Upcoming K-drama Wild Romance Releases First Stills with Lee Dong Wook and Lee Shi Young

The first peek at the upcoming MBC Wed-Thurs drama Wild Romance is out courtesy of the two leads at script reading. I’m hiding the pictures after the jump, as to not scare anyone. If you thought the hair in Full House 2 looked bad, Lee Shi Young might just beat them all. Her co-star Lee Dong Wook caught a break and lucky for him looks normal, albeit a little too serious. In the drama, he’s playing a baseball player and she’s his bodyguard. Cue wild and wacky romance? The second leads are Oh Man Seok as another baseball player, and Hwang Sun Hee as his wife. Truth be told though I can’t explain why, I’m more excited about the second leads story already. WR will be premiering in January following Man of Honor.

Are you ready? Do you see the monstrosity on Lee Shi Young’s head? She appears to be sporting the same haircut as her co-star (always a no-no in my book – borrowing your boyfriends clothes = okay, borrowing his hairdo = not okay), except with way more on top. It’s like a bird is getting ready to make a nest up there. The thing is an inverse triangle of ugly. Poor Shi Young, suffering for her job. I wonder if it’s a wig or they made her cut it for real? I can never understand why K-dramas insist that women with a certain persona (tough, poor and plucky, etc.) must have no sense of style? It’s insulting and unrealistic.

The drama itself comes with high credentials, as writer Park Yeon Seon penned the critically acclaimed Alone in Love and the quirky cult favorite Mixed Up Investigative Agency. Directing will be the PD who did Woman in the Sun. I’ll probably bank a couple of episodes before checking it out, unless I hear it’s deliciously yummy right off the bat. I’ve never been a Lee Dong Wook fangirl, he’s aight, but I loathed his constipated performance in Scent of a Woman (what few episodes I saw) so I’m a tad allergic to him right now. Hope playing a baseball player will loosen him up a bit.

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Upcoming K-drama Wild Romance Releases First Stills with Lee Dong Wook and Lee Shi Young — 30 Comments

  1. Hair for both 🙁 …..nearly felt like crying after seeing Lee Shi Young’s still…..it’s like they’re saying u already got to see all the pretty u deserved to see in Scent of a woman and Poseidon

  2. The only thing keeping up my interest in this drama is the writer, who is solid through and through. Otherwise, what’s up with the premise? It sounds like a City Hunter/Man of Honor mash-up…is there a Park Min Young fan on the production staff?

    The hair. *Grinds teeth* What is up with the hair? I can’t count how many perfectly good-looking female leads I’ve seen ruined with horrendously unflattering bowl cuts.

  3. gosh, she’s like on overdrive, she just finished a drama now she’s on to star in another one.. super busy.. i need to learn how to be driven like her~ ! 🙂

  4. I think the bird’s nest looks adorable, but that’s only because it’s attached to Lee Shi Young. I’ve developed great affection for her because she boxes and I box and we can all be really tough women together!

    I feel like they make the poor, plucky heroine really drab because they want to emphasize that she’s really very down on her luck and that she really has more important things to care about than how she looks. I can sympathize. I’m a consummate girly girl–I paint my toenails, mess around with my hair, wear heels in winter, and plan my outfits with more care than some generals plan wars, but sometimes, you just have to spend a week running around in sweatpants and a hoodie and that’s fine, too, because there’s no time for anything else. But I do wish k-dramas would do away with the inevitable make-over scene in which the audience goes, “Awww, look, she can be feminine and therefore worthy of being the female half of the couple!” and the hero goes cross-eyed with wonder at her perfumed and ruffled wonderfulness. No, please, let him love her even if she looks shabby because she’s a wonderful person and she completes him and he feels joy when they’re together. It’s the makeover scenes that really annoy me; there’s nothing wrong with being feminine, but there’s something very wrong when all women are held to that same arbitrary standard of desirability.

    • Amen, sista.

      Someone should get ahold of all the stylist and give them all a talking-to. I mean, even if they’re not style icons, they could at least dress normally. And have normal hair. No one, and I mean no one, actually wears their hair like that. What’s wrong with just wearing a ponytail all the time?

    • I think they dress the heroines so badly and give them such bad haircuts because the characters are played by such beautiful actresses that even in plain clothes they couldn’t possibly look ordinary (aka. relatable). But then they go overboard hence the haircut above. Haha 🙂 I mean even with that hair, LSY is one vidal sassoon appointment from looking like a model.

      Highly likely she will have a makeover or at least one glam scene where she knocks everyones socks off. Gil Ra Im had hers in Secret Garden (and what a knock-out!). Even Bong Woo Ri from CYHMH had hers and she was as plain Jane as it gets. Anyway very excited for this drama. Is it me or are baseball player protagonist really “in” right now? Lee Dong Wook in a baseball uniform……. O.O

    • You’re right, but the K-dramas aren’t saying these have more important things to do than worry about their looks, i.e. poor hardworking types, they are saying these women are completely style-deficient. And that’s ridiculous. I can wear sweats all day but that doesn’t mean I’ll be wearing granny sweats. And I can cut my hair short to make it easy to manage, but bowl cuts and birds nests are just too much ugly it stretches credulity.

      I think Lee Ji Ah’s blunt cut in Me Too Flower is a great attempt at making her seem really grounded and not care about her appearance, with a haircut that isn’t atrocious but rather just serviceable.

      • Half of the dramas that I’ve seen involve a poor, hardworking heroine, which does get boring sometimes. However, most of the time, we, “the viewers” could never tell they were actually poor due to their styling. I never felt like Ra Im was portrayed as “style deficient” in Secret Garden and neither was Eun Chan in Coffee Prince. Even Na Na in City Hunter was supposed to be poor, at least in the beginning, and the entire crux of her character was the plucky, hardworking one.

  5. Uh…. what is happening to the hairstylists of k-drama? Are they (hairstylists/producers) exacting some sort of revenge against all the actors/actress?

    Bodyguards don’t automatically mean ugly hair… I guess ponytails were too fancy…

    • I don’t think coffee will fix her hair. But if everyone around her drank plenty of alcohol, the drunk-tinted glasses might make her hair less like it’s about to come alive and walk off her head.

  6. Your last few sentences are funny mwa ha ha! But this guy really looks hot, gosh, Koreans never run out of them aha ha. I am just bothered with his eyelids. It has a different colour from his skin and he looks perpetually sleepy now. Was that surgically done, I wonder. I was never bothered with that when I saw My Girl (as far as I can recall).

  7. Oooh, I hate the “let’s make our gorgeous lead girl ugly so she’ll come off as totally pathetic compared to our handsome lead guy” trope so very much. If I never hear another lead guy call the girl ugly again in a kdrama, it’ll be too soon. I hate the way kdrama romcoms stack the deck against the lead gals in terms of class, job, looks, and often intelligence as well. For heaven’s sake, it’s okay if she’s a together human being BEFORE she meets the lead guy! Let the poor girl be able to style her hair at least.

    Otherwise, this looks fun. I love the tough action girl trope — one of the reasons I loved Secret Garden, and then got annoying that Gil Ra Im didn’t get to do more ass-kicking.

  8. How do they even come up with those hairstyles? I’ve never seen ANYONE with a haircut like that in daily life! O_O

    Same here, there’s something about Lee Dong-wook that doesn’t sit right with me. I don’t know how to explain, but there’s a certain…emptiness in his eyes, no spark, no joie de vivre, not even depression or anything.

  9. really? i loved him in scent of a woman! her hair does look like a bird lives in it, but maybe they’ll fix it up in the actual drama

  10. Shi Young poor thing!!! they give her a horrible wig!
    baby i{m just saying but dong wook is so damn gourgeous in SOW tht i can sy anything about him! so gourgeous……..
    in dream world!

  11. Oh my people. I love Lee Dong-wook with facial hari(and it look like a goatee). The fangirl just came out and she doesn’t come out that much

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