Another cable drama has been flying under the radar and quietly filming for some time now. Finally Chosun TV has confirmed a start date of February 6, 2012 for its fantasy political thriller Hanbando, starring Hwang Jung Min and Kim Jung Eun. The story centers around a fictional future where the Korean peninsula (Hanbando) is unified. Hwang Jung Min and Kim Jung Eun play political operatives who fall in love, and later become the President and First Lady of the fictional unified Korea. Depending on the execution, this can either be hokey or slick and serious. The first teaser reveals that its the latter, with movie-like production values, location shoots in Eastern Europe, and a general kick ass fast-paced breathless feel to it. I was already interested, now I’m for sure going to check it out when it premieres. The rest of the cast consists of the normal heavyweights in K-dramas, but having Hwang Jung Min onboard pretty much guarantees that this is an attempt at a legit production.
First teaser for Hanbando: