Ooh, I love this writer: Park Yeon-seon wrote a couple of stand-out dramas — the much-praised Alone In Love and the underappreciated gem Mixed-up Investigate Agency — and is coming back for another one, titled Wild Romance (where the “wild” connotes aggressive and physical).
She pairs with Women In the Sun PD Bae Kyung-soo, but this project will be less emotionally turbulent than that one, despite its title. It’s a romantic comedy about a baseball player hero and a judo athlete–turned–bodyguard heroine — ha, is she a huge fan of Park Min-young (Man of Honor meets City Hunter?), or is this just a huge coincidence of timing?
It’s probably the latter since writer Park tends to take her time preparing her dramas, and despite that easy joke, I have full confidence in her ability to deliver a strong, original drama. Alone In Love is likely to make it to my all-time-favorites shelf once I eventually get to finishing it (it’s the kind of drama you savor, except that savoring time is in short supply these days) — the smart, thoughtful series about a divorced couple finding love again starring Sohn Ye-jin and Kam Woo-sung won what seems like near-universal praise when it aired in 2006.
Her follow-up to Alone In Love IS on my shelf of keepers, because Mixed-up Investigative Agency is one of the best-plotted Korean dramas I’ve seen. It’s also quirky, funny, and unconventional with a cast of wonderful oddballs, led by Lee Min-ki, Yeh Ji-won, and Ryu Seung-soo. Mixed-up somehow manages to mix Indiana Jones-esque mystery-treasure hunt with eccentric comedy and heart-stirring moments of emotion, all while melding trufax of the late-Joseon era with its entirely fictional hunt for buried treasure. That kind of clever mythology and plotting is what Runaway Plan B shoulda done with its lost-gold storyline, but didn’t have time for because of its chase scene quota.
Park also penned the 2011 Drama Special miniseries White Christmas (initially titled Monster), which I hear was pretty solid. Wild Romance is currently in the casting process and will air on KBS after Man of Honor in January. It’s set for 16 episodes and has already completed its first four scripts.
Via TV Report
- Baek Sung-hyun leads the boys in Monster
- The Year In Review, Part 1: The Best of 2007
- Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 1