MBC released tons of new Scholar Who Walks the Night drama stills this past weekend so continue to feast your eyes on the pretty, and boy is there an unending stream of pretty. I’ll be candidly honest with my approach and expectation towards this upcoming vampire sageuk – it’ll likely be pulpy bad but I think I’ll still like it. The idea of pulp fiction really defines aptly a great swatch of K-dramas, nothing qualitatively highbrow but plenty of enjoyment to be had with the emotion-tugging. This particular drama is about Joseon-era vampires, ferssakes, so as long as it doesn’t get too weepy and serious then I think there will be fun had by all.
The source manhwa behind Night Scholar isn’t a particularly great manhwa either but has all the elements of a thrilling yarn – vampires, cross-dressing Candy heroine, vengeful spurned second loves, conspiracy in the court, more vampires – so suitably adapting it to the big screen is only a matter of understanding the limitations and the cast playing it with a self-aware wink wink sensibility. Lee Jun Ki and Lee Yoo Bi have a great frisson of awareness if their first stills together, while poor adorable Changmin looks so much like a fish-out-of-water in his still with veteran Lee Soon Jae playing his royal Kingly grandpa.