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Will Cheer Up continue the School hot streak?

A cheerleading drama? In Korea? Okay, KBS, make it work.

Cheer Up is the name of a new series being prepped for the Monday-Tuesday slot on KBS, and is set in a high school, telling stories of youthful friendships and loves. Pretty generic description, but since it’s being produced by Contents K, which did the well-received School 2013, I’m imagining a similar kind of coming-of-age vibe to the storytelling. Maybe just with more pompoms?

Cheer Up isn’t connected narratively to the School franchise, but is looking at the recent success of both the 2013 and 2015 installments as hopeful indicators for its run. (The previous series in the franchise were also quite successful, particularly in launching young careers; the 1999 original series and the School 2, 3, and 4 sequels include names like Jang Hyuk, Bae Doo-na, Choi Kang-hee, Kim Rae-won, Lee Yo-won, Kim Min-hee, Ha Ji-won, Jo In-sung, and Im Soo-jung. Not a bad roster.)

I’m not really sure how a cheerleading setup will play out in a K-drama, mostly because it seems like such a niche activity to focus a whole series on. I suppose the show won’t really be about cheerleading (in the way that sports dramas aren’t ever about the actual sport, and medical dramas aren’t really about medicine—they’re all about relationships at the core), so maybe it’ll be a fun way to put a fresh spin on a familiar brand.

Writing Cheer Up is Yoon Soo-jung of Mandate of Heaven and King’s Face, while PD Lee Eun-jin previously directed Trot Lovers. The drama will take up the post-Strange Daughter-in-Law timeslot and will premiere in October.

Via Joy News

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If Woo Bin and Jeong Seok sign on as male cheerleaders I'm so in.

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OMG. Korean cheerleading is actually super different from what we're familiar with ... it's so intense...so many more dudes... I am so here for this!! Just tell me when and I'll be there with bells on @[email protected]

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Yep, they're intense. They'll have to cast people with tumbling or gymnastic background. Or I guess stuntmen for the main actors.

Start at 2:15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPgar6isl9I

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OMG. Thanks for the link <3

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I was curious to see what other teams were doing and wow, it's intense all around, not just in S. Korea.

Here are some of the best performances and they have names for each move (just like in any sports).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZaOCUVdnXI

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Sounds interesting...

Not so sure about if it's cheerleading like the 'bring it on' stuff. Wish they would do something like the j-drama 'Tumbling'. Lots of bromance and the synchronized gymnatics were awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCyEr4jRHRY

I wonder if it is mainly a Japanese sport/ event or does Korea also compete?

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Okay I love it already. Something different and hopefully lots of fun. Now cast good actors and I'm so in!

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I badly wish I could see the first installments of the School franchise online. I couldn't find any so far.

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There's one on asiatorrent.
https://avistaz.to/torrent/35066-school-1-1998-complete-sdtv-xvid-go
School 1999 with DooNa Bae, Yang Dong-geun, Jang Hyuk Ahn Jae-mo, GyuRi Kim ,Choi Kang-hee
You have to register first.

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The one on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drBp72Zn4U0

I kinda wish this drama will be like Bring It On with more interesting side story and include all cheerleader routine.

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The one on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drBp72Zn4U0
--ah no subtitle though--

I kinda wish this drama will be like Bring It On with more interesting side story and include all cheerleader routine.

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with the trot lovers part you kinda lost me lol

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Nooooo, I was still hoping we would get Descendants of the Sun in that time-slot. I don't want to wait until 2016 for Song Joong-ki's first post-army role but I guess there simply isn't enough time. I hope it's worth the wait

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How fun! Especially because I read this today about ye olde Bring It On (kidding, not ye olde, it's just the way they write about it, you'd think it was so ye olde! ha!). I was a huge fan of the Bring It On franchise and adored that documentary series years ago, called Cheerleader Nation.

So I'm looking forward to this!

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LOL at the first comment! If it's a series about male cheerleaders, then I'm in! Sounds like fun! :) hehe.

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Sorry but school 2015 was a huge let down. It shouldn't even be compared to school 2013. It was just another high school teen romance and didn't even explore ANY kind of high school hardship, please. It doesn't even come close to school 2013.

Anyway, this seems interesting. Add a good cast and I'm in!

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Nothing will beat School 2013. That was just one of the best high school dramas I have ever watched. No romance and still the drama delivered !

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Pleeeeeeease ace the casting! I am so in.

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Sounds like a fun premise! I'd be interested in watching this drama if the cast is good. :) I liked Bring It On...it was just silly fun. I still crack up thinking about the "spirit fingers" dance. hehe.

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need to wait for the actor only then i will make decision whether to watch it or not...
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I watched a few episodes of school 2015 and it wasn't even close to school 2013. 2013 was an absolutely brillian work with outstanding casting. In 2015 casting was good enough but the plot a lot weaker than 2013. Based on the name this new drama doesn't seem to have a lot to say in story but I'll keep my hopes high to see what they say more about it.

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I wonder if Korean cheering squads are like the Japanese ones...
I have to confess I quite admire the Japanese Ōendan...

Here's an ad for masks featuring this kind of squad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URITX0Qp0Yk

If there are peeps interested, there's a wonderful manga about a young boy who gets to redo his high school years -(cringe) and joins the Ōendan team. Mangaupdates says it better than I do:

https://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=64690

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And please, less unnecessary love lines like 2015, and more budding friendships a la 2013!

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I hope they cast good actors & not idols again.

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They Offered Two Of The Prodigy Actress And Actor For The Main Leads Actor Lee Hyun Woo And Actress Kim Yoo Jung.

They Both Played In The Most Succesful Historical Drama.

Kim Yoo Jung Just Done Her Recent Drama Angry Mom And Currently Filming For 3 Films And Then Receiving More Everyweek And Months. She's Also A Good Mc With An Award. (Well I Hope She Take The Offer)

Lee Hyun Woo Well I Don't Know Much About Him. But I Know He Played In Hwang Jin Yi With Kim Yoo Jung.

Lee Hyun Woo 22 (National Age) 23 (Korean Age)
Kim Yoo Jung 15 (National Age) 16 (Korean Age)

They Always Been Ship Just Like Yoo Seung Ho, Exo And Other Variety Of Idols And Actors Are Being Ship With Kim Yoo Jung.

So It Means Lee Hyun Woo And Kim Yoo Jung Will Reunite If They Accept The Offer.

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Why not dong jun (ze:a). He can act and tumble! He's quite athletic.

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Oooh! Sounds great!

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I thought everyone in Korean high schools was 100% studying?
Except for the band kids ?

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I dunno.. it seems like most school dramas lately half the kids are sleeping or playing games on their phones.

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But school 2015 was not considered success though...in terms of rating and popularity...they just have big fanbase because the cast were eye candies...
Nothing can beat school 2013...all the cast and the storyline were awesome

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They Offered Two Of The Prodigy Actress And Actor For The Main Leads Actor Lee Hyun Woo And Actress Kim Yoo Jung.

They Both Played In The Most Succesful Historical Drama.

Kim Yoo Jung Just Done Her Recent Drama Angry Mom And Currently Filming For 3 Films And Then Receiving More Everyweek And Months. She's Also A Good Mc With An Award. (Well I Hope She Take The Offer)

Lee Hyun Woo Well I Don't Know Much About Him. But I Know He Played In Hwang Jin Yi With Kim Yoo Jung.

Lee Hyun Woo 22 (National Age) 23 (Korean Age)
Kim Yoo Jung 15 (National Age) 16 (Korean Age)

They Always Been Ship Just Like Yoo Seung Ho, Exo And Other Variety Of Idols And Actors Are Being Ship With Kim Yoo Jung.

So It Means Lee Hyun Woo And Kim Yoo Jung Will Reunite If They Accept The Offer.

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I definitely want Kim Yoo Jung and Lee Hyun Woo in this drama they are cute couple.

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