We’ve arrived at yet another premiere week in K-drama land, and this one comes courtesy of Pretty Boy (Bel Ami) taking over the time slot vacated by Secret on KBS Wed-Thurs. Starring Jang Geun Seok, IU, Lee Jang Woo, and Han Chae Young, I’m approaching this one with a dash of hesitation but an open mind since I’ve a fondness for manga or manhwa adapted dramas. Producing is production company Group 8 which has a hit-or-miss track record with adaptations in the past. This time around, the production company is apparently so confident in Pretty Boy that it compared this drama with one of its biggest hits Boys Before Flowers and said this one is even better. It also mentioned how KBS has had a string of male-oriented drama hits such as Nice Guy and The Equator Man and now PB will continue in that vein. Put aside those two dramas were melos and that genre does well generally, if we take PB has having an anti-hero for a hero and watching him redeem himself, then I suppose that is a hook that has worked in the past. The production company has compared the journey of male lead Dokko Ma Te and his quest to seduce 10 super wealthy woman as a “success story journey” and I’m going to have to take their word and put it on a mountain of salt for now. I’ll decide after I watch it. Jang Geun Seok officially debuted his new short hair cut, which is hilariously a buzz cut on the side ala his Beethoven Virus days but then with an oddly curly teased mound on top. I haven’t decided if I liked it, but it is a refreshingly change from his three-plus years with the same limp shoulder length hair. The four leads all look decent at the press conference, with hot new real life mom Han Chae Young rocking the bling bling, IU in respectable black and white, Lee Jang Woo going for a hobo suited look, and Jang Geuk Seok breaking out the color and velvet but still nowhere near as wacky as his Mary Stayed Out All Night press conference get up. That one was indescribably ridiculous. The drama released an 8-minute long preview so check it out below for yourselves.
Long preview for Pretty Boy:
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