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Do-hee to join Nodame Cantabile’s orchestra

We still don’t have a lead actress but casting continues on the much-buzzed-about remake project of Nodame Cantabile, which will be adding Tiny-G idol and Answer Me 1994 actress Do-hee to the mix as one of the supporting characters. (Some stories say she’s confirmed, others hedge that she’s not final yet, so it’s pretty much the usual song and dance.)

Do-hee would play a contrabass player in the S-Orchestra (Saku Sakura role in the original) who struggles to pay for her schooling and gets helped out by a sympathetic Nodame. She’s more of a side character who gets a mini-storyline than a full-on second lead, but it’s a cute role and Do-hee would totally it, even if only for the fact that she’s so tiny that she sometimes gets mistaken for a child. Sakura is just barely bigger than her own instrument, and struggles to juggle school and orchestra obligations with working for her tuition because her family is dead broke, and she’s often scavenging for food. She can have the occasional outburst of temper despite the sweet personality, and that’s something Do-hee can handle, since we know she can pack a fiery temperament into her pint-sized frame.

I’m still impatient to know who’ll play Nodame, but as that’s a pretty crucial role I suppose it’s best the producers took their time finding the right lead. That aside, I’m pretty optimistic about the casting of the drama thus far; I do like Joo-won for the hero’s role since I can easily see him balancing Chiaki’s mix of stoniness and reluctant caring (I find him way more appealing in the dramatic/stoic roles than his lighter comedic ones, which suits this drama fine). And Baek Yoon-shik feels like a suitable actor to play the kooky, pervy conductor Stresemann. Now if only we had a Nodame…

Nodame Cantabile is looking at an October broadcast on KBS.

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I'm terrifed to know who will be Nodame because let's be honest, a mediocre actress who can't properly potray Nodame would break the show. Since they are taking so long to cast her, I am assuming they are trying really hard to find the perfect Nodame.
Now that Dohee is on board this train, I am looking forward to it a bit now. I've seen people fancasting Yoona or IU or Sooyoung or (insert popular idol actress), and no offense, but what Nodame needs is a competent cast otherwise it would never be able to reach up to the Japanese version
(but then again, it'd be near impossible to beat TamakiHiroshixJuriUeno combo)

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Pity Shim Eun Kyung passed, she was great in Miss Granny...

...Lee Hana is growing on me in HSKoS, she is so quirky and nerdy there... but I'm not sure if she can also create the right chemistry with Joowon...

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It really is a pity she passed the role :( She was the first person to pop into my head for the actress for Nodame when I heard the news of a Korean remake (after I finished freaking out and praying to drama gods to prevent it from going down TTBY/BOF route).

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The lead female will make or break my decision to watch! Shim Eun Kyung guaranteed it! So sad!

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She would've been great. I really want them to cast non-idol unknown actress. I usually watch dramas 'cuz of certain idols being in it but they CANNOT ruin Nodame. Nodame was and still is one of the best made J-dramas ever and I really hope the Korean version will be up to par

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The Tamaki-Ueno pairing was superb till the end. I love their chemistry and they looked so good together. Unlike Javabeans, I cannot see Joo Won as a Chiaki, he just doesn't cut it.

I can sort of see Do-hee as Sakura. I wonder if her role will be expanded till the end or if it'll stop with the S Orchestra.

And how about Mine? Eita made that character his and I loved how flamboyant he was without being off-putting. His bromance with a reluctant Chiaki was totally adorable.

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I usually have faith in Joowon (and for good reason) but yes, I agree, something about Joowon doesn't feel exactly right for the role of Chiaki. No doubt he'd be good at the brooding scenes, but not sure if he can deliver when it comes to the more neurotic (and humorous) aspects of Chiaki's character. Knowing K-dramas, they'd probably make him a perfect Choi Young-do bad boy type ㄱ_ㄱ

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Also, considering the fact that there are gay characters eg. Masumi-chan and violin guy, I am kind of scared to see how this Korean remake will handle this, knowing how homophobic Korean society can be.

On a side note, I hope they keep Masumi-chan's afro hair and the OTT-ness of Nodame Cantabile (referring to the ugly expressions Tamaki Hiroshi and Juri Ueno made XD)

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As long as its not Jin Seyeon! Erk.

As much I want her to play candy role after her sad roles back to back in KBS & SBS.. But please not this one please.

SEK is crazy enough for the role of Nodame but I still can't picture her acting lovey dovey besides Joo Won :-)

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I hope its not JSY too.. Psstt she can play the piano very well but no please. Please.

I dunno if I should watch the Japanese version, i'm not familiar of Japanese dramas.

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Sian ~

Terrifying, that's an apt description of this project. T T

So many ways in which this can fail, casting is only one of them.

I'm wondering if they can resist in over emphasizing Chiaki's ex's role. She was a secondary character. Can they live with that?

Over come the K drama evil ex trope?

She wasn't meddlesome or evil , ( she does slap Nodame once), she's an unbelieving observer, fascinated by the fact Chiaki tolerates and then falls for Nodame.

The slob, the bento box klepto, the Nodame that melts everyone's heart. Ueno Juri owned that role. Awful big shoes to fill.

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can they cast Joo Ji Hoon instead of Joo Won???
I think Joo Ji Hoon is more suitable as chiaki's the stne face, and he also has a charismatic side. it would be best if he is the conductor...

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omg you're right, yes please.

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Well, she definitely has the right size for that contrabass player :--)

I liked Do Hee a lot in AM1994. And I think her story line with Samchunpo was better then Na Jung and Trash's (which got too much sucked into the husband mystery).

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Hmm, so she will be one of the supporting roles. I guess, if they go for idols for supporting roles, the MAIN actress will be 'real' actress then... I hope so.

Still don't have the urge to watch the J-drama version, I just want to watch the Korean one.

Can't wait for Joo Won's return to dramaland. Its only a year ago since Good Doctor's end but still I miss watching his acting...

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You should give the J-drama adaptation a try. I went into it blind and came out of it totally loving it. The cast, chemistry and music were perfect. Tamaki Hiroshi + Ueno Juri = ❤

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Aw. This sounds good. Do-hee is getting a lot of attention that she deserves. Good luck girl!

Agree with JB, I enjoying Joo Won's subtle acting than his comedic acting, there's something off about his comedic acting.. maybe he need times to do it,

But if it comes to stoic, subtle acting (like in Ojakkyo Brothers) and action, intensed (like in Gaaaaksital) he totally wins me over!

Please please main female lead be someone that is compatible with him this time...

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i enjoy his seriouse n comedic acting, i think he's comedic acting is good too, there's people that doesn't like physical comedy like in level 7 n Catch me, doesn't like the drama affected. I compare him with some actor who act in physical comedy like him n i see he's good

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Too bad Shim Eun Kyung rejected the role. :((((

Who else could do Nodame? (Rim already has a drama though...)

Maybe Im Joo Eun?

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I am terrible at names so I had to google Im Joo Eun. But oh my god, yes! Her wild romance character totally has shades of Nodame and I would definitely check it out if she was cast.

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The pressure is on to the search for the actress who will be playing Nodame. I just hope they get to pick the right one. :)

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How about IU as nodame?

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I like her, but no.

The only one I can sort of see is Im Joo Eun, but I still think Joo-won is miscast for this so....

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Just watched Nodame Cantabile a few weeks ago in preparation of the K-drama remake and it was simply amazing. As a big fan of classical music and dramas, it was like a match made in heaven. I loved the relationship between Nodame and Chiaki and I hope the Kdrama will be able to reproduce the growth of both characters and their romantic relationship, because that was definitely the heart of the J-drama.

I'm dying to know who will be Nodame... I can definitely see Joo-won doing a convincing Chiaki, so I hope they cast someone good. I hear IU's name getting tossed around a lot and I've liked her in previous works, but somehow don't feel that she's the right fit here.

Thanks for the updates JB!

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If I may ask, at what site did you watch the drama? :-)

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Mia ~

Nodame is available on YouTube. I recently rewatched it there.

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Thank you...why did I not think of searching for it on YT. There was I trying to live with some crappy drama website.

I was never into J brand of comedy with over the top acting, slapstick humor and all. It was fine in anime but in live action, I found it ridiculous. So it took me forever to finish watching the drama because I wanted to complete it before the Korean version airs.

Though I still cannot put this drama up on the pedestal like most avid NC fans, I came round to accepting the style and even laughed hard at some scenes. It was totally silly but anything is worth a good laugh.

I do not know the Korean audience but it would be interesting if the Korean remake goes for the broke and all out for wackiness, over the top humor just for the fun of it. I just hope the cast and producer won't get criticized for taking this route because that's the essence of this comedy, isn't it?

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Thank you. <3

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A lot of people say it`s gonna be IU or Yoona, cause KBS favors these two. And it looks like Yoona knows how to play piano, so maybe they go for her , even if she is too beautiful for the role.

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No, please, NO! Tell me it's a lie. Nodame is a legend, a character so crazy/embarassing and so full of heart that I cannot think of anyone who can imbibe the persona except maybe SEK. It's too complex a character that you need to be far up on the acting spectrum to pull it off.

IU and Yoona are really pretty and can do their light hearted romcoms but Nodame? No, just No.

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Oh God NO!!! Nothing againist, but they can't take on the greatness that is Nodame. She is one of a kind and needs a one of kind actress to portray. IU and Yoona do NOT have the chops. No, just No.

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Too beautiful? Try too bad for the role...!

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yea.. I wonder who will play Nodame.. I finished reading the manga, the series and specials a few weeks back. yay for Joowon! I miss this guy already.
I also wonder who will be the afro guy. So looking forward for this drama!

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Even though it's like picking your own poison, I'll say let's go with IU as Nodame and get it over with.

She's cuter than a basket full of bunny babies. IU, fighting!

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And IU can do quirky off-beat well, which for Nodame is a must.

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I would take IU over Yoona any day, although I would prefer a much more established actress in the role. But if we pick the lesser of two evils it would be IU who I think can pull off a quirky role pretty well. If Yoona or any other idol is cast in the role I'm done. I will literally refuse to watch because once they make that sort of decision you know they are treating the whole thing as a joke and another excuse to pull in money. It might as well be Heirs all over again.

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I only see 2 Kactress can portray Nodame : Shim Eun Kyung and IU.
IU is a good actress she just almost always had a bad script and her acting is growing with each drama role she take.
Nodame have this quirky, fun, weird yet genious in piano.
All the quirky etc you can watch how she portray it on Pretty Man. I'm litterally dead seeing that quirky weird Kim Botong crazy over Mate's tooth brush and she happily roll~ roll~ on Mate's bed XD

PIANO??
You know how I almost scream knowing IU playing piano on her concert a while back?
I'm like convinced that she will be Nodame LOL

AND

She met with that group 8 CEO few weeks ago in a dinner when she have a japanese promotions for Pretty Man.
Another lobby to IU for Nodame role??

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I just don't like Joo won

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I like Joo Won

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I like Joo Won

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I <3 Joo Won

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ikr? it's weird to me how many people are so in love with him

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i don't think it's weird, people like him for many reason, for me, i like him first when he act as antagonist in baker king kim tak gu, i don't think he's handsome there, i just attract by his acting, he was cruel n pathethic, make me sad n forgive his bad behaviour.
I'm getting like him more after he act in many different charracter in many good drama not just typecast or act as simple charracter like many young actor out there

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Personal preference girl... personal preference!

Owh, and I LOVE him :-)

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We just love him ..what's the problem!

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What's not to like about Joo Won though...

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I think the Nodame role can be played by Baek_Jin-Hee. The female lead in Triangle and the evil Empress in Empress Ki

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Baek Jin Hee is an awesome actress. I've seen her in a couple of dramas and she was giving a totally different feeling every time.
I bet she can bring to life any kind of character ^^

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I do think she's more talented than many actresses her age, but because I have only seen her as evil Empress, it's near impossible for me to picture her as Nodame!

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agree with BJH.. she has pretty much impressive stuff in her resume though.. but i'm not sure if she can play the legend Nodame..

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Can she sing and play the piano?

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I am not sure that she needs to know either. Nodame doesn't sing, even though she is a genius musician, and the director, if he has a good knowledge of piano playing, can direct her...

I would really rather they cast a good actress then someone with a musical background, but that's just my opinion ;)

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IU would be the best though. This role can make or break the drama cos it carries so much weight on the two leads.

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Aw, she'll be really cute as the contrabass player!

Aside from the obvious burning question of who will be cast as Nodame (I'm still rooting for Im Joo Eun!), I'm really curious whether the plot will follow only the original 11 episode drama, or if it will include plotlines from the specials and movies as well. As much as I liked the original drama, I also really enjoyed the developments in Chiaki and Nodame's characters in the specials and particularly in the movies. It'd be great if those developments were incorporated into the remake in one way or another.

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Oh, and another thought...one thing I really liked about Nodame Cantabile was how much Chiaki's character narrated his inner thoughts and feelings. Chiaki came across as aloof and brooding at times, but having him explicitly say what he was really thinking and feeling in voiceovers just added so many more layers to his character. What I'm afraid of is that without those narrations, Chiaki will lose some of that depth.

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Chiming in for Im Joo Eun! She's talented and can play quirky well. :D

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i really liked her on what's up!

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Idols Idols Idols everywhere........

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You might complain a lot, but for production, idols bring in more money. And yes there is the question for the acting, which some more legit actors can totally do.

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What about moon geun young for nodame role?

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oh now that is a thought.

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She could totally pull it off , but I doubt she would take the role tbh.

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Nice.

But I would love to see, someday.. someday Moon Geun Yeung and Moon Jun Won act in a project together.

Preferably a melo!

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I'm waiting for the Nodame casting too! Usually i'm really passive about kdrama remake but not this one!! I'm watching this like a hawk. They screwed up Boys Over Flowers and Hana Kimi so badly, but this has Joo Won so i'm giving it chance. Third time's the charm, they better get Nodame right or they're will be some very angering fans.

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One of the option i have in mind is kim seul gi. Not a popular choice but i like her in flower boy next door which she play as webtoon manager and i like to see her more in drama.

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No, they can't cast Jin Seyeon in this one! I really, really need to see her cast as T2 in the Kdrama version of The Terminator. As an unkillable stalking war machine, she would be so . . . different.

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Impatient is the word, that's for sure. I'm just nervous about waiting all this time just to have them cast THE worst actress for the job EVS. Please no, please no, please no. Here's to hoping for the best.

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My vote is for Im Joo-eun - I think she can do quirky underlaid with subtlety in a way none of the idol actress mentioned can. No offense to IU and Yoona, but I can already see in my head how they'd play Nodame's quirkiness, and it would just be textbook scatter-brained/zany/cutesy K-drama heroine - Nodame is more interesting and challenging than that.

I guess my tentative second choice would be Jung So-min; Even though her brand of quirky seems quite different from Nodame's (from what she's shown or hinted at so far), I wouldn't underestimate her abilities as an actress to put her own stamp on this character. And we probably need a K-actress who will step out of the shadow of Ueno Juri's Nodame instead of trying to replicate her take on it.

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Here for the Im Joo Eun shout out, I wonder if I'm persistent enough in shouting out her name for each of these Nodame casting news, drama god may deign to hear my plea?

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We need more Im Joo Eun!!!

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i like Jung so min too,just finish big man she's cute there or Moon Geun Yong, but if they really cast idol i prefer eunjang

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I honestly think Jung So Min would be a perfect fit. Not only is she one of the most talented young actresses right now, but she proved with Oh Ha Ni that she can give any character heart. She'd got mad skills, and I think she is one of the few that will not be overshadowed by Joo Won.

Plus, she was great in Big Man, totally stole the show away as Kang Jin Ah.

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Since this is the year of reunion, then how about UEE :D Muahhahaha, sorry, I just love UEE and Joo Won in OB so much <3

Im curious about who will play Mine - he's my most fav character in Nodame :)

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what about ha yeon soo?

she has musical background. and she has charm. i'd love to see her in another drama.

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You don't need musical background / talent for Nodame.

Nodame plays the piano – they can do hand shots and all kinds of things to fake her musical genius.

What you need someone who can really, really act because this very multi-facetted character you can't fake.

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Wow, I swear I opened up the website thinking "Hmmm I wish there were more Nodame news" and BAM I see this post! :D

I'm 100% rooting for Im Joo Eun to be cast as Nodame! *does magic dance and prays to drama gods*

Im Joo Eun is a fantastic actress and criminally underrated. She needs a breakout role!

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Yes! Im Joo Eun needs to be offered this role!

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I think I said this in a previous Nodame article but LIM JOO EUN IS THE WOMAAAAAAAN FOR THAT ROLE!! seriously, I thought they already called her and signed the contract lol
Another girls I think could play Nodame could be Lee Yoo Bi or kim seul Gi but I'm not sure since I've only watched like 2 of their projects.

I watched the Jap drama and there are things I wonder how theyll play them in SK... the Korean BOF kept Ji hoo's gay friend who seemed to be in love with him but he appeared for like one episode so I wonder how theyll deal with recurrent gay characters and the fact that there arent "antagonists"... there are challenges the characters had to overcome but there werent evil mother in laws, birth secrets or love squares/triangles so idk if they would leave things like that or try to change it

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joo won is horrible casting for chiaki, so i really don't care who they cast for nodame.

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I just wish the remake wasn't happening to be honest. Nodame is a whole other level of drama. No-one should be touching it, they should be worshipping at its feet. The fact that they're remaking it is blasphemy, and then on top of that its a korean remake of a japanese drama...

And we have so many great examples of how well that works, don't we?

Suspicious Housekeeper
Queen's Classroom
Dr Jin
Boys Over Flowers!!!

Need I say more?

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Couldn't agree more! A remake of Nodame totally feels wrong!

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She'll do fine. Sakura's role is so minor I wonder if they are going to expand it. She's only in a couple episodes and isn't really seen again all that much. Who Nodame is will make or break this drama though.

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what about park shin hye?

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Uhm... No. Just No..

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Park Shin Hye is a ball of sunshine, but she can't act to save her life.

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3 words: Ha Yeon Soo

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I vote for Yang Jin Sung!

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Auugghhh...when will they cast Nodame??I really wish that the actress should be as great as to pull off Nodame perfectly...
I really love that Joo Won has been cast for Chiaki role...he perfectly fits the role(except I don't know if he has a musical background).
So looking forward to this drama.

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Um.. JooWon started out in musicals before he got his big break in Baker King

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Acceptable actresses for Nodame:

Im Joo Eun
Ha Yeon Soo
Jung So Min
IU
Baek Jin Hee

Each would portray her differently but I think they each have the acting chops and charm.

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Somewhat acceptable: IU and Ha Yeon Soo. I feel like their brand of quirky is not suited for Nodame. I don't think they'll be able to bring the multiple layers present in Nodame's character. I dont know about Ha Yeon Soo, but IU acts too much based on material that is already present, so I don't think she will be able to even compare to Ueno.

Good choices: Im Joo Eun, Jung So Min, Baek Jin Hee. Probably some of the best in their age groups with actual talent under their belt. Im Joo Eun is very promising, and Jung So Min and Baek Jin Hee have proven that they have range. I'd go with Jung So Min simply because she has worked with Group 8 already, and she has chemistry with everyone she has worked with so far.

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She's a bit older but how about Jung Yoo-mi (Que Sera Sera)? I watched the Jdrama adaptation and somehow I kept seeing Yoo-mi in Ueno Juri, the actress who played Nodame.

Maybe it's their chameleon-like capability in actually embodying their characters where instead of seeing the actors playing several different characters, we see very distinct characters who just happen to be played by the same actor. It doesn't make much sense I know about I don't know how else to put it.

I've seen Ueno in her other works and wow I couldn't believe that this was the same actress who played the helter skelter off her rockers Nodame. Jung Yoo-mi, in that sense, is the same way.

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Man I loved that pervy conductor. He stole every scene. I feel like watching it all over again to freshen up my memory.

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I vote Im Joo Eun--maybe if we post it on KBS World they'll listen??? They have an English channel and I don't see her taking on any new projects... I think she has the range Nodame needs. I'd definitely watch if it was her. She can do a little deranged, mooning over a guy, you can believe she's messy, her angry revenge part gets to you and her craing side can hit you in the heart hard.

Joo Won, I'm not sure of... because while Chiaki is a straight man, it's subtle, but you do need comic timing for it. And only a bit of cutting can afford you that timing. He has to act off of what Nodame gives him, and that's where I'm a bit uptight. The brilliance of Tamaki was that he made the role seem like you *didn't* need comic timing, but the truth of Chiaki is that a good straight man needs to have that comic timing beat, and a good one will make it seem like they are doing nothing to make the joke funnier.

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I also think Joowon's much more suitable in dramatic/ stoic/ eccentric/ unique roles than in comedic roles. Don't get me wrong, I like Joowon very much, but I actually find it hard finishing his comedic movie (Steal My Heart) and drama (7th Grade Civil Servant). I don't know if it's him or the plot, it's just that everything so slow and not so entertaining.
I think he's going to be great in this one. The show just needs a Nodame for this series to be a super daebak.

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i read on allkpop that YOONA just confirmed that she'll be playing the role of Nodame... Dear lord.. sad sad day for Nodame fans. :((((((((((

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LOL. I had to come in here and comment about it too because I was SO looking forward to Nodame but now I'm just crestfallen. *sigh* It's just the hype overrides the character. Hard to be quirky when you're known as one of the prettiest girls in SK.

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