The number one Korean entertainment channel ONE is poised to be the first regional television channel in Southeast Asia to air a South Korean drama series at the same time as its telecast in Korea, with subtitles in English, Chinese and Bahasa Malay!
Scarlet Heart is the highly anticipated South Korean remake of the similarly titled Chinese series and is set to premiere on 29 August, every Monday and Tuesday at 9pm / 8pm (JKT), first and exclusively on ONE. The original Chinese series is widely perceived to be one of the most popular Asian romance period drama productions to date, and the remake has generated much buzz and excitement amongst audiences as well as industry insiders since it was first announced.
Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President & Head, Content, Production & Marketing, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television said, “ONE continues to break new ground when it comes to bringing the best South Korean entertainment to our viewers. In meeting viewers’ expectations for content to be delivered faster, we are excited to be able to offer them a same-time-as-Korea viewing experience that is unprecedented in this region. As the remake of the popular Chinese series, Scarlet Heart has big shoes to fill, but with the high production quality involved we have no doubt that it will amply satisfy fans’ expectations.”
Helmed by a star-studded cast, Scarlet Heart builds on the same premise as the original Chinese series but is based on the Korean Goryeo dynasty instead of the Chinese Qing dynasty. Headlining the series as female protagonist is singer-songwriter and actress Lee Ji Eun (IU), whose character is catapulted back in time from the modern era. In the past, she finds herself trapped within a web of political intrigue and complicated love lines involving the princes of Goryeo, who are played by Lee Joon Ki, Kang Ha Neul, Hong Jong Hyun, Baek Hyun of K-pop boyband EXO, Nam Joo Hyuk, and Ji Soo. Rounding off the ensemble cast are rookie actress Kang Han Na and idol-actress Seo Hyun of Girl’s Generation fame, who will both play princesses.
The South Korean remake is led by director Kim Kyu Tae, whose past works include acclaimed series such as That Winter, the Wind Blows. Scarlet Heart will be fully pre-produced for a 20-episode run and has moved into post-production after filming wrapped earlier this month.
Also premiering on ONE in August is Jealousy Incarnate, which starts on 25 August and airs every Thursday and Friday at 8.10pm / 7.10pm (JKT), within 24 hours of Korea. This light-hearted romantic comedy pairs up top stars Gong Hyo Jin and Jo Jung Suk against the backdrop of the news broadcasting industry, with the former playing a weathercaster who’s starved for love, and the latter a handsome star reporter who’s good at using words to get his way. Although the duo starts off with a rivalry between them – hence the show’s title – a romance eventually blooms between them.
Scarlet Heart premieres on 29 August at the SAME TIME AS KOREA, every Monday and Tuesday at 9pm / 8pm (JKT), first and exclusively on ONE. Viewers can also enjoy Jealous Incarnate starting from 25 August, every Thursday and Friday at 8.10pm / 7.10pm (JKT) within 24 hours of Korea.
ONE is available in Singapore through Singtel TV Ch 513 & 604, StarHub TV Ch 124, 820 & 823.