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Kim Myung-min, Ryu Hye-young, Kim Bum, and Lee Jung-eun confirmed for new JTBC drama


Kim Bum, Lee Jung-eun, Kim Myung-min, Ryu Hye-young

Upcoming drama Law School tells the story of Korea’s most prestigious and competitive law school professors and students becoming involved in an unprecedented case regarding a campus mystery. Recently, Kim Bum (Mrs. Cop 2), Lee Jung-eun (Once Again, When the Camellia Blooms), Kim Myung-min (Miracle That We Met), and Ryu Hye-young (Eun-joo’s Room, Answer Me 1988) confirmed their casting in Law School.

Kim Myung-min stars as a former-prosecutor-turned-criminal-law-professor who has stepped on an elite path his entire life. His venomous wit and blunt manner makes him the most dreaded professor amongst students. He has but one philosophy: he’ll tolerate students who do not become excellent legal minds, but he cannot tolerate those who become legal leeches, using the gray lines of the law to profit from injustice.

Ryu Hye-young returns to the smallscreen after a hiatus of two years as a first-year law school student. Coming from extreme poverty, she’s an affirmative action student who wants to break out of her roots and soar. (Lol, it’s like she’s still her character from Answer Me 1988.) Although she’s surrounded by students that make her feel wanting, her passion for the law lets her hold her head high through it all.

Like Ryu Hye-young, Kim Bum is also set to play a first-year law student. He entered with top marks in his class, and on top of that, he has an easygoing leadership when studying in groups. He’s incredibly good-looking, but he has a hidden inner side that belies what’s on the surface.

Finally, Lee Jung-eun plays a former judge who has become a law school professor. She runs her own legal clinic, providing consultations to those who need it. Her anti-authoritarian stance and carefree personality makes her the number one popular professor on campus when it comes to communicating with students. She’s the only person to whom Kim Myung-min’s character reveals his true thoughts.

JTBC drama Law School, directed by Kim Suk-yoon and written by Seo In, will begin airing in the first half of 2021.

Via Hankyung

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Is "Tale of Gumiho" (half/fully) pre-produced or did poor Kim Bum decide that since it's his first drama comeback in 4 years, he basically said "Go big or go home" and the guy decided that he's going to be running between 2 drama sets for the remainder of 2020?? 🤔🤔😞😞

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The Gumiho tale starts soon and this law school one won't be until next year.

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I'm curious about the filming schedule for both the dramas though.... More often than not, a drama that intents to be at LEAST half pre-produced will have delays happen and then the filming schedule catches up to them and they end up in live-shoot mayhem.

As for this new drama, since new articles are already out about it, then that means it's starting to go into pre-production status (and then full-production status is when the camera starts rolling)

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Oh well, so much for my plans to throttle back my kdrama viewing next year...

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😅😅😅

Time to start collecting dramas to watch, God forbid another worldwide shutdown/quarantine happens, now that we’re approaching flu season in addition to having Co-Vid??

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No doubt, but I can almost sense my Kindle and DVR eyeing me with seething resentment.

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HAHAHA 😂

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Reminds me if SSR doing Vagabond and TLE concurrently and then Perfume and somehow managed to squeeze in a musical or two in between. I wanted to learn time management skills from his team and wondered if he had a time turner at that time 🤭.

Anyways...I came to a conclusion, some actors/tress like to work in on go and grab all opportunities they get. They go all out for a period of time and then they lay low for a period of time and then they comeback....or not comeback at all like Wonbin 🤣. Hahahaha

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Ooopss one not on 😅.....some actors/tress like to work in ONE go and grab all opportunities they get.

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.... which is what I’m sure Kim Bum is doing, since it’s his first come back in 4 years, but it doesn’t mitigate my worries for his health. Yet, if he thinks he is well enough to do all of this, then it should be okay??? But then I’m reminded of Kim Jung Hyun who everyone (and maybe he, himself, as well) thought that he was physically and mentally well enough to do another drama, but it turns out that he wasn’t and then he chose to drop out of the drama half way (I’m referring to his drama with SNSD’s Seohyun, “Time”)

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Concerns for health is always valid. I'm sure actors/tress have a team to advice them and some just have higher tolerance for higher workload. Hopefully they don't forget to eat healthy and stay healthy both physically and mentally.

For KJH's case...in my personal opinion, I think method acting got the best of him. He was so into the character to a point it muddled real life and reel. The acting was realistic but the character was awful. Not only was the character an entitled chaebol with moral issues, he also had an inoperable brain tumor.

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Hopefully Kim Bum has a good team of people around him and who work for him, because we know that’s not always the case, especially in the Korean entertainment industry 😩😩 I will leave it at that and refrain from name dropping the not-so-good people/agencies

Yea, I can’t say much about KJH’s situation, just that it was really unfortunate

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Yeah plus Kim Bum had a big health scare doing Padam Padam a while back. I heard it wrecked his organs or something like that :O As for Kim Jung Hyun, yeah he looked so rail thin and sick in Time. He was amazing in Time but man he really got a second shot with CLOY, and hopefully is doing better. The sad thing is that K-entertainment is ruthless and you've to strike when the iron's hot, so you gotta take whatever is offered to you, and if you don't it'll be like Kim Jae Wook who turned down lead roles after Coffee Prince. After that, he said he had to wait a decade to get leading roles, like damn :O

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Yea, Kim Bum developed degenerative (meaning that his condition will never be fully healed, he can only maintain his current condition or get worse) arthritis after drastically losing weight for his role in “Padam Padam” (it’s the reason I FREAKED OUT when Lee Joon Gi lost all that weight for his role in “Moon Lovers”, thankfully, he seems to be doing okay).

Here’s to definitely hoping that Kim Jung Hyun is doing better 👌🏻👌🏻

I read from an interview a while back that it was actually a conscious choice that Kim Jae Wook made to take on non-leading roles/roles that he personally connected with even if it wasn’t a leading one, because he felt much more comfortable that way, but you’re totally right about how crucial it is, especially in the Korean entertainment industry—to strike when the iron is hot— where competition is so high and the need to stay relevant and trending is a matter of life and death for one’s career.... At the same time, that’s actually a really scary thought and a really scary way to live by, imo

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@bebeswtz Yep. Oh didn't know that his condition can never be healed though :( His best friend Jung II Woo also has an undiagnosed tumor that is like a ticking time bomb :(

KJH said that Byu Yohan, Suho, & others from his alma mater Korea National University helped him during his difficult time. He took a yr off to heal, I will say that he's very lucky he's talented/a man b/c he came back w/ a smash hit b/c the writer was a fan. She was met with some pushback from the PD, but thankfully it went through.

I feel like character actors (Oh Jung Se/Sung Dong II/Ra Miran and such) have the juicer and interesting roles. Plus the fact that they don't need to adhere to a certain image as well.

"where competition is so high and the need to stay relevant and trending is a matter of life and death for one’s career.... At the same time, that’s actually a really scary thought and a really scary way to live by, imo." This 100% ^^ Also some actors don't want to be mega Hallyu stars, and I think that plus the added wattage in Korea w/ dating/spotlight can be very heavy on an actor there. But yeah its very daunting, so I don't blame an actor if they decide to take a break/lose their popularity given how high the competition there is.

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Jung Il Woo’s tumour has been diagnosed as a cerebral aneurysm (risk of ballooning of blood vessel) but the risk of it rupturing (exploding, possibly causing a stroke) is fairly low.

It’s good to know that Kim Jung Hyun had a band of people surrounding him who have, and hopefully continue to be, helped him through his difficult time 😊😊

Oh Jung Se and Ra Mi Ran are also very experienced and very well-respected seniors in the industry, who, I agree, do not have to adhere to a certain image— very unlike the newer generation of actors/actresses who are also “idols” and those who never graduated from acting school before beginning their careers

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@bebeswtz I'm loving this talk btw! Super fascinating, thanks for letting me indulge in this! That's good to hear, still though Jung said he got the news of his results from the car crash/his lead role in High Kick! around the same time. Doctors said to rest or else it'll cause more pain, but he couldn't give up that opportunity so he did High Kick! What I hear, that caused his tumor to fester and grow more :(

If only we had more good support group like KJH had. Seriously he was in scary waters around that time. I'm glad he was able to get the help/treatment for his issue. Time was a heavy doozy of a show for everyone involved.

Yeah I feel like w/ social media influence and such, its more of a thing then it was back in the 2000s. Yep, they've the dream career. They get to do what they do, have interesting/fun roles in big projects, and are able to lay low and get married and have kids w/o the fear of being attacked by K-netizens over their choices like other stars do (big or small :( )

I'm indifferent towards idol actors, some impress, and some stay the same but yet continue to get lead roles. I wonder how actors feel about idol actors, I seen those reactions at awards shows & its not pretty lol.

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Ohhh...reading about KJW reminds me of Yoon Shi Yoon and his speech in 1n2ds, he became scared after the success of high kick and baker king: http://m.kpopherald.com/view.php?ud=201606201341084687600_2

“After starring in two hit TV dramas in a row, I was so scared to fail that I hid from the public and stopped everything,” he said. “But when I left to the Army, I realized that other actors my age like Park Shin-hye, Joo Won and many others were always facing hardships, but always trying to overcome them.”

“It’s going to be hard to climb up, and it’s going to be terrifying to fall down. But let’s all give it a go,” Yoon said.
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As for Oh Jung Se and Ra Mi Ran...they are usually supporting actors. In my opinion, supporting actors have more freedom of expression and the characters are usually more juicy compared to the protagonists, plus they don't have to carry the weight of the drama/movie on their shoulders. I think supporting actors/tress are less burdened by public scrutiny, they are allowed to shine and be scene stealers. As for experience and acting skill....supporting cast have much more projects, they're basicly everywhere 😆. For exp: OJS and RMR has about +/- 70 projects each. As a comparison, drama lead X and drama lead Y in the same age bracket (born in 70s) only has 30 projects each and both debuted way earlier than OJS and RMR.

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@katakwasabi Oh for sure! Even if one has a hit drama, you need to follow that up w/ a hit drama or film in order to remain at that level. What I notice is one has to do both film/tv (have a hit in one or both) in order to remain relevant. As for YSH, that makes sense, sometimes people don't want to be huge stars b/c of the burden. It does suck that as a result, their roles/scripts diminish and they get less opportunity to be in something that can hit it big.

I remember Joo Won also said that he had a hard time b/c compared to his peers, he isn't as popular. And this is someone who had multiple hit tv shows/Daesang. Damn, it must be stressful to retain one's status. As they say, connections are very vital.

Supporting actors have it the best, they get to star in hit dramas/films, but also retain their lifestyle and get married/have kids. It def. shows how much there is to maintaining your career, and that there's more than meets the eye that we as a general public don't know about it.

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Hahaha. @bebeswtz the discussions are under my comment, I was here from the start 🤣

Opinion about idol actors: some are just shoved in dramas as leads and I don't/can't really blame idols. Thinking about it many idols actually want to be actors but are shoved into idol-land to get recognition. Also why would they decline a lead role if its offered to them? They are grabbing an opportunity. Many senior actors are idols themselves. Coffee Prince YEH waa an idol, Jang Nara was an idol, Eric Mun was an idol, even Son Ho Jun started as a singer. I do feel bad for actual rookie actors who have no idol background since they don't have the same public recognition as their idol counterparts.

I don't really have issues with idols getting into dramas. It's better if they take supporting roles and build an acting career. But some are just talented and deserve their leading roles like DO, UEE, Im Si Wan.

I agree about social media has an influence to k-ent in general. Nowadays everything is scrutinized. Old gen actors definitely had more freedom to explore roles back then when SNS was not big.

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@bebeswtz Haha! Thanks for letting me indulge in this thread with you and @katakwasabi!

The reason being why idol actors are so many is b/c Acting has more longevity than singing (idols), and more respect too. I seen the reactions whenever idols perform and its hilarious how much the actors have contempt for them :3

For me its indifference. If nepotism is a thing in Hollywood, its idols actors in K-drama land. So many are shoved down our throats and given lead roles off the bat despite their lack of talent. For me I've more of an issue when pretty actresses can't emote properly b/c they want to be look pretty rme. I want to see someone surprise like Nana (ITR), and not be afraid of looking messy/unkempt/emotive too.

With more avenues (Web dramas/Kakao even joining), it does seem like more opportunity for everyone but it doesn't seem that way imo. KBS/MBC/SBS have cut down their dramas this yr, and ratings have been down minus 3 dramas. I wonder what the future will hold...

Old gen actors had it the best (Free to choose w/o much scrutiny), and more chances to shine too. I'll say that for females, its harder to see a big Hallyu star like a SHK or JJH now than for male stars. There's just less opportunities and roles for young female stars to expand/grow in their career which is quite sad. Add to that SNS/the intense scrutiny in S.K, then yeah today's actors have it hard since many now have to sing, model, M.C/host, & etc on top of acting. Yikes :O

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Wow Kim Bum again? Busy year, huh?

Unni is a lawyer again!

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I was wondering what she’s been up to since R88.
Finally, a new project for Unni!

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I've wanted this for Ryu Hye-young SO BADLY!

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It's kinda sad but not surprising that out of the whole Reply 88 cast that she hasn't broken through or gotten any substantial roles whatsoever. At least she finally got a lead role though since Reply. The cast/crew behind it are very good, kudos to her and her agency for getting her this!

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Yay! Glad to see some favorite old timers back. Kim freaking Myung-min especially <3.

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Just my opinion, KMM is the apex of the Korean acting pyramid and second place is rather a long way down (so I guess more of an isosceles structure than a pyramid?)

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He is always hard on himself. He never think he's good enough.
My very first Kim Myung Min drama (The Immortal Lee Soon-shin 2004) was 100+ episodes. He was so good I watched all 104 episodes.
I'm a fan for life! These kind of actors makes K-drama magical.

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Kim Myung Min!!! The last drama I watched him in was The Miracle We Met. One of my favourites of 2018. Recently I watched him in movie A Day, it was a good thriller movie 😆.

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Seconding this excitement. If he's in it I'm watching it.

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I'm so happy to see that people here are Kim Myung-Min fans. I personally discovered his awesome acting talents in Miracle We Met. I read an interview of his after that drama aired where he discussed his frustrations about not receiving acting offers and had contemplated retiring. So yeah, I'm looking forward to this drama too!

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Like the cast. The law school setting is at least a bit different from most legal dramas.

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Funny- I went to a very good law school but don't recall being asked to solve a mystery. I feel short changed.

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Me too, but can you imagine if we had a kdrama level mystery in law school. Lol, would it be in torts, crim law or God forbid Property with a dash of evidence. Heheh, I assume where ever you are from we take similar law classes, if not nevermind.😁

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The basic courses are essentially the same everywhere- it is only the really specialized courses which differ- for instance I took a course in the law of Oil and Gas, as well as Energy Regulation. But Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Torts and Property Law are courses everyone would take everywhere.

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Am I happy that Kim Bum is back and doing projects" Yes. Am I concerned about his health? Very much so.

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Wow, Im looking forward to this!
*I would Love Law school-line, for a change :)

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I hope it won't turn like How to Get Away with Murderer.

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This. Now this is a cast I can definitely get behind.

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Excited for this, although as @neener said, I too got my degree from kdramas, I have never been to law school, so I look forward to getting the education along with my degree. Lol

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Yehey to a new course for us to get our law degree majoring in Kdramas or is it the other way around? lol

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ryu hye young!!??!?!?! WHERE HAS SHE BEEEN had a teensy crush on ha

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Sounds interesting to me

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