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Woo Do-hwan to join Yang Se-jong in JTBC’s sageuk, My Country

Actor Woo Do-hwan (The Great Seducer, Mad Dog) will be joining Yang Se-jong (Thirty But Seventeen, Temperature of Love) in new JTBC sageuk, My Country.

There isn’t a lot of information about the story yet, but it is said to be set in a tumultuous time in history and will center around three people who ultimately struggle to hold onto love.

In the drama, Woo Do-hwan plays the character of Nam Sun-ho. He excels in both scholarship as well as martial arts, and dreams of completing the military service examinations. However, he’s an illegitimate son born to a slave class woman and a noble man which means his path in life is rocky. When his father experiences a corruption scandal, Woo Do-hwan ultimately gives up on his dreams.

Yang Se-jong confirmed his casting a while back and will play Seo Hwi. He and Woo Do-hwan’s character start off as best friends. But a misunderstanding later causes conflict and the two end up falling out with each other.

Writing for My Country is Chae Seung-dae, who was part of the writing team for Age of Feeling and Master-God of Noodle. Directing is PD Kim Jin-won of Just Between Lovers, Wonderful Season and Nice Guy.

I’m intrigued by the director because I loved how Nice Guy was shot, even if the story wasn’t always sound, and I’ve heard a lot of praise for Just Between Lovers. It’s still on my “to watch” list though, which just keeps growing longer and longer. I’ll have to add My Country now as well. Anyone have a time turner they can spare?

My Country is currently being planned to air in the latter half of 2019 on JTBC.

Via Newsen, Sports Chosun

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Having two of the most amazing new actors of the new generation act together is really a dream and even more with all the angst that comes with friends turned enemies,so just please give them characters to work with as they have the versatility for it!!!Who will i even root now,My heart!!!...Not to positive with the writer as seen for the credentials...I know many more swing making and idea looking at the PD but i always look first at the writer and till now this one didn't give me much to it based on he previous projects but hey,i wish i'll be amazed as Yang Se Jong mostly has great projects....

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I don’t know about the writer but the PD of Just Between Lovers is awesome, so I’m very hopeful. 🙏

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This writer has been part of terribly written dramas. PD Jin-won is not just awesome in JBL. He is fantastic in sageuks too. One of my fave!!!

I wish they'd given him a decent writer.

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Oh dear oh dear 😥

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Noooo.... I have to watch it anyway. I've proven that I can watch anything with Woo Do Hwan in it.

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Me as well. He is just sooooo...pretty. His acting is good as well.

But he is beautiful. Gobsmacked, I am.

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And that voice. His voice is like a saxophone.

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Same here. I even watched 60% of the horrendous Great seducer for him.

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May the odds be on this combo 🙏

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I’m laughing like crazy and crying because 2019 is set to be epic for sageuk fans. The drought is over! 😭😭😂😍😭

Paging the president of the fan club @pakalanapikake

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It has an actor that she and I will watch in anything too.

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@ndlessjoie mugyuljoie -- It's got two actors I will watch in even questionable productions, dang it. My goose is cooked. ;-)

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Sageuk fans rejoice!!!

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Thanks for the heads-up, @wishfultoki. Methinks the WDH&KMJ Nameless Fan Club might do well to commence building an ark. When it rains, it pours. If this keeps up, we'll have a deluge of sageuks. We'll also need to keep our heads above water for when WDH's film, THE DIVINE FURY, premieres later in 2019. ;-)

Moo-myung#1

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Maybe i'm the only one but this duo combination reminds me of Kim So Hyun and Kim Yoo Jung combo in MoonSun,as i see Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan as friendly rivals jjaja,Hope we'll get a great young actresss to keep up with them and not be devoured.

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My dream casting would be Park Eun-bin

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These two don't have much experience in sageuks like Yoo-jung and So-hyun. These girls can do sageuks in their sleep.

I know these boys are very popular here but I'm just not into them and I'm very picky when it comes to sageuks. Shoot me....

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True... has JTBC done sageuks? Hopefully the supporting cast and directing will help. I enjoyed The King Loves a lot even though the leads had little or no sageuk experience. Guess we’ll wait and see what happens!

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Yes JTBC has done sagueks in the past: Mirror of the Witch, (beautifully shot, though the casting left a lot to be desired) Maids, Cruel Palace – War of Flowers are a few examples of the sagueks they've done in the past.

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Toki, JTBC has done a couple of epic sageuks when they first launched. QUEEN IN-SOO and WAR OF THE FLOWERS by writer Jung-Ha-yeon.

I think they went with short fusion sageuks after that because they are less expensive and they don't have a sageuk set like KBS and MBC.

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That is true that experience wise they can't be compared with Yoo Jung and So Hyun,i meant more like how they are seen(like how the two girls were seen unintentional as rivals),they as well are like the most shining as they had their breakthrough at the same time and are kinda seen as "rivals" if it makes sense...I don't think the drama will go into super serious stuff and there is no issue if u aren't into them,it's your opinion and likes so all for that

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Kiara. Let us trusting Kim Jin Won PD nim... Hahhaha i just happy he is back on the map. Hahahha

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I am very happy that he is doing a sageuk although I was hoping he'd work with someone like Jung Hyun-Min who wrote JEONG DOJEON.

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Hahha.. That's one of my complain. My only hope is this writer will eventually inspired and improve her writing skill with KJW at the helm. 😅

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Glad that Kim Jin Won will helm this project but sad none of these two together with this writer can make me stay for any sageuk. Unless if they cast Kwak Dong Yeon or someone at his calibre to complete the main leads' trio. And please save our sageuk fairies from this drama as well.

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@seralovestteobokki
I hear you but I'm still watching MAMA FAIRY when I can for our sageuk fairy Moon Chae-won but I'm so not into it.

Maybe PD Kim will work his magic with this drama and we can always watch it for the pretty too lol.

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I have dropped Mama Fairy unfortunately. Moon Chae Won honestly should join something like Asadal. I got that she might wanted to try something different but the writing doesn't give her any justice.

We can just hope on PD Kim's magic to bring the best out of these rookie sageuk actors. If they are up for more rising actors, I hope they will cast Kwak Dong Yeon or Lee Taeri. They are talented and have good experiences in sageuk.

I'm so looking forward for Yeo Jin Gu's sageuk in January by the way. :)

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Yay! Another great sageuk in the making! Great actors!

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Casting of Woo Do hwan, yahoooooooooo. Casting of Yang Se-jong, *crickets*.

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They had me at Yang Se Jong and now Woo Do Hwan joins it? ahhh love them both so this is automatically going to go on my list ! <3

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Ooooh, I like these two individually and seeing them act together (or against each other) would be even better. Friends to enemies to friends again? Angsty, epic bromance? One can only hope. 😂

And I'm excited for more sageuk dramas! Butttttt I need the writing to be good. I just realized I suffered through their terrible dramas once already. (And once is enough. 😓🤣)

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I've suffered and am willing to suffer more. Maybe we need a Beanie group to write this for them? I'm all for bromance, friends in the end, and not ending with a tragic death. (I'm hoping for too much aren't I?)

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@ndlessjoie mugyuljoie,

Methinks we could expect an epic bromance from these two if MAD DOG and THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN -- and the kitchen crew in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE -- are anything to judge by.

Will they both be half-yangban, one of whom loses hope and abandons his dreams while the other persists? Might they be half-brothers?

I'm especially curious about the drama's title. It makes me think of a modern nation-state rather than the ancient land and its spirits. We'll just have to wait for the teasers. ;-)

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Oh man, I want angsty “friends->enemies->friends” bromance so bad but if it ends up as a “friends->enemies->still enemies” tragedy I can’t take it lol.

I think I’ll do what I usually do in case of potential tragedies: wait for it to finish and check spoilers first >.>

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I might be beside myself after reading this. JBL was amazing and these two actors too? Please be great, or at least good. *Placing many tasty sub sandwiches (from a local vendor who makes fabulous subs) and lots of artisanal pizza at the feet of the drama gods*

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Oh!! Oh!!! Did Christmas come sooner? Now... who’s the second lead? I guess it’s WDH as he was cast later?

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That was my take. He's the underdog.

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I just read it’s supposed to be dual leading roles!!! I can already picture shipping wars when this drama starts 😱

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@cherryinbloom,

Maybe WDH will play a brainy antihero akin to Jan Gebauer in MAD DOG. He did a nice job as Ko Nan-gil's former loan shark first mate in SWEET STRANGER AND ME. Or perhaps YSJ will take another murderous walk on the wild side as he did in DUEL. I'm curious as to who the female lead will be. I just hope we don't have to endure a love triangle a la THE KING IN LOVE, or unrecognizable long-lost kid sisters. ;-)

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YAAAAAAAAS to Woo Do Hwan. Ehhhhhh to the writer-nim. Yay to the director :)

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*Adds another sageuk to my list*

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The intensity Woo Do Han brings to his pictures makes Yang Se Jong seem almost....boyish.

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Ooooooo. Our best new actors in a sageuk together? Hurray!!! Sign me up.

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Omg Fu*k! Ahahhahahahah
I have to watch this.... Sageuk genre with Kim Jin Won at the helm? Omg!

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I hope he'll cast a good actress for the lead role.

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I'm afraid the talented actress will be wasted. This writer... 😨

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We should treasure of what we got. More so, sageuk tend to focus for not only the main character. I think elder character will be given an equally screen time. Glad Kim Jin Won is still sticking with JTBC and they are still appreciate him. I hope with this drama, the two young male actor will eventually improve.

There is more bunch of talent female young acctress than male. So Let's hope the acctress will be a good one.

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I dropped Gaksital because of friend turned enemies. But I love woo do Hwan too much for giving up this.

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Thank you, @tccolb, for another installment of exciting casting news. I'm totally slipping my clutch with all the announcements of forthcoming sageuks now that the drought is breaking. Christmas has come early. ;-)

Manseh! Yet another pair of faves will be romping around in hanbok. I assume the story will be set in Joseon because of the half-yangban issue with Woo Do-hwan's character, Nam Sun-ho. Since Yang Se-jong's Seo Hwi is his best friend, I expect they are on the same social rung. It will be interesting to see WDH hacking and slashing in Joseon garb. YSJ played the younger version of Song Seung-heon's painterly royal in SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY, and was quite dashing, both on and off a horse. I hope that they have rested and paced themselves to avoid exhaustion, as both have been busy this year. It's particularly confusing as Woo Do-hwan and Park Seo-joon have a film premiering in 2019, THE DIVINE FURY – which includes yet another exorcist priest, LOL!

I was impressed with PD-nim's work on JUST BETWEEN LOVERS, the only show of his I've seen. I've got my fingers crossed that Writer-nim is up to snuff. Truth to tell, I seem to recall reading Beanie lamentations that NOODLE OF REVENGE got flaky towards the end. I didn't watch the show. I certainly don't want to toss my laptop in high dudgeon if MY COUNTRY hatches out as a turkey. Time to place a few more SubWeys on the altar. ;-)

Just to keep score:

2019 Sageuks, AFAIK as of 12/14/18

At first blush I thought this article referred to UGEUMCHI, set in late Joseon during the Donghak Peasant Rebellion. Nope. That one stars Yoon Si-yoon and Jo Jung-seok – in his first sageuk. It will air sometime in the spring.
http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/11/jo-jung-seok-yoon-shi-yoon-offered-brother-roles-in-sbs-sageuk

First up in the new year is THE CROWNED CLOWN with Yeo Jin-goo portraying Gwanghaegun and his doppelgänger of humble origins. Lee Se-young (Zombie Girl Buja in HWAYUGI) will play the Queen. The show has had various working titles: THE MAN WHO BECAME KING; THE QUEEN'S MAN; and MASQUERADE.
http://asianwiki.com/The_Crowned_Clown

Then there's Jung Il-woo's post-service comeback, Joseon-era sageuk HATCH / HAECHI / HAETAE, planned by SBS for a February launch.
http://asianwiki.com/Hatch_(Korean_Drama)

Lee Junho and Jung So-min are set to commence filming sageuk movie GIBANG BACHELOR / GIBANGDORYEONG this month for release in 2019, according to AsianWiki's recent blog post.
http://asianwiki.com/Gibang_Bachelor

Are there any I missed?

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ASADAL: Epic Go-joseon with Song Joong-ki, Kim Ok-bin, PD KIM WON-SEOK , writer Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon....

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Thanks, @kiara. That one somehow eluded me. Methinks I haven't seen anything from the Gojoseon era since LAND OF THE WIND. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake <3.

ASADAL will be our first Go-joseon sageuk irc. JUMONG was the closest to that era and the beginning of the 3 Kingdoms era. Infact, more than half of JUMONG was about the ‎descendants and tribes from Gojoseon era, pre-Goguryeo.
LAND OF THE WIND came after JUMONG with King Yuri who was JUMONG's son.

Song Ji-na's LEGEND OF THE FOUR GODS started off with the mythical story of Dangun, the first king of Go-joseon. This would be a great intro for ASADAL.

I think JUMONG and THE LEGEND would be the sageuks to rewatch before ASADAL.

Mr X the sageuk guru back in the days wrote this article. There is no mention of any Go-joseon sageuk even as far back as early 1980s.
https://www.yesasia.com/us/yumcha/sageuk-koreas-80-year-long-love-for-history/0-0-0-arid.125-en/featured-article.html

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*bookmarks this for future reference*

There’s also KINGDOM, if you’re into Joseon zombies (Netflix, January 2019)

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Thanks, @wishfultoki. It was buried in my list. I keep confusing KINGDOM with RAMPANT -- or is it MONSTRUM? Throw a few more exorcist priest shows into the schedule and I'll totally lose it. Sheesh! ;-)

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Hi @pakalanapikake. I returned yesterday from my sojourn to Germany. Thank you (and also @kiara) for the sageuk Comming Attractions. I think I will follow @wishfultoki and book mark this page. A lot will be happening.
I knew you would be on top of MY COUNTRY with Yang Se-jong and Woo Do-hwan. I like both these actors so count me in on this one.
Sidebar. The writer is connected to MASTER--GOD OF NOODLES (2016). MGN was my 8th kdrama and the first one I live watched. I had just signed on with Viki. With your memory even now you could probably write up a nice synopsis Not me. From what I can recall (which is not much) I guess it was kind of a mess but I remember a couple of things. The food looked good and in the cast (as friends from their orphanage days) were Lee Sang-yeob who played the sweet Tae-ha and Kim Jae-young who recently gave a fine performance as brother Moo Yeon in his first sageuk 100 DAYS MY PRINCE.

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Welcome back, @marcusnyc20 Bong-soo! I now just spotted a couple of your thumbs-ups. Actually, WishfulT is the one who sent me a smoke signal re: MY COUNTRY. It came clean out of the blue. -- In OT this morning I posted news of Junho's GIBANG BACHELOR film and UGEUMCHI with YSY and Jo Jung-seok. I'm going to need one of those airline flight arrival/departure boards for ease of updating. Sheesh!

I didn't actually watch MGN. Saya did a first-episode recap, and I recall reading that. In fact, I re-read it today, and was surprised to see that she gave "nameless" as the meaning for Moo-myung, which I had been trying to dredge up for use by the Woo Do-Hwan & Kim Min-Jae Nameless Fan Club -- established for survivors of the Show That Dare Not Speak Its Name But Whose Initials Are GS. We're all Bozos Moo-myungs on this bus. Details on my fan wall. See what happens when you leave NYC for a short spell?! I somehow got promoted to Fan Club President last weekend or so. -- Thanks for that bit of casting trivia from MGN re: Lee Sang-yeob and Kim Jae-young! (Hwaiting, Moo Yeon in 100 DAYS MY PRINCE!) -- Laters. ;-)

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This sageuk club relies on smoke signals as preferred means of communication, even going so far as hijacking threads if necessary. 😉

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Hi @wishfultoki. Hopefully in the future hijacking a thread won't be necessary but we know the drill if needed.

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Congratulations @pakalanapikake on your achievement. You recently reached Beanie level: Fan club president. (Think voice of John Houseman in the old Smith Barney commercial). This honor wasn't bestowed but
YOU EARNED IT!
A couple of quick comments. First, re GS.
I did not watch. At the time I did not think it was a good project for WDH but I think I commented something along the lines that at his age it must very difficult to turn down a project if you are offered a lead or co-lead. MAD DOG is the only thing I have seen WDW in and YSG better watch out. WDW is a scene stealer.
Second. Junho in the film GIBANG BACHELOR. (Kind of sorry it won't be a 16 episode drama.)
I am chuckling to myself trying to figure out what is going on here. Here is the entire synopsis from AsianWiki (link to follow):

Heo Saek (Lee Joon-Ho) is a lovely young man. His mother was a gisaeng and he grew up at the gibang (place where gisaeng work). He becomes the first male gisaeng in Joseon, a time when women suffered from oppression. Hae-Won (Jung So-Min) is a beautiful woman with a progressive way of thinking. They try to find true love.

http://asianwiki.com/Gibang_Bachelor
Are we talking something like this:
Choi Woo-shik in ROOFTOP PRINCE:
http://i.pinimg.com/originals/9a/64/5b/9a645b44de3a461f5e968eb3847c87d5.jpg
Or are we talking about something else?
I guess we have to wait and see.
I hope you don't mind my Saturday morning (here) humor.

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo <3.
Hope you had a great time in Germany :). Next year is going to be there and back again with sageuks. I hope that half of them would be decent. I'm not expecting any CONSPIRACY IN THE COURT quality to be honest.

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Hi @kiara. It is good to be back. I have some catching up to do with the end of the year threads now appearing.
Based on the high marks you have given to Writer Jung Hyun-min before leaving I took the plunge into JEONG DO JEON. I am now resuming at epsiode 6. I am really enjoying it so thanks.
In a way though, I am grateful not to have 50 episodes of subtitles in archaic English as in CITC.

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Oh I'm glad you are enjoying JDJ :).

Haha archaic English can only be done by MrX and I think he is done with K-ent.

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Erratum:

UGEUMCHI is Jo Jung-seok's first sageuk drama, but it's not his first historical rodeo. He won two Best Supporting Actor awards for his role in THE FACE READER in 2013. He played a major supporting role as an assassin in THE FATAL ENCOUNTER. JJS's sageuk movie experience increases my anticipation for this drama whose timeline overlaps that of MR. SUNSHINE. ;-)

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Woo do hwan and yang se jong together wow! It’s amazing how Woo Do Hwan talked about Yang Se Jong in an interview last year when they were compared as the new comers of 2017 and said it would be nice to work with him I guess it could now become a reality. I missed Do Hwan and hoped he would be in new project I’m not too fond of sageuks because I hate palace politics but with this PD and cast it has me excited

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Yes and yes, I’m a fan of both

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I'm definately excited to se Wo Do Hwan 😍 no doubt. But i'm not sure about the story and the Yang se jong guy (no offence) We'll see maybe i'll end up liking it

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Dang if put D.O in there and Choi Min-ho I would have died happy 😆

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love this kid! is it his voice??

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Well that's a good looking cast. I might be persuaded to watch.

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