Boy meets Joseon mermaid in Legend of the Blue Sea
It doesn’t look like they’re letting up on promos over at Legend of the Blue Sea, which is continuing to release a steady stream of stills, teasers, and posters. You’d think this pace would be unsustainable, but two weeks in and they’re still going strong.
As gorgeous as Jeon Ji-hyun is as the mermaid heroine of our story, it’s the last set of images that has me most intrigued, with the two sets of child counterparts to our leads, giving us three timelines in which to play out their past connection. The present-day storyline takes place in modern Seoul, but I wouldn’t mind a fair bit of Joseon-era story; I found the Joseon-era segments in You From Another Star quite affecting and well-executed, establishing a more emotional framework for the couple before they moved on to the shenanigans of the present.
In the past timeline, their characters are called Mermaid and Dam-ryung, and the youngest versions are played by child actors Kal So-won and Jeon Jin-seo, both 10 years old. They’ve both got a number of credits under their belts: I recall Kal So-won most fondly as the adorable little girl in Miracle in Cell No. 7; her drama credits include Birth Secret, My Daughter Geum Sa-wol, and Dazzling Temptation. His dramas roles include Hwajung, My Daughter Geum Sa-wol, and All’s Well With a Happy Home.
The characters’ connection continues into their adolescent years, and the teenage Mermaid is played by 16-year-old rookie actress Shin Eun-soo, who’s been in the spotlight recently for another project, Kang Dong-won’s film Vanishing Time—which, coincidentally, releases on the same day that the drama premieres, November 16. Teenage Dam-ryung is played by 22-year-old Park Jin-young, also known as simply Jinyoung as part of idol group Got7.
We know that Lee Min-ho plays a master con artist in the modern-day timeline, but I’m curious to know what his Dam-ryung character is like, pictured here looking like a lofty nobleman’s son. And while there’s an undercurrent of wistfulness in some of the promo materials, I can’t wait for a return of comic Jeon Ji-hyun as the mermaid running around Seoul trying to fit in as a human. I hope she makes a terrible human!
Legend of the Blue Sea kicks off next week on SBS—as do its competitor shows on KBS and MBC, Oh My Geum-bi and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju.
Via Ten Asia
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