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[Drama chat] When bad dramas happen to good actors


Using “bad” to describe a drama might be subjective, but often enough there’s a drama that’s just a total disappointment — despite the amazing cast. “Why did oppa pick this script?” one might ask. “Of all the dramas she could have been in, why this one?”

Bad dramas happen to good actors. Whether it’s a concept that failed in execution, a script that fell flat, or a story that was lifeless from the get-go, sometimes our favorite actors get saddled with a flop. But it’s not their fault — there are times when a production just fails to bring all the pieces together to create that drama magic we all crave.
 

Let’s chat about bad dramas happening to good actors. Worst offenders? Actors that can’t seem to catch a break? Dramas that make you cringe when you remember them?

 
Let the chatting begin!
 
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I don't know how beanies feel about his acting because I'm an unreliable judge for that criteria but, Yeon Woo Jin. Sigh. Thirty Nine, I Wanna Hear Your Song and the trainwreck that was Introverted Boss/My Shy Boss....I just want a really good drama for him.

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I gave seen quite a few shows of his and have only ever liked him in Marriage not Dating.

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Queen for Seven Days is also good if you want to mope or get over something or torture yourself

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I have seen it, and I'm sorry to say that I disliked it excessively.

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I really like Yeon Woo Jin. I loved Marriage not dating - it is one of my re-watch go to 's when I need a laugh. And I also loved I Wanna Hear Your Song - another one I re-watch a lot. Introverted Boss was one of those ok traditional story-lines -his acting was fine but the story was just normal K-drama.

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Doom at your Service is the first that comes to mind. It started off well and the premise showed promise but damn if it didn't end up being a complete waste of talent.

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I really, really want a re-do of that pairing.

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Oh my! I hated the pairing. It was like pairing a river with a backyard kiddie pool. (Seo In Gok the river and Park Bo Young as the cutesy back yard kiddie pool) I apologize to Park Bo Young's fans, it is just that I am not a fan of hers and anticipated a disaster when I saw the pairing.

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It really was a waste of a great cast.

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Good call. It could have been good but didn’t land at all for me.

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I'd say Arthdal Chronicles still wins as the biggest overall waste of talent (acting, writing and directing) that I've seen. Bad Guy (with the exception of Han Ga In) also had a remarkably talented cast for such a terrible show.

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I'm still not getting Bad Guy... they must have known Kim Nam Gil was going to enlist, right??? 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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One would think . . . although the writing was awful from episode 1 so I don't think bad planning was the only culprit here.

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I feel this many times. Starting from my bias Lee Jongsuk, i wonder why did he pick Doctor Stranger back then? Even though it was (what i believe) his best performance, still couldn't save the drama. It was bad!

Then Lee Jinwook. I don't remember how many of his dramas i have watched that are bad. I only remember 2. Goodbye Mr Black is the one i remember the most. It's soooo bad i don't want to explain more
And there is The Time We Were Not In Love which also isn't good. Such a shame cos i think he's a good actor.

Then there's Ji Changwook that i know for sure everyone knows
I might add more cos i don't remember them all

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Adding

Park Hyungsik with Soundtrack#1
Lee Jehoon and Chae Soobin with Where Stars Land
Park Boyoung with Abyss
Yeo Jingoo with Reunited Worlds

Some dramas maybe are not so bad but still why they all chose these dramas?

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Rookie Cops as well for Chae Soobin

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Seconding Abyss, such a disappointment.

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Gosh, where should we start with the trainwreck that is Where Stars Land?? Good thing both actors got to play in much better dramas in the aftermath.

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My level of disappointment with Where Stars Land is almost the same as what Sisyphus does with Cho Seungwoo Park Shinhye. Awful. These actors don't deserve these terrible projects

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Doctor Stranger and Goodbye Mr. Black are two if the shows I've dropped in EP 1. They're that bad.

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Did I finish Doctor Stranger? It really stood out as a “WHAT IS THIS?!” drama in his LJS’s drama list.

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What i'm about to say is probably going too far but i'll be very very glad if i'm wrong.
I'm afraid LJS' next project with Vagabond writers is going to be included to this category "why did he choose this project?" I can only hope that at least it can be average or just below average

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It does sound quite different to all his other projects - could be interesting, could be a train wreck. Depends on the writing I guess. I prefer him in rom coms!

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I want to add one more

Kim Sohyun and Doojoon (i hope i get his name right) with Radio Romance

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Dr. Stranger is memorable for the many ways I chose to re-write it, and I did think LJS was amazing in it, despite the trainwreck plot.

And yeah Lee Jinwook - was amazing in nine times nine travel, and I did watch others because of him, but they fell into my 'normal kdrama category'

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You read my mind about Lee Jong Suk and Doctor Stranger!!
I do really really love how he portrayed the character but the drama is still couldn't be saved. I watched til the end just because of Jong Suk acting, I don't expect much about the drama.

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The first thing that came to mind was Park Bo-gum in Record of Youth - the plot was not so good and there was no chemistry in the OTP (although she's another famous name). Just don't get me started on Encounter ...

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On the contrary, Record of Youth was written for Park Bo-gum. It was practically an Ode to Park Bo-gum -- his last farewell before his military service. His character got to play a gangster, a doctor, and a sageuk king.

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Encountet was good! 😅😅😅😅😅

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I liked Encounter. I remember the recap saying something about how the drama was so slow and soothing it makes you want to take a nap but in a good way. After I read that I was like, YES. That describes it exactly.

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I intensely disliked "Encounter." It felt like a drama with nothing to say that was SURE of its own importance.

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Sisyphus: Cho Seung-woo 🤯
Thirty Nine: Sohn Ye-jin, Yeon Woojin 😤
Big: GongYoo 🤕
Hyde Jekyll, Me: Hyunbin 👀
Arthadal: Song Joongki 🙈

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Ah Sisyphus..... i wish Cho Seungwoo and Park Shinhye didn't do it. Such a waste of their talents

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I would argue that first 4 episodes of Big were really good, thus if Gong Yoo chose the script based on them, I can understand his choice... I'm still sad the show went downhill... and especially that they weren't brave enough to trust the young actor to take over the ending episodes...

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Me: *amnesiac about Big ending*

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Really the only way to handle the Big ending

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Sisyphus even made me feel sorry for the mythic Greek hero. Now he has to read over and over again for eternity what a mess that drama was.

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Sisymess is the worst. I had been waiting for his comeback since Stranger 1 and Life and then this thing happened. A really bad project (especially if it’s also silly) really ruins an actor’s image. I am very sorry to say this but CSW’s talent has been tainted for me. Choosing good projects is also a talent.

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I think I am one of the few who liked Sysphus, lol!

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I'm waiting who will first mention Forest...
*turning on the popcorn machine*

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That show is on my top 3 of boring dramas.

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Same! I was scrolling down with it in mind…

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It was definitely a waste of talent- and our intelligence.

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Some big productions were pretty disapointing :

- Arthdal Chronicles
- Vagabond
- Sisyphus : The Myth
- The King : Monarch of Eternal
- Encounter
- Jirisan

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- Metling Solftly
- Dr. Jin
- Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
- Forest
- Hyde Jekyll, Me
- 39
- Record of Youth
- Alice

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My issue with Vagabond isn't the script but the leads, Lee Soongi and Bae Suzy, Suzy especially. Looking back, except for Seunggi who the script kind of did bad too, the rest of the pivotal cast were solidly written - Moon Jung Hee, Shin Sung Rok, and all, even Hwang Bora.
The only time I felt Suzy carry weight was her return as the mystery lady to participate in the weapon action at the end of the movie, which also feels flat remembering that they began at this scene and spiraled downwards with the leads.

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I love Vagabond so I will never call it a bad drama but the circular plot is frustrating. I live in hope of a season 2 one day to fix it. I remember getting worried around episode 13 that there wouldn’t be time to wrap it all up, and how right I was…

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For me, it's a bad drama when you don't finish your story or you didn't warn it was a format with several seasons, like Arthdal Chronicles.

The story was not very credible neither for me... Like the pilot who survived.

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I have only seen Melting me solftly from this list, and my disapointement was so huge that I might put all the others you mention on a "do not watch" list.

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Nana and Lee Minki In Oh! Master. Lee Minki especially

Jung Kyung-ho in Hospital Playlist during the music segments or when they are together as a whole. A good number of times he barely got a word in, especially when they are weighing pressing matters.

Chu Ja-hyun in Green Mothers Club. While she was strongly written, it seemed like they didn't know what to do with her.

Yeon Woojin, Kang Malgeum and Kim Ji-hyun in Thirty Nine.

Yoon Se-ah in The Road Tragedy of One.

That's all I can recall for now.

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I loved Jung Kyung-ho in Hospital Playlist, but thought his love arc / depression was really badly written. Why didn’t they take time to focus on mental health in a hospital drama?! It’s so important - and they had a perfect way in. :(

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I didn't want to add his love arc so it wouldn't ruin everything about him when considering the main cast as an ensemble. But depression, I didn't see that at all, but now in retrospect, he truly was depressed. While I can also remember seeing him scale through it on his own which is a magnificent feat, the fact that it wasn't spotlighted is just unfair to Dr. Junwan. Hospital Playlist did him very well when it's just him, but they really struggled to fit him in when considering entire ensemble. For a show I really liked, and still love, Jung Kyung-ho's arc is one thing I couldn't overlook Hos Play for when they(writing) did him wrong, one I'll still complain about in the near future.

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I really liked his character, but some big aspects of his life weren't written well (e.g. hobbies which disappeared, stress issues which weren't addressed)

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Sorry I will be going o/t here.
Jung Kyung-Ho is one of my favorites and I generally agree with your HP assessment. His Dr. Kim Jun-wan was my favorite character and his ‘medical scenes’ were excellent. I think HP lost some heft when it evolved from a medical drama to a romantic drama.
So you got me interested in finding if JKH has a new drama in the works. Is it possible that JKH at age 38 will be in a noona romance with Jeon Do-yeon at age 49? Here is a report from less than a month ago about JKH and JDY appearing in tvN’s upcoming ONE SHOT SCANDAL:
https://www.kpoppost.com/jung-kyung-ho-and-jeon-do-yeon-to-star-in-tvn-s-new-drama-one-shot-scandal/
This is from the article:

“One Shot Scandal” is an upcoming new romantic comedy series that will exclusively air on tvN. The story will follow the romance story of Korea’s top teacher and a parent. Jung Kyung Ho will portray the top teacher, while Jeon Do Yeon will play the role of a parent.

Lol. I hope in a couple of years ONE SHOT SCANDAL will not be one that we will ask, Jung Kyun-ho, what were you thinking?
As always I wish actors good luck on their new projects.

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About this, Noona romance haven't been it for me at all, esp the ones with more than >5 year gap, same with wide oppa romance, except for Marriage Contract. I love the 2-3year gaps more cause that is more mature and sweeter . But if they age Kyung-ho and Jeon Do-yeon to mid 40's then I'm sold and will willingly forget the IRL age difference.

Even if they are 11 years apart IRL, the drama has the creative license to write their characters in their mid 40's, alas! Hwang In-yeob still acts high school/fresh student characters. A little bit of make-up transformation should do the trick for Jung Kyung-ho.

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You make good points. The upcoming ALCHEMY OF SOULS has an almost 10 year age difference with the Ml being the younger but along the lines you mention I don’t think it will impact the performances.

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And everything about that drama screams 'I am worth it. I am good', save for that age difference clause.
I also hope that I do not ask the question you raised : 'Jung Kyun-ho, what were you thinking?'

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Good to hear that there is finally going to be a k-drama that will capture the essence of good teaching--sex with parents.

Putting aside my continual dismay at the way my profession is portrayed, I am all for an age gap romance where the man is late 30s early 40s and the woman is late 40s-early 50s, as opposed to the typical noona romance where the man is in his twenties and the woman is in her late thirties.

First of all, there wouldn't, or at least shouldn't be any angst on the woman's part, which is why I generally don't like noona romances, second it would be a tribute to the way women remain attractive through middle age and beyond, and finally if marriage was an outcome, the couple wouldn't have to worry about the 6.5 year gap in age expectancy, with women living that much longer than men. (I was surprised it was that much in Korea.)

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Good to hear that there is finally going to be a k-drama that will capture the essence of good teaching--sex with parents.

You have me lost here. Do you mean that the parties involved are a parent and a teacher in contrast to the teacher-student we see in a vast number of edu-romance?

In a movie setting, a 5 year max gap is enough for me, in the age range you mentioned. Example is what we have in It's Beautiful Now and had in She Would Never Know ( the best part of that movie for me). That age difference has this level of maturity with them, coupled with the fact that they are both established individual. A wide range however, is a discomfort on its own, and if immaturity is displayed (Forecasting Love and Weather), it just ruins it.

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@jerrykuvira Yes, I was making a weak joke given the number of teacher-student romances depicted. It wasn't very funny, sorry.

I would really hope that if the man is in his late 30s, and the woman in her late 40s-early 50s, there would not be a gap in emotional maturity, which I agree is another factor that makes noona romances uncomfortable.

But even though this is continuing the way- off-topic topic, is there an age gap romance where the man is in, say, his late 30s-early 40s and the woman is in her 50s? In Hyena there was fantastic chemistry between Kim Hye-Soo, then 50 and Ju Ji-hoon, then 38, but they didn't note the age difference at all, and of course it wasn't strictly speaking, a romance.

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@hacja, I got the joke. I also couldn't help not commenting on the serious side of it.

I guess it's really important for the male leads to have left early 30's for them to have the EM required to make noona romance comfortable because looking back, all the good ones I've seen had male leads aged past early 30's.

I don't think I've come across such age gap romances, except in Hollywood setting.

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Leaving behind underage vs adult, I really don't care about the age gap (age is just about the number) as long as both consenting adults apply both way older woman or older man. But..... I am never into noona romance as long as I remember in K drama. Because younger age is always the reason and one to blame behind someone's immaturity, being not dependable, and having to be taken care of. These qualities are just off putting for me and makes a relationship not romantic at all.

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Park Bo-young in everything after Strong Girl Do Bong Soon.

Ji Chang Wook in almost everything after healer *cries*

Lee Jin-wook's entire career except for Voice and Nine.

Cho Seung-woo - it takes a special type of awful to completely waste the talents of an actor who is adept and experienced in Film, Television and Musical Theater yet somehow the writer and director of Sisyphus succeeded in doing it, bravo!!

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I LOVE Nine.

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Agree a 💯 about lee Jin wook.

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I have to agree about Lee Jin-wook. Granted, he made Bulgasal very watchable for me, but it left me sour to imagine what he could do with a truly good script.

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Yoo Seungho always comes to mind when "good actor bad drama" are mentioned. Also, Joowon. Boys are so good at acting yet so bad at picking script 🤦🏻‍♀️

Aaand many might disagree with me, but personally, I think Scarlet Heart is a big let down. And the recent Doom at Your Service too.

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I had high hopes for scarlet heart but it just wasn't it

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I have a soft spot for Ji Hyun Woo ever since I watched Invincible Lee Pyung Kang ages ago. I couldn't finish or even start on his other dramas. Thankfully there's Queen In-Hyun's Man! Happy for him he got the KBS daesang last year for Gentleman & A Lady, which I didn't watch...

Another one is Kim Myung Min; I "discovered" him in King of Dramas and his only other drama that I finished was Bad Family.

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Hyun Bin - Memories of the Alhambra
Park Hae Jin - Forest

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I thought Memories of Alhambra is pretty good. If i may i ask, what do you think it's bad?

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The ending, the romance. The first few episodes were quite good though.

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I personally like the ending but i agree about the romance.
It's different for everyone

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I liked it a lot too.

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I love Memories of Alhambra. Very refreshing. Romance didn't have very happy ending, but it moved the story.
Small , but good role for Park Shin-Hye - she had many bad doramas recently, like Sisyphus and Pinocchio (I didn't look some her other doramas).

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I liked Alhambra before it reached the last couple of eps when everything was just too much and the ending made no sense. I actually think Hyun Bin was at his top form acting-wise in that show I had wished he would get some nominations and awards for his performance there alone.

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Kim Myung Min is excellent in Six Flying Dragons.

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Aahhh ok...That's a sageuk, right? I tend to give those a miss.

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Shin Dong-wook - Dae Jang Geum Is Watching
Jeon Do-yeon - Lost/Human Disqualification (my honorable mention goes to: PD (and film director) Hur Jin-ho who sometimes had a bad directing because of flop as a resulted mediocre, poor rating)
Kim Ji-seok and Jung So-min - Monthly Magazine Home
Cho Seung-woo and Park Shin-hye - Sisyphus: The Myth
Won Jin-ah and Rowoon - She Would Never Know
Kim Hee-sun - Room No. 9
Lee Sang-yoon and Lee Sung-kyung - About Time

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Do movies count? I’ve always wondered why Junho would pick Homme Fatale

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If we're adding movies, then Kim Soo-hyun in Real.

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I agree

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I think that was his first sageuk. Got to show people you can rock a hanbok and speak with that sageuk intonation!

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Before that he was in Memories of the Sword, which is totally watchable
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/08/398_184546.html

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Yoo Ah-in and Lee Je-hoon are the best actors of their generation, yet they both starred in the disaster that was Fashion King.

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why did I google this one? Posters so campy (Yoo Ah In's expression, Lee Je Hoon looking uncomfortable) that they are making me want to watch this.

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Say what you like about Fashion King, but even after watching it years ago, it still sticks in my memory and I felt it was creative and edgy and I'm glad I watched it.

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I don’t consider Lee je-hoon one of the best actors. I’m watching signal right now and his acting is really hard to watch honestly

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Agree. He tends to overact, couldn’t get past 4 episodes of Signal because 1. It’s boring 2. Lee Je Hoon’s acting.

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Logged in just to agree with you 💯

Lee Je-hoon is definitely not in my list of “best actors”. He’s rather in the worse list. Frankly, he’s got to be one of the most difficult actors to watch. The over acting and the unnecessary intensity is something I cannot stomach.

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1. As a Moon Chae Won unnie fan, I can feel this topic in my bones. Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter is so freaking bad I could cry but I watched it completly because I dropped her other shows (Goodbye Mr Black and Criminal Minds) in episode 1.

Innocent Man and Shinning Inheritance are classics but they're also... not great (even if Chaeki couple was iconic).

2. Everyone loves Ji Sung and his dramas always get good ratings, but -except for Protect the Boss and The Devil Judge- I've never liked them. I always feel like his acting goes to waste.

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Shows being good or bad is sooo subjective. Shining Inheritance is one of my most favorite shows.

And Ji Sung... Haha I guess we gave wildly different tastes 😁

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I know right?

I never thought I would see Dae Jang Geum Is Watching or Boyfriend in this drama chat. I love those shows!
But here I am mentioning your favorite dramas. Aigoo..

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Shining Inheritance is awesome. I did not think it would be based off the first couple of episodes but I loved it by the end.

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What about Flower of evil? That's solid.
Also, what, particularly, did you like about Protect the Boss? I just started it (only watched ep 1) and it seems like an ordinary romcom.

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Protect the Boss is also one of my favorite shows. It has many many undertones of dealing with insecurities, basically every single person in this show has a type of insecurity and we are shown how they slowly learn to accept and heal. I truly love it. It pulls at all my heartstrings every time.

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I also really enjoyed it and watched it more than once...Also loved the humor LOL

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Yes I love the humour too. It seems a bit over the top at times, but most of the actors are so well seasoned that they sell it effortlessly.

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PROTECT THE BOSS is one of my favorite romcoms- I can still picture the two respective fathers glaring at each other at the wedding- each being convinced that their child has married beneath themselves.

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I love Flower of Evil. Because of that show now the curse is broken, imo. Now I can wait for her next drama in peace.

Well, I love ordinary romcoms. Hehe.
The show is really cute and refreshing. I like how they played with the cliches, it made the story light and the characters likeable. I don't wanna give you spoilers, so I don't think I should say more.

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To me, the only bad drama that wasted Ji Sung's acting was Entertainer.

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I would agree with this though I don't think it was bad, per say, but definitely disappointing and a waste of his talent, especially when they made the mind boggling decision to pair him with Hyeri.

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Like Midnight said, it's pretty subjective.
Or maybe I just have a problem LOL

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You don't LOL

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I think Ji Sung had some mediocre to bad dramas earlier in his career, but from Secret Love on, I think he's been pretty good at picking dramas, with Entertainer, perhaps, being the exception. KMHM, Defendant, and The Devil Judge are my favorites and the best showcases of his acting IMO. I liked Familiar Wife too.

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From KMHM, The Devil Judge, New Heart, and Entertainer, I only liked TDJ. And from KMHM, New Heart and Entertainer, for me, the least problematic one is Entertainer. LOL

I dropped Familiar Wife and Doctor John.

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Oh, and Protect the Boss. I love that show.

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Familiar Wife is a very... unusual drama. I confess the first time I watched it I only finished it because I liked the actors and accepted that the story was going to be mediocre. Then I watched it again (don't ask me why LOL I rewatch many shows for different reasons) and it hit me like a wall of bricks that I hadn't even understood what it had been telling me. After that it became one of my favorites although it breaks my heart every time. I actually have a review of it on my fanwall if you wish to read. Beware of many spoilers of course.

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When I started the show I was expecting something healing like Go Back Couple or Matrimonial Chaos. But to be honest it was just me hating the ML for 8 episodes. I reaaaally dislike his character so I don't think I would give the show a second chance. But I'll read your review, maybe that way I'll understand what the show was trying to say, and appreciate the effort.

Thanks! ^^

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I dropped Familiar wife after 2 ep. It was gruesome to watch mediocre life on screen. I want my drama to bring fantaisies, not so be so realistic in banal life and second-rate personnalities.

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I couldn’t get passed episode 1 and til this day. Good actors bad drama.

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The princess Man is classic and masterpiece directing. Moon chae Won earlier work are good. it's after innocent man her project choice went downhill

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I also like her earlier work (not Innocent Man tho), I was happy with Good Doctor, and then I don't know what happened. But Flower of Evil gave me hope again.

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I would split bad dramas happening to good actors (keyword being good, bc there are many bad dramas that happen to bad actors) into 2 categories: 1) drama looks good on paper, and 2) drama looks bad on paper. With 1), you understand why the actor signed on; with 2) you're questioning if the actor was blackmailed into signing on or was drunk when they signed on.

Jirisan belongs to category #1. The writer has a great track record , the director has a good track record, and the premise of the story sounded interesting. It was unexpected how none of those things came together.

Arthdal might belong to category #1, though personally I would've broken my agreement as soon as I saw the costumes.

Sisyphus belongs to category #2. Till this day, I am baffled how Cho Seungwoo of all people got roped into this. Did he not read the script or notice that his costar is Park Shinhye? If Korea ever had Actors Roundtable, I want someone to ask him how he agreed to this show.

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I think the Arthdal design team was drunk.

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I nearly spat out my water when I first saw the posters. I couldn't stop laughing at how bad the tribal chic outfits and makeup were. I don't know how SJK filmed Arthdal with a straight face. I was and still am embarrassed for him.

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It was that weird combo of tribal love child meets 80's goth vampire. If you're going to spend that much money you'd think you'd get something less alarming.

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I can sort of see how he would be roped into Sisyphus. It had an interesting premise and it was sci-fi, which kdramas rarely do. Maybe he didn't want to be a dude in a suit for his next role. I think PSH tried to challenge herself too with Sisyphus, but it was poorly written and executed.

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I’m not sure about this but I think there is a chance that he (CSW) hadn’t read all of the script (eps1-16) before he signed on the project. If I’m not mistaken, some said many times the actor or actress only get 1-6 eps to read before making the decision whether to join the project or not because writer hasnt finished writing the script for all the eps.

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Sisyphus was already in dafuq territory by ep 2/3.

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🤣🤣

#facts

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I couldn't pass ep 4 like: What is this?? From Forest of Secret to Sisyphus is roller-coaster.

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And I lasted 8! 🫥

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Almost everything lee jun ki has ever done.
Please don’t hate me 🙈

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Record of Youth: With talent as Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam this drama was offensively bland. They had little to no chemistry together.
Sisyphus the myth: Less said about this drama is better. The drama might have sounded better on paper but execution was a total disaster. It was waste of time, money and talent.
Doom: The drama never got its world building and mythology right and talented cast could not fill up the plot-holes.
Monthly Magazine Home: It made characters played by two immensely likable actors unlikeable.
Mine: It had few moments but it two female leads deserved awesome script and not run-of the mill cheabol drama.
Melancholia: They never should have added romance. It was wrong before and it was wrong even after the time jump. The male lead never respected boundaries of female lead.
Oh Master: I am sure the actors never had the full script, even they had half the episode script they would have never accepted this awful drama.
Pirates: It’s a movie that I decided to drop after first fifteen minutes. That’s a record for me.

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I stuck with Pirates out of my love for Son Ye Jin and Kim Nam Gil but it was truly awful. Although at least it was awful in big, spectacular ways as opposed to small, boring ones.

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You can add SHARK to that list.

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Yeah, that's another one that *should* have been good.

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Oh Master! - Lee Min Ki is one of my most favourite Korean actors. And that was supposed to be a rom-com with fun premise on paper. I like the actress too! That was one of the worst shows I have ever seen (and I am saying this in spite of surviving(?) that horrible end of Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol)

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I'm going with Lee Do-Hyun in Melancholia. I can see why he signed on--math genius with a troubled family life and questionable attachment to his teacher/mentor is a pretty juicy role--but this drama was overwrought, cringey, and the special kind of ridiculous that happens when you can tell the writer and director took the unintentionally funny material very, very seriously.

Waiting anxiously for his next project to wipe away my memory of this one.

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I watched one episode and couldn't go any further.

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Apart from Healer, I suppose we can mention all the dramas from Wookie, although I was OK with suspicious partner 😅

Jung So min and Kim Ji suk in monthly home magazine... a total waste.

Shin Min ah in tomorrow with you.

Jung Hae in and Sin Ye jin in Pretty Noona, of course 😠😕😠

Last but not least: Go Ah ra and Lee Jae wook in Do do do sol sol la la sol

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Warm and Cozy - I generally like Yoo Yeon Seok but that drama is SUCH hard work. I’m still surprised I managed to finish it.

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If you look up 'man-child' in a dictionary, I'm 100% sure YYS's picture is there. And that's coming from someone who loved the drama at the time. Yeesh!

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the picture noted at the top of this article is from JIRISAN- which had a whole host of top-notch actors all of whose talents were wasted.

SHY BOSS and DDSSLLS were two more examples.

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I guess it pays to go in knowing nothing about a show. I watched it as a slow but gorgeous show, with a weird side of ghost. Didn't think it as bad as most beanies seem to.

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I could not watch JIRISAN after the second episode, but my wife liked it and watched the entire thing simply for the gorgeous scenery.

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In JIRISAN, the scenery truly was gorgeous. So gorgeous and mysterious in fact that it became one of the main characters of the drama. Every week or so I think back to this drama with memories of that mountain and the call of the wild that it seemed to give out. I am glad I watched it and may some day watch it again.

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In the end the only character that did not disappoint was the spectacular Mt Jiri. It was only aspect that could not be sullied by weak writing, strange directing and haphazard editing. Such a beautiful train wreck of a drama.

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I agreed with a lot of titles mentioned by other beanies. Though personally, I have to go with Lee Kyu-hyung in Doctor John. For all his penchant for unusual character, I still couldn't figure out why he decided to say yes for this script, especially after all his previous spectacular choices.

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Too lol ltd remember older dramas, this is in no way a comprehensive list of all the bad ones happening to good actors but these come to mind when I think of the most recent disasters:

1. Arthdal Chronicles
2. Jirisan
3. Hyde Jekyll, Me
4. Oh my master
5. Soundtrack

These are by far the worst ones when I think of the biggest stars/incredible actors with the worst dramas ever, whether a bad scrip, story, direction or execution 😒🤡

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by bad dramas happening to good actors, I think of the actors' roles in that bad drama and whether that role added something positive to their breadth of roles or acting skills or fame or ratings or relationships/friendships.

The drama that came to mind was Criminal Minds which made both Moon Chae Won and Lee Jun ki appear bland. I think the only actor whose acting improved in my eyes from that drama was Im Soo Hyang's cameo as the serial killer.

I didn't finish scarlet heart. It was a bummer for IU especially since her acting was very O_O in it. But Kang Haneul and Lee Junki seemed to have shone in it.

Hwarang. Park Hyung-shik shone, while Park Seo Joon and Go Ara appeared regressed. Still, I think this drama introduced PHS, PSJ, and V to each other, and they still hang out to this day. So it wasn't a complete waste.

Risky Romance. no one benefited from that. Poor Lee Shi-young and Ji Hyun-woo. Hope they got paid lots for it.

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OMG How can I forget about Hwarang? That show and Scarlet were such a big waste of good actors -and pretty boys- LOL. I'm never watching sageuks about a bunch of flower boys ever again (joke).

I dropped Risky Romance but I had the feeling it was going to be as bad as Wild Romance (another LSY drama). Poor unnie.

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Yes to that picture! I love Jun Ji-hyun and just couldn't get into Jirisan.

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I hope she does another film with comedy.

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I've already expressed much dismay and disdain for Alhambra, and Jirisan. I'm going to add 2 shows, that I liked until halfway through and then turned on me. THE ITEM. Everything I ever wanted to see... a little creepy; inanimate objects that gained power through a traumatic event (ala The Lost Room), evil insanely rich people, and one guy trying to save his industrious niece in the upside down. I could even forgive the useless 30 minute piecemeal episodes. About halfway through, the writing took a turn for the worse. The actors tried so hard.

Speaking of actors trying to infuse credibility into an overworked and dead script... This brings me to THE GAME: TOWARD ZERO. First few episodes were great, and then... it became a different show. I so want Lim Juhwan to be in a good show; he's so good, but no one gives him anything to do. His co-stars weren't better off, and I was rooting for the bad guy most of the time because, let's face it, Lim Juhwan was the better actor (sorry Taecyeon). I was hopeful with The Game.

I dunno, I may rewatch both, but they left such a sour taste. At first, I did like them, so maybe I can forgive and forget...

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Yoom eun hye - she didn’t pick any good dramas after Coffee Prince. Anyhow, after rewatching Coffee Prince, I kinda disliked her character in that drama. She was such a crybaby. 🙄

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Bad dramas that happened to good actors:

1. Sisyphus/ Sisymess: agree with all the comments above, the less it’s talked about the better. We might trick the universe and ourselves into believing that it had never actually axisted.

2. Along the same lines with the above show we have …gimme a sec I can’t even remember the show’s name now.. Alice: such a waste of everything. It was a strange show with a strange script (a romance between the ML and a woman who looks exactly like his mother???? 🤮) And I sat through all the eps because of my love for the actor. *smdh*

3. Soundtrack1: I like HSH and I think she’s a charming and talented actress. However, her acting was so bland, the same as everything in the show, even in the first 10 mins of the show and I couldn’t continue watching it. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced watching such a bland show like that my entire life. Some shows were bad, some were good, but reaching that level of blandness requires a special type of talent. Yes the show succeeded in doing it, wow.

Actors that continue to choose bad projects:

1. Ji Chang-wook: no explanation is needed, period.

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The most surprising thing about Soundtrack #1 is that it is directed by the same director who did Vincenzo and The Crowned Clown. Idk how you go from Vincenzo to Soundtrack.

Han Sohee should stick with grungy and edgy roles and stop trying to force fit herself into a bland kdrama Mary Sue heroine. Girl is more spice (or acid) than sugar.

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Hmm, in my eyes, this drama isn't exactly a flop. It's the first drama I watched live and finished! But Kim Dong-wook, Seo Hyun-jin, and even Director Jung Ji-hyun deserved a more coherent, directed plot than the one in You Are My Spring. The writer had a vision, but it got very blurry along the way.

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Almost all Park Bo Young drama. I have no idea why she always choose the worst script? such a talent girl, but so unlucky choosing project.

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Jang Geum Suk - he is a really good actor. he was great in his earlier roles such as You're Beautiful, Mary Stayed Out All Night, Hong Gil-dong, and Beethoven's Virus as well as his earlier starting roles. But then he had a bunch of dumb shows like Love Rain and Pretty Man. His acting was ok, but the shows were awful. Switch was ok, but I never finished it for some reason.

I haven't seen him in a show for a while. I hope he comes back with better choices :)

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Responding to many of the above.
I agree with Ji Chang Wook after Healer :( The idea behind Melting me Softly had so much potential!, but I couldn't even finish it

Contrary to many, I really liked Pretty Noona and I enjoyed Sysyphus

I liked Entertainer for the band part and I thought the actors in the band did an amazing job. Ji Sung wasn't so good in this one. The backstory was a little weird.

Yoo In Na -I fell in love with her in Secret Garden but I have to say her other dramas haven't been that great.

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Woori the Virgin, My Secret Romance, Now we are breaking up, Melancholia, I'll go to you when the weather is warm, how to be thirty, angel eyes, blade man, Devilish joy...

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