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Moon Geun Young returns to dramas; the sageuk revival continues

It looks like we’ve got a lot of upcoming dramas garnering some buzz from the high profiles of the actors and producers attached. (There’s Daemool with Go Hyun Jung, Kwon Sang Woo; Rivals with Chae Rim; Beethoven Virus with Kim Myung Min, Lee Jia and PD Lee Jae Kyu; Iljimae with Lee Junki; Iljimae with Lee Seung Gi; Choi Kang Chil Woo starring Eric; Boys Before Flowers by sheer virtue of its Hana Yori Dango connection; and so on.)

Add one more to the list: The Painter of Wind [바람의 화원], starring Korea’s Little Sister Moon Geun Young — taking her first role since entering university — and veteran actor Park Shin Yang.

Based on a bestselling book of the same name by writer Lee Jung Myung, the series is based in the late Joseon era and will be directed by Jang Tae Yoo (War of Money, Bad Housewife), airing on SBS as a Wednesday-Thursday drama. Originally planned to premiere in early September, it has a high chance of airing instead in October.

The story centers around two talented artists and their lives, artistic rivalries, and loves (Moon Geun Young’s character dresses as a man, while Park Shin Yang’s a senior artist and something of a mentor); the plot thickens with a mysterious murder.

I know you’re gonna say it, so I’ll say it first: Moon Geun Young paired with Park Shin Yang?? Nothing against the guy — he’s a fine actor — but lordy that’s a squicky age difference (she was born in 1987, he was born in 1968). I know, I know, there have been other big age gaps that don’t bother me; for instance, Seo Ji Hye (23) with Ahn Jae Wook (36) in the upcoming I Love You. Or, Ara (18) versus either Yoon Kye Sang or Jin Yi Han (both 29) in the currently airing Who Are You? But while Yoon Kye Sang and Jin Yi Han both have youthful and trendy images, Park Shin Yang has always been an ajumma-magnet.

Via Herald Biz

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Wasn't this story/ the two artists a part of a task in Goong S for the two soon-to-be princes?
Ah, well, but I like to see Moon Geun Young in a drama, since I've only saw her movies 'til now ^-^.
But yeah....this age difference... YKS has his own charm and - like you said - youthfulness and trendy image. I like his freaking funny faces ^--^, so his age isn't that important to me in Who r u?

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Its so many dramas that people looking forward this year.
I'm not a Sageuk fan but this one looks interesting, and yeah he's too old for the girl!

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19 years? This I gotta see.
My main concern however is if she's got the acting chops to do this. More power to her if she can pull it off.

Love the Jeju Boy track, by the way even though the discordant phone dialing throws it off at the end.

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yay for sageuk- I will take a historical drama any day over some of these modern ones that have come out. There is something about sageuk men...can't put my finger on it, but they draw me in and make me wish I could time travel back to those times. I would gladly say "Naeuri" a thousand times if I could have those sageuk men,lol.

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I'm glad you mentioned it because I was about to bring it up: the age difference is RIDICULOUS. Age-wise AND image-wise.

They walk out in the streets and I'm thinking, "Oh look....her Dad is taking her shopping..." NOT "oh what a lovely couple..."

I'm cringing as I type.....I think this might be an automatic pass for me (not to mention I would probably take a modern series over a sageuk one any day...)

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Aiks.. I'm not THAT into the pairing.. but wth, it has MGY and PSY, better give it a try before I pass judgement.

Meanwhile, I'm also looking forward to the other upcoming power dramas.. Deamul, Rival, Beethoven Virus and Eric's new drama's a MUST watch for me...
How am I gonna divide my time...t_t

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Wow. And I thought the Nam Sang Mi and Kim Myung Min pairing in Bad Family was weird. Meh, I'm not a fan of either, but the mysterious murder sounds interesting.

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Never mind the age gap -- this will be by far the most prestigious and emotionally complex sageuk presented this year. (Provided SBS adapts it correctly.)

The novel itself was a revisionist take of Sin Yun-bok. Sin Yun-bok was a male painter, but there were rumors of his sensuality and gender, and the novel sets it up so that he was actually a "she." The age gap is necessary because you need to establish the philosophical and personality contrast where the wise mentor falls in love with the rebellious student who is a GENIUS and possibly greater than the mentor. So there's a bit of Rimbaud/Verlaine kind of tension there, wrapped into of course a hetero relationship. You need the age gap, but more importantly, you need a truly gifted young actor to convince the audience this can work.

It's perfect casting, and it's a brilliant challenge and debut for the adult Moon Geun Young. And Park Shin Yang is consistently so good; he can be hilarious and he can be so severe. Few TV actors act with more economy.

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park shin yang has a way of making his eyes really tiny and beady when his facial expression is serious.. his face is one of the funniest in kdrama.. makes me laugh hard every time.. i've never seen moon geun young's acting but she's supposedly gifted.. it should be worth the watch.. if i can manage with my elementary level korean the novel doesn't look too bad either..

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Sarah, you forgotten about this special 2 eps drama. This drama could be the dark horse of this season.

http://media.daum.net/entertain/broadcast/view.html?cateid=1032&newsid=20080317180503241&cp=Edaily

Noh Do Chul PD (the PD of soulmates) returns to the drama scene with MBC 2eps special drama "Our Happy Ending'" 우리들의 해피엔딩 which'll air after Who are you? ends in may. The drama's about the discords, meanings of a family seen though the eyes of a child. Cast includes : Park Soo Jin, Park Sang Min, Do Ji Won, Park Sang Myung , Sa Kang.

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wow 19 yrs gap? it's like reading a pocket book novels where a woman can marry at the age of 16 (16=teenager these days..but in the past..they're considered women already) whether the man is older..way older or not. can't wait to see how they can make Park Shin Yang look younger or make Moon GEun Young looks older..hmm

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I'm not sure about Our Happy Ending -- on one hand, love Noh Do Chul. He's done two fantastic series and while I don't think he's infallible (I've learned not to have THAT kind of faith in people), he's extremely skilled. I'm ambivalent about the cast; not really feeling at least half of them. The writer wrote Il Mare (which I liked) and Bottom of the 9th with 2 Outs (meh). But it's only two episodes.

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@marcel,

Yeah he's wonderful with reactions. You would assume that he's very bland, but it's quite the opposite. And he has that patented dimply smile that makes ajuhmmas swoon! :D

I just feel people aren't understanding the context of the story, or the expectations of this drama. Moon Young isn't playing a young princess who falls in love with an older man. She's playing a young rebellious aesthete against her society's gender laws and her era's prevailing art form, in a complex relationship with her teacher. This is not a love story based on historical domesticity.

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belleza, don't get too frustrated. You're right, most people DON'T understand the context of the story, and it's probably a lot to expect that they would or should. I mean, most won't have read the book, and many people, Koreans included, don't have a complex understanding of the history and social mores providing the foundation for the story. For those who do, perhaps the drama will appeal to those heightened expectations. The rest of us, though, are just looking at the aspects we do understand -- the entertainment factor.

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That's true -- Korean media has been harping on the recent "uncle-niece" dramas in general, citing Painters in the Wind as well. It's similar to what went on with Coffee Prince within Korean media, fixating on why would ANY popular actress want to play "ugly" or "masculine" and ignoring the actual creative opportunity there.

I think I'm that way with Beethoven Virus too, because it's going to be a Lee Jae Kyu drama. He's one of the few PDs in Korean drama that I would watch regardless of cast or story, with the caveat that especially the cast must meet the higher rigors of his style. Literally one of the few guys with a definitive, slavishly copied grammar and ability to push the entire genre forward by simply showing up to the party.

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hi..umm sorry i was just wondering how to download the songs you posted up. you have great song selections but for some reason whenever i tried downloading, i am transfered to an ad site. sorry to bother you about such thing.

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Moon Geun Young — taking her first role since entering university,
you forgot to add, and temporarily leaving school.

oh my, Park Shin Yang, I still remember him from Lovers in Paris, he is definitely one of the best Korean actors around. (btw, my mom really likes him). I just can't match him up with MGY. It is one odd pair, but chemistry is more important, in my opinion.

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has park shinyang done saeguk before? i can't picture him in that joseon mode...OTOH it's very easy to imagine MGY being all brilliantly talented, self-righteous and lecturing her elders LOL

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hongie, the song link should take you to a page that contains a "Download this File" link. (If you can't find it, hit CTRL F and search for the words "download this file.") zShare does tend to have ads on its pages, but so far I've found it's one of the better sites for posting mp3s -- simultaneous downloads, no bandwidth restrictions, no membership required, etc. -- so I stick with it.

Oh, occasionally, it'll show a full-page ad, in which case you click the red "Skip this Ad" button on the upper right.

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ewwww... they're going to be paired up? that's disturbing... she could have been his daughter with their age gap... im grossed out just thinking it... hahahaha

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haha. PSK isn't that old alrite! bt i'm looking forward to it since it has park shin yang!

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The age gap bothers me...10 year age gap isn't that bad...but 19 year age gap? That is a little bit much. And the thing is Moon Geun Yeong has such a babyface that she looks like she is 15.
Having said that though...the two are good actors (one of them great ) and I will most likely tune in to watch.
And javabeans..what you said about Park Shin Yang the ahjumma magnet ...lol... that's probably the main reason he was cast there (aside from being a great actor)...to attract all the ahjumma viewers to tune in to this drama...hehehehe.

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Even though Moon Geun Young is supposed to be 20 she looks really, really young.

However after reading what the story is based on, I think they are prefect for the role---PSY especially.

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Park Shin Yang an ajumma magnet? I don't think so, after having been sorely disappointed with Lovers in Paris (way over rated) and War of Money (again over-rated). He's a good actor, but he never disturbed my heart beat.

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I wonder do they have the novel translated to english. If they do, I know I'll purchase it, including all the episode when it comes out on DVD. ^_^

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Age doesn't matter as they have very good chemistry. I think they are prefect for the role. But sad they did not end up together.. PSY and MGY are very good actors.

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I loved Park Shin Yang in this.
He's no old man, he is very handsome! Especially his eyes....<3
I think this is one of the best dramas that I have seen, even though there is an age gap, their chemistry is brilliant.
The theme of the drama is art, but I think the drama itself is art too. (:

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