The Midnight Photo Studio is open for business
ENA has started up promos for their fantasy drama Midnight Photo Studio, starring Joo-won (Stealer: The Treasure Keeper) and Kwon Nara (Bulgasal: Immortal Souls). In the teaser that just released, we’re introduced to the mysterious studio that serves ghostly apparitions in the late hours of the night.
Joo-won plays Seo Ki-joo, the photographer and manager of the photo studio. He takes portraits of souls that decided to make a U-turn on their journey to the afterlife. By his side is plucky lawyer Han Bom (Kwon Nara), who fights for justice of the undead. Together, their studio gives the deceased the closure they need to get back on track to their next life, but this work is easier said than done when it comes to particularly vengeful ghosts.
Thankfully, it isn’t just the two of them keeping their unconventional business afloat. Assistant manager Go Dae-ri, played by Yoo In-soo (Daily Dose of Sunshine), and workplace errand boy Baek Nam-gu, played by Eum Moon-seok (Good Job), offer unrelenting service with a smile to the most disgruntled customers known to man. And they would definitely appreciate it if you left a 5-star Yelp review.
The teaser is a playful rib on the show’s Korean title, which translates directly into sexy photo studio. We open with some romantic jazz and lingering shots of our leads staring into each other’s eyes. The steamy tension builds as Ki-joo positions Bom in front of the camera and prepares to take her photo. But when Ki-joo presses the shutter and Bom transforms into a ghost, the truth is revealed. What makes this business risque isn’t some provocative inclination, but the scandalous nature of their late night customers.
And work could be described as anything but sexy. We see cuts of Ki-joo being chased, choked, and generally inconvenienced by rigors of his job. Still, that’s just a regular day at the Midnight Photo Studio, since the teaser wraps with the team opening the studio for business the next night, ready to do it all again.
Written by Kim Yi-rang (Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency) and directed by Song Hyun-wook (The Golden Spoon), Midnight Photo Studio will premiere March 11 on Genie TV and ENA.