Following on the heels of the start of script-reading and filming of Jang Nara’s Pretty Young Woman, two other Spring dramas have also commenced production. Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young’s City Hunter (SBS Wed-Thurs drama to follow 49 Days) and Mickey Yoochun and Lee Da Hae’s Goodbye Miss Ripley (MBC Mon-Tues drama to follow The Duo). Honestly, I’m not particularly interested in either drama, but I’m sure plenty of fans of the above four stars are eagerly awaiting both projects.
City Hunter is the supposed K-drama adaptation of the famed manga of the same name by Tsukasa Hojo, except the released plot synopsis bears zero resemblance to the manga story. When I say zero resemblance, please believe that I am not exaggerating. Lee Min Ho plays an MIT-educated computer science Ph.D who works for the Blue House, and Park Min Young is a plucky taekwondo expert who becomes a bodyguard in the President’s service. Lee Joon Hyuk as an uptight rule-abiding prosecutor and Goo Ha Ra as the first daughter rounds out the main cast.
Yoochun and Lee Da Hae’s Goodbye Miss Ripley is about an ambitious woman who tells one lie to get ahead, and that lie continues to compound itself until her entire life teeters on the brink due to her duplicity. With this drama, I’m way more in love with the second leads played by Kang Hye Jung and Kim Seung Woo. The former plays Lee Da Hae’s sister from the same orphanage who wants to expose her tower of lies, and Kim Seung Woo plays a hotel manager who falls in love with Lee Da Hae and forms the love triangle with Yoochun’s Japanese chaebol heir.
BUT, Kang Hye Jung and Kim Seung Woo are known for being very picky and selective about their projects and roles, and perhaps they see something truly compelling about this script. Bearing that in mind, I’m keeping tabs on this drama and will form an opinion based on what I see after the drama airs.
Lee Min Ho tweeted a picture yesterday of himself heading for Thailand to start location shoots for City Hunter. I have to say that his hair is really bugging me, insofar as I can’t see any professional employee of the Blue House sporting that sort of trendy high-maintenance coif. Anyways, if either drama starts looking more interesting to me, I’ll bring more news in the coming weeks as teasers and stills start to drop.