[HanCinema's News] Press Conference Held for "On the Verge of Insanity"
By William Schwartz | Published on
On June 23rd the upcoming MBC drama "On the Verge of Insanity" held an online press conference for the project. Director Choi Jung-in-II, as well as principal actors Moon So-ri, Jung Jae-young, Lee Sang-yeob, and Kim Ga-eun were all in attendance. The drama deals with the middle-aged employees of a fictional car company headquartered in Cheongnam, and is noteworthy for being an attempt to depict office life on an epic drama styled scale.
Choi Jung-in-II expressed strong confidence in the talent of his actors, likening their work in the drama to being similar to a feast. He said there were many stories to be told in an office setting, many of them subtle ones like those involving discrimination, as well as the politics involved in forcing personnel from one post to another. Choi Jung-in-II said he worked closely with screenwriter Jeong Do-yoon in working all these aspects together.
Lead actress Moon So-ri claimed to have been drawn to the drama by its story of simple perseverance of a middle-aged woman enduring the struggle of earning enough money to buy a modest apartment. Moon So-ri also said she very much wanted the chance to work with Jung Jae-young. For his part, Jung Jae-young was impressed with the first script he received, and said he was similarly emotionally drawn to the struggle of the salaryman.
All actors made a point of mentioning the story's general complexity. This is not because of overarching drama, but rather because of the minor ways various conflicts spill over and interact with one another. "On the Verge of Insanity" aired its first episode on June 23rd with ratings of (add this when we have it).
Meanwhile, the first episode of MBC's "On the Verge of Insanity" recorded a viewership rating of 3.9%.
Written by William Schwartz
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 email@example.com. 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.