Death and coming of age in KBS youth drama Andante
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KBS has released the first two teasers for its upcoming youth drama Andante, in which EXO’s Kai (Choco Bank) stars as Lee Shi-kyung, a high school slacker and game addict who is forcibly transplanted to a new (and strange) school outside the city.
The first of the two teasers introduce Kai’s character, Shi-kyung, and judging by the small snippets we get, he’s shown as endearingly and realistically pathetic as many high school boys are wont to be. He pretends to be up late studying when his mom almost catches him playing computer games (come on, we’ve all been there), gets beat up by his younger sister, runs away from bullies instead of confronting them, and fakes his grades to his mom. That last stunt is apparently the last straw for her (played by veteran mom Jeon Mi-sun), and she decides to move the family to the sticks.
The second teaser picks up where the last left off, with Shi-kyung arriving at his new school, which is… weird, to say the least. He’s first greeted by a female student hanging from a tree “playing dead,” and apparently, students at this school… sleep in coffins? What? Are they vampires? I remember reading that this school is attached to a hospice center, but that’s just morbid.
It looks like Shi-kyung will have a little trouble adjusting (gee, I wonder why), but not without the help of Baek Chul-min (Solomon’s Perjury), the town golden boy, and Kim Jin-kyung (Yellow), a mysterious student who appears to be Shi-kyung’s love interest. A woman narrates offscreen: “This town is a place of death. You’ll find out soon enough, how much death lives here.” Ominous, for a youth drama.
I’m getting an Addams Family or a Hello, Franceska vibe from the show, especially in the last teaser, which is good, since I can always appreciate shows with dry, dark humor. These teasers feel a little low-rent, but I’m holding out hope that Andante will turn out to be a fun, light, coming-of-age drama, mostly because I want Baek Chul-min to succeed in everything he does (LOVE him).
KBS’s Andante has yet to secure a timeslot, but it will be entirely pre-produced and is expected to air later this year.
Via Topstar News