A drama about on a regular basis troubles, Our Blues brings collectively a sturdy forged and captures island life on Jeju

A drama about on a regular basis troubles, Our Blues brings collectively a sturdy forged and captures island life on Jeju

After a slew of dystopian and apocalyptic dramas — from Squid Game and Hell Bound to All of Us are Dead — South Korea’s trotting out its widespread rom-coms and slice-of-lifers. The newest, Our Blues, a bittersweet anthology that follows the folks of Jeju Island as they navigate by way of life, love and every little thing in between, is holding its personal amongst sequence reminiscent of My Liberation Notes.

Simple tales — rekindling a long-forgotten romance or simply getting although a day’s chaos — kind the center of director Kim Kyu-tae’s ( Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) sequence. And it stars a stellar ensemble with Lee Byung-hun ( Mr Sunshine), Shin Min-a ( Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha), Kim Woo-bin ( Uncontrollably Fond), Lee Jung-eun ( Parasite) and Han Ji-min ( Rooftop Prince).

The cast of ‘Our Blues’: (L-R) Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Cha Seung-won, Lee Jung-eun, Uhm Jung-hwa, Han Ji-min and Kim Woo-bin

The forged of ‘Our Blues’: (L-R) Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Cha Seung-won, Lee Jung-eun, Uhm Jung-hwa, Han Ji-min and Kim Woo-bin
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“My character is cautious whereas at sea, however straightforward going and constructive, too. His simplicity and honesty appealed to me,” says Woo-bin. The actor, who performs a boat captain, made his long-awaited comeback (he was identified with nasopharyngeal most cancers in 2017, and took a break to deal with his restoration) with the 20-episode drama. To put together for his position, he made a number of journeys to Jeju, to fulfill boat captains and conquer his sea illness. “I needed to take capsules to fight my nausea, and do a lot of respiratory workout routines in order to not disrupt the shoot for others,” he shares.

Stories with coronary heart

Our Blues additionally stars Woo-bin’s real-life associate, Min-a. Though followers had been disillusioned they weren’t partnered on the present. Writer Noh Hee-kyung admits it was intentional. “I instructed them that they had completely different love strains” to discover varied character dynamics.

Min-a in a still from ‘Our Blues’

Min-a in a nonetheless from ‘Our Blues’
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Playing a mom affected by despair who loses custody of her little one, Min-a says it was the humane tales depicted in the present — irrespective of gender and age — that appealed to her. “I believe they’re made highly effective as a result of they’re not grandiose or dramatic, however may be discovered in our each day lives. Viewers can relate to every character in a way or the opposite.” She additionally appreciates how psychological well being points are handled in the present. “Seon-a’s depressed state is portrayed as a fantasy. There is a scene the place she is proven drenched, the water dripping from her physique so aesthetically to seize her exhaustion and convey her ache.”

Living in the second

Byung-hun is one of South Korea’s greatest worldwide stars (assume Days of Sunshine, I Saw the Devil, and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra). Last seen because the Frontman in Squid Game, the actor performs the temperamental travelling salesman Lee Dong-suk, whose life spirals after the return of the lady (Min-a) who broke his coronary heart. The actor, 51, says it was his need to work with screenwriter Hee-kyung that had him saying sure to Our Blues. “I actually requested her to create a half for me,” he says, including, “It was the right comeback piece as a result of my character has many sides. He is moody and reactive one second and quiet the opposite, however all the time true to his feelings. His rawness appealed to me, as did the truth that each particular person in this present is scarred. Our Blues is all about therapeutic and residing in the second, which is one thing we’d like at this time.”

Strength on display screen

The sequence not solely succeeds in its well-orchestrated storytelling, but in addition in its portrayal of sturdy, impartial girls. From the aggressive haenyeo (divers) who characterize the semi-matriarchal society of Jeju, and the pregnant highschooler who decides to maintain her child regardless of the stigma, to the sexually-liberated Young Ok (Ji-min) and the feisty, single businesswoman, portrayed brilliantly by Jung-eun, the characters are memorable.

“Eun Hi [the businesswoman] is a character viewers haven’t seen earlier than. She is healthful, each in her look and her thought course of, regardless of her conflicted emotions,” says Jung-eun, finest remembered because the housekeeper Gook Moon in Parasite. “Playing her was not straightforward, and I hope the viewers will see these characters for what they’re.”

Our Blues is presently streaming on Netflix.

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