While on a book tour in Chicago, bestselling crime novelist Han Se Joo (Yoo Ah In) comes across an antique typewriter. Initially, the typewriter’s owner refuses to sell it to Se Joo when he expresses interest in it but upon discovering that it is possessed, the owner becomes spooked and sends it to Se Joo as a gift instead.
Jeon Seol (Im Soo Jung) is a book lover who holds a variety of occupations, including being a veterinarian and delivery person. She is Se Joo’s number one fan until she delivers the package containing the typewriter and meets him in person and uncovers his prickly persona. When Se Joo receives the typewriter, he becomes afflicted with writer’s block so much so that his agent recommends a ghostwriter. Yoo Jin Oh (Go Kyung Pyo) is a talented ghostwriter whose only conditions is that he will writer Se Joo’s next book only if they do not have to cross paths directly.
As the new book is being written, Se Joo begins having dreams about a group of independence fighters, which look like himself and Seol, in the Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930’s. He comes to realize that the people in his dreams have a connection with the present day.
Mysterious time-traveling dramas seem to be all the rage these days on cable TV. Chicago Typewriter just started this past weekend and I literally started this drama because of the cast and the production value of the drama. I had no idea what the drama was about but already I’m intrigued.
MIRROR, MIRROR, MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR
As Queen Shim (Jang Hee Jin) is unable to have a child on her own, she seeks help from Shaman Hong Joo (Yeom Jung Ah) who convinces her to deceive a young servant to sleep with the king so she can become pregnant. Hong Joo then uses black magic to transfer the fetus to the queen, which in turn kills the servant, but not before she places a curse on the royal family. Queen Shim gives birth to twins, Crown Prince Soon Hwae and Princess Yeon Hee (Kim Sae Ron) but the queen abandons the infant princess for fear of the curse left by the servant.
At the king’s behest, Yeon Hee’s life is saved by Shaman Choi Hyun Seo (Lee Sung Jae), who was once Hong Joo’s master. Yeon Hee is able to grow up as a beautiful, young girl but she’s forced to remain isolated away from everyone, living in a house surrounded by talismans so that her curse doesn’t affect others and so that she can’t be detected by Hong Joo.
Hyun Seo’s son, Poong Yeon (Kwak Shi Yang) grows up harboring more than platonic feelings for her but when he takes her out on a night in the village, they relationship is forever changed. Meanwhile, a young scholar, Heo Joon (Yoon Shi Yoon), has a chance encounter with Yeon Hee and their fate becomes entwined as they worked together to lift her curse.
Na Bong Sun (Park Bo Young) is a young chef’s assistant at the Sun Restaurant. She’s listless and often disassociates from interacting with other people because of her ability to see ghosts. She’s afraid to be possessed by them. Until, she gets possessed by Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul Gi). Alarmed by her sudden change in personality, Chef Kang Sun Woo (Jo Jung Seok) begins to take notice even though he does not believe in the existence of ghosts.