I was asked what my thoughts on the KPN cast were, and although I said that I have only seen two episodes, hardly enough to make up my minds about any of the cast, I thought that I would write my initial impressions of them now and then when we're further into the drama, read back and compare my thoughts then with my thoughts now.
Gu Jun Pyo was initially someone that I had not noticed, if everyone remembers, all I saw then was Hyun Joong, Hyun Joong and Hyun Joong. But I must say, he was someone that totally blew me away with his representation of the Almighty F4 leader. He expresses his character really well, and has been so far, the best leader that I have seen in all three adaptations. I honestly enjoyed his arrogance, and his ignorance. And most of all, I enjoyed his many expressions when he is around Jandi. I look forward to more of his antics and amazing portrayal as the leader.
Ji Hoo... what can I say... he looks the part, but he doesn't sound the part. Don't get me wrong, I think that he does make a good Rui, but there's just something lacking when he delivers his lines. He looks perfect when he's quiet, deep in thought and just... well.. standing there. Granted that this is his first drama, and he comes from a K-pop background, so I am anticipating to see him improve more as the drama goes on.
Yi Jung has a really, really addictive smile. But also the cheesiest line in the drama. He's cute though, and I really look forward to his side story with Ga Eul. I don't really remember much of him from the two episodes, only that he kept repeating that Jandi was amusing and that he was having the time of his life watching their stories unfold. Interesting watch in the future, I reckon.
Woo Bin is adorable! But like Yi Jung, I haven't really seen much of him in the drama. I remember him as the one that gave Jun Pyo the juice to pour down the shirt of the other guy. Ah, and he was the one that went all gangsta-rap. I hope he gets more airtime than the Taiwanese version though, who was the guy in that adaptation again?
Jandi was really annoying when I first saw her, she was trying to hard to be the role that she forgot that too much is not good at all. But when I watched the second episode, I began appreciating her character more, she really has some good expressions and she can seriously sound really irritated with Jun Pyo! They make such a cute loggerhead couple!! I think Jandi can grow on you. Not instantly like Makino, but give Jandi some time. She's working it.
Seo Hyun is a perfect rendition of Shizuka. She has that grace and air about her that makes one look at her and really take notice of her. This is the one thing that I have noticed in all three adaptations, all of them have really good Shizukas. Han Chae Young was an excellent choice for this role, and I felt that she really did seem like Shizuka talking about Rui when she was talking about Ji Hoo.
And yes, the nickname that Shar and I wrote does stand for Plastic Barbie, for known reasons, not personal ones. In comparison to the other Shizukas, I think she comes second when it comes to looks, the first being the one from Taiwan. The Taiwanese Shizuka has that flawless look, but isn't much of an actress I felt, whereas Seo Hyun embodies the character.
Ga Eul is my favorite Yuki! She is spunky and cute and isn't the helpless being that the other two adaptations portrayed. I'm hoping that she remains this way!! And I'm looking forward to the Ga Eul- Yi Jung pairing!!
These are my thoughts so far about the characters. I wonder what my thoughts will be a month from now... Hmmm...