The highly anticipated new Korean drama “Saimdang, Memoirs of Colors” starts this week. The female star of this series is Young-ae Lee who is making a return to the small screen after 14 years. Most will recognize her from one of the most popular drama in K-drama history, “Dae Jang Geum” in 2003. Lee plays Saimdang Shin, a famous artist and calligrapher in the 16th century Joseon era. The drama started in Korea during the last week of January and already has a strong viewer base. Lee got married to a Korean-American businessman at the Kahala Hotel and Resort in August 2009. Since then, the hotel has gotten the nickname of Lee Young-ae’s hotel to many Korean visitors.
Episodes 27 & 28
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Shi-nae blows up when she finds out Se-gye resigned. She barges into Se-gye’s home and tells them to take Se-gye back. Finding out about Se-gye, Nae-shim calls Joong-nyun back home. Geum-shik sells all his assets and investments to make up for the loss the company incurred because of him.
Today, 7:45p.m.: Jae-soon is concerned at her mother’s changed demeanor. She searches Nae-shim’s room for clues, and is shocked at the divorce papers. Meanwhile, Gab-dol takes proactive steps to change his damaged relationship with Gab-soon. He calls her out.
Episode 21 (Final)
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Dong-joo hides the letter he received from the U.S. Seo-jung is bothered by Dong-joo’s distracted demeanor after receiving the letter. To everyone’s surprise, Teacher Kim’s first love visits Doldam Hospital.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Jung-woo, a competent prosecutor, wakes up the day after his daughter’s birthday in a cell. He’s confused at being surrounded by prisoners, not by his loving family. Sun-ho meets up with Min-ho, who’s been named as a suspect in a murder case. They argue.
“Saimdang, Memoir of Colors”
Episodes 1 & 2
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Seo Ji-yoon, a lecturer of Korean art history, gets tangled in an authenticity dispute of Ankyun’s painting Keumkangsando. Professor Min, Ji-yoon’s supervising faculty, supports the authenticity of the painting. Ji-yoon unnerves Professor Min and is cast aside from a symposium in Italy. She comes across an antique book while roaming the streets in Italy.
Thursday, 7:45p.m.: Ji-yoon discovers the antique book and finds the hidden story of Saimdang. A young Saimdang jumps the wall to see Ankyun’s paintings and runs into Yi Gyum.
Episode 30 & 31
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Se-ri gets furious at Jin-hwa for drawing on her face. Kang-min tells Sam-bong he will take Hae-won over the family. Ji-gun gets into an accident, which disables him from working as a surgeon.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Sook-nyo announces that she will no longer cook for the family. Hae-ryung tells Gyeong-ok that she saw her at the accident site. Hyun-ki asks Hae-ryung to accompany him to Seo-jin’s memorial service for the last time.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii.Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.