Two more promo crumbs from buzz sageuk Saimdang, Light’s Diary
Pre-produced dramas are enjoying a nice push these days, and this is one of the many anticipated series that’ll be launching in the back half of this year: Saimdang, Light’s Diary, which has thankfully stepped away from the awkward “The Herstory” that used to be part of the title. Everything from this production so far has looked luminous and lush, as befits the return of original Hallyu queen Lee Young-ae (Dae Jang Geum) to dramas after over a decade away. I just wish there were more of it. Dramaland fans are a greedy lot, yunno! This two-pictures-at-a-time business is hooey, I say.
So I suppose it’s a good thing these two character posters are so pretty, since they’ll probably have to tide us over for a while, as we still have some time to wait before its fall premiere. (I have to say that while I’m in favor of pre-productions on the whole, I do miss the concentrated burst of promos and buzz leading up to a drama’s premiere; when things are announced so far in advance and filmed quietly for months, I barely have time to perk up in excitement before the project fades out of the spotlight, until its next two stills are released. MONTHS LATER.)
Saimdang, Light’s Diary features Lee Young-ae in a dual role: first as the real-life artist and writer Shin Saimdang, and then also as the modern-day university art lecturer who stumbles upon Saimdang’s diary. In the process of her trying to find the secret that’s tied to a mysterious portrait of a beautiful woman, the plot traverses between the past and the present.
Song Seung-heon (When a Man Loves a Woman), like Lee, is pictured in his promo poster looking refined and genteel, and plays a man who had a fateful first encounter with Saimdang in his youth and has carried her in his heart his whole life. Described as a “Joseon Gatsby,” he’s an upright man whose refusal to compromise his beliefs leads him to live a passionate life. Song has less sageuk experience than Lee, though he’s not a complete newbie to the genre with Dr. Jin on his resume. Does that count? Maybe it shouldn’t count. In any case, I really figure this is a one-woman show, so most of the attention will be fixed on Lee Young-ae’s return — will it be triumphant? Or… less than triumphant? Should we not jinx it?
Saimdang, Light’s Diary will premiere in October on SBS.
Via Star News
- SBS’s Saimdang, the Herstory to premiere in October
- Press conference and open set day for Saimdang, the Herstory
- Lee Young-ae and Song Seung-heon’s first stills for Saimdang
- Song Seung-heon considers Saimdang opposite Lee Young-ae
- Kam Woo-sung courted to be Lee Young-ae’s leading man
- Lee Young-ae eyes comeback with sageuk drama (not Dae Jang Geum 2)