Now, when you put "Korean cable Tv" and "action" in the same sentence, it usually means it's the kind of action that involves reclining seats and mile high clubs. Despite having a relatively long history, Korean cable TV still fails to show any redeeming value, or anything which doesn't involve pushing the boundaries of the amount of sex that can be shown on TV. Most cable TV dramas take any genre (comedy, melodrama, horror), stamp a "fusion" label on it, and conveniently disrobe their young, attractive (and mostly unknown) dames before the commercial break kills the youngsters' bold impetus. Ahem. Right.
That is not to say the history of cable has been completely devoid of quality. Channel CGV's 정조암살미스터리 - 8일 (Eight Days), a mystery sageuk by film director Park Jong-Won, is one of the best things the genre has given us in the last five years, incredibly daring with history while at the same time respecting the basics, and just a badass production. MBC Dramanet's "CSI in Joseon" series 별순검 (Chosun Police), which restarts this weekend with season 2, is a very energetic and interesting series, and there's the occasional spot of sanity on other channels too. But recent news about tvN's upcoming action drama 맞짱 (Road Fighter) are worth digging into. Written and directed by Park Jung-Woo (not likely to be the comedy writer/director from Chungmuro, but you never know), this is being promoted as a "100% pure real action drama," perhaps a sort of 스페어 (Spare) for TV consumption. That means Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Boxing, Judo, Wrestling on cable, starting from October 24 for eight weeks. Yum. Sold.
Stars Yoo Gun and Lee Jong-Soo underwent six month of action training for the show, which also stars Kang Sung-Jin, Baek Do-Bin and Lee Young-Jin. But I leave the tasty bit for last: MMA star Denis Kang and even Eom Tae-Woong will also star in the show, although it's probably just as glorified cameos (우정출연 sometimes just means "the director introduced my current dentist to me, so I'm starring for 15 minutes without pay to repay the kindness. Ha"). The two teaser trailers below the break are ridiculously teasing, but, hey. This sounds quite fun. We'll keep you posted.