Y’all know that Joo Won does nothing for me, but hot diggity does his first official character posters for Tomorrow’s Cantabile look drop dead handsome. Everything is just perfect in the hot off the press two posters from the attire to the attitude to the background. I always appreciate the production putting creativity to use in ways not just to be different but to produce something attractive. The cast of the K-adaptation of Nodame Cantabile has been hard at work filming for the last three weeks, with the script reading stills released last week showing the leads getting all into the story. There’s a palpable sense of relief around this particular drama even if the idea of Korea doing Nodame itself still has many fans of the original manga wary. Having Shim Eun Kyung playing Nodame, here her name is Nae Il which translated as tomorrow, goes a looooong way in selling the drama even before the first stills drop.
This will be Shim Eun Kyung’s first drama in four years since Bad Guy and also her first long time coming leading lady role. She’s not just a phenomenal actress for her age, she also has a track record of picking good projects. Joo Won was linked to this drama first and his legions of fans will understandably think he’s got the looks and acting chops to pull off the character of Chiaki. The rest of us skeptics to his allure will have to wait until the first reels roll to render judgment but the first stills are good enough to allay some concern for now. Joo Won also has a great drama picking track record as long as one completely erases 7th Grade Civil Servant from his resume, LOL. Tomorrow’s Cantabile is on my radar but not one of the upcoming dramas I’m terribly excited about. I’m one of the group of folks that liked but didn’t love Nodame Cantabile so a K-version makes me curious without being overly attached.