Yoon Eun-hye makes drama comeback in Love Song
Whoa, I was NOT expecting this, but I think I like it: Yoon Eun-hye has been cast in upcoming drama series Love Song, the remake of the epic Hong Kong romance Tian Mi Mi (Comrades: Almost a Love Story). The original 1996 film spanned ten years and starred Leon Lai and Maggie Cheung.
The drama series has already cast its lead male in Park Yong-ha, which makes this a high-profile pairing. I’d heard that the drama was looking for two big Hallyu names to expand on its international appeal, and with these two, they’ve certainly got that punch. Park is one of those actors who is probably, comparatively speaking, more famous abroad as a “Hallyu star” than he is at home, thanks to hits like Winter Sonata and On Air. And Yoon Eun-hye is just about the biggest name actress of her age range, both at home and abroad.
In Love Song, Yoon plays Yoo Chae-hwa, a hard-working woman who comes to live in Korea from China. Chae-hwa is very innocent and is described as “the one unforgettable love for one man.”
U.S. studio Warner Bros. has expressed interest in buying the Stateside broadcast rights to the kdrama. The production company is currently in the process of negotiating licensing rights to 11 Asian countries, as well as arranging overseas location shoots. Writing is Oh Soo-yeon of earlier Hallyu hits Winter Sonata and Autumn Love Story, while the director is Ji Young-soo of Oh Pil-seung Bong Soon-young. (He also did Yoon’s ill-fated My Fair Lady last summer, but let’s just forget about that hot mess. His 2007 Flowers For My Life, on the other hand, was lovely.)
This ought to be Yoon’s most challenging role to date. She has a wonderful way of immersing herself in her characters, but I think her range is narrow — she’s brilliant in heartfelt, warm roles like Coffee Prince, but lackluster when putting on a persona that’s very different from her easy-going real-life persona, as in My Fair Lady. I look forward to Park Yong-ha, having come around to him rather late in his career with last year’s fantastic Story of a Man.
Love Song will begin filming in August and plans to air toward the end of the year.