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.
Detective Seo Do Chul (Hwang Jung Min) is an enforcer that never follows the rules but he is tough and merciless when it comes to catching criminals. While investigating an international auto theft ring, Do Chul encounters Jo Tae Oh (Yoo Ah In), an arrogant, young millionaire who uses his elite status to do as he pleases.
Do Chul is convinced that Tae Oh is a drug addict but immediately the higher ups stop him from investigating Tae Oh any further. When a truck driver who helped Do Chul on his auto theft case seeks out his overdue wages from Tae Oh’s company, he is beaten and humiliated just for Tae Oh’s amusement. Feeling responsible for what happened to the guy, he decides to take Tae Oh down.
Elegant and sophisticated, Oh Hye Won (Kim Hee Ae) is a successful career woman as the Director of Planning for the Seo Han Arts Foundation. She serves at the pleasure of Seo/Han family. When Hye Won’s husband (Park Hyuk Kwon) discovers a piano prodigy, Lee Sun Jae (Yoo Ah In), to mentor, he enlists Hye Won’s help to figure out a way to get the underprivileged boy a scholarship at the foundation’s arts college. There, they begin a torrid love affair, even though Sun Jae is 20 years her junior.
I kinda knew what I was going to get into as soon as I saw the trailer for Fashion King. Lot of flash, no depth. The lack of originality of the production staff even extended to using Sex and the City’s soundtrack for the trailer.
I just really liked the actors and wanted to give it a try. I’ve been surprised before. I didn’t quite expect the drama to be quite so makjang but I went with it. In a perfect world, I had hoped for it to be a darkly, witty look at the fashion world and the first 2 episodes was a bit like that even if the plot was far-fetched. The Devil Wears Prada achieved that but really, Lee Je Hoon? You gave up the lead in King 2 Hearts for this? I love Lee Seung Gi as the king but just how much did they pay you to take this drama? How do you go from The Front Line to this?