The 2014 K-drama couples reunion train keeps on chugging along and if this one comes true then it’s yet another notch in the rarified thrice-paired-up column. Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae are the most famous and prominent three time costars first with Bulhandang (Robber), then came Chuno (The Slave Hunters), and finally they landed in the quagmire of IRIS 2. The upcoming tvN drama Valid Love has been courting Uhm Tae Woong to headline and he’s reportedly close to signing on. Now comes word that the network is in talks with Han Ji Min to be his leading lady, and if both stars agree then Valid Love would be their third time acting together. Their first outing was the phenomenal Resurrection (also known as Rebirth or Revenge), which was the first and best of the vengeance trilogy with the second drama being Mawang (The Devil) and the final one was the lackluster Shark.
Uhmforce had great chemistry with Han Ji Min and in their second drama Wolf I was dying to see them in different characters that might make me ship them even more. MBC‘s big-budgeted Wolf also starred Eric and turned out to be one of the biggest disasters in K-drama live filming lore when leads Eric and Han Ji Min were hit by a stunt car during filming and the drama only aired three episodes before being postponed indefinitely and eventually cancelled. There have been multiple false alerts over the years about Uhm Tae Woong and Han Ji Min doing another drama together so I’ll wait and see if Valid Love finally succeeds in reuniting them yet again. Even if the leads don’t turn out to be these two, I’ll probably still check out Valid Love since it’s being written by one of my fave scriptwriters Kim Do Woo (My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Me Too, Flower!) and directed by the phenomenal PD Han who did Alone in Love. Funnily enough I actually shipped Uhmforce even more madly with his second female lead in Resurrection, which was also the best performance I’ve ever seen from the usually placid So Yi Hyun. She was amazing in there and her character was simply better written and more interesting that Han Ji Min’s sweet heroine. I just love Resurrection so, everything works in that drama from the romance to the revenge. Forever a big thumbs up~
As for Valid Love, it’s yet another adultery-centered drama (sigh) with an additional taboo helping of a teacher-student romance. The story is about a biology professor married to his former high school biology class student and their happy marriage is on the verge of crumbling when he catches her cheating on him. This sounds majorly depressing but the network claims this drama is uplifting in showing how the fated couple address infidelity and work through it. I’ll believe it when I see it, but in the hands of Kim Do Woo there is a good chance it might actually work.