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Song Joong-ki sets the stage for tvN’s Vincenzo

New promos have been released for tvN’s upcoming Vincenzo, featuring new character stills and a video teaser featuring the show’s headliner, Song Joong-ki (Arthdal Chronicles).

The drama stars Song as the titular Vincenzo, a former mafia lawyer who is forced to leave his Italian mob family due to internal betrayals. Returning to Korea, he becomes a dark vigilante for justice and teams up with other veteran lawyers. And together they work to undermine criminals who can’t be caught using the law alone, even if it means using methods that are morally questionable.

Although not pictured in the promos, the drama line-up also includes Jeon Yeo-bin (Be Melodramatic) and Taecyeon (The Game: Towards Zero) as the lawyers who join forces with Song Joong-ki. And Kwak Dong-yeon (No Second Chances) will be one of their targets.

The supporting cast also includes Yoo Jae-myung (Itaewon Class), Kim Yeo-jin (Extracurricular), and Jo Han-chul (Old School Intern) among others.

The newly released teaser places Song Joong-ki in an empty but shadowy hall only lit by the light from the windows. In a sequence of shots, we see him walking through the space and also sitting on a chair. And the camera focuses on a few key props: a lighter, gun, set of scales, a glass of wine that shatters and spills, and a flying dove. Song explains in voiceover, “I didn’t come her to negotiate but to warn. Because the final judgment will be made by me.” And the teaser comes to a close with Song aiming the gun at the audience.

Writing for the drama is Park Jae-bum (Fiery Priest, Chief Kim) and directing will be helmed by PD Kim Hee-won (The Crowned Clown, Money Flower).

tvN drama Vincenzo is currently set to air next month on February 20 and will be broadcasting on weekends, following Mr. Queen.

Via Sedaily, YTN

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My level of excitement for this drama is off the roof, 😁😁😁😁. This will be ridiculous.

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I can’t agree more!!!
I need to watch!!!
Besides, I need to listen ti SJK speaking Italian 🤨

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Oh yeah! I (we) need to hear some ITALIAN for a change, not always English.......they should experiment other backgrounds and languages (Portuguese, Spanish, French, German...even Greek!..... also other Asian languages of course, and African!....ok asking for too much maybe...) My inner translator speaking loudly.

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Gee, ya' think the producers of Mr. Queen would have thought their gender-swapping, time-traveling, revisionist history fantasy saguek would be followed by a drama with a MORE eyebrow raising premise?

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I must say i secretly want them to kinda keep the humor of Chief Kim and Fiery Prince as the writer is brilliant in that departament...

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They still might, that is the only way this drama can be taken seriously.

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“ taken seriously “.
🤣🤣🤣

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The suit and slick hair look is definitely an improvement from his last drama. 👌🤭

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Lol. What was the problem Toki? Was it Eu-seom's 'Blue Lagoon' look or Saya's long hair?
For those who have not seen ARTHDAL CHRONICLES here is a side by side look of twins Eun-seom/Saya played rather well (imo) by Song Joong-ki:
https://64.media.tumblr.com/03be516aa9c938f55d05de788a634d91/072a378afa5cf73c-43/s500x750/143b63166fcabebb31d74d54e1ed7d6f8422b37a.jpg
PS Apologies for the long link.

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Actually in the pic Saya is on the left and Eun-seom is on the right.

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I was indeed thinking of Eunseom’s Crusoe look and forgot about Psycho Elf Boy! Shame on me. 🤣

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*chokes*

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Couldn’t watch AC even though I liked each of the actors separately. I think I stuck through the first few episodes when I couldn’t take anything of that drama anymore. I dropped the Eternal King like that too, though EK lasted longer with me, watched the first 10, then said goodbye forever.

I will give Vincenzo a try mainly due to my love for jeon yeo bin. I hope sjk brings his charm to this role and this proves better than AC.

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Regarding AC and TK:EM... you made the right choice 😬

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LOL yeah

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Oh trust me, you missed absolutely NOTHING by dropping AC, except for maybe the memes.

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🤣

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Maybe the horse will make an appearance (but not like in the Godfather, please)?

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LOL

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dlfkhadlak I can only dream

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tvN's VINCENZO is one of my most eagerly awaited dramas. I have seen a number of articles online reporting that it will air on Netflix but I can't find anything official from Netflix (US). SJK's SPACE SWEEPERS is scheduled to air on Netflix on Feb. 5. Hopefully my availability angst will be soon assuaged with an official news release from Netflix.
Now that AWAKEN has concluded I am holding my one tvN slot for VINCENZO.

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Thanks @halofan68. Even though the report does not mention VINCENZO it did remind me that the big budget fantasy movie from China THE YIN YANG MASTER: DREAM OF ETERNITY will be airing on Netflix on Feb. 5 the same day as SPACE SWEEPERS.

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Oops. I should have clarified that because this particular site does not reference Vincenzo, I have my own doubts about it appearing on Netflix.

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What's on Netflix now lists Vincenzo (and Sisyphus) as coming in February, although it says the exact dates are TBD.

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The writer-PD combo is intriguing... I don’t know how it will work out because the writer seems to do comedy well and the PD likes brooding beautiful scenes (like in the teaser). The synopsis suggests it could very well be a CHIEF KIMesque story or a full on revenge melo. Will Song Joong-Ki be willing to look silly on camera like Namgoong Min in CHIEF KIM or Kim Nam-Gil in FIERY PRIEST? Those quirky characters were pivotal in making those dramas stand out from the crowd.

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The writer is totally new to me. Director Kim Hee-won I only know from THE CROWNED CLOWN which was one of my favorites of 2019. Based on TCC I think Director Kim is gutsy if how she handled both Kings is any indication.

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She is an excellent director. I became aware of her because of Money Flower(2017). That drama had a lot of top acting talent and she seems to get great performances from everyone. A director that I follow.

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@marcusnyc20 you should really watch FIERY PRIEST (crime/comedy) and CHIEF KIM (office/comedy) when you have the time. Both are ensemble dramas where you come to love the whole gang, and yes, maybe even a few villains. The leads are superb.

Director Kim is very gutsy indeed...

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@wishfultoki,
I have had CHIEF KIM on the back burner for quite awhile. NGM is one of my favorites. I really enjoyed his performance in AWAKEN which might not have been everyone’s cup of tea.

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I really need to get on The Fiery Priest!! I saw some clips/heard about it as it was 2019's most successful K-dramas. Also KNG <3 <3 But I heard it drags in the middle? Argh!!! Need to get on this stat!!

I'm glad to see more female PDs in K-drama land, so yay!!! Hope VINCENZO is in a similar route, altho the writer might want to show off his versatility as the teasers seem more dramatic/action packed.

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I'd love this if it's in the vein of Chief Kim or Fiery Priest.

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Chief Kim was ridiculously good! I still haven't made it through ep1 of FIERY PRIEST though. I'm hoping this is in the same genre. I'll be very disappointed if it isn't.

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What worked in Chief Kim that didn't work in Fiery Priest? It seems like internationally speaking, Chief Kim gets mentioned more. Thanks!

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Chief Kim was clever funny alongside the physical humour that NGM put on such fine display. I don't remember now why I dropped Fiery Priest, but vaguely, IIRC I thought it was a little bawdy, which didn't work for me. I might be completely mistaken. I should probably revisit. Maybe now that I'm familiar with the writer's style from Chief Kim, I might be more generous in accepting Fiery Priest.

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@pickleddragon Oh yeah I know what you mean w/ Fiery Priest's bawdiness. Some plot lines were played in a way that was a bit culturally insensitive (Like the Thai character)/religious aspects that could rub people the wrong way which is the criticism I read about the show. Meanwhile, Chief Kim was humorous and more easier for people to gel, comedically speaking since it's an office comedy. I did hear that Fiery Priest centered around a murder mystery, but it was the actors (Male Lead) that killed it/made people stay w/ the show. I found, sometimes 2-4 episodes for me tells me the tone of the show.

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For now Netflix has Run On, the uncanny counter and lovestruck in the city as programs on the air and since of the three, one is already finished and the other two are in their final stretch, maybe we will see this program on Netflix, the rumors point to Vincenzo and sisyphus for the platform, but still nothing is confirmed and this has me waiting.

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I love Jeon Yeo-bin so this better be good!

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No doubt that Song Joong-ki is handsome on camera, but does this premise make any sense? He was a mob lawyer, so when the mob kicked him out, he came to execute justice in Korea? Like, what??? How does a mob lawyer get credentials to be a vigilante force for justice? Doesn't he himself carry the stain of having worked on behalf of the bad guys all those years? If he's turning his life around, how does he get redemption as a vigilante? Or are we not supposed to care whether there's a plot?

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To be fair, the gimmick about reformed crooks fighting crime/injustice or seeking righteous revenge has been around forever to one degree or another in many mediums from great movies (The Sting), cheesy TV series (It Takes a Thief and Leverage), kdramas (Bad Guys). What makes this such an eye-roller for me is the inexplicable character background choices...

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“ inexplicable character background choices...”

It allows the team to spend OPM (Other People’s Money) in beautiful Italy shooting artsy scenes... sigh, I’m feeling a bit cranky ...

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You are not alone wondering about this. Maybe this make things a little more clear as Song joong ki himself talked about this drama.
“I felt thrilled after coming across the script for the first time. It wasn’t a predictable story about good overcoming evil, and the method of punishing evil felt very new and refreshing. I think viewers will be able to feel the same thrill and catharsis.”

“Although Vincenzo looks to be Korean on the outside, he’s Italian to the bone. Since he has always lived as a foreigner in the darkness, he’s a lonely figure who can’t even open up to people who are close to him. An interesting point in the drama will be Vincenzo’s change.”

reference: https://www.soompi.com/article/1450552wpp/song-joong-ki-transforms-into-a-cold-hearted-mafia-consigliere-for-upcoming-tvn-drama

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No doubt he will follow the kdrama tradition of Koreans raised abroad since childhood who for some unexplained reason speak fluent Korean.

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Yes, lol, with easily identifiable regional accents, no less.

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LOL, counting on that 👍🏼

Maybe we’ll even get the foreigners who speak in their own language but understand everything that’s said in Korean 🤞🏼

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If we don't get I'm out!

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As long as he had someone in his childhood that spoke Korean it would not be odd. My niece can speak 4 languages. Her mother tongue, the native language (danish as they live in Denmark), and two more learned from youtube by watching her favorite shows.

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he’s a lonely figure who can’t even open up to people who are close to him

That's every single chaebol ML in dramaland!

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But... but...

It’s “unpredictable”!! 😂😂😂

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Has SJK played a chaebol ML before?
Maybe he doesn’t watch kdramas?

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I'm thinking that his character will be more of an antihero vs hero, much like his role in Innocent Man. Since it's about a lawyer who catches criminals who can't be caught only through the law, that fits the vigilante description.

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Your comment reminds me of Forest, mainly its epic meltdown (or how it epically melted our every single hope)

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I think the rule with SJK dramas is you never question the concept to much and you have to turn a benevolent blind eye to the lack of sensible plotting.

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I watched the Vincenzo short teaser and this series is going to be a massive, explosive hit not only from TvN but one of 2021's anticipated hits. I still keep my eye and I still cross my fingers to Vincenzo, the fictional infamous Italian-Korean mafia guy.

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I didn't really like Chief Kim and The Fiery Priest had it's moments, but I wasn't too crazy about it either, but for some reason, I'm excited for Vincenzo.

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Plain crime fighting and mafia things don't really attract me if there are no scifi/fantasy elements involved. But I'll check it out for song joong ki's acting. I hope the themes would be similar to peaky blinders at least. I enjoyed that one.

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Same director as Money Flower, that unforgettable, glorious rollercoaster ride. Might be time for a re-watch.

But how come there's no snark down here about Taecyeon playing...a lawyer. Is it that there are so many other questionable items about the storyline that Taecyeon playing A Lawyer is getting a pass?

He'll look good in a suit, so there's that.

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I did laugh when reading that Taecyeon would be a lawyer! 👍🏼

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Hope springs eternal... I wonder what the casting director was thinking?

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I mean, I'm still assuming this is a comedy.

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So I am.
Although I keep being disappointed on what I think and what it really is lately.

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I love Song Joong Ki since Warewolf Boy but this drama is giving me weird feeling. I can't help to feel suspicious even from the title alone.

I guess I'll put off this drama first until I get positive verdict from other beanies it it airs.

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I want to watch it for Jeon Yeo Bin! I love her since Be Melo, she was so good in this drama. Besides, I think Son Seok-Koo or Yoo Teo would have been good in this kind of role. Yoo Teo did great in Money Game. I can picture him talking Italian but Song Joong Ki...

There is Kwak Dong Yeon too! As a crazy villain, it will be fun to watch.

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Jeon Yeo-bin and Son Seok-koo would have been a great pair! Their parts on Be Melo was too short!

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Oh man... Why do I feel so certain that this show is going to be super embarrassing? And the imagery in this teaser... I guess they're not going for subtle LOL

I pray for the sake of Jeon Yeo-Bin that my instincts are wrong. ^^;;

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I was thinking the exact same thing! From the plot alone it sounds like it's going to be super cringy and require me to suspend my disbelief 90 percent of the time. Assuming I watch it. I bet I'd die from second hand embarrassment 😂

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*belief

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Oh Chief Kim writer! How did I miss that?

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the writer and the director are super promising (and Jeon Yeo-Bin AND Kwak Dong-Yeon- my loves!)... but this premise is so ridiculous I hope it doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Didn't Lawless Lawyer already do this?

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It didn't touch the Italian side, but yes, very similar.

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I have a feeling the cringe will be strong with this one. Although the background story of the ML makes me hope for a dash of comedy à Chief Kim (like many of you suggested), I get a very melo feel from the promo. Song Joong-ki is great with melo but the story in itself feels a tad on the ridiculous side and SJK, I feel, as an actor takes himself very seriously. It might also be hilarious and hilariously embarrassing and funny in it's own way because of that, but I'll wait and see what the other beanies have to say first.

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This kind of revolutionary story is a total hit and miss for me personally (cough arthdal cough) but it does have Jeon Yeobin AND Kwak Dongyeon, sucks or not I'd definitely give it a hard try. Also... listen... the image of Song Joongki and Jeon Yeobin going enemy-ish to lovers (or at least partner in crimes fighting dangerous criminals hand to hand) had the SOOOO EGGCITEDT!!

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I was hoping for some intentional laughs but I see I’ll be getting unintentional ones instead it seems. Oh wells, it’s 2021, and laughs are hard to come by. Beggars can’t be choosers and all that lol

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😂. I'm anticipating a lot of unintentional laughs. And second hand embarrassment.

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This better be a hit for all actors involved because if not their careers will take a hit. I feel the entire thing is ridiculous but we will see, either the writer is VERY clever or they are all delusional lol. Hope they dont insult Italians and create a scandal too.

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this better be comedic, otherwise i don’t know if i can take it seriously. however, the chance to see Jeon Yeo-bin and Kwak Dong-Yeon (when will he be a proper ML) on my screen is too good to miss.

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Looking forward to this one.

It'll be nice to see Song Joong-ki again.

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Kwak Dong Yeon as a villain? Gimme gimme gimme!

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This Soompi article from early in January gives descriptions of some of VINCENZO’s characters:
https://www.soompi.com/article/1447000wpp/song-joong-ki-jeon-yeo-bin-2pms-taecyeon-and-more-hold-script-reading-for-upcoming-drama

It seems KDY’s character will be SJK’s nemesis. Remember KDY in RL is 23 years old. His character is described this way:

“Kwak Dong Yeon plays Jang Han Seo, the president of Babel Group, a man with a crazy side and no sense of conscience. He is a villain who is obsessed with winning and uses tyranny and abuses of power to get what he wants, making him a target for Vincenzo Cassano.”

I recall his performance in RADIO ROMANCE (2018) where he played a practicing psychiatrist. There at age 20-21 he was playing someone who would probably be in his thirties by the
time he is a practicing psychiatrist. He gave a nice performance but I don’t think I fully bought into his character. I don’t want to ruin it for people who might want to check out RR. His character was very important.

I guess I will just have to wait and see how he handles his role in VINCENZO. I do wish him and the rest of the cast luck.

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"Remember KDY in RL is 23 years old."
You had to remind me, didn’t you.
Honestly, I find him such a scene stealer and a chameleon actor that I always forget he’s 97 line, despite the mental meltdown that occurred, personally and on the beanie wall, when we found out after Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. He was only 19 in that. Nineteen!. You would never have guessed.

Amusing that you bring up RR- I dropped that half way, despite the fact that I thought all the actors were trying very hard. I only remember his psychiatrist role seeming very deliberately off. Lol. Have you seen him in anything else?

I’ve been wanting him in a PROPER lead role for years now, and am still hoping for it, but I know he’ll nail his role in this and I’m looking forward to it.
(Come on dramaland, you’ve been so good at listening to me so far: Double Zombie drama calls, 12 episode dramas, I’m getting A drama set in Not Joseon (still waiting on that Three Kingdoms Fantasy though…) you gave a lead to my boy KKN… so how about one for KDY, huh? And a lead comeback for Seul Gi while we’re at it. Hmmm?)

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I want to say "SAME".
Chameleon is the word for KDY! I sat through MDBC ONLY for him, and uff, was he something else. And his turn in My Strange Hero, too! And that 4 minute cameo in It's Okay. He's definitely got to get that lead sometime soon. Infinitely more talented than so many of the 25-year-olds even that populate kdramaland already.

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Right??? He's something else.
I often wonder why people like him DON'T get more leads; imo the only thing he's lacking is, what... height? And that's not even a given: Yeo Jin Goo is shorter than him!!!!! Le sigh.
(is it the lack of child actor, model or idol blood? is it like with Seul Gi in that Korea thinks she's not "pretty" enough? that would be as much of a crime for him as it is for her if so. is it the lack of oh idk some big-name-hack-writer drama under his belt? did none of his dramas go viral enough? je ne comprende pas)

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Sic, as an antidote to DO DO’s mess of an ending @wishfultoki sent me to (don’t laugh or laugh if you want) FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR (2013). Kim Seul-gi was terrific as the webtoon editor.

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*waiting for Sic's cackle*

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I wish I could cackle more but the only Flower Boy drama I've seen is Shut Up: Flower Boy Band LMAO...

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@wishfultoki,
O/T. Awhile back you recommended a sageuk available on KBS World tv. I think it has 4 episodes and is about a criminal investigation. Does that ring a bell?
I am coming to the finish line of TREE and RUN ON and before the next cycle of dramas begin I think I can work in another ‘short’ sageuk.

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Yes I did! It’s THE TRUE COLORS OF GANG AND CHEOL (2014): https://youtu.be/TGNYPWzUmPg

Both FBND and LOOKOUT are on my Kim Seul-gi recommendable list.👌

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*gasps* I have to second the LOOKOUT recc. And not just for Seul Gi. For like, everything. Especially Kim Young Kwang.

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