Assembly is a Korean drama in politic genre… REALLY REALLY not my cup of tea. BUT I thought I’ll give it a go since I have some time to spare. I can take this opportunity to get to know the political system in South Korea (although this drama is pure fiction, you still can get a taste of it). Besides, we have the irresistible Taecyeon… ahem ahem.
Assembly ended in late September 2015 but I was too busy to blog about it then. I can just not blog about it at all but I choose the opposite. Know why? Because this drama is a GEM! I want more people to watch it and enjoy it.
I didn’t know who Jung Jae Young or Song Yoon A were initially. As I delved deeper into the episodes, I find them very good actor and actress. They are what made Assembly so enjoyable. I love their assemblyman-aide interactions. I’m also forever fans of them now.
Gotta said the first few initial Assembly episodes were kinda draggy and boring but I held on because I sensed something amazing will come out of it. And I was right! The drama also show off how political manipulation are done, how relationships can be broken due to personal agenda, that politics are much more about power than money (in this case) and so on. It was exciting to see how those bad politicans throw bricks at problems and how Jin Sang Pil (the main character acted by Jung Jae Young) fights back!
Synopsis from koreandrama.org:
This drama is centered around a rookie assemblyman with lowly roots as a former welder, and the skilled staff surrounding him.
Jin Sang Pil (Jung Jae Young) is elected as a member of the national assembly. Prior to becoming a national assembly member, he worked as a welder in a shipyard. He is simple, brave and righteous, but his work as a national assembly member is poor. With the help of his aide Choi In Kyung (Song Yoon A), Jin Sang Pil is able to become a honorable national assembly member.
Korean title: 어셈블리
Korean romanization title: Assembly
International English title: Assembly
Running period in Korea: 15th July 2015 to 17th September 2015
Runtime in Korea: Wednesday and Thursday 10pm
Running period in KBS World: 22nd July 2015 to 24th September 2015
Runtime in KBS World: Wednesday and Thursday 8.50pm
Total episodes: 20
Jung Jae Young as Jin Sang Pil
Song Yoon A as Choi In Kyung
Taecyeon as Kim Gyu Hwan
Jang Hyun Sung as Baek Do Hyun
Park Young Gyu as Park Choon Sub
Kim Seo Hyung as Hong Chan Mi
Jin Sang Pil’s family & friend:
Lee Hang Na as Kim Gyeong A (wife)
Kim Ji Min as Jin Joo Hee (daughter)
Son Byung Ho as Bae Dal Soo (good friend)
Lee Won Jae as Kang Sang Ho
Jung Hee Tae as Im Gyu Tae
The Opposition Party:
Choi Jin Ho as Jo Woong Gyu
Gil Hae Yeon as Chun No Sim
Employees at Jin Sang Pil’s Office:
Sung Ji Ru as Byeon Sung Gi
Yoon Bok In as Oh Ae Ri
Kim Bo Mi as Song So Min
Seo Hyun Chul as Seo Dong Jae
Im Ji Kyu as Sim Dong Chun
Kang Ye Won as Park Da Jung
Give this drama a go. You won’t regret it. REALLY!
Photos from KBS.