A South Korean television drama recounting the tragic, true-life story of the romance between Korea’s first professional soprano and a talented playwright early last century will be shown on Netflix starting on December 14.
Hymn of Death stars Shin Hye-sun, known for the hit-romantic comedy drama series, Still 17, as the singer Yun Sim-deok, and Lee Jong-suk, who appeared in the popular romantic drama series, While You Were Sleeping, as her boyfriend Kim Woo-jin.
The two-part drama follows Yun – born in Pyongyang in 1897 during a time of strife towards the end of Korea’s Joseon dynasty – as she travels to Japan to study music at the Tokyo Music School.
Once there she falls in love with Kim, but their romance is far from happy and ends in tragedy.
The series – directed by Dr. Romantic’s Park Soo-jin, with a screenplay written by Cho Soo-jin – is the latest dramatisation of the story, which inspired the 1969 film, Yun Sim-deok, and 1991’s Death Song.