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The Korean Remake of U.S. TV Show "Criminal Minds"
Yes you read that right! There will be a Korean remake of criminal minds! Most of you probably watch it. I love that show! xD Anyway, Actor Lee Joon Gi and Actress Kim Ah Joong are in talks for the drama. From the article~ On January 11, media reports revealed that Lee Joon Gi and Kim Ah Joong were considering the Korean remake of the popular American TV show “Criminal Minds” as their next project. Both agencies of the respective actors promptly confirmed the news. Lee Joon Gi’s agency, Namoo Actors, revealed, “It’s true that Lee Joon Gi received an offer for ‘Criminal Minds.’ He’s currently examining the project.” Kim Ah Joong’s agency stated that the actress received an offer and was looking over the project as well. Meanwhile, the CBS show “Criminal Minds” first aired in 2005, and is currently on its 12th season. The show is set for a Korean remake and will be broadcast by KBS. The Korean version will be starting production sometime during the spring of 2017. Links: (1), (2), (3), (4) Just in case some of you are not familiar with criminal minds, click here Lee Joon Gi has acted in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Scholar Who Walks the Night, and many more. If you want to know more about him click here. Kim Ah Joong has acted in 200 pounds beauty, Steal My Heart, and many more. More about her, click here. What do you guys think about this? Will you watch it? *Photos does not belong to KpopINT. Creds to the rightful owners. 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Are ‘Faith’ and ‘Arang and the Magistrate’ Putting Lee Joon Gi and Lee Min Ho to Good Use?
MBC’s Arang and the Magistrate and SBS’ Faith, both of which have gathered great interest as the comeback pieces of hallyu stars Lee Joon Gi and Lee Min Ho, actually haven’t been doing very well. In viewership ratings, the situation isn’t too bad, because both have been garnering a little over 10 percent, but most of the viewers in that 10 percent say that they’re just watching because of Lee Joon Gi and Lee Min Ho, not because the dramas are any good. The dramas’ viewer boards are covered with posts reading, ‘When is Lee Min Ho going to play a part? Kim Hee Sun, Ryu Deok Hwan and Choi Min Soo seem to have more weight’ and ‘Lee Joon Gi just chases after Shin Min Ah’s coattails; I think this drama should be titled “Arang” and not Arang and the Magistrate.’ Viewers agree that they watch because they like the leads, but the quality of the dramas don’t live up to their leads’ names. Viewers say that the problem with Arang and the Magistrate and Faith is that they are either too unfriendly or too friendly. It is true that Arang and the Magistrate is supposed to be a mystery drama, but it has been throwing out too many unanswered questions and no clues, only leaving viewers confused and cutting off any hopes of solving the mystery. The most recent third and fourth episodes contained many questions, but the story progressed so slowly that no clues were uncovered. How Arang (Shin Min Ah) died, why the Great Jade Emperor (Yoo Seung Ho) and the King of the Underworld (Park Joon Kyu) are listening closely to Arang’s story or how Arang is related to the incident that occurred 400 years ago still remain as big unanswered mysteries. On top of that, the drama continues to pile up on the questions, such as what it is Moo Young (Han Jung Su) regrets in his past life, why Joo Wal (Yeon Woo Jin) needs to deliver young girls to a mysterious woman at the full moon or why Lord Choi (Kim Yong Gun) is at odds with his foster son Joo Wal. There are even more mysteries outside of the obvious stated in the drama, such as how Arang’s body managed to survive in the earth without decay, how Eun Oh (Lee Joon Gi) can see ghosts and fight so well even though he’s not a shaman and why Arang has Eun Oh’s mother’s hairpin or why Lee Seo Rim’s body doesn’t. Viewers have said, ‘I think Lee Joon Gi’s talent is being wasted. He’s just chasing Arang around, and he has less character than even those other supporting roles’, ‘Lee Joon Gi just seems to be Arang’s romantic partner. The magistrate is nowhere to be seen; there’s only Arang’, ‘Please don’t sell this overseas in Lee Joon Gi’s name’ and ‘The story is so slow.’ Faith, on the other hand, has been put under fire for opposite reasons. The drama is said to be too repetitive in its attempts to be friendly. Although the real main character is Kim Hee Sun’s ‘doctor from the heavens,’ most viewers watch the drama to see Lee Min Ho. Nevertheless, the only thing the Goryeo warrior Choi Young, who Lee Min Ho plays, has done so far is get stabbed with knives, fall down and get up again. Explanations of each character pop up too often in flashbacks, making the main story too boring. The third and fourth episodes used 20 minutes each to explain why King Gong Min (Ryu Deok Hwan) and Princess No Guk (Park Se Young) are so cold toward each other and why Choi Young doesn’t want to live anymore. Viewers took to the boards to point out, ‘Is this really a 10 billion won drama?’, ‘The cameo Choi Min Soo looked more like the lead than Lee Min Ho’ and ‘The animations and awkward special effects cover up Lee Min Ho’s acting.’ Will Arang and the Magistrate and Faith be able to put their male leads to proper use and grab the attention of their viewers anytime soon? Viewers can only hope. Photo credit: MBC, SBS
10 classic K-dramas that almost had totally different stars
As we watch our favorite K-dramas, it can be hard to imagine anyone else acting in the starring roles. However, some of the biggest K-dramas could have been very different if they had gone with their initial casting choices. Here are a few big K-dramas that had very different casting possibilities: 1. Jang Geun Suk instead of Lee Min Ho in Boys over Flowers That's right. The role of Jun Pyo almost went to Jang Geun Suk, but he rejected it in favor of his role in Beethoven Virus. It's possible that the popularity of Boys over Flowers encouraged Jang Geun Suk to take the lead in You're Beautiful. 2. Kim Ah Joong instead of Yoon Eun Hye in Coffee Prince Kim Ah Joong had received a script for Coffee Prince, but she turned down the role because she couldn't cut her hair due to an ongoing contract with a shampoo company. 3. Jung Yong Hwa instead of Kim Woo Bin in Heirs Yong Hwa rejected the bad boy role in Heirs because he felt that starring in another high school role opposite Park Shin Hye would be too similar to past roles. Instead, he took the second lead in Marry Him If You Dare. 4. Jang Hyuk instead of Hyun Bin in Secret Garden In spite of the massive success of the series, Jang Hyuk has stated that he doesn't regret dropping out of the role because it didn't suit him. 5. Won Bin instead of Jo In Sung in That Winter, the Wind Blows The popular melodrama was supposed to be Won Bin's comeback drama, but he eventually rejected the role, which went to Jo In Sung instead. 6. Lee Joon Ki instead of Lee Min Ho in Faith Lee Joon Ki was originally cast in the lead role, but filming overlapped with his enlistment date, so he dropped out of the drama. 7. Song Joong Ki instead of Kim Soo Hyun in The Moon that Embraces the Sun Joong Ki was offered the role, but he declined because he felt that it was too similar to his role in Tree with Deep Roots. Park Yoochun also declined the role. 8. Moon Geun Young instead of Han Ga In in The Moon that Embraces the Sun Reportedly, Moon Geun Young was the first pick for the lead in this same drama, but her production company refused the role because they feared it wouldn't be popular. 9. Cha Seung Won instead of Jang Dong Gun in A Gentleman's Dignity Cha Seung Won has reportedly rejected offers for several big roles, including the leader of the F-40. 10. Lee Jung Jae instead of Rain in Full House When Lee Jung Jae dropped out of Full House to prepare for the movie Typhoon, it allowed Rain to get his big acting break.
The 10 Hottest Kdrama moments without a kiss
We've already celebrated the 10 hottest Kdrama kisses, but coming few and far between, those kisses aren’t what really fuel the majority of the romances in our favorite dramas. The episodes leading up to the big explosion of passion are often filled with sweet moments of tender romance that make our stomachs do somersaults and keep us pushing the “next episode” button. So, now that the weather’s getting cold, let’s celebrate some of these heart-warming moments, shall we? There are so many to choose from, but here are a few of the top tender Kdrama moments: 1.The blow dryer, Personal Taste Sure, it’s kind of impractical and inconvenient, but I’m pretty sure that most Kdrama fans would jump at the chance to have Lee Min Ho blow dry their hair. Oh, and then he gets mesmerized by her neck. Win-win-win-win-win. 2.The flowers, Full House Rain’s character in Full House wasn't always the best at expressing his feelings (okay, that's a major understatement). In fact, when he sends 105 flowers to Ji Eun, she initially asks if it's a symptom of food poisoning. His advance apology flowers show her that he doesn't want to hurt her, and they share a sweet, argument-free moment surrounded by roses. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who wanted to strangle Hye Won when she barged in on the party! 3. The sewing scene, Marry Him If You Dare See, kids? Basic household chores can be fun! This sweet moment gives Mi Rae a glimpse of Kim Shin's inner kindness, and it almost makes the existence of that horrific dress forgivable. Almost. 4. The measurements, Arang and the Magistrate Whoa. Apparently, sewing is the sexiest activity in the world. Who knew? Nothing even really happens in this scene, and it still had me clutching my heart. 5. The phone booth, Queen In Hyun's Man This show was basically one gigantic montage of awwwww-worthy moments, but one that sticks out to me (aside from the fantastic tip-toe kiss, obviously) is when they get caught inside their special phone booth in the rain. The rain goes on and on and on, but they don't mind snuggling and making plans to tour the world together. 6. Reading out loud, The Master's Sun I'm kind of a sucker for people reading anything together, even if they're just legal documents. Even more than that, this scene was symbolic of the growing trust between Gong Sil and Joong Won. He trusted her with his biggest weakness. In return, she was late to her big date with Kang Woo. 7. The library notes, Sungkyunkwan Scandal Love notes inside library books. LIBRARY BOOKS! Alskdfskdhfgfegf. SO MUCH EMOTION. This is every nerd's secret dream. 8. The tango, Scent of a Woman Possibly the hottest non-kissing scene in the history of all Kdrama. Ji Wook uses the tango to prove Yeon Jae's feelings for him, and by the end, I'm pretty sure none of us have any doubts. 9. Cooking lessons, Dating Agency: Cyrano I have a major case of second male lead syndrome when it comes to this show. I can't help it. But who can resist scenes like this one? Yet another mundane chore turned awesome by the power of chemistry. 10. The beach, Goong It feels like it took eleventy bagillion years for the main leads to get together in this series. This short scene of the couple frolicking on the beach was a much-needed break from the palace tension to remind us that this couple really was falling in love. Even as I type this, I can think of about 20 more scenes that I could include on this list. There are just so many good ones to choose from! Which sweet Kdrama moments captured your heart? Comment below! Vivi is an unapologetic Korean drama addict and blogger. She blogs with her Kdrama best friend Coco at Kdrama Fighting! In her free time, she likes to bring her commentary to the DramaFever crowd.