First script reading for tvN drama series “Ugly Young-A (S17),” starring Kim Hyun-Sook, Lee Seung-Joon and Ra Mi-Ran, took place January 3, 2019 at in Sangam-dong in Seoul, South Korea. Main cast members including Kim Hyun-Sook, Lee Seung-Joon, Ra Mi-Ran, Song Min-Hyung, Kim Jung Ha, and Yoon Seo-Hyun all attended. Before the first script reading, Director Han Sang-Jae stated “Initial early planning for drama series ‘Ugly Young-A’ was about the work life and love of a spinster. ‘Ugly Young A (S16)’ ended that story. ‘Ugly Young-A (S17)’ will be a new story which is about raising a child and work.”
“Ugly Young-A (S17)” first airs February 8, 2019 in South Korea.
Kim Sun-Ho, Shin Hyun-Soo, Mun Ka-Young and Ahn So-Hee are all cast in JTBC drama series “Welcome to Waikiki Season 2.” They will join already announced main cast members Lee Yi-Kyung and Kim Ye-Won. Lee Yi-Kyung is the only cast member from season 1 to return for season 2.
Kim Sun-Ho & Shin Hyun-Soo will play high school friends of Lee Joon-Ki (Lee Yi-Kyung) and they invest and live at Waikiki (which is facing bankruptcy). Along with the three men, female characters played by Mun Ka-Young, Ahn So-Hee and Kim Ye-Won begin to live at Waikiki. Mun Ka-Young’s character experiences a bad wedding and jumps into the car of Lee Joon-Ki. Ahn So-Hee’s character graduated from the same university & major as Lee Joon-Ki. Kim Ye-Won’s character is the older sister of the character played by Kim Sun-Ho.
“Welcome to Waikiki Season 2” will first air sometime during the first half of this year in in South Korea.
Sosuke Ikematsu and Yu Aoi are cast in live-action film “Miyamoto kara Kimi e.” Movie is based on manga series “Miyamoto kara Kimi e” by Hideki Arai and follows 2018 TV Tokyo drama series “Miyamoto kara Kimi e.” Also cast in the live-action film are Kenichi Matsuyama, Tokio Emoto, Hosshan and Kanji Furutachi. All of the announced cast members appeared in the drama series version and will reprise their respective roles. Filming for the movie began September 29, 2018 and finished October 30, 2018. Below is a still image from the movie with Sosuke Ikematsu as Hiroshi Miyamoto and Yu Aoi as Yasuko Nakano. Tetsuya Mariko also returns to direct the live-action film version.
“Miyamoto kara Kimi e” will be released sometime during autumn, 2019 in Japan.
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Teaser poster added for upcoming movie “Bicycle King Uhm Bok-Dong” (literal title) starring Rain, Kang So-Ra and Lee Beom-Soo. Movie’s early literal title was just “Uhm Bok-Dong.” Caption on the teaser poster states in Korean “Japanese colonial era, there was a Korean and Japanese match with more passion than ever.” The film features Rain playing title character and real life person Uhm Bok-Dong. He competes in a bicycle match against Japanese cyclists during the Japanese colonial rule era. Kang So-Ra plays Korean independence fighter Kim Hyung-Shin.
“Bicycle King Uhm Bok-Dong” will be released February, 2019 in South Korea.
Lee Joon-Ho from idol group ‘2PM’ is cast in new tvN drama series “Confession” (literal title). The drama series will be directed by Kim Cheol-Kyu (“Mother“/”Chicago Typewriter“). For drama series “Confession,” Lee Joon-Ho will play lead male character Choi Do-Hyun. As a lawyer, he works on a death penalty case involving his father.
“Confession” first airs March, 2019 in South Korea.
Ep.1 trailer added for upcoming MBC weekday evening drama series “Blessing of the Sea” (English title) starring Lee So-Yeon, Jae Hee, Jo An and Kim Hyung-Min. Drama series is based on Korean folk tale “The Tale of Shim Chong,” but set in the present days. In addition, here are three posters for the upcoming drama series. The caption in Korean on the posters asks and states “”What color is your world? Modern version Shim Chong story of different color.”
“Blessing of the Sea” first airs Monday, January 14, 2019 in South Korea.
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Sayaka Yamaguchi is cast in Fuji TV-Tokai TV drama series “Absolute Justice” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2016 novel “Zettai Seigi” by Rikako Akiyoshi. Rikako Akiyoshi also wrote novel “Ankoku Joshi” which was adapted into movie “The Dark Maidens.” The drama series will be directed by Masaki Nishiura and screenplay by Kosuke Nishi. Sayaka Yamaguchi will play main character Noriko Takanori.
“Absolute Justice” first airs February 2, 2019 in Japan.
Park Se-Young is cast in MBC drama series “Special Labor Inspector Jo Jang-Poong” (literal title) co-starring Kim Dong-Wook. For the drama series, Park Se-Young will play lead female character Joo Mi-Ran. She is a detective and a former judo athlete. She is also the ex-wife of Jo Jin-Gab (Kim Dong-Wook) and they have a child. They get involved in a case together after Jo Jin-Gab works as a labor inspector.
“Special Labor Inspector Jo Jang-Poong” first airs April, 2019 (takes over MBC’s Monday & Tuesday 10PM time slot after “Item“).
Joe Odagiri & Kumiko Aso are cast in TV Asahi drama series “Time Limit Investigator 2019” (working title). Joe Odagiri and Kimiko Aso will reprise their roles of Shuichiro Kiriyama and Shizuka Mikazuki which they previously played in 2006 TV Asahi drama series “Time Limit Investigator” and 2007 TV Asahi drama series “Time Limit Investigator, Season 2.” Satoshi Miki will also return to direct & write the screenplay for the drama series.
“Time Limit Investigator 2019” will air sometime this year in Japan.
Lee Yi-Kyung is cast in upcoming JTBC drama series “Welcome to Waikiki Season 2.” He will reprise his character of Lee Joon-Ki from season 1. The character of Lee Joon-Ki is scripted as being an unpopular actor. He has a bright personality, but he makes unintended trouble.
Lee Yi-Kyung will be the only main cast member from season 1 to appear in season 2. Kim Jung-Hyun, Son Seung-Won, Jung In-Sun and Lee Joo-Woo in particular will not appear in the sequel. Ahn So-Hee, Shin Hyun-Soo, Mun Ka-Young and Kim Sun-Ho have all been offered roles in the sequel drama series and are considering.
“Welcome to Waikiki Season 2” will first air sometime during the first half of 2019 in South Korea.