We live in a world of noise like cars, people, nagging and so on. We comfort ourselves drowning out these noises by listening to our favorite music with our MP3 players. However, electronic devices can’t give real calm and touching music to us. The opportunity to watch true music as well as great performance is here in the musical <Those days>. All songs which are played in this musical are good but when its songs are unknown, you can’t enjoy them thoroughly. However, <Those days> consists of the late Kim Kwang-seok’s true classic songs. So you don’t need to worry because the songs are high quality. And its story is not just another obvious love story but about bodyguards. Let’s take a look at the musical <Those days> which is full of great songs to fall in love with and a compulsive story line.
1) Real Bodyguard
This musical deals with bodyguards. Before you know the main storyline, if you come to know at least what kind of work they do. It is the best way to enjoy this musical totally. When bodyguards are asked where their dream work place is, they always reply “the Blue House”. Because that is the optimal place to work and they offer special treatment to bodyguards. The bodyguards who are working in the Blue House belong to the executive office of the president so that they guard civil servants. The appearance of a bodyguard is good but they should readily die for the president as well as his or her family to protect them in the dangerous city. This can only be done when bodyguards have an enormous sense of duty because their life might be used for the good of the country. Not everyone can be a bodyguard. To become a bodyguard which belongs to the executive office of the president, they should pass a writing test, strength, an essay-type test. <Those days> is the lively story of these bodyguards.
2) Peeping the story in advance
When looking at the main characters, Jeong-hak whose body is built like a guard and Mu-young who has free, leisurely nature, they both are bodyguards and went through difficulties together. Although their characteristics are totally different, they built their friendship by taking care of each other. Their first task was to guard an unidentified person known only as ‘She’. As they are guarding the beautiful ‘She’, their feelings rise slowly towards her. Mu-young got confused between work and love. Jeong-hak also fell in love with her but he accepted the fact that he can’t have her. So they both opted to work elsewhere. In the middle of waiting to establish diplomatic ties with China, She and Mu-young disappeared suddenly. After that, no one couldn’t find them. One corpse was revealed near by the Blue House. Police officers suspect Jeong-hak as he was Mu-young’s closest friend. So Jeong-hak was investigated by the police. Twenty years passed after that tragedy happened. Now Jeong-hak became a head bodyguard. The blue House is strained as usual. Jeong-hak was given the task to guard the president’s daughter ‘Ha-na’ during the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties with China. Jeong-hak now works with new a partner ‘Dae-sik’. But Dae-sik and Ha-na disappeared suddenly like when She and Mu-young disappeared twenty years ago. As it is not a small problem, Jeong-hak started to chase after them. On the way to find them, he found some evidence and slowly pursued clues.
3) Music in the musical
The late Kim Kwang-seok is called a singing poet as his lyrics are like a poem. He was a singer to give comfort to sad people. There are many singers who do remake of his songs now. A song which represents solders’ heart <Letter of private>, a song which makes us look back <In the middle of thirty>, a song which expresses strong longing to one’s love <Becoming dust> and more. The best songs that Kim Kwang-seok sang more than thousand times in a little theater now are represented in this musical. In fact, though the actors’ performance is great enough, if the songs that actors sing were not also great then it is the same as pouring cold water to touching. When listening to recent songs, crude electronic sounds are in the songs and block the melody. Listening to songs of Kim Kwang-seok, you will realize that he only expresses melody with his voice and guitar. You should check how this musical used the late Kim Kwang-seok’s songs in the musical <Those days>.
4) Invisible background for musical <Those days>
<Those days> was the hottest musical before it was shown to audiences. Not only the casting is fantastic but also the directions are great. Yoo Jun-sang, Oh Man-seok and Kwang Tae-ul took a role of Jeong-hak who still can’t forget the day twenty years ago. There should be a difference between them as their expressiveness is not all same. In case of the audience, they would have wide option to choose actors. Yoo Jun-sang is a famous actor who has a great singing ability as well as acting skills. His skills can’t be ignored as he has performed many musicals so far. Actor Oh Man-seok is also a great actor. He is famous in the musical field. Actor Kwang Tae-ul is not a well known actor but he has stable acting ability and singing ability to express Jeong-hak. Actors’ excellent performance is expected as they should act as both twenty-six and forty-six year old Jeong-hak. Let’s look the actors who took the role of Mu-young. They are Choi Jae-woong, Ji Chang-wook and Oh Jong-heok. Their appearance is handsome as they should play a twenty-six year old. But rather than losing eyes of their appearance, their fine acting skills make us not to see their appearance. These days, it is stupid to think that if people have good looking then becoming actor is piece of cake. Actors should have base of acting ability first and if their appearance is great then they will have extra points. These three actors who do Mu-young’s character are plus actors. Kim Jung-hwa and Bang Jin-eui took a role of She. They all try their best to practice their role perfectly to give good performance to audiences. We can happily see a great musical because of actors’ invisible efforts.
When drawing the picture of a musical, you will think of the splendid scale of the musical. Musical <Those days> is suitable for that image and is a creative musical. It is not just another love story which comes from dramas, movies, or plays. Rare material of bodyguard will fulfill of your expectation of this musical.
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