[HanCinema's News] Kim Yoo-jung Takes on Adult Role With "Backstreet Rookie"
By William Schwartz | Published on
While a younger actress, Kim Yoo-jung earned much acclaim for her role in "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds", where she played the romantic opposite to a traditional Korean prince played by Park Bo-gum. But the then-sixteen year old Kim Yoo-jung has since grown up and now, in her twentieth year, the young actress takes on another high-profile project with "Backstreet Rookie" following a break.
"Backstreet Rookie" isn't quite the first adult drama for Kim Yoo-jung, as she also appeared as the lead in the little appreciated "Clean with Passion for Now" in 2018. But Kim Yoo-jung has long had a strong reputation as a child actress, playing the younger versions of main characters headlined by the like of Song Hye-kyo and Han Hyo-joo among others. Kim Yoo-jung has long enjoyed a strong reputation for adding distinction her roles, which was how she was cast for "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds".
But with "Backstreet Rookie" Kim Yoo-jung plays a very different kind of role compared to the historical dramas and youth roles that have built up her reputation. In "Backstreet Rookie" Kim Yoo-jung is to represent the relative optimism of a new generation, contrasted humorously with that of Ji Chang-wook, whose character has more worldly concerns. Modern humor elements are expected, as "Backstreet Rookie" is based on the webtoon of the same title.
"Backstreet Rookie" is coming off of high expectations, appearing as it is in the same SBS timeslot that presented the hits "Stove League and "Hyena". Most recently, though, "The King: Eternal Monarch" appeared in this timeslot, which did not perform quite as well as was hoped. Still, with director Lee Myeong-woo of "The Fiery Priest" in charge of the project, "Backstreet Rookie" has plenty of time to make a lasting impression on viewers.
Written by William Schwartz
"Backstreet Rookie" is directed by Lee Myeong-woo, written by Son Geun-joo, and features Ji Chang-wook, Kim Yoo-jung, Han Sunhwa, Do Sang-woo, Solbin, Kim Sun-young. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/06/19~Now airing, Fri, Sat 22:00 on SBS.
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.