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More posters for revenge melodrama Shark
by | May 26, 2013 | 66 Comments

KBS’s new Monday-Tuesday drama Shark is gearing up to premiere tomorrow, and it looks like it’s going to be one helluva melodramatic ride. I mean, once you decide that your hero is going to change his face to enact his revenge, there’s no goin’ back from that — a new mug is pretty far up on the Scale of Melodramatic Shenanigans. But coming from the team behind Resurrection and The Devil, I think we can expect to be taken on the fun kind of dark and twisty journey. And it doesn’t hurt that it looks beautiful.

One thing’s for sure, they’re really going to town on their shark metaphors. The funny thing is, the original concept behind the shark title — “Sharks don’t have swim bladders. In order to stay alive they must constantly be on the move. If they stop they die” — is interesting and works nicely to evoke a coolheaded hero who’s always on the move and always one step ahead in his revenge game. And I do actually like the poster of Kim Nam-gil’s head half-submerged in water, since it’s at least going for a concept full-gusto. But that’s about as literal as I want to get with that. The shark necklaces have got to go. I can’t be the only one busting a gut every time one of those shows up onscreen.

The 20-episode drama will follow Kim Nam-gil’s tale of betrayal and long-awaited revenge against the chaebol family who ruined his life, and his star-crossed romance with Sohn Ye-jin, the daughter of the family he’s determined to ruin. I’m looking forward to both actors’ returns to dramaland, and thankfully this is the kind of melo I can stomach. I do enjoy comeuppance dramas, especially if the revenge is elaborate and smart (keyword being smart, which I sincerely hope is the case). Don’t let me down, Show.

Shark premieres tomorrow on KBS.



66 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Orion

    They’re taking the shark metaphor too far. The sea background is enough. They didn’t need to hide half their male lead’s face to make their point…

    • 1.1 kyleD

      i like the idea, but would it have been so hard to throw him in a bathtub instead of leaving it to bad photoshopping skills…

      • 1.1.1 Orion

        Overzealous manipulation is the stuff of drama posters. And movie posters too. πŸ˜›

    • 1.2 japanese

      to the writer.Do you know her real name is spelt Son Ye Jin and not Sohn Ye Jin.Why do you keep writing her name wrong! Hope you spell her name write γ‚γ‚ŠγŒγ¨γ†γ”γ–γ„γΎγ™.

      • 1.2.1 ravens_nest

        It’s…the romanization of a language that uses a completely different writing system. Either spelling is correct as they are both just the roman letter representations of the closest sound that aligns with the hangul lettering and pronunciation.

        • Hi

          Son Ye Jin is one of my favorite actress and I dont understand why it was written wrong. I dont care about hagul, just look up her name on google, or on the credits toa any review about her work. Its SON no SOHN.

          • Jyyjc

            It’s still not wrong though. I see the spelling “Sohn” for korean people with that surname all the time.

          • μ •λ‚¨

            Sohn is an acceptable romanization, technically even the common name Lee can also be romanized Yi which you don’t see often. Bak Park etc it’s also not anything to get worked up over

      • 1.2.2 nomad

        Talking about spelling…you should’ve written: Hope you spell her name RIGHT.

    • 1.3 Suz

      sounds just like the other drama kim nam gil was in. Bad guy.

  2. Hyunliee

    idk it’s just something about facial hair that i dislike, just so…. distracting

    • 2.1 mandakins

      I KNOW RIGHT!!! I really hope that he gets rid of it sooner rather than later!

      • 2.1.1 V En Detta

        ya ..i know..it looks so fake so m hoping by d end of 1st episode it VANISHES!..never to resurface again..

    • 2.2 HurryUp

      I think he looks better with it, like a real man πŸ˜€

    • 2.3 Milly

      Actually, they removed KNG’s stache in that last poster… unfortunately, the lower part of his face went with the stache…. hahahaha

  3. snow_white

    Lol @ the shark necklace πŸ˜€

    • 3.1 Jo

      I am tired of necklaces of any sort being part of drama plots. They feel so kitschy and are cheap devices

      • 3.1.1 Chizzy girl

        at first the necklace situation in dramas was pretty cute during The BOF era but now it is just sickening…they need t o get over that concept ASAP…it is getting old

    • 3.2 melo.boy

      lol that shark necklace is funny

  4. Perrie

    I can’t take her seriously with the shark neck-less lol. Ill check it out. Dramaland is so bland now a days

  5. Chrissy

    I really like the teaser though not so much with the posters lol It better be good. I want some great revenge drama

  6. Cam

    Ahhhaaa….these posters look pretty good & I will watch this tomorrow, hm. I will see if this drama will turn out to be super ‘badass’, hopefully so! πŸ˜‰

  7. Ivoire

    Thanks for the update!
    Am I the only one who is not getting any images today on DB? I get them on the other sites. Even the FB page of DB shows some pictures, but not DB.
    And this is not the first time this has happened. I was just wondering…

    • 7.1 Ivoire

      Interestingly enough, I can watch the YT video (the trailer) on the site, but I still don’t get the images πŸ™

    • 7.2 canxi

      I am getting the images. Maybe you have to update something? You can always try using a different browser and seeing if the problem still persists. Maybe, it’s one of those One-Day site weirdness things that will fix itself tomorrow.

      • 7.2.1 Ivoire

        Thanks Canxi,

        And you are right! It must have been one those One-Day site weirdness thing that eventually fixed itself. It just that I had been online since 2am (reading DB and being on other pages as well), and I was not getting any images on DB during all that time. I wrote those comments after 1pm, so it had been going on for a while. I am glad to see that things are back to normal. πŸ™‚
        I appreciated your suggestions, thanks again.

        • canxi

          No problem! Glad everything is back to normal! I also hate when that happens, lol.

        • Ivoire

          yeah, because you know, all you get are texts. I was actually rereading recaps of TK2Hs, and all I had were texts. Really boring and bland, if you ask me πŸ™‚
          I was just waiting (and hoping) that things would come back to normal πŸ™‚

  8. Aiya

    I find Son Ye-jin’s poster too cheesy. I cringe at the background.

    • 8.1 Pink

      Me too…. I can’t help but laugh lol.I love her and she’s wonderful but her expression here is kinda cheesy, I don’t know….maybe it’s just me.Anyways,looking forward to this.

    • 8.2 Jyyjc

      Hehe I do too. It also looks like a promo poster for a jewelry brand.

      • 8.2.1 Hi

        That her plan all along! To get a CF for a jewelry brand. Son Ye Jin knows what she is doing.

  9. OMG

    U know, drama land needs to hire some new artistic directors cause the posters they have been coming out with recently have all been superwack! Either they suck n tell nothing of the story *cough Icanhearyourvoice cough* or they make them too literal!!! I don’t know to work photoshop, but with Paint I can do a hella better job!!!

    • 9.1 Lord of the Things

      Don’t worry, they don’t seem to know how to work photoshop either, it shouldn’t be a barrier for you

  10. 10 leaf

    son ye jin is beautiful πŸ™‚

  11. 11 canxi

    The last two are so literal but, pretty cool in a lonely isolated kind of way. I don’t mind them. I just want to smack away the shark necklace though. I hope she really likes sharks or something because I can’t imagine any guy shopping for jewelry for his girl and going “Oh yeah! This is romantic! A silver shark!” out of the blue, LOL.

    But the first one is interesting. They both look vulnerable. Usually the male tends to look kind of cold and the woman the vulnerable one, but I like that both look like they are going to feel some pain. Because it’s the truth. Can’t wait to see this one, still!

    I love both actors and I like revenge stories, why not?

    • 11.1 owl

      haha – the whole shark jewelry thing πŸ™‚ I wonder if the guys will be wearing a shark tooth on a chain ~

      • 11.1.1 canxi

        Even a shark tooth would probably be more understandable to me than an actual shark on a chain, lol. I wonder why they didn’t go that direction.

  12. 12 Turtledove

    This drama sounds like the series Revenge.

  13. 13 anna

    Someone is getting a little too photoshop happy. These posters are terrible lol

    • 13.1 Hi

      South Korea is known for its badly photoshop skills. I thought this was well known.

  14. 14 evanesam

    the story seems interesting great actors but the posters are really bad but that’s my personal opinion

  15. 15 peaches

    The son ye jin poster with the shark necklace looks like a cheesy jewelry ad and the first time i saw the kim nam gil postered i snorted. holy photoshop.

  16. 16 malta

    This reminds me of Bad Guy…

    The shark necklace has got to go. ugh.

  17. 17 Trina

    Please be good drama!! Please be good drama!!! I like HOTTIE KNG poster. But, Sohn Ye Jin poster got to goo.. I do not understand it at all. So, is she sad that she have to carry the shark necklace.

  18. 18 Kles

    Don’t like the posters, but I like Son Ye Jin. Girl crush! She’s so pretty! Will try cautiously… I don’t usually watch melo… but not too many good dramas lately.

  19. 19 TS

    What a relief! I’m so bored & can’t settle on anything to watch. At least KNG’s awesomeness makes things good.

  20. 20 ulaspotamus

    watch entertainment weekly for this drama promo. kim nam gil is hilarious! being cute during interview.

  21. 21 Quiet Thought

    Another depressing clip. I hoped to see Son Ye Jin starring in a drama, but it continues to look like all she is going to play is the victim/prize for a yet another macho vengeance seeking tough guy.

    • 21.1 loveydovey

      I know what you mean. I have feelings of disappointment from BG, but at least the female leads weren’t simply femme fatales. Although they were victimized each had a bit of badassery in their system. I hope SYJ’s character in Shark surprises us in the same way.

  22. 22 ck1Oz

    A favour please? Can you vote for the Viki team name? I know some people are fans of KNG or SYJ. Or the drama franchise— but it doesn’t seem to have a lot of interest on viki itself.

    A bit of a disappointment to me actually as we have a great team. So there are not even many votes.

    Do could you all please help? Thank you.

  23. 23 exquisitemelody

    please…please be good. I’m not really catching on to any of the dramas right now! I need something to watch!

  24. 24 korfan

    Kim Nam-gil! ….. Been waiting for this one! ….. Looks good.

    • 24.1 TS

      It’s 44% subbed! I’m so excited!

  25. 25 Cee

    Wow they use the shark metaphor ever so explicitly. It would have been cooler if they had toned it down a little bit, to make it more mysterious

    I like the posters, to be honest. It looks awesome but it wasn’t necessary to have Yejin held the necklace LOL.

    I hope I can still tolerate the melo and its ups and downs.

  26. 26 MEalways

    I do really hate mellodramas.
    I try with Nice Guy, failed. That Winter the Wind Blows, only watching for SHG, and the ending was really too open, and I didn’t try to interpret them. Let it be just stand out as just beautiful cinematography.

    If this revenge follow ‘The Chaser’ and ‘The Equator Man’, then I surely follow..

    Arrgggghhh…. I am quite frustrated here. I haven’t found any drama as good as (for me, not generalised) Ghost, Chaser, EM, Brain (although Shin Ha Kyun at ‘All about My Romance’ kind of lessen the missing effect, ha).

    Luckily they have (this year) Vampire Prosecutor 3, Ten 2.

    I really, really, realy wish Shark would quell my thirst.
    Amen to that.

  27. 27 hmm

    I don’t like how badly photoshopped the posters look. :/

    I have huge crush on both Son Ye Jin and Kim Nam Gil but I’m not a fan of melo drama lol …the teaser looks interesting though.

  28. 28 Chizzy girl

    the posters look super cheap..the first poster almost seems as if the actress was cut and pasted onto a background of a sea…BADLY done….gosh!

  29. 29 Lilly

    Looking forward to it.
    Whats up with the jewelry ad?
    Are they a sponsor?

  30. 30 melo.boy

    as a big time melo addict …..
    I love u SHJ !
    and seeing you cry will hurt my heart
    I’ve been a great fan and lover since personal taste…
    so KNG is trying to get revenge from a chaebol family once again? hope its not filled with plot devices like a BODYGUARD or a PA I hate them … like the hero becomes a bodyguard or pa to take revenge .. this has become tiresome for me

    and what’s with the photoshop!.. R.I.P Photoshop πŸ˜›

  31. 31 beggar1015

    Okay, the poster of Son/Sohn Ye Jin as well as the second teaser for Shark show her character as nothing but sad and depressed. While I’m all up for twenty episodes of my man KNG, I don’t feel like dragging along her sad-sack character for that length of time.

    Hoping and wishing the female lead turns out to be a stronger person than she’s appeared so far.

    • 31.1 Quiet Thought

      As do many of us. Sohn Ye Jin is too good an actress to waste in a such a passive role.

  32. 32 aX

    That mustache is a COMPLETE fail! I’m sorry but it really is!

  33. 33 Kiara

    I felt like I’ve seen this drama already from all the publicities.

  34. 34 tiffy

    awesome!!!! i so cnt wait to watch this!!!!:)

  35. 35 Ee Ril Seon

    I like the Shark necklace…. Really like to have one…. And KNG has character… and SYJ is really pretty…

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