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Kim Dong-joon charms Shin Ye-eun in JTBC’s More Than Friends

A new video teaser has been released for JTBC’s new youth rom-com More Than Friends (formerly Number of Cases), featuring the main trio: Shin Ye-eun (Welcome), Ong Sung-woo (A Moment at Eighteen), and Kim Dong-joon (Chief of Staff 2).

The story is about two friends, played by Shin Ye-eun and Ong Sung-woo, who have had a will-they-won’t-they relationship over the past 10 years. Although Shin has always been aware of her feelings for Ong, she is starting to feel cursed by her long-standing crush and failed attempts at love. All the while Ong is only beginning to realize how he really feels and jealousy starts to stir when Kim Dong-joon appears in Shin’s life.

The newly released teaser focuses on Kim Dong-joon’s character, highlighting his sweet and easygoing nature as well as his open approach to befriending Shin Ye-eun.

The video starts with Kim Dong-joon having drinks with Shin Ye-eun. He is initially taken aback by her drunken antics, but quickly smiles in amusement as he follows her out of the restaurant. In voice-over, we hear his proposition: “If you’re trying to figure out whether you can or can’t have good experiences with dating, I’ll do it for you. I’ll be your tester man.” As he speaks, we see the two sharing a drama moment with Shin about to slip and fall backwards when Kim catches her.

A text screen appears, reading: “Lifting the curse of unrequited love.” It cuts to Ong Sung-woo standing in the rain as he watches Kim Dong-joon and Shin Ye-eun drive off together. Ong asks Shin, “What’s your relationship with that CEO? Are you and him dating?” To which Shin replies, “What do you mean by that?” Returning back to Kim Dong-joon with Shin Ye-eun, this time at a library, Kim starts by triumphantly declaring, “I like you,” and quickly cedes, “That was a fail.” In the next scene, he presents her with flowers, explaining, “Bribery, it’s for you to consider me favorably.”

We see a second text screen, which reads: “Prince Charming appears riding a white horse.” Cut to Shin Ye-eun walking with Kim Dong-joon down a road. As he looks at her, he says, “If I continue to have reasonable excuses, keep meeting with me, like right now. Then, at some point, you’ll start liking me.” The teaser comes to a close with Shin standing face-to-face with Kim at the library. And, in voice-over, we hear Ong Sung-woo and Shin Ye-eun announce: “JTBC’s Friday-Saturday drama. A story about friends becoming lovers. More Than Friends. Premieres September 18.

Writing for the drama is Jo Seung-hee and directing will be helmed by PD Choi Sung-beom (My ID Is Gangnam Beauty). JTBC rom-com More Than Friends is currently set to air next month, starting September 18.

Via Hankyung

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I hope this is better than When I Was Most Beautiful, which I found about as interesting as watching weeds grow.

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Glad to know I'm not the only one

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Unrequited love is probably the trope I hate the most.
I keep repeating Gun Woo words in Dinner Mate: unrequited love is not love, it’s violence.

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As someone happily awaiting something like the 25th Jack Reacher novel, familiar, even overused tropes do not bother me as long as they are well done. For love triangles, the cast must have charisma to burn and snappy dialogue is a close second. For When I Was Most Beautiful, after 2 episodes, I had no inkling why any of the three characters would be drawn so quickly to each other, except for their very generic good looks.

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You are totally right about a trope well done.
It's just that unrequited love and child connection are not usually well done, imo.

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HMMMMMMM, idk, maybe it will be interesting.

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I've been soooo looking forward to this since A Moment at Eighteen ended.
I really loved Ong Sung-woo's performance.

Other than Ong Sung-woo, supporting actors are interesting too, P.O (Hotel Del Luna) and Ahn Eun-Jin (Hospital Playlist).

Hope this More Than Friends is going to be good and won't have unbearable second leads, like Dinner Mate...sigh

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Actor 1: https://mydramalist.com/people/15814-ong-sung-woo
Actor 2: https://mydramalist.com/people/1909-kim-dong-jun

I mean, clearly one idol-actor has more experience than the other by working from the bottom up (cameos, dailies, weekenders, supporting roles) while the other got parachuted into a previous main role. Why is the more experienced guy being asked to play such a lame third-wheeler character? I get it if Actor 1 was someone who had serious acting talent but I honestly don't think the gap in acting abilities between the two is that big to warrant this.

That being said, I'm still going to watch the show as I like the leads personally. Writer is an unknown variable, maybe who knows we'll get a really interesting plot.

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I'm guessing Ong was chosen over the other (if its not for acting abilities) because he already has had a leading role previously. This does happen sometime. Some actors have to make their way up by appearing in many shows as minor characters and second leads before they finally land reading role like Park Hyung Shik, Jung Hae In and Lee Kyu Hyung but then some (lucky ig) actors directly get lead roles like Won Jin Ah and Ong Seong Woo here.

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Having said that, Park Hyung-sik and especially Jung Hae-in and Lee Kyu-hyung are great actors. In fact, I hazard to generalize that actors who make their way up usually end up being better actors when they do main roles. By contrast, a lot of these actors who get parachuted in are people who are often people riding on the coat tails of other successes (e.g., success as idols) and it shows in their acting - they're green, if no cringe-worthy. Won Jin-ah and Ong Seong-woo are exceptions though; I think WJA is pretty good and OSW has talent (although he, too, could probably do with some side character experience, if only so that he can learn from other experienced actors).

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Have you seen Ong Seong Wu's debut drama, At Eighteen? Please watch it, and see if him being the lead here is not warranted. He was also a Baeksang nominee this year for the new actor award with just one drama in his acting portfolio.

Sometimes, producers, directors, and writers don't look at who has been in more dramas or who has worked himself from the bottom up. The actor has to fit the role or the character. And maybe you should also get to know Ong Seong Wu. Who's to say that he has it easy?

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I have. He was the protagonist of a school drama. Though I think he didn't show any greenness there, frankly speaking his costar Shin Seung Ho had the tougher character to manage out of the leads and I don't think he blew it out of the water.

I won't pretend that idol life in South Korea is easy: I'm not familiar with the K-pop scene though there are always stories popping out about the cruel life trainees face. Then again, no one in the entertainment industry has it easy. There are so many rookie actors who have to work their way up the ladder just to get seen and I don't think it's right that anyone (even with rightfully deserved fame) gets parachuted into main roles on primetime dramas.

But who knows? Maybe he'll deliver a stunning performance in this one and fit the role really well like you said (though my opinion is that actors should aspire to be able to play different characters no matter what). I do like him from what I saw in his last drama and wish him well. I just hope he doesn't have a lapse and invite criticism if his lack of experience shows in any way.

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OHHH Kim Dong Jun

I might have never noticed him but he guested in RM and left Somin and even me all flustered.
Not that I would watch this drama for him but I will check the posts and scenes to see if it is good.

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Which episode of RM?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVRnI26Hn04
Hey, Beanie sorry for replying late.
This was in the latest ep. He wasn't a guest but he was mentioned here because he made an impression in his last guesting.
He guested in ep 513.

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second lead syndrome here I come πŸ₯³πŸ₯πŸ’™

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Why must the guy realise he loves the girl only when she has other options to love? So I am definitely rooting for the second lead. You cant hate a guy who is giving a girl his undivided attention.

Also.... Why must it often be the case of lets get drunk to get a person to love you in kdramas? Seen so many scenes like this. In real life I doubt its a pretty sight when someone you like starts to puke πŸ₯΄

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It's not my favourite kind of story : when a girl has a crush for a guy who doesn't share her feelings and he's super cold with her and suddenly when she could get over him, he suddenly has feelings for her... I often wish the FL to have more pride and the ML to end up alone...

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And yet Pushkin made a novel out of just such a story which in turn Tchaikovsky turned into an opera called EUGENE ONEGIN. Just sayin....

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I want it in a less tragical way... I mean the FL needs to be happy with someone esle not married to an old general and still in love with the ML...

I think it's why I loved Extraordinary You! The FL falls in love with the sweet guy and not the jerk.

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90% of the time I hate love triangles and it looks like I would hate it here too.

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Hopefully Shin Ye-eun chose a good project this time. I genuinely like her! I think she has talent (as do the other two, for that matter), but Meow was horrible. *shudder*

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I only watched until episode 6 because the leads were so cute but the plot was so weird. Did it get worse afterwards?

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I don't know if it got worse, but it definitely didn't get better. Given how stupid it was to begin with, that alone is an indictment IMO. It doesn't help that I don't like L at all (honestly, I think the cat did a better job acting than L).

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I feel like I'm totally going to like the second male lead more (that is, if I stick with the show). I honestly prefer characters who are certain of how they feel (or who discover their feelings relatively quickly) and act on those feelings over characters whose feelings have been quiescent for a long time. It strikes me as (a) more honest and (b) demonstrative of greater intensity of feeling. I think this is why I like Strong Women Do Bong-soon so much; here was a story where the person who'd be the second lead in any other story was the first lead.

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I cannot look at Kim Dong Joon without seeing Han Ga In.

It definitely doesn't help that I'm currently watching Moon Embracing the Sun.

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Any idea where I will be able to watch this?

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Kim Dong joon "Charms" Woo Yeon?????? More like drounds her in cheeze and force feeds it to her using the job he gave her and her gratefulness as an excuse for never ending meetings. Anyone can see how skeezy he is approaching her especially since he has known of her love for the ML since day 1 at her airport confession as well as the year following where he bought a cellphone that was given the ML old number that she constantly calls when she is feeling down and/or drunk.
He takes his knowledge and weaponizes it to get what he wants. He doesnt tell her when he knows first about the ML's reason for not meeting her at Namsun after she unequivocally gave her answer to his confession at the musical as an emphatic no and sorry. Did it keep the skeeze bucket from waiting outside her house till she got home? No.
The SML is just an opportunist who wants to be desperately loved by someone since his previous history was one of cowardice not telling the girl he loved anything and she ended up marrying his brother! In many ways he is just as screwed up as the ML but simple pure minded innocent girls who give everyone the benefit of the doubt have difficulty separating to posers who use tricks and manipulation and temporatily twist/modify their personalities to get what they want from the guys who let girls see them warts and all. Which one will give buyers remorse eventually girls??? Come on! If the SML was ugly girls wouldnt have the same opinion of him.

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Kim Dong Joon says, β€œIf I continue to have reasonable excuses, keep meeting with me, like right now. Then, at some point, you’ll start liking me.”

How do you girls really feel? Do you want to be with someone who's greatest reason for being with them was they were around until they wore you down?
Look at all the high pressure tricks he uses including the truck load of books he donated to the orphanage.
Compare this to all the things the ML has done for her and protected her from all those years that not only did he not take credit for but actually worked the situation to his own disfavor in order to not lead her on and hurt her when he repressed his feelings for her.

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By EP 10 she tells both suitors she chooses neither and wont meet either then of course she is tricked by the CEO into having dinner in front of the ML and his parents. She should have spit in his face!
The CEO is really disgusting. She should be livid seeing him at the restaurant especially since she told him the last time she wanted it to be the last coincidence. He admits he manipulated her then guilts her to stay saying if she left he would be a laughing stock and of course to prevent that she stays. STUPID. Isnt that just what he deserves for doing that at least? Pushing him to his death outside on the balcony would be better.
After the dinner the SML and FL come out of the restaurant and the ML is about to get in his car. She knows she has screwed up and starts walking to the ML and he gets in the car and leaves. She runs after and gets a taxi to his house, comes to his front door and effectively un wittingly does what the ML used to do to her. be Confusing.
She wants him to know it wasnt a date..... but she doesnt like him.

So why would she want him to know? Why would she come all that way to say that?
When he points that out she changes tactics and attacks like women caught in lies do. Twists it all around to him not waiting quietly as he said he would. Sort of a female version where she hits you and you are supposed to say, Thank you maam may I have another.

So she comes to fix her mistake, admits she was wavering, and then leaves after making it his fault.
She ends up leaving and of course the disgusting and useless CEO is waiting for her outside like the gum on your shoe you cant get rid of again.

It is so beyond reason why any woman would want a relationship with the CEO. He starts humbly but by EP9-10 he is as egotistical as the ML used to be bragging about his wealth and buying her whatever she wants and bragging to her parents, playing tricks against the ML with her parents and just being a general skumbag.
He offers to buy her affections at the restaurant as if she was a mistress. She doesnt have to like him but he will buy her whatever she asks for her affections. She simply declines as if this type of thing is normal in Korea.
How is it even possible he does this while at the same time arranging the words so it appears he is being selfless and caring?
Any scenes with the CEO eventually make you feel like you need a shower and disinfectant as if you were contaminated.
Since the ML confessed he has made 0 mistakes. He has dropped all pretense and ego and spoken as honestly from his heart as he knows how. At the scene in the abandoned amusement park he did this and she responded by accusing him of being arrogant to the end???
She wants her pound of flesh and wont accept an ounce that doesnt come from his heart.......

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