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New teaser and airdate secured for Saimdang, Light’s Diary

Have your pens at the ready because SBS’s new fusion sageuk Saimdang, Light’s Diary has finally secured an airdate and will make its long-awaited premiere on January 26. Actress Lee Young-ae’s last drama was the 2003 MBC sageuk Dae Jang Geum, an astronomical success that catapulted her to Hallyu superstardom, and it’ll be interesting to see if she’s got another hit on her hands with Saimdang, her comeback project.

Saimdang, Light’s Diary revolves around a Korean art history lecturer who discovers the ancient diary of Saimdang, an illustrious Joseon artist who excelled in painting, poetry, and calligraphy and is still revered to this day. Lee Young-ae plays dual roles as Seo Ji-yoon, the historian unraveling the secrets of Saimdang, and as Saimdang herself; she’s both historian and subject, in the present and past, respectively. Song Seung-heon (When a Man Loves) costars as Saimdang’s devoted lover, Lee Gyeom.

The latest teaser is about a minute long and opens with Lee Young-ae’s voice reading a cryptic passage: “This unbearable sadness reaches the heavens, and I try to record my memories.” Quick cuts of a young Joseon man and woman in love follow, and the young man wonders, “How can your heart and mine be so alike?” Lee Young-ae as historian Seo Ji-yoon discovers Saimdang’s ancient diary, which recounts the tale of Saimdang and Lee Gyeom, who were each other’s first loves. Lee Gyeom declares, “Not once in twenty years have I forgotten you. How could I possibly forget you?”

In the present, a painting of Geumgang mountain serves as a clue before we see Saimdang intricately painting wildlife and making paper. “How can all this art emerge from one person?” a voice wonders. With a determined gaze, Saimdang states a request: “Please help me make paper. If we starve, we starve together. If we eat, we eat together. We are all dignified people of Joseon. Please create a nation where people can dream.” Ji-yoon gingerly touches the painting of Saimdang which bears her striking resemblance and wonders why she appeared before her. The copy throughout reads, “One woman’s record, hidden for 500 years. Appears like a miracle before me. An inextinguishable love and immortal spirit of art. Saimdang’s new story begins.”

I hope Lee Young-ae’s portrayal of Saimdang isn’t too reminiscent of her career-building turn as brilliant royal physician Jang Geum; more of the same may leave me wanting something different. And I don’t know how Lee Young-ae continues to defy time and look as beautiful as she did in Dae Jang Geum, but I’d like to have whatever she’s having. Clearly, she and Song Seung-heon have located the fountain of youth, and it’s only fair that they share with the rest of us. How about guaranteed Saimdang viewership in exchange for a pint of that elixir?

Saimdang, Light’s Diary is fully pre-produced and will premiere on SBS on Thursday, January 26 after Legend of the Blue Sea ends.

Via Osen

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Looking forward to Park Hye Soo, Yang Se Jong as young version.

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I too want to know where is the fountain of youth that they are having. LYA surely ageless. She looks exactly same like her last drama back to more than 10 years ago.

Maybe there will not so much unexpected thing in this drama, but honestly it ia s great to see a sageuk headlined by veterans (although i cannot say much about SSH's acting) in the middle of so many youthful /romance sageuk nowadays. I am also excited to see Park Hye Soo playing as younger version of Lee Young Ae.

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Lee Young Ae is still effortlessly beautiful. I also want to know how she was able to get access to the fountain of youth.

Also, Song Seung Hon... Still can't forget his bug eyes in the riot that was Dr. jin. hahaha

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Looks like it got pushed back one day cuz of the recent pre-empted Legend ep. I know what I'll be watching for Wed/Thur after Legend. ^^

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What the heck...where is that fountain of youth? They look ageless.

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Well, RIP to the dramas airing in the same timeslot =(

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I'm weary to be excited. He's not so great of an actor ::cough::Dr.Jin::cough:: but she's fantastic.

I think she has a masters or Ph.D in art too so this should be interesting

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Take that back. It was a masters in film and theater.

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We still don't know the result yet, although it is most likely will be the winner. Because it is LYA we are talking about and Koreans really love her.

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Not too hyped about SSH (he's basically an older Taecyeon to me) but so excited about everything else!

I hope this isn't another pre-produced flop.

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Seconding all this. SSH is what gives me pause too.

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"an older Taecyeon" lol

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The story sounds a lot like Possession to me, at least the researcher-checking-on-historical-figure via diary part. Though the movie had the two played by different actresses (Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Ehle aka 1995 Pride & Prejudice miniseries' Elizabeth)

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Yes, it sounds very much like that movie. Love Jennifer Ehle. I've been looking forward to this drama so hope the writing holds up.

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Is that her voice? She has a really nice voice. I think i'm going to check the drama when it's airing.

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i've been waitin this drama since forever, sigh.
since 2015 I guess and it keep pushed back, still dont get it why.
it's not bcs of full house, goong, memories of Bali or another but bcs of JangGeum I fell in love and dyibg in korean drama up until now
Lee Young Ae shiiii

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Song Seung Heon wouldn't have been my first choice, (I have only seen him in When A Man Loves), but here's a "Fighting! " for you ahjussi.

Hope it's a success.

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Lee Young-ae slaaaaaaaaaaaays... 14 years comeback - and the slay is real. Love you Queen Lee Young-ae!

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Wow... How could she looks like 14 years ago. Does she jumps right from 2003 to present time?

I really wish this show doesn't disappoint me, because I will give all of my heart to it.

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I guess I am in the minority when it comes to
Song Seung-heon. He's a hit or miss actor to me so I actually have to wait to past judgement. I last saw him in Wonderful Nightmare and to me he wasn't bad.

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there's way too much hype and expectations ... it's either going to be a colossal flop or a mega hit .... nothing in between.

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am I the only one who smile whenever I see LYA smiles? just like when I got teary eyes whenever I see kimnamgil cried

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I still wonder why the role wasn't offered to JJH? It was it? It would have been one for the ages to have them both in it together:). They were my ultimate OPT. But regardless, I'm watching for LYA to slay whether her love interest does or not:). Fighting LYA!!!

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