• 03 Apr - 09 Apr, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

Netflix’s South Korean series Navillera is part of a growing trend for k-dramas: It’s an adaptation of a webtoon. Navillera is now a TV drama starring heartthrob Song Kang. Yong-pil is gone. His friends gather for lunch, although Deok-chul says he quit drinking when he was 70 – a joke, because we later learn it’s also his 70th birthday. He seems to have an upbeat disposition despite the gloom-and-doom talk. On his way home, he stops at a ballet studio. At first it’s empty, then he sees a dancer on the floor, and Deok-chul is enraptured by his graceful and majestic moves. Turns out, the dancer was indeed real, and not a figment. His name is Chae-rok (Song Kang), he’s 23. His coach, former ballet star Ki Seung-joo (Kim Tae-hoon), believes he’s a great talent. But Chae-rok lacks focus, and as most ballet coaches in TV and movies are, Seung-joo is harsh with his criticism. Chae-rok chose to train for a National Ballet audition instead of a touring gig; he works as a waiter in a fancy restaurant, and won’t quit focusing on dance. He seems hamstrung by his depression. Some former classmates visit the restaurant, and shame Chae-rok for his father’s misdeeds. He carries that burden around with him, and is facing a crossroads, as his father is about to be released from incarceration.