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Late cast entry noted from May article: http://tenasia.hankyung.com/archives/1501114


Lee Do-Hyeon, new actor, will be BFF with Ahn Hyo-Seob's role. Here he is excited about his script:


But won't reveal what episode. Welcome, Lee Do-Hyeon, in the role of Dong Hae-Bum (동해범, which could mean East Sea Tiger(虎) if you combine first syllable of his first name with his last name to make East-Sea and leave the second syllable to mean Tiger(虎)). LoL who cares, right? B) I like funny names with double meanings tho.


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SBS Official Drama Info Up!


From: http://programs.sbs.co.kr/drama/30but17/about/55553


( Translated lovingly and exclusively for the hip fans of this thread by @meechuttso :phew:)


Drama Info (드라마 정보)


"Thirty But Seventeen I Am" - 서른이지만 열일곱입니다




    방송기: 2018.07.23 ~
    제작 본팩토리
    연출 조수원
    극본 조성희
    출연 신혜선 양세종 안효섭 왕지원 예지원


    Broadcast Period: 2018.07.23 ~ ??
    Produced by: Bone Factory
    Directed by: Cho Soo-Won
    Screenplay by: Cho Sung-Hee
    Starring: Shin Hye-Sun / Yang Se-Jong / Ahn Hyo-Sub, Wang Ji-Won, Ye Ji-Won



행복의 문이 하나 닫히면, 다른 문이 열린다.
 그러나 우리는 종종 닫힌 문만 멍하니 바라보다
 우리를 향해 열린 다른 문을 보지 못한다.
                                        -헬렌 켈러

If one door to happiness shuts, another one opens.
 But at times we only stare blankly at the shut door
 not able to see the door that's opened for us.
                                        -Helen Keller



여기, 한 소년과 소녀가 있다.
그런데 어느 날. 한 사고로
소년과 소녀 앞에 열려있던 행복의 문이 닫혀버리고 만다.
소년은 이미 굳게 닫힌 문을 하염없이 바라보며 멈춰 서 있고.
소녀는 닫혀버린 문 앞에서 그만 깊은 잠에 빠져버린다.

Here, a boy and a girl.
However one day, due to an accident
The door of happiness that was opened to the boy and the girl becomes closed.
The boy has already been standing still staring endlessly at the shut door and,
The girl, in front of the shut door, she falls into a deep sleep.




13년이 지난 후.
어느새 어른이 된 그때의 소년은, 여전히 굳게 닫힌 문만 바라보며 서 있고
이제야 긴 잠에서 깨어난 그때의 소녀는,
자신의 행복의 문 하나가 닫혀버렸단 사실을 뒤늦게야 알게 된다.




13 years pass.
That boy who in a blink has become an adult is still standing staring only at the tightly shut door,
And the girl who has only just now awakened,
Learns belatedly the fact of the door of her happiness's closing.




고개를 돌려 주위를 둘러보던 여자는, 자신을 향해 열려있는 또 다른 행복의 문 하나를 발견하고 그 문을 향해 걸어가기 시작한다.
그러다 문득 닫힌 문만 우두커니 바라보고 서 있는 남자를 보게 된다.
여자는 손을 내밀며 남자에게 말한다.
‘저기 또 다른 문이 열려있다고. 함께 가지 않겠냐고.’
남자는 그제야 고개를 돌린다. 그리고 처음으로 알게 된다.
자신을 향해 활짝 열려있던 또 다른 행복의 문이 있었다는 사실을...
자신이 돌아봐주지 않아 그 존재조차 모르고 있었다는 사실을...


The woman, turning around and looking all about her, discovers yet another door of happiness opened to her and begins to walk towards that door.
By happenstance, she sees the man standing only staring blankly at the shut door.
Woman reaches out to the man her hand and says,
"Over there, there upon is another open door, and would he not go together thither?"
The man only then turns his head. And he learns for the first time.
The reality of the door that is wide open to his view, the other door of happiness...
The truth that he had not even known of this door's existence because he had not even bothered to turn and look...




누군가의 말처럼, 많은 이들은 이미 지나간 후회스런 과거만 돌아보느라,
지금 바로 앞에 있는 또 다른 행복을 보지 못한 채 살아간다.


As someone has once said, many a people are only looking back at the regretful past that has gone by,
Living on in a state unable to see another happiness that is in right in front of them.




이 드라마는,
끔찍한 사고로 인생이 뒤틀려버린 두 남녀가 만나,
또 다른 행복의 문을 있는 힘껏 열어보려 함께 애쓰는 이야기다.


This drama is,
(about) Two man/woman whose lives have been mangled due to a grisly accident,
Who together use all their might to try and open that other door of happiness.




이 드라마는,
또 다른 행복의 문이 당신을 기다리며 활짝 열려있을지 모르니, 당신이 돌아봐주지 않아 그냥 닫혀버리기 전에, 고개를 조금만 돌려보라고 외치는 이야기다.
다 끝났다고 주저앉아있지 말고, 박차고 일어나 그 문을 향해 뚜벅뚜벅 걸어가라고 있는 힘껏 등 떠미는 이야기다!


This drama is,
A story screaming at you, since you don't know if there is for you another door of happiness but which since you will not turn around to look it might just shut itself, for you to turn your head a little bit.
Do not merely sit squatting there thinking it's over, jump up at once and walk one step after another towards that door, this is the story that will give your back that forceful push!






Such joy in my heart listening to beautiful sad music tearing up doing this translation for everyone to enjoy. This is going to be a not-to-miss K-drama, like all of Shin Hye-Sun's and Yang Se-Jong's other works. :joy:

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I’m definitely going to check this drama out. Shin Hye Sun is so delightful, I became her fan after Forest of Secrets. She was brilliant there. I didn’t watch My Golden Life because of her co-star but I’m definitely on board with 30 but 17. Yang Se Yong looks a bit young for playing 30 yo but he definitely has acting chops so I’m confident our two main actors are going to be wonderful. Now let’s hope the script and direction will be on a par as well.

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The story and the way they are promoting it as a feel good ride of real rollercoaster emotions has my hopes up. Clock had frozen for both leads and they both learn to adjust to their new reality. It has loads of potential....hoping it turns out well. Okay...so I have a question guys...which site has the broadcast license for this show in USA?? TIA :)

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I like the cast  whole bunch of good actors with their acting skills. But I'm not sold on rom-com.  I only watch ron-com when story is good, writing is high quality plus good acting.


I like Shin Hye Sun ever since Five Children to  Secret Forest.  She'll be excellent here. <3<3

 But I wish for Yang Se Jong to go back to the kind of drama genre like Duel (thriller drama) which I lauded his acting. After RDTK and Duel I did  no watch TOL.

Ahn Hye Seop? this young actor decided to decline to be Kim Joo Yung's leading man in her up coming drama. That's all I know of him.

 Yoon Chan Young.. I'm happy going to see this  excellent young actor (same age peer of bff Nam Da Reum) He was w YSJ in RDTK.

Park Shi Eun. I last saw last in Just between lovers ( w/ Nam Da Reum). You know what most of the drama's she cast with, I have watched.


In short... I'll  check this for Shin Hye Sun and Yoon Chan Young and their acting skills. Well honesty is the best policy :D


By the way, in real life Yang Se Jong is 24 and Ahn Hye Seop is like 23? Shin Hye Sun is older than both of them.


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Here we go

Gong Woo-Jin / Yang Se-Jong



Gong Woo-Jin / Yang Se-Jong


▶ Gong Woo-Jin (male, 17 to 30 years old / Set Designer)


Woo-Jin is, thirty but seventeen.


13 years ago, when at 17 one day, Woo-Jin's heart became shut.


After that day, that heart once closed has not grown since and,


Somehow quickly, Woo-Jin has become a 30 year old adult whose heart has not matured.


A set designer who shrinks all things down to 40:1 ratio from actual size to create a replica.

That is Woo-Jin's occupation.


Without fail taking out his tape measure, whatever his eyes come across he cuts things down to size - thanks to this occupational disease, being mistaken for a pervert or getting picked on into fights is all part of his day.


However the real problem is, even his heart that he must give to another he lives on with, in that shrunken down state.


When he walks the streets, he goes about with his ears plugged with ear-phone always.


Music does not flow. Merely a kind of signal he's sending others.


'Do not speak to me. Do not come near,' that smoke signal.


Finding out about others, letting others know about self, getting entangled with anyone, he does none of the above.


This Woo-Jin who is always ready to shut off the world,


In a word, is a 'Spam-Man'. [Haha, meaning 'Spam-Blocked Male', I believe.]


However he is neither a cold-wind blowing ice-blooded nor a boring man, in the end.


With a straight face, throwing out perfectly timed punchlines, matchlessly unique sense of humor that strangely draws your gaze, curiously making you want to comprehend him better, he is exuding with a particular peculiar fragrance.


According to his nephew Chan's words, Woo-Jin's is a "Half seasoned, half fried life."


After living about half a year in feverish working mode, the remaining half the year he turns into a Bohemian ('gypsy'), is why.


After finishing a certain number of projects, one day he would just up and leave, renting out a camping car and going fishing, taking photos, taking in performances. Going around to purchase work-related objects,*** etc., traveling the world over living a nomadic life as he feels led.
*** ["l'objet d'art" implied from Korean spelling - French pronunciation ob-je'.]


Towards the end of the half-year rest, because of his moppy hair and the beard covering his face, sporting a BaYa-Ba*** look, getting mistaken for the abominable snowman, but being away from the noisy world and spending that alone time, that half year rest for him is a much needed must time.
*** [Korean reference to this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBMUjdVgFQw ]


Thus having lived cut off from other people and the world, this 'Spam-Man' Woo-Jin. One day somehow somewhere gets to meet the much-weird 30 year old Seo-Ri and. And very gradually slowly 'Spam Recovery' process begins...



From SBS 30b17 cast profiles page - http://programs.sbs.co.kr/drama/30but17/cast/55554#0_0

First of several to come, time allowing or they release an official English version.


A fascinating character this Gong Woo-Jin fella, for sure. :thumbsup:@meechuttso  approves of this Bohemian at heart for my girl. :scream:



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Here we go, much-weird Seo-Ri, here she comes.

Woo Seo-Ri - Shin Hye-Sun :love:


Woo Seo-Ri - Shin Hye-Sun


▶Woo Seo-Ri (Female, 17→30 y.o.)


Seo-Ri is, thirty but seventeen.


At the flowery (youthful) age of 17, one day she is met with an accident and, just like that she lost her consciousness.


Opening her eyes (awaking), there's an unfamiliar woman she had never seen before staring right at her.


"Who... are you mam?" (ahjumma)


Oh My God! That woman is none other than Seo-Ri herself reflected in the mirror.


"With clear age lines on her face, that 'adult woman' is,... me (you say)?"


After her accident since falling into deep sleep, 13 very long years have passed, dear. In those long long years, still she was aging neatly year-by-year, and the once 17 year-old Seo-Ri has somehow become a 30 year-old adult, you see.


My word! How can it be this 30 Bolt Out of the Blue! Is life a 'jump to the finale'? A one-legged race? How can we skip so meaninglessly my entire 20s in one fell swoop?


A star violinist sparkling on stages the world over. The Seo-Ri she had in mind at the age of 17 was that. No doubt about it. About to early-accepted enter the top flight music conservatory in Germany was she. Flowery (not thorny) path and only the brightest future right in front of her, was hers.


But Seo-Ri, who has been summoned compulsorily to 30 years of age, with a middle school education and knowing nothing of making a living, has been put in a situation to live as a 'grown woman'. Somehow she has been handed a homework assignment to live out this cursed reality***, this Seo-Ri. To make up for the 13 years robbed wholesale from her, she must somehow run at 13 times the speed of others...
***[Ill-fortune likened to being struck by a lightning.]


Only the facade is a 30, mental state and perspective is that of a 17 year old girl, and in the eyes of others, her brain and her body can only seem to be seriously out of sync with one another. Not knowing whether 17 or 30, the daily continuing ambiguous identity crisis and confusion. By the end of twists and turns, Seo-Ri, with Woo-Jin - who makes her want to make him laugh and laugh, and with Chan-ee - who makes her laugh, has come fatefully to meet...


Someone has said it. You must be shaken a 1000 times to become an adult.


While others were steadily becoming adults, Seo-Ri who was only lying on her back during that time, for such a one as Seo-Ri (her),
Having been robbed of even a chance to dream legitimately or to love someone,
The world, and love itself, belatedly being shaken and very belatedly about to experience excruciatingly the growing pains in a spectacle****...


***['spectacle' might be mis-spelling or mis-use of the phrase 'in a spectacular fashion' - but we get the gist of what is being said here.]



Just WoWza. SBS has got a golden egg or golden goose on its laps. In September of 2016 when I heard about SHS being cast for SBS Legend of the Blue Seas (Lot o BS I call it), there was so much hype about its fantastical elements, but man, was that a dud of a story, no possible place for the mind to travel in that laborious tale. But this? Oh my! What a story already so pregnant with possibilities - it's hard not to hyperventilate reading these 3 just released posts. From the Director's interview also, this is a 'well-made' production on schedule (or slightly ahead) with plenty of time for all to really absorb the script and do it justice - I'm all in, even more than I was before based on you know who alone. :kiss_wink:


5 hours ago, dramaninja said:

Does this mean in her mind she is dating an  older man?!?!  :w00t:

Is the thought of this what's making you hyperventilate, 'oppa' at heart? :phew:


@Nymeria289 I hope the Gong Woo-Jin part is clarifying for you.

Good to see you @aisling and @jongski welcome all immortals, legends and peons alike! :heart:

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Bonus one more for the day.

Yoo Chan - by Ahn Hyo-Seob


Yoo Chan - by Ahn Hyo-Seob


▶ Yoo Chan (male, 6→19 y.o.) Tae-San High School Rowing Ace


Woo-Jin's nephew (on mom's side). Bruce Lee's famous quote, "Don't Think, Feel!" is his life motto.


Why do such a thing as think? So complicated. Go with the feeling! "Don Sink, Peel"** is what he always shouts, but
In actuality an individual ill-informed on even the correct spelling of the word 'Feel' (with an F).***


** [How a heavily Korean accented "Don't think, feel!" sounds to our English ears.]
***[Because Korean alphabet/consonants lack an 'F' sound, many words are substitute-pronounced with a 'P', so Peel instead of Feel.]


Thanks to a parent who worked in Germany as doctor, he was German-born and lived there until the age of 10.****


****[This part doesn't mesh with not being able to distinguish between a P and an F if he's German born and supposedly fluent in German, but I digress.]


Having grown up much loved, there's no 'wrinkle' about him, not warped, is good-natured, optimistic and generous.


Currently at Tae-San high school, captain of the crew team, and as for his abilities, the very top of all high schoolers nation-wide.


As one with a physique larger than most grown ups and an 'energizer' overflowing with 'fighting' (spirited), with his natural-born athleticism*** within sight of Mongolians.****
In addition, with tenacity, effort, and mojo all included, this is a natural-born sportsman.


***['animal-like' athleticism it actually says, LoL.]
****[LoL, ignore this culturally cluelessly insenstive statement by a middle aged female Korean writer.]


Normally a jolly young man with an attractively vigrous laughter, but at least while doing sports he changes into an extremely competitive individual with a firey zeal to win.


This sportsman Chan(ee) reeking of sweat smells can seem rough and unsophisticated, but inside he is a high-schooler with an unexpectedly warm heart. Because he has lived just playing sports from early on, he is quite innocent (unspoiled/immature), above all else a beautiful child who already knows the preciousness of people around him, and in particular his love for his little brother, 'little chickling', is very special.


When both of his parents full of humanitarian ideals suddenly leave for Africa to do medical missions work, he gets to go live at Uncle Woo-Jin's house. He gets to meet the somewhat strange Seo-Ri who claims she's 30 in age only but in actuality just 17 years old. However this 'ahjumma' (Seo-Ri), when you watch her behaving and thinking so innocently bordering on looking like an idiot, actually 17 seems to be correct. The 17 year-old girl's pure/innocent look hidden inside the 30 year old outward appearance starting to show glimpses of.


Slowly she begins to feel (to Chan) like same-age buddy, nay, even like a little sister.


Ultimately, transcending 'age', Chan, who is becoming closer bosom buddies with Seo-Ri.
Thus Chan is becoming to Seo-Ri a faithful, dependable individual but...



A more conventional bubbly positive teenager to make the two weirdos come together in the end.

Ah but a second-lead syndrome starter for sure. :heartbreak:


[Additional comment, of all sports involving raw athleticism, rowing comes to the bottom of the list in my mind.] :phew:


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7 hours ago, mademoisellesia said:

Poster Making Video is released!

O My, @mademoisellesia Thank you! What a feast! Such eye candies galore!


In the making of the poster video, the words and dialog all already translated above, but if there are couple of new things, it's that Ahn Hyo-Seob says about Chan character - "he's so innocent / pure / clean that even his brain is clean" (meaning, not much up there) B):joy: and after Yang Se-Jong asks for the viewers' to tune in, at the very end Shin Hye-Sun reminds that it'll be broadcast during the hottest time of the year, so she hopes we find some cool watermelons to sit back with while watching. :tounge_xd:  Thank you Seo-Ri, we'll try to do that, no matter what time of night or morning it is for many of us.





Wow, they look soo good together. She glows, looking like a much younger person in the arms of her 'oppa'. And I love the Chan boy's cupid-like meme shown here.:innocent::love:


I was busy catching up on Mr Sunshine (which is EPIC by the way), and this just goes to show I can't take my eyes off the newsreel with these guys for a moment. :sweatingbullets:



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The drama sounds interesting. The guy looks like Yoon Siyoon! He's handsome so I'm looking forward to watch the first episode. Shin Hyesun in the lead role, she's a good actress so I know it'll be a lot of feels.

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If nothing else, YSJ and SHS are so gorgeous to look at. Pure eye candy! She looks really good next to him, who would say she’s 3 years older, right? They’re both exceptionally beautiful.





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8 hours ago, xiashenghan said:

The drama sounds interesting. The guy looks like Yoon Siyoon! He's handsome so I'm looking forward to watch the first episode. Shin Hyesun in the lead role, she's a good actress so I know it'll be a lot of feels.

Welcome @xiashenghan yes, a bit like YSY but more subtle features, perhaps more of a sleeper who surprises you with his what Koreans like to call contra-charm. (반전매력).

6 hours ago, aisling said:

If nothing else, YSJ and SHS are so gorgeous to look at. Pure eye candy! She looks really good next to him, who would say she’s 3 years older, right? They’re both exceptionally beautiful.

Thank you @aisling, for those exceptionally beautiful cuts. Yes there's the beauty of a man, and the beauty of a woman. SHS has clearly morphed yet once more somehow, and her morphing is totally 'on point' - I can see it very easily suddenly.

And then there is the beauty of the man and the woman together, superbly magnified, much finer beauty than the sum of its parts. This happens often in k-drama but as we know, not always, her last drama being a case in point, imo. The invisible or intangible part of their beauty together we obviously refer to as chemistry often, and here, YSJ and SHS, their chemie?   Off the charts!!  Viva la Gong-Woo couple! :kiss_wink::love: I'm just spouting the obvious, not becoz you don't all know it all already, but becoz I just have to say SomeThing in the face of such exceptionally gorgeous pairing, or burst!

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2 hours ago, meechuttso said:
헐! :tounge_xd:  That's supposed to be teaser 6. Here are 4 and 5.



which are each half as long. So 4 = tea, 5 = ser, 6 = tea+ser.





:lol: wow.. tks to meechuttso for all constant updates.:blush:

Both leads look great as a couple:wub:.. Shin Hye Sun's hair is soooo... long..wow:P


I am soo happy for Yang Se Jong --> another lead role after TOL.I have high expectation of his acting since he is 2018 Baeksang award winner hahaahaaa... :tounge_xd:

but first i need to get used to his new "looks":wacko:




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