When I learned that Hyun Bin (Secret Garden, My Lovely Samsoon) was confirmed from a new drama, I quickly researched it because I saw that it was on tvN and knowing that he’s only done broadcast shows so far, I wanted to know what story lured him to cable, especially – in my opinon – they are allowed a little bit more creativity.
Then I saw the writer’s name (Song Jae Jung) before the synopsis and let’s just say that my excitement dimmed a little bit.
Anyone who’s followed this blog for a while knows that we were very excited about W because we liked the writer’s previous work (Coffee House, Queen In Hyun’s Man); we liked the cast and we really liked the premise. And for a while, the show worked for us. Till it didn’t. In fact, in our opinion, it went off the rails.
But after I got over my initial reaction, I realized that I shouldn’t make one drama her defining work especially as Queen In Hyun’s Man is still one of my favorites. Not to mention that some of her other dramas like Nine: 9 Times Time Travel are critically acclaimed.
Anyway, what’s Memories of the Alhambra about? From AsianWiki:
Yoo Jin-Woo (Hyun-Bin) is the CEO of an investment company. He has good sense at his work, a strong adventurous spirit and a strong desire for winning. Yoo Jin-Woo is going through a hard time emotionally due to things like betrayal from his friends. He visits Granada, Spain on business and stays at an old hostel run by Jung Hee-Joo. There, Yoo Jin-Woo gets involved in a strange affair.
Wow, Hyun Bin (Secret Garden, My Lovely Samsoon) is playing a CEO. This is new, uncharted territory! I kid, I kid. I always look forward to his roles and this is no exception.
While some yet-to-be-revealed strange stuff will occur set against the backdrop of beautiful Granada, my guess is he’ll return to Korea at some point because I can’t imagine the entire drama taking place abroad.
A female lead hasn’t been announced but it is said that Park Shin Hye is currently considering an offer. It’ll be a pretty interesting pair if she agrees.
Memories of the Alhambra will be directed by Ahn Gil-Ho (Stranger, Rooftop Prince) and is scheduled to air in the second half of the year.
Sources: Sports Chosun, AsianWiki, Rogatis, Kdrama News @Twitter