More than the other networks, it’s KBS that loves to give its dramas titles that are not literal translations of the Korean title. Recent ones include Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice), The Fugitive of Joseon (Mandate of Heaven), Bel Ami (Pretty Boy), The Innocent Man (Nice Guy) et. al. It’s doing it again for the upcoming Mon-Tues melodrama Full Sun which has gotten the English title Beyond the Clouds. That’s like totally unrelated unless we’re talking weather systems. Which one do you guys like better? Beyond the Clouds implies rebirth and moving past something, whereas I like the heat of Full Sun that makes the drama seem like it’s intense and blinding. The title choice is moot if the drama sucks and no one cares. I tend to use the Korean literal title when I write about a drama unless the English title is just snappier and a better fit. I’m getting the vibe that this drama fits the Full Sun title more. Due to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next Month, Full Sun’s premiere date is getting pushed back one week as KBS won’t air a drama in the Mon-Tues slot for the week after Prime Minister and I wraps up. That means Full Sun won’t air on February 10th and will instead premiere on the 17th.
That’s cool with me and since this drama has an extensive overseas location shoot in Thailand some extra time won’t hurt. I remember Nice Guy starting to film almost three months before it aired and spent a month of that time in Japan for its location shoot. A melodrama that is well plotted in advance allows for the location shoot to be maximized with both story and intensity. I’ve seen some pictures of the location shoot in Thailand and it’s going to be used in the drama in two different time periods. The first is the events that lead up to the death of a character and the incarceration of the male lead. The second is after he gets out and goes back to Thailand. I’m really warming up to the entire cast led by Yoon Kye Sang, Han Ji Hye, Jo Jin Woong, Kim Yoo Ri, and Son Ho Joon, with a critical cameo appearance by Song Jong Ho. I feel like Song Jong Ho makes anything better and he really upped the everything in The Suspicious Housekeeper when he showed up in that drama midway through.I don’t know why I keep getting Nice Guy redux vibes from this drama but that might be due to my desperate plea for a melodrama as good as NG that I can dig into.