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Que Sera Sera remake in the works with offers out to Eric, Jung Yumi

Well, this is certainly interesting news. Production company JS Pictures as confirmed that they are in the casting stages for their remake of 2007’s Que Sera Sera, and have sent offers out to the original leads Eric (Oh Hae-young Again) and Jung Yumi (Live) to return as the leads in the remake. Both actors are still reviewing their offers, but if they do confirm, I’ll look forward to the two reuniting for the third time after the original Que Sera Sera and Discovery of Romance.

The original drama centered around the fashion industry, and one department store in particular. Eric’s character was a bit of a ladies’ man who only casually dated rich women until he found himself falling for Jung Yumi’s aspiring fashion designer character. I didn’t watch the show back when it aired 12 years ago, but based on what I’ve heard, the show was quite dark and emotionally complex. It’ll be interesting to hear what people who watched the original will have to say about how it compares to the remake, given the more-than-a-decade time lapse.

The remake will be written by Do Hyun-jung, who most recently penned MBC’s Red Sun, Blue Moon, while director Kim Yoon-chul will be at the helm. Director Kim is most famous for his work on JTBC’s Woman of Dignity and 2005’s classic My Name is Kim Sam-soon. The original Que Sera Sera wasn’t a hit when it aired (it got single digit ratings) but it did have a passionate fan base, however small, so I’m sure this writer and director have their work cut out for them to satisfy fans of the original and appeal to a broader audience.

The remake of Que Sera Sera doesn’t have a broadcaster or air date confirmed yet.

Via Hankook Kyungje, Kookmin Ilbo

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Um, por que? But I'm interested...

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Porque no? 😉😄😋

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Omg, the PD and the writers is also on board? Super happy.

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I read about this casting on Soompi but I thought they just talked about the original PD & writer. So nice to see them back as well (if everything works out)

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Yess. I read it only for Eric and Jung Yu Mi who is in talk. So hearing pd original writers on board makes me super happy.

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Same here, same 😀

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Love this pd/writer combo too. Hope Yumi will sign on.

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@kiara I heard so many good think about writers latest work, she got nominated as candidate for the best writing at Baeksang awards. So I'm wondering how she will handle this remake. With Kim Yoon Chul PD on board, omg, I'm so hype right now.
I really wish they will keep the old soundtrack in QSS remake. That soundtrack really elevated the drama.

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Is it for Children of Nobody? That's nice to know she's nominated for the writing of that drama even though it didn't get high rating. Can't wait to see what they'll do for QSS 2.0

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Madness of the Moon really is THE k-drama theme song for me. I couldn't get "BAD. MOON. RISE." out of my head, lolll.

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I’ve never watched Que Sera Sera, but it’s pretty cool that they’re getting the gang back together after 13 whole years! I’ve never heard of that happening before in kdramaland. Best of luck to them!

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**12 years

I can do math

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Honestly, I'm a big fan of Que Sera Sera, so I might br biased. The character is crazy, but full of layers and human. Korean Drama Nowadays hardly bring up a dysfunctional but exciting love story. Que Sera Sera offering that. It has passion, and Jung Yu Mi bring one of her best acting for me. The most magical thing about Que Sera Sera for me was the directing.

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Agree. The PD did magic with the screenplay and the indie soundtracks added that chic & posh to the drama. Love Yumi’s acting in QSS. You could not tell she was a rookie actress back then. I hope Eric & Yumi take this.

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@missjb
Did we watch the same drama?

This was one of the most brutal & dysfunctional relationships that it made my skin crawl.
It was demeaning of women as a possession; subject to male whim and abusive behaviour without consequence. Made even harder to stomach, as joy of joys, even changing countries does not dampen the behaviour - if anything it only made it worse.

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Might be we have different opinion. Your interpretation of char is also The reason the open ending is more fitting instead of clear ending

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@missjb
There was nothing acceptable about the sexual assault in Ep-09.
Anyone who remembers the days of family violence perpetrated on women and children behind closed doors knows the attack is always followed by the Honeymoon phase...including the band-aiding over with confessions of love. Only for the cycle to continue.

This is the tragedy of battered wife syndrome - once its starts is only keeps going.

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Well, I know what drama I’m never going to watch. Thanks.

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complete trash

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I’m excited for this reunion of the original cast, PD and writer. Will see when more details comes out but I feel it probably not necessarily a 2019 version of the original... This pairing won’t disappoint 😊

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Uhmmm. I liked this drama but It was super makjang. There was a reason why it wasn’t popular at during its time. I think makjang plots arent as effective as they used to. I loved Eric and Jung Yumi in this drama tho. Their chemistry made me stick to this drama. I wish they would just reunite in another drama though I didn’t like Discovery of Love.

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I don’t think QSS was makjang? Which part you think was makjang?

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It's turn out to be very melo in the second half. But I don't think it's become makjangfest. I understand many people find this kind of drama a big turn off due to endless drama and suffering (something I can handle as long as it make sense). But it's hard to find a passionate love story been told like this nowadays.

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Right. My memory could fail me but I don’t recall QSS was makjang. It’s dark and quite emotionally heavy that isn’t for the public mass. I didn’t have high rating probably cuz it was dark and slow for the mass. Back then makjang dramas were very popular with high rating around that period (like Miss Mermaid, Temptation of Wife, Stairway to Heaven...)

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I wouldn’t call it makjang either. A story like QSS is bound to be a bumpy ride. It is certainly dark and complex though.

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Hopefully he doesn't slap her in this one.

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LOL!!

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I love Eric-Yumi pairing. They just too natural as a couple. Que Sera Sera is a believable love story. None of characters were definitely good or bad. I can't believe Kang Tae Joo almost rape her brutally. I was like whatttt??? It was well written and well executed. I don't know how they will make in this era since both are not young anymore means the green of Eun Soo that fall for Kang Tae Joo easily because his good looks won't be happen.

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I actually okay if they cast to different younger but capable cast because of this. They are no longer young. And I already has cast in mind. Haha

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Which actors did you choose in your mind ? :p

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It's so strange for a remake to feature the original actors, but I'll totally watch it. Que Sera Sera is my top fav kdrama of all time. It isn't makjang at all, but rather arthouse-esque and daring. It played with the expectations you had, especially for kdrama heroines of it's contemporaries. It takes an episode to get going and then boy does it take you for a psychological angst ride.

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Wait. What. My mind is having a hard time comprehending this.

It's just...weirdddd. I was just thinking the other day whether this show would be acceptable today and am always nervous to rewatch because I'm scared it will make me feel all the same things it did when I watched it last and I'm uncomfortable with that.

So now...how to even process this. I think I'm excited? But I'm mostly really nervous. How do they even remake this? It's just this drama...puts you through things and makes you question your limits. The drama's characters are angsty and frustrating but somehow pull you in and make you invested in watching their messy relationships unfold. The leads did weird things to me. I both wanted them apart and together, no other pairing has made me that conflicted before.

So I'm just like...how will they manage to do that again? If it's a remake with the same actors, it could be the intent is to modernize it and make it more accessible (and perhaps less controversial?). I'm interested to see what they have in mind.

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I have to say, though, the original Que Sera Sera OST is one of the best drama soundtracks of all time, so I'll low-key be sad if they think that needs updating.

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I think they will remake it with more accessible approach. Especially if they broadcast in public channel.

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I agree with everything you've said! Sometimes I want to say QSS was one of the best dramas ever. Then I think no it wasn't. Those two kept hurting each other. But they loved each other so much. But the hurt and pain showed in every fibre of their existence. But they loved each other...
See, this is what it does to you.

And to add, the directing of this show was the best directing I have ever seen. The leads felt insanely real with minimum dialogue. The elevator, the corridor, the apartmemt door, the room, all felt part of the story, like part of the cast.

I didn't even like it the first time around, but I have watched it again and again because I couldn't stay away.

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“The elevator, the corridor, the apartmemt door, the room, all felt part of the story, like part of the cast.”

So very true! That corridor is what I’d love to see in every rewatch.

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It's these little details that make me so nervous for the remake. I remember in the final scene, feeling haunted by the innocence of the moments those landmarks represented. Would they be able to capture that feeling again?

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Yes. So much. What it does to you, the directing, how real they felt, how uncomfortable it makes you and yet you just can't stay away. I rewatched it many times, then just suddenly couldn't do it the last few years. Now, I'm going to have to very soon.

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OMGGG I love QSS! I definitely didn’t love it first time round watching, but after reading recaps on dramabeans here and going back to try again- I am a fannnnn~

I wonder if they’ll recast the og side characters as well if they get jung yumi and eric on board :O I think they had the perfect cast with great chemistry. everyone is so flawed, but that’s what made them human to me.

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They really do have to get Lee Kyu Han back.

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This has still been my favorite performance of his. Made me realize he is so underrated.

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So, apparently this Eric actor is specialist in portraying dysfunctional characters and yet everybody loves him for that... very interesting.

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What do you mean? It is called acting so of course people don't dislike Eric for his characters. Also, everyone has the right to like whatever they want.

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I didn't mean disliking the actor, because he is simply working. I meant his characters receive often lots of love or appreciation when, as @kafiyah-bello says, these characters are pretty much psychopaths.
I have only seen him in "Oh Hae young again" and I couldn't bear the character. As an actor, I don't find him particularly good or bad. He is ok.
But generally I am against first leads who are jerks and nevertheless all women love them because they look good😂😂😂😂😂
I know the actors are not to be blamed, but something in our society must be wrong if in general women and men accept these kind of behaviors as a role model, what a man should be or how he should behave with a girl.

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His characters are dysfunctional but not psychopaths. They're loud, bold, annoying, egotistic... but not all intentionally out to harm people they love. His character in Oh Hae Young Again is annoying but the sympathy for the character comes from knowing his upbringing and being hurt by a fiance made him that way.

I'm not saying people in his circumstance will all turn out that way but there are those got affected by their upbringing, the circumstance and the environment they're in. People often like to see a slice of life dramas with rosy, good characters but can't take those with flaws. I don't mean to accept or glorify the behaviors but people often write them off as bad, psychopaths instead of understanding why he/she is that way and how the character grows and redeem himself/herself. The actors/actresses often get judged for the roles they play... @kafiyah-bello is wrong that he "always" play this kinda roles. Not sure if he/she watched his other dramas (Bulsae, Super Rookie, Korea Secret Agent, Strongest Chilwoo...) to give such statement.

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Surely you can differentiate between fantasy and reality. Watching something like this is quite fascinating, not expecting real life.
And usually first leads who start out as jerks actually have a growth arc. That makes it more interesting.
We all have our dark moments...

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I agree, Linda. But even in fiction I really don't enjoy dysfunctional relationships, although there are many kinds of such ones. And it is nice to experience the the growth and redemption in many cases, but then again, I have small levels of tolerance when the toxicity is between man and woman being the woman the aggravated one... I just don't like it. I may be too feminist for that😅😅😅😅
LoL
Anyway, as usual, if some love these kind of stories/characters, then good for them. We are all free to enjoy the variety dramaland has to offer to all of us.

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I know what you mean about toxic, but sometimes I'm just in the mood for really dark - depending.
The thought occurred that at least these kinds of shows aren't censored.

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Yup, it's very strange is is always playing some kind of raging, forgive my language, asshole. And he wonders why people think he'll make a great psychopath.

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He doesn't "always" playing this kinda roles if you watch his other dramas (Bulsae, Super Rookie, Korea Secret Agent, Strongest Chilwoo..) Beside, most of k-drama leads are annoying, bold, 'asshole', so

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Well, this is only in dramaland, dear. And as far as I know, in QSS, Oh Hae Young or Discovery of Love, all his characters were showing a redemption. Beside that, his chemistry with female leads also made fans rooting for him. And I think his sweet and gentle personality in real life also make us difficult to hate his.

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I see... well, I like redemption. It would be absurd to keep the character as a jerk until the last episode. Lol.

And if he has a sweet personality, than it is good for him. Good for the fans as well.

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Have you watched his other dramas like Bulsae, Super Rookie, Korea Secret Agent, Strongest Chilwoo... no dysfunctional character there. People like him doesn't mean they like a certain characters.

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I haven't. It is good to know... maybe I will check the plots out. Thanks🙋

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May be you should watch all of his dramas before saying he's specialist in dysfunctional characters

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he is typecast or at least WAS heavily multiple times (this drama, the other one w/ jung yumi, and the another oh hae young) tbqh i dont find him that talented at all but it doesn't really matter (my o p i n i o n) but his characters, that i have seen, are all poorly written and HORRIBLY rude and misogynist. another oh hae young has one of the most disgusting scenes i've ever had the displeasure to witness

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Yeah, well... This could be a long discussion, why do some enjoy these kind of characters, why do they praise these kind of dramas... etc. We all have the right to share a different opinion and the characters and the stories affect us all different as well.
Personally, I really disklike the otp in oh hae young, but there were other characters that made me laugh. I watched the show because it was a quid pro cuo with another beanie and it took me forever, because I didn't enjoy the toxic relationship. My therapist would say, many people are like that in real life, and I know I am not perfect either.
But then again, everybody has different levels of resilience. I don't think I could watch QSS, not the first time, not the remake.
It is bad enough I don't believe too much in the romantic love between man and woman, because most men are bad (my specific trauma) and then have to watch them behave horribly on the screen is a no no for me.

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i think it would be a lot different if the characters had a point and growth to them. but real healthy love cannot start with that foundation and it makes a lot of people think that it's normal or beautiful when it isn't. so i think writers, directors, artists, etc have a responsibility to make sure we know that line

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He is not typecast if you watch his other dramas. You might not like the characters but Discovery of Love & QSS were not poorly written. Of course if you only like to the good guy type of characters then I see why you hate him

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no, i just don't like men being abusers and being written as if that's love.

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Agree. I don't like that, not even at the beginning of a show. That is why I didn't like boys over flower... so much buzz, but I couldn't believe she would fall for the jerky one... 🙄

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Most viewers are very capable of knowing the true abusers, immorally flawed vs annoying kind because of their upbringing or past expletives that shaped their bad behaviours but are redeemable. It’s funny some people rage so much on these guys but sleep on how weak most female leads are written when the guys say they don’t want a relationship (for real or noble idiocy) but still clingy. And how often a strong female character is shown as nothing but loud, obnoxious?

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it depends on which viewers. age restrictions are largely misguided but a ballpark for who is able to discern what, so that's why they are there. that's my first point as i answer your comment.

my second is that no, most viewers are not, because true abusers v. annoying because of upbringing aren't actually that different. unhealthy relationships are not seen as unhealthy because that is how a lot of us function. is grabbing a woman's arm healthy or even acceptable without permission? to get her to listen to you? absolutely not. is a man being emotionally withholding, who gets to have "sexual autonomy" while a girl waits around to be treated with respect healthy? no.

i don't "rage" on guys and the people that do point this out do so because men have a much stronger place in society and that's shown in literally every interaction unless it is challenged. there's a difference between a woman being unhealthy and toxic, which is WRONG, and a man doing so because both of these people have years of environmental and perhaps familial influence on their place in society.

there's a lot of societal factors you're not including and i'm not going to even get into them but a lot of men in these shows, in general, in my life and my friend's lives, enact their power in the subtlest of ways so "clingy" is usually "he was dropping HINTS and now he's ignoring me!" and there's of course actually clingy women, who are not weak for that, like there are clingy men being embarrassing.

strong female characters are complex. nothing about actual physical or emotional strength, but human. if we think about how many of these writers are women and how many women watch these shows and if women enjoy these portrayals and this gets viewers without question, reviews lamenting how amazing the relationship is, etc....then there is a problem. there's a difference between liking the content even if it's something you do not agree with (i can think of one drama for me in particular) and recognizing it and being open to critique v. a drama being aired and not being open to critique because of false equivalencies. it's a fallacy that women have equity to men even in a dramatic world. people may enjoy it, but we are allowed to point out the problems. it wouldn't be as much of an issue if this was not CONSTANT not just in k-dramas but in so much media and tv and it reflects the real world, too.

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This is seriously the most exciting casting news for a long while!!

Que Sera Sera is not for the faint hearted. It certainly is not a sweet fluffy romcom fare but really opens my eyes back in 2007 when I was a Kdrama newbie. It is so different but you can’t help but sucked into the raw emotion of these lost souls. It is at times moody and brutal but interspersed especially at the beginning some sense of innocence and naivety.

Eric is the first ever male lead that made me cry and felt for his regret and self-sorrow. He wasn’t a great actor in those days but his hard work to bring his character to life placed him on the map. JYM made me through QSS a lifelong fan and her Live last year is probably her career best to date.

I screamed out loud yesterday when reading this news, and rewatched a few episodes of Discovery of Romance - and both Eric and JYM have travelled a long way from QSS day’s. (I did rewatch QSS every now and then). Nonetheless, it should perhaps be noted that Eric’s cooking skill in Three Meals One Day is a new reckoning - as attractive as Chajiumma’s but more user friendly.

Looking forward this new QSS!

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Wait, it's a REMAKE? Soompi phrased it as a season 2.

Okay, now I have doubts..

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I read that too on Soompi... a new season could either be a remake or sequel. Even if it's a remake, I kinda doubt it'll be exactly like it was of the original. I'm curious for more details when they settle the cast and crew and the direction of this new project.

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I love them both... Excited!!

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I am one of those who really loved the original. It's definitely on the darker side though and the characters go to really dark places and can even say really harsh things. Definitely not for everyone but I'd be interested in an update.

For those of you who haven't watched and probably would not like to but are interested, Dramabeans did recaps way back when. I think Javabeans did them herself and so you can still read them.

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Que Sera Sera was my first kdrama. And after watching the classic ones after this one, I'm not sure I would have continued to watch kdrama if my first one have been Full House...

Que Sera Sera was pretty unique. The characters were raw and kind of toxic but the both were like that, so this drama was a emotional rollercoaster.

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I've only watched bits and pieces of the original, always felt the relationship was too disfunctional. I also think it has a sad ending? I hope that in the remake they give it a happy ending. But for a happy ending to even be feasible, there is one very harsh scene that will have to be removed from the remake.

Anyways if this project goes through, I will probably check it out (maybe), just out of curiousity.

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Actually, it was open ending, for me more happy than sad.

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Ah, thanks for clarifying! I couldn't remember what sort of ending this had.

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It was an open ending and Some think they're not together at the end, I think they are :) I remember some were wondering if that was because a sequel... here we are in 2019 hahaha

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When you know how they met, I don't see how you can think they didn't end up together :p

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uhhhh please no lmao

one thing i will say is that jung yumi is really really really cool.

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I don't remember a lot of Que Sera Sera but do remember I quite enjoyed it.

But my question is.. WHY? I don't get the reasoning behind remaking the original and with the same cast to boot.

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I’m curious of why the remake too, especially with pretty much the whole original team (right down to the PD & writer). Interesting to see how closely the remake follows the original if this one pulls through.

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