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Lee Jong-seok becomes gazillionaire in W–Two Worlds

The first official stills are out for W–Two Worlds, MBC’s new suspense romance drama from the writer of Nine and Queen Inhyun’s Man and the PD of She Was Pretty. The drama features an inter-dimensional romance between a man and a woman — Lee Jong-seok (Pinocchio) and Han Hyo-joo (Dong Yi) — who are from parallel universes that exist in the same space. The first two official stills from the production feature Lee Jong-seok as a “super-chaebol,” though so far super-rich Lee Jong-seok just looks like Lee Jong-seok (okay, I guess there’s one of him in a flashy red car). The other shots are behind-the-scenes photos posted online while filming.

The new Wednesday-Thursday series has an intriguing premise about two worlds existing in the same time and space — present-day Seoul — and a mysterious incident that allows our characters to cross over the barrier between fantasy and reality. Han Hyo-joo plays a warm-hearted surgeon with a lively personality whose comic book artist father goes missing one day. She goes looking for him and finds Lee Jong-seok instead, covered in blood in her father’s studio.

Lee Jong-seok’s character is an Olympic gold medalist, a genius, and a super chaebol, with a venture capital company worth 1.5 trillion won and 800 billion won in personal assets. He won a gold medal as an 18-year-old shooter in the Olympics, and then suddenly decided to become a computer science major. He then started a venture firm and became a millionaire in his youth. It sounds unreal, but I guess that’s the point. I hope for his sake that money is transferrable between the parallel universes, although maybe it would be funnier to see a trillionaire scrounging for bus fare.

Co-starring are Lee Tae-hwan (Come Back, Ajusshi) as Lee Jong-seok’s right-hand man, Jung Yoo-jin (Moorim School) as his secretary, Kang Ki-young (Come Back, Ajusshi) as Han Hyo-joo’s surgeon colleague, and Lee Shi-un (Remember—Son’s War) as her father’s pupil.

W–Two Worlds airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays following Lucky Romance. It premieres July 20.

Via Sports Chosun

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"an Olympic gold medalist, a genius, and a super chaebol"

jesus christ

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Seriously ridiculous. Oh k-dramas.

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Well, I do get the ridiculousness. He is meant to be a totally unrealistic character created by a comic writer who wants to give him all the characteristics he thinks his character needs all to contribute to the fantasy. Kind of like Ichigo who is a hollow, a shinigami and a quincy all wrapped up in one (Looking at you Tite Kubo. *Glare*). Besides, I think there will be other characters in the fantasy world who would be just as amped up as he is. My question though is even if he can't transfer his bank account across planes, would he at least be able to access his skills in the present plane? I mean, how funny would it be if the olympic winner shooter can't even nail a dartboard that is like three inches away from his face. Lol.

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*also casts glare at Bleach creater*

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I love the Bleach anime reference!

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holymotherofbankais, a Bleach reference!
take this Kubo! (♯`∧´)

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loved the bleach reference and.. *glares at the creator as well*! :p

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That would be hilarious if he would loose all his skills in the "real" plane...still gotta love the huge meta inside the drama of the artists adding all the drama trops to the hero in his comics....
about Ichigo,indeed u are right,u get one and have all included

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Don't forget that Ichigo is also human lol But in all seriousness, his unique genetics make sense as someone who unites all the conflicting worlds and his heritage has been foreshadowed from early on so . . .

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LOL the bleach reference is so true!

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Well there's a theory that he's actually her dad's comic book character, so if that's true the ridiculousness will make sense.

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It's not a theory, the character descriptions leaked a while ago and everything from it turned out true so far.

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SPOILER (maybe?) I have also read that her father was trying to kill his character and at first Han Hyo joo trying to save her favorite character went to the other world(she succeed), but her father was still determeined to kill LJS and then dad mysteriously dissapeared

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The part you said, I'm pretty sure is just fan speculation that circulated around the portals after they found out Jongsuk's character is a comic book character. I don't think that's the right sequence of events.

The character description makes it sound like the first time they met was after her father disappeared and Kang Chul suddenly appeared in her world. She does travel between worlds to save him, but it was only after her dad disappeared because she believes Kang Chul is the last link to her father so she's determined to keep him alive in order to find her dad.

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So this is Dramaworld and Claire will strike again basically.

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I love the Dramaworld reference! Hahaha :D :D So spot on!

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Glad that he's a chaebol now.
Glad that he's still a genius. Kkkk

Now, he just need Mom and Dad (!) with a long-life span :"

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I feel like his actual genius character was Hoon from Doctor Stranger. I guess one can argue Choi Dal Po as genius, but I tend to just describe him as a very witty man with photographic memory.

The last time he had a mom and dad (alive and together) was High Kick, eh. (I haven't seen No Breathing so I'm not sure.)

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But if a man with supernatural (mind-reading) power or excellent photographic memory are also considered as genius, Park Soo-ha and Choi Dal-po are genius then :D wkwk

High Kick 3! He's for sure almost had 'everything' there; the best family, neighbors, and best friend. Though it's still hurt to see his one-sided love for Kim Jiwon's character. (Okay, they need to reunite in the future - must be as a couple /.\ )

No Breathing ... forgot about the mom, but he has a dad for sure, but not a good one. His dad is the type of parents that never satisfied with their child/children. Heol

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Exactly. Next drama, his parents survive.

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Will he be able to hear thoughts as well? "I Hear Your Voice" is one of my all time favorites! :D

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SAME! but I love love love this drama so much, its like my all time favourite. All dramas that include Lee Jong Suk are amazing

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They are really raising the bar for unattainable, aren't they? Though the mention of super chaebol has me nervous that he doesn't have a super chaebol attitude - you know, worse than usual, more prone to wrist grabs and wall slams and ripping your heart out and stamping on it.

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Like Itenoria said that's the point of his character. He is a comic book character the heroine's father created. The show is actually making fun of the unrealistic heroes in kdramas. It's like her father saw how popular the chaebol geniuses were and made a character like them but dialed up to 100.

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LMAO XD

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I thought parallel world was supposed to be the fantasy element.. ?

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The other dramas can look as fancy-romantic-cheezy as they want W is the one to catch my interst. The script, actors, writer/director, all look so promiscing. I really can't wait for it, and it's Hyo Joo's first drama since 2010 *squeal* doesn't she look gorgeous *_*

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Yeah i couldn't agree more!Han Hyo Joo is truly a gorgeous goddess!she's the main reason why i'm so hyped up for this drama aside from the plot...

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And it happened that I just watched I Hear Your Voice yesterday. Seeing his pic, I was immediately, Suha is coming back? Oh thank god!

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Omo, that's even better that you just finished I hear your Voice, it makes the wait so much easier! We have had to wait a year.. -.-
But, yea, thank god! He's back!
And is it just me, but it is so much fun, when I notice, how a lot of actors and actresses that were co-stars, now star in dramas, against each other?. That always makes me laugh..
Now, I could be wrong, but is Park Shin Hye's drama around the same time as W?

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Doctors will be aired on Mon-Tue around 20th June, while W will be aired on Wed-Thu around 20th July ~~

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I dunno, I'm looking forward to this, it might just work out very well even though the plot sounds as screwball as all that.

It's all in the execution. Color me interested.

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I was slightly worried about this drama's plot for a while, the reason why I became less worried was because Han Hyojoo described it as "nice and simple" a while ago. Sometimes these type of plots try way too hard to be complicated just for the sake of being complicated, it becomes obnoxious. I prefer simple nicely structured plots, that's why one of my favorite sci-fis is the jmovie 'Summer Time Machine Blues', the plot sounds so simple-borderline-dumb but it turned out clever as hell. So I hope this one turns out neat instead of messy.

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glad to see someone appreciating Summer Time Machine Blues here... that remote control!

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just watched that movie because of your comment!!! if not for you, we would not be here having watched it... you have changed our lives... #meta #two worlds #mindblown

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This drama seems like it could be very interesting. If they pull it off, I can see it becoming great. I love the premise of a regular world and a comic book world coming together!

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And now I flash back to my childhood, watching Aha in the music video "Take on Me"....

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Ahahaha I love that music video! And the song!

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Thank you for the Aha reference. It was everything I didn't know I needed.

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i'm dealing with my W withdrawal and saw this comment; funny 'cause the CG people of W said in the special episode that they got the idea from the music video of take on me!

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"I hope for his sake that money is transferrable between the parallel universes":-) ah aha ah.
I hope it's good though, as I'm looking to watching it.

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Wow, Lee Jong-seok and Lee Tae-hwan, together... This bromance's gonna be amazing.

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"an Olympic gold medalist, a genius, and a super chaebol"

two out of three would have been more than enough but still acceptable, but all three in one character???

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It's a bird.
It's a plane.
It's Super Chaebol.

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Where is mary? I think this deserves this week's Beans of Wisdom.

Thank you!

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And now I am hoping for beanies' suggestions on what this Super Chaebol's superpowers might be ... :)

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Looking forward to seeing this drama

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OMGooood, I miss this boy so much! :'D

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"an Olympic gold medalist, a genius, and a super chaebol"

I can't. And neither can many others.

The plot sounds mildly interesting, I do love a good parallel worlds story, but the cast is what's making me likely to watch the show.

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I don't know about this one. Sounds a bit too ridiculous and Lee Jong suk is hit or miss for me. I couldn't get past episode two of Dr. Stranger but I liked Pinocchio. It has a good supporting cast so it wasn't too bad.

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Yay han hyo joo!!! Oh no it's lee effing Jong sok ! The rude guy at the airport. Yep. Gonna skip this... unless his character here is also a jerk just like his real character in real life. Maybe just maybe I'm gonna do a lil bit of peeking. TBH I can't forgot his rude stare and action towards the fan. Yeah old story and he already apologize... move on please!!! But unfortunately the video of him at the airport automatically play when I see him.

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you're still stuck at the ONE incident? one gaffe and he can't still be "forgiven"? the fan even did clarify what happened! You tell me how you're gonna react when you're holding a cup of hot drink and then someone pulling your arm? He wasn't even staring at the fan; he was looking behind him, thinking it was his manager pulling his arm. So you're telling me that if you committed a rude behaviour, it shouldn't be forgotten and forgiven by those around you, eh.

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That's the point, I want to ask isn't it a natural reaction to pull your hand if you have a cup of hot coffee in your hand & you are in rush, suddenly someone pull your hand from behind???
I'm telling you if he had poured it on himself, his manager or that fan, haters accused him that he is careless & doesn't care to his fans or staff.

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Plus if it was in my country everyone would have accused that fan for touching him let alone pulling his hand from behind!

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@Exfan ohh please please forgive him and watch his drama pleaaase..you are a very smart girl indeed and you know the truth cause you were there with him playing with your toes near that girl when that happened :D really jongsuk will loose a loot cause you won't watch his drama .you are someone very important in this world and universe, someone who will affect his whole career..so please reconsider it ... :D

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@zus
OMG!!! Really?! Do you really think I am that important?! OMG! I don't even know your existence but you know how important I am towards LJS'S career. Alright, since you're begging, I'll think about it. Well, 0.01% because of your begging, and 99.99% because of HHJ. How bad can LJS ruin the drama right?

And I am not someone who like to ruin others career you know.

And even though you have the right to voice your opinion, not all will be open mind and respect your opinion. Some will mad at you and some will give their piece of sarcatism.

I don't know

Maybe LJS can win me again just like in school 201? Forgot which year is that. Hah!

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Which he has profusely apologised for.

I only see this sucking up to fans business in Korea. He should not have apologised. We shouldn't expect celebrities to always be on their best behaviour. They're human, they have bad days too.

Have you ever seen Hollywood or Bollywood celebrities subtly stick their finger up at Paparazzi? It happens a lot, and I don't blame them for it. Paparazzi and fans can be a pain in the ass sometimes.

Kpop group BTS got pushed and shoved the other day at a Taiwan airport by rabid fans, yet said nothing in follow-up interviews. All looked mighty upset and shaken though. They should've spoken out and told their fans off but they didn't, because they would've ended up like LJS too.

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ended up ostracised like*

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You're allowed to think that. All celebrities have public personas anyway and odds are we're wrong about most of their personalities whether we think they're nice or mean. Doesn't matter in the end.

Jongsuk was right though when he said that everything he does from that moment forward people would claim that he's just putting on an act. I want him to stop caring and just live his life. If he doesn't want people touching him then that's his right as a human being, I wish he never apologized for that.

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I'm a sucker for parallel universe plots and I trust the writer so I'm game for this one.

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I also trust Lee Jong Seok to pick interesting plots!

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Is anyone else making excited snickering sounds in their throat right now, or is it just me? I feel like I've been waiting forever for this drama--please come faster! This is the most excited I've ever been pre-drama... oh, please don't let me down. :) :) :)

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Exactly the same feeling & it was the first time I'm experiencing it.

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Sorry for typo: *It is the first time...*

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I've seen LJS in three dramas: School 2013; IHYV; Pinocchio. He hasn't disappointed in either of them, so hopefully this will be good too. With the exception of Doctor Stranger, the guy knows what works and what doesn't. Looking forward to this one!

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I don't get why people are getting on the fact that Lee Jong-Seok's character is SUPER unrealistic. That's the POINT. He is literally a comic book character in this kdrama. It's a meta look at how kdrama heroes tend to be these over-the-top genius chaebols. The heroine's father probably saw how popular the genius chaebol character was in Korean media and made a character like that for his own comic. I actually love how over-the-top LJS character is and I hope the meta jokes are plentiful.

I have a lot of faith in this writer, plus I love the cast involved so I am super excited for this.

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I don't watch his dramas, he's ugly

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Here she is folks the troll, move along nothing to see here.

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I really can't wait for this drama, the more I read about it the more i love it. It's a really interesting plot and very different from what it's currently airing, add to it a great cast. I Can feel it's going to be a good drama

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I miss Lee Jong Suk so bad!!! finally! and Han Hyo Joo is stunning.

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SO EXCITED FOR THIS DRAMA!!! XD

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I just want this drama to be what it promises to be. I don't want to watch melos in the name of rom-coms or misleading trailers like Entertainer or Lucky Romance which is the trend this year so far, I want laughs, swoons and very few tears like No more tears baby shampoos, does that make sense.
On a very serious note, the plot sounds convoluted if the assumptions are true, I hope they know what they are doing. Or else it will be a hot mess.

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"I don’t want to watch melos in the name of rom-coms"
"I want laughs"

This isn't a romcom, it's labeled as suspense melodrama. I don't know if it's meant to make us cry or not, but maybe let go of the hopes that it will make you laugh so you won't be disappointed about that.

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I love her, but i don't like him, what to do???

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May 22 2016 4:30 am
‘W’ Unofficial Character Descriptions

>-- Oh Hyunjoo (HHJ) (female, resident medical intern at hospital)

One day, Hyunjoo receives a series of urgent calls from a senior doctor they call ‘Crazy Dog’. She rushes back to the emergency room but finds the senior doctor missing. It was Park Joo-bom, his father’s chief assistant, who is looking for her desperately. Hyunjoo’s dad is Oh Sung-woo, a comic book artist who is so famous that every person in Korea knows him. Joo-bum tells Hyunjoo that her father has gone missing.

This particular day is the deadline to hand in the draft for the final chapter of ‘W’, the megahit manhwa that has been publishing for more than ten years. The whole country is waiting with bated breath at what ending will await the main character, Kang Chul… yet Sung-woo has vanished into thin air on this momentous day.

Hyunjoo rushes to Sung-woo’s office, where Joo-bom is waiting for her. He tells Hyunjoo that her father had once said that he was going to kill off Kang Chul in the final chapter. When Hyun-joo sees what is on her father’s computer monitor, she is shocked.

What she sees is a picture of Kang Chul covered in blood from multiple stab wounds, lying on the floor. The image sent chills through her body; for one moment, she felt as if Kang Chul’s death is even more important than her father’s disappearance. It’s not hard to imagine what readers would feel when they saw this ending.

Could it be that someone knew about the ending and decided to kidnap her father?

At that moment, Kang Chul opened his eyes. Hyunjoo feels as if someone was tugging on her sleeve. At first she thought it was caught on the drawer, but what grabbed onto her was a man’s had, drenched in blood.

The next thing she knows, Hyunjoo is pulled into the monitor, and into Kang Chul’s world.

>> - Kang Chul (LJS) (male, risk manager and investor, Olympian gold medalist at competitive shooting)

Kang Chul was first known to the world 18 years ago since he was the son of famous Olympic Shooting athlete Kang Hyun-joong and won a medal for air-rifle shooting himself. He later gave up on the sport to study computer engineering at an elite university.

One day, his parents, grandmother and younger sister all passed away in a shockingly cruel murder case. Although Chul was able to escape death, he also became a prime suspect in the case. After a year of being detained in jail and interrogated in court, his life was completely ruined. Although he was found to be innocent, Chul left school and disappeared.

After 10 years, everyone has long forgotten about the case and Kang Chul came into the public eye again as a successful businessman.

Olympic medalist, genius computer engineer student, tragic family background, his name still not totally cleared of murder… he went through all this and became the youngest chaebol in Korea. Kang Chul’s life is too dramatic and unrealistic, it is a heroic tale that can only exist...

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Kang Chul’s life is too dramatic and unrealistic, it is a heroic tale that can only exist in movies or comic books.

Some people criticize that he came to fame through developing a game that has caused some social problems, there are even some who still think he murdered his own family. Perhaps to answer these queries, after his company’s stock was issued and he earned his fortune, Chul set up a professional detective channel called ‘W’.

Inspired by how corrupt and useless the police were 10 years ago, this broadcast channel has its own investigative team that looks into cases. Chul even issued a prize of 10 billion won to the person who can find his families’ murderer. ‘W’ created a frenzy where everyone began looking for the killer and also worshipping their new hero, Kang Chul.

One day, Kang Chul received a call from his most trusted person, an ex-prosecutor named Han Sung-hoon (42, male), which said he had found a deciding witness. This was also the day Kang Chul will meet Oh Hyunjoo.

Kang Chul arranged a meeting with this anonymous witness at Hotel H at 10pm. Suddenly, someone ran towards him with a knife and started stabbing him; just when he thought he was going to die for no reason like his family

Source: Weibo Trans: hitoritabi

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Kang Chul’s life is too dramatic and unrealistic, it is a heroic tale that can only exist in movies or comic books.

Some people criticize that he came to fame through developing a game that has caused some social problems, there are even some who still think he murdered his own family. Perhaps to answer these queries, after his company’s stock was issued and he earned his fortune, Chul set up a professional detective channel called ‘W’.

Inspired by how corrupt and useless the police were 10 years ago, this broadcast channel has its own investigative team that looks into cases. Chul even issued a prize of 10 billion won to the person who can find his families’ murderer. ‘W’ created a frenzy where everyone began looking for the killer and also worshipping their new hero, Kang Chul.

One day, Kang Chul received a call from his most trusted person, an ex-prosecutor named Han Sung-hoon (42, male), which said he had found a deciding witness. This was also the day Kang Chul will meet Oh Hyunjoo.

Kang Chul arranged a meeting with this anonymous witness at Hotel H at 10pm. Suddenly, someone ran towards him with a knife and started stabbing him; just when he thought he was going to die for no reason like his family

Source: Weibo Trans: hitoritabi

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I'm sold for everything this writer-nim make

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it's been a while since i last commented on DB, but i had to say, i will watch everything this actor is in. be good, drama, be good.

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i'm just really looking forward to seeing seung-jae (lee tae-hwan) again. hehee :D

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Boy, they really threw in everything but the kitchen sink at the character description huh?

But I guess since we're talking about fantasy parallel universes, that that it's meant to be hyper unrealistic?

The premise sounds so different and interesting so fingers-crossed they can pull it off!

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I will watch anything Lee Jeong-suk.

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I read it somewhere that the director praised the script writing that it was as if he was watching an American tv series

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actually that was a conv. between two producers on facebook,they were talking about "W" script and one of them said it's the best script he read in years

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I'm planning to watch this cuz of LJS!! Super chaebol and genius and athlete!! If you say so!! LOL My summer drama line-up is looking good. XD

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jung sukkie is my favourite kdrama actor and this drama sounds awesome. sooo looking forward to this drama

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I don't know if anyone here knows The Social Network fandom. Over there, we deal with super genius/self-made billionaires/big-time venture capitalists/Olympic players/chaebols /founders of multi-billion valuation companies every day. And those characters are all based on real people from the real world.

So when I read the hero has 7 hundred million assets? I was like 'um, isn't that too little for an unrealistic character?' LoL.

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thats the point though, its suppose to be a comic book character that is made up and not real and the male lead and the female lead live in the same time period but different worlds.

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You're forgetting this is from South Korea instead of the western world. Even though his character is fictional, the money ballpark is likely based off of the existing assets/networth of successful businesses/businessmen in South Korea.

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well take mark zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) as an example his a multimillionaire and he is only 32 years old

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The cast and writers are to die for. The plot sounds really interesting and fresh. I am gonna watch it for sure.

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Loved She Was Pretty and Queen In-hyun's Man. Not the biggest fan of Nine and I've never seen Han Hyo-joo in anything, she looks really beautiful. Lee Jong-seok is possibly my least favourite actor and I haven't been able to finish anything he was the lead in. I'm hoping this will be the drama will be the one that helps me understand his appeal.

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can't wait! I wish his character would be as perfect as writer's previous leading man: kim bung do.

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Not a huge fan of LJS but always seem to end up watching his drama because of his co-stars. You gonna admit he's got a real luck with all his female partners on screen.

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No. I still remember doctor stranger.
Arghhh... I cannot forget how awful the female lead is.

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His luck is in the sense that he gets paired with very popular stars. Now whether these women can act and if the dramas aren't full of plot holes and pointless writing, ala Doctor Stranger style, that's different. To this day, I still shudder when I remember the experience that was Doctor Stranger!

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"His luck is in the sense that he gets paired with very popular stars."

Why are you guys trying to rewrite history lol. His 'luck' is that he generally picks good scripts and knows how to go well with his costars so they elevate each other's popularity.

Lee Boyoung was not that popular before IHYV, she had lead roles in the past but had dwindling popularity and in recent years she more commonly did weekend drama for an elderly fanbase. No one expected IHYV to become so popular because both Jongsuk and Lee Boyoung weren't that big.

Jin Seyeon was not popular, period. They basically brought her in as a last minute replacement.

Park Shinhye was already popular in her own right, but by then Jongsuk already had his own popularity from IHYV.

When news first broke that W was courting Jongsuk and Han Hyojoo, Hyojoo's rep said that she actually got the script a month prior but wanted to wait and see who the lead actor would be before she decided to take it or not. Then she signed on with Jongsuk.

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lee bo-young was coming off my daughter seo-young before ihyv and was arguably the biggest name in dramadom going into it.

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It was a weekend drama targeted towards the elderly, they get higher ratings than weekdays but it doesn't translate to popularity. If those type of weekend dramas were so sought after, you'd be seeing so many bigger stars in those 50-100 episode dramas on the weekends but you never will. The Korean public never expected IHYV to get popular off Lee Boyoung and Jongsuk, and knetizens still talk about how unexpected it was because Lee Boyoung was a weekend drama star and Jongsuk wasn't popular yet.

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Her co-stars were Lee Boyoung, Jin seyeon & Park Shinhye! I wanna others to judge what u said. At best 2 out of 3....

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If this is a character from a comic brought to life then this could be an amazing series. I can't help but remember Stranger than Fiction which had a character come to life from a book- except well, if there is an opposite to every part of this premise it would be that movie! :p Its about a loser, daily office worker who learns he is a character in a book about to be killed off by his depressed creator and he decides matters into his own hands!

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Just look at this fight scene practice. I'm sooo looking forward now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw5wmYO_Ku8

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I love love love Kim jaejung writernim after watch her prev drama : The Three musketeers!!! So glad that this time her drama will air on big 3 not cable anymore! i love han hyo joo and really miss her,,, but i never like Lee Jongsuk the way his acting or about his face, maybe i'm just going too read the recaps this time, i can't stand LJS ,

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I have high hopes for this drama. Han Hyo Joo is great (I can't believe she's finally playing in a drama).

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Guys someone please help me out.. in ep 9, 2:45, there's this background music that plays and i love it so much. however, i can't seem to find it..can someone name it or somethingggg

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I think it's not released yet. They usually release the full OST complete with the instrumentals after the show ends.

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