I haven’t written much about upcoming political rom-com All About My Love with Shin Ha Kyun and Lee Min Jung, other than to note that it went through three potential leading ladies (Im Soo Jung, Gong Hyo Jin, and Han Hye Jin) before securing this current cast. This is actually the Wed-Thurs drama I’m most interested in of the upcoming lot – When a Man Loves will be good for the snark and checking out Song Seung Heon’s abs and gangster acting, and Heaven’s Mandate will be interesting for Lee Dong Wook’s first foray into the sageuk genre and its Fugitive bent. But nothing beats the possibility of seeing Shin Ha Kyun and Park Hee Soon together onscreen, and in a rom-com no less! I like Lee Min Jung, but I don’t see her as nearly in the same league acting-wise as her two leading men, but I also think acting opposite them in an adult story will elevate her rather than expose her limitations. She’s been pidgeon-holed as the bumbling earnest girl for too long now, it’s time to play in the big leagues and act a character written with a personality closer to her age. The first teaser and poster-shooting stills are out, and the cast looks fantastic together. I have a soft-spot for political K-dramas since City Hall is my favorite K-drama of all time and that was a simplified version of a political themed love story. In ABML, two newly elected members of the legislature from opposing political parties butt heads at work but find themselves attracted to each other and end up secretly dating. The concept is nothing new so it all hinges on execution. The PD-writing team did the workplace rom-com Protect the Boss two years ago so hopefully they’ve learned from that drama on what to replicate that was done right and what to avoid that ended up dragging down PTB towards the end. Also joining Lee Min Jung as the ladies of this show are Kim Jung Nan (from A Gentleman’s Dignity) and Han Chae Ah (of Gaksital).
Teaser for All About My Love: