It’s weird how a disappointing streak with dramas can color even upcoming releases. With Cheongdamdong Alice wrapping up this weekend, its follow up drama has been quietly preparing for its premiere next week and released two teasers recently. As a die-hard Kang Ji Hwan fan I should be all over The Incarnation of Money like cat on cream but the premise and promotional materials just turn me off big time. But I’m not worried because this comes from the creative writing-directing team behind the epic Giant and black humor History of the Salaryman and I loved both, so I trust the drama will be good even if I’m not all that keen on the story or half the cast. Kang Ji Hwan apparently is a prosecutor who gets committed to the mental hospital at some point, while Hwang Jung Eum goes from fat girl (where she dons a fat suit for that portion of the drama) daughter of a loan shark to shedding all that weight to break Kang Ji Hwan out of the mental hospital by pretending to be his wife. Or something like that. Reuniting from their Giant days is Hwang Jung Eum and Park Sang Min, though he’s not playing her super awesome oldest brother here and is instead playing the villain of this piece. Eunjung was originally in talks for this drama but her role has now gone to Oh Yoon Ah, with Choi Yeo Jin and Kim Soo Mi rounding out the main cast. I’m really baffled by the terribly styling in this drama, ranging from Kang Ji Hwan’s ridiculous bowl cut to Hwang Jung Eum’s equally fugly complementary short do. I feel like every other drama aims to out-ugly its main cast, and for what purpose I don’t understand. It’s not like there is a proliferation of preternaturally good looking people out there who somehow are complete epic fails when it comes do getting a serviceable haircut or wearing clothing that isn’t cobbled together from the recycle bin. Anyhoo, the stills and teaser do nothing to arouse my interest but I’ll definitely check this out when it airs next weekend on SBS.
Teasers for Incarnation of Money: