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Kim Young-kwang transforms into cold perfectionist for SBS’s Love at First Sight

Any rom-com fan knows that a bickering-their-way-to-love lead couple makes for some entertaining laughs, sweetened with a dose of smugness as the viewer because we all know how it ends. And I have a niggling feeling that SBS’s Love at First Sight will feature one of those couples who start out really at each other’s throats, which sounds (sadistically) delightful. The aforementioned lead couple in this new rom-com are Kim Young-kwang (Room No. 9) and Jin Ki-joo (Come Here and Hug Me), playing a perfectionist boss and a temperamental secretary, respectively.

I feel like we just did this dynamic, and in a rom-com to boot, so I’ll be looking forward to how Love at First Sight sets itself apart. And there’s some hints to suggest that this iteration of the boss-secretary loveline starts out with a lot more antagonism than we had in What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim. Kim Young-kwang, pictured in the first stills released by the show, will play a department manager at T&T Mobile Media, who has an uncanny ability to recall every face he’s ever seen and read a person’s mind through a single facial expression.

His character is hilariously named Do Min-ik, a pun on Dominic – which coincidentally (or not) means “lordly.” True to his name, Do Min-ik thinks of himself as above all others, which I’m sure would be endlessly grating if not for his secretary Jung Gal-hee (Jin Ki-joo), who’s as petty as he is mean and is sure to give as good as she gets. I love a heroine with a spine. But despite their rather catty exchanges, the self-important boss begins to seek out his secretary after a mysterious, once-in-a-lifetime incident occurs.

Love at First Sight will be directed by Lee Kwang-young, whose credits include Nothing to Lose and Handsome Guy and Jung-eum, while writer Kim Ah-jung, of Divorce Lawyer in Love and Three Colors of Fantasies, will be penning the script. I’m not familiar with any of the director or writer’s credits, but I’m going to go in hoping for the best, as I do with all rom-coms. Let’s just hope that optimism pays off.

SBS’s Love at First Sight will follow Haechi in the Monday-Tuesday slot starting on May 6.

Via Sports Seoul

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Divorce Lawyer in Love was cute fluff. I didn't love Handsome Guy but it wasn't unpleasant to watch; I think it just wasn't a great story to begin with and I don't know how to fix that. Certainly the main couple had no chemistry.

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KYK finally in another rom-com! I think the last one was “Man Living in Our House.” And the last thing I saw him in was “Lookout.” I’ve seen both discussed in passing on the Beanie wall this week, so it just seems like perfect timing that he’s back. But how much cooler would this show be if the roles were reversed and KYK was the “pretty” secretary? I could totally use a secretary like him 😜.

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Dang it, now I'll be disappointed if the roles *aren't* reversed. Why did you do this to me Ally? 😅
After 10 million dramas in which the guy is the boss, it'd be a breath of fresh air if he was a secretary this time. Women can be bosses too, drama gods!

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You've never seen "My Horrible Boss"?

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No, but I looked it up and it seems interesting. Would you recommend it? Encounter/Boyfriend also did a role reversal but it wasn't a boss/secretary relationship. What I'd love to see is a guy doing the thankless secretarial duties often done by women and for the show to explore/critique how men in those positions are treated differently from women doing the same work, and vice versa for the female boss. But hey, this is kdramaland after all so I get that my hopes are pretty high.

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Actually I've never watched the whole thing yet, though it's on my to watch list. I think I got bored with it and the female mean boss was a little over the top. I'd recommend at least trying it. No clue how it ends as far as whether or not she becomes "nice". It's supposed to have a "happy" ending.
Moana? After the movie? My daughter has some ancestors named Moana!

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@linda-palapala I'll keep it in mind for the next time I'm looking for something to watch.

Yes, I chose this name because I liked the movie so much. She's my hero.
About your daughter: that's so cool! ☺

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There’s actually a Thai drama with a pretty badass female boss with a male secretary. Word of caution though, the drama is next level dramatic. Here’s the link: https://ohsweethaven.com/completed-projects/2018-2/yuthakarn-prab-nang-marn/

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Why, thank you.

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He would make a wonderful secretary!

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He would be the worst cuz I would never get any work done but just watching him all day!!! 😂 So sign me up!!!

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And he is a 'Kim'. He was born to be a secretary ; ))

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Agreed. I would love to see more lady bosses in dramaland for sure. And I'd love to see this kind of role reversal, since it would lead to a really interesting dynamic. I think we kind of got that with Divorce Lawyer in Love's initial episodes where the male lead was the office manager and the female lead was the boss lady, though it reversed for a portion of the show because that was basically the plot, but then they were equals in power by the end. That show actually had a lot of interesting commentary on workplace dynamics too, if I recall correctly.

(Also, not to nitpick, but I think the description for this said the secretary was "petty" not "pretty". I'm all about the petty.)

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I read it again. Petty it is!

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you should try On Your Wedding Day with Kim Young Kwang and Park Bo Young. I loved that movie.

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I did watch that! I actually stalked that movie. What a great pairing. A drama with them would also be Daebak!

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their height difference alone made me curious to watch the movie, and i wasn’t disappointed by it.

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Was it a sad ending? That was the reason I didn't want to watch it.

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it was sad but acceptable ending, imo. but the whole movie is too adorable to miss it.

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I didn’t think it was sad. It was, however, realistic, and I lived the main lead better after it was all said and done.

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Ah, I really liked Look Out and I enjoyed "Man Living in Our House." I am all in for a new KYK drama. Even if the material isn't new, I trust him to put in a memorable performance.

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Oof, things aren't looking good for that director, and I wasn't massively happy with the writer either.

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I don’t know anything about either of them. Thanks for the heads up.

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Just because, Handsome Guy and Jung-eum was a horribly stereotypical and uninventive show, and preferably I'd want this to be memorable! 😂

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People's tastes are amazingly different. To me HGaJE was cute and harmless.

The horribly stereotypical and uninventive show to me, is Touch your Heart. It is boring me to tears. And saddening me to tears too because I love both lead actors and I had been looking forward to it so much.

So sorry this turned into a rant for another show! Your description hit home too closely!

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Haha, each to their own, I suppose!

I agree with you that it was cute and harmless, but I also think it never did anything new and also didn't ever emotionally affect me.

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It is only fair for me to add a comment here that after episode 10 I am starting to enjoy it to an extent, thankfully.

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Thanks for the update on LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, @tipsymocha. I've been wondering when Kim Young-kwang would grace us with his presence in another drama after his tour de force in LOOKOUT. If he channels some of the aegyo with which Jang Do-han tormented his staid prosecutor colleague, we'll be in for a treat.

I'm not sure how to classify his earlier drama, SWEET STRANGER AND ME, which wasn't really a rom-com. It wasn't all that funny, and was pretty blah for a romance -- perhaps because his character played the leading lady's younger step-father, and she was basically a crankypants. The story was actually rather tragic, and more about finding justice, with Nan-gil expressing mucho filial piety in carrying out his adoptive mom's final wishes. Not to mention a heavy helping of mandoo, and a side of bromance with his loyal dumpling makers (aka the ManDoods). Key phrase: "I have to knead dough." Woo Do-hwan played his old frenemy in a small role that he capitalized on by effectively evoking sympathy.

KYK did a lovely job in the movie ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.

KYK played a dual role in ROOM NO. 9, as both a young doctor and his father. The show was dominated by Kim Hae-sook as the woman framed for murder, Kim Hee-sun as the antagonistic hotshot lawyer whose consciousness gets swapped with the convict's, and Lee Kyoung-young (currently starring in HAECHI) as the killer who nearly got away with murder. Oh Dae-hwan stole the show as a mad dog cop who falls for the old lady in the young lawyer's body.

As for the writer, ROMANCE FULL OF LIFE with Yoon Si-yoon and Jo Soo-hyang was the green segment of the THREE COLOR FANTASY, and was a sweet little story of struggling university students, one of whom participates in a pharmaceutical trial and becomes a brainiac overnight in a twist on FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, and which anticipated Jang Hyuk's turn in BAD PAPA. I enjoyed it, in no small part because of YSY's incandescent charisma. Here's hoping we can anticipate another warm character arc from Writer-nim.

Directing-wise, HANDSOME GUY was pretty good, but the story itself was the weakest link. It was not one of Namgoong Min's better shows, but that wasn't because his acting was bad. If it had been shorter and more tightly focused, it might have been better, but as it was, there were too many tangential subplots and a gazillion side characters.

It will be interesting to see how LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT differentiates itself from WHAT'S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM.

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Not a fan of the director, since I dropped Nothing to Lose and I think I haven't watched any drama from the writer.
But I am so excited for the pairing... Kim Young Kwang and Jin Ki Joo.
Tho this is a rom-com but really want something fresh, not just too-light one. Cant wait!

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Kim Young Kwang recently caught my eye with the deliciously horribly cheesy Gogh's starry night. This might turn out to be the same kinda awfully good cheesiness? I'll be wary but look out for it!

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Did you see “Lookout?” I liked his before, but that made me LOVE him.

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My eyes fill with loving tears every time he comes on screen every time I re-watch Lookout!

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I watched Queen of the Ring but the only things I liked were Kim Seulgi's acting and her chemistry with Ahn Hyoseop and I found his character really unlikable. The plot is about beauty discrimination but the ending got me more disappointed because it glossed the problem. And Ahn Hyoseop's characterization was confusing to me because he likes pretty people but then he doesn't like people getting teased for their looks. The plot seems to portray him as a genuinely nice guy who sees the world in society's ideals but he didn't really get me.
I saw the teaser of Love at First Sight and it seems to follow the the plot form of Queen of the Ring since it seems like hero is falling at first sight for heroine's alter ego who has eyes like ^^ . I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

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Certainly curious about this pairing. Looking forward to seeing what happens.

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Wondering what the once-in-a-lifetime incident will be. The storyline is not bad although nothing new but I hope they add something else to it to make it special.

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I'm so over the 'Female secretary and uptight boss' trope that drama-land has been obsessed with lately. I don't know of any dramas out there where the man is the secretary and the woman is the boss (I'm sure they are out there, like a fabled unicorn). Why are the women always in the subservient role? I am so ready to have the roles reversed.

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either way it's such a misuse of power but my god for ONCE can we not get the woman doing this. and it's also just imagined subservience because we see it and we're like oh man he has his whole life together and he's rich look at this girl who has nothing!!!! (even tho se has a job? IDEK) like we are supposed to think these women are just useless but somehow a perfect man falls in love w them. despite working for them.

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I can name one!

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a SECRETARY? AGAIN? oh my god. lmao. i really can't like how much must we put up with that these women are constant secretaries working for stoic perfect so smart amazing men then there's the secretary so her job isn't a big deal (even tho it's a lot of labor with very little return) and she's not established in life and some rich asshole comes. like the first 5000000 times it's fine but it's 2019 can we please move on....

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Something seems different with Kim Young Kwan here. It it the dark eyebrow? Haha

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There's just a thing that keep me confusing, and it's that in other webs says that the main character is suposed to be blind or have facial blindness....in any of them is about him beung super capable of recognizing thing by reading people's emotions.

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I knew I'd seen him somewhere but couldn't place it. After searching I realized it was "White Christmas". Haven't watched any of the other dramas he's listed in.

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His first drama. He was green but still watchable. He’s so much better now though!

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At the time I watched it I was all into Hong Jong hyun, so all I remember about Kim Young kwang was how ridiculously tall he was/is!

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