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Everything We Know About IU And Park Bo Gum's Drama 'When Life Gives You Tangerines'

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We've waited so long for this! Singer-actress Lee Jieun, better known as IU, and one of our ultimate K-drama heartthrobs Park Bo Gum, is set to lead their first-ever Korean drama together.

On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, Netflix unveiled photos of IU and Bo Gum from the script-reading session for their drama. Joining them as part of the cast are Queenmaker star Moon So Ri and The World Of The Married actor Park Hae Joon.

When Life Gives You Tangerines will be IU and Bo Gum's first drama in a while. IU's last Korean drama was Hotel Del Luna which aired almost five years ago, in 2019. As for Bo Gum, he was last seen on the small screen in 2020 with the drama, Record of Youth. It was his final project before his mandatory military enlistment.

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Fans of the two are super thrilled to know that both their small screen comebacks are with each other! If you're curious about their upcoming project together, you're in luck because we've gathered *everything* we could find about When Life Gives You Tangerines.

Everything you need to know about When Life Gives You Tangerines:

1. It's just a working title!

First of all, while When Life Gives You Tangerines may seem a bit cute for a K-drama title, TBH, it's quite long. Netflix noted that it's only a ~working title~ for the drama.

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2. It will be helmed by a powerful producer-writer duo.

The drama is not just making a case with its stellar cast but also with its producer and writer. Everyone's definitely stoked to know that its producer Kim Won Suk also produced critically acclaimed Korean dramas like Misaeng: Incomplete Life, Signal, and My Mister. The dramas are the kind that teach you a lot of lessons about yourself and life—and NGL, both were also tearjerkers. 

Fun fact: Misaeng: Incomplete Life has been one of South Korea's award-winning and record-breaking dramas since 2014, and until now it's still one of the most-loved K-dramas of all time. ICYDK, PD Kim Won Suk's other work My Mister was top-billed by IU, together with the late Lee Sung Gyun.

Aside from its producer, When Life Gives You Tangerines will be written by Lim Sang Chun. She was famous for writing the hit K-dramas Fight For My Way (starring Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won), and Kang Ha Neul and Gong Hyo Jin's When The Camellia Blooms. 

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There is a *lot* to expect from this duo on howWhen Life Gives You Tangerines will touch the hearts of viewers.

3. The drama is set in the beautiful Jeju Island.

Here's another drama that will feature the beauty of South Korea's Jeju Island. Netflix revealed that the drama's title is a tribute to Jeju's cultural authenticity.

Trivia: Jeju is not only known for its beautiful beaches and climate, but also because of its tangerines!

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4. It's a 1950s drama!

We think everybody knows by now that Bo Gum rose to stardom with the blockbuster K-drama, Reply 1988. Coming from its title, the drama was set in the 1980s, and Bo Gum played the role of a young baduk national athlete while growing up with his other childhood friends, a.k.a the Ssamundong Squad.

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This time, Bo Gum will be playing a character who's living in the 1950s. Although we're kinda longing for a modern drama from the 30-year-old actor, we're still ecstatic to see him play another unforgettable K-drama role.

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4. Bo Gum's character is set to have a *long-standing crush* on IU's role.

Whether it's the quiet crush or the ~big-gesture-kind-of-crush~, it's already interesting to note that Gwan Sik (Bo Gum) has a long-standing admiration for Ae Sun (IU).

Basically, When Life Gives You Tangerines' story will revolve around Ae Sun and Gwan Sik, and how their lives are intertwined in their small town in Jeju. Senior actors So Ri and Hae Joon will reportedly be playing Ae Sun and Gwan Sik's older versions, respectively.

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5. Ae Sun is the "remarkable rebel."

We just love seeing IU play roles with such strong personalities (i.e. Jang Man Wol in Hotel Del Luna). In her upcoming series, IU will again give life to a determined rebel, Ae Sun. She was nicknamed "the remarkable rebel" in the story.

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6. Gwan Sik might just be the next cheesy male lead we'll meet.

Bo Gum has romantic heart eyes that viewers can't resist. He's always a good candidate when it comes to romance dramas like Love In The Moonlight and Encounter. Since Gwan Sik (Bo Gum) has a long-standing crush on Ae Sun, he is given the moniker "the unyielding iron," giving more depth into his steadfast and sincere character.

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7. It's on Netflix!

No gatekeeping here because it will be *exclusively* available on Netflix! We'll just have to wait for its release date. Crossing our fingers that it will be this 2024!

See you on Netflix, everyone!

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