OCN will unveil their new drama “Times” tonight!
“Times” plays Lee Joo Young as Seo Jung In, the daughter of South Korean President Seo Gi Tae (Kim Young Chul), who connects by phone with a reporter named Lee Jin Woo (Lee Seo Jin), who lived five years ago. She tries to use this connection to prevent her father’s death, but comes across a dangerous truth.
Here are three reasons to get in the mood for OCN’s exciting new drama:
Five-year time jump (with butterfly effect)
The central plot point of “Times” is the time jump between 2015, where Lee Jin Woo lives, and 2020, where Seo Jung In lives. Each of them must work on their own timeline to try to change the future for Lee Jin Woo and the past for Seo Jung In. Seo Jung In tries to save the life of her beloved father Seo Gi Tae, but Lee Jin Woo is also trying to save his own life after learning of his future death. However, changing the time comes at a cost, as the so-called “butterfly effect” causes unexpected changes in the flow of events.
The actors said, “The two cases at different times have a subtle connection, and the drama is structured so that it’s easy to follow both schedules.” The director said: “We tried to make the unrealistic ‘time warp’ idea as realistic as possible. The story may feel heavy at first, but we’ve done our best to tell the story in a refreshing way. “
Lee Seo Jin and Lee Joo Young’s “contactless” collaboration
An interesting complication in the drama is that Lee Jin Woo and Seo Jung In have to work together without ever seeing each other face to face. They can’t meet in person because they live on different schedules. Therefore, their collaboration to change their past / future is entirely over the phone. Seo Jung In, who knows how it went in the past, is required to give Lee Jin Woo information about the movements of the person who killed her father, as well as information about the accident that killed Lee Jin Woo. Lee Jin Woo then has to act on this information to prevent both events from occurring.
Though never seeing each other in person, the two actors brought the friction and tension of their character to life as they navigated their unusual relationship. Production staff said that a key point in the drama was the back and forth between the brazen reporter Lee Jin Woo and the more reserved but passionate Seo Jung In.
Acting veterans, also known as scene stealers
Although Lee Seo Jin and Lee Joo Young are the stars of the drama, Times has a lot of talent in its supporting cast. Kim Young Chul is a veteran acting actor who brings to life the character of Seo Gi Tae, the South Korean president who plays a key role in both timelines. Moon Jung Hee also steals the show as Kim Young Joo, Seo Gi Tae’s political adviser and his successor as a presidential candidate. Add to that mix Song Young Chang, who plays former President Baek Gyu Min, and Yoo Sung Joo, who plays National Assembly member Nam Sung Bum.
Do Young Jae (Kim In Kwon) and Myung Soo Kyung (Moon Ji In) help Lee Jin Woo (2015) in his “Times” news agency and Seo Jung In (2020) in their “Daily Search” news agency. Shim Hyung Tak plays Han Do Kyung, a police officer and Lee Jin Woo’s 30-year-old friend.
“Times” premieres on February 20 at 10:30 pm KST and is available on Viki.
Check out a teaser below!
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