If you are a fan of Korean webtoons or morningyou might already be familiar with the name full kang. Praised as a “first generation” webtoon artist, Kang Full’s works such as “The Neighbor”, “Crush On You”, “Ba:Bo”, “26 Years” and others have received celebrated adaptations. The upcoming Disney+ drama “Moving” starring Han HyoJoo and Zo InSung is also based on a webtoon by Kang Full. Now, the latest Kang Full webtoon to be adapted into a K-Drama is “Shop Of The Lamp”. Directed by veteran actor Kim Heewon, who will make his directorial debut with this drama, “Shop Of The Lamp” is highly anticipated around the world, even more so as it will be released through an OTT platform. As of this writing, talented actor Ju Ji Hoon is in talks to lead the drama.
The webtoon follows an episodic format, telling the interconnected stories of various people who visit a lamp shop. This isn’t your regular lightbulb shop, though. In addition to offering lighting options, it also serves as an intermediary space between this world and the next. In the course of the chapters, we are introduced to a young woman named HyeonJu. She’s a regular at the lightbulb shop because, for some reason, the lightbulbs at her house keep going out.
One day, she starts to feel that there is something slightly wrong with her surroundings. It turns out that HyunJoo was involved in a traffic accident where her mother tried to save her life by protecting her from the impact, but ended up falling into a coma and eventually passing away. To send HyunJoo back to the real world, she directs her to the lamp shop.
The lamp shop owner, which is the role Ju Ji Hoon was offered, has been in the business for a long time and can quickly detect the strange and peculiar characteristics of his customers that ordinary people might not notice, such as dirt coming from the ears of a man, a woman with fingernails in the palm of her hand, or a man with water coming out of his body. He advises HyunJoo to pretend not to see them and to be especially careful around strangers. We soon discover that the lives of the customers who visit the lamp shop are linked by a terrible fate.
You can read the webtoon in Korean here. An official English translation is not yet available.
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