One of K-dramaland’s most dreamed of onscreen pair-ups is officially happening as sought-after stars Ji Chang-wook and Kim Ji-won have finally confirmed to headline KakaoTV’s upcoming original series City Couple’s Way of Love (literal title).
Aside from dropping the exciting news on the 20th, the digital platform further shared, “We are going to start shooting soon with plans to broadcast in the second half.”
City Couple’s Way of Love will depict a realistic love story between young people who are struggling to become the best versions of themselves amid the hustles and bustles of city life. The romantic drama will consist of 12 episodes, each of which is 30 minutes long. It is being produced as a seasonal series franchise with the first story bearing the subtitle “My Lovable Camera Thief.”
Ji Chang-wook has been pulled in to portray the male protagonist Park Jae-won, an honest and passionate architect. He is a romantic man who loves exploring urban alleys and collecting various stuff. One day, he comes across a “camera thief” who unexpectedly stole his heart, but she later disappears without a trace. Since then, he could not get her out of his head.
Ji started becoming a household name through his first lead role in the daily drama Smile Again (2010–2011). He then went on to play other lead characters in various shows, but it was his breakthrough role in the popular historical series Empress Ki (2013–2014) that earned him critical acclaim and increased recognition from the viewers. Since then, Ji has headlined successful television series, including Healer (2014–2015), The K2 (2016), Suspicious Partner (2017), and Melting Me Softly (2019). Most recently, he starred in SBS’s rom-com drama Backstreet Rookie (2020).
On his participation in the upcoming work, Ji Chang-wook said, “I’m preparing and looking forward to having fun. It [City Couple’s Way of Love] is a short-form drama that will be aired on a new platform, so please look forward to it.”
Meanwhile, Ji’s leading lady Kim Ji-won has signed up to breathe life into Lee Eun-oh, a freelance marketer. While on an unplanned trip to a strange place, Eun-oh meets Park Jae-won and introduces herself as Yoon Sun-ah. Around Jae-won, Sun-ah could be as carefree as she wants to be, very far from how Eun-oh has lived her life. Realizing that she has fallen in love with Jae-won while assuming the identity of a made-up person, Sun-ah makes the painful decision to go back to her normal life as Eun-oh.
Kim initially gained positive attention for her role as a pretty and chic antagonist in the drama The Heirs (2013). She then went on to portray a major role in the hit series Descendants of the Sun (2016), which propelled her to international stardom. Since then, she has led a number of well-received dramas, such as Fight for My Way (2017) and Arthdal Chronicles (2019). On her next role, the actress said, “I am excited to work with an incredible director, as well as great writers and actors. I hope I can give you a little warmth during these difficult times.”
City Couple’s Way of Love will be spearheaded by Park Shin-woo, director of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020), and is co-penned by screenwriters Jung Hyun-jung of Romance Is a Bonus Book (2019) and Jung Da-yeon. It is slated to premiere on KakaoTV in the second half of 2020.
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