Love triangles, love rivals, and Love Alarm in Netflix youth drama
Aww this looks adorable! Netflix’s Love Alarm, which was first announced way back in early 2017, is finally premiering next month, and we finally have the show’s official poster and our first teaser for the webtoon adaptation featuring Kim So-hyun (Radio Romance), Song Kang (The Liar and His Lover), and Jung Ga-ram (Mistress).
The youth romance centers around a fictional phone app that alerts you when someone within a ten-meter radius has a crush on you. Which sounds like a horrifying prospect to me if I were a high schooler. It certainly complicates things between two best friends, played by Song Kang and Jung Ga-ram, whose characters are the prickly, cold type and the sweet, warm type, respectively. Of course they are. They naturally get involved in a love triangle with Kim So-hyun’s character, who is a hardworking, Candy-type.
In the teaser, Kim So-hyun installs the phone app and wonders what it is to like someone. Well, it sounds like she finds her answer really quickly, because she’s confronted by Song Kang who directly asks whether she likes him. The next thing we know, the two high schoolers are a couple, sharing a cute hug on school grounds and going on a seaside scooter ride.
Unfortunately, Kim So-hyun has another admirer in Jung Ga-ram, who determinedly enters her ten-meter range. She says, “The moment my love alarm rang, my body rang with it.” Jung Ga-ram makes his move as well, approaching Kim So-hyun and saying that he’s waited for her. This, of course, drives a wedge between the two friends, and they decide to let Kim So-hyun’s character make her choice between them. It looks like the show will move beyond high school into the characters’ college years and maybe even beyond, judging from the teaser.
Directing the show is Lee Na-jung, who co-directed Fight My Way and Oh My Venus, which I’m taking for a good thing since they both had very sweet couples at the center of the shows. Writing is Lee Ah-yeon and Seo Bo-ra, both of whom only have one other credit, having co-written last year’s Coffee, I Leave It To You. I’m usually a bit warier of writers with such a short resume, but since there’s a solid source material to adapt the show from, I’m less worried than I would be with an original show.
Netflix will be releasing all 8 episodes of Love Alarm on its platform on August 22.
Via Seoul Kyungjae