Monday, August 2, 2010

‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’ Voted Most Anticipated Show

An upcoming KBS2 drama is drawing great attention even a month before its start. “SungKyunKwan Scandal” is to succeed “Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho” from August 30.

Netizens have already produced related creations such as a music video and posters as they imagined the story. In a survey about the most anticipated drama in the second half of the year by portal site Dcinside from July 20 until 27, the show ranked first with 8,681 votes among 25,370 votes.

What is behind such popularity of the drama?

Four lead characters – Micky, Park Min-young, Yu A-in and Song Joong-ki (clockwise from top left)

Expectations for Leading Stars

Micky, a member of the idol boy group TVXQ, plays one of the four protagonists. TVXQ is a mega-popular band with some 800,000 members in its official fan club, but has been in a dispute with its agency SM Entertainment, which has led its members to disappear from the public view in Korea amid rumors that it may be disbanded. This is why Micky’s appearance is drawing many eyes to the drama. It is also his acting debut.

The other three leads are Park Min-young, Song Joong-ki, and Yu A-in, who are young rising stars. Song has gained popularity for his cheery, cute roles. Yu, who started an acting career from childhood, has successfully grown into an adult actor. For Park, this is the third period drama she has appeared in after “Korean Ghost Stories” in 2008 and “Princess Jamyeong.”

The original novel on which the drama is based

Proven Story Based on Hit Novel

Another reason for the attention the show is attracting is the fact that it is based on a popular teen novel. Released in 2007, the novel was on the bestselling lists of major online bookstores, dealing with the friendship and romance between four students at a Confucian academy during the Joseon Dynasty: Daemul Kim Yun-hee (Park Min-young), a girl who disguises herself as a boy to enter the school instead of her sick brother; Garang Lee Seon-jun (Micky), a perfect man of etiquette and example; Yeorim Gu Yong-ha (Song Joong-ki), l’homme fatale who is given to wine and women; and Geolo Moon Jae-shin (Yu A-in), a troublemaker with masculine charm.

Other appealing elements are its combination of the seemingly unmatchable genres of teen romance and epic drama and the featuring of a girl disguised as a boy, like in “Coffee Prince No.1."

Fans will have to wait about a moth until they will know whether or not the drama will meet their expectations and become another hit.

Writer: Moon Hye-yoon

Source: KBS
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