We’ve got a confirmation for bodyguard-action drama K2, though it isn’t one that had been mentioned previously as a possibility: Lee Jung-jin (Temptation, Hundred Year Inheritance) will be joining the upcoming tvN drama about a presidential candidate’s hidden daughter and a bodyguard abandoned by his country.
It isn’t clear yet what Lee’s role will be, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be the bodyguard; Ji Chang-wook was previously announced as being in talks for that lead role, and as of the latest reports, he is still considering it. So is Song Yoon-ah (Assembly), who is up to play the role of the ambitious first lady.
Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes of your favorite reality shows to see whether they were actually real or not? The upcoming dramatic thriller film Trick has flown largely under the radar for a lot of us in the international audience, but it has an interesting premise that gives us a glimpse at an insider perspective on the Korean entertainment industry.
Ha, so apparently our hot-tempered heroine of Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki isn’t just a terror to work for, but also a terror to have been married to, as her trail of exes can attest to. The drama has lined up three cameo appearances in the roles of her ex-husbands, to be played by Song Jae-hee (What’s With This Family?), Lee Jung-jin (Temptation), and Yeon Jung-hoon (Mask).
Lee Joo-seung, Oh Ji-ho
I like the cast and the premise of Showdown sounds punchy and fun — sort of what would happen if Fight Club and Street Fighter got together in Korea and had a love child. In the film, gamers turn online battles into real ones and go head-to-head offline. Remember that time you got really pissed off at the faceless jerk on the opposite side of your screen? Had an uncontrollable urge to take him or her down? Now you can duke it out in person.
Lee Joo-seung (The Time I’ve Loved You, The Producers) is leading his first commercial film, and he’s a character who hasn’t had a real job in years. The black sheep of the family, he earns money by operating a site where gamers connect to trade their online smacktalk for real-life fisticuffs. Lee will get in on the action himself, because in order to revenge his hyung (we’re not told why), Lee will learn Zui Quan and become a Kung Fu master.
The 8th Korea Drama Festival is coming to a close this weekend in Jinju, and on Friday the 8th, it held its annual Korea Drama Awards. It’s not one of the big awards ceremonies of the year, but since it is one of few that focus on dramas, I’m always curious to see how the awards shake out.
…and then I see the nominees list and award recipients and I’m puzzled, because the picks seem so random. It’s a case where I don’t necessarily think the winners are undeserving, until I look at the people who were passed over and then it feels very strange.
Here, take a look:
Song Ji-hyo, Byun Yo-han
javabeans: Let’s be shallow today, because I want to talk about hot men and I don’t know how to be meaningful about that.
girlfriday: Perhaps the meaning isn’t the point! Haven’t you heard that life’s all about the journey? I can’t think of a better reason than that. It’s like they said in Cantabile Tomorrow — it’s about enjoying the thing you’re doing as you do it. It teaches us important things about life and stuff!
javabeans: And also that Joo-won is really pretty.
girlfriday: OMG SO PRETTY.
Time to check in on SBS’s Temptation, which has been busily filming away in preparation for its premiere mid-month. I was actually expecting a bit more buzz from the promo machine given the high-profile reunion of Choi Ji-woo and Kwon Sang-woo, two of the mainstays of Hallyu 1.0, but perhaps there’s still time to build that up. (And overhyping has its own set of downsides, as I’m sure we’re all aware.)
I have to say that I find the initial tone set by the teasers to be promising, considering that this drama’s premise could easily skew tawdry and cheap: Rich woman decides to toy with a struggling everycouple just to prove how easily their love can be destroyed. But instead of going sexy and salacious, the promos seem to be taking a more highbrow approach to potential infidelity—more Secret Love Affair, say, and less weekend makjang extravaganza. (Take this assessment with a grain of salt, of course, since we don’t actually have that much material to judge on yet.)