A leading lady has been chosen: Time-traveling Ji Hyun-woo will be romanced by Yoo Inna in Queen In-hyun’s Man, the upcoming cable drama that takes our hero from the late Joseon era into contemporary Seoul.
Queen In-hyun’s Man is described as a fantasy-action-melo drama, and unfolds when our hero, hotshot scholar Kim Boong-do (Ji Hyun-woo), somehow gets plucked from the 18th century and transported to 2012. In his own time period, his family is wrongly accused and killed; he’s the sole survivor and a supporter of Queen In-hyun, who has fallen out of power. (Historically, she was deposed when concubine Jang hee-bin, often portrayed as a shrewd manipulator, was promoted in court status. Some speculate that Queen In-hyun’s early death came from poisoning, orchestrated by Jang hee-bin.)
So then our hero warps to the future and meets an actress playing the role of In-hyun in a drama titled Jang Hee-bin. Yeah, that’s not confusing. Yoo Inna plays the actress, Choi Hee-jin, whom she describes as being similar to her own upbeat personality.
Although my knee-jerk reaction to hearing about this drama’s premise was to sigh (another fantasy sageuk time-jump fusion action-melo-romance?), I’m hoping Queen In-hyun’s Man has got some major tricks up its sleeves to differentiate itself from the higher-profile Rooftop Prince, which premieres first. This drama actually sounds quite fun despite the Rooftop similarities and the overload of time-warping dramas on the air now and in the near future (Operation Proposal, Rooftop Prince, Time Slip Dr. Jin), so it would be ideal if it explored its unique points, rather than retreading familiar ground. Like the part where she’s not really the queen, while he doesn’t even understand the concept of film. Reality mindfucks can be fun, don’tcha know?
Plus, you can’t discount director Kim Byung-soo of the slick, well-paced, artfully filmed Vampire Prosecutor. Queen In-hyun’s Man will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama on tvN, premiering in mid-April.
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