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“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” screenwriter, “The name ‘Tactician Kwon Min-woo’ means ‘a friend who is sensitive when it comes to power’”

“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” writer Moon Ji-won revealed a behind-the-scenes story of the characters, including Tactician Kwon Min-woo.

On the afternoon of July 26th, a press conference for ENA’s Wednesday-Thursday drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” was held at the Grand Ballroom of Stanford Hotel, Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. Director Yoo In-sik and writer Moon Ji-won attended the event.

“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” tells the survival of Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin), a rookie lawyer who has a genius brain and autism spectrum disorder, at a large law firm. The rating of this drama, which has released 8 out of 16 episodes, started at 0.8% in the first episode but exceeded the double-digit range in the 7th episode. According to Nielsen Korea, the drama’s viewer rating peak is currently 13.093%, which was recorded in the 8th episode. “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” is the No.1 Wednesday-Thursday drama among all TV shows on terrestrial and cable channels. It is also holding the highest viewer rating record among all mini-series except weekend and Japanese dramas, continuing its syndrome-level popularity.

At the press conference, writer Moon Ji-won mentioned ‘Spring Sunshine’ Choi Soo-yeon (Ha Yoon-kyung) and ‘Tactician’ Kwon Min-woo (Joo Jong-hyuk), who show completely different attitudes toward Woo Young-woo. She said, “I created these characters while thinking a lot about what others would think if a character named Woo Young-woo was thrown into a large law firm”.

She continued, “Woo Young-woo is also a weak person who needs consideration and concession from others, but in some ways, she is a strong woman who cannot keep up with others no matter how hard she tries to win. Perhaps the characters around Young-woo must feel very complicated. That’s why there are people with good attitudes like Choi Soo-yeon but there is also someone like Kwon Min-woo who would say ‘Isn’t it reverse discrimination?’. I wrote the lines for him to show the realistic thoughts of people around Young-woo.”

When asked if she tried to convey any message through the characters Choi Soo-yeon and Kwon Min-woo in “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, writer Moon said, “Since I’m also a person with many values, my thoughts are also reflected in the work. However, I stay cautious when delivering something through my work as a creator. I’ve never written any lines to say ‘Let’s live like Choi Soo-yeon, not Kwon Min-woo’.”

Revealing a behind story, she said, “Choi Soo-yeon and Kwon Min-woo were the two people I characterized with the most interesting reactions while thinking about how they would react to Woo Young-woo, who enters a large law firm where many competitive and smart people gather. In particular, Kwon Min-woo is a character who competes for survival, which is the kind of person likely to exist in a large law firm. I often don’t pay much attention to the names in dramas but I chose the name Kwon Min-woo with the meaning ‘a friend who is sensitive when it comes to power’.”

Hanbada’s senior lawyer Jung Myung-seok played by Kang Ki-young has also gained huge popularity as a reliable mentor to Young-woo and even earned the nickname “Young-woo’s second father”.

Regarding the character Jung Myung-seok, writer Moon said, “I expressed everything I think that ‘It is cool to do this when I’m in the age of 40s’ through this character. I thought it would be nice to make this character shine even with his short amount of screen time. From the first time I met actor Kang Ki-young, I remember that I was very impressed by how he understood the part that I intended to make Myung-seok a cool character”, expressing her gratitude to Kang Ki-young.

Source: daum

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