Lee Minki’s Mixed-Up Investigative Agency
Lee Minki’s new drama actually sounds interesting (and not just because it’s Lee Minki’s new drama) — if a bit of question mark. It’s doing something different and, dare we say, risky? Who ever heard of a kdrama without romance? But I want to see if it works…
Note on the name: I’ve seen this drama titled on various sites as “Evasive Inquiry Agency.” I do not know what an evasive inquiry agency is. The way I interpret the Korean title is to mean an agency that’s bumbling, clumsy, comical. “Mixed-up” isn’t a perfect translation either, but I have my reasons for liking it the best out of all the other possibilities I’ve tossed around. (Extra props to you if you get my reference. 😉 )
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Aside from Lee Minki, the drama also stars rising young actress Lee Eun Sung, whom you may remember as the young writer of macabre fairy tales and little sister Ji Soo in Que Sera Sera, or as the hot pre-op tranny in Dasepo Naughty Girls, or that psycho fangirl stalker chick in Epik High’s music video for “Fan.” Let’s just say homegirl has interesting taste in projects — but interesting in a cool, edgy way.
Alas, the drama posters and photos all reveal Minki with that unfortunate hair (not bad in the pic just above, but sadly tragic in the one up top). I suppose I must keep in mind: Lee Minki is not Kang Tae Bong. Lee Minki is not Kang Tae Bong. Lee Minki is not Kang Tae Bong.
Here’s an article wondering the same thing I am (Source: OSEN):
Will “Mixed-up Investigative Agency” Succeed Without Melodrama?
KBS2 TV’s Monday-Tuesday drama I Am Sam ended on the 2nd with a lackluster 6.1% viewership rating (TNS Media). KBS hasn’t been able to put forth a buzzworthy drama all year. This has occurred one after another, when the expectations for these miniseries broadcasts have been at their greatest. Following the conclusion of I Am Sam comes Mixed-up Investigative Agency, notable because it leaves out the popular convention of a love triangle or rectangle relationship.
Beginning its broadcast on the 8th, Investigative Agency is a comic adventure unraveling around four young delinquents who happen to meet while treasure hunting. Differing from other dramas, the four leads don’t fall into a three- or four-way love story; rather, it focuses on their pursuit of the twelve golden treasure urns of Emperor Gojong. The drama aims to engage viewers along in the fun as its characters hunt for hidden treasure.
Writer Park Yeon Seon says, “While currently existing dramas focus on one or two people, this one depicts the four or five people as engaging in a game. Normally, when there are four or five characters, people think they’ll be paired up, but we treat melodramatic aspects with little importance.
“I was able to do this drama after achieving some measure of success with Alone in Love, which gave me the possibility of doing the drama that I wanted to do. I received a lot of support from KBS, who allowed me to to try my hand at this project without the large burden of ratings expectations.”
To date, many dramas have made sure not to leave out melodramatic story lines. Viewers are enthralled by love stories and romances that pull at heartstrings. Even in historical dramas, melodramatic stories are borrowed to add more entertainment to the drama.
Facing off in fierce competition on Mondays and Tuesdays, King and I and Yi San have both structured themselves around melodramatic stories. SBS’s King and I deals with one eunuch who’s been in love his whole life with the king’s woman, forming a love triangle with the characters played by Oh Man Seok, Gu Hye Sun, and Go Ju Won. MBC’s Yi San similarly employs a love triangle: Lee Seo Jin, Han Ji Min, and Lee Jong Su. Although the series weaves the dramatic events of Yi San’s life with the personal, it cannot solely indulge in the love lines.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the unique new Monday-Tuesday miniseries Mixed-up Investigative Agency, a comic adventure without love triangles and melodramas, can capture viewers’ hearts. The attempt at a new genre may attract attention, but if audiences return to their desire for love triangles, it’ll be tough for them to find the fun in Mixed-up Agency. Ye Ji Won, Lee Min Ki, Ryu Seung Soo, and Lee Eun Sung’s wild dash to hunt treasure now begins.