Heads up for a 4-episoder coming our way, part of KBS’s Drama Special anthology series, called Amore Mio and starring Park Gun-il. He’s an idol — member of the boy band Supernova — but I’m more familiar with him as the mysteriously creepy high school student he played in Hon. He’s also got a few other dramas to his credit, including this year’s sageuk King Geunchogo.
In the drama, Park Gun-il plays the selfish and timid fiancee to Mirae, played by CSJH’s Dana, whose father will be played by Jung Woong-in (Coffee House, SNL Korea). With her wedding approaching, Mirae stumbles across a clue pointing to father’s unbelievable hidden past, and she begins to pursue the lead in search of answers to the mystery.
Although the series is more about the heroine than Gun-il’s character, apparently his involvement in the drama has led to rather massive interest from his Japanese fanbase in particular. A source from KBS Media explained being surprised at the number of inquiries and requests from Japan regarding overseas licensing, considering that Drama Specials tend to be small affairs. Never underestimate the power of idol love.
Expect Amore Mio to have a strong melo bent; its writer, Lee Sun-hee, has churned out some real tearjerkers like Thorn Birds and Father’s House. In Father’s House (another Drama Special mini-drama), she explored the relationship between a father (Choi Min-soo) and his son (Kim Soo-hyun) when Dad gets out of prison to find that a one-night stand has saddled his family with their baby, and the two develop a tight bond as the son grows up. In Amore Mio, she’ll be depicting father-daughter love as Mirae finds out more about her father’s past and why she’s never had a mother. Ack, daddy-daughter stories never fail to reduce me to a sobbing mess. Prepare the tissues.
Directing is PD Kim Young-jo of King Geunchogo and Cinderella’s Sister. Amore Mio airs its first episode on January 1.