Seo Ji-yoon gets tangled in authenticity dispute

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.

Upcoming episodes:

“Perfect Bride”

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.

“Dr. Romantic”

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.

“Innocent Defendant”

Episode 1

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.

“Happy Home”

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.

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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 jeffchung@kbfd.com.

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