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Lee Bo-young, Kim Seo-hyung confirm new female-centric drama Mine


Lee Bo-young, Kim Seo-hyung

tvN’s latest drama Mine has cast the ultimate girl crush duo: Lee Bo-young (When My Love Blooms) and Kim Seo-hyung (Nobody Knows, SKY Castle). This upcoming drama is about strong women leaving the world’s expectations behind and finding out what is truly theirs.

Lee Bo-young plays a former top actress who is now the daughter-in-law to a chaebol family; married to the second oldest son. As she navigates the treacherous waters of living in the chaebol world, she tries to remain confident and true to herself. The character is supposed to have a bright and warm personality.

Kim Seo-hyung plays the daughter-in-law of the oldest son in the same chaebol family. However, she herself also comes from a prestigious, wealthy family and has lived in high society all her life. As such, she embodies nobility, dignified elegance, and intelligence. In any situation, she can retain her cold ennui because of her logically-oriented mindset.

I might be too excited for this pairing of Lee Bo-young and Kim Seo-hyung. They are two of the highest caliber actresses working in dramaland right now, and I can’t wait to see their different charismatic personalities shining through their characters in Mine.

Writer Baek Mi-kyung (Woman of Dignity, Strong Woman Do Bong-soon) and director Lee Na-jung (Fight My Way) have teamed up to create Mine. It is set to air on tvN sometimes in the first half of 2021.

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I was beyond excited and then I saw the writer, uerwifnaefn, but I will still try it.

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I would watch Lee Bo-Young do nothing but read aloud the warning label for hemorrhoid cream, and I am of the opinion that the best female-centric drama of the last ten years was LBY's Mother, so this would be at the top of my list even if the writer was an intern in the TVN cafeteria.

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Well then, never thought I would ever read Lee Bo-young and hemorrhoid cream In the same sentence. LMAO.

But yes IA. I'll watch her in anything after Mother. Ditto! It's a masterpiece. More people should watch this. tvN around 2018 was just putting hit after hit. Before Mother, it was Prison Playback, and after Mother, it was My Ahjussi.

Mother deeply moved me, and other than My Ahjussi, the only two dramas I have ever cried so hard at. It is also one of the best female centric/fronted dramas in Korea to have come out in the new millennium. I know the writer is Park Chan Wook's left hand woman, but I hope she can come back and write a new series!

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It's a duo of actresses I didn't know I need it!

For the writer... Melting Me Softly was a disaster...

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This is really a girl crush duo. I was bit worried about write (credits include Melty and SWDBS). Melting me softly according to some, was worst drama of the year (I was spared due to dire warnings from beanies.) SWDBS was only successful due to utterly charming PHS and PBY .
But I do have trust in these two's choice. I am sure these two won't select horrible script.

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I'm simultaneously happy and sad about this announcement.
These two amazing actresses in a drama together!!
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The writer though. Not a fan at all.

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Lol reading this took my emotions on a roller coaster. Yes to the actresses! Oh god no not that writer! Yes the director! Baek Mi Kyung took what started off as a wonderful concept with SWDBS and really said “I’m going to do everything in my power to turn this into a dumpster fire.” And boy did she succeed, lol working diligently in the WRONG direction!

They do say that the PDs have more pull in the process (unless it’s a really well known and respected writer) so perhaps the PD will be our saving grace.

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"They do say that the PDs have more pull in the process (unless it’s a really well known and respected writer) so perhaps the PD will be our saving grace."

This is something I'm more curious about. I heard inklings about PDs having more power/control. Their also the producers too, and they've more say. While its great 90% of writers in Korea are women, at the end of the day they're powerless in comparison to the PDs, which are typically 90% male :/

Writer is also important too! But PD's track record is also what's more important imo. If their track record is mostly hits than misses, then you're mostly in good hands. Hint: Look at their recent work/see the genre too. If they did a genre that failed (romance), and are doing a romance show next, then I would be dubious. But if the PD handled thriller shows well, and the next work is a thriller, then we're in good hands!

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The imbalance is crazy and it’s jarring to me that the person who writes and pens the work doesn’t have equal footing as the director. But then you take into account the account the gender dynamics and oof, that’s a whole conversation on its own.

It makes me wonder how many amazing concepts weren’t allowed to be as great as they could be because the person charged with the execution was not on the same page as the writer or didn’t allow them space to grow and voice their vision of the story. I don’t think the PDs track record is more important than the writer. I genuinely believe it takes both writer and director operating in partnership to make something truly airtight and beautiful. You can really tell when something has failed either because the direction wasn’t up to par or the writing wasn’t.

You’re totally right on the track record. It’s important to see not only how often they’ve done well but also in what genres.

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Kim Eun Hee (Kingdom/Signal) said Netflix gave her complete free reign/control. Netflix is all about the writers, more than the stars. This is what I heard regarding Kingdom. They forked over 700 million dollars in Korea, I hear. Good on them for making/trying to bring in more diversified content.

Exactly. Gender dynamics esp. in Korea is not great. Not to deter, but it's not a pretty situation what so ever. I read a recent report that alarmed me, which showed the grave situation there. To be frank, even their female roles in K-dramas (In film, lol, women where?) it's not great too. A lot of them start strong, before diminishing later on. My eyes opened up more as I continued getting more deeper into K-dramas.

I also channels (Public/Channel) also have a say too in terms of the story. Ex. Alice, I think SBS wanted to shoe-horn romance into it. Which was just disgusting. That's def.an issue when the PD/writer clash (I feel like I've heard some stories). Ex. Fates & Furies (SBS) the writers sued SBS for meddling w/ their new show (With PSH/CSW) as a result of SBS taking them off of Fates & Furies midway through. Or TKEM changing PD's in the 2nd half. There's also some ghost PDs/writers that are brought onto a show, to 'fix' it.

Oh IA. It takes two to tango. Both PD/writers are important, but it's also the actors involved who bring it to life. A great actor can't save a show, but they can help elevate it. Mr.Sunshine's PD track record has been solid, so if he's signed on for a new show, I've more expectations. Of course, I also see it as Star Writer+Star PD=Cushioning. As in, you might feel safer in their hands. Of course, sometimes new writers surprise. So it takes a certain PD with established credits to help with a newbie writer in that case. The PD I feel a bit for is the one who did Tomorrow With You/100 Stars from the Sky, despite it under performing, he has a good eye imo.

Exactly! I mean look at this list: https://mydramalist.com/list/71NwpKeL The gender disparity is alarming!! PDs just have more control/power over the writers in the industry. It's not H-wood, where there's several new directors coming in/out of a few episodes. Random note: Park Chan Wook directed a mini series, and it was great. If he ever did a K-drama, I would die. Altho I doubt he would due to limits/censors.

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The PD for TKEM got changed because the editing/CGI during the 1st week was so bad. It was one of SBS anticipated dramas of 2020 but the end product left so much to be desired~

> Of course, sometimes new writers surprise. So it takes a certain PD with established credits to help with a newbie writer in that case.

I disagree. Kairos was written by a rookie writer and directed by a rookie PD. Most expected a seasoned pair behind the project and didn't expect it was the first major project for both writer and director. Both writer and PD were praised for their work.

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@katakwasabi I think there's an issue with big visuals/budgeted shows. They need more time with the editing/CGI. But K-dramas edit and cut along the way. It's why I'm a bit worried for the new CSW/PSH drama, which is CGI heavy. It finished in Dec., so it has 2 months to go but will it be enough? I feel for the tight schedule editors/visual effects artists go through. Must be strenuous.

Kairos withstanding, I do think channels/industry are reluctant to hire new PDs/writers. Taking chances of new PDs/writers is what makes the industry grow more. That's a rare case for Kairos. I do think that taking a chance of newbies (PDs/Writers) is important, and sometimes could end up surprising.

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Sisyphus is preproduced. They filmed for a long time. I assume the CGI would be okay/good. But then again, Alice was preproduced..but the CGI was not outstanding 😅.

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@katakwasabi Lol, exactly. Is 2 months enough? Altho Alice oof, finished in early August, and aired 2 1/2 wks later on air lol.

So perhaps, 2 months should be somewhat ample time to fix the CGI? From the trailer, it looked really good. Let's hope they didn't blow up their whole budget by Ep 4 like Alice did. I hope that Sisyphus: The Myth is really good, an anticipated drama of mine!

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@soulsearch12 I don't think they wait until filming is finished to start editing. Since they filmed so early, they sould have edited the early eps as they go. No?

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@katakwasabi Korea is known to cut/edit along the way they film, which is very unique than post-production that Western studios do. That being said, for sci-fi/CGI shows, it's very important to have that issue not look cheap/un-realistic or your suspension of disbelief can only take so much.

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Side note: Are there any Female PD's of note or working in Korea?

Can anyone here drop the names?

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One of the most well-known female PDs in dramaland is probably Lee Yoon-jung, who directed Coffee Prince, Cheese in the Trap, Argon, and The Lies Within, among others.

The good news is that in comparison to the past I've seen a lot more female PDs popping up in dramaland. The director of VIP, Lee Jung-rim, was a woman. Lee Na-jung directed Fight My Way and Love Alarm. Hyun Sol-ip who directed 2018's well-received mini-drama You Drive Me Crazy is directing Nana and Min-ki's upcoming drama.

These are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head--I know there are more!

And there are more in Chungmuro like Lee Kyung-mi (who also did The School Nurse Files) and Roh Deok.

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There are quite a lot of female PD's in K-ent/variety. Examples: Lee Se Young, main PD for Master in the House and Bang Geul Yi, PD for 1 Night 2 Days.

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@mindy I would also add Kim Hee Won! She directed The Crowned Prince/Fated To Love You.

That's good to know! I think I touched a bit on this last yr with you on The Lies Within post? That it was a bummer the show didn't do well ratings wise at the time, b/c it meant the female PD would've a harder time getting new work?

Hyun Sol-ip was a woman director? Oh wow, that explains why the scenes in YDMC were so tender/lovely!

It would be nice for the PD to be balanced too. As they seem to hold more weight, plus I do think there's a certain sensibility that a female's lens has that also adds a new dimension to dramas imo.

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@soulsearch12 Oh yes, I remember that!!

I was listening to The Kthree's podcasts from around last autumn recently and they were commenting on how many dramas in that cycle were directed by female PDs. If I remember correctly, there was The Lies Within, VIP, Flower Crew, and Tale of Nokdu. They mentioned Nokdu but I looked it up and it looks like the female PD there may have actually been an assistant PD, though.

I hope to see more and more dramas directed by female PDs! Lies was a mediocre thriller despite the great acting but one thing I did note was that it avoided using violence against women as a way to drive the plot, which is something present in sooo many thrillers. I wonder how much of that had to do with having a female PD. Maybe nothing, but something that crossed my mind.

And yes! I'm definitely going to watch You Drive Me Crazy as soon as I can (before March! Lol!) and the female PD has me even more excited!

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@mindy Ah yes!

Yay on TheKThree! I like these ladies perspectives a lot, b/c they work(ed) in the TV industry in H-wood, they speak on it with a bit more insight.

Glad you mentioned "it avoided using violence against women as a way to drive the plot, which is something present in sooo many thrillers." It's very jarring/apparent when violence is heavily showed, esp. towards women when women's sexuality/sensuality gets censored rme. I was disturbed by how much Tunnel (A show I love) would show violence against women in close-ups, like no need to show us it, we get a sense lol. In Penthouse, I was disturbed when the ML starts attacking the FL, and she's heavily bruised and on the floor whimpering. Disturbing.

You Drive Me Crazy feels like a play, b/c it was written as one! But in terms of natural chemistry and feel, really enjoyed it! I still think about the show even after I watched it a few months ago! Sometimes, chemistry that good, is hard to replicate!

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@katakwasabi "There are quite a lot of female PD's in K-ent/variety. Examples: Lee Se Young, main PD for Master in the House and Bang Geul Yi, PD for 1 Night 2 Days."

Yes, I knew about 2d1n PD! Maybe in 10 yrs, things will get more better lol, change is slow but gradual esp. since Korea isn't at the level that the West is in. I digress, but I'm really glad to see that! It helps keep in check the misogynistic comments that otherwise would go un-checked. Esp. in variety where it's a more loose environment-ish.

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I don't know Kim Seo-hyung, but all I saw was Lee Bo-young (my queen), and I know I'm in !

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Oh Kim Seo Hyung is a veteran like Lee Bo Young. Amazing actress. She did Nobody Knows, which should've received more love but acting wise, no qualms.

Bummed if this is just 8 episodes, but these two together, powerful!!! Older actresses just are better imo, they've a gravitas and charisma. Of course, with age, you grow more as a performer, well the best ones do lol.

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yes to everything you've written!

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LBY and KSH, say no more!!! Both are amazing actresses. Top of their class. That being said, I read this was 8 episodes, which is very sad to hear. Unless, I heard wrong?

As for the writer, she did Woman in Dignity with KHS/KSA, and that did well ratings/critically. So it could go that route, I hope it does well!

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This is how you get an artificial intelligence to shut down by blowing out its logic circuits.

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am watching no matter how shitty the writing gets these two will surely save the day

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Not a fan of the writer though this sounds closer to Woman of Dignity than SWDBS and Melting.

I love Kim Seo-hyung and like Lee Bo-young though I find her acting to be very cold.

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" like Lee Bo-young though I find her acting to be very cold."

Did you see Mother? I read those comments before, but I think she's not an actress whose a rom-com type, which is fine. She does icy cold really well, but maybe her elegant looks and demeanor help alleviate the iciness? I'm a huge fan lol. She has a sophisticated and regal demeanor and aura to her, that I find missing in many new K-drama actresses rn.

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So...Lee Bo Young is playing a spinoff of her character in My Daughter Soyoung? Married to a chaebol heir 😆.

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If there were any justice in the world this would be a wlw drama 😔

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Speaking of wlw, how is Killing Eve not been adapted into a K-drama yet? Hello? The OG show didn't even display a kiss until way later, and even then it was more focused on their sexual tension/magnet like attraction.

It's very sad, that in 2007, Korea did a KBS Drama Special that featured a Lesbian cast, but it got heavily backlash on. After that nada, it's sad that Korea seemed more progressive on experimenting or showcasing newer sides back in the day than now. Also with SBS, for Life is Beautiful too w/ their Gay Storyline/Marriage scene being axed b/c religious zealots threatened SBS.

Serious note: The only way things like wlw/or etc. could be shown as Main's and not supporting, is if the Anti Discrimination Act gets enacted. It won't solve underlying issues, but it would help tremendously as they're protected by law. Foreigners, sexual minorities, refugees, I believe still don't have those protected rights in terms of if someone turns them away b/c of those things, the owner could do so, & they wouldn't pay a fine. Le sigh :(

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I do think we're moving in the right direction, albeit at a snail's pace, and not without a lot of bumps along the way. Especially recently I've noticed a slow but steady increase in mlm-themed dramas, albeit not yet on the main channels. And admittedly, for every sympathetic LGBTQ+ side storyline, there's been a dabble of queerbaiting (I still haven't forgiven you, Search: WWW), and a good few horrifically offensive examples (SWDBS and Graceful family come to mind).

Killing Eve would be such a good kdrama though, wow. Now I wanna start fancasting. Surely Seo Ye Ji as Villanelle.
And maybe Jung So-Min or Seo Hyun-Jin as Eve? Now I want a whole DB thread dedicated to fancasting kdrama remakes lol.

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I think by 2030, it'll hopefully be a different landscape? Sometimes I think having a LGBTQ+ character that is given bad characteristics isn't helping the cause. Ex. ROY's Gay Designer.

Search WWW, queer baited so hard!! I thought Scarlett would've been one! It does seem bi-sexuality is something that doesn't exist in K-dramas? Graceful Family, in hindsight, it was refreshing at the time but it reverted to negativity. SWDBS, I heard the gay caricature was awful.

Killing Eve S1, perfection. S2 still very good. S3, meh. So I hope if a K-drama adaption happens (Seriously how is not made lol?) It has the crime, thriller, espionage, but also a mouse/cat game. It even has a psychopath which they love! Seo Ye Ji low-key gave me Villanelle vibes in IOTNBO. For Eve, I think someone more innocent? Jung So-Min fits the bill. She showed off a more dramatic side in 100 Stars from the Sky.

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Yeah, the thing is it is okay to have queer villains and antagonists- but when those are the ONLY characters in a piece of media that are LGBTQ+... yikes. And I think you're right about 2030- definitely feeling optimistic!

I preferred season 3 to season 2 tbh, i wasn't a huge fan of the writing in S2 (though it was still better than most things on tv haha) And sweet! Jung So-Min and Seo Ye-Ji confirmed as our fancast haha (and surely Song Ok-Sook as Fiona!)

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well damn this aged pretty well, huh? also are you a little bit psychic?

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Aha! I think we are :) I actually long been wanting to see one done, and Lee Young-ae is in talks!? Nice!!!

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now i'm sad this probably isn't the case lol

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Interesting that the Lee Bo-young character ("married to Son #2") will actually be kind of senior in rank to the Kim Seo-hyung character ("daughter-in-law of Son #1") in the chaebol family. Either the eldest son is much older than Son #2, or the LBY character is marrying someone a lot older than she is.

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Hmm, I think Son#2 being much older than LBY (maybe his second or third marriage)... reserves a much higher potential, plot conflict-wise!!

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Or maybe Sons #1 and #2 have different mothers!

I really shouldn't get too gleeful about this. I don't want talented people like LBY and KSH to waste their talent on a bad script. Hopefully the writer will do something new with the chaebol tropes.

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"Maybe Son #1 and #2 have different mothers'.... might as well make it a royal saeguk set in the 21st century. But HH, do LBY and KSH look like chaebol-wives! *_* <3

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Hmmm... something King Lear-ish set in modern Korea? Sure, why Not?

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not excited about the writer but i'm willing to risk it all for these ladies!!!!!!!!! no i haven't used enough exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sees the cast: YAY!
Sees the writer: OH NO!

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Oh my! I am also very excited about seeing Lee Bo young again, and honestly she playing a bright and warm personality is like something out of her usual choices, so I will be happy to see what she can do. Also, if it's a female-centric drama, that's enough for me, I am in!
Girl power!!!!
I can't wait 😀😀😀😀😀

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I love Woman of Dignity weee

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Cast: WOWWWWWW YESSSSS! 😍
Writer: HA. HA. HAHA

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I'm so excited, can't wait to watch lee bo young in another great role, last time I watched a complete dram of hers is mother and of course kim seo-hyung always delivers! Loved sky castle and of course her badass persona in nobody knows

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