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Convenience store mayhem in SBS rom-com Backstreet Rookie

With the premiere just a few weeks away, new promo has been released for SBS drama Backstreet Rookie (formerly Convenience Store Saet-byul), including new stills and a video teaser.

The rom-com stars Ji Chang-wook (Melting Me Softly) as a dorky store manager who works at a 24-hour convenience store. Although the long hours are tiring, his life is relatively peaceful. But everything becomes topsy-turvy when the peppy and quirky Kim Yoo-jung (Clean With Passion for Now) starts working with him at the store as the new part-timer.

The newly released stills feature Kim Yoo-jung, who was interviewed on why she was drawn to her character in Backstreet Rookie. She explained that her character is very clear about what she likes and doesn’t likes, has a fiery personality, and works hard to improve herself and do her best. Kim Yoo-jung also spoke about how much fun she’s been having while shooting. The role requires a lot of physicality and she enrolled in action school for the first time in her career to help prepare for the scenes.

The teaser features both lead actors and begins with several neon text screens that announce: “Finally,” “June 19 at 10 p.m.,” and “24-hours non-stop / Comedy house / Open.” We get a peek at Kim Yoo-jung and Ji Chang-wook’s fateful first meeting and Kim asks, “I can start working tomorrow, right?” In a sequence of shots, we are shown what transpires afterwards.

A customer throws money on the counter and Kim Yoo-jung tries to get his attention. Cut to Ji Chang-wook bowing apologetically at a police station while an upset Kim sits with her back turned. We hear the phone call Ji received in voice-over, “Jung Saet-byul got into an argument with a customer and she is now at the police station.” In another scene, a police officer reprimands Kim Yoo-jung and Ji Chang-wook at the convenience store, “How could you sell cigarettes to someone underage?” All the while, Kim and Ji look at each other in surprise.

It cuts to a distressed Ji Chang-wook watching Kim Yoo-jung through the convenience store’s glass doors. He thinks, “I should have fired her once and for all. She’s like an exploding bomb.” And we see Ji with Kim as well as two other girls, tipsy with alcohol, and dancing in the streets. Captions appear, questioning their relationship: ” Unforeseable romance?” And the teaser comes to a close with Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung getting up excitedly in a hug and the two share a charged moment.

Writing for the drama is Sohn Geun-joo and directing will be helmed by PD Lee Myung-woo (The Fiery Priest).

Airing Fridays and Saturdays on SBS, Backstreet Rookie is currently set to premiere on June 19 following The King: Eternal Monarch.

Via Hankook Kyungje TV, Ten Asia

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Can't wait for this drama. Yoojung ah, hwaiting💪🏾💪🏾

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I really like the energy KJY gives off, young and lively :)

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*stares and blinks and head is tilted to the side*

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*stares and blinks and tilts head in sync*

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Closes eyes, slowly shakes head. Nooooooo.

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Prepare yourself for the "but they have so much chemistry so who cares" comments. I can already see the fans coming for everyone.

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I'm hoping to just stay far far away and pretend it isn't happening and this time maybe somebody won't tag me into all the recaps.

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I'm waiting for the 'this drama is a hit because we the fans like it and you have no taste' comments.

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This is the most anticopated romantic comedy of the Year.
The Leads chemistry is very evident. Actually, Im already shipping them I hope that they date in real life.. I cant see the "age gap" Ji chang wook looks very young- same age with Kim Yoo Jung.
This drama will be a ratings Hit. another hit for SBS.

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It sounds like it will be light and fun. Just what we need right now. I will watch.

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Looking forward to this!

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Ooooh Fiery Priest PD...I will definitely check it out!

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The Fiery Priest PD is drawing me in! I think the directing in TFP played a huge part in making the show so fun 🤣

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Soo true! Just thinking about it makes me 🤣🤣🤣 in my head

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me too! i just finished rewatching Fiery Priest and it was just as awesome second time around! surely the PD will steer them in the right direction!

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Please drama gods! Don’t let this be another Melt Me! I don’t think I can mentally handle JCW in another stinker😂

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I was thinking the same thing! Melt me was such a letdown

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Melty almost ruined my love for JCW. I pretend it didn't happen and on most day I believe it.

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oh for god sake, please stop mentioning Melting Me Softly. The Female lead here is Kim Yoo Jung and not Won Jin ah. So this will be a hit.

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I like both actors, so hope this will be good! Looks fun and hilarious tho.

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The age gap is so obvious. *shakes head*

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Im puking with the Age gap. Will this drama have raunchy scenes.? just like in the webtoon? Ugggggggggh. sigggggghhhhhhhs. I shall Pass. I like Ji Chang wook but im thinking of cancelling him. his projects are trash. this and melting me softly. sorry, this is just how i feel.

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12 years seem too much of an age gap, esp given she's only 20 years old. seriously, people, that's gross. he looks like her samchon. if he were a woman and she a man, all headlines would be about the age gap and it would be a huge deal. the hypocrisy is astounding.

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You guys know you don't have to watch it right? Now move along. Lol twats.

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But He looks like her uncle. Uncle and niece in a convenience store.
Chill. lol.

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In image 3 Ji Chang-wook’s eyes have that night shift look. Work night, sleep days. I will slide from THE KING to BACKSTREET ROOKIE. I never started MELTING ME SOFTLY. I would still love to see a drama with both JCW and LMH in it.

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Save yourself and pretend Melty didn't happen.

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Good advice.

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I am digging a little bit more into the cast and I like what I see.
I think this will be a good one. A big ratings winner? Who knows nowadays.

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It still has an "ick" factor age gap.

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'Fans' don't care. They only care about fake hyping up their "Oppa" and "Unni" because "He looks 20!"

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then don't watch it. lol simple question. why are you guys so invested in and following these articles about it if it grosses you out? makes no sense. go focus your energy on another drama.

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The premise doesn't seem to be interesting enough for my taste, but I would try to watch it because of JCW. He has to redeem himself after the Meltdown disaster😂😂😂

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I know this is random, but I get so sad whenever dramabeans adopts the English title of a drama instead of keeping a translation of the Korean one. It's not really "formerly Convenience Store Saet-Byul", the drama is still called that. It's just that some executive has decided that the Englisch speaking world needs a more natural Englisch sounding title, a thought, which I firmly reject. I like the original names, I wish, this site would just keep them.

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I agree that sometimes the Korean titles are better (and sometimes not--see Psycho But It's Okay vs It's Okay to Not Be Okay) but using the "official" English titles makes it easier to find content about the drama, so I totally understand why they choose to do it.

This English title doesn't make much sense though you're right, lol.

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This drama will be a HUGE SUCCESS. Famous female and male leads and excellent director. They are the best of the best.
20% Viewership Rating.
This is another success for SBS.

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This fan-girl does not see a 20% in the future, even 10% is pushing it.

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This will be so successful! another success for the Fiery Priest Director.
A hit drama for both Ji Chang wook and Kim Yoo Jung! 20% Rating!!!!!

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Lol. Melting Me has a better PDand writer, but you what happened to that disaster. So, you better stop creating expectations coz it will not help. Just enjoy the drama coz that's what will make everything easy.

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I cant! I cant take the 12 year age gap. The girl even with heavy make up looks 14. What a perverted drama.
hope there wouldnt be so much kissing scenes. that would be ewwwww. Just like in Clean with passion. i think Yoo jung at the age of 20 has the most kissing scenes in her drama. i hope they will not take advantage of her.

what are her parents doing? she should be in a university just like Kim so hyun.

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Lol. Watch TTON coz So Hyun was also kissed by JDY many times. So, you better stop complaining coz they are not kidz anymore. I think it just proper for them to venture out to adult roles coz that's what will make them mature as actresses.

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no one is forcing you to watch it. why are you following the drama news if it grosses you out so much? move along, be happy.

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There is something about this teaser that I really don't like. And it is not totally that it doesn't look serious. It looks shabby, at least part of it.
I hope I am mistaken. Please, Dramagods, don't let it be another Melty! 😒😑😒😖😭

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Where and how can I watch this in the USA?

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This will be available on Viki.

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Update on availability. I thought I saw this on Viki’s “Coming Soon” list but I was mistaken. Since this is coming from SBS which is part of Kocowa hopefully it will be available on Kocowa and Viki subbed and possibly ODK.

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I swear it was there, and is now removed.

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Thanks @ndlessjoie. Maybe I am not losing my mind after all! lol.

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Do we know if it will be on Viki yet? I still don’t see it listed on the app. Thanks!

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@xina8,
As of today BR is not on Viki’s “Coming Soon” list but interestingly JCW’s EMPRESS KI (2013/14) is on the list.
All part of the strange world of kdrama availability.

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I am beginning to wonder if SBS’s BACKSTREET ROOKIE will only be available subbed on iQIYI like MBC’S DINNER MATE.
MBC along with SBS and KBS created Kocowa. DINNER MATE is not available on Kocowa.
The wiki page for BR says “It is an iQIYI original series...”.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backstreet_Rookie
I am sure I won’t be watching BR if it is only available on iQYI.

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Legally there is Chinese online streaming apps iQIYI that will show this drama with multiple subtitles including English.

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weeks seem like months when you wait,...ahhhhhhhh too long a wait

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i like you are movie so much you are my role model i love you so much

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i cannot wait to see it again i like you are movies so much you are my role model i love you so much

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*scrolls through comments and sees the same commenters who have have already labeled "pass" "eww" on this drama's earlier posts but still continue checking out new posts*

*scratches head* some people. If you don't like the actors/plot/age gap, it's cool. But why keep posting? I'd rather spend my time on drama posts I like.

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I couldn’t agree with you more. If i don’t like a show I won’t watch it and certainly wouldn’t continue to comment on it. Did not like Mr. Sunshine at all, I couldn’t get past episode 4 so I quit.

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Did y'all have the same issue with the age gap in Goblin and Mr. Sunshine?

Age gaps like this happen in real life. My parents have a 15 year age gap, just what are some of you trying to imply?

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I have enough with the age gap on Clean With Passion for Now and now this?!! Seriously, she's 20 years old and there's bunch of younger amazing actor there. I don't mind she paired with Bo Gum again or Jin Goo again. All the kisses in Clean With Passion for Now makes me cringe and thinking about the age, my heart is not ready for what will happen in here.

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lol you're so fake. just don't watch it then. lol no one is forcing you to. stop following the drama and all these news about it since it grosses you out so much. it's so simple.

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Cause I have experience with Clean With Passion for Now so I'm not watching Backstreet Rookie. First attempt is fail, in this case, no need to try the second.

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This is one true pairing for me! I’m so happy that the director makes this pair come true. JCW and KYJ are so visually compatible. They are great in acting! They look so gorgeous, and both have beautiful eyes and smile. I truly can’t expect more than that! The chemistry of the 2 main leads is very important, and I’ve found that their chemistry is overflowing in the poster making video. This is my honest thinking because I didn’t have the same feeling for JCW’s female partners in some of his past few projects, so this drama is very promising and exciting to me! JCW doesn’t look too old; he looks pure, cute, fresh and innocent enough to pair with the young KYJ. Probably watching some short teasers couldn’t give you a lot of impression now, but the teasers don’t really represent the quality of a whole drama. It’s too early to judge a book by its cover. Be positive, open-minded for whatever that is coming. There are some negative comments here about this pairing, and you have the freedom of speech to express your real thoughts. However, don’t make yourself look like an anti-fan by heavy bashing words, araso? There are some projects, people, actor or actress, singers that I don’t like, but I always keep it to myself all the negative thoughts about them, and I’ve never posted my bad thoughts about someone or something in public social media to drag them down. I only do constructive criticism to make the world better ;) . Success of a drama sometimes depends on luck. I can only wish my beloved actor and actress the best of luck now! The webtoon is popular because it’s interesting and has good story. If you’re curious, you can look it up and read “She’s too much for me” manhwa (it’s the English title they translated). Maybe you will it interesting too. :)

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lol. are you joking Ms. Tuv girl as aka TVG? this is the funniest comment that ive ever read. he looks pure, etc. ...Ratings will ne high since it has no competition.

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From the above picture Ji Chang Wook's character reminds me of Park bong soo from Healer. I am not a fan of the big age gap but I will definitely at least check it out for the leads.

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I guess Melt My Brain gave Chang Wook a taste for comedy - this time, it will be deliberate instead of unintended. I applaud his honesty.

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The PD is definitely a plus point but everything else is very dated looking. Also, neither Yoo Jung nor JCW lately have struck gold with their choice...I hope this turns out different than those. I will definitely check it out on first week and see if its worth keeping up with.

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Suddenly I have had a thought: Wookie wants to do comedy. That's why he has chosen these projects: melty and this one. He honestly thinks he can do comedy, he has at least to try....
Now the result: will be solidified here.
If this is a second Melty, boy you can give up and come back to make action and thrillers and very serious dramas where your characters are even tragic.
That's it!!! 🤔

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Comedy is one thing but why has he chosen two characters in a row that are so skeevy?

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Yeah, don't know either. Good comedy is appreciated. Even bad comedy but with a good, or relatively good script.... works. (I am thinking about Modern farmers😂)
But I am afraid this one won't be good 😩

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Did you see SP? His comedy was good in that. Plus, in Empress Ki he was comedic in the beginning.

But generally speaking, comedy requires minuet attention to expressions, etc. But like other forms of acting, it can harnessed over time (for most).

I really want Wookie to do intense dramas.

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Am I the only one happy that JCW is now doing comedy/romance more than action? lol

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To the people complaining about the age gap, who's forcing you to watch the drama?! If you don't like it, stop following these threads. If you do watch it, then you're just a hypocrite. Lol. Btw, there have been many actresses who have paired with and even dated older guys in real life, such as IU. I bet if Kim Yoo Jung was 30 and Ji Chang Wook was 42, people wouldn't say shit. Get over yourselves! These actors don't live for you and their choices certainly have nothing to do with your preferences. They're both PROFESSIONAL actors who have been in the industry for a long time, and at the end of the day, they're only acting. If it bothers you that much, don't watch it! Lol. Go find a drama where both the actors are exactly the same age so you can get off on that instead. That's all, byeee! :)

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OMG, Ji Chang wook looks 24 and Kim Yoo Yung is 22. they look like a real couple working in a convenience store. I know its viewership rating will hit the Roof. Go for 20% just like the fiery priest. Outperform the High budget The King Eternal Flopped PPL

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