Neighborhood Lawyer writer returns with a new hero in Gentleman
There’s a new drama in the works titled Gentleman, described as a comedic hero piece with melodrama elements and deals with con artists. That description covers a broad range of genres, but it’s something I can see coming from the director of comic-melo-fantasy dramas Come Back, Ajusshi and Rooftop Prince, PD Shin Yoon-sub, and the writer of comedic legal underdog drama Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho, Lee Hyang-hee.
The plot deals with con artists who work to catch other con artists, which may sound on the surface a lot like OCN dramas Police Unit 38 or Bad Guys, but based on the description, Gentleman will be going for a lighter, quirkier tone. First off, the drama aims to depict a new style of hero, while declaring that “Justice is not in my dictionary,” smacking down baddies, and dealing with scammers by scamming them right back.
The drama purports to offer a satisfying and refreshing storyline that will offer comfort in a chaotic world, and the description emphasizes the “upbeat, satisfying, pure entertainment” value of the show. Mixed in will be socially relevant messages and a spirit of love and hope. (That sounds just like Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho’s M.O., and that drama was a pleasant surprise in its feel-good plot and satisfying comeuppances, so it’s not a bad comparison to elicit.)
Gentleman does not yet have a broadcaster attached, but is aiming for a premiere in the latter half of the year. It is currently casting.
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