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Yoon Sang-hyun cast as Choi Ji-woo’s leading man

Oh, what an interesting pairing! Yoon Sang-hyun (Secret Garden) has been cast in dramaland’s most coveted role of late: as Choi Ji-woo‘s leading man in her comeback drama Can’t Lose. Yoon is a big star in his own right, but right now I can only think of how his Secret Garden character Oska spent the entire series shouting, “I’m a Hallyu star!”

He’s one already, but now he’s gunning to join the A-list, if this drama goes well.

Can’t Lose is about a married couple going through divorce, and both of them happen to be lawyers. How much you wanna bet they’re both divorce lawyers and representing themselves? You just KNOW they’re going to be the polar opposite kind of lawyers too, because that’s just how they cut the cookies in kdramaland.

The show is described as warm and light, which means rom-com. Definitely a plus. I wasn’t excited about this drama on Choi Ji-woo’s name alone because I’m always wary of dramas featuring the sad melodrama version of her, but opposite Yoon she’s likely to be much more upbeat and bubbly. I certainly hope that casting Yoon as the leading man means the production is leaning more towards light comedy, because these two could be amazing together with the right tone. Obviously both have strong dramatic chops to carry the divorce story when things go south (er, more south) for the couple, but I’d love to see a twist and have the drama about divorce be funny and fun.

Directing is PD Lee Jae-dong (Thank You) and writing is Lee Sook-jin who wrote the 2006 drama Great Expectations starring Han Ji-min and Kim Jae-won.

Can’t Lose follows You’ve Fallen For Me and premieres in August on MBC.

Via Star News

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I can't wait!

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Oh yey!!!:'D it's going to be a great drama!! i can feel it!! ^_^ i remember his character so well in Secret Garden---so hilarious!!! ;)

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Beauty and the Beast!!!

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who is the beauty? who is the beast?

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Beast - SpongeBob?

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hehehe

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LOL!!! SpongeBob is definitely much better looking than the Beast!!

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Beauty being Yun Sang Hyun of course! hehehehehe...

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Question one, is he tall enough for her? haha..love both actors, can't wait!!

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Yoon Sang Hyun's height is listed as 182cm while Choi Ji Woo's 175cm.... i guess she can forego wearing those sky-high Lady Daf Louboutins :)

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Is he that tall? He doesn't look significantly tall in housewives or secret garden. May be he has short legs and cjw has longer legs.

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he doesnt look tall because he has a disproportionate body. His upper body is longer. Go watch some of this shows with him walking.

He himself has said that he didnt like this proportion too.

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Woah, CJW is 175?!

I'm 173 (I'm Korean) and I can count on one hand other Korean girls and women I've met in my lifetime, that were taller than me. All were younger than me. Two were collegiate volleyball players.

If true, wow.

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CJW is 174. She is not that tall, my former secretary is taller, 178cm!!

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For her generation, she is definitely tall. Especially in Korea!

I used to have a complex when I was younger, esp since all the guys I liked or crushed on, were shorter than me. Oh yeah, btw, by Korean, I mean I'm Korean-American. And no joke, out of people I currently know in America, I only know one other KA woman who is taller than me, and she actually makes me feel a bit uncomfortable, because I actually have to tilt my head back a little bit when I talk to her. LOL. Which is out of the ordinary for me. Even guys I date are usually similar in height so I never need to strain my neck in conversation.

When I visit Korea, I still feel like a supreme giantess at times, especially when I'm heeled. Though the younger generations are definitely shooting up. :)

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I'm sure it's exaggerated a little bit, but she is tall... look at how she is compared to like Kwon Sang Woo.

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I think CJW should wear high heels which are super high, so whenever there is a conflicts, just hit him on the head. That will be the highlight for every episode!!! LOL!!!

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I'm taller than lots of male celebrities in Asia, especially Japanese ones!! XD I'm 179.7 cm XDDD

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Wow, go you! I now embrace my height, and realize it's a blessing.

I'm so happy that the male celebrities on a whole seem to be getting taller. :)

I'm short compared to you, but as a kid I would be told I should play basketball, etc., and I would get so annoyed.

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I thought Korean girls are really tall in general. I went Korea the last time and noticed that even high school girls are taller than the boys in their class

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his profile listed 182 cm but he seems shorter than that. In My Fair Lady, he looked short standing next to high heeled Yoon Eun Hye. He looked so much shorter next to 183cm Jung Il woo that he had to wear man heeled shoes. In one interview, Jung Il Woo said that YSH was petty about his height, being shorter than him, etc...haha. My Fair Lady PD often requested JIL to spread his legs standing next to YSH in order to appear that they both are of the same height.

I'll say Ji Woo can't really wear high heels. If she wears high heel shoes, the guys needs to be around 186cm (ie, w/ YJT) in order to look aesthetically compatible.

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I think he is shorter than 180cm. He is about the height of LBH.

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sounds good......her personality in 1N2D special reminds me a lot of oska

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Light hearted comedy with both of them is sure to be fun and interesting. Looking forward to more news.

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Ok, let me join in the chorus.

I CAN'T WAIT!!!

She looks absolutely gorgeous and elegant while he looked suave and charismatic. Put them into lawyer characters and boom! We'll get hot professionals ready to 'year's each other apart. I hope the scriptwriter will out in as much wit as possible into the plot and dialogue.

Now, will that show end already........haiz....

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Woo Hoo.....I'm HAPPY with this Pairing ka !!!

Jiwoo + SungHyun Fighting !!!

Can't wait ....

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Aww I love Oska... I always imagine Choi Ji-woo in melodramatic role, so I'm much curious about this pairing will turn out.

I want a bubbly Yoon Sang-hyun

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i just come to check for ripley's recap.ehehe.what time that will come out? T_T

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I guess we'll both be hitting the refresh button's til 10PM tonight!!!

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now i'm trying every single thing to make me alive till the recap comes out.i already am sleepy.anybody,please buy me coffee! lol

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SO glad he finally gets a leading role again!

He was wasted in My Fair Lady/Take Care of the Young Lady :( But it's great to see him again as the main guy though I did enjoy him as Oska :)

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kdrama production continues to fascinate me. I can't believe a drama that's premiering in August is casting in july. And that's considered normal.

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I usually avoid melodramas like the plague and I'm also not a fan of CJW (man, she cries too much! in like, in like almost every drama ever! that dries me out.) but I'd love to see her in light of a rom-com and with YSH! :)

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Also, wasn't there an article about her saying she's always ready to cry for a sad scene, and that her tears usually start from her left eye? Lol, I'm going to be looking for that in this drama.

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Ahh, I like this guy!

He has some kind of charismatic presence when he's on screen and his face, for some reason, is just fun to watch.

Unfortunately, he wasnt used well in My Fair Lady :/
though I did like him in Marrying a Millionaire and One Mom, Three Dads.

I hope it's a light rom-com :D

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OOH, anyone else hoping for a Laws of Attraction-esque feel?? Now that would be awesome!

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I cannot wait!

Happy days are here again!

Love Yoon Sang Hyun. First time with CJW though

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Just remembering Ji Woo's real personality in1n2d: ditsy in a good kind way, bubbly, and light hearted , combined with overbearing OSKA, i can see comedy. I cant believe that he is a singer. Is the writer any good?

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I didn't even bother finding out what the drama was about as soon as I heard about CJW's casting I just automatically associated with buckets of tears, and for the life of me when I saw this post I was like what that Oskar is gonna be doing mello!! LOL well I have been proved wrong I actually will look forward to this now.

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OMG YSH is so funny and hot. CJW is a amazing actress as well. I can’t wait!

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I love him in dramas! Cannot wait for more especially as a lead role again~~~

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wtf wasn't choi ji woo supposed to be in a new medical drama called "medical school"?

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pfff looks like i was the only one who was actually anticipating 'medical school' ?!

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Medical school is not discarded but shelved for the moment. It will come back eventually. Now let us get excited on this yeobo... ing drama. Why do they want a divorce? She no home maker and he a playboy? Burning smell from the kitchen and lipsticks on the shirt. Oh! I'd love to watch it.

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Loved him as president Tae Bong in Queen of Housewives, that for me is enough to want to watch this one!!!! :)

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I'm really thrilled with this pairing - he needs that little boost up to A+ level roles and she really needs a role that shows more of her real personality.
I'm wondering if she decided on this type of role due to the great exposure and positive comments she received from her 2D1N appearance, rather than electing to take her usual melo direction?

Crossing my fingers that this is going to live up to the potential of what it can be with these two stars.

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I love YSH! I really miss him, cant wait for his new drama.

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I think he's pretty tall....taller than BYJ? He looks really pretty in the pic, with the curls and all. If you're talking about height, Im Ju Hwan's soo tall, he'd look perfect next to her, but problem is he's so much younger. I know, I know, what am I talking about, I just miss Parkyu so much.....

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This story sounds like a exact copy of a Japanese dorama called[B]Sasaki fusai no jingi naki tatakai[/B] XD

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lol. I was just about to say that :D. That was one crazy drama.

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Actually this drama is a remake of the jdrama. They bought the rights.

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That's the problem with kdramas, always a copycat. The two remade dramas which CJW acted in--101 proposals and Star's Lover--were both flopped in Korean market. I guess, she never learned her lessons. May be, this set her decline as a Hallyu star!!

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Right.
So the whole anime of Winter Sonata means nothing?
Japanese version of You're Beautiful?
Strike love?

Taiwan copies Japanese manga more than Korea does anyway.

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Winter Sonata Anime is for BYJ to make quick cash. The Anime itself, I believed did not make any money. It is the Tokyo Dome event which makes tonnes of money for Keyeast, and ultimately BYJ.

I seldom watch Taiwanese dramas and have no idea about those dramas that you mentioned.

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don't saying jdrama not do the same thing. They have remake the devil/mawang, hotelier, etc....!

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where can I watch this J drama? any link online?Tq

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If I'm correct I think it copies this Jdrama with Koyuki

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Sasaki_Fusai_no_Jingi_Naki_Tatakai

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Thanks. The synopsis says fight, tears, and pregnancy. Wah ha ha.. CJW ..I can't figure her out in a round belly. It will be wholesome lot. Married, fighting, pregnant, mom in law tagging..... is it practicing for real? 360 degree turn for the damsel in distress. How long is the drama? 12 or 16? Mostly K drama are 16. J one is 10 only.

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Look forward to this drama. CJW is my all time fave actress!

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Its Oskaaaa~!! CJW is so popular but I only know her from 1N2D and her real life persona is awesome. Some of her dramas are on my ever-growing 'plan to watch' list but I guess I'll be starting with this one. ^^'

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NOoooooooooooo, i'm not a fan of YSH. I think he was best in Queen of Housewives when he was a SUPPORTING role (like in Secret Garden). He doesn't have 'leading man' qualities and doesn't bring gravitas to his dramatic scenes, which is part of the reason i never liked 'take care of aghassi'. I hope they recast his part

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i also liked him in QofH but i think choi ji wld be good if paired with either SSH or a comeback team with KSW! it remains to be seen so let's hope he pull this one out!

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I was just gonna say the same words , hope they change the cast pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase.........

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An interesting pair can wait to see them...haven't see ji woo for awhile...it would be great to see her back ^_^

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Alright!!! a valid reason for me to watch!!!

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This is the BEST news I've had all day!! woohoo!

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Love both actors!!!!

I've seen CJW in so many dramas where I'd cry buckets of tears. Mostly seen her in sad parts.I'm not sure she can do comedy well.

I loved YSH as Oska and Tae Bong.He was wasted in My Fair Lady. He is really great and funny when he is given a good role. Yes, he is a Hallyu star!

Hopefully, the script writers will make this one a witty, wacky,wild and crazy comedy. Glad to see both of them are back!!! Can't wait!

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yay! oska!

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OMG!!

I am jumping of joy!!

I love love love Yoon Sang-hyun!! Will be counting the days until this drama starts!

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Oska was my favorite character in Secret Garden, so, I can't wait for this!

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When I read post about CJW come back,,, I think about YSH as her leading man,,,although I think is little imposible,,, but when I read this.... I really2 surprise,,,,and exciting :) can't wait this!!

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damn now that's one more drama that I have to add to my list

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I love his clothes!...And him but not digging the hair.

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ooh...I hope they go the rom-com way. I loved Oska XD

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What is rom-com?

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Romantic-Comedy genre.

Like sci-fi is Science-Fiction genre.

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nonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.....

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Oska! my favorite character from Secret Garden <3

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I hope this turns out like Laws of Attraction (with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore). A bit of drama but a bit of comedy. Light and fun but we´ll see.....

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"How much you wanna bet they’re both divorce lawyers and representing themselves?"

Only way it could be better and more potential cookie shaping (and possibly hilarious) is if the other ends of the rectangle are their lawyers. Either the 2nd leads paired with their Not To Be Love interests or vice versa could add extra layers behind the case or at least awkward hilarity.

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I like him a lot!!! :D ... I cant wait to see him :D ....

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I know that YSH portrayed the role of Oska in Secret Garden (i totally adored him in SS), but I would like to know if he has attained the star status in terms of being on the A++ list in the korean showbiz industry to opposite CJW in a kdrama as CJW serves as one of the defining actresses of the hallyu wave.

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CJW is too expensive, so the production company can only employ a B stands for Beast for the leading man!!

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Well, he's definitely been in dramas for a while. Not as long as others, but his face is known. Hallyu level? I don't think so.

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I am not too impressed with YSH's acting. I think he did his best thus far in SG, but even there... I just wasn't that impressed with him.

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He is as best slap stick!! I guess, the PD needs someone not so famous, and not so likable star to play a going to be divorce man.

imagine if you have BYJ in this role, I believe CJW will be the target of rotten eggs from Japan!!!

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Help! Who is BYJ? I am drawing a blank at the moment.

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Bae Yong Jun, CJW's leading man in Winter Sonata.

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Thank you!!!

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Lol, he's got like the most expressive eyes and can totally deliver emotions right off the bat. My Fair Lady may have tanked, but acting -wise, he was SO good.

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I agree, he overacts a lot.

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I'm kind of disappointed. I expected someone of higher caliber. I can't really see the chemistry between them either. But I will wait and watch the first couple of episodes. Who knows? I just really cannot picture them as a realistic married couple. -shrug- I don't dislike Yoon Sang Hyun, but he just wasn't the image that I was drawn to when picturing this role.

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When you imagine yourself watching Beauty and the Beast, you feel better.

In Star Lover's I thought I was watching Tom and Jerry for the entire drama!!

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production really have no choice but to get someone not good-looking to be CJW's leading man. CJW will not allow a handsome actor nor a younger one to act opposite her, because that will show the wear and tear that time has wrought on her. let's face it, she is not young anymore and it shows.

i know that is harsh but that is the truth. I like her, though, so I will watch this for her.

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Not sure where you got this, considering her boyfriend is younger than her. lmao.

But there are plenty of other older more famous more commanding actors.
Ahn Jae Wook
Park Shin Yang
Ji Jin Hee
Choi Soo Jong
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Most of her previous co-stars are younger than her, starting from SSH, KSW, YJT, Jo Han Sun, etc. Your comment has no basis.

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i hope this is confirmed!!!!! No change at all..... I love both leading male and female!!!

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Yea!!! I love Oska, I mean, YSH. He's so charming.

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sigh..... I was hoping it would be Yoo Ji Tae again. he..he...
apologies to his fans but im hoping another actor would be paired to CJW. is this final?

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I guess so, the pairing was decided long time ago!!

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im so sorry. i like ysh in sega. but leading man to cjw??? gosh!!! is it final?? i want someone who's also famous

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Hmm, someone famous, Bae Yong Joon(he's like the only one who equals her)? But can you really stand his wooden acting? I don't even know why he's a Hallyu Star, he can't even act properly. I think he owes it to his title to at least be able to cry convincingly.

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I don't get how he's a Hallyu star, either. His acting in Dream High was so cringe-worthy. I was so relieved when his character left, though I felt a teeny bit bad because it was due to a personal injury.

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@mei
excuse me?! wooden acting? better check on his other works before you start judging and questioning why he's a hallyu star. where have you been? better research on history of hallyu and give him the respect he deserves.

@sb
his character in dream high calls for the kind of acting he did. try watching some of his other works before you start judging.

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is sang hyun oppa acts at dream high?

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