Angel’s Temptation continues the makjang tradition
Did you like SBS’s ratings monster of a drama, the quintessential “makjang” series Wife’s Temptation? Because coming soon to SBS Mondays and Tuesdays is a drama by the same writer, Kim Soon-ok, called Angel’s Temptation [천사의 유혹], and it sounds like the (narrative) craziness is back in full force.
Furthermore, directing is First Wives’ Club‘s PD Sohn Jung-hyun. Both First Wives’ Club and Wife’s Temptation were two very popular series that aired in 2008 and 2009 that broke the 40% ratings mark and were often buzzed about (and criticized) for their “makjang” plots — outrageous storylines involving adultery, revenge, rape, deception and the like, designed to keep viewers hooked no matter how ridiculous the stories became.
Angel’s Temptation has cast Yoon Soyi (Goodbye Solo, City of Glass) as its lead — I presume she’s the “angel” of the title, but the word sounds like it’s applied ironically, because she’s described as a femme fatale on a revenge mission. After her parents are killed and her family ruined, Yoon’s character vows to punish the ones responsible, and therefore seduces and marries the son of her enemy. This will be a complete change for Yoon, who has hitherto played mostly good, innocent characters.
Currently, Angel’s Temptation has completed the first four scripts. It will air after Dream and premieres October 12.
I’ve seen dramas with makjang elements (Boys Before Flowers and East of Eden are examples), but I’ve never been drawn to the genre itself. But as this is a Monday-Tuesday series and not a daily (like Wife’s Temptation) or long-running weekend (First Wives Club), I might check it out.
Tags: Yoon So-yi