Shooting begins for Merchant Kim Man Deok
The upcoming KBS drama, Merchant Kim Man Deok [거상 김만덕], released its first still today. Lee Mi Yeon makes her comeback in 3 years as the titular character, a famous gisaeng turn wealthy merchant during the Joseon era. Hailing from Jeju Island, she builds her fortune by exporting products from the island to mainland Korea and eventually gives back most of her money back to the island. She is remembered as a hero on the island and has an award (Man Deok Award) named after her which is given to a female philanthropist every year.
Lee Mi Yeon, Shim Eun Kyung, Joo Da Young
Lee Mi Yeon was last seen in the drama, Crazy for You (Yoon Kye Sang) and was part of Kwang Kyung Taek‘s blockbuster flop, Typhoon (Jang Dong Gun, Lee Jung Jae). Her rise to fame was by playing another famous woman from the Joseon era, Empress Myung Sung.
Playing the young Man Deok is one of my favorites, Shim Eun Kyung (Kyung Sook, Kyung Sook’s Father) and reunites with director Kang Byung Taek in this project, who also worked with her in Emperor of the Sea and a Drama City episode Ggot Nim. Along with Shim Eun Kyung, Joo Da Young plays the young Moon Sun (Park Sol Mi‘s character), who recently caught my eye as the slave daughter in the first episode of Chuno. She also raised some eyebrows playing Son Ye Jin‘s young character in Into the White Night.
Joining Lee Mi Yeon is Park Sol Mi (My Woman, All In), Go Du Shim (Good Morning President, More Beautiful Than a Flower), and Kim Gab Soo (who is very busy with Chuno and Jejoongwon currently on his plate).
Merchant Kim Man Deok is scheduled to air in March and will follow The Reputable Family (aka Myeongga). If nothing else, I’ll be watching to see Shim Eun Kyung in the early episodes.