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Temperatures are heating up for Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah in tvN’s Melting Me Softly

A new video teaser has been released featuring lead actors Ji Chang-wook (Suspicious Partner) and Won Jin-ah (Life) in tvN’s new sci-fi romance Melting Me Softly (formerly Melt Me).

The story starts in 1999 where Ji Chang-wook, playing the role of PD Ma Dong-chan, is a popular variety show PD famous for his fun and innovative ideas. His newest TV project is to televise a cryogenic experiment and, in hopes of the show becoming another hit success, he participates in the experiment as well. The other participant is Won Jin-ah, playing Go Mi-ran, who signs up for the project as a part-time job. During the experiment, however, something goes wrong and instead of being revived after the intended 24 hours, both Ji and Won wake up 20 years later in 2019.

In the newly released teaser, the video starts with Ji Chang-wook looking at the heat sensor on his watch as he gets on an elevator. He explains in voice-over, “Because I had been cryogenically frozen, I can’t let my body temperature rise above 33 degrees Celsius.” Amid the crowd in the elevator, Ji notices Won Jin-ah and the camera cuts to a close-up of her as she seems to notice him as well. Ji Chang-wook’s watch starts to beep as his body temperature rises past 32 degrees Celsius. He looks over at Won again and this time she turns to look at him back. The two lock eyes, not noticing as everyone else shuffles out of the elevator in blurs, and are left alone in the elevator. Cut to Won Jin-ah’s watch as it shows her body temperature rising as well and the warning alarm starts to beep. The two shyly look away and the teaser ends with Won Jin-ah’s voice-over, “You and I, our most heated moment. Melting Me Softly. Premiering September.”

On the production team for the drama, writer Baek Mi-kyung (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, Woman of Dignity) is penning the scripts; and directing is PD Shin Woo-chul (Fox Bride Star, Secret Garden).

tvN’s new Saturday-Sunday drama Melting Me Softly is currently set to premiere towards the end of the month, on September 28.

Via Hankyung

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Ufff the chemistry by just locking eyes! Can't wait.

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This is a must see, can't wait.

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My sweet Wookie is returning to me! So excited for this 😁 Where will I find the time to watch all these upcoming dramas?

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This is going to be a hot mess, isn’t it.
Am I still going to watch it? Duh, yes.

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Definitely a hot mess and definitely watching it 😁

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Let me write the same thing😁
Most definitely watching it!!!!

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I remember thinking 30 but 17 was going to be a hot mess and then it was so not that. But yeah, my expectations are not high here.

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30 but 17 turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see about this one.

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@egads
If 30 But 17 is the template, we may be surprised...but Ji Chang-wook being in it makes me nervous. He is too big a name and the drama will be tempted to play it big.

30 But 17 worked because it took totally the opposite approach. For a KDrama with crash/psudo time travel it was actually played quite small. Instead, it trusted its story and it just knew where the impact was. That let the actors be subtle - not having to over-emote to carry scenes or get lost down makjang cul-de-sacs. The payoff of Jennifer at the end as the surprise release valve for them all - how brilliantly that was written and directed.

30But17 was a rare beast now days. A drama who knew exactly what it wanted to say and then never strayed from it.

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yes! the wait for Wookie is OVER!

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It’s still 3 weeks away😫

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Looks beautiful, sounds so silly. I suppose raising body temps will cause all kinds of angst for their romance.

I wish Ji Chang-wook picked better projects.

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Or he is taking the best of what is offered to him.

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i have to laugh. srsly i laughed out loud omfg

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Here some point he himself said on what made him take this projects. sound like he really liked the character :)

“The topic of ‘frozen humans’ was so refreshing,” adding that the script was also very interesting. Ji Chang Wook’s character Ma Dong Chan is someone with a strong sense of responsibility and overflowing confidence in his work, and he’s willing to take on the dangerous “Frozen Human” project for his job. The actor shared, “Dong Chan’s sense of duty towards his work is incredible, and he’s a character who takes on challenges.”

“On one hand, he may seem rash, but I think these types of characters are able to change the world because of [their rashness].” Ji Chang Wook also added, “His personality is different from mine, and I want to have Dong Chan’s adventurous attitude and challenge-seeking mindset.”

https://www.soompi.com/article/1350346wpp/ji-chang-wook-talks-about-why-he-took-on-his-producer-role-in-melting-me-softly

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I'm glad he was able to see something in this character that appealed to him, but I feel like the 20 year gap and the can't-go-above-a-certain-temp are gimmicks to somehow make this drama original. I wish the writer and director had chosen to make the characters or the dialogue original without having to resort to such a far-fetched scenario.

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The show hasn't aired yet. You're assuming that's not the case.

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Yeah I also find the plot quite silly to be honest. As if like they are running out of story and now have to go to this extent to show some connection between the main leads. :/

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"I wish Ji Chang-wook picked better projects."

I wouldn't rule it out just yet. The writer has a good track record and the drama might be executed well in the hands of the right director.

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I want to watch JCW's comeback but I'm not interested or curious by this plot... I would prefer a season 2 of Healer or Suspicious Partner or The K2 without Anna's character...

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HILARIOUS, at the K2, but so true

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I’d prefer season 1 of K2 without Anna. Maybe then the drama would make a little sense.

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who says you watch for the PLOT? i will just stare at his beauty and moves!

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I believe in the writer.. but I dont believe in JCW’s acting in comedy! I have not seen WJN drama. And their visuals, JCW looks like the pretty one and WJN is the handsome one.. not sure!

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Oh he’s hilarious in comedic scenes, I wouldn’t worry about that. I’m not sure what you’re implying but WJN doesn’t look like masculine to me, she’s visually beautiful even though I haven’t seen her acting.

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to be fair (even tho i dont like him) sus partners was cute. he's rly not bad at timing i kinda feel like he does best with that

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I am sooooo excited, JI CHang Wook King of the smother, yummy

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Yay!!!! I'm looking forward to Ji Chang Wook's army comeback project. This looks interesting and fun but I wish rather than having to keep cool they needed to keep warm! What is more fun than forced skinship (Master's Sun's hand holds and sleeping in the same bed come to mind). This will mean they CANNOT come close. As if they needed a reason in a Kdrama!

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YOU'RE TOTALLY RIGHT! Skinship would had been funnier.

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Probably the most romantic use of a Fitbit you're ever going to see.

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it’s really going to make a good PPL for this show LMAO

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are they even popular like that anymore? maybe korea will be its revival LOL

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I am so looking forward to this!

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Ha, I didn't notice his smile at the end when I first watched this teaser. I'm looking forward to seeing Won Jin Ah and Ji Chan Wook again. Even though I haven't watched the writer's other dramas, they're both shows I know people quite enjoyed. The PD, I'm familiar with as I've watched both those shows...I like how it's someone who can handle the sci-fi element/surrealness.

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B-bbut it's Strong Woman Do Bong Soon's writer... And I feel like I can definitely blame Fox Bride Star's ending in the director... Hnhgggh help.

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Ah, is that why? Explains a lot.

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Yeah... :/

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The plot of FBS moseyed along like it was a 20 episode drama until someone (?) remembered, nope, 16 episodes and we have to wrap this thing up in 2 episodes. It showed.

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Apologies. I should have used the new math for episode counts. 20/40 and 16/32.

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I think of 32 "episode" shows as 16 anyway, it's fine.

That was probably part of the problem yes, which still doesn't put the director in a good light. But I meant more the treatment of the themes at the end. It did like a full 180 and destroyed any good messages the previous 14 episodes had been building on character wise.

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UGH I'D WATCH ANYTHING WITH JI CHANG WOOK IN IT

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I'm a little confused by the tone of this drama--the really romantic posters v the really goofy one. WJA has the most gorgeous voice.

If it manages to find the right balance, it will work... otherwise...

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Welcome back Ji Chang-wook! We know from HEALER anyway that JCW is comfortable with comedy. However, I don’t see Ma Dong-chan as Park Bong-soo 2. One thing that does concern me is if MMS will be at the traditional tvN episode length. That could mean a lot of filler.
I thought SUSPICIOUS PARTNER (although not tvN) was a 32 episode drama stretched into a 40 episode one.

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I like it!!! I really like this.

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oh no not this writer honey. probs (def) won't tune in, but won jin ah is such a calm beauty (she and seo ye ji look so similar!) i hope she got more experience in 'life', jbl still one of my fav dramas!

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I am so looking forward to this- Im such a big ji chang wook fan! But there's obviously a few things that worry me-
1. I know im going to get a lot of hate for this- but i really didnt enjoy strong woman do bong soon! Its humoour was so so homophobic and narrow-minded in its portrayal of gender. but my bigger issue with it was that THE PLOT WAS A MESS!!!!! And "Melt Me Softly" doesn't seem to have a very riveting plot yet either- it could go really wrong if they don't execute it with a lot of care.
2. Someone already said this in the comments and I agree- dramas with big-name actors tend to go overboard and be too ambitious which can lead to some disasters
So needless to say I am a little (very) stressed because I am really looking forward to my all-time favourite's comeback.
However some things make this a little less hopeless-
1. JCW and WJA have pretty great track records in terms of their choices in dramas- so perhaps there is something endearing about this show too.
2. Writer's grow!! Maybe they wont be as scatterbrained as they were while writing SWDBS and stuff, and would have developed their skills by now- I am all forgiving them a second chance
3. Sometimes good actors can make even a shabbily written show endearing and I hope JCW and WJA can pull that off this time!

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While I did enjoy SWDBS (homophobic and violent slapstick humour aside), I can't help but agree with you on this: I love both actor/actress but I;m really not sold on the "Melt Me Softly" plotline. at all. Which sucks, because I want to be excited about this new show!

So I'll wait for comments on the Beanie Fanwall.

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yeah this plot could go bad so easily :///

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