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Sung Dong-il cast as Gong Hyo-jin’s first love

That…seems wrong, right? But that’s apparently the next role for dramaland’s favorite dad Sung Dong-il (Answer Me 1994), who has signed on to join Noh Hee-kyung’s new drama It’s Okay, It’s Love. The role is a bit outside his usual dad-coach-gangster wheelhouse: he’ll be playing Gong Hyo-jin’s first love, that is if she signs on to headline along with Jo In-sung.

The new romantic melodrama is the latest from writer Noh Hee-kyung and PD Kim Kyu-tae of That Winter, The Wind Blows and Padam Padam, among others. It’s slated for SBS’s Wednesday-Thursday timeslot in July, and is still waiting for the leads to confirm. Meanwhile idol D.O. of Exo has been cast in a supporting role.

The drama will be about psychology, and contemporary people who nurse the smallest of physical ailments but leave their emotional scars untreated. The heroine is a first-year fellow in psychiatry, and the hero is a mystery novel writer and radio DJ who suffers from OCD.

Sung Dong-il will play a psychiatrist whose wife and son live abroad in the States. He believes firmly that a patient’s will is more important than any doctor’s ability, and is a fastidious character who is resolute when it comes to his charges; he’s also the heroine’s first love. I’m already hoping it’s a one-sided sunbae crush or something. Don’t be a cheater, appa!

It’s Okay, It’s Love follows You’re All Surrounded in July.

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This could definitely interesting. I love psychological dramas although I have my doubts because the writer is the same writers as The Wind bla bla bla...
Btw, the writer really likes Jo In Sung huh? I hope he's Gong Hyo Jin's love interest and not sung dong-il. I want Sung Dong-Il as the main lead because he's such a talented actor and I'm a fan of his but not as Gong Hyo Jin's lover. I think the role is perfect for him though, he can definitely give a fantastic performance.

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Additional comments: I said Sung Dong-il's going to give a fantastic performance because when I saw him in Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love (yep, the drama went downhill and was disappointing) I thought that I never would have imagine that this guy whom I've only seen playing funny characters most of the time can turn into this great complex villain. He was so awesome in that and he gave me a pleasant surprise. He definitely is an actor with lots of potential and sadly, he is quite underrated (like any other great actors out there who are underrated too).

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He is everywhere nowadays, and well-known as a good actor in both film and drama. Underrated is an overused term.

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Underrated and overrated.

Frankly every-time i read that word i want to stab it, from hearing it so much.

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People often use underrated/overrated w/ how popular an actor/actress is or how big of a star they are.

There are many talented actors who primarily play character roles and are appreciated for their talents.

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I like the writer because she brings in a great balance of noir and...creativity to dramas. I loved Padam and The Wind, but I think the endings of both dramas were poor. I'm excited for the cast. I am usually averse to dramas with leads who are as big as Jo In Sung, Song Hye Kyo lala but, they deliver.

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Yes, Noh Hee Kyung really likes Jo In Sung, she praised Jo In Sung many time and she creats this character for Jo In Sung.

Friend, That Winter The Wind Blows is the only drama of Noh Hee Kyung that she is successful at rating, a korean columnist talking about this.

plus Song Hye Kyo and Jo In Sung got praised by korean critics and were nominated for Daesang award at Apan star awards (along with Lee Bo Young and Go Soo and Song Hye Kyo earned this award) This awards is very good one and most believable award in Korea nowaday.

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And sure you have never seen all Noh Hee Kyung works, she is one of the best writers in Korea

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Any chance of flash back kiss scene between him and Gong Hyo Jin? Just to troll all the queasy shippers.

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I'm a shipper and this made me laugh!

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No please....

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No please.. shippers(like me) will go crazeeyy. LOL

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It doesn't seem wrong to me. Those two people could very well date in real life and it wouldn't be at all wrong, were they both consenting single and non-immediately related adults.

It seems unusual, for a medium where only people of the same age and looks are deemed worthy enough to have romance and where anyone outside of those "perfect" pairings is seen as odd. But wrong? Nope. Not for anyone who is aware that dramas are not real.

What I mean is, just because we don't find someone swoon-worthy or because we feel they don't look pretty and matching with someone else does not make a pairing itself "wrong". The day I see someone like him as a lead in a romance is the day I can say dramas are finally staring to give a damn about representation and realism.

The drama does not sound like something I want to watch and since his character is married, I also hope they don't show any current interest between the two in an attempt to sully the notion, but I dig that they are going for this unusual in dramas ex-pairing. It's something. It's a step. One step at a time.

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He is not the main lead, just a first love. A married guy will never be a romantic interest main lead. Jo In Sung is targeted.

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That…is not true, is it? Ji Sung was already married to Lee Bo Young when he was the OTP for secret, wasn't he?

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I believe they mean the character is married so that won't happen, not the actor is married.

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Yup that's what I meant. I phrased it in a confusing way though, my bad.

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I meant the actor, not the character, and @topper meant the character, not the actor. A fail duet, you might say. Ahaha. Sorry, I thought it was clearer when I wrote it.

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I meant a guy like Sung Dong Il. The actor, not the character. When we see more cases of people not within the "hot" category, by what dramafans mostly consider hot, actually given a romance.

When romances not involving "perfect" pairings are explored by the medium and when the age gap is not part of the premise, as if it's what defines the relationship. When this is seen as just another relationship, not an age gap and ugly/pretty pairing.

But that goes for entertainment in general. Most Hollywood romances are also among pretty people only. I doubt Korean drama will be the first industry to go there. :P

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So... Not only is he much older, he is married, too???

That's just wrong.

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I have major ahjussi crushes and I'm only 23 =X

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Errrr...

Ha.

Noh Hee-kyung and Jo In-sung?

Flee!

Blech.

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LOL so other Noh Hee Kyung dramas are big hits and easy, fun to watch?

That Winter which starred Jo In Sung is only her drama that was successful at rating, Worlds Within starred Song Hye Kyo and Hyun Bin received rating only 6%

Both Song Hye Kyo and Jo In Sung got praised by korean critics and were nominated for grand prize (plus Lee Bo Young and Go Soo) at Apan star awards, a most believable award in Korea nowaday ( check it)

If you won't watch it,it's your right, we all have different preference but the ones who will impact on rating are people in Korea who love both Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin.

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I have no problem at all with the age gap, and am a big fan of Sung Dong Il, but have my own reasons for hoping that this is a one-sided crush. For clarity's sake the "he" in my comments refers to the character, not the actor

First, I am not a fan of infidelity, and so hope that if he is married with a child the crush is not returned.

Second, even if he weren't married, I find something a little off about teacher/student relationships, especially in a field like psychiatry. I'm not saying this disquiet is entirely rational, it's a subjective reaction, but while students having a crush on their teachers is completely routine, the return of those feelings always makes me uncomfortable. So if I were to watch this, I'd be hoping that he wasn't like that.

However the character is written, though, I am very sure that Dong Il would completely ace his portrayal. It's not his job to give us characters we can like and sympathise with, it's his job to show us the character the writers have created. And he's VERY good at his job.

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I'm with you on the teacher - student relationships, as well as the infidelity.

I also hope this will be a one-sided love, but if it is - as I suspect it will be - than I think this is an excellent idea, for a reason that nobody has mentioned yet: Because it will make things harder for Jo In-sung's character, in terms of getting the girl.

JIS's character is fit and gorgeous, but the heroine is clearly looking for intelligence and character rather than superficial good looks. This means the male lead will have to convince her he is worthy through showing intelligence and character... and I like that a lot, particularly if the man is used to coasting by on good looks with women.

It'd be cool if he expected to dazzle her with the pretty, and be left floundering and unsure of what to do when she is totally unimpressed. *g*

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Sung Dong Il is always good in his roles, some of my favorites being appa from the reply series (where he's playing goofy dad), but he was also quite compelling in jang ok jang (in which he got the excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special for; he beat out Yoo Ah In in the same category) at 2013 SBS awards. The man is recognized as being a good actor.

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FWIW I think "goofy dad" is perhaps a little bit of an under-sell as a summary of his roles in the Answer Me franchise.

I'm only seven months younger than he is, and have been married about as long as the parents in those two Dramas, and I find their portrayal of an older, long-time married couple very realistic. Obviously it's tweaked for humour quite a lot, but the cancer episode in 97, the death anniversary episode and the pregnancy episode in 94, and their overall interactions, all seemed very authentic to me, in a "been there, done that" kind of way. When I watched him and Il Hwa bickering and fighting and laughing and loving, I always thought, "yep, that's us" even when their antics were overstated for comic effect.

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I happen to love Sung Dong-il (one of my fave ahjussi actors) so I don't find the prospect of him being (potentially) Gong Hyo-jin's first love gross or icky at all. I do think it'll be a one-sided unrequited sunbae crush (I agree, don't be cheatin on your wife and kid~) but seeing as though this is dealing with psychology...just maybe them being lovers might be a wrench thrown into the storyline. I do hope not though...don't make it all crazy on us, please :)

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For Gong Hyo Jin alone I would watch this anyway.

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Same here. In fact, I only watched "Master's Sun" b/c of her. That drama was funny but overall, it's not my favorite among her dramas that she has done. If she wasn't in it, I would have dropped halfway. The chemistry was hot tho. :D

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he played seo in gook's dad in relpy and seo in gook played gong hyo jin's 2nd love interest in masters sun. its not the age difference that bothers me, it just feels weird..

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OOOO i can see it. ajusshi crush.

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Hello everyone, first time commentor here! So excuse excuse my lack of kdrama knowledge as I haven't watched alot of kdramas.
From what I've seen so far Dong-il's acting is superb. However for some reason, I can see him either being quiet hilarious, or pretty enlightening in his character.

Either way he will definitely do a good job, and I'm sure Gong Hyo-jin will be able to match it.

This odd pairing has actually made me quite excited for the drama haha

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That'd be kinda cute! First love could mean a number of things. It could mean she was in love with him when she was much younger or it could have been a crush in high school. Could happen! I remember really liking a guy 10 years older than me when I was 10. He was close to the family at the time, I would follow him everywhere, ahah. The way it's told now, it does seem like a past thing (hopefully one-sided). But it'd be interesting if it was not as well (a past thing, I mean).

I hope both Gong Hyo Jin and Jo In Sung sign on as I enjoy both of them a lot! I really like Noh Hee Kyung's writing as well. That Winter was not her best but Padam, Padam is still a favorite of mine and I still think about it even though it's been long over. There are not many writers I get excited about, but I do get excited for her.

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Wait, so ladies can like older men in kdramaland and not just younger ones?!? Shocking stuff, you guys.

I think the premise is interesting but I'm not really sold on this show. I wish Noh would get her mojo back and start writing like she used to, because she used to write such insightful and touching shows. But I found That Winter so disappointing :/ Although saying this, I would totally watch this if Gong Hyo Jin signed on. She is so unfailingly charming and wonderful, I love her so much. (I wish they would cast someone else and not Jo In Sung, but I guess we can't have everything).

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LOL Why they would cast someone else? Noh Hee Kyung creats this OCD character for Jo In Sung.

I like both Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin but I noticed many time some Gong Hyo Jin fans were too much. I have never seen Jo In Sung fans saying smth like" I hope they would cast another female lead" here though I know some of them don't like Gong Hyo Jin.

I watched all Noh Hee Kyung dramas before but I sill liked That Winter The Wind blows.

If you found That Winter was so disappointing, I don't mind becase we all have different preferences but this drama which starred Jo In Sung is the only one that Noh Hee Kyung is sucessful at rating and Song Hye Kyo and Jo In Sung (plus Lee Bo Young, Go Soo) were nominated for Daesang award at Apan Star Awards, the very good award (You can check why this one is so very good award) while your Gong Hyo Jin wasn't.

And please don't use "but I guess WE can’t have everything" because not everyone thinks the same as you.

I just want to say let's respect each other.

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I think the only reason people are saying anything is because he looks older for his age. If it was Jun Noh-min or Kim Sang-joon (both older than Sung Dong-il) I doubt we'd be hearing so many complaints.

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Jun Noh-Min is such a beautiful man. I don't think he ages.
Ahjussi crush on him.

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Eww no, not Kim Sang Joon! It's a terrible disservice to the actor I know, but he's always a baddie to me. :)

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I do agree... those ahjusshi's are so baby faced they can still say they are around the early 30's age bracket... and everyone would just agree hands down...

and people harping on about age and SDI looking old is just funny. I know its subjective opinion but still GHJ and SDI has 13 years age difference is the same as Lee Yeon hee and Lee Sun gyun 13 years age difference. and looked how awesome that chemistry turned out to be...

And dramas with big age difference between leads always start a little weird like Prime minister & I (Yoona and Lee BumSoo ha 20 years difference) as well as Dating cyrano (Lee JungHyuk and sooyoung had 16 years difference), but I think they made it work with good acting and good chemistry... especially from LBS and LJH. I am sure SDI can work it!

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13 years is not unusual btwn a male and female lead and while LYH and LSG had great chemistry (better than btwn JJH and KSH - which I don't really see), it was a stretch for the 2 to have been schoolmates 3 years apart, as LSG has gotten older since his "Coffee Prince" days.

But otherwise, LSG fit the role perfectly well.

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This is gonna be freakin' awesome!!!
First became a fan after watching him in 1n2d and after that i was blown away bit by bit. and now I am such a fan of his...

I am so happy that he is now given these roles rather than his usual appa role...!!!

I am sure he is gonna blow this one out of the park!He is one of those actors that just carry a great deal of stage presence even in such a small amount of time... but he is really having such busy schedule this past few year, more so now I think...

As far as i know he is also in the cable drama Gapdong, where he is one of the leads there... then he was in the Movie Miss Granny which was such a box office hit, he is cameod in the movie Elegant Lies as Kim hee Ae's first love and he will also star in Ha Jung woo's second directorial walk in Chronicles of a Blood Merchant... and of course he is in Dad where are you going...

Just awesome Sung dong il!!!

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Sung Dong Il and Gong Hyo Jin in one drama??

Watching...

But ain't he acting as the detective in another cable drama? Wow... Non stop... Take care my favourite ahjusshi.

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When I read the description above, my thought was right in line with it being a sunbae crush.

Let's face it folks, intelligence can be downright sexy and attractive. I know that it is for me.

I like all the actors so if they sign on, I am in, in , in.

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eek. Hopefully it's going to be a one-way crush from ghj's character's point. First, I don't like infidelity nor teacher-student thing in which the teacher likes the student (maybe it's because I just watched the episode of 'Ghost seeing detective Cheo yong' that had a school teacher sexually harass the students in his school). And thirdly, after watching SDI with his kids in 'Appa, Where are we going,' I can't get the image of SDI being Joon, Bin and Yuel's dad out of my head. And especially since I see a lot of my own dad in SDI, and especially with SDI's character in the 'Reply's, the gruff but sweet dad.

not that i don't think SDI is not good looking or charismatic enough to be a love interest... you all should look at pictures of SDI when he was younger...he's pretty good looking: http://onehallyu.com/index.php?/topic/35828-when-reply-1994-njs-parents-were-young/

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Jung Eun Ji was cast in TWTWB and now Dad Dong Il is in for the PD+Writer's next drama. Uhhm. Are they Answer Me fans?

I don't have any problem with him as the leading lady's first love as long as it's a thing of the past. I don't like cheating men in my dramas and it would be a pain in the gut to watch dramaland's fave Dad portraying that role even if it's JUST a role. Come on! I still see him every week in Appa Eodiga!

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oh pleeeease let it be one-sided...but why does this make me giggle? i keep thinking 'chow yun fat lite' 0_0

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tq GF,

never forget the character he acted in CHUNO,

excellent performance from song dong il. Best acting.

As for jo in sung in real life already has a girlfriend,

and gong hyo jin had a boyfriend before for many years.

I think the PD choose the right casts for this drama.

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Actually thought he overacted (and repeated the same bit) in Chuno, as did Jang Hyuk.

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curiouser and curiouser...

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His acting skill never disappoint me. And Gong Hyo Jin always has great chemistry with her co-stars. This could be interesting. Although I'm not sure I could take intimate scene between them such as kissing.

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Joonie's appa!! hope they leave the 1st love thing platonic because if theres cheating involved, I might flip a tble.. idk what to expect... I really liked Padam padam but that winter made me cringe with the makjang.. not even my bias Kim Beom made me stand that craziness.. but so far, the casting sounds fantastic!

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Ahjussi, you are adorable. But, Gong Hyo Jin is way out of your league.

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Gong Hyo jin and Jo In Sung could be in a drama that is 20 episodes of like fishing, or something, and i'd still watch it lol

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Haha well technically their difference in age is about as much as IU and Jo Jung Seok, but it's just that Sung Dong Il has already crossed over into parent-playing territory. I mean, I think they could make it work for a first love story, especially in this sort of drama. This sounds like it will certainly be interesting....

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I don't mind this casting at all, Gong Hyo-jin would have me hooked anyway and I liked That Winter, The Wind Blows well enough (even if it was more for SDI's former screen daughter Eun-ji and Kim Bum, than for the faux-incesty OTP).

And Jo In-sung was really good there, so I hope we'll have some good performances and chemistry on our hands, come August (now confirm already!)

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Eun-ji ! My little Busan honey bunny. I miss her.

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I HAVE A QUESTION! Please make comments & answer!:)
WHY some commentators here say that "That Winter The Wind Blows" is disappointing??
"Song Hye Kyo" has won Daesang award in "APAN star awards" for her role & it is a HIT DRAMA!

If you think that the drama is full of intense feelings & emotions,U should know that genre of the drama is "Melodrama"! A melodrama should be about intense emotions!
ABOVE ALL "Song Hye Kyo" has acted BRILLIANTLY!
although Her character is s.o who is stubborn,selfish & doesn't ask for help,you won't find her uninteresting. Her character is MUCH BETTER than those "Pushover,weak,insecure,depressing" female characters in other K-dramas!!

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It just wasn't everyone's cup of tea. Nothing to get upset over; don't worry about it.

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I think Sung Dong il ajusshi is hot, especially in R97 and I definitely have an ajusshi crush on him. That's something that totally new to me.

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