'Memories of the Alhambra' trailer proves that Netflix's new K-drama should top your watchlist
'Memories of Alahambra,' set for premiere on cable network tvN and Netflix on December 1, is predicted to be one of the most popular ones to date.
Netflix has been adding international projects to its library by the hundreds as part of their expansion, and the fandom that is most thankful for this is probably K-drama lovers. From old to brand new, many a K-drama has found its home in Netflix, and international fans of the genre finally have a one-stop shop to watch them uninterruptedly.
‘Memories of the Alahambra,’ set for premiere on cable network tvN and Netflix on December 1, is predicted to be one of the most popular ones to date. Netflix released the trailer for the fantastical series on Friday, November 23, and we know exactly why that is. Starring two of the most beloved K-drama stars Park shin hye and Hyun Bin, the series has everything from action to romance and sci-fi.
The series narrates the story of Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun), described as the fearless, adventurous and cynical investment company CEO, who is uncannily talented at developing games. Betrayed by his best friend, a heartbroken Jin-woo travels to Spain, seemingly for a business trip, during which time he stays at Jung Hee-joo's (Park) Bonita hostel.
The leading lady is an orphaned classical guitarist who has taken on multiple jobs to make ends meet even as she pursues higher education in Spain. Her desperation for money is seen in one of the teasers, where she hosts Jin-woo in an unkept room in the attic, where he was forced to walk up six flights of stairs.
Despite her artistic intelligence, she lacks any financial sense. Enter Jin-woo. The chance encounter between the two will be the cornerstone on which their stories – intertwined with mystery, adventure and of course romance - will be built.
As is the case with most Korean dramas, it is going be the romance between Jin-woo and Hee-joo that is going to be the biggest selling point for ‘The Memories of the Alahambra.’ Not to mention, reputed screenwriter Song Jae Jung, who gave us magical romances such as ‘W’ and ‘Queen and I’ has penned this series as well.
Add that to Hyun and Park’s chemistry that is visible even in the trailer and we can’t wait to see if it gets realized in the series. A few birdies have spread the news that the production crew of ‘The Memories of Alahambra’ is even calling the on-screen couple’s romance “explosive.”
The life force of this drama, however, is going to be the mysterious game, for which Jin-woo has actually come to Spain’s Granada – best known for the famous magical palace of Alhambra. In the Neflix trailer we see him holding a magical blade in the street of Granada, and fighting unfathomable opponents, presumably invisible to others, in the evening streets. They are all part of the alternate world within the city, which is based on a game with supernatural rules.
Jae Jung is famous for writing stories that incorporate fantasies within the physical world, and her work speaks for itself. ‘W,’ especially, is considered one of the best fantasy K-drama ever made, and is known for its unpredictable plotlines and mindboggling creativity. There are not many writers I trust with a plot like that of ‘The Memories of the Alahambra,’ but Jae Jung is certainly one among the very few, which is why the show is on the top of my Netflix watchlist next month, and it should be yours too.