Kim Tae-hee to play mystery heiress opposite Joo-won
Looks like there are no casting surprises for Yong-pal, SBS’s new medical drama that’s been courting Joo-won and Kim Tae-hee to star. On the heels of Joo-won’s confirmation, Kim Tae-hee has signed on as well, for what will be her first drama in two years since Jang Ok-jung, Live By Love. I hope they have some chemistry, not that we have any indication that this will be a romance drama. Oh, who’re we kidding, like they’re not going to have the two leads fall in love.
The new drama comes from the PD of God’s Gift–14 Days and the writer of Reset and tells the story of a surgeon who starts making illegal house calls in order to support his sick sister. Joo-won stars as a third-year resident with unparalleled surgical skills that he applies to emergency situations. He’s got the prickly personality to go along with his genius, naturally, and is known for being rude and above all, shameless when it comes to money.
He starts to make house calls to people who need emergency doctors but can’t go to hospitals for whatever reason, and in exchange for asking no questions, he can afford to keep his sister on the weekly dialysis treatments that she needs. He’ll have all sorts of shady clientele, as well as the filthy rich and ultra secretive.
That’s where Kim Tae-hee fits into the story. She’ll play a chaebol heiress whose family owns the hospital where Joo-won is a resident. She’s a character shrouded in mystery who lives a secluded life, and only has contact with a few doctors and her oppa, the chaebol group chairman. She was intelligent and bright in her youth, but after a big accident, she’s been hidden away from the world during her slow recovery.
The situation does sound interesting, if only because it sounds super shady to keep your sister so hidden, but I do worry that it sounds like a damsel in distress character. Hopefully there’s more to her than being a princess locked in a tower, because for one, that’s boring, and because Kim Tae-hee is much better when she gets to be bright and bubbly. Melodramatic characters don’t click as well with her, so it’d be nice if she could have some spunk, at least.
Obviously the secret doctor with the double life and a codename (the titular Yong-pal) is the cool character to tune in for, and with Joo-won playing him, it’ll be hard to pass it up, even with all the TV doctoring. And you know how I feel about TV doctoring.
Yong-pal follows Mask in August.
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