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Kim So-yeon cast in Prosecutor Mata Hari

Kim So-yeon is taking the lead in a new SBS drama called Prosecutor Mata Hari, which comes to us from the writer-director pair behind Brilliant Legacy. (PD Jin Hyuk also directed the gorgeous historical series Painter of the Wind and the slick celebrity-packed On Air, while writer So Hyun-kyung also wrote How Much Love.)

Kim plays Ma Hye-ri, a woman with excellent focus and memorization skills which allow her to pass the law exam, but because she dislikes hard work, she’s far from displaying the sense of justice and duty that befits a prosecutor. She’d rather be off wearing pretty clothes or finding the latest designer bags. Hye-ri thinks she’s unsuited for her profession, but as she experiences conflicts with her senior prosecutors and encounters all sorts of cases, she gradually taps in to her talent as a prosecutor.

She’ll be showing off an entirely different side to her previous role as the badass North Korean spy in last year’s IRIS; Hye-ri is described as cute and lovable. Kim said of her role, “Ma Hye-ri isn’t just someone who wants to look pretty on the outside, but she also has pain on the inside. As the drama progresses, I’ll show her gradually maturing into a prosecutor, which I’m personally really looking forward to.”

Prosecutor Mata Hari will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama that airs in April.

Via Joy News

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Does "Mata Hari" mean something in korean?? Cuz it means something in another language..

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yeah...in malay it is mean as sun...

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Oh, she's so gorgeous! I bet the wardrobe for this production will be incredible; she'll look amazing in it, that's for sure. I really liked Kim So-yeon's character in IRIS, such an understated and powerful performance. I'll definitely check this out just to see her in a different light.

I can see that 2010 is shaping up to be The Year Of No Sleep for me. ;-)

Thanks JB!

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she sucks & acts poorly

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OMG OMG OMG - she's so hot! i'm so excited for this - anything kim so yeon now is good for me!

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# 3 kaedejun,

You totally read my mind as I first came upon this announcement by JB! haha =)

Although I really loved Kim So-yeon as the beautiful, smart, and butt kicking heroine in IRIS, I'm looking forward to watching her portray this rather different character...and I won't mind(at all!) seeing her play up to her feminine side, dressed in gorgeous outfits that will underscore just how stunning she is.

P.S.--She is so beautiful in that pic...wow.

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I don't know anything about this lady but the plot seems interesting enough to watch this.

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Mata Hari is an interesting choice for a name...considering who Mata Hari was as a person and how she died

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I have a revolving assortment of "You're Beautiful" stills for my laptop wallpaper...but I just had to add this pic to the line-up! lol

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Good for her.. she's finally getting a lead role. I wonder who's going to be the male lead.

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@2 langdon813 --> Tell me about it, I never get any sleep these days! Of course, if my school had faster internet, I wouldn't have to watch dramas at 2 in the morning...

I'm looking forward to seeing her do this role that's a complete 180 from her role in IRIS. I thought she was absolutely smashing in IRIS (I was rooting for her and Hyun Joon; alas *sigh*) and I can't wait to see her in this project. :)

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So funny when hubby and I were watching IRIS. He would say "I can see why guys think KTH is cute" which translates to, he can see why KTH is cute. KSY is more my type frankly. She was such a bad ass in All About Eve.

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When I first heard the title, I thought the story would reference the spy Mata Hari, but it doesn't appear to have anything to do with it. Unless Kim Soyeon's character turns a bit femme fatale and starts using her feminine charms to get information out of clients/witnesses/etc. ^^

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@ 10 nycgrl,

"He would say “I can see why guys think KTH is cute” which translates to, he can see why KTH is cute."

And we hubbies thought we were slick. hahahaha =)

(Usually, I'll say something like, "You know, I just don't see what the big fuss is...she's not that pretty." My real "only to myself" meaning--"WHOAH.") lol =}

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I'm looking forward to watch this drama, i love PD Jin Hyuk's past works.
And i'm curious about the choice of the name "Prosecutor Mata Hari" is a play with the character name?

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Though the story sounds interesting I can't help but think: why is it called Mata Hari? Since I'm Dutch, the name brings out some associations I can't quite place in the context of this drama, but maybe it will be clearer when the drama starts. That, or the Mata Hari here stands for something different entirely.

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Mata Hari was an exotic Dutch dancer who was famous at the turn of the century because she was not only beautiful but was accuse of being a spy and executed. I really wonder what the hell it has to do with anything in this drama... lool

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Just guessing, but Kim So-yeon's character's name is Ma Hye-ri...so I'm thinking that "Prosecutor Mata Hari" is just a play on her name, albeit a poor one. It doesn't sound like there's any story connection to the historic figure, Mata Hari.

But I could be wrong.

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Long time coming, a leading role finally for Kim So-yeon! We have non-stop supplies of evil girls in Kdramas but never has anyone come close to her super duper evil girl in All About Eve.

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I'm not completely sold on the premise of the drama (if I want to watch a procedural drama, I watch shows from the US), but KSY? Jin Hyuk as the PD? I'm so watching this.

@2 langdon813
You're SO not alone! XD

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legally blondes?

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That is awesome, been waiting for this actress to appear in another drama after IRIS. She has got to be one of the most beautiful actresses, ever! It's not only her looks she just has this powerful magnetism about her.
(Uh, I'm female and straight, for the record.)

The premise is interesting, I'm glad she's not going for a girl-next-door kind of role as she will not suit it. She's suited towards something much more epic, a sageuk perhaps. Aaah, I can just see it... and Jung Ae-ri playing her mother... Eeeeeep!!

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This news got me really excited. I think Kim Soyeon is totally a cut above other actresses her age, but she's still relegated to supporting roles. So I'm really excited to see her back in the lead role!!

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matahari seem a Famous Spy during world war I or II ?.

FINALLY SHE IS BECOME LEAD .. i always expect her to be lead hehehe.
i seems so odd people hate her on all about eve . but i definitely like her.
congrats Onnie

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I love her in All About Eve. She is so convincingly evil in that drama. I am so looking forward to this new drama.

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Wow, she finally got to play the lead!

The drama sounds promising, i loved painter of the wind and On Air. Should be something to look forward to, unlike currently, nothing catches my eye or heart! (except may be the kids in Wsih upon a star, while the adults are just so meh!!)

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Wow, matahari means sun in indonesian..

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yah.

matahari means sun in malay language too.

LOVE. LOVE, LOVE the plot. We have a drama-thriller lookalike. A fashionista growth development to a great prosecutor. ALL what I want in a drama. I love woman growth in one drama. Not relying at man and striving by herself to have a character development. Usually we have man who grow etc. Now we have a woman character growth. Fun at the beginning I suppose - by what ALL woman love - fashion- and turns more depth towards the end I believe! A fun and exciting ride I suppose. Just like cuddling with a novel which I love the plot.

Can't wait!!

She is my fav actress since ALL ABOUT EVE!!

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Jang Donggun, Chae Rim,Kim So Yeon,Han Jae Suk, Kim Jung Eun, Song Il Gook...

All Are "All About Eve" Alumni....

Just wanna say ...AAE Rocks...!!!

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Mata Hari sounds like the malay archipelago language.

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Mata Hari actually means 'Sun' in the Malay language. lolz..

But yea, I think it's an interesting character for her to pull off. I didn't think she was exceptionally good in IRIS. But considering the material given to her, with the horrible writing, she was passable.

Read somewhere that Park Si Hoo is rumored to be the male lead?

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sounds awesome!

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OMO, OMO!!! Love, love, LOOOVE her! I absolutely can't wait for this! Thank you for giving us the heads up on this jb! *is excited*

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matahari
a famous person use that name
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Hari

spy woman born in netherland famous in indonesia

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Excited!!! I've been waiting for her since AAE; agree with what some people have said earlier; she played such a compelling mean girl with weakness and vulnerabilities in AAE. Haven't seen IRIS because the subject matter does not appeal to me, but will def catch this drama!!

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matahari is sanskrit for the sun

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If it means she'll slink around like sexy Garbo, I'm all for it...:D

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To me this girl is one of the most beautiful Korean actresses, and the role she play in IRIS was just phenomenal, I for sure will be watching her next drama. She is not only beautiful shes also very talented actress!!!!!

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This one is my favourite actress. I adore her in IRIS, although I also watched AAE but she captivated me more in IRIS. Can't wait for her come back.

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the first time I saw KSY was in All About Eve (I'm not sure about the title, but that is the one shown here in the Phil), and I hated her character SOOOO much! that just shows how good her acting skills are. I didn't even recognized her in Iris. Well, looking forward to some future dramas of her.

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I've always admired Kim since All About Eve, i meant not exactly her role in there as she was quite annoying but her beauty is seemingly exotic for a K actress! I'd say she has one of the most beautiful faces in Korean entertainment world. The more you look at her, the more you'll appreciate her beauty. One of my Korean friend's husband when I asked him one day who's his fave actress...he didn't hesitate but told me none other than Kim! He also thinks she's got exceptional beauty compared to some other he'd seen in Hallyu dramas! I'm happy for Kim as she's getting more/more recognized as a good actress! Aja aja

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woowww!! its so exciting news! tnx JB!!
I really loved her in IRIS. She was so good.
Im really glad that she has lead role now..
Im looking forward this drama...

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So good to read about this. . thanks for the write-up. Finally a deserving leading role for Kim So Yeon although her drama might suffer stiff competition by rival series on KBS and MBC.. hopefully not. But it's great that she is no longer typecast in a secondary role or be thought unable to portray anything else than a villainess or a strong charismatic NK Agent.. off the rolling-camera she is such a funny, girlish and lovely person.

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I am very happy to see this new!
I ever believe her in her character.....
Waiting with dreams...
Love ya , Kim so yeon
I am from Myanmar

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Nice! I like her a lot and I'm glad she chose something completely opposite of her character in IRIS.

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Have always liked KSY, ever since her spotlight-stealing performance in All About Eve</b. It's too bad she's never had a really brilliant piece of work that she could add to her repertoire as the breakout lead. It's about time - I hope this drama is awesome.

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I really want to watch it......

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i really loves her too sin AAE...
she absolutely prettier nowadays when i see her in Iris....
especially in a new hairdo....i hope she will keep her hair short....
luv u onnie.....

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Soooooo happy to hear this. Too bad she's born in Korea where uglier actresses get the leading roles with the girl next door characters, I am already sick of this.

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I've loved her since AAE. I can't understand why chae rim is the lead female in that drama. If it is a Japanese or a US drama, Kim will surely be the lead,e.g poison ivy etc.
The best Korean drama I've ever watched is ''Yesterday"' which also starred Kim so yeon with beatles songs in it.
Then came 2005 with her internationally successful movie'' Seven swords'', not every actress can portray the role of a slave.
I like Korean movies than dramas. Dramas are meant for ladies I think. Kim so yeon got snubbed frequently with her supporting roles like in ''Gourmet'' or ''IRIS'' . My point is she is absolutely better than kim tae hee or nam sami, in terms of acting or beauty.
If korean directors have enough sense to make a korean gongli , they should make movies with kim so yeon.
If you agree with me, you can alert me with kim's news to [email protected].

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i really2 missssss...ksy..hope to see her soon in another lead role,,,to all ksy fans if u want to know the latest update about so yeon visit this site... http://www.soompi.com/forums/topic/4203-kim-so-yeon-김소연/page__st__2600?s=5b0e27b7f289eae9157043b054749887

luv yah ksy..

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