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More teasers for Memories of the Alhambra

Anticipation is high for Memories of the Alhambra, but the show has been very stingy with details of its storyline. Fortunately for us, they’ve been generous with teasers and two new videos have been released. Hyun Bin (Swindlers) is the CEO of an investment firm in Granada on business and Park Shin-hye (Doctors) operates a small hostel tucked away in one of the city’s alleyways. A peculiar event brings the pair together and they embark on an adventure full of romance and suspense.

One version is from Park Shin-hye’s point of view. The teaser begins with her narrating, “Today, a magical miracle happened in my life.” We see her running after a train in the evening, with Hyun Bin at the same station during the day. There are various cuts of Park looking teary, and as the teaser closes we hear Hyun Bin say, “The story begins here. From arriving in Granada.”

The second teaser is from Hyun-bin’s point of view and we can see a bit of the fantasy element of the drama come into play. The video starts with shots of the city limits. We see Hyun Bin crouching on a cobblestone street when, in the distance, out of the mist appears a knight in armor astride a horse. Hyun Bin stands in amazement and as the frame pulls out we can see that the knight has several arrows sticking out of his back. We see Hyun Bin lying on the cobblestone street and the teaser ends with him saying, once again, “The story begins here. From arriving in Granada.”

I’m no closer to figuring out how these two meet but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t dying to know what unfolds between them. Memories of the Alhambra will premiere in December and will air on Saturdays and Sundays on tvN.

Via iMBC

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Dear drama gods,
Please let the hype be worth it!
Sincerely, suk

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Yes... please at least let make this one worthwhile to watch until the end!

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I honestly don't feel that much hype. It's feel like hallyu is dying down too after China ban
But I'm excited for this. I like both lead actors, especially Park and the production team.

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I actually feel like the opposite is happening. I think the hallyu wave can be felt at different intensities depending on where you live in the world. Where I am in America, kpop groups are really making hallyu very mainstream.

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What does China ban have to do with Hallyu wave? Agree w @sukstan. The K-pop wave is so strong in US now. Even in China, kdrama and K-pop subculture just moved underground, spreading thru torrents and clouds. I’m getting translations even faster than before.

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Yes! My cousins in China who were very big supporters of Kpop groups before the ban are all still updated on Korean media, they just access it through different sources.

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@suk and sph_7 Just how I see it. There hasn't been a big hallyu drama for a while, since DOTS, maybe? Mr Sunshine did well in Korea but wasn't even on par of KES's previous dramas internationally. The quality of the public channel productions went down hill without chinese yuans investment and we don't see that many hallyu stars either.
But kdrama industry, mainly tvn, got a new float Netflix recently to invest to their big budget productions. But that also lead to the destruction of one big subbing site- Dramafever, which got all Tvn dramas exclusive before. Another reason is not only DF and viki were getting smaller or lesser quality dramas with lesser known actors because most Alist stars are going to Netflix with bigger production dramas, but their copyright went up much higher without china money as well. DF have to pay for their staffs but viki doesn't have to pay for the fans, which is why it still survives. And because some kdramas are not available as much or as right away compared to before, thank to Netflix, the hype isn't as big when the drama started...

For chinese fans, the current Kdramas aren't available in bigger sites like Youku, Tencents, IQiYI... like they used to. Hardcore fans will find ways to watch it but not casual fans. So while some dramas are still getting some noises, mostly thank to the popularity in Korea, but they loose many casual views. Hence their popularity and hype will not be as big as before.

I might be wrong, but it's how I see it.

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I agree that nothing like DOTS has come along the past few years, but DOTS is an extreme case. Writer Kim has her own branding strategy that starts the hype even before casting. Not many production companies go that far with money, and she must, to recoup the huge production costs of her dramas. Mr. Sunshine suffered from Netflix exclusivity. Netflix makes its exclusive dramas inaccessible to other streaming platforms, even if Netflix is not in certain regions. Also many international fans gave up before they started because the time period is less appealing.

DF didn’t get all the tvN dramas before. TvN splits it between Viki and DF — usually if Viki buys the Wed/Thu drama, DF buys the Mon/Tue drama, or vice versa, and the other time slots are just who shows more interest, sometimes sold to both. DF was closed by AT&T merger, not really Netflix’s fault. If anyone, it’s Kocowa’s fault for trying to build a monopoly of the 3 public channels. They withdrew all licenses from Viki and DF at one point. Viki negotiated a deal to sell premium subscription and passed the cost to viewers. DF didn’t and suffered from shrinking library of dramas. That’s when they started buying more Cdramas because they can only get hands on some tvN and smaller cable dramas.

About Chinese fans, the noise always started from Korea. If anything, they shifted from kdrama to kvariety, and those idol contests. It has more to do with the change of content trends than the ban itself. The only true sufferers are concerts and fan meetings — the fans have to fly to HK or TW.

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hasn't been a big hallyu kdrama since dots?

did you forget goblin?

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Greetings from Argentina! Here, the Hallyu has grown a lot lately. At least in my city, Buenos Aires. This Sunday we will have a festival with typical food, dances, music and of course, k-pop in one of the biggest Korean communities and thousands of people will attend. Of course, I'll be there too.

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Enjoy the festival!😊

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Have lots of fun and eat really good food! That sounds so cool!

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Thanks, chingus!

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I am really looking forward to checking this drama out! I just hope that it will live up to the hype.

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Stop being stingy with the details drama! Gimmie more info please!

Well, whatever the drama is about it certainly looks beautiful.

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I'm trying not to let my expectation run wild, but these teasers look so, so good. I'm ready for this fantasy drama to start. Please don't be another W.

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What was wrong w W? Just curious cuz I loved it.

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I remember that I dropped W after episode 9 or 10 but I honestly don’t remember why. But there must’ve been a reason.

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I was too concerned for Apa to give up. Not so much the leads though😂

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Ah, I just feel like the drama started with a bang and has a very great first half, but then fizzle in the second half and become rather mediocre by the end.

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I see, yea, it got old after a while. I binged so it’s different experience somewhat

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I actually also remember loving W. I think I was too far into my obsession with Lee Jong-suk to notice where the plot was going, but I don't think it was horrible. I remember Lee Jong-suk's character in the W world represented the "tragic hero" because I had a discussion with one of my English teachers about W.

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I don't think it's that terrible either, but the first half really set my expectation bar too high I think. Hopefully Alhambra will be more even in quality.

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My prayer too because the writer is known for weak ending

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My excitement for this show is getting higher with each teaser. I hope for the sake of the leads that this is a well written show from start to finish

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And my excitement is about Alhambra, not the leading actors. i visited this place recently (but i didnt see any drama production there) it was beautiful .. hoping to see that place and the small town Albayzin near the fortress

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When did you visit? They filmed there in May to June

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Ah no wonder. I went earlier, in April.

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I remember the production was a pretty big deal there as they closes the some roads and took all the extras's phones so no spoiler photos or videos could leak. They have been super secretive about the filming and the plot so I can't wait to see what they are hiding lmao,
I plan to travel there after the drama too. They also filmed in Hungary, Slovenia and current Korea. The drama will definitely be blessing for our eyes

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Hungary and Slovenia another two beautiful countries~ and Korea too! They definitely chose the best views for the drama. Hopefully the storyline is as good as the background views.

I hope you have fun checking out Alhambra and the rest of Andalusia region.

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Reading the news and the lead interviews, I think they are trying something that hasn’t done in Korea before , which is why they has been stingy with the plot details. They seem really ambitious so this is either the drama of the year or biggest hot mess of the year. It won’t be in the middle lol. Fingers crossed.

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That last shot of PSH wearing that red layer piece looks really great. Please don't be a drama that is a - "bad movie with a great trailer" Too much hype will kill you (and me), I swear. This is just like a Captain Marvel trailer in being stingy with the details, double swear.

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I don’t know where the hype people were talking about.... They didn’t promote much and the teasers barely showed anything yet. We have no stills either.
I feel like they won’t drop the real meat until the highlights right before the broadcast, which might really be the shocker.

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Well, the 'hype' that this is already expected to be big I guess, just on the fact that this is a collaboration of W's writer and the Forest of Secret's Director, I think. Just from that, people even I get hyped.

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For this particular drama, the stars are bigger than the writer and Pd if you mean that way. SJJ never had high rating and the director only had 1 hit drama if I remember correctly.
People definitely look forward to A lister Shinhye and Hyunbin’s drama. But what I mean is production haven’t done much to hype the drama like DOTS or Mr Sunshine. They didn’t even reveal much about the plot. Tvn account didn’t even tweet about this teaser... The hype is slowly built up with each teasers released

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That's true TvN has been giving a lot of teasers for this one's build-up but in a way that they don't really give anything significant except for the character basics. But I for one am looking forward on this Writer and Director collab. Because despite the A-list stars being the ones pulling their fans onto the drama, it is still this PD and this Director who will have to drive the critical fans of both to watch the drama until the end.

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And HB just helped out by having his new Joseon zombie movie (say what? 😆) "Rampart", hit a million viewers in only the first weekend.

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Umm, Kim Eun Sok is known to start throwing lots of money into publicity even before casting, so DOTS and Mr. Sunshine is a different game.

The writer and PD is pulling me to give this a try. A-list actors have been rocky for the past years. So far the promotion of this drama is like any other tvN drama — teasers coming even earlier than most.

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The teasers keep getting better and better even we barely see more than a minute. Hyunbin and Park Shin Hye might prove everyone who objected them earlier wrong. They are beautiful together.
December is still too far away

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That last pic of Park Shin-hye with a red veil and red lips reminded me of the Sisters of light in Legend of A Seeker !

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So exciteddddd

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Ok, I have to say it: is really freaking WEIRD to see your own city, where you walk countless times and have memories of every place and can recognize from a single shot....in a freaking (I'm trying very hard to not SCREAM) korean drama with Hyun Bin and Park Shin Hye.

Like.

You guys have no idea.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE FILMING. WTF. FML SERIOUSLY. WHY.

(The videos doesn't work, idk why.)

And in the first pic PSH is on a balcony in the Plaza of Isabel la Catolica!!!!!! (I hate her and everything she stood for with the force of a burning SUN, but that's what you get in Granada, the Catholic Monarchs everywhere *snif, my beautiful city*)
And the pic of Hyun Bin with the armoured rider looks like the plaza behing the Cathedral near the Old Market (<3)
And the second, with PSH almost crying, it makes me chuckle bc behind her looks like the rails of the "new" metro (we call it metro but is more like a tranvia/tram bc 90% of the time it goes on the surface, not underground)

This drama is gonna be a blast for me, but I fear the parts where they're in Granada are gonna be like the first 2 episodes and nothing more *snif*
Granada has a lot of beautiful places not well known by turists, so is gonna be interesting to see if they went and looked for beautiful places known by the locals.

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That is SO COOL. Living in Granada must be so beautiful.

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The scene with PHS running after the train and Hyun Bin standing is in Hungary. I can recognize the train and the railway station.

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Hooray for Hungary as well, are they in Budapest? Prepare for Korean tourists 😉

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I think it's SO COOL and am squeeing inside for you! I hope the show stays there much longer than two episodes, I dread them leaving there quickly 🙁
p.s. I'm so sorry you didn't have the experience of whipping around a corner one sunny day (or dusky evening) and running into the whole production! That would have been a great memory on both sides, I think.

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they shoot overseas for 2 months and even back to korea there are a lot of foreign extras, so i guess we will get many scenes in these places. At least i hope so.

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I would watch anything if it means watching an hour of Hyun Binnie on my screen... but I still hope... with all my heart that this drama would be worth the hype and steal my heart and would be a smashing success like Secret Garden.

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Me, too, will watch anything. Even that !🤦🏻‍♀️**~!! Jekyll, Hyde. 🙄
I get extra karma points for that.

🤞🏽and 🙏🏼 for this one. 🍀🍀🍀🌈💰
Pleasebegood, pleasebegood, pleasebegood.

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Wow, it's Hungary in the teaser. I'm so excited about both the story and seeing my country in a kdrama!

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Have you seen Men to Men (on Netflix)? It starts and ends in Budapest; the first episode is practically all Budapest. Lovely!

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I'll watch anything to feed my Hyun Bin addiction.

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Hyun Bin is looking mighty fine in MOA. It's a bit sad that this drama could have been better if only the actress is switched to the most gorgeous and best actress Ha Ji Won. The plot seem very promising but since it's Park Shin Hye I'll just cross my fingers for this. She is by far one of the worst and overrated actress ever. All his leads actress are bad at acting and is so not attractive. The only one that is gorgeous and talented is Ha Ji Won. I don't even see chemistry from him and Park Shin Hye.

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I don't want to set my expectation too high, I always end up being disappointed. I'm just going to squee in silence in my little corner.

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