By Shim Sun-ah
SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- What if your children who have already left the nest and gotten married suddenly declared they were moving back in with you? That might be a disaster to most parents who have long been looking forward to enjoying their own lives, free from the burden of supporting children.
The forthcoming MBC weekend series "Father I'll Take Care of You" tells the story of an old couple in that very situation.
"This is not a type of drama intended to depict filial piety," the drama's director Lee Dae-young said during a news conference for the series at the MBC headquarters in Seoul on Thursday. "It will depict the confrontation between generations and siblings caused by the grown-up children cohabiting with their parents and the story of a family that overcomes those troubles with love and affection."
He said the drama would also reflect the current South Korean society where many married young people choose to live with their parents without the courage or ability to stand on their own feet partly due to the nation's rising housing costs.
"In addition, there is romance between the younger characters," he said.
Veteran actor Kim Jae-won will play the lead role of Lee Hyeon-wu, an executive of a global investment company who returns to his home country 23 years after he left for New York. For reasons that will be revealed later in the drama, he hides his true identity and works as supervisor of an apartment construction site in Bangbae-dong, southern Seoul. Living in a luxurious villa just in front of the home of the Han family, he watches over the neighbor every night with a huge telescope.
Kim, however, opened up a bit about the reason, saying that he returns "to take revenge on Han" who is responsible for the death of Kim's parents when he was young. "That is also why he worked so hard in New York to earn 11 trillion won (US$9.56 billion)."
The singer-actor Kim Chang-wan and senior actress Kim Hye-ok play Han Hyeong-seop and Moon Jeong-ae, an old couple with a big family of four grown-up children, their spouses and kids. Of the four children, only the youngest male, Han Seong-jun (Lee Tae-hwan) is single.
Actor Lee Seung-joon, who played Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo)'s colleague in "Descendants of the Sun," takes the role of Han Seong-hoon, the eldest son of the family while actress Lee Soo-kyung plays Han Hyeong-seop's niece and Lee Hyeon-wu's love interest who is a travel book writer, singer, composer, guitarist and owner of a cafe for Tarot card readings.
"I should have looked more like a rich guy with an asset of 11 trillion won, but it was so difficult to make me look that way," Kim said.
The drama marks his first reunion with director Lee Dae-young in 14 years after the 2002 MBC drama "Romance."
"I didn't know anything about acting at that time," Kim Jae-won recalled. "I filmed it in a really comfortable and happy atmosphere and now feel the same."
Kim said he hopes the multigenerational drama would present laughter to many viewers as the whole country is in a state of confusion in an apparent reference to an influence-peddling scandal involving President Park Geun-hye's confidante, Choi Soon-sil.
The 35-year-old actor pledged to take off his bottoms if the drama's viewership exceeds 23 percent.
"You know there are many types of bottoms," he said laughing, asking reporters not to expect "something R-rated."
The new Saturday-Sunday series is to premiere on Nov. 12 at 10 p.m.
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