It’s strange how expectation rises and falls with K-dramas that appear middling for whatever reason. Right now my interest in the upcoming Hong Sisters drama The Master’s Sun is increasing but I don’t know how long it’ll stay there. It’s increasing because this drama seems to be really embracing the dark side of its far-out concept. An ordinary girl discovers one day that she can see dead people. And the dead people she sees are really scary – they appear in whatever state they died in and even if they intend no harm the visual freak out is enough to give anyone the heebie jeebies. Much less this girl who is a scardy cat by nature. The production of TMS released a bunch a filming stills last week that I posted already, but there have also been random tidbits released from extras playing dead people that give me the willies even seeing it out-of-context. Even if the Hong Sisters are known for their comedic chops that they insert into their narrative, I’m not sure its going to help much when bloody and rotting dead spirits are wandering around in the drama screen. It’s this what-if possibility that this drama will indeed be a horror romance that piqued my interest. SBS released the script reading stills this week even though the actual script reading happened a month ago and the cast and crew have been filming already for weeks now. So Ji Sub is absolutely being himself, looking unkempt and unwashed and weird, which hilariously is usually how his leading lady Gong Hyo Jin comes across sometimes in non-red carpet settings.
I can safely say these two actors share so many similar traits – they are acknowledged thespians in the industry, have been acting for pretty much the same amount of time, will gladly uglify themselves when the role calls for it (So Ji Sub in I’m Sorry, I Love You, Gong Hyo Jin in half the dramas she’s done), and have the same weird fashion sense in real life that frequently shows up to hurt our eyes. For whatever reason I’m expecting unexpected sizzling chemistry from these two, so they better not let me down. While So Ji Sub looks like a bum here at the script reading, he’s play a rich department store president and will be clean cut and snazzily dressed in the role. Gong Hyo Jin needs to appear bedraggled due to her character being sleep-deprived due to all the ghostly visits so don’t expect her to look her edge sexy self in this role. In this script reading stills I see a lot of familiar faces playing supporting roles, with the Hong Sisters working with new faces in Seo In Guk and Kim Yoo Ri for the second leads. He plays the manager of So Ji Sub’s department store while she plays a top star who butts heads with Gong Hyo Jin. No word yet on how many episodes but expect 16 since that’s the Hong Sisters usual length. If this drama turns out to be good that’ll be a great late Summer treat since it premieres July 31 after I Hear Your Voice wraps, but if it sucks then all eyes will be on its follow up drama the highly anticipated The Heirs with Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye. A Kim Eun Sook-penned drama following a Hong sisters-written one? That’s gotta be a first.