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Lee Byung-hun to play traveling salesman in star-studded ‘Our Blues’


Lee Byung-hun stars as a Jeju-born salesman in “Our Blues.” (tvN)

Lee Byung-hun stars as a Jeju-born salesman in “Our Blues.” (tvN)

Top actor Lee Byung-hun, 51, is set to make his small-screen return in tvN’s new Saturday-Sunday drama “Our Blues” scheduled to premiere April 9.

Playing Jeju-born salesman Lee Dong-suk, he travels the island in a truck selling all kinds of household goods and clothing. Lee’s new role is a stark contrast to his previous role as a charismatic US Marine in period drama “Mr. Sunshine” released in 2018.

“Our Blues” is one of the most anticipated drama series of the year with a star-studded cast that includes Shin Min-a, Kim Woo-bin, Han Ji-min, Cha Seoung-won, Uhm Jeong-hwa, Kim Hye-ja, Ko Doo-shim and Lee Jung-eun.

The series will present the warm, sweet and bitter life stories of the diverse characters living on Jeju Island.

Shin reprises the role of a woman who arrives at a seaside village once again — she starred as a dentist who moves to a small seaside village in her most recent drama series “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” (2021).

While Han plays a young “haenyeo,” Jeju female divers who collect seafood underwater, Kim Woo-bin — who is making his drama comeback in six years after recovering from nasopharyngeal cancer — portrays a captain of a fishing boat.

The series is penned by star screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung, who was behind numerous hit dramas, including “That Winter, the Wind Blows” (2013), “It’s Okay, That’s Love” (2014), “Dear My Friends” (2016) and “Live” (2018).

Veteran actors Kim Hye-ja and Ko Doo-shim are reuniting with the writer, having co-starred in “Dear My Friends” (2016), a family drama portraying the life story of those in their twilight years.

The omnibus-style drama will also feature the first original soundtrack song by Jimin of K-pop supergroup BTS.

Poster image of “Our Blues” (tvN)

Poster image of “Our Blues” (tvN)

The 20-part series starts at 9:10 p.m., April 9, on tvN.

“Our Blues” will also be available on the local streaming platform Tving and global streaming service Netflix.

By Lee Si-jin (sj_lee@heraldcorp.com)





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