Lee Joon and Go Ah-sung’s first shoot for I Heard it Through the Grapevine
I hope SBS’s new Monday-Tuesday drama I Heard it Through the Grapevine doesn’t disappoint — it has a great cast, solid producers, and promises incisive social commentary rolled into a black comedy. The drama from the producers behind Secret Love Affair stars Lee Joon (Gap-dong) and Go Ah-sung (Snowpiercer) as a high school couple that gets pregnant and has to cross their families’ massive social divide in order to be together. I have to say, the first teaser doesn’t impress me, mostly because it’s slapdash and doesn’t set a tone for the show, so there’d better be a big improvement in the next one.
Stills from the first shoot on the set feature Lee Joon chasing after Go Ah-sung in the river, which I’m assuming is her first reaction to finding out that she’s pregnant with his child. Life’s about to get tough for her, a senior in high school from an average family, who has strong opinions and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
Because she didn’t know until it’s too late that her boyfriend and classmate Lee Joon is from a stuffy rich family that goes generations back in old money, and that his father (Yoo Joon-sang) is a powerful and corrupt lawyer who shapes the government, and that his mother (Yoo Ho-jung) is the prim and perfect envy of socialites everywhere. The scandal throws their perfect lives into chaos, which I’m hoping means that the drama will be dripping with satire and amusement for the rest of us.
The teaser uses a cover of the Ham Joong-ah and Yankees song “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” which is where the title comes from. (My favorite cover is by Jang Kiha and the Faces, not only because it’s the title song for Nameless Gangster… okay, a little bit because of that, but mostly because it’s an awesome rendition of an awesome song. I hope they get to use it in the drama.)
It zips through the basic setup a little too quickly to digest anything for longer than a second, though I do appreciate that Go Ah-sung’s dad beats up Lee Joon for getting his daughter pregnant. Because goodness knows she’ll spend the drama suffering the wrath of his parents. Crossing my fingers that their romance will make up for his hoity-toity family and then some.
I Heard it Through the Grapevine premieres February 23.
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