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Lee Jun-ki the scholar walks nights, breaks hearts

It looks like Lee Jun-ki’s gonna be leaving a trail of broken hearts and dead bodies in his wake, not necessarily in that order. Posters and a second teaser have been released for MBC’s fantasy sageuk Scholar Who Walks the Night, highlighting Lee Jun-ki’s tortured life as a vampire caught between love and his insatiable thirst for blood. Let the brooding commence!

The Joseon-era supernatural drama is about the love between a vampire scholar (Lee Jun-ki) and a young woman who dresses as a man to sell books (Lee Yubi), and the mystery surrounding an evil vampire (Lee Soo-hyuk) who caused the death of the hero’s first love (Kim So-eun). Palace intrigue involves two princes who are connected to the central mystery, a cameo by Lee Hyun-woo in the past and Changmin in the present.

The posters feature the taglines: “I live by drinking human blood… I am a vampire,” “Don’t come near me, ever…” and “Protect the world, and save your love.” The second teaser opens with Lee Jun-ki saying, “I smell a fragrance I can’t withstand,” as he comes across Lee Yubi in the street. She sighs over the beautiful scholar she met, saying that she’d like to kiss him, as we see him kissing first love Kim So-eun instead.

The sweet romance takes a dark turn as he stabs Lee Yubi and drinks Kim So-eun’s blood, as he narrates, “I crave the blood of the one I love… and end up sinking my teeth into her.” He looks tortured at what he’s done, but it’s intercut with him looking tempted by Lee Yubi in the present. He narrates, “That child is hiding something from me.” That the he is a she?

It ends with Lee Yubi asking why he’s looking at her that way, and he leans in close as he answers, “Because you’re pretty.” Goddammit, why do you have to be so swoony? If your romances always end in gory murder, you might wanna curb the smooth-talkin’. Just a thought.

Scholar Who Walks the Night premieres next Wednesday, July 8.

Via iMBC, TV Report

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I love the first poster, it's so whimsical. I can't wait to watch this!

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Ikr? I love the couple shot too because they do have chemistry but I wish they copied the manwha with the moon and outdoor midnight date kind of feel. It's so dreamy and romantic. My kind of date night that usually end in a bit of trouble hahaha.

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my first thought was: how dreamy is that poster..? like how perfect would that be on my wall?

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I want that also. Beautiful art.

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Joon-ki always have the best poster! Remember his last drama Joseon Gunman? Loving every drama he is in!

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I hope this is as daebak as what the posters and other promotional stuff made it to be! Not to mention that I need a compensation for the hours spent watching the disappointment that is Warm and Cozy.

Lee Jun Ki FTW!

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Yes! I was afraid Warm and Cozy would be extended. That would have been torture.

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Who is that guy with moustache? Looks hot !!

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It's Changmin of TVXQ.

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He doesn't .He looks old

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Changmin and the those goaties does not mixed well.He does look like any supporting actors in any drama. The actor aura is missing in him sadly.

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It's sad that we can't look good when in "old" age. ":(

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He's gonna make me cry again, isn't he? Darn it all Lee JunKi!

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And I do like that poster!

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Whoever is supplying the eyeliners for this drama must be bankin $$$

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Yeah, and I bet that rain and sweat proof stuff must come at a premium price.

Wish they'd spent more on vampire teeth. That basic set-of-dentures model is old hat.

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I don't know if this is going to be amazing or a hot mess, but either way I'm really looking forward to it!

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Ditto.

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I'm going down with this gorgeous ship lol.

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same here lol

I'm more terrified of this sucking than I am of blood-sucking vampires, oppa and Yubi deserve better! But I'll still watch to the bitter end for them.

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As much as I love Jun-ki I couldn't finish JG but this, I will enjoy or endure till the end for the main leads.

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Lee Jun Ki jfjdj;%+#+#(';/$+")$)!+"(($($
I'm so gonna watch this drama and I pray to god it turns out great

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Ahhhh looking forward to Kim So-eun!!

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me too me too..

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Very intriguing trailer. Did Lee Jun Ki stabbed Lee Yoo Bi? Can't wait to watch it.

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Ho boy....is it me or is it extra hot around here?!(and i'm not talking about the weather!!)

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"It ends with Lee Yubi asking why he’s looking at her that way, and he leans in close as he answers, “Because you’re pretty.” Goddammit, why do you have to be so swoony?"

I'm guessing that this took place in the library. He was totally flirting with her while pretending that he needed help looking for a book.
Oh this is going to be good.....

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This is either going to be really good, or make me spend 20 hours cringing from the cheesiness of it all. I can totally get into her having a huge crush on the pretty scholar who flirts with her, because in every frame where she's looking directly at Lee Jun-ki, she's pretty much **hearteyes**

Nice change of pace from the usual Joseon crossdresser Candy type, I must say (those tend to go in denial about their feelings for way longer).

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I'm kind of expecting some cheesiness based on the people behind this drama and the manwha itself.

I think he started flirting with her after all the books that he was buried under were cleared and he found her on top of him (oopsy!).

I think cliched and overused plots can be a good thing if the writers know how to make it work.

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I'm so excited that I can't sit still!!!!! Lol.

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I'm excited and scared at the same time - the cast is fantastic, the story sounds really interesting, but the writer's previous credentials inspire no one with any confidence.

But on the other hand, I trust Lee Jun-ki not to choose a dud sageuk.

And Lee Yubi in that couple poster has exactly the expression I would have if I was face to face with oppa, forget about being face to face with oppa dressed as a hot vampire! So on that count, well done, young lady. Looks like she starts off the drama with a whopping huge crush on him, too.

(and please god, let the OSTs for this be decent. No LOVE IISSS THE MOOMEEEENNT-style nonsense please)

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Omo...lol at your last sentences. I really tired for that 'moment' at the heirs.

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even if it turns out cheesy, I will have to defend Teachers´ honor. Dilemma... cause I tend to speak my mind...

the writer at least has source material and doesn´t make up things from thin air. at least in the beginning. is it a finished manhwa though?
on one other hand, Coffee Prince was a huge hit...on the other hand, it had just as cheesy a premise, saved by the natural and honest acting.

on the OTHER hand, The <moon That embraces the sun PD - yuck. famous for not using the talents at hand and I am afraid at least Kim So Eun and maybe even Lee Soo Hyuk will be underused.

but look at his EYES. they contain so much - pain, yearning, hope, despaire, irony, innocence, guilt...

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From what I've heard, she wasn't the main writer of Coffee Prince, and her only other full length drama was the disastrous idol vehicle Paradise Ranch. Moon/Sun PD at least shoots things prettily, if Empress Ki is anything to go by. I hope the writing/directing don't end up making a total airhead/Candy out of Yubi's character (I fear that just based on her demeanour in the manhwa alone)

If this drama fails, it is NOT going to be because oppa didn't try.

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oh, I see. well it is not like I thought Coffee Prince script was actually very good.

maybe I should watch that Paradise Ranch first then. if anything is good in comparison.

then again, hey. nobody becomes an excellent writer on their first attempt! I should know...

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Disagree whole-heartedly.

CP's script/dialogue was superior, as was the character development (even for the supporting characters which is rare).

One would be hard-pressed to find a K-romcom with a better script/dialogue.

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Ahh, a new writer ??
Now, I'm worried :( ...
It should be quite enjoyable, coz I trust Junki's ability and charm to make a show alive. But, the rest is up to the writer to create a good and interesting plot. I hope she already has a concept on to where the story is going, and is creative enough to satisfy the audience without giving up the logic and the main theme.

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" I am afraid at least Kim So Eun and maybe even Lee Soo Hyuk will be underused."

I'm with you here. If they are going to change So-eun's character from the manwha then they better make the most of it or I am going to avoid them (writer and director) like the plague in the future.

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CP was just about the 1st of the whole "cross-dressing"/being mistaken for the other gender genre and it wasn't just the acting bu the cast, the writing/dialogue was superb (tho mostly done by the writer Lee Jung-ah and not Jang Hyun-joo).

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You know what? I think Jun-ki picked this project because he wanted to play a vampire and just have fun with it so I'm just going to enjoy it no matter what :).

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I like LJK and adore SMA - bit "Arang" (aside from the 1st 4-5 eps) was a complete dud.

Finally finished it after a couple of years hiatus and regretted it (basically nothing happened until the "big secret" which wasn't so much of a secret and was a complete, farcical letdown).

Don't want to say that it was "Dr. Jin" bad - but at least Dr. Jin was "bad" in the sense that it was at least good for some laughs.

Based on the writer and PD - give this a 50/50 shot.

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Arang was definitely a good drama. The only problem it may have had was that it became a bit slow around ep 17. I thought the mystery aspect of the drama was really good. They showed the story of Arang's death and the fairy's involvement in it gradually.

Dr. Jin was ridiculous. I watched it just to see Lee Bum Soo and his acting. I had really liked him in PM&I and was checking out his other dramas. You cannot compare such a bad drama to Arang, which I'm sure a lot of people will agree on "good" at least.

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Arang still had a carefully plotted central mystery (which was actually a mystery) and unlike the utter stupidity of Gu Family Book, Dr Jin, Night Watchman etc, its fantasy world was a well fleshed out and presented one, with actual rules (very important if you are doing fantasy).

It may not be to everyone's taste, but to compare it to Dr Jin is a bit......did we even watch the same drama?

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"It may not be to everyone’s taste, but to compare it to Dr Jin is a bit……did we even watch the same drama?"

IKR?!

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Aside from the 1st 5-6 eps - which was when Arang was fun, after that, all she seemed to do was mope.

And there was this huge build-up as to "mystery", but it really wasn't a mystery side (the fact that the "evil" was a fallen heaven fairy who had possessed the Magistrate's mother) except to Arang and the Magistrate - who took FOREVER to find that out.

And really, getting rid of the fallen fairy was soooo anti-climatic.

Basically, the 3 "baddies" - the fallen fairy, the old geezer Lord and the "adopted" son/lackey were a total bore.

The last 12 eps was just going round and round in circles as to when the leads would finally discover the "big secret."

Even the scenes w/ the Jade Emperor and Yama became boring since they just had the same talk over and over again.

There was no real mystery and the fantasy elements weren't well done and hence weren't that interesting (something like "Joseon X-Files" had mystery and well done fantastical elements) - and this is coming from someone who looks mystery and fantasy and even better yet - a mystery/fantasy fusion.

As for "Dr. Jin" - yes, it had worse writing and worse acting (tho aside from Mr. Hand-towel, the rest of the cast was pretty good), but it was so bad, it was actually (inadvertently) funny.

"Arang", otoh, became a total bore after around ep 5-6, which is why I lost interest about half-way thru it and regret having gone back to see the rest (the best part about "Arang" was the shaman and the manservant, which shouldn't be the case when "Arang" starred SMA, but even she couldn't save the dullness that her character turned into).

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whether you like it or not is your opinion, but the fact is, the fantasy elements in Arang had rules attached and weren't just pulled out of the writer's behind.

And the question of why Arang wasn't going to heaven as soon as she uncovered the involvement of the Magistrate's mother in her death was also the result of some interesting godly wordplay. I personally thought it was very well presented and rewarded the viewer for paying attention, but if you preferred Dr Jin that's your call.

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*swoon*
Why you have to be so pretty to Oppa!!
Can't really wait for next week. Please be a good drama!!

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And much as I love our two leads, I am far more intrigued by the supporting characters - like what is going on with Lee Soo-hyuk and Kim So-eun? Or even Changmin, for that matter.

And I hope Present-Day Kim So-eun gets cooler things to do in the drama than mope about her past love. I find the whole enslaved-by-an-evil-vampire/in-love-with-the- Crown-Prince part very interesting.

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I'm thinking he's (Lee Soo Hyuk) gonna take Kim So Eun under his wing and make her his apprentice in evil. Or that's the vibe I've always been getting from them. Also, she being Jun Ki's ex-lover and Lee being the causer of her death that's bound to get under his skin, haha.

No idea about Changmin, though. He's the character they seem to show the least. I guess he'll walk around doing princely things...

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I thought he does that with the gisaeng though, and Kim So-eun's character/s is a new one who's under his control in another way.

The drama's relationship chart points at her and her father being servants of the evil vamp but I thought that was more about blackmail, since she looks terrified in that glimpse of her with Bad Vamp and her present-day character is supposedly in unrequited love with the Crown Prince.

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I didn't even realize there was another character (the gisaeng) in this. I forgot all about her. I'm sure LSH's character has her under some kind of manipulation and it's probably not much different from person to person. I imagine being the Big Bad, you have to have a little dirt on everyone. They do seem to be the closer duo, though so I'm wondering what that dirt is.

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i want to consider all characters are leads because i love all of 'em. haha. hope this drama will be fair and just to all characters.

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When I first heard about the drama I didn't really care but the more I SEE of it the more excited I get. If anything, it'll at least be pretty to look at. Plus I love Kim So Eun. I was sad she wasn't the lead but I bet she choose the role because it's differed from what she usually does. Plus it's fun playing the villain ;)

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ikr, im eager to see her play a villain..

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If your romances always end in gory murder, you might wanna curb the smooth-talkin’.
???? I love this ???

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The couple poster is my favorite! I never imagined LJK and LYB will look this good together! Wednesday, come fast!!

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Usually, I wait for a drama to be over and then I just binge-watch but since this is a saeguk and I never finish the ones I start, I'm thinking I should watch it week to week with everyone. It might help me stay motivated until the end and I'm interested in this one.

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oooohhhhh itttt does look like the manhwa a lot! *anticipating*

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Very excited to see this drama! Loving the stills so far. ^^

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Let's drop all pretense at analyzing this upcoming drama, ladies. We only want pretty, and hot ... a little evil, and some heartaches, please. Just watching the two faces of main male leads delivers all that. Not too crazy (I am looking at you, Night Watchmen) script and OK directing will deliver on this one. With all those boring new "actors" out there lately, Lee jun-ki doesn't even have to act to make me watch the show. Forget the period costumes. He can show up with no makeup in his PJ's and do nothing much on the screen, still better than many others' who are, actually, trying to act in earnest.

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I would so watch Ninja Teacher in his PJ´s practicing martial arts, singing and dancing and going about his daily routine. I would also watch him being a vampire who wears PJ´s. that would be so cute!

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Haha..i agree with this one! Watch LJK doing nothin way more intriguing than new actors who dont even know how to use facial expression. Lol !

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A drama that I definitely not gonna make my my friend to watch. He's gonna say "she is a girl for crying out loud! She doesn't look like a guy at all. Why did they think she is a he?"... ugghh probably because she is in disguise and she wears man outfit? "But she is a girl!".. that's a constant battle between me and my friend when we watched coffee prince, to the beautiful you, sungkyunkwan scandal, empress ki, queen seon duk, you're beautiful and other cross dressing korean dramas.

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hahaha. tbh,im also never find those in disguise as a man. myb because i already know they are girls. kkkk

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Then again, not every drama has a girl disguise as a guy for long. In Joseon Gunman, Junki could guess who she was (that she wasn't a boy) in episode 2 or 3. I hope this time, this series would not stretch that plot for long too.

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Don't worry he is a vampire and he found out pretty quickly that she is a young lady.

She looks very girly in the manwha with the disguise and I have no problem with it because she would be seen as a flower boy in that era.

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Ohhh that gaze in the first poster! If we can already feel the chemistry in a still image imagine how great it will be on screen! Yay for good promotions, here's hoping the drama will be equally good.

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I'm also excited but have it in the back of my mind that this might suck and be another huge mistake. I sincerely hope not. The story is not really different but for Kdrama it is. I love the main leads in other works they have done and hopefully they have great chemistry here. Warm and Cozy ends today and I'm ready to move on to this drama. The only thing that worries me is that this will end up confusing and terribly written like "The Night Watchmen Journal". I had super high hopes for that one and it failed miserably.

I'am so excited to see our leading ladies in their attire and looking so cool. Especially Kim So Eun. She hasn't started in anything big or has been a huge character other than Boys Before Flowers and even then she wasn't that important. Also Lee Yubi looks the part better in my opinion. She looks more tomboyish and can seem to pull it off a bit better.

I'am ready for you Scholar Who Walks the Night. I will be here next week and hopefully have some good things to say about the first and second episodes.

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actually KSE has few characters that actually better than BOF, but maybe that projects are not really huge. for example in the movie Mourning Grave, drama Liar Game..
but to see her in a villain character, im excited..

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So-eun was filming The Iron Empress at the same time as BOF. Id didn't care for BOF but she totally rocked her role in her first sageuk, just like Yubi in Gu Family Book.

For me, I would've been fine with either one when it comes to the lead role. I'm just happy that they are both in it.

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Does anyone know where I can read the manhwa?

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Yay, me too want to read it.

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http://animanga.ru/manga.aspx?id=8352

in russian. all I could find. I can read it, though

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All of you can have Lee Jun-ki, I'm here for Vampire Gwi!!! Already shipping him with So-eun's character.

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i can see the tense between character of Vampire Gwi and Kim 'So Eun's character...cant wait

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So the present Kim So-eun is actual first love who is now a vampire too? Pretending not to know who he is or lost her memories? Or is that too obvious?

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KSE was LJK first lover, in the present time she will engaged with crown prince, Chang Min's character. not sure if she will be a vampire too..

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Excited and cautious at the same time... Waited for this and just can't turn back now. Maybe never. To the bitter end, comrades.

Lolz.

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Wys is it LJK Drama Poster always Soo good ?
and Yes ! LJK & LYB, I like LYB in gfb, she stole the scenes. I believes her, since she comes from an artist fam and having a famous artist as a mom must be speak something in her act.
But I still prefer Jun Ki dark, bloody, thrill drama like 2 week.

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i didnt watch GFB, i dropped pinocchio but watched her few scenes in that drama. shes too cute anyway, but i dunno about acting. myb this drama can be a platform to her to gain more attention to her acting rather than having a cute face.

i love 2 weeks, agree with you LJK nailed the character. and i like the lead lady there.

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Lee Jun-ki, I am so ready for this. Take meeeee! LOL

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The 1st poster reminds me of "Beauty and the Beast" :) ...

kudos to LYB's make up artist for a splendid job. Though cross dressing always seems to be a weird idea to me, still I can buy LYB as a flower boy and she looks really pretty in that hanbok, I liked the color combination so much :)

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Flower boys were a thing of beauty back then. Heck, they even wore make-up during the 3 Kingdom era. Glad someone else gets it lol.

I can accept the cross dressing here because it's taken from the manwha and young ladies in those days weren't allowed to go out freely especially at night to sell books. So in order to make a living she had to do it.

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this drama has many flower boys and girls. LYB is cute though, even i still cannot see him as a man.. hehe. shes still like a kid to me. maybe because shes too cute. LJK as usual, pretty in hanbok. and now with vampire eyes, aww very hot.

Wanna see more of pretty KSE, hope she will wear many beautiful hanbok in this drama, im here because of KSE, so although this drama will not be as good as we expected, i will stay until the end, provided KSE's character given fair opportunity..

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Am I the only one who can't wrap my head around LJK and LYB being a couple? They look like siblings -_- Sorry, I guess it's because of her role in Innocent Man (Nice Guy) :P But that's also what I get with LJK and KSE? Which is weird because LJK still looks like he hasn't aged since My Girl, so I don't know why I get an older-brother-only feel from him towards his leading women. Hehehehe :D

I hope my impression will change when I try watching the drama! Fingers crossed that this will capture my love so that I'll have a complete weekly lineup... I Remember You for Mon-Tues, hopefully this one for Wed-Thurs, (rest day for Fri...or if anyone can suggest a good Fri-Sat drama, I'll look into it), and The Time I've Loved You & House of Bluebird for Sat-Sun ♪♪

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dear, i also think LJk and LYB look more as a sibling, probably because of their baby face? KSE and LJK may look better as a couple. but i thnk lets not think so much about their pairing, coz it is nothing that we can do. hehe..

btw you can try My Love Eun Dong for Friday n Saturday slot. and y not u try Mask also? hihi

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I am going to recommend "My Beautiful Bride" for Saturday/Sun. Kim Moo-Yul is so worth it. I love it when film actors return to drama land. They are much more mature and refined. It's beautiful to watch. The writing and directing is pretty solid so far but I've only seen 2 eps. I was hoping someone here would recap it.

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i planning to mawtxh My Beautiful Bride too. Last time i check, no subs..

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You can watch it at Dramafever (eps 1-4). Don't blink, you might miss something. It is that good!

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Yeah me too. Very sibling feel. Hope that in the actual drama that changes and there is real chemistry.

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my love eun dong n mask is good, i watch that drama n time we were not in love
My love eundong is amazing, the best drama airing right now

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LJK Facial Expression ... OMG !!! Love the poster ... Love the male lead !!!

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The title should be changed to melt heart ...not break heart ... LJK melt my heart !!!

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The posters gave me goosebumps ! Love it . Anyway Junki and Yubi looks so good together, I feel the chemistry :D

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But Arang was good, no matter if it suited your taste or not. I don't know about this one. Not getting a good feeling about it.

I'll give it a try though. For Junki :)

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Arang is my Fav ......... this drama will be as good or even better Than AATM .

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Arang started off strong then it got too draggy and kinda boring. I was having hard time to finish that drama... Hope this one not gonna be like that.

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I am so excited that next week at last it starts.

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