Netflix has confirmed the casting of Kim You-jung, Byeon Woo-seok, Park Jung-woo, and Roh Yoon-seo in the upcoming Korean-language romantic movie 20th Century Girl, which has also begun filming.
These four actors, who are young and fresh with exceptional acting skills, play characters who are entwined in intimate friendships and first loves, rites of passage that leave permanent marks on many people's lives. The year was 1999, the final year of the twentieth century.
Friendship comes before love for seventeen-year-old Bo-ra. Her first love was a wonderful but tragic experience, and it returns in the twenty-first century. This story, first told by Director Bang Woo-ri in her short film Mrs. Young, is about a middle-aged woman who meets the son of her first love, a young guy who looks just like his father. Bang received the Blue Dragon Awards for Best Short Picture for Mrs. Young, and she pens and directs this full-length adaptation, which is her debut feature film.
Kim You-jung plays Na Bo-ra, a tough cookie with a taekwondo black belt and a devoted friend with a gold heart. She keeps a close eye on Hyun-jin, the object of her friend's unrequited love. Kim has demonstrated a wide range of acting abilities in films like The Chaser, Thread of Lies, and the newly released The 8th Night and Backstreet Rookie. She will portray the complicated emotions of a 17-year-old girl stuck between love and friendship.
Byeon Woo-seok, who has impressed fans in dramas such as Record of Youth and Search WWW, plays Poong Woon-ho, Bo-ra's classmate in her media broadcasting class from the same year.
Park Jung-woo plays Woon-ho's best buddy Baek Hyun-jin, who comes under Bo-ra's scrutiny as the love interest of her best friend Yeon-doo. Park has been a promising newcomer, with roles in the web drama Love Playlist and the drama Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation.
Roh Yoon-seo plays Yeon-doo, Bora's best friend who falls in love with Hyun-jin at first sight and urges her to learn everything she can about him before leaving for the United States for heart surgery. Roh is a bright newbie who, as a model turned actor, proved a superb fit with the Yeon-doo character during her audition. This story about two friends' initial loves and dedication to each other is brought to life by the fascinating portrayal of two pals, each with individual colors as diverse as lavender and lime.
Yong Film Inc. will produce 20th Century Girl, the studio behind The Call, Believer, Luck-Key, and The Handmaiden, as well as the romance film The Beauty Inside, which was a watershed moment in the Korean romance genre. Following their cooperation on the film The Call, Yong Film Inc. expressed great excitement about returning with Netflix. It intends to present a thrilling new romantic film to global audiences with 20th Century Girl.
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