Time-slip drama Live Up to Your Name gets a time slot on tvN
I’d been praying for Kim Nam-gil (Pandora) to return to dramaland after his four-year absence from the small screen, and voila, my prayers have been answered. Ask and you shall receive, so sayeth the drama gods. Kim Ah-joong (Wanted, Punch) has also confirmed a starring role in the upcoming tvN time-slip drama Live Up to Your Name, which has also confirmed its airdate.
Kim Nam-gil will play the real-life figure Heo Im, a skilled acupuncturist hamstrung by his own origins, who eventually advances the practice of acupuncture in 17th-century Joseon. Fun fact: Heo Im was a contemporary of the famed medical practitioner Heo Jun, although it’s unclear whether the more famous Heo will play a part in the drama. Heo Im, wayward because of his bleak prospects due to his lowly status, somehow travels 400 years into the future, where he meets Kim Ah-joong’s character, Choi Yeon-kyung. She is a resident in the cardiothoracic division, and projects a perfect, icy-cold image, while being deeply scarred on the inside. She doesn’t believe that acupuncture has any medical benefits, which should put her squarely against Heo Im ideologically when he drops into her 2017 life in Seoul.
I’m not too fond of medical dramas in general, but the combination of the time-slip element, Kim Nam-gil, and the director, whose last project was Dear My Friends, are enough to have me really interested. If nothing else, I’m really looking forward to Kim Nam-gil’s fish-out-of-water antics when he finds himself in modern-day Korea. Sources say his character will have a comic bent, which is great, because I’ve wanted to see him do more comedy. I was also interested to read that the drama will be a “two-way time-slip” fantasy medical show, which could mean that Kim Ah-joong’s character also travels through time. I’m kind of hoping it does, ’cause two fishes-out-of-water are better than one. But NO brain fetuses, ya hear me, Show?
tvN has confirmed that Live Up to Your Name will air in their Saturday-Sunday slot in August, following upcoming Forest of Secrets.
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