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Kim So-hyun up for Miss Granny drama remake

Good news! Kim So-hyun (Radio Romance) is considering an offer to star in the drama remake of the 2014 hit family movie Miss Granny. Lovable ajusshi Kwon Hae-hyo (Lingerie Girls’ Generation) has already confirmed that he will be acting in the drama remake, but Kim So-hyun is still reviewing the script. As she is still filming her new drama Love Alarm, the production team and her agency are trying to see if this remake would fit into her schedule.

If you haven’t seen the movie (you should go see it), it’s about a crochety granny in her seventies who is so irascible and nagging that her grown son (to be played by Kwon Hae-hyo in the drama) decides to send her to a nursing facility. She wakes up one day to realize she has the body of a young woman, and she decides to explore the desires and passions she wanted to pursue in her youth in this new body. She encounters her son and his family in this new identity, and becomes friends with her own grandson.

The movie was really touching and heartfelt when it came to subtle expressions of familial love and friendship, and I’m excited to see how they’ll adapt it to the longer drama format. Shim Eun-kyung was so perfect in the movie’s lead role as Miss Granny, that I think I’ll find it hard to see anyone else in it. But if anyone can create a distinct but equally adorable granny persona, it’s going to be Kim So-hyun.

Miss Granny is being co-produced by Idea Factory and Ye-in Entertainment, and the rights for the Japanese market have already been purchased by Japanese company WITHSTARS. Currently Miss Granny is in the casting phase, and will begin filming as soon as it’s locked down a cast. As of yet, there is no broadcasting station attached.

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A granny in a young body.. Now that’s something to relate to. This premise sounds so fun and touching, and you gotta love grumpy ladies, families, and Kim So Hyun!

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You definitely gotta love Kim So Hyun! She's a complete ball of sunshine!

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Absolutely! She’s precious!

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Have you seen the movie? It really is touching and heartfelt!

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I haven't! I really want to see it now, though!

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This is one oft fave movies!!! As actresses Shin Eun kyung and kim sohyun have totally diff vibes so I’m really curious to see the diff take!! Thanks for the news :).

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They really do have different acting style and mannerism. Clearly shows in sageuks.
I think it's going to be a treat!
I just hope the writer and director are good.

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Since you're clearly the sageuk expert and I'm always interested in learning more about it, can you describe the differences in their acting style and mannerism in sageuks?

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I really love this picture they've used! She looks soooo pretty in it! I'm interested to see her quirky take on the character! Mostly I'm just excited to see her granny hijinks with her much older son!

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Hello DB thank you for writing this article but can you also give update on the details about Love Alarm casting. Thank you.

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Na Moonhe is also cast here as original role from the movie. It wasn't in the article so I just added it here.

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i think Jung Ga-ram will now be playing the role that was offered to Ahn Hyoseop before.

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Who is he? Hopefully not some idol actor. I'm all for rookie actors but I don't like idols stealing roles from budding young stars.

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Jung Ga ram isn't an idol, I watched him in Mistresses and he did very well. He won Best New Actor in Grand Bell Awards 2016, so it means he is good in my opinion. I haven't watch his movie that earned him that particular award though.

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Sounds impressive why is it I've never heard of these new actors? I should work harder on staying updated.

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I think he just played some minor roles in drama before and not in popular drama so it makes sense he isn't noticeable. It's good drama like Love Alarm is around and give opportunities to these young actors.

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Great! Thankful they've given her proper actors this time around her actual age. Rookie actors in that age category are extremely under rated. I can look forward to Love Alarm now.

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I've been waiting for some update for that too.

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"Lovable ajusshi Kwon Hae-hyo (Lingerie Girls’ Generation)"

Ironically, he was anything but lovable in that role lol

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Miss Granny--best final scene in a movie EVER! (Well, my favorite final of any Korean movie I've ever watched.) I loved that movie. It will be difficult for them to remake it as a series, because the movie was so good.

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Difficult is a good thing explains why they're going for a strong cast of phenomenal actors. Everyone loves a good challenge which I'm sure this one will be. I'm looking forward to what they turn out.

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Difficult is a good thing explains why they're going for a strong cast of phenomenal actors. Everyone loves a good challenge which I'm sure this one will be. I'm looking forward to what they turn out.

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The last scene was priceless!

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Totally caught me off guard. I was screaming, "I can't believe that's who I think it is!" (Not going to post a spoiler, because if you haven't seen the movie, you should.)

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I wanted to watch the sequel.

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I watched that final scene soooo many times!! It was brilliant!

I also watched the chinese remake. It was a good remake, but it made a huge misstep for leaving out that final scene.

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There was a Chinese re-make? I didn't know, but you're right, why did they leave out the ending? That's basically the punch line.

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There are at least 6 remakes:
chinese, indonesian, vietnamese, thai, filipino, japanese

I haven't watched the others yet! Miss Granny is one of those stories that can feel at home in any culture.

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I literally screamed, cheering at that finale scene. I'd love to talk about it at length but it's gonna be spoilery... so I'm gonna end it by saying that the movie's really good with lots of fun moments but the finale was just so fantastic, it makes me grin just thinking about it.

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I agree with this - gonna be hard to beat the original. The movie was good enough that it was remade at least four more times in various countries (the Vietnamese one is probably the best). (OST from Vietnamese version https://youtu.be/yW0P8iJLB9M )

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I don't think they're trying to beat the original just adapting it into a drama format. Its the next big trend when it comes to dramas is to adapt it from a movie preferably one of their own movies. If anyone can actually play this role its Kim So Hyun. Her acting skills are the best for challenging roles like this.

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I'm just glad they don't need a male lead for this one. I read a comment on another blog for more female centric dramas and I'd have to agree. If anyone she absolutely deserves female centric dramas. I'm excited for this one no matter what happens.

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Oh, I loved Miss Granny! Gonna stay tuned for news about this drama.

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Hard to believe its been almost 4 years since the drama originally came out. It'll even be 5 by the time the remake actually airs.

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So many movie remakes they're making now a days. Miss Granny is one among my favourites. Shin Eun-Kyung nailed the role and I can see Kim So-Hyun mailing the role with her sass. 😍💁 She's perfect for the role. I hope they cast a perfect make lead for her.

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Her sass is legendary! She plays it exceptionally well! I'd love to see her as a cantankerous old young woman!

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I was hoping Shim Eun-kyung would do the drama version too but Kim So-hyun will do.

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Will do? She's like the definition of sass! Its a perfect casting!

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What the heck did you expect me to say? She needs no introduction and I'm not going to try and convince anyone that she can do this.

I wouldn't call her the definition of sass. She is more than that.

Shim Eun-kyung is a successful young talent in Chungmuro. To get a role like that and command box office success is a big deal so I'm hoping that she'd do both films and dramas.
Being a movie star at that young age is also risky because eventually she'll have to go from leading lady to supporting role . There is not enough well written roles for her age group. (Look at Moonie's career.)

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I didn't mean it sarcastically oh no! I was just super excited by the news so sorry! She must be planning to do both when she finds the right script.

(sorry but who is Moonie?)

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@Jakey
This is the most innocuous comment by @kiara. Why nitpick the semantics and be contrary when we all agree?

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@jake216

Apologies! We should all be allowed to fangirl over our favorites.
That means me over-reacting :(.

@news
Sorry I shouldn't have said it anyway.

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I'm wondering why they didn't have Shim Eun-kyung revive the role in the drama version. But if they're going to cast a different actress, I'm also glad it's Kim So-hyun. I've been underwhelmed by her recent drama choices in a leading role since she's a talented actress, but this would be a fun and challenging character to portray. Hopefully the director and screenwriter will do the film justice.

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I'm actually impressed by her drama choices because she never seems to stick to a character archetype. She feels like the kind that likes to experiment irrespective of the result. A great trait to have in the long run but it comes with some bumps along the way.

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I don't think not sticking to a character archetype necessarily equates good choices; actors can have both, but I much prefer quality over quantity. However, she is only 19 years old and very much in demand, so she won't be going away anytime soon no matter what her choices are.

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Not sticking to a character archetype means you are versatile and capable of doing more than one thing or role. Good choices are very relative. You might not think DoTS or Worlds Within are good drama choices for say Song Hye Kyo but they show versatility that she can do more than one thing. Nothing is more important than versatility for an actor. Popularity of a drama is subjective and frankly none of her drama choices have done poorly. If they didn't bring in domestic ratings they bought in international fans which is all that matters! Her choices are very well planned out she clearly knows where she wants to go next.

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Infact she's one of the few actresses that's delivered quality performances despite whatever script that's been given to her. Its clear why she's called Little Son Ye Jin. Brilliant versatile actors like them are extremely hard to come by.

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this quality v/s quantity thing only applies to older actors with a very very strong footing no. young actors must continuously keep working to have their names known. lay the foundation when you are young so can rest later. park shin hye is good example of this worked hard in her youth so can now rest and do less dramas or movies. ryu jun yeol has also now done 10 movies in only 2 years so now he has gone from supporting character in chungmuro to one of most in demand in actor in chungmuro. hardwork means work nonstop without rest so can have all the rest later.

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@libby
Ryu is in a good place in Chungmuro. He's improve a lot too and I hope that he'd do a drama every now and then when he has time.

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I’m well aware of what ‘not sticking to a character archetype’ means and how important it is for actors to be versatile and show range. I’m not impressed with her recent drama choices is an opinion, not the gold standard, and it’s not a critique of her acting or related to character choices only; it’s the production as a whole.

“Hard work means work[ing] nonstop without rest, so [she] can have all the rest later” doesn’t apply to her. Considering how young she is, she’s an A-list actress with proven talent and star power, so unlike many other actors/actresses of her generation and even of older generations, she can be selective in her drama and film choices. Also, ratings and international fame aren’t all that matters. Without question, they’re important, but I think quality and integrity will always trump these two things.

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@news I don't think quality is that important other wise Kim Eun Sook or dramas like Boys Over Flowers or My Love From Another Star wouldn't be popular dramas. Popular dramas tend to trump good dramas. Miss Korea's was a great drama but completely disappeared under the fame of My Love and even Beautiful Mind which ended with having its episodes cut down. Popularity kinda trumps quality to be honest. Good is not a term to take seriously. Quantity isn't a bad idea when your still in the transition phase like she is.

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@Cleo
I don’t take ‘good’ seriously, at least in the way you’re implying. Kim Eun Sook’s dramas and My Love From Another Star are high quality and well-made dramas penned by talented writers who have a reputation for making hit dramas. I’m a fan of Park Ji Eun’s work and have seen all of her dramas. Boys Over Flowers was already a popular manga with a strong fan base before it was made into dramas/films. It’s ‘IT’ factor and pop culture relevance was already proven, but for sure, the dramas took it to international fame and made unknown actors stars overnight. Popular dramas trump “good” dramas in ratings and popularity only, not necessarily in quality or integrity. Critics, filmgoers and general viewers can all probably agree that dramas like Queen Seon Deok, Answer Me series, Misaeng, Signal and My Ahjussi have good ratings, are popular and the overall production quality (i.e. directing, writing, storytelling, editing, cinematography, acting, etc.) is at its best.

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But critical dramas don't bring in money. See Punch was critically received but was not helpful for kim rae-won career or popularity but Doctors make him so popular and allow him more fans. He win more awards for Doctors then Punch so now he choose more commercial dramas which can be cheesy popular love stories. Black Knight again make him more popular then Punch.

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news - I think bad productions again is a subjective term but even if it is bad its a very good learning curve for young stars. She's a huge name being an A-lister but she still is very very very young. She'll have to go through the same learning curve as most people her age but while being more exposed than any of her other peers. She's the hardworking kind who feels experience only comes from constant activity like Ji Sung or Park Sejoon who basically work without rest. I doubt her aim is to be popular or do good dramas but to be a better actress which means having bad dramas under your wing as well. Look at Son Ye Jin she has so many bad productions under her but is the most successful actress of her generation.

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I didn't realize my nonchalant comment would turn into a colorful, engaging and energetic discussion, which is surprising and wonderful. Again, I would like to emphasize that an opinion is not the gold standard, so it’s subjective depending on one’s perception and where the perspective is coming from. In this case, are you a critic, a filmgoer or a general viewer? They will all have different opinions of what is most important to them (i.e. everyone who took part in this discussion), and even within each category, there will be nuances that’ll naturally result in agreements/disagreements. Considering the complexity of drama/filmmaking and the artists behind them, not every drama/film will have the same goals or end results in ratings, popularity, quality or integrity. But we can all agree that some dramas/films (no matter what genre) are lucky enough to have all four, which I gave examples of.

Without a doubt, having a myriad of diverse experiences, no matter which profession you’re in is important and necessary to becoming great at what you do. But I don’t think becoming great at what you do means working non-stop or harder; they don’t take precedence over being selective or making smarter choices that’ll have higher chances of maximum impact (since there are many variables and no one is ever fully in control of what the end result will be). Kim Soo-hyun debuted at 19 years old and didn’t have the star power that Kim So-hyun has. Yet his drama/filmography are pretty short and display his versatility and range. Kim Yoo-jung and IU have made some interesting choices in leading roles, which have really surprised me and make me curious and anticipate their next project. Who isn’t impressed with Park Bo-gum? And Won Bin, the elusive and enigmatic actor who is the most selective in choosing projects and has the shortest drama/filmography of anyone, still remains highly sought after by the industry with international fans enthusiastically waiting for his return. Regardless of the criticisms he’s received, he’s remained relevant and has the indefinable IT-factor. There’s Won Bin and there’s everyone else.

@Vinny
I don’t think money, popularity and awards are sustainable and the ikigai that makes people wake up every morning, even Kim Rae-won.

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Your point is not valid one point because interesting roles doesn't mean good dramas. I think Kim So Hyun's role selection has been very interesting. Who else has played a rape survivor, a blind piano prodigy who has fallen out of love with the very thing she used to enjoy, a suicidal orphaned bullied student, a optimistic disabled small town girl with dreams or a perky but realistically mature radio scriptwriter. You're implying the quality of the drams I'm talking about the quality of her roles and characters have been broader than anyone of her age range or beyond which is excatly why she is so much in demand. You imply she'll be in demand despite of her choices what I'm trying to say is she is in demand because of her choices. She's shown range, variety and versatility which almost no one except maybe Son Ye Jin, Bae Doona or Ha Ji Won have shown similar range in drama choice or acting. Its these choices that have made her both a hugely popular global star as well as one who receives a lot of praise from every single costar, director and writer for her actual acting. Its her acting that supersedes her drama choices because she's just brilliant . She's a class act and tough one to follow. She receives challenging roles unlike any of her peers like this because of how much versatility she's shown in her acting having smoothly made the transition from child to adult actor.

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Just butting in for a very small statement. Talented people don't ever go away which is why won bin as you mentioned is still a big name. Talent means you'll be around even if you receive a lot of criticism or underwhelm people with drama choice or something else. I think we can all agree that there is no ceiling to her talent or what all she can do with her limitless acting potential.

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@Jakey
Everyone has a valid point depending on his/her perspective, and I think we should be respectful of that. You’re making a lot of assumptions about what I’m saying when it’s not what I’m saying at all:

- I never said interesting roles exist only in good dramas.
- I never said Kim So-hyun doesn’t make interesting choices.
- I never said she’s in demand despite her choices.
- I never said she doesn’t show range, variety or versatility.
- I’m talking about quality of dramas and roles and they are subjective.

It’s like we agree, but you continue to argue with yourself. And even if we disagree on some points, who cares? There’s no need to keep beating a dead horse; we can agree to disagree. There’s no right/wrong answers in life.

@firefly
Feel free to join the conversation. I wholeheartedly agree and that’s exactly what I’m saying.

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WOW wait, I'm fresh out of watching Miss Granny 3 days ago, and now this? Talk about coincidence and serendipity!
Is Kim So-hyun too gonna sing?
What do they have in store for the surprise ending that TOTALLY left us speechless in the movie?
Now, finding a matching granny for Kim So-hyun would be the REAL task. I had no difficulty believing Na Moon-hee was Shim Eun-kyung, they even rocked the same hairstyle and granny-clothes together. The same-face mold is important right? Kim So-hyun perfectly passed as the younger version of Son Ye-jin and also Moon Embracing the sun Queen, but a GRANNY is a different story.
Right now, Kim So-hyun doesn't register to me as a cranky old-soul mode, neither can I picture a matching veteran granny actress....but I always have faith in the Three Kim Gems! :-) Fighting!

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Na Moon-hee is reprising her role in the drama from what I read above.

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She is an absolute old soul! Her friends have nicknamed her as grandma because she's like a complete granny in real life!

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Really? Good to know. If Na Moon-hee is already in....well we only have to wait and see how they're going to build up the story in differently and how they're going to quirk the story in a new and unique way.
Fingers crossed! And toes!

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Oh I havent seen the movie.. i may include this in my movie list. Hopefully Love Alarm will be a good drama. So wish her a successful drama whichever she chooses!

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NOW THIS IS WHAT I SIGN UP FOR

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Incidentally, a granny in a young body.... is this the story of my life?

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So I'm not the only one who feels this way?

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I'm basically a grumpy, misanthropic old man.

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I'm just good old grumpy, no excuses.

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Kim So Hyun is such a class act and I really like the premise. I haven't seen the original film but I might check it out as it sounds really good.

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Even I haven't seen the movie but the premise sounds amazing so I'll definitely tune in.

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The movie is so heartwarming but funny at the same time!

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Miss Granny is a perfect movie which I thought would never need a remake of any sort but then I saw the Chinese version and it was perfect yet again. Then I went ahead and saw the Indonesian version as well which believe it or not was once again completely perfect even though it had very different vibe than the other two. I don't know what the drama version of this remake will be like but I find kim so-hyun to be so perfectly cast for this role which I've loved on many different actresses. I guess I'll be looking forward to this drama with cautious anticipation.

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The heroine in the Chinese version had an aura that was more like IU, and yet it worked very well and except for the c-version skipping the awesome ending the k-movie had, I enjoyed it a lot. Even though Kim So Hyun has a different feel from Shim Eun Kyung, I agree with you, it will still work.

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All the versions I've seen the leads all have very different vibes to each other. I didn't feel any familiarity with the way they acted actually. It was interesting how every single one of them had a completely different interpretation of the character but I liked each version of it even their supporting characters. I'm both cautiously optimistic yet excited about this.

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The real question is, can the get Kim Soo-hyun to cameo again? 😁😉 If only he weren't serving right now!

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Maybe visiting him in the military can be the cameo a cool twist on the original ending. Now that's an idea.

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Data descriptions haven't appealed to me this much in a while. Count me in. This Show is drawing me out of my slump but it's still so far away hahahha

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LOL drama*
I don't even use "data" much. :/

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Too far away. I'm worried it might be a whole year before it actually comes around.

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Oh no! That will be too far!

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Not even Hundred Million Stars? The promotions look so good for that. This movie is one of the best movies I've ever seen so I'm definitely looking forward to what they do with the drama version of it.

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Been will check it out, but the premise itself, not so.much.

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Hehe*
Have heard really goof things about the Japanese original though.

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So I don't want to force you to watch it but I'm so excited about it I keep promoting it. *hahaha* I've heard good things about the Japanese version too but I haven't seen it either. Maybe I'll watch it after I see the Korean version just as a comparison.

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I have seen all versions, and I thought the Japanese one was not the best. I would rank them as:
1. Korean
2. Vietnamese (Sweet 20)
3. Chinese
4. Japanese (Ayashii Kanojo)
5. Thai (suffered a bit from low budget IMO)
6. Indonesian (only saw part, as the YouTube upload was bad).

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All the best Kim so Hyun work ♥

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I feel like its been forever since I've seen her in anything. Her last drama was more than 6 months ago but it feels much longer. I doesn't look like Love Alarm or this will be airing this year so I'm just excited to see her acting again hopefully before March. Have just missed her acting so much because she really brings life to all her characters even the dull ones. I'll be rooting for her as always.

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But we get 2 dramas at one go so its ok!

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I loved Miss Granny and I love Kim So Hyun! I think she’s perfect for the role and hope she can fit it into her schedule.

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Definitely a perfect fit for this role. Its going to be much challenging role as well.

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I can totally see her as a naggging granny

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Absolutely and I'm excited about it.

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Yes! Pumped just thinking about it!

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Ohh I was hoping for IU in this one since this looks like perfect for her too but going from My Ajusshi to Miss Granny is a bit funny I guess lol. Eager to here more updates since I love the movie

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That would've been an interesting choice. Now that you mentioned it, I can't unsee it.

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I can see her in this role and I approve it ! 😄👍

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I'm excited to see her take on yet another challenging role!

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Queen of versatility!

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A million thumbs up for this casting news!!!

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WOW! GOOD SYNCHRO RATE!

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Is she a singer as well? Because the character of the Granny is a good singer. Hoping she can pull it off

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About as good as SEK was in the original movie. They have the same singing style.

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