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Amazon announces its first Korean drama—and it’s about K-pop
The show is based on a hugely popular Japanese franchise and will debut in 2017.
Inspired by the Japanese video game series of the same name, the drama tells the story of 10 girls striving to succeed in the highly competitive K-pop industry. Called Real Girls Project, the “group” has even filmed a real music video, and the single is on sale on iTunes.
The drama is a collaborative effort between Amazon, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and Interactive Media Mix. It will air globally in several languages, including English and Japanese. Rather than casting actresses, the group is made up of young Thai, Korean, and Japanese women who are actually striving to become idols in real life.
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Colette Bennett is a writer/editor who specializes in web culture, skincare, and all things geek. Her work has appeared on CNN, HLN, Engadget, Kotaku, Colourlovers, and Continue Magazine. She also writes horror and sci-fi fiction for Corona Books and is at work on her second novel.