“Are they really Kim Eun Sook and Song Hye Kyo?” The reason why viewers are looking forward to “The Glory”

Will Kim Eun Sook and Song Hye Kyo’s transformation be as amazing as Kim Eun Sook’s white hair?

Actors Song Hye Kyo, Lee Do Hyun, Lim Ji Yeon, Yeom Hye Ran, Park Sung Hoon, Jung Sung Il, scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook and director Ahn Gil Ho attended the production presentation of the Netflix series “The Glory” (directed by Ahn Gil Ho, scripted by Kim Eun Sook, and produced by Hwaham Pictures) at Dongdaemun Square in Seoul on the morning of Dec 20th.

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“The Glory” is a revenge drama about Dong Eun (Song Hye-kyo), a woman whose soul was broken by school violence as a child, who spent her whole life preparing for a desperate revenge plan and those who fall into the vortex. It is a new challenge by Kim Eun Sook, a romantic master who wrote “Lovers in Paris,” “Secret Garden,” “The Heirs,” “Mr. Sunshine.” This drama is Kim’s collaboration with director Ahn Gil Ho, a master of the dark genres, and her reunion with Song Hye Kyo after “Descendants of the Sun.”

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Regarding her intention of writing this script, writer Kim Eun Sook said, “As the parent of a daughter, who will soon become a second-year high school student, the subject of school violence is a topic close to me,” adding, “My daughter asked me, ‘Do you think it’ll hurt more if I hit you to death or if you hit me to death?’ It was hell when I heard that. In that short moment, the story unfolded in my mind, and I went to the studio to write,” she said.

Writer Kim Eun-sook said, “While preparing for the work, I read a lot of the victims’ writings. What the victims have in common is that they want a sincere apology rather than realistic compensation. Violence causes us to lose human dignity, honor, and glory. I thought it was only the beginning when one received an apology, so I named the drama ‘The Glory’.”

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“The Glory” is drawing attention as Song Hye Kyo’s return to the small screen. When asked about her reason for choosing this work, Song Hye Kyo said, “The writer and director were my first reason. Also, when I read the script, it saw that it was a genre and character that I wanted to try so much. I was so heartbroken while reading the script, and I even spaced out for a while. I thought this would be such a great drama, I just need to do my parts well,” she added.

Dong, who is taking desperate revenge, is quite different from Song Hye-kyo we knew. Song Hye-kyo said, “I played a lot of melos, so I didn’t know if I could feel unfamiliar in ‘The Glory,’ and it was really difficult, but I enjoyed acting.”

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While all actors, including Song Hye Kyo, agreed that writer Kim Eun Sook and director Ahn Gil Ho were the reasons for their appearance, Lee Do Hyun also joined in, “I read the script without knowing the time went by and I was curious about what would happen. It’s unclear, but I thought he was definitely a stubborn character, and I wanted to act that out,” he said.

Lim Ji Yeon said, “It’s my first time playing a villain, and I wanted to play a malicious character at least once.” Yeom Hye Ran smilingly said, “Who would be able to refuse Kim Eun Sook’s revenge drama? I was so excited and looking forward to it.”

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“The Glory” is attracting more attention as a new challenge of writer Kim Eun Sook. Writer Kim mentioned her white hair, saying, “My appearance has changed a lot, too. I even gave up on dyeing my hair,” she said, expressing her commitment to her work.

It is also noteworthy that the drama is a 19-and-over content, which does not fit writer Kim Eun Sook’s previous. The writer said, “There are abusive language and school violence, but I think Dong Eun’s philosophy should be for adults who are able to judge fairly only because it is a story of choosing revenge for oneself rather than revenge in the judicial system,” she said, explaining why “The Glory” is not available for teenagers.

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Meanwhile, Kim Eun Sook, who is making her OTT debut through Netflix, had a different ambition. Asked by reporters what she wants to achieve after mentioning the results of “Squid Game,” author Kim said, “‘Squid Game’ is such a proud Korean content, and I hope that pride will go to ‘The Glory’ next,” adding, “I hope ‘The Glory’ will be mentioned alongside ‘John Wick,’ and ‘Taken’.”

Source: TV Report

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