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Busy bee Im Ji-yeon considers being a North Korean refugee in Blow Breeze

Rookie actress Im Ji-yeon (Jackpot) has been keeping busy lately. She recently made a cameo appearance as a champion archer in currently-airing drama Doctors, and has just received an offer to be the main lead in MBC’s weekend family drama, Blow Breeze. Her character, Mi-poong (meaning “breeze”), is a North Korean refugee who studied dance at the Pyeongyang University of Cultural Arts. The role was originally offered to Park Han-byul (I Have a Lover), but she ultimately turned it down.

Upcoming drama Blow Breeze will follow the events surrounding a lonely old man with North Korean roots who made his fortune in Seoul. Just as he’s been given a terminal diagnosis, he suddenly finds out that he has a biological heir to whom he can leave all his millions. With long-lost grandchildren, a Romeo-Juliet love story between a Pyeongyang woman and a Seoul man, and a fight for a chaebol’s inheritance, this drama has all the starting ingredients of an addictive makjang.

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Sohn Ho-joon, Han Joo-wan, Oh Ji-eun

Casting is slowly coming together for Blow Breeze, although no one has officially confirmed yet. Sohn Ho-joon (Mrs. Cop) and Han Joo-wan (Hwajeong) are still positively considering their offers as the two male leads. Sohn Ho-joon was offered the role of Lee Jang-go, a poor but warm-hearted lawyer. Han Joo-wan, on the other hand, is thinking about taking on the role of Cho Hee-dong, a brash but innocent aspiring webtoon artist.

Most recently, Oh Ji-eun (Make a Wish, Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong) was offered the role of Mi-poong’s rival. She has experience in family dramas before, starring as Ji Chang-wook’s love interest in his breakout role in Smile, Dong-hae. So it looks like the production team is well on its way to securing a rounded cast.

Blow Breeze starts airing in August, following Happy Home.

Via Star News, CCToday

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Oh no why Park Han Byul turned down?? After IHAL I have grown interest on her. She was a home wrecker but she is great actress. Similar to Park Ha Na (Jang Se Jin in The Promise).

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I also like park Han byul- she is pretty, this Im Ji- yeon 's acting very stiff in Jackpot

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IKR. Park Han Byul needs to be in a new drama. Probably she is selective In her projects.

Im Ji Yeon got high popularity due to High Society but in my view, she just a candy type In that drama. Still has a long way to go.

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Why the eff is Oh Ji-eun now relegated to bitchy second lead roles? O_o

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And Im Ji Yeon is the female lead...

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Lack of agency power I guess. She's a really good actress, and beautiful too.

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I know. I've loved her for years, ever since ILICDD. I'm worried she'll never get a shot at a lead role. What a bummer.

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She looks exhausted in that photo. By the way I might watch it just for her. Iffy about the 2 male leads even though I've watched them in their other dramas.

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I like her and the pot seems makjang, so, I'll watch it.

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She left a really really really bad impression after Jackpot.

Please stay far far far away from sageuks.

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Agreed. Is she another Jin Se Yeon? Both are quite terrible yet keep receiving good offers. Power of agency, I guess.

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i couldn't stand her in that high society drama (or whatever it was called) with uee and sung joon. didn't like her face, didn't like her acting. the aegyo/cutesy acting she did there also totally made me cringe.

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Same here, she was really back in Jackpot. And I just saw her cameo in Doctors ... still did not change my impression of her action skills.

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Have never watched a weekend drama, I'm assuming this is one with a million episodes, but the concept sounds interesting, so I will be checking it out.

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I was planning to watch it. PHB and SHJ on screen just seem too pretty to miss but IJY? Count me out.

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Love her in High Society. Can't wait!!!!

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I loved her too. She is different. She has a unique voice and speech pattern but she is versatile and in my opinion quite good.

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Me too, I didn't watch Jackpot but I liked her, wait no I loved her immensely in High Society. I don't get the hate directed towards her. I especially wonder why the hate when people who lack acting ability all together get beyond amazing offers just because of their popularity alone.

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Loved her in High Society too! Ok, more like loved her character and chemistry with Park Hyunsik! It took a while to warm up to her at first, but fell in love with her by the end of the drama. I tried to watch Jackpot for her and Jang Geun Suk... But couldn't continue after 4 episodes...I hope she takes the offer or hope to see her as a lead actress soon! She definitely has great classical features, my first thought watching her was "wow, her face is so elegant". I think she is talented but does need the right role to shine!

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She is pretty and has very elegant features. I didn't watch Jackpot but was it her acting or the writing with her character that let her down, somebody needs to tell me honestly. I truly don't think she lacks acting ability to be honest but there's a sort of hate directed towards her that I don't get.

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I think historicals are a different type of drama altogether. Even some actors who I loved in modern dramas fail at sageuks.

I haven't seen her in Jackpot but I think she was heavily outclassed there (Choi Min-soo, Yeo Jin-gu... even Jang Geun-suk has lots of sageuk experience). Perhaps if it was a fusion or lighter sageuk like Sungkyunkwan or Arang, her acting faults wouldn't stand out so much.

That said, I loved her in High Society. She should practice more with easier dramas before she tackles a difficult project again.

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The problem with Jackpot was the writing. There is no denying that and her character did get the shorter end of the rope. However, I do believe that sometimes bad writing can reveal an actor's actual talent and onscreen charisma. For instance, Yeo Jingoo, Choi Minsoo, Kim Gaeun and even Jang Geunsuk took what they were handed and made it better. Their acting and how they manage to bring the characters to life encouraged me to keep watching despite everything else. Im Jiyeon however failed to do the same. Her character was badly written, and her performance actually enhanced that fact instead of polishing it. I felt really bad at the end that I had completely forgotten that she had been in the drama.

I liked her in High Society though.

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She was terrible in jackpot. And eventhough she was just a cameo in Doctors,can't help but notice how awkward she was.. Despite being not popular and with such bad reviews from knetz in general,its a mystery how she keeps landing lead roles.

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A gold medalist archer who is nervous and scared about her failing health, what exactly was awkward about her acting, please tell me. I've watched it too, she seemed fine with the material given.

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You don't know? Health issues should be expressed with enthusiasm and cheers. Man, since when is Im Ji-yeon hated so much.

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I thought Jackpot itself was terrible, never made it even halfway through.

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She looks tired in this photo. Was she sick or was it just the make up?

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I will check it out if she agrees to take the drama. She was the only reason I finish High Society. Have not watch Jackpot yet. She is barely starting her career but I think she will do well as she takes more acting roles.

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I can't believe people here are so critical of Im Ji Yeon's acting in Doctors when Ji Soo was just as terrible if not more.

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Know that characterizations can be really off in the K-entertainment industry but still bizarre to have Lim Ji-yeon considered to be a rookie when she has a couple of films under her belt.

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