So in regards to the upcoming Book of Corrections, the writer of this drama is Baek Woon Cheol, who wrote Mighty Chilwoo, which I never saw, but sounded like a cliche Robin Hood story. I haven't seen any of this guy's works, so should I be worried?
The writer has been changed to Jeong Hyung Su, who wrote MBC Gyebaek.
No, Gyebaek is terrible. I have a feeling if a drama has its principal crews (writer, actors, director...) changed, it usually turns out to be failure. Moreover, this drama is scheduled to air on February 14th.
Judging by the pictures of costumes, it looks like it's going to be yet another Empress Ki.
It has the same motive of other Korean romance dramas. Not only the costumes, the storyline seems to reiterate Empress Ki. Main guy & gal are accused of being cursed by a "prophecy" and they are banished. They go hide somewhere, accidentally meet, and make love....
What a real distortion of history; and it gives handle to others in making fun of Korean history. Is there really no one in Korea protest against this history distortion trend? It would be better if they didn't make any dramas at all. I apologize if I go off-topic. Our country Vietnam is famous for the Vietnam War; there are lots of good old dramas/movies about it. However, dramas about feudal era are very rare. Actually, we don't have enough resources for mass production; preivously 2 out of 4 feudal era historicals received harsh critics from viewers for incorrect outfits & history distortions. There were some fantasies too, but also underrated.
Pictures from the first shooting of Book of Corrections. Judging by the white beard and the clothes he's wearing, I'm guessing this was a scene where Ryu Seong Ryong starts his flashback on the Imjin War during exile.
I haven't given up on this drama yet. I'll decide once I actually see the drama. It looks better than other fusion historicals that are currently airing to be honest, not to mention the upcoming MBC fantasy "Shine or Insane."
Sure, Gyebaek was terrible. But at least this guy wrote a historical before. Some people had doubts about Jeong Dojeon because the writer had never written a historical before, but JD turned out to be a gem. Also, 95% of the story was based on imagination in Gyebaek because the only thing we know about him was dying during Battle of Hwangsanbeol. As for Book of Corrections, there is a vast amount of historical information out there. There's the Book of Corrections which the title of the drama comes from, there are Admiral YSS's War Diaries, the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty, and so forth. It'll be hard to mess this one up. Sure, there are fusion Joseon dynasty historicals that don't stick to history even though there is a vast amount of historical information on the era, but this is a traditional type KBS historical without any of the popular young superstars, so I wouldn't give up hope yet.
I would also say it's bit too early to call it an "another King's Dream." The cast looks okay so far to me. You have to remember that KBS traditional type historicals don't have a lot of budget, so they can't cast any expensive actors, especially not any Japanese actors. The only Japanese actor that I think might have a chance is Otani Ryohei, who currently resides in Korea and played a role in Roaring Currents, but he's too young to play Hideyoshi. Kim Gyu Cheol is a good actor and who knows? He might do a better job than the guy who played Hideyoshi in IYSS. Plus, the main character of the show is Ryu Seong Ryong, not YSS, so I don't think Japanese roles would be as important as they were in IYSS any way. I also like how the guy who played Yang Manchun in DJY(a hero) is returning as a bad guy. This is his first drama ever since DJY ended almost 8 years ago and I'm looking forward to see him again. One of the reasons King's Dream was bad was because they dragged the story for too long since it consisted of 70 episodes and it was done during a time when KBS filmed one traditional historical after the other. The one right before King's Dream had 92 episodes. They announced that they'll only be making one 50 episodes traditional historical per year starting with Jeong Dojeon, which was how they were able to produce their masterpiece this year. It'll be the same thing with Book of Corrections, just one 50 episodes historical per year. I think it's too early to judge before even watching the first episode.
I'll be starting a new thread on this drama as soon as they announce who's playing Yi Soon Shin just as I did for Jeong Dojeon few months before that started.
The start date of the show has been moved from January 3rd to February 14th by the way.
I'm convinced to give it a try. I hope I can find a place to watch it.
From Dae Jang-geum: Sun-dol: "Are you trying to dry me up and kill me? Why do you say the same things over and over every day? Rather, come and hit me once! Aigu!" But then: Dr. Lazarus: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan... You shall be avenged."