Choi Ji Woo Reunites with Stairway to Heaven Co-star Kwon Sang Woo in Temptation With Yoon Eun Hye Still Considering

The famous K-drama onscreen couples reunion of 2014 continues on with the totally unexpected but super awesome casting of Choi Ji Woo to reunite with her Stairway to Heaven co-star Kwon Sang Woo for the upcoming melodrama Temptation. Their reunion didn’t drag out as long as the two Jangs (Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara) who took over twelve years from Successful Story of a Bright Girl to Fated to Love You. Stairway to Heaven aired in 2003 so that makes it eleven years since both were best known for pulling out every ounce of tears from the audience with their penchant for starring in sad sappy dramas. Kwon Sang Woo even has a drama called Sad Love Song under his belt, LOL. Since StH both have gone on to a steady successful career as mature leads and I’ve been quite pleased in particular with Choi Ji Woo’s role choices in recent years. Her starring role in The Suspicious Housekeeper was one I personally liked though the drama wasn’t as big of a hit as the original J-dorama Kaisefu no Mita.

Kwon Sang Woo has had a bipolar recent drama outing with hits in Queen of Ambition and Daemul opposite flops like Medical Top Team and Cinderella Man. It’s probably good that Kwon Sang Woo is back with SBS for Temptation because both Queen of Ambition and Daemul were on that network and he might be carving out a niche in dramas featuring very strong female lead characters like in those two. Choi Ji Woo is taking the role that Lee Mi Yeon passed on as the other woman in the equation, she’s filthy rich and offers a deal to the male lead that he can’t refuse. In exchange for paying off his massive debt, he entrusts his body to her, whatever that means. Yoon Eun Hye is still seriously considering the role of the other female lead who is Kwon Sang Woo’s character’s wife. The K-netizens are already howling with gentle mockery about the potential pairing of three of the most well known lispers in the K-acting industry, joking that this drama will need to be subtitled. All three acknowledge their dialogue struggles so I don’t find the teasing offensive and a good actor or actress really does need to keep working on diction, This drama continues to look more intriguing and if Yoon Eun Hye also accepts then it’s a must see for me.

With this StH reunion it gives me a reason to actually reminisce about an oldie that was as ridiculous as it gets. The first good is the memorable takeaway of fantastic child actors Park Shin Hye and Baek Sung Hyun, both of whom grew up splendidly.

The OTP chemistry in StH was also pretty spot on. The pairing of Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Ji Woo was at the height of their fame, her right after Beautiful Days and Winter Sonata, him right after Into the Sun, and the drama was a massive ratings juggernaut. With the reunion of Choi Ji Woo and Kwon Sang Woo, the alterna-ship in Temptaton might be a viable all of a sudden especially since they didn’t end up together because StH had a wonky sad ending involving suicide car crashes, eye cancer, donated corneas, and brain tumor. If you’ve never watched it, don’t ask otherwise you’re head will hurt after you hear the explanation.

Aside from the horrible StH drama story cribbed from the Cinderella fairy tale by the way of a perverse drunken ahjumma’s mind, my personal most memorable takeaway from StH was crazy-eyes Kim Tae Hee delivering one of the most insanely bad and over-the-top performances in second female lead history. I love her now but it’s taken her over ten years to truly shed the baggage from her StH awfulness.

But the cast really got along behind-the-scenes, and it’s a relief to know Kim Tae Hee’s crazy-eyes was neither a physical affliction on the set nor was she still sporting it after the cameras stopped rolling. I’m getting more and more excited about seeing Kwon Sang Woo back with Choi Ji Woo again!


Choi Ji Woo Reunites with Stairway to Heaven Co-star Kwon Sang Woo in Temptation With Yoon Eun Hye Still Considering — 36 Comments

  1. You’re killing me with this article. It’s so snarky and funny.

    And no, I did not notice the lisps. I mean from CJW. Excuse me now while I die laughing and run back to viki and see who has the drama.

    The last time we subbed Medical Top Team the subbers all wanted to cry because a lisping KSW talking BEHIND a surgical mask. Mangling the medical terms and getting it wrong- in Korean. Like he actually said the wrong medical term… made the subbers want to pull out their hair and quit.

    * dies laughing * it’s the same 2 editors on viki. Hahahaha. I just went there and saw the names.

    • Oh dear, that is woefully hilarious. I didn’t know they are lispers (?), but I feel you, I have subbed TW-dramas before, and some actors’ mumblings do prevent me from understanding what they’re saying but fortunately, they generally provide chinese subtitles, so these are easily sorted out 🙂 My hair is safe from my hands’ pulling, phew!

  2. Yes!!! Love the news. I loved Stairway to Heaven to an embarassing degree back in my teens. They had great chemistry and the drama remains close to my heart even though I could never really say it’s a good drama. I just really have a soft spot for old-school dramas that brought made me fall in love with K-dramas.

  3. Another reunion, Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook will be in K-drama history book as trend-setter. Their drama maybe not rsting hit, but the hype and buzz on the net is so amazing-manage to pull old k-drama lover back to love k-drama.

  4. This year indeed is kdrama couples reunion. Me happy esp if the first time didn’t end up well like STH. Well, I can’t believe it’s already ten years after STH.

    So, dramagods, can you give me Song Hye Kyo-Rain or Song Hye Kyo-Won Bin reunion? Preferably in romcom :))

  5. The more I read about that project, the more it screams trainwreck.
    Also, I hope that this pic of CJW is misleading cause ouch! her face…

  6. I love StH so much. Every other year it will got re-run on my local TV and I make sure to watch it. I hope YEH will take this drama. Just because SBS will not mess up their OTP.

  7. Wow!! Call me shocked. I said after hearing about the Eric- Jung YM reunion that I wanted to see who’s next. And each one really tops the other!! Korean dramas and their trends LOL. I think sth was the only drama that I actually liked KSW in. I will be curious nonetheless. I think I actually bought sth’s DVDs a long time ago.

    LDH and JH leading the trend with their three peat over the years!!

    So… Who’s next?

    I want to see hjw and jis again. It would have to wait until 2015 but I can wait. That’s the only reunion that pops in my mind.

  8. Great news…didn’t have imagine before…

    If its happens, 2014 definitely is year of couples reunion…

    When is my fav.couple turns ??? LOL

  9. i religiously followed this drama only to find myself going “WTH” on the ending (i remember throwing my cushion on the tv when i saw KSW patheticly played the white grand piano on the beach). super hate the ending…

  10. Bogoshipda…. Bogoshipda…. Ireon… Naega miweojil mahnkeum… Bogoshipda…

    I’ve just suddenly got really excited for this. Please sign on!!

  11. The last picture made me sad. That was the last time that they all together. After that they drift apart. Shin Hyun Joon only in contact with Choi Ji Woo.

  12. Baek Sung Hyun was the other half of the child OTP???? Wow, the main cast is now either top stars or up and coming stars. And Shin Hyun Joon was the brother???

    As my first kdrama, I remember thinking everybody in this show was ridiculously good looking.

  13. Temptation is a great drama because of choi ji woo and kwon sang woo and both look beautiful! I’m a huge cjw fan and watch all her dramas which by the way are all great! They’re both great actors too..

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