Faith’s first stills starring Dr. Kim Hee-sun
Here we are, first stills from SBS’s fusion time-traveling sageuk (well, it’s other one) Faith, which is getting an early jump considering that it won’t air till August. Finally, a drama that can plan more than two weeks ahead of time!
Admittedly, this is the half I’m less excited about, since Kim Hee-sun is nice and all, but she ain’t no Lee Min-ho. Plus, his role is set in the more dramatic historical setting of the Goryeo Dynasty (spanning a time range from 700 to 1,100 years ago), so I’m betting his promotional stills will feature a bigger image transformation. Hold on, I need a minute to visualize him in sageuk garb, wielding a sword and generally being badass. *Daydreams.*
Okay, I’m back. In these stills, Kim Hee-sun is pictured in her job as a modern-day plastic surgeon. She gets kidnapped by a Goryeo warrior (Lee Min-ho) and taken back to his time 700 years ago and ordered to patch up a princess who has been attacked by an assassin. Ah, so we’re given a motive off the bat. It’s a compelling conflict, in that there’s clearly some element of control with the time-travel mechanism—on his end, that is—and refreshingly avoids Fates or Powers That Be jerking the humans around. (Aside from them enabling the travel in the first place.) And how did the kidnapper get access to the portal? That’ll be an intriguing point for drama to explore.
Park Min-young in Dr. Jin
And because the comparisons are inevitable, it’s interesting to juxtapose these stills with the new ones of Park Min-young, the doctor in rival time-travel fusion sageuk drama Dr. Jin. I tend to think Kim Hee-sun looks more at home in her doctor’s robes, but that’s probably because she has the advantage of age; Park Min-young still looks so young that I have a hard time buying her as post-collegiate to begin with. Doctorly authority is a little harder to project, whether you’re a real-life baby-faced doctor or just playing one on TV. But maybe her sageuk identity will fit her image a bit better.
In any case, I’m probably more excited for Faith than I am for Time Slip Dr. Jin, mostly because of my faith in writer Song Ji-nah (Sandglass, Story of a Man, Legend, What’s Up), and also because of its description as having quirky comedy elements, which seems unexpected and therefore intrigues me. And, okay, maybe a teeny bit because of Lee Min-ho.
We’ll get a glimpse of Dr. Jin first, though, since it premieres in mere weeks. Faith follows later this summer.
Via TV Report