From left, actors Kang Nam-kil, Yoon Kye-sang and Ara star in the new television drama “Who Are You?” that will air on MBC.
By Kwon Mee-yoo
The producers of the 2007 hit drama ``Thank You'' have teamed up together for another drama for the family, ``Who Are You?''
This drama employs ``spiritual possession,'' a popular idea which was also used in the 2006 drama ``Please Come Back, Sun-ae'' and the Japanese movie ``Secret'' (1999), in which spirits take control of a human body.
Director of the drama Shin Hyun-chang explained the drama as human, fantastic, romantic and comical. ``This is a family drama about recovering relationships,'' said Shin.
In a Korean tradition mixing Buddhism and Confucianism, the soul of a dead person is left on earth for 49 days before going to the afterlife. The drama is a story about those 49 days for a father who loves his daughter so much he possesses a stranger's body to care for her.
A cold-hearted corporate raider Cha Seung-hyo, played by ex-G.O.D. member and actor Yoon Kye-sang, is a stickler for cleanliness and a perfectionist. However, after a traffic accident, weird things start to happen around him and he finds out that a deliveryman spiritually possesses him for three hours a day. When he is possessed by Son Il-geon, he becomes a very funny guy.
At the preview, Yoon successfully portrayed the two sides of his character and drew laughter from the audience.
``It is rather easy for me to play In-geon since I am a cheerful person. The most difficult thing is that I have to play two totally different characters in the drama. Sometimes, it's confusing,'' said Yoon at a press conference last week.
Son, the overanxious father who takes care of his daughter even as a ghost, is played by middle-aged actor Kang Nam-kil. Besides being a devoted father, Son has a secret. When he was young, he was a nameless painter, but one of his paintings was sold for a high price in New York. Now, a gallery owner comes after him, offering him a solo exhibition.
``Yoon has to play my unique character and I was worried at first. However, he's doing very well and I am satisfied,'' said Kang. Yoon added that Kang helps him a lot by teaching his habits and ways of talking.
``However, I personally do not believe in spiritual possession,'' said Kang.
Ara, or Go A-ra, plays Son Yeong-in, the wanna-be cartoonist who lost her father in an accident.
The star from the teen drama ``Banolim'' (Sharp), Ara has starred in the movies ``The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea'' (2007) and ``Subaru'' (2008). Both movies were joint productions ― one Korean and Japanese, and the other with a Hong Kong company.
With the looks of a Barbie doll, she depicts a strong-spirited girl who has just graduated from high school.
``I am a freshman just like Yeong-in in the soap. She gave up school due to financial difficulties and works part-time instead. For myself, I hope to enjoy my college life just like any other freshmen,'' Ara said.
A musical actor turned TV star, Jin I-han plays Shin Jae-ha, the owner and director of Nuri Art Gallery who looks for the late Son's paintings. In order to find the work after his death, he tries to buy off Yeong-in with honeyed words.
``Shin is not a greedy guy; he is very passionate. He just uses the whole bag of tricks to achieve what he wants,'' said Jin.
The drama will start airing at 9:55 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 on MBC.