Han Suk Kyu & Shin Ha Kyun, 4 days every week~
Yes, and thankfully their shows are not aired on the same days~ Will both get the daesang for the SBS / KBS year-end awards? ^ㅡ^
Sharing translations of this Asia Today article with a very apt title, written by reporter Woo Nam Hee, and of a Newsen article by reporter Hwang Yoo Yung (images: Naver Movies, Cine 21)
“Mondays for Shin Ha Kyun, Wednesdays for Han Suk Kyu” — just mention this and most people nod in agreement. ^^ That’s because they have been watching KBS2’s Monday-Tuesday primetime drama “Brain”, starring Shin Ha Kyun, before continuing with SBS’ Wednesday-Thursday offering “Deep-Rooted Tree”, starring Han Suk Kyu. Both actors have largely focused on their successful acting exploits on the big screen for many years before making their comeback to TV viewers, receiving much rave responses for their impressive performance and fiery onscreen charisma.
Since MBC drama “Good Person” in 2003, “Brain” is Shin Ha Kyun’s first (terrestrial station) drama comeback after almost 8 years.
images: dot, KBS
He takes on the role of “prickly guy” Lee Kang Hoon, who graduated from Korea’s top medical university Chun Ha Dae and is currently a 2nd year fellow in the university hospital. Despite being an extremely talented neurosurgeon, he is cold-hearted, unapproachable, with an almost robotic attitude and hints of an angsty past. So far, the scriptwriters have tortured the never-say-die character by denying him his rightful promotion to assistant professor, giving the title to his arch-rival Seo Joon Suk (Jo Dong Hyuk), caused in part by the betrayal of his longtime backer Prof Go Jae Hak (Lee Sung Min), and many guilt-charged moments with his apologetic runaway mother Soon Im (Song Ok Sook).
The popularity of Shin Ha Kyun’s role can be attributed to the way he perfectly portray Kang Hoon’s stubborn ambitions with his unmatachable talent as a neurosurgeon. The way Lee Kang Hoon doesn’t tolerate a single mistake no matter how mundane it may be, Shin Ha Kyun could make this character very believable and real. With no doubles, actors perform their own surgery scenes and real-life neurosurgeons who assist Shin Ha Kyun expressed their amazement at Shin Ha Kyun’s display of his surgical skills in the operating theater. As viewers extend their sympathies and support for Shin Ha Kyun’s Kang Hoon, a “Ha Kyun alri*” has started spreading throughout the country.
alri: sickness due to liking a particular drama character too much
Shin Ha Kyun is also setting many female hearts aflutter (and ratings to climb ^^; ) with the progress of his loveline with Yoon Ji Hye (Choi Jung Won), a 3rd year resident in the same department. Whether it’s the sofa wrist-grab, back-hug tie practice, or bubble gum kiss, these scenes captured much interest and imaginations of many…ㅇ_O *
For Han Suk Kyu, “Deep Rooted Tree’ marks his comeback to dramas after 16 long years.
Besides being King Sejong who created and transformed Joseon society with Korean hangul characters, Han Suk Kyu is Lee Do, the egalitarian, meat-loving, almost boho monarch who can’t help having scary daddy King Taejong’s blood flowing in him causing him to collar-grab his closest ones, including himself! ^0^ (sorry, got a little carried away~~ ^^) Add the importance of Lee Do’s frequent swearing during many crucial scenes in the drama, and Han Suk Kyu has created one of the most memorable impressions of Great King Sejong in drama history.
If his acting could be examined under a microscope, one realizes that it isn’t limited to just his facial expressions and enunciation. Just the twitch of his eye or the tremble of his lips can create a greater impact than straightforward acting.
To better capture the emotions of characters with visual impact onto the screen, the Deep Rooted Tree PDs often employ stark close up shots of the actors and actresses. These shots capture not the face but parts of it – the eyes, the jaw, the lips, etc. This filming technique helps actors by broadening the range of expressions they can evoke, especially in capturing the subtle emotional shifts that Han Suk Kyu does so well during Lee Do’s moments of vulnerability.
Current ratings for the shows are looking good – Brain has hit it’s highest rating,14.4%, in episode 10 (Tue 13 Dec), while Deep Rooted Tree registered 21.7% for episode 21 (Wed 14 Dec). Let’s enjoy the good stuff while it lasts, especially for Deep Rooted Tree, whose finale will be aired next Thursday~ ㅜㅜ
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I love this clip, titled “Sejong’s Hangul Presentation”~ *lol* Unbelievably cute, yet so convincing~