The U.S. is already planning to remake the hit 2001 Jeon Ji Hyun-Cha Tae Hyun movie My Sassy Girl, but so are the Japanese. And they’ve selected their lead, 27-year-old Tanaka Rena (not to be confused with young pop star and Morning Musume member Tanaka Reina).
The Japanese version will take the form of a drama series, however, rather than a film, so you’ll have many more opportunites to see the “sassy girl” get drunk, make a raucus commotion, throw up in public places, and disrupt the lead male’s life in whatever other ways she can.
Cast in the Cha Tae Hyun role is 33-year-old actor and member of pop group SMAP Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (Kusanagi said in an interview with Sakei Sports, “I’ve met Cha Tae Hyun before… Filming this won’t merely fun and laughs, but will also touch hearts”).
Differing from the original movie, the leads are now a university instructor in marine biology and an aspiring novelist, and the series will air next April on the Japanese channel TBS.
(I know, it probably seems sexist or something that the guy’s pic is so much smaller, but that’s just because I had a hard time finding any decent-looking ones. Honest!)
SONG OF THE DAY
Swinging Popsicle – “ブラインドタッチ” (Blind Touch). Swinging Popsicle is a Japanese band that’s mildly popular in Korea (among Korean indie-music fans, that is). [ zShare download ]
Tags: j-doramas, remakes