Interesting facts about 5 hot drama series: Kim Ji-won was supposed to die in the last episode of “Descendants of the Sun”
That “Descendants of the Sun” ending would have become a controversy if it was aired.
1. “Designated Survivor: 60 Days” – Why did only Korea put 60 days in front of the original title?
This is a drama series based on the series “Designated Survivor”, which was aired on ABC Broadcasting Station in 2016. As the Korean remake was confirmed, the Korean title was changed to “Designated Survivor: 60 Days”. Many have wondered why the production team added “60 days” to the original title. It is said to be due to the constitutional difference between Korea and the United States
Unlike the United States, in the Republic of Korea, one must act as an Acting President for only 60 days under the Constitution without a president. It is said that the title was named like this to reflect the reality of Korea.
2. “Live” – The poster shooting location wasn’t where they filmed the drama?
The main poster of “Live” shows the two leading actors on the ground after taking off their police mascot outfit, and the place in the poster and the actual filming location are said to be completely different.
The actual district where the poster was taken is Yeouido District, Yeongdeungpo Police Station in Seoul, and the filming location of Hongil District in the drama is said to be the administrative welfare center building in Cheongna 1-dong, Seo-gu, Incheon.
3. “The School Nurse Files” – “My body is getting better, getting better”. Does this exercise actually exist?
In the drama, students at Mok-ryeon High School watch TV every morning and follow the exercise of “My body is getting better, getting better,” creating a strange and creepy atmosphere for the viewers. Surprisingly, this exercise is not made by the production team but is said to be an actual exercise.
At the script meeting of “The School Nurse File”, scriptwriter Kim So-yeon said that such exercise was actually done at the school where she attended, after which she even demonstrated for the whole production team to see. She also said that the scene where everyone laughed loudly together after the exercise was part of the actual one as well.
However, it is said that the facial expressions and laughter that students make during the exercise were deliberately directed to be more bizarre by director Lee Kyung-mi. Through this, the students might look happy from a distance, but in reality, it shows how uncomfortable they are living.
4. “Something in the Rain” – The companies that everyone thought existed in the same building.
Smilegate, the game company where Jung Hae-in works, and Coffee Bay, the coffee company where Son Ye-jin works, are also existing companies that participated in the production of the drama.
The office in the drama is a set made as similar as possible to the real offices of the two companies.
Everyone thought the two companies were actually in one building because the characters are seen moving with an elevator, but in fact, the two companies are in different regions.
5. “Descendants of the Sun”. – It would’ve been a disaster if this ending went on air.
The drama ended with a happy ending, but the script originally written by writer Kim Eun-sook said that the drama was scheduled to end with Lieutenant Yoon Myung-joo (Kim Ji-won)’s death.
In this regard, a reporter asked Kim Ji-won if Yoon Myung-joo‘s death was originally the ending, and Kim Ji-won admitted, “I’ve heard of something like that. But I got the script with a happy ending”.
Writer Kim Eun-sook then answered during her appearance on a radio show, saying, “In my past work “Lovers in Paris”, viewers scolded me a lot for the ending. I don’t think I’ll make the same mistake.”
Writer Kim Eun-sook said, “Before the final script was finalized, I was thinking about the death of Lieutenant Yoon Myung-joo, but after a long discussion with the production crew, I decided to write a happy ending.”