Prime Minister and I Gets New Name and Revised Plot to add Contract Marriage

The drama gods must be playing a practical joke on me or else there is a conspiracy to get me to like Yoona. It might still happen, but all I know is that I’m checking out Prime Minister and I come hell or high water. First of all, the drama title has reportedly changed to Prime Minister In Love, but I’ll wait for KBS to throw out one of their patented random drama English titles. I’ll bail if this sucks but I have to watch a drama that has the magic words “contract marriage” in it. I’m also watching for the magic words Lee Bum Soo and Yoon Si Yoon, but throw in the contract marriage and I’m putty in the drama’s hands. I love that trope and I don’t know why. I just love the cohabitation hijinks and the pretending to be in love to the public while really falling in love for real. The original synopsis of Prime Minister and I said it was the K-drama Sound of Music, with a music tutor going to the household of the Prime Minister and corralling his unruly kids. KBS has revealed that the original synopsis has now undergone significant revision and that’s where the contract marriage scenario comes in. Lee Bum Soo is still the Prime Minister of South Korea, and he’s still a widower with a family of out-of-control kids, but Yoona is no longer a music-background tutor. She plays a 28 year old reporter, and baby Lee Min Ho is her colleague.

Ryu Jin plays the villain of this piece, he is the Minister of Strategy and Finance and is also the brother-in-law to Lee Bum Soo as well as a good college friend and now political colleague. His sister was Lee Bum Soo’s wife and he blames Lee Bum Soo for her death, which is the start of the fracture in their friendship. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers that the girl he loves played by Chae Jung Ahn, who is the Press Secretary for the Prime Minister, carries a torch for him. Ryu Jin then aims to out Lee Bum Soo from office by orchestrating a scandal, and its there that Yoona gets involved in a contract marriage with Lee Bum Soo to avert the scandal. Her character is described as a Christmas present to the Prime Minister’s household, bring joy and order to the kids who are dealing with a motherless existence. The drama is described as a rom-com, and the production will fully take advantage of the Winter landscape to bring forth the warmest romance blossoming in the coldest time. So many of the cute rom-coms I’ve loved have been set in Winter, from My Princess to Dream High to Mary Stayed Our All Night. I love the lovers talking with the cold air blowing, I love how bundled up they are, I love the gorgeous Winter attire. Remember Kim Tae Hee in My Princess and all her Princess coats, hair ornaments, scarves, and gloves? I hope the attire in this drama is sharp and luscious to look at.

I think Ryu Jin’s “villain” role is going to be shades of grey and not a one-note crazy dude looking to bring down Lee Bum Soo’s Prime Minister. Plus he’s the uncle to Lee Bum Soo’s kids, I doubt their antagonism and rivalry won’t get resolved by drama’s end. I heard the rumor that his character ends up with Chae Jung Ahn’s second female lead, which probably means Yoon Si Yoon is the odd man out in this drama with nary a sweet girl of his own lined up. I hope the casting for the main characters isn’t complete and the drama finds a nice actress I like to play his love interest. It would be much cooler if he’s good friends with Yoona in a platonic way, the way Eun Sang and Chan Young are in Heirs, making him still integral to the story but have his own love line. Honestly? The male cast of this drama is totally Koala-nip to me and I can’t stay away. Rawr.

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Prime Minister and I Gets New Name and Revised Plot to add Contract Marriage — 22 Comments

  1. The words ‘contract marriage’ are like catnip to me. Glad to hear someone else feels the same!

    I hope Lee Bum Soo won’t be sporting a mustache in the drama, though.

    • Lee Bum Soo can make very shrill and rather limp onscreen with chemistry leading ladies suddenly develop charisma. Case in point —–> Kim Ha Neul in On Air. First time I ever liked her, and all thanks to him. He didn’t just play her manager in that drama and OTP, I think as an actor he really helped her to actually get past her limitations and dig deeper. Yoona has similar vibes to KHN in many ways, this might actually work. Hell, there is very little LBS can’t make work. Even in shit dramas like Jin or IRIS 2, watching him is always a pleasure and joy.

      • LBS is like kerosene – can’t wait to see if Yoona catches fire as well! I think that somewhere deep down she has the makings of a competent actress. She’s a victim of her fame in the sense that she’s being thrust into huge roles when she’s technically just taking her first tentative steps in the field.

  2. well even if there is LBS and YSY, i wont watch this. age difference between leads too much for me to handle!!! if the prime minister will love the girl but let go of her in the end to YSY maybe i would check!
    BUT overall again, how can they choose Yoona for this!? I am sorry SNSD fans but she is not good in acting…. There are certainly better acted bandmates are there in SNSD.

  3. … what?

    I actually thought this posts title was a joke.

    Now I’m really intrigued. MUST CHECK THIS OUT. All that potential… to win big time or FAIL miserably.

  4. I will love Ryu Jin even if he is the bad guy… *sob*. He needs to be nice in one of these dramas. Well, he was nice in that Billion Kisses show (were there ANY kisses in that show?) but it got so boring and crazy I had to give it up to keep my sanity. I digress. Bring on Ryu Jin!!! The fact that it is a contract marriage story is just icing on the cake!

  5. yay for Ryu Jin, i looove this guy from i really relly like you, he has a very likable charm to him, even when he played a very boring character…
    from the synopsis seems like he will play a cold-calculating villain which i haven’t seen yet, but i love his odd villain in my country calls…
    yes, bring it on Ryu Jin

  6. OMG! I’m super exited about this!!! Hahaha it’s so easy for me to be exited about a drama but its hard to keep my interest. For now: cohabitation? Marriage contract? Sound of Music style? Lee Bum Soo? Yoon Si Yoon? I’m in. Adding to all the list it will be airing in my favourite season of the year (Winter) and will appear my Joseon Power Ranger cutie Lee Min Ho. About Yoona casting, I would’ve rather Han Ji Min, but who knows??? I’m open to surprises.

  7. I am watching for every other actor here except the female lead. Am going to just ignore her. There are too many actors whom I like a lot here.

  8. Even though I love LBS, I am so turned off by this pairing. LBS has this adjussi vibe, while Yoona is the quintessential gir-next-door cutie. I have seen way too many pairs like them in real life. Besides, I doubt that Yoona can pull off portraying the role of a 28yo reporter. I usually watch this type of heart-warming dramas to have some fun away from reality. Watching these two getting it on will just give me the heebie jeebies. Sorry, LBS, pass.

  9. So far watching this as it is entertaining with the contract marriage and in the end the Prime Minister gets his woman and a happy family. The youngest son is very cute.The bad guys yet to know the outcome.

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