I’m Sorry, I Love You gets a Japanese makeover
Ahhh, I’m completely torn about this news. I’m Sorry, I Love You, which aired back in 2004 on KBS and starred So Ji-sub and Im Soo-jung, is getting a remake in Japan this summer. This was one of those iconic dramas back in the heyday of early Hallyu, and helped propel its leads to stardom. It was also the first hit drama for Lee Kyung-hee, whose follow-up shows (and sentimental favorites) like A Love to Kill, Thank you, Will It Snow for Christmas, and Nice Guy cemented her status as resident queen of the melo genre.
On the one hand, I’m so fond of this show and this writer (one would almost say uncontrollably so *badum ching*) that this news makes me happy it’s getting a revival. On the other, I recall previous Korean-Japanese crossovers, and the track record isn’t stellar. By all accounts Misaeng’s Japanese remake was better received, so here’s to hoping the Korean to Japanese track is a more propitious one.
I’m also curious to see what the tone will be like in the Japanese redo, because the J-dramas I have watched were either comic book adaptations that stayed pretty true to its source material, or were the slice-of-life shows that Japan does so well. And I’m Sorry, I Love You definitely doesn’t fit into either category. The Korean version was all kinds of angsty with a dose of makjang that made it ridiculously addicting: There were birth secrets, terminal illnesses, brothers in love with the same girl, organ transplants via noble idiocy suicides, etc. I’m not ashamed to say I ugly-cried. A lot.
Nagase Tomoya, Yoshioka Riho, Sakaguchi Kentaro
The Japanese lineup has also been announced, and we have Nagase Tomoya (Too Young to Die!) in So Ji-sub’s role, Yoshioka Riho (Quartet) in Im Soo-jung’s, and Sakaguchi Kentaro (The 100th Love with You) will play the role Jung Kyung-ho originated. I am wholly unfamiliar with the two leads, but I have seen Sakaguchi in Heroine Shikkaku and My Love Story!, and good Lord, is he pretty. He’s also a decent actor. Which is important. Right.
The Japanese I’m Sorry, I Love You will air on TBS this coming July. Now, for the most important question: Will Nagase Tomoya sport THE hair?
Via Sports Donga