Park Ji-hoon fights back against bullies in Weak Hero Class 1
Wow, I never thought I’d find myself using the word “menacing” to describe Park Ji-hoon (At a Distance, Spring is Green), but he’s certainly broken away from his previous image to take on this role — I barely recognized him at first glance!
Wavve original Weak Hero Class 1 is shaping up to be an unflinching, action-packed take on school violence, if its first teaser is anything to go by. Based on the webtoon Weak Hero, the drama follows model student Yeon Shi-eun (Park Ji-hoon) as he fights back against his bullies.
The teaser opens with Shi-eun slowly advancing upon two school bullies, ominously clicking his pen all the while. A narration accompanies his steps:
Pavlov’s experiment. A bell is rung. Food is given. The dog salivates. Only a bell is rung.
Shi-eun is a top student with excellent grades, which makes him easy pickings for the class bullies. They try to get under his skin by tossing a book at him, instigating a physical fight, and sneering derisively in his face, but Shi-eun isn’t as easy of a target as he seems. When he looks up to meet the bully’s eyes, there’s steel in his gaze.
Free-spirited Ahn Su-ho, played by Choi Hyun-wook (Twenty-Five Twenty-One), takes down a group of bullies with a series of sharp kicks. He’s Shi-eun’s buddy, and the friend trio is completed by bespectacled nerd Oh Beom-seok, played by Hong Kyung (Lovers of the Red Sky).
In class, the bullying continues, and Shi-eun’s eye twitches in irritation. Having finally had enough, he snatches a book off a classmate’s desk and swings it right at the bully’s face. Whoa.
Written and directed by Yoo Soo-min, Weak Hero Class 1 is slated to premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in October. The 8-episode drama will be released on Wavve in November.