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Playful Kiss + Lee Tae-sung = confirmed

They didn’t make us wait on this one long, did they? Lee Tae-sung, recently announced as frontrunner, is onboard with Playful Kiss.

He’ll be Kim Hyun-joong‘s rival for the girl (played by Jung So-min), showing unfailing devotion whereas the hero, well, doesn’t. Lee’s character Jun-gu is based on the manga’s Kinnosuke, and hails from Gyeongsang-do in the south. (Historically, there has been prejudice against southerners by Seoulites, who consider themselves more urbane than the countrified masses. This Jun-gu character seems cast in that mold as “a character with the energy of a Gyeongsang youth and a tough appeal.”)

Playful Kiss is set for a September 1 premiere.

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One word: YAYYYY!!!!!!!

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ok love him and all...bt kinnosuke??.....huh.....guess i'll just take wat i can get...on second thought, this drama seems like its going to be the second lead syndrome haven

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Awesome! I love Lee Tae-Sung and Kim Hyun-Joong! I hope this drama will be great. Can't wait!!

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Yippppeee!!! So many Kdrama I want to watch!

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I don't know if it is just me, but doesn't Onew from Shinee and Lee Tae Sung look alike? especially in 9 end 2 outs?

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dont you mean Minho??

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@ 1 : me too : YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! Tae Sung oppa! ♥

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Oh, they are just begging us to all to suffer from Secondary Lead Syndrome, aren't they?! (But here's hoping that the "Christine" character makes an appearance too.)

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Finally an actor who can act in the cast of Playful Kiss! I wasn't going to watch coz Park Shin Hye wasn't in it but with Tae-Sung I finally have a reason.

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I think he actually matches well with Kinnosouke's role (wrong spelling?). Let's see whether he does better than Jiro Wang or not. But, this has made me happy, if KHJ can play his part well, than I might like this drama better than the Taiwanese version. But, Joe Cheng maybe be unsurpassable tho'

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AWH CRAP.

Now, no matter how painful this drama'll be, I HAVE to watch it because Lee Tae Sung's in it.

****sighhhh*******

please be good.

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yeah...finally not same cast again from u ur beautiful..
thanx mr producer,,love tae-sung oppa :)

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@7: I really like the Christine character in the Taiwanese drama too...they're funny couple! Without her, I would feel really bad for his character, especially in the first part. He has such unrequited love for the female lead, very different from the main lead. This remake is looking better and better! I can't wait :)

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I feel a strange longing for Ikuta Toma to take this role LOL probably because he played something similar in HanaKimi and actually made me like a character I originally detested.

That said, can't wait to watch LTS in this. I almost couldn't recognise him, he looks a bit different from his days in 9E2O.

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(Historically, there has been prejudice against southerners by Seoulites, who consider themselves more urbane than the countrified masses.)

Sounds like...America. Yankees v. Southerners. I remember a few Korean celebs claiming on variety shows that they try to mask their "unsophisticated" accents once they move to the big city, which mirrors our situation as well. :-(

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OMGGGGGGGGGG I LOVE HIM...but isn't he too old for that part?...I mean the drama starts when they are in High School all the way to College and his character is very quirky, honest, and lovable.....I wonder how the writers are going to keep the essence of all characters...to be honest I love the TWDrama version caused Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng have superb chemistry and that what drives the drama forward.....I hope this doesn't turn in a huge disaster of epic proportions, cause I really would hate to see such great story line go to waste.........**keeping fingers cross**.....

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love that he's on board this drama. i really also like his smile. i enjoyed him in 9 ends 2 out, time between dog and wolf, romance zero and the woman next door. i think he has great potential as an actor too!

and here's probably another case where i'll love the sub-man more than the lead. hehe

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I really like him in 9 ends 2 out, and he was such a badass in TBDW. I think he's got great comic timing.

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dang, now i HAVE to check out this drama because Lee Tae Sung is in it! he's the only cast member i approve of....sigh, if only the leads were different. i agree with you all that this drama is definitely gonna be a case of loving the second lead more the main...i mean, come on! it's Lee Tae Sung vs. Kim Hyun Joong...that's not even fair competition.

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oh, poo.
i feel second-lead syndrome coming on already :/ :]

@19 Lee Tae Sung v Kim Hyun Joong really ISNT fair ahahah.

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Such a serious picture of him, I can't even imagine.

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Seems like 2010 is the year the main cast members of 9 Ends 2 Outs are all back.

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They are really gearing up, making a lot of publicity and noise on this drama. KHJ better deliver or this drama will be buried by its other counterpart in september namely: Runaway (Rain) and Secret Garden (Ha Ji Won). looking forward to the latter 2 already,

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this is THE best news so far! A part of me believes that Lee Tae-sung is way too good for the sort of idol/idol-generating drama Playful Kiss will be, but I'm really glad he's in it. Jiro Wang's goofiness is probably impossible to capture (i think it has something to do with that smile of his), but i think Lee Tae-sung will give his own spin on it that will charm the audience and make us lol like crazy.

@15 Arivle
Lee Taesung is only a year older (25) than the male lead, KHJ (24). and I think Joe Cheng was 23-ish when he did ISWAK. Lee Tae-sung only seems old because he's a more seasoned actor than the two leads and he has played a few older roles. I'm surprised that he's only 25. Close to my age! Maybe in a couple of years, we can get married =D

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i'm actually pretty excited for playful kiss. it started with a kiss [Taiwanese version] was my first asian drama. i did really like it, but i hope this one is better, although i really shouldn't put my hopes too high.

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@24...really?...only 25??....so that makes him the same age as Song Joong Ki....lol...bt he looks so much older...i thought he was 30 something all through romance zero

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He really suitable to play Ken!

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I can imagine him being bright and all happy though XD.
He'll probably kill me with his smile.

I'm kind of excited for this though. Even though I read a bit of the manga and anime, hopefully this would be a good remake of this. I just wish they won't do what they did with BOF by rushing and everything...

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I seriously thought he would play the teacher. He looks older...K, pollyanna mode activate!

I liked him in Romance Zero and his smile is very nice. Ah JIn needs a nice smile to compensate for all the angst, anger and frustration he has in most scenes. He even has experience being a ruffian(Gangster High). Not that Ah Jin is a bad kid, more like a singularly focused person who does have time for much else. I also want to see Christine. I wonder which foreign actress they will get.

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omg! i love him! he's so handsome in Time Between Dog & Wolf! Such a great actor! I can't imagine him playing a goofy role like Jiro Wang did... but i'm sure he'll pull it off nicely... wow, i'm so hyped with this drama!

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OMG! he doesn't look like the character at all....nobody can replace the dorky Jiro Wang from ISWAK....can't wait until this drama comes out, but I think it will have a totally different feeling.

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@10: Glad to have somebody to share my sentiment haha....

Am going to pass this drama, literally... then I saw this news... awwww....

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Of course, I agree with #8 Joeydragonlady -- That's true! =)

I am glad to see this actor Lee Tae Sung finally already into "Playful Kiss" drama, heh!

BRAVO BRAVO!

I really love him since I had seen him in Time Between Dog And Wolf drama that he really impressed me because he's acting so, like, "coolest bad boy type" like that way! (Especially for 9 Ends 2 Cuts drama too!)

YAY! ^___^

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OF COURSE - OF COURSE - OF COURSE!!!!

I DID AGREE WITH # 33 ALEXIS --- This actor really amaze me because of his impressive acting in Time Between Dog & Wolf --- It's BEST!!! =)

I can't wait to see Lee Tae Sung in this incoming drama, of course! (beams)

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Well, hello!! This is one casting that I'm actually on board with!

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I wish HE was the lead. lol But I guess I'd never want to see KHJ as the "other" man again. Hehe

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KIM HYUN JOONG THO

JUST CAN'T GET OVER THAT FAILBOAT CASTING MANEUVER

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seems like i found a reason to watch this. too bad that i always fall for the underdog/second lead. i know where all my frustrations will be headed, especially since lee tae-sung will be the second lead!

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Why do i think he's better suit as the lead character.. he has the look :)

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I don't see how ISWAK 1& 2 can be beat. It had it all. from the male lead, (Joe Cheng, who played his part to perfection. I can't see anyone who could be icy cold and then passionately hot as he was with Ariel Lin. He could be ice cold to her and then when he finally admitted that he loved her, he turned fiery hot! He was very passionate with her, so much that sometimes I would think that it was all real, that's how good an actor he is. Then you have Ariel Lin. She also was brilliant in her part. We all know that she is bright in reality, but if we didn't know better we would say , Boy, what a dummy! Last but not least we have Jiro Wang. What can I say about him? Except: Who can play his part as well as he? He played it down to a "T". I anxiously await this remake to see if they do TSWAK justice. I really wish them luck.

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korean version kinnosuke is much more handsome but he looks more smart....not suitable to become a cook in the drama haha

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I liked this person as Bong Jun Gu in Playful Kiss! I appreciated him after few episodes of the serial when they enjoyed school sports competition with clever class. He was really looking dashing when he got make over! Awesome actor!

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