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Gang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo Cast in New Film

Top Korean actors Gang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo will turn a young married couple in the big screen next year. Gang and Song have been cast as the couple in bestseller-turned-film “Pit-a-patting My Life” (translated title), which will start filming early next year.http://www.tenasia.com/archives/75683
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