Another week and another round of reads! Dramaland has been kind to me lately what with two live-watches that are shaping up to be awesome in their own ways. Hope you’ve had similar luck 🙂
1. Upcoming OCN crime thriller Bad Boys or Bad Guys, released a teaser today featuring an appropriately menacing Kim San Joong and a gaggle of vicious dogs. Kim San Joong, fresh off a stint in A New Leaf, plays a detective who corals a bunch of “bad guys” into a crime fighting squad because presumably you have to be one to catch one. This comes after the recent inclusion of Park Hae Jin fresh off his role in Doctor
Quack Stranger into the cast playing the role of a “genius psychopath”. Joining the two are Jo Dong Hyul, Ma Dong Suk and Kang Ye Wom. This is produced by the same team behind Vampire Prosecutor, and judging by the teaser, it’s looking very very good. Or rather, bad. Bad Guys airs in October.
2. My biggest surprise of late is how much I’ve enjoyed Fated to Love You. The show’s first four episodes did such a fantastic job in not only being endlessly funny, but in actually getting me to be hopelessly invested in a ridiculous and hokey premise. A big chunk of the credit goes to Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk who have been absolute perfection! They juggle the range of emotions the script gives them with depth and realism. There’s nothing quite like watching a genuinely well-matched pair of very, very good actors taking to their roles like ducks to water, and it’s really what gives this production that extra edge above the other current dramas on offer, good as they all may be. And speaking of the script, heaps of credit to the writer who has grounded the broad comedy with a warm, beating heart, and a director who has a gift for bringing the comedy as well as the show’s dramatic moments to vibrant visual life.
It’s been so good that I’ll be lying if I said I wasn’t worried for what’s in store for us, but as I’m in for the long haul there’s nothing I can do but strap myself in and enjoy the ride. The production released these stills today of the pair post-wedding after Mi Young has moved into the Lee mansion, complete with adorable couple PJs! That’s the other thing this show gets right–styling!
3. I think I heard a collective sigh of relief across the internet when news broke today that Yoona won’t be playing Nodame after all. She has dropped the role in favour of a film role instead in a Korean-Chinese production with Eddie Peng. With two stars already passing on this, the hunt for Joo Won’s co-star continues. Time’s a-wasting though. The drama is supposed to air in October!
4. I’m not sure if the reunion of Eric Mun and Jung Yu Mi in KBS2’s upcoming Discovery of Romance is highly-anticipated since the brilliant Que Sera Sera wasn’t a ratings smash, but what sounds enticing to me, more than the premise itself, is the prospect of a extremely likeable cast. The drama has roped in Sung Joon and Yoon Jin Yi as second leads, and the awesome Yoon Hyun Min (Heartless City, Witches Romance) and Kim Seul Gi (Flower Boy Next Door) as supporting characters. The cast assembled for a script reading recently in prep for the drama that airs in August taking over Trot Lovers’ slot. Coming from the same team behind the I Need Romance dramas which I haven’t had much luck with, this one doesn’t exactly set my heart racing. But considering Eric hasn’t been in a drama since Great Spy Myung Wol three years ago and Jung Yu Mi has been working in film more and it would be nice to see her back on the small screen. Not to mention rest of the adorable cast just might make me keep an eye out for this.
5. Veering off the entertainment circuit, I thought these two articles were interesting: one about the so-called “sampo generation” of childless singletons and the declining birth rate, and the cost of English education in Korea.
Have a great week all!