Through a format that combines live-action and 3D animation for the first time in a Korean drama, the two provide tickling excitement and pleasant fun. From TVing’s original ‘Yumi’s Cells’.
‘Yumi’s Cells’ is based on a webtoon of the same name with a cumulative number of views of 3.2 billion, and is an episode of empathy that expresses the story of Yu-mi (Kim Go-eun), an ordinary office worker in her 30s, through the eyes of cells in her head.
Director Lee Sang-yeop, who showed sensational directing through dramas ‘Shopping King Louis’ and ‘Knowing Wife’, etc., caught the megaphone, and Song Jae-jung, who is trusted with original and solid writing skills such as dramas ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ and ‘W’ The writer participated as a creator. Writer Kim Yun-joo, who received great love through the dramas ‘The Man’s Memoir’ and ‘Twenty Years Old’, and rookie writer Kyung-ran Kim took charge of the writing.
On this day, director Lee said, “It’s such a fun and lovely story. I thought we needed it now. There was no reason not to do it because it was a fresh content that we couldn’t see before.”
What is the focus of directing? Director Lee said, “I saw the webtoon and tried to match it. Depending on the situation, there are funny expressions. I asked the actors to mimic the facial expressions similar to the webtoon. And they did it. It was very convincing and fun.” He also revealed the reason for casting Kim Go-eun and Ahn Bo-hyun. Director Lee said, “There were many opinions. During the review, we needed empathy at the same time because Yumi is a very realistic character. That’s why actors of her age were important.” I wish I could do it because it feels right when I do it,” he said. He added, “Ahn Bo-hyun is masculine, but he has a very delicate and sensitive point.” Director Lee gave a thumbs up for the collaboration between Go-eun Kim and Ahn Bo-hyun.
‘Yumi’s Cells’ is a work with a season system in mind. Director Lee said, “I thought it would be difficult to include it all in season 1 because the original work was so vast. In season 1, I prepared mainly Yumi’s narrative and the relationship between Yumi and Goo Woong. You can also look forward to season 2.”
Kim Go-eun takes on the role of Yu-mi, an ordinary office worker. She said, “In the case of a webtoon, I had never seen it before appearing in a work. So I drove and watched the whole thing. It was not easy to meet people living in everyday life. It was strange and exhilarating because cells control emotions. The director helped me a lot.,” she said.
Then, “Yumi is a friend who works very hard and likes to buy clothes. I felt that she was attractive in the part where she did her best in front of the person she loves.” “I wanted to express it as close to the truth. I wanted to act like a real person.”
Kim Go-eun, who said that the synchronization rate with the characters in the play was 65%, said, “It was fun to participate in something new. It didn’t take long to accept it.” “Because the episode is small, many parts really resonated with me. Appearing is something that happens every day. I want to make sure that I can make it smaller.”
Ahn Bo-hyun plays the role of game developer Goo Woong. He said, “I knew that it was a very famous webtoon. I got an offer from the director and started running again, but it was so much fun and an honor.” Also, “I’m type A, so I’m prone to pout. Also, Goo Woong is delicate, but I think so too. And it’s a style that only focuses on one thing, but when I fall in love with one thing, I only look at it. Friends with the most similarities.”
Regarding the point to focus on, he said, “There were too many people who saw the original, so I tried to match the synchro rate as much as possible, such as long hair and dark beard. He continued, “You can expect a change in acting. I’ve come to play a character that is the opposite of the image I’ve had in the past.” He added, “I think you can transform into a character with pure charm.
What was the first impression of Kim Go-eun and Ahn Bo-hyun? Kim Go-eun said, “When I first saw Ahn Bo-hyun, he was very cool and handsome. But I was surprised and scared because he was tall and bulky.” “When we first met as Goo-woong, he was like a real Goo. I thought it would be difficult to do,” she said.
In response, Ahn Bo-hyun said, “Didn’t Kim Go-eun appear as a female protagonist in a very famous work? She worked with many famous and handsome people. It was an honor to be able to work with her.” No. It was because I was reading while I was not ready. But when we met again on the set, it was like Yumi.
Go-eun Kim and Ahn Bo-hyun informed about each other’s breathing. Kim Go-eun said, “I met him for the first time through this work, and he became a Goo Woong-hwa.” Then Ahn Bo-hyun praised, “I thought it was Kim Go-eun as well. She was very considerate of the other person.” Kim Go-eun said, “I received a lot of comfort and sympathy while filming. I think viewers can get comfort and sympathy just like me.”
Director Lee said, “I would be grateful if you could spend time with Yumi and cells, who change ordinary life into something special.”
Meanwhile, ‘Yumi’s Cells’ will be released simultaneously on TV and tvN at 10:50 pm on the 17th.