56

Jung So-min tries to teach Lee Jae-wook in tvN’s Alchemy of Souls

The promos for tvN’s fantasy romance Alchemy of Souls have been kicking into high gear with more posters and a video teaser featuring the drama’s two leads.

Set in a land that is hidden from history, the story has Lee Jae-wook (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol) as the noble son of the Jang clan, while and Jung So-min (Monthly Magazine Home) somehow ends up as his maid – even though she has the soul of a skilled warrior. Both have experienced some kind of altering of their souls and the drama follows their journey as they try to right their destinies.

The newest video teaser starts with a somber-faced Lee Jae-wook trying to learn sword fighting and he confides, “I sought out twelve teachers and I was rejected twelve times. And now, I have finally found the teacher who will change my destiny.”

It then cuts to Jung So-min smacking Lee Jae-wook with a broom and he whines, “Why did you hit me?” He continues complaining that he’s tired when Jung leads him through a rocky path and she notes with annoyance, “You call me teacher when you’re whining and then play the young master card when you want something done for you!?”

The appearing text screens read: “Romance begins for the maid turned teacher and the delinquent student.” We then see Lee Jae-wook continuing to bother Jung So-min like a child, flicking at her forehead and pulling her hair. But when she has a K-drama moment with Hwang Min-hyun (Live On), Lee is quick to tell Jung, “Teacher, don’t cheat on me.”

After the drama’s title card, we jump to a jealous Lee Jae-wook following Jung So-min. She pointedly tells him, “It’ll naturally take effort to not fall in love with a handsome man.” And an amused Lee asks, “What about me, then? You must have been struggling all this time because of your master,” but Jung dismisses his claim.

Lee Jae-wook fumbles in reply, “But why? That doesn’t make sense with what you were saying before. Let’s agree that you’ve been making an effort all this time.” Jung So-min gives a robotic, “Yes, sir.” And he sadly protests, “Say it like you mean it.” The teaser then closes on an emotionless Jung who simply repeats, “Yes.”

Directed by PD Park Joon-hwa (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim) with scripts co-written by Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran (Hotel Del Luna), tvN’s Alchemy of Souls premieres June 18.

Via Ilgan Sports, Xports News (1), (2)

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , ,

56

Required fields are marked *

This looks so immature but EXPERT WARRIOR JUNG SO-MIN I AM IN and I will probably regret it

It’s been 5 years since she’s done anything good, I gotta have hope

7
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree. Hoping the "comedy" is only being played up for promotions and the entire thing isn't this silly.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Jung So-min in swords woman garb☺️. This one is a sure addition. Please be good. No MMH about turn, please.

1
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

The actress in swords woman garb is actually Go Young Jung. She plays the strong warrior assassin while Jung So Min is the weak servant girl.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

…huh?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

For real😠. This is fraud🥺

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is the longer teaser if you need a more clear picture of the assassin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pLVq6CUmSg

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm trying to temper my expectations based on the Hong Factor and the tired maid/master setup, but - warrior Jung So-min! And sulky Lee Jae-wook!! I will not be able to resist at least trying this.

8
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't think I've ever genuinely liked a Hong Sisters OTP (why are all the men emotionally stunted assholes?). This teaser doesn't exactly have me expecting much different, but for the sake of this stunning cast (and Jung So-Min as an expert warrior ahhh) I'm still going to have to tune in. Please prove me wrong, Hong Sisters!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

June has come upon us so quickly. *Sigh*
It literally feels like yesterday this was first announced, with no name, and my horror at my favourite genre by my least favourite writers was first palpable.

Every red flag in the books, including past me, is telling me NOT to watch this.
The director, the writers, the premise of the actual story (not the fantasy setting), I don't even like the look of this visually and the trailers did nothing to hook me!

I'm still probably going to only decide the day before it airs though because I'm a masochist or something.
*Bad Sic, bad!* *Don't give in to temptation!*

7
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sic, MDL reports that ALCHEMY will be 20 episodes at 1 hr. 20 min. per eps. (I don’t know if I believe the 1.20.).
This will be my first Hong Sisters drama. I have read comments that say often the first half of a Hong Sisters drama is better than the second half.
Lol, can I commit you to at least 10 episodes before pulling the rip cord?

I am here for Lee Jae-wook. Jung So-min is almost a blank slate with HUNDRED MILLION STARS my only JSM drama. There is a 10 year age difference between LJW and JSM but LJW has often played characters older than his actual age WEATHER being one example and he has a deep voice.

2
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

😮 20? That's a lot of drama and makes me less enthusiastic, since there's so much more time for the story to drag or go off the rails.

I've only seen JSM in Because This Life Is Our First, but based on that, she's totally able to bring the side-eye that LJW's character deserves. And as long as all parties are over 23 or so, I don't care about a 10-year age difference, especially if it's the woman who's older - there's generally less (but not no) potential for exploitation or power imbalance that way.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Jung So min is great almost at everything she has done so far, except the home magazine disaster, I am afraid.
I didn't like the smile that has left your eyes, but she was still great in her acting.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

20 Episodes at 1 hr 20?!?!?!?!? No that just makes me want to watch EVEN LESS. *yells*
That means it's even MORE likely to get the Hwaugi treatment! (Even though I Liked Hwayugi the Hwaugi treatment is not a good thing.) They don't care enough about their stories to warrant a 16 episode show let alone a 20 episode one hngggg. No, no, no. So many red flags *ahhhhh*
I shan't promise you anything 😅👀🙈🙉🙊
.
.
.
I know it's your first Hong Drama. I wish you luck. It is far from mine and I'm still haunted by a particular hotêl.

I -(controversial opinion incoming I'M SO SORRY EVERYONE)- I have tried JSM in multiple things but she has never worked for me and I have had to alas land on conclusion that I just don't like her style of acting. I don't think she's a BAD actress and I respect her as an actress, I just don't like her lmao.
LJW on the other hand I do like and has proven multiple times he can punch above his age so I'm not bothered by that so much tbh, out of everything it is the least of my worries haha.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

20 episodes at a 1 hr. 20 mins runtime?? No thanks. Seriously do they never work with an editor?? The sisters have never written a story that even requires 12 episodes, much less freaking 20. Somebody needs to slap their hands away from their keyboards asap. And probably stop giving them the endless budget + creative freedom to stretch out their script to the bitter end. Oh this story is about to be a complete train wreck. The age-gap between LJW and JSM is frankly the least of this drama’s potential issues (especially since the younger actor is 24, which is more or less the age I stop having ~opinions~ about big age gaps).

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

It’s my current frame of mind but I’m thinking, oh GOOD this is going to be much sillier than I thought 👍🏼

He’s pretty old to just take up sword fighting, just sayin’ 😝

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

There’s so much deterring me from liking this drama - the master/maid thing, the overly comedic teasers, the typically weak fantasy settings in dramaland, and most importantly, the Hong sisters (always a hit or miss).

Buuutttttt, it’s also a fantasy drama (my ultimate weakness) with my fave Lee Jae-wook and the always-great Jung So-min. Even if the circumstances behind her casting remains…sus, I cannot stop myself. Powerful warrior Jung So-min. Gahhhhh. I’m too gay to skip this.

Dammit, Hong sisters, I know you will fail me, but I cannot stop being drawn to your false promises.

7
14
reply

Required fields are marked *

ಠ_ಠ ಠ_ಠ ಠ_ಠ
😭😭😭

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

They are masters at providing a product that is initially juuuussstttt cracky enough with lots of pretty that you can't help but believe that surely, this time it will be worth watching all the way through. And then you get to the end and are consumed by a frustrated sense of unfulfilled potential and the nagging feeling that the writers themselves lost interest in their own story by the halfway point but were forced to trudge on.

And yet, here I am, ready to give this one a chance even though I know what will happen.

My hope is that one day, the sisters have the humility to work with a good story editor. They clearly have many talents, but they need help putting it all together in a way that resonates beyond episode 5.

3
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

*twiddles thumbs waiting for dramabeans to let me properly reply to this*

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Okay, THIS time round...

In my experience and opinion, they never actually have a proper interest in their story from the beginning. An interest in playing with a concept maybe, or making fun scenarios - (or perhaps just an interest in having got another script deal) but not in actually genuinely telling a story, and telling it well from start to finish.

I also think they probably need more than an editor, but that'd be good start. Humility though, 100%.

3
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yuppp, you got it. They should probably just write fun synopses for the rest of their careers - then let other competent writers do the real work. Actual good dramas would be born from that scenario. Great concepts, terrible stories.

1
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

May I personally nominate: the Mystic and Sell Your Haunted House writers? lmao (I think they may have beef with the HOngs :P)

3

@sicarius: I fear that the Mystic Pop-up Bar writer has fallen into the “shows must be 16 eps” trap judging by Showtime Begins!. But still, a good choice.

Totally down with the writers for Sell Your Haunted House, even if *hides from crowd*…I didn’t love it nearly as much as most people. Look I know the show’s like objectively awesome. Jang Nara is eternally perfect and the fantasy elements were good for once! Sorry I just can’t help having bad taste.

1

Yes but that's only partially her fault haha. I don't think writer's have much say over show length unfortunately. And so few can write to a longer ep count and make it work in general. Sigh.
On the other hand Showtime is significantly weaker than Mystic overall, something I'm resigned to at this point but disappointed by. I'm not ready to give up on the writer yet though because there's a lot of good potential there still.

HAHAHA 😂 no worries your secret is safe with me (despite being in a public thread pfft). I actually didn't love the ending either- it let me down in a way I can't shake. Still, it was a lot of fun and had better thematic writing than the average Hong show pfft.

But I still think they'd both do a better job with a Hong concept than the Hongs themselves 🤭
And they'll do as a good nomination starting list hehe

1

@sicarius: I actually wasn’t aware that writers have little say in the episode count of their shows. Although in hindsight, that does make sense with what I do know. Huh. You learn something new everyday I guess.

But yes, Showtime Begins! is definitely a lot weaker than Mystic in most ways. That said, I still think the writer has done a better job in both coming up with a fun concept and then executing it with thematic and narrative coherence.

The ending to Sell Your Haunted House was just…not it. I would’ve forgiven the show for a lot of (my subjective) misgivings if only they had stuck the landing. However, that still assumes that the drama up until then was overall competent and watchable. Therefore, the writers have already out-honged the Hongs in the fantasy/writing department. Solid nominations indeed.

1

I think both run time and episode count are most likely determined by the studio and/or the station.
But it's also probably a bit dependent on the writer/studio and possibly even writer/director relationship, as well as a writer's rep. Something like the Sky Castle Team probably might go "here I have a 20 ep script", and then gets the airtime they want, but I think equally likely is that often the writer is just given a certain episode slot to write for. I think this is why you get so many shows with pacing issues and filler and stories dragged to fit runtime. Because, that's the expected length and slot.

A really good writer would ideally be able to write a story that doesn't need any of the latter padding, and can write just a good 16 episoder right off, but they're harder to find than I'd like haha.
In part because, and as an additional layer to all this, I think a lot of kdrama writers are so used to the formula of x episode shows, and the style of writing kdramas have "always had" as it were, that they don't really break out and go "hold on, what does my story NEED, in the time I have".

Re. Showtime - I think what's frustrating me most rn is that all the pieces are correct, but I'm just not sold on how I've been given them. It's another execution issue again. Like, Mystic just flowed so naturally in its story beats, but Showtime feels so much clunkier and jerkier, more piecemeal. I do think a lot of this is to do with the director - who I've decided I really do not like haha- but also since it's the writer's first show without a prior adapted source material she's probably still working out her kinks.
Which I can give her grace for. It's thematically coherent but there's something missing for me in the technicalities. Ofc, still better than the Hongs or I'd be spitting a lot more fire at it, rather than it just losing my interest haha (I also... Am eeally not feeling much for the OTP at this late stage in the show which is a shame)

SYHH- I liked how they resolved her arc with her mother but I HATED how they resolved the villain arc lmao. But yes, absolutely up until that point it was great.
Out-Honged the Hongs!!!! What a great turn of phrase - I love it hahaha

2

Star writers have taken too much control over their projects. The script is the blueprint for the story. It takes the actors to breathe life into the characters. But most importantly, it takes a strong director to bring the story of the characters to life.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

That’s basically how I watched all their previous dramas (except the dreaded Warm and Cozy, which I hated from its awful beginning to the bitter end). Never failed in making me into a frustrated ball of anger by the end, no matter how promising it sounded at first.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ladynightshade: I just loved the Jeju Island location and almost ended up putting a hex on Yoo Yeonseok for agreeing to be in that drivel. Grrr.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@dncingemma: Warm and Cozy was my first Yoo Yeon-seok project post all that Reply 1994 angst. Let’s just be polite and say that no amount of enraged swearing could fully express my equal parts disappointment and anger.

3

This looks like a trainwreck, honestly, and Jung So-min seems miscast.

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

looks very interesting but Hong Sisters are really hit and miss like I can't believe Warm and Cozy and Hotel Del Luna came out of the same minds skdfksjdfkljask

3
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

HOTEL DEL LUNA was a case where a brilliant director and fabulous acting by the male and female leads turned a mediocre script into a triumph by how they re-interpreted the script. The drama was not done the way the Hong Sisters envisioned it.

3
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

And yet it's that tension between the writers and the director that was so obvious and one of the biggest turn offs of the drama for me.
No amount of Jingoo trying his very hardest could disguise the fact that the Hongs didn't bother to write him a character at all.

But then I've always personally held that you need the writing to support everything else first- if you don't have it everything else will suffer no matter how good it is.

3
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

So true. Whenever a drama is announced my first instinct is to look for the writer's name somewhere in the article. If I'm not acquainted with the name, I search for their previous works. That decides for me if I want to watch the drama or not. But sadly, while directors and actors are always mentioned, the writer's name is many times absent. No amount of good direction or good acting can save a badly written script for me. Hence, even though I'm partial towards both LJW and JSM, this drama will be a pass for me.

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeahp, yeahp! I'm the same!
Writer-bias for lyfe haha.
You still have to write the story first, and know how to tell a story at that.
Alas scriptwriters are generally overlooked and under appreciated throughout the entire film/TV industry worldwide.
You're smarter than I lmao- I'm being dumb even considering this 😅😅

2

@sicarius hahaha. I too often display this kind of dumbness. For instance considering watching popular romcoms that I very well know I won't like. Sigh

1

You are absolutely right about the importance of the writer. And when we get a good writer, I hope we get more - the most recent example being KING OF TEARS- which was the first time that particular writer had a screen credit. I hope we get more.

All the more reason for us to applaud the great director for standing up against the Hong sisters and making a masterpiece out of a mess. Because you are right about Jingoo's character- as written he was practically a cardboard cut-out. That we got something far better than that was entirely due to superb work by the director and the actor.

The big drawback to the triumph of HOTEL DEL LUNA is that it added to the reputation of the Hong sisters.

I am not that excited about this drama because we have no reason to expect another acting and directing miracle.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I didn't enjoy HDLL at all, in fact I outright detested it and do not think it's good, as I think tension between a director and writer leads to an overall incohesiveness and lack of communication between the script and the screen which for me was blatantly obvious and frustrating to watch.
On top of that he had to direct over a script that was fundamentally flawed in its worldbuilding from the beginning, which the directing did not atone for.
So I can only partially agre with you but that's ok. 😅

1

Wow I didn't know this happened behind Hotel Del Luna bcs it was so good, well not like spectacular good but it was one of those dramas that stayed with me. And yeah.... I feel kinda bad for Jingoo's character bcs it really feels like he's just there for errands klsjdfkjsdkj

So true with the writing support, I honestly think nothing much can go wrong when you have good story to begin with, but pretty much everything is a chaos when the script is just ass. While so many things can happen in all different ways when the script is fine. I did think Hotel Del Luna was good, which was why I was puzzled when I remember it was by Hong Sisters. But honestly other than that......... nah..

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It sounds and looks kinda modernish. Minhyun looks the same as his usual idol look.

I have no idea what expecting with this drama.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Everything about this drama from the synopsis to the costumes to the trailer looks like a hot mess in the best possible way.

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I LOVE THE POSTERS. More, please.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The posters look magical .. I love it. This is the most anticipated kdrama this year for me .. can't wait to see it

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The still nearly broke me: why does it look this bad?!?!?!? 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Poor LJW

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Jung So-min in a drama means I’m in. Despite the fact that I’ve only REALLY liked her in one thing (it happens to be a favourite of mine) so I’m on the hook for some less than great shows in the past. Lee Jae-wook is also hit or miss, but I generally enjoy him as well. I’m hoping for gold with this one, and my expectations are unreasonably high *crosses fingers*

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like here too- and have enjoyed several of her shows including the classic weekender MY FATHER IS STRANGE, which is one of the best of its kind.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It feels like a drama the sisters Hong would write.

But hey, I am glad it is not.
I like it.
I like the pairing.
LjW looks little bit older, JSM looks super younger.. it is ok for me.
Also the dialogs are fun, at least in the teaser 😅😅😅

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Three minutes later I have realize it is from the Hong sisters!!! 😒😱😱😱

Now I am not so sure I want to watch it😒😒😒

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm sorry but this realisation is HILARIOUS LMFAO

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I honestly don’t care what a mess this will be because after I saw Jung So Min in a hanbok doing a cameo in MY ROOMMATES IS A GUMIHO, I knew I wanted to see her in a period piece. Yea, drama gods have a sense of humor because who would have thunk it that the Hong Sisters would write a sageuk!!! 😂😂😂

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Approaching this with trepidation since the Hong sisters have been a hit or miss with me in the last decade.
Sassy Girl Chunhyung - loved
My Girl - loved
Fantasy Couple - liked a lot.
Hong Gil Dong - loved, but not rewatchable because it gets heavy in the second half and because of the ML's actor.
You're beautiful - loved
My Girlfriend is a gumiho - loved
greatest love - loved
Big - uggh. unsatisfying. Most forgettable of their dramas. Didn't even produce a good OST song.
Master's Sun - loved
Warm and Cozy - ugh, couldn't make it past the first few episodes.
Korean Odyssey - loved in the beginning, but then a freefall into wtf-ery. It had great elements but desperately needed a 3rd writer to edit and put the reins on bad ideas.
Hotel del Luna - loved

So it's seems about time for one that will upset me. I'm not feeling the clothes and the hair and the trailer which lacks any sense of magic, fun, energy, and wonder. But the director has done work that I've liked before, so I'm hoping the actual thing will be fun.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *