[HanCinema's News] New "Black Dog" Stills Emphasize Drama's Teamwork Element
By William Schwartz | Published on
On December 13th tvN released new stills of its upcoming drama "Black Dog", which will start on Monday December 16th. The drama stars Seo Hyun-jin in the leading role as a new teacher who struggles with adapting to her new working environment.
"Black Dog" bucks the trend for most recent dramas centered around schools in that the story is not centered around social justice elements such as bullying or the difficulty students face in getting admission to institutions of higher education. Instead, the drama's focus will squarely be set around the teachers, their day-to-day lives, and presumably how they deal with such social justice oriented conflicts as they see them.
The optimistic tone of "Black Dog" focuses on teachers having to work as a team in order to help resolve one another's issues. This is a departure from the current genre standard. It's the latest experimental project from tvN that has seen quite a few such projects produce disappointing terms. Much will likely hinge on the interplay of the four lead actors, including Ra Mi-ran, Ha Joon, and Tae In-ho, who are expected to portray teachers of very different personalities, but overall common purpose.
Written by William Schwartz
"Black Dog" is directed by Hwang Joon-hyeok, written by Park Joo-yun, and features Seo Hyun-jin, Ra Mi-ran, Ha Joon, Tae In-ho, Lee Hang-na, Kim Jung-young. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/12/16~Upcoming, Mon, Tue 21:30 on tvN.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.