The cast is as follows:
Jang Han (Goo Joon Pyo), Hwi Hao Ming (Yoon Ji Hoo), Joo Tze Sao (So Yi Jung) and Wei Yi Cheon (Sung Woo Bin).
The first thing I thought when I saw the cast pictures for the Chinese Hanadan was(forgive me)
“Why are they all so young-looking and ugly?”
Gu Jyun Pyo is okay.
But Yoon Ji-Hoo?
*cries sad tears* over this poor, vaguely cute, 17-year old-looking boy-child who’s gonna have to play a role which has been formerly made famous by Oguri Shun, Vic Zhou, and Kim Hyun Joong. But really – what are they thinking? The actors who have played this role have all become famous in that role for their stunning, out-of-this-world, sculptured good looks. But Hwi Hao Ming? He’s cute, there’s no doubt about that in a schoolboyish kind of way. But he’s so wildly outclassed based on previous representations that I don’t even know what to say.
He looks fine(again, young, and of course not as good-looking as Kim Bum, but still)
She could be okay. it’s too early to tell yet.
I realized, while I was posting this, that I’m quite possibly getting very tired of this drama. BBF has been such a rollercoater, I’m garnering a distaste to see it (badly) re-worked ever again. However, thank God for us, the manga writer signed a contract with the makers of Korean Hanadan that no more adaptations could come out for another two years, so maybe by that time we’ll be surfeited on other bad dramas and will be excited about this again.
Mostly, however, I’m jsut super confused by how young they all look. Of course Hanadan is set in high school, originally anyway, but this is the first adaptation in which they actually look like high-schoolers; all others have used actors between 20 and 25 or so in order to capture the character’s emotional depth and maturity, etc(and to make it seem less like teen angst and more of a youn-adult epic romance). Much of the time, I’m all for manga faithfulness(I even think that they probably should have stuck closer to the manga with BBF, then we wouldn’t have had this rollercoaster with Ji-hoo), but, this just seems unnecessary to me. They look like babes in arms! Particularly Woo Bin. And if they look like that to me, a young adult myself, I can’t even imagine how they look to other people.
the comparison-(credit for chart goes to K-Bites)
If it were up to me, taking into account acting skills+physical suitability for the role+sheer good looks, I’d choose Kim Bum as the best Yi Jung, Vanness Wu as the best Woo Bin, probably Barbie as the best Shancai, although I’m SOO torn by Inoue Mao, and it’d be a dead heat between the three non-Chinese actors for Ji-Hoo and Jun-pyo. For Ji-Hoo, I’d say Zaizai gave it the the interpretation closest to the manga(I think?), Oguri Shun gave it nuance and a mysterious magic, and Hyun Joong gave it tons of charm and charisma, though less nuance(I have to say, thinking about these three, I might choose Oguri Shun. He strikes a nice balance between Zaizai’s spaced-out oddball and Joong’s overly-perfect-because-not-otp prince charming). But maybe that’s just because I was watching HYD 2 this morning. As for Junpyo, Jerry Yan fit his role best naturally I think by virtue of personality and looks(heavy features etc.) but he’s a poor actor, while Matsumoto Jun gave it a much more nuanced and probably compelling interpretation but didn’t fit the role physically at all, and Lee Minho is too clearly intelligent and grown-up for the role(Domyouji’s main characeristics include his driving, childish single-mindedness, and, at the beginning of the drama, his inability to be thoughtful/aware of others and his equally childish ability to take delight in silly pranks). Minho conveyed none of these convincingly(imh) instead making Junpyo simultaneously a less convincing and sometimes more compelling character. So yes. I’d have to say for Junpyo I can’t choose.
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