The MBC sitcom “The Secret of Coocoo Island” (writer
Song Jae-jeong, director Kim Young-ki) premiered last month and introduced a
new format that melded comedy with a thriller, and takes place on a remote island
with interesting and quirky characters.
The Secret of Coocoo Island premiered on July 21st (Monday)
and TV viewers became interested with the story of the shipwrecked employees
and how they would find a way to survive on a remote island. Viewers posted
comments on the website about how actor Shin Sung-woo was such a funny actor
in the first episode. The novelist Lee Weh-soo made a cameo appearance as the
captain of a fishing boat, which ferries the group to an island, surprising
many viewers. Many people hoped to see Lee Weh-soo appear in upcoming episodes
as the mysterious captain. The appearance of Jung Il-woo in the beginning of
the episode was also well-received.
In episode 1, Mr. Shin (actor Shin Sung-woo) opens his
eyes to find himself on a remote island and the story backtracks to the events
that happened 24 hours earlier, leading up to the fateful trip with his fellow
co-workers that land them on the island. On the morning when the group of employees
will leave together to do volunteer work, the interesting personalities of the
employees are shown as they make witty and catchy remarks.
The Secret of Coocoo Island is the first sitcom that Shin
Sung-woo has ever appeared in since he made his actor debut, and he shows himself
to be a versatile actor in his new role. He handles slapstick comedy scenes
with aplomb such as the time when he falls over himself on the bus, and excellently
portrays his pathetic character, who got his job through connections. Shin Sung-woo
says, "I wanted a chance to act in a comedy and I think my new role fits
me perfectly. Just wait and see how my character Mr. Shin survives on the remote
island with amazing survival skills.”
In episode 2 that will air on July 22nd (Tuesday), the
employees realize that they will have to find a way to survive on the island
and they focus on that task. They agree that they got shipwrecked and somehow
washed ashore the island. They start searching for Mr. Lee and Mr. Yeom, who
are missing and discover a coffin caught in the rocky shore.
Produced by the makers of “High Kick, “The Secret of
Coocoo Island” is a new kind of comedy that adopts elements from thrillers.
10 employees of the purchasing department of a televised home shopping channel
become shipwrecked on a remote island while they were on their way to donate
supplies to Nakdo island on the west coast of Korea. This drama is a story about
their survival on the island. Their heart-wrenching efforts to survive on Coocoo
Island continue as they find clues pointing to a conspiracy behind their miserable
situation in this exciting tale.