Nice Guy, which doesn’t premiere until early September thanks to Bridal Mask‘s extension, has nevertheless started filming. Nothing says a drama’s got its shit together better than a two month head start. The production is headed on location to Japan with the main leads all having significant scenes filmed there. Other than the script reading stills released a few weeks nothing, there has been nothing else from KBS to whet our appetites. But the good fans on DC Gall have managed to get a hold of what reads quite believably as the plot set up of this drama.
We’ve been all wondering what the heck happened to turn Song Joong Ki from a real nice guy into a Nice Guy (i.e. guy pretending to be nice, as if the capitalization on the two words didn’t tip us off enough that this was all so Dra.Ma.Tic.). I read the synopsis and felt all at once like (1) I’ve read this before, somewhere a few dramas got mashed together, and (2) it still sounds interesting because ultimately its about the character connections and interpersonal relationships that writer Lee Kyung Hee excels at.
Purported Set-up for Nice Guy:
Kang Ma Roo (Song Joong Ki) and Han Jae Hee (Park Shi Yeon) are lovers. Ma Roo is a third year medical school student, Jae Hee is a reporter. Seo Eun Gi (Moon Chae Won) is a woman with a weak disposition, who faints frequently. One day, Jae Hee kills a middle-aged man in a motel. Ma Roo takes the rap for it and goes to prison. During the time he’s incarcerated, Jae Hae becomes a wealthy woman by being with Chairman Seo (Kim Young Chu), who is Eun Gi’s father. She has a young child with him, but is not married nor have they gone public with their relationship.
Ma Roo gets out of prison 5 years later. He’s so devastatingly charming that no woman could resist him. Jae Hee hates herself for her shady past so she wants to use Chairman Seo to raise her status and give herself a new identity. Eun Gi and Jae Hee intensely dislike each other. Eun Gi works at her father’s company. Ma Roo and Eun Gi meet for the first time on a flight from Japan back to Korea, because she faints during the flight. This is also the first time Ma Roo sees Jae Haa again after he gets out of prison.
Prison! Nothing like a scapegoat prison stint to turn love sour, eh? I’ve been curious to know what exactly happened between Park Shi Yeon and Song Joong Ki’s characters to turn him into an angry guy hell bent on toying with womankind. So he takes the fall for his ladylove, only to learn that she’s flown the coop during his incarceration and found herself a rich daddy to aid in her social climbing aspirations. Yeap, I’d be pissed, too. Usually martyrdom prison sentences are supposed to be accompanied by vows of forever after and true love. To experience the opposite would believably turn Song Joong Ki jaded and disillusioned with the fairer sex.
I wonder how Moon Chae Won’s character is written, other than sickly with what sounds a lot like narcolepsy. I hope she’s got a steely inner will power to counter-balance her weak constitution. I actually love stories where the guy is all angry and bitter, and the love of a pure and sweet girl weakens his prickly defenses and makes him soften. What? I’m sappy that like. This whole set up already sounds like a giant mess in the making, and does echo shades of Bad Guy, only without the birth secret bit. Or is there going to be one thrown in later for good measure? I’m ready for a melodrama to hit me in the Fall, and Nice Guy sounds like it’s what the good Koala doctor ordered.