Nodame renames itself Cantabile Tomorrow
Well, the Korean remake of Nodame Cantabile has announced its final title change… although we’ve still got two months till the drama premieres so I still say there’s time for another renaming yet. For a while the show was just Nodame Cantabile, and then it was Cantabile Romance, and now it’s the awkwardly punny Cantabile Tomorrow.
Specifically, the title means “Cantabile also tomorrow,” but that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it? Furthermore, it’s a play on the heroine’s name, which will be Seol Nae-il (played by Shim Eun-kyung), where “nae-il” means tomorrow. Geddit? So another reading would be “Nae-il is also Cantabile.” (In the original series, cantabile is the musical style in which Nodame plays the piano, which is a lyrical, melodious style.)
I suppose I can see why the K-drama necessitates a title change, since Nodame is the Japanese character’s (nick)name. I just happen to groan every time a drama forces wordplay into its title, giving us a pun at the expense of the straight reading, which then doesn’t make sense. But whatchoo gonna do?
The hero’s role, played by Joo-won, has been renamed (from Chiaki) to Cha Yoo-jin; supporting roles will be filled by Go Kyung-pyo (as the violinist character), Baek Yoon-shik as the eccentric conductor, and Do-hee as the pint-sized contrabassist.
As for the more minor roles, former Miss Korea Kim Yumi will play Joo-won’s classical vocalist first love, while young newcomer Park Bo-gum takes on a newly created character who wasn’t found in the original. His character is a Korean American cellist who becomes a rival for Joo-won both musically and romantically (though I expect a fair number of additional rivals to pop up here and there). The actor recently played the young Lee Seo-jin character in Wonderful Season, though he did also briefly act alongside Joo-won in
Cantabile Tomorrow will be a Monday-Tuesday drama airing on KBS beginnign in October.
Park Bo-gum, Kim Yumi
Via TV Report
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