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Choi Ji-woo tests love with Temptation

The first teaser and initial stills are out for SBS’s upcoming melodrama Temptation, which initially seemed like it would center around the married couple where the husband (Kwon Sang-woo) is persuaded to take up the offer of an older rich businesswoman. But with Choi Ji-woo cast as the CEO with an indecent proposal, now it seems like this is a one-top Choi Ji-woo story.

Take, for instance, the intriguing (but also kind of twisted) monologue she delivers in the teaser:

Choi Ji-woo: “When I would go to play at the beach as a child, I saw children building sand castles. I wondered why they even bothered, when an incoming wave would just destroy it. I thought it was foolish. The love that you all built up—I wanted to test just how weak your sand castles were. I wanted to be your wave.”

Damn that’s cold. It’s compelling, but not admirable. Which, I suppose, makes it more interesting. Choi’s character is a cold-hearted workaholic CEO, which provides a contrast to the hard-working ordinary couple whose love she’s so keen on testing, played by Kwon Sang-woo and Park Ha-sun.

The story purports to examine the meaning of real love for all four leads (the last being Lee Jung-jin as a womanizer), so I’m not getting a tawdry, soap-opera-y vibe from Temptation. Despite the premise, the mood feels more contemplative than its description; perhaps it’ll turn out to be a thoughtful character study. Let’s just hope they make more sense than the characters of the drama it follows, Doctor Stranger.

Temptation premieres on SBS on July 14.

Via Segye, TV Report

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I'm hoping the real love that she discovers is not her own but that of the married couple and that the two rich maniacs will be humbled in the end.

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Didn't read the summary (Like to just jump in and be surprise) But it's a married couple? Gosh, I might just jump ship. SLA couldn't get my heart to waiver with the adultery plot. I tried, but fail miserably.

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Agreed SLA didn't move me either. Is this Korean drama version of Indecent Proposal? Cause I really disliked that movie.

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Horrible drama. I've never seen a drama that beat the wife down while trying to romanticize a weak, cheating husband and his pimp wealthy girlfriend. This drama had no moral core at all. It was stupid and heartless. I only felt sorry for the wife. There was not justice in this drama for the person hurt the most--HJ.

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thats so true indeed Livingston, i was pained to see HJ the wife being left to suffer without any remorse, damn its really stupid

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In fairness the husband did everything to win her wife. but she declined because of pride and has no trust at all. The girlfriend sincerity wants them still to rebuild their marriage but what can she do both couples end their ways.

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Is it weird that I'm only interested in her earrings? What is that silver thing?

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t.j,

It is a style of earring that threads through and hangs long on either side.

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maybe they're hoop earrings?

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wow that's cold. guess that's the reason of Lee mi-yeon's decision --- a cold manipulative psycho bXXch is the last role she needs.

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Man, that's just cold.

I had no idea that was what the monologue was about. I was just enjoying listening to her voice.

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Her voice is so beautiful! The first time I watched the trailer without JB's description, I didn't understand a thing but thought "Oooh, what a nice voice she has".

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i don't get her character. The character description sounds bitchy, but the tone of her narration was lifeless and boring…
But i am interested how the ending would be.

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Oooh! Interesting indeed. I didn't like the initial sound of this drama but now it's much more tempting, heh! I suppose the ending is obvious in terms of who'll end up with who, but the process is hopefully entertaining.

Also, CJW looks stunning. And is it just me or PHS looks slightly chubbier than when I last saw her in Three Days. She looks slightly older too which is good because it fits with the other leads' age.

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sounds like a depressing drama, i don't like it

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I hope it will be a contemplative piece about life and love. Even if it doesn't have a happy ending, and usually contemplative pieces can be borderline depressing, I really enjoy dramas and literary works that make me think about the human condition.

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I agree with you. I'm open to anything. With these actors, the sky's the limit. I worry more about the writing and direction.

I don't mind if it's a happy ending or even an open ending. Just let it be WORTHWHILE!

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I'm not sold on the premise, but I'll watch at least one episode because of my love for stairway to heaven.

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If you didn't explain the teaser, I'd have thought she's just narrating kids playing around or some mundane chaebol scene. I didn't get "Evil Manipulative Rich Psycho" vibes from her voice.

I hope she plays an excellently evil villain. I want to see her be evil for once. Since we only ever see Choi Ji Woo in nice girl roles (except Suspicious Housekeeper, and she was more mysterious than evil there).

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Lsw, That hair need to go. I'll be watching this for lee jung jin<34

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It looks like there is a second trend except for reunions of old drama couples - dramas that seem to be trash/makjang/crazyville on paper, but turn out surprisingly good human dramas (Warm Words, Secret Love Affair, to a point also Miss Korea). I hope this will be another one of this type.

The description put me off a big time, but a) people responsible for promoting dramas are really bad at their jobs and usually advertise a different drama, b) if these actors decided to give it a go, it may be not all that bad (watchable is good enough for me). So, the show advertised as rather randomly "shocking" may in fact have some more depth.

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mmm, I just want Lee Jung-jin and Park Ha-sun to end up together in this drama, though that seems unlikely...?

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Ahhh choi ji woo is soooo gorgeous, I'm currently watching her in suspicious housekeeper (haha I'm a little slow)

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CRUEL INTENTIONS... please let this be the Korean version with the Korean twist. I'm loving it already... the cast. I know the acting won't fail me... but now the writers, let's pull through?

And another drama without any idols? COUNT ME IN!!!! (no worries, I do like some idols that are acting... just not very many of them).

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Park Ha Sun is really pretty.

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This sounds so intriguing! At first I wasn't planning on checking this out at all, but now I definitely will

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How could you NOT check it out, with these stars? Are you nuts? But I disagree about Doctor Stranger. I love every single character on that show. Their motivations not being transparent all the time is part of the intrigue of the show, especially for Jae Hee.

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is it my imagination or what? looks like she's got something done on her face as in plastic surgery? her nose looks diff! i'm a huge fan of hers since WS but i hope i'm wrong coz she's already beautiful even if she doesnt do anything to her face!

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i didn't recognize Lee jung jin what's with his hair? looking older than when i last saw him in 100 yrs inheritance?

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Ooh, lee Jun jin looks good! Hopefully he'll play a less stiff character than in Hundred Days Inheritance.

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Sounds exactly up my alley!

Really, hopefully this would make more sense than Doctor Stranger (and I salute Heads and gummi for recapping it for us!)

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ok first off ive super excited to see kwon sang woo and choi ji woo together again in a drama! i adored them in stairway to heaven, one of my favorite classic Korean dramas!! but after reading the synopsis not too happy, im not feeling a good ending with these two, this reminds me completely of the korean drama 'say you love me' with kim rae won. the story is exactly the same, with the womanizer who loves the cold workaholic women who tests the love between the two happy ordinary couple and ends up falling for the man. please tell me this isnt gonna be like that drama, because i hated say you love me. the characters and story was just unlikable and i remember hating the ceo women and im guessing choi ji woo is playing that character...

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Sooo true. This drama will have a sad ending

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I love Stairway to Heaven. I love KSW and CJW together. After 11 years I thought that the good news of them reuniting for a drama will be a good one! AT LEAST PUT THEM TOGETHER. I don't know where this storyline is going! but dammit if you're going to bring them together for a drama, get them together! PLS!

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Yes, am totally agreen with the person letter C.

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I love KSW and CJW happy ending together

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PHS and KSW look good together. We are hoping here in CO USA that the 2 of them will get back together. There is no sense if the ending will ended up the 2 of them not getting back together. Finger crossed.

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We love stairway to heaven with KSW and CJW. But this temptation drama is a different story. PHS was miserable in her marriage with KSW and still miserable with her marriage with LJJ. We all love the characters of temptation, they are all very good. But we are really hoping that KSW and PHS will get back together because she is still love her first husband. We want a happy ending at least.

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I know its an adulty drama..but looking from each angle..i enjoy the role of CJW.

She's playing the role in a modest kind of way,i personally think.But still i hope KSW will get back to his wife.

KSW and CJW is just not fated to be together.Like the statement she told her best friend(doctor) "Let me endure this feeling for some time"..the feeling she had for KSW.

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I love watching Korean drama starring particularly jsw and CJW , the skill they bring stories .
Temptation would not have been the last starred as his own, more may follow .

Fan here in the philippines

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