Ha Ji-won returns to dramaland
MBC has a new drama in the works, and it’s a good news/good news/bad news kind of situation. Mathwise, that works out favorably, no? First, in the good column: Ha Ji-won (The King 2 Hearts, Secret Garden) is headlining as the leading lady. Score one point for Show. The drama will be a Goryeo-era sageuk about Yuan Empress Ki, called Hwatu. As in the card game? What a weird thing to call your drama. I saw the title and thought this was going to be the Tazza remake, but apparently it has nothing to do with that. (While hwatu means “flower” and “fighting,” they’re using the name of the card game as their working title.)
The drama is planning for a fall broadcast, following Moon Geun-young’s Goddess of Fire Jung-yi. It’s not surprising, since MBC has it practically set in stone that its Monday-Tuesday programming will be a rotating wheel of sageuk. The drama will be written by the team behind Giant, History of the Salaryman, and Incarnation of Money, so Show gets another point. They’re a good team, and can range from hysterically funny to epically epic, and everything in between. And then the bad news… directing is the PD of Dr. Jin and Personal Taste. I know. That’s like minus 3000 points. Who keeps giving this guy dramas to direct??
Ha Ji-won stars as Empress Ki, born in Goryeo and taken to be a concubine of the Yuan emperor. She eventually becomes empress and is a key figure during the time of King Gongmin’s coup against the Mongol state. (It’s the same timeline as Faith, and she’s the sister of Ki Chul.) The drama will be about her turbulent life story, from being taken to a foreign country to becoming empress, as she attempts to protect her pride and identity as a person from Goryeo, eventually falls in love, and makes political waves.
I like the idea, but with this director, I’m pretty sure you could take a hundred A-list ingredients and he’d still find a way to turn it into drama hodgepodge. Silver lining, anyone? I’m fresh out.
Hwatu follows Goddess of Fire, which puts its premiere in mid-October.
Via My Daily
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