There’s just so much to dig in from Netflix’s latest K-drama series, ‘Our Blues.’ Hitting all the right notes for a masterpiece Korean series, it features a grand cast of big-name actors, including Lee Byung-Hun from Squid Game and Shin Min A from Hometown Cha Cha Cha. It also gives the audience a virtual tour to the mystical and desirable location in Jeju Island.
Our Blues is now streaming on Netflix, with 20 episodes to unravel its heart-warming stories of all 14 characters somehow intertwined. Wonder how many of these stories will resemble your own? You will just have to watch it all and find out! Here are three main takeaways mentioned at the press conference held before the premiere.
1. A never-before-seen format of storytelling
Set in Jeju Island, the destination of all dreams and summer holidays, Our Blues narrates the stories of 14 characters who are somehow connected through the Seopseop 5-day Market of the Pureung village – some are friends, neighbors, and relatives. Each episode tells the story from the point of view of one or two characters in focus, with the rest of all 14 characters in the same universe. Therefore, in every episode, you will be taking a glimpse of a character’s life that used to be the main story in a previous episode, enabling you to distance yourself from the character and observe in your own way – a very unique and different take of storytelling, which is comparable to other k-dramas that revolve around one or two main characters and plotlines.
The writer of Our Blues, Noh Hee Gyoung, intends to send a warm message that supports all lives of all living beings through this omniverse narrative. The writer reveals, “The form of omniverse storytelling is something I always wanted to try in dramas. I couldn’t understand why all stories revolve around a man and a woman, when in actual life, we are all main characters!”
2. Unbelievable ensemble cast and chemistry between Lee Byung-Hun, Shin Min A, Kim Woo Bin, and 11 amazing actors
Renowned actor Lee Byung-Hun will perform a different color from his previous roles of extreme charisma. In Our Blues, he plays the innocent character Lee Dong-seok, a truck driver born and raised on Jeju Island. Lee Byung-Hun states at the press conference, “I have always hoped to work with Noh Hee Gyoung,” and that he was captivated by all the characters of the omniverse genre.
Shin Min A will be portraying Min Seon-a, also a very different character from her previous role in the hit series Hometown Cha Cha Cha. In Our Blues, Shin Min A will – for the first time in her career – perform as a mother who had to leave her child and move to Jeju island. It will be interesting to see how Shin Min A will play this new role. The actress states that her heart immediately opened to the character’s life story despite the role being relatively unfamiliar to her. She says, “I could understand the pain Min Seon-a was feeling. And it hurt my heart. I thought it would be fun to play this role, and I wanted to challenge myself.”
It has been six years since Kim Woo Bin returned to the k-drama scene, which is why fans are all eagerly waiting for his comeback through Our Blues. Kim Woo Bin will play Park Jeong-jun, who plays a romantic man living a busy life, from driving off the haenyeos (sea divers in Jeju Island who harvests sea life) to working and selling fish at the market and the auction. The actor reveals, “To understand the context of my character, I went to live in Jeju Island for a while, met a captain, followed the haenyeos to their work and even learned how to cut open fish at the fish market,” which increases expectations for his role as Park Jeong-jun
3. At last a story for all to enjoy!
The most Korean but also the most relatable story is how to describe Our Blues. At the press conference, Lee Byung-Hun said “This story happens in a specific setting of Jeju, but it also involves emotions such as sadness and hope, which is what everyone goes through in life. This story contains all of these emotions that people can all relate to” as one reason to look forward to the series. Shin Min A added, “I hope the hopeful message of the series will reach out to many people”.
Our Blues is ready to provide a wonderful experience to viewers – packed with solid narratives and mega an ensemble cast, now streaming on Netflix. (Press release)
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