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Joseon gender-swap drama Tale of Nokdu releases new teaser

I’m green with envy that Jang Dong-yoon (Dance Sports Girls) can transform into such a pretty girl. In the latest teaser for Tale of Nokdu, Jang Dong-yoon is shown in his widow disguise, and I’m living for it! This upcoming Joseon rom-com drama is a romance between a prickly gisaeng-to-be, played by Kim So-hyun (Love Alarm), and the man-disguised-as-a-widow, played by Jang Dong-yoon.

They meet in a mysterious widow village, with Kim So-hyun rebelling against the expectations that she become a gisaeng. Both Kim So-hyun and Jang Dong-yoon harbor their own respective secrets.

The teaser shows Jang Dong-yoon going through various trials, from doing a fan dance to his neck being at a sword’s edge. Interspersed between the various scenes, the copy reads, “On September 30, Nokdu is coming.”

Stills of Kim So-hyun’s character has also been released. She is supposed to be a refreshing character who says what’s on her mind and can’t stand to see injustice happen. Despite the gisaeng career path having been chosen for her, she is a tone-deaf, arrhythmic young woman who can’t dance. But she’s amazing with her hands and can make anything in a heartbeat, given the right tools. She’s even given the nickname “Golden Hands” in the widow village.

Upcoming KBS Monday-Tuesday drama Tale of Nokdu will begin airing on September 30.

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JDY looks great, feminin and manly in the same time! There is another teaser : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTf4ZYlZPbk

KSH looks super cute with this haircut.

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This trailer makes me even more excited, even if I can't understand what they are saying!

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Oh, I love this, thanks for sharing. All the guys fancying him. LOL.

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I am so excited for this drama! Love that it's finally a man cross-dressing as the premise rather then the woman. And boy does he make a beautiful woman.

I am both sad and happy that Jang Dong-yoon makes a better woman then me πŸ˜…

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Yes! It's fun to see the reverse cross-dressing scenario for a change. I wondered if we'd ever get a gender-flopped cross-dressing drama, and we finally will. Wonder if it'll start a new drama trend...

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Aww you can watch Ma Boy too, it also stars Kim So Hyun and it’s a reverse cross dressing mini drama too! Funny that she stars in both. πŸ˜…

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Good to know! And it also has Kim So-hyun? That is funny.

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Yeah, I didn’t realize until I commented. πŸ˜‚

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Kim Sohyun the protector cross dressing flower boys! HAHAHA

These teasers are funny! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Kim Sohyun the protector of cross dressing flower boys! HAHAHA

These teasers are funny! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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This teaser looked fun the first ten times I watched it, but knowing that So-hyun plays a gisaeng (trainee?) who can't dance just made it funnier. XD

Also, how is Jang Dong-yoon BOTH too pretty and too handsome?

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I'm really excited for this, lol.

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Am so excited for this show! after seeing Jang Dong-yoon dressed a woman in 'Just Dance' I was hoping someone would do this! and they did!
And Jang Dong-yoon is rocking that shade of pink lipstick and blush..

he is so gorgeous!! shooting heart eyes!

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everything about this seems amazing. i cannot wait.

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This writer must have a thing for cross dressing. This is MOONLIGHT DRAWN BY CLOUDS in reverse. I hope she doesn't focus on the male lead only but give So-hyun something to work with.

Hope it'll be a fun watch!

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Jang Dong-yoon is so pretty here! I'm looking forward to see cohabitation hijinks ensue between him and Kim So-hyun as a pretend Mother-Daughter pair!

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I think it's unfortunate that KSH is doing this show so soon after that other one. I keep imagining alarms going off...
"BLEEP! Someone within 10 meters is a cross-dresser."

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πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ you just killed me

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I love Jang Dong Yoon and Kim So Hyun a lot and it’s such a double treat for me that this drama happened. Jang Dong Yoon already looked so good in two teasers and I’d to see more of So Hyun cute boyish charm too. Hope it remains to be light and youthful until the end

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I'm so pleased. I'm so. pleased. I'm so ready for this. Ah!!!

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i was gonna pass on this but maybe i won't anymore. he's so pretty...he's giving me kang sora vibes...

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God knows how much I love cross dressing and gender bender trope since Hua Rong not-so-secretly jealous that Guo jing paid attention to other girl and dumb Guo Jing didn't understand why his brother sulking πŸ˜„
This drama is everything I've been waiting for decades!!!
Thank you Drama Gods, finally you answer my prayers (I'm not joking, I did pray for this version of cross dressing).

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Kim So-hyun played the lead heroine in Ma Boy! The only other kdrama I know where the guy is the crossdresser.

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Yes she did! I know about Ma Boy, but the quality of the videos on those illegal websites are really bad. My eyes just couldn't take it. I hope Ma Boy will be uploaded on YouTube.

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It is on YouTube. Tooniverse has the entire English subbed Ma Boy series on their channel.

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Omo, Thanks!!!
Off to YouTube 🚑

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Hehe, just mentioned the same thing to someone else. πŸ˜…

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WOW he just looks like the man he is.

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oy a crafty person and tone-deaf dancer. I hope they milk that premise well. I do love people who rebel against expectation and know well what they canΒ΄t do. Most folks overestimate their talents...

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Why Kin So Hyun is in short hair? Is it in Joseon era? I'm a bit confuse with the timeline because I thought woman not suppose in a short hair and married woman must tied up her hair, that .. if it's in Joseon era.

Nevertheless .. I like the premise and looking forward to it

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She isn't married and cut her hair is a sign of rebellion. All of it is part of the actual plot which makes the character special and unique in that time period.

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ah~ .. that make sense. Maybe we'll get a glimpse when she has longhair and cut it short as a symbol of rebellion.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXGopsZPlkc

If you are curious about her character, there is her teaser.

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Wow .. Thank You!
A Rebellion she is. Looking forward for 30 Sept.

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Feisty! Sign me right up! :D

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Have you guys seen the posters? The first time I have seen them I didn't realize it was a man! I thought to myself "she looks like Seo Ye Ji and really pretty." Second time I saw the poster the headline said it was a guy. I did a double take and was impressed and thought "damn he is so pretty for a guy". In every cross dressing drama we discuss how ridiculous it is that nobody catches on as the female lead is so obviously a girl. And I always thought a boy dressing as a girl would stick out like a sore thumb even more so color me really impressed. Of course the teaser is another story. He either is not trying to hide or it's not all in the face. The shoulders, body shape, the way he moves gives it away but I am ready to suspend my disbelief as I love cross dressing dramas and I am really looking forward to the novelty of it being the guy who cross dresses.

I wonder about Kim So Hyun's hair though as it looks very anachronistic with the period. Furthermore she is a gisaeng in training. Wouldn't she need long hair for elaborate hairdos? And the obvious extensions in the second still are bothering me.

But all in all I love romcoms, crossdressing, the two leads, so I'm all in.

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The short hair is on purpose. She cuts it off to rebel against becoming a gisaeng or something along those lines. Which is why it becomes a trademark for her character. She's the only short hair gisaeng of Joseon. The whole thing is a on-purpose trope but I don't know the full details yet.

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It's amazing how people see different things. All I see is a man dressed as a woman. Even if someone showed me a picture without me being aware of the facts I would say "she" looks manly.

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Would you say "she" looks manly in this picture?

http://photos.hancinema.net/photos/photo1096225.jpg

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tbh that's usually the point and idt it matters. also women come in all diff looks, shapes, sizes, much like men.

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He is so pretty!!!!

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Write a comment..
lol... I have waited for this moment πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€,but he sure looks Gorgeous 😊.

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um so like I totally thought JDY was a girl in that thumbnail... XD

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You know that scene where the hero realizes that his lovely friend; his dongseng is not just a pretty guy but is in fact an actual lovely lady. (shock, betray, relief) The scene usually involves a wayward stream or river and an accidental fall. Where the Hyung who has for some time now been questioning his sexuality, while also pushing away his friend. Hyung then does the noble thing and tries tor save his friend. The scene often involves the removal of wet clothes, to allow breathing (or to do CPR) only to discover boobs. Yes, This Scene! I need the reverse of this scene. What is the reverse of this? Looks at pants area... good luck. Thank you for coming to my ted talk.

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Don't hold your breath for that reversal. It's Korean TV after all. LOL

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Sigh... a girl can still dream.

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Wouldn't it basically be the same scenario with undressing just minus the boobs? K-drama has a wide imagination (not!)

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Why does he look like seo hyun jin?? Does anyone else see it?

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I don’t know how he’s going to pass with those broad shoulders but I’m laughing so hard because a fact that he wants to be a fierce warrior makes it funnier πŸ˜‚

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KSH truly impressed me in love alarm and this trailer is so funny. JDY is quite convincing as a female but from the trailer it looks like the cross dressing won't be a secret for very long. So curious what plot they have planned if the reveal happens from the beginning. Either way this is looking great and funny.

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Love alarm is a win for her she did so well!

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This is on my watchlist!

It will be fun to watch JDY in a rom-com with KSY, in Joseon era at that! 😁
I wanted to say "younger" actor, but then I remembered JDY is only 3 years younger than Lee Jong Suk hehehe.
Noticed him in Solomon's Perjury and felt he has really great potential! Looking forward to a great drama!

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He looks so young I can never believe he's the same age as yang se Jong! How do two same aged people look so far apart in age visually!? His visuals match kim so Hyun perfectly!

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I enjoyed Jang Dong-yoon in SOLOMON’S PERJURY but really became a fan after watching his portrayal as Min-ho in A POEM A DAY.
I have come to trust JDY’s judgement in the projects he chooses.
After all when his appearance in JUST DANCE was announced I expressed misgivings that at age 26 and army veteran he was choosing to appear in another high school drama. Well what happened? He wins a 2018 KBS Drama Award (Special Short Drama Actor)!

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has this ever been done before? omg........my gay dreams. this makes me really happy. i hope they don't mess it up. i've really gotten into the history of joseon and all the movements. i'm pretty vehemently against the idea of a concubine and gisaengs so it's always interesting to me to see how these characters are written (in rebel thief i loved it, really sad and poignant.) always interested in shows that inspect the sexuality of that era.

he looks amazing. yes he has 'manly' features but he's beautiful. if this is done well, if the writers can push themselves and break out of the binary we've set, then it can show us just how much gender and its idea has changed in different cultures. instead of focusing how he "looks like a man in a dress" and one can "tell" the story is the focal point and unfolding the gender-bender aspect. this is super exciting...idk much about so hyun but it seems like she picks (or gets) cool characters

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I feel the same way that gender isn't a binary but a spectrum. I don't however think this drama will cover the question of gender binaries and identity. Since it's a k-drama I expect it to be more tropey but even if they somewhat skim through these questions it would be interesting. They did pick a good cast for this drama because JDY and KSH always pick great characters.

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one can hope! so many dramas have been picking up on the progressive train and actually sticking to the ideals that make a country have the practices they claim to have (as in the Progressive Parties but not actually progressive.) i agree that it probably won't be done much or questioned but given that this switch is so rare...super cool. maybe it'll be one of those very trop reversing dramas. and they sure do! i love solomon's perjury a lot and it seems like KSH is becoming a young woman who knows what she wants to act in. i didnt really know her much and i guess i judged her quickly but i hope she grows up into a super cool lady

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Its cool how you think the same thing also. We can always hope and I'd love if the drama did this very cool gender bending reversal in a way that subverts normative gender identities and representation. Still since it's a k-drama I'm keeping that hope in a very small envelop and basically packing it away neatly. I've learnt not to overthink with k-drama and just enjoy the light and fun ride. I've only recently started watching KSH but everything I've seen is very good. I've seen more of JDY and never been disappointed. I've read some interviews by both of them and I find them to be very mature and grounded individuals who know what they want to do with their careers. With KSH I find her to be especially raw and expressive in her interviews something I admire in a celebrity. They both have a good head on their shoulders so I have hopes for their chemistry.

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i understand! i am the same way and am always pleasantly surprised when i'm proven wrong. but sad when....you know. expectations should stay low hahahah

that's great! i should read more about them. love some good ol' actors who aren't unbearable and now what they want with good heads on their shoulders. let's cross our fingers for something not eye-roll inducing at least!

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Can you please post the recent posters as well? They're so pretty.

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