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Yoo Ah-in as a high school brawler in Wan-deuk-yi

Here’s a look at Yoo Ah-in‘s (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) next project, where he stars as the titular Wan-deuk-yi in a coming-of-age tale based on a manhwa of the same name. (The character’s name is Wan-deuk, and “yi” is what you’d add at the end of it if you’re the same age or older, like Kang-ah.)

It’ll be his first starring role in a film, much-deserved since he’s been the scene-stealer and fan favorite for many of his projects in the last few years. Though Sungkyunkwan broke him out into the limelight, he seems to be interested in taking on challenging roles, even if to change up expectations.

He’ll be starring alongside film and drama heavyweight Kim Yoon-seok (The Chaser, Jeon Woo Chi, also starring in the upcoming heist film The Professionals, aka Thieves, starring Lee Jung-jae). Kim is someone you maybe don’t go to the movies to see, but ends up carrying the whole drama and the action.

Yoo Ah-in’s character Wan-deuk-yi is a high school student who comes from a rough background, and uses his fists to solve all problems. It becomes a way of life for him, until one teacher, played by Kim, takes an interest in him and gets him to take his fighting fists out of the street and into the ring.

The film also stars Kang Byul (Kim Suro) as Wan-deuk-yi’s girlfriend, below, and Park Hyo-joo (Dangerous Meeting). Directing is Lee Han (My Love, Almost Love, Garden of Heaven).

I love a good underdog story, and the teacher-as-surrogate-father relationship is bound to be heartwarming. This looks to be one to keep an eye on, if even for the performances of the two leads alone.

Wan-deuk-yi plans to release later this year.

Via Osen

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harvard? lol

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haha Thatz the sec thing noticed. First...you know haha

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Why does he remind me of Kimura Takuya on the first picture? ...*squints*...or Kim Rae Won...

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yes! Kim Rae Won, even the story premise reminds me of Kim Rae Won's Mr. Socrates.

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Yay!!!!!.....My babay finally gets a lead role!!!!....*adds another one to that already growing list of 2011 to-watch movies

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*baby

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omg.. *wipes drool*

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classic story. If it's as good as Fly Daddy Fly, maybe I'll watch it.

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Rewatching Antique, taking a tea break, and lo! This pops up. He definitely has potential.

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It's not based on Manhwa but best selling novel.

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Girlfriday, Cover looks manwha, but it is actually a novel. It says on the cover . just to let you know, well.

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Yup. It's not a manhwa, but a YA novel. I read it few months ago and it was pretty good. hmmm... Yoo Ah In doesn't quite seem like Wandeukyi to me, unless the movie isn't going to stay true to the novel.

I don't remember him fighting in the book. If I remember correctly he was just a loner. I forget how he got into boxing though later on. His teacher manages to make him come out of his shell by annoying the heck out of him.

Oh and his father is a dancing dwarf. I hope they didn't change that part in the movie.

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LOL, this would be his pre-history before he came to work at the Bakery for Antique, right?! :D

This man refuses to age.

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Haha, actually, this story really fits in with his Antique character! Wow, I never thought of that.

And I canNOT believe this guy is 25. 25! When he's clean-shaven he looks about 13. SO unfair that he can be beast-man and pretty-boy.

Hopefully now we can see him in more lead roles. Good for him, better for me ('cause I'll have to watch them all!).

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Well, this makes me feel better about my inappropriate Noona obsession. I'm not THAT much older than him. *imagines gently nursing his wounds after a boxing match--massive nosebleed* :D

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hahaha... but I hope in this story he has a better carreer in boxing...
and yup from the picts he looks like a teen not old at all

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wow that's really true xD
very awesome coincidence

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Here, he looks a lot like he did in Antique and certainly much younger than he did in SKKS, but I can't help noticing that he looks kind of haggard in that top picture :( Poor Ah-in! He should come to my house for some R&R....

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I'm a total sucker for noble-but-tough-teacher-inspires-hard-luck-student(s) stories, so I'll definitely check this out when it comes out.

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he looks so young! this looks fun - i like the teacher-student dynamic, even though those narratives always seem to be about guys. don't girls get mentored too?

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not unless it's a artsy indie movie about a plucky yet socially awkward girl.

Yes. Then THOSE girls get mentored.

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+_+

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Oh man, I don't like boxing of any kind TT_TT!

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Yes! Finally a leading role for such a talented actor like YAI!! He's been always the second lead for ages. Someone finally acknowledged his talent. Yay! \☺/

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That's really great and all but I need him to be a in drama soon so I can see episodes and episodes of him.

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Ooo, kang byul and yoo ah in would be so pretty together!

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wow Yoo Ah in still passes as a high schooler o.o it's like he has magic!!

and lol I think Kang-ah!! is slowly tacking over dramabeans xD

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no wonder he was training in boxing when he was filming launch my life

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LOVE him...ive watched baiscally everything of him which i could find

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the character pic on the cover of the book looks like him!!

interesting, he did boxing too in Antique, right?

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Oh, yeah! You made my day...I'm currently re-watching Sungkyunkwan Scandal and although I appreciate Lee Sun-joon's nerdy coolnesss more this time around, there's still no one else like my dear scruffy, and hot, and sexy, and hot Moony!!! (and did I mention he's hot?!)

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can't wait to see YAI as a boxer, he and his twins so ji sub will starring a movie as a boxer, hmmmm...interesting..

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"..uses his fists to solve all problems." Sounds familiar lol.

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So we're supposed to believe yoo ah in could be some kind of boxer?? -_-

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oh. wow.

this eye candy makes me drool. at 5:34 a.m. from my part of the globe.

this boy is really going places.

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Yoo Ah In and Kang Byul together in a project? I'm IN! Wow, I love both of them. Well, mostly Yoo Ah In, but I love Kang Byul too!

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yay! i'm excited! :))

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This sounds interesting. XD

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AWESOME!

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Ooooh Oooh, THIS guy who is from that drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" -- Woot Woot!

I love him since I've seen him first in that drama "SKKS" & I am glad to see him that he seem very cute and handsome! =D

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so excited! wooo!

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\m/ lurv it!! ♥♥♥ YAI go!! And Jasmine Lee, a Fil-Korean is going to participate in this drama too.

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wow...my yoo a in so handsome....i hope i can meet him someday....wish this film will be success...fighting my yoo a in oppa~~~

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Waiting for your next drama . ( Pls act as a student more cuz u r very very cute and handsome.)

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