Hwang Jung-min’s next project is just a week away from premiere, the movie When a Man Loves (no relation to the Song Seung-heon drama of the same name), and it looks like it’ll be serving up equal doses of comedy, romantic cuteness, and harder melo edge, all of which Hwang is amazing at portraying. The trailer itself took me on a mini-roller coaster of emotions, which went from (1) Oh, this looks darker and more serious than I was expecting to (2) Oh there’s the comedy to (3) Now that’s just adorable to (4) Oh no, he’s crying, and now I’m crying!
The premise appears rather simple: Uncouth gangster man with no romantic experience falls for a woman and becomes a new man. Comedy ensues, and also some heartbreak and tears. But Hwang Jung-min has a way of playing roles in a way that only he can, and just oozes so much heart that I find myself drawn in as though this familiar story were new again.
Hwang plays a character named Tae-il who, in the series of promo stills below, is described as “This man who knows noooo~thing of love,” “This man who knows no pity when collecting debts,” and “This man who still lives with and mooches from his older brother.” And yet, “This man who gets scammed by his own niece.”
Here’s a peek at SBS’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama Warm Words, set to take over Suspicious Housekeeper’s timeslot in just a few weeks. The 20-episode melodrama is about two married couples and one affair that threatens to unravel both households. It’s purported to be Desperate Housewives-y, but the teaser seems just straight melo to me, not that the thirty-second teaser reveals much about the show other than the affair that will wring tears. It does start with an intriguing line: “I meet my husband’s lover every day…”
Warning: Massive photo dump ahead!
Every month we get plenty of actors featured in fashion magazine photo spreads, but for some reason it feels like we’ve got a particularly robust lineup in the magazine circuit for October. So let’s get right to it:
First up, here’s Lee Min-jung (All About My Romance) in her first post-wedding photo shoot, after marrying Lee Byung-heon in August. Her spread was shot in Prague:
Han Hye-jin (26 Years, Syndrome) is heading back to Korea to shoot a drama, having relocated to England following her July wedding to soccer player Ki Sung-yong (who plays in the UK). She’d given up her spot as host of variety program Healing Camp (which replaced her with Sung Yuri) and I’d wondered whether she’d be easing up on the workload, but perhaps not: Han has signed on to SBS drama Warm Words, which will be part of its winter lineup.
This is the drama described as a Desperate Housewives-ish tale about a “dangerous love” between a man and woman that offered its leading man role to Ji Jin-hee. Han Hye-jin is set to play a woman whose lively personality sometimes gets mistaken for immaturity, thought that brightness doesn’t stop her from being disappointed in her husband. The description says she and her husband “get caught up in events,” which is just about as helpful as saying “stuff happens in this show.” Yeah, thanks-no-thanks.
Kim Ji-soo (King Geunchogo) has been tapped to play the other female lead and will portray a character who looks innocent on the outside, hiding a calculating personality. She’s married to a successful businessman and is the object of envy, until she discovers her husband’s affair… and decides to lie low and get closer to the cheating couple. Ahhh, those are the scariest ones! The people whose response to being hurt is to start planning something, quietly and carefully.
Warm Words is brought to you by the writer of JTBC’s well-received Can We Get Married, Ha Myung-hee, and the director of “premium makjang” weekend drama Five Fingers, PD Choi Young-hoon. It’ll be in SBS’s Monday-Tuesday slot come December 2.
javabeans: All About My Romance is losing its THIRD (potential) leading lady? What is up with this drama? First Im Soo-jung was about to sign on, then rumors surfaced of Gong Hyo-jin replacing her, and then Han Hye-jin stepped in… and now out again.
girlfriday: Or more specifically, what is wrong with the heroine? Shin Ha-kyun has been the hero from the start, and there’s been no change there, but the women keep dropping like flies. Is she written badly?
SBS’s upcoming romantic-comedy drama series All About My Romance has settled upon its leads, and while that means Im Soo-jung is out (having considered the role), we do have confirmation that Shin Ha-kyun (Brain) will be taking the show after all. Joining him as the leading lady is Han Hye-jin (Thorn Birds, Syndrome).
The project is an opposites-attract romance set in the world of politics, which isn’t a milieu that automatically screams love and laughs. But that’s exactly what this writer-PD duo, who produced Protect the Boss together, hope to do by drawing parallels between the political arena and the romantic. Not only will our leads be total opposites in personality and ideology, but also political parties. Ooh. That… could get dangerous.
It’s a good day for revenge film 26 Years — after losing investors due to its politically sticky subject matter, languishing in development for four more years, and then resurrected by collecting donations from netizens online (reportedly 5 million won from over 13,000 people), the movie finally saw the light of day, and opened in theaters at number one. Slow clap, people. Slow clap.
The 2012 Blue Dragon Film Awards were held last night, and now it feels like we’ve entered awards season in earnest, following up on last month’s Grand Bell Awards.
There were a few of the same names and titles, but on the whole, I’d say the Blue Dragons were much more in line with what I would’ve projected, rather than being juggernauted by one film. I’m all for a film winning all the prizes it’s due, but there was something strange about having Gwanghae so overwhelmingly dominate the Grand Bells (it swept 15 of 23 categories!); it’s nice to see the love spread around with this ceremony.
R2B: Return to Base
…though you couldn’t tell from its promo material. Syndrome‘s newly released posters and trailer are pretty standard stuff, which I could swear I’ve seen tons of times before. Seriously, is there a medical drama template setting in Photoshop, where you insert actors’ faces and out it spews a generic-looking promo shot with the requisite scrubs, scalpel, and body part of interest?
True, medical dramas are always going to be popular and a great number of them are quite different from each other (see: House versus Grey’s, or New Heart vs OBGYN vs White Tower), so I don’t dismiss Syndrome for being yet another entry in the field. Occupation dramas are just a reason to change the scenery for universal stories of love/ambition/rivalry anyway.
Even still, I just can’t get my interest up for this show, because, well, we just saw Brain, right? The show ended not long ago, aired on Mondays and Tuesdays, and was about neurosurgeons. Syndrome, like Brain, revolves around a motley collection of familiar personalities, from your young female resident to the perfectionist colleague to the cold-hearted surgeon. You may as well call this Brain No. 2 (no relation to HeadsNo2). Or Brain Again. Re-Brained? No-Brainer?