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Nam Joo-hyuk joins Jung Yumi in Netflix exorcism comedy

Hmm, I’m not sure whether anyone could believe Nam Joo-hyuk (The Light in Your Eyes) as a high school teacher, but it’ll be interesting to see Netflix try. The online platform announced at the end of last year that Jung Yumi (Live) had been cast as the lead in its original Korean series School Nurse Ahn Eun-young, and now she will be joined by Nam Joo-hyuk, who will play a colleague of the titular school nurse.

I’m pretty excited for what sounds like a comical take on the exorcism genre, with a school nurse heroine who goes after ghosts with unorthodox weapons. When she arrives at her new high school, she discovers a foreboding mystery which requires her supernatural skills. She’ll have some key help from Nam Joo-hyuk’s character, a Korean literature teacher at the same school. He possesses a unique energy which serves doubly as a shield for him, and as a sort of battery to recharge Jung Yumi’s exorcist mojo. She inserts her own spiritual energy into toy swords and BB guns to attack ghosts, which makes Nam Joo-hyuk an invaluable ally.

There’s still some time til we’ll see School Nurse Ahn Eun-young on the small screen, but I’m liking the talent that’s been recruited for the show, both on and off screen. Film director Lee Kyung-mi, of The Truth Beneath and Crush and Blush, will helm the show, and author Jung Se-rang, who wrote the novel source material, will be penning the Netflix adaptation as well.

Netflix doesn’t have a release date for School Nurse Ahn Eun-young, but will premiere on the platform sometime in the first half of next year.

Via Yonhap News, eNews24

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Nam Joo Hyuk is good-looking. I cannot deny it. And ok, you can defend his acting with WFKBJ and he's sorta (?) ok in Dazzling. But he could still pass as a high schooler. I hope they make SOME KIND of inside joke about this in the series....

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Actually if you see WFKBJ, you will notice that the director cleverly reduced his screen time from all the emotional growth part of the problems that he faced conveniently to be solved in the end. I never understood why did they do that, till I saw him acting in another drama. That drama was all about the female lead and her story and I love it for that.
In Dazzling he is not good: he keeps on giving wrong expressions or blank expressions in so many scenes which need to expressed so deeply. even worse when he has to give an expression of being confused he gives that of being bored! When he has to be sad, he gives blank face, like somebody just told him he got down at the wrong stop but he does not understand his accent.
My fav ep in dazzling is ep 3 because he has almost no screen time.

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it's almost unbearable but let's hope it's not too bad lmao but they haven't started filming yet. i am genuinely perplexed how he got cast because from the director's films she uh...really values good acting like undeniably. LOL soooo we shall see.

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altho the ridic premise made me quit WFKBJ but the two of them together i was seriously gonna have a panic attack it was awful

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Jang Nara could possibly pass for a student too, that doesn't mean she can't be a teacher.

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He's probably a student teacher. That would be believable.

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I really like Jung Yumi. She was a revelation in “Live” for me. And she had a cameo in WWWSK. Looking forward to seeing her again.

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live is one of my favorites from the year and i still can't believe it because i am seriously pro-police reform (literally everywhere.) i don't think i have seen a show/drama in a while that has made me lose it every episode. i really cherish that show and the beautiful writing and relationships. i didn't like IOIL either so i was so..surprised? it's too difficult for me to rewatch the show but it is SO AMAZING SHE KILLED IT

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She did!!! I’m just waiting for the theme of the month so I can write about LIVE and her and the rest of the cast. It was so amazing, in every way.

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omg YES!!!!!! i would love to see that. would back you up wholeheartedly. i really want that writer to do more now that i know what they are capable of. ah man i could talk about it for hours. beautiful show. and i am so appreciative that they didn't work-around her trauma (because it's not something a lead would usually have because it now "dirties" you. but she's not and she's human.) that's why i am soooo excited for this show lmao

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There is a beanie squee page that we used to talk about LIVE as it was airing you might be interested in reading: http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/noh-hee-kyungs-live-recruits-shin-dong-wook-as-loyal-policeman/

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@ally-le ahhhh!!! thank you! need some b4 bed reading ~>:)

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he is a terrible actor. so.......... but i LOVE this director and i love jung yumi. i seriously cannot wait. he better bring a lot to the table here but if he doesn't i'm sure it'll be good enough to ignore. these women are a force so i'm so excited to watch jung yumi be badass and nuts for 6 eps. everyone should kyung-mi's movies they're very feminist and so well done. particularly the truth beneath.

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also him being a teacher is believable. we're around the same age and my best friend teaches classes on her own for her grad program. you can become a teacher pretty early. that's the least of our worries.

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I've watched him in several drama, and in 3MAD. Something I noticed about Joo-Hyuk and why he's not an excellent actor, it's because he doesn't act freely... Like something is holding up him inside. I don't know if it's just my judgement, and I tried to understand why he can't be an amazing one. For me, he's amazing in "Weightlifting Fairy" because he acted with his free heart.

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He is not a terrible actor Jo In Sung was worse when he debuted but now look at him. Nam Joo Hyuk is a hard worker, popular and well loved by almost all the senior actors in the industry. His crew is legendary. Directors adore him and have wanted to cast him as an actor ever since is modelling days.

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i think he is bad. so i said so. i do not care about jo in sung. it's okay if i don't think he's great. it literally doesn't matter.

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Nam Joo-Hyuk hasn’t always been the best actor, but I’ve never felt like he seriously detracted from scenes because of his presence. He’s come a long way, and his solid performances in Weightlifting Fairy and Dazzling have convinced me that even if he is still green, he has potential, and can pull his weight in both comedy and melo. Those scenes with his mother in Weightlifting Fairy tugged at my heartstrings all the way, and although some people have been calling his portrayal of Joon-Ha in Dazzling stiff, in my opinion, he’s doing very well, showing a range of emotions and expressions throughout the drama - but the character is reserved, and draws into himself, which is why he has such awkward posture and body language.

In any case, all I want to say is : Fighting, Nam Joo-Hyuk! Fighting, Jung Yu-Mi! This isn’t a drama premise that I’m wild over, but I hope you both have a lot of fun and learn a lot in the filming process. Thank you for all of your hard work!

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Yes to everything you said!

I loved his performance in Weightlifting Fairy the most. I thought he played the part beautifully and I didn't see the issues others had with his emotional scenes in that drama. Even Watergod wasn't his fault or maybe that's because I didn't watch all of it.

In The Light In Your Eyes, I am liking his portrayal too. I wouldn't call it mind blowing good but he definitely showed that he can act.

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Yesss! I know many say that he only did well in Weightlifting Fairy because he genuinely liked Lee Sung Kyung, but I thought he did very well in the scenes without her - he portrayed his pain and trauma, his conflict with his brother and his mom very well.

Water God.. hahahahaha. Nobody except Im Ju-Hwan did well in Water God, and maybe I am biased, but I didn’t think he did a terrible job there.

Definitely! I’ve been effected by his eyes, which I consider a win for him.. and he’s still learning and honing his craft. I hope he continues and continues to do well.

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I thought he played his character well in Bride of the Water God. He was oddly out of place and uncomfortable in a humorous way, which I thought fit the character.

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Yes, I thought so, too! I thought that was intentional on his part, and I could be wrong, but that was my perception.

(The writing and directing helped no one, so that’s another piece of that..)

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Agree about his portrayal in Dazzling, I esp loved his scenes with the young Hye-ja in their fave restaurant. Those eyes tell a lot.

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Yesss. My heart hurts for him, in a deliciously painful way.

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Deliciously painful.... >.<

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*squeezes your hand tightly*

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*hugs you tightly*

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*cries a bit* *hugs back*

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Baaaaaaaams he's doing SO well.

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Yes, he is!

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After coffee friends now I am convinced the boy needs to act in a drama where he plays his real-life version. He's adorably dorky there. Like please give him roles of his age ..not a highschooler or 27-28 ish adult character.

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I think that would be good, too! He’s such an adorkable sweetheart, I’d love to have a drama where he’s just having fun.

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Right? I would love to see him in a bromance drama hehe. Let's have the prayer circle. :D

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I’m so in! Let’s get Ji Soo for it, too!

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YESS!

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I agree with you and I'm confused as to my acting abilities meter from previous comments here. I thought NJH was doing well acting-wise in Light in Your Eyes, and that's what netizens were saying and even Kim Hyeja (the real one) in the BTS for the show. Oh well.

But my favorite role of his was his first, Big in Surplus Princess. He was a satoori-speaking dork there. I would love it if his character here was something like that.

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I think he's doing well in TLIYE.

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I know I’m not an acting critic, and I can’t always pinpoint why an actor does or doesn’t do it for me, but my baseline question is always, “How does this actor make me feel?” and I’ve wept, cheered, and stomped for him in Dazzling, so I think he’s doing well. I hope he continues to improve and grow in future projects!

Aww! I shall have to check that out, he sounds a-dor-a-bul.

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I loved him and kim seul gi's arc there. Would have totally watched all of it if their story was the main one.

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To be clear, it seems like I'm completely bashing him above, but he'll always have a special place in my heart (he interpreted one of my favorite male leads of all time!). I sincerely hope the best for him! and I have the same sentiment! Fighting!

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*wrangles you into a side-hug* Joon-hyung definitely made sure that I would forever have a soft spot for NJH. He was such a good, playful character. And NJH himself seems so hard-working and determined, so I am all the more ready to root for his success.

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His acting is not stable, that's the problem... More miss than hit.
But he got potential, takes time and effort and experience.
Hopefully he'll grow as an actor..

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with coffee prince, my crush on him is back (last was scarlet heart.. )

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coffee friends :P

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NJH has definitely been hit or miss, but when he hits it, he hits it well.

I've never gotten a sense that his acting in Dazzling has been wooden. He's playing a character that is, by admission, just going through the motions of life, in many ways dead inside. And then in moments we'll see almost terrifying bursts of anger, and the ways his eyes seem to come alive whenever he's around young Hye Ja.

Pay attention to how long the director of Dazzling stays on shots of NJH in scenes, even when he's not saying anything. That shows his confidence in his often subtle expressions, which I think NJH is doing especially well in this drama.

The veteran lead actress of Dazzling said that he "is a very thoughtful actor and I'm excited to see where he goes from here". Dazzling seems like a turning point for him, and I'm excited to see what he does in the future, also.

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👏 Yes 👏 to 👏 this 👏

I don’t know how to evenly space my claps, but anyways. I love how you’ve articulated how he’s doing in Dazzling, and as I’ve said before, I’m cheering for him to continue to do well in the future.

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I just realised why I'm not mad at NJH - even when he picks good dramas he doesnt take the roles that a better actor could do so much more with. I.e. in weightlifting and dazzling he just played the hot dream dude with little arc which is fine.

with this one as well Jung Yumi is the point so at least in that respect itll be watchable

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