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Ha Ji-won returns to dramaland

MBC has a new drama in the works, and it’s a good news/good news/bad news kind of situation. Mathwise, that works out favorably, no? First, in the good column: Ha Ji-won (The King 2 Hearts, Secret Garden) is headlining as the leading lady. Score one point for Show. The drama will be a Goryeo-era sageuk about Yuan Empress Ki, called Hwatu. As in the card game? What a weird thing to call your drama. I saw the title and thought this was going to be the Tazza remake, but apparently it has nothing to do with that. (While hwatu means “flower” and “fighting,” they’re using the name of the card game as their working title.)

The drama is planning for a fall broadcast, following Moon Geun-young’s Goddess of Fire Jung-yi. It’s not surprising, since MBC has it practically set in stone that its Monday-Tuesday programming will be a rotating wheel of sageuk. The drama will be written by the team behind Giant, History of the Salaryman, and Incarnation of Money, so Show gets another point. They’re a good team, and can range from hysterically funny to epically epic, and everything in between. And then the bad news… directing is the PD of Dr. Jin and Personal Taste. I know. That’s like minus 3000 points. Who keeps giving this guy dramas to direct??

Ha Ji-won stars as Empress Ki, born in Goryeo and taken to be a concubine of the Yuan emperor. She eventually becomes empress and is a key figure during the time of King Gongmin’s coup against the Mongol state. (It’s the same timeline as Faith, and she’s the sister of Ki Chul.) The drama will be about her turbulent life story, from being taken to a foreign country to becoming empress, as she attempts to protect her pride and identity as a person from Goryeo, eventually falls in love, and makes political waves.

I like the idea, but with this director, I’m pretty sure you could take a hundred A-list ingredients and he’d still find a way to turn it into drama hodgepodge. Silver lining, anyone? I’m fresh out.

Hwatu follows Goddess of Fire, which puts its premiere in mid-October.

Via My Daily

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We'll see what happens...please be good, please be good!

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I read an earlier news that Ha Ji Won was sending a love call to Soong Jong Ki , i mean, she want to work with him on the drama. Does that mean SJK will be back too? :)

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Oh my goodness. I would love to see Song Joong Ki again...but the PD and the setting as Goguryeo? sigh. That is my least favorite period in sagueks because 1. the costumes and sets look so cheesy because 2. There isn't as much history on it as the Joseon period, lets say, and thus, actually a lot of times, writers take TOO much liberty with it and it just feels like I'm watching a modern drama with funky clothes. I like my sagueks not accurate, per se, but not silly.

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Goguryeo was a different era (3 kingdom era). Goryeo was the era before Joseon.
I agree with #2. Since this is about Empress Ki, there isn't much history there. I think she was vaguely mentioned in history because of her association with a well know Yuan leader.

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He has to go to the army... and given the subject material, they're going to go for a much older actor imo. This kind of pairing might fly in a modern romcom but would look seriously out of place in a sageuk.

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agree with you,the story looks seriouse this kind of story need older actor with good acting , hard to find young actor could act in seriouse role

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I have faith! It's Ha Ji Won starring!!

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Umm Umm....

MANES OF GLORY!

And maybe broody half naked in the rain sword practices....

IDK..

Im bad at this game.

But I am happy too Ha Jiwon back ^^

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Happy for her comeback...,but arghh...,a little worry about the drama...

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Ha Ji Won? I don't love her, but she's nice. Goryeo? Ok, but the cast will determine my like/dislike. Writers Jang and Jung? Excellent! 'Dr. Jin' PD? HEEEEEEEELL NO!!!

I'm really more scared than optimistic for this at this point. I am hoping the writers have more power to control the way things go than the PD and I hope they can tame the channel too. Let's not forget, it was MBC which gave us the head-bashing, universe-destroying fetus-in-brain "doctor" and his candle-lit breast cancer exams.

I need more info. For now, I'm keeping my hopes way down. I have not seen the writers' work without Yoo In Sik as the PD and SBS as the channel (I have not seen Jang's 'The King Dae Joyoung', which was on KBS), so anything goes, at this point.

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Aaaah, I know it's still far away, but will Ah-Ha couple meet each other at MBC Drama Awards this year? They didn't come last year, maybe this year? Sadly, if they really come, they won't be from the same drama, and they won't sit at the same table. My most favorite couple from last year, I want to see their reunion badly.

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I'm sorry, off topic, but I can't help.
Both Seung Gi's and Ha Jiwon's dramas are in MBC this year, that's why...

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me too!

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could Ki Chul from Faith guest? that would be so cool.

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Yes! We demand a cameo from Ki Chul! :D

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OH YES PLEASE YES

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I love Ki Chul from Faith! Yes. Please~

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It's an ABSOLUTE necessary, since they're siblings and all, but I highly doubt Yoo Oh-seong would cameo back as Ki Cheol. Tho I hope they should cast someone who'd be as memorable(?) as Ki Cheol.

It's a bit interesting irony, since "Shindon" featured Empress Ki, but not her brother, and recently "Faith" featured Ki Cheol but only mentions of her imperial sister. XP See my point?

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I'm guessing you haven't even watch Shin Don yet because Ki Cheol was played by Lee Dae Yeon since episode 3 and he was around for more than half of the drama.

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Yeah, you're right, but Ki Cheol WAS there? Why didn't I get a whiff of that...XP

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He was really old and annoying lol.

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I was all for this drama until they mentioned the PD. *shudder* Well...there's always hope, right? This could be the one that finally makes it for him! I mean, look what My Princess did for SSH and...and...um, what's her name. Drat, it's on the tip of my tongue. But you know what I mean! No one thought much of their acting and then, bam!, they do MP and we discover that they can be great given the right stuff.

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How would the PD ruin the drama? Aren't the writers the one controlling the drama? Doesn't the PD just give directions? Help?

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Yea, the PD's role is hard to define, but it's definitely important. He/she controls the lighting, music, camera work, all in all the tone of the scene (whether it skews funny, or grave, or epic). They choose what scenes come in order and what cuts to what, how long to linger in a scene, where to place the action visually, all that stuff.

Basically, it's a lot of stuff a newbie like me doesn't know to notice, but you can definitely get that "off" feeling when the PD's bad. And this guy is bad :(

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See drama examples above. Or Faith. A good PD elevates the drama even if the acting and/or writing's just average. A bad PD makes an average drama/actor look even more flawed. Well, for me PT or Faith (why does LMH get these awful PDs???) could have been much better with a good director. As for Dr. Jin, maybe it could have been worse with a good PD? Hahaha! From all accounts, it was unintentionally hilarious. :)

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Literally this PD has a choppy editing. This is a big NO.

Frankly I loved Personal Taste, but I took a big pill of "ignore the bad editing",

Dr Jin - I didn't even had patience to finish the first episode even though Park Min Young is one of my fav Kactresses and the drama was full of pretty testosterone. I really didn't didn't like the CG scenes. I wanted them classy and mature and he gave me childish SF. C'mon I watched whole SF shows no matter the spin off as Stargate or Star Trek but I never found something as all over the place as the first episode of Dr Jin.

This comes from a person who even likes Nail Shop Paris - other people who gave me half stories about gumihos and an unbelievable story about ghosts. They didn't warn me in the synopsis when this drama was pre-produced and had plenty of time to tell me so.

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I think of directing like this: say you have a scene, and the writer wrote it to be a sad scene. The actor and the actress who are playing the parts, they realize it is a sad scene and so they pour their hearts out, and the tears are falling, because they know it is a sad scene. And the costume designer and the set designer have dressed everything in somber colors. If the director is good, you will cry buckets right along with the characters. If the director is bad, it could be one of the most outrageously silly things you've seen.

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thanks. now i get it.

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I was SO SO excited and once i got to the director of dr.jin my excitement deflated until there was none left.
Seriously, do they not realize this director sucks balls? Even an awesome script, awesome actors, awesome costumes can be ruined by a really bad director.
The director is the one who has a clear vision for the whole show/movie as a whole, which is why in the end sometimes you hear more about the directors than the writers.
And everyone above, you've said it all.
an awesome script doesn't mean an awesome show. Clunky editing, bad transitions, awkward directing, weird camerawork... The writer tells us what happens, but the director is the HOW of the what... how the scene unfolds. A scene can look quite amateur with a bad director, but with an experienced director, can look slicker than grease. And can even distract you from a bad script(even though it doesn't excuse it).
Sigh. I guess i'll be passing this up. Or maybe just watch to get a good laugh..
Wheres heads?

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Thanks for the news!

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Just got done reading. I appreciate your wit, GF. Quite funny! I didn't watch Dr. Jin, so I have no frame of reference (I just read some of the recaps). I did watch PT however, which was not so bad. So, I guess we will see?

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The thing is, his directing is boring. Point the camera, action. Nothing else. It's like soap operas. You just point and the actors act. Terribly poor technique, bad shots, completely uninspiring and dull. Maybe something spectacular happened in his life and he's had an epiphany. Let's hope so...

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I love Ha Ji Won, in SG and K2H. Happy to hear that she has another drama. As for the PD, it's a good Qn who/why they keep giving him work. But let's hope that Jin was a once in a blue moon kind of "achievement". He can't possibly do 2 in a roll that r THAT BAD, can he? That'd take exceptional Talent!

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I can only guess that he has connections up the woozie within the MBC if he really as bad as suggested. likely plays golf with the CO or something, or his wife know his wife and so on. In Korea it is not how good you are but how good your connections are..:-)

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Does anybody know how Dr. Jin was received in Korea? Did netizens send their 'Love' to its PD/Director? Wonder if he and the higher-ups got the message of what viewers thought of that gummy brain fetus centered drama!!!

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I'm very glad to see HJW back on screen.
At least, even if the drama is shot by an incompetent person (a few months left to take lessons from Director for Dummies), I'm sure it will be bearable, thanks to a decent team of scriptwriters (no Bore Doctor#2, please). It's a real sageuk and not a gloubi-boulga so that's also a good point for me.

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Gosh, I adore ha ii won. I haven't seen giant or incarnation, but salaryman was great and the drama actually sounds really interesting! I am finding myself SO excited for thus summer/fall!
But... I have to say that that PD really should get another job. Something that won't disturb my drama experience... like plumbing...
I'll try and be optimistic though, because I would love seeing ha jiwon play a different kind of character! She always seems to be the girl that fights really well and is most probably a girlie girl on the inside

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i'll take ha ji-won in any form. i wonder who will be the love interest? Someone so good that he can balance the minus 3000 points =)

who would it be? i wonder.

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Hyun-Bin

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Now that would even things out! If only.

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Impossible. He'll be doing a saeguk movie as Jeongjo already.

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I was excited when I saw the title, then saw the writers and thought, "Hey, these two goods are pretty good! What could possibly be so bad?" And then the bad hit and I went "NOOOOOOOO!" Well, we'll see how things go. It's not like Dr Jin actually wrecked anyone's careers...right?

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It highlighted the great comedy skills of Song Seung Heon. The more melodramatic he tried to be, the more hilarious it was. So you could say he gave a boost to him, yes.

Plus, it made two comedies for Lee Beom Soo in a year and gave Jae Joong an interesting character to work with, along with a fake six-pack. :P

I hope someone whips the PD into shape. If he ruins the story written by these two, I will virtually stone him.

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SERIOUSLY! With whom is that PD sleeping with?

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With someone of poor taste. :P

http://news.zum.com/articles/2505131

Everyone deserves a second chance. If I do decide to watch this, this is his. He's not getting another one.

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3rd chance actually. PT. Jin. and this.
Does he look self-satisfied in that photo, or is it my imagination?

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PT was ok for its genre. Still uninspired directing, but it's a rom-com, so there aren't exactly high expectations. 'Dr. Jin' was already bad enough script and acting-wise, but it was a type of series where a PD could have really pushed the envelope more. He didn't. If he makes a Goryeo sageuk story by these writers look as boring, I shall promptly blog about it. :P

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He really does.

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Fetus

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Dr. Jin is one of the worst drama ever and I couldn't watch more than 4 episodes of personal taste....so a complete no-no if we are gonna have the same PD...

But it's very difficult to ignore the team behind IOM and salaryman.....plus Ha Ji Won as the leading lady....

I'm on the fence for my interest right now.....may be the leading man will decide it for me....

And....one more sageuk....didn't we have enough this year....

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*dramas

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I wonder if they will make the Yuan Emperor the male lead... I can't see how they could do it any other way.

I hope the male lead is either Lee Bum Soo or Kang Ji Hwan since Jang Young Chul seems to be loyal to actors that he has worked with before.

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I've been saying I'll watch 'Marry Me, Mary' if a series by this team ever stars Lee Beom Soo and Kang Ji Hwan. A self-dare with a big punishment to make it interesting. If this were to happen here, with this PD (extremely unlikely), I would commit seppuku. O_O

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Sorry, I'm a bit sleepy right now, but are you saying that you don't like either of the two? Which is fine by me, I'm just trying to parse your statement and failing miserably lol.

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I absolutely love Lee Beom Soo and Kang Ji Hwan. I hate 'Marry Me, Mary' and can't stand the sight of Jang Geun Suk, so I made a deal with the Dramagods. If the two first gentlemen were to be in a series by the Giant/Salaryman/IOM PD and writer trio, I would watch that godawful series as a thanks. A sacrifice. Of my time and sanity. Trying to temp the Dramagods into granting me pretty epic a wish.

But if these two were to somehow end up together in a well-written story by a bad PD such as this one, I would be so gutted. XD

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Gotcha. I agree.

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Hi Orion, what is "seppuku?"

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Ritual suicide a la Japanese warriors.

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"I wonder if they will make the Yuan Emperor the male lead.."

I doubt it, the Chinese have their own version of that part of history. They will have to make her connection with Goryeo as the main focus if they want the Korean viewers to be interested in it.
I'd rather watch her and Queen Noguk go at it. Like QSD and Mishil.

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QSD was an interesting drama but it had tons of testosterone to back-up the cat fight. Both girls were amazing and the side characters were one more interesting than another. Hwarangs were one colective character as individual characters. Alcheon was love, Kim Chun Chu was cute to boot yet if played by another actor he could be as annoying as any royal brat can be. So Hwa was one of the most interesting - a running slave with a child in her arms. After years So Hwa comes back with her kidnapper and she has a strong Stockholm syndrome.

However the same team that made QSD made Tree with deep roots and I dropped this one at the 14th episode. For me the pace was a bit slower than QSD.

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Tree lived up to its name. It was deep with politics and it was basically a brainy drama. QSD was the opposite, it was a sit back, relax, enjoy the show and let the fans and the ratings decides the ending. I didn't like how the Hwarangs were portrayed here. Their loyalty were obviously to Mishil their wonwha instead of the king who established the organization in the first place.

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Great point, especially since Empress Ki is known as a traitor in Korea. I read that the male lead may be Choi Young... I can't see how that's going to work unless he's her first love that she meets again on an embassy or something. So it'll be another fauxgeuk... not sure how I feel about that, lol.

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lol @ 'fauxgeuk'

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What? Another Choi Young? It's not fun anymore...

Really? Empress Qi (the Chinese way of reading it) is seen as a traitor? But then again, Korean girls whisked away to somewhere else, back then, were then conisdered "dead" to everyone, so it may not be surprising if she's seen as such.

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I'll watch anything with ha ji won in it. I just hope the PD will do the great script and good actress justice. CAN'T WAIT! Finally, a drama that focuses in Ha Ji Won's character like her daebak drama Hwang Jin yi. Drama, please be good.

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Too many sageuks on TV lately. Shouldn't they be the exception, not the rule? It kind of feels like that. I miss a good current era drama.

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Thing is, Koreans LOVE their sageuks. Even the worst ones (Jin, The Great Seer, Faith) have better ratings than most of the "current era good dramas". No 4.5% in ratings with a sageuk... They also tend to be longer (25 to 50 eps) which means that the grid is occupied for a long time. For the channels, it's simplier to manage (unless a problem happens during the production of course).

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Maybe it's because I didn't like the source material and so didn't watch Dr. Jin but as far as I'm concerned acting and writing trump directing. Regardless whether I'm right or not if it has Ha Ji Won I'm in.

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it feels like you see Johnny Depp, in Jack Sparrow outfit, giving you the eye, roses in hand, and then you go lala, and then you get close, and then you discover it is a wax figure.

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Ewwwww... Jack Sparrow is soo dirty. My worst impression of Johnny Depp.

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Yes, He was DIRTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT!!!! HE WAS DAMN SEXY BEING DIRTY!!!!!! ~Swoons~ ......... ~Sweat~

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lol XD "~sweat~"
but damn right, he was sexy!

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I love HJW. I hope this would be an award winning performance for her. I hope they would change the PD although I did enjoy Personal taste. I hope she'll be paired with HB or SJK. Please get a good actor opposite HJW. I'm so happy now. Looking forward to see the drama.

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I liked Personal Taste too. Not the best but nothing to be ashamed of either.

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Seriously HOW THE HECK DOES THIS PD DO IT???? Lee minho, Song seung hoon, now ha ji won. I'm really going to go with GF and JB's theory that he's someone's son. There's no way someone this terrible can get such big named stars.

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That's probably how it is coz why else would they hire him thb

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Shin Don is still the best drama of that era. Kim Hye Ri who played Empress Ki was pretty awesome.
I loved Giant and Salary Man so I'll check it out but I'm not 100% on this train.

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I enjoyed Shindon very much. I agree, Kim Hye-Ri was great in Shindon. I wanted to reach into the screen and strangle her and that eunuch of hers, they got on my nerves so much.
I wonder how Korean viewers would react if the male lead is the Yuan emperor. Empress Ki didn't go to Yuan willingly. She was among many young girls who were basically given as tribute to the Yuan during their domination over Koryo. A book I read stated that the Yuan emperor who married Empress Ki spent a year as a boy in exile on an island close to Korea, and this possibly could be the reason why he favored Empress Ki, a woman from Koryo.

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Kim Hye Ri has been in a lot of sageuks. Ha Ji-won is a newbie in comparison but it's really hard for me to dismiss this drama because of the writers. Jang is no stranger to sageuks, he wrote Dae Jo Yeong back in 2006.

Empress Ki is said to be a very beautiful woman. That could be another reason. When Yuan was overthrown by Ming the emperor took her in as a concubine (unconfirmed though). She was a foreigner so it is possible that she was omitted from the that part of history on purpose.

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Said emperor was Hongwu, and said she mothered Yongle.

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a myth of course.

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HJW newbie in saeguks?She had Damo, and Hwangjini for her tv drama and Duelist and Huntresesses(to be shown soon) as for her saeguk movies. she is an experienced actress in saeguks

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In comparison to Kim Hye Ri yes. I didn't say she was a sageuk newbie.

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Oh sageuk. Goryeo period? Not into that but Im gonna see this for HJW.

Now, who's her man??

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Thanks GF for the heads up.

Hmm. As for Dr. Jin I think the writers were up there for the blame and shame awards.

I like Ha Ji Won and what the writers have done before so I'm going to keep an open mind on thi ddds one.

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i think there is drama behind drama
as for gf question ''Who keeps giving this guy dramas to direct??''

pls refer Anthony Kim for answer
hes da god

i hope this drama goes well
all the best for ha ji won~

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lawl seriously at first I was like OMG yay! HJW in a new drama and the plot doesn't sound too bad...and it's a saeguk!

but then I saw the director and my smile immediately went away and my eyes started rolling. WAE!? WAEEEE?!

UGH gawd I couldn't STAND the korean vers. of Dr.Jin. (the Japanese version is SO much better) but OMG. the director is just really really really not good. I will watch the 1st ep but I highly doubt that the director is going to get my attention with it. hope for the best i guess... T^T

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well.. I wonder who is the male lead.. 2 out of 3 is not that bad.. The Director must have get on his knees of the Higher up and ask forgiveness so now he can direct this drama. By the way, PT is a MBC rite? So, He is MBC director only????

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UGH there are so many good things about this drama and then THE DIRECTOR OF DR. JIN. Ugh ;-;

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What a way to throw my mood out of window. Everything sounds promising until the PD come out.

That PD, I don't know how he do it. Lee Min Ho, Son Ye Jin, Co-ed housemate with one pretending to be gay story line, and yet he can dulling such promising rom-com PT with his directing.
Till now, I still bitter for a waste of talent of Son Ye Jin.

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This drama announcement could've been perfect if the PD is the one who did That winter the wind blows or the one who's currently doing family book. My feels. I hope the PD won't ruin the show for me. On the bright side, who're the candidates for the leading man? I want some Lee Jun Ki but he already has a casting right? I would settle if the lead would be Lee Byung Hun, Song Joong Ki, or Kang Ji Hwan. I would die of happiness if Won Bin would do it. Ha.

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The drama and cast has me super interested, but the PD makes me extremely wary. Like, backing away-holding-a-cross-and-a-sword wary. I'm hoping there's a silver lining... any possibility that the PD could be persuaded to step down? Have all the contracts been signed? Is this PD-decision a done deal? There's always the possibility that this director might want to work on another project, right? ...RIGHT?!?!? @[email protected];;;;

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I hope the pd decision is not yet a done deal. Please dramagods, bear with us. We have an almost perfect chemistry of producer and cast here.

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good/bad news.....oh well....but so happy to watch HJW in drama again....my long awaited dream....

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Omg octobeeeer... I liked how personal taste was directed but id read enough about the crappy directing in dr. Jin... Hoe it ends up well!

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I was like YAY Ha Ji Won, YAYAYAYYYYYYYY writers of my ultra fave dramas (Giant, History of a Salaryman, Incarnation of Money), and then... NOOOOOOO Dr. Jin PD!!!! :O *shudders at the emergence of deeply buried memories of Dr. Jin* The only reason I stuck through Dr. Jin till the end was because of Lee Bum Soo (I am a HUGE fan of him lol) I really hope the writers overrule any stupid decisions the PD tries to make....

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WHHHOOOOO!!!! She is my DAEBAAAK favorite actress ever!! <3 I am REALLY fan of HJW when I've seen her in her movies and dramas. I can't wait to see her back in this new drama this fall, keke! Ooo....unfortunately, there are some good & bad news about these directors....eeekk....I will pray for this drama will definitely get a good show, but NOT bad or worse drama, hopefully so! *crossing fingers*

Ah! I didn't know that HJW would like to work with Song Joong Ki when I recently read some comments about this. That would be GREAAAT.....additionally, I would like to see WON BIN OR JOO SANG WOOK act in this drama, hm! ;) Dadababa!

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Yes to Ha Ji Won!
Nooooo to Dr Jin PD. That show is more direction failure than writing since it's basically a remake.

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PLEASE BE THE MAIN LEAD BE SONG JOONG KI OR HYUN BIN OR KIM JAE WON

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I just want to say girl look so gorgeous in that photo

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NOOOOOOOO!!!! WHY DR. JIN? WHY??????? *pulling hair* (my hair of course), extra super plus if I can pull that PD out of the sight

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I'm watching it!!!

It's a pity about the PD though. Never started watching Dr. Jin, but Personal Taste was a serious waste of Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Ho.

In any case, news that Ha Ji Won is back in dramaland makes me super excited. I wonder who the male lead is going to be but she has superb chemistry with anyone!

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Jo in sung as male lead pls.i dont care about pd.i just wanna see in back in action

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Holy crap the bad news is SO SO BAD. Yeah I don't think i'll be watching this one.

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If only it wasn't this PD... story sounds pretty good otherwise. Although these writers are uneven for me, I didn't really like Incarnation of Money. I think sageuk suits Ha Ji Won really well, perhaps even better than modern shows.

On a random note, she looks totally fabulous in that picture.

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With beautiful and multi talented Ha Ji Won around, I'm least worried over the Director...Hahaha She can transform from anything bad to best! She's amazing!!! Cheers to Hawtu! Who is the lucky guy as her beau?

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OMG saeguk Ha ji won the writers awesome combination but its true the PD just deducted the grand total by 3000 points..... i would also like to question who gave this man a job i kind of liked personal taste if turned off my logic system but the editing there was absolutely choppy the scenes were just mixed together in a hodgepodge so yup really worried for this drama..... i just noticed why does lee min ho gets the worst PDs ever? (hint: bbf, pt) or sometimes the writers?? (hint: heirs, faith)

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aww
does this mean .. personal taste is. a BAD drama?
please don't say that ! I'm watching it . I don't want to waste my 5hours !!....

[OFF-TOPIC]
is this drama called "SHE IS NINETEEN(2003)"
worth watching?..
I've downloaded it .
I think it will be a good romantic drama ..?
I am watching it because of the lead actress Jung Da Bin ..
I heard she was a good person and a good actress ... whose life was cut short by her suicide...

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i think it depends on your personal taste. for me, it's one of my favourite kdramas alongside Hardtack Teacher n Star Candy(Biscuit Teacher) which is apparently hated a lot over here looking at the comments and also Autumn Shower(which isn't liked the the majority as well it seems)

But She is 19/My 19 Yrs Old Sister in Law is like any average romcom has its light funny early parts and those angsty later parts. well, you'll get to watch Yoon Kyesang n his heartbleeding crush for his 'sis in law to be'...the friends are funny too...xD.....aww, Jung Dabin...i liked her after watching this drama. i remember hearing about her suicide news one day...and shocked since i was just watching her drama...

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oh . even I like that naughty gong yoo in biscuit teacher !.

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Damn. The writers are awesome and Giant is one of my all time favorite dramas. I have always liked Ha Ji Won as well! BUT can I even hope this to be good? Saw dr jin and wasn't impressed -.- not getting ny hopes up but i want this to be good!!!

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Oh goddness, was so excited until I read about the PD. Sigh.

Any Game of Throne fans out there? This reminds me a little about Khaleesi and Khal Drago =)

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Me. I do not think so... But, we see once we know the male lead....

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well.. I wonder who is the male lead.. 2 out of 3 is not that bad.. The Director must have get on his knees of the Higher up and ask forgiveness so now he can direct this drama. By the way, PT is a MBC rite? So, He is MBC director only????

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i really hope jang hyuk will be cast along wth HJW for once. because i cant help wondering how this pair gonna be. maybe iris 2 is doom but i only can stand it because of him. they both really in the same league i think. 2 daesang winner in one drama. how great it can be? remember JH once said he want to play a king role in a drama.

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Oooh, this would be good. The Secret Garden that never was.

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WHY?! WHY?! OH, THE HUMANITY!? I have absolutely no understanding of why you would take a sure thing, 100% piece of pure awesome and then give it to one of the worst PDs in the business? Are all the other PDs going on sabbatical during that time? If there is one thing I have learned about Kdramas it is that a good PD can make or break you no matter the writing or the cast (uhm, Faith, anyone). Ha Ji Won is my favorite actress. Sageuks are my favorite genre. And the writing team on this project is one of my faves. I'm just devastated.

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