Worst K-drama Posters of the Year (So Far) Goes to Scandal with Kim Jae Won

Listen up folks, I think we have found the current front runner for worst drama posters of 2013. Please take your exalted place at the front of the line Scandal: That Very Shocking and Immoral Incident. First of all, the fact that this darn drama can’t be satisfied with just calling itself Scandal and has to add the mouthful afterwards annoys me. It’s like the writer is already veering towards douchebaggery. Then comes the father of all birth secrets, with an actual child abduction preceded by a child death. Dreary indeed. I actually like the cast well enough, with Kim Jae Won, Jo Yoon Hee, Jo Jae Hyun, Park Sang Min, Shin Eun Kyung, and Ki Tae Young, but the first teasers amped up the intensity but I didn’t feel like this PD-writer combo could keep this one out of the clutches of shrieking makjang. Then MBC released four official posters and I actually burst out laughing at the absurdity of a K-drama poster resembling posters for a horror movie. The top one is the least ridiculous and the three main leads are looking deliciously taut with chemistry. But the group poster looks like the cast for the K-movie remake of Dawn of the Living Dead prior to decomposing. The two daddies and one abducted son poster looks like some creepy surgeon-gone-insane stabbity movie, its just missing some surgical knives to complete the tableau. And the one with Park Sang Min and his two ladies Shin Eun Kyung and Kim Hye Ri is so ridiculous I can’t even begin to explain what it’s supposed to evoke, with Kim Hye Ri sporting the crazy mane of hair and hovering over Park Sang Min like she’s about to vampire suck his blood. Everyone in every poster looks pallid and dull, so I suppose the person at MBC in charge of making these posters ought to get some recognition for managing to uglify every single member of the cast. The fourth trailer was released this weekend and all I got out of it is Park Sang Min channeling both Jo Min Ki in East of Eden and Son Chang Min in Man of Honor. Oh that is some exalted company to join, the over-acting crazy middle-aged power and money hungry trifecta of villains. Lee Sung Jae in Gu Family Book might’ve earned a spot except he’s motivated mostly by inexplicable lust for fresh-faced young things. Check out the posters and teaser below, this one might be amusing to watch to see how crazy the drama will get.

Fourth teaser for Scandal:


Worst K-drama Posters of the Year (So Far) Goes to Scandal with Kim Jae Won — 24 Comments

  1. This has definitely not inspired me to watch it. I wasn’t planning on watching it and these sure don’t spark any more interest in me. But posters can be deceiving so this could be the runaway hit of the year.

  2. Well, at least Ki Tae Young looks good in the first poster. That’s the best thing I can say. Wtf MBC. They seem to have a weekend time slot singularly dedicated to makjang and OTT histrionics now. Like we need more of that in kdramaland….

    • That’s what comes of having Korean housewives dictating what the industry produces – the chasm between the kinds of stories Korean writer/producers/actors COULD make and the kinds of stories they DO make is seriously depressing.

      • Yet when unusual and intelligent directing/writing/acting shows up, such as King of dramas, the ratings sink deeper and deeper while said writer tries his earnest to bring a lil’ fanservice, albeit in vain.

  3. Koala, which poster of a kdrama you liked the most? I’m just curious because you know, I always see bad posters and so I have no idea of a good and original poster would be like lol

  4. I’m not too fond of the dark color but I actually really like the three leads love triangle poster…. Two good looking guys who is married… lol

  5. These are bad, but I can’t decide though if these are worse than the one for Shark (the one where he has fallen, open-mouthed (perhaps from a stab wound?) into her breasts).

  6. I like this pd/writer combo. I thought I Really Really Like You was hilarious. Too bad their upcoming drama isn’t a rom-com too. 🙁

  7. I love the first poster on top, Kim Jae Won, Jo Yoon Hee, and Ki Tae Young look really great… 🙂

    The drama title is quite intriguing, i really want to know what kind of Scandal the writer up to.

    Having a bad or not so well looking poster doesn’t mean the drama is going to be bad too. Base on the cast list, most of them are actually great actors. Can’t wait to watch this drama.

    I read from other sites that they are going to have the Press Conference today.

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