Director of 'My Love From The Star' returns with new romance K-drama, 'Red Sky'


'Lover Of The Red Sky' is a fantasy romance drama starring Kim You-jung (right) and Ahn Hyo-seop. Photo: Handout

For television director Jang Tae-yoo, seeing the chemistry between the actors in the upcoming drama Lover Of The Red Sky was a huge pleasure.

“The vibe in our filming site was literally crazy. The relationship between the cast and the staff was really good and all I had to do was to make sure that the cameras worked,” the director said during an online press conference Thursday afternoon.

The fantasy romance drama, an adaptation of a novel of the same title by Jung Eun-gwol, centers around the only female artist of Joseon, Hong Chun-gi (played by Kim You-jung), who is considered a genius painter. Her life changes greatly when she encounters a blind astronomer, Ha-ram (played by Ahn Hyo-seop).

When asked why she chose to take the role, actor Kim You-jung said the character was mesmerising in many ways.

“I enjoyed reading the original novel by author Jung. Chun-gi is a pretty character and the only female artist in the Joseon era. But what caught my heart the most was the way she led her life with courage. I found this was very different from the female characters in other historical dramas,” actor Kim said.

“Of course an opportunity to act under Jang’s direction after 13 years is another reason to choose the character,” she added.

Kim starred in Jang’s 2008 work, The Painter Of The Wind.

Co-star Ahn Hyo-seop described mixed feelings about his role as Ha-ram.

“I always believed that the eyes have special power and have a great influence in acting. Playing Ha-ram was a challenging experience, but I was satisfied that this would improve my acting,” Ahn said.

The director expressed high hopes for the series, thinking of Red Sky as combining distinctive elements from his previous dramas that were hits both at home and abroad - a female artist from The Painter Of The Wind (2008), historical aspects of Deep Rooted Tree (2011) and fantasy romance from My Love From The Star (2013).

“Maybe I have done those dramas to shoot Red Sky,” the director joked.

But as a historical fantasy it might face a new challenge. The terrestrial network SBS cancelled its drama Joseon Exorcist after just two episodes in late March as the series came under fire for its portrayal of Korea’s past.

“Some people are worried that our work may face controversy over historical inaccuracies. Though the drama is set in the Joseon era, we created a new kingdom by re-naming historical areas and kings to avoid any historical distortion,” Jang said. - The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
Lover Of The Red Sky premieres on Aug 31 at 8.10pm on One (Astro Ch 393). Airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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