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Ji Chang-wook, Kim Yoo-jung engage in boss-employee romance in Convenience Store Saet-byul

A cute romance begins in the U.S.-based Lifetime channel’s first K-drama investment, Convenience Store Saet-byul. It’s a drama based on a serial webtoon that has reached over 40 million subscribers. Ji Chang-wook (Melting Me Softly) is set to play the manager of a convenience store, and Kim Yoo-jung (Clean With Passion for Now) is set to play his part-time worker.

Ji Chang wook’s character may be handsome, but he’s actually quite clueless at times. He used to work for a large corporation, but he quit his job in order to set up his own convenience store as his dreams collided with reality. He will be a character that is highly relatable to youths these days, who are struggling with employment and other similar worries.

The female lead, played by Kim Yoo-jung, is a spacey oddball character who has a rebellious past but still retains an innocent mindset. She comes to Ji Chang-wook’s store as the night shift worker, determined to put her past behind her and to lead a life that stays true to values like maintaining social justice.

With this recent casting news, Convenience Store Saet-byul, directed by Fiery Priest’s PD Lee Myung-woo, will go into filming soon, and is expected to air sometime in the fall of 2020.

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Oh Gawd!! are they writing up definitions for candy? Part-timer, oddball but innocent mindset and maintains social justice.
I shall pass.

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Should we take consolation in the fact that she is not the clueless half of the OTP? 🙄

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Yes we should. Especially if the male lead is NOT portrayed as a clueless weakling but rather as a strong but still clueless man. Sort of like the male lead in WHEN THE CAMELLIA BLOOMS.

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Sign of lowered (realistic???) expectations in Korea -- the Candy has to settle for a convenience store owner instead of a chaebol.

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But she'll have hot and cold running ramyun. ;-)

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May this drama remove the scar Melting Me Softly left behind on JCW’s drama history!

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By being a bigger scar??

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Nailed. It.

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I wonder how many crap dramas your oppa can do before you give up on him? I don't know if I want to pretend three of his dramas didn't happen.

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And we can't even say maybe crap dramas is all he gets offered, poor him. It is way too soon for that.

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OK let's all rewatch K2...

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Why do you say that? From what I hear, international fans are big JCW fans but Koreans did not watch Healer and are not big fans. Couldn't that cause him to not get the best offers?

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I only refuse to acknowledge one so far.

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Lucky you 😞

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Not about Ji Chang-wook, but ONE crap drama can turn me off to oppa, i.e., What's Wrong With Secretary Kim. I didn't give up on Park Seo-joon, but the drama made me like him less.

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I loved him so much in Healer so I've been holding on to that. Sigh

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Give Oppa a chance to win you back. (But not with this drama.)

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Lol I could just pretend he is still in the army.

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That's what I've been telling myself since 2014. He's on veeeerrryy long stay in the army! Duty to country and all that!

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WWWSK wasn’t a crap drama though. You can say it’s not your cup of tea, but drama was definitely far from that. Thank you for insulting the taste of people who enjoyed it a lot. And become Park Seo Joon fans thank for that drama...
And to be honest, if ONE-TWO dramas ruined “your oppa for you” he wasn’t “your oppa” in the first place.

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Why should fans feel insulted by one opinion when I was talking about what ruined my oppa FOR ME?? Everyone has different tastes. I'm sure there's people who don't think Melting Me Softly was a crap drama neither.

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Don't you know that when someone on the internet has an opinion, it's a personal attack against you?

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@mindy How could I forget that the internet is where you downvote opinions that you don't agree with? 🤦‍♀️

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I felt the same about Park Seo Joon after What's Wrong with Secretary Kim. Actually, Fight My Way didn't do him any favors with me either. I liked him less after both those dramas and that is also a reason I will not be watching Itaewon Class.

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Oh, sorry, yes, I forgot, that asking being nice for everyone around you be it real or online person is such a hard task and something that no one even should try to accomplish, because “MY OPINION” turned into such an incredible excuse to be rude and “why you feel attacked”. Ugh. Saying “not my cup of tea” gives just the same idea. You didn’t like something. But “crap” is insulting other people’s taste. I don’t think it’s impossible to get the actual difference with how you decided to express “your opinion”. don’t feel personally attacked, it would not change my opinion, but it does leave bad taste in my mouth, because of inability of people to treat other people around themselves nice. That’s why internet such a trash place. Everyone thinks that their “opinion” is above others and use most rude, insulting and unpleasant words ever.
And yes, “your oppa” (cheesy) the actor whom’s acting you actually enjoy regardless of how bad is drama or character he is portraying. If one-two dramas can ruin your experience, then you actually liked previous character(/s), not that said “oppa”.
That’s all I wanted to say.
I hope today we will have a nice, warm, pleasant and healthy day;)) Sincerely;)))

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@PMSahjumoni, sounds like you never even liked him in the first place;))) I’m not sure what the actual purpose of this remark though;)) That’s okay, if you don’t like him, why not. We all have our “go to” or “stay away” actors;)

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Funny because I thought Park Seo joon was just all right but then I grew to love him because of Fight My Way and What's Wrong With Secretary Kim.

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Guys! There's always a first impression. We can wait for that

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I actually think that Healer was SOOOO good that it affected how we view his subsequent projects. I was also disappointed in Suspicious Partner but after watching clips on YouTube that were very cute and interesting I've decided to watch it again. Healer is a tough act to follow but maybe Melting Me Softly gave me a new appreciation for Suspicious Partner.

I really think that I've finally got enough distance from Healer (finally) and I'm telling myself that nothing's going to equate to Healer that I'll be able to appreciate and see what and how JCW decided to create a totally different character.

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@rue - I had to delete half my response to you because at first I did take personal offense. But I read and re-read your comment and realized when you used "you", you were referring to yourself, correct?

If your post had said "how many bad dramas before I give up..." - I think your intent would've been clearer. I thought you were telling us - how long are we going to be die-hard JCW fans before we give up. I had prepared a comment asking why do anti-fans care who we like and why we can't watch even if some people think it's crap...
Of course, if I'm interpreting it wrong and you DID mean that the rest of us should give up our bias, well, I have that comment saved waiting to post. lol

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Ah, I'm pretty sure her comment was directed to oppafangirl.... the person who she directly replied to.... and it was meant lightheartedly. I doubt rue is an "anti".

We joke around with each other about our faves here. It's what we do. No harm is meant by it.

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Big JCW fan here. I was referring to myself.

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Although maybe I should lie so I can see the comment anyway. I'm in that kind of mood 🤷‍♀

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Hmm ... Just move on people ... It's not worth fighting for. Watch more (good) dramas and find new oppas or keep old ones.

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I wasn't trying to start a fan war. It's just that a few weeks ago, in a different JCW thread here on DB, there were commenters actually saying JCW's latest flop just "process he's a terrible actor"; "only popular because he can kiss"; etc.

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I know I typed "proved" and checked it before I hit "send". *stupid Android auto correct*

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Lol! It reminded me of my friend who tried to cover his scar by getting a tattoo but the tattoo turned out to be the ugliest tiger we had ever seen n then he had to go for laser tattoo removal too.
JCW may need one for his drama history! Sigh

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LOL😂

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Me too @marina. I think you and I should be permitted to pick his next drama. I realize this one is based on a webtoon, but I'd like one without the huge age gap and power imbalance.

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This is what bothers me, not only there is age gap but he is also her boss. My ex-boss ended up dating his 20 y/o intern (my friend). No idea, why writers love that plotline. In real life, the guy is immature and the girl lacks the life experience to actually recognise that. Also, guy who dates 20 year old at 32 will probably date 21 years old when he is 40.

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I don't care for either aspect.

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I don't understand why people make a fuss about age gap. As long as both of them are single, consenting adults, then what's the problem?

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If one party wasn't consenting adult the fuss would be about a whole different matter.

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Tbh, I have never watched more than about five episodes of any of his dramas. Not even Healer which is my sister’s all time fav and she will be disappointed if she reads this🥺 But I will give this one a shot because I’m curious to see what on earth can happen in a store that is worth writing about and making it into a drama!
But if I drop it “as always” before ep 5, can I run to your rooftop and cry out of regret? Will you accept me n wipe away my tears? or you would just say “I told you so but you had to go” (playing I Told You So by Randy Travis in the background)

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I really really enjoy Carrie Underwood's version of "I Told You So!" Her surprise duet with Randy Travis was sooo good!

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Aww, that duet is just what I meant!^^
I still watch their performance on American Idol!

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I didn’t want to say anything but since they are under my comment and all the notifications come to my box, I’d like to express my feelings too!
Difficult (wish you were registered so I could tag you), I agree with you! I think there should be should and shouldn’t when it comes to sharing our opinions especially on the internet because the reader is not hearing our voice and has no idea about our intention and also “intonation”! There are times a sarcastic comment leads to big misunderstanding.
I remember the time I was enjoying watching “Love Affair in the Afternoon” and I read a comment calling it CRAP and I was shocked to see how inconsiderate that person was! I didn’t expect to see such a thing here on DB where everyone is watching something and the person knew there will be people watching that specific drama! If you don’t enjoy, that’s totally fine but why being like this to others?! Imagine sitting in a restaurant and hearing the person on the next table calling the food you are eating crap! Yes! That’s that person’s opinion but is it needed to be shared like this?!
It costs nothing to use better words and be careful and don’t hide behind “it is MY OPINION and it is your problem if you felt insulted” shield!
Now I can be attacked for saying what I feel but this is DB, our place to feel safe!
#peace ^^

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I think it really just depends on the sensitivities of the person. You're neither right nor wrong here, I guess.

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I agree. There are plenty of actors and actresses that I just cannot stand either their looks or their acting and I just won't watch something that they're in (unless my bias is in it as well) but I'm very conscious that it's unnecessary to voice my aversion to them because other people really like them (even though I'll be thinking "I can't imagine why they like him/her".

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How can we pass on a handsome ML who is the CEO of his own convenience store? Imagine all the difficult choices of which ramen to stock the shelf and how long the hot dogs get to stay on the roller!!

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Just imagine the crazy shareholders meeting fighting to take control 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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😆 One might even stage a hostile takeover of the soju aisle!

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I'll watch the drama if this is the storyline. 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Somehow, I don't think it is. This gave me the vibe of Bachelor's Vegetable Store (yes, I watched that drama).

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That's quite alright @msrabbit! We all have watched dramas which made us wished to be in a vegetative state!!

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After falling for JCW in Healer, I went back and watched Bachelor Veggies - hard to push through to finish. But I also watched Smile Donghae - easy watching as he's in almost every scene despite its length. And Empress Ki, which shows how big a range his acting encompasses.

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When I read about this show on another site the story description didn't mention a romance, though I should known better. Ick.

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These drama writers really like to ignore the inherent sketchiness of boss-employee relationships.

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Not just a boss-employee relationship but one where the boss is in his thirties and the part-timer (at least in real life) is 20. Double yuck.

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The part-timer is 20 in the webtoon, so Kim Yoo-jung and Ji Chang-wook are playing their own ages.

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Why Wookie whyyyyyyyyy?

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*laughs*

*laughs*

*laughs*

*snort*

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!

*falls out of chair*

Yeah, this will be fine.

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Even reading about it made my skin crawl.

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Double dog dare it and I will think about it.

Triple dog dare and you just leave me no choice.
I have pride....sometimes.

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Ok, here’s the double dog dare!

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And how much of this have you read? I’m on the first page, and grossed out.

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I accidentally started with chapter 3 and grossed out in like 3 pages...

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I'm grossed out at the webtoon poster upon clicking the url.

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But I don't wanna

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It's the kind of drama that rests more on the actors than the story... At least, JCW and KYJ have a good chemistry with their respectives costars.

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Are you serious? Did we all watch K2, Melt Me and CWPFN. Chemistry is not their forte!

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I don't agree. In K2, JCW had a great chemistry with Song Yoon Ah. The issue was the writting, Anna's character was badly written and was useless. The story would have been way better without this love story. But the relationship Je Ha - Yoo Jin was great.

Melt Me was badly written. Everything was bad so...

For CWPFN, I liked the love story in this drama. I didn't like the way the story was around the end, they did the usual and boring separation... I was surprised to see the actors in the BTS. KYJ is pretty mature for her age, but the fact she worked since she's young seems to have made her pretty confortable with older people. KYJ and YKS were very confortable together even for the kiss scenes. The issue was more the difference of height than the difference of age.

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In K2 production/pd nim/pd writer just using YOONA name to make that drama become FAMOUS . In fact Yoona character Nothing !! Just focus Jeha Yoojin ... I feel pity to Yoona people come & bash her acting people say she just busy body !!! Still i read AsianWiki people bash her , Yoona not make that character Yoona not writer that drama ... But still people attack

Hmmmmm...And now KARMA come to FANS OPPA IS MINE look JCW drama last year rating ?? What happen ;-)HAHAHAHAHAHAHA well even take Yoon Se Ah as we know Sky Castle cast in that drama but still flop 1 % rating And JCW fans say bad PD writer....

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Very very Soon rating this drama will become same like drama JCW last year dude:)

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I wish she'd pick something solid that would showcase her talents like " THE DIRGE SINGER" etc.
At 14 yrs old she could carry a show in a lead role. Seo Jun-young was 12 years older but the subtle chemistry between them was just beautiful. Even better when romance was not part of the relationship.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6FCzlOh3mA
I'd rather watch this over and over than all of the uninspired popular crap out there.

Roles like in FLAME OF DESIRES is where she grows the most. Playing 2 different characters in one show was the kind of challenge that used to make her stood out.

Kim Yoo-jung has been around longer than any of these older lead actors. 50+ projects at age 20 is no small feat.

I'm still waiting for a sageuk reunion with the Yeo Jin-goo. A real sageuk written by Jeong Hyun-min of NOKDU FLOWER 🙏.

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JCW doubling down on that creepster vibe then. I am out before I was even in.

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Was the last one an age difference? I didnt watch it but thought that actress was around 30.

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Between the actors? No.
It's just a vibe I get from him. First he did the K2 where his character had all the chemistry with the Evil Queen but ended up with a useless girl-child instead. And then after the army he did Melty where his character waited a full 2 seconds after his break up with his girlfriend (who was now old) to start lusting after Candy, who became his employee. And now this.

Post-Healer and including this drama, the age-gap/power imbalance between his alpha male characters and his weak, pretty female leads is starting to seem like a pattern (an outlier like Suspicious Partner notwithstanding).

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I see.
Disappointing that the heroine from K2 didnt pan out well. I haven't watched it (it is on the to be watched list) but I've read that she was a character with anxiety issues and thought that could be interesting in a action adventure romance.

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If 'anxiety issues' usually involve running barefoot into traffic wearing a white nightgown like a gothic heroine and being cast for a fashion show by a man in a limousine who knew your mother then, I guess. 'Anxiety issues'.

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@leetennant just issues of social phobia and panic attacks. I assumed maybe a shut in, which I guess could be a bit gothic. More so if she lived in an attic (roof top) apartment and tried to light the Evil Queen on fire while she slept.

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there was also taht very quick second when he was mentioned in a certain scandal and then subsequent rumors about his behavior. and anyone's name being attached to that i was like well now this is stuck in my head forever so. lol

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I didn't want to list that here but... yeah. That too.

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Ehh. Subsequent rumors coming AFTER? My advice is not to believe them when it comes to your oppa.

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i dont and never will. i also will never call a man oppa in my entire life. i have 0 respect!

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I can see bad drama again JCW !!! Rating will flop ... Sorry Guys !! Different Age ..

How can JCW accept this project ?

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*prays that it's better than Wookie's last disaster of a drama*

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I wonder if he gets offers for action roles anymore? I know he wants to prove he can be a rom com star, but to me his best romance was in Healer, and he did a lot more running over rooftops than talking, and was supposed to be awkward with his girl, so that worked fine.

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Yes he does. I just saw that he accepted an action film role.

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So basically what you are saying is....he just needs to run over rooftops and not talk.

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😂😂 also 😭😭

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The K2, guys. Shower scene. No talk. Just grunts. And skin.

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It turns out if you watch the K2 as a series of disconnected fight scenes it's actually not that bad. And a deep deep analysis of the exquisitely-choreographed fight scene in the shower room is a worthwhile endeavour. In fact, I need to cast my analytical eye over it once again I think.

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It reminded me of Virgo Mortensen in Eastern Promises, down to the swinging - well, never mind.

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I put a lot of why Healer worked so well on the director and the writer, and my assumption that Wookie worked exceptionally well with them and that character. He really knew Jung Hoon inside and out and gave him a lot of nuance, but although @leetennant argues that he at least acted fine in K2, I personally haven't seen him nail a character or have that understanding of a script or work that well in any drama since Healer, to the point where I questioned if he could even ACT at all.
And then I rewatched Healer and was like no he can, he just needs a good writer/director duo, that he works well with obviously, and a good script, that bring out the best in him.

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I thought he was fine, but not exceptional, in the first half of Suspicious Partner, and then the drama went all wonky and dumb-like.

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Jang Hyuk Jin, Mr. Bang, was my personal favorite. I wish he'd reprise that role somewhere.

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Mr. Bang was the best character. That character and the butler (?) in Cinderella and the Four Knights, and basically anything Kim Sung-oh has played I would be happy to see again. Oh, and General Frost from Hwayugi. Why am I suddenly missing all these supporting characters?

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He was serviceable in the first half yes, but I personally found him to be trying to channel Bong-Soo a little TOO much and it was jarring as I thought it didn't fit the character.
Also yeah we just don't talk about the latter half of that.

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Considering the offers that he receives for parts, it is obvious what the answer is.........*whispers*, he could be a better actor but he ain't and it seems that productions for esteem and high profile series know this. If he was as good as he should be there is not way his acting resume should look like what a child to adult actor or rookie actor's starter resume should look like.

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Idk are you implying that he only gets offered subpar roles because things that want high profile shows avoid him?
1) we can't prove that
2) what is a high profile drama anyway?
3) you/they can't fully predict how good a drama is gonna be before it comes out, despite how good some of us Beans are at it.
4) I personally think 92% of dramas are bad, high profile or no.
But how the heck do we know everything an actor or actress is offered?

I can think of plenty of exceptional actors that have resumes I don't like.
I mean Yeo Woo Jin is a good actor and picks weird af janky dramas; I've come to think he just likes those kinds of roles.
And then you have people like Ziggy and KYK who are going to be exceptional in whatever role they're in, even if the drama is bad.
To clarify though, I don't put Wookie on the same level as someone like Ziggy. JCW still needs a good script and a good director; he can't do it alone. So "as good as he should be" is relative?
But he also just has terrible taste in dramas. Like terrible.

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Wow you sound like a casting expert. Haha.

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I don't think he's the greatest actor and don't like the roles he chooses, but I don't necessarily think productions for high profile series are avoiding him. I'm not sure what counts as a high profile drama, but I think Melting Me Softy was probably considered relatively high profile when the role was offered given the writer's track record. She did have three hits in a row with high profile actors and actresses such as Park Bo Young, Kim Sun Ah and Kim Myung-min.

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A drama only ends up being good if the writer/director/actor(s) ALL do well. After loving Healer, I went and watched the writer and director's work along with JCW. All three had their plusses and minuses.

But yeah, he does have bad taste in dramas. But I'm curious, he must see something in them to choose them. What actor would purposely choose bad dramas so they can be bashed on the internet?

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If he sees something in them, I'm not really sure I want to know what it is.

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I gotta ask, is it just me who gets grossed out with all the food slurping and shoveling in the mouth? And if you’re in a relationship with someone, why aren’t you calling them by their name instead of their position?

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Hmmmmmmmm... gross for a million reasons and good for none!

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Yet another drama with innocent and righteous female lead, Boss-Employee relationship?
Hope they take fresh approach with this. I just don’t want this drama to waste such capable actors.
On side note when I am going to see Kim Yoo-jung playing badass, rebellious role?

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I agree, that's why I am anticipating her film Night of the 8th day

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like both these actors... BUT WHY DO THEY HAVE TO KEEP PICKING DRAMAS I WANT TO DEFENESTRATE FROM JUST THE DESCRIPTION.

And the director sure instills a lot of confidence in me... not.
Also for some reason I don't want to see them together. Yoo Jung with Jingoo, yes, JCW in... I don't know, yes; Together? Eh...

P.S. Kinda a side track rant- why on earth would anyone's dream be to open a convenience store (because dramaland Sic)?
Convenience stores, ESPECIALLY KOREAN ONES (having been) are liminal spaces. THey're places where time doesn't exist, reality is altered, eye contact is not made, soju and or banana milk are bought at 4AM and the person behind the counter doesn't even blink because "what time do you close?" "No". They're CONVENIENT and AESTHETIC (philosophically? maybe) but...
If you're GOING to write a "quirky" drama set in one... make it weird??? not a rom com? Like a part time worker who sees ghosts or aliens and just like continues to go "that'll be 1.59 please" (although sometimes they don't even talk), who's so done with life, they just like sigh at all the weird crazy shit that's going on in and around their store because nothing shocks them or phazes them anymore... that's what I would write... not whatever this is gonna be *shudder*

But what I want doesn't matter so *Sighs*

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I'd watch Ghost Central Convenience Store over this.

Maybe we have to want it enough?

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There's no way Korea could make that show. England could make that show. Brazil could make that show. I now want England and/or Brazil to make that show.

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Yeah but it'd be cool if it were set in Korea. Like there's an edge you could put to it that you couldn't have in another country (besides maybe Japan?)
I'm thinking Cornetto Trilogy vibes in terms of comedy and directing, but not visually.

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I want to ask have you seen Pegasus market???? Really it is a Korean show about a supermarket nobody wants to run and it's hilarious, and has no romance, is a black comedy on capitalist marketing and moreover i repeat it is hilarious.

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Also Pegasus market has a ghost part timer... Sorry to spoil but it's already written, go and watch it.

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Have you ever seen the movie "Clerks" by Kevin Smith? It was made in 1994 about some guys working in a convenience store and it was very VERY, stupidly funny.
But that was Kevin Smith and it was 1994.

Otherwise your description of the convenience store fits and I agree with "why this" but it still made me think of Clerks and how much I loved it.

Maybe make a show about all the people who come into the store and their backstories...

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Clerks was what popped into my mind too!

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Great minds think alike!

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Now I really want JCW's character's name to be Dan-tae delivering lines like "I'm not even supposed to be here today!"

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Well, I personally don't see anything wrong with having a dream of opening a convenient store. Then again, I don't usually question people's dream. I am sure they do things for a reason. And whether that is a believable reason and one we can get behind and support is depending on the skills of the writer(s).

Again for this one, all the best for you, oppa! Hope it works out.

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Hmmm... reminds me of an old US TV series, Night Court. A convenience store as the hub of interesting characters and stories would actually be fun, and as you say, could be edgy and provide plenty of opportunities for social commentary. I’d watch that!

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Kim Yoo-jung needs to stop doing dramas with age gaps.

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She also needs to stop doing candy roles that fall for her boss.

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THIS.

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This is SO much like a manhwa I wrote for Drama Fever, "Convenience Store Vampire"--I should get royalties! https://ktoonsbyfox.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/convenience-store-vampire/

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HA. HA. HA
Maybe I'll check this out with my eyes closed?

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Who is Kim Yoo Jung's manager? I just want to talk.

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SidusHQ manages Kim Yoo-jung and is doing a lousy job at it.

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I guess this all depends on how the relationship develops: Sexual harassment or not.

My parents have a long-time married couple friends who started out as boss and employee. They've been married 40 something years living the good life. So some do work out fine.

If Kim Yoo-jung were in her mid-20's, a costar 10+yrs her senior playing her romantic interest wouldn't feel as icky.

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All I know is Clean with a Passion was very successful and she proved herself no slouch with hot making out and skin ship. Stands to reason she will keep doing more of the same type of dramas and if the PDs want/cast A list male leads those are going to be virtually all older. And you can’t have a modern Rom Com where the leads just hold hands and hug.

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This is quite a confused argument. I think it's physically possible for her to do hot and heavy skinship with a man her own age. I give Clean with Passion a pass because YKS stepped in at the last minute for that part, which was supposed to be the age-appropriate AHS.

I stupidly thought we were over these age and status mismatches in dramas. It's horrible.

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There was a drama, I remember, with a very young actress, and they shot kiss scenes without lips touching...can't remember what drama it was, it generated a lot of heat and discussion on DB.

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Hmm, the last drama with such a big age gap from a super young actress that I can think of is High School Love On with Kim Sae Ron (whom I adore!). Is it that one? I'm a big fan of Kim Yoo Jung too, so I feel weird about this pairing due to the age difference even if I also like Chang Ji Wook. I hope they'll prove me wrong in this drama!

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One day they will say that a young male actor is trying to break into the business and it just "makes sense" that he's partnered with an A list actress who's much much older than him rather than having to label it a NOONA ROMANCE in giant neon letters 50 feet high. And we'll all nod like that argument makes any damn sense.

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You raise an interesting point.
Noona Romance is a thing, because a young man with a significantly older woman is taken as somewhat of an anomaly or exception; but when it's the other way around, there's NOTHING to call it, because it's somehow expected and "more acceptable." Which I think is ironic.
What I find icky about these kinds of situations isn't the age gap IN ITSELF (if it's incorporated tactfully), but the fact that these young actresses keep being cast along older men as if there aren't any male actors of their age!
And as much as the actresses are convincing and good at acting, IDK I always get an awkward vibe from those dramas... like everyone involved is hyper aware of this age gap and is being extra careful or something?

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@ElleTea In this case though, both of these actors would be considered on the A list. Or at least, very, very close to being on the A list. I don't consider the male actor to be more respected than the female actor here. Yes, she's very young but she has an impressive list of credits to her name. So does he. I totally loved the male actor in Healer, but most of his other dramas have been ones I couldn't even finish. I have not really liked any of the female actors adult dramas, but for both of these, it's mostly a matter of taste. I'm sure they both have plenty of fans. But, the female actor here does not need this particular male actor for credibility.

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Oh I completely agree with you, I was just responding to the really dumb argument from unregistered above. If anything, after the mess that was Melty, I wouldn't be surprised if they were trying to give HIM credibility by pairing him with such an A list veteran actor.

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No, sorry, cwpfn was not successful, on the contrary, bankruptcy ratings, a poorly matched couple, and the only thing more successful on youtube is a fake passionate kiss astride, questionable

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Sorry to say this but Clean garnered a rating as low as 1%, something considered below average in an era where cable dramas easily get a 2% rating.

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SIGH, this is reallly unfortunate, SIGH, I'm out, NO. I will just rewatch Healer.

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Does this sound awful horrible? Yes. Will I watch it? Yes. Will I hate myself afterwards? Yes.

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Feel like shitposting? This could be the First Epic Meltdown of 2020.

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Forest might get us first ...

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