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Yeo Jin-gu courted for fantasy drama opposite Moon Ga-young

tvN’s latest drama Link: Eat and Love, So I Can Kill You is courting Yeo Jin-gu (Beyond Evil) to be its lead. According to his agency, he’s received the script and is currently reviewing the offer.

Link is a fantasy-mystery melodrama about a guy who can suddenly feel the emotions of one girl: her sadness, her happiness, and her pain. Yeo Jin-gu has been offered the role of the main lead — a man who becomes the sous-chef of a restaurant near the village where his twin sister disappeared twenty years ago.

Previously, it was reported that Moon Ga-young (True Beauty) was also considering the script. I’ve really enjoyed some of her work like True Beauty and Live Up to Your Name, so I’d be curious to see her chemistry with Yeo Jin-gu, whose acting is second to none.

Directed by PD Noh Sang-hoon and written by Kwon Ki-young, Link will likely air sometime next year.

Via StarMK, SpoTVNews

 
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Maybe he will have chemistry with her,😔. I have only ever seen him have romantic chemistry with Kim So Hyun. All his other female counterparts have seemed like siblings, maybe this will be different.

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Agreed, he and Kim So-hyun were so lovely in Missing You that I've never gotten over it, but none of Yeo Jin-gu's actual romance dramas have actually made me feel much 😂

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Most people didn't like Missing you, but I thought all the leads had crazy chemistry with each other. I want Jin Goo to have that chemistry with another actress and I dont know why he doesn't have it because he is a really good actor. It is very strange. However, this may not have romance so it might not matter.

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I got three good things out of Missing You:
1. Yoo Seung-ho as a villain.
2. The scene in episode 10, I think, where the heroine sees her Mum for the first time in decades. That was just beautiful.
3. The first four episodes, where it's just Kim So-hyun and Yeo Jin-gu being sweet and sad and incredible.

I've conveniently forgotten everything else about the drama 😂

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I thought he had good chemistry with the FL in circle.

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Hmmmm, it was really understated in Circle. I guess I should clarify and say full blown, so believable that they would be in a relationship.

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@kafiyah Bello

Sometimes I feel like roles with barely any loveline generate the most chemistry, even its unintentional. Another example would be seo ye ji and woo doo hwan. But yh i see ur point, his chemistry with iu in hotel de luna really was nonexistent

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Well to be fair Seo ye Ji and woo do hwan had better chemistry because they were better actors. I love Taec, but he isn't the best. That being said, I totally agree. Junho and Nam Sang Mi had great chemistry in Chief Kim and he wasn't the lead. She had better chemistry with Junho than Nam Goong Min and he is an excellent actor. So I definitely agree.

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And as a kid with Kim Yoo-jung in MOON EMBRACING THE SUN.

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Yeo Jin Gu x Kim Yoo Jung @ Moon Embracing The Sun = 💖

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Same IMY was the only time YJG had romantic chemistry with anyone and it wasn't just cute puppy love but intense heartbreak love.

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a man who becomes... near the village where his twin sister disappeared twenty years ago.

Yeo Jin-goo playing Shin Ha-kyun's role in Beyond Evil

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Ha! I didn't even make the connection until I read your comment but you're right!

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My first thought. It's Beyond Evil meets I Hear Your Voice. But with cooking.
To be honest, the premise sounds like a weird mashup but I'll attempt to watch anything with Jingoo that isn't written by the Hongs.

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I noticed this too! It’s kind of strange that he gets two dramas in a row with missing twin sisters.

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LOL, I had the same thought. :)

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The first thing that came to my mouth was ' naaaa , not again'

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I would be thrilled to have Yeo Jin-gu back on my screens again. He is an absolute delight to watch and can definitely handle a melodrama. I know some have said he isn't good in romantic roles (if there is romance, idk for sure if there is) but I've never felt that way. I loved him in The Crowned Clown and there was even little romantic hints in Circle. Besides, for the character he would play, what's important is that the actor be able express a wide range of emotions, and he is most certainly capable of that.

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Yeo Jin-gu emotes so well that the idea of him playing this sort of extreme empath really excites me!

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Honestly, I hadn’t even thought about it that way but yes, he’d be absolutely perfect in a role where he has to emote so strongly.

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Wasn't this drama attached to rumors about Kim Seon ho earlier this year? Just finishing the last eps of Beyond Evil and Jin-gu can hold his own in scenes with the big guns. Besides, he was so endearingly clueless in House on Wheels 1.

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Yes, but he ended up going with the Hometown Cha drama. I preferred Link over that one so I was bummed. But now with YJG and possibly MGY I'm excited!

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This drama has seemed to have trouble finding a male lead which is a bit of a red flag. Not a fan of Yeo Jin-gu in romance but maybe this will work.

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After seeing Yeo Jin-goo cook in House on Wheels, it’ll be very funny to see him as a sous-chef. I do love the pairing of him and Moon Ga-young though. I tend to prefer his non-romance roles - but then again, I don’t think he’s done a well-written/executed romance yet.

Tbh, I’m even more excited by the fact that this is by the writer of I Remember You, which is one of my all-time favourite kdramas. Just imagining this being on the same caliber makes me giddy.

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On the one hand, Yeo Jin Goo and I have a rocky relationship with shows.

On the other hand, this is the IRY writer and director.

On the other, other hand, the IRY writer also wrote Suspicious Partner, which means we also have a rocky relationship.

And on the other, other, other hand, the only time Yeo Jin Goo has had chemistry of the “romantic” kind with his counterparts for me, of the dramas I have seen, was when it was understated and not the focal point of the story to the point of only kind of being canon, and when he was a crazy king gone mad from drug abuse, which is to say not really a romantic situation at all, or at least not a … healthy one.

So, if he accepts, this could literally go any direction for me.

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Sic, have you seen ORANGE MARMALADE (2015) (Viki US)?
THE CROWNED CLOWN was my first YJG drama after which OM was recommended to me for the sweet? relationship between a YJG and Seolhyun. I did not get to it and BEYOND EVIL became my second YJG drama.
You know I am a broken record praising (like in awe of) YJG's work in episodes 7 and 8 in TTC well he surpassed himself with this performance in BE. 5 stars. So I know the sort of gritty YJG. I like the gritty YJG.
The plot of ORANGE MARMALADE sounds like it makes a great summer rerun and a look for me at a different YJG.
He still is only 23 years old which makes his BE performance even more impressive. For the uninformed in BE YJG's character was 27 iirc.
I will also keep an eye on tvN's LINK... I Remeber You is one of my all time favorites.

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TTC=THE CROWNED CLOWN. Apologies.

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I have not seen Orange Marmalade. In fact, I have seen little of his child and teen acting roles; this includes Potato Star and Missing You, which I am told he has much better chemistry with his female counterparts in.

But alright, time for a breakdown of Sic’s Controversial History with YJG shows. This is a very controversial history, you have to understand; it contains some of, but not all, my most controversial drama opinions to date. You also didn’t ask for it but whatever.

Technically the first time I saw Jingoo was in Monster Boy (2013), sometime in 2015 or 2016. I remember little of it, but nothing negative stands out. I didn’t even know who he was at that point.

Thus the first time I really watched Jingoo as Jingoo, was also The Crowned Clown (2019). I had heard good things about him before this point, and within 3 episodes he had solidified his reputation to me, and I was immediately a fan. His portrayal of the King, Yi Heon, especially, has stuck with me ever since.
Unfortunately for Jingoo, and his portrayal, partly due to the treatment of Yi Heon’s character over all, and the back half of the show in its entirety, TCC became my most hated kdrama, and remains so today.
I have written extensively on Yi Heon here and more on TCC’s technical flaws here (also the post that broke db), but that is honestly merely the tip of the ice berg of my issues with it, and unfortunately for @wishfultoki I won’t be able to forget them any time soon either. My relationship with this show has therefore become somewhat infamous.
Contributing to that ice berg however, is that I found Jingoo to have excellent chemistry with Se Young when he was playing the King, and almost none at all when he was playing the Clown.
Thus I found the supposedly romantic scenes in the latter half very awkward and difficult to watch.

Nonetheless that drama solidified to me his ability to act, and as such my desire to check out his future projects.

The next drama I watched with him was Hotel De La Luna (2019), written by the Hong Sisters.
At this point I was still willing to watch another Hong Sisters drama, as, despite objectively being a hot mess, I did enjoy Hwayugi.

… HDLL and I had nearly as much of a visceral reaction to each other, as TCC and I, resulting in me almost going insane and concluding with me condemning the Hong Sisters as hacks for all eternity.

The script was shallow and Jingoo's character barely written at all, let alone developed; I could see him trying his hardest to give depth and gravity to the character, but when there was literally nothing to go off (part of the script was leaked), and the director was in conflict with the writers about the direction he wanted to take the show, and the story itself was, among other things, bloated and contrived, not even Jingoo...

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... not even Jingoo trying his hardest could save it. This is no fault of his to be honest; the best actor in the world can't save a bad script. On top of that, the chemistry in HDLL often felt forced, partly due to those scripting and directional issues I mentioned, and it just solidified to me that I find him awkward in outright romantic roles, and that he better suits, to use your wording, grittier ones.

Two for two Jingoo dramas ending in multi-thousand word essays and defenestration. Whatever could be next.

Circle (2017).
Circle. The darling lauded by the masses to me for several years, the supposedly mind-bendingly excellent, best kdrama sci fi to ever exist, that had been on my watchlist ever since it's airing.
I finally picked it up in September 2019, and at this point I’m sure you can guess what happened.
I didn’t like it, I wrote 4000 words on it, (which is again only the tip of the ice berg of my problems with it!), and I threw it out a window. Or thereabouts.
(And boy oh boy, if I wasn’t with the last two, am I in the unpopular camp with this one.)
In inadequate summary; I found Circle to be too much plot, mostly predictable, and not enough character depth.
However, Circle did have a pairing with Jingoo I did actually like. I liked him with his maybe-maybe-not-an-alien maybe-maybe-not-girlfriend. I thought that understated relationship was one of the better parts of the show.

I also watched Tree With Deep Roots (2011) in 2019, which is excellent and one of my favourite shows. Jingoo also appears in this, but his part is merely a guest role, and not a lead. I thought he did well as the young Ddol Bok though.
(Thankfully, one of the few wise decisions I made in 2019, was to NOT start My Absolute Boyfriend)

And then finally we have Beyond Evil (2021).
I watched this whilst it was airing, and whilst I don’t love it as much as everyone else appears to, I did enjoy the beginning of it especially, and it is to date my least hated of Jingoo’s leading role dramas. Unfortunately, it lost me a lot in the latter half; I got bored, I did not get much out of it, and I think I would say I found it lacking overall, particularly in some areas regarding character development.
Although it wasn’t really romantic, I did find myself enjoying his character’s interactions with Jae Yi, though, and often wish there was more of them, and that combined with his role over all, once more confirmed how I feel about him as a romantic lead and what kind of roles I think suit him best.

Thus, (despite BE technically breaking the run because I didn’t dislike it enough to write thousands of words on it) Jingoo and I seem doomed to dance in and out of this cursed relationship with his shows.

For me, his portrayal of Yi Heon still remains his best work. And it is because of that portrayal I still keep trying his shows, despite said doomed relationship.

IRY is in my top ten dramas, but Suspicious Partner was physically painful for...

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... me to finish.
The IRY writer has potential therefore to write a role for Jingoo that really suits him, but the premise of it so far in terms of the romance angle somewhat concerns me.

Ergo I will start this, at least, and take what’s coming to me.

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I like most of TCC (the last episode was horrible) and I love HDL! I agree to disagree.

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@ndlessjoie, really? I never knew that.

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Thank you for your in depth analysis! I certainly get a lot out of yours observations. I thought he was so good in The Crowned Clown, and I am in 100% agreement that the ending ruined that show. What the heck happened- what a cop out. You have to finish strong, and the way it ended was beyond betrayal.

Orange Marmalade: I tried to watch this but I couldn’t get through it. The acting was so bad all around, that I didn’t even get past the first episode. I will try it again if it appears hopeful, but at this juncture, I am unwilling to attempt it on my own.

Absolute Boyfriend: Same as above.

Hotel del Luna: I haven’t felt the pull of this one… I saw Scarlet Lovers, and fell in love with Lee Joong Gi but IU seemed like a beautiful empty creature. I will eventually watch it upon more prompting. I am heavily into watching Yoo Ah In at the moment. LOL
Thanks again for your insight!

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@elizabethcarmichael if you haven't seen IU in My Ajusshi you're seriously missing out

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@elizabethcarmichael
I didn’t like IU in Scarlet Heart either, although a lot of that had to do with the director. She was much better in HDLL, and her performance was one of the more enjoyable parts of the show, but not enough for me personally to recommend it to anyone still. Both her and Jingoo deserved a better show.
Even though I haven’t seen it I would also recommend My Ahjussi instead as far as IU works go.

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Watch THE WARRIORS OF THE DAWN for a quick Yeo Jin-goo AND young Gwanghae fix. You will successfully erase your memories of TCC.

(I sound like the spammers on the fanwall 😂)

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Toki, WARRIORS full length film appears to be available on YouTube. It seems to be slightly out of sync. I will check it out later.
(I am leaving shortly to transfer my NY driver’s license to a Florida one. I hope there are no surprises.)

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let me in! i would love a loveline with him! i love his acting and i would love to love him! course i might be cited for robbing the cradle!

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The premise sounds strange but I'll probably still give it a watch because of Yeo Jin-gu.

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I have never watched any of his work because he always looks sleep-deprived with those dark under eye bags. But many Beanies keep praising his acting,...

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