Park Shi-yeon cast in Noh Hee-kyung special
KBS is reviving its one-act drama programming (last seen in 2008 with the now-dead Drama City) with its upcoming Drama Special series, and the first star to be featured is Park Shi-yeon. She will play the lead in the premiere installment titled Red Candy (a working title), which is also notable for being written by respected scriptwriter Noh Hee-hyung, who has made a name for herself penning dramas with sharp dialogue and complex characters (examples include The World They Live In and Goodbye Solo).
Drama City, like MBC’s Best Theater, promoted the work of rising talent and often featured young directors, writers, and actors. Both were anthology series that offered a variety of different stories week after week, either in one-off episodes or short series. Drama Special will follow the same mold of its predecessor, which ought to be fun. I didn’t watch a lot of Drama City or Best Theater episodes but enjoyed them from time to time; since stories, casts, and producers changed every episode, it could be a bit hit or miss, but when it was good, you had the feeling of stumbling onto a rare gem.
Red Candy is a melodramatic piece that unfolds around a couple who meet in a “heartrending” love story; cast opposite Park is Lee Jae-ryong (Goodbye Solo, General Hospital 2). Directing is Hong Seok-gu of Kyung-sook, Kyung-sook’s Father.
Park’s last drama role was in 2009’s Story of a Man, after which she took up residence on variety show Family Outing. She’s currently preparing for her next drama role in SBS’s Page One. KBS’s Drama Special airs its first episode on Saturday, May 1.
Via E Daily