First Stills and Teaser for Prime Minister and I with Yoona and Lee Bum Soo

There are a lot of unknowns around the upcoming KBS drama Prime Minister and I. Right now it has small shoes to fill when it premieres in a month after the low-rated Marry Him If You Dare wraps up. The initial casting caused general consternation when the forty-something serious actor Lee Bum Soo was paired up with the twenty-something lightweight idol actress Yoona. If this was an ensemble piece it might have a better chance of working, but these two are in the title of the drama so clearly its all about them. Will they have chemistry? Will the acting talent imbalance upend the narrative? I have no clue, but despite my initial reservations I’m starting to warm up to the entire production. While I love Lee Bum Soo and second male lead Yoon Si Yoon, Yoona’s actually looking quite cute and animated in the first stills and not all that bland like she did in every promotional still to come out of Love Rain where she could have been mistaken for a mannequin. The set up concerns the youngest and brightest Prime Minister of South Korea getting into a reluctant fake contract marriage with a female paparazzi who moves into the official residence and ends up winning his heart along with taming his wayward kids. I don’t know how the latter will happen since if I was one of his kids and dad brought home a young hot thing like Yoona, I’d be pretty pissed. Directing is the PD who did Baby-faced Beauty and Ad Genius Lee Tae Baek, both of which were relatively zippy to watch dramas in execution. A bigger what if is the writing team behind Prime Minister is responsible for some huge narrative fails in the past including My Fair Lady, When it’s at Night, Snow Queen, and Summer Scent. But if one digs back far enough, these two ladies were also the writing team behind the biggest Hallyu melodrama hit of all time Winter Sonata. That was 10-plus years ago and the times have changed. Will they freshen up their pen for a snappier drama to come? I’m hopeful because MHIYD has this far failed to capitalize on its great cast and I don’t want to same fate to befall Prime Minister.

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First Stills and Teaser for Prime Minister and I with Yoona and Lee Bum Soo — 16 Comments

  1. Koala if there’s a ICOMYM can there be ICOMOM??? Because I definitely love Lee Bum Soo and he’s an ajhussi for this young girl. But how can I resist him?
    The trailer was so blergh to me, I wanted to see the chaos the kids are and how cute they can be. I hope it’s a Christmas themed drama, well atleast one ep. If not I will rewatch MMM or My lovely Kim Sam Soon.

  2. Interesting. Didnt know about the fake marriage contract. Really wonder how that’s going to help his reputation as prime minister but I guess we’ll see how the story unfolds. That is, if it doesn’t end up sucking..

  3. She’s so pretty *_* Same type of beauty as Choi Ji-woo. I really hope this drama won’t suck. The premise sounds cute enough!

    • Well, next to Lee Bum Soo he’s second lead material anyway. Perhaps Yoon wanted to work with him, and gain more experience. Or the script is just phenomenal. Which I doubt.

  4. If only Yoona was a good actress, I’d love to see her I’m a sageuk. I think she’ll be gorgeous in a Hanbok and look generally amazing in a period set up. Alas, I don’t think she should do it – not until she improves at least.

    I love her here though. She looks lively, energetic and is bringing out the youth in her character – which is great. I’m not buying into the OTP just yet but if they have chemistry, and it’s somewhat decent, I’ll definitely be watching this.

  5. Actually, i thought Yoona was quite good as Hanna in Love Rain. She wasn’t great in part 1 but part 2 was so different. I was actually quite impressed. I hope this one will be better.

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