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Lee Yo-won and Jo Seung-woo star in The Horse Healer

Lee Yo-won (49 Days) will be returning in the new MBC medical sageuk The Horse Healer, starring Jo Seung-woo (Go Go 70s, Tazza) as the titular horse whisperer. I could have gone with Dr. Horse, but that sounded more Mr. Ed, and less historical epic drama.

The production will be helmed by the team behind Dong Yi and Yi San — writer Kim Yi-young and PD Lee Byung-hoon. (PD Lee is most famous for directing Dae Jang Geum / Jewel in the Palace.) Jo Seung-woo will play Baek Kwang-hyun, a person born to the lowest class who starts as a horse healer, becomes a renowned veterinarian, and then eventually rises to the position of royal doctor. So he goes from treating horses to treating the king? Pretty impressive.

Lee Yo-won plays Kang Ji-nyung, his love interest. She lives an unpredictable carefree life, and takes an interest in the study of medicine, eventually becoming a doctor who treats the common people. Her character is described as a very progressive woman in the Joseon era. Lee said herself that the character is like a cross between her characters in Queen Seon-deok and Surgeon Bong Dal-hee. Lee has a backlog of films to finish shooting first — Total Love and Fists of Legend — before joining the drama production.

The Horse Healer plans to premiere in September on MBC.

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Oh my.. why do I think that it will be an interesting drama? I don't even like horse!
The pairing, the PD, the writer and the story make it seems like a daebak drama.

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I hope that it will be as interesting as Dae Jang Geum first was and that the 50 episodes or so will never feel like a chore. :)

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Jo seung woo!!!! How I miss him... And though I dun watch dramas with more than 24 ep (no stamina), for him I'll take the plunge!

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Same here. I've only ever seen this guy in films and he is one fine actor. How many episodes will there be? My drama watching powers is also 24 eps what with work and everything(damn you real life(shakes fist))! Last time I saw anything more than that is Queen Seon Deok with Lee Yo Won(so reliable). But Jo Seung Woo might not do another drama for a very long time so I better not miss this.

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ughhh medical sageuk?!! But Jo Seung Woo!!!
I'll have to give it a try then.

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I know right. Another Medical drama. I don't mind if its another saguek but its medical again haha maybe its Medical theme Year lol

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For this gem pairing, I'll still watch it even with them only staring at each other. Very interesting to see how they will play each other. It's getting rarer these days in K Drama land where lead male and female basically has pretty much balanced reputation and ability, JSW and LYW are certainly not to be taken lightly. Not to mention when the age gap between those leads are getting bigger in many recent dramas (10 yrs even!), so nice to see the ones with same age leads. Plus if Lee Sang Woo really join, we will get 80'ers trio! (secretly wish to see LSW and LYW pair too, I think it will be epic).

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True, an extraordinary pair, this one. Now Im getting curious. But its legendary director Lee after all, so yeah, no wonder he could get them. One never been in TV for 13 yrs of his career and one ever said she didnt want another historical drama for at least few years after 62 eps long QSD.

Speaking about Bong Dal-hee -Queen Sun Duk, they happen to be Lee Yo-won works I like most, not that I watched all her works, but felt so-so only for 49 D and certainly not that hot mess Bad Love.

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49 Days is second in my all time favorite kdrama because Yo Won, as always, did her best! Besides, she is my favorite actress, so of course I'm all in and Jo Seung Woo is a pure bonus! Aish, I wonder where is his mustache gone? :(

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I know her for the fist time in Bad Love. She's beautiful and talented. :)

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Aaaand Kim So Eun also joins this!
It's final! I'M IN FOR THIS!

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Hm..... maybe the royal doctor there means he treats the king's horses ?

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He treats the Royal Family. Kim So Eun is there as a Princess.

Yay, thank you GF for a nice smiling photo without a mustache. I was beginning to be desperate trying to find a nice smiley shot :-)
This is beginning to look better and better now that Lee Yo Won is on board. Plus I love The Horse Healer. Didn't like the Veterinarian/ Horse Doctor/ Enchanted previous names.

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Old news ... girlfriday you're 20 days late...

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And your point is?

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There isn't. Considering she only confirmed today don't know how the news is 20 days old. Wasn't she away filming till a few days ago?So definitely not 20 days old. Plus having it on wiki or the MBC page doesn't count.

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Dude, we dont give a flipping care if it was 20 days ago or 2 days ago. Some of us dont surf every website out there looking for news on k-drama. Have a cookie or go hang out with Mr Zuckerberg.

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and that's a fan page not her official page...lol

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excuse me but the article you read was the june 6 post ? it said LIKELY. please read thoroughly!

“Lee Yo Won is considering taking the role of Kang Ji Nyung, the female lead in MBC’s Monday-Tuesday historical series The Horse Doctor.”

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Javabeans and Girlfriend just report what was really confirmed, not just rumors, you might have heard of it before but it was not confirmed...

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I am loving the OTP already.... gonna give this a try.

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LEE YO-WON.. just love her!!

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Me too! She's so beautiful! I just love her face.

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I lover her too :)

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Same here, a fan of Lee Yo Won too. First historical korean I watched was Queen Seon Deok & loved it soo much & Deokman esp. Since then I always wait for her next project. I thought this year she will only focus on movies, but I miscalculated anyway, and kinda surprised. Well, I can see her for more than 6 months so no complain here ^-^

I have worry that it will be too male centric drama, though. Found that as of now the number of female casts heavily outweighed the males. Is this going to be the reverse of Seondeok or what?

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kim so eun will also act as a a bratty yet charming princess

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Ga-eul from BBF?! Awesome.

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That is really bad news to me. I didn't think LBH would work again with that writer, after all the criticism leveled against Dong Yi for sheer mind-deadening dopiness.

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OMG, finally Lee Yo Won will act again in the next upcoming sageuk drama. I miss her so much after her fascinating role in Queen Seon Deok.
Daebak !! ^^

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My little saguek loving heart is extremely happy especially when I heard Kim So Eun was also joining. I hope it will get subbed.

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Jo Seung Woo!! No need to say more, i'll be there!!

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Aigoo! Now the Mr. Ed theme song is stuck on auto-repeat in my brain...

I'm a sucker for stories in which the protagonists break the sociocultural chains that bind them, so I'm in.

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nice that finally dramabeans post this news, actually Joo Seung Woo has been confirmed yes maybe 20 days ago, but we still unconfirmed about the Lead Female Lee Yo Won, and she's just confirmed yesterday.
so maybe DB wait till the main casts completely confirmed.

this is so exciting!
Dae Jang Geum is the first K-Drama i wacthed in i'm in love with it,
and Queen Seon Deok is the second K-Drama that i wacthed and once again it made me fall to K-Drama land and became an avid fan of Lee Yo Won.

i'm not familiar with Jo Seung Woo, but i believe he will macth with Lee Yo Won well

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yeay !!! Lee Yo Won is back!!
she's so great in 49 Days and i just finished watching Queen Seon Deok, and i can say She really CAN ACT !!!

she has the stamina for long saeguk so i believe she will make another hit this year

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Can't wait!!

I guess just sageuks drama are the getting my attention nowadays... first Arang now this drama. ^^

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I'm all for a horsey sageuk - provided that it in NO way takes any of its horsey medical knowledge from 'Paradise Ranch', one of the few dramas where the lead horse would have preferred a trip to the slaughterhouse rather than having to tolerate his personal 'horse whisperer' and her horrible hairdo..... but, I digress...

Kim So eun's in this?! Woot! Maybe Bummie with his Mane of Glory will do a cameo? ***goes off to daydream***
:)

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and this is MBC Aniversary drama?
wow.. this gonna be a mega hit!!

and i really wait for another Lee Yo Won drama after wacthing her fabulous acting in 49 Days

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awesome! as they have a strong production team and PD as well as lee yo won!

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Thanks God, they changed title...

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I'm only in this because of KSE. Hoping she has more exposure in the drama.

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Lee Yowon is so prettyyyyy <3

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A horse whisperer in Joseon times? Well, that is something I have to see. I swear, everything comes back to dramas in my life.

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That's a great start to a cast.

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Oh no!!! This really has been the year of the doctors and I'm really really not liking it...... Well I'm not very fond of this pairing so I'm not worried about having to watch it I mean I liked lee yon woo in 49 days but not enough to put myself through this drama.....so good luck to all the ones sticking with it!

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so many things to look forward to!!!
1. saeguk produced by well-known producer and writers
2. lee yo won!
3. lee sang woo's first saeguk *droool*
4. Kim So EUNNNNNN

and sorry, I don't know the male lead , but i'm sure he';ll amaze me when I watch it.

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Jo Seung Woo became famous for his role as Lee Mong Ryong in famed director Im Kwon Taek's award-winning Chunhyang: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245837/

Lurve this film. I haven't seen him in any other work but he was pretty fantastic in this. Besides, he was picked by im Kwon Taek. Sold.

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It was his role in "The Classsic" that made me love him :)

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Cho Seung Woo is God. Greatest actor of his generation. This is all you need to know. ;)

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How many episodes will this one have?

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i think kim so-eun (BBF) and jo bo-ah (SUFBB) are also part of the cast???

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I am going to comit blasphemy but Lee yo won is not a good actress. At all. I watched Queen Seondeok because the girl who played Lady Mishil Ko Hyun Jung totally made the show worth watching. She out acted everybody on that show.

I grade Korean actors on the same scale as British, American and French actors. I ask myself could this person given the chance of a great American script and English win an Oscar with his or her acting talent and Ko Hyun Jung passed that test. Lee Yo won could not even get a daytime Emmy.

In 49 days I know her acting is supposed to be lifeless, but she couldn't even pull that off. On that show as well the Character that made the sow worth watching was not her but Jung Ill Woo as the Scheduler.

So unless the other main actor is an amazing actor to balance her out, this show is going to be painful IMHO.

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I like her but she's not one of my favorite. The young Deokman played by Nam Ji Hyun left a more memorable impression on me than LYW. But, I eventually came to like her or rather felt bad for her because Mishil and Bidam were basically stealing the show.

This might keep me entertained till the The Great Seer, which will start airing in October.

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Is there any 'like' button here? lol.. Although I am not so thrilled about LYW, I will watch this anyway.. because of Lee Sang Woo. Hopefully he's not the villain.

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What I don't undersand or isn;t making a lot of sense to me is how a horse doctor eventually becomes a human one..he's going to need some help there...Hopefully that's where Lee Yo Won comes in...that said I'm only excited for Jo Seung Woo and Kim So Eun her and I hope this drama does well for both of them but as Lee Yo Won is very hit or miss for me and I'm not a fan for lengthy sageuks I think I'm going to skip

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"Lee said herself that the character is like a cross between her characters in Queen Seon-deok and Surgeon Bong Dal-hee."

Now I am envisioning a time slip Dr. Bong & Hwarang Deokman turned medical student...

LOOKING FORWARD!!!

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well, she dosnt work for me
Im sorry I wanted to give it a try but because of her I won't she cant act I hated her acting in Bad love and in 49 days she didnt do much for me as well I watched 49 days for Jo hyun jae and Jung II woo not because of her !
she really cant get the emotions of the character she is playing

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Lee Yo Won in Hanbok? sure i definetely will wacth!!

i don't know the lead male , i just wacth this for Lee Yo Won , she's so talented and fascinates me in her every drama ( i love 49 Days and Queen Seon Deok the most)

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Cho Seung-woo is a major film and stage talent.

That guy can really act (haven't seen LYW in enough things to really gauge her acting abilities).

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I havent seen him in any drama but I have heard many praising his talent so I will definitely tune in.

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As they say one man meat another man poison..I couldn't care less what you think of LYW she is my favorite actress I watched all of her dramas and movies..she has a good reputation in and outside dramaland..I hate Mishil in that drama and never watch any of that actress drama.I am bias at the actress I love .But can't wait LSW in Saguek.My favorite Medical and Saguek genre.

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Mishil was good but I don't like her anymore because of the fans.

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To each his own... but for me LYW is a great actress. I've seen most of her work from BL, SBDH, Fashion 70s, QSD and 49 Days. I expect her to give another brilliant performance.

JSW, on the other hand, haven't seen him in anything but going by posters' praises he will be a fabulous male lead.

Can't wait... bring it on! :)

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Lee Yo Won in saeguk is a must wacth drama!

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What is the time period? It isnot HUJOON alike, it it? - which was my all time favorite - which even made me wish to study medicine if I was give a second chance. Well, I wish there was someone else was picked other than LeeYoWon, but I have no saying - too bad. Anyway I look forward since I never missed this directors' works (HuJoon, SangDo, Jewel in the Place, etc).

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Blue Fog? - I saw IYW first time in that drama ages ago and after that I saw her in 'Great Hope' (by same writer as 'MoRaeSiGye/Sandglass') and I just thought she was plain bad/so wooden (Great Hope had her, Jang Hyuk and JoHyenJe who co-stared in 49 days, It was JHJ's first drama). I watched most of her dramas but my impression didn't change much (as someone said, her wooden feel in 49 days was good fit). Hope she can do better in this drama~

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Super excited for this project from the get-go. The main pull for me is hands down Jo Seung-woo who is amazing as always. I'm curious how he would perform in a drama. In a more-than-mini drama at that. I hope I won't give up watching the project just because there is a billion episodes, but I haven't watched any new Jo Seung-woo project in years so I'll probably watch it anyways. And hopefully there will be subbers who will sub.

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Lee Yo-won is so pretty. Really, she looks so great. I loved her in 49 Days, and playing dual characters is hard, but she pulled it off. Jo Seung-woo has such a nice smile, too. This is the first I'm hearing of this drama, and I'm already looking forward to it.

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kim so eun is in.. then im in!!

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Jo Seung Woo!! In a drama? YAY!! He is such a great actor, and so handsome. I hope this does well so I can give it a shot.

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I do not understand why I was always interested in watching a drama starring lee yo won, but it came from watching queen seon deok. very happy to see her cry, laugh, and all expression. she always worked hard in the drama, so it is always interesting to watch her acting. Just try to watch a fashion 70's, surgeon bong dal hee, or 49 days.

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oh my i can't wait.....!!!i'm a lee yo won fan and together with JSW in a drama ...i can't wait..

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LEE SANG WOO (Feast of the Gods) and KIM SO EUN (Boys over Flowers) are also joining the drama!!

So looking forward to this!!

1. MBC ANNIVERSARY DRAMA SPECIAL (which means a big budgeted and totally will be going a big hit!!) produced by well-known producer and writers

2. LEE YO WON (She's one of the first korean actresses i used to like. Sooo pretty and talented!! love her on 49 days!)

3. KIM SO EUN playing a BADASS PRINCESS! (she's great in Empress Chunchu and totally lover her in Boys over Flowers! I think she has pretty great acting skills but too bad her projects after BOF are pretty awful. Looking forward to see a bratty and badass side of her!)

4. Jo Seung Woo-Lee Yo Won-Lee Sang Woo triangle.

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Wow! LYW in another sageuk with a team that made my first sageuk addiction (DJG) + Dongyi! I will be waiting for this great tandem!

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What ever you said does'nt affects me. no more question... LEE YO WON IS THE BEST.

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The fact that JSW is having his first ever tv drama is enough reason for me to watch this, and LYW and KSE was added, now i'm on it.

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team behind Dong Yi and Yi San — writer Kim Yi-young and PD Lee Byung-hoon. (

i am.....happyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

finally ....................

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