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Eun Hee

Kyung Soo Jin (Shark, That winter, The Wind Blows), Lee Jun (King Geunchogo, Chuno), Choi Yoon So (Warrior Baek Dong Soo, Lie to Me), and Jung Min Jin (Panda and Hedgehog) are cast in KBS2’s weekly drama, Eun Hee, starting June 24.  It is directed by Han Chul Kyung who also directed King Geunchogo and Everybody Cha Cha Cha.  The writers are Ahn Hong Ran and Lee Sang Min. 

Eun Hee (Kyung Soo Jin) is shunned by people because her father is falsely accused of killing a man right before the Korean War.  Im Sung Jae (Lee Jun) is saved by a man who actually killed his father, but doesn’t know the truth so he actually treats him like his own father.  Choi Young Joo (Choi Yoon So) is the daughter of the real killer and is in love with Sung Jae.  Her jealousy of Eun Hee motivates her to try to break up their relationship.  Choi Jung Tae (Jung Min Jin) is also in love with Eun Hee, but accepts that she is in love with Sung Jae.

I’m not really into dramas that are over 100 episodes, but this does seem interesting.  I doubt I will watch it though.

Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident

Kim Jae Won (May Queen, Can You Hear My Heart) and Jo Yoon Hee (Nine: Nine Times Time Travel, Lie to Me)are the leads for MBC drama, Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident which will begin June 29 after A Hundred Year’s Inheritance.  The director is Kim Jin Man who also directed East of Eden and Ireland.  The writer is Bae Yoo Mi who also wrote Twinkle Twinkle (Best Screenplay for 2011 MBC Drama Awards) and Romance.  Kim Jin Man and Bae Yoo Mi also worked together on Funny Wild Girl and Love Truly. Jo Jae Hyun (I Need a Fairy, Syndrome), Shin Eun Kyung (Still You, Flames of Ambition), Park Sang Min (The Incarnation of Money, I Believed in Men), and Kim Hye Ri (War of the Roses, Auction House) are also cast in this drama.

Ha Eun Joong (Kim Jae Won) grows up to be a policeman and finds out that his father, Ha Myung Geun (Jo Jae Hyun) isn’t really his father, but a man that kidnapped him when he was young.  Myung Geun is a man that loses his son in a building collapse.  He finds out who is responsible and kidnaps that man’s son for revenge.  Eung Joong becomes involved with Woo Ah Mi (Jo Yoon Hee) who is a 26-year-old single mom while he tries to figure out his life.  Jang Tae Ha (Park Sang Min) is a hot-headed leader of a chaebol group (this is a villain role).  Yoon Hwa Yeong (Shin Eun Gyeong) is a rational, cool-headed lawyer and Tae Ha’s wife.

I’m totally watching this.  The story sounds good and I like Kim Jae Won and Jo Jae Hyun.  Plus, I love Park Sang Min as a villain.  It should be fun to watch him in action.

Empire of Gold

Go Soo (Will it Snow at Christmas?, Marrying A Millionaire), Lee Yo Won (Horse Doctor, 49 Days), and Son Hyun Joo (The Chaser, Take Care of Us, Captain) star in SBS drama, Empire of Gold, airing on July 1 after Jang Ok Jung.  This is Go Soo’s first drama in four years.  The director is Jo Nam Kook who also directed The Chaser and Definitely Neighbors.  The writer is Park Kyung Soo who also wrote The ChaserJang Shin Young (Thorn Flower, The Chaser), Ryu Seung Soo (Sirius, The Chaser), and Yoon Seung Ah (Panda and Hedgehog, All My Love) are also cast.

This drama will cover a 20 year period of time from 1990 to 2010 following the power struggle between three people for control of a chaebol empire.  Jang Tae Joo (Go Soo) is a hero that raises his little sister, Jang Hee Joo (Yoon Seung Ah) after their father dies.  He rises to the top on his wits alone.  He falls in love with Choi Seo Yoon (Lee Yo Won) who is the chaebol heiress and rival. Choi Min Jae (Son Hyun Joo)  is Choi Seo Yoon’s older brother and Jang Tae Joo’s chief rival.  Choi Min Jae is an unscrupulous first son that makes backdoor deals to get ahead.  Yoon Seo Shi (Jang Shin Young) is a woman who uses her looks to get insider information and sets up a consulting firm to sell that information.  She teams up with Jang Tae Joo against the Choi family.  Cha Pil Doo (Ryu Seung Soo) is the antagonist to Jang Tae Joo and Yoon Seo Shi who gains power while gathering dirty money.

Wow, so basically a lot of people from The Chaser have teamed up to make another drama.  I haven’t seen The Chaser, but I have heard it was really a great drama.  I’m not sure if I will watch this, because I’m not really interested in dramas where people fight for a chaebol company.

Knife and Flower

Uhm Tae Woong (Equator Man, The Devil)and Kim Ok Bin (Over My Dead Body, Money’s Warfare) to lead Knife and Flower which will air on KBS2 starting July 3 after Heaven’s Order.  This is Kim Ok Bin’s first drama in seven years.  The director is Kim Yong Soo who also directed Equator Man and White Christmas.  The writer is Kwon Min Soo who also wrote Mom is Pretty Too and Love Needs a Miracle.  Other cast includes Choi Min Soo (Happy Ending, Warrior Baek Dong Soo), Park So Jin (Flower Boy Next Door, Unexpected You), Lee Jung Shin (My Daughter Soyoung, Unexpected You), Goo Won (Cheongdamdong Alice, Fist of Legend), Lee Min Ho (The Great Seer, The Moon that Embraces the Sun), and Ohn Joo Wan (Twelve Men in a Year, My Love By My Side).

This is a historical drama set in the Goguryo period.   Yeon Choong (Uhm Tae Woong) and Moo Young (Kim Ok Bin) fall in love, but there is tragedy between them.  Yeon Choong is the son of the noble man that killed Moo Young’s father, King Young Ryu. Yeon Choong’s father, General Yeon Gaesomun (Choi Min Soo) orders Yeon Choong to kill Moo Young, but he refuses. Moo Young is torn between her love and revenge.  Mo Seol (Park Soo Jin) is also a love interest for Yeon Choong.  Jang (Ohn Joo Wan) is Moo Young’s cousin who betrays the royal family and is rewarded by becoming king.  Other royalty includes Kim Yeong Ryu’s son, the crown prince (Lee Min Ho).  Ho Tae (Goo Won) is General Yeon Gaesomun’s bodyguard while Si Woo (Lee Jung Shin) is Moo Young’s bodyguard.  *flower boy bodyguards*

Why oh why is Uhm Tae Woong in a historical drama? This is not my favorite genre, but I find myself watching more and more to see the actors/actresses that I want to watch.  This is no exception.  I will watch it for my love of Uhm Tae Woong.

Goddess of Marriage

Kim Ji Hoon (Flower Boy Next Door, Love Marriage), Nam Sang Mi (The Peach Tree, Lights and Shadows), and Lee Sang Woo (Horse Doctor, Feast of the Gods) star in SBS drama, Goddess of Marriage, which will begin airing on July 6 after Birth Secret.   The director is Oh Jin Suk who also directed Brilliant Legacy.  The writer is Jo Jung Sun.

Song Ji Hye (Nam Sang Mi) is a radio program writer that is naïve and confident.  She dreams of a soulmate, but worries that reality may not meet expectations.  She falls into a love triangle with Kang Tae Wook (Kim Ji Hoon) and Kim Hyun Woo (Lee Sang Woo).  There are other characters and love triangles as this drama will follow the lives of four women dealing with the question of what marriage means to them. 

I absolutely love the actors in this drama.  I’m not really into romance genre, but I see myself watching this.  I haven’t see any projects of Nam Sang Mi.  Does anyone know if she is a good actress? (please let me know in the comments)

Who Are You?

So Yi Hyun (Cheongdamdong Alice, Glowing She) and Taecyeon (Dream High, Cinderella's Sister) star in tvN’s drama, Who Are You that will begin airing July 22 after Dating Agency: Cyrano.  The director is Lee Min Jin.  I couldn’t find any information on the writer.

Detective Yang Shi On (So Yi Hyun) is in a car accident and spends six years in a coma.  She loses her memory but acquires the ability to see spirits.  She convinces Detective Cha Gun Woo (Taecyeon) that she can see ghosts and together they help them using the items that were left behind in the lost and found center.  The two will become close through their shared experiences.

I adore So Yi Hyun so I will probably end up watching this.  Plus, I really like mystery genre mixed with paranormal.  I guess this years "time travel" dramas will be "paranormal" considering this drama and I Hear Your Voice and Master's Sun.  

Additional information on…
Master’s Sun

As I’m sure most of you have read KiaSoul’s update on this drama Gong Hyo Jin and So Ji Sub to star in the Hong Sister’s Latest .  Seo In Gook (Rascal Sons, Reply 1997) has been added to the cast.  This drama is directed by Jin Hyuk who also directed City Hunter and Prosecutor Princess and will begin on SBS July 31 after I Hear Your Voice.

Kang Woo (Seo In Gook) is a former soldier. He served in the Zaytun Division of the South Korean Army which was deployed to Iraq in the mid-2000s.  His character takes his experience to achieve a position as security head of Joo Joong Won’s (So Ji Sub) company.  

No Breathing

Lee Jong Suk (School 2013, Secret Garden), Seo In Guk (Rascal Sons, Reply 1997),and Yuri (Fashion King, I AM) are to star in the movie No Breathing which will release sometime later this year, 2013.  The filming began in May.  It is directed by Jo Yong Sun.  The writer is Yoo Young Ah who also wrote As One and Wedding Dress.  This is Korea’s first swimming movie.  This is Yuri’s first feature film. 

Woo Sang (Lee Jong Suk) is a lonely young man who is obsessed with becoming the top national swimmer. Won Il (Seo In Guk) is a swimming genius that returns to swimming after a long break.  Jung Eun (Yuri) is a girl who dreams of becoming a musician. She becomes involved in a love triangle with Woo Sang and Won Il who are her childhood friends.

I’m excited about this movie even though I don’t really like sports movies.  It will probably be forever it is subbed into English.  
Do any of these upcoming dramas/movie look interesting to you?  

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    aelybaby Jun 24, 2013

    Based on the story summaries I'm looking forward to Knife and Flower & Goddess of Marriage. Let's see about the other ones when they start to air! thanks for the preview! :)

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    samsoons Jun 18, 2013

    I'm a bit excited for Empire of Gold, but Lee Yo Won is just so... lifeless. She's not a bad actress but she has no onscreen energy, in my opinion. I'll probably check all the other dramas on this list, too :)

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    elvi Jun 18, 2013

    Maybe knife and flower. For sure No Breathing, Master's Sun, and Goddess of Marriage.

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    hummingbird Jun 18, 2013

    I plan to watch Knife and Flower, Goddess of Marriage, and Master's Sun. I'll wait on reviews for Who Are You because although you can't go wrong with tvN, the leads leave a lot to be desired. The synopsis for Empire of Gold sounds similar to Giant.

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    gooheajung Jun 18, 2013

    knife and flower's poster is stunning!

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      hummingbird Jun 18, 2013

      Knife and Flower's poster is definitely one of better ones compared to other 2013 posters, which looked like they were photoshopped by a five year-old.

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    rossylf4e Jun 17, 2013

    Scandal sounds like an interesting drama, but I have fallen in love with Knife and flower main poster, I would watch it just for that (but storyline and list of actor/actress sounds good too.)
    Who are you has a good plot too, and I really like the actress :D
    Plus can't wait for so ji sub's drama!!
    Since Gu family book is ending is nice there will be lot of new options ^^

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    lunaneko Jun 17, 2013

    Everything sounds so good I think this will be the summer for Kdramas since I haven't heard anything on Jdramas. :3

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    MeiLi Jun 17, 2013

    Wow thank you for the great news ! All the actors you mentioned are amazing, this is very exciting !
    I noted that seeing ghosts is the new trend in kdramas ^^

    And, did I mention that Knife and Flower poster is awesome ??

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      rossylf4e Jun 17, 2013

      Totally agree about the poster, one of the best I've ever seen <3 A good poster is the best to catch attention!

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    MoonLight Jun 17, 2013

    Many of these sound pretty interesting, I will give bunch of them a try.

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    risingsun Jun 17, 2013

    I loved The Chaser so I'll definitely give Empire of Gold a try.
    Uhm Tae Woong was really good in Queen Seon Duk so I'm really looking forward to seeing him in another historical drama! And the poster of Knife and Flower looks so amazing!
    Thanks for the update!

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    AutomnConcerto Jun 17, 2013

    Nam Sang Mi is definitely a good actress. I loved her in Time between dog and wolf. One of the greatest dramas I ever saw !

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      purplenette Jun 17, 2013

      Thank you. I'm glad to know that she is I can watch that with out worry.

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    Clemi-chan Jun 17, 2013

    Aah all this looks so cool I can't wait!!

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    DontPanicToktok Jun 17, 2013

    most of these look so exciting~! *O*

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    maryyaam Jun 17, 2013

    Damn!! Seo In Guk is on a roll!!
    Can't wait to see him in two more dramas!!XD
    But what about the movie "police family"? has his role been confirmed there??

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      purplenette Jun 17, 2013

      As far as I know his role is confirmed in that movie. I'm waiting to find more information before I write about it. I can't find any information on who the female lead is confirmed to be yet. I will definitely write about it in the future. :-)

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    dapinaymrs Jun 17, 2013

    Uhm Tae Woong was great in Queen Seon Deok, I hope to see him in action in Knife and Flower. It looks interesting but I can't say the same for the female lead.

    Waah~! I think I'll pass on the others for now...too many dramas to catch up on.

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