Am loads excited about the new drama – mainly because I loved both Jang Geun Suk‘s Chang Hui and Lee Jia‘s Sujini, and I really want to see what they do with the plot. Nodame Cantabile aside, there aren’t that many dramas about orchestras out there. From the looks of the preview, it’s much more serious (no mushrooms growing out of people’s underwear, woe). There is competition! And rebellion! And maybe Jang Geun Suk conducting, which should be interesting.
Kim Myung Min plays Kang Gun Woo, a traditionalist conductor for one of the best orchestras in the city. He’s kind of mean and is willing to do anything (i.e. push his instrumentalists beyond what they should endure) to make the music sound better. Lee Jia portrays violinist (first violin?) Du Ru Mi, who, despite being part of Kang Gun Woo’s orchestra, manages to maintain an open-minded approach to music. A policeman and amateur trumpeter of the same name — Kang Gun Woo — (with perfect pitch and talent) meets Du Ru Mi in the subway one day, and the story begins…
Of course, any respectable kdrama will have love geometry of some sort, and well, it should be kind of obvious by this point. Both men compete for Du Ru Mi. I wonder if they’ll do underground vs. formal orchestra, or if the second Kang Gun Woo will try to take the orchestra away from the first.
It cheers me to see that Lee Jia is holding the violin correctly. But then, these are professionals. If they made mistakes, it wouldn’t be the obvious ones. (Hopefully.)
Beethoven Virus begins airing September 10, 2008.
- The maestro takes command
- Another star injured on the job
- Waving both his hair and the conductor’s wand
- Lee Jia trades in her shortbow for a violin bow