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Ryu Jin signs on as the prime minister’s foil

Talk about a casting spree: Prime Minister and I has added Ryu Jin (Baby Faced Beauty, Standby) to its lineup as a foil to the prime minister hero, played by Lee Beom-soo. Ooh, I like this match-up between such two strong, charismatic leads.

As we know by now, this drama is about a prime minister with a messy household of kids he’s raising on his own (and badly, at that), and how he falls for the young mother who joins the family (Yoon-ah). Ryu Jin’s character is the ambitious minister of strategy and finance who is sometimes able to jab at the prime minister’s weaknesses, making for a tension-filled dynamic between the two politicians.

It’s a particularly complicated rivalry because he was once tight friends with Lee Beom-soo, close enough to have introduced him to his sister. The couple married but after she died, Ryu Jin wrestled with complicated feelings of blame and resentment toward his brother-in-law. And then Ryu Jin finds out that his first love (Chae Jung-ahn) is in love with his buddy, which adds a new angle to their relationship.

That also makes Ryu Jin the uncle to the main kids, and that keeps him in the prime minister’s orbit, all while political strife and scheming whirl around them. Oh, and get this: The prime minister’s three children are named Woo-ri, Nara, Man-seh. PFFFFFT. (Spoken together, that’s a phrase meaning, “Long live our country.”)

At this point I’ll be watching this show for the side characters, since I’m giving the main romance the huge side-eye. (Hey, if it works, great. If it doesn’t… well at least I was never invested.) Prime Minister and I premieres in December.

Via Ten Asia

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what funny names for the children! so cute..

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for me too, so cute names, I love it! ... and I like Yoona take this great change of role, she can do it very well, because Yoona is one of the best actresses idols, she is brigth actress and I'm really excited to see this drama, Lee bum soo and Yoona are wonderful actors. although the age difference is big, I know they can do it, very good. Both are professionals.

I like the history and all actors and actresses.

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FIGHTING "PRIME MINISTER & I" !!! <3<3<3<3

this drama is more interesting because will be so different from the monotonous romances between teen or young couples.

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Right!, I agree with you, This drama is very different from the routine k-dramas of romance between teens or young. It's very well.
Additionally, Yoona is one of the best actresses idols and the prettiest, and LBS and Ryu Jin are great veteran actors. This will be great.
Congratulations to all the actors and actresses.
The only thing that a bit worries me are the writers and director, I hope the writers and director can do the best job possible, doing good and creatives scripts and..also good/equitable distributions of scenes and shootings.

Good luck All. they all are magnificent actors.

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reminds me of how song il-gook named his triplets: dae-han, min-gook, man-sae. which i thought was rather cute, and meaningful too. hehe

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Was coming in here to say that :-)

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I saw a lot of comments saying the kid named Man-seh will be embarrassed though. Can someone who speak korean please elaborate? Does it sound outdated and old fogey-like akin to Bertha or Elmer? Does it sound too much like a word to be a name like "audio science" (some Hollywood celeb's kid I forgot who)?

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"Manseh" is the equivalent of saying "hooray!" in English. It means to raise your hands up in celebration, basically. So, not so much old or outdated, it's just wacky.

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Ohhh I see, thanks!

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I hope they add more sexy ajusshi to this dramal ol

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The names are hilarious. And kind of sad too. Overly patriotic dad is overly patriotic. And idiotic, by the sound of it.

I don't appreciate the jealousy thrown in there for the villain though. I think hate over his sister's death would have made for a very human and interesting villain. But the minute they throw in jealousy over a woman, he becomes a petty caricature, which we have enough of in Dramaland.

So, disappointed with that, but looking forward to the ajeossi fights.

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Maybe it will be more of the "my sister aka your wife just died and now you're moving in on a another woman? And my First. Love. at that?" -- hoping it's a layered conflict like that.

I love Ryu Jin so much from BFB. Please Show, don't make him horrible. T_T

BTW, if my dad named me like that, I'd rebel a bit too. Haha

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Onboard with everything except the Yoona casting, especially as she is supposed to a young mother. I hope to be proven wrong...but I dont see that pairing.

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Well, that did it. Now I have to watch this one. With each guy signing on the fact that I'm pretty meh about the ladies seems to matter less and less.

Ryu Jin is totally my ajusshi crush. Adore him in everything even Standby where he was completely underused.

So in-spite of a very questionable lead pairing, I'll tune in for all the side characters. And maybe some cute little kids.

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The more I hear about this show, the more interesting it gets. I'll certainly keep an eye out for it and hope that its romantic storyline works out well. There's nothing better than subverting expectations.

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Maybe this will work! I hope so :)

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Looking forward to this show for all its male leads.....

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I'm just a little disappointed because while I like everyone in this kdrama, Yoona just isn't right for it. I like Yoona well enough, but her vibe just doesn't fit everyone else's. Lee Beom soo, Ryu Jin, and Chae jung ahn all have a more mature vibe about them whereas frankly, Yoona can still be convincing as a high school or college student. There is also the 20 year age gap between Yoona and Lee Beom boo so there's the issue of whether they'll have any on screen chemistry at all. I mean, I think it's a hard obstacle to overcome even when you have two good actors (remember Moon geun young and Park shin yang in Painter of the Wind?). But I guess I can give it a try and hope for the best....

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But there will be young blood in drama like Yoon Shi Yoon and Lee Min Ho so i don`t think Yoona will be completely out of the place.

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Yes, but those are the secondary, younger characters. Yoona seems like she should be sitting at the kids table, instead of with the adults.

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At this point I am ignoring Yoona and hope for no kissing scene.At least the plot must be be good right? For so so many other good actors to sign on.

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LOL...the idea is just hilarious!

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As far out as the kids' names sound...there was a celebrity a few years ago who named his triplet boys "Dae-han", "Min-gook", and "Man-sae" (Long live the Republic of Korea). I believe it was Song Il-gook, actually, but someone had better double-check.

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OK. Can they please just recast Yoon-ah? If they did, then I could actually get really excited about this show!

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Ack. Ryu Jin is joining this show! Ok, now getting a bit more excited about this show for the side characters and Lee Bum Soo.

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My biggest problem with Yoona's casting is in my odd mind she's not old enough to be a young mother. Logically I know there are mothers younger than her age of twenty three but still in my mind no one has kids before they're thirty or thirty five. Told you my mind was odd.

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Ryu Jin!!!!! I'm seriously in love with this guy. Now I have to watch this...I'll be sure to fast forward when Yoona appears though....

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Chaebal!!! Why Yoona????

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I'm not too worried about Yoona not looking old enough to be a nanny in this series. Look at the posters of that swimming movie with her fellow SNSD icon Yuri. She looks like an older chaperone alongside those teen-age boy swimmers.

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With the exception of Yoona, the line up is looking great. Don't get me wrong, I love her as an idol and don't think she's as bad as people make her to be but she seems so out of place here. Even my mom, who is a huge an of both Sound of Music and Yoona, doesn't want Yoona to take the role either lol. She said Yoona should be the eldest daughter instead! Anyway, still looking forward to this. I hope the odd main couple will somehow works :|

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I'm cackling at the childern's names! Woori Nara Manseh! These are cute yet so silly. Also, I just found out that primeminister's name is Kwon Yul. Ha.

Yes, I know Kwon Yul is most likely after the legendary general but Kwon Yul (or rather Kwon Yuri) is also the other half of "YoonYul" a.k.a Yoona's biggest SNSD otp ship. I bet those YoonYul shippers are at least happy with the name lol

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I llllllllllllllike him.
He was very sweet in Baby Faced, and cute, though he cried too much, in I Really Really Like You.

I think this show will have a lot to offer - now there's a contract marriage. That will be interesting.

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This drama is very interesting.Mr Lee bum soo is my favorite actor, and Yoona is one of the best actresses idols and most beautiful. I'm sure she can do it, very well. she is bright!
As for the rest of the cast all like me.

The age difference is big, it makes more interesting. wow!...I'll give them a chance as couple ;)

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congratulation Ryu Jin!!! i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuu 4ever.

:) :) ♥

♥ oh!! ♥ Yoona!! YOONA!!! Yoona is one of my favorites best actresses. ...Yoona is fabulous and great actress idol!!!..she is the best actres idol!. i'm so happy.

My loveeeeeeeeee Ryu jin, Yoona and Lee Bum So. yeah !!! amazing actors!!...i'm so excited.

hwaiting hwaiting!!! God Bless All them.

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Yeah! I also remember that actor, I don't know his name, cries, all I remember is that he is Jumong, laughs.
Such patriotic dads are wonders to ponder. Smile

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I'm so up for this.
I like all of the cast surprisingly :)

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The script has to be good, hasn't it? Otherwise, I cannot imagine why Ryu Jin and Lee Beom Soo sign on. Both are in a position were they do not need to take everything that comes their way and proof themselves!
So I am very hopeful for this drama!

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It does not go that way, unfortunately. Remember, actors only get a tiny bit of the script to go by, or maybe even a synopsis of the early plan for it. What seems good on paper might go very bad. Lee's last two dramas ('Dr.Jin, 'IRIS2') were horrible, even if they probably sounded cool when he signed up and as a premise.

So just because the cast are talented or choose well does not mean the end result will be good. It's best to prepare ourselves for that possibility as well.

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Now I have to give this a try! /le sighs. I hope the story and the acting is good enough for me to stick around.

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I love Ryu Jin.... please writer-nim, let him get the girl that he likes....

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Ryu jin is a good veteran actor, Yoona is one of the best young actress idol, and Lee Bum Soo is one of the best veteran actor.

i wan't to watch this drama!...awesome actors and actresses.

....20 years age differenca , this is big... but yet, this is very interesting.

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Ryu Jin--my first adjusshi crush, YEY! He's a great comedian but can be an awesome villain!!! It's one I'm now looking forward since he's in this!

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