Heartbreak and love in latest promo for JTBC’s A Beautiful World
New stills and another video teaser have been released for upcoming JTBC drama A Beautiful World, focusing on the younger cast members: Kim Hwan-hee (Miracle That We Met) and Nam Da-reum (Fox Bride Star) and their drama mom Chu Ja-hyun (A Man Called God).
The focal point of the drama is teenager Park Sun-ho (played by Nam Da-reum), who becomes victim to a serious bullying incident at school and sustains life-threatening injuries. However, the perpetrator’s families and the school are quick to cover up what really happened. Thus his parents, Park Hee-soon (Missing 9) and Chu Ja-hyun, and younger sister Park Soo-ho (Kim Hwan-hee) take matters into their own hands to uncover the truth and find justice for Sun-ho.
In the released stills, the two siblings are both pictured in their school uniforms. As the baby of their loving family, Soo-ho is described as having a bright and at times brash personality. Older brother Sun-ho is more the thoughtful and considerate type. Soo-ho is also fiercely protective of her kind oppa and after his accident, her love for her oppa leads her to devise her own methods to piece together what really happened to Sun-ho.
Nam Da-reum and Kim Hwan-hee stated in an interview that they found the subject matter of the drama to be very relatable, especially as their real ages are similar to their characters. The drama siblings stated that they knew of real-life bullying issues from the news and through stories they heard from friends and that they hoped the drama would bring more awareness to the issue of school violence and be a catalyst for change.
The new teaser is told from the perspective of Sun-ho’s mother (Chu Ja-hyun). The clip starts with Sun-ho lying unconscious in his hospital bed. The scene then cuts to a series of flashbacks as Chu’s character remembers happy moments from her son’s life. Sun-ho’s birth, first steps as a toddler, starting school for the first time as a child, getting fitted for his new school uniform, hugging him, and the last time she saw him as he smiled and left the house for school. We return to the present as she sits by Sun-ho’s bedside in the hospital and holds his hand. In voice-over, we hear her character pleading with her son, “Sun-ho, do you hear my voice? You’re listening, right? Why is our Sun-ho here like this? It’s time to wake-up. You can do it, Sun-ho. Me, Dad, Soo-ho, we all know that you can overcome this. It’s time to get-up. Let’s go home. It’s time to get-up. Let’s go home.”
Directing for A Beautiful Life will be done by PD Park Chan-hong and writing is credited to Kim Ji-woo. The two have had a successful history of working together, and their past projects include Rebirth, Devil, and Memory. Nam Da-reum will be reuniting with the duo as he previously worked with them on Memory as well.
JTBC’s A Beautiful World is set to premiere next week on April 5.