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Jang Ki-yong, Lee Soo-hyuk confirmed for retro reincarnation melodrama Born Again


Lee Soo-hyuk, Jin Se-yeon, Jang Ki-yong

It looks like there will be an intense rivalry between Jang Ki-yong (Search Query: WWW) and Lee Soo-hyuk (The Man Living in Our House) for the affections of one lucky lady in the upcoming retro melodrama, Born Again. Currently, both male leads have confirmed, and Jin Se-yeon (Selection: War Between Women, Item) is being courted for the part of the female lead.

In 1980, the three meet for the first time and become intertwined in a fateful relationship of fiery passion and jealousy. They are reincarnated in the present day with different life circumstances, but the fierce competition for the love of one woman begins again.

For his 1980s character, Jang Ki-yong plays a lone wolf who rejects the life of wickedness laid out for him by his evil father. In the present, he plays an elite medical student. Meanwhile, Lee Soo-hyuk plays a detective who guards his pure love as his 1980s character, and a prosecutor who believes criminal behavior is genetic for his present-day character.

It’ll be interesting to see how these characters become involved with each other. For Jang Ki-yong alone, I would have watched this series (because I was especially impressed with Come and Hug Me), but you add Lee Soo-hyuk (and his abs), and I’m already counting down the months until Born Again starts.

Monday-Tuesday drama Born Again, directed by Jin Hyung-wook and written by Jung Soo-mi, will be broadcast on KBS starting this April.

Via SE Daily, YTN

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For his 1980s character, Jang Ki-yong plays a lone wolf who rejects the life of wickedness laid out for him by his evil father. In the present, he plays an elite medical student.

Viewed thru the filter of certain medical dramas -- back to wickedness?

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Or the brooding doctor with tons of debt...

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From what i read on other info he plays in the present timeline the killer as in the past as he was in love with the heroine but the girl loved the other guy,the good guy...And Lee Soo Hyuk being the good guy...One way or another it is certain that in 1980 they all 3 end up in tragedy...

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Jang Ki Yong turned down Youth Records to play duality time version of Kill It.

Welp, I guess Youth Records script must be really terrible for him to drop that and take this drama. Knowing Ha Myung Hee, I don't doubt it.

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To be fair Park So Dam does not have an eye for picking good drama scripts so I would not be surprised Youth Records ends up being a major snooze fest.

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I have an Avatar of Park So Dam, so I know that Sodam doesn't have luck for drama.

In Chungmuro, she auditioned for the roles she wanted. The Priests, The Throne, Veteran etc. The only one she didn't have to audition is Parasite b/c Director Bong handpicked her. All her movies are blockbuster hits.

In Korean drama world, she doesn't audition, she accepts the offers because she doesn't have the seniority power to turn the offer down. Thus, she accepts whichever drama scripts whoever director or scriptwriter is. Example, Cinerella and Beautiful Mind. Both insisted on having her as female lead, and she didn't turn them down even though there was filming schedule conflict.

Now Youth Record director/scriptwriter offers her the main role, and she doesn't turn it down again, because she doesn't have the seniority power to do so. Because she doesn't want to make a bad impression.

That's the truth. When you are actress, sexism and seniority in Korean society still persists. If you are not senior enough and a woman yourself, it makes you bad. It's called bad rep.

No one wants to be Korean Katherine Heigl.

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and you are a woman*

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Wow, it's been a while for Lee Soo-hyuk.
And what kind of a ridiculously talented and handsome pairing is this? Let a girl (female lead and me) breathe!

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This could be really, really addictive. Tentatively excited.

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Oh, Jin Se Yeon. Just no 🤦🏼‍♀️

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Maybe she's improved? 🤷🏻‍♀️ I didn't watch her latest sageuk.

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She is.... not awful. Better than my recollection of her past shows.

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Queen: Love and war is very good imo. Addictive storyline and the otp chemistry is nice.

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That's encouraging.

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lol @ the palpable resignation and disappointment in that statement.

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I wonder why JSY got so many offers. I think there are many better actors than her. for example Kim So Eun, she hasn't been acting for a long time.

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Now that's a girl who can do sageuks.
I guess some are luckier than others. Sadly, Kim So Eun's career hasn't been managed well.

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I was squealing over jang ki yong (LOVED him in WWW) before I saw Jin Se Yeon... Just... mmmm... No.

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Please not Jin Se-yeon!
Please not Jin Se-yeon!
Please not Jin Se-yeon!

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I've only watched a couple of episodes of Item. Never seen anything of her. Not the worst part, but not impressive, either.

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I had the pleasure to watch her in Grand Prince. Granted, she didn't have a particularly inspired character, but nevertheless she was not once on par with the other brilliant actors and she only has one expression. Maybe she'd be better in a romcom? I don't know why she's typecast for sageuks when they require such a depth of emotion.

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I have watched her in Grand Prince & Queen Love & War that's airing currently. While she isn't awful, she isn't good either. She has a very limited range of expressions even when she given a good script. She's better in QL&W than the last one I saw her in, Maybe she'll pull a Suzy or Victoria Song?

Maybe she's better in modern dramas than sageuks? A girl can hope right?! 😔

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I'm glad to hear she's looking a little better! Unfortunately, unlike everyone else who liked Suzy in comedies with the "right director" , I still don't so there probably isn't much hope for me.

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To be fair I've only seen Suzy in WYWS & I love that drama, I stopped vagabond at ep 1 & haven't seen Gu Family book yet so I don't know how good or bad she can get.
What are those dramas with funny directors? Are there others as well?

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ha ha ha ha ha
that bad?!?
HAHAHAHAHA

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My thought exactly... I love both actors but Jin Se Yeon... Man... I think I'm going to wait for people to comment before risking to waste my time. WHY OH WHY DOES SHE STILL GET MAIN ROLES!!!!

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I don't dislike her, but she only has one expression throughout the dramas she's been. Its as if she's the same character over and over again. And I've watched her since Gaksital...no emotions, nothing...just pretty.

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Haha, I said the same thing. At some point, I'll compile her using The Face in every drama I've seen her in.

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I echo your thoughts. 🙄. Why are all her dramas where BOTH male leads are madly in love with her? She’s always at the apex? That’s what I can’t buy with her characters and acting. She can’t ever convince me that she’s that desirable. Other than her pretty face, she’s just really bland. So she can never quite convince me that she’s worth the effort. I always wonder if it’s because her acting is such that if you put her up against a half decent second lead, she would be on the losing end 😂.

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Loving Jin Se-yeon drama atm and the story sounds interesting, looking forwards to it ^^!

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If the drama you are referencing is the sageuk QUEEN: LOVE AND WAR I am enjoying it also.

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Yes it is ^^ can't wait for the few last eps.

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Yes, I like her in sageuk drama Queen: Love and War too. Just keep going, Jin Se Yeon! Hwaiting!

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Well, not that I can understand what the story is about.
Besides, I don't like the idea of reincarnation and 1980 in the same sentence... why? You may ask... I've lived the 80's and I consider myself young enough not to be reincarnated...
Anyway, I'll be there for Jang Ki-yong. I loved him last year in the three dramas he was. I like this guy.

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I hear you! When I read 1980, my first response was 'errr... really???' 🤣

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they must be dying young

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I really hope they pick a different female lead, she is nearly unwatchable for me on screen, just bland and she can't emote at all. She might have improved, but I hope this isn't the test for it.

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when you read 3 comments stating their dislike in the current female lead...
that bad?
(I haven't watched anything she's in)

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We're all scarred, my friend.

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Indeed scarred. But, she's pretty at least. Well, if you enjoy seeing her only one expression, then it will be fine. She kind of reminds me of Shin Se Kyung...But, I like Shin Se Kyung way more, even though her acting is bland as well.

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She is bland and indeed can't emote,and no,her pretty face is not enough for me ...Sad as i like a lot the guys and quite sure they could find lots of other choices!

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Since there is no information about female leads past and current incarnation, let’s try to fill in gap.
In 1980’s she came in contact with son of mafia and a detective. The k-drama options I can think for her character are:
- She was daughter of another mafia
- She was witness to the crime committed by mafia
- She took loan from mafia to help her family
- She was rookie detective with the detective as her boss

For current incarnation how did she meet a medical student and prosecutor.
- She is detective

I can not think of anything else.

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- She was a organ donor clone turned ballerina turned detective, adopted daughter of the main villain ;)

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Why ballerina?

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It's a joke from Kill It; the female lead was exactly that^ lol. (minus the clone but I still like to think it was about clones)

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It was

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Past life:
- She was mob boss mistress
- She was a killer-in-training for the mob who was sent to kill the detective who's closing in on them but fell in love with him instead
- She was the daughter of the maid in mob boss' house who opened the door for the detective when he came and later became his informant.

Current incarnation:
- She owns a deokbukki place frequented by both.
- She met them online on dating app

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May be in past life she was boss of rival gang. Her plan was to make them fall in love with her and fight each other. That's how they all died.

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That's a very.... creative plan for a mob boss. 😀

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- Does LSH just really like having intense bromance rivalries with his fellow models or something? 😂

- " Jang Ki-yong plays a lone wolf who rejects the life of wickedness laid out for him by his evil father."
*insert Kill It joke here*

- Oh look another drama that sounds like it wouldn't be any worse if it had zombies. Or vampires. Or both.

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Haha. I think you've been zombied by Kingdom, Sic. You're seeing it everywhere. Hmm.. what is the future or ending of falling in love with a zombie?

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Yes it's the new game/law: How to make everything a spinoff of Kigndom whilst I wait impatiently for season 2.

Warm Bodies answers that one.

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If it had zombies i would watch it too lol!

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The zombies are on the other side of the screen.

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Its okay, i live alone, i would be glad for some company, also i had a surgery on my back last week haven't taken a bath since, you won't be able to tell the difference. We can watch kingdom and learn how to be fast.

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@sicarius, You wrote:

- " Jang Ki-yong plays a lone wolf who rejects the life of wickedness laid out for him by his evil father."
*insert Kill It joke here*

That also could be applied to Yoon Na-moo the character JKY played (wonderfully) in COME AND HUG ME. Remember psycho dad from hell?
(Maybe if I am real technical I should say applied to the young Na-moo who was played (also wonderfully) by Nam Da-reum.)

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So what I hear you saying is, that all three of these dramas are connected and there is a Jang Ki Yong Cinematic Universe? Because if so I wholeheartedly concur and can get behind this theory.

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In 2019 I saw (and enjoyed) JKY in the action sequel film: THE BAD GUYS: REIGN OF CHAOS.
I believe in that film he played a disgraced police detective.
(O/T I would love to see JKY and Seo Kang-joon together in a kick-ass action drama.)

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Lmao I had the same thought at JKY's introduction 🤣🤣🤣

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This kinda remind me of Chicago Typewriter.

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It did at first for me now I can only see kill it all over it

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I thought all the wood this year was going to be in Forest

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I literally laughed out loud at this, soooooo the SHADE, it is so delicious. Hehehe

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STRANGE WIND or was it a TWISTER 🌪 blew one over here, I guess.

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Did you know that PD of forest said that Forest was the third main lead in that show? It was even given the opening sequence and it was the only one which did not act ridiculous in that sequence. It is my new oppa!

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Your new oppa is gorgeous, albeit a bit quiet.

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I'm rooting for lee soo hyuk. Hope he gets the girl this time. Its gonna be a great comeback for LSK. Also he is more experience in acting the Ki Yong. I love LSK but i'm so done seeing LSK play meanie role i believe its time we see his good boi acting.. If this drama is successful LSK gets to play more roles in the future which is good news.

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Jang Ki Yong yes!! He’s one to watch and one of my favorite upcoming talents. He was slated for the model drama that Park Bo Gum ended up taking. He said that he wants to push himself as an actor so unfortunately he declined (they said schedule conflicts) but it was probably more trying to diversify. He really impressed me in Come and Hug Me. He’s Uber talented and gorgeous to boot! I hope he’ll finally be recognized as a great talent with this drama!

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I don't know any of the leads except Jin Se-yeon. Saw her in Bridal Mask, and she just was not on par with other actors in my opinion. I'm not sure if she's improved recently, but for me I have the same feeling for her acting and Shin Se-kyung (their names are similar too!)

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Shin Se-kyung is better in my person view

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I've been waiting for my boi Lee Soo Hyuk for so long, so I'll obvs watc anyway... but WHY does Jin Se-yeon keep getting offered main roles? I haven't been watching her new drama, but from the sounds of everyone's comments, she's still not very good. Sounds like we're back with another Suzy situation.

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I think Suzy has improved, at least she doesn't have one expression only. I really liked her in Gu Family Book, While You Were Sleeping, and The Hymn. I guess with Suzy it depends on the character script. Can't wait to see her in Ashfall.

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yeah, that's definitely true. she's improved a fair bit, and can be convincing enough when the script and direction lends itself to her limitations. I guess I mean it more in the vein of I don't understand why she and Jin Se Yeon (and Taecyeon, and so on and so forth) get multiple lead roles whilst more talented actors are offered similar roles with far less consistency (not that that is those guys' faults by any means).

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1980s.. so their previous family members and friends might still be alive.

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Wtf is wrong with these pairings . Almost every drama is ruined by wrong casting sigh

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Why is it this actress? Can't we have a competent one when we've got such good male actors? Who is the director? I hope the director works some magic because if I see her playing candy one more time with those tepid expressions I will (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻

But still I'm excited. Love triangle & passionate jealousy & reincarnation? Eeep! Let's go more Chicago Typewriter than Hotel De Luna please 🙏 . I'm looking forward to this 🤩🤩🤩

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Jang Ki Yong I'll forgive you for Search WWW because your character was man candy, role reversal of a typical female lead who is written with the emotional depth of a teaspoon & as layered as a flat cake.
I still love you for My Ahjussi, Liar & His Lover, his playlist webdrama etc.... & Hwi 😘🥰

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lee yubi or Kim so un, I'm soo jun will make a perfect lead actress.

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