Kim Nam-gil, Kim Ah-joong offered new tvN time-slip drama
There’s a new drama in the works that may bring Kim Nam-gil back to television. It’s already been four years since he did Shark, and Bad Guy three years before that, but he’s considering an offer for a new tvN time-slip drama that may lure him away from the movies this summer. The series is called Live Up to Your Name, and is also courting Kim Ah-joong (Wanted, Punch) to co-star.
It’ll be a medical-fantasy drama that goes back and forth between Joseon and present-day Seoul, about a talented Joseon doctor who travels 400 years to the present and butts heads with a prickly contemporary doctor. It seems like Faith or Dr. Jin in reverse, or maybe it’s more optimistic to think of it as Queen In-hyun’s Man with medicine.
Kim Nam-gil has been offered the leading role of Joseon acupuncturist Heo Im, a well-known talent who is unable to get due recognition for his medical skills because he’s the son of a concubine. Because of that, he’s a jaded, self-sabotaging sort who’s lost his way. But he’s also described as shrewd and cheeky, with a devil-may-care attitude towards life. The character is based on a real historical figure who helped advance acupuncture in the late 16th to early 17th century.
Kim Ah-joong is considering the role of Choi Yeon-kyung, a cold-on-the-outside, scarred-on-the-inside doctor in 2017 Seoul. She’s a second-year resident cardiothoracic surgeon at Faith Hospital (is the name intentionally a reference to the drama, or is that just a lot of coincidence?), who’s known for her prickly manner of speech and being a walking medical textbook. She’s a firm believer in Western medicine, which of course sets her up to be at odds with the acupuncturist who suddenly gets dropped 400 years in the future and heals people with needles.
Perhaps more than the subject matter, the talent behind the scenes is what might get me to watch. Directing is PD Hong Jong-chan, who just picked up a Baeksang for Best Drama with the incredibly moving Dear My Friends, writing is Kim Eun-hee of Queen’s Classroom, and producing is Bon Factory of The Liar and His Lover. The plot description does say that both characters will travel in time, though I think since we’ve seen Faith and Dr. Jin take the present-day doc to the past, I’m more interested in the fish-out-of-water shenanigans in store for the Joseon doc in the present day. That, and I certainly hope they don’t waste the opportunity for a mane of glory!
Live Up to Your Name is up for the Monday-Tuesday slot following Circle in July.
Via IS Plus
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- Kim Nam-gil plays ordinary hero in disaster film Pandora
- Kim Nam-gil considers reporting for duty in new film Exemplary Police
- Wanted: Episode 1
- Ryu Joon-yeol, Kim Ah-joong join Jo In-sung’s movie The King
- Kim Nam-gil courted for new melodrama from director Lee Yoon-ki
- Punch: Episode 1