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Coffee Prince PD returns with short drama adaptation of 4teen

Ooh, it’s been a while since PD Lee Yoon-jung has come back with a new project. She did work on 2012’s Golden Time (she’s staffed at MBC), but it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the likes of her solo projects Triple and Coffee Prince that bear her trademark thoughtful, breezy style. She’s preparing a new drama project for MBC, though sadly it’s only planned as a 4-episode miniseries: an adaptation of the Japanese novel 4teen.

4teen is a novel by Ishida Ira that won the Naoki literary prize in 2003 (and it also had a Japanese drama adaptation that followed in 2004). It’s a coming-of-age story about four fourteen-year-old boys and the struggles they face as urban adolescents, facing poor economic backgrounds, violence, and their own transformations as teens. The work is described as an often funny, thoughtful and relatable story about these young boys’ rebellion, growing pains, and dreams.

The adaptation will naturally transplant the boys to Seoul, and will star four fourteen-year-old boys each with his own personality and unique problems. The first name cast is young actor Chun Bo-geun who’s only twelve but already has twelve credits on his filmography. I suddenly feel very underacheivy. He was most recently in Queen’s Classroom and though he skews pretty young for the part, he’s a great young actor.

There are mixed reports about when this is due to broadcast, with some stories saying that it might air in the Wednesday-Thursday slot following Medical Top Team, before Miss Korea is due to replace it. Others say Miss Korea will follow directly after as normal, and that 4teen’s air date is undecided. It’s up in the air for now, but in any case 4teen is planning to cast and start shooting soon for a possible December premiere.

Via Star News

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I love this kid is SFFTS and QC.

I can't see how this can miss! I wonder if any of the other three boys will have been in QC with him.

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Totally adorable and talented to boot. Loved him too in those two dramas.

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Just wanna pinch his cheeks! That smile ~ XD

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Oh, so cute!

Can't wait for this, I hoped Medical Top Team was only 16 eps because it's really slow and boring and be replaced by something actually exciting and worth watching.

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Agreed, it's sooooo boring.

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Sounds really interesting. Looking forward to it!

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I like the premise and I liked the actor as I have seen QC. I just wish it was more than 4 episodes.

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Oh Parang from Stars Falling From the Sky! He is sooo lovely! I foresee a great future for this little star.

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Love female directors, love THIS female director in particular. Yes, yes, yes.

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Oooo, yay!! Sounds great, I love this PD. Coffee Prince is my favourite drama ever and I also loved Taereung's National Village (wonderful little show with Lee Min Ki and the Voice - watch it!!). Love the vibe/atmosphere of her shows.

Cheun Bo Geun is incredibly good actor for someone so young. They should also cast the kid from A Wife's Credentials - he's awesome.

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Chun bo geun is the child actor to look out for.
its amazing how much depth a 12 year old can bring to his acting. And we were all amazed with yeo Jin goo who's 16.

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Hope it's better than Triple.

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Ikr?

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Maybe this will air after MTT - because Miss Korea isn't completely casted yet... I think? But MBC must be wanting something that would pull up their miniseries ratings. It has been so bad this year, I think it's one of their worst ever.

I'm that freak who hasn't seen coffee prince, so if I like this, I may finally give that a try... Finally. I've been a few years too late.

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Oh Dong Gu! He is seriously such an amazing actor, with his ability to move viewers to tears. I'll keep an eye on this.

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Dongu!/parangah!...I love this kid so much...he always plays my favorite characters ..can't wait for this show.. I like this director ...even though Triple was a mess, I love the mood she creates in each of her shows..plus I think this show will benefit from the fact that there's already a source material here like with Cofee Prince..can't wait to see who the cast next...They should try Kang Chan Hee next..he had something of a cute bromance with Chin inn QoC and he was adorable in CYHMH

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OMG Oh Dong-gu !!!! lol

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PAAARANGGG-ah!!! DOng Goo!!! he's so precious! His interactions with Ji Hoon in SAFFTS were priceless and his scenes in Queen's Classroom were touching... i cant wait for his upcoming projects.

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Well, seems like PD LYJ has gotten a project w/ good writing.

Too bad LYJ had to work w/ the mess that was "Triple" - but she did a great job w/ CP.

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Dong Goo! I cried a river in Queen's Classroom.. I will see this definitely!

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