The upcoming cable drama Misaeng: An Incomplete Life has been quietly assembling a pretty intriguing cast and firmed up the leads this past weekend with Im Shi Wan and Kang Sora. Coincidentally enough the two of them were both seconds leads in their previous dramas, him in Triangle and her in Dr. Stranger, with said dramas going head-to-head against each other in ratings. Triangle is mostly boring as hell with the occasional sit-up-and-take-notice moment while Dr. Stranger was a bucket of nonsense with ten more buckets of crazy poured on top. I found Im Shi Wan much better in Triangle than I remembered him as the sole child actor weak link in The Moon Embraces the Sun and being pretty dull in the sitcom Standby. I’ve always liked Kang Sora and enjoyed her performance in DS but massively did not like her character’s storyline in that drama. Personality-wise that character also took a nosedive when she became a weeping self-absorbed faucet and forgot her earlier backbone and sass.
Here’s hoping Kang Sora regains her mojo in Misaeng as the leading lady playing a tough and capable rookie office employee opposite Im Shi Wan’s former Go player turned unhappy white collar worker. Lee Sung Min has also been confirmed to play the the rookies immediate supervisor at the company. Kang Ha Neul is still being courted to play the other male lead and I super duper want him to say yes. I’m also looking forward to Misaeng because it comes from the PD who did Monstar and Sungkyunkwan Scandal and both dramas are light and lovely to watch. He also directed Cinderella Unni which is why Moon Geun Young was offered the leading lady role a few months ago but she turned it down to film a sageuk movie. Misaeng is adapted from a very popular and well-received webtoon of the same name so at least the basic story outline is already proven to be a hit and makes sense rather than leaving me the fear that it’ll turn out to be a cobbled together mash-up of drama parts. Misaeng starts filming in late August for an October premiere after Age Ending in Nine Boy which follows the currently airing Marriage Not Dating.