Moon Geun-young and Park Shi-hoo team up in rom-com
Okay, these are not two actors I’d peg for a weekend drama, but I AM suddenly a lot more interested in Alice in Cheongdam-dong, a weekend romantic comedy that has just secured Moon Geun-young as the leading lady and Park Shi-hoo as her love interest. I KNOW! Who’s excited?
The drama, based on a novel titled Cheongdam-dong Audrey, features an “infinitely positive” heroine, Se-kyung, who lives by the motto “Hard work creates your success.” So far, so good.
The title is a riff on Alice in Wonderland, with Se-kyung playing the newcomer to this strange, insular world of designer clothes and consumerism that is Cheongdam-dong, Seoul. Okay, I’m still with you. Cheongdam-dong has a very specific image, and I can see how it could be cute to have a drama’s exploring the character and quirks of the locale.
Se-kyung is a talented young designer who wins a number of contests and gets hired at an apparel design company, only to find herself relegated to errand girl for the boss’s wife. To make things worse, that hoity-toity wife was once her high school classmate, who was way worse a student than Se-kyung.
We don’t yet have a lot of info about Park Shi-hoo’s character, but it seems he’ll be a president of a clothing shop. It sounds like the basis of a standard Cinderella setup, but with these actors I’m sincerely hoping there’s a lot more to it than Star In My Heart Redux.
Moon’s last two dramas have been pretty spectacularly disappointing for me, but she’s always a boon to any project — she’s such a great actress regardless of her age, but especially so considering it. It’s too bad Cinderella’s Sister dropped a PD and went so angst-mopey in its second half, and that Mary Stayed Out All Night fired a writer and went from boring to insane. But she was wonderful throughout despite it all. Meanwhile, Park Shi-hoo really turned it up for his last drama series, The Princess’s Man, which netted him some awards and a nice big boost in popularity (not that he was so lacking in it before).
Alice in Cheongdam-dong is written by the scripters behind Tree With Deep Roots and Queen Seon-deok in what I assume will be a big departure from their epic sageuk background. It’ll follow Five Fingers and plans to premiere later this year.
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