I saw Eric this weekend at KCON. I know this is a post about an upcoming drama but I promise I’ll tie to to the glorious and perfect specimen of a man that is Eric Moon in a second. There were a few dramas vying for the post Yongpal Wed-Thurs time slot on SBS but a dark horse has emerged to clinch the deal. The drama after Yongpal will stick with the same dark thriller-esque vibe and is a mystery drama called The Village centering around a corpse. Interesting…….
The snippet synopsis describes a quiet idyllic village where there is almost zero crime, then one day the peace is shattered when the villagers discover a corpse surreptitiously buried. There is no clue as to how the corpse got there, who the person was in life, or how the person died (suicide, natural death, murder). A cop arrives to investigate the mysterious unknown corpse and traces back to everyone who came in contact with it in the village, uncovering the secrets of this village which is not ordinary and idyllic in the least.
The connection to Eric for this drama is on screenwriter Do Hyun Jung, who is not prolific in the least and has only two dramas under her belt. If she doesn’t write much it helps to have a career defining work and she did that with her first drama ever being the incredible Que Sera Sera, starring Eric and Jung Yumi. Seeing Eric in person makes me even more desperate for him to do a drama this year, and it would be a match made in drama heaven for the screenwriter to get him for The Village. Casting starts immediately this month so maybe he’s ready for some acting change of pace after doing his idol gig for the last year.
The directing is less impressive with the PD being Kim Yong Seok who directed Iljimae and The Great Seer (Dae Poong Soo), with the even more alarming recent project under his belt which is acting as the producer (but not PD) of the most recent SBS stinker Hyde, Jekyll, Me. The terrible writing for HJM was mostly to blame for the mess so I won’t hang that failure on him, but in general PD Kim hasn’t impressed me either with his directorial flair in all his previous efforts. With that said, I’m mostly checking out The Village for the different and cool sounding synopsis, it totally sounds like one of this twisty J-doramas, doesn’t it?