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One drama down, one movie to go for Jo Jung-seok

He just wrapped a drama and has a movie release upcoming, which means more Jo Jung-seok in the news—always a good thing, I say.

He spent the past six months filming family series You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin, although I’d argue that he was terribly underutilized on that show. And that’s despite the fact that he was part of the central storyline! Still, he had moments to shine, and the drama had enough adorable, laughworthy moments between him and co-star IU to make it worth the watch. (Well, if you have no aversion to frequent use of the fast-forward button, that is.)

When Soon-shin wrapped two weeks ago, Jo Jung-seok thanked supporters of the show on Twitter, posting a photo with IU and saying, “I was really happy. Soon-shin-ah. This is a photo taken with Soon-shin-ie on our last day of shoots.”

His other co-star Go Joo-won (who played Chan-woo, sweet and steadfast partner to Yoo Inna) praised him, saying, “Jo Jung-seok hyung really takes on his work with enjoyment and interest. He creates a fun mood that enables his co-stars to enjoy themselves too. He does get fatigued and weary at times too, but he’s always the mood-setter.”

In interviews, Jo Jung-seok was asked about his feelings on wrapping Soon-shin, and admitted, “There were things I was disappointed about, but I have no regrets.” He acknowledged that there were some flaws with the story, but overall took a glass-half-full approach, saying that he’d learned a lot while working on the drama.

Unfortunately, he didn’t go on and elaborate about which of the story flaws bothered him (and there were so many to choose from…), though his diplomatic response is pretty much to be expected. Nobody’s gonna trash the show that employed them and took them to 30% ratings; we only ever hear murmurings of complaint when the drama’s a complete and utter trainwreck (and only in a small minority of those instances). Frankly I want all the gory details, but I suppose I’ll have to live with not knowing.

Jo said, “I don’t think there’s any project out there where you’d feel no disappointment. Even those performances from a long time ago that have become part of my proud filmography—on some score, there were things I felt disappointment in.”

Although… when asked about his feelings after filming The Face Reader, Jo Jung-seok replied, “I didn’t feel disappointment with Face Reader. I’m very satisfied with it.” Ha. What’s the point of diplomacy when you’ve got a movie to promote, right?

The Face Reader stars Song Kang-ho as a man with the ability to read all about a person’s fate and fortune by reading his face, and the people who get up in a dangerous plot surrounding the Grand Prince Suyang (later King Sejo), played by Lee Jung-jae. (The star-studded cast also features Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jong-seok, and Baek Yoon-shik.) Jo reportedly has crackling chemistry with Song Kang-ho (he plays his nephew and sidekick), which makes that a match-up to anticipate.

Though I wouldn’t call the movie a straight-up comedy—there’s a coup plot and high stakes that keep alive a taut dramatic thriller element—I think we can look forward to a comedic thread. (Refer to these hilarious character teasers, full of meta jokes about the cast.) And where there’s a rascally character, there’s gonna be a comparison to Jo Jung-seok’s breakout role in Introduction to Architecture, where he had a minor but memorable role that earned him the nickname Napdeuki (“I don’t understand”) for a scene where he uses that phrase repeatedly while advising Lee Je-hoon.

For having been such a brief scene, I’m a bit amazed at the lasting power of the Napdeuki moniker, but it’s stuck, and Jo was asked how he feels about it. He did wonder whether the image of Napdeuki would follow him around for the rest of his life, but reasoned that it’s not a bad association to have; it made his name known, which is something to be grateful for.

On the other hand, he’s determined not to be held back by that burden and plans to do a lot of acting playing lot of characters. Every time he’s faced with a new character to perform, he looks forward to the challenge: “How will I realize this character through myself?”

Though face reading isn’t something we’d pin our hopes (or the nation’s future) on these days, it’s one of those fortune-telling practices you can have done akin to palm or tarot readings. Jo admits that he hasn’t has his face read, although everyone asks him about it thanks to the movie: “While filming the movie, I didn’t have any curiosity about my reading. I think it was because I was absorbed in my drama. People get their faces read out of fun curiosity, but I wouldn’t go out on purpose to see mine.”

Face Reader opens on September 11, just in time for the Chuseok moviegoing rush.

Via Osen, Yonhap News, Newsen

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Um... Does face reading still count when ppl get their face done? Lol

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New reason to have PS: The face reader told me I had to change something! ;)

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Good question. :D

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He is simply awesome!! Love him :-)

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AYE AYE! ;) <3

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Thanks for posting.

"[W]e only ever hear murmurings of complaint when the drama’s a complete and utter trainwreck (and only in a small minority of those instances)."

Oh my goodness, the stories that could come out of I SUMMON YOU GOLD -- but probably won't.

What a waste of acting talent and financial resources.

I know making dramas is a very difficult undertaking and try to refrain from sweeping criticism, but story structure, logic, and plausible character motivation where locked out the room at some point in the creation of this ???? I don't even know what to call it.

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I know what you mean! I dropped it the minute King's Family offers me an alternative on weekends! And GoF!

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You're the Best, Jo Jeong Seok!

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Just finished watching LSS, he was the only reason I survived those 50 episodes. My eyes were glued to the tv everytime he came to the screen.

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You and the rest of us who bitched after every week's mini-cap!

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As soon as I saw that third image from the bottom, I found myself reaching out to pinch his cheek, then realized I couldn't :(

I'm such a fan of his acting since I saw him in What's up, and it doubled after TK2H that I endured YTBLSS just for him. Can someone please get him a drama with Lee Yoon-Ji where they're the leads please. They deserve it!

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I second your suggestion of Lee Yoon Ji and JJS as drama leads!

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And I third that suggestion of JJS and LYJ as leads in a drama. Their chemistry in TK2Hs was plain awesome and palpable!!!! Both are really talented and hard working actor and actress who deserve to be leads in a drama or movie, imho.
Acting wise, they are just as good as the current actors and actresses playing leads (especially in dramas), and in some instances, they are better at acting than some of them.

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Third!!

So far I am watching (unsubbed) Wang Family and finding that I am already FFing to the parts Lee Yoon Ji and her cute man are in...the rest...meh, until I can understand what is really happening.

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It's a family drama, not a romance, so the other family members will play a big part in the show till the end.
I'm waiting for:
1. Soo Bak's husband to divorce her, and fall in love w Sang Nam's aunt. Then they can live with his nice and lonely father, and she can suffer a bit, in order to grow up.
2. Oh Man Soek (and his Loser bestie) to man up.

The mother is turning out to be a monster mom, the opposite of the Best Mom in IHYV. Good thing it is played by our fav mom-actress.

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Watching King's (Wang's) Family and liking it at ep 4. But can't help wishing that it was JJS who plays LYJ's BF. No offense to that new young actor. I miss JJS on my screen, tho sure as hell ain't gonna re-watch LSS for him!

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If only he waited just a biiiiit longer for King's family.

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But why? If he waited longer we wouldn't have seen what powerful chemistry he and iu have together! They alone got a lot of people to finish a frustrating 50 episode drama !

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I saw one episode of this drama on http://dramashour.com bt unfortunately i didnt fine anymore from that site. plz let me know from where i can watch online this drama full episodes?

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So looking forward to this movie!
And I hope he'll play the lead in some awesome drama soon, where he does lots and lots of singing *dreams*

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I am seriously nursing a major crush on this man since YTBLSS began. He's just so talented and adorable. I really think he'll become one of Korea's must-have leading men. At least, I hope so. He's far more talented than many of the usual leading man actors out there. I really want to see this movie, but since I live in America and have limited access to foreign movies, I don't think I will anytime soon. It sounds hilarious and intriguing, plus it has Jo Jung-seok and Lee Jong-seok in it. I haven't seen Introduction to Architecture yet, either, although I really want to. I'm hoping it'll be put on Netflix soon. Netflix has a lot of foreign movies and Korean dramas now.

I sincerely hope for all the best for this adorable man. I'm so happy he's getting noticed and getting the credit he deserves. You're the best, Jo Jung-seok! Fighting!

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Introduction to Architecture isn't the most interesting movie, but it's very prettily filmed. I recommend it! Jo Jung Seok, Lee Je Hoon and Uhm Tae Woong are the reasons to watch the movie. Suzy's performance was just meh, like her performances in Dream High and Big.

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I want to see Introduction to Architecture mainly for Jo Jung-seok. Uhm Tae-woong is a plus. I like Suzy okay, she seems like a really sweet girl, but I wish her acting was better. I don't think she's terrible, but has a lot of room to improve.

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Intro to Architecture:
I made 2 attempts, but gave up both times before JJS appeared on screen. Ha Ga in ah! Kills it every time.

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Interesting. Oddly enough, that's a movie i keep hearing floating about k-ent. I was wondering if it was one i should check out.

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Hello Abbie,
Interestingly, I have written along the same lines of some of what you have said, and so I agree with you.
Also, according to JB, JJS's character in Face Reader is the lead's nephew and sidekick, while AsianWiki said that his character is the lead's brother-in-law...

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Hello Ivoire,

Really, I don't care who he plays as long as he has a decent amount of screen time. Like as long as the lead is on screen, I hope JJS is there in the background, even if he doesn't say anything. I just want to be able to look at his pretty face. Heh. Besides, I think he's earned the right to a lot of screen time, don't you? He really reminds me of the actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. He's got a lot of talent and class. Plus he's adorable. I just really want him to do well, and I wish him all the best in the world.

He's already served his military service, right? So we won't miss him for 2 years?

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It's not just his pretty face. His little changes of expressions are just so captivating. All of them!

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He was exempted from MS on grounds for being the sole financial supporter for his family.

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Really, he's a lucky guy....awesome!

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Hi again Abbie,

I agree with what KDaddict said here. I LOVED JJS's acting in YATBLSS because of how well he could/can emote. One could read his body language the way one reads a book. And his face, Oh My Word, his face, it moves! The little nuances, priceless. I don't speak and understand Korean (fluently, that is. Over time, we Kdrama watchers and lovers start to pick up on some expressions and words), however I could usually read him, and that to me is when an actor/actress has done his/her job well, aka achieve his/her goal. You are acting, performing, and I should be able to get a sense of what is going on, by watching you. And he did that, in LSS, and in the King. I haven't seen his 1st drama yet, so I can't comment on that.
And his voice!!! Don't get me started on his voice :-)! The way he modulates it when he would get emotional, I died every single time he did that. I was just a puddle of goo. It just felt so raw, so real, so palpable. I find JJS to be an actor who excels at taking what the writer wrote, taking what the director wants and translating it for the viewer to understand and go along on the journey with him. He tells the story of his character really well. I find that he does story telling really well, imho, and I enjoy watching him.

Also, Kdramas is right, he WAS exempted from MS for the reason she gave. His dad had passed away, so he has been shouldering some serious responsibilities for a while, I would think.

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And also, JJS is great at physical comedy, I forgot to mention how much I loved his physical comedy. Well timed and choreographed.

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Ivoire, I totally agree with you, JJS is a very brilliant actor. Usually theater actors turn into great actors...he will fly high....cheers!!

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I wonder if he was disappointed they killed him off in K2H, cause that was definitely the big disappoint. :(

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And I remember how surprised we were and the wailing (at least on this blog) that happened after he was killed off, for no (apparent) good reason. It didn't help the narrative, didn't make the fans happy, didn't help anything, really :-(
The scene of his funeral was sooo sad though, well acted out and well filmed. Awwww... You just made me want to go watch that drama all over again.

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God, it was so horrible when he died... I've never cried over a fictional character's death so hard in my life before (in fact maybe not even over a non-fictional person -.-")

My first reaction was to never ever watch the drama again, cause I though I wouldn't be able to withstand the heartbreak once again, but now I'm actually itching to rewatch it...
So my resolution held up, what? Two weeks? :D

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Hi Shadow-chan,

TK2Hs has been the first drama and only drama so far I have actually had a need to mourn, grieve and let go 0f. I had never experienced that before, and so I was very surprised when that happened. For three days after that drama, I felt like I was having an out of body experience, seeing myself go through feelings I had never experience because of a movie or a drama. That felt eerie. I finally understood what commenters meant by "experiencing drama withdrawal." I had not realized how emotionally attached I had become to that drama, especially as time went by (watching it).

And the way that I learned of JJS's character's' death was backward: I read a few comments on ep. 19 recap, and the 1st one said how she felt utterly cheated by ESK's death, and of course, I went "What????!" (I had not read the recap, I had gone straight to the comments). So I stopped, and went to Viki, with the hope that the ep. was fully subbed by then. It usually took them 24 to 36 hours to have it fully subbed, so I wasn't sure. I usually don't mind characters being killed in dramas, but I did mind this one, very much. Oh well...

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(Ugh. Of course my connection just HAD to die the moment I was about to post this really long comment... Well, here's try number 2)

Hey Ivoire,

I totally get what you're saying. I did directly watch the rest of the show, but I couldn't have cared less, I just felt kinda... numb. Like all of my feelings had been used up and there weren't just any more left to spare. Well, except for that video scene and so on, my tears just came flooding right back then.

I even got seriously angry at Jae Ha and Kang Ah (those were their names, right...?) when they had their date shortly after, sitting there and thinking "How the f**** can you just go and enjoy your happy little date after he had just died basically for YOU?!"
I confess, if I could have swapped Eun Shi Kyung's death for one of theirs, I totally would have xD

I kept whining to my on- and offline friends for days who of course had no idea what I was talking about, as usual, and probably think of me just as a little more crazy than before now... (That's why I'm SO grateful I have this place to vent to people who actually understand me! Whoo!)

I couldn't even bring myself to start a new drama for several days while usually after reading the recaps I'm ready to move on. (Well, except for Queen In-Hyun's Man, which I loved so much I just watched it again... Something I could NOT do in this case...)
In the end I ended up watching What's Up, which I probably never would have picked up otherwise, but I really loved it, so I'm very happy :)

I also finally started watching YTBLSS today - I'm only in the middle of episode 2 and already started fast-forwarding, haha. But who cares, cause I'm going to watch every second of Jo Jung-Seok onscreen anyway!

So, is there a fanclub I can join? :D

(I'd also be deliriously happy if someone could point me to a place where I could get a hold of his musical soundtracks... I'm seriously addicted here and listening to the same 28 minutes of music for way too long now...)

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@shadow-chan,
You and I should have talked (and talked) after his char's death!!
I'd totally join his fan club too! And go to his fan meeting!

Which 28 mins of music do you mean? Can u point the way for another fangirl?

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Awww... Shadow-chan,

I am sooooo glad you tried resending your response, because otherwise, I would have missed it :-( I appreciate your patience, and your decision to try again. I know about long comments, I have written a few *cough, cough* here, on occasion.

You know, when people used to write, "what am I going to do with myself?" or " I am experiencing drama withdrawal..." I used to wonder, "what is that?" until I experienced it myself. Unlike you, I could not watch anything else for a few weeks, not even QIHM, which I didn't feel deeply drawn to, and so I watched a few ep. here and there, and a few scenes on YT, and I have yet to watch it in its entirety (and I don't seem to be in a hurry).

Yes, their names were Jae Ha and Kang Ha and I love that you are so honest with your feelings about how you felt about the ending of the drama. Everyone is entitled to their feelings. You felt more strongly about ESK than you did JA, and that is OK. This said it all, "I confess, if I could have swapped Eun Shi Kyung’s death for one of theirs, I totally would have :-)"

The whining and ranting and raving to people who do not watch Kdramas (or Asian dramas in general) and therefore, do not understand their appeal is something I have experienced as well, many times. I try to tamper my enthusiasm when in company of such people, or not say anything at all, so as not to appear stranger than I might seem to some of them. So yeah, thank goodness for blogs that focus on such dramas :-)...

I haven't watch WU yet, it is on my (looong) list of kdramas to watch, eventually. Also, please trust me when I say that the FF button will be your friend, when watching YTBLSS. You will be glad such an option exists :-). I think you will LOVE JJS in his latest drama. He is really good at making you feel what the character is feeling. He was good till the very end. I loved that about JJS.

Speaking of fanclub, it WOULD be nice to know/find out if JJS has one already. If he doesn't, he will have one soon. I know there are some FB pages dedicated to him, I have liked one of them.

And you left me curious: which 28 mins have you been listening to a lot? How did you get it?

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@KDaddict:

Haha, yeah we should have! :D
Unfortunately, I basically had no idea that something as K-Dramas even existed when it originally aired (well, I had, it just wasn't on my radar at all) - I'm only watching for a couple of months now and I watched TK2H about two weeks ago or so, haha.

@music:

Well, that's the amount of songs I could find on the internet and even that took hours of search *sigh*
It's the songs from What's Up (only the ripped versions from the episodes though, meaning the quality is not thaaaat great and there's talking and so on - my friend leaves for Japan at the end of this month, I'll so have her send me the japanese soundtrack), the songs from the LSS and Almost Che OSTs (yeah, sadly only one each) and one song from "The Organ in my Heart" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" each - the wiki discography said there should be more musical soundtracks, I just can't find them, grrr!

@Ivoire:

Thanks for saying that ^^ The smartphone didn't really make it easier...

Ohh, a few weeks is hard! But I had to fill that JJS shaped hole in my heart somehow, haha :D
And I probably never would have watched WU if he weren't in it, but as I already mentioned, I'm really glad I did.
Kim Byung Gun is just the very definition of adorkable, haha :D

Well, I'm lucky that the majority of my friends are at least totally nerdy and/or geeky in some way or the other, just more about manga/anime than k-dramas. And they really should be used to my ranting by now, haha. (I managed to lure at least two of them to trying it out now, woohoo!)

The problem with fast-forwarding is only that you can't really do it while watching a stream, so it's more of a "click blindly some minutes into the future and hope it works out", kehe.
And I think I already love him, haha. I just couldn't help but have a totally goofy grin on my face every time he appeared - I think I'm seriously lovesick here xD

Hm, but I guess even if there was an official korean fanclub there'd be no way for us to join, or would there? Cause that's at least how it is with the japanese ones from my experience...

Well, I'm totally founding a FB group now! Can't believe there actually isn't one yet, tsk...

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Hello again shadow-chan,

I am getting ready to travel, so I have to go pack and get ready. I will respond much later. I don't have a smart phone, I only use my computer, so when I am gone, I am gone (away from DB).

I am not sure you read me correctly. JJS does have a FB page on FB. I liked it (meaning it is part of my likes) and it has over 7,000 likes. You should be able to find it.

About the fan club, you might be able to join, emphasis on might. I know an American lady who is in the fanclub of Ji Chang Wook (sp?) and it was hard for her to make it, but she did. This year, she went to Korea and met him 3 times. So, you never know.

I will address the rest of your post later, please check back tonight (DB time) or tomorrow. Thank you!

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@Ivoire: Oh, you mean an official FB page? Can you link me to it?
I tried to find it, but couldn't, or if I did, I didn't notice :D

Happy traveling!

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Hello shadow-chan,
Thank you so much for your good wishes. I did make it safely to my destination. Here is the link to JJS's FB page, and I will be back later tonight to respond to some of the comments. I had a long day yesterday, and it will be a long one today as well.

https://www.facebook.com/JoJungSuk.fanpage

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I actually didn't finish the series for six months or longer. When he regretted the kiss, I knew it wasn't going to be good. Then he died and I stopped watching. I checked out the recaps hoping he wasn't really dead, but it wasn't to be. I don't think I will watch the show again, it was too disappointing in the end.

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I watched right to the end...but couldn't remember the ending for the main otp...all I cam remember is jjs dying...and the tribute...and the fantasy skit where the princess imagined that she was talking to him on their ledge! Waaaaaaah

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I stopped watching K2H the min. he died. Couldn't bring myself to care about the remaining 1 and half eps.

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Hi KDaddict,
So you have never watched the ending? To this day????!

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Hi Ivoire,
Welcome back! I did, months later.

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Hi, ivoire! I am one of them who never watch the last two episodes of king2hearts. I really lost my appetite after JJS died. His death in that drama gave strong shock n dissapointment. JJS must have been really good in immersing his character there. I totally cried a lot.

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Same here. My favorite character died, and I was like, "Who cares about Lee Seung-gi? I'm done with this now." So I haven't been able to bring myself to finish it. I doubt I ever will.

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I wouldn't go so far as to say that! I care about LSG also. But you just know that after they kill off earnest bot, they are going to give a happily-ever after to the new King, w HJW by his side. So there is no need to worry about the (rest of the) ending anymore. TBH, I couldn't bear to see a happy ending for the others after his char died such a tragic death. I was too sad and angry mourning for him along w the princess to see the others so happy. It seemed indecent somehow.

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@KDaddict

Wow, you couldn't have said it better. I thought I was the only one. I can't forget that sinking feeling I had when i found that he actually died... it was so horrible.

The fact that the drama didn't pay proper homage to him made me feel so cheated. This sounds so overly dramatic and all, but I never got over it. Even to this day, when I think about it, that pain comes back.

Never finished the finale to this day. What a shame, too. Such an unnecessary death. Someone tell me- what purpose did it fulfill? </3

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@Sweetpea, Hi,
Were u on the K2H thread at the time? After his death, some complained bitterly, but some tried to argue how it made narrative sense, how his death made the story better! in terms of his father was a traitor, etc. None of it changed the way I Felt. I was too depressed to debate.

If u really want to know what purpose it filled, u can go back to the recap for the last ep of that show. Plenty of comments talked abt that. I doubt that it'd make you feel less hurt tho.

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@Abbie

OMO. I wouldn't go as far as saying "Who cares about Lee Seung-gi" either, but your comment was priceless. I couldn't help LMAO, and I'm actually glad you made it. Not because I don't like LSG (cause I do), but it really is a great example of the power of JJS and the impact he has on many if not all his viewers. As an actor, he is exceptional, and I would hazard a guess that he will in fact become one of the most sought after actors for the some time to come in SK. He's easily already become my favorite SK actor, beating out other contenders hands down.

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Ladies, I will be back much later to respond to some of your comments.

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Totally agree that he was under utilized.What a waste... The palpable moments of that drama was with him and IU, but too few of them. They made an adorable couple, but the story line was very disappointing so that it was painful to watch 50 episodes.I kept hoping it would get better...

I just love JJS and can't wait to see him in the Face Reader with one of my other faves, Song Kang Ho. Can't wait to see who the scenes stealer will be because they are both excellent actors.

Loved him in K2H. JJS needs to get a better drama next time!

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JJS just needs to be perpetually onscreen with a few quick breaks in between to keep his health. Lol

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Perpetually on screen, and be present in (almost) All scenes, in everything he does!

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Jo jung-seok is amazing actor for sure. His facial expression, his acting, everything. The reason i'm sticikng in 50 episode of You're the Best Lee Soon-shin is because of HIM.

His next movie will be with Hyun Bin, right? ;)

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Hello hoaa,
I 2nd everything you have said about JJS. And yes, his next movie will be with HB, coming out in 2014.

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Hello Ivorie!

Jo jung-suk and Hyun Bin.

Oh. My. God. Please. Please. Please.

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AND movie's directed by K2H's PD. :D

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JJS and Binnie! The two hottest men on the planet IMO. I don't know if I can stand that much hotness. Might pass out before long. Have to find a way to watch it on the big screen.

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KDaddict,
I loved this, "JJS and Binnie! The two hottest men on the planet IMO." Spoken like a true fangirl :-)! And I love the rest of your comment, btw. I just love fangirling, it is cute and fun to watch, and wonderful to experience as well. Fangirl away :-)!!!!!

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@ Kdramas, yes it will be directed by the K2Hs pd, and the cinematography in that drama was really good, overall. And some shots were just awesome! (like the one in ep. 16, when HA consoles JH, and he puts her head on her lap, or the one where he is dreaming that HA comes to him, when in fact she was still in China).

So based on our comments, hopefully, it will be a great movie :-)!

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OMG OMG did NOT know JJS will be with Hyun Bin on the movie next year *dying*. might actually watch it without subs if subs are not available!

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I hope he picks up a drama soon after his movie with Hyun Bin, he is the only reason why I watched YTBLSS, 50 eps, 6 long months but totally worth it cuz he was awesome to look at, he nailed most of his scenes and made me a fan for life. You are the best JJS! ?

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I wish I could like this post (and all and EVERY Jo Jung Seok post) a billion kajillion times n.n <3

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well, its funny when people can endure 50 episode of sometimes mess YTBLSS and cant watch the last episode of good drama TK2H. for me, everything he in i'm in.
as for the pairing, JJS-IU always be my number one. they teach how to give a real emotion with all their scene together. funny, romantic or sad.

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Spoiler (on end of K2T):

There was nothing funny about it. It wasn't his death alone. The juxtaposition of his death and the new King's success and happiness (which followed immediately) created a schism that was very hard to stomach for some of us.

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@KDaddict
i get what you mean. his death really doesnt appropriate for the series. i watch until finish. like you, i'm also not satisfy how the main OTP happily went for a date just after his death and not to mention leaving a sad princess alone?
that is a really big flaw for me but i dont want to remember it.

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Hello yoeda,

@ KDaddict, if I may butt in... I don't think she meant that the ending of TK2Hs was funny. I read her comment as "it is funny/interesting" how people were willing to endure 50 ep of the mess that YATBLSS was (at times), and yet some of those people could not bring themselves to watching the ending of the King. And I have to say that I do see her point.

I will add that I do see your point as well, mind you. I think that because they only had one ep. left, and the drama needed to be wrapped up, they wrote it the way they did and filmed as such. I think I remember GF mentioned in the analysis part of her comment (in ep. 20) that she wished the writer had taken the time to show JH grieving for ESK, the way we had seen him grieve for his brother. So I also reread the recap for ep. 19, and one can see that JH is actually heartbroken over ESK's death, and so is everyone who knew him (you get that sense in ep 19 and 20), and so I don't think that it didn't affect them. One for the NK soldiers (who was part of the games team) even mentioned ESK, saying that they are not all there (all the members that is) when they were reunited. I just think that we don't know exactly how many days went by, before JH and HA went on their date. I have no doubt that they were both affected by ESK's death.

Also, I read in the comments (and actually Ilimangos [sp?] wrote this) that the death of ESK could be interpreted as the fact that soldiers do die in the line of duty, to protect their country. A blogger who wrote recaps about TK2Hs said the same thing, regarding the death of ESK. And even though ESK's death did not achieve anything to help the narrative along, I felt that it was a good enough explanation. I am not belittling your comment and your feelings about the ending of the King, I just wanted to share that I read it a little differently. Just adding to the conversation, that's all :-)

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hello ivoire
glad you get my meaning. i try hard to think that their date is maybe long after his dead. but, when they show a scene that Jae Shin watch his last vid after that date, i'm totally like what happen? its ruined the plot. he is the most likable character by the fan but they really ruined it. i'm ok with his dying bc he is a soldier but just make it believable and not to push a sweet OTP scene coz they're OTP. its not sweet anymore for me its became annoying.
anyway thanks ivoire.

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Hear, hear.

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@Ivoire,
Welcome to the convo.
You know, this was a case of the heart ruling over the head. It just Felt all wrong, whatever the reasons that made them do the ending the way they did. I'm sure that having to wrap up in the hour and 50 mins that was left after his death had sth to do it. Maybe they didn't realize the impact Earnest Bot's death had on viewers, and so neglected to give us the screen time to mourn it, and instead gave ample time and fan service to the happily ever after for the OTP. It just felt out of whack.

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I don't want to take away from the pairing of JJS and LYJ in K2H, because I understand it was special, but if there was one thing that was done right in YTBLSS, it was the pairing of JJS and IU.

I have watched MANY, MANY, MANY (and I'm not exaggerating here) Kdramas and loved a good number of the OTPs because I thought they had good chemistry. . .but they had nothing on the chemistry between JJS and IU.

I know there were initial concerns about the pairing -- 1) this was IU's first leading role, her 2nd overall in a drama series; 2) the sizable age difference between JJS and herself.

I have to admit, I'm sure the success of their on-screen relationship had much to do with JJS' obvious talent and how he mentored and guided IU through each of their scenes. BUT, If you watch their scenes, there's no denying the natural and palpable connection they had. For a weekend family drama, there was a lot of skinship between JH and SS, but it allowed for a lot of good observation, and a subsequent conclusion that this couple was indeed EXTREMELY special.

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Hahaha...I realized we said almost the exact same thing!lol

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Some really love JJS w LYJ; some love him so much w IU, the only two times he's been part of an on-screen couple in dramas. That's evidence of his ability to create Chemistry w his leading ladies. I'm confident that he'll go on to have great chemistry w other actresses, whoever they be.

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I agree with what KDaddict has written here, I just wanted to say that...

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Word. I doubt JJS-IU's chemistry will ever be beaten, and I have been watching K dramas for donkey years too. Can't remember another OTP having their type of chemistry, but Yoonie oppa and Meahri's come close. :D

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I don't know with you guys, but although I loved him in ALL of his performances so far, otp wise, I felt he had the best chemistry with IU! There was just something real in their interaction....to me, even with all the errors in ytblss, there's one thing they got right--their main otp!♥♥♥

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wow, you must be stalking him a lot...are you watchin all his performance since a stage day? :P

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Yeoda, LOL at this, and I loved it, btw... "wow, you must be stalking him a lot."

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ivoire, i'm dead meat if she read it later and you already LOL. i'm LOL at your comment more.

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yoeda,
I am glad I made you laugh :-)! If you become "dead" meat, at least you would have died laughing :-) (not that I want you dead or anything... :-) ). This is fun, isn't it? :-)

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Waaah..What's his all about?
Me? Stalking jjs?!

Has my cover been blown this early into the game?! Waaaaah

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Hi babyviolets, thank you for playing along :-). And you are hilarious, by the way!!!!

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oh, you took that as a joke?

*phew* cover still intact!kekeke

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babyviolets, you ARE sooooo funny. You keep literally making me LOL, every time. How do you do it? :-)

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ivoire, trust me. she's not being funny. she's just being herself. dont you, my sweet babyviolets? LOL

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Yoeda

Why do always blow my cover here? *pouts*

Just remember, i'm not the only angel member! Kekeke

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I can never finish weekend dramas (I mean 50 + eps, no patience for it) so as much as I love Jo Jung Suk's acting when I watched from King 2 Hearts, I didn't even start Lee Soon Shin. I will definitely watch his movie though.

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@Sophia

Ah, you should try watching Lee Soon Shin it is only 50 episodes...if you love Jo Jung Suk, you will love him more after you have watched it.....You are losing half of your life if you will not....this is my opinion....it is worth watching girl....cheers!

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@Sophia

Ah, you should try watching Lee Soon Shin it is only 50 episodes...if you love Jo Jung Suk, you will love him more after you have watched it.....You are losing half of your life if you will not....this is my opinion....it is worth watching girl....You will experience the magic between JJS & IU as you view it... cheers!

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Well, I have never seen a perfect drama There are always disappointing parts or parts that could have been better.

BUT I HAVE SEEN THE PERFECT CHEMISTRY in all my years of watching K Dramas. JJS and IU has the most perfect chemistry ever and I doubt there will be a contender who can come close.

So for this, I am happy to have watched YTBLSS or else I would not have know that such chemistry exist.

I hope to see them again in rom com or movie together in future again and pray it will happen.

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tq jb,

The king's family, the production team hit the nail perfect for the new actor this time round, love it !.

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Cho Jung Suk does indeed exude an aura reminiscent of old 'Hollywood' actors like Paul Newman and more recently the great character actor that is Sean Penn. A current 'star' who has a very similar background in musical theatre and film, is Hugh Jackman. Cho is of this calibre, his ability to totally immerse himself in his character, whereby you do not see the actor makes him in my opinion one of the greatest actors South Korea will ever see. And his star is just rising. I can't wait to see him as the assassin in Kings wrath, where he comes up against Hyun Bin.

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I do agree that Cho was woefully underutilised, I am wondering if indeed this was due to the fact the actor completely out shone the 'writer', and limitations were then paced on him. However when he did have screen time especially with his lead lady Iu something more than magical happened. Cho and Iu displayed a love connection that was incredibly honest and raw, so much so that at times I felt I was intruding on something intimate and private. Take a look at the Kiss scene and the hug scene and you'll know what I'm talking about. You cannot find this type of intimacy without actually being intimate from any other Kdrama. My only hope is that some brilliant writer has seen the 'magic' these two generate and will write a drama for them.

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Hello mumfu,
Which hug scene, please? There were a few of them...

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The hug after the first kiss

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Thank you Anastasia,
That WAS a good hug :-)!!! I LOVED that hug, and the fact that she actually hugged him back. The way he held and caressed her hair, the way he smiled, *Swoon...* Dreamy... I think I am going to go rewatch it on YT :-)...

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Ivoire, what are you asking? All their hugs and kisses are PERFECT!!! Kekeke

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Hi there again, babyviolets :-)!

You know, you are right! all their hugs and kisses (all two of them :-) ) were perfect.
I do have a question: are you stalking me? You seem to be following me around. I thought you were only stalking JJS? Am I your new target? I guarantee you, I am not as interesting as JJS... :-)

Naaaah, I do love reading your responses! You have a great sense of humor... So please, stalk away :-)...

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i was about to ask the same question!kekeke

but sorry, my stalking prowess is so limited it can only take on one person--that's JJS.

and that's only because he's super fine that it will require my ENTIRE being to follow his existence!kyaaaa

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babyviolets :-)!
So JJS it is then!!!!! Stalk away, and please do share with us what you found out, OK? :-). And I agree, stalking JJS WOULD be time consumming.

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Yes, it IS time consuming...but then again, I wouldn't have it any other way! Keke

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Love Jo Jung Seok a lot <3 I started having a huge crush on him ever since watching You are the best Lee Soonshin. I love his pairing with IU. I wish I could see them together again on a drama or a movie again. Wishing JJS all the best for his future projects

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Wait, wait, wait!!! He's older than Go Joo-won???

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Claudine, it's not about the number, it's about the connection providing both parties are adults. In YTBLSS you become so invested in the romance that is JH and SS that the numbers have no significance at all.

Ivoire, the hug after the kiss, and check out the other hugs ep 46 the end and ep 49 the end.

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Thanks for the info, mumfu... I will check the other hugs out.

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well reading his face, it looks constantly surprised and in awe at life around, like he is a newborn chick or something. I guess if he is always in a light mood, that explains it cause people mostly get cranky when they dont find any joy in everyday life any more. Being in awe would be the best attitude, cause you´ll always see everything as fresh and new.
I haven´t followed him too closely, but I liked him in King 2 Hearts. He has this transparent and innocent aura.

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Jo Jung Suk and IU's chemistry is one of a kind, while watching them you can feel the love and passion. I have been watching k-dramas for so long but this is the first time I watched a k-drama via live streaming and then raw, then with eng sub not to mention a 50ep at that just because of JJS and IU's amazing chemistry. It will be hard to surpass such great chemistry, they are so natural. More dramas and movies for them. Not to forget their undeniable chemistry in singing as well, when I heard their duet Beautiful Song, the more they enchant me with their talents, they are treasure of SK entertainment industry.

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This guy is a life ruiner I'm telling you. Every little thing he did for his characters hit me in the feels... Now where can I find a husband just like him?

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I feel your pain, Ally.
But Goodness gracious! A husband like him? I'd be too mesmerized to function, reduced to a puddle of goo, I tell you.

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"I'd be too mesmerized to function"... LOL!!! same, girl... same.

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you AND all of us!! :D

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You guys are such fangirls, I love it!!!!! KDaddict, your comment made me LOL!!! Now I wish you could meet JJS, and I could be there to watch it, just to see how you would react. That would be priceless.

And Saima, well... She was all over the recaps of TK2Hs and the comments, not only here, but on Soompi as well, I think (right Saima?) I remember one story she wrote about her being in a store in Canada and meeting another person who was watching TK2Hs, and they were spazzing about it. And the cashier asked them who they were talking about, and they exclaimed, "only the best actor in the universe at the moment" or something along those lines, and continued to spazz over the drama and over LSG.
That was a funny story. Interesting also that I still remember that. I remember Saima, because not only did I see her here, but I saw her on another blog as well, and she would read ALL the comments, whether they were 100 or over 2,000 (as was the case for the latter episodes of the King). Now, that is dedication and addiction to a drama :-)...

And I think I am pretty accurate, right Saima?

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@Ivoire,
He performed in musicals on stage for 10 years! Now, why couldn't we have known or seen it in person, huh? Too bad!

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KDaddict,

Why????! Because you and I and many others do not live in South Korea, and we do not live in Seoul (I am assuming he performed mostly there?), that's why. And even if we had lived there, we would have to be interested in and well versed in SK theater (and be able to afford it too, maybe) to know about him. And SK's musicals are not on YT, at least not in their entirety, so hard to know about him then :-(. It's not really our fault.

Well I say, better late than never, in this case. And we do know about him now, and his star seems to be rising. Maybe it was a good thing that he was in musicals for so long, he got to hone his craft carefully and diligently, so we haven't lost anything :-). I like him also because he is truly humble bts aka in real life, and he does not seem to be faking it. I really do like how some of those "celebrities" are humble in real life, it's like they remain grounded and do their best to not let their success go to their heads. That matters to me as well, who they seem to be in real life. I am always curious about that part.

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Well I don't want a husband like him....I want him to be my husband! Kekeke

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you, stay in line. Take the number first. :))

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ok *takes number*

goody...number 1!!!kekeke

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I don't want him to be my husband. I just want to have his babies. Kekeke.

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why would you want babies to distract you from having JJS 24/7?kekeke

besides, there's a lot more things you can do with JJS that you can NEVER do with his babies...

...like walk together, and eat solid food!you know, those kind of things!kekeke

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You guys are so silly, but I love it!
@ KDaddict, if he has babies with you, I think JJS would want to be involved, so he might (probably) want to be your husband :-).

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not necessarily...kekeke

iviore, if she doesn't want him to be her husband, let her be!

*whispers* the waiting queue is already TOO LONG as it is!kekeke

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babyviolets :-)!
You keep cracking me up!!!! Man, you are really fighting to have JJS to yourself, aren't you? I think you might win in the end. With you being so persistent and diligent and all :-)!

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nope, she's not being persistent, she just being delulu again. LOL
*swoosh to my cave.

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Hahaha

It takes one delulu to spot another!

Right, yoeda? *winks*

Kekeke

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agree with @jyc the chemistry between JJS and IU was so palpable and real..It has set the bar of how chemistry ought to be.I know I am ruined .I tried watching other dramas but man couldn't fathom simply because the chemistry was nowhere close by a mile compared to what these two had onscreen. Such naturalThat's the only strength YTBLSS had..the perfect pairing of JJS and IU,...they are singlehandedly the ONLY reason why I alongside so many of my friends stuck out this long in an overall meh drama. If the show got one thing right, it was pairing IU and JJS as our leads. JJS and IU have such natural and explosively cute chemistry I feel there’s not enough words in the world to describe them

So many of their scenes together made me feel like I was intruding on something so private and personal..as if I shouldn't be witnessing something so precious...beautiful chemistry.and yeah these two certainly took hugs to a whole new level.thats how hugs ought to be done.Full Bodied hugs and kisses? the caressing kind.

JJS and IU have left their legacy in K-dramaland : how to do hugs and kisses meaningfully

No stiff, wooden-like expressions
No limp body movements
No just-do-it-quickly kiss
No so-so physical contact

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YTBLSS will have been a complete flop if not for our OTP's chemistry.

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Best magic chemistry that is not even express in words (all words for such a great chemistry as JJS-IU will not be enough to express the beauty of this chemistry between them) I can see what I'm feeling that made me love and look forward to it every weekend to see your favorite on-screen couple, did not stay up all night waiting for the news exciting wait for the previews and all that is connected with the JJS-IU and no one can deny the fact that chemistry is there, too, not just to have such a magical unreal sizzling chemistry necessary to have such a love in my life is better for me to JJS will be only a beautiful talented sexy ideal in all IU and no one else close to him, I do not even consider if I like a couple I love them I always feel that their meeting was not just so happened to.
I believe that there is sure though not immediately but must Continued come in real life I believe and I will believe until as far as possible until the outcome will be until they confirm the return only if I can put up with the fact than others but for now I have the perfect pair forever just JJS-IU

I'm so happy that I've never seen that with JJS-LYJ honestly do not want to see, and not going watch.
Of course KING 2 HEARTS I did not look for the reason that for Ha Ji Won after SG, I could not imagine her with someone other than HB but now I am very glad that I have not seen that drama, and did not know then JJS general and even more so with the other actresses in the pair.
The first time JJS discovered before YTBLSS(about in February 2013 to the posters and commercials to YTBLSS) very beautiful real actor who can play every role perfectly but I love it as an actor for his role in JH (YTBLSS) He is charming gracious loving to the last cell of the body here let his character but as said in the drama once (in episode 35 in a scene with a fortune teller) love this man pure and noble that's why I can understand that his love for the SS is very strong here, and all the mistakes and wrong actions only on the strength of his love for her and desire at all costs to protect their favorite and expensive SS
Therefore, there is no better than IU for JJS
It is best and most beautiful of all the actresses and singers for me personally.
She just beautiful people heart and soul forever!!!
For me, this is so and so, and it is people do not just meet (if you remember the role of the JH-SS were initially given a very different actors and what is that if not the very fate brought them to the joint shooting? Is there such luck?
No it's definitely fate would have it that the role played by JH-SS (and for me is not just played, and deystvielno lived and imagine yourself on JJS-IU I can not imagine other actors in these roles, I know it would not be as beautiful and sensual if not a lot of love JJS-IU invested in their characters.
Only by truly loving hearts are able to play so that even two or three minutes or even one minute (as recently in episodes) in their scenes is something that will be remembered always for me just because it is only in what is love and you can feel and always remember!!!
I believe in their fate!!!
And the age difference is only playing a plus(as well as people older than such as JJS prefer girls younger than himself (aged 20-25 years), approximately ideally just 21 the year as our beautiful IU and get married on such), so I too deeply sorry aficionados from other actresses for JJS for me personally is always the best IU for him.
I love and will love you just a couple of JJS-IU because that's what I see in them is not possible to just play (embarrassment love the excitement in their eyes), all this is love
JJS-IU is love!!!
Love,Love in every look, every gesture, in all love in every touch of,love in their every movement of the body or speech, that's just such feelings often turn into a real unexplained defies logic words of love
JJS-IU Fighting!!!

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JJS-IU Forever!!!

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Fighting! Hurrah!

Forever JJS-IU club!!!! :)

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I believe IU and JJS have the real chemistry. Because of their pairing, the kdrama YTBLSS despite of some negative feedback still ranked to no.1. I wonder if this was given to other actor or actress with the same story line, people will not even glance this kdrama. But IU and JJS tandem, the kdrama is still famous.

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It'd be interesting to come back and talk about his chemistry with his co-stars after he has been in 10, 12 OTPs, and see which pair ppl like the most. I look fwd to all of them.

Do you suppose we'd vote for the OTP with the actress that is closest to our own age, and with whom we identify the most, u know, that subconsciously facilitates our fantasy? ;)

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I wonder if I will be able to to see him any other actress other than IU. Sometimes I wish they were a real life couple as well. I know its wishful thinking on my part but I can't help it

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Oh noooo...

I don't think my heart can take seeing him with 10-12 different girls! Kekekeke

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know what, I'm actually the same age as LYJ, and I loved their characters in K2H--its the reason why I watched the show!But just didn't feel the need to see them in another show together, or to date IRL. I'm not sure why, but although their pairing in the drama was good, I only felt it on a professional level, and that's why I don't ship them. :)

so, i guess age really isn't a factor in choosing ships :)

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I am of same age as IU :P I wanted to check out King 2 Hearts but after knowing that he died in it I decided not to. I can't bear to see him dead even on a show :(

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Jo Jung Seok, amazing actor as he is..he can have good chemistry with other actresses...but this I have to nail it here...his pairing with IU is the best that I've ever seen in my 8 years of watching kdramas . (coz they also look good in real life) I have seen K2H but didn't get the same feels when he was with LYJ. just my opinion. :)

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@beanshpy

naahh...it's an excellent opinion....Go go go JJS & IU!!!! They're the best couple ever!!!!

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It is going to be shown her in the US? I watched Secretly, Greatly last month in Georgia and fortunately I'll be in Georgia for the weekend. I'm crossing my fingers and toes that it will be playing there.

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The best chemistry ever JJS and I.U.(they look good together despite the age gap,but anyway age is just a number...Go JSS date her..

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@camilla kate,

You're great, we at Soompi (JJS & IU followers) seriously wish for that.....Get to date IU, JJS!!!!

:) :)

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It looks like the Face Reader will be a big hit, I mean of course considering that casts. Still, I hope he steals every scene in that movie like he always does.

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