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New promos for Woori the Virgin with Im Soo-hyang, Sung Hoon, and Shin Dong-wook

As we race towards the premiere next week, SBS’s Woori the Virgin has released more promos including posters and a video teaser.

Adapted from the American CW show Jane the Virgin, Im Soo-hyang (When I Was the Most Beautiful) plays our heroine Woori. Through a crazy mistake at the hospital, Im is unknowingly put through artificial insemination and finds herself pregnant even though she’s still a virgin. Naturally, this throws a wrench in her relationship with boyfriend Shin Dong-wook (Reflection of You). Adding to complications, we also have to consider the sperm doner Sung Hoon (Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) 2), who remains unaware that he has now fathered a child.

The new video teaser begins with Im Soo-hyang unexpectedly catching the bride’s bouquet at a wedding. Lee Do-yeon (Bring It On, Ghost) reassures Im that she already has a dream romance with Shin Dong-wook, Im’s first and will-be-last love of her life. In the sequence, though, we see Shin’s mixed signals and Im disagrees with Lee, “It would have been perfect if my first kiss hadn’t been with that other man.” Surprised, Lee demands to know more, “There was someone else besides Kang-jae that you had your first kiss with!? Who!?”

Enter Sung Hoon running into Im Soo-hyang, and he asks her if they’ve met before and if it was at a club. Annoyed that Sung doesn’t remember, Im grumbles to herself afterwards that she was stupid for feeling conflicted about him. Dancing down the stairs, Sung gleefully presents divorce papers to his wife Hong Ji-yoon (My Country: The New Age) and Hong stresses afterwards, wondering how she can change his mind.

Sung Hoon explains his reason, “I felt like there might be someone I was tied to by destiny’s string.” We then cut to Im Soo-hyang suddenly fainting and doctor Hwang Woo-seul-hye (Uncle) solemnly confirms that she’s pregnant. While Im sits frozen in shock, the teaser comes to a close as mom Hong Eun-hee (Revolutionary Sisters) rages at the hospital staff, “You conducted an artificial insemination procedure on my child!”

With writing and directing both helmed by Jung Jung-hwa (The Wind Blows, The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot), SBS rom-com Woori the Virgin premieres May 9.

Via SBS (1), (2)

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I adored the original show so I am very curious to see how they interpret the story in a Korean context. One of the main aspects of Jane the Virgin that made the show so charming was how it re-interpreted the telenovela formula, it was satirical, but in a deeply loving way. And it was also deeply grounded in Latino culture and traditions. I am really curious to see if this version of the show will also satirize makjang dramas in the same way.

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Rogelio De La Vega was one of my favorite characters in Jane the Virgin. At the moment, I can't imagine what his Korean version will be like.

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This looks worse and worse the more it is promoted. And Sung Hoon is pretty to look at and not much else. I never have a ton of confidence when he is the lead.

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Yes, especially if this turns out to be a satirical look at makjang dramas, Sung Hoon is going to be the weak point because he is so pretty and wooden (honestly he is like the sort of character you would satirize). Shin Dong Wook can act rings around him so I foresee serious SLS at the very least.

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Interestingly enough, I watched a drama of Im Soo Hwang and Sung Hoon, almost 7 years ago. It was my first time seeing both actors in a drama. Both of their acting was actually quite bad and the plot was similary bad but in the good, makjangy kind of way. Lol. I was going through difficult times at the time and this drama really helped me escape for all 50 episodes. I guess what I am saying is for the sake of old times and their reunion, I will try watching it. Though I am absolutely not convinced abt this adaption and of Im Soo Wang and Sung Hoon, who have both improved but have yet to impress me with their acting...

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New Tales of Gisaeng! I think I've watched up to 30 episodes, but unfortunately it never lived up to expectations, it was just poor girl/rich boy in a makjang story.
This was 2011, and yeah they haven't improved much. Too bad because the source was a beloved show.

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Yes! That was the name! Wow, I hadn't realized it was that long ago!

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Woahh at the last poster 😅

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I have not seen the original one but Im Soo hyang is a real turn-off for me in any role. I am thinking about not watch a So ji Sub show (imagine that) because of her.

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