First script reading took place recently for upcoming SBS drama series “Scarlet Heart: Ryeo” (literal title) starring Lee Joon-Gi, IU, Kang Ha-Neul. The first script featured main cast members also including Hong Jong-Hyun, Baekhyun (EXO-K), Nam Joo-Hyuk, Ji Soo, Kim San-Ho & Yoon Sun-Woo.
“Scarlet Heart: Ryeo” is based on Chinese novel “Bu Bu Jing Xin” by Tong Hua and follows 2011 HBS drama series “Scarlet Heart” which is also based on the same novel. Early working title for the drama series was”Dalui Yeonin” (“Moon Lovers”), but changed to “Bobogyungsim: Ryeo” (“Scarlet Heart: Ryeo”).
“Scarlet Heart: Ryeo” first airs sometime during the second half of this year in South Korea.
Main trailer added for live-action film “Litchi Hikari Club” starring Shuhei Nomura, Yuki Furukawa, Shotaro Mamiya & Ayami Nakajo. Movie is based on manga “Litchi☆Hikari Club” by Usamaru Furuya and Eisuke Naito (“Let’s Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club“). Story for the film is set sometime in the future in town over run by industrialization. Teenage boys from the area form the Hikari Club to eradicate the evils of the grown up world. They then create an AI machine named “Litchi.”
“Litchi Hikari Club” will be released February 13, 2016 in Japan.
Second trailer added for upcoming Shunji Iwai directed film “The Bride of Rip Van Winkle” starring Haru Kuroki, Gou Ayano & Cocco. The new trailer is the first to show actual footage from the film.
“The Bride of Rip Van Winkle” will be released March 26, 2016 in Japan.
English subtitled teaser trailer added for upcoming KBS2 drama series “Uncontrollably Fond” (English title) starring Kim Woo-Bin & Bae Suzy. “Uncontrollably Fond” first airs June, 2016 in South Korea.
Ep.1 trailer added for KBS2 drama series “Descendants of the Sun” starring Song Joong-Ki & Song Hye-Kyo. The first ep.1 trailer is captioned as “The Woman’s Story” (“Geu Yeoja Iyagi”).
“Descendants of the Sun” first airs February 24, 2016 in South Korea.
Main poster and trailer added for upcoming live-action film “The Town Where Only I Am Missing” starring Tatsuya Fujiwara & Kasumi Arimura. Movie is based on manga series “Boku Dake ga Inai Machi” by Kei Sanbe and directed by Yuichiro Hirakawa (“Until The Break Of Dawn“). Premise for the film has Tatsuya Fujiwara’s character of Satoru Fujinuma having the special ability of revival. His special ability allows him to go back in time and prevent terrible events from occurring. He goes back in time to find a serial killer and save his mother.
“The Town Where Only I Am Missing” will be released March 19, 2016 in Japan.
Ahn Jae-Wook’s first still images from upcoming KBS2 weekend drama series “Five Enough.” The still images are from the first day of filming for Ahn Jae-Wook which took place January 13, 2016 at a restaurant in Gangnam, Seoul. In drama series “Five Enough,” Ahn Jae-Wook plays Lee Sang-Tae. His character is a single father who has raised 2 children since the death of his wife.
“Five Enough” first airs February 20, 2016.
Actors Hwang Jung-Min, So Ji-Sub & Song Joong-Ki are cast in new movie “Battleship Island” (literal title) directed by Ryoo Seung-Wan (“Veteran“). Story for “Battleship Island” is set in the early 20th century, when South Korea is under Japanese occupation. Some 400 Koreans are forced onto Battleship Island to mine for coal. The official name of Battleship Island is Hashima Island and the island picked up the nickname of Battleship Island due to its shape resembling a battelship. Hwang Jung-Min plays Lee Kang-Ok. His character was deceived into going to Battleship Island. He has a daughter which he does anything to protect. So Ji-Sub plays Choi Chil-Sung. His character is a top fighter. He makes trouble on Battleship Island. Song Jong-Ki plays Park Moo-Young. His character belongs to the Korean Independence group. He attempts to rescue a fellow member on Battleship Island.
“Battleship Island” will be released sometime in 2017 in South Korea.
Here’s the first three teaser posters for upcoming MBC drama series “One More Happy Ending” starring Jang Na-Ra, Jung Kyoung-Ho, Kwon Yool, You Da-In, Yoo In-Na & Seo In-Young. Drama series follows 4 ex-members of an idol group. Two of the women now work at a remarriage agency. “One More Happy Ending” first airs January 20, 2016 in South Korea.
Actor Byun Yo-Han is cast in upcoming movie “Will You Be There?” starring Kim Yun-Seok. Movie “Will You Be There?” is based on French novel “Seras-tu là ?” by Guillaume Musso and directed by Hong Ji-Young (“The Naked Kitchen“).
Setup for movie “Will You Be There” has Kim Yun-Seok playing a surgeon, Soo-Hyun. Soo-Hyun is terminally ill. He deeply wishes to see his girlfriend who died in an accident 30 years earlier. Soo-Hyun then gets 10 pills which allows him to travel back in time. He goes back in time to save his girlfriend. There, in his past, he meets his younger self played by Byun Yo-Han.
Filming for “Will You Be There?” begins sometime in the first half of this year in South Korea.