Taking a period fantasy setting away and moving the narrative into modern times is fraught with peril even if done carefully. Even if it works there will be fans of the original story that miss watching it as the source material presented. I’m on the fence with the upcoming tvN drama adaption of Bride of the Water God. So far the teaser previews just show typical drama romantic moments, under a cherry blossom tree or straight up recreating a fish tank moment from a famous movie scene. Leads Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung are extraordinarily beautiful to look at in character but their staring at each other doesn’t exactly impress. That’s why it’s such a relief to finally get source material context in the latest character teaser showing Nam Joo Hyuk’s water god Habaek in his fantasy god glory, complete with blue-silver hair and plenty of guyliner smolder.
Haebak Character Teaser for Bride of the Water God: