‘Alhambra’ pushes TV boundaries with AR
The upcoming tvN drama, “Memories of the Alhambra,” starring Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye, is a fantasy romance series that tells the story of the ambitious head of an IT investment company named Jin-woo (Hyun Bin) who visits Spain after getting an offer from a mysterious programmer to buy a heavily profitable AR game. Jin-woo is determined not to lose this profitable business opportunity.
But things do not go as planned after he begins an uncomfortable relationship with Hui-ju (Park), who runs a cheap hostel in Granada and turns out to be the programmer’s sister.
Directed by Ahn Gil-ho of the mystery series “Stranger” (2017), the most crucial part of working on the upcoming drama was finding the balance between fantasy and reality.
“The [technology] in the drama is more advanced than what we actually have today,” said Ahn at a press event held on Wednesday. “Instead of heavily relying on CGI [to depict AR], I focused on showing [what happens] in reality [between Jin-woo and Hui-ju], and the role AR plays in [building the pair’s relationship].”
Hyun Bin, who says he is always in search of something new, was fascinated by the idea of AR playing a role in the drama.
“I always strive to try different things even if that difference is small,” said Hyun Bin at the press event. “This is the first [drama] to properly depict AR in Korea, and I was fascinated to deliver a new and refreshing story to viewers.”
“Memories of the Alhambra” also offers a social message that audiences will be able to sympathize with, according to Park.
“While reading the script, I could feel the social message of the show. It deals with a number of social issues that are relevant to society,” said Park. “I also liked my character because she is very humane and has a warm heart.”
The film, which co-stars Kim Eui-sung, Hyun Bin’s character’s father, and Jang Hoon, Hyun Bin’s biggest rival, is scheduled to premiere on Dec. 1.
BY JIN MIN-JI [firstname.lastname@example.org]