[HanCinema's News] Japanese Television Remake of "Midnight Runners" Begins Airing
By William Schwartz | Published on
On June 27th the Japanese television version of "Midnight Runners" begin airing on Nippon TV. The drama stars one idol from the J-Pop group Sexy Zone and another idol from the J-Pop group King & Prince in the leading roles as a pair of police academy recruits who work to solve cases in spite of their obvious clumsy inexperience.
The remake was greenlit based on the popularity of the original "Midnight Runners" in the Japanese market. The summer 2017 comedy film starred Park Seo-joon and Kang Ha-neul in the leading roles and proved a surprise hit, grossing over 5.65 million admissions at the box office. The Japanese remake eschews the action movie format for a television police procedural, which is debatedly a more intuitive way to utilize the basic premise.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.