Lee Jong-suk, Yoona play husband and wife; Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker, to make his K-drama debut directing D.P.’s Jung Hae-in
- A lawyer framed for murder and his wife who vies to clear his name – these are the characters Lee Jong-suk and Girl’s Generation’s Im Yoon-ah play in Big Mouse
- D.P’s Jung Hae-in is a victim of illegal organ harvesting in Connect, while Lee Dong-wook (Live) plays an ambitious cop with dubious ethics in Bad and Crazy
Many in South Korea will be taking a breather next week for the mid-autumn Chuseok holiday – traditionally a harvest festival – but the K-drama industry knows no rest, and some enticing new series have been announced, many of which will go into production very soon.
Global streaming companies continue to focus on the market for Korean dramas. In addition to new Netflix and Disney+ shows, two series will air worldwide on the Chinese video streaming platform iQiyi as iQiyi Originals.
Two of Korea’s most recognisable faces will share the screen in a tvN drama screening in 2022. Pinocchio star Lee Jong-suk and Im Yoon-ah of K-pop group Girl’s Generation (also known as Yoona) have been cast in the drama series Big Mouse.
Lee will appear as Park Chang-ho, a middling lawyer known in the legal field as ‘Big Mouth’, who is one day framed as a murder suspect when he’s mistaken for the notorious conman ‘Big Mouse’. Im, currently on screens in the Chuseok family drama Miracle: Letters to the President, will play his wife, Go Mi-ho, a nurse who tries to clear his name.
The drama will see Lee re-team with his While You Were Sleeping director Oh Choong-hwan, who is also known for Hotel Del Luna.
Bad and Crazy
Lee Dong-wook, Wi Ha-joon and Han Ji-eun are set to lead tvN drama Bad and Crazy. Live actor Lee will play Soo-yeol, an ambitious cop with questionable ethics. Soo-yeol’s steady upward trajectory in the department is thrown into doubt when the “crazy” K, played by Wi (Squid Game) appears before him.
Jung Woo, Park Hee-soon, Yoon Jin-seo and Park Ji-yeon have been cast in Model Family, a Korean Netflix Original series. The show follows ordinary man Dong-ha, played by Jung (Reply 1994), who is struggling financially when he happens upon a car full of cash.
Out of the Blue
The series will follow Un Tae-bong, played by Jung, a top actor known as the “king of romance” who has it all. Tae-bong meets a mysterious woman who believes that she is the female lead in a K-drama. As he gets closer to her, his fatal flaw is in danger of being discovered. Two Cops writer Byun Sang-soon is penning the script.
Lee stars as Oh Han-byeol, the PR team leader at his management company with whom he slowly falls in love. Produced by drama powerhouse Studio Dragon, Shooting Star will air on tvN in Korea, while it will be available exclusively on iQiyi in the rest of the world. Production begins this month.
The series, which will mark the K-drama directing debut of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, tells the story of a man who has some of his organs illegally harvested and then begins to form a connection with the person who receives them. The six-part drama will air on a streaming platform, though its final home has yet to be revealed.