K-ent Remarks on tvN Drama Trend of Male Leads with Godly Abilities Taking Over for Chaebol Types

The Korean media has noted the similarity of recently premiered tvN’s Bride of the Water God with the network’s last big hit drama Goblin, namely on the trend of creating powerful male leads with godly abilities and good looks. OSEN recently wrote about how the cable network is leading the charge with what may become a trend in male leads that supplants the long running tendency to have chaebol or chaebol heir male leads, instead using magical ability in lieu of monetary wealth. Gong Yoo created such a memorable portrayal of an all power and all lonely immortal goblin that it’s quite big shoes for Nam Joo Hyuk to fill in trying to build up the character of the immortal Water God Habaek. So far audience reaction has been mixed and I’m fairly confused as well, he’s insanely easy on the eyes but if I focus on pure acting ability there isn’t enough heft there to elevate the portrayal. With that said, the godly male character is usually attractive enough with the fantasy elements much like a chaebol type that male leads will be hard pressed not to win hearts playing such a role. Only time will tell if this is indeed a new K-drama character trend. Continue reading

Nam Joo Hyuk Trades in Laughable Fantasy for Modern Good Looks in New Stills and Preview for Bride of the Water God

Nam Joo Hyuk was one of those who made it out alright in the hot mess K-drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, looking a dash more modern as the 13th prince but still suitably decked out. He should be the … Continue reading

Bride of the Water God Releases Moody Drama Poster Contrasting with Slapstick Episode 1 Preview

Talk about whiplash in moods as the first group drama poster for Bride of the Water God arrives followed by a completely different tonal one for the episode 1 preview teaser. It’s like the static posing of the cast promises … Continue reading

Nam Joo Hyuk Shows off his Water God Prowess to his Bride Shin Se Kyung in New Drama Teaser Set in Verdant Greenery

Goodness is tvN selling the romantic drama heck out of the upcoming adaptation of Bride of the Water God. There hasn’t been a couple-centric drama teaser that isn’t centered around hitting audiences over the head with oh so much super romantic … Continue reading