Kim So-eun is coming back with a new miniseries! Hurrah! (She’s such a promising rising talent, yet she’s chosen to build her career with weekend and daily shows in recent years. See: A Thousand Kisses, A Fine Windy Day. It’s a valid career choice — safe, mainstream, good for visibility — but it means that the material is likewise more conventional, and less exciting.)
The role is for a cable drama on JTBC titled Happy Ending (must not make dirty joke, must not make dirty joke), where Kim plays daughter to Choi Min-soo, a rigid patriarch who learns that he’s dying. He begins making preparations for his passing, to “make his farewell cheerfully.”
Phew, thank heavens for that one word, cheerfully. Not that this kind of dramatic premise can’t be moving — and with Choi Min-soo (Warrior Baek Dong-soo) in the lead, I’m pretty sure he’ll have me bawling in no time. The man can rip out my heart, and then have me busting a gut in laughter. However, having seen Scent of a Woman and Thousand Day Promise in the past year, I just don’t think I’m ready for another depressing terminal-illness story yet.
In any case, I’m hoping that means that Happy Ending gives us, well, a happy ending. It’s sort of built right into the title there. Don’t you dare veer off-course now, auspiciously titled drama, or I may have to hurt you.
Kim So-eun’s character Eun-ha is a fashionable hotelier, a confident woman who knows that her beauty is an asset and a weapon. Hm, it’s the kind of character that can turn brash in the hands of some actresses, but Kim So-eun’s so charming that I hope it’s played sassy. Cast as her love interest is… singer Kang Ta? As in, H.O.T Kang Ta? Okay, I know he’s acted before (2005′s Loveholic), but to me he’ll always be H.O.T. Kang Ta.
Happy Ending will premiere on April 23; it airs as a Monday-Tuesday series.
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