It feels like yesterday that the K-version of Nodame Cantabile was announced and everyone threw an understandable collective “NO” fit. Now it’s mere weeks away from airing and maybe the magic sauce really was landing Shim Eun Kyung as the leading lady and calming everyone down. Now everything I see from the previews for Tomorrow’s Cantabile sells me on whatever take KBS is cooking up on the very famous manga story of a oddball piano playing prodigy and an arrogant musical genius with a major fear of flying. KBS has been airbrushing Shim Eun Kyung’s Nae Il to the point she seems like the country girl leading lady in a sweet ballet drama, but I trust Shim Eun Kyung can imbue the character with all the wacky touches that it won’t matter if she looks a tad too put together. This week started off with more official stills from TC and the ones that show leading man Joo Won taking intense music lessons immediately brings to mind the immersion that Yoo Ah In did to master the piano for Secret Love Affair.
Does he look convincing to you guys? I’m not a classical music enthusiast so I don’t have much insight into the minutiae of being a orchestral conductor but everyone thinks Tamaki Hiroshi nailed it. Whatever Joo Won has up his sleeve he will definitely be held to be very high bar already set but at least Joo Won is working hard to acquire some musical background to help his performance look convincing. Even with the central plot focused on the two leads, the original manga was also a college ensemble piece with plenty of memorable and quirky supporting characters to liven up the joint. Below are the first stills for the K-version of the four main supporting leads: Go Kyung Pyo sporting blond hair as Yoon Il Rak (rocking out on the violin), Jang Se Hyun with the trademark ‘fro as Ma Soo Min (timpani), Dohee of Tiny G as Choi Min Hee (with a contrabass bigger than she is), and charming relative newbie actor Park Bo Gum as Na Yoon Ho (with the cello slung over his shoulder). The supporting cast look great and deserves a thumbs up.