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Nine’s melancholy and mysterious teasers
by | February 13, 2013 | 56 Comments

Ooh, I’m intrigued by the tone of these teasers for the new tvN time traveling drama Nine — they’re moody and dramatic, and steeped in regret. Beautiful regret, mind you, but just enough to make this a darker, more mysterious world than I had anticipated, and I find myself a little more interested than when I thought it would be another (lesser) Inhyun. The new drama from the creative team behind Queen In-hyun’s Man stars Lee Jin-wook as a news anchor who gets nine chances to go back in time. He doesn’t go very far though, and sticks to a twenty-year window. And in the trailer we see why.

The four short teasers collected below each show a different moment in his relationship with the heroine, played by Jo Yoon-hee, and he seems to be going back to specific moments where it all went wrong. The question is what went wrong in the present to make him go back. Is it just that they’re not together? Does she die? Disappear? There seems to be more going on than just a lost love. And his character description says he does go back in time to solve a crime. I thought the two (crime and love) were separate, but maybe they’re the same problem. The four different lines from each teaser:

Then, I… shouldn’t have let go of your hand.
Then, I… should’ve answered your call.
Then, I… shouldn’t have seen that memo.
Then, I… should’ve held your hand.
If I have the chance to go back…

And of course he does — he gets nine magical chances in fact, though I’m already worried about the loopholes and consequences. Because you know those are going to be terrifyingly tragic the more he messes with Fate. The setup makes this a whole lot closer to Operation Proposal than Inhyun in theme, but I like the added mystery behind it and the fact that he’s fighting to correct something more than just a broken heart or a lost opportunity. And I’m definitely looking forward to seeing a different but equally stylistic side to PD Kim Byung-soo, who did Queen Inhyun’s Man and the first season of Vampire Prosecutor.

Nine follows Flower Boy Next Door and premieres March 11 on tvN.

Via tvN


56 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Mehkko

    This looks really great….hope it lives up to expectations!

    • 1.1 mariolawpanda

      I love the teasers. tvN has yet to disappoint. Even 12 Men, which wasn’t as zippy as the other tvN, was quite enjoyable to watch.

      I do hope this is good so I can change my perception of Lee Jin Wook cause I was quite disappointed by his acting in Myung-wol, which isn’t really a great show to begin with, except for Eric’s acting.

  2. Alyyy

    After I saw these teasers I immediately thought: “This is looking more and more like ‘The Girl who Leapt Through Time’… except the main character is a guy. Or we could say it’s the same story from Chiaki’s perspective”.

    • 2.1 Penny

      Now that you have mentioned it, I’m suddenly wishing that they’re similar!!! I’m already imagining how awesome it would be if both leads time-travel without one knowing that the other can also do it. Things will get so complicated (well it’s bound to be, with two time-travelers running around freely and effing up with history) because of each other’s actions and they’ll be like, “What the hell happened? I time-traveled just to fix this and now it’s messed up again?!”

      DUDE. I’m clearly getting ahead of myself but damn, with this setup the drama’s fraught with awesome, awesome possibilities!!! Well, whatever this drama turns out to be, I am definitely watching it. Besides, LEE JIN WOOK’S IN IT. Show’s already had me at that.

  3. kika

    forgive me for being childish, but i don’t want this to start because i don’t want flower boys next door to end!! *sadface*

    • 3.1 pogo

      I’ll be childish with you, I don’t want FBND to end either! Bad enough now that School 2013 is gone 🙁

    • 3.2 weenhiecookies

      that’s what i thought too…

  4. Ace

    The 8th wonder of the kdrama world: the awful haircut. If I cut my hair like those kdrama heroines, do you think I’d get a hot guy like them? More like I’d get laughed at. Why, why, why does it have to be that haircut? I’ll keep my hairstyle, thanks. 😉

    I’m not excited about the leads, but with a proven creative team I’m onboard. Plus it’s tvN!

    • 4.1 TS


      • 4.1.1 TS

        Re haircuts, I mean.

    • 4.2 skelly

      The haircut is horrible, but she is back in the 70s/80s when everybody had horrible haircuts (and I have the pictures to prove it…) so I actually like the effect.

      As for the show, it looks epic, and I can’t wait.

      • 4.2.1 nine

        Hahaha!! I believe that haircut is called an “apple cut” or “coconut husk cut” and I’m guessing it’s a wig?–reminds me of Velma from Scooby Doo sans the eyeglasses (so the setting must really have been in the 70’s).lol. The teaser started right after FBND and got me interested. Gonna give this one a try and also the one with Song Hye Kyo. Buckle up, folks, we’re headed for a big heaping pile of tissues and tears.

        I hope this one softens the blow of losing FBND—–no..wait..noooo…Ajummaaa~~!!haha!

    • 4.3 JO

      She is growing out her hair. It’s an awkward phase and what can she do about it? She cut her hair really short a while ago and she looked super cute and different (than when she had long hair)

  5. MsB

    I would give this a chance. Let’s hope someone carries it.

  6. christina

    Off topic but just curious. When referring to PD such and such, what does PD stand for?

    • 6.1 May Tae

      PD = producing director, in this instance he is more of a director.

  7. DayDreamer

    I’ve never been fond of the time-travelling genre but this one seems more intriguing than the previous batch of time-travelers so I’ll give it a try. The fact that it’s also by the same PD of Vampire Prosecutor makes me want to watch it.

  8. Carole McDonnell

    Oh I am soooooooooooooooo longing for this. Yes, I’ll have to endure the end of Flower Boys Next Door but I’m trusting I’ll be still on the FBND cloud for a long while after that show ends.

    I only saw the Japanese Operation Proposal and those tiny little increments of time change/time channel stressed me out.

    I’m hoping this time travel will not only change the hero/heroine’s lives but will somehow cause wholescale historical and neighborhood complexities. I’m hoping for a puzzle here…where blocks of time are moved here and there and there’s a feel of a game and plotting and counter-plotting….and where everything comes out very neatly. One can hope.

    Thanks so much for this.

    • 8.1 jomo

      It’s funny you talk about the stress of watching this type of show. I am the same way with these types of plots.
      I will add 2013 to this category.

      What I like:
      In OP, we are presented with a probable future or present. The hero gets sent back to see if he could change it. We see the small things are different after he does, but the overall END is still the same.

      What I don’t like:
      In 2013, we see a present that is NOT changeable. It is what it is. The audience gets set back to see HOW that happened, but have to keep guessing the whole time at the big picture. I hate this type of narrative as much as I hate ANY foreshadowing in fiction. It is “Little-did-she-know-itis”

      She kissed him, feeling the rightness of their togetherness warm her like the sudden sun breaking through the clouds. She wrote this moment in her heart along with the other happy memories she would treasure for a lifetime.
      She kissed him, feeling the rightness of their togetherness warm her like the sudden sun breaking through the clouds. She wrote this moment in her heart along with the other happy memories she would treasure for a lifetime, not knowing how little time she had left.

      Can’t stand when they taint happy moments with dread. LET ME HAVE MY HAPPY MOMENT!
      End of rant. LOL

      • 8.1.1 Carole McDonnell

        Oh gosh, you totally had me laughing! Yes! Love this term: “Little-did-she-know-itis”

        I don’t know why they feel they have to tell us that something bad is gonna happen but it makes me feel, “Couldn’t you just let me head toward the disaster with blinders on without knowing the future?”

        I remember one Japanese drama where they did use the “Things turned out badly” stuff at the beginning but at the end of the story they kinda dropped in this epilogue which hinted at hope and a possible happy ending..in its open-ended way. So we kinda caught up with the narrator at the end and then time moved with us and narrator hopefully. But that is rare in my experience.

    • 8.2 Carmensitta

      Oh my! You managed to sit through the Japanese Operation Proposal? Congrats! I didn’t have the patience… I did go through most of the Korean version though…and even if it wasn’t good, at least it was a tinny bit better than the Japanese version.

      • 8.2.1 Carole McDonnell

        I wanted to sit through the Korean version — crush on the Jade Emperor and all– but I just couldn’t do it.

  9. Kiara

    Whoa same writers from QIHM I’m so watching this. Thank you ladies for heads up <3.
    Now I have 2 shows to look forward to, this and Ad Genius Lee Tae Baek.

  10. 10 snow_white

    so excited for this!!

    can’t wait 🙂

  11. 11 V

    TvN has the best dramas. Hands down.

  12. 12 Jandoe

    So good it’s gonna hurt, I just know it. But Lee Jin Wook: mmmm.

  13. 13 JoAnne

    Got my seat all picked out for this train. It’s the one with the life sized stuffed doll of Lee Jin Wook that I can snuggle. Plus I have snacks. It’s all good.

    • 13.1 TS

      You are so funny!

      • 13.1.1 JoAnne

        ; )

    • 13.2 YY

      Sounds lovely. Too bad “he” can’t talk….wait, Jo Anne, have you ever tried ventriloquism?

      • 13.2.1 JoAnne

        No, but I don’t need him to talk. I just need him to be there and listen to me rant about the drama. I wonder if I could rig him up like an electric blanket. That and stuff him with money, and he’d be the perfect guy.

  14. 14 Russe12

    I’m definitely going to be following this. It looks so intriguing! I’ll even put up with the melo…and the angst at leaving behind FBND…

  15. 15 am

    Is it weird that I sort of love it already? It’s not very often that I get goosebumps from teasers.

    I was sort of expecting Nine to be this In Hyun type of time travel, but wow, I’m curious.

  16. 16 Rashell

    Ohhhh, this looks darker then I was expecting. But I like it. I trust this team to do good things, so I’m really looking forward to this one. But now I’m preparing more for tears then smiles.

  17. 17 Dee

    Very nice. Definitely excited about it.

  18. 18 poyo

    I thought that the plot was similar to proposal daisakusen, but after watching the trailer I am interested to watch it. Cannot wait for this to air. TvN is awesome ! 😀

  19. 19 kelinci biru

    I’m actually more excited for Park Hyung Sik. After watching sirius and his reality show the romantic and idol, i’m in loooooove. He’s just so lovely and i wish he good here..

  20. 20 Kokare

    Lee Jin wook does the broody well so I am sure he will do well in this drama.

  21. 21 Lilly

    Since Kim Byung-soo is doing this I think I will like it.
    I will be watching.

  22. 22 Seorori

    One interesting drama after another from TVN.
    But I don’t really want FBND to end yet too. haha

  23. 23 anvesha

    The bowl-cut. cringe.

    The teaser reminded me of the In Heaven MV of JYJ.

    I need something to watch after FBND. But I am not a fan of either leads, so it better have an good story!

  24. 24 Meeyeong

    This is dark? Looks like a smartphone commercial.

    • 24.1 jomo

      Korean Dramas:
      Selling smartphones like nobody’s business

      Korean Dramas:
      So what if the ratings tank? We probably sold 6000 smartphones an episode.

      Korean Dramas:
      In which cell phones sales dwarf the actors’ salaries

      • 24.1.1 Ivoire

        Jomo, do you think that smartphones are sold a lot (a whole lot) more because of Kdramas? Your comments (though funny) have made me curious…

  25. 25 canxi

    Looove it! Can’t wait to see it!

  26. 26 piggy68gal

    I’m really looking forward to this! Mostly for the production team–QIHM and VP are 2 of my ultimate favourite dramas ever 🙂 But I really like the leads too. And Lee Yi Kyung will be in this drama so I am anticipating his performance as a model student! 🙂

  27. 27 magnus

    I always look forward to tvN dramas. So good all the time! Here’s hoping for a great drama and great ratings! I’ll be watching this.

  28. 28 dewaanifordrama

    Ooh! This looks most intriguing and awesome!

  29. 29 tonbotomoe

    Gives me “The Time Machine” vibes tbh although I highly doubt they’ll go that direction lol

  30. 30 cheekbones

    This looks intriguing. And I’d like to watch a Lee Jin-wook drama.

  31. 31 Hmmm...

    So, he goes back in time to prevent his girlfriend from dying?

  32. 32 RT

    that voice.. *melts into a puddle of goo*

  33. 33 haaruka

    This gonna be good. They better be.

  34. 34 kfangurl

    I loved QIHM and VP1, so I’m definitely interested in this one!! Love this PD’s work! ^^

  35. 35 Bambi

    wow this looks really j-drama in the whole mystery atmosphere thing. exciited =D

  36. 36 raqzie

    admin can u please translate some of their interview during press con about working each other im just curious on how their working relstionship since i am huge fan of this two (jo yoon hee & lee jin wook).,:)

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