It’s good to be back…….and Happy New Years 2013, hoping you’ll get good fortune this year.
Following the good news (but I rather say shocking news) in which my favorite lady Kim Tae hee’s agency has just confirmed her relationship with Bi, there are at least 3 most anticipated dramas that will be airing momentarily. The first drama which will take off earlier is Night King aka Yawang starred by Kwon Sang Woo and Soo Ae (airing in January 13th), Then followed by That Winter That The Wind Blows starred by Jo In Sung, and Song Hye Gyo, and Iris season 2 starred by Jang Hyuk and Lee Dae Hee in February.
1. Night King aka Yawang
The Night King tells the story about the ambitious woman who has dark past wants to be the first lady and a man who wholeheartedly helps that woman to chase her dreams. It is a typical melodrama which was very popular in early 2000.
Yawang is the second series from the story that also has the same core plot, Daemul (the woman who wants to be the president and a man who supports her; 2010). Having no huge difference in plot even the actor (Daemul’s lead actor is Kwon Sang woo), I think there are no something new about the story except the conflict.
I watched Daemul back then. The drama put the climax in the conflict between the Korea’s first female president and her rival at that time played by Cha In-Pyo. In this drama, there was no conflict that arose between two lead actors (Ko Hye Jung and Kwon Sang Woo) but conversely in Yawang, the conflict will take between two lead actors Kwon Sang Woo and Soo Ae who are previously act as lovers that love each other (you will see it clearly by watching the teaser). Will it be interesting? Who knows? But since the actors are part of my favorite actor list and it is another version of Daemul, I must watch this!
2. The Winter That The Wind Blows
The Winter That The Wind Blows is typical Korean melodrama played by Jo In Sung and Song Hye Gyo. A plot written by asianwiki.com tells:
“ A man (Jo In-Sung) known as the best gambler in the Cheongdam neighborhood lives a meaningless life. His parents dumped at an early age and he lost his first lover. Meanwhile, a woman (Song Hye-Kyo) is the heir to a large corporation, but she is lonely. She has also lived through a difficult life. She lost her eyesight and her father passed away. The woman has to protect herself from those around her”.
Before Jo In Sung fills the spot of Lead Actor, the first contender was Won Bin. The first time I heard the news I was very excited. Could you imagine the most handsome actor in Korea would be partnering with one of the prettiest actress in Korean, Song Hye Gyo? What would the drama be? Awesome, of course!
Won Bin rejected the offer due to discrepancy of character with Korean culture. He wanted the director to change that but since the drama is a remake, the PD didn’t accept the request. So, Jo In Sung finally fills the spot.
As I’ve said, the drama is a remake from Japanese movie, Forget love (Ryoko Hirosue & Atsuro Watabe; 2002). Thought there is bit differences but the core plot is same. The Japanese version tells about a man who only loves money and himself pretends to be his jail partner who’s only rich yet blind sister.
In 2006, the director Lee Cheol-Ha made first remake of forget love with the title Love Me Not. Kim Ju-Hyeok and Moon Geum Young took the spot as the leading roles. I watched the movie and I didn’t like it because it was sad ending. So, I hope for the drama, the PD won’t do the same thing like the movie otherwise it will be havoc.
3. Iris Season 2
What would I say about Iris 2? I doubt that the sequel will be booming like the first season. My argument has a basic. See the spin-off of Iris, Athena. Though that drama filled with A-list actor package, the drama still ended bitterly. So, i forecast this Iris 2 will have same destiny like Athena.
Why? You can check out the director. The second doesn’t use Yang Yun-Ho, Kim Kyu-Tae like the first season but instead Pyo Min-Soo who fill the spot of directing. The difference director will lead the drama with the difference taste, since I like the taste of iris first season so I am not sure that I will like like the second…but let’s see!
Lee Byung Hun surely gave us a huge impact. I like Jang Hyuk but I feel sorry to him because he must be compared with a bigger name actor like Lee Byung Hun. Could Jang Hyuk replace the charismatic Lee for the lead role? I don’t think so.
Lee Joon to be the next TOP….is it serious? OMG, Lee Joon is still too far to be charismatic killer like what TOP did in the first season. Moreover, I often watch Lee Joon on various variety shows which have given me (poor him) a perspective about him as blank.
The plot? It was true that the first season gave chance to someone to create the sequel. The plot on second season (planned) will tell about 3 years after the death of National Intelligence Service (NIS) agent Kim Hyeon-Jun (Lee Byung-Hun), members of the National Security Service (NSS) team, including Jung Yoo-Gun (Jang Hyuk), Ji Soo-Yeon (Lee Da-Hae) and other agents attempt to pull the curtain on mysterious group IRIS.
However, there is peculiar scene when I watch the trailer. Hadn’t the villain confirmed death in the first season Kim Young-Chul? CMIIW… but in the second seemingly the Kim Young Chul character will wake up from death, handcuffed, and then successfully escape. Freak!
The last is Idol Package….why the idols always include the drama recently. In the Iris season 2 at least there are three idols who ready to act as tough men and woman, Lee Joon, Yoon Doo Joon, and Kang Ji Youn. I don’t mean to take lightly them but I just wonder why the staffs don’t use the real actors who definitely have more acting experience compare to idols, to play those roles such as Lee Seong Yeob on Nice Guy (I love him) and etc.
However, let’s watch!