtful dramas This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair and Awl is back with a new series for JTBC, a time-bending romance called Dazzling. The drama is courting Han Ji-min (Familiar Wife) and Nam Joo-hyuk (Bride of the Water God 2017) to headline, and both actors are considering favorably for now.

The drama is described as a fantasy romance, and it deals with age-swapping and time-bending—something Han Ji-min is intimately familiar with in her current drama, where she plays past and present versions of her character in multiple timelines. This new series will be about a 25-year-old woman who rapidly ages and ends up a 70-year-old on the outside, while remaining a young woman on the inside. It’s a little bit like Thirty But Seventeen the extreme version, or the bizarro-world version of Miss Granny.

Everyone’s favorite mom/grandma Kim Hye-ja (Dear My Friends) has been offered the role of the young heroine trapped in an aging woman’s body, which already has me excited for what’s to come. Can’t you just imagine her swooning like a schoolgirl over Nam Joo-hyuk? Her casting does make me wonder if the heroine will spend a good deal of time as her older self, which could be the case given the premise.

The story is about how people use the time allotted to them in life, illustrated in two extremes by a young woman who accidentally loses all of her time and a young man who wastes away his time and chooses to live apathetically. The heroine by chance gains the ability to manipulate time, though perhaps not very well, because she ends up mistakenly in her twilight years. The character is described as bright, bold, and immature, even for her original age. Comedic fodder for days, this setup. I love it. I’m pretty much good with anyone being cast as the youngs in this thing as long as they can get Kim Hye-ja onboard!

Dazzling is aiming for a January 2019 broadcast.

Via TV Report, Xports News, News1

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I'm skeptical about this pairing. let's hope njh's acting has improved since the last time we saw him.

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This new series will be about a 25-year-old woman who rapidly ages and ends up a 70-year-old on the outside, while remaining a young woman on the inside.

Which probably sums up how a lot of 70-year-olds feel.

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+1000 😂

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What’s with the weird age reversal plot lines a lot of dramas are coming out with. I like the production credits so I’ll probably check it out

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It’s the work around to counter unbalanced gender’s prime. An actor’s prime (in popularity) in Korea is usually, USUALLY at a younger age, pre military service. While younger actresses can take roles of high school romance, by the time they have the acting ability/status, the male costars of comparible popularity and acting ability is either in military or returned at a lower popularity level (it takes years to regain premilitary popularity, or never for most actors because they are being replaced over and over again by graduating rookies. The likes of SJK are rare)

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Ohhh this one seems also like a treat... I wonder, I wonder how they will handle the loving line. But I am all for it 😀

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I’m getting “Howl’s Moving Castle” Sophie feels from this lol

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Oh that’s true! I didn’t think of it before you mentioned it. She’s probably going to regain her youth in the end.

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wow! I rarely find people who have seen Miyazaki films. Howl's moving castle is one of the best movies by Miyazaki after Spirited away.
I wonder if the ending will be somewhat like howl's moving castle, (heroine changed back to her younger self) but I doubt it will be.

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"Howl's moving castle" is my all time fav too. Miyazaki's films is a family fav in my house. We have a collection of all his work and we marathon them often.

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I only have a few Studio Ghibli films, but my hope is to collect them all one day :)

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Wow, I found a kindred spirit! HMC is one of my most favourite films of all time! It just brings me so much joy, I even read the original books of HMC 😀

I’m not embarrassed to admit I was in love with fictional animated Howl for some time in the past 😂

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Haha you are not alone. Christian Bale's voice gave Howl life <3. I couldn't help it either.

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@kiara I refuse to watch anime dubbed, so Kimura Takuya made Howl for me. 😍

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@kiara YAAAAAAAS

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Really? I'm surprised to hear that you rarely find people who have seen Miyazaki films. He has internationally acclaim and Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. But for sure, there's a lot of great work in the world that hasn't been seen by many people, no matter how popular it may be. I would find it more surprising if anyone has watched Makoto Shinkai's films. He has received a lot of well-deserved attention because his recent film, Your Name, achieved the second-largest gross for a domestic film in Japan after Spirited Away.

I've only seen a few of Miyazaki's films, but Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle are definitely my favorites! There are some scenes in both films that are truly impressive and haunting.

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I’m also surprised @ilovecoffee&rain find Miyazaki viewers rare. I saw spirited away and howl’s moving castle in US mainstream theater at the time of initial release. It was full house in large theater and not in Asian districts.

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Actually, the only animated films people watch in my country are hollywood ones. Very few people know about gems like miyazaki films. I was one of the lucky ones to watch such masterpieces. I have seen almost all the studio ghibli films. They are awesome!

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I hope so. It's one of my favorite movies.

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I love Howl's magical background music !

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yess!! its always on repeat when i study

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I love the PD and Kim Hye-ja, but... :\

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Please no NJH

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He’s beautiful to look at but that’s it 😀

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I hope NJH can rise from the ashes of BOTWG. That drama was pathetic. I haven't watched Han Ji Min so I cannot say anything about her. I think this drama could be comedic gold and moving at the same time. I know Oppa has potential and I pray to God that this project brings out the best in him.

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Watch capital scandal \scandal in old Seoul, that was the drama where I became a fan of her. Han go eun has a cool character there too.

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I'm trying to imagine any actress agreeing to go from acting in front of JiSung to Nam Joo-Hyuk. Sounds impossible... or maybe professional?

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IKR? Unless they are from the same management, I don’t see why she would agree.

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omg I thought the same. Like NJH is hot & is able to play well with cute fluffy roles, but heavier roles? Man. I hope he has improved since Bride Of The Water God.

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The premise seems really wacky but Kim Hye Jah will definitely ace. ❤️NJH on the other hand hmm. I loved him in WLFKBJ but despised BOFTWG so we'll see.

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I really really loved This Week and it's one of my fave dramas ever. I like Kim Hye Ja too... But NJY, man, I don't know. Like the other beanies, I loved him in WFKBJ but that started looking like a fluke when I watched Bride...

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Noooo... I love han ji min. She deserves better.

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I'm excited about this. *__*
I like Nam Joo Hyuk in some roles. *Fingers crossed* Hope his acting will be good.^^

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I like the PD. Kim Hye-ja is great. I’m a new fan of Han Ji Min after Familiar Wife. Nam Joo-Hyuk? No, thank you.

I know the storyline is about the female lead rapidly aging but she’s supposed to start out at 25 and the male lead at 26. Nam Joo-Hyuk as older than Han Ji Min? Come on casting directors.

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Even if I squint my eyes I can’t buy that she’s supposed to be younger than him.

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Ohhh Kim Hye-ja <3 it has been a long time.
I wish I was as excited for the other 2.

I love This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair and I'm excited that PD Kim is helming this!

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I really like KHJ (ever since Dear My Friends), but I'm having a hard time imagining a romance between her and NJH. I am nuetral to NJH and HJM. Anyways I am definitely intrigued enough to check this out, when it airs!

Why does it seem like there have been many casting news lately, and I'm finding almost all the upcoming dramas interesting to checkout. Maybe my drama slump will not last much longer! We shall see...

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Kim Hye-ja ❤ Han Ji-min is OK for me, but Nam Joo-hyuk seems to be better with actress around his age. If they must cast younger actor than Han Ji-min, Park Hyung-sik is a better choice in my opinion.

Nevertheless, I'll be watching this drama for Kim Hye-ja and this PD.

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I dunno. I think Nam Joo Hyuk works best when they want him to be more than just good looking. So if they're casting him with an actual personality in mind for the character, I'm interested and wanna see.

I've always liked Han Ji Min a lot so I'm here for this and this plot sounds fun. I know of Kim Hye Ja but I can't remember if I've seen her in anything or not.

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From Cha Joo Hyuk to Nam Joo Hyuk. The meta... Seo Woo Jin, this is your true fate you can’t deny it.

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Familiar wife's writer was weightlifting fairy's writer also, maybe she named the character after him.

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Huh? Han Ji-min is almost 36 and clearly doesn't look or sound like a 25-year-old. I'm confused.

The k-drama version of Miss Granny is also slated to air in early 2019.

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My thoughts exactly, like she’s young for her age but definitely not 25 yo young. Couldn’t they pick someone closer to character’s age?

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Is it bad of me to say that I find both equally bland? Honestly, I liked NJH in Cheese in the Trap, and loved him in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, but I'm also aware of his limitations as an actor. Putting em' together would do neither of them justice. But then again, I could be proven wrong *fingerscrossed* - here's hoping they do well!

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No, I used to find HJM very bland too.

I remember in the past I got irritated by her because she was very bland and not a very good actress, but kept being cast against first class actors. (Seriously! Check her filmography!)

But nowadays she has developed a warmth and ease and groundedness which feels to come from experience, if not from actual acting skills.

That is why I put her quite above NJH.

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Ah she's definitely a better actor than NJH, no doubt about it, but I've never really warmed to her for some reason. Would help to check out some of her more recent stuff I guess, the last time I saw her was in Cain and Abel I think, which *yikes* was a long time ago! Thanks for updating me. ^^

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She's awesome in Plan Man. Detective K she did amazing in that movie too! I started liking her since Cain and Abel. That Hyde drama was a male centric one though. Her portrayal there may not meet anyone's standard but i don't think she is bland. She has gained trust from the producers and many actors wanting to work with her probably because of her personality and her versatility as an actress which only a few possess (according to a director she worked with). But anyways....we do have different standard. Surely you do have the right to say what you wanted to say about her. PEACE!

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The shocking casting drama this week. After JooJiHoon and JinSeoYoon, and now we have HanJiMin and NamJooHyuk pairing. I can't.....

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i love HanJimin in Familiar Wife...woojin is my girl crush. but i dont know about NamJoohyuk in this. i like him but not as much when his acting.

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Doesn't wrong with this pair. Even HJM acting it's not a good....

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Don't worry girl......she won't accept the role though. They'll find better idols that will surely suit to your taste. Good luck!

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I find HanJiMin will be babysitting beside NamJooHyuk...... LOL

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The reason for the prejudices is that Han Ji Min is not an imposed player like Jun Ji Hyun or Gong Hyo Jin. But it's okay for me. Because he has a successful acting and career. Besides, she's a beautiful woman. And it certainly shows younger than age. For this reason the room noona dongsaeng can perform the relationship.

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Great post, I would love to read your post. Nam Joo-hyuk is a fable that I love.
run 3

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