SBS recently released the teaser for its upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama “Saimdang, Light’s Diary.” It may only be 30 seconds long, but the video has already drawn an explosive response for the actors’ overwhelming presence and the dreamlike atmosphere of the story that stretches beyond the imagination.
In brief, “Saimdang, Light’s Diary” is a fusion historical drama about a part-time teacher Seo Ji Yoon who majors in Korean Art History. She stumbles upon a diary belonging to Joseon’s genius painter Saimdang while in Italy, and subsequently finds herself entangled in a mystery that crosses between the past and the present.
Lee Young Ae’s double role is creating a lot of anticipation, as viewers are eager to see how the ever-beautiful actress, with her unique aura of grace and elegance, and subtle yet rich acting, will portray the characters of Saimdang and Seo Ji Yoon.
Acting alongside her is Song Seung Heon, who plays Lee Gyeom, a man who has been holding a pure and noble love for Saimdang ever since their fateful encounter, almost like a Joseon version of Jay Gatsby from “The Great Gatsby.”
The teaser first starts off with a picturesque view of Italy, before unfolding into a fast-paced sequence that jumps from one dramatic scene to the next. A large mirror shatters into pieces before Seo Ji Yoon as she is standing in an old Italian house. From the past, Lee Gyeom lets out an anguished cry of “Saimdang!” that seems to reach Seo Ji Yoon in the present. The faint figures of Lee Gyeom and Seo Ji Yoon, one in historical garb and the other in modern clothes, pass by each other. It’s an intriguing blend of past and present, and East and West.
Further adding to the suspense is the dialogue. A particularly heart-wrenching line is delivered by Lee Gyeom as he says, “Even if we must walk on parallel paths that never meet, let us still walk them together, side by side.” This then fades into a more hopeful line by Saimdang, who says, “Please build a nation where people can dream.” The teaser then ends with Seo Ji Yoon staring at Saimdang’s painting, asking, “Why have you appeared before me?”
The drama will premiere on January 25 next year. Before that, watch the trailer below!
Link to video: www.viki.com/videos/1115429v-trailer