A couple weeks ago I saw Joo Won was cast in the Korean remake of Nodame Cantabile! I immediately tweeted about it.

Nodame Cantabile is one of my favorite Japanese stories. I’ve seen the anime, watched the dramas, including all the bonus chapter movies, and have highly recommended it to all my highly musically inclined friends who like classical music. Okay well maybe not ALL but I’ve definitely told some friends about it.


I’m equally parts SUPER PSYCHED and SUPER TERRIFIED. As I said in the video, not all Korea remakes do justice to the storyline. Although some people would disagree with me there (Korean die-hards specifically), it’s just my personal take on it.

Being one of my ultimate.. and one of my first dramas actually, I’m really intrigued to see what they eventually come up with.

And, this is precisely why I decided to make this video.

I wanted to take some time and access his former drama roles to see what I thought about him being the lead actor in this drama. It’s easy to say ‘Oh yeah, this person is famous. They’ve done some great roles. They’re going to be perfect for this other famous role. That’s not always the case, as a lot of remakes (and I’m not just talking about Korea) have proved.

In looking at his roles, each of these dramas has him playing a very different type of character. Joo won as done nothing, if not spread his repertoire out to show he can play almost any type of role. Take the different characters he played in the Ojakgyo Brothers, Bridal Mask and Good Doctor. Bridal Mask was high action macho guy role, Ojakgyo was very family oriented and Good Doctor was, well, let’s just say it’s one of the closest that Korea’ been to an actual psychological drama. Combine that acting talent with a guy who is musical, and I’m guessing can learn to conduct, and you got yourself at least one major component of Nodame Cantabile that’s going to be fantastic.

Now if all the other characters, directors, writers, etc. etc. can bring it, this is definitely going to be one worth watching.

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