Nam Joo-hyuk and actress/singer Shin Se-kyung are set to make a “splash” in the live action spin-off of the 2006 manwha “Bride of the Water God.” The drama tells the story of a reincarnated water god and a doctor who is offered as a sacrifice to him. The fantasy comedy-romance may appeal who fans who enjoyed dramas such as “Goblin”, “My Girlfriend is a Humiho” and the Lee Minho drama “Faith”, also known as “The Great Doctor.”
The drama, also called “The Bride of Habaek”, is based off the original seventeen volume manwha series created by South Korean artist Yun Mi-kyung. The first volume of the manwha, published by Dark Horse Comics in the United States, introduces main character So-ah as a young woman in a rather troubling situation.
“When Soah’s impoverished, desperate village decides to sacrifice her to the water god Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will save their entire community and bring much-needed rain. Not only is So-ah surprised to be rescued by the Water God-instead of killed-she never imagined she’d be a welcomed guest in Habaek’s magical kingdom, where an exciting new life awaits her! Most surprising, however, is the Water God himself … and how very different he is from the monster Soah imagined.” (Dark Horse Comics)
Well, that is one interesting wedding present. The drama is set in modern times. However, visuals from the teaser trailers do suggest that we will see flashbacks to the past. Fans may recall seeing actor Nam Joo-hyuk making waves as handsome swimmer Jung Joon-hyung alongside Lee Sung-hyung in “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo.” He has been cast as Ha-baek the water god.
Shin Se-kyung will play the part of So-ah. She recently starred in the drama “Six Flying Dragons” as Boon-yi with “Chicago Typewriter” star Yoo Ah-in. Krystal of girl group f(x) and Gong Myung of 5urprise will join the cast. They will portray Hye-ra, a goddess, and Bi-ryum, a wind god, respectively.
This drama looks like a perfect summer show to please newcomers and fans of the manwha alike. It is set to begin airing in Korea in July 2017.