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Ha Suk-jin, Gong Myung join tvN’s Drinking Solo

Okay, now I feel better about Drinking Solo, because I was worried it would be Park Ha-sun (Temptation) drinking with a bunch of idols, which just didn’t interest me that much. But now Ha Suk-jin (D-Day) has signed on to star opposite her, and Park has committed to the show as well, so things are looking up. And Entertainer’s Gong Myung will also join the cast as the hero’s little brother.

The spinoff of the Let’s Eat franchise is set in the Noryangjin neighborhood of Seoul, famous for its tutoring academies and gosiwons, packed with students studying for the civil service exam. Ha Suk-jin and Park Ha-sun will both play lecturers — he’s the star teacher and she’s struggling just to survive in the cutthroat environment.

Ha Suk-jin’s star teacher is described as insufferably arrogant but not hateful, and he enjoys drinking alone for his own personal “healing time.” He’ll have a loveline with Park Ha-sun, who plays a hardworking, powerless newbie teacher who has a spine and can stand up for herself. It seems like good casting, and I can see Ha Suk-jin really playing up the arrogant star teacher role, and then being a funny drunk. I’m not really sure how taking on this series will affect his other drama 1% of Anything, but there might be just enough time to shoot that drama and then go straight to this one? Yikes, that sounds rushed.

Hwang Woo Seul-hye (Great Wife) co-stars as a sexy English teacher who often buys Park Ha-sun a drink and commiserates with her, and SHINee’s Key will be a student studying for the civil service exam who’s actually from a wealthy family, but lives in a gosiwon to immerse himself in the lifestyle.

And Gong Myung, who’s currently playing the cute guitarist with foot-in-mouth syndrome on Entertainer, will be Ha Suk-jin’s little bro. He’s a college graduate with no prospects who lives with his brother and is forced to study for the level 9 civil service exam by his mother. He’s a hapless, immature type, which seems kinda perfect for him.

The drama will be a humorous, relatable series about the difficulties youths face in joining the workforce. And coming from the PD of Let’s Eat 2 and the writer of Rude Miss Young-ae, I think it’ll manage to be both realistic and funny.

Drinking Solo will air after Bring It On, Ghost on Mondays and Tuesdays in September.

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Ha suk jin...again? Isn't that the third project he has signed on this year. There's 1% of anything remake and the drama-variety-reality show by tvn that I'm still confused about.

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* 1% of anything is web drama. the drama will be completed filming by 20, july.

* the drama-variety-reality show was finished filiming by last weekend.

* Drinking Solo will be starting since 15, july.

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Drinking solo filming will start on July 15?

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no. no.

drinking solo :

reading script - july 15
starting film - july 20~25
broadcasting first - sempember 5

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Where you get information that 1% of anything is a web-drama? It's a MBC drama.

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I'm pretty sure 1% Of Anything is a normal drama. Last I heard MBC was going to be airing it but it doesn't have an air date yet but it will be 100% pre-produced.

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I liked him in Once Upon A Time in Saengchori. But 3 projects in a row!!! That is kinda hard. Hope he will be okay( and also those dramas). I'll check them after finishing my exam.

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Agreed. I saw him on SNL Korea and based on that and his musical experience I think he might do a really good job. There's actually been several idols switching over from the stage to the screen lately and so far I haven't been disappointed in any of them, so I have high hopes :) He's also got a lot of charisma and a unique personality, so at least it's not likely to be monotone or dull.

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...drinking with bunch of idols... Key is the only idol announced tho. Lets not be that negative...

Now that main characters are released I become more excited. Fighting for everyone!

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Pak Sun Ha and Ha Suk Jin, don't mind these leads.

Will catch it when it airs.

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The two teachers remind me of Daniel Choi and Jang Nara in School 2013 :D

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Me too!

I like these actors paired together too :)

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Hilariously Ha Suk-jin is a crazy drunk in real life also according to his friend Kim Ji-suk!

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It's pretty interesting how HSJ has been getting casting offers (lead roles) recently. Has he recently participated in something that has increased his popularity?

I just don't know as I don't follow him and the only thing I've seen him in has been hello my lady, which I remember finding him attractive in but not memorable.

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He's always given very solid performances and enjoyed moderate popularity. When I was on Korea I saw him on a few variety shows which might have helped. I'm just glad it looks like he's getting his big break.

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It is still not appealing to me. Ha Suk-jin cannot step into Kang Dong-Won shoes....

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HSK has no reason to step into KDW's shoes, all he needs to do is to put on a memorable performance. Just because he is starring in a KDW remake, does not mean he has to become the next KDW. Actors are capable of portraying same characters differently.

Also, this article is about 'Drinking Solo' not 1%, not sure what you're referring to as 'not appealing'^^
Sorry if I sound a bit snarky ._.

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He's sure getting a lot of work this year.

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Happy to see Ha Suk Jin getting so much work lately!

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The pairing sounds cute but I'm still not convinced that a drama centred around drinking is the best idea - I mean we are talking about dramaland where I swear 90% of dramaland already has a drinking problem (I'm looking at you noona in Oh Hae-young Again).

I guess it's just me personally not feeling completely comfortable that excessive alcohol consumption is normalised so much (even though I know it's a big part of Korean culture) to the point that it's played for comedy that characters drink till they black out somewhere or get piggybacked.

Sorry I hope I don't come off all preachy! There's tons of hilarious scenes where alcohol is involved and drunk piggybacking is pretty much a kdrama staple; I'm just trying to verbalise some of the thoughts I've had for a while..

And to me, it just feels somewhat weird that drinking away your emotions is totally a thing that happens in like every drama ever and that everyone accepts that as fact.

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