The 2015 summer season K-drama The Time That I Loved You, 7,000 Days (which is also known as The Time We Were Not In Love) is one that began in a bit of a quagmire. It initiated when the K-drama was accused of plagiarism. One of its promotional trailers copied the beginning of a short animation titled Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou. The plagiarism accusation had the means of making the production of the K-drama hazardous, but instead became complex when Ha Ji Won made it known her co-star Lee Jin Wook is her "most appealing" co-star yet. As proven in the timeline of events, a quagmire.
Now, that quagmire is continuing on, as The Time That I Loved You, 7,000 Days recently went through some on-set changes. What's peculiar about it is the fact the K-drama is only on its fifth and sixth episodes.
As mentioned earlier, the fifth and sixth episodes of The Time I Loved You, 7,000 Days recently released on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, 2015, but was only made available internationally on Monday and Tuesday, July 13 and 14, 2015. Three on staff at DramaFever provided their insights on the episodes, seeing sudden changes in the direction of the story. For starters, Choi Won (Lee Jin Sook) and Oh Ha Na (Ha Ji Won) seem to be moving towards each other into a relationship rather abruptly. This differs from the previous four episodes, where it is apparent Won and Ha Na do have some feelings for each other, but they would tread lightly with them. Also, Lee So Eun (Choo Soo Hyun), the girl who likes Choi Won, suddenly has taken a more "stalker" role. There are more differences, but these seem to be the big ones.
It should be reported that the sudden changes did not affect the show. The Time That I Loved You, 7,000 Days is still favored among its viewership. However, it is peculiar that the direction has changed drastically. Apparently, there is a reason for the change, because there were changes on-set.
Around the time of the fifth episode, the production crew was suddenly changed out. The adjustments resulted in a time crunch that heightened tension on set, as reported by KdramaStars. Take note the production crew change is actually the second time it has happened for The Time That I Loved You, 7,000 Days, where the first happened before the premiere. Add in the rumor the show's director, Jo Soo Won, isn't getting along with one of the writers, and they've got a combustible situation.
The situations on-set has forced The Time That I Loved You, 7,000 Days to shoot on, what it seems, first takes. This is so production can stay on track with releases.
"We're [production crew] currently shooting the drama like it's live. We actually feel apologetic towards great actors like Lee Jin Wook and Ha Ji Won."Let's hope everyone on set, both crew and actors, can stay focused despite their quagmire. If not, it will surely feel like a long time for them to shoot the remaining 10 episodes of The Time That I Loved You, 7,000 Days.
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