Just when you thought the body-swap trend was dying down, here comes another one — but don’t write it off just yet, because this one is working a specific angle: They’re husband and wife.
KBS is prepping a new rom-com drama series, Oohlala Spouses (Ulala?), to be headlined by Kim Jung-eun (I Am Legend) and Shin Hyun-joon (Gaksitaaaaaal). Aw, they should be cute together. Shin Hyun-joon plays the patriarchy-minded husband, a hotelier, while wifey Kim Jung-eun is your typical Korean ajumma. The two awake one morning to find their souls in new shells. Oh, this oughtta be good.
The drama has my attention from the get-go, despite being disappointed by recent body-swappers like Big and even Secret Garden. The difference here, I think (I hope), is that the body-swapping serves a key purpose other than comic hijinks, since it forces the two to literally walk in each other’s shoes and reevaluate the relationship with their newly gained perspectives.
I’m sure we’ll get those hijinks, but if we’re using the swap as a mode of enlightenment and understanding, then the comedy is really just icing on the cake. I love when the comic scenario turns into something more meaningful — it’s something we really lacked in Big, for instance, which is a shame since dramas like Who Are You used the device to such poignant effect. Plus, I like both actors and find them equally suited to light-hearted humor as they are to heart-tugging drama. And you know, I’m not gonna lie; I’m going to really enjoy the hell out of “paternalistic” hubby being forced to do the dishes, laundry, cook, and maybe wear a ridiculous perm.
The writer has already proven prowess in this genre, having penned the 2006 Park Jin-hee drama Please Come Back, Miss Soon-ae, although in that case the switcheroo happens between a young woman and an ajumma. PD Lee Jung-sub directed melo-makjang hit Baker King Kim Tak-gu.
Oohlala Spouses will follow Haeundae Lovers on Mondays and Tuesdays, and is looking at an October premiere.
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- I Am Legend: Episodes 1-2
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- Lee Ki-woo teams with Shin Hyun-joon in Family Picture