The rise of the screenwriting Hong sisters as a true Hallyu powerhouse with their own name recognition has to be credited to the incredible pan-Asia popularity of You’re Beautiful in 2009. Before then their dramas were hits in Korea and was part of the Hallyu wave, with Sassy Girl Chun Hyang, My Girl, Fantasy Couple, and Hong Gil Dong all having their own levels of success. But YB took the sisters to a new level and the success of YB is heavily credited to the breakout performance of Jang Geun Seok as the male lead.
It’s fitting and probably took way to long for him to return in a Hong Sisters drama and its coming next weekend as Jang Geun Seok is doing a cameo appearance in episode three of Hwayugi (A Korean Odyssey). Cha Seung Won and Lee Seung Gi are both doing their second-around working with the Hong sisters as male leads and each have done cameos other dramas for the sisters already. Park Shin Hye did her cameo soon after YB for My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, and now YB supporting star Lee Hong Ki has a supporting role in Hwayugi. I can’t wait to see Hwang Tae Kyung, or a variation thereof, show up to lend his diva ways to the proceedings.