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Modern Farmer puts rockers out to pasture

Even with its not-quite-sensical premise, SBS weekend miniseries Modern Farmer continues to make me chuckle with its teasers and posters. The comedy is inexplicably about a rock band becoming farmers, by which I mean, we’re not really told why on earth these boys are forced from idol band stardom in the big city to tending cabbages in podunk nowheresville. They just are. I’m pretty sure wacky hijinks are the entirety of the show’s concept, but hey, rockers in cabbage patches is maybe just weird enough to get us all to watch anyway?

The 20-episode drama stars Lee Hong-ki (Bride of the Century) as the lead singer and guitarist of rock band Exo, not to be confused with idol boy band Exo… Well technically, they ARE meant to be confused, since the two teasers below use footage from idol group Exo’s appearances on Inkigayo for a bait-‘n’-switch to our fictional rockers, heh. Their band’s name is short for Excellent Souls, though by the looks of it, they’re more troublesome than excellent.

Lee Shi-un (Answer Me 1997) is the band’s bass guitarist, Park Min-woo (Could We Love) plays the keyboardist, and Kwak Dong-yeon (Age of Feeling) is the maknae and drummer. The posters continue the show’s focus on the meta, much like the first teaser, and read: “What, Lee Hong-ki is going to farm cabbage?” In one he’s holding a head of cabbage like a purse, accompanied by faux fashion commentary: “You have to at least carry something like this to be the leader of a rock band.” It’s certainly quirky, but I kinda like it.

Modern Farmer follows Feel-Good Day and premieres October 11.

Via BNT News

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PWAHAHAHAHA

It looks hilarious! ^_____^ Hope they can sustain the fun for 20 episodes.

Bonus: I can now bait my EXO-obsessed sister with "EXO" pics which show Lee Hong-ki's fake band instead. Nyehehehe~

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Will this be like the Korean version of getting "Rick Rolled"? lol

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sounds refreshing...can't wait to watch the 4 cabbage patch kids...all of them are just so adorable

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it don't have to be funny...i'm just in the mood for something light and not-too-serious

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That's one big Won Bok on steroid that he is carrying...

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This looks like it's going to be freakin' hilarious. I can't wait!

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Am gonna watch this for LHK hellooooo hes sooooo hilarious....:-)

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LOL, I swear that cabbage is so out of place, it makes me laugh. The posters are really bright, almost reminding me of Trot Lovers, but I hope it's much better than that (maybe I'm just a major odd ball, but the only parts I liked in TL were the amnesia scenes - I felt the angst, what can I say?).

Anyway, this drama is so weird without actually sounding bad, so I'm giving it a try. Plus I will forever have a soft spot for Lee Hong-ki, so there's that too.

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This looks ridiculous...and intentionally so. I think it's going to be a blast! It will be nice to just have some fun in my drama lineup.

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But it is a premise already done before? Granted, a variety show and not a drama but then every one knows variety shows are scripted and staged.

Johnny`s idol boy band TOKIO (yes, they play instruments too) has a variety show called THE TETSUWAN DASH which is already running for years Now and really have high ratings - the members work in a farm, build stuff, etc. There is actually a gag of the group being farmers as their `main` job and that their idol work is more part-time.

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This. Can't believe it took so look for Korean producers to put together something like it in one form or another. That show started in the late 90s.

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yes! this is what i thought when i heard the synopsis for this drama. i was thinking they probably based it on tokio, japanese idol band that plays instruments, and their variety show the tetsuwan dash.

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I have little patience when shows do non-sensical / contrived things while trying to pretend they are realistic or even sort of realistic... but those that are flamboyantly and unapologetically whacky even if it makes no sense I'm game for. Cabbage-rock universe, definitely giving you a try.

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Wow, those posters look TERRIBLE. I hope they're intentionally bad because I've never seen an SBS poster look that graphically-challenged before.

That being said, this certainly sounds like it will be...something. Good is up in the air for now - but it does seem to be aiming for a fun show that doesn't take itself seriously and which will poke fun at idols a little like You're Beautiful. I've always appreciated that Lee Hongki seems to have such a good sense of humour about that. Fingers crossed it will be fun.

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Hahhaha it's like that running man episode with city idols vs the country idol - just in a drama version.

Lols the exo references are just cracking me up. More meta please!!

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Those hot pink shoes. I can't stop staring...

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That's some good looking romaine lettuce he's got! lol

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Oh man those dreads though LOL. Too good.

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Can not wait! :D

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LOL, i love the cabbage & the pink shoes. Of course i'm gonna watch this cuz it's fun & LHK never fail me ever since.

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I am laughing uncontrollably already. considering I am a bit depressed atm I could need this. plus, I am an avid gardener myself. btw I grew awesome parsnips. I am really proud of my babies.

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Did someone say Lee Hong Ki? I'm in!!!

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I feel absolutely giddy at the prospect of this. thanks!

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This is going to be so much fun!

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I didn't realise Kwak Dong Yeon was in this!!! He's so adorable, I'll try and watch this just for him.

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Oh! I didn't realize it. Another reason to look forward to this!

LOLOL at the exo reference.

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I love him as well! Cant waittt

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Lee shi un's dreads though

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That's some serious lip gloss the lads are posting there. They'll get it mussed, for sure.

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OMG, I cannot wait for this! It looks hilarious!

I'm guessing something happens to Lee Hong-ki's character? He gets depressed or something and decides to go farm for a change of pace? A little far-fetched? Maybe. :) LOL. Looking forward to this!

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Talk about an image-changer! I already feel like I'll forever associate these boys with cabbages!

So happy that Hong-ki's getting to show a wider audience what he does best - FTISLAND FTW!!

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My babies is in leather pants

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Hongki revealed that his band in the drama was facing disbandment (due to financial woes maybe) and when his character found out about a plot of land his grandmother have, the band decided to head to the village to plant cabbage in order to raise fund for a new album! XD!!!

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no spoilers please

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The photoshop is so bad I love it, especially Hongki's cabbage haha

Hongki's been on a roll hasn't he, yay for more appearances on my screen.

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Yay yay! Park Min-woo!

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This looks fun and hilarious. I will def check it out I'm all for the hijinks.

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yay!! can't wait. sure they look hillarious.

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So that's explain why Park Min Woo sported new weird hairstyle in Roommate season 2, it's for this drama. BTW the teaser picture is hilariously bad lol

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The plot really isn't thaaaat farfetched- After they left DBSK, Yoochun actually said he contemplated becoming a farmer....

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Yay! A short weekend drama without the crazy families. No 50 episode insanity.

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LOL! Can't wait!

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Can I just say how THRILLED I am to see Lee Shi Un in another show? He was very nearly my favorite part of Answer Me 1997, and considering how amazing that whole cast was, I think that's really saying something about his talent. I'll be tuning in just to see him - though LMK is a nice treat as well, of course.

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now, this one i could go for because fish-out-of-water stories are always a goldmine of comedic situations if done right :). i have a feeling i'm gonna like one :) (a rock band in a farm? count me in!)

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KWAK DONG YEUN!!! Finally I can see him on screen once again! Can't waitttt :D

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