Netflix has become more or less a savior for all K-drama fans after having added a plethora of Korean dramas over the last few months most of which have been huge hits with the fans of the genre. The streaming service seems to have understood the global demand for K-drama and is banking on the crazy fan following that these shows – much like K-pop – enjoy. The latest in this list is tvN’s upcoming 'Memories of the Alhambra'.
There are many reasons why we believe this series will hit the spot with most K-drama fans, from screenwriter Song Jae Jung’s proven brilliance to the beautiful stitching of romantic and fantastical elements in the story. However, it is the fact that beloved actress Park Shin-hye is helming the project that has most of us excited for the show.
Shin-hye is one of the most popular stars from South Korea, having begun her career at the age of 13 in 2003 with the SBS drama ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Since then, she has been a part of some of the biggest K-dramas of all time. ‘Heartstrings,’ ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Doctors’ and ‘Flower Boys Next Door’ are some of the great shows that were made better by her presence.
However, it was after the release of her film ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ that her star power became undeniably evident. Just 52 days after the movie’s release, the ticket sales reached 12.32 million, making it the third highest grossing Korean film of all time. This love that fans clearly seem to have for her is undoubtedly going to get transferred onto her upcoming show ‘Memories of the Alhambra.’
For her biggest fans, like the Dubai resident Rhiana, it is her "exceptional grasp at playing romantic roles" that makes her the perfect fit for the role of Jung Hee-joo opposite Hyun Bin's Yoo Jin-woo. "She was able to play different personas with ease and had a cute element to every character she played," gushes Rhiana.
Radha from India echoes similar sentiments. She says, "Park Shin Hye is a queen and watching her on-screen has always been exciting for me. Her acting melts my heart. Her beauty totally entices me," adding how she is waiting restlessly for the new drama 'Memories of the Alhambra.'
After all, it has been nearly two years since Shin-hye's last project, and fans are excited to see her back in action, to say the least. For Thinlay Yangchen Lama, the prospect of seeing her again is compelling, she says, "[Shin-hye] always seem to work with great directors on shows that have great storylines. So, her acting and also, storyline of the new series excites me." If 'Memories of the Alhambra' is as good as the 'Heir,' then fans can rest assured it is going to be a beautifully romantic series, promises Lama.
As for what makes Shin-hye so appealing, each of her fans has a different reason. "She is cute, has amazing acting skills and she had chemistry with Lee Sung-kyung, Lee Min ho and Lee Jong Suk," says Lama, adding why it is easy for anyone to adore her.
Rhiana adds, "The first Korean drama I watched had Shin-hye as the lead and I was immediately hooked. It was able to jell humor, happiness, and sadness all into one. If you're not into K-drama you should watch one with her starring in it."
Now you know why we are so confident about the success of 'Memories of the Alhambra.' There is no way the K-drama is going to fail on Netflix with Shin-hye at the center.