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Seniors Over Flowers in warm human drama Dear My Friends

I love these posters for Dear My Friends, tvN’s upcoming drama starring Go Hyun-jung amidst a cast of older veteran actors, all of whom have amassed resumés so long it would take a whole post just to list them. More than anything I love how bright and happy they look, to fit the tone of the sassy, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor we’ve seen in previous teasers.

With star writer Noh Hee-kyung (It’s Okay, It’s Love; That Winter, the Wind Blows) penning the scripts, I’d say we can expect thoughtfulness and introspection, but I’m glad to see a lighter side as well. It’s been calling itself an anthem for the senior set, and the main poster (below) is meant to take on a “senior citizen Sex and the City” concept. I honestly can’t say that I quite see that angle in the promo, but I enjoy that it’s their inspiration all the same.

The individual posters feature each cast member holding a flower, and takes on the concept, appropriately, of “We’re Flower Youths too.” Heh, a nod to tvN’s hit travel series Youths Over Flowers, I’m sure, which featured casts of youngsters navigating unfamiliar foreign locales with a camera crew tagging along to capture all the awkwardness and bonding. And there’s just something so warm and friendly about those open smiling faces, beautiful and etched with character. (I really do find the faces mesmerizing.)

Going in order of the individual posters below, we have Go Hyun-jin as the sole young’un of the mix (she’s 45), a freelance writer who gets drawn into the mix of eight “old fogey” characters who were all either classmates at the same elementary school (cute!) or in a sunbae-hoobae relationship.

Yoon Yeo-jung (Wonderful Season) plays a woman who spent her entire life playing caretaker to the members of her family and ended up a single virgin. She hates aging more than dying, and haaaates being called an old fogey. Kim Hye-ja (Unkind Women) is described as 4-D, which I find hilarious; mostly I’m used to seeing younger people playing 4th-dimension types, which is to say oddball and offbeat, often prone to saying random things. She doesn’t want to cause trouble for her children and thus lives on her own, determined to take care of herself. Joo Hyun (Heart to Heart) plays a former lawyer with a humorous personality and a romanticist’s heart, and in the show he’ll reconnect with Kim Hye-ja, who was his first love.

Na Mun-hee (Feel-Good Day), plays Kim Hye-ja’s best friend who’s lived a tiring life with an autocratic husband, and dreams of leaving him one day and traveling the world freely. Shin Gu (Grandpas Over Flowers) plays her cheapskate husband with the fiery temper, and while I’m a teensy bit sad to hear him described as a meanie, I’ll hold out hope that his character takes a turn — he becomes the outsider in his family, for one. And Shin Gu is just so cuddly and sweet in real life, for another — you can’t just waste that!

Park Won-sook (My Daughter Geum Sa-wol) plays a woman who has a successful career as an actress, but is lonely — at least she’ll have a friend (frenemy) in Go Du-shim (Strange Daughter-in-Law), though that relationship will have its share of conflict. Go Du-shim is described as an unstoppable gangster mom (HA) to Go Hyun-jung, and is always bickering with her daughter in realistic and relatable ways. But I’m sure bossy mom will get as much as she gives, because her mother is dramaland’s favorite granny, Kim Young-ok (Please, Mom), who’s the eldest of the bunch and described as a foul-mouthed, lively, positive grandma. Oh, she’s gonna be awesome.

Dear My Friends will premiere on May 13 as a Friday-Saturday drama on tvN.

 
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I love these posters! Can't wait for the drama. (*'▽'*)♪

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Javabeans is not kidding about the length of their resume. I was checking to see where I've seen these halbaes and halmaes before, and I am floored by the number of dramas and movies they were in. My goodness. Hats off to them for their professionalism and dedication to their craft. They earned all their accolades. I will be definitely tuning in every week for three months.

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I can't wait for this! wish lee soon jae would cameo as na moon hee's autocratic husband, heh.

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lol, nv, just saw that shin goo is her husband, haha.

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Aw, this is just love! Pure LOVE. I love that the light catches the laughter in their eyes :)

I'm excited for all of them, but especially Kim Young-ok and Kim Hye-ja.

Joo Hyun looks adorable with his flower!

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I really, really hope this gets subbed somewhere. It's refreshing to see an ensemble veteran cast of actors in one drama and hoping for its success! I love that tVN yet again is taking a pretty different approach and giving these types of stories a platform, ratings be damned. Not sure what the buzz is in Korea for this drama, but sure am looking forward to this so much.

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Can't wait for this drama, I find it so cool to use seniors who supposedly had their share of life, but something about being "old" makes life all the more enticing, many starts thinking what they can do for their precious ones, others would want to do what they missed in their youth. It can be a really warm, funny and human.

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I've been looking forward to this project since it was announced because Queen Go Hyunjung + a lot of the beloved senior actors/actresses in a tvN drama. The teasers have been just delightful but reading how the precious halmaes and halbaes are connected just makes me even more ecstatic~!

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So excited for this! I can already feel that it's going to be a laugh out loud slapping the floor kind of drama. And I guess a handful of "Damn it, pass me the Kleenex box. What? I finished 3 boxes already?"heart wrenching scenes. Don't let anyone die, please.

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Ha Mun-he was precious in Miss Granny. This drama will definitely on my list!

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Holy smokes - what a line-up of veteran K-actors and actresses they have here. Definitely watching it when subbed.

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I am still amazed how tvn was able to recruit all these veteran actors and actresses for same drama. Can't wait!!!

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Kim Young-ok is always always wonderful. I look forward to watching her in this drama!

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I've never loved a drama before it airs lol. Noh Hee-kyung <3.

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ikr. My dream cast <3

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I LOVE what I see from this drama. I love the writer, the casts, and the story. Me thinking this drama will make the rating, because the ones who hold the TV remote controls the most is ahjummas and up, right? LOL.

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Halmoni Kim Young Ok sure busy. She got dramas to do and also doing hip hop theme show as a side gig. Yep, she spit some rhyme ya know.

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Noooo....your kidding. Something that amazing can't be real.

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Omg. It's real.

http://www.ondemandkorea.com/odk-clips-hip-hop-tribe-e01-clip-4689.html?lang=en

This is, hands-down, the best thing ever.

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Yes, this. :D

I wonder how Go Hyun-jung feels on set as the hoobae. ^____^ Seojin looked so stressed in GOF trying to make his sunbaes comfortable and that was just with 4 halbaes.

Now GHJ is hanging out with, what, 8 sunbaes here? Hahaha... I hope they're having a good time behind the scenes! At least there's no Na PD here to stir sh*t up?

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He is coming ...
He is planning something for sure now...
Nope I think He already booked the plane tickets
Another Noona over flowers season soon , I am certain :D

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OMG! So friggin' adorable!!!!! <3 <3

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Can't describe how excited I am waiting for this drama
The veteran casts are amazing!! Everyone of them
I have always love Noh Hee Kyung 's writing style
I am going to laugh and cry so much T.T

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This looks soooo good and refreshing. <3

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Aw, this looks super duper cute. It's nice to see so many veteran actors (and women!) in a cast. We're bound for some knock out performances both comedic and emotionally wise

Man, I haven't been watching dramas that long, but Kim Young OK is in e v e r y t h i n g.

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Have you seen her in Hip Hop Tribe? She was freaking awesome and badass. Rapping grandma.

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Park Won Sook: one of my favorites. She always plays over the top Cray Cray mother-in-laws. I just love laughing and watching her!
Go Hyun Jung! Love her the most! She too young to be called a senior, but her acting is always excellent.She is always doing such serious dramas, so it will be nice to see her in a comedy?
This sounds like so much fun with all of my favorite veteran actresses and actors!

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Can someone post the link for the teaser if it's out?

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Oldie is goldie... Finally, a drama that does away with youngsters or young looking cast. A first of its kind that does not portray old folks as senile, wicked or weak.

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I'm looking forward to this and am happy that there are opportunities like this for elder veteran actors. Sometimes it's sad to see such talented veteran actors play tertiary cardboard characters in all the trendy dramas :(

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I'm smiling looking at the posters! There's just something so heartwarming to see genuine smiles from them and I can't wait to watch this.

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Omg, I haven't watched it yet and my soul already feels like it has a blanket over it :) If only Lee Soon Jae was in this drama, it'd be through the roof (pun totally intended...) I can't wait!

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Loveliest poster ever! Why am I so touched by all those bright smiles and shining eyes? It brought a smile to me and tears to my eyes!

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It feels they're my own grandmas and grandpas because I see them everywhere!! Heh
Surely you won't waste your time watching all the veterans in one drama right? Hope this will be the new hit!

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OOoooh tvN, you always break all the rules, forgetting the mediocre. I am lovin it! It buys me! I am sooooo happy to see all these people who were once stars on drama, then because of age, they can only take a role of parents. Our generations have seen them a lot as supporter and I am so glad that this show highlights them. What a wonderful thing. Sure thing I am looking forward to it, and I hope dramabeans decide to do recap on this as well :)

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Ha! This looks fun and refreshing!

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Ooohh.. I love it ! So warm and their smile faces make me smile too :) I love Noh Hee-kyung's IOIL so I'm really excited and looking forward to this.

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I like it when the parents become the leads.
I heard once say that " Parents can't die." Because they have humongous responsbility to be - always - there to their kids. The actual lead characters but shadowed as supporters in our life.:')

Just reading this post, i can't help but feel warm and anticipated for the drama.

Hmm...from the poster, why i get a "People are more beautiful than flowers." song vibe...

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I am sold just on Kim Young Ok alone. I have adopted her as my kdrama granny. lol

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This is why TvN will always be more awesome than the network stations.

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I watch the poster BTS :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRGEZDxY8vk

It's cute!
and at some point Park Won-sook said she was surprised that she looked that beautiful in the photo.

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Its gonna be next reply but in granpa-grandma version lol

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Wow - that's some cast (includes a mini "Coffee Prince" reunion).

Joo Hyun was in the 1st 2 K-dramas I watched (haven't seen him in anything since then).

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