(Nom, nom, frickin’ nom!)
I know I’ve been absent from the Dichotomy due to, y’know, life. But what kind of true fan and negligent blogger would I be if I didn’t post about Park Shi-hoo breaking out of his several-month-long dramaland disappearance? He’s appearing in Cheondam dong Alice (and hopefully nothing with change from now until then!) It’s a rom-com (yay, kissing), it has Moon Geun-young (yay, talent) and, most importantly, Park Shi-hoo (yay, k-drama LOVE.)
(Park Shi-hoo and Moon Geun-young)
So this show sets itself up in typical K-drama fashion: handsome chaebol, spirited heroine, fighting against the odds. We’ve been there and done that. Luckily for us, we have Park Shi-hoo as the chaebol. He’s played a few of these in his lifetime: Goo Yong-shik in Queen of Reversals (MBC 2010) and Yoo Joon-suk in How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor (SBS 2007). Even as Shi-hoo/Ja-dol in Iljimae (SBS 2008) he was well-to-do as the legitimate son.
Over the course of his career, even the anti-fan would have to admit that Park Shi-hoo has seriously sharpened his acting. He was a total powerhouse in his last drama, The Princess’ Man (KBS 2011). I can’t wait to see him in something new. *squee*
Then there is Moon Geun-young. She’s not the best as picking herself a good drama, but we all know she can bring life into even the most impossible of dramas (Mary Stayed Out All Night KBS2 2012). The girl is so relaxed in front of the camera, you’d think she was born there.
Put 2 + 2 together and what do you get? Amazing leads and, hopefully, sizzling chemistry. Both actors have a knack for drumming up some wicked onscreen chemistry with fellow actors.
(I just thought this picture was really cute. Perfect for a plucky heroine!)
What is Cheongdam-dong Alice about? Well, Moon Geun-young plays Han Se-kyung, a talented young designer trying to break into the exclusive, quirky world that is Cheongdam-dong fashion. She has a few design contests under her belt, but the job she finds relegates her to nothing more than office go-for. And, because this is k-drama, the plot throws another obstacle in our heroine’s path: the wife of her new boss is a snooty underachieving, former classmate.
Park Shi-hoo’s character, Cha Seung-jo, is the president of another clothing line. He notices her and then stuff happens. End of information by English sources that I could dredge up. But who cares? It’s Park Shi-hoo.
Okay, so I’m not that shallow. Honestly, I hope that the writers of Tree with Deep Roots (SBS 2011), Queen Seon Duk (MBC 2009) and Dae Jang Geum (MBC 2003) can breathe life into this tired storyline. Remember what happened to the last fashion drama that aired? (Fashion King…*cough*) Of course, I don’t think this show will be anything like that. But because I wasted almost a hundred hours on Fashion Failure I hear “fashion” and “k-drama” and start convulsing. Then I think of Park Shi-hoo and all is well. And the talented little Moon Geun-young!
The picture above is just eye candy and reminder that not only is Park Shi-hoo a good actor, but he’s just so GOSH DARN PRETTY!
Oh yeah, Cheongdam-dong Alice airs after Five Fingers sometime in December. (Hopefully.)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast Period: Dec 2012
Air Time: Saturday & Sunday Night 21:5
Director: Jo Soo-won
Screenwriter: Kim Jin-hee, Kim Ji-woon, Kim Young-hyun