‘Racket Boys’ provides refreshing story about the power of youths

연합뉴스 / 2021-06-12 08:00:08
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▲ This photo provided by SBS shows the drama “Racket Boys.” (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

▲ This photo provided by SBS shows the drama poster for “Racket Boys.”(PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- "Racket Boys,” a SBS Monday-Tuesday drama that aired two months after “Joseon Exorcist," which ended early due to controversy over historical distortions, is currently being well-received for its refreshing atmosphere that does not remind the audience of the controversy over its previous work.

Although only four episodes have aired so far, expectations are high in that another "well-made sports drama" will come out following "Hot Stove League," which was highly regarded for both popularity and perfection for dealing with a story about a baseball front office. 

The main character, Hae-gang (played by Tang Joon-sang), comes down to Haenam, a village on the end of the land, following his father, Hyun-jong (played by Kim Sang-kyung), who needs to earn more money. Hae-gang's dream is to play baseball which costs a lot of money, however in reality is given a opportunity to play  badminton after being forced to move down to the countryside. Hae-gang eventually competes in the national sports competition with his peers from Namseo middle school. 

The concept of a city boy coming down to a clean environment and growing up with pure friends, which is commonly seen in classic storylines. However, the well-organized story composition, the immersion and tension of sports-based dramas, and the comical scenes that make the audience laugh constantly makes up for the limitations of the drama. 

The characters are all lively, and the charms of the actors who digest them are as colorful as rainbow colors.

Tang Joon-sang, who shows an impressive growth of acting from "Crash Landing on You” to "Move to Heaven" and "Racket Boys," accurately depicts the characteristics of teenagers. 

Actor Kim Sang-kyung and actress Oh Na-ra, who play Hae-gang's parents, reflect the relationship between  real-life couples and serves as a strong support for the drama. It is also touching that two people, each with excellent skills but opposite personalities, prioritizes their children, Hae-gang, Hae-in. 

Writer Jung Bo-hun, who previously participated in "Prison Playbook," which vividly depicted the preciousness of human relationship, also melted his affection for people in "Racket Boys." 

Thanks to this, "Racket Boys" is doing well starting with an audience rating of 5% without any luxury casting or wide publicity.

Amid the flood of genre dramas aimed at entering the online video service (OTT), "Racket Boys" is a valuable drama that makes the audience not want to point out flaws. Another great advantage is that young and middle-aged actors are well combined to be watched by families. 

"We're grateful to be receiving favorable reviews with people describing the drama 'fun', 'new' and 'refreshing.' We will continue to entertain the viewers with our creative  imagination and ingenious wit," the production company of "Racket Boys" said on Saturday. 



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