While the saying goes that there is no bad publicity, there is something called too much hype. Funnily enough, I don’t think either SBS, writer Kim Eun Sook, or any one of her cast members of the upcoming drama Heirs is trying to hype up the drama (yet). The hype is all fan generated, and we are probably all doing ourselves a major disservice if we want to critique this drama on its narrative merits in two months time without feeling like it was a let down. That’s the inevitable truth about hype. But if we wanted to have fun following along with its production, then keeping tabs on it is a must. I’ve being really rather smug that all my rumors about the drama are coming true one by one, at least I don’t have to go back and pinch a source for getting it all wrong. I said last month that the drama’s overseas location was written to be Australia (Sydney and the Gold Coast), but the production has decided to substitute and film the overseas scenes in California instead since its the tail end of Summer here and late Winter over there. The overseas shoots calls for lots of surfing scenes for male lead Lee Min Ho, and for all I know the other actors might have beach scenes as well. Think the cast heading to New Caledonia for Boys Before Flowers, gotta milk the location shoot, right? Today came confirmation that Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, and Krystal are headed to Southern California on September 3rd for three weeks of location shoots.
From what I have heard, Kim Ji Won is actually playing the fiancee Rachel Ryu and from the leaked script pages she’s got location scenes with both Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho so she should be there as well. I’m not sure why Krystal is coming to LA, unless there has been a character switch between her and Kim Ji Won (anything is possible), or else her character Lee Bo Na also shows up overseas. The character description for Kang Min Hyuk‘s Yoon Chan Young has just been dropped and turns out he’s ALSO going to show up in Australia. The only lead not going might end up being Kim Woo Bin. This means the potential fan frenzy clusterfuck in the first three weeks of September around Malibu, Downtown LA, and Koreatown is going to be insane as folks try to stalk the production crew filming in order to spot their favorite idols or actors from this cast. I’m close enough to drive to those places anytime but having a material professional obligation (i.e. a job) plus having no desire to actually bring a camera and lurk around for a sighting, I’ll pass on the stalking. I’m sure it’ll be squeeworthy to actually see Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye in person but tons of fan snapped pictures will sure be popping up online during that time. For those fans of CNBlue or Kang Min Hyuk, his character sounds adorable and might be the one male lead in the cast we won’t be tempted to pistol whip the moment he shows up onscreen.
Yoon Chan Young:
Since elementary school, under his dad’s unique tutelage, if he wants something, he has to submit a requisition report. “Why I need a pocket monster card?” “What’s the pros of a Nintendo?” “Why buy a smart phone?”
Chan Young needs very little to make him happy. Even though his mother died young, he doesn’t even remember her face but he was raised with a very amusing father that he wouldn’t be bored living with even after 100 years. He doesn’t excel at studies but he has dreams, he’s not a chaebol heir but he’s happy. Since young he has been a very practical person, he’s happy with what he has. He’s a good boy who knows his goal and works hard to achieve it.
From elementary school until now, he’s submitted over 30 requisition reports. Thanks to it, he’s learned how critical analysis and relatability, so he’s become great at persuading people. But once he entered high school, the class differences between someone who submits a requisition report and someone who approves it becomes glaring. Even if his father works under the Chairman of Empire Group and high school and is higher up than most people, Chan Young attends on a scholarship and is in truth really poor.
Even with this, Chan Young doesn’t wilt. Armed with an optimistic and accepting attitude, his life at Empire high school starts to brighten up the other kids. Chan Young is used to using his sincerity and it touches even the arrogant Lee Bo Na and touches her heart. She and Chan Young are very different, yet very suited for each other.
Bo La likes everything about Chan Young, except for one thing. His friendship with Eun Sang. From elementary school through junior high, Eun Sang and Chan Young spent together. They are ideal platonic friends, but Bo Na doesn’t think so.
Chan Young is contacted by Eun Sang in America when she should have been in Korea. Even more absurd is the guy beside her, the younger son of the Chairman of the Empire Group Kim Tan! He’s only heard rumors about the mischievous Kim Tan, why he is around Eun Sang? Suddenly Chan Young feels enveloped in a sense of unease…………