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Kim Ji-hoon cast in comeback drama with Choi Jung-won

Good news: Kim Ji-hoon is out of the army and has a new drama!

Bad news: It’s not a Joseon X-Files sequel. Sigh. Oh well, you can’t have everything. (Still: The hope lives on…)

The project is a KBS weekend drama titled My Daughter So-young, and the production company has confirmed that Kim Ji-hoon will be reuniting with his Wish Upon a Star co-star Choi Jung-won. Good news: They were totally adorable together in that. Bad news: They’re playing twins. Eek! Where will all that romantic chemistry go? We’re just chock-full of halfway-filled glasses today.

Kim Ji-hoon’s character is the peacemaker middleman between his sister and their father Chun Ho-jin, who seems to specialize in playing negligent fathers (he was the weak-willed two-timer dad in Will It Snow For Christmas, the weak-willed president and absentee dad in City Hunter, and the uber-strong-willed but violent police-chief dad in Gaksital). The main storyline of the show is the “simultaneously close and distant relationship between a father and daughter, and their reconciliation.” Oof, that could be really good stuff; well-scripted father-daughter conflicts have a way of getting to me.


Choi Jung-won, Lee Sang-yoon

That means the main romantic pairing goes to Choi Jung-won and Lee Sang-yoon (The Duo). I guess there are no hard feelings when Lee Sang-yoon got un-cast from director Yoo’s last drama Brain, even though Lee expressed disappointment in the late-game recasting hullaballoo last year.

Park Jung-ah (Smile Dong-hae) also joins the cast as Lee Sang-yoon’s younger sister; I wonder if that means she’ll be Kim Ji-hoon’s romantic partner. Or maybe they’ll just be sidekicks to their dating siblings. Somehow I doubt it; family dramas tend to love pairing up everyone and tying everything up in neat bows. Joining them is CN Blue idol Lee Jung-shin, though there isn’t any info yet on his role.

This is a weekend family drama, which is generally a class of shows I skip. But I’m warming to the genre in spite of the long running times (usually 50+ episodes), because I’ve seen enough good ones to know they can be cute, funny, and warm when done right. This drama follows one current show that falls into that category, Kim Nam-joo’s popular You’re a Stroke of Good Luck / You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly, which is performing strongly.

Furthermore, My Daughter So-young has a solid production team onboard; it’s written by So Hyun-kyung of 49 Days, Brilliant Legacy and Prosecutor Princess, which were pretty solidly written and had distinct crack-y traits. PD Yoo Hyun-ki of Brain and God of Study directs.

My Daughter So-young premieres on September 15.

Via My Daily

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I am half-full happy, then.

I loved Brain, but she was a weak link in that show, so I am empty happy. Although Shin Ha Kyun's intensity more than made up for sometimes blank stares.
Lee Sang-yoon is hot stuff in and out of a hanbok, so this makes me all full happy.

Otoh, idols is good news for us non-K speakers. Usually means quick subs.

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I agree. i really wish she was a strong lead in brain, but was very disapointed :(. But with Shin Ha Kyun and Jung Jin Young AMAZING acting i was able to over look her, some how.

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She was awful on Brain but I don't know how much was her fault and how much was the script. She seemed to perpetually on the verge of tears. Ick!

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Honestly, i don't know either, but her role here was similar to "Falling Of The Stars" which i couldn't watch every episode -_- i skipped like no other. Once she starts crying it NEVER stops, even if the scene doesn't call for tears, her eyes just seems like tears is about to start streaming down her face. I just wish she picks a strong role because i decided to stay clear of her dramas where she plays a weak character!!

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I actually liked her in Brain. I think she and Shin Ha Kyun had a lot of chemistry :) But the writing for her character could have better. Like, at first she was headstrong and spirited, and fought back with Shin Ha Kyun's character. But then she became this incompetent, insecure person that let herself be pushed around by Shin Ha Kyun's character. And then suddenly, she miraculously becomes a confident and skilled doctor. But in spite of that all, there were a lot of frisson-loaded moments between her and Shin Ha Kyun. It kind of encapsulates the whole drama: flawed and inconsistent, yet packed with energy and intensity~~

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She is kind of like Kim Tae Hee and The Hand Towel. They are charming and adorable in rom.coms but they make you want to kill them and the producers when they take on serious roles.

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Except I think KTH really impressed w/ the heavy/emotional scenes in "My Princess."

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NOOOOOOO. TWINS?? My shippy brain is so conflicted. D;

On the other hand.. KJH MINE. (No fighting. Everyone on Twitter knows he's been mine since, well, ever. Just get in line quietly, thank you.)

Ugh, I've missed him. ♥

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will be saving that top pic as my background pic...while i wait for his next photoshoot....anticipating those army abs....*drools*

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Guhh. My shippy heart just went and died too. That's like... so deflating. Like being told you've won a luxury getaway, with your senior manager. Or something.

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WUT?
He's finally back and he's only acting as a brother?
Kim Ji-hoon stand in the corner and reflect on what you've done!

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i guess there'll be no brooding shower scene either

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i know right....and i second that sadness about no shower scene...

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Yay welcome back KJH :). Way to kill my excitement with this twin thing. Where is the love? /pout

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It feels like he just left for army. He is back already?!!
I am like forever waiting for Kang Dong won. Still a few more months lefts. uhuhuhuh

I wish they could make a sequel for Joseon X-Files instead.

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Twins? Well, that would make birth secrets a little tricky.

Thanks for the info, jb!

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LOL!
There's always the hospital switch.

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maybe a mad nurse who switch the babies? lol

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there are some twins who were born not identical, strangely enough but true!

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I sign in because of writer So Huyn-Kuyng :)
Will definitely check it in Sep ^^

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Glad he's back, even if it's not X-files... is that a current picture? Where did he get so much hair? It looked very short when he got discharged a month ago.

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@JoJo that photo was taken long before he went to military service! :)

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Do I have the time? Do I, do I?
Nope.
But for the production team might make a huge effort to watch this. Although I dislike the lead actress intensely. I've had to watch her in 2 dramas and still don't like her.

But the writers, director and the other cast members look so good.

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Hi: Just curious, why you dislike her so intensely? Is it because of her acting?

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Thank you!

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Already two years! But... SERIOUSLY!? TWINS!? -___- I'm like soo soo disappointed. They were totally adorable even if the plot of Wishing Upon a Star was nothing out of ordinary. Omgah, Kim Ji Hoon, be the lead actor again soon D: !!

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i cldn't agree w/you any better than that! they had such a good or great chem in SFFTS & if anything they shld do a sequel to that nice drama, showing they got married & have their own kids aside from her adoptive siblings like parang etc. who also had a great relationship with Jihoon's character in that drama! this wld be a disappointing for me & Jihoon's fans but let's see how it folds!

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ZOMG!! I LOVE "YOU WHO ROLLED IN UNEXPECTEDLY"!! It's definitely one of my favorite dramas of the year~~

As for "My Daughter Soyoung," I'm not feeling the drama cast or the plot synopsis. I really liked Brain, but much of that had to do with Shin Ha Kyun's intense acting and the riveting plot, not so much the PD's directing... but I guess he's alright. The writer also seems alright. Sigh... if only I didn't have these love-hate reactions to Kim Ji Hoon, Choi Jung Won and Park Jung Ah. And I really, really hope Lee Jung Shin is just there to provide comedic relief, because his awkward acting makes me cringe. He's funny and adorable in his own zany, obtuse way, but I don't see a future in acting for him.

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YWRIU really is good, isn't it?! It has to be right up there as one of my all-time favorite family dramas. Fortunately, A Thousand Kisses didn't kill off my love for this genre - it came close, though.

To the best of my recollection, Jung Shin has only done 3 tv appearances, a reality show where he appeared with Yonghwa for only one ep, occasional, unscripted appearances on WGM with Seohyun/Yonghwa, and his recent cameo on YWRIU - and he was adorable in that - so I'm puzzled for your take on his acting. Why so harsh?
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Exactly~~ if you've seen him on variety shows, then you know that he's not normal xD. I love that he's so funny without even trying, but once he tries to put on a serious facade, it comes off as awkward and disconnected. Minhyuk, on the other hand, is pretty natural on camera. And Yonghwa, well, at least his acting isn't as bad as Hyun Joong's, though sometimes his moony-eyed stare is extraordinarily reminiscent of Hyun Joong's. And I think Jong Hyun has potential. Whoa, I just realized that all four of them have tried their hand at acting. Anyways, I know I sound harsh, but actually I'm easily impressed (rrrreally easily impressed). I can't help being biased towards my biases, lol. I try to be objective though.

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I am seriously impressed with Minhyuk's acting on YWRIU - I liked him in Heartstrings, but really love him in this family drama, especially playing against Kim Nam Joo - he really holds his own. Call me impressed.

As it was Jung Shin's first ever acting role on YWRIU, I have to give the kid a pat on the back. His 'player' role was cute.
I really don't think Yonghwa is cut out for acting. He's okay, but he's so gifted in the musical field that it seems a waste for him to be spending his time acting. And, not forgetting Jong Hyun, his acting in AGD was okay, but the character as written was very shallow. He needs a better, more complex role next time to see what he's capable of.
They certainly are a talented group of kids. :)

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Yeah, me too. I really enjoy watching Minhyuk act against KNJ as brother and sister. That's one of my favorite relationships in this drama. I can watch him being scared of her forever; it's hilarious.....waitaminute......I did a quick pause to check the ratings and did they extend this drama? Aw YEAH! I thought it ends at 50, but I'm seeing 58. I'm at 46 and was wondering how they could possibly tie all the storylines without killing the pace. Yay!

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That's really good news! Awhile back, I had read that this was airing into October, so that would add up to the correct number. I wish more people here were tuning into this - the ratings are excellent. YWRIU really shows what good, consistent writing can do when coupled with a cast of really talented actors. I have absolutely no qualms about the writers being able to extend the story. Who wants to say goodby to this family? Not me!
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I so agree! I really don't want to say good bye to this family too. I just finished episode 47 and the magic of this drama is that I'll be crying one minute and laughing the next.

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I wish that Kim Ji Hoon had more of a lead role in this drama. It is nice to be employed for 6 months but I hope that this is a good career choice.

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I'm currently watching Joseon X-Files , enjoying it.

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Twins? It's gonna be wierd seeing them as a sibling pair..

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Pass....don't really care for the actress.

I'll wait for his next role.

Thanks for the drama news!

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WoW!!! Prosecutor Princess is really my favorite!!! Won't get bored no matter how many times I watch it. Brilliant Legacy is not bad too!! Probably can give it a try!

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Agreed!

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I'm sad about the twin thing, too. But I am excited about Lee Sang Yoon being the male lead. Is this the first time he is going to get the girl? If not, send me to that drama right away, please!

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Looks like am the only one who totally couldnt be bothered by the romance pairing in 'Stars' and rather just died from the Ahjussi/Parang bromance, cuteness overload ; )

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Aww, the whole drama should have been about those two! So cute.

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I am glad to hear that this actor Kim Ji Hoon was finaaally discharged from the military service ~ YAY! I also like this picture of him & he's really good-looking, keke! XD

Aw...I noticed that some of comments are sort of disappointed because of this drama storyline.... =/ I expect that Kim Ji Hoon will try his best like other casts in this drama....*crossing fingers* Ahh....this actress Choi Jung Won...er...I think she's not really great as same as Shin Ha Kyun (he's SUPERB actor in that drama Brain!!) and she might try to improve her acting in this drama, of course. Hm!

FIGHTING!!! ;)

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I check out becos of writer So HK of 49 Ds. And Choi JW was boring in Brain. Will sit out this one.

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So Hyun Kyung can be my fav. screenwriter ever! All her dramas are very engaging and have characters that you would want to be friends with in real life! I will watch this one even if it turns out to have 100 episodes.

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I am so excited because...I love army abs! Dramas always make good use of them. Maybe he will even be as good as the scenes in "Big" and " Flower Boy Ramyun Shop". Yummy!

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I can't help but noticed the lush head of hair on Kim Ji-hoon ... that man and his hair is a force to be reckon with!

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Dear All: A Facebook Fan Page has been created for Choi Jung Won. Please visit us at: http://www.facebook.com/CJWFP

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Wow... Mr hottie is back. Just rewatched PP... Lurve the directing and script. Have a good feeling abt the writer!
I am in... sign me up :)

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Lol, I guess Korea doesn't like to match up the same people twice but sometimes you just want them to! It seems alright. Sounds like something that would get me in the heart. But for 50 episodes!! They want you to cry. They definitely do.

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@canxi - i agree w/yo, i dunno why, it wld've been gr8 if they team the stars up once again, like in this case, these two actors were so adorable in stars falling & after that drama ended i'm sure not only myself did wish that Choi jung & Kim ji will be paired again & yes they're back together but not as lover! i'm still gonna be looking forward to watching this becoz of them, i've seen the lead actor but sorry i'm not that enthuse about him!

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JB and GF!

Any chance we can get a write up of You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly? Just started watching out of sheer need for some kdrama, and surprisingly it's funny and it sheds alot of light on the frequently mentioned mother in law as daughter in law relationship of Korea. It's interesting to watch while you don't understand but I see how it looks more like a reality tv show for Married Korean women everywhere which explains why it's a hit. But would love your thoughts about it, like how Gf did Queen of Reversals and how you did Queen of Housewives :) I feel you could sed ALOT of light for those who don't understand Korean culture as much :)

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Love this drama! I actually wish it was longer than 50 episodes b/c there's still so much to explore in each storyline. I don't think it just appeals to married Korean women; anyone can get into this drama. While other dramas' stories/conflicts fizzle out in the middle, this one is 50 episodes long and keeps going. It's no surprise to see Kim Nam Joo's husband, KSW, make a special appearance, but Jong-min and Tae-hyun too? LOVE!

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I am already so excited for this drama!! :) Although I'm sad about KJH not being the lead, I recently started watching the 2008 weekend drama, I Love You, Don't Cry, where Lee Sang Yoon is the second lead, and he just makes you want to hug him and cry with him at seeing him so desperately in love with the female lead. :( After watching the super sad ending of that one, I'm happy to see him be the male lead!

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You mean there will be no twin sibling love-line? darn!

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Well, this sounds good. Hmmm. I like weekend dramas too.

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How can someone so pretty have facial hair?

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LOL!

What is up w/ Kim Ji-hoon's hair/coiff?

As well as the "porn-stache" and the overly shaped/tweezed/photoshopped? brows.

Sometimes I really wonder about Korean stylists/fashion (don't me started about the t-shirts w/ the plunging necklines for guys.)

Anway, glad to see that Kim Ji-hoon is back.

He really impressed me w/ the depth of his acting in "Joseon X-Files" (granted, it helps to have a top-notch script and direction).

Here's to KJH getting some quality work so that he can further show his acting chops.

As for Park Jung-ah, she should be a bigger star than she is.

Not only easy on the eyes, but a darn nice set of pipes on the gal.

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Wow,call it coincidence or not,but I just finished watching 'Stars Falling from the sky" yesterday! Been bored with the present dramas out (w/exception of Soldier),so I rewatched the drama. Can't wait to see KJH and CJW together again (although it's not a romantic connection)!

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so happy to hear but why isn't my Kim ji hoon the lead & instead they're siblings? twin? what the? they shld be the pair in this drama, oh well i miss Kim ji hoon & hope they do an x file sequel! so excited even if.....luv him in stars falling plus Joseon files. I'm so glad he's back & hope he got another lead next time, he's got potential & he's my no. 1 K actor of all time! thnx for info DB/JB/GF & all for your wonderful site!

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me again re Choi jung i am belatedly watching All In & i didn't recognize her in this drama, she's one of In Ha's childhood friends in the drama & turned dancer, she was maybe in her early 20s at that time, didn't even realize she was in All In! I liked her a lot in Stars Falling & i must say there was a gr8 chem betwn KJH and her! I'm almost feeling these two may have wished they were not siblings in this drama at all however i still look f/ward to watching this even if the storyline is such! Welcome home to my Kim ji hoon ssi! Glad he's back safe&sound back from his service!

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Aw..I want watch this show at KBS...
For Kim Ji Hoon and Park Jung Ah...I don't like CJW acting ..I watch Watch Wish Upon The Star For KJH and the kids not her..hehehe....And I like Park Jung Ah..In Dong Hae I love the pairing of her and Do JIn more that Dong Hae...hehehe..they have more story than the main pairing
don't know that just my k-drama appetite..maybe different from others sometimes

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WHY?! Kim Ji Hoon and Choi Jung Won were so cute together in WUAS....now to have them as twins/siblings... The only time I remember this happening was some daily drama that Ga-in and Jo Kwon did. They played twins in that drama after playing a fake married couple on We Got Married.

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This is confusing ? I read the case is not Kim Ji Hoon and Choi Jung Won but Park Hae Jin and Lee Bo Young

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whaaaat? they're twins? awww. but at least, they have reunion project together. and i was hoping kim ji-hoon will star in a romcom series because he is good at it and i think it's a better start after his military service. how cute would it be, if his comeback series will also include the kids from 'stars falling from the sky'. but anyway, i will wait for this series. sending my love from philippines. <3

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Yeah. .Im not get over yet of kimjh and choiwon. . Thinking their sweet and cute moments. .Grrh. . Why this they become sibling for this new drama. Director maybe you switch the role? Ok let the two . get married then for real. <3

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