Director Of Kim Soo Hyun And Cha Seung Won’s New Drama Praises Their Acting + Shares What To Look Forward To

The director of “One Ordinary Day” (previously known as “That Night”) has shared his thoughts on the upcoming drama!

A remake of BBC’s “Criminal Justice,” “One Ordinary Day” will star Kim Soo Hyun as Kim Hyun Soo, an ordinary college student whose life is turned upside down when he suddenly becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Cha Seung Won will star as Shin Joong Han, a lawyer who barely passed the bar exam and is the only person who reaches out to help Kim Hyun Soo—while never asking him about the truth of what happened that fateful night.

Describing the appeal of the drama, the producers teased, “In this era when people think more about their comfort and convenience than about justice, it’s a must-see drama with a weighty message.”

With the drama’s premiere coming up in November, director Lee Myung Woo—known for works like “The Fiery Priest,” “Punch,” “Backstreet Rookie,” and more—sat down for an interview with StarNews to chat about the project and its charismatic leads.

Filming for “One Ordinary Day” began in April of this year and took five months to complete, and the drama is currently in post-production. “Because we entered post-production right after we wrapped filming, it still doesn’t feel like [filming for] the drama is over yet,” said Lee Myung Woo. “I think it’ll only kick in that it’s really over once we’ve finished post-production.”

After describing the drama as “a story about the criminal justice system,” the director went on to compare “One Ordinary Day” with some of his previous dramas that tackled similar subject matter.

“If my previous works ‘Punch’ and ‘Whisper‘ dealt with the stories of prosecutors, judges, and lawyers who were at the top level of the criminal justice system,” he explained, “‘One Ordinary Day’ will tell the story of people at the bottom level of the criminal justice system, who aren’t able to receive protection from the law. It will make viewers put themselves in protagonist Hyun Soo’s shoes and ask, ‘If that were me, what would I have done?’ So I think it’s a drama that people will be able to empathize with more.”

Lee Myung Woo went on to praise the acting of both of the drama’s leads, remarking, “You’ll be able to see new sides of Kim Soo Hyun and Cha Seung Won that you haven’t seen in other dramas up until now.

“While acting out the wide array of emotions that an ordinary student might feel if he suddenly became a murder suspect in an instant, Kim Soo Hyun’s performance was detailed and had depth.”

As for Cha Seung Won, he continued, “In order to play the role of a third-class lawyer who has never once been first-class in his life, actor Cha Seung Won set aside his cool image and voluntarily chose to look shabby for a meticulous and in-depth portrayal of a lawyer who only cares about money and specializes in petty crime.”

The director concluded, “I think the key points to look forward to in this drama are the chance to see completely new sides of Kim Soo Hyun and Cha Seung Won that they’ve never shown before, the immersive quality of their acting, and the chemistry between the two actors.”

“One Ordinary Day” will premiere in November through Coupang Play. In the meantime, check out the drama’s first teaser here!

Watch Lee Myung Woo’s previous drama “Backstreet Rookie” with subtitles below…

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…and check out “The Fiery Priest” here!

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