Seo In-gook up for MBC rom-com Shopping King Louis
Seo In-gook, Nam Ji-hyun, Yoon Sang-hyun
Hee, Shopping King Louis is the new drama that initially courted Yook Sung-jae to headline, and I find it funny that they’ve now cast Seo In-gook (Police Unit 38) in the role, since Yook Sung-jae’s drama debut in Answer Me 1994 had everyone calling him Little Seo In-gook. The director clearly has a type in mind, which is certainly fine by me, since that means I get to see Seo In-gook twice in dramaland this year.
The new MBC Wednesday-Thursday drama is described as an upbeat rom-com about surviving in the city. It comes from PD Lee Sang-yub of Mr. Back, King’s Daughter Soo Baek-hyang, and Light and Shadow and new writer Oh Ji-young. Seo In-gook is up for the title role, and Nam Ji-hyun (What’s With This Family) and Yoon Sang-hyun (Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki) are up to co-star. All three actors are in final negotiations, so it looks like a pretty done deal.
The drama is a youth romance about an amnesiac chaebol heir. The hero is the last surviving grand-heir to a chaebol chairman, and he grows up alone and adrift in America after losing his parents in an accident during his childhood. He’s described as “a flower boy youth in a greenhouse,” which I think is meant to emphasize his utter loneliness, a void he fills by shopping. Lol, like retail therapy?
He somehow ends up going from California (agh, don’t be like Heirs, don’t be like Heirs…) to Seoul, and loses his memories. He meets Nam Ji-hyun, a sweet country bumpkin who’s quick on her feet and internet-illiterate, and the drama is about their eventful survival in the city, and his journey to reclaim his identity. I wonder if it’ll be a little like Beautiful Gong Shim, which is a lighthearted version of a similar setup.
Yoon Sang-hyun has been cast as Seo In-gook’s rival, a department director in the chaebol conglomerate who will also have a loveline with Nam Ji-hyun. I don’t know that I’ll really buy that loveline, but at least it’s a secondary one if she’s paired with Seo In-gook. I like all three actors in light comedy and can see it being an addictive story with all the birth secret amnesia tropes but without the heavy melodrama, so it seems like something to look forward to.
Shopping King Louis will follow W—Two Worlds on Wednesdays and Thursdays this September.
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