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Upcoming rival dramas hold first rehearsals

Two upcoming romantic-comedy dramas will be competing head to head when KBS’s Cinderella’s Sister and MBC’s Personal Taste premiere on the same day. Both dramas also recently began work with their first script rehearsals, soon to be followed by first shoots.

Granted, I’m aware that a big chunk of this hype is purely that — hype built up via press releases and the media. But still, I’m going to take it as a good sign that both productions are said to feature wonderful chemistry between their lead couples, who are (in order of their photos above) Lee Min-ho and Sohn Ye-jin in Personal Taste and Moon Geun-young and Chun Jung-myung of Cinderella’s Sister.

Cinderella’s Sister held its first script reading a week ago, on February 12, in the Yeouido district of Seoul. The day brought together its four main leads (which include Seo Woo and Taecyeon in addition to Moon and Chun), as well as the veterans in the supporting cast, led by Lee Mi-sook in the role of the stepmother. A rep from production company A Story said, “There’s no need to talk up the quality of acting skills of the ‘premium actors’ gathered here, and their enthusiasm during the script rehearsal was explosive.”

The four younger cast members had previously met and bonded over makgulli, a Korean rice wine, which is featured in the drama as Moon’s father (Kim Gab-soo) runs a makgulli business. Moon’s character is described as an “ice princess” for her cold exterior, while bubbly Seo Woo is instead a “princess of laughs.”

Several days later on February 17, Personal Taste held its rehearsal at the Ilsan Dream Center. Sohn Ye-jin arrived early and busied herself reading over her script, while Lee Min-ho’s fans came to Ilsan to deliver snacks to the team in support of their star. In addition to Sohn and Lee, also in attendance were supporting actors Kim Ji-suk and Wang Ji-hye as the main love rivals, Ryu Seung-ryong as a senior architect, as well as Jo Eun-ji, Jung Sung-hwa, Ahn Seok-hwan, and Bong Tae-kyu.

The rehearsal was a second meeting for Sohn and Lee, who had met after both were cast. The production boasted of the couple’s commitment to character and “fantastic chemistry.”

PD Sohn Hyung-seok said, “Today’s script rehearsal was a chance for us to acquaint ourselves as we talked with one another. The process may be tough, but I hope we can enjoy the work and achieve a good result.”

Personal Taste followed the rehearsal with poster shoots on the following day. Both dramas premiere March 31. (SBS’s Wednesday-Thursday contender will be Kim So-yeon‘s Prosecutor Mata Hari, which premieres a little later in April.)

Via Star News, My Daily, MHJ21

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ahhhhhhhhhhh! i don't know which i will watch and follow...probably both. ;)

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of course i'll following both. oh, i'm getting more and more excited~

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Ugh. It's like choosing between cake or ice-cream!

I'm slightly more interested in Cinderella's Sister... I like Sohn Ye-Jin.... but not as much as I adore Moon and Chun. I also like the side cast more than Personal Taste's cast.

I like Lee Min Ho as Gu Jun Pyo, but I think when I realized he just wasnt Gu Jun Pyo after he lost the pama and was just EVERYWHERE, my interest in him has slightly been lowered. I just hope his new drama will revive the LMH love.

Who knows, maybe I'll be addicted to both? (Unless both fail...)

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I have to admit that being female I follow male actors, not female. So even though Moon Geun Young may be in Cinderella, I'll only end up watching it based on reviews and reading recaps.

In the meanwhile, let me lose control for a bit: LEE MIN HO FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So glad I don't have to choose between the two! Kdrama life is GOOD!

Thanks JB!

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@Biscuit:

"It's like choosing between cake or ice-cream!"

So true! =]

I think I'm actually looking forward to Personal Taste a bit more than Cinderella's Sister both because of the plot and the actors (and I still find it amazing that I've watched so many k-dramas that I can actually recognize all four of the lead actors and judge whether or not I want to watch them by how much I like the actors...when in the past I used to watch based purely on my interest in plot). Besides, I see myself wanting to throttle a "bubbly Seo Woo." Any character that can be described as bubbly is either a)hilarious and bright yet still multi-dimensional or b)just infuriatingly annoying (example: Seol Hwa in Chuno). At least she's not the main character. I'm really interested in seeing how the dynamic between the two plays out, what with the twist in their roles and all =]

Anyway, loved Sohn Ye-jin in Alone in Love and I can't wait to see what she does with Personal Taste =]

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Are they at the same time slot?

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@3 Biscuit

I enjoy ice-cream cake (cake AND ice-cream in one)! LOL. I'm pretty sure I will have to watch both. So many great dramas in 2010!

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These two dramas look great!
THe actors etc-they were like perfectly chosen lol.
Now all we have to do is WATCH (totally drooling over chun :P)

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i'm excited for both. definitely gonna watch them. can't wait!

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I am so ridiculously excited for next month it's not even funny. 2010 is shaping up to be one hell of a year for k-dramas! :D

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Personal taste could be good but only if MBC is daring and just goes with the concept and breaks some barriers but this being K drama I would expect the same love triangle and fluffy love story.

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Just looking at the pictures of three actors I love (and one who I'm not familiar with but have still heard good things about, Chun Jung-Myung), is getting me really excited! This is so awesome! Luckily I don't have to choose.
I'm also looking out for Bad Guy. I needs me some Kim Nam-Gil.

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It's hard not to get hyped up with such great casting for both dramas. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be like Pasta; where the lead characters' chemistry is fantastic but the rest of the storyline is so-so. I'll just keep my enthusiasm level low, so that I can hopefully be pleasantly surprised later.

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I like LMH but I am more excited to see CJM on a drama again ... i will probably end up watching both drama

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Ottekeh, ottekeh, it is a repeat of Pasta vs Wishing Upon A Star all over again. I guess I'll just have to watch both :)

I guess the return of CJM and the second major project of LMH are equally exciting. Hope LMH could show his true colour as too much emphasis has been on his BBF success, without referencing to his previous fine works especially in darker rebellious roles which makes him even much hotter.

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Wow, i'm actually pretty psyched about both of these dramas cause i love Sohn Ye-jin and Chun Jung-myung :D I'm pretty much excited for a lot of dramas coming up soon which is surprising for me. I tend to get really picky with cast members...if i don't like even one of them it is hard for me to watch it without cringing when seeing them on screen (like for Style and Cinderella Man...HATED the main female leads >.<).

I'm still not confident about Lee Min Ho...i think he has potential but a lot of my love for him died after seeing him EVERYWHERE but not in a drama/movie -_-''' that was just to much and they really had to let go of the BOF craze...it got so annoying lol

I like Moon Geun-young and think she is a great actress...just hope she gains some weight cause i fear she'll break in half O.o

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it's so hard..i dunno what to follow i wish both of this drama will be recapped here i'll be following it both....
;D

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I'll go for Personal Taste...why? better PLOT...and better chemistry for LMH and SYJ...i've been watching K-dramas recently...but the story of Personal Taste is really entirely a new one...though am a fan of Chun Jun myung (because of Foxy Lady) i'll prefer him to be paired of with other actress...or possibly with Go hyun Jung - again.

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that's one ugly pic of MGY you posted there, JB... she looks like a hag and looks way older than CJM....

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I don't have to choose between those two, since I'm planning to watch both of them. Though Personal Taste interests me more, because of many reasons, first from its beautiful cast and the second one is from the quirky story, it's very unique and the rest reason are somewhat like a bonus.

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I'm watching neither and waiting for Paradise Meadow to air in April.

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Cannot wait for both. This does not help me at all.

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Cinderella Unnie FTW! Erm yea because the overall cast is just 0_o.

Personal Taste only has it for me because of SYJ. Not so much a LMH goner and the PD+writer team, but I'll stick on for SYJ =)

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Moon-Chun can pass as Sohn-Lee's children, they both look underage.

strangely not interest in neither but Mari Hata...who knows, maybe Mari Hata could be surprisingly more delightful than the other 2 hyper inflated upcoming dramas, they both really complete for attention.

#22, same with me too, could it be in April, maybe even May, who knows, June even...omg.

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@langdon813

Not have to choose between 2? You mean 3, right? ;)

Ah...so many dramas to watch...so little time... :(

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I am committed to both the drama, I have never been this excited. I am definitely going to watch both. Am just praying, i don't get really buzy when it air. The feel of being apart of the crowd when its airing is totally different from a marathon session on your own...

But if i am to take a stand.. I am definitely more excited about PERSONAL TASTE.

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"Ugh. It’s like choosing between cake or ice-cream!"

@biscuit:
your right it's really like choosing between ice-cream and cake though i'll definitely choose ice-cream over cake anytime but the problem is I DON'T KNOW WHICH IS WHICH!!!! waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!! it's definitely a difficult choice... well hopefully JB will do both recaps!!! (pretty please!) i know it's too much to ask of me JB!:D

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kBS is on a roll lately. Maybe Cinderella's sister will win this round. Who knows. MBC actually needs this though.

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two interesting dramas to look forward to ;)

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I may not follow the updates about the plot and character-built for Cinderalla's sister, but after knowing Moon and Chun, together in this, WANT!

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dude kdrama land has suddenly gotten a lot rosier for me......this is awesome!

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2010 is shaping up to be the best year for K-dramas in years! Can't wait for both dramas!

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what if both dramas flop??? that would be hilarious!

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my game plan would be watch Personal Taste real time and catch Cinderella Sister on KBSW later

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OMG!! can't wait personal taste and of course march. it'll be great I'm sure, yuppiii

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Definitely marking my calendar. But I'm more excited for Personal Taste. Lee Min Ho, what took you so long? :-)

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It's good that I don't live in korea so I can catch both dramas. :D
But as a 2PM fan, I have to choose Cinderella's sister. lol
I want to see how taec's acting will turn out in this drama. I didn't like the male lead that much. I think he's too big for Moon Geun-young as a couple.

Personal Taste has an interesting plot and I'm not sure about LMH acting too.
He's great as GJP but GJP is such a typical character. I never saw anyone who played this role wasn't famous. GJP was created to be loved by the female audiences anyway. Let's see that did he really deserve all the acting's praise that he gets.

Cinderella's sister & Personal Taste fighting!!!!!!

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I'm trying not to get my hopes too high for these two shows. (Although I can't seem to help myself) Some of those whom I really psyched myself up for ended up disappointing me. But anyway. That photo of CJM really turns the heat up!! :) hehehhehe

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Oooh I'll definitely be watching Personal Taste weekly when it starts airing! The other one I can wait for. :P

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Cinderella Unni has Moon Geun Young, but Personal Taste has Son Ye Jin. Aigoo, it's a battle between my two favorite actresses...

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I think I'll try Personal Taste

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I have never been a fan of Lee Min Ho so I'll be watching Cinderella's Sister.
Chun Jung Myung<3 I can't wait to see him on the small screen again. (Doesn't hurt to have Taec in there too =P)

2010 is look reallllly good!

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Definitely Personal Taste! LMH nice having you again! Can't wait to see him in a different role! Fighting!

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Both! I wanna watch both. But most likely, Personal Taste will be harder to follow just because it's on MBC.

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Looks like a busy Spring. All three series are interesting. Looks like I will be eating ice cream, cake and apple pie. Hope the three series do not turn into duds like My Fair Lady. There was so much hype and excitement before the broadcast, and the series turned out to be a big disappointment.

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Thank you Mighty One!

Thanks for the timely translation. I've translated your write-up into Chinese and posted at the newly established Chinese Baidu BBS site for "Prosecutor Mata Hari."

I tried to post up your link, but Baidu system will automatically delete external URL links for newly established board. So, I tried to do the best I can to indicate the source of the English article to be from your site.

Here is the link to the Chinese version of your article.

http://tieba.baidu.com/f?kz=717158191

My Chinese is just so-so. If anyone who can help improve my translation, please feel free to register a Baidu account, and leave a message at the posting.

Thanks.

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No competition for me, really. Sohn Ye-Jin all the way (any signs of that film with the beguiling, unforgettable Go Soo, on the web?) to wherever she cares to take me. It'll be interesting to see how LMH will measure up to such a leading lady. I hope he rises to the challenge and proves to be more than his hype. Pity my goddess Lee Mi-Sook is in the other series (she'll be my only reason for having a peep at it). High time we had a drama with Dame Lee Mi-Sook in the lead, as the object of love and desire of someone,say, like Jo In Sung (a part the great actress has profoundly explored before, together with that heaven-sent fireball of talent and masculine pulchritude that goes by the name of Lee Jeong-Jae). You simply can't exile such an actress into matronly parts (and to do so, should be made into a criminal offence, as a particularly nasty brand of active misogynism).
I'm off now, taking a break from my Korean idolatry, to my new Taiwanese über crushes, Messrs. Vic Chu and Vanness Wu...Oh, the reckless abandon!

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@ biscuit:
it IS like choosing between ice cream and cake! ..and sometimes, i'm in the mood for cake, sometimes, ice cream and i can usually decide properly, but which IS the cake and the which is the ice cream?! LOLS! ...also, Sohn Ye-jin and Chun Jung-myung are CLASSIC!-- to have pitted them against each other is like making you choose between the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. ..........Oh, and just for the record: i am NEVER not in the mood for lee minho. :P lols!

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AHH! im definitely watching both!!!! :DDD

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