Flower Boy Ramyun Shop begins filming
Here’s our first look at tvN’s upcoming Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, its youth-targeted romantic comedy series starring Jung Il-woo (49 Days) and Lee Ki-woo (A Star’s Lover) as a couple of its resident pretty boys.
Above are images from the drama’s first shoot, which took place about a week ago at a cafe. It’s funny that Jung sports a much more polished look than his grumpypants Scheduler character from 49 Days, since he’s actually playing younger in this drama; he trades in the Scheduler’s unruly perm for a sleeker haircut and a more chic fashion sense to play a second-generation chaebol character who’s still in high school.
I guess this is going to be rather close to a Coffee Prince: The High School Years, because the ramyun shop in question will be operated by six high school flower boys, while Lee Ki-woo plays the ramyun chef. Lee Chung-ah (Pumpkin Flower Soon-jung) gets to be the lucky noona who manages the shop and gets caught between the two leading man-boys. I hope literally.
I know it can seem a little weird for a romance to center around a hero and heroine with such an age gap; if he’s in his last year of high school, he’s 19 or 20, while she’s described as a 25-year-old university student. However, it looks like tvN is really making a push for the teen market with its “Oh Boy” series, which makes it like a Korean version of the CW network.
Generally speaking, Korean dramas about high school have tended to be less about romance and more about coming-of-age stories, like I Am Sam, or part of family shows like High Kick. They might be lower-budget affairs on education-centered channels like EBS, such as with Lee Min-ho’s Secret Campus. So it’s something of an emerging market to target trendy romances toward the school-age set, and one that I hope succeeds, since I am all about the teen romances.
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop will be a 16-episode drama premiering on October 31.