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Choi Ji-woo considers Noh Hee-kyung remake Most Beautiful Goodbye

Oh I would love to see Choi Ji-woo (Woman With a Suitcase) in this remake. Star writer Noh Hee-kyung is remaking her very first drama, The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World, 21 years after the original aired in 1996. The 4-episode MBC mini-drama has since been novelized and made into a stage play and a movie, and is now getting a new life on tvN this winter, just in time for the holidays.

The heartwarming family drama is about a self-sacrificing mother who receives a terminal cancer diagnosis and prepares to say goodbye to her family, and was written by Noh as a tribute to her own mother two years after her death. I know, prepare ALL of the tissues. It was the work that made Noh Hee-kyung famous, and earned her a Baeksang with her debut television series.

The drama was originally being planned for a revival on MBC, but the strike brought it over to tvN, where it will now be helmed by Dear My Friends’ PD Hong Jong-chan. That can only mean good things… as long as you enjoy being emotionally gutted and drained of all your tears. But hey, that’s what we’re signing up for with this series, right?

Won Mi-kyung (All’s Well With a Happy Home) will play the leading role of the thankless, devoted mother who was never appreciated by her family (played by Na Mun-hee in the original). She gets a late-stage cancer diagnosis, bringing her ungrateful kids, husband, and mother-in-law together in support of her at the very end of her life. Kim Young-ok (Dear My Friends) will reprise her role from the original series as the mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s, and Choi Ji-woo is considering an offer to costar as the daughter (played by Lee Min-young in the original). The production team and cast for the remake is lining up to be pretty amazing, and I’m hoping that since it’s a short series, Choi Ji-woo won’t hesitate to sign on.

The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World will follow Saturday-Sunday drama Revolutionary Love this December.

Via DongA

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Ugh Break my heart, why don’t you

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Huh, weird. They aged up the daughter (20-year old Lee Min-young to 42-year old Choi Ji-woo) and the mother-in-law (59-year old Kim Young-ok to her 80-year old self), but not the dying woman (55-year old Na Mun-hee to 57-year old Won Mi-kyung)...

Anyway, I'm a bit more curious about why Noh Hee-kyung wanted to revisit this again for TV. I'm sure she has her usual poignant reasons and profound insights, but I find it interesting since her writing has changed a lot (some say not for the better) over the past two decades.

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I have to agree about her writing changing a lot and that goes for Song Ji-na too.
Noh could do so much better with a director like An Pan-seok than Kim Kyu-tae.

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Hong Jong-chan is not a good fit, either. I don't know if her writing rebounded at all on Dear My Friends (sad to say, but I doubt it :( ), because his directing was so frantic and ~quirky I couldn't stomach it.

She would be great with Ahn Pan-seok, I agree! Or Kim Jin-min, who would do a great job with the raw emotion she still has somewhere inside her.

I wouldn't bet on Choi Ji-woo being the next Han Go-eun or Kim Min-hee, so the only element out of all this that looks promising is Kim Young-ok imo.

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Yea "Dear my Friends" was not up to par with her earlier works.
The strength of the show for me was the strong and reliable veteran cast. What a dream team! From Go Hyun-jung to the oldest Kim Young-ok.

Ahn finally is coming back with a drama (yay). Kim Jin-min would have been perfect and maybe Kim Yun-cheol.

I have a sentimental attachment to Choi Ji-woo. She was one of those beautiful faces on tv when I first started watching K dramas.
I don't watch her shows so I'm not sure where she is at with her acting but I do remember that she got criticisms for her acting.

This is definitely going to be a Kim Young-ok show.
I have mixed feelings about this
remake and I don't care as much as I used to.
I'm not even watching anything Korean.

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I hadn't watched anything Korean for a month, and then almost a year before that. Do you go through cycles like that? I really hope you'll be sticking around, whether you're watching or not! (I know I haven't been around much myself :P). Are you watching anything else?

I ended up stockpiling all of Age of Youth 2's episodes in the end, and now I'm watching 3-4 a day haha. I'm only on episode 10 right now, but we should talk about it when I'm finished!! On the one hand, nothing feels really ~necessary about it as a sequel, but on the other, PSY is pouring her heart out and her script might be even better than last time! Plus Eun is my spirit animal.

Choi Ji-woo is super cute! I just don't think she can do Noh Hee-kyung (and I don't think she's going to turn around her entire career in a NHK drama like those other ladies, all the more because NHK dramas aren't what they used to be.)

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Thanks to Park's "Age of Youth 2" I had something to watch last month.
I think I've only manage to finish two K-dramas this year.
I want to watch Kim Mu-yeol's drama and Ahn Pan-seok of course is a must.

I enjoy glossing over historical series from other countries and I've been watching a few Islamic historical series. Very interesting and captivating for a newbie like me.
I'm also watching "The Good Doctor" with my mom. What's not to love about Freddie Highmore? 😍

Oh I tried to watch "The Americans but it's not available for free viewing yet :(.
Are you done with "The Sopranos?" Hope you are enjoying it.

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That sucks about The Americans :( Hopefully it'll become available soon!

I'm on Season 4 of The Sopranos. Halfway through season 1 I fell madly in love with it, Jersey or no, but Season 4 is a big letdown after Season 2 and 3, which were insanely good. As is often the case with American television, there are a couple of characters that are being handled in ways I really don't agree with.

Did you finish your Turkish drama? Islamic historical dramas sound really, really cool. I haven't watched a sageuk in way too long.

Am I crazy or is Age of Youth 2 better than Age of Youth? I feel like I have to go back and rewatch to confirm, but I am so completely in awe of Park Yeon-seon's script this time around. The only thing that really bugs me is Park Hye-soo's absence. I also kind of miss Yi-na, but PYS has a couple personality types she just really, really gets, and gruff tomboys like Eun are one them (the other being crazy girls like Ji-won, Dong-ah in WR, Ji-ho in AIL, etc haha).

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I want to believe her genius is dormant and she can still go back, but she gives us less and less hope with each new project. Red Candy was beautiful, but it was like seven years ago now...

I need to learn Korean so I can better appreciate her golden years, beyond Goodbye Solo and More Beautiful Than a Flower. I call myself a Noh Hee-kyung fan and yet I've never seen the original version of this, or The Reason I Live, etc.

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Noh hee kyung is coming back! *prepare for red carpet and a box of tissues*

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Well to be fair No He Kyung is coming back with the drama "LIVE" with Kwang Soo and Jung Yoo Mi, the filming starts in november.
This drama is only a remake from one of her old works.

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UH YES YES YES YES YES. Choi Jiwoo in a mellow. I mean her crying scene on Twenty Again made me bawled, this one might made me idk man.

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*grabbing tissue already * 😭😭😭😭😭😭

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Choi Ji-woo is one the first kdrama actress I saw on local television, so of course no matter how tragic this is gonna end, you can bet I'm still gonna watch this, so you can stop giving me reasons to watch it now.

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I have a soft spot for her. My mom loves her to pieces. She was one of the earlier pioneers of the Hallyu wave. Choi and Bae Yong-joon are my mom's favorite OTP.
Early 1990s started the Hallyu breakthrough first in mainland China with "Jealousy" and "What Is Love." Too bad I can't find subs :(.

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Further confirmation this whole thing is a terrible idea.

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