The Man Who Can’t Get Married [결혼 못하는 남자] is a new KBS series that will replace Story of a Man come June. You may already know that it is based on the popular Japanese drama Kekkon Dekinai Otoko (which means “man who can’t get married”), which aired in 2006
The drama held a script reading–cum–press conference on May 6 at the Yongpyong Selra Resort in Kyeonggi province, attended by its main stars Ji Jin-hee (of Spotlight; isn’t he looking adorable?), Uhm Jung-hwa (Insadong Scandal), and Kim So-eun (Boys Before Flowers).
The strength of the original has the cast admittedly feeling the burden of living up to expectations, as lead actor Ji Jin-hee explains: “Because it was a very popular drama series in Japan, I feel a tremendous amount of pressure. The actor in the original [Abe Hiroshi] was good-looking and comical and acted so perfectly that it’s a burden to live up to. Fortunately, most Koreans haven’t seen it, which is some consolation. In the first part, we’ll be remaking some portions to show character things and there will be a lot of similarities [to the original].”
Ji Jin-hee’s character is described as the type to say exactly what he’s thinking. But he’s not unlikable, because he has a warmth to his character despite it: “He’s good at his job and perfect in everything, but he’s not aware that he’s the outsider. He’s not interested in that. When asked, ‘Why don’t you marry?’ he isn’t stressed out by it at all. He’s the type to say, ‘Why would I ?’ I have to make sure to depict him so he’s not unlikable.”
Uhm Jung-hwa, meanwhile, plays an unmarried 40-year-old dentist. She harbors lingering pain from a failed first love, but she’s described as warm, kind, and competent. Uhm says, “We’re actually the same age, and I feel similarly to her in a lot of ways.” She isn’t like Uhm’s usual characters, however, in that she’s not a trendy or particularly fashionable type, and is more focused on her work.
Kim So-eun jumps from high schooler in Boys Before Flowers to playing older than her age as an office employee in her mid-twenties (Kim is 19) who is a close neighbor to Ji Jin-hee’s character and also comes into an acquaintance with Yoo Ah-in (Yoo Ah-in!) of Antique Bakery. Kim is currently on leave from school (she just started at university not long ago) to act in this project.
The Man Who Can’t Get Married also features Yang Jung-ah (Mom’s Dead Upset) and VJ Dan-ji (I Am Sam). It airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on KBS in June.