Ji Hyun-woo headlines another time-traveling fantasy drama
javabeans: Lordy, ANOTHER time-tripping, fantasy-sageuk, Joseon-to-modern drama!
girlfriday: Seriously? Now THAT’s gotta be the real competition for deadest horse ever.
javabeans: So it stars Ji Hyun-woo (A Thousand Kisses, Birth of the Rich), and it’s also got the 300-year time difference, with a time warp. In the Joseon era the hero is an upright Confucian scholar whose family falls victim to a conspiracy and is killed… and then he falls for an actress? And then he’s trying to rescue Queen In-hyun… wuh? I’m so confused.
girlfriday: He travels forward AND back? Why is there an actress?
javabeans: Oh, so in the present day the heroine is an actress who plays the part of Queen In-hyun in a drama called New Jang Heebin. (Jang Heebin is a royal concubine who is remembered for being a scheming femme fatale, who has been dramatized in numerous works. Most recently Lee So-yeon played her in Dong Yi. She was concubine to King Suk-jong, who was married to Queen In-hyun, played by Park Ha-sun in Dong Yi.)
girlfriday: Wait, so he comes to the future and falls for the actress playing the part of the woman he loved in a drama within the drama? Oh that’s not confusing. Though I guess in some ways, I like that better than the whole doppelganger thing in Rooftop.
javabeans: I don’t know if he was in love with the real Queen In-hyun, but apparently the hero was her faithful supporter. He is actually in the midst of plotting to restore her to power when he gets the time-swap to 2012… Can you imagine how confused he is when he meets New Queen In-hyun and is all, Who the hell are you?
girlfriday: And runs onto the set wielding one of the prop swords!
javabeans: It’ll be like one of Yoo Seung-ho’s time-warps in Operation Proposal, except instead of love on the line, he’s ranting and raving about grand-scale political conspiracies and spouting off in ancient lingo.
girlfriday: At least it’s a comical meta version? Still deadest horse ever though.
javabeans: And then the title is… wait for it… Queen In-hyun’s Man.
girlfriday: As in Not-the-Princess’s-Man? How many dramas is this going to rip off?
javabeans: This is just like the kind of parody drama you’d see IN a drama.
girlfriday: Totally! It’s like all those dramas in Myung-wol.
javabeans: I was just thinking Myung-wol. Like it’s the role Eric would take, and he’d be trying to save Myung-wol the actress.
girlfriday: Yes, yes, and he would get confused between reality and fiction… but wait, how does the time-traveling Joseon man end up an actor? Does he conveniently take a wormhole that spits him out in a casting office?
javabeans: I don’t think the hero’s actually an actor in the 21st century. It just says he meets the actress and comedy ensues and then they fall in love.
girlfriday: I hope he refuses to believe and/or understand that she’s not really a queen.
javabeans: “But… you just said you were the queen! [Gestures to film set] How can you be a queen there, but not over here? And how did YOU get your time-warp? And why do you look different?” But to mess with my head about the watchability of this drama, just as I’m about to write it off as Ripoff Pastiche of Hot Dramas Circa 2011, the director is the guy who did Vampire Prosecutor. So, awesome.
girlfriday: Huh. So it might be parody gold after all? Plus, yunno, time-traveling bidet jokes. Gotta love those.
javabeans: Plus, the writer did Unstoppable High Kick (cute and funny) and the lauded cable series Chosun Police (fusion sageuk investigation drama on cable that had three seasons). So… you might wanna clear your schedule after all when Queen In-hyun’s Man premieres in April. It’ll follow Twelve Men in a Year on tvN and run for 16 episodes.
girlfriday: Great. Just what I need, more dramas. *climbs back into wormhole*