With the success of Secret Garden and 49 Days, I know that the fantasy genre is all the rage right now, but this news still comes to me as a surprise. Acclaimed screenwriter, Noh Hee Kyung (The World That They Live In, Goodbye Solo, The Most Beautiful Farewell in the World) has a huge (or perhaps, select) mania following for her honest and poignant writing that delves into the human conditions. Since 2010, there have been rumors that her next upcoming drama will be Love, Hurt, and Showers (연애, 상처 그리고 소나기), starring actress Han Ji Min (Detective K, Cain and Abel). However, there has been no new update on it since.
Now the latest news is that Noh Hee Kyung will be penning a fantasy melodrama titled Padam Padam… The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats (빠담빠담… 그와 그녀의 심장박동소리). And get this. She will be teaming up with Director Kim Kyu Tae (Iris, The World That They Live In) for her latest project. Although they’ve worked together in a past project when Kim co-directed Noh’s The World That They Live In with Director Pyo Min Soo, I’ve always thought that that drama was mostly a Noh-Pyo project as those two have often worked together in the past. And so I’m rather surprised that Noh Hee Kyung and Kim Kyu Tae would pair up again. They just seem like such an unusual match.
“Padam padam” is equivalent to “thump thump” in French. (Really??? Any French speakers to confirm this for us? UPDATE: See the comment below by minalapinou for a detailed explanation!) In the drama, a man who lost the will to live after being unfairly accused and incarcerated for a long period comes to meet and fall in love with a woman who he should not fall in love with, and ends up engaging in a heartbreaking love story. Like the drama title, the drama itself is described as a heart-thumping melodrama, and will be a special, new kind of a drama from Noh. The drama is currently in the casting stages, and has not yet been picked up by a broadcaster (which frankly alarms me). Either way, I really hope this drama happens, and I’m curious to find out how the “fantasy” element fits into the story.
Finally, here is Edith Piaf’s song “Padam Padam,” which the drama title is most likely taken from. This is my first time hearing it, and I’m hooked!