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Sung Hoon lands leading role in pre-produced rom-com drama

Sung Hoon has landed a lead role in an upcoming pre-produced drama, capitalizing on his recent and growing wave of popularity (thanks in large part to his crowd-pleasing loveline with Shin Hye-sun in Five Kids; he was also a cute sidekick in last year’s Oh My Venus). He’ll be the leading man in a rom-com that appears to be going by the English title My Secret Romance, although the Korean title means more along the lines of “frustrating romance” or “you-drive-me-crazy romance.” (I can see why they opted against a literal translation; the term gets a bit lost in translation.)

The plot sounds cute: In a dating world fully of busy people who tend to flirt and chase “some” relationships rather than having meaningful connections that allow them to show their true feelings, our main couple has a one-night stand. They meet again three years later, whereupon they kick off a shaky push-pull romance that’ll keep them on their toes as they fall in love.

Sung Hoon plays Jin-wook, a second-generation chaebol who only dates casually until he meets the heroine, and starts to change. He’s the type of guy all the woman are crazy about, but he doesn’t particularly feel anything for them and enjoys partying and going to clubs, always finding himself in the spotlight wherever he goes. He and the heroine, a perpetually single 25-year-old named Yumi, meet at a Jeju resort and get caught up in a series of misunderstandings and accidents. She’s a bit prim and doesn’t bother to wear makeup or do her hair, but somehow they get caught up in the mood of the night; she’s initially charmed by his sly, playful personality and they spend the night together.

But in the morning, she’s gone: “She disappears like the wind like Cinderella, leaving behind one shoe, and after that night, he becomes romantically handicapped, like he’s been caught up in a spell.” He’s irrationally angry with her for leaving without a word, or even telling him her last name, though he tells himself it’s because she’s insulted him.

Three years later, the couple runs into each other again: He’s completely changed, turning into a prickly workaholic corporate director who no longer parties or even enjoys his life, focusing solely on his job. Although thinking of Yumi still angers him, he’s been unable to throw away the shoe she left behind. One day she suddenly turns up as the new nutritionist at the company cafeteria, and although they pretend not to remember each other, as they dance around their physical attraction (and memories of that one night), they begin to wonder if this could turn into anything more, or if it’ll just end up hurting them.

My Secret Romance was selected in the 2015 Top Creator Audition held by KOCCA, the Korea Creative Content Agency, and is being produced by Godin Media, which produced the currently airing remake drama 1% of Anything. Directing will be PD Kang Chul-woo, who is also directing 1% of Anything, as well as both seasons of Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong. The drama will be 100 percent pre-produced, and while there’s no broadcast information yet, it’s calling itself a “global romance” project that is aiming for a multinational and multi-platform release, online as well as on television. That seems rather ambitious in scope to me, but I’d be satisfied if it turns out to be another cute, sweet romance on a small cable outlet, like 1% of Anything, which is my favorite currently airing show of the moment.

I’m not sure if it’s just that the descriptions provided were more thorough than usual, or because they were well-written to cater to my romance-loving heart, but this kind of story premise is exactly my kind of catnip, so I’ll be keeping a close watch on updates. My Secret Romance is aiming for a release sometime in the first half 2017.

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Ooh I like him a lot so this sounds nice.

But the word preproduced scares me a bit. After the messes that were UF and ML idk what to think anymore....

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Good point, but 1% of Anything was also pre-produced, and I'm absolutely loving it so far. Fingers crossed it'll stay good and that this one will be as well!

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He was so good in Noble, my Love the webisode series too. As long as they have good scripts going in they should be fine. The recent missteps from certain dramas are almost certainly because of overhyped projects coupled with a real lack of ~modern~ vision.

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Can they took a female lead in noble my love for the heroine..huhu i really miss them as couple

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Took the words right out of my mouth. I mean, I'm sure there's still hope for pre-produced dramas. I'm sure we can't judge them all just yet.

However, this does not change the fact that when scrolling down dramabeans this evening, I saw Sung Hoon's face first. I smiled.

But then I saw the words 'pre-produced' and threw my hands to cover my eyes like someone had thrown acid in my face, all the while shrieking "Noooooooooo!"

...So, other than a few dozen traumatised beanies, I'm sure we have nothing to worry about. As of yet. Hopefully. Maybe.

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Noble, my love..first time i know sung hoon in role play.. He was so good

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Just happy to see SH landing a lead role!! Would be interesting to see the before and after of the 3 years and how he changes for the heroine as they sort out their feelings. XD

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You mean two people will actually have sex in a drama *gasp* and noone will get pregnant?? *gaaaaasp*

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And one of them gets to have sex with Sung Hoon... Sign me up! As long as there's no amnesia or truck of doom- it sounds like a pretty good gig for the female lead.

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I volunteer!! *insert katniss gif*

Yeah, I really hope the drama will be as much fun as it sounds!

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Sounds good, but who is the female lead. Also, they are always going with the girl next door for the women. That is not reality. There are some women who are very attractive Plain Jane's but not many.

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Some idol girl, no doubt. Who will look nothing like the girl next door.

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Sung SWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON

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lol yesss

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Took the words right out if my mouth! Funny he got that nickname long before Five Children and then Shin Hye-sun's character literally did swoon in his arms during their first kiss. lol

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I loved him so much in Five Kids! I'm so happy he finally gets a leading role, can't wait to watch him. Is it too much if I ask for Shin Hye-sun to be his leading lady?

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+1

I loved those two together so much. They had an on-screen chemistry that made me super invested in a way I haven't felt for YEARS.

I know it's not a habit of dramaland to keep pairing certain actors together, but man, the things I would do to see it happen with these two...! ;-; We can keep hoping.

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These two (Shin Hye Sun and him) must date...I saw a couple interviews of his where he's openly expressed that he is interested in her but what's with her?? Please date him...My Sung Swooon! Panda :)

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i would like a link for the interview..... for a friend....
ahhh but i really wish that the female lead would have as good chemistry as shin hye sun and he did!

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Hope Shin Hye Sun would be the heroine, their chemistry is so perfect, am dying for them to be together again.

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Amen to that.

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I'm going to die of happiness if that happens.

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It would seem to be too much (and too good to be granted) but hell yes please! They're perfect!

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Yes, Shin Hye-Sun please!!!!!!!!!!

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Lol, I slightly cringe whenever I see the word chaebol now, but I like the sound of the plot and think Sung Hoon will make the character pretty funny and lovable so I'm in. Also curious as to who will be the leading lady.

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Yes, plot does sound cute. Hope they'll find a good female lead. I look forward to this.

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Chaebol. Playboy. Meets heroine. Heroine is frumpy. One-night stand.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Oh well....

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I thought that too, but then he seems to no longer be a playboy after the 3 years! Hopefully the frumpiness would have changed in the time lapse too.

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I didn't know he was on that program and was it subbed by anyone?

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I watched episode 11 last night and now I ship Han Ye-ri and Lee Seo-jin together. I know right,they`re probably the oddest couple but surprisingly it works. Ye-ri`s so cute and well Seo-jin was just being his grumpy tsundere self. I want them to meet soon!!

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Oh they sound great together. Off-topic but I by chance came upon a clip of my ear candy...and guess what, it was hyeri and jang geun suk. When he said deok sun ah I think I died lol. It's just she goes so well with that name so oddly even jgs calling her that sounds beyond adorable.

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OMG YASSSSSS.

I've loved Sung Hoon ever since his debut in New Tales of Gisaeng! He was a bit rusty then, but he's grown so much as an actor….omo omo I'm SO excited!!!!

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My interest just went up after reading about the "1%" connection. One Percent is so good and is also pre produced.

I really liked Sung Hoon in "New Tales of Gisaeng" and thought he'd have hit it big sooner.

Am really looking forward to this drama, especially since it's on cable. Cable shows are just more realistic.

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Wow, the drama plot is more descriptive than usual. It sounds great.

I liked Sung Hoon in OMV. He is so handsome and this role sounds perfect for him.

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Yes, this are really good news!!

He was just adorable and amazing in Five Kids. I'm really glad he got a main role!

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So happy for him, he has been in tons of dramas (often unpopular ones) and I was scared he would always be stuck in small roles.
Thank you dramaland for proving me wrong.
Hope his drama would get at least decent ratings
And the story sounds too...non-drama type? Like, since when do k-drama female leads have one night stand?

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I am pretty sure I remember at least two dramas with ons but yes, they usually don't know about protection and girl gets pregnant, so they still have to meet again after

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I think his popularity started with him joining Cool Kiz on the block swimming edition, he was great there and he is a really good swimmer, afterwards KBS cast him in five children, it was nearly same as Jota of MadTown suddenly rising to fame after Cool Kiz Judo

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I want Park So Dam in this... she's so cute

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Oh, I love 1% of anything and I've liked this actor in both Five kids and Oh My Venus.
I hope this project is aired in the first half of 2017.

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Not familiar with him, but my interest is piqued. The drama sounds cute and light, and I'm already looking forward to it. I wonder who will be cast as the heroine?

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Sounds a little like that Lee Min Ki movie, Ordinary Couple, or is it Romance?

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YAY!!

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Everything about this makes me happy!!

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Even "pre-produced" part?

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That especially!

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After how well 1% is going, yes!! ?

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Can someone explain to me why Dbeanies are against preproduced dramas? I thought that's what we fans needed to avoid the dropped story lines, plot holes and the physical stress on the actors?

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Oh wow!!!! I have been waiting for Sung Hoon to be cast as led inthe drama and finally he has!!
So excited for his new drama plus the story sounds cute too!

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the plot sounds interesting :D

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He is GREAT in new tales of gisaeng..

and well this one sounds like fated to love you minus the second lead...

too much run of the mill stuff.. don't know how will they make it interesting

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I suddenly feel sad, having sex with Sunghoon and then meeting him again three years after and he is still single and not married and finally falls in love with you, I am getting very pessimistic lately and all that romance seems to go for someone else and all those Sunghoons are too for someone else, romance only exists in dramas or in other people's lives, I probably should go see a shrink, lol
On topic: I am yet to get to know Sunghoon the actor, but I already met Sunghoon the swimmer in Cool Kiz on the block, fell in love with him and was inspired to finally learn swimming, so hope he does well, as many here I am scared of the word " pre-produced" cause I am traumatised by MlSHR

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Lol, we all get that feeling Nutini! It'll happen :D. It might not be drama-like but an open heart is bound to get someone walking in.

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Thank you, glad I am not the only one,hahaha, I just want it happen while I am still more or less young and beautiful, it is taking so long

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Gurlllll, I feel ya. I think I need a shrink too. I'm currently online dating and man, it's so hard finding a decent man. I feel downright dejected at dating in this day and age. Everything is a "some" relationship.

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Agree, i always wonder why there are so many nice girls but decent man seems like an extinct species nowadays, lol, looks like a worldwide problem, keep meeting people btw, don't get disheartened, remember, you need to kiss several frogs before you get your prince, I mean I was online dating in a different country and after like 6 frogs 7th one was a great guy, unfortunately I had to leave and we broke up, but in a country I live now online dating really sucks *sigh*

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Ughhh I get it. Being the single friend can get frustrating. Lately been feeling like I'm gna end up growing old all alone...with maybe a cat.. I'd say dog but dogs are too cheerful&loving in my experience..a sad existence is what I'm expecting. Then my friends try to snap me out of it. But I guess we will see.. aha. :)

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LOL, you made me smile, thank you, you sound like a very interesting person to be with)) But my problem is I don't like animals in the apartment, I would die lonely,lol

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Pls cast Choi Yeo Jin for the female lead. Pls cast Choi Yeo Jin for the female lead. Pls cast Choi Yeo Jin for the female lead. Pls cast Choi Yeo Jin for the female lead. Pls cast Choi Yeo Jin for the female lead. Pls cast Choi Yeo Jin for the female lead.

This sounds cute and she would be perfect for the role.

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I've liked him since "Faith." (Not everyone can rock a long white wig.)

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Agree! He looks hot and mysterious in Faith.

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true! that white hair, the mysterious aura around him, the way he moved around... not to mention that he actually learnt how to play that flute.

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I'll watch!

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I just died and went to heaven!!!
My crush in the kind of stories I totally go gaga over....gaaaaaaah.
The man is beyond sexy.
Please...let the heroine be someone I can stand.

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That drama is so watchable that I've dropped everything else. And ended up marathoning Drinking Solo. And I wasn't even a HSJ fan.

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I sat through most of Tales of Gisaeng for him, glad to see he finally gets to be the lead again. That voice(and body) ? ?

Hope this gets broadcast on cable. And if they're going international, I'm holding my breath for the leading lady; please let it be an actress in every sense...

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oh wow, so this drama that godinmedia instragram admin talking about. 1% of anything driving me crazy with just less than 40minutes/eps so I want more and start lurking in any social media.
I hope they casting Jeon Somin, she's so good this character right up her alley.

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....Ladies and gentleman, let's start the prayers now. We most certainly don't want an idol as the heroine. Lord, let it be an actress we can all stand. Thank you!

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...and not to look like I am dictating to you Lord, I don't mind park min young or Go Joon Hee (she was pretty).

Geeez! Go joon Hee and Sung Hoon???? The hotness!

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I hope the female lead his couple in "noble, my love"

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That would be really nice I think as well but to be honest, it would be nice to see him with a different actress and see if he can get the same kind of chemistry going XD

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You need to see his other dramas . Several other actresses, always mega chemistry.

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I will watch this!

I have a trust in the production team all the way, they have come out with this lovable, on-point little gem that is 1% of something.

And Sung Hoon is just adorable in five kids and OMV, i hope they can pick a female lead who can create a great chemistry like HSJ-JSM.

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Omo! Sung Hoon acting as chaebol in another pre produced drama? Already SWOONING over the news.
He'll be more than prefect as a chaebol like his role as CEO LEE KANG HOON in NOBLE MY LOVE (based on a very popular webtoon) which was also pre produced and was very popular online last year. It's only 15 mins 20 episodes and I marathoned it in 1 night. After that I've rewatched it like more than 20 times. NML was so popular, my daughter told me she overheard a group of ladies talking about it during lunch. To me he was better in that drama than 5 Enough and his chemistry with the lead actress there is also better.
Who else but Sung Hoon in this coming pre produced drama! Just cant wait!???

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Oh my. This sounds so good. Hope they will choose a great lead actress for this. Jung Yu Mi is all I can think of right now.

Okay. Now I can't wait for this... Show please come faster~

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In 1%of Anything (which has become my joint no 1 alltime favourite rom com), when Jae In told Dada that he's bought her apartment, I screamed as he reminded me so much of Lee Kang Hoon of Noble My Love. Their characters are so similiar indeed!

Like Ha Suk Jin in 1% of Anything, Sung Hoon will nail his chaebol role in this coming drama to perfection. These 2 and their dramas are my Happy Pills.

So GOOD to hear this after fearing the worst when 1% of anything ends.

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I've read tons of books with the same plot and then some dramas, but hey, it's cute and sweet. I don't mind seeing another one of its kind as long as there's plenty of heart in its story-telling. Yey for Sunghoon finally landing a lead. Please let the heroine be a good actress.

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Now searching for potential female lead. I'm secretly want Kim So Eun but I know she will not be available since she is busy with Our Gabsoon at least until early next year.

So who? Kim Seul Gi - god I have mentioning her name everywhere though. Lee Yoo Bi will be a good choice too. But I feel like I want Hwa Young too because Sung Hoon - Hwa Young will be so gorgeous on screen.?

If they still want to cast idol, cast someone who can act. This drama is about romance , good acting and chemistry are all needed.

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Pretty sure they got this plot from my daydreaming/fantasies.. aha. Seriously though the plot is a story I've had multiple times running through my head. And to have Sung Hoon play the lead.. ? praying to the drama gods that the female lead will have sizzling chemistry with him. Even tho Sung Hoon could have chemistry with a rock he's so..???????

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I've liked him since Faith. His get up looked like that of an anime character there ?
Glad he finally got a leading role and the plot sounds nice too!

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Ah. Good luck. He's cute. His acting is OK in my opinion... not quite there but not terrible. I'd check it out.

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Yaasssss! Sung Hoon & a not-so-chaste romance is right up my alley. Though who would run out on a guy who looks like that? Since they started off the romance with a ONS, I am preparing for a lot of cheeky flirting (like Kang Chul teasing OYJ about the 4th romance style). Oooh can Sung Hoon bring back LJS's winks, please?!

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After debuting as the lead of the KBS weekend drama 'New Tales of Gisaeng', I thought Sung Hoon would be juggling major roles in dramas from then on. Im Soo-hyang seemed to be everywhere but Sung Hoon just seemed to fade into obscurity. I do think his role in 'Faith' brought him a lot of attention because it starred Lee Minho, but it was a supporting role playing a man of few words. I think the popularity of the mobile drama 'Noble My Love' coupled with his stint on 'Cool Kiz On the Block' was his big break to landing roles in major dramas again. Getting all this popularity from the KBS' weekend drama 'Five Kids' is like him coming full circle. His first drama was the 50 ep KBS weekender New Tales and now the 50+ ep KBS weekender 'Five Kids' has truly made him an actor whose star is on the rise.

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I like Korean drama they are all brilliant actor, but when I watched the Five Kids I am so impressed so much with Sung Hoon, his acting is brilliant, incomparable, plus his flawless physique, stunning to any outfit he wore, well modulated voice, his comedic timing is par excellence. So happy and excited that he is the main role. My wish is Shin Hye Sun will be his partner again, their chemistry is 100 percent +++, so adorable.

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I nominate Park Jin Joo!

I'm sick of setting her in these little roles that she shines in but no one (casting directors) seems to take note. She's currently playing the nurse on Jealousy Incarnate.

She's usually stuck being the lead female's best friend.

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Reading the plot, I think I read a book with the same story. But the girl there is a painter.

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When I read the plot it reminded me of a Turkish drama called ask ve ceza which means love and punishment. It has a really similar story, the only difference is that she acutually had sex with him because she discovered that her fiance was having an affair so she wanted to take revenge by sleeping with someone else, and she actually gets pregnant and raises the child alone till she meets him again. Anyway I am really excited for this because I love sung hoon.

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