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Lee Young-ae cast in patriotic drama

June 06,2018

Lee Young-ae will return to the small screen next year when she appears in a new spy romance set in colonial-era Korea, the show’s public relations agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

The show, tentatively titled “Different Dream” in English, will be broadcast worldwide next year “when the nation celebrates 100 years since the establishment of the provisional Korean government during Japanese colonial rule,” the agency, The Tik Tok, said in its statement.

Set in Seoul, Manchuria and Shanghai during the Japanese colonial rule of Korea, which lasted from 1910 to 1945, the series revolves around Kim Won-bong, who led a major group of Korean independence fighters called Uiyeoldan, and a surgeon named Lee Young-jin, played by Lee, who is adopted by a Japanese couple and later hired as a spy by the Korean government-in-exile in Shanghai.

The casting for other major roles, including Kim Won-bong, is currently underway, and shooting will begin at overseas locations in Mongolia and China this fall, according to the agency. It remains undecided which television network will distribute the series.

“We’re going to present a quality drama that can be received well both at home and abroad and befit the centennial of the provisional government’s establishment,” Han Seok-won, one of the show’s producers, said.

Lee last appeared in “Saimdang, Memoir of Colors,” a 28-episode series that aired on SBS in 2017.