Despite my love for Prime Minister and I, its single digit ratings is clearly not bringing the happy for KBS and also for the rom-com genre in general. No wonder KBS is reaching back to its tried and true formula of melodramas for the post-PM slot called Full Sun clearly hoping to follow in the footsteps of Nice Guy and Secret. The drama confirmed it’s entire cast this week and I’m intrigued by all the random names mashed together. Yoon Kye Sang returns to drama land after Best Love and High Kick 3 in 2011 and headlines this revenge tale along with Han Ji Hye who probably is finally fed up with MBC’s makjang weekend fare such as I Summon You, Gold and May Queen. This is the first time Han Ji Hye has returned to a KBS Mon-Tues primetime drama since she got her breakout role in Sweet 18 back in 2004. Oh how time flies. Rounding out the cast is Kim Yoo Ri with scene-stealing turns in Cheongdamdong Alice and The Master’s Sun, the underrated Song Jong Ho who was excellent in both The Fugitive of Joseon and The Suspicious Housekeeper, as well as Jo Jin Woong. The story revolves around the diamond industry, an accidental death, and Yoon Kye Sang plays a role that takes him from wide-eyed high school student who then loses his father but his shitty life is even further ruined when a murder case involving stolen diamonds leads him to become a con-man. I’ve stopped face-palming when reading melodrama descriptions since it sounds so ridiculous yet in the rare instance when everything clicks it becomes this incredible thing to behold. The PD directed Women in the Sun while the director is a relative movie with Dream High 2 and the movie All About My Wife under her belt. I’m hoping for another Nice Guy so don’t disappoint me KBS!
The critical event in this drama is a death that happens in Thailand revolving around a diamond. The person who causes the death is Yoon Kye Sang and the guy who dies is the fiancee of Han Ji Hye’s character. She is a jewelry designer (again! after ISYG again?) who becomes cold after the death of her beloved fiancee played by Song Jong Ho which means he’s cameoing in this drama. After the accidental death of the fiancee, Yoon Kye Sang turns to a life as a conman (Kang Maru anyone?) and he’s aided by Jo Jin Woong and they are thick as thieves close. Kim Yoo Ri is a key character who is an eyewitness and watches as Yoon Kye Sang loses everything but ends up falling for him.