Lee Jia attended a script reading of her new drama Me Too, Flower, once known as Return of the Queen.
The script reading was held at MBC’s Ilsan Dream Tower and included Kim Jae Won and Han Go Eun (A Man Called God). No disguise – however short her ponytail or her cap – could completely disguise her. The reading, which went from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, reportedly went by smoothly. And by smoothly, of course I also mean that her scandal and her costars’ possible preconceptions about her didn’t affect the atmosphere.
A Tree With Deep Roots airs on October 5 on SBS, and stars Shin Se Kyung, Jang Hyuk, and Song Joong Ki. A historical-mystery-thriller, it follows Kang Chae Yoon (Jang), an investigative officer, who tries to solve a series of murders under King Sejong’s (Han Suk Gyu) reign. His court lady So Yi (Shin) is a mute due to a traumatic experience, and helps him create the Korean alphabet. She is also the one who may know why the murders are occurring. And then you have Song Joong Ki as the teenage King Sejong.
I’m only writing about this because I actually find the trailer and premise intriguing. I have this feeling it might be another The Princess’ Man, which is a ratings hit. It will go up against the latter half of Can’t Lose and Glorious Jae In, so I’m thinking that it’s going to get a lot of viewers. Yes, Glorious Jae In is helmed by the team that brought you Baker King Kim Tak Goo, but you can’t discount the plot of this one, which is far more interesting than watching a baseball player make his comeback after meeting a nurse. Tree is also brought to you by the writers of Queen Seondeok, so…
Also – did you know that there is a 1983 drama with the same name, also based on the reign of King Sejong? It aired on MBC and starred Han In Soo (Yi San, Stained Glass) and Kim Young Ae (Royal Family, Athena). I’m not sure if the story is the same (I doubt it) but it’s kinda cool if this one is a remake. This drama is also Han Suk Gyu’s comeback after 16 years – his last drama was Hotel in 1995. Baek Yoon Sik (of Harvest Villa) also makes a cameo.
Below are some photos during shooting, as well as a teaser trailer.
Oh the photos of the beautiful cast on set!
There is also an interview with the producer Kim Byung Wook, who did every High Kick series so far, summarized below.
The cast of Poseidon is here! And so are the posters. Poseidon follows a Coast Guard investigative unit as they solve maritime crimes. Hm – like NCIS?!
I definitely don’t like the posters. It looks like it’s ripping off of Athena too much, and the poster of the officers all lined up reminds me so much of Hong Kong dramas from my youth. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t make me that much more keen on watching the drama.
Then again, if it ends up being like NCIS…………….. It seems Lee Sung Jae’s character joins the investigative unit in an attempt to locate his wife’s killer too.
Pictures below! Lee Si Young brightens up the mostly male cast, fielding off comparisons to Ha Ji Won, and she’s the only one in a nude-and-black outfit. Everyone chose boring, somber colors for the press conference.
Han Ye Seul returned on set a mere 48 hours after she had left it and flew to the States. It goes without saying that the set must have been an awkward place to be. Her scenes with Eric Mun were initially awkward, and it didn’t help that Eric was wearing sunglasses so Han could not read any of his expressions.
Full House 2 is a go!
The officials have stated that they’re going into production starting next month, and they’re starting to cast people. They’re looking into Noh Min Woo (Pasta, Midas, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho) for the lead. Nothing has been set in stone yet – as its the producers who want him.
The plot for Full House 2 is supposedly going to be very different from the original, save for the simple fact that it will revolve around a house, and perhaps a “forced living situation” that might lead to a contractual relationship?!
HRM. It’s certainly interesting as sequels are rare in the K-drama world. And Noh Min Woo to step in for Rain? I am indifferent to both actors, so I don’t think he’s going to make the drama worse or less depending on his casting.
Jung Gyu Woon tweeted a photo of him with his beloved co-ambassador Lee Yoon Ji on the last day of the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival. The both of them are PR Ambassadors for the festival, which started on August 11 and ran til the 15th. He tweeted that he hopes to come back next year – if it’s not raining again!
They’re a cute couple. Maybe they should star in a drama together…
What. The. Eff.
Again – I repeat that I don’t really like this drama. However, episode 10 ended on a promising note. So I’m kind of hoping for more closure on the Myung Wol – Kang Woo storyline here. I’d really like to see Han Ye Seul and Eric Mun go on their real dates and stuff, yunno? So even though I don’t like this drama, I’m damn disappointed by this outcome.
Spy Myung Wol isn’t the greatest drama in my book. After a few more episodes, I’ve officially tuned out. I check in every so often (skipping episodes) and definitely saw the last few minutes of episode 10′s cliffhanger. However, Han Ye Seul isn’t a gripping lead, and though the premise is zany, I feel like it’s trying too hard to be normal. If you’re going to go zany, go all the way. Might as well have fun with it. I feel like the Dramabeans recaps make it far more amusing than it really is (for me), so I’d rather just read the recaps than watch the episodes.
But now the drama has been given a short extension (two extra episodes – eep!). It’s also on a live-shooting schedule, so imagine the trouble when its lead actress decides to not show up on set.
I have now seen way too many dramas with Bae Soo Bin and Lee So Yeon together. OK – maybe it’s just three, but these two have almost always appeared on screen as major characters with some love line or relationship.
It’s kind of weird, because they consistently play very different characters each time.