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From Cha Eun-woo to Ong Seong-wu, "Flower Boys" Fight for the Throne

2019/06/11 Source

The latter half of 2019 is brightened up by pretty boys. Who will sit on the throne?

The voyage began with tvN's "Arthdal Chronicles" opening the gate. "Arthdal Chronicles" is talked about for many things, and one of them is Song Joong-ki. It's his first drama since his marriage to Song Hye-kyo and he looks the same as he did before he was married. The "Arthdal Chronicles" isn't an easy subject to deal with, but a grand production and Song Joong-ki's popularity might lead to the thriving of the drama. Even so, there is the question of whether it can be expected to be popular.

Prior to this, Jung Hae-in's MBC drama "One Spring Night" started off with anticipation, but the reactions weren't that great, because it didn't surpass the stronghold of last year's jTBC "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food".

However, anticipation rises for the latter half of the year, where pretty boys, also known as "flower boys", are in the line-up. From rookies to comebacks, various actors are coming back with different attempts.

First of all, "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" begins in July, and it's Cha Eun-woo's first sageuk. "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" is the romantic story of Goo Hae-ryung (Shin Se-kyung), Joseon's first librarian, and prince Yi Rim (Cha Eun-woo), who has never been in love before. Living up to his title of a 'face genius', Cha Eun-woo is expected to become the prettiest looking prince yet.

The new jTBC drama "A Moment at Eighteen" starting at the end of July stars many pretty boys. "A Moment at Eighteen" is an emotional and realistic coming-of-age story about various eighteen-year-old youths starring Ong Seong-wu from Wanna One. It is his first drama.

"WATCHER" begins in July as well, and Seo Kang-joon is a lead. "WATCHER" is a psychological thriller that delves into the reality of power. It follows the story of three men and women who join a special anti-corruption police investigation unit after their lives are shattered by a dramatic event. It's Seo Kang-joon's first attempt at a 'genre drama'.

Im Si-wan and Ji Chang-wook have been discharged from military deployment. Im Si-wan is coming back with the OCN drama "Strangers from Hell", which he confirmed several months ago. "Strangers from Hell" is based on a popular webtoon about a country boy who comes to Seoul and lives in a gosiwon while experiencing peculiar things. Lee Dong-wook is another leading star in the drama. Ji Chang-wook comes back with "Melting Me Softly", which is the story of a man and a woman who participate in a 24-hour human cryogenic freezing project, only to wake up 20 years later due to a mysterious scheme.

Who will be the one to take the throne at the end? A source says, "It's disappointing that there are many well-made dramas, but none with explosive power. So there's great anticipation to see these dramas with good looking young men in the headlines. We don't expect a tipping effect, but it's a good stimulus to come across a drama that stirs up the whole industry".

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