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  1. Watch: Kim So Hyun Playfully Knocks Jang Dong Yoon Around In Rehearsals For “The Tale Of Nokdu” Oct 10, 2019 by C. Hong Kim So Hyun and Jang Dong Yoon continue to have what looks like the best time behind-the-scenes! The two actors are currently starring in the KBS drama “The Tale of Nokdu,” which tells the story of a man who dresses up as a woman to gain access to a mysterious all-female community, and a gisaeng-in-training who wants to pursue a different path in life. The behind-the-scenes video released on October 9 begins with Kim So Hyun and Jang Dong Yoon rehearsing a scene in which Dong Joo grabs Nok Du by the collar and pushes him up against a wall. After rehearsing the scene a few times, Jang Dong Yoon goes to have his makeup retouched and Kim So Hyun jokes, “He’s having so much fun dressing up as a woman. He was so excited to have his makeup done.” Jang Dong Yoon suggests that his makeup go even harder for the scene and ends up smearing red lipstick all over his face. Kim So Hyun finds this hilarious and says, “Nok Du is so pretty,” but quickly changes her mind when he smiles like the Joker and creeps her out. Later in the clip, the two actors rehearse a scene in which Dong Joo almost pokes Nok Du’s eye out through a paper screen. The director tells Jang Dong Yoon to make his acting more dramatic, and a crew member jokes, “Dong Joo should actually poke him in the eye.” On the other side of the screen, Kim So Hyun remarks, “I think my finger has gotten the hang of it now” and jokes to a staff member, “Do you want to poke him instead?” Jang Dong Yoon says to the camera, “It’s a little scary because Dong Joo will actually poke me. In fact, I think I’ve been poked in the eye three times already. My life is in danger but you can hear her laughing behind the screen.” Kim So Hyun says on the other side, “I think I felt his eyeball that time. This is very thrilling.” Check out the clip below! https://www.soompi.com/article/1357931wpp/watch-kim-so-hyun-knocks-jang-dong-yoon-rehearsals-tale-nokdu
  2. FEATURED K-Drama Premiere: “The Tale Of Nokdu” Fascinates With Lively Characters Hiding Perilous Secrets By abbyinhallyuland | October 9, 2019 WITH A TOP NOTCH CREATIVE TEAM BACKING UP THE TALE OF NOKDU, HIGH EXPECTATIONS IS INESCAPABLE FOR THIS KBS2 TV’S YEAR-END OFFERING. Portraying the titular role, Jang Dong Yoon as Nokdu has left lingering impression on the opening chapters of The Tale of Nokdu. With period drama darling actress Kim So Hyun, the new series easily hooks the audience with its steady and lively storytelling. Premiere Week Rating: Flaunting a solid groundwork, it is not surprising that The Tale of Nokdu achieved high ratings on its first to fourth episodes. According to Nielsen Korea, it scored 5.6, 7.1, 6.5, and 8.3% on nationwide viewership rating. Notably, the second half of the back-to-back episode format evidently peaks on a high note. PREMIERE WEEK RECAP Living in a secluded island, Nokdu only worries about petty things – like his marriage engagement to the young daughter of his martial arts teacher. So, when a band of assassins wreak havoc wounding his brother and hurting his father, Nokdu ran after the escaping assassin to trace the lead villain who orchestrated the mysterious attack his family received. While chasing after the limping assassin, he happens to be in the vicinity when a peasant challenged the King and his entourage. Receiving a stone throw, the King ordered the surrounding people to be questioned and imprisoned. At the same time, Dong Joo, a gisaeng in training who went to Hanyang pretending to be a young master, peers with disdain at the sight of the King. Imagining an attack, her plan gets thwarted by Nokdu. The two eventually land inside a prison as part of the crowd who caused disrespect towards the King. Wanting to escape the place, Dong Joo attempts to squeeze in her body, but gets trapped while doing so. Nokdu comes to her rescue after getting a force plea from her. Later at night, he even covers her with his robe when he senses her troubled sleep. REUNION AT WIDOW’S VILLAGE Nokdu’s teacher offers refuge to his hometown and they leave the island. Meanwhile, Nokdu settles to a village inhabited by widows to investigate the identity of the attackers. Soon enough, he stumbles on a clue that points to the mastermind. It turns out that Nokdu’s father, Jung Yoon Jeo (Lee Sung Joon) has a past secret that led him to be in hiding with his two sons. He is apparently an old friend of King Gwanghae (Jung Joon Ho), who was declared dead and is a target of risky ploys by the King and his loyal retainers. Heo Yoon (Kim Tae Woo), a close friend of the King and Nokdu’s father, betrayed the King by not killing Yoon Jeo and lying that the King’s infant is dead. Settled at the Widow’s village, Nokdu ends up sharing a room with Dong Joo. The latter does not recognize the young master she shared a jail room before. Stubborn and feisty, she has gained an unrequited adoration with Cha Yul Moo (Kang Tae Oh), a son of a noble family. Although at first bickering, the two develop furtive yet subconscious effort to help each other. When Nokdu realizes the ladies’ he is tracking are on a cryptic entourage at a nearby place, he follows but got found out. Chased by one of the lady assassins to the gisaeng house, Nokdu finds Dong Joon inside the dressing room. NOKDU’S SECRET Running out of a valid alibi, he tells her that he wants to cut her hair properly just as the assassin nears the room they were in. Nervous, Nokdu cuts her hair too short. Meanwhile, Heo Yoon meets the gisaeng house owner after receiving a news that a wanted man is in the place. Noticing Nokdu’s growing stubble, Dong Joo reaches out to touch it. Evading her touch, Nokdu was pushed sprawled on the floor. When Dong Joo moves, she slips and leans her hand heavily on Nokdu’s crotch raising a painful and manly scream from him. Feigning ignorance, Dong Joo already realizes he is not a woman. Dong Joo faces Nokdu ready to attack him with a pair of scissors. PREMIERE WEEK AFTERTHOUGHTS What a spirited premiere! The Tale of Nokdu is sure reminiscent of the vibe of Love in the Moonlight, but the hinted fusion of historical elements, romance and humor appear to be more amusing. I love the cross-dressing moments in The Tale of Nokdu. From their initial meeting, Dong Joo (Kim So Hyun) pretended as a man and met Nokdu (Jang Dong Yoon) in her male appearance. They meet again at Widow’s village and it was Nokdu disguised as a woman, but Dong Joo does not recognize him. I can’t wait to see the aftermath of Dong Joo’s reaction as revealed in the waning seconds of the series. So far, the back stories presented for both characters yield interest, and so is the engaging pace of the narrative. Since Just Dance, I have marked Jang Dong Yoon as one of the most promising young actors with a genuine flair for acting. Opposite talented actress Kim So Hyun, and with excellent support from Kang Tae Oh, this series might join my K-Drama favorites this year. DEFINITELY A MUST-WATCH WEEKLY DRAMA TREAT Fawning on Nokdu as a man – and more so as a woman is inevitable. His interactions with Dong Joo seem to be drawing points of this series. Albeit receiving introductory ideas of its big picture, as well as, presenting staple historical drama elements; the humor and cheery moments of the premiere episodes sedate the expected heavy tones of the series. If it will be prolonged, then we will get a solid period series that would be worth following every week. Expect political struggles and Royal family issues along the way. Adding to that, a love triangle is also in the horizon for the vivacious gisaeng trainee Dong Joo, Nokdu and Yul Moo. The Tale of Nokdu airs on KBS2 TV every Monday and Tuesday. Fans can watch it on VIU. Image Credit: iMBC | KBS2 TV https://www.hellokpop.com/kdrama/the-tale-of-nokdu-premiere/
  3. 'The Tale of Nokdu': Jang Dong Yoon as Jeon Nokdu leaves a Shocking Scene Jang Dong Yoon and Kim So Hyun, who was caught in the act, have begun to cohabitate. Nokdu added tension by declaring shock to Dong Joo, "I'm your mother." On the show, Nokdu ended up being spotted as a man by Dong-Joo. However, Nokdu, who was aware that Dong-Joo had gone to Hanyang in a man's costume, started living with him in a strange way. Nokdu surrounded Dong-Joo, who asked why he had infiltrated the Gisaeng's village, saying he had decided to meet his beloved mother here, Nokdu, walked around the widow's village. A strange romantic atmosphere began to flow between Dong-Joo and Nokdu, which unintentionally showed to be a secret protector of Nokdu. Nokdu, who offered to teach his physical figure, he taught Dong-Joo how to dance with a fan. Little by little the viewers were conscious of each other's chemistry during the dance practice. It must have been tough when Dong-Joo said, "It's the world that I can't help but want to." "Staying by doing something you don't want to do," Nokdu's reply consoled Dong-Joo's heart. But the fact that Nokdu was a man was a risk of life if they got caught. Still, inside the widower village, he searched for males, and Dong-Joo kicked the mung beans out of the air. Meanwhile, amidst misunderstanding, there was a crisis for Nokdu and Dong-Joo. Nokdu, who was secretly hiding and spying avengers and was caught. Dong Joo came back again as a man who had her hair cut and was also unable to refuse the plan when it was on the verge of survival and destruction. He tried to avoid the crisis by volunteering, and eventually signed a dangerous contract. While on his way to Nokdu in a situation where failure is nothing but death, he found Dong-Ju in a kiln. What appeared in front of Dong-Joo, who arrived at the annex, was it a person dressed in a coat of cloth thrown out of a woman's robe. Changes in the relationship between Nokdu and Dongju, which share secrets, attract viewers' attention. And so, the seventh and eighth episodes of "The Tale of Nokdu," will air at 10 p.m. on KBS 2TV every Monday and Tuesday night.https://www.kdramastars.com/articles/116419/20191008/the-tale-of-nokdu-jang-dong-yoon-as-jeon-nokdu-leaves-a-shocking-scene.htm
  4. Blooming Friendship Between Jang Dong Yoon and Kim So Hyun In "Tale of Nok-Du" BY Staff Reporter | Oct 08, 2019 09:07 PM EDT (Photo : sns) Ever since after its premiere the "Tale of Nok-Du" has been capturing each viewers hearts with its thrilling plot of the story about a man named Jeon Nok Du played by Jang Dong Yoon, that disguises himself as a woman to enter a mysterious all-female community with high hopes to discover the truth inside this community. Once then of it, Nok Du has this encounter with a woman named Dong Dong Joo played by Kim So Hyun who is a gisaeng-in-training or a female courtesan and afterward they became roommates. During the last week's episode has shown Nok Du's character trying his very best to hide his real identity inside the community while sharing a room with Dong Joo. While their first encounter was not that really nice and friendly, Dong Joo began to open her heart to Nok Du that results in a change between the nature of their friendship. The latest episode "Tale of Nok-Du" ended that involves Nok Du being in danger of getting his real identity revealed and adding more tension to what is the dramatic plot already have been. Moreover, the newly released stills of Dong Joo shows that he's practicing some dancing steps with the rest of these gisaeng trainees inside the community, while Nok Du still tries to hide behind a gazebo while looking at Dong Joo lovingly. However, the last stills show how Nok Du's helping out Dong Joo with dancing while arousing the curiosity of the viewers as to what would be the kind of change will occur between the two of them and how it will affect Nok Du's mission inside to uncover the truth in the story. Eventually, the production team stated, A unique and silly romance will officially begin to blossom between Nok Du and Dong Joo. Nok Du and Dong Joo, who has hinted at a change in their relationship plan to provide fun and thrilling excitement with their romantic synergy. Please look forward to the chemistry between Jang Dong Yoon and Kim So Hyun, who will continue to showcase their talents as the drama moves forward." The next episode will air on October 7 at 10 PM KST. https://www.kdramastars.com/articles/116386/20191008/blooming-friendship-between-jang-dong-yoon-and-kim-so-hyun-in-tale-of-nok-du.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  5. Don't know about their other co-star relations but they keep looking and smiling with each other every time!!!! How cute they're always being attentive to each other!!!!! I will ship this!!!!!!!!!
  6. Running away from arranged marriage much funnier but kdrama likes birth secret most!!! Lets ship!!! Previous co-stars don't know about them but he looks at her all the time!!!!! Can you see it?????
  7. 7 New Korean Dramas To Binge-Watch During Your *Walang Pasok* Days We're ready for the holidays! by LILY GRACE TABANERA | 13 hours ago 3. The Tale Of Nokdu Handsome nobleman Nokdu (Jang Dong Yoon) doesn't want to get married AT ALL. When his parents make arrangements to marry him off to some girl he doesn't know, he *runs away* and disguises himself to live in a women-only village. He runs into Dong Ju (Kim So Hyun), a girl who's training to be a gisaeng (courtesan) but who doesn't want to be one! Where you can watch it: Viu https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/new-korean-dramas-october-2019-a2520-20191005 @lightbringer06 Lets ship them!!! Age gap is just perfect to date!!!!
  8. Question if he'll be a prince of current king or another heir of the previous king?? The drama is very funny and sweet!!!
  9. Is he the prince??!!! What!!!! Flower Posters for the Flower Boy (and Girl) of The Tale of Nokdu Korean drama The Tale of Nokdu poster The gorgeous photos don’t stop coming of Jang Dong-yoon dressed as a woman in The Tale of Nokdu. This poster is decidedly less female looking than the first poster they released (which looked so much like a woman that I was googling who that woman was only to find out that it was a man, omg). I love how he still looks more like himself in this photo while still looking like he is leaning into his female spirit. It is amazing that the posters have him looking like a woman, because in the teaser he definitely looks like a man pretending to be a woman. He has his 9 o’clock shadow rocking, his wide chest, and his gruff gait and mannerism. Though, I have only seen one teaser, the other teasers released might have him a lot more polished. The Tale of Nokdu is a drama that we are not sure if we will recap or not, it all depends on what shows are dropping on Mondays and Tuesdays (and there is a lot about to drop). But it is a show that I am interested in watching to see just how he gets to this village and what circumstances lead him there to stay. Plus, he has to reveal that he is a man at some point! The Tale of Nokdu will premier September 30th, Mondays and Tuesdays on KBS at 22:00 KST. Korean drama The Tale of Noku poster Korean drama The Tale of Nokdu Poster (this is the poster I was talking about!) https://www.dramamilk.com/flower-posters-for-the-flower-boy-and-girl-of-the-tale-of-nokdu/
  10. Couple poster for The Tale of Nokdu So far we have had two sets of individual posters featuring our main “ladies” of The Tale of Nokdu. Ladies used loosely since one of the ladies is very much so, a man. It is kind of nice to see our two leads together in their own poster, even though this poster is pretty standard. In the drama, Jang Dong-yoon is hiding from his family in a village filled with widowed women. He has to dress as woman to fit in. He ends up pretending to be the mother of Kim So-hyun who is training to be a gisaeng. However, she would much rather not become a gisaeng, thank you very much. She wants to do something else entirely which gives our duo a bit of camaraderie. In the poster, Jang Dong-yoon and Kim So-hyun are both looking under a shall pleasantly at something. Holding a shall over your head, or covering your head, is something women commonly do in sageuks, so it seems as if Jang Dong-yoon is pretending to be a woman in this poster. But what are they pleasantly looking at? Could it be another love interest for Kim So-hyun? It kind of seems like it. Perhaps someone who came to the gisaeng house that she fell for? Or possibly Kang Tae-oh, a chef who is smitten with her since childhood? Jang Dong-yoon’s character decides to stay in this village for 1 year and see what happens. Though I would think his noble family will find him much sooner than that. Their only son running away from responsibility? Oh hells no. The Tale of Nokdu will premier September 30th. It will air Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 on KBS. https://www.dramamilk.com/couple-poster-for-the-tale-of-nokdu/
  11. Happy Chuseok Greetings from The Tale of Nokdu Cast Happy Chuseok from the Tale of Nokdu Cast Happy Chuseok! It is Chuseok (Full Moon Day) season in Korea, which is one of the biggest holidays in Korea. Think Thanksgiving in the USA. It is a time for traveling to be with family and loved ones which also means no working and usually no new TV shows airing. It is also a time where cast and crew send their greetings and Chuseok cheer all around. Here we have the Chuseok greetings from the main cast of The Tale of Nokdu which will air in a couple weeks. Each cast member wrote their greeting on their photo next to their image. We have them translated below! Happy Chuseok Have a good time and be careful not to get cold! And please look forward to our drama and watch it Happy Full Moon Day And please love The Tale of Nokdu a lot Please be full of happy things during Full Moon Day! And love Tale of Nokdu a lot. – Kim So-hyun The Tale of Nokdu is a cute drama that I want to check out just to see how this spoiled noble is able to disguise himself as a woman in a town full of them. It will be fun to see! The Tale of Nokdu will premier September 30th. It will air Mondays and Tuesdays on KBS at 22:00 KST. https://www.dramamilk.com/happy-chuseok-greetings-from-the-tale-of-nokdu-cast/
  12. Jang Dong Yoon And Kim So Hyun Have An Unusual First Encounter In “Tale Of Nok-Du” Sep 24, 2019 MBC’s “Tale of Nok-Du” has unveiled images of the unique first meeting between Jang Dong Yoo and Kim So Hyun in the drama! Based on a webtoon of the same name, “Tale of Nok-Du” is a historical rom-com about a man named Jeon Nok Du (played by Jang Dong Yoon), who disguises himself as a woman to enter a mysterious all-female community. There, he meets Dong Dong Joo (played by Kim So Hyun), a girl who wants to run away from her training as a gisaeng (female courtesan). The newly-released images show Dong Dong Joo dressed in men’s traditional clothing and pulling back a bowstring, piquing viewer’s curiosity as to her story. Meanwhile, Jeon Nok Du is stealthily chasing someone before he comes across Dong Dong Joo. They exchange fierce gazes, marking the beginning of their entangled relationship. A producer for the drama stated, “Nok Du and Dong Joo show exceptional chemistry in their first meeting after each escaping from an island village and a gibang (courtesan house), respectively. Viewers can also anticipate the romantic synergy of Jang Dong Yoon and Kim So Hyun as they immerse themselves in their roles.” “Tale of Nok-Du” premieres September 30 at 10 p.m. KST and will be available on Viki with English subtitles. https://www.soompi.com/article/1354383wpp/jang-dong-yoon-and-kim-so-hyun-have-an-unusual-first-encounter-in-tale-of-nok-du
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