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Choi Ji-woo back in dramaland as a lawyer

Choi Ji-woo, the actress whose face practically defines Hallyu (along with, oh, Lee Young-ae and Bae Yong-joon and a handful of others), has announced her next drama. (Well, again. She’d announced a different drama comeback earlier this year.)

It’ll be an MBC series to air later this summer, titled (for now) Can’t Lose. She stars as one-half of a lawyer couple in the midst of divorce (what is it with drama divorcées these days? They’re the new careerwoman, who were the new Candys, who were the new Cinderellas), with events unfolding with a “warm, light touch.”

Choi’s Eun-jae character is a skilled, tough lawyer, described by Choi as “charming and lovable.” Now the question is: Who plays hubby dearest? Reports hint that there’s another popular Hallyu star being courted to play the male lead, who’s in the latter stages of the casting process. If he’s on a similar level (and age range) as Choi, that leaves a pretty finite list of possibilities, although it seems that every day another actor gets to stretch the term and call himself a budding Hallyu star. Hmm… Song Seung-heon? Jung Woo-sung? Kwon Sang-woo?

The drama will follow current Wednesday-Thursday series You’ve Fallen For Me, and premieres in August.

Via Star News

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The goddess is back!

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Amen to that!!!

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Can't wait for my dearest to return to small screen. Looking forward for her co-star....Jiwoo Fighting.

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GODESS!!! though i always am weary of lawyer dramas ... Ill give it ago.

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does Uhm Taewoong count as a hallyu star? well, they look good together at the 1N2D actress special... I hope it's them

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agreed 100% the look very good together

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i mean they

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i ship them

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Yonsama? there is no bigger hallyu star than his highness.

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I think you missed the point of this article.

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LOL I guess Amy didn't read between the lines :P

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i would die of happiness if it were Bae Yong-joon... but that would never happen ..pout

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Why that would never happen?

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It seems like Yonsama is not into dramas these days but if it was him (or a top star like him) this could definitely be a hit in the ratings.

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Although I love my hand towel, but I think I would like to see Yonsama in this one.

Seeing glimpses of him in Dream High has wetted my appetite.

Please bring back the Hallyu God!

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Gah, if it's Jung Woo-sung I'm seriously gonna lose it. Not to sound overdramatic, but I'd sell my soul to see this guy on a TV screen again.

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I think you'll see him soon, I read that he's gonna be in a drama with a with a writer Noh Hee Kyung

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If this is true, it'll be a dream come true. I love Noh Hee kyung's works and Jung Woo sung.

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Thanks for the good news, I haven't heard that yet!:)

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Cha Seung Won!! He'd be great with her!! ^_^

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I would agree, but he's such a douche now-a-days.
I don't think it'd be him.

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OMG I totally didn't mean that in reply to your comment. Sorry.

Fecking iPhone and chubby fingers does not make a good combination .....

I love CSW

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LOL I was ready to go all fangirl on you, but it was an accident. Cause CSW is definetly NOT a douche :p

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yeah, i'm about to go battle mode, lols...

love CSW..

but casting my dear Song Seung Heun and Kwon Sang Woo would not be bat at all...

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Haha, this is a perfect "Damn you, Auto Correct!" moment.

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Cha Seung Won would be a good choice. Is he a halyu star?

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What happen to the Medical School Project? I guess, it is hard for CJW to pull any significance given Jejungwon's Han is pretty good.

the new drama should focuses more on the relationship, and inner feelings and emotions, rather than trying to portray her competencies as a lawyer. Frankly, her role as the CEO of the airport administration in Air City was a failure.

I do not think she has the stature of a professional career woman!!!

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agreed, she's better as a damsel

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Kang-ahhhh!!!!! He'd raise the show to a whole new class!

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oh yes, Kang-ahhhhhhhhhh... i miss my Kang-ahhhhhhh.

I'd watch him in anything and with anyone, I just want him back on the small screen. C'mon, drama gods, please bring back my Kang-ahhhhhh!!!!!!!

Btw, I tot the Hand Towel will be acting opposite Su Ae in the uber melodramatic forget-me-not?

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Kang-ahhhhhh!!!!! Who else but Kang-ah can wrench your heart and make you weep with just a mere flicker of those anguished eyes? Hand towel would have to deliver a lengthy tirade of words mingled with explosive angst and fury to convey the same emotion.

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oohhhhh I'd give anything to see our Kang ah's beautiful, anguished eyes on my computer screen again!

He doesn't have to open those sexy, luscious lips of his - all he has to do is look at his love with his beautiful, anguished eyes and my heart will break into a million pieces and I'd be crying till I am dehydrated ... hehehe

Miss you, my Kang ahhhhhhhhhh!!!

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yeah agree! i miss Kang Ahhhhhh too!!!

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I don't think he is That big star like others we r talking about. he is not even big in korea let alone a hallyu one.

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*Putting a very evil glare, mean face and taking out all the weaponaries in my arsenal*

I know what you say is true, and I have posted a desire for Yonsama himself above. But this is KANG AH we're talking about!

He may not be at the same elevated level with Yonsama yet but he's Kang Ah!

Kang Ahhhhhhhhh!

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haha, with you protecting and rooting for our Kang-ah, he'd be a hallyu star in no time....

Kang Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!

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Kang-ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! KING KANG!!!!! Long live the king!!!!! Miss Kang-ah! Come back Kang-ah!!!!!

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KJW looks too young next to CJW. How tall is he? he doesn't seem much taller standing to 175cm CJW.

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the forever-young actress is back - but she will be in competition w/the ex- Lee jin wook drama Muyng-wol Spy . But of course she's the Icon of the Kdrama . It's gonna be interested to watch . Can't wait

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This woman haven't change a bit. She still looks pretty! I'm envious!

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i agree with you, she's ageless!

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Is it bad that I got excited when I saw you suggest Kwon Sang Woo's name on the list of top Hallyu stars who could take on this role?

I now have scenes of Stairway flashing before my eyes.

Yes, yes...i know what all of you are going to say, but Stairway was one of my first kdramas. I think it may have been my first heavy kdrama so it will always have a soft spot in my heart

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yes stairway in heaven was such a pain in the ass with my hate KTH (i love KTH, just not her character)
so many scenes left me wanting to pull my hair but i so did LOVE that drama
loved KSW even more in that drama

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oh me too~ I cried my heart out watching that and got hooked on kdrama ever since...

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I personally want Cha seung won too!!!
But I don't think he's going to do another drama this year

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her dramas were the worst thing to come out of korea

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Why so mean? Did you eat something that didn't agree with your stomach?

Her dramas may not be the best, but they're not the worst either, imo.

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Thank you for your clever input. Now perhaps you can do some work on your use of punctuation and massive need to be noticed and validated...

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oo please... you may think so and it may be even true but do you know what? it was her and a few other names that made this kdrama wave through the wold. I am not a fan of her but people should be at least grateful

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You wouldn't even know about Korean dramas if it weren't for her. GTFO.

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i like choi ji woo.

but

@laeah i know kdramas because of rain and song hye gyo.

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I can't waitttt. Love Choi Ji Woo. As for the male, Kwon Sang Woo sounds promising. This couple in anything but Stairways to Heaven sounds promising!

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I want Lee Byun Hyun badly. They have amazing chemistry. I know the chance is slim......

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How about Jae Hee, or Jang Dong Guen or WonBin or Lee Byung Hun (but he's filming GI Joe2) or Ji Jin Hee or Lee Bum Soo or ( name your pick).

I just wanna see her in the screen (any) again. sigh

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woah, i luv this latest news on her! i miss her since her latest drama --- welcome back choi ji woo --- ummhhh i think if i have a choice of his lead actor it wld either be SSH or KSW since they looked grt in stairway to heaven! or ryu jin? oh but ryu has got a new proj. ok i take it back!

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jamkaman, what about one of my faves Ahn jae wook? they look good also in First Kiss!

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I'm happy she's coming back to the small screen. It's really not going to make much difference with whoever gets cast opposite her - her mere presence in a scene tends to overshadow whoever else is there. It just better be a male actor with a strong sense of screen survival.

On a silly note, now that I've been made aware (thanks JB!) of her drippy left-eye leakage, I'm SURE that I'll be fixated on this for every scene calling for "weepage"!
Actually, I'll just consider it CJW payback for the dead spots she left in my tear ducts with all the sobbing I did for her while agonizing through Stairway to Heaven.
:)

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The premise of this drama sounds quite similar to that of a 2008 TBS jdorama Sasaki Fusai no Jingi Naki Tatakai
(佐々木夫妻の仁義なき戦い) with Koyuki and Inagaki
Goro.

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I kinda agree with you on that one too.. and that drama was hilarious.. two lawyers married and having it out with each other..

but then again, lots of dramas now sound similar to each other, since there are so many remakes and ideas/manga adaptations being passed around between Taiwan, Korea and Japan (and China too, who ends up remaking the dramas after the first three countries mentioned)

either, guess we can only wait and see..

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I actually really enjoyed that drama. So I hope whoever they pair up with CJW, they can all go all out and make this a really bickering battle. The more bickering the more I love it. I'm odd like that. :)

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Lee Jung Jae!!! Only because the ending of Air City sucks!!! They deserve to get back together. Yiheee....

They look great together!

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And i thought i was the only one who was thinking about lee jung jae. I lve these 2 in Aircity.I think Aircity is a good drama, just hate the ending though. LJJ and CJW have good chemistry......

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I never worry myself about who will be sharing the screen with Princess Ji-woo, I merely envy them and consider myself lucky that she is appearing before my thankful eyes once again... :)

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Why not CSW

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ZOMG. Please let it be Jung Woo Sung! JWS in a finely tailored suit? Yes, please.

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Ahn Jae Wook would be awesome! Is he really at Hallyu level though? Dunno.

I'd love her to be reunited with Bae Yong Joon (if he cuts his hair and stops look like an ahjumma) or Lee Byung Hun. I don't really think her and Kwon Sang Woo had that great of chemistry. Lee Jung Jae eh..... don't care.
Won Bin might be okay.
Jae Hee is always good.
Ji Jin Hee would be interesting.
Jung Woo Sung eh... dunno. He's okay. I just can't see the chemistry.

What about Park Shin Yang?

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"Is he really at Hallyu level though?"

Very much so. Ahn Jae Wook is one of the original Hallyu Kings, and he was arguably the top Hallyu actor in the Mainland. The pairing would be great.

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Okay, I just wasn't really sure about how high his popularity was drama-wise. :)

I dunno, since it's her comeback, I kind of think revisiting an old pairing would make it special and also draw a ton of viewers. I really love their movie together in regards to Ahn Jae Wook

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personally jung woo sung.... (my bias ;) )....
but for some strange reason, i feel as if her and park shin yang would have this strange but cute chemistry together... :)

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Yeah. I thought so too. It would be different, but I could totally see it! Kind of as an older couple.... it would be sweet I think.

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Here's hoping that it STAYS mostly "light" and doesn't veer into the inevitable 2nd half melodrama ala Star's Lover.

CJW usually has great chemistry with her co-stars. But it would be nice to see her paired up with Kwon Sang-woo again, they had pretty good romcom chemistry in the handful of happy scenes of Stairway to Heaven that didn't involve wailing and gnashing of teeth and dying.

Song Seung-hun would probably do the Kim Soo-hyun drama instead of another romcom so soon after My Princess. Though it would've been interesting to see them together a decade after Message.

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Jang Dong Gun? any chances????

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Nope. He and Ha Ji Won will probably be doing "The Peninsula" this fall/winter.

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Oh this has so many possibilities. It could be along the lines of Adam's Rib with a dash of A Philadelphia Story. Sorry, I'm in a Hepburn mood.

USA and Japan in Women's World Cup Final!!!

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JB you should do a post about Hallyu stars. Since everyone (including myself) aren't sure if our favorite stars are a part of the Hallyu wave. I think a post about who are considered top stars and who are reaching that point would be really interesting.

The fact that CJW is in this, another Hallyu lead will take the opposite role. I mean any Hallyu male star would want to pair up with her. No one would want to miss at least a glimpse of her in a new drama. I agree with the few who want Ahn Jae-wook. :D

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I know you're asking for JB. And I'm not an expert at all but according to Korea Times (2007) the Top 10 are:
Yonsama (Bae Young Jun), Hand Towel (Song Seung Hun), Kwon Sang Woo, Hyun Bin, Yun Eun Hye, Choi Ji Woo, Song Hye Kyo, Lee Young Ae, Rain and BoA.

As in 2011 Yonsama is considered one of the most expensive actors in Asia his pay check is around US$ 5 million. There are 9 other korean actors with more than US $ 10 million pay check but the names aren't revealed.

Rain and Big Bang are in the range of 1 - 1.5 million won, Lee Min Ho is rumoured to be in the range of 800,000 won, while Lee Seung Gi and Kim Hyun Joong are rumoured to be in the range of 500,000 - 600,000 won.

Soe Taiji is reported to be the richest star with aroung 180 billion won assets, while Yonsama is in the second with over 100 billion won..

Please don't sue me if the data is incorrect.

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It's better to leave her alone and let her concentrate on new work again without the usual hooking with actors by the fans. Since she portrayed as a wife and about to divorce, the story won't be sizzling with too many smooches like her previous dramas. Her some so called loyal fans are doing nothing but fantasizing themselves with any actor who co stars with her whenever there is a new drama comes by. I think she will act as a professional in more matured and confident manner and carefree style since her personal matters have settled and has no pressure on her anymore. This drama will be a good one. She can even get award if she acts with self freedom like her close friend KNJ.

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i wish her leadingman in this drama would be kwon sang woo, they have this awesome chemistry since there stairway to heaven days .

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I think most people here at just hoping for what they think would be a really good pairing onscreen for this drama (couple on the verge of divorce and both top notch lawyers).

I would love JWS although he is rumored to be considering another drama. I'm not sure what his chemistry would be like with CJW but he's one of my faves. KSW- well, I liked them in SWTH although it was way too kdrama melodramatic but I watched it when it was super hot as part of the hallyu wave so I was sweeped up in it all. I guess I don't mind them now, although I have not liked anything that KSW has been in, in the last few years. I'll just wait and see.

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i thought this project for Kim Ha Neul ?
cmiiw ............

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I love Choi Ji Woo, I've been waiting for her drama all this time and I definetely want to see her in this drama, I hope she will be pairing up with a great actor, whoever that might be..

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Song seung heon for sure :)

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Actually I wouldn't mind either ^-^

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Yoon Sung Hyun .... possibility ? Not bad choice for me too.

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Unlikely hallyu partners:
BYJ - they did WS Anime together in 2009
JDG - he's into movies and upcoming project with KHN
SSH - just finished a rom com with KTH
LBH - he doesn't like to be partnered twice with the same person
and her previous co-stars with the exception of KSW

Likely hallyu partners:
JSW - I can see chemistry
KSW - not my fave pairing but likely.
CSW - he's pretty funny and I can see chemistry too
Won Bin - hm..not sure about him and CJW
Jo In sung
So Ji Sub

On a side note, I would love to see Lee Seung Gi cameo or be a supporting actor in her drama. After all, she asked him in 1N2D. He shyly responded "it would be an honor".

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yes!!! lee seung gi cameo!! i dont think lsg as supporting actor though, given his popularity. But i wouldnt mind though

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LBH and CJW collaborated twice in Beautiful Days (drama) and Everyone has a Secret (movie).. and that's not counting the CF they did for KNTO. LBH had worked with other actresses twice in other projects, too.. like Lee Young Ae, Kim Ha Neul, Lee Mi Yeon.. the late Lee Eun Joo, the late Choi Jin Shil.

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Correction - it should be JWS - as in Jung Woo Sung

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To get a feel of JWS and CJW pairing, see this

http://www.soompi.com/image/308931

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Lee Sung-Jae ?Yoon Sang Hyun? Jung Joon-ho ?Uhm Tae Hyung? any chances????

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won bin?? is he younger?
yoo ji tae again??

i may be alone in this but i loved winter sonata!!! one of my first k dramas!

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If you are alone, then there are about 100 million people who are just as "alone" as you... ;)

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My first Kdrama is also Winter Sonata and I fall in love with K drama after it, and my first crush is on Bae Yong Jun and now a big fans of him and Choi Ji Woo, I just think no actress can pull that kind of acting like her, she is such a great actress, cried a lot watching WS.. as much as I want to see them together in real life.. I can't bear to watch BYJ pairing up with other female actress (thats why I never wanted to see his other drama or movies such as Legend and April Snow with son ye jin, hate him in that movies, LOL), but I watch dream high only to see him at first ( then I've got carried away with the story).
But its ok for me if CJW can be pairing up with other male actor, hahahaha.. silly right?!

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I know that Choi Ji-woo, Lee Young-ae and Bae Yong-joon were among the most instrumental actors at the beginning of the Hallyu wave, but none of the 3 are particularly attractive.

Yeah, I know there is more than looks to being a star (such as being a good actor and starring in a megahit), but these 3 are also regularly looked upon as being known for their beauty/good-looks, but I just don't see it (not saying that they are ugly or anything).

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Well, I can honestly say That this is the first time that I've ever heard of Choi Ji Woo being described as "not particularly attractive." On just what planet can this possibly be true and how long have they been monitering our written language in order to be able record such a dubious observation?

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She doesn't have the greatest facial bone structure.

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so what ??

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i hope it's Cha Seung Won!

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I really can't see any chemistry between them at all. It's like a weird mash up.

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bd- maybe your blind!!!:)))

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Ouch ...Blind ?! LOL

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I HOPE GODDESS JI WOO WILL STAR IN A SAEGUK DRAMA! OMG..

I HOPE IT WILL BE SONG SEUNG HUN OR KWON SANG WOO (REUNION! =])

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for some reasons, i wanted to see Song Il Kook to be paired with her..

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Last I heard that they'll announce the leading actor next week. Yeaahh
many hallyu actors are currently busy with a movie/drama or have accepted future project. As such it's tough to determine which hallyu actor would likely be CJW partner.

I've narrowed down to these two seemingly available actors up for grab.
SSH : he hasnt confirmed the rumor drama Forget Me Not
Jo in sung

How abt Daniel Henney? He's no hallyu but is a growing actor.

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sorry, ask 1 question, who is this Kang Ahhhhh guy ? Seems like i missed this one, but since a lot of posts shouts this name, i kind of curious.
Actually, as long as the female lead i like (in this case, choi ji woo)…i really don't mind with the male lead, trust that they will pick someone that in the same level with her....
But personal request, i'd love to see cha seung won, or kwon sang woo again...
No byj though....haha...

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OMG! You don't know Kang Ah?

*touching my heart in shock while at the same time trying to wipe the silly grin on my face*

Hurry and watch 49 Days and meet my Kang Ah.....

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Kang ahhhhhhhhh!!!!

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