Foreign Ministry Looks to TV Drama to Recover Its Image

The Foreign Ministry, still reeling from the abrupt resignation of foreign minister Yu Myung-hwan over alleged favoritism in the hiring of his daughter, wants to support the filming of a TV drama that features a Korean diplomat.

The ministry is considering support for the production of "My Princess", which is scheduled to air in January next year, a ministry source said. It plans to allow filming in its grounds and offer information on the lives of diplomats.

"My Princess" is a romantic comedy with Song Seung-heon as the diplomat and Kim Tae-hee as a college student who falls for him. The ministry has apparently been in talks with the producers since its inception.

"We believe this will help improve the image of diplomats, which was hurt by the hiring scandal", said one diplomat. The ministry will invite Song and Kim to explain the ins and outs of the profession to them, and ask them to serve as goodwill ambassadors. It is also discussing the production of two other TV dramas.

Earlier this year, the ministry also supported the production of the movie "Barefoot Dream", which is based on the true story of a group of young football players in East Timor and features a Korean diplomat who helps children in the Southeast Asian country. The ministry even asked the president of East Timor to appear in the movie, which was screened at the UN headquarters and the ministry in June.