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?