Official posters are out for Triangle, MBC’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama to take over the Empress Ki slot, and I have to say they’re a lot more action-packed than I was expecting based on the description of three brothers torn apart in youth, who grow up on disparate paths and reunite twenty years later as adults.
That drama sounds plenty emotional and dramatic — particularly when you consider that the eldest brother (Lee Beom-soo) became a cop and the middle brother (Jaejoong) became a gangster — but looking at these posters, I’m adjusting my expectations. Specifically, turning the melodrama volume dial upward. That’s not a bad thing; I could use a little aggro angsting for a change of pace.
And this kind of testosteroney guns-n-glaring vibe does fit with the resumés of the producers behind the show, who have a number of big-budget action thrillers under their belts: Star writer Choi Wan-kyu’s work includes IRIS, Swallow the Sun and All In; PD Yoo Chul-yong directed Swallow the Sun, H.I.T., and Poseidon; and PD Choi Jung-kyu co-directed Two Weeks.
Triangle, the drama formerly known as Hidden and also Three Foolish Brothers, has secured a slot on MBC’s upcoming lineup and also confirmed a few of its lead actors. It’s not a huge surprise since most were previously floated as contenders, but at least we have the final word now.
Lee Beom-soo (Prime Minister and I) will take the lead in this melodrama as the eldest of three brothers, while idol-actor Im Shi-wan (The Client, Standby) will play the youngest. I know it seems odd since the age gap is pretty vast but at 18 years apart it’s feasible, and Shi-wan does have one of those exceptionally young-looking faces (he’s 25). The three brothers are separated in their youths and grow up without knowing anything of each other’s lives, and are brought together as adults. A “story of love and success” unfolds, which is too vague to glean any interesting details out of. Read more
It’s a new era at NSS! I started with IRIS over three years ago, moved on to Athena, and now here is IRIS 2. It’s a full circle… unless of course they decide to make an IRIS 3, and an Artemis, or ARES, or Hercules… Then my circle won’t ever complete. A quick note that I haven’t decided to fully recap this series, mainly because two rounds of the same thing are enough. But episode 2 could make or break this series for me.
New character posters are out for the main cast of IRIS 2!… and they look just like the main poster released a few weeks ago. Which happen to look just like the Athena and IRIS 1 posters that came before it.
The character posters, starting with the top row, feature our heroes and heroines of the spy world: Jang Hyuk is a team leader with the NSS , having been recruited with the agency in his younger days. Lee Da-hae plays an Olympic gold medalist shooter turned spy sniper, which I guess shouldn’t be funny but makes me snerk. Let me guess — she’s a genius shooter, right? And Lee Beom-soo is formerly a spy for North Korea, which means he’s this drama’s Kim Min-jong. I hope just as funny.
The main poster is out for upcoming blockbuster sequel IRIS 2, and I’ll say this for the franchise: It sure knows its brand, ’cause it’s clinging to that concept like a second lead clings to his unrequited love, with little deviation. This isn’t anything we haven’t already seen before, from both the original IRIS and Athena, and in fact is so similar that I have the vague sensation that I’ve already seen this drama. Haven’t I?
That said, I think Jang Hyuk is a perfect fit for this kind of spy hero (although sigh at the Dumb and Dumber hair), and I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that Lee Da-hae proves to be a strong match, not just for him but as a fierce heroine. (By all accounts she and Jang Hyuk are friends, having worked together twice before, so I’m not worried about their chemistry.) I want to believe she can pull it off, even though she may not have the physicality to be convincing in the way of a Ha Ji-won or a Kim So-yeon. Admittedly, neither did Kim Tae-hee or Su Ae. But in terms of aura she feels appropriate — she’s plenty capable of intensity when she turns it on. Lee Beom-soo we can expect to be awesome, and Oh Yeon-soo has shown herself to be a pro at the steely types.
It’s full speed ahead for blockbuster spy sequel IRIS 2, which will really be the third installment in the IRIS / Athena franchise. Leads Jang Hyuk and Lee Da-hae have signed on to headline the drama, which means this will be their third time as costars. The production has put two directors on the project from the get-go as well — PD Pyo Min-soo of You’ve Fallen For Me and Coffee House, and PD Kim Tae-hoon of Athena.
Today’s mission takes us all around Seoul, and when you’ve got three lovely leading ladies as royalty for the day, you better be in it to win it! Ahem. All hail Queen…
EPISODE 71. Broadcast on December 4, 2011.
Lee Seo-jin is back in another sageuk with Kye Baek, playing the title role of the Baekje-era general, and recently participated in the drama’s poster shoot.
This drama boasts some big-name stars, like Jo Jae-hyun (New Heart), Cha In-pyo (Daemul), Oh Yeon-soo (Bad Guy), and Jeon No-min (Royal Family, Queen Seon-deok). A pretty strong lineup, I’d say.
Furthermore, this high-budget, large-scale fusion sageuk project is a re-teaming of Lee with Damo scriptwriter Jung Hyung-soo, as well as Yi San PD Kim Geun-hong. Between those two, sageuk credentials are substantial: PD Kim also produced The Duo, co-directed Queen Seon-deok, directed Jumong, and worked on the productions of Dae Jang Geum, Sang Do, and Heo Jun. Jung also wrote dark cable fusion series Yacha and Jumong.
There were a lot of things wrong with Bad Guy. A lot. But Oh Yeon-soo, the actress who played Hong Tae-ra, was definitely not one of them. She was brilliant as the cold and distant ice queen who sizzled every time she touched Kim Nam-gil. I kid you not. There was steam.
Her recent shoot for LG fashion label Daks has all of the cool sophistication of Hong Tae-ra, but much more confidence. She’s so statuesque. I envy her poise.
Here we are, the finale! I thought it was better than Episode 16, but frankly that isn’t saying much. At least 16 was entertaining and off-the-wall. This episode, as the wrap-up, was more puzzling.
I know there was a three-episode cut-down and all that scheduling madness. HOWEVER, the drama finished filming two weeks before the last episodes aired. In the world of the live-shoot production system, that is a luxurious timespan with which to work some post-production magic. Or, you know, throw up your hands in defeat and give up.
SONG OF THE DAY
Bad Guy OST – “웃지마 울지마” (Don’t laugh, don’t cry) by 4Men, Jang Hye-jin
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