There is nothing wrong with the upcoming SBS Mon-Tues drama Temptation, other than it’s dull as beans title as the fact that it looks dark and therefore guaranteed depressing. There might be nuggets of human nature wisdom to glean from it, but is it worth the trudge through downsville to experience it? I don’t know how I feel yet since its predecessor Dr. Stranger is still rattling in my brain. Gimme a few days and once I’m in possession of all my wits again, I’ll have a better sense of how Temptation might, ahem, tempt me. Starring Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Ji Woo in their first reunion since the Hallyu hit Stairway to Heaven, which was a basically a Korean makjang take on the Cinderella tale, which would actually be clever if it was subversive enough but instead just tried to play it straight. Both leads have improved their acting talents since then, though each are still known for being terrible at enunciation with Kwon Sang Woo’s lisp now becoming a calling card of its own for him.
This drama also got lots of early buzz when Yoon Eun Hye was courted to complete the love triangle with Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Ji Woo, and she smartly passed on it since her star power was going to butt up against the reunion good vibes and likely muddle up the audience reaction. In the end Park Ha Sun and Lee Jung Jin joined to round out the main cast and now there are lots of official stills, drama posters, and teasers to whet the appetite for those of you in the mood for a dark melodrama. I’m not sure this one is necessarily makjang, but will definitely skirt on the edge of taboo as Choi Ji Woo’s rich lady offers married man Kwon Sang Woo money to pay off his staggering debts in exchange for “his body”, whatever that means. Park Ha Sun is the beleaguered wife while Lee Jung Jin plays a smart cold character.
Teasers for Temptation: