New K-Drama 'The Midnight Romance in Hagwon' Explores Forbidden Love in Competitive Education

Korean drama "The Midnight Romance in Hagwon" premiered on tvN, exploring the competitive private education system and a forbidden romance. The series, directed by Ahn Pan-seok, stars Jung Ryeo-won and Wi Ha-joon as leads, and garnered a 5.2% viewership rating in its premiere episode.

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New K-Drama 'The Midnight Romance in Hagwon' Explores Forbidden Love in Competitive Education

New K-Drama 'The Midnight Romance in Hagwon' Explores Forbidden Love in Competitive Education

The highly anticipated Korean drama 'The Midnight Romance in Hagwon' premiered on Saturday, May 11, 2024, on the tvN network. Directed by Ahn Pan-seok, known for his acclaimed works such as 'Something in the Rain' and 'One Spring Night,' the series delves into the complex world of Korea's competitive private education system and a forbidden romance that blossoms within it.

Set in the Daechi-dong neighborhood of Seoul, a hub for private academies known as hagwons, the drama follows the story of Seo Hye-jin (played by Jung Ryeo-won), a veteran instructor at the prestigious Daechi Chase academy. Seo Hye-jin's life takes an unexpected turn when her former student, Lee Joon-ho (played by Wi Ha-joon), returns as a rookie instructor at the same academy after a decade.

The premiere episode introduces viewers to the intense and competitive environment of the hagwon industry, where students and parents alike are consumed by the pursuit of academic excellence. Seo Hye-jin, known for her exceptional teaching skills and dedication, navigates the challenges of her role while grappling with personal aspirations and the pressures of the system.

The arrival of Lee Joon-ho, once a struggling student who excelled under Seo Hye-jin's guidance, adds an layer of complexity to the story. As they reconnect and work together, the two characters find themselves drawn to each other, despite the taboo nature of a romance between a teacher and a former student. The drama promises to explore the emotional turmoil and societal pressures that come with such a forbidden relationship.

Lead actress Jung Ryeo-won expressed her excitement about the project, stating, "I wrote in my diary that I want to start filming in September and Director Ahn's name with it. I received this script in May and started shooting in September. I asked who the director was, and it was director Ahn. So I took the role without even reading the script. It felt like fate had aligned perfectly." Her co-star, Wi Ha-joon, praised Jung Ryeo-won's approachable and kind demeanor on set, despite his initial nervousness about working with a senior actress.

'The Midnight Romance in Hagwon' also boasts an impressive supporting cast, including Soo Jo Yeon, Kim Jong Tae, Kim Jung Young, Seo Jeong Yeon, Shin Joo Hyup, Yoon Bok In, and Oh Man Seok. The series aims to provide a nuanced portrayal of the hagwon industry, shedding light on the personal struggles and aspirations of both educators and students.

The drama's premiere episode garnered an average viewership rating of 5.2%, with a peak of 6.4%, solidifying its position as the most-watched program in its time slot across all channels. Fans praised the series for its gripping storyline, stellar performances, and the palpable chemistry between the lead actors.

'The Midnight Romance in Hagwon' airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9:20 PM KST on tvN. International viewers can stream the series on Viki in selected regions. As the story unfolds, audiences eagerly anticipate how Seo Hye-jin and Lee Joon-ho will navigate their complex relationship while confronting the challenges of the competitive hagwon world.

Key Takeaways

  • K-drama "The Midnight Romance in Hagwon" premiered on tvN on May 11, 2024.
  • The series explores Korea's competitive private education system and a forbidden romance.
  • Lead actors Jung Ryeo-won and Wi Ha-joon star as a teacher and former student.
  • The drama's premiere episode garnered a 5.2% average viewership rating.
  • The series airs on tvN and is available to stream on Viki in selected regions.