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Doctor Stranger pushes premiere, releases teaser

We’ve got another premiere delay on the horizon for a Monday-Tuesday show, right on the heels of KBS’s Big Man pushing its premiere back two weeks. SBS has announced that it will be delaying Doctor Stranger for a week as well, which puts the first episode in early May. The reason is pretty obvious, since ratings juggernaut Empress Ki ends its 51-episode reign on April 29, just in time to wipe the slate clean for Big Man vs. Genius Man vs. Brother Man. I wonder if KBS will come back with yet another delay for Big Man, just to even the score.

To make up for the extra week of waiting for Lee Jong-seok, we’ll be given a special on God’s Gift on Monday April 28. (Tuesday’s drama hour will be preempted for a baseball game.) Oh okay, I suppose the one thing you could do to appease me while withholding Lee Jong-seok is to give me more Lee Bo-young and Jo Seung-woo. I guess you’re forgiven.

The medical spy melodrama Doctor Stranger released its first teaser, which is surprisingly way more spy drama than medical. Clearly this makes me happy, though I’m scared about getting my hopes up based on the 30-second teaser, only to find that it’ll dispense with the spy stuff after the first episode and everyone will trade in guns for scalpels. Because spies going undercover as genius surgeons is totally believable. Don’t burst my bubble with logic!

Doctor Stranger now premieres May 5.

Via TV Report

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I've been debating whether or not to watch this. The teaser does catch my attention.

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Oh I take a God's Gift special any day =) Give me lots of cute BTS of LBY, JSW, KYB, NMW etc and I'm fine with the delay of DS.

I will check out DS but it's not like it's my next 'need-to-watch' drama. Though I am highly interested if JSY's character makes it to the end or not :P

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Shall we place bets? Will the doppelganger make it all the way to her wedding and then die?

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LOL. Is JSY the new Kim Nam Gil or his female counterpart when it comes to death in dramas?

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One hour worth of cute, hopefully subbed, BTS with JSW, LBY, KYB? Gimme, gimme, gimme! And maybe they will have him sing again? A fangirl can only hope.

Dr Stranger is not on my list of anticipated dramas, but I'll also at least check out the first episode and see how it goes (and maybe the last just to check whether JSY is still alive at the end? If she knows any better, she should not have a wedding in this show)

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Yeah hopefully viki gets the special episode =) And YES PLEASE more singing of JSW!!! Just give us lots of BTS SBS! Though I guess interviews with the cast wouldn't be bad as well.

The first 4 episodes will probably determine if I stick with it. And I mean...If not here on DB there will be recaps out somewhere and therefore we will know eventually if JSY lives or not^^

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NICE!

I have high hope for SBS and their action drama lately.

LJK and JSY look good together. I really hope she will get her happy ending in this drama, glimpse of her character here not looking so good.

Just don't die dear, or you need to revise your next offer after this.. try to tackle some fun and candy role next.

Good luck to Doctor Stranger!

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I am sold, will catch this after God's Gift - 14 Days.

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Per comedian Martin Mull . . .

Men, men, men
A schedule filled with men
Big men, strange men
There's no one here but men

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Lol ! I laughed so hard !

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why would the stations really afraid of Empress Ki? Is it merely the rating? Does rating really affect profit they make? If the dramas have earned a lot of $$ from sponsors/investors, so why would they do delay?

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They're reacting to the horrible ratings Full Sun/Beyond the Clouds is getting in the same timeslot. Full Sun is such a well acted and scripted drama, my absolute favorite the year, but it's taking a beating from Empress Ki. Fangirl moment.....Yoon Kye Sang, Fighting!!!❤❤❤

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Because since its first episode, Empress Ki reigns on that timeslot. Every drama against it got at most 9%-10%. Never more. Also, it'll go up against its finale and MBC is expecting Empress Ki to reach the 30% bar and so eradicate every competition. Smart choice. Now the competition will be all equal since Triangle, Dr Stranger and Big Man are all debuting at the same time.

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Playing his age looks good on him...if that makes any sense.

It must be a relief to be able to allow himself to show normal maturity as opposed to faking a younger man showing precocious maturity. OK, I give up on the sentence thing now...more coffee required.

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It's okay. As long as You're All Surrounded airs on time, I'm good. Don't anyone mess with my Cha Seung-won fix, or I will be a very angry bear.

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Lee Jong Seok is looking his top game here. The premise of 'medical spy melodrama' sound so very strange on paper, but all that matters is the execution. I don't mind a good smash of genres at all!

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Lee Jong Seok is so ugly, why people find him handsome??
Her face is so unnatural, so much plastic surgery.

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LJS is such a warm and expressive actor. You may not find him attractive at first, but eventually you will fall in love with him!

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Not ugly at all!..,i think his cute n he has a sweeeet smile :-).nothings wrong with HIS face!

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I would suggest adding an "IMO" tag to that sentence. Simply because it might seem like a derogatory remark :) And perception of beauty varies, so... yeah.

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Feel free to document how much plastic surgery the man has had, and how it has changed his appearance. No grainy high-school photographs, please.

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beauty is not the most essential in actors. I have seen plenty of wild beast like crazy ass ahjussis who can convince you they are the hottest catch of the city. also unique is what catches the eye... and he has this convincing expression.
but why do I feel he looks totally different in the teaser than on the posters?

I would like more spy and less medical.

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Well, I don't find him ugly nor handsome. I like him because he is a great actor in my opinion.

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well you are ugly, and impolite too...please don't be upset it's just my opinion, if you want me to respect yours then please respect mine ..

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He isn't super-hot but he's a very charismatic actor,he makes you fall for him with his acting.

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IMO Lee Jong Suk is not handsome. No, no, that's not handsome. He is beautiful (and don't confuse that with sissy prettiness). He is more beautiful than most women and easily more beautiful than you, I'm sure.

More importantly, you missed the mark. There are way too many good lookers in the industry. LJS stood out because the guy certainly is a young but very good actor.

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Lee jong Seok is so ugly, why people find him handsome, i don't understand.

His face is so unnatural, too much plastic surgery.

im not a hater, only my opinión.

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Oh, honey. I don't want to be you when his fans unleash their fury, albeit it's over the internet.

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define handsome...

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'I am not a hater'

Sure, Gary whatev.

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We heard you the first time, Ripped....uh, I mean GaryKing.

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Yeah, the first comment as ripped not appear, because that i write the comment twice, sorry.

and im not a hater, he's good actor, but people he's ugly, im only a realistic person, and this is a democracy i have my personal opinions.

I respect the people who say he's handsome good for you, but respect mine opinión too.

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i won't call jongsuk handsome. but he's definitely not ugly. if anything, he's cute.

let's just say he looks unique.

but whatever, i didn't start liking him because of his looks anyway. there's so much about him for me to like.

(anyway, i think it's really rude to call someone ugly.)

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I find it really strange for anyone to say "Respect my opinion! You're ugly" I don't care who you are...but if you were calling anyone that, I wouldn't respect anything that comes out of you.

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Uhmm, is it just me or did anyone else notice the fact that LJS looks like he is wearing a pale mask in the last picture????

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well i used to think lee jongsuk look like an ordinary person. he is not that good looking but he is not ugly either. but after watching 'i hear your voice' he started to look good to me. i guess he is good looking to me now because i like him.

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I will respect your opinion, everyone has the right to have any opinion about any person. But you should also respect people enough not to call them ugly. Wouldn't it hurt you if people call you ugly? ._.

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Really, i will respect anyone's opinion as long as the opinion was made with respect...

A bit ironic for someone to be asking for that in return when their comment wasn't even respectful in the first place.

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yeh definitely you are not a hater, you just have some mental problems that need to be fix asap, ugliness exists in your heart and soul. Regardless if he s handsome or not you should never use such word to describe a human being

please don't get me wrong , i m not a hater, it is just my opinion about you

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You don't need to understand. You just need to get a new pair of glasses. And manners. And brains to tell you that in life, talent itself can make even an ugly person great looking. (But still, if LJS is ugly, the entertainment business must be filled with toads)

I'm not your hater, just MHO.

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Is Empress Ki so scary that even the Geeeeenius Doctor and Big Man couldn't stand against it??
Any way glad that the teaser promises a spy drama instead of medical drama,because if it is the latter I doubt that even the puppy Lee Jong seok can lure me in....

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(...)more Lee Bo-young and Jo Seung-woo. I guess you’re forgiven.

Word!

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sadly, not even LJS & KS can make me watch this drama. *sigh*

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The trailer is mediocre at best and they should have casted a better female lead*sigh*

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I was surprised that there was no JSY bash yet. But here you are. Glad to see you're all still kicking. *laughs*

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This is the first time i've ever come across so much hate for a lead actress who i find decent. Not great, merely okay. But there's so much backlash towards her and her acting that even i'm starting to think Dudes, she's not that bad. Maybe it's the characters she's playing? Who knows.
Some people seem so repulsed by her to the point where they're either not checking this show out or they're seriously disappointed she's cast opposite lee jong suk before even watching the show.
Anywho, this seems like a lee jong suk show..

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Hi there ILM! Are you the same xilikemangos over at soompi? Haha

Anyway I agree with everything you said. Clearly she's far from the worst k actress out there. I've clearly seen worse. My sympathy goes to her who seems to get singled out everytime. Even in her just finished drama - IG - she acted far better than the other lead in my opinion.

Anyhow, even I myself am not that thrilled by this drama initially but I'm definitely giving it a try. Please be more spy thriller show!

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Yes! And i saw your lovely post over at the Angel Eyes thread (my new came-out-of-no-where-new-drama-love). I hope you continue to watch and participate in the insightful discussions, i really love reading your comments on dramabeans and on soompi.

I completely agree with you esp. on the Age of Feeling comment. She was better than im soo hyang at least. I also read your more positive, insightful comments on the AoF recaps (which i unfortunately dropped around ep 16).

I'm not thriller either but i'm certainly going to check out the pilot as i do with most shows.

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Thank you for pointing this out, ilikemangoes. Even I'm a tad bit annoyed now by the backlash she's facing. Poor girl is doing her work, earning her own income, and she isn't even that horrible. Yes, she's serviceable and a bit forgettable.....but I think it's mostly because her costars had much more going for them in terms of roles. I firmly believe that she can do really well if she learned the craft more and got some really good roles. In any case, she really doesn't deserve so much negativity.

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I don't think it was her acting that caused the backlash, so much as her, er, time management skills when it came to professional commitments.

It might be excused if it was just once since she didn't get backlash for Gaksital/Five Fingers, but twice is a pattern, and not one that looks good. She's not the worst actress, just rather limited in her acting, but none of the others have double booked themselves and then had their agencies try to pull a fast one on the public, is all.

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@DayDreamer - I firmly believe that she can do really well if she learned the craft more

That's just the thing, how much of the craft is she really dedicated to if she's joined one drama in the middle of filming another? Twice in a row?

Either way, DS has a good chance of being a hit so she'll live, and probably do the same thing with two more dramas next year, ha.

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I'm not sure about the time management thing since I wasn't aware of it but I did see quite a lot of comments on her acting, making her sound like Han Ga In or another actress that can't act but only looks pretty. I felt that it was uncalled for since I didn't find her as bad as those actresses. I can understand people's disappointment that she isn't better as they want her to be...but to refuse watching a drama when she's simply decent is a bit much. Granted, I am also going to watch this mostly for Lee Jong Seok

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Thanks for explaining, pogo. Your stance I can definitely understand. It does sound a bit unprofessional, considering how crazy drama production can be with the live shoots and whatnot.

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@DayDreamer - She's bland but like you said, not the absolute worst.

But South Korea is chock-full of talented actresses in her age range and roles for early-20s actresses aren't common. So it does mystify me why someone like her keeps getting them, when she isn't anywhere near as good an actress and lacks professionalism to boot.

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It was never a case of JSY "double-booking" nor she is lacking in 'time management skills'. Firstly, the latest shooting blunder she had with KBS was a result of an extended stay for her shoot with SBS over at Hungary. That which is a result of a fortuitous event and is by no means under her control.

Secondly, as I've repeatedly stated before, double projects/shoots is fairly common both inside and outside of Korea, but people are taking notice on JSY's because they see a "pattern". Granted, she did kept accepting those roles, but at the same time those roles were for the most part "replacement" calls. That, and it's not as if she made it a point to accept commitments at the middle of a series, rather, towards the end of her current one.

Is she or her management being opportunistic? Probably - but having capitalistic values, I totally see the drive. Most especially since she is a rookie actress who does not have the luxury to "choose", and rather the other way around - she cannot shop for roles - rather they are offered to her.

That aside, I really do think that the flak she receives is less of that casting snafu, but something more deep-seated... I just cannot exactly pinpoint it out right now.

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The reason why i'm still appalled by the amount of hate is not really because of the double booking, but because i've noticed that whenever someone has something bad to say about Jin Se Yeon, they target her acting skills or lack there of, not the double booking. The double booking doesn't seem to be something people really care about esp. if it's an actress they could care less about. So I assume that the distaste stems from people's impression about her as an actress. Majority of the audience don't care about the double booking issue, they just care that the dramas they watch have good actors and good pairings and good costars for their oppas. Even before the double booking she still had her fair share of "haters", so I still think that it's mainly her as an actress that people really dislike. In that sense, i still think it's a bit uncalled for, because now i feel like defending someone i'm not even a fan of. lol

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Actually the is drama is for male lead and his fans to bash the lead actresses & other leads actually which make the acting is the best is the story itself in this drama & the script .
The script is the game of this drama to be a success or to be a loss .
I find the women characters in Korean dramas is just a shadow or ball , the characters is just a + or - factor but who win at the end is the Male actor lead .
Seriously I am tired bcz some little find this actress not suit their oppa :( bcz her look in the 1st not bcz anything else .

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@Silverteem - you seem to want to really believe that JSY is being persecuted by people who dare to point out that her professional behaviour has been less than exemplary (and yes, doing something twice is a pattern of behaviour), so please continue in that belief, but I'll just leave some final clarifications, numbered for you convenience:

1. Contrary to what you stated, she did double book. I don't know what else to call it when an actor with a major role in one drama, takes on a new drama which begins filming before the first drama has even wrapped shooting (live shooting, at that).

2. Contrary to what you claim about her taking on a new project only towards the end of filming her current one, she took on Doctor Stranger as Age of Feeling was airing episodes 11-12. AoF has 24 episodes. I don't think that is anywhere near 'the end' of her current project, in fact it's smack in the middle.

3. .... a result of an extended stay for her shoot with SBS over at Hungary. That which is a result of a fortuitous event and is by no means under her control.

I'd normally assume someone could see the logical failure in that statement, but the reason she even was in Hungary in the first place was because she was doing Doctor Stranger, which is a job she chose to take on and therefore, was under her control. Or are you claiming she was forced to accept it? Such a hardship.

4. And before you bring the 'she had DS first!' excuse up again, it is highly unlikely that she was contracted to do DS before AoF. The role was being offered to Park Min Young as recently as January. JSY may have met the producers of DS about casting previously, but it is highly unlikely that any casting was finalised or agreements signed, otherwise we wouldn't have heard of her role being shopped around. Again, I suspect some creative license with the truth by her agency, but you're free to take them at face value if you absolutely must.

5. The allegation that double booking is common......maybe with her, sure. But the other actors who do two and three dramas at once are usually supporting cast, not the leads of a show. And lead actors who had variety show duties to fulfil, or movies to film alongside (like Song Ji-hyo, Lee Seung-gi and Joo-won) make sure they let their drama production teams know of this in advance, as a prior commitment.

6. Lastly, the issue of live shoots. Yes, they're difficult and a great strain on everyone involved, including the crew. Which is why I find it even more preposterous that she, knowing the conditions they're working under, chooses to make them even more difficult by going off to film another drama and then taking extra time off without notice. Defending her lack of consideration for the staff of her dramas doesn't amount to a crusade to end the live shoot system, sorry to say.

Other young actors have managed their careers with more professionalism and less greed - Lee Yubi turned down School 2013...

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1. I would consider it double-booking if she intentionally decided to film two shoots consecutively and overlapping on the same day. Which she didn't. She was originally decided to come back on time for her IG priorities - that which all three, her, KBS, and SBS all agreed upon. So yes, she did "double-booked", by no ill intentions of her own.

2. Again, the filming of Dr. Stranger wasn't supposed to start until IG ends. However, filming for the foreign shoots has to be done ahead of time. Hence the "double-booking" incident. There shouldn't be any problem at all, if everything went on schedule.

3. I'm not claiming that she was forced to do it, but that she has every right to choose to do it. There should have been no problem, again, had the schedule panned out smoothly. In fact, you wouldn't even be concerned about her accepting two projects had there been no filming incident such as this.

4. I didn't. And it wasn't me who furnished such reports. Believe it or not, is your prerogative.

5&6. The point is simple: had the K-ent industry not been so keen on doing live-shoots, then every shooting schedule could be done in a much smoother pace, and yes, even giving room for actors and actresses to tackle on more projects than being tied down to just one - which again, is common practice all over the world. What you're implying is that JSY wasn't considerate enough to return on her IG shoot on time, is completely grasping straws. No actor would have wanted for that to happen and it's out of her control. And no, don't keep bringing about the same accusation that she shouldn't have accepted the offer in the first place. Because by God, why couldn't she?

So there you have it! While other actresses are less "greedy" and have been turning down roles, JSY is out there to save the "scraps" and accepts it. Now you WONDER why she keeps getting casted?

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We need more bashers. I have not seen a really good bash-fest since Heirs.

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haha Heirs was such a mess

But I take back 50% of my hate (still despise Kim Tan, though), because Inspiring Generation managed the impossible feat of being messier. Poor Heads, I hope she's doing better.

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@DayDreamer

Exactly, the craziness of the liveshoot which demands their actors to keep shooting days and even literally hours before the airing, is partly if not entirely to be blamed too. If the 'public' are this ardent on criticizing a fledgling actress for being unable to fulfill her commitment to another shoot which is coincidentally on "liveshoot mode", then perhaps it'll be better if they channeled their zeal in improving such a harsh environment in the first place. If it were any regular shoot, I'm quite positive that this would have been a non-issue. But, as Korea continues to baffle me, they insist with this. That is why I always will be more sympathetic towards the actors who have to endure it rather than the broadcasting companies who treat their talents to slave-like conditions.

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@ilikemangos

That is true. It seems to me that the "double-booking" debacle just serves as another excuse to hate or even justify even hating her more.

Now this makes me want to watch Gaksital and see whence upon this monster of suckitude label comes from. If her Inspiring Generation performance was any indication, then either majority of people here are members of Acting Guild or some kind of acting connoisseurs.

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I agree,I fell in love with LJS in school 2013 and kang sora is very likeable but even they aren't enough to make me watch something with JSY in it.I also don't understand why she keeps getting lead roles.There are many young actresses far more talented than her such as,jung so min,han groo,park se young,lee yoo bi,park bo young,etc.

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Interestingly enough, those actresses that you just mentioned have are either currently booked or are just coming out from current projects for 2014. Yeah, I guess the casting spree in Korea for her age range just run short so they just had to fall back to "poor ol' untalented" JSY. Unfortunately for them, JSY being the ingrate that she is "accepted" their offer.

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don't watch then just take care of your heart you might suffer of hypertension for loving her,. i tell you this wont be the last project jsy will be in..i really hope after DS she will sign up another project again..and so much need of such understanding when you dont need to..waah you really need to understsnd that? lol..is it really important to understand that...i cant understand why you need to understand..

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i would've watched DS regardless of whether it's a medical or spy drama 'cause LJS.

but i was really worried about it being a medical drama tbh because korean medical dramas have generally been pretty bad (as compared to the japanese ones)....especially since they said that DS was going to be inspired from Iryu and Iryu is my favourite medical drama so I was pretty much worried about it. so yes, i'm really glad it looks more spy drama than a medical one. let's just hope they don't shift the focus too much.

looking forward to jongsuk's performance in this. i miss watching him in dramas. and i'm hoping this will be good (: (:

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I just saw JSY in IG, but I don't hate her. I'm that kind of person who really hopes that everything is going to be awesome because I want to watch something awesome. But if it's not, ok, move on. Let's just hope that DS is going to be like God's Gift (I remember a lot of people worrying about GG too). Maybe JSY will surprise us all, or maybe not.

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sighh..... I can't see Lee Jong Seok as anyone else but the guy from I Hear Your Voice..... T^T

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I thought I was the only one with the problem.
I just have a hard time believing him to be a doctor !

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Not sure how I feel about this drama. On one hand, I do like Lee Jong Seok, I find Jin Se Yeon tolerable, and I like that the drama seems less inclined towards the medical stuff. On the other hand, the plot sounds so iffy to me.

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I love the PD's past work (City Hunter and Master's Sun), I love literally all the leads except Jin Se-yeon, and I love that it seems exciting and less about the medical stuff. And LJS is giving me slight shivers with his expression in that last still.

There's a chance it'll be Gaksital all over again, i.e. an otherwise excellently written series with an insipid central romance starring JSY, while everyone else acts circles around her.

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I finally watched the trailer itself just now. It changed everything, especially because of LJS. He's doing yet another incredible job....JSY may be average but hey, I loved Gaksital despite its minor flaws. If, like you said, this is another Gaksital, then I'm on board.

Btw, this is totally off topic but since you're like the only one I know who's a total Lee Jun Ki fan like me....do you know if there's any news on Oppa confirming that Joseon Shooter drama?? I'm getting antsy waiting for news, lol.

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Oppa confirmed! and the leading lady role is supposedly being offered to Park Shin-hye, but no confirmation on that yet.

I really like the idea of Park Shin-hye in a sageuk and she's a good actress (plus I'm a fan), but I'll adopt a wait and watch policy on the chemistry. I always seem to do that with oppa, lol - last time I was wondering about how he and Shin Mina would be together onscreen, but look at Arang.

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Oh thank goodness! God bless your soul for such good news. :D

Park Shin Hye.....I admit I haven't watched her dramas (except some of You're Beautiful which she was good in and some of Heirs because of internet praise over her and Woo-bin's chemistry). So not sure how her chemistry would work out with Oppa. Like you, I'll be open-minded about it and see. When I'm not fancying myself as his wife, I think I can even like them together onscreen like him with Shin Min-ah, lol.

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Heirs is definitely not her best (she and Woob did have chemistry, but the law of second leads is unforgiving, he couldn't get the girl. I want him to work with both her and Kim Ji-won as first leads at some point in the future).

For her recent work, I'd say Flower Boy Next Door is a better example of what she can do when the role is right. And she had fantastic chemistry with Yoon Shi-yoon there, if you understand chemistry to be made up of more than just kiss scenes.

As for her and oppa.... I like them both individually (as you know, lol) but I wonder whether I'll like them together. It depends on how they're written, really. But whether she takes it or not, I want the lead to be a good actress who can match oppa (no Iljimae-style Han Hyo Joo, please), and PSH at least delivers on that score for the most part.

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Lol, not surprised at all since I totally called a delay in premiere when Big Man also got pushed back. Although I'm still confused why they didn't push BM 3 weeks instead of 2. #mathissues

Not really a fan of any of the cast members, but I do like the premise. Its a little different, which is rare these days... But not sure if I actually like the trailer. JSY looks like she jumped right out of AoF (which she did, I suppose); same facial expressions, same hair style... maybe her doppleganger would be slightly different? I wont hold my breath.

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Looks promising, and could actually have a shot at winning the time slot (Big Man's premise just sounds way too messy, and we haven't had any material from Triangle yet, though I'm interested in that one for LBS and Im Shi-wan)

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The premise sounds at least somewhat original, so that is a plus. However, as we all know too well, it is the actual execution that really matters - and as we have seen many times in the past, quite often the pre-air descriptions are often WAY off (Sly & Single, anyone?).

I don't trust hype (or the lack of hype) anymore, so I usually just end up watching the first two or four episodes and making up my own mind. And I actually seldom pay attention to who the actors are (as long as it is not Suzy). I have seen good actors do horrible shows, and vice versa.

BTW, might want to check out "Angel Eyes" - a surprisingly good first two episodes for a weekender.

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I'd forgotten Angel Eyes had started! Not such a huge fan of the adult cast, though - I might be more inclined to go for this one if Kang Haneul and Nam Ji-hyun were the leads for real (and NJH needs to graduate to adult roles already, she's too talented not to)

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I almost never ever get even remotely excited about weekend dramas, but I am force to admit that in the first two episodes I spent half my time whimpering and half my time squeeing. I just hope they can keep up the pace - those first episodes will he hard to follow.

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Seeing as how all the awesome beanies are falling in love with Angel Eyes, i'm happy i'm not the only one.
Angel Eyes is NOT your typical weekender at all. The gorgeous atmospheric/indie tone i get from that show could fool you into thinking it's a prime time show. It's also beautifully shot and the production values seems much higher than the avg weekender.
For someone who doesn't watch weekenders much at all(and approached this show VERY cautiously due to the blindness trope), let me just say that i have never fallen in love with a weekender the way i have with Angel Eyes. After the first episode I was itching to watch the next, and halfway through the 2nd i was a goner..like turned into love.
This is a weekend drama done right people. Emotionally stirring, heartwarming, and NO ANNOYING CHARACTERS. I could write a whole novel on this show in just the first 2 episodes but i shall stop here, since this is a doctor stranger thread.

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I would have kept fanning the hype machine too, but yes since this thread is for a different drama, I would just leave you guys with my own reaction to it:

Me: Hnnngggggghhh

That is all.

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Kang Hanuel was quite good in the first two eps. When I think about him, he was one of few who acted well in the ' to the beautiful you'. I hope this drama continue to be a fine one with all adult casts. I decided to give it a try for Kim Je Seok who was great as Tommy Hong in Cheongdam- dong Alice.

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" I spent half my time whimpering and half my time squeeing... "

I love the fact that this is coming out of a man's mouth.

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Nothing to be ashamed of - I'm a k-drama lover dude too, and I sobbed just as well. I don't squee though. Heh.

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Angel Eyes is definitely well recommended, and likewise it was a phenomenal premiere with both the teenager cast. I'm rooting that the adult cast can carry on if not better.

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I was thinking that Angel Eyes was one of those 50 episode ones, but it is 20 episodes.

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I know right. That drama could have easily been a weekday drama given its format.

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WHAT?! 20 episodes?! Now i'm really looking forward to the plot development -- i had a feeling the pacing was different from your typical weekend drama.

This will be the first weekend drama i've finished since 2009. Eeeee sho excited.

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I find it amusing that when things get messy between North and Sout Korean spies/agents/diplomats etc. they end up in Budapest... the place of spy-face-offs? I wonder if this is becoming another cliche of dramaland?
But seriously where was I when all these things happened? Looking at the pictures I really live just a few blocks away but never caught on all the drama that happens in the neighbourhood!

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Why are you taking this personally. It's not like she/he is calling a random person ugly, LJS is an actor and he has to learn to accept crititism of his body and his art, because he is a public figure, and as a member of the public the commentor has a right to express their opinion of him since that is what all actors more or less signed up for when they decided to become an actor. You have no right to insult the commenters's looks because you have not seen them before and it's none of your effing business what the commentor thinks of anyone's looks (God himself knows how you look like). It might simply be the commenter does not find those who have had plastic surgery attractive and you just started blasting this person. I'm not saying what he/she said is neccesryily right but there is something called freedom of expression.
Lets call a spade a spade LJS is not really attractive

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Oh please. You can have your own opinions and your standards of attractiveness, but forcing other people to agree with what you think is silly. It just happens that there are people who find LJS good looking enough for their eyes, what are the naysayers gonna do about it beside resorting to insults to the guy and his fans?

And just because an actor is not a random person, it's okay to call him ugly or whatever? So actors and public figures are lower beings than normal people, and deserve less respects and every nasty comments thrown their ways?

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he is handsome for me and i tell you he is so kind....

I'm a big fan of him because he always smile and hug us...

EVEN WHEN THERE IS NO CAMERA

MAYBE I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS KINDNESS.. rather than looks.

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It's not so much as what the person is implying as it is the way the person went about saying it. "HES UGLY"

I see no backlash from people who explain that they don't find him attractive because of the plastic surgery and they think he's odd-looking. There is such a thing as manners and social etiquette. You can freely express your opinions so long as you keep it respectful. You shouldn't have to wonder why such comments attract so much attention or why people take those comments so personally.
But who am i kidding? This is the internet filled with trolls who make such comments behind a computer screen.
Also, i don't care if they're a celebrity or not. They're human beings just like we all are -- that doesn't mean they should just accept criticism in that kind of manner, esp. if it's not meant to be constructive at all.

Look at cheon song yi. After reading all those comments about her on the internet, she bawled her eyes out the whole night and sang hysterically into the blow dryer. I know, this is a drama character, but just wanted to humor you..

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Calling a spade a spade and that LJS is not really attractive? lol at that.

I call that standard. Or taste. Some have no taste. When it is openly said that LJS is a very attractive guy by the media and too many fans, I think you are missing something.

Even if tastes are subjective, fact remains that public and media think he's a good looker. So that's at least the general accepted standard. But that's just MO.

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A very approvingly HELLS YES on the Gods gift special. Extensions, I'm not a big fan of but a special? I can get behind that ;D

As for Doctor Stranger, it's starting to warm up to me. I just may check this out.

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OMG why does jin se yeon keep ruining good dramas!!

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I wish I had precognitive abilities too, it would have saved me many pains and tears in my life too...

Oh wait.

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@silverteem lol...love your sarcasm.

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I will be pleasantly surprised if this drama doesn't suck,she was awful in bridal mask and age of feeling and pretty much every drama she's been in...

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Lotsa pressure for a no-talent actress like her. Imagine that, the entire success of the show hinges upon her performance?

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Right,because the performance from the LEAD actress doesn't affect the overall drama at all,Nope not at all.How dare anyone criticize an actress who has given consistently mediocre performances and has shown no improvement or growth whatsoever in her recent projects,but yet keeps getting lead roles.Lets just keep re-casting incompetent actresses while robbing other talented actresses the chance to show their abilities.Thank you for your enlightenment.

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if your complain is due to her so called bad acting then dont watch kdramas then i recommend you to watch dramas presented in berlin..

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Oh YES baby YES! Lee JongSuk in action!! MOARRRR

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definitely not going to miss this for my lovely se yeon is in this..teaser looks reaaly good.

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So many comments about LJS's looks.

More important is whether he can act. I am interested to see if he can go beyond acting a schoolboy. So far, he has done a good job but the verdict is still out there whether he can take more mature or varied roles.

As for looks, give me LJS anytime over the likes of Lee Min Ho. Lee Min Ho is way better looking than LJS but I can watch hours of LJS and maybe minutes of LMH. After years of watching dramas, my tolerance has gone down or maybe my standards have upped. LJS is definitely not up there yet, I prefer watching the older, better and more experienced actors. However for the younger ones, I find LJS watchable. Strangely more so than the other current hot favorite, Kim Soo Hyun. Somehow, his Do Min Joon left me cold.

Let's see if LJS succeeds or fails here. I am actually more excited to see Park Hae Jin.

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Looks are so subjective. Give me LJS anytime. LMH does not work for me in the looks department and he couldn't save it since I am not impressed with his acting at all.

Kim Soo Hyun too. But that guy is lucky, somehow. I don't see much of any acting skills from him but somehow his dramas were good and well received. At least in terms of looks I think he fares better than LMH.

I'm so certain that LJS can carry off the role in DS. Look at his eyes. And the rest of his expressions. The guy can act.

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Looks are subjective but I think it's safe to say more people will find LMH good looking versus LJS. To be honest, LMH beats LJS if you compare them in still photos side by side. I find LJS's looks rather strange, for the lack of better word. Makes me wonder if the PS rumors are real. However, once they are onscreen, it's a totally different thing. Suddenly LJS attractive me but LMH repulses me.

KSH is kind of sandwiched between LJS and LMH in terms of look. I also do not understand the hype over his acting. He does the same facial expressions from Dream High to The Moon to The Star. Still, his acting is more watchable than LMH. He is not great but not bad. Plus, I think he got the smarts, so he might get better with time.

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can't help but agree.

LMH's looks are definitely better than LJS in general. He generally looks more...normal...in that LJS looks a bit strange - there's a reason why his fans say he looks like a cartoon duck. i'm not really convinced he did surgery though.

i've seen LMH's photos and gone *-* but for the case of LJS, it was only through his acting which got me attracted. i probably flipped past his pictures a couple of times and didn't take much notice of those, until i became a fan from watching his dramas (he needs to take up better movies though)

tbh i don't think KSH is handsome either, but he's probably more "normal-looking" than LJS, so yeah. idrk about his acting but i thought the hype over his acting in The Stars was a little too much? it was good, but not fantastic.

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LMH's looks are definitely better than LJS in general. He generally looks more...normal...in that LJS looks a bit strange - there's a reason why his fans say he looks like a cartoon duck.

i've seen LMH's photos and gone *-* but for the case of LJS, it was only through his acting which got me attracted. i probably flipped past his pictures a couple of times and didn't take much notice of those, until i became a fan from watching his dramas (he needs to take up better movies though)

tbh i don't think KSH is handsome either, but he's probably more "normal-looking" than LJS, so yeah. idrk about his acting but i thought the hype over his acting in The Stars was a little too much? it was good, but not fantastic.

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LMH looks more...normal...in that LJS looks a bit strange - there's a reason why his fans say he looks like a cartoon duck.

i've seen LMH's photos and gone *-* but for the case of LJS, it was only through his acting which got me attracted. i probably flipped past his pictures a couple of times and didn't take much notice of those, until i became a fan from watching his dramas (he needs to take up better movies though)

tbh i don't think KSH is handsome either, but he's probably more "normal-looking" than LJS, so yeah. idrk about his acting but i thought the hype over his acting in The Stars was a little too much? it was good, but not fantastic.

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omf i didn't mean to post it that many times. it just kept not appearing.

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You have the same problem as GaryKing (11.4.1). Just hit refresh, baby.

I'm not sure about LMH being better looking than LJS. I feel that he looked quite common. There are plenty like him on the streets. Whenever I think of him the words plain and big nose pops out. Um, sorry fans but that's really how I feel.

But I agree that LJS's biggest attraction lies in his acting or x factor or whatever. Because that guy lits up the screen. He may not look as good always in stills but when he is in a drama, oh boy you can feel it! But no, he don't look strange. In fact I know some people who has almost similar looks as him, just not as good looking.

PS? Who knows and who cares? I mean everyone's doing it now from entertainers to common people. It is probably more common for Korean artistes to do it than not.

However, taking a closer look at LJS's older pictures (before secret gardens), the only difference really is the cheeks which is really thin now. But I believe that's due to tremendous loss of weight. The older pictures (when he looked a lot more 'normal') has a fuller cheek. But you'll also notice that the legs and generally the whole body is more filled up than now.

So yeah, I think he lost a lot of weight and gained that killer cheeks.

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LMH looks more...normal...in that LJS looks a bit strange - there's a reason why his fans say he looks like a cartoon duck.

i've seen LMH's photos and gone *-* but for the case of LJS, it was only through his acting which got me attracted. i probably flipped past his pictures a couple of times and didn't take much notice of those, until i became a fan from watching his dramas (he needs to take up better movies though)

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I think actor like

Lee Jong Suk

Kim Soo Hyun

Lee Min Ho

will be the next... Jo In Sung, Lee Jung Ki that in their early career had issue with their 'preety' look that not so great at acting.. But as time passes by, they've become better, I don't say GOOD but better.

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Can't wait for this drama though I'm not a big fan of medical themes. I'm Lee Jong Suk's fan. Haha. Not a totally long wait after I hear Your Voice.

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Haters.. haters... Everywhere.

Poor JSY. She don't deserve it.

I know a lot of actresses and singers who do not have even half the talent she has.

I really don't understand. She has charisma. She is funny too. And very friendly. She doesn't deserve so much hate. I do not know if this is envy or many people who just like to repeat what others say because they can not have their own ideas ... Anyway I think the haters always have an opinion and that makes them very boring people.

I like JSY's job as producers and people in Korea otherwise she didn't get much work.

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i don't understand the hate on JSY. i think her acting is not terrible and she's actually a decent actress. not fantastic but not bad either compared to other young actress her age
bear in mind that she's just a 94-er and not someone who start as a child actress. and she's always casted in heavy themed dramas
she's easy on eyes and so pretty and i believe there's still rooms for her to improve her acting

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I'm going to watch this for LJS, but only for LJS. JSY is a thorn in the side of actual acting, and I have my theories as to how she's getting all these roles (which I will not state here because some JSY fangirl will kill me probably). I don't find her engaging, emotive, or really anything special. Even though I cried during BM's end, I was kind of glad that I didn't have to deal with her character (or her) anymore. I liked Rie anyway (much better character and actress).

If JSY stays out of the way during this drama, I'll be happy. If her character dies, I'll be happier. If her character never gets to taste LJS lips, I'll be the happiest.

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Not taste his lips? Haha. Some fangirl alert there.

And though I do not know what your theory is, let me just reitertate that JSY is a 1994er and her first major role was when she was 17. So whatever your thinking right now, it is highly unlikely. That and well she rarely gets the initial offer anyways and ends up in a string of "replacement" calls. If she were the top cast for all the roles that you mentioned then I would raise suspicions, but she isn't.

Food for thought. From a male fan.

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@crazykel...your real issue is not what youve mentioned in your post its because your jealous that shes going to taste his lips hahaha(sounds really serious issue)..hmmp i wonder how relevant your theory might be base in your real issue..i clap for you clap clap clap.

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Actually, I really don't think she acts well. Like I said earlier in the post, I didn't like her in Gaksital and I dare say she probably hasn't improved since then.

I'm really not that jealous. I like him, but he's not everything and anything in the world. I don't think she's getting these roles on her own effort, though.

Frankly, I don't care about anyone's arguments about how 'good' she is or how old she was when she got her first major role. Age doesn't account for good/bad acting. I'm also seven years older than she is and have probably seen better acting when I was in high school than what comes from her (which is blank, blank, blank, more blank, even blanker, and mostly blank). That's an opinion from watching her, not from jealousy.

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So love your last paragraph! I too, will be the happiest. I liked IHYV but couldn't stop thinking I wanted to murder Lee Bo Young in those kissing scenes! There's only one pair of lips I'll excuse on his, if it's not on mine...... Kim Woo Bin. Eeeeekkkkk! I said it!! Now you guys know I'm a shallow shipper!

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yeah jin se yeon haters,,just go to the hell,,if u dont like her just shut up and stay away from this drama,,i hate people who act they are so brilliant with their opinion about acting skill but those haters are just nonsense and annoying,,they just hate jin se yeon not her acting skill,,

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To me Jin Se-yeon looked very different in the stills of Dr Stranger. I remember her. I have seen her in My Daugther The Flower. She has a certain innocence that endears me but... I have difficulty trying to place the feelings she tried to emote in MDTF. Not all the time though. Nevertheless, great to see her with LJS and wonder what kind of chemistry both of them will have together.

Finally, I am so happy to have LJS back in drama land and not as a high schooler.

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It's strange that some people here keep mentioning Lee Jong Suk looks strange. What is? So many posts indicated the same term but not one gave a reason.

But a random check on Korean star plastic surgery kept turning up pictures of Lee Min Ho's before and after pictures. Most of the articles and responses indicated that it's almost an undeniable fact that he had gone under the knife. Especially his nose.

Er, more natural? Sorry to dash the dreams of fans.

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