Detectives, spies, liars, and new hires in poster parade for spring dramas
A new crop of dramas is headed our way, and we’ve got a whole parade of posters lined up for KBS ajumma sleuth drama Mystery Queen, JTBC spy thriller Man to Man, MBC office human comedy Radiant Office, and tvN youth music drama The Liar and His Lover. I wouldn’t have guessed this from the show descriptions, but so far, the series with the best posters turns out to be Mystery Queen, with a set of stylish shots that make me think of hardboiled detective novels and Humphrey Bogart movies.
Mystery Queen’s posters are straight out of the fantasy life of its ajumma heroine, played by Choi Kang-hee, a mystery novel enthusiast who considers herself an amateur sleuth. She abandoned her dream of becoming a cop when she married a prosecutor, but a mysterious case will give her the opportunity to sharpen her skills and team up with no-nonsense detective Kwon Sang-woo. I love the imagery in the posters, with long shadows, bloody outlines, and the classic gumshoe and femme fatale on the case.
Undercover thriller Man to Man released additional character posters of its three leads: Park Hae-jin as an elite ghost agent on a secret mission who goes undercover as a bodyguard to a Hallyu star, Park Sung-woong as the Hallyu star he must protect, and Kim Min-jung as the star’s biggest fan who becomes his manager. Park Hae-jin’s poster reads: “I don’t even trust myself.” Park Sung-woong’s poster says: “Are they not eliminating me? As far as I can see, I’m the most dangerous.” And Kim Min-jung’s poster says: “Our oppa is more beautiful than a flower!” Ha, spoken like a true fangirl.
Radiant Office only released one poster, but it’s a cute take on the basic premise, of underlings taking over the workplace and refusing to be trampled on. The poster calls it an “office rebellion,” and Go Ah-sung stars as the new hire at a company who’ll be leading the charge along with fellow minions Lee Dong-hwi and Hoya, against their new boss Ha Suk-jin. The heroine is spurred to change because of a terminal diagnosis, but it looks like the drama will be lighthearted and uplifting despite that.
Last but not least, tvN’s youth drama The Liar and His Lover stars Lee Hyun-woo as a genius songwriter who lies about his identity and Red Velvet’s Joy as a vocalist in a high school band, in a “pure, refreshing romance,” according to the posters. The bright, sunny shots of the couple feature the tagline: “Only one thing needs to be sincere.” Is it love? I bet it’s love!
Premiere dates are below, so mark your calendars!
- Wednesday-Thursday drama Radiant Office begins March 15 on MBC
- Monday-Tuesday drama The Liar and His Lover begins March 20 on tvN
- Wednesday-Thursday drama Mystery Queen begins April 5 on KBS
- Friday-Saturday drama Man to Man begins April 21 on JTBC
- Butting heads with the boss in Radiant Office
- Pretty boy cop and adorable ajumma make a puppy-dog team in Mystery Queen
- Busking with the boyfriend’s father in The Liar and His Lover
- Man to Man teases James Bond cat and mouse games
- Ajumma Choi Kang-hee and Officer Kwon Sang-woo team up in Mystery Queen
- Man to Man confirms April premiere on JTBC
- Battling for survival at the workplace in Radiant Office
- Joy enchants Lee Hyun-woo with her voice in the Liar and His Lover