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Yoon-ah as Nodame?

So the big news today is that Girls Generation’s Yoon-ah has been offered the lead role in the Nodame Cantabile remake. Inasmuch as this is a highly anticipated adaptation of a beloved Japanese series whose heroine was pretty much universally loved (Ueno Juri), already there’s a flurry of mixed reactions to the news.

Currently Yoon-ah’s casting isn’t final, and articles range from saying that she’s only a possibility to that she’s nearly a lock. I’d take it with a grain of salt—announcing the news this way smacks of the producers putting out feelers before committing—but it does also seem to be serious enough that I wouldn’t be surprised if they went with Yoon-ah after all. KBS likes her, she’s got a large fan base, she’s headlined dramas before, and she has export potential. So I see what they’re thinking in going for someone as mainstream as her.

On the other hand, I find it disappointing since producers were first courting Shim Eun-kyung (Miss Granny, Sunny) for the role and she would have been fantastic, particularly since Nodame is a character with a lot of interesting quirks and dimension, and Shim Eun-kyung is a wonderful actor with spot-on comic timing. The fact that she was the first choice was encouraging, and gave me faith that the show was taking this casting seriously.

So when you put them next to each other as actresses, Yoon-ah kind of pales in comparison; she has improved over the years and I have no problem with her taking on shows that I don’t have a lot of attachment to (say, as with Prime Minister and I, which was cute). But I just can’t bring myself to be any sort of excited about her in this drama. Nodame is a bumbling slob whose piano skills are more savant than skilled, while Yoon-ah’s exactly the kind of approachably pretty girl who would ruin Nodame’s quirks for me, because she would be rom-com-weird, not actually weird. Her version of off-the-wall would be to do everything cutely and prettily, when what I appreciate about Nodame is that sometimes she’s just plain bizarre.

According to a KBS producer, while Yoon-ah is currently considering favorably and is a likely candidate, they do require the approval of the writer of the original series, Ninomiya Tomoko. She has stated that she wants a Korean Nodame who is 100% in line with Ueno Juri’s portrayal, and she does have final veto rights. So there is that.

The Korean version of Nodame Cantabile is planning for an October premiere on KBS.

Via MBN, Osen, Star News

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I legit groaned at the news. She's improved, yes, but definitely doesn't match Japanese!Nodame, which I loved loved loved. And I was so looking forward to this remake.

Although the news about the author being able to have the final veto is awesome, so fingers crossed.

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I don't take the whole veto thing too seriously. They aren't going to publicly embarrass Yoona and say she wasn't approved. Though I guess if she backs out they'll come up with some other reason like a scheduling conflict.

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You're right. If the original writer has the final say, then they surely wouldn't announce a final casting decision at all unless they had her approval first.

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Original author has replied in Twitter that she doesn't have a say in the casting though.

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It will be more like the petition against Yunho's casting in 'You Who Came From the Stars' - they will just quietly announce that she was too busy with her idol activities to take on the role.

I think casting her in this, is a huge mistake. She was passable in Prime Minister & I, but she will not be able to do well in this role. It will be oh look at Yoona acting weird, look at her acting cute, and never actually about the character.

I know she is still popular among her fans, especially the international fans, but she is no longer the 'IT' girl in Korea. The current controversies with her group, none the less.

To saddle Joo Won with a bad actress, is akin to what is happening to LJS in Doctor Stranger. JUST NO!

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oh I don't know, the news that she was dating Lee Seung Gi has been literally the only time I've ever seen idol dating news received with all-round approval by netizens. She's still very much an It Girl for Korea, this one.

And while I REALLY don't think she should take this particular role since she's not at that level of skill, she's still a much better actress than the one from Dr Stranger - at least she makes multiple facial expressions!

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She's beyond an It girl. Suzy is an It girl. Yoona is well loved by the general public and has established fame. People don't love her acting, but in general she's well liked.

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Oh god please don't let them cast her ohh please !?

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They messed up with this announcement. This is getting so much hate, both in Korea and abroad. It's like they set her up to be ridiculed and at the same time, hurt the image they have pushed hard about her - the pretty princess, loved by all.

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Are Korean people also opposing Yoon-ah's casting, lailaluv?

As for me, I'm still in denial that she was even offered the role...

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yeah, netizen comments begging for her casting to not happen have got tens of thousands of upvotes, and people even begging the mangaka to please veto Yoona because they don't think she can live up to the dorama and Ueno Juri.

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Very much so. Tbh, didn't expect that much outrage, considering the claims made about SNSD's popularity in Korea.

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Dear Tomoko-san,

Please say no.

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She already tweeted that she doesn't have a say. So, I don't know why the producers lied that she does. I think this goes to show the short sightedness of Korean Entertainment. They only care about the profit, and figured Yoona would bring the big bucks.

Which isn't necessarily true in this case:
1. Most international fans will watch by streaming.
2. SNSD does not have a big China presence.
3. Japan - the place that they are always banking on, when casting idols, will not work this time - cause why would the Japanese pay to watch a watered down version of their own drama?

So, the whole excuse of not caring about ratings, cause idols bring in the big bucks, is all ready a fail in this instance.

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I call it, the producers are hoping South-East Asia are mugs who will fall for it - BOF was wildly popular there, so were several other Group 8 productions.

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Well, that's true. But, in the case of BOF, Meteor Garden was a monstrous hit. Even in my country (in SEA), which was practically closed to Asian series up to that time, it was a huge success and opened up the mainstream market for Asian dramas. So it's not the Japanese Hana Yori Dango.

And, again, the Japanese Nodame Cantabile never made it to the mainstream market here.

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Southeast Asians are mugs? whoa.

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How I wish its not a remake from ehem so called THE BEST ANIME ADAPTATION DRAMA ever.

Yoona has improved a lot, I kindda like her in PM&I. Maybe because she was acting besides the good actor like LBS.

I have faith in Yoona and Joowon. But yes, I still don't like this remake drama. People just can't stop comparing it.

I like Joowon's acting, he is good actor, I hope he and Yoona can bring out the best of each other for this drama.

Speaking of suitable actress for this role, yes SEK sounds perfect but not with Joowon. I just can't see it.

I will stick with my decision, to not watch the ORIGNAL J-version, I already set my mind that I'm watching A NEW drama, and not a remake.

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You'd rather watch a new but subpar drama than the original jdrama that's critically acclaimed and loved by many? Well your loss. :(

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Well.. it's my own personal preference here.

Yeap, I know. Too bad I can't LOVE the J-drama as much as I love K-drama.

Believe it or not, I survived BOF before, later than I know that it's actually a remake! But do I liked it? No really. I watch it but not a fan of it.

So, I dunno about this Nodame drama fuss.

I just glad that my Joowon is back to dramaland, but from the beginning I'm totally against it. People just can't stop talking about it.

Huh.

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I enjoyed BOF while it aired but you seriously couldn't pay me to watch it again a second time. HYD was much fresher and lighter without losing any of the necessary points; I've watched this version at least 3 times already. Of course this is because a lot of Kdramas cater towards a lot of 'makjang' elements.

Anyways, you should seriously consider watching the original Nodame. Even with being an avid Kdrama watcher, Nodame still remains at my top three for dramas. I have watched the entire series, specials and movies dozens of times already (seriously, no joke). I loved it soooo much, I went on and watched the anime counterparts and read the original manga. I do this every year by the way; I seriously marathon all three different medias without fail every year. It is just soooo damn good.

But on topic to the article - I mean no offense to her or her fans, but I will seriously be so disappointed to see her as Nodame.

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In short, you won't be watching the korean version because IT IS A REMAKE.
So, your comment is moot.

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I jsut that SM won't be pulling-off stunts like what I see in dramas, you know, paying the writer loads of money just to agree. XD

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OMG I totally agree with you! when i watched FBND and saw her my first though was WOW she is so much like Nodame XD

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I second that. She'll be able to pull it off! She struck me as weird (in a good way) and off the wall in FBND.

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YES YES YESSSSSS!!! Kim Seul Gi would have been perrrrfect for this role! I loved her too in Flower Boy Next Door and she in my opinion had more acting chops than Park Shin Hye.

And more than that, she would have been a great pair with Joo Won too...the girl is so quirky and has great comic timing--both traits Nodame from the original version had. If it's not Shim Eun Kyung, then I'd definitely rather have Kim Seul Gi for this role hands down.

But Yoon Ah? Noooooooooo!!!! I just can't see her as Nodame AT ALL, and her acting ability is like minimal to begin with in my opinion. Like javabeans said, Nodame is weird, a bit crazy, and at the same time a little cute. But with Yoon Ah, I just see cute--and that is NOT Nodame. Nodame is just so much more than that!

Here's hoping Yoon Ah will not be cast for this role at all. I probably will still watch it for the lovely story that Nodame Cantabile is, but I definitely don't see myself loving it anywhere close to the original.

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kim seul gi is good... i have candidat too how about le hanna in king of high school the caracter is unic .. when i saw her in KOHS i remember nodame...

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The producers of the original have now confirmed that they have no part in the casting for this drama.....looks like Yoona will be a go, author approval or not.

Damn.

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Read again, it's not the producer's it's the writer for the original. Apparently she DOES have veto right's...

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She said she doesn't

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Playing the slobbish and free Nodame needs an actor who can be un-selfconsious. Yooh Ah doesn't have that yet. She is still carrying around the idol feeling in her acting that she is always being watched.

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This version of Nodame is going to be like a vampire with no fangs: all charm, no bite.

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I agree Yoona shouldn't be cast as the lead. I used to like her alot in the beginning. I have watched all her dramas and all she does is act prettily and cutesy. I believe she's so overexposed that it's gotten to her head. She needs to grow and step out of her "idol" status and become a more bold edgy actress. But I don't believe she's brave enough to step out of those boundaries because of her so called "Idol"persona. I hope she realizes that her "Idol" status has an expiration date she's getting older each year and needs to make bold choices. Don't get me wrong her acting has improve but only a "little". She's still got a long ways to go to be considered for this type of role. The writers should consider giving to lead to someone else.

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Well this role is just what yoona need to shed her idol image

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there goes my farewell....

She's so bland and I don't like her as an actress.

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She should stick to singing. Let the other idol girls show her how it's done.

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Erm... she can't sing though. Dance yes but singing...

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I'm rather disappointed with this...Yoona is not a bad actress but I can't see her handling a quirky, complex character. I liked her in the Prime Minister and I, but that didn't necessarily require her to change her SNSD persona, which is cute and pretty.

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I think a lot have this odd idea that it is easy to do comdey, now yes anyone can, but doing it well is a another story!
Yoon ah, well she just lacks the experiance, that not saying she can not do the role, but she going to have to be babysit through it by her co starts and the drama directors, or she end up getting lost and so would the drama.

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I was waiting for your reaction to this news. Personally I hope it falls through.

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Oh My Gadd!....Really?

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I wasn't all that keen on Joo Won as Chiaki - sorry, I just see Joo Won as too warm and fluffy and approachable for the role - but this would be the nail in the coffin. Yoon-ah is a conventionally pretty girl with a normal sort of aura who is a conventionally okay actress. I can see why she is popular - there's not a thing about her that is the least edgy, objectional, intellectual or strange. But just those things that make her popular would make her a terrible Nodame. Just no.

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Have you seen Joo Won in Gaksital? Certainly not warm and fluffy and approachable. ;)

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Or his debut role in Baker King Kim Takgu. I think he did amazing portraying his cold character :)

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i have nothing against yoona...but i 'm glad that the writer of the original series has a say...

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that, or KBS gonna do all they can to get her to say yes.

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Let's just hope that if the answer's "no", KBS know how to let it go and move on (unlike MBC's Dae Jang Geum remake debacle)...!

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I'm like 95% sure they'll use the author as a way to say the Yoona casting is approved officially and everyone should agree to it. That's the only reason they mentioned the author has approval.

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and it turns out she doesn't even have anything to do with the casting, so that's out.

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This is just such bad casting. And totally uninspired. Yes, Yoona can be quirky and not like her pretty image, but she's not Nodame and doesn't have the skills to pull off the complex character. Joo Won isn't doing much for me either, but I thought if they got a good Nodame it might work... but this has failure written all over it.

I'm not sure what either gain from doing this drama either. They'll always be compared unfavorably to the original. Seems like this drama would be a perfect for two up and coming actors to do. All I can do now is look forward to the trainwreck.

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i wished Sung Joon was casted as Chiaki :(
his acting really fits Chiaki's character so much.. and complimented it with Shim Eun Kyung's acting, that's gonna be a blast to watch!

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Yes, it would have been a bit like his character in White Christmas. That would have been a remake I could get behind. This thing, I think I am going to have to boycott. I think people are expecting too much if they think Joo Won can save it - really he is just a foil for Nodame. It's Nodame that makes or breaks this drama.

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Please not Yoona, she just ruin drama for me.

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I have to agree with you in terms of her ability as actor.. I never enjoy her acting and tend to avoid a drama she is in.. I am sorry to Yoona fans... She is perfect for idol group SNSD but not for acting...

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If this is true.. they just threw away every little hope i have for this remake.. ???

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Gosh I'm so annoyed right now... Honesly she's doesn't fit the role AT ALL.
I have nothing againt Yoonha, I actually quite liked her in Prime Minister and I. But I don't think she really have the abilities to portray Nodame.
Really bummed that Shim Eun-kyung is not in the run anymore as she would have been perfect, hell I would have accept IU but Yoonha???!!!
I always have a special place for Nodame as it's probably my favorite J-Drama and was highly anticipated the K adaptation. If this goes through all I have to say is: Fuck.

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yoona not right...but don't think iu is either

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i would choose IU rather than IU

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….and then there was a train wreck.

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Train of Doom!

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Although I think she did fine in PM & I, I just don't see Yoona as Nodame... anyways, can always go back to the dorama adaptation - one of the very best TV adaptations of manga in history.

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WHAT. WHY. D:

Yoona isn't a terrible actress but I did not picture her as a potential Nodame at all. I honestly don't think she can portray Nodame's quirky behavior and weird personality.

But your last paragraph gave me hope. I hope the writer chooses wisely!

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A good team and channel could pull this off, even if the warmth of the original requires maturity kdrama generally seems to lack in its primetime dramas, but this is produced by the people who did 'Boys Over Flowers' and 'Pretty Man'.

So yes, I don't think Yoona is the biggest problem here. This has had fail written all over it since the start. I just can't see it working as a kdrama. Also, I am pretty sure Masumi will be made straight too. So much about what makes Nodame wonderful are things kdrama is bad with.

I'll pass unless I hear of a miracle.

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Oh my god, I hadn't even considered the horror that Masumi might be straight in this version. I will literally just cry.

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Yes, if cast, Yoona will just be one of the problems with this remake.

I don't think Joo-won is Chiaki either, Masumi is very likely to be made straight (or if he'll be gay, it'll be "maybe he's gay, but we never say it out loud" which is the most you see in kdramas). All the obscenities are likely to be tamed down. It'll be a chaster version of Nodame, probably with lots more cute than quirky and way out there.

I have a feeling they are going for a quite different Korean version and fans that will be watching for the actors cast will defend it on that basis. I mean, if they cast Yoona... sorry, that's more for the idol fan base (and thus $$$) than the acting talent needed for this role. They are going for someone with musical talent of which there is none needed; what is needed is a top-notch actress that can pull off all the complicated aspects of the character of Nodame.

Pass indeed.

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I agree with you totally. Joo Won isn't Chiaki, period. He has zero of the aura exuded by Tamaki Hiroshi. And if they make Masumi straight, it'd just take away one of the most hilarious elements of the Nodame series. Yoona, if cast, can never grasp the essence of Ueno Juri's portrayal. I just can't believe what they're doing with the remake. I hope the author puts a stop to it.

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They'll probably play the love triangle with Chiaki's ex-girlfriend instead.... when the one-sided love triangle with Masumi was all the fun!

I would love to say I trust the author will put a stop to it, but if she has veto powers but okayed Joo won already, I'm not optimistic. Plus, money talks (and money it is bound to make – I mean look at Dr. Stranger, which is a hot mess of a drama but probably considered a 'total success' by the producers) and mangaka lead a hard existence.

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It'd be hilarious if they played up the ex-girlfriend angle when it didn't even merit much airtime in the drama. Saiko wasn't even annoying in the drama and she didn't have that much screentime. Besides, by the time she realised Chiaki and Nodame had that somethin' somethin', she didn't even do much wreckage, and sometimes even went out of her way to help them. Totally un-kdrama-like!

Who knows... maybe the K version will make Kiyora fall for Chiaki... then we can have a "real" love triangle/quadrangle with Nodame and Mine...

Someone on p2 said the author doesn't have the final veto power, so it means we're screwed. I'd been wondering how she could have okayed Joo Won since he's a far cry from Tamaki Hiroshi, but this kinda makes sense too if she doesn't have the final say. Producers were probably just tossing out author's name and veto powers in case of a backlash about Yoona's casting.

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I think the "Korean" thing here is moor important than the Yoona thing. There are some types of movies and shows that Korea simply does not do well (basically anything without clichés), and this is one of those types.

If they try to work some kind of perpetual love triangle into this, I am definitely out - it simply is not the type of drama for another shipping war by fans.

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I agree – it's not a type of genre Korea does well. That's why I balked at the idea of a remake before even any casting was announced.

Yoona's casting (if confirmed) will be part of the "Korean" issue here. We'll get a cute, frazzled heroine. Other than things being toned down, I wonder if they'll give her a makeover, because all the frazzled heroines I've seen in Korean dramas pretty much end-up beautified by the end.

I'm having nightmarish flashback visions from Kimi wa Petto / You're My Pet. And the casting there at least had potential... just the Koreanification was a disaster.

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i totally forgot the exixtence of kimi wa petto korean version
like i didnt remember any secene from the movie, i just remember it being horrible

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No! NOOOOOOOOOO!!! Watching her act is insufferable. She's gotten better, but even with her first outing as Sae-byuk in "You Are My Destiny", I could tell she was just a pretty girl ACTING like a positive, cheerful poor girl. She never becomes her character. Seriously, her hair is never out of place. I know she's always conscious of the fact that there are cameras on her when she's acting. The exact opposite of Joo-won.

No. Just noooooo. I'm totally mind bulleting this news. No, no, no, no, NO.

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"She never becomes her character."

"I know she’s always conscious of the fact that there are cameras on her when she’s acting."

These are exactly my problems with her.

Here praying hard that if they were to stick with her being Nodame, she would've somehow manage to do justice to Nodame.
I know, a long shot, but not entirely impossible (I hope?) OTL

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I hope Yoona takes on this project and nail this project and then slay everyone. She had a big improvement from last year's Prime Minister & I. She's a decent actress.

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You said it yourself 'decent'. I think she'll be slaying the drama instead.

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It's the same for Go Ara, everyone was like "How can they cast Go Ara for Reply 1994?" but at the end of the day she did well and you know, she's no longer the "Pretty face that cant act". Give Yoona a chance, she's not bad. And Yoona is greatly disadvantaged because of her idol status, because people are straight to leave negative comments if an "idol" is involved.

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One glaring problem here. Replyy 1994 isn't a remake of a wildly successful drama called Nodame Cantabile.

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Exactly.

There's an iconic drama with cult status and actors that portrayed their roles so perfectly that people can't imagine anyone else playing those roles even in the original.

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Go Ara's acting wasn't being compared to a flawless performance of the same character. The comparison doesn't work.

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I love Yoona.

I watched few clips of Yoona is variety programme

She is not as perfect as she is portraying. She has her crazy and 'ugly' side. Maybe she is not as quirky as Shim Eun-kyung, because I think, Yoona's real self is plain. Probably, because she is one of the Korean entertainment icon like JJH, KTH and Suzy, she need to keep her ' beautiful image'

if only Yoona can be like Go Ara, than I will love her more.

Joo-won is that kind of person too, his real self is 'boring' according to him from his various interviews, but he is professional actor and was trained to be a good actor, who knows, in this drama Yoona can show us the new side of her, she should take this golden opportunity and learn from Joo-won. Knowing Joo-won, he is one actor that like his partner to do as good as him.

Joo-won and Yoona fighting!

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i actually see go ara more of nodame than yoona... i just can't see it!!! sigh disappointed

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I love Yoona, but she's not fit for the role.

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The contrast though from Shim Eun-kyung to Yoona.
Are there really no other actresses in the industry that they can approach for this role ?!.

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If only she is not part of the new film "Sado", I wish this drama's producers would consider Moon Geun Young whom we know has real acting chops...With all due respect to Yoona, I hope the original author of the manga will opt for another actress choice.

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There are possibly a handful few that could pull of this role, but I'm not convinced they really approaching this on the basis of the actual acting talent needed.

I wonder if they ever gave a thought to Im Joo-eun (I doubt it, since she's so underused and wouldn't come with that kind of fan base that can make them tons of money).

Bae-doona and Im Su-jeong are high calibre actresses, but they do more movies than dramas nowadays (and probably have much better offers too).

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The character is 19 though.. they are too old.

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Yes, I know they are too old. Even Im Joo-eun is already 26.

I can't think of anyone in the right age range that would have the acting chops required for this role. Probably because they just keep casting idols and the people with actual talent have become largely invisible.

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There are plenty of young and talented actresses that could be a hundred times better than YoonA or other idols, Kim Ji Won and Jung So Min come to mind. They are both pretty, but are not afraid to let go immerse themselves in their roles. Plus they look young for their age.

The real problem is that South Korean entertainment, especially KBS, focuses more on making the cast visually perfect than trying to get the personality of the rights.

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I'm not saying there aren't any, but K-entertainment seems to more insistent on promoting the same people and idols (some talented, others not at all) more so than developing a whole generation of promising young new actors.

I can think of extremely talented Japanese actors in the 18-25 range that have extensive acting experience, including with major roles, because they are given the chance.

I struggle a lot more with K actors. Who at the moment in that age range has the demonstrated range of someone like Bae Noona? Im Soo-jung? Jeon Do-yeon? etc. I'm sure there some out there that have the talent, but who aren't being nurtured because they keep getting such minor, minor roles, if any at all. Mainly because they don't come with a pre-made fan base or perhaps don't fit visually very narrow idea of 'beautiful k-drama actors that are permissible as leads'.

I'm sorry if I'm harsh, but it's disillusioning because I think they are shooting themselves in the foot.

Well, at least K-films are still better, especially indies remain daring.

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No, no, I can see exactly where you are coming from. I was just reaffirming your statement. There is a lot of talent out there, but like you said it's "invisible" because the production companies don't give them the chance.

I just think that they focus way too much on the logistics (locations, sets, making everything look perfect, etc), and not enough on the characters and who can do them justice. Funny thing is, the best dramas are usually the ones that break these rules of perfection. One would thing South Korea would have noticed by now -_-

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@alua - I agree, SK has the talent but they just don't seem to like giving young non-idol actresses any chance at all.

The current generation of A list leading ladies - Bae Doona, Im Soo-jung, Gong Hyo-jin, Shin Mina, Sohn Ye-jin, Kim Min-hee, etc.....they'd all established their lead status by the time they were 22-23. This current generation isn't getting the chances because every time a lead role for that age group pops up on public broadcast, talent is never the priority when filling that role. Hence why Kim Ji-won, Jung So-min, Im Joo-eun, Lee Yubi, etc end up in second lead or minor roles so much when they're more than capable of bringing depth to roles that bad idol actors muck up. Sadly, even producers like to claim they'd rather cast idols for the fanbase and claim that it's because there is no talent, which is a bald lie.

I'm hoping that the recent casting of Baek Jin-hee in Triangle and Go Sung-hee in Night Watchman, might mean that chances for young under-25 actresses are finally on the rise again, but I'm not holding my breath.

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So agree with pogo! Every time I think about Gu Family Book (which is blissfully infrequent) I think of the travesty that put Suzy in the lead and Lee Yubi (who nailed her part, all the same) in the secondary role.

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I say Moon guem or Park min young ...they both are better actresses that Yoona .. I think they can pull it off . Now I'm going to watch this nodame show y'all r talking about . Everyone seems so intense lol

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Im Joo Eun or Kim Seul Gi......they could have been good too. WHHYYYYYYYY.

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I don't know if they would be good but I like Park Bo Young and Go Eun Ah.

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Both would be really interesting choices! But Bo Young is more a movie actress.
And Go Eun Ah is not very well loved, it would be risky.

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No. Just, please, no. She's already got Seung-gi, she needs to leave us Nodame.

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Seriously? What does one have to do with the other? She's got Sueng Gi (the nerve!), but what makes her think she deserves Nodame, too? Whatever...

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Considering that it's been out and about that YoonA is a huge fan of the series and (it's been known forever that she is a J-drama fan) wants the Nodame role for herself, I think the comment speaks for itself.

I have nothing against YoonA (more so towards SME), but this casting just shows that KBS is desperate at this point and just wants a cash cow, not a good Nodame.

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Basically, a person should know their own limitations. She should leave this role to someone with the skills and aptitude for this kind of project, not ruin it for all the die-hard fans who have been eagerly anticipating this adaptation. Even if she is a decent actress, Nodame is far beyond her skill-level.

Instead, she should be happy with what she already has: A boyfriend most girls would kill for, Girls Generation, fame, wealth, good looks - and let the drama fans have the Nodame they want. Taking that from us, and then butchering the character (which I'm 85% certain she'll do) is just being selfish. Especially since fans are not shy to let their opinions be heard; and the majority is clearly not in her favor.

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Ugh, NO.

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wow cant they at least get iu?
i can never see yoona as nodame.
her looks is so not nodame and her acting is on the level where she can take this kind of character.

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Oh. NO. PLEASE NOOOoooo.

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"...they do require the approval of the writer of the original series, Ninomiya Tomoko. She has stated that she wants a Korean Nodame who is 100% in line with Ueno Juri’s portrayal, and she does have final veto rights."

This here is my saving grace, but dear God, no. NO.

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When I picture Nodame, I always thought Go Ara might be able to do the role justice especially after R94.. even Im Joo Eun would make a good fit for the role. I'm not too sure if Yoona could portray the role like the actress in the Japanese version did. I still shudder when I remember TTBY and sulli who was supposed to pass off as a guy.

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Was refreshing this site for this particular news, hahaha!

Though I finally liked Yoona after PM&I, I don't love this news because I love love love Nodame and I think she's gonna be a disappointment compared to the lovely and talented Juri Ueno.

I'm not a big Joowon fan so him as Chiaki made me wary (was hoping Joo Ji-hoon would take on the role) and was looking forward to a good actress playing Nodame to make me look forward to this adaptation. *sigh* Why does it have to be Yoona, SME? Sunny could've been a better alternative.

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Please no.
I'm already dreading Joo Won, and now her?
Lost my appetite.

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Glad I'm not alone on not wanting Joo Wan to play Chiaki Senpai

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...And I was so excited when they cast Joo Won. Yoona isn't the worst idol-actress around, but her acting is still rather uninspired, and I can't see her (or her management, or whomever) agreeing to portray Nodame in any way true to the original. I generally don't even like watching Park Shin Hye's roles (and after Heirs, thinking about her kind of tickles my gag reflex), but I'd rather see someone like her take the part than Yoona. I really hope this doesn't happen.

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As much ad I love YoonA. NO :(
They shouldn't have touched Nodame to begin with. :(

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Best news I read in months. Horray!!. I have been dreaming about this paring since 1ND2 when yoona was the guest and now my wish came true. Go yoona, and silence all those naysayers.

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Too bad Nodame isn't a romance drama though and the pairing is about the least important and focused on thing in the story.....

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Too bad but korean version WILL be a romance drama.

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Probably.

Another reason to avoid this remake.

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Sorry, nothing against Yoon Ah per se. But, she doesn't have the acting chops for a character that is so intense and volatile as the Nodame character.

Unless they're going to change the Nodame character to fit Yoon Ah. At which point, is it still Nodame?

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I have nothing against Yoona as a person, but dramagods why. Just totally scrap the Nodame Cantabile idea. You know how much I love Joo Won but no.

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OH GOD, NO. For the love of everything good in the world and all things merciful, PLEASE, JUST NO.

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The drama airs on October so you still have time to reconsider this KBS. Seriously, just NO.
Or just cancel the whole remake thing.

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man, I clearly told those casting people IM JOO EUN was the girl they needed!! whuuut are they doing??
i had a major girl crush on Yoona for a while but her acting skills are barely decent... not as bad as Yunho's but close. You can even tell from screencaps the acting isnt that good so to expect her to create her Nodame but maintaining the general characteristics of the role would be a mess...

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There...my visions of the Korean Nodame Cantabile have officially been trampled over.

Seriously? Yoona as Nodame? I'd rather spend time watching reruns of the original Japanese drama and anime versions or reading the manga. Ugh.

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Oh man.....I was so so excited about the remake and now they have just killed my suspense.....
She is good as an actress but I just can't approve her for Nodame role......just can't.
Oh God....in my head she isn't even matching up with Joo Won.......

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I have some reservations about Yoona being able to portray Nodame well, but "image ruining" like Go Ara did in Reply 1994 seems to be currently popular. Maybe Yoona can do it, too. I would love for it to turn out well if she does take the role.

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It's been confirmed. Yoona will be taking the role.

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/07/yoona-confirmed-as-the-female-lead-for-nodame-cantabile

http://koreanupdates.com/2014/07/07/yoona-is-chosen-as-the-main-lead-for-korean-version-of-nodame-cantabile/

I haven't seen any adaptation but reading all the comments. Majority don't like yoona to take the role. So she really is not a fit for the role? Maybe i have to watched the Japanese adaptation of it.

But it's been confirmed guys. Well, if it will air on October, then anything can happen. :D

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It's not confirmed. The majority of the headlines use "likely choice" and "a contender" but are very pointedly saying that it's not a final decision yet.

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And that's why I came here to check. allkpop isn't that trustworthy in my opinion. I remember they released an article saying that Tiny-G's Dohee was confirmed for "the lead" in Nodame Cantabile. Yeah, no, she wasn't. Very misleading.

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in general i find allkpop not a very trustful website

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Wtf?! if this pushes through korean NC will be a TOTAL MESS THAT DIED AND WENT BACK TO HELL again.

Jo won's casting was iffy but ok for me since he's a versatile actor... But Yoona?! Even though she's the best actress among the SNSD girls, her quirky characters are so over the top that you just cant help but groan each time she tries to be quirky or weird. Her character in PMAI and LR are prime examples of that. I also agree that she's just too pretty to evoke the same feelings that we felt for the ordinary but bizarely loveable nodame by Juri Ueno.
And i've never felt any chemistry between yoona and her other leading men (love rain and prime minister and I).
Jung Eun ji would have been a better nodame by a whole.stretch if only she didnt take trot lovers.

Curse you KBS if you wreck NC by casting yoona.

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Sooyoung is the better SNSD actress. I actually wouldn't be having a mental breakdown if she was cast instead.

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I wouldn't be having a mental breakdown if yuri was cast too.
idol-wise, I would be pretty glad to have IU on board.

but to give yoona some credit, I would be in utter dismay and very close to giving up on kdrama if Suzy was cast :D

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"Evil dreams and evil waking were blended into a long tunnel of misery, with hope growing ever fainter behind."

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Someone on Soompi suggested casting Yoon-ah as Miki Kiyora, the violin playing concertmaster.

That role would work for her. She'd even have a love interest in Mine.

As Nodame ? I'm having trouble trying to imagine it.

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I can actually see that role would work well for Yoona.

I wonder if Mine's role has been confirmed yet?

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OMG that would be perfect for Yoona!

She'd be so much better off as the violin girl! :D And it's not a throwaway role. It's also kinda complex so she can still showcase her post-PM&I improved acting.

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Trying to comment again (testing again hehe)

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mary ~

That role is a perfect fit for Yoon-ah.

Smart, pretty, and accomplished girl who falls for the brash Mine, a boy beneath her station.

It would actually be a stroke of casting genius.

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I can see why a lot of people think Yoon-ah is a good match for Miki Kiyora, but I disagree. One of the things that drew me to her is because that, despite her talent and intelligence, we saw layers of complexities and vulnerabilities beneath the surface. Also, Mizukawa Asami's performace was lovely; she might not be considered conventionally pretty like Yoon-ah, but I feel that factor contributed to her calm and self-contained performance. In addition, the chemistry between Mine and Kiyora was awesome; I was rooting them as much as I was for Nodame and Chiaki. I just don't know if Yoon-ah could match the performace or chemistry of that (nor can I imagine her with a rocker dude).

Speaking of which, who will play Mine?! Eita is an amazing actor, and I hope they choose someone good. Honestly, the only performance I'm looking forward to is Baek Yoon-shik's portrayal as Maestro Stresseman. Other than that, I'm not gonna watch it.

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...There is no Korean remake of Nodame Cantabile. It does not exist. What are you talking about?

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Unfortunately, even when the Korean adaptations of Japanese manga totally butcher the original material, they tend to become the more popular adaptation so pretending that they don't exist is difficult.

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If BOF is more popular than HanaDan that just means that a ridiculous amount of people have questionable taste

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I saw most of Hana Yori Dango (I don't think I finished the second movie), but I never made it beyond the 1st or 2nd episode of BOF (not the Taiwanese version either).

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Sadly that is so true... korean versions turn out to be more popular..

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I think that the popularity of Korean versions has more to do with accessibility than quality. It is still ridiculously hard to get a hold of Jdoramas with good subs from a stable, well-known site - there is no Dramafever for Jdoramas, and the Japanese corporations (who are idiots, IMO) who control the rights are not letting crunchyroll and viki and other sites stream and sub the content.

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Oh god! I am so not happy right now. Nodame is one of my all time favorites and after choosing such a great chiaki senpai, I held my hopes high for a decent nodame, too. But this? I agree she has improved but still :(. Please don't kill the show KBS, please don't kill the show.

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Please drama gods, Yunho is in Night Watchman's Journal so can you spare us this time?

The production company is terrible and now they cast an actress that is total miscast for the role of Nodame.

This is the formula for disaster.

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She isnt a bad actress and I even like herin some roles....but Nodame?!! NO.

It could be worse though, they could have triedt to cast Suzy.

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thank god she is already casted in that saeguk drama that she'll likely ruin later.

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you've got to be kidding me.

Suzy is not that bad but she is just bland like other idol actresses.

I will say she's on the same par as Yoona.

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sorry boo, Suzy's awfulness at acting is truly exceptional among idols, you have to have really lowered standards if you claim she's "not that bad".

And even then, Yoona is miles ahead of her, acting wise.

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u know what, come to think of it, i agree with u. they r not on the same par. Yoona is slightly better than Suzy.

at least i personally feels Yoona improved. i did enjoy yoona's acting in PM & I, but i got no feeling everytime i watched Suzy's acting. Suzy can act decently but i can't feel her emotions.

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well...this clinched it for me: definitely not watching the Korean version.

the Japanese drama is so good, there was no way it can even compete.

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nooooooooooooo

*whimper*

From what I see, she won't be a good Nodame. What are they thinking??

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NO! Now I want to blame Ueno Juri for portraying Nodame perfectly. Yoon-ah is not bad and she is so fitting and endearing in Prime Minister and I but for Nodame...
I really want to see Joo-won in a drama so please KBS give us a good Nodame.

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go ninomiya tomoko!!!
its good to hear that there’s still hope. i groaned when i hear that they decided to remake nc. i feel apprehensive because i simply love dis drama and a remake with weak portrayal and plotline myt ruin it for me. in my eyes, ueno juri’s nodame is perfect! besides, most korean remakes disappoint me (iswak, mg, hanakimi, still have to fnd out about ftly). i fervently hope that they fnd someone like ueno juri and tamaki hiroshi.

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If only Gong Hyo Jin were 10 years younger, she could have been kdrama's answer to Ueno Juri as Nodame ....

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Or maybe Kim Sun Ah if she was only 15 years younger. She's also a Piano Major so that a bonus.

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Gong Hyo Jin 10 years ago, yes.

or Kim Seul Gi the panda eyes editor from Flower Boy Next Door now.......sadly they won't even consider someone as good as her.

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Or I would evn dig Jung Yumi as Nodame.. she was so quirky in que sera que sera

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hehe! I thought of her too! I liked her in The Great Gye Choon-bin

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Yeah she would be perfect!

And I am sad they are considering Yoonah. Liked her in Prime Minister drama but not as Nodame!

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i'm coming out of semi-retirement to say, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN MIXED REACTIONS??!?!?! MY REACTIONS ARE A WHOLE SALAD BOWL FULL OF NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

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