The countdown begins for Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun in Legend of the Blue Sea. The K-drama will air on SBS starting November 16 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The show will air at 10 p.m. Korean time. According to Asian Wiki, the new fantasy miniseries will take the time slot of K-drama Jealousy Incarnate.
Legend of the Blue Sea has so far released two teaser videos, which you can watch below. From the looks of it, the show appears to have a classical touch with a modern twist.
According to a report by Yibada, Lee Min-ho dons a dual role, one set in the present day in which he plays Heo Joon-Jae, a con artist, and the other dates back to Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897), in which he plays Kim Dam-Lim, the son of a county magistrate.
Actress Jun Ji-Hyun plays Shim Chung, a mermaid who is from Joseon Dynasty. She is the last and only living mermaid on earth. Jun Ji-Hyun plays the challenging role of adjusting to life in present-day Seoul.
This K-drama will be a boon for beach buffs, as it showcases the spectacular blue waters of Palau Island and Spain. According to Lee Min-ho’s photographs uploaded on Instagram, the K-drama appears to be shot on the beautiful beaches of Barcelona.
For Lee Min-ho, this drama holds a special significance, as the actor is making a comeback to television after a hiatus of three years.
The hallyu star admitted that he is anxious about the new drama.
“I’m nervous and excited to see how everyone will respond to it. I get to act out two roles on Legend of the Blue Sea, including one as a conman, and so I’ll be able to show diverse sides,” said Lee Min-ho, according to a report by Soompi.
Legend of the Blue Sea will also be Lee Min-ho’s last gig before the actor heads to mandatory military duty, as required by the South Korean government.
Besides Legend of the Blue Sea, the actor this year starred in a blockbuster movie Bounty Hunters. The action comedy was a box office hit, according to a report by All K-Pop, further propelling the actor to massive success.
When asked about his Hallyu star tag, Lee Min-ho said, “It feels like the title was just given to me one morning. It’s an honor and I’m grateful, but it still feels unfamiliar. I would feel the responsibility even without the title, because I know there are people around the world who are cheering for me.” The actor also shared some joyous moments with Hallyu fans, according to a report by Soompi.
“When I meet fans who relate to Korean films and dramas even though they don’t understand the language or the culture, and when they talk about studying Korean and traveling to Korea because of those films and dramas, I think to myself that this is the true force of the Hallyu wave,” he said.
Lee Min-ho said that he is looking forward to the success of Legend of the Blue Sea.
“My character is a con artist, so I think I can show people multiple sides. As long as people look forward to watching it, I’ll be thankful,” the actor said.
Legend of the Blue Sea is directed by Jin Hyuk, who previously made another Lee Min-ho starrer City Hunter. The K-drama is written by Park Ji-eun, the scriptwriter of 2013 pan-Asian megahit My Love from the Star, in which Jun Ji-Hyun played the lead actress.
“The scriptwriter thought Jun and Lee Min-ho would be the perfect combination from the very beginning, and designed the characters for them. The actors also trusted the writer and the director so much that they confirmed their participation immediately,” said Culture Depot, according to a report by Inquisitr.
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