The upcoming SBS drama Angel Eyes is poised to take over in less than two weeks after Thrice Married Woman wraps up this weekend. I feel like that time slot for SBS has been a steady stream of painful to watch dramas that are admittedly quality written fare, from Birth Secret to Goddess of Marriage and now to Thrice Married Woman. It’s not incomprehensible makjang like I Summon You, Gold but that drama was considerably more entertaining. Angel Eyes looks and reads like a throwback K-drama, the foremost being a teenage love story portion that recalls the heyday of Winter Sonata. At least leads Gu Hye Sun and Lee Sang Yoon are not playing their teenage counterparts the way Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo were asked to shave a decade off their real ages and don a school uniform. The younger counterparts are played by charismatic young actors Nam Ji Hyun and Kang Ha Neul as we watch them bicker and fall in love as teenagers before an accident renders the leading lady blind and the couple are forced apart. Later she regains her sight after an operation and decides to become an EMT to save lives. He’s grown up to become an emergency room doctor and they reunite again in their thirties. I really love the PD behind the camera and the visuals in the first two teasers as well as the official stills look lovely. He directed Will It Snow For Christmas, Only You, and What Happened in Bali, all dramas I enjoyed and definitely remember as wonderfully filmed. I actually think Gu Hye Sun looks unexpectedly love in all the promos and Lee Sang Yoon is styled younger and more dashing than his recent turns towards fuddy duddy land. I’m worried the most about the screenwriter who was the hot mess talent behind Operation Proposal and Boys Before Flowers. Let’s hope her reunion with Gu Hye Sun here dials down the slapstick and dials up the mature nuance. Angel Eyes premieres the first week of April if anyone is interested. I’ll definitely sneak a peek and hope to be surprised.
Teasers for Angel Eyes:
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