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New stills featuring Ji Chang-wook and Kim Ji-won in City Couple’s Way of Love

Ji Chang-wook (Backstreet Rookie) and Kim Ji-won (Arthdal Chronicles) will be starring in City Couple’s Way of Love (a.k.a. City Couple’s Love Method). Recently, stills of this KakaoTV romance drama have been released, featuring the lovely, happy couple.

City Couple’s Way of Love tells the realistic stories of young people trying to survive and thrive in the fast-pace of the city, by putting forth a certain version of themselves. Despite the fast speed of their romance-making, it’s no less passionate or sincere. The first season, My Lovely Camera Thief, explores how these individuals dream of happiness and love while still trying to be true to themselves and to have courage to confront reality directly.

Ji Chang-wook plays a passionate architect who is also a romantic that knows how to love deeply. He hasn’t been able to forget about the lovely camera thief who stole his heart one summer night and disappeared. Kim Ji-won plays the object of his infatuation, a confident freelance marketer who says what’s on her mind. Although her true self is an ordinary woman, she has an alternate personality that is carefree and a little crazy. It’s when she leaves her daily life behind and adopts her carefree personality that she meets Ji Chang-wook’s character.

City Couple’s Way of Love, directed by Park Shin-woo (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay) and written by Jung Hyun-jung (Romance Is a Bonus Book, I Need Romance), will begin airing in December on KakaoTV. It’s being planned as a multiple season drama, but there have been no details on whether or not the cast will reprise roles or rotate from season to season.

Via TenAsia

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Not a JCW stan, but the paint still has me transfixed. Temptation to watch: 5/10.

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I can't even stay awake to read the description.
Any slight connection to Arthdal makes me want to run far far away.
Temptation to watch: -4

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*snorts* we're so scarred

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🤣 🤣 🤣

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I was going to watch Arthdal because Lee Jae Wook is in it. Is it that bad?

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It was bad. The ending was offensively bad. For details check the recaps/comments, or just ask @sicarius.

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There was a scene in Crash Landing in You where Hyun Bin made a puppy face. I had to pause and continue the drama after a week just to shake off the annoyance I had with it. I don't know what it is with me and these very specific moments that irk me so much. I'm going to pass on Arthdal then lol

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Nooo wait. I was referring to Memories of Alhambra. Sorry for the confusion.

Has anyone watched it? Is it worth it?

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I sat through an episode of Arthdal, I remember now. One.

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@raunakrjb
LMAO THEY HAD TO BE BOTH SHOWS I SHITPOSTED DIDN'T THEY.

"Is MOA worth it" .... hmmmm. Great question. Depends what you want from a drama.
Do you want good character writing? A plot that makes sense? Any kind of theme at all? Then no. It's not worth it. I personally defenestrated it.
If you just want Hyun Bin being all depressed and relatable and on a drip for 8 hrs, and PSH crying a lot, and a lot of pretty, and maybe some zombies, and a lot of shitposts, and a Game called Jeffrey, and a severe lack of cane swords, then sure, it's worth it...
For LJW? ... his character is minor, but memorable. He acts well. But then it's LJW. so. You'd be better off just finding his scenes on youtube.

Don't watch Trashdal. The only thing good about it were the mêmes I created because of it. #MagicHorseforPresident2024

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No, I do not want to watch Hyun Bin being depressed for 8 hours. Definitely not. Never.

Thanks for the heads up! Lmao

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@sicarius I'm already nettled by the love triangle in Startup. I do not want to add any PSH crying to it hahaha

I'll find my ways to watch Lee Jae Wook!

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This sounds like a pretty down to earth drama that doesn't rely on silliness for plot. It seems like a chance for JCW to prove whether he can really act, or whether Healer was a one-time fluke. He looks more like a rational everyday working adult here than he has in stills for past shows. I think I might wait to read some reviews before trying it out, though.

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He was a rational everyday working lawyer in suspicious partner. I don't get why people hate him there, I found him ok in SP... not amazing like healer, obviously.... But it was ok... 😅😅😅

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Agree, I thought he acquitted himself well in SP, and his chemistry with Nam Ji-hyun was excellent (makes sense, I guess, since aren't they together in real life?). I also liked the ensemble cast. SP was one of those easy-to-watch entertaining ways to pass an hour. It wasn't Healer, but it was solid.

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Are they really together???
Wow, so exciting!

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Honestly, I'm not entirely sure. I've seen it in a few different places but confess I didn't pay that close attention!

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I went online to check and everything I found about them as a couple seemed like fans shipping them after SP.

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I liked SP too and thought it was OK. I've never watched Healer (it's on my list) so his recently bad shows haven't affected me alot.

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He's great when playing goofy, that and the chemistry with Nam Ji-hyun made SP enjoyable. Not to mention the awesome performance of Dong Ha.

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I hope this will be the one that gets me back watching a JCW drama. I passed on both MELTY and ROOKIE.
What kind of kdrama tropes can be worked into this plot? I guess I shouldn't ask.
There is the usual availability angst.

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I wish I could erase my memory.

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I really want to watch this one, but I don't know where it will be streaming...

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Hopefully, I can believe in JCW again.

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Me too, me too.
And I really love KJW.

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He used to be my Original Oppa. I sooo wish he can rise again from the ashes of his last endeavours.

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There may be a chance that it will be picked up by Viki.
Viki picked up Kakao TV's LOVE REVOLUTION and at Viki LR is referred to as "a 2020 South Korean Viki Original drama series".

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This sounds lovely! Super excited :)

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This better be good!

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Ji Chang Wook is a decent actor who hasn't picked up decent script in ages. He has terrible instinct about projects, terrible. I think he needs somebody else to do the project selection for him. I am weary in general of his choice of drama but also low key excited. Hopefully, this ends the cycle of bad dramas for him. This sounds exactly like a project that can help put him on the map back again.

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Lol. Totally true... i am surprised since even actors who play secondary characters, like Kang Ki-young, are able to take good projects where they are scene stealers...
Anyway! Let's give JCW again another chance. Even if he plays a normal man, the story can be memorable. I hope so...

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An actor that I was pleasantly surprised by the choices of show he agreed to be in recently is Nam Joo-hyuk. I think that he has better eyes for good projects these days; and I attributed that good change to the new management company he is currently in.

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He's had good projects in the past as well - Weightlifting Fairy and Light in Your Eyes! But for sure, doing good now!
Also, School Nurse Files > Start Up (for me)

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Agreed, he has really had a string of poor choices. From how quickly he's jumped onto this project following Backstreet Rookie, I'm guessing he's feeling the pressure to wash off the controversy from that one and maybe hopefully get himself back on track and break the curse? He's generally a good actor - I just don't know how we keeps landing these duds.

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I do wonder if with each subsequent dud, he just gets less scripts with leading male roles to choose from? He doesn't have a big enough name for people to take a gamble on. The plus side is that such situations can push actors to connect with great roles and projects they wouldn't have otherwise taken. I hope this turns out to be a great project for both him and Kim Ji Won!

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One word, weekend drama....currently saving Jin Ki Joo's career.

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I actually first saw Ji Chang Wook in a weekend drama- as the softhearted 4th son in Sons of Sol Pharmacy! Wouldn't mind seeing him in one again!

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Hmmmmmmmm.

Pros:
It's Ok PD.
JCW.

Cons:
Multiple Season (whyyyyy)
JCW... 🙄 lmao

Neutral:
Ji Won
Plot doesn't interest me for shit, but that isn't necessarily a break factor.
I Need Romance Writer. Could be terrible, could be tolerable. I've only ever seen INR kiss scenes, and half of Romance is a Bonus Book by her... That's not exactly encouraging, maybe this should be a con...

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Because its the writer from I Need Romance, I am certain the plans for multi-season will mean different cast each season. Also, Romance is a Bonus Book was a very easy breezy watch with some memorable moments, quite moments but heartfelt, how is that bad!

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Lol don't get me wrong I didn't hate RISBB, but I also never finished it.

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Same. I never got around finishing it, maybe one day when I've exhausted all my options (considering the downpour of Kdramas this year - very unlikely).

I started It's Okay, That's Love due to recommendations but I got so irritated I dropped it too.

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It's Ok That's Love and It's Okay to be Not Okay are different haha. The latter is what I was referring to here. Because of the director.

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Yes, I know you were talking about IOTNBO. ❤️ It's the reason I will give this drama a try.

I should've added: I recently watched It's Okay, that's love.

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I still haven't resigned myself to multi-season K-dramas. I'm really on the fence about this one, but JCW.

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I think multiple seasons probably means different storylines in each? Atleast I hope. Will watch if because of the director and JCW (slightly dubious about it because of him as well)

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Everyone here saying no to JCW while I'm just here for KJW

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I used to love JCW so much and now I wish he'd take some time off before picking another drama. Still, I hope this is a good one. I'm okay with a multiple season format but hope it has a different cast each season.

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I do wonder if it's an attempt to divert attention after the controversy that popped up with Backstreet Rookie. I don't know how loud that was in Korea vs globally, but it seemed to have rattled some bones.

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I didn’t watch but for their run the average Nielsen rating for tvN’s MELTY was 2.150% and for SBS’s ROOKIE was 6.3%. Right now SBS’s FLY DRAGON which is in the same spot (S/S) like ROOKIE is generating similar ratings to ROOKIE. What I am saying is that ROOKIE’s rating weren’t all that bad considering the controversy around it. It found its audience.

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Thanks for that numbers comparison. I didn't watch it either, but it did seem like it had plenty of viewers. I have zero basis for the comment other than I was surprised to see JCW jumping into something so quickly after finishing another project and wondered if that might be a factor. Either way, I hope this is a success for him!

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Its a project that added nothing to either one of their profiles....it was average hit in South Korea but forgettable. Nobody will ever look back on it and say, lets rewatch. A large section of North American continental audience cringed away from him post that show too for all the right reasons. Ultimately, it neither helped his position as a bankable actor in home ground neither internationally.

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That's a good point. As a native North American, the controversy was a definite turn-off for me and why I chose not to watch it, where I normally would have at least given it ago due to JCW.

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I find it weird that they already stated that it's multiple seasons but won't say what that exactly means.

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JCW generally seems to choose bad projects (K2, Ice Ice Baby, and Rookie), so I'm wary with this. I'm in the minority that disliked Healer as well, so that's another point against this. The only thing of his that I liked was SP, and I think I liked that one because of NJH.

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JCW looks like his dad in Healer!

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Here is a pic of HEALER "dad" Ji Il-joo (RL age 35) with "son" JCW (RL age 33):
https://pm1.narvii.com/6469/6fe145a70c1edc2ab6a4e4e2c543b310a9b3bb6e_hq.jpg

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After Healer, I watched Suspicious Partner and was surprised to find out that the actor that played Healer’s dad also played the creepy smiley stalker in SP 😅.

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Interesting. I missed that.
Imaginary conversation:
Healer Dad: Son, do you have anything for me in Suspicious Partner?
Healer Son: Yep. You can play the ‘creepy smiley stalker”.
Healer Dad: Great. I’m on it!

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For some reason, K2 and Suspicious Partner are highly rated by the international audience. I wonder why though. The main couple and the bromance and the snarky ye won was good in Suspicious partner but that's about it. That writer is going to pen Kim SeonHo's upcoming fantasy drama and I am crossing my fingers for him.
Anyway, hoping that JCW will finally get a drama to redeem himself.
I remember Kim Ji Won hitting it big with Fight my Way. How was she after?

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