Kim Yoo-jung, Seo Joon-young reunite in drama special
There are always too many drama specials that go by each year to keep up with all of them, but I’m definitely going to tune in for this one. It’s a sageuk one-act short for KBS’s 2014 Drama Special series called Funeral Singer, and Kim Yoo-jung (Gold Rainbow) is headlining. She’ll be reuniting with Seo Joon-young (Unemployed Romance) four years after they were both in Gumiho: Tale of the Fox’s Child. I really adore them both so I’m excited to see them in something new, even if one hour is way too short.
The drama special comes from PD Lee Eun-jin of Anticipate Love and Don’t Worry I’m A Ghost, and is scripted by a newbie writer. It tells the story of a young girl who was born into a family of funeral singers in the Joseon era (they’re the people who wail the sorrowful song in the funeral procession through town for noblemen’s deaths). That makes her a slave by birth, and also fated to become a funeral singer like her mother and grandmother before her.
Seo Joon-young will play a nobleman’s illegitimate son, whose mother is a gisaeng. The drama will be about the heroine’s resistance against her predestined life, which sounds like a great setup and character arc, and makes me wish all the more it had a few more episodes. It starts shooting this week, and meanwhile Kim Yoo-jung has one movie in the can and is slated to star in a horror mystery short film in the U.S. called Room 731, opposite Tim Kang (The Mentalist). That one is due out in July.
Funeral Singer airs mid-March on KBS.
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