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Lee Jun-ki has a second go at Lee Kyung-young in Again My Life

New promos have been released for SBS’s upcoming action-fantasy Again My Life, featuring the main cast in new character posters, stills, and a video teaser.

The drama stars Lee Jun-ki (Flower of Evil) as a prosecutor who gets killed on the job, failing in his mission to bring down the powerful mastermind Lee Kyung-young (The Veil). The powers that be decide to step in, though, and offer Lee Jun-ki a special opportunity. Sending him back in time to 15 years ago, Lee Jun-ki is given the chance to reset his life and try again, and he’s determined to serve justice to Lee Kyung-young once and for all.

Our heroine Kim Ji-eun (The Veil) gets involved in Lee Jun-ki’s mission as well, but the details are still unknown. All we’re told is that she has a charismatic personality and comes from a chaebol family. Lee’s growing team in his fight for justice also includes his sunbae and good friend from law school Jung Sang-hoon (Cheat on Me, If You Can) as well as the righteous reporter Kim Jae-kyung (The Devil Judge).

The new teaser begins with an injured Lee Jun-ki in free fall and we flashback to Lee at a press conference before getting attacked by a group of thugs. He explains the situation to a mysterious woman in red: “I put my life on the line for this work. I was selected for it and it’s something that I must do.” In reply, she asks Lee, “If you had one more life left, will you use it to go after Jo Tae-seop again?” Placing his bet on the table, Lee vows, “Starting now, I’ll take you down one peg at a time.”

In a sequence of shots we see Lee Kyung-young strategically playing baduk and sifting through incriminating photos of his pawns. Taking his findings to Ryu Jin (Be My Dream Family), Lee Kyung-young posits to him, “Going forward, politics will be carried out like this. In this country, there is Jo Tae-seop and there is the President.”

Lee Jun-ki meets with his teacher Lee Soon-jae (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol) afterwards, who asks Lee Jun-ki about his plan. The teaser comes to a close as we watch Lee Jun-ki train and re-enter the fight. In voiceover, we hear Lee Jun-ki’s response to Lee Soon-jae: “I have to try to take on the world in order to stop Jo Tae-seop.”

Written by Jae Yi and Kim Yool, and directed by Han Chul-soo and Kim Yong-min, SBS drama Again My Life premieres on April 8 in the Friday-Saturday slot.

Via Newsen (1), (2), Newsis (1), (2), SBS
 
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“…to serve justice to Lee Kyung-young once and for all.“

Well, at least it’s happening somewhere. Too bad it’s not in real life. Continually baffled and horrified that this scumbag has a thriving career.

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It's so hard. I want to watch Lee Jun Ki, but...

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Maybe that's why they keep casting him as a villain. It's easier for viewers to hate his character.

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We could keep hating him when he’s in jail. Would make the hating experience much better IMO.

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Very true.

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Oh wow. He's done bad stuff in real life? Yikes.

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@ladynightshade: There is so much that I don’t know about the KDrama world. This convo between you, the lovely mugyuljoie and mysterious prompted me to look him up. What a scumbag indeed. So hiring a child trafficker is A ok by some of these show runners and their funders.

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@dncingemma: And these are not obscure showrunners either. These are successful showrunners creating high-profile, commercially successful shows watched by audiences across the world. It’s disgusting they keep casting him. It sends the message that the sexually assaulting young girls and sex workers is okay as long as you’re a powerful man.

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@ladynightshade: Which likely means that this is not just a rotten apple syndrome. And given the prevalence of sexist and misogynistic rhetoric amped up by the recent elections, men such as him are not exactly quaking in their boots. With the Conservatives coming to power in SK, the feminist struggle for equality, safety and security is going to become much harder. I worry about them all.

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@dncingemma: You know what they say about rotten apples. One bad apple spoils the bunch. Even if these men are not misogynist predators themselves (something I seriously doubt given the widespread proliferation of sexual harassment and abuse within the industry), their active association with this scumbag and their willingness to prop up his career means that they are all complicit in one way or another. Sexual violence is a nonissue, simply a hindrance made up by “troubled” women to hold back “good, upstanding” men. And given the results of the election…things will get much worse before they get better.

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@ladynightshade: I wholeheartedly agree. I was so dismayed by the reports of these demonstrations against women’s (supposed) privileged position in SK. And, these disgusting politicians who fanned the flames. The NYT had a series of reports which were chilling including one where women were also part of these events. Of course many women defend the patriarchy all over the world so not a surprise there but they were pictured with ‘me too’ flyers in perversion of what that slogan initially stood for. Just nauseating.

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@dncingemma: I saw the report you mentioned and unfortunately, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’m not Korean myself, but from another Asian country where patriarchy is the norm. From my own personal experiences, some of the most uncompromising and violent defenders of that patriarchal structure have been women. Not even just older women from previous generations, I’ve seen many younger women who are dedicated to this cause and believe feminism is a repudiation of our cultural traditions (goes without saying it is not, especially for the best parts of our culture). And yes, it is often common for these women to co-opt the language of feminist and other progressive movements to espouse their regressive values. There is almost nothing as frustrating and despairing to see that as a young woman desperately hoping for positive change in your country, only to be betrayed by people who should be your natural allies. I mourn for the women and girls, and minorities in South Korea.

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Agree with everything in this thread, but I think people are still hiring him but not Oh Dal-soo, Jo Jae-hyun et al because he has actually been convicted of his crimes and apparently did time, i.e. they believe he has paid his debt to society and should be allowed to get on with his life. Or maybe he has friends in high places. Either way, the whole thing stinks of hypocrisy and male privilege.

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According to wikipedia, he only did 10 months in prison for raping that 17 year old year girl, which is horrifying beyond words. This man should not be accepted back into society, all forgiven and forgotten just because of that measly, pathetic sentencing. It is a gross display of privilege and connections in the right places. His very presence is dangerous for the safety of children and young women on set.

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This has been known since the world of the married! Oh man, ignorant ís bliss

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Lee Jun Ki is an anime character come to life. My goodness.

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I was just thinking how does he manage to look THAT believable in his student get-up. He'll be 40 when the show comes out!

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He looks more believable in his student get-up than the actors younger than him.

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I watched Flower of Evil a while ago and while parts of the plot were too ridiculous for words, I liked other bits so much. Lee Joon-gi was outstanding. Ok, he is an ugly cryer and should take some kissing lessons from Junho but otherwise was wonderful to watch. He was moving, charming, withholding and menacing as his role called for. What a revelation. I hadn’t seen him in anything before that and I was charmed. And apparently, he is good at Taekwando and other martial arts!
I have to mention that in the description of his breakout role, WP says: “After bit-part roles in several dramas and films, Lee had his first major acting role in the 2005 film The King and the Clown, in which he played the historical figure Gong-gil, an effeminate clown in the Joseon Dynasty”.
Isn’t it appalling that the word “effeminate” is still used to describe men who are regarded as less than as though having characteristics typical of women should be a bad thing. In my imagined world, that wouldn’t be the case as most women aren’t war mongering and violent sociopaths.

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Using “effeminate” to describe The King and the Clown is unfortunate terminology. It undermines the more complicated, nuanced commentary the film had on gender presentation and sexuality. That film was almost as explicitly queer as they could probably get for a mainstream sageuk in 2005. I will say that the film never felt as if it treated Lee Joon-gi’s character as lesser than the more traditionally masculine characters. He is undisputedly far more heroic than the king or any of the other upper-class male nobility.

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@ladynightshade: Thank you for this. It makes me glad that the film was not a reductive and condescending portrayal of a queer character. You have made me want to watch this even more now but most streaming services here don’t include a wide array if Korean films. It is really disappointing.

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@dncingemma: The lack of access by legal streaming services is indeed very disappointing. I watched The King and the Clown on k*ssa* several years ago (therefore I’m not sure it’s still there), so you can check it out there if you don’t mind making an exception to always watching legally. I don’t want to, but sometimes I have no choice as someone with an interest in foreign-language cinema.

As for the film, yes it is surprising how not reductive and dismissive it is towards queerness for a 2005 film. It might not be up to 2022 standards for queer cinema, but for what was effectively a blockbuster back then, it is astonishing. Certainly unlike anything Hollywood was releasing as blockbusters, back then or now.

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@ladynightshade: I knew the film is unlikely to be on my region’s Netflix but checked anyway and it isn’t. Netflix never fails to disappoint me in this regard. But! I discovered that Lee Joon Gi is a guest in ep 3 of Paik’s Spirit. Haven’t watched it as yet so hopefully would be good. I thought I mention it to you in case it is on Netflix in your region.

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@dncingemma: I was unaware Lee Joon-gi was a guest on Paik’s Spirit. I haven’t checked it out yet, but planned to eventually at some point. This adds to my motivation to do so. Thanks for the recommendation!

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@kafiyah Bello: By any chance (혹시), do you write about KDrama elsewhere? Just nod vigorously or shake your head! 😊 I saw a description of Lee Joon Gi as an anime character somewhere else and thought perhaps it was you who coined it!

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I can’t wait to see the physical, bad ass Lee Joon-gi again.

The fight in LAWLESS LAWYER where he had a temporary suspension of hostilities and joined with his nemesis played by the great Cho Min-soo to take on a gang of bad guys together in a hospital may be the best kdrama fight I have seen.
(Reminder. LJG has trained for years in Brazilian jiu jitsu and is in fantastic shape.)
At almost 40 he can pass for a college guy.
Availability. Good news. AGAIN MY LIFE is on Viki US’s “Coming Soon” list.

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Recently joined the fandom of amazing Lee Joon Ki. Really looking forward for this series.
Want to be a part of all the gushing.

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Lee Jun Ki! Just him alone is the reason I want to watch this drama. Hope it's good. He always puts on a strong performance.

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