[TEN’s Preview of the Week] Loona’s Debut, BTS’s Comeback, Highly Anticipated Films ‘The Great Battle’ and ‘High Society’
Press conferences will be held this week for highly anticipated films The Great Battle and High Society. Loona will be holding a debut showcase, and new albums will be released by BTS and NORAZO.
◆ K-Pop: Loona’s Debut and BTS’s Comeback
After undergoing a pre-debut project that lasted nearly two years, the 12-member girl group, Loona, will be holding a showcase on the 20th for the release of their debut album, + + (pronounced as “plus plus”). The title song of their debut album, “Hi High,” is said to be a light and cheerful track.
NORAZO will be releasing their new digital single, CIDER, on the 21st. It has been about three and a half years since the duo has released new music. This is also the first time NORAZO will be releasing music since new member Won Heum joined the duo following the departure of Lee Hyuk in February of 2017.
Gaeko from Dynamic Duo will also be dropping a solo album on the same day. This marks the first time since the April 2017 release of “Gajah” that Gaeko will be releasing a solo record. According to his label Amoeba Culture, Gaeko’s new music will provide a “breather for people who need a break.”
BTS will be dropping their new Love Yourself: Answer album on the 24th. The album will feature seven new tracks and will come in four different versions (S·E·L·F).
◆ TV: The Reveal of ‘Visiting Teacher’ and ’Hide and Seek’
A press conference is set to be held on the 21st for Mnet’s new variety show, Visiting Teacher. The program, which will show celebrities teaching and mentoring ordinary students as their private tutors, will feature appearances by TV presenter Kim Sung-joo, comedian Park Myung-soo, rappers San E and Microdot, Vernon from Seventeen, Luda from WJSN, Hongseok from Pentagon, and composer Don Spike. The first episode of Visiting Teacher will air on August 23rd at 8:30 p.m.
MBC‘s new weekend drama, Hide and Seek (written by Seol Kyung-eun, directed by Shin Yong-whee) will be holding a press conference on the 22nd. Actors Lee Yu-ri, Song Chang-eui, Uhm Hyun-Kyung, Kim Young-min, and Jung Hye-sun will be starring in this drama, which will tell the story of a woman who is a successor of a cosmetics company and another woman who lives her life for the female successor. The first episode of Hide and Seek will air on August 25th.
◆ Movies: The Coming of Highly Anticipated Films
The Great Battle (directed by Kim Gwang-sik) has scheduled a press conference for the 21st. Actors Zo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk, and Bae Sung-woo will be on hand to introduce the film. This historical film about the battle that ensued between Goguryeo and Tang forces when the Tang attacked the Ansi Fortress, will be opening in theaters on September 19th.
On the same day, High Society (directed by Byeon Hyeok) will be unveiled to the press first. High Society, which will be released on the 29th, follows what happens when economics professor Tae-joon runs for the National Assembly. The cast list for the film includes actors Park Hae-il, Soo-ae, Yoon Je-moon, Ra Mi-ran, and Lee Jin-wook.
On the 22nd, On Your Wedding Day (directed by Lee Seok-geun) will be meeting with audiences in the theaters. The film, which stars Park Bo-young, Kim Young-gwang, Kang Ki-young, and Ko Kyu-pil, is a love story that depicts a ten-year-long relationship between a man and a woman.
Translated by Jennifer Earwood