K-Drama Sneak Peek: Ong Seong Wu, Kim Hyang Gi & Shin Seung Ho Will Bring Forth Youth-Filled Memories In “At Eighteen”
jTBC’s upcoming drama promises to stir up memories of youth.
At Eighteen will surely become a breather from all the serious plots that have been dominating K-drama land recently. With its school setting and introduction of fresh talents, the drama offers a way to cool down the summer heat.
The series will follow the stories of youths as they grapple with the harsh realities of life, while they slowly let go of being a teenager and begin to enter the world of adulthood.
The Main Plot
Set in a school background, At Eighteen will delve into the lives of young adults as they struggle with different concerns and issues. The transfer student Choi Joon Woo will stir things up at his new school. He will meet Yoo Soo Bin, a top student, and Ma Whi Young, a boy with a secret of his own. Together with the other students, these characters will navigate their way through high school as they confront prejudices, experience young love and develop friendship.
The Youth Characters
The drama boasts of young actors who radiate youthful energy, and veteran casts who provide balance in this school drama.
Ong Seong Wu as Choi Joon Woo
He is a 18-year-old transfer student who is used to living alone. Choi Joon Woo’s parents divorced when he was five and he lives with his mother. However, due to financial difficulties, his mom is forced to work far away from Joon Woo. Because of that, he learns to take care of himself and will rather keeps his solitude.
He usually presents a stoic facade and his face is free of emotions. What makes his character more intriguing is that his school uniform displays a different name (Lee Tae Ho), while his name tag for his part-time job says Park Young Bae.
At Eighteen marks Ong Seong Wu’s first lead role in a TV drama, so no doubt that his fans are eager to see this different side of him.
Kim Hyang Gi as Yoo Soo Bin
She is a senior straight A-student, who has been under her mother’s control. Even though her grades are high, she is not interested in having a dream, let alone pursue it, since she believes she can’t get out of her mother’s clutches.
She will meet Choi Joon Woo and finds herself drawn to him. As she gets to discover Joon Woo’s hidden charm, she soon realizes she can have fun with a sense of calmness surrounding her whenever she is with him.
Kim Hyang Gi has shown her superb acting skills in movies Along with the Gods and in the web drama Sweet Revenge among others.
Shin Seung Ho as Ma Whi Young
This boy is the epitome of perfection. He is well-mannered, has good looks, and comes from an influential family. Whi Young is the type of student whom everybody trusts. However, his perfect appearance is only on the outside.
At home, he has to deal with his perfectionist father and a mother who suffers from bipolar disorder. His father favors his brother and it causes him so much stress. He also has a case of atopy that when he feels so much pressure and stress, his skin will bleed from scratching. He will not stand by to see someone take anything away from him, so he tries hard to conceal all his problems. But Choi Joon Woo seems to notice.
Shin Seung Ho is an up-and-coming actor, who has shown great potential in the two seasons of the teenage-centric web drama A-Teen.
Kang Ki Young plays Oh Han Kyeol. He is a teacher who views interaction with students as just a part of the job. He will have a change of heart and starts to care when he meets Choi Joon Woo.
Shim Yi Young, as Lee Yeon Woo, is Joon Woo’s mom, who has conceived him when she was eighteen. She dreams of putting up her own restaurant in Seoul to be together with her son, but for the time being, she has to work far from her son.
Kim Sun Young, as Yoon Song Hee, is Soo Bin’s mother, who wants to control everything around her. She works as a manager of a foreign IT company. Her desire for perfection leads to her domination over her child’s life.
Jung Young Joo, as Park Geum Ja, is Ma Whi Young’s mother. She suffers from bipolar disorder. Whenever she is angry, she tends to lash out onto her younger son Ma Whi Young. She has mastered the art of appearing to be the perfect wife and mother.
The Production Team
Director Sim Na Yeon, who directed the drama School of Hip Hop and the TV movie Summer Days, took the helm of this youth production. Writer Yoon Kyung Ah, whose works include Ms. Perfect and All About My Mom, penned the script.
At Eighteen will have its first broadcast on July 22 at 9:30 PM KST via jTBC.
Images retrieved from jTBC.