To be honest, I wasn’t too excited about the new SBS drama Bad Guy, but I’m warming up to it. Especially after seeing the preview video, which is GREAT. (Watch below.) Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching a lot of romance and comedy lately, but I’m in the mood for something dark, and the tone of this drama seems to be just what I’m looking for — a bit of melodrama, mystery, and thriller-esque intensity.
Not only that, the acting looks pretty solid, which is to be expected with Kim Nam-gil but a nice surprise for Kim Jae-wook, who hasn’t really had a chance to stretch himself dramatically yet. Nor has Han Ga-in, and maybe this’ll be a big jump for her; I’ll keep an open mind about her with this foray into heavier material, which — who knows? — may end up suiting her better than cute romantic-heroine fare.
The trailer opens with Kim Nam-gil’s narration: “The thing about cats is… they don’t just bite a mouse once and kill it. They pretend to let it go and play around with it, and finally kill the mouse when they get tired of it.” This is his way of describing his revenge plans for the Haeshin Group — which is the company to whom Tae-sung (Kim Jae-wook) is heir.
Kim Nam-gil’s Gun-wook meets Tae-sung in Japan, who challenges him on the bridge, “Now that I’ve told you to try and kill me, are you afraid? I said, kill!” (Note: there’s a lack of pronouns in the sentence so Tae-sung could be directing Gun-wook to kill someone else; I am inferring from context that he’s taunting Gun-wook to try and kill him.) Further complicating things is their intertwining fates with Jae-in (Han Ga-in). Gun-wook is described as an homme fatale, a man with hardened heart to match his hard body, and ambition enough to sell his soul to the devil to get what he wants. In these still photos of the dock, Gun-wook cleans the yacht he lives in, which he has reclaimed from Tae-sung.
Still no appearance of Oh Yeon-soo, though the trailer does remind me of her prior drama La Dolce Vita, which was also dark and intense. (I personally found that drama a little too pretentious, but well-acted.)
Bad Guy began its shoots in Japan, and plans to begin filming in Jeju Island at the end of the month. It will air on SBS in May.