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Hwang In-yub courted for professor-student romance drama

True Beauty star Hwang In-yub may potentially make his drama comeback in upcoming SBS project, Why Oh Soo-jae opposite Seo Hyun-jin (Black Dog). If he confirms, he’ll play the male lead, likely a law school university student who falls in love with his professor, played by Seo Hyun-jin.

Previously, it was reported that actor Kim Young-dae (Penthouse) was in the running for the role, but it looks like that’s no longer happening. Seo Hyun-jin’s character has been described as a prickly, ill-tempered professor, but details about the male lead character have been sparse.

Like many other Beanies, the whole teacher-student power dynamic gives me the squicky feels, but hopefully this drama will take this sensitive subject and portray it in a nuanced, meaningful way. With Seo Hyun-jin onboard, I’m reassured that at least the acting will be top-notch.

Written by Kim Ji-eun (Cheongdamdong Scandal) and directed by PD Park Soo-jin (Hymn of Death), Why Oh Soo-jae hasn’t announced a definitive air date or broadcasting stataion. In the meantime, you can get your fix of Hwang In-yub in Netflix drama The Sound of Magic, which is scheduled to air later this year.

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I am always willing to try to watch a noona romance, but why??? Why Seo Hyun-jin????😒😟
I am not very happy.

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I just can't with this drama, and I am disappointed because I love Seo Hyun Jin, but this drama ain't it. If they had made him older or at least the same age, it would have been less gross. Sigh. As for the actor, I have never seen him in anything, so can't speak to his skills.

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One of my university professors just married his student. I just....why would a grown ass person be attracted to someone whose biggest real-world experience is a few months of internship.

I am 100% sure they will cast some age appropriate actor as a second lead and the whole message of the show will be "~age is just a number~". Any person who has read their old Facebook/Twitter posts knows how wrong that statement is.

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Yeah, the actor isn't that much younger than her in real life, but it is just so unnecessary. Why couldn't at least be a young professor or something? I don't understand why he has to be her student, it is so creepy.

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I don't want to get serious or anything but this whole "age is just a number" thing is used by abusers to groom their victims.

Take a listen some time to the Australian of the Year Grace Tame, who has been brave enough to talk about how she was manipulated into a sexual relationship with her teacher when she was in highschool. Part of his grooming was encouraging her to read and watch media that portrayed positively relationships with large age gaps and ones with gross power imbalances. It's a grooming tactic and one that encourages the victim to be complicit in their own abuse.

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Power imbalance is the thing kdramas nearly never address. An Employer should NEVER hit on his employee and a professor should never flirt with his student. Both of these situations happened to me and even though the guys were not pushy or rude in any way, I had dozens of ideas in my head and all of them were about my CV and what will happen if I reject their advances.

Side note: it would have been great if jdramas left behind that teacher-high schooler love stories.

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Wow, this is frightening.

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@nerdy, sending you hugs friend. That is awful. I am sorry that you have gone through that.

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Oof this reminds of the novel “My Dark Vanessa” it’s a harrowing look at predatory teacher/student relationships and grooming. I encourage people to give it a read if they can stomach it past the trigger warnings. It explores the trauma and damaged psyche of a student victim

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Regarding the age of his character I belive he gonna be older that his fellow freshmen, as he served time in Jail for a crime he did not commit. He later got cleared of the charges.

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Even if that is the case. She is in charge of his grades and his future. It is wrong, the fact that he is younger increases the creepiness, but isn't the only factor that makes it creepy. It is also unnecessary because you can tell a similar story without the student/teacher romance.

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In the era of #metoo, doesn't this drama seem a bit outdated?

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According to the information available, Seo Hyun-jin’s character is the lawyer who gets him cleared of his charges. If that’s true, then not only is the drama portraying a student-teacher ‘romance’, but also a lawyer-client one. The writer just couldn’t help but make it doubly more unethical and immoral. I am thoroughly creeped out.

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Wow, this makes it worse. Well, I'm out. Why?

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honestly, even if he was the same age, that isn't really the issue for me. the teacher-student thing on the other hand...🤢

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If anyone wonder here is some more information about the male character.
"...Gong Chan, a freshman at Seojoong University’s law school and the owner of a bar. Gong Chan met Oh Soo Jae in the past when he was falsely accused of a crime. After serving time in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, he is cleared of the charges and reunites with Oh Soo Jae at the law school where she is an adjunct professor."

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I find this student-professor relationship highly... unethical, so this drama is a hard pass for me.

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I love Hwang In-yub and have nothing against Seo Hyun-jin but I'm not a fan of noona romance at all... ugh.
Hwang In-yub... why this drama? He is 29, can he play a role of his age?

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I know!

I love Hwang In-Yeop (and Seo Hyun Jin) but this is icky. He doesn't even look 29 to me. He could pass for early 20s.

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Student-teacher is simply a no-no for me. It doesn't matter if it is the teacher who is female. I am not someone who simply reacts to the age difference- that does not bother me. But once you are talking about teacher-student, or doctor-patient or lawyer-client then there is an ethical line that has been crossed- and I am not very forgiving of such things. Being the member of a profession carries with it some serious moral considerations as to how one lives ones life. Lose sight of those standards and one becomes a rudderless ship storm tossed in an uncharted sea.

So I do not see myself watching this one.

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How about boss/secretary??? most of us enjoyed "the secret life of my secretary" 😂😂😂😂😂
Now, speaking seriously, I have to agree with all of you. The imbalance of power is just too much for a Healthy relationship.
It would be different if she is a teacher in another institution, even if they are in the same field. It could be better if she is let's say a geography teacher, or a math teacher, and he is a law student anywhere else...
But if she is his teacher... how can that work??????

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Tbh I’m still uncomf with the boss/secretary dymanics. I don’t watch those types of dramas. The last one I saw was She Was Pretty and noped the hell out.
There’s wayy too much of an imbalance and it’s not helped w the already-in-a-lower hierarchy position secretary usually being a inexperienced candy who is portrayed like a wide-eyed babe

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I hated the OTP in Secret Life of my Secretary, I thought it was awful. Boss/secretary is awful generally.

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What many people do not see is that it is not only a question of an imbalance of power. It certainly can include that but that focuses attention on only one half of the relationship. Which means that it ignores the harm wrought on or through the other side of the relationship.

Not every question of human conduct is a question of power.

When a professional loses their principles they reduce their ability to be effective in that profession because it warps and clouds their judgment. This is why most professions have rule meant to discourage this- the clients, students and patients have a right to expect that their lawyers, teachers and physicians will use good sound judgment and integrity in their practice and not be distracted by an improper relationship.
And once you decide that one principle does not apply to you what about the next time you face a question of principle? The loss of integrity is an irreparable harm, not only to ones self but also to all the others who need to rely upon you.

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By the end of the drama Mi-Soo didn't even exist. She started a journey of self-discovery only to find herself two steps back from where she started.

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I remember watching the weekend drama My Only One, where the FL was the ML's secretary (well, she reported to him anyway). He fell in love with her and was pursuing her, and she really wasn't interested, because she couldn't afford to lose her job and was very aware of how this would play out if they dated (and especially if they dated and they split up).

After she'd explained her quite sensible reasons for wanting him to leave her alone, he only pursued her more vehemently until she just couldn't escape him and reluctantly gives in.

It was sooooo wrong. Plus framed as being very romantic. All I could see was utter power-abuse. Blurgh.

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Google says "My only one" is with UEE and whoever else, but she is not a secretary 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

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@javinne I think she was the newbie team's assistant and he was the son-of-the-CEO team leader, or something like that.

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Teacher-student relationship is a no-no.

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Apparently there's another one of these teacher-student dramas starring Im Soo-jung and Lee Do-hoen(?). It's set in a highschool 🙂 Don't know if there's going to be romance though.

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That's even worse...

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Oh my goodness, NO!

As someone who has taught in college for 4 years, I've seen lot of Teacher-Student relationships and some even got married. I can't say anything ill about them cause they were my colleagues but personally, I don't tolerate this. I wish they don't encourage these kind of stories. I remember one of my professors telling us that when a student falls in love with you, it's your fault for not drawing a line between them and yourself. Project yourself as someone who they need to view as a mentor and not as a lover. And if ever they do really fall in love with you, make them feel as if they need to prove themselves first before approaching you.

Oh my goodness, I feel stressed reading this article. Hahaha!

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Love the actors hate the plot,on the fence with this one...Remember it was supposed to air on SBS...

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No, absolutely not. I really like both Hwang In-yeop and Seo Hyun-jin, but student-teacher relationships are one of my biggest turn-offs. The entire debacle is extremely unethical and an abuse of power in my opinion. As a current university student myself, I cannot fathom falling for a professor and in turn, would be horrified if a professor pursued me romantically. They have so much power (and huge age difference, in most cases) over you that I can’t see it as anything but grooming.

I was looking forward to Hwang In-yeop becoming a main lead, However, I will not support any media that romanticizes such disgusting abusive relationships.

(Hwang In-yeop is 30 and Seo Hyun-jin is 36. With their real-life ages, this could’ve been a perfectly normal noona romance without the student-teacher grooming dynamic. Writers, what the hell?)

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Ugh. I want to see Hwang In Yub in more dramas, but this plot is a turn-off. I like Seo Hyun Jin too though... :>

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I know that writers can be creative with their premise but the whole teacher-student turning lovers is just plain wrong 😖.

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I'm not clutching my pearls ... yet. I gave Soul Repairer a chance because humans are complex, and the purpose of art is to illustrate that complexity. I know it because I once fell in love with my therapist, and even though I promptly changed my therapist, still if someone would have to tell a slice-of-my-life, would they squirm and white-wash it?

(Of course, I dropped SR like a hot potato after episode 1 because it came nowhere near the nuanced and ethical approach I was hoping for.)

I'll give it a chance.

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I had been very curious to see what the Lie After Lie writer was going to do next, as that was utterly cracktastic.

Now, unless it's a bit different from the description, I'll give it a miss

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This is from that writer? That show was my makjang binge.

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I like both and feel not right choice for both :)

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18 Again worked around this particular sensitive line and it was well received.1, Skillful directing is the one thing I am holding on to so this topic doesn't irk me. Since its hymn of death's PD, it worth a try.

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On paper it sounds icky but I will refrain from making any judgement until I see it play out. Maybe there's a way they can make it not problematic.

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I hope Seo Hyun Jin Stop acting in a romance drama and doing more meaty roles. But What SHould I do?

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I fear she's already being typecasted and offered only romance dramas. She can do slice of life, family, action (based on King's Daughter) but most know her for romcoms and melodramas and skipped her latest show Black Dog. Maybe that's why?

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It's really rare a romance drama be meaty and has a heart like Ahn Pan Seok drama. Eventually her roles as another Oh Hae Young is quite meaty ( it's Park Hae Young after all). . But because of that, she keep getting cast in romance drama. Yeah, I love she choose black dog as her previous project. But It's sad she is go back to romance drama once again . I wish this drama will be a meaty one.

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I hope the execution makes it less icky. Like maybe she's just an occasional lecturer and doesn't hand out assignments or grades. In dramas, I've seen some characters who just regularly lecture at the university, but don't appear to do anything like lesson preparation or grading. They just come in during the day in the middle of their day jobs and speak and then leave. But that could just be because they're in a kdrama and the other stuff is too boring to show. Sort of like how they rarely show doctors doing paperwork. In the US, at least, doctors spend more than half their time on paperwork.

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The only two times I have been okay with a skewed power dynamic like this were in Eighteen Again (where the ml was of course actually an adult and the fl only became romantically attracted when she was made aware of that fact) and Jugglers (where he was her boss but she was his landlord so those skews helped to even each other out). I don't know how they are going to make this somehow not awful, but I hope they do, for the sake of this awesome cast

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This sounds like a recipe for disaster. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

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Hard pass for me, and I like Seo Hyun Jin. A lot.

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I love Seo Hyun Jin but I'm scared for her in this role. I know she can act but it could really go either way.. It seems like she's doing this as a favor to her PD friend and got confirmed by SBS accidentally at the same time she was confirmed appearing on her other show "You Are My Spring". I just hope it's as nuanced as maybe "A Secret Love Affair". But, to be able to do that her acting partner should also be at her level of acting.

HIY seems to be too new to be a male lead by Korean standards and seems overrated by international fans with his sudden meteoric rise. I just hope he's also as good since I haven't watched him in anything yet.

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