It’s Korean Nodame and Chiaki together! More accurately it’s Seol Nae Il and Cha Yoo Jin together at last in the first stills of the leads filming Tomorrow’s Cantabile. KBS continues to pace the release of new stills for its upcoming Mon-Tues drama, which might be a good thing if it succeeds in whetting the appetites of the viewers since the current drama in that time slot is the low-rated Discovery of Love. KBS needs a hit but I’m skeptical that Tomorrow’s Cantabile will deliver. It might but bear in mind that manga or manhwa adaptations have been a series of epic fails in K-dramas for the last few years in terms of garnering domestic ratings. Group 8 keeps on churning out such adaptations and this one is also coming from that very company which produced Boys Before Flowers, Playful Kiss, Pretty Boy, Tamra the Island, and Goong.
Luckily for KBS Joo Won is a pretty reliable hit maker when it comes to dramas and his dramas on KBS have been rollicking successes for the network. Pair him up with current acting queen Shim Eun Kyung and the K-viewers may actually tune in come October 13th when the drama premieres. The first OTP stills have this interesting lens filter effect of making it feel like a rainy green-tinted afternoon, maybe with a lot of mold around. Don’t get me wrong, the color scheme is actually quite pretty albeit hard to place. Joo Won does have one leg up on J-counterpart Tamaki Hiroshi in looking the age of a musical college student the way he strides around campus. Despite Hiroshi being only 26 when he did Nodame he always looked older than the character’s age. Shim Eun Kyung continues to look just perfect for the part of a oddball piano prodigy with her shining eyes and endearing smile.