[HanCinema's News] "The Running Mates: Human Rights" Releases New Publicity Stills
By William Schwartz | Published on
On September 3rd OCN released new production materials regarding its upcoming drama "The Running Mates: Human Rights". The pictures provide an odd twist to the drama's already strange premise. The drama centers around Humans Rights Commission investigators with little real power and in the pictures, we can see that the lead characters played by Lee Yo-won, Choi Gwi-ha, Hang Hyung-sang, Oh Mi-hee, and Kim Joo-young constantly look disgusted.
"The Running Mates: Human Rights" is based on the novel of the same title. The novel attracted popularity because of its starkly realistic look at the life of HRC investigators, noting the often justified difficulty that investigators have in getting victims or anyone else to cooperate with them. The novel has cheerful moments, but does not sugarcoat the overall difficulty of the work.
Of particular interest in the spotlighted photos is how the main characters appear to be in the process of giving reports - this is a critical part of an investigator's job, but in most dramas this is glossed over for the sake of pacing. This suggests that "The Running Mates: Human Rights" will be yet another genre experiment for OCN, which has made a point lately of putting unique spins on the thriller and mystery dramas it's known for.
Written by William Schwartz
"The Running Mates: Human Rights" is directed by Kim Yong-soo-I, written by Baek Jung-chul, Lee Hye-in-I, and features Lee Yo-won, Choi Gwi-hwa, Jang Hyun-sung, Oh Mi-hee, Kim Joo-young, Lee Joo-woo. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/09/18~Upcoming, Wed, Thu 23:00 on OCN.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.