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Premiere Watch: Woori the Virgin, Rose Mansion

More dramas on the way — one rom-com served hot, and one mystery-thriller served cold, with a side of creepy neighbors. It’s always fun when dramaland gives us lots to choose from — but where to start? My drama plate seems full.

 

Woori the Virgin

Time slot: Monday-Tuesday
Broadcaster: SBS
Genre: Rom-com
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: I’ll just go ahead and say it. All the reasons to watch this one are probably the wrong reasons, but it’s not gonna stop me: a K-drama adaptation that comes with no guarantees, a rather hard-to-picture plot, and my guilty pleasure Sung Hoon in the lead. Am I expecting a world-class rom-com? Not really. Am I expecting a messy, cracktastic drama that I somehow can’t seem to turn off? Yes, yes I am.

 

Rose Mansion

Time slot: Fridays
Broadcaster: TVING
Genre: Mystery, thriller
Episode count: 12

Reasons to watch: I was all set to jump into this drama because I miss Yoon Kyun-sang, but then I realized they were really leaning into the eerie thriller aspect. Im Ji-yeon plays a hotel employee whose sister has disappeared, and in the wake of it, she heads back to her family’s home (a.k.a. a creepy apartment building, because K-drama thrillers love those). Weird things happen there, and the only person willing to help our heroine sort things out and find her sister is detective Yoon Kyun-sang. Both our leads seem to have it all together, but the more we learn about them, the more we see the deep insecurities and secrets they’re hiding…

 
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I haven't seen I'm Ji Yeon in so long. So will at least check out. I will also try Woori as well. I never watch the American or Venezuelan version, so we will see how this goes.

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From the descriptions here, plus the Asianwiki credits for the writers & PDs, neither screams "must watch". Might try them anyway if I'm not busy watching paint dry, but...

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That hideous orange suit. Yikes. I got a headache just looking at that photo.

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I know good looking people can make damn near anything look good, but that suit is really stretching that saying to it’s limit.

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Whoa, and I even really really love orange 😵

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Haha I love it ! Very « mode », verrry « fashion »

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I just took a quick look at the first episode of WOORI THE VIRGIN. Many characters are almost 1:1 taken from JANE THE VIRGIN, of course adapted accordingly. However, they didn't dare to have the gynecologist be in a relationship with another woman like in the American version.
And of course Woori and Raphael must have a common back story.

So far, WOORI THE VIRGIN lacks the charm and the over-the-top humor that distinguished JANE THE VIRGIN. Still, I'll keep watching, if only because of Sung Hoon.

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It was pretty meh tbh.

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I haven't seen JTV. So I found it weirdly entertaining. I will cont watching as long as it has humor.

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I'm watching way too many dramas at the moment and neither of these sound that great. I loved Jane the Virgin and think a Korean adaptation could work in the right hands, but let's just say that I have no faith in a production starring Sung Hoon and Im Soo-hyang.

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I’m not sure on either of these. I suppose I’m more interested in Woori the Virgin because of the cast, but the plot synopsis doesn’t really grab me either. I hadn’t even HEARD of Rose mansion until this so…0 expectations there. I’ll probably at least check them both out.

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Yep, until further notice I am all onboard with @missvictrix’s reasons to watch Woori 👍🏼

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Something is off with Woori's casting. First episode is lackluster for me. I will give it another episode and see if it's worth it.

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Will probably check out Rose Mansion. As for Woori the Virgin? A hard pass for me. Not even remotely interested in it. Jane the Virgin dealt with religion and cultural identity in such a way that those two things were sort of the basis of the story. But I don't see what the Korean remake has to offer in terms of either. And alas, I am not a fan of Im Soo-hyang.

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I've been waiting for Yoon Kyun Sang's new drama since his last drama in 2019 so I'll definitely watch Rose Mansion 🎇

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Again...another kdrama I can't find stream from a legal site in US. I pay for Viki, IQIYI, Kocowa and Netflix yet probably 15-20% of kdramas are unavailable for USA viewers. Even when Viki will carry some, they say "not available in your area". Frustrating to one who watches mostly kdramas and has for years. Seems availability is getting worse.

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@kcarlsen, Islander North, you are voicing my frustration also. I would have liked to take a look at TVING’s ROSE MANSION but like BLOODY HEART it is not on a legal stream in the US.
I subscribe to three of the four streaming services you do with the exception of iQiyi. My fourth subscription goes to OnDemandKorea. In my opinion as far as watching in the US current kdramas subbed two streaming services are becoming worthless: Kocowa and ODK.

Thanks for the impetus because I just checked and discovered my ODK premium subscription was up for renewal at the end of this month. I just canceled it and will save $109.99. (To be honest I had forgotten that the price had jumped from 5-20 to 5-21 from $69.99 to $109.99!)
My Kocowa subscription automatically renewed at the beginning of last November and I will definitely cancel that subscription at the end of this October and save $69.99.
After that for the foreseeable future I will have to depend on Viki and Netflix.

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I’ve never found Kokowa very useful.

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Rose mention reminds of 'Village: Achiara's Secret' which I really liked and now my hopes are up.

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Checked out Woori out of boredom and I was definitely not hooked. Having watched the US version I can't help but compare. What made the show work was the over the top humour balanced with heart. It didn't take itself seriously. None of the characters made me laugh or even smile.
Wooris to be father is nothing compared to the dramatic flair of ROGElio, his character is supposed to be over the top but he took himself a little to seriously.
The wife and disabled mother were meh. When I saw the wife my first thought was who is she supposed to be? She lacks the presence to portrayal the dynamic Petra.
Raphael was my man but here he's not doing it for me. I'm not a fan of the actor but his portrayal just isn't right for the suave Raphael, this man doenst seem like the lady's man he's supposed to be.
I think the only character I like is the BF, which is surprising since he bored me in the US version.
The abstainance thing is a bit too much here, not doing the deed doesn't mean you can't even kiss! Like seriously, a 2 year relationship without any skinship ? They might as well have them be members of the church. The US version showed the struggle Jane and her bf went through, to hold back whilst engaging jn other intimate activities
Finally must EVERY drama couple have a history 🙄, Raphael HAD to be her kiss, this is were kdramas annoy me. People can meet and fall on love without having some love lost connection to explain and validate it.

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I agree with all of this. Didn't Jane and Raphael have a past connection too though?

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I've watched the first two episodes of Woori the Virgin and I just don't think it works. A,I, out of wedlock pregnancies, abortions - sorry, not particularly humorous. And what might be hysterically funny in he US often leaves other cultures more bemused than amused.

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