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KBS raises the curtain on its annual Drama Special series

Another year, another KBS Drama Special series. I’m not usually a fan of drama shorts in general, but I’ll be tuning into the one-episode stories that make up this year’s string of specials over on KBS, which promises ten different “romances.” We have two short teasers out for the first half of the series, listed below, and the glimpses we get have me pretty excited at the amount of talent KBS has managed to recruit this year.

If We Were a Season: This is going to be so cute, I just know it. Jang Dong-yoon (School 2017), Chae Soo-bin (Strongest Deliveryman), and Jinyoung (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) star in a high-school love triangle described as a “youth melo,” though I do have to wonder whether the melo part is just in the characters’ heads. ‘Cause I cracked up when Jang Dong-yoon yells, “If we really are just friends…” with Chae Soo-bin responding, equally serious, “I don’t know, you bastard,” and then we cut to a teacher telling them to shut up and raise their arms as we see them kneeling on the floor in punishment mode. Lol, that school bell at the end.

You’re Closer Than I Think: Lee Sang-yub (This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair) and Kim So-eun (Our Gap-soon) will costar in a mystery melodrama centering around a bride who leaves her would-be husband at the altar and takes off on the honeymoon solo, leaving just a single text message. Her jilted groom and the audience will find out more sides to the runaway bride, played by Kim So-eun, through the hints she’s left behind. When not being abandoned at the altar, Lee Sang-yub’s character is a secondhand bookstore owner and the radio DJ of his own station.

Let Us Meet, Joo-oh: Set in Gyeongseong—the old name for modern-day Seoul—during the Japanese occupation, this period rom-com gives a contemporary narrative an old-school spin. Jo Boa (The Man Living in Our House) stars as a country bumpkin desperate to marry a “modern man” with all of the right qualifications, and goes to a matchmaking service to make it happen. Sohn Ho-joon (Blow Breeze) plays her “couple manager” who attempts to fulfill her wishes, though it looks like he has his work cut out for him, since we see him in the teaser try to relate to his client that “in this era, people only meet others within their rank.” Lol, did he really try to set her up with a Taoist monk? Can’t wait to see more of the blind date hijinks in early 20th-century Korea!

Waltzing Alone: We take our setting back to the modern-day for this drama special, with two youths in a long-term relationship (8 years!!) who encounter tensions of break-up proportions when they both apply to the same company. Moon Ga-young (Live Up to Your Name) will play one-half of the troubled couple who initially fell in love in a waltz class. There’s nothing quite as topical as youth unemployment, especially in Korea at the moment, so here’s to hoping this couple finds a way to get through this intact.

Madame Jung’s Last Week: And last, but certainly not least, we have a part dark comedy, part heist story about a bar owner and an abused child joining forces to maintain possession of a money bag they pick up serendipitously. Ra Mi-ran (Laurel Tree Tailors) plays the bar hostess and adorable child actress Shin Rin-ah (Defendant) will play her partner-in-crime, a child abused by her stepfather and used as a money-making tool by her mother. They sound like the most reluctant, adorable couple ever. I’m rooting for their “romance” the most out of all of these stories, to be honest.

All in all, it’s a pretty great lineup of stories and casts. The schedule for the rest of the specials hasn’t been released yet and the descriptions above aren’t in any particular order, but If We Were a Season will kick start the 2017 KBS Drama Specials this coming Sunday, September 3.

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I'm all for this!

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Seeing Jang Dong-yoon and Chae Soo-bin together really makes me think the drama gods are into fated pairings.

I mean, she was offered the lead in Solomon's Perjury (where she would have been his costar, though not love interests - that drama really wasn't about that) but turned it down to do Rebel, and now here we are with these two paired up.

I do love that drama specials give some under-the-radar talent the chance to shine, but I really wish this particular one was a full-length series (or maybe it's just my love of everyone from Rebel and School 2017 talking).

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Also - I love that Jang Dong-yoon has basically been bounced from one Rebel costar (Mori in School 2017) to Chae Soo-bin here <3

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My love for Rebel and School 2017 makes me excited for this too. :)

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i'm super excited for these two too!! loved sassy go go and school 2017, so i'm extra excited to see them both again in another youth drama setting.

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cha soo bin and jang dong yoon, my newest favorites from dramaland, so excited for this one. Damn they cut a pretty picture.

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Oh boy,all the stories and cast look great!

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Also, I hope these get subbed (particularly the JDY/CSB one) and put up on the KBS youtube channel - they were good with doing that a couple of years ago.

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Mmm.. love the lighting in that waltzing scene!

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Also, Jo Boa needs to get more lead roles in stuff by actually competent writers (who insist on throwing their series away on idols who can't act).

That weak little 'I am dying inside' smile when she gets introduced to her Taoist monk blind date is just killing me, she'd slay a comedy.

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It saddened me that talented actors like Lee Sang Yub and Kim So Eun only get small roles/weekend dramas/2nd leads while less talented actors and idols get lead roles in primetime dramas easily.

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My conclusion is, since secondary characters sometimes are more complex, they need more talented actors. The main leads' characters at times not really that challenging especially female leads' characters- so they give those roles to less talented ones. Of course it's not always the case. I just wish, kdrama will start to appreciate secondary characters more. At times, we the viewers stay for the drama until the end because of secondary characters, not main ones.

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I agree there have been quite a few instances where actors and actresses in second lead have gained more attention for being in those roles. Ones I can think of are Lee Dong Wook in Goblin, Lee Jae Wook from Voice and Nam Goong Min from The Girl Who Sees Smells. I do also remember some actors metnioned they prefer to play secondary characters to challenge themselves as well.

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Jinyoung???

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Waiting for @seralovestteobokki to comment... I guess a drama special is something, but c'mon dramaland, give her a lead role in a full drama sometime!

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LOL do you miss me?

You mean to give me a lead role? Ohhh yessss provided the leading guy is Mori-tae ???? And of course romcom with all fluffy stuffs.

Back to the topic, I am no longer have a high hope for my girl to get a lead role especially if it means it will be another Our Gab-soon. I rather see her in second lead roles which at times can be more interesting.

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Haha, I meant to give Kim So Eun a lead role of course. About a rom-com with Mori-Tae, I'm afraid I can't give my approval. It will have to be a fierce love triangle with me. Or you keep Tae Woon and I'll have Mori ??

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there's always at least one gem amongst KBS drama specials

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Chae Soo-bin and Ra Mi-ran, you say? Count me in!

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Forget mane of glory. Who is that good looking oppa with baldhead?

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Hahaha! He sure is a scene stealer in this short teasers?

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Drama special always becomes my personal favorite break from the longer mini series that demand 16-20 hours commitment. And this season is full of my favorite actors, which is a big plus, so I look forward to all different romances that they promised.

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Omgggg who is the actor playing the monk? He look really good

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These look really cute. Great cast, too!

I was wondering, where do you usually watch subbed drama specials? *whispers* illegal sites are okay, too.

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The KBSWorld YouTube channel uploads them, but only like, a thousand years later ?

If you can stream KBSWorld live on their YouTube, you can check their schedule on the website for the airing time. Same goes for if KBSWorld is available on your TV.

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Anyone know if they will show these in KBS World?

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They will show, but very late. Seems like in 2018.

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Aww Chae Soobin and Jang Dongyoon in one drama (special). Jinyoung too! Still hoping CSB would reunited with Kim Junghyun in another project.

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Ooh, these all look good. I haven't tried watching these specials but it seems like a good time to try it now! I'm especially curious with If I Were A Season and let's Meet.

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the first drama specials that i can't wait to watch it ?
jang dong yoon is my scene stellar ??

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This sounds so fun, and the casts sound promising. Short dramas can sometimes be a good thing (less time to get too emotionally involved, and a lower chance of experiencing the post-show blues thereafter)!

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Omo cannot wait to watch! Issit one show per Sunday starting sep3?

Cannot wait cannot wait ◡̈

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omo..i love kbs drama special. I just wished there were more sub.

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LOL So-eun why did you left your cute husband? Especially with his cute face (Lee Sang-yeob's drooling face in the first teaser is priceless and just connected well with the line "Let's fall in love" ??).

Anyway I'm excited for all these drama. KBS drama specials are always the gems and maybe that's the reason why tvN is following their step as well. jTBC can consider to do this too imo. The funny thing is, they put talented actors in these drama specials, but for full-length drama they tend to choose either rookies, idols and less talented actors. hah.

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I love KBS specials but does anyone know if JTBC's web dramas/specials were subbed somewhere too?

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A Person You Coud Know, first jTBC's web drama sub by fans. Others: no sub.

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If anyone has seen any older drama specials and has any good recommendations please do let me know

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Puberty Medley is good, 4 episodes. It's available via KBS' YouTube channel.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P98UaWPQrrM

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Thank you John. I checked it out its really lovely

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watch the following
1. Puberty Medley/ Adolescence medley
2. The Universe Star
3. Queen of the Ring
4. Ma Boy
5. Nail Shop Paris
6. Splash Splash Love

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Thank you Blessingwind. I have already seen Queen of the Ring, Ma Boy and Splash Splash Love. I will definitely checkout others

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This is some of my recommendations. It's all available on KBS' official youtube channel.

Melodrama:
- This kind of love
- Just an ordinary love story

Coming-of-age
- Puberty medley
- Middle school student A
- Legendary shuttle

Family
- I introduce my father
- Bomi's room
- Midsummer dream
- My wife disappeared
- The taste of curry
-We are all cry differently

Romance
- Bride in sneaker
-Memories in my old wallet

Thriller
- Sirius
- Monster

Fantasy and/or sci-fi
- Live shock
- A dreamer
- Home sweet home

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Thank you gadis. Now I have a fortnights worth of mini dramas to watch

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One more, Red Teacher with Jung So Min and Donghwi Lee.

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Here's a list of some of the drama specials I've watched that I liked. Some of these aren't found on the legal streaming sites. Others are on Viki and/or on KBSWorld on YouTube. These are in no particular order.

1. Red Candy (2010) (Noh Hee Kyung's drama special)
2. White Christmas (2011) (Park Yeon Seon's drama) (8 ep.)
3. The Scary One, The Ghost and I (2010) (Same team as White Christmas)
4. The Great Dipper (2012)
5. Jin Jin (2013) (Kim Ji Woo's drama, writer of Shark, The Devil, and Resurrection)
6. Yeon Woo's Summer (2013)
7. Adolescence Medley (2013) (4 ep.)

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This year's drama special series look interesting! Now I just hope that KBS will upload the series on youtube with eng subs. Chaebaal~

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I just love short and sweet things pretty exited about this?. Chae Soo bin and cho soo-hyang( school 2015) kind of look similar is it just me or is something wrong with my eyes.

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My favorite Drama Special: Nara's Rain.
Youtube has it.

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Great, now I need to see Jang Dong-yoon and Chae Soo-bin in a full-length drama!

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I love, love, love the KBS drama specials. They are always of top-notch quality, in writing, directing and acting, have quirky unusual stories, with sometimes surprising twists. The only thing I don't like is the frequency of open endings and sad endings, so I usually go to comments beforehand, searching for some kind soul with spoilers: if they end badly I just don't watch.

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yeay, jang dong-yoon

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KBS Drama Specials are amazing. There have been some excellent episodes over the years, some romantic comedies, romantic dramas and then there's the darker and even groundbreaking stories too.

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The mashup trailer made If We Were A Season look (adorably) romcomlike, but with the full trailer, I'm starting to see why it was called a melo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdVwfLJi28c

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I want to watch If We Were a Season but I can't find with English subtitle. Please help me, where can I find it with eng sub?

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