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Four reasons to watch Lee Young-ae and Song Seung-heon's "Saimdang: Light's Diary"

2017/01/25 | Permalink | Source

The first and second episodes of the new SBS drama "Saimdang: Light's Diary" are being broadcast on the 26th.

"Saimdang: Light's Diary" is a fusion historical about a Korean History lecturer named Seo Ji-yoon (Lee Young-ae) who comes across Saimdang's (Lee Young-ae) diary in Italy. Here are some points not to miss to enjoy the drama to the fullest.

- Lee Young-ae comes back for the first time in 13 years, while Song Seung-heon makes a difference

This is the first time Lee Young-ae is making a drama appearance since "Dae Jang Geum" 13 years ago. Fellow actors can't help but express their happiness of being able to work with her. Lee Young-ae takes on 2 roles as Saimdang and Seo Ji-yoon. Director Yoon Sang-ho and writer Park Eun-ryeong claim they couldn't imagine anyone else playing the part of Saimdang. Song Seung-heon is her co-actor and he is appearing as the Joseon version of "The Great Gatsby". Lee Young-ae claimed she saw a side of him she never imagined and it's the best she's seen so far.

- Oh Yoon-ah, Kim Hae-sook, Park Hye-soo and Yang Se-jong

Various actors and actresses are making appearances in the drama. Rising rookies Park Hye-soo and Yang Se-jong are taking on the roles of young Saimdang and Lee Kyeom. They start off the drama with sweet and innocent romance. Yang Se-jong plays two roles as young Lee Kyeom and the modern day Han Sang-hyeon, Seo Ji-yoon's helper in tracking down the secret to Geum-kang San-do. Saimdang's rival Hwieumdang is played by Oh Yoon-ah. The other casts includes Kim Hye-sook, Choi Jong-hwan, Yoon Da-hoon, Choi Chul-ho, Lee Kyung-jin, Choi Il-hwa, Kim Mi-kyung, Park Jun-myun, Lee Hae-yeong, Hong Suk-chun and more.

- Fusion historical drama with imagination

"Saimdang: Light's Diary" begins with Seo Ji-yoon, an ordinary working mom who discovers Saimdang's diary in Italy. She unveils interesting tales that we never dreamt of. It's not a time-slip fantasy, but it's based on historical facts. Saimdang, Lee Yool-gok's mother and the best example of a good wife and wise mother, was the first genius artist there ever was during her time. Wirter Park Eun-ryeong says, "Saimdang was known as Artist Shin rather than Yool-gok's mom. She was a mother and a wife but she loved art and the way she sacrificed herself is still not uncomfortable to see today". Lee Young-ae who studied the historical figure for her part, said, "I just wish she wasn't reflected as a wife and mother. She was elegant but energetic and that's how I plan on portraying her".

- Excellent imagery and directing

"Saimdang: Light's Diary" was taken all over the country for a year. It was even taken in Italy to create imagery beyond expectations. Under Yoon Sang-ho's orders, the cast and crew followed his lead and created a well-made drama. We can also see Korean art through this drama. Like "Dae Jang Geum" delivered the taste of Korean food all over the world, "Saimdang: Light's Diary" will spread the beauty of Korea and Korean art. Lee Young-ae's drawing has become so good it's hard to believe she learned it in a month and Song Seung-heon plays the Geomungo like he was meant to. Everyone struggled to learn the art of history so that it doesn't seem awkward in the drama.

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