I was excited enough writing about how the J-dorama version of Nodame played by Ueno Juri just happened to be in Korea at the same time that the K-drama version of Nodame Shim Eun Kyung had just started filming Tomorrow’s Cantabile. Then comes the icing on the cake seeing a picture of the two lovely ladies meeting during Juri’s visit to Korea. One, two, three….awwwwwwwww. Too bad Tamaki Hiroshi is filming his upcoming dorama right now otherwise he should just jet over to Seoul and give Joo Won a pointer or three. I don’t think Shim Eun Kyung needs any pointers from Ueno Juri, if there is a young K-actress that can literally act any type of character that actress would be Shim Eun Kyung. My worry is that the K-version of Nodame will be all sorts of watered down.
I understand the loyal fan gripes about how the first stills of Shim Eun Kyung as Nae Il are too pretty and too neat. I get the dichotomy of Nodame as basically a disgusting hoarder at home but relatively cleaned up in public, but overall her general mien is mind in the piano clouds and with little attention to social details. Having her look too put together runs counter to a fundamental facet of her character. At least Ueno Juri is excited and supportive of this project so I’ll toss my worries in her lot and continue to keep the faith. Check out more pics of Juri at the Korea Japan Festival this week where she definitely rocks the quirky style to the max. She is basically wearing a hobo-esque dress that looks like three different outfits patchworked together, yet she makes it work and makes me think she looks cute. That’s a whole lotta undeniable charm.