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2016 Blue Dragon Awards

The 37th Blue Dragon Awards opened with a star-studded red carpet and awarded the biggest films of the past year, which included The Wailing, The Handmaiden, Dongju: The Portrait of Poet, and Train to Busan. The big winner among them was Inside Men, the timely political thriller about uncovering the shady relationship between a chaebol and a presidential candidate.

The film won Best Picture and its lead actor Lee Byung-heon picked up the Best Actor trophy as well, over Song Kang-ho, Kwak Do-won, Jung Woo-sung, and Ha Jung-woo. Lee made a political statement in his acceptance speech, saying, “When I read the screenplay for Inside Men, I wondered if the film’s subject was too exaggerated. I thought that it was making the social condition too dramatic. But now I think reality has overtaken the movie,” in reference to South Korea’s presidential scandal, which many have compared to the film’s plot.

Kim Min-hee beat out nominees Sohn Ye-jin, Yoon Yeo-jung, Han Ye-ri, and Kim Hye-soo for Best Actress in Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, though she was not in attendance for the ceremony. The red carpet was full of up-and-comers though, many of whom have spent the last year in both film and dramaland, and for me the highlight was Park So-dam winning Best Supporting Actress for The Priests, and Park Jung-min winning New Actor for Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet. It was extra amusing to see him arrive with Dongju director Lee Jun-ik, following the director’s recent cameo stint in Entourage. Park Jung-min isn’t all that new—not like New Actress winner Kim Tae-ri, who debuted in The Handmaiden—but he’s certainly breaking out this year. It’s about time.

 
WINNERS LIST

Best Picture: Inside Men
Best Director: Na Hong-jin (The Wailing)
Best Actor: Lee Byung-heon (Inside Men)
Best Actress: Kim Min-hee (The Handmaiden)
Supporting Actor: Kunimura Jun (The Wailing)
Supporting Actress: Park So-dam (The Priests)
New Actor: Park Jung-min (Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet)
New Actress: Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden)
New Director: Yoon Ga-eun (The World of Us)

Lighting: Asura: The City of Madness, Lee Mo-gae
Editing: The Wailing, Kim Sun-min
Music: The Wailing, Jang Young-kyu
Art Direction: The Handmaiden, Ryu Sung-hee
Technical effects: Train to Busan, Kwak Tae-yong
Screenplay: Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet, Shin Yeon-shik
Short Film Award: Summer Night
Box Office Audience Award: Train to Busan
Popularity Award: Jung Woo-sung, Kunimura Jun, Bae Doo-na, Sohn Ye-jin

 

Sohn Ye-jin looks regal and stunning on the red carpet. The dress is on the safe side, but it fits and flows perfectly, and she looks so elegant in it. Sohn was nominated for Best Actress for her period film The Last Princess, and everyone was waiting to see if Kim Min-hee or Sohn Ye-jin would take home the win. Kim Min-hee ended up the winner but didn’t show up to collect her trophy, while Sohn Ye-jin was the princess of the red carpet. I guess they both won.

 

Tunnel’s husband and wife Ha Jung-woo and Bae Doo-na arrived together, both with nominations for the film. They certainly make a stunning couple, though her dress is as confusing as it is eye-catching. Bae Doo-na has a flair for more daring fashion, but I kind of wish the non-see-through parts weren’t as patchworky.

 

There should be a red carpet trophy at these things, don’t you think? Or would it be moot, because Jung Woo-sung would win it every year? He was nominated for Asura: The City of Madness, and arrived looking like he walked out of a magazine spread, in a tux with a white jacket, and a long black coat to top it off. So pretty.

 

Chun Woo-hee was nominated in the supporting actress category for spine-tingling mystery The Wailing. The dress is a miss, despite liking the neckline and the gold—I think the overall effect is just too heavy for her tiny frame, making it look like heavy brocade curtains. A little less material would’ve done wonders.

 

Now this gold dress is adorable and perfect. Han Ye-ri had a fantastic year in film and television (A Quiet Dream, The Hunt, Age of Youth, Six Flying Dragons), and was nominated for Best Actress for Worst Woman. I love seeing her looking so fresh and lovely in a swingy mid-length dress. Her hair is a perfect match for the look, and I want those shoes.

 

Yay, Park Jung-min, here to pick up his trophy for Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet. He cleans up nicely, especially after seeing him dressed so plainly as the best friend manager to a hot star in Entourage every week. I’ve been waiting for him to break out since Bleak Night, and though it took him six years to win a New Actor award, I’m just happy that he’s getting the recognition now. His Entourage buddy Seo Kang-joon was also there, dressed to impress. Don’t you think Seo Kang-joon should’ve been Park Jung-min’s entourage, just once?

 

Park So-dam opted for sleek, black, and sophisticated. I don’t love the dress, but she really works the overall look, with her slicked-back hair and red lipstick, making her look chic and confident. It’s a nice departure from the pastel bridal ingenue staples that we’ve seen her in. She’s been picking up multiple Best Supporting Actress wins for her daring performance in The Priests, so it’s been a very eventful year for the young actress, who only just debuted three years ago.

 

Last year’s bright new face Park So-dam has passed the torch on to Kim Tae-ri, otherwise known as the new It Girl who managed to beat the odds and make her debut in Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden. She picked up a New Actress win, and wore white, of course. I like this dress though—it’s intricate, perfectly fitted, and has a vintage vibe that keeps it from looking like your average young starlet wedding gown.

 

Choi Woo-shik, last year’s New Actor winner, was in Train to Busan this year. Thankfully he has many more projects lined up for the coming year: sageuk film Compatibility, Bong Joon-ho’s monster movie Okja, and the new drama The Package, among others.

 

Ryu Joon-yeol and Ji-soo were co-stars in the youth movie One Way Trip (Glory Day), and Ji-soo was nominated in the New Actor category for the film. I love Ryu Joon-yeol’s velvet tux, and Ji-soo’s awkward smile (when will he ever stop looking so uncomfortable on the red carpet?). They’ve both had busy years juggling films and dramas, and next up is crime thriller The King for Ryu Joon-yeol, while Ji-soo will be in the JTBC drama Strong Woman Do Bong-soon with Park Bo-young, who presented an award with Ryu Joon-yeol.

 

Ji-soo’s Sassy Go Go buddy Lee Won-geun was also nominated in the New Actor category for his role in Kim Ki-duk’s The Net. Lee Won-geun is definitely at ease strutting down the red carpet in a classic tux, and stopped to flash his adorable smile at all the cameras.

 

Dimples! Lee Sang-yoon, believe it or not, is considered a newbie at these awards, and was nominated in the New Actor category for his thriller Insane. When you’ve basically made an entire career out of television dramas, I guess it’s not that strange to be considered a rookie in the film industry. Selfishly, I hope he does at least one movie a year, so that I can keep seeing him on the red carpet for all of the film awards. *grabby hands*

 

MCs Kim Hye-soo and Yoo Joon-sang. Kim Hye-soo was nominated in the Best Actress category for her comedy Goodbye Single, and looks sexy as hell in a power suit. I just love everything about this look on her, but it’s mostly because she wears anything with such confidence, and you can’t fake that.

 

Best Actor nominee Song Kang-ho (The Age of Shadows), and last year’s winner Yoo Ah-in, who came to present this year’s Best Actor award. With no hair!

 

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Didn't even recognize YAI at first omg.

RJY and PBY look so cute standing together....a project together would b nice.

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Is Yoo Ah In going to army in the near month?

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Think so.

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That's what I thought too, about the shaved head thing, " Ooops, the Army stint must be happening very soon"
He's getting in character.

So, you think he'll have his fatigues tailored?

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To me the most interesting thing of the award night was Lee Seon-kyun taking his wife's (Jeon Hye Jin) place as a last-minute substitute presenter because she got sick and had to be hospitalized. Is this a K-drama? I mean he said it's not serious, but then why the hospitalization?

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I think it's more of a thing in Korea to go to the hospital whenever you're sick. My friend who lives there always goes to the hospital when she has a fever, so maybe it's a cultural thing?

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They really do that? I thought it was just a Drama thing. Should learn to trust what I learn from television . . .

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Wahahahaha..I LOLed at Yoo Ah In's hairless head..

Congratulations to all the winners!!! :)

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It means he is going to do his service soonnnnn ???? not readdyyy to say bye bye to him...

And he presented the award with the goddess Song Yoon Ah yesterday. And they look so good together. Can we have the drama with these two? Noona romance please. ??

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNPK25-AaUs/;

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Hahaha when I looked at them today I seriously thought, damn Song Yoon Ah & Yoo Ah In look good together! She seems forgetting her K2 now.. LOL

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Yes, they looked good together. Hope there will be a project with these two in the future.

And YAI is one of best kisser in kdramaland and he is my favourite actor too.

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He's one of my favorite actors too!!!

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wahahahahhaah!!!! OMG! <3
I love them both!!! I hope to see them both in one project in the future! :) <3

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Why kang hana and SKJ together?

Worked together/same agency/sthg else?

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Damn it.. Jung Woo Sung.

This ajusshi makes me drool..

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He's so hot in that tux. *fans self*

And Park So-dam totally rocked her outfit. So classy. I also like Kim Tae-ri's look.

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Lee Won Geun is so sexy!!!! He is fine af.

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I happen to love Park so dam's dress and entire look and unfortunately only thought Han Yeri looked okay. For some reason the gold dress material looked stiff and cheap looking, not thick and weighted like I wish it did. Really didn't like how it fell around her bust area. But anyway both are great actresses so yay to them for getting to walk to red carpet!

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Han Ye Ri's dress would have been immensely improved just by hand hemming, UGH ? helloooo, designer! That machine stitched hem is screaming "cheap" (or, "ran out of time for fitting", maybe? ?). I disliked the top too until I saw the last shot in the slide show and could see what they were going for, that helped. I like her overall look, especially the hair. I'm always yelling at pictures of Korean red carpets to add jewelry and get your hair right, ladies. The men are sure on their hair game! The girls look to me like they so often put on the dress and shoes and think, I'm done.

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I got so confused at Han Yeri's dress because she seemed so short in it? Really liked how it stood out from rest with colour but maybe the dress should've been lengthened or shortened to not make her look so short?

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I don't understand Han Ye-ri dress, either, especially the top part. What is that ?

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I just love Han Yeri's dress though. It screams high fashion to me. xD

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YAI's hairless head, is this a sign that he is enlisting soon?

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I think it's about time he enlists. He's 30 years old now (31 Korean age).

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I think yesss???

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Kang Hanna's gorgeous as always. I hope she gets to headline a drama soon, she was the definite highlight of Moon Lovers

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OMO, this......she made me root for a villain to get a happy ending, part of it was due to her being so riveting as an actress given she had so little content to work with.........I hope she gets to headline something interesting soon.

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I was excited when she was cast in Scarlet Heart. Even when it end up sucking I still enjoy her performance.

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Sonyejin wearing same dress in BIFF, last year. With different color... ????

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Son Ye Jin always wear similar style over the years in many awards show.. But well she always looks so fine!

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Yoo Ah In looks like a monk I met in Kyoto, Japan. lol. (is he gearing up for his army stint?!)

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Oh, and where is granny Park Shin Ye? She did not walk the red carpet it looks like. She presented with JJS.

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Yes, worst dress ever.
Nice arm candy though (by that I mean Jo Jung Suk of course ?)

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PSH is pretty but her choices of dress always weird. I almost dislike every dress she worn during awards. Yesterday's night was among the worst dress I've seen. Someone need to fire her stylist.

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Granny? That's rude!

I'm sure she looks much better than keyboard warriors like you even I hate her or her stylist's choices most of the time. She is pretty regardless

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I didn't say she was not pretty. But yes the dress is horrible. It makes her a pretty granny.

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I don't know who is worse, her anti-fans or her overly avid fans, because their words have no difference nowadays.
I also wish that she'd wear something she could carry gracefully, and that dress would highlight her figure and complement her aura, but man that is an extremely rude way to put it. I don't think I've ever seen such individuals in other actor/actress fandoms that go on write crappy comments in their bias instagram, and other forums.
I guess that's the price she has to pay for being popular...

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Kim Tae Ri looks so gorgeous, Im definitely looking out for her projects. And Kim Hye Soo is a boss.

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Ugh, Han Ye Ri is so lovely. I have such a crush on her.
& Bae Doo Na <33

I really have to take some time and watch a lot of these films.

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OK I'm officially in love with Kim Hye Soo. My God, this beautiful woman...i think I prefer her in a suit?

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So damn beautiful, sexy, striking. I'd love to be her in this suit.. <3

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Considering the current situation of their country, she definitely chose to dress in a formal way <3

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you're not the only one, she totally pulled that suit off. I think i prefer this outfit out of all of her red carpet outfits

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Lee Won Geun looking like he owns the joint! ??

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Korea's film and drama awards have the most forgiving criteria for "New Actors". In most countries/regions I'm pretty sure you can only get nominated if it's your first film/drama ever. In Korea, you get nominated for your first breakout role lol.

And LWG!!! He looks so good. I also hope that at the rate Chungmuro is churning out the IT girls there'll be more female centric movies as well.

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I'm counting on directors Park Chan-wook and Lee Chang-dong for more female centric movies.
Excited for Yim Soonrye and Kim Tae-ri's upcoming "Little Forest."

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Never thought jung woo sung that handsome... But wow that damn cool entrance *wipenosebleed

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Ohhhhh Is Ah In going to the army now? I haven't heard any news.

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Song Kang-ho seems to be nominated every year for best supporting or best actor. If he wins again it would be for the 4th time with Blue Dragon. Not bad for a guy who had no acting training. Just raw talents and some stage experience.

I'm excited to see young female talents getting recognition for their work. Maybe they'd match the amount of male actors in Chungmuro in the future.

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A Moment to Remember couple look the best out of the bunch! Seriously Son Ye Jin is SO PRETTY and Jung Woo Sung is so darn handsome! I think I might faint if I see him IRL.. LOL

And I'm having girl crush on Kim Hye Soo and Bae Doo Na. Forever badass in my book!

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You're not alone kanz! Let's faint together!!! hahahaha
And Yesss to badass females!!! :)

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I am crying see how good & sexy Kim Hye Soo in a suit ?? She looks sexier even not revealing much. Jung Woo Sung looks handsome as always. I love Song Yoon Ah's dress yesterday as well (she was just a presenter with Yoo Ah In) but it made me rooting for them to do any drama together. Maybe YAI's project comeback after done with his service? ?

Park So Dam looks great and mature in her choice, Kim Tae Ri looks sweet, Han Ye Ri -the colour is great but not the design. I don't know her dress made me think about Cinderella stepsister's dress lol.Kim Hye Soo was the best yesterday.

Anyway congratulation to all winners and the nominees.

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<3 Kim Hye Soo and Song Yoon Ah..Seems like yesterday I was so happy after seeing a dinner photo of these two (I don't know when it was shot) But still!!! <3

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Song Yoon Ah's dress is love.

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Sooo Agree!

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Omo! That white dress with the butterflies on the back is my favorite. It's elegant and simple, but I love the flair the back gives it.

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Lee El! ♥

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Thanks! I was wondering who she was. ^^

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Does anyone know where I can watch "The Last Princess"?

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kiss asian.

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ra mi-ran looked beautiful!! i bet she felt gorgeous too.

i really didn't want to watch a film with lee byung-hun in it, but this sounds like something i'd love to watch... no gore, just thriller suspense stuff which i love.

love son ye-jin's dress, or does it look good because she's wearing it? i feel like it's something that could easily have looked very boring, but it looks surprisingly fantastic. maybe because the color isn't a washed out sort of a beige. it's a nice color.

BUT. she really needs a new makeup artist. i feel like every time i see her—red carpets, movies, dramas, interviews—her face looks so greasy. it's probably the cameras, but generally every time i see her there's a lot of shine going on. it doesn't look dewy or glowy, it just looks greasy. and she likes dressing her hair with these tendrils around her face, which just ends up looking stringy if her face is already shiny. i'm sorry, i just had to get that off my chest. i've always had a decidedly rather unkempt image of her in my mind, and for once i want to see her break that.

han ye-ri shouldn't have gone with those shoes. just saying. the dress is an improvement from what she wore last time. i was nodding in approval until i saw the waist, which is curiously bunched up, but i'll take it anyway.

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GOLD DRESS and BLUE TUX were my FAVOURITES <3

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Super off-topic: Park So-dam looks like Cha Tae Hyun's eldest daughter >,<

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I have never understood why most of the ladies who wore long dresses did not adjust the length of the dresses so that they need not lift the dress when they are just walking on the red carpet.

Most of the dresses are waaaay toooo long that they literally sweep the floor and endanger the lives of the ladies should they trip over the dress and fall.

Why can't the dresses' lengths be adjusted so that the ladies can walk confidently without having to worry about lifting the dress or tripping over it?

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Maybe because they aren't tailored to fit the them and they'll have to return it after the awards?

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I went on a photo-saving craze for all the news pics of our resident puppy, Jisoo. He actually looks more comfortable here than other red carpets he's been at. Many shots of his charming smile and different poses (thumbs up, fist, ^^V), and looking so handsome and cute in his getting-ready photos. ???

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Such a good year for Korean cinema.

Cheon Woo-hee could wear a potato sack and still be gorgeous. I'm jealous. lol

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I agree and I love the talented Cheon Woo-hee too.

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Yoo ah in ?????

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My girl Ra Mi Ran lookin' fab of course, and my man Ryu Jun Yeol lookin' fly in his velvetty tuxedo. He's a cuddly penguin if I ever saw one!

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Absurd that anything other than The Handmaiden won best picture.

It's as if the local, Korean film prizes go out of their way to overlook the best Korean directors.

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I feel like this is more variety than we usually get. Han Ye-ri's gold dress is my favorite.

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As I scrolled down and saw Lee Sang Yoon's dimples, it made me smile so wide. ♥

RJY as usual is love, can't wait for his movies to come out!

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Okay. They should make a decent romcom drama for park so dam. She can play yoo ah in's little sister that he love so much so he's extremely angry when he find out she's dating ryu joon yeol, his enemy in kindergarden!
Ow yeah right, we'll need one more girl to complete the love square. Park bo young is the leader in kindergarden. She's so fearless that YAI and RJY admire her so much :D
The end!

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