When new broke a few weeks ago that Gong Hyo Jin and So Ji Sub were offered the leading roles in the Hong Sisters upcoming drama (of the Big, You’re Beautiful, Best Love, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho fame, NOT the Hong Sisters of The King 2 Hearts and Beethoven Virus fame), there was a collective jaw drop all around. I really don’t know why I have never thought of these two pairing up together, though really the odds were so high they would. They are around the same age, from the same acting generation crop, both quirky and odd in real life, have questionable taste in attire, and considered genuine acting talents in both movies and dramas. It’s like they are the male-female version of each other, minus So Ji Sub’s propensity for rapping. Today both have confirmed they will be starring in the upcoming The Sun of My Master (or Master’s Sun), the Hong Sisters return to drama-land after last year’s failed Big. I hope the name has a meaning because right now it sounds weird, and not in a good way. I never like seeing the word “master” in any title unless it refers to being an expert in something. Early reports that this will be a supernatural tinged tale is true now that a more detailed character description has been provided. It’s not like the Hong Sisters can’t do supernatural – tons of folks loved MGiaG which had the whole human-gumiho love affair, but only a handful enjoyed Big with the body-swapping premise. So Ji Sub plays a high powered executive described as being stingy and greedy, while Gong Hyo Jin plays a depressed and likes to cry secretary. The story concerns So Ji Sub, who is a self-centered arrogant ass who thinks money solves everything, and his maturation and transformation after meeting with a girl who gives up and runs away from life. She is a woman who can see ghosts after suffering an accident, and he becomes the man who believes her and they fall in love. The Sun of My Master airs in August so we will have plenty of time to find more about this intriguing premise as production gets closer to filming.
As I was typing up this post, I suddenly remembered that both Gong Hyo Jin and So Ji Sub are Lee Kyung Hee alum! And not just any regular Lee Kyung Hee alum, their careers can be traced back to breaking out in a very impactful way thanks to Lee Kyung Hee. Gong Hyo Jin did Sang Doo, Let’s Go to School with Rain, still on my top-10 most favorite drama of all time list, and Gong Hyo Jin and Rain are also one of my all-time most perfect and favorite OTPs. Ever. Chemistry that melts the heart and warms the soul. So Ji Sub most famously sported the ugliest hairstyle known to man and cried a lot with Im Soo Jung in I’m Sorry, I Love You (MiSa). I’m one of the handful of folks who liked but didn’t love MiSa, but he was undoubtedly impressive in it. Knowing they excelled at two of Lee Kyung Hee’s best works makes me very optimistic this will be a great pairing. Gong Hyo Jin will be the first Hong Sister’s alum to be the lead in two of their dramas (Jang Geun Seok did Hong Gil Dong as the second male lead and came back to headline You’re Beautiful), and So Ji Sub gets to try his hand at a combination of comedy, melodrama, and maybe even some horror? I remain curious and curiouser about this project.