Making his long awaited return to television, Joo Ji Hoon has chosen to go with a 50-episode long weekend drama that will surely test his endurance and mettle. Hey, if you want to make a comeback, why not go all out? The drama is called The Piano Forest (also known as Five Fingers) and stars Joo Ji Hoon as a gifted pianist who encounters difficulty in his family and professional life and manages to overcome the odds. Joining him will be Ji Chang Wook in his first antagonist role, playing his younger brother and lifelong rival. Do the two look like brothers? Oh you betcha! This drama will be following A Gentleman’s Dignity on SBS in August.
While the female lead isn’t confirmed yet, all signs point to Eunjung taking on her first undisputed major leading lady role. It’s a point of contention in Coffee House where she was the female lead or Park Shi Yeon. This leading trio feels fresh to me, and I genuinely have no clue if it’s a good combination of actors or not. The scriptwriter worries me since she wrote Temptation of Wife, one of the most hilariously over-the-top daily dramas I have ever watched. I remember watching in abject horror at the insanity going on, but it surely was entertaining. Hopefully this will be more restrained on the makjang elements. A bunch of young people dealing with life struggles centered around piano playing is something that could interest me, so I’ll keep an eye on this drama for the time being. I hope the ahjummas don’t have a hissy fit with Joo Ji Hoon making a comeback, because boy has proven to me he’s talented after doing Mawang, so I’m happy he’s put all the negative press behind him and is ready to shine his brilliant smile on his fans again.