The Sungkyunkwan Scandal cast speaks to the press
From left to right: Yoo Ah-in, Park Min-young, Micky Yoochun, Song Joong-ki
Lots and lots of pretty pictures!
The cast of KBS’s Sungkyunkwan Scandal gave a press conference at their drama’s filming set in Kyunggi province on the afternoon of July 15. We’ll probably see them giving another press conference nearer to their fall premiere (that’ll be the production press conference just before the drama’s broadcast), so this one was a more introductory affair.
Sungkyunkwan Scandal has been called a campus youth drama and a period romantic comedy, but even with those descriptors I’ve been struggling to wrap my head around how that will manifest onscreen. But the photo below (which I get a kick out of for the huge heads in the background) helps clear that up a bit, with its cute cartoony characters and obviously light-hearted approach.
(I don’t expect the show to incorporate the cartoon images into the drama itself, but using them in the promo materials shows us this isn’t even trying to pretend it’s a sageuk. It’s a romantic comedy first, and a fusion piece second, but a proper historical series never. Like Tamra the Island. Or even Delightful Girl Chun-hyang, which incorporated hilarious fusion parody skits. I enjoy that approach, since I could never get into “proper” sageuks.)
In addition to these four, other cast members include Seo Hyo-rim (Fine Windy Day) and Ha Ji-won’s younger brother Jeon Tae-soo. Seo plays a ditzy type of girl and the daughter of a nobleman who is engaged to Micky Yoochun’s character. Jeon, meanwhile, leads a rival student faction at school.
Sungkyunkwan will air on Mondays and Tuesdays after Gumiho: Tale of the Fox Child, which will end in late August.
DBSK’s Micky Yoochun is the leader of his F4-ish group; he’s educated, rich, and good-looking. As the only son of a distinguished family, he’s basically at the top of the social ladder. However, what’s his privilege is also his loss, because he’s never ventured beyond his small, privileged world.
Park Min-young (Ja Myung Go) plays the girl with whom Micky Yoochun falls in love, although naturally it’ll take some comic situations and angst before they get there, since she enters the school dressing as a boy. She’s a little too ridiculously pretty to be passing for a boy, methinks, but we can’t make any final decisions till we’ve seen her mannerisms.
Yoo Ah-in (Strongest Chil Woo) is the rebel of the group and is described as a “jimseung nam,” which is (badly but most accurately) translated as “beast man.” It doesn’t mean he’s beastly — perish the thought! — but that he has a raw, animalistic appeal, as did the men of Chuno. It also explains his scruffy appearance in previous stills.
Song Joong-ki (Triple) plays a playboy, and I have absolutely no trouble believing that he’ll be stealing ladies’ hearts. He’s proficient in womanizing and drinking, which is a departure from previous roles. He explains, “Aside from Frozen Flower, most of my roles have been bright, nice, and wholesome.” That gave him a bit of difficulty at first, plus “It’s different from my real personality. So I learned from watching Yoochun,” he joked.
And now for the rest of the photos: