I think the upcoming drama on MBC, Man Who Dies to Live, is comparatively floating under the radar, but looks promising to be a laugh riot. It stars acting power house Choi Min Soo in the lead role as a man who left his home in the 70s in search of fortune and went to a fictional Arabian kingdom. He gets settled there and becomes rich with a new name, Count Souad Fahd Ali. Years later, he returns to Korea and comes face to face with his daughter, played by Kang Ye Won. She is an aspiring writer and has a husband — Shin Sung Rok in a rare comic role.
The drama looks very funny, peppered with warm moments of growth and family love. I haven’t seen Choi Min Soo in anything yet, but have heard great praise for his acting. He was last seen in recent The Liar And His Lover but has been acting since nearly two decades in films and dramas, including legendary drama Sandglass. I’m not familiar with Kang Ye Won much. She has acted in shows like Baek Hi Has Returned, Bad Guys and The Thousandth Man. I’m really having a fun time seeing Shin Sung Rok in a complete image reversal as mostly he has played scary bad guys.
Man Who Dies to Live is premiering next week following sageuk Ruler – Master Of The Mask. It is slotted for Wednesdays and Thursdays and helmed by the PD of Cunning Single Lady and Me Too! Flower. And don’t be fooled by the huge episodic count of 24: the drama actually has only 12 episodes, each divided into two short halves. Judging from the promotional material, the show seems to be going for slapstick comedy mixed with interesting characters. The actors also seem to be having fun playing them.