That is sure a whole lotta of pretty boy pretty in one drama. I hope the leading lady, whoever she is, won’t feel upstaged. Nam Goong Min has just been confirmed as joining Kim Hyun Joong in the upcoming manhwa drama adaptation of the gritty 90s City Conquest. I don’t read manhwas but from the synopsis, this reads like a gritty nihilistic revenge story of sorts. It’s the story of a young man hell bent on avenging the wrongs in an increasingly evil society, harboring a resentment of his father who abandoned his mother and him. Nam GoongMin will be playing his rival in both the love of the leading lady and probably his foil in his revenge plans. PD Yang is a movie director foremost (Speed, Grand Prix, Libera Me), but who did helm the blockbuster drama IRIS. Screenwriter Hwang has only one other drama under her belt but its a doozy – she co-wrote Emperor of the Sea which I know certain folks who adore it to pieces. Something about Song Il Gook as a pirate. Anyhoo, this is no small production, so I’m expecting pretty snazzy things.
City Conquest doesn’t yet have a station or a broadcast date, but its scheduled to start filming at the end of July. Manga and manhwa drama adaptations in Korea are notoriously hit-and-miss in ratings and quality. The successes are Goong, City Hunter, Boys Before Flowers, none of which were dramas that I loved. Whereas some of the ratings flops ended up being my personal faves, as such Tamra the Island and Playful Kiss. All of the above are actually not bad, I worry City Conquest will be another A Man Called God, and OMG if someone says anything about Peter Pan dying in Nicaragua, I will need to be hospitalized from laughing so much. I have a soft spot for both Kim Hyun Joong and Nam Goong Min so I will definitely check this out. Good or bad, it’ll surely have some sort of entertainment factor.