‘Itaewon Class’ is getting an adaptation in Japan.
On March 24th, JTBC Studio announced that the remake production for a Japanese version of ‘Itaewon Class‘ has been confirmed with Kakao Entertainment and a major Japanese broadcaster. JTBC Studio, Kakao Entertainment, and Cross Pictures, a subsidiary of Kakao Entertainment, will collaborate to provide support based on the experience of the original work.
Based on Kakao Entertainment’s webtoon of the same name, K-drama ‘Itaewon Class‘ follows a group of young people united with stubbornness and courage as they come together to take down mighty rival to make their dreams of opening a bar-restaurant come true in an unreasonable society. The show premiered on JTBC in 2020 and recorded the highest nationwide rating of 16.5%.
Park Seo-joon and Kim Da-mi received a lot of love for their acting and sympathetic story. Park Sae-royi’s unique hairstyle, famous lines, and OST are also attracting attention. In recognition of its high quality, the series also won the 2021 Best Drama Award at the Asia Television Awards.
The charm of Park Sae-Royi, who spreads a message of hope to young people, has captured even the Japanese. The webtoon ‘Roppongi Class’ gained popularity through Piccoma, a Japanese digital comic platform operated by Kakao Piccoma. The drama ‘Itaewon Class‘ was fervently loved by viewers, ranking first on Netflix in Japan.
The Japanese remake of ‘Roppongi Class’ has a total of 13 episodes, and the casting of the top Japanese actors has been confirmed. Also, as reported last year by Japanese media outlets like Weekly Women, it is expected that actor Takeuchi Ryoma will play the Japanese version of Park Sae-Royi. It is scheduled to be broadcast throughout Japan this summer. Attention is focusing on how ‘Itaewon Class,’ which has also gained popularity in the region, will be newly introduced in Japan.
Meanwhile, in addition to ‘Itaewon Class‘, JTBC Studio has recently confirmed the Indian remake of ‘Something in the rain’, accelerating its global business. It plans to continue the Korean content craze by introducing global remakes in various countries around the world with various box office IPs.