Kim So Eun To Lead "Drama-toon" Project

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Kim So Eun To Lead "Drama-toon" Project

There’s an experimental format in town, and it’s what producers are calling a “drama-toon,” as we’ll see in a new project starring Kim So Eun (Horse Healer, Happy Endings, Boys Before Flowers) titled After School Bokbulbok.

Drama-toon” is a new term that isn’t associated yet with a particular project, so we can’t just point to one as an example; let’s unpack this bit by bit. The project is a drama, but not in the traditional television broadcast sense; it’ll be distributed via online and mobile portals. Tonally, the drama’s emphasis is on a “fun and entertaining topic” with a “fresh new format that calls to mind reading a webtoon or manhwa.” So it’s both playing with content delivery and actual content; the descriptor of manhwa-like visuals makes me think of the stylized interstitial sequences in Monstar that did a similar thing.

After Shool Bokbulbok will be a high school story centering around Kim So Eun, a timid girl with an ordinary life who gets invited to a school club, after which point she begins to encounter “fantastical and extraordinary events.” Each episode contains particular “missions” that have to be carried out, and in the process So-eun comes out of her shell and draws out her bright, lively personality.

Kim explained her first impression to the project: “When I first read the script, it was so new and different that I thought to myself, ‘What kind of drama IS this?’ Every episode has missions that exceeded my imagination, and the process of completing those missions is fresh and fun.

After Shool Bokbulbok is a joint production between entertainment agency Fantagio, production company Group Eight, and director Jung Jung Hwa. It will begin its run in early September,

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