The cross-border drama train never ceases to chug these days, which feeds into my addiction since I watch dramas from so many countries. Currently in China filming a period early-Republic drama is Jo Hyun Jae on the set of Rouge Hegemon, supposedly coming for a C-movie is Yoon Eun Hye for Tong Que Tai, and now a third Korean actor is pretty much inked to headline a modern C-drama. Lee Joon Hyuk, fresh off the hot City Hunter, has been confirmed by sources in the production for the upcoming C/TW drama 50% of a Fairytale (童话二分之一), which has also just revealed as it’s leading actress Janine Chang.
Now I know why Janine has to rush off the set of Ring Ring Bell, because this drama is scheduled to start filming in early October in China. Supposedly Lee Min Ho was rumored to be the male lead a few months back, but I think the production got their Lees from CH mixed up. Heh. Read on for the synopsis, which sounds typical of the modern romance and family power struggles fluff. But if done right, it can be an addicting and worthwhile watch.
Zhao Ting Yuan and Zhao Ting Yu are a pair of twin sisters separated at birth to be raised apart. Because their grandfather is quite elderly, and older sister Ting Yuan has a weak constitution due to being ill, younger sister Ting Yi is brought back to take over the family business. Ting Yu has to stabilize the family business and help it through its current challenges, which includes the interests of an ambitious man named Jing Qing Yu.
Initially the two sisters are like strangers, but they learn to cooperate and work together to save the family business. Accompanying them through this period is Ting Yuan’s fiancée Du Qing Feng and Jing Wei, the song of Jing Qing Yu. The two sisters learn their own strengths and discover the bittersweet taste of growing through struggle. More importantly, they learn the true meaning of family, and younger sister Ting Yu becomes the main support for older sister Ting Yuan’s battle with illness.
Right now the casting hasn’t been confirmed by the management of either actor, but has been widely discussed by the production heads of this drama. The fact that Janine starting following the head of the production studio on Weibo a few days ago pretty much confirms she’s in. Most of the C-casting tends to get leaked on Weibo days or even weeks before it’s confirmed. I think this is a done deal unless Lee Joon Hyuk backs out at the last minute.
I really like Lee Joon Hyuk, as much as I like Janine Chang. I think this pairing looks promising on paper, and really only needs a good story and solid directing to make it a decent drama. I’m not expecting much, so a solid outing out be a treat for me to watch. The production said Janine is the female lead, but no word on whether she plays both sisters, or just younger sister Ting Yu with another actress playing Ting Yuan. Directing will be the Taiwanese director who recently helmed Momo Love, which was dumb as bricks but the directing was gorgeous. The drama is slated to premiere in Spring of 2012.