Japanese remake of Misaeng to star Nakajima Yuto
FujiTV plans to release the Japanese drama remake of tvN’s Misaeng this July. Tentatively titled HOPE – Zero Expectations New Employee, this adaptation of the 2014 hit webtoon-turned-drama will feature idol-actor Nakajima Yuto (Detective Ballerino) as the titular New Employee.
In Korea, Misaeng received ratings nearly unheard of for a cable drama, reaching the record of all-time second highest at its peak. The depiction of the daily struggles in corporate working culture attracted people from all different demographics to tune in and watch. Despite the dubious quality of many idol-actors, Im Shi-wan did a superb job portraying the bumbling new recruit in Misaeng. Let’s hope this holds true for Nakajima Yuto as well.
Nakajima first debuted in 2007 as part of group Hey! Say! JUMP, and has participated in several acting projects since then. He gained much love for his roles in Hanazawa Naoki and Detective Ballerino, and more recognition for his gravity as an actor through his work in the movie Pink and Gray. Regarding his role for the new drama, Nakajima said that he has set his heart on fully adopting the humble attitude of his character from the outset.
Whether the same slice-of-life portrayal of the daily grind that resonated so well with the Korean audience will also appeal to a Japanese audience is the main question.
HOPE – Zero Expectations New Employee plans to start production in May and premiere in July.
Via Xports News
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