There are dramas which get scuttled, most recently with Goodbye Mr. Black with Moon Chae Won and Lee Jin Wook, and earlier in the summer with Shin Mina‘s Let’s Have Dinner Together, and then there are dramas that some want to see get kiboshed which inch closer to airing. Filming has begun on Park Shi Hoo‘s comeback drama Neighborhood Hero, marking over two years since he’s been on the small screen in Korea, or for that matter since he’s been with his entertainment career active in Korea period.
Park Shi Hoo almost did Golden Cross for KBS but the netizen outcry was so big he passed on the role, and now he’s transforming into a retired spy turned bar owner in Neighborhood Hero. Costarring Yuri of SNSD, Jo Sung Ha, Lee Soo Hyuk, and Yoon Tae Young, the drama has returned spy Park Shi Hoo mentoring a young man from a small neighborhood to fight local crime. I thought Lee Soo Hyuk would be worn out from all that fun overacting he did for the last few months in Scholar Who Walks the Night but lo and behold he went from that drama straight into this one.
I remain curious since this drama is from PD Kwak Jung Hwan of Chuno and Conspiracy in the Court fame, though his oeuvre requires ignoring Fugitive: Plan B and Basketball as examples of failed works. Those who can’t watch Park Shi Hoo anymore should just ignore this drama and not even bother. I’ve never much liked him before his scandal and now find myself curious as to whether I can stomach him acting out a role without having real life information about him color the watch experience.