SEOUL, April 07 (Yonhap) — Acclaimed screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung is set to return with the new omnibus TV series “Our Blues,” a story about love, life and second chances, starring a star cast, including Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-ah and Han Ji-min.
Set on Jeju Island, south of the resort town, the show follows a group of people struggling with everyday life and enduring pain, but never losing hope to overcome the ups and downs of their lives. .
This is Noh’s first TV series since the drama “Live” (2018). She is one of South Korea’s most sought-after TV screenwriters for her critically acclaimed TV novels, including “Dear My Friends” (2016) and “That Winter, the Wind Blows” (2013).
“For about 10 years, I’ve longed for a different format. Each person is the hero of their own story, but TV shows only follow one couple,” Noh said during a press conference that aired on Thursday. . “So I finally chose to do a new piece in an omnibus format.”
She said she originally planned to embark on a project, tentatively named “Here,” about workers at an international non-governmental organization, starring Lee, Shin and Han, three years ago. But it was eventually scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the writer wrote “Our Blues” from scratch to continue with the cast.
“When ‘Here’ was cancelled, I just casually asked him if anything was spared,” said Lee, one of Korea’s hottest stars on the big and small screen. “The cancellation was so sad, because I really wanted to do it with Noh. But she made up this new story. I loved her from the start.”
Each of the seven main actors – Lee, Shin, Cha Seung-won, Lee Jung-eun, Uhm Jung-hwa, Han, and Kim Woo-bin – has their own story and do not know each other directly. But all the characters somehow become more connected to each other as the story unfolds.
The actors said the omnibus format helps the 20-episode show portray different types of people and their lives in a more balanced way, although their roles or roles are relatively short in “Our Blues” compared to their previous works.
“I’m the hero in some episodes, but I become an extra in other episodes. It was very interesting,” said Lee, who plays a Jeju resident running a shop on wheels in “Our Blues,” his first. TV series after the historical romance “Mr. Sunshine” (2018). “It’s like we’re going about our daily lives as usual, and a camera comes in and scans us one by one.”
“Our Blues,” tvN’s primetime weekend show, premieres this Saturday and will also be available simultaneously on Netflix.