Kim Ji-hoon (The Man Living in Our House) has been cast in a new KBS sitcom special called Jung-nam Hyung. Jung-nam Hyung is an educational, Korean language learning drama created for Hallyu fans all over the world. Kim Ji-hoon takes on the titular role as Kim Jung-nam, the trusty hyung who’s an expert on all things Itaewon, the expat-friendly district in Korea notable for its international scene. He’s described as a driven man with a fiery sense of pride, who also has the adorable “little brother” look.
Lee Hyun-jae (God of the Workplace) plays Jan, Jung-nam’s friend from the Netherlands. As the master of Itaewon, Jung-nam helps Jan search for the woman he loves. However, a fierce rivalry will arise when Ik-soo, played by Monsta X idol member Hyungwon, enters the picture as the newly established Itaewon wiz.
A Korean language learning sitcom definitely isn’t your run of the mill K-drama genre, but I’m intrigued by the novelty. I wonder how the educational parts will be depicted while still maintaining the look and feel of a sitcom. I’m all for experimenting with formats, and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not the show succeeds with global audiences, especially since KBS plans to broadcast it on one hundred stations all over the world. I think if the show manages to strike the perfect balance of educational and entertaining, it’ll be a nice treat for both fans in Korea and across the globe. Also, who wouldn’t want more Kim Ji-hoon on their screens? Learning Korean may be slightly easier if there’s eye candy involved.
Jung-nam Hyung will premiere on KBS in December and air on one hundred stations via KBS World.
Via Star Today
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