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Cameos and character posters for tvN’s Basketball

The premiere for tvN’s period drama Basketball is just a day away (Seriously, October, are you trying to kill us? ‘Cause it’s kinda working.) and it looks to be a star-studded opener, with cameos from Lee Jung-jin (Hundred Year Inheritance) and Oh Ji-ho (God of the Workplace) setting the stage right away in the first episode. The pair of actors are stopping by as a favor to Chuno and Runaway Plan B director Kwak Jung-hwan, and will play the best of the back alley gambling basketball players, whose game is as violent as it is lucrative.

The period drama begins in the Occupation era, and will tell the story of the national basketball team that eventually goes to the 1948 London Olympics. It was the first and only unified Korean basketball team to compete in the Olympic games before the war divided the peninsula into North and South. It stars Do Ji-han as the poor athlete who’s rough around the edges and as hotheaded as he is naturally gifted. Never met a sports movie/drama hero who wasn’t.

He’ll overcome his background and his own demons to make it to the national team, where he’ll meet rival Jung Dong-hyun, the team’s star player. He’s privileged and already famous, and the two will have a classic teammate rivalry (one hopes with much bromance ahead). Complicating matters is the fact that they’re in love with the same girl (of course they are): Lee Elriya as the wealthy Japanese-educated reporter.

The 24-episode series will air on Mondays and Tuesdays, and is already halfway through its shoots. Despite the world looking exactly like Gakistal in stills, the subject matter should make it feel entirely different. I have to say, I’m looking forward to a drama that offers something new, so I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Basketball premieres Monday on tvN.

Via Xports News

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Is that Ye-eun? What role is she playing?

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A maid.

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So looking foward to this! Do Ji-Han was great in Incarnation of Money and I am so happy that I will get to see more of him so soon =)

And I am a big sucker for all things sports related so bring it on!^^

Btw does anyone know where to watch the special with English subs?

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I'm really looking forward this drama,cause the director is a good one and I liked his other works!!!!:)

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Looking forward to this :D!! You don't see too many Korean dramas focusing on sports and this looks awesome.

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Am looking forward to this! And finally I got to see people play basketball in my k-dramas.
Somehow this "The period drama begins in the Occupation era, and will tell the story of the national basketball team that eventually goes to the 1948 London Olympics." reminds me of Cool Runnings. Hehe.

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I am way more excited for this than I should be.

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me too! :o

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The trailer did give off a Gaksital vibe and it didn't help that I spotted atleast 5 actors previously from Gaksital. I hope this is just as good :)

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I wonder what those old balls were like. They look as hard as rocks in the pictures.

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They might have been heavier, too. Since they lace up I'm guessing they must have been simlar to footballs???

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I hope Lee Jung-jin will come back soon with drama or movie

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So excited :).

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So glad viki has the license for it.

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I have a pretty good idea of who's going to recap this show and i'm suuuuper excited for the premiere tomorrow!
You know you've been on dramabeans for long enough when you can accurately pinpoint months in advance which recapper is going to recap which.
I swear, out of the list of fall premieres, you guys have hit each one that is recap-must!
I love dramabeans.

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I'm guessing JB and GF will recap this :D

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that would probably not be a healthy choice

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Ikr? I feel like I don't need to beg for this one or do I lol.

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I think I may be just a little in love with Lee Jung Jin. Looking forward to seeing him on my computer screen again, even in just a cameo.

Really excited for this drama!

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Me TOO!! He always reminds me of Song Joong Ki. They looke like they can be blood brothers.

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I'm so excited for this! Eeee! But where am I going to find the time to fit in another drama when I'm still in the middle of a couple of other dramas right now? *checks schedule* Hmm? Sleep? Surely I don't need six hours of you per night. Problem solved. :-)

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This looks seriously promising, and I'm not even that much into sports-themed shows. From the bits and pieces that I've seen, I'm definitely intrigued.. I'm definitely gonna be checking this out! Fighting, Show!

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does anyone know where I can watch the pre-documentary episode?

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I understand the team got a lot better after the Japanese allowed them to use real basketballs instead of painted-over bowling balls.

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Whoa, really looking forward to this! I love basketball dramas and animes anyway, so it's a big bonus! Plus the Gaksital setting vibes are reaaaally tempting me in aahaha

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i never really read up on this drama. but now that i have a better idea of what the drama is actually about..
it sounds a bit like the Taiwanese drama Hot Shot or 籃球火... hope it is as good!

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looks good. character posters are very nice. I would buy a notebook with those pictures....

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so many dramas to watch so little time!

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Can someone please explain the leading actress' name, Lee Elriya? Is it like one of those Korean hangul characters only names like 2NE1's Park Sandara?

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It might be a japanese name? It would make sense in the context because many during that time period had Japanese names. My grandmother also had to adopt a Japanese name during the period.
That being said, I don't like the actress...at all. -_-
I'll give her a chance, but I already dislike how they are dressing her up as this ...precious, pink, plastic-y girl....sighggghgh
her face looks too modern.

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lee eriya is her real name, not character name.
its definitely not a traditional korean name, but
it doesnt sound weird :)
i actually like her modern fashion- since she is
a wealthy reporter in this drama

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Can't wait to start watching ^^

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