KBS / "Imitation" Webtoon

"Imitation" is a drama that will interest a lot of K-Pop fans. It is adapted from a popular webtoon in Korea and across the globe (check the lineup of webtoons to be adapted into drama in 2021 here).

Jung JiSo, ATEEZ's YunHo, SeongHwa, JongHo, and San, SF9's Chani and HwiYoung, U-KISS's Jun, T-ARA's JiYeon, ex-PRISTIN's Lim NaYoung, Park Yuri, Ahn JungHoon, MinSeo, Boys' Republic's SuWoong, g.o.d's Danny Ahn and Shim EunJin are the cast of this drama.

Actress Jung JiSo is known for her acting in the movie "Parasite", she also acted in the dramas "W" and "The Cursed". U-KISS's Jun or Lee JunYoung has plenty of acting experience with "Goodbye to Goodbye", "Class of Lies" and "Good Casting".

T-ARA's JiYeon has acted in dramas such as "Dream High 2" and "I Wanna Hear Your Song". ATEEZ's YunHo is debuting in acting with this drama. SF9's Chani is known for his solid acting skills. He acted in the popular dramas "Signal" and "SKY Castle".

The rest of the cast is composed of idols and singers of different generations with the exception of rookie actor Ahn JungHoon (also written Ahn JungHun).

The story is centered on solo artist La LiMa and three groups Tea Party (Jung MiSo, MinSeo, Lim NaYoung), SHAX (Jun, JongHo, HwiYoung, Park YuRi, Ahn JungHoon, and Chani as a former member), and SPARKLING (YunHo, SuWoong, SeongHwa, San).

Director Han HyunHee ("Solomon's Perjury", "Rookie Historian Goo HaeRyung") is in charge.

Tea Party with the song 'Show Me' and SHAX with the song 'MALO' (coming on May 7) perform on "Music Bank".

Here is more information.

 

Imitation (2021)

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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Information

Title: Imitation / Imiteisyeon / 이미테이션

Director: Han HyunHee

Writer: Kim MinJung and Choi SunYoung webtoon by Park KyungRan

Network: KBS

Runtime: From May 7

# of Episodes: 12

Genre: Romance, Music

 

Summary

It tells the stories of idols in the entertainment industry.

 

Cast

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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U-KISS's Jun (Lee JunYoung) as SHAX's Kwon Ryuk

Kwon Ryuk is the center of the popular idol group SHAX who tops the charts. He has everything: talents, a good personality, perfect visual and physical, and qualities that make a good idol. However, everything changed since fellow member EunJo's incident. His sweet smile is just a show for the camera now.

Then, Lee MaHa (from Tea Party) appeared in front of him. She has the concept of a fake La LiMa and started to scratch on his nerves by gaining popularity by going here and there smiling brightly and always staying polite even when she is cursed at in the comments.

She bothers Kwon Ryuk and that upsets him but he misses her. He is on a rollercoaster of feelings because of his feelings for her which are explosive, childish, and pathetic.

 

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Jung JiSo as Tea Party's MaHa

MaHa is Tea Party's center. She dreamed to be an idol when she was young. She is a happy virus who is willful but the road to becoming a star is rough.

She was the fake of top star La LiMa in events outside of Seoul and was about the give up her dream to become a singer when she participated in JiHak's audition. That is how she debuted as a member of Tea Party and stands in front of the public.

This is when she meets the inaccessible top star Kwon Ryuk. While seeing him shining on stage, she wants to do better and wants to become a real star (and not a fake one).

 

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T-ARA's JiYeon as solo artist La LiMa

La LiMa is the most popular solo female idol. She is the wannabe sexy icon with a girl crush image. She is full of charisma.

She became famous at a young age and has tons of fans. However, she is always a lonely soul. But she was able to endure it because of Kwon Ryuk who debuted at the same time.

She can't manage to see MaHa (her fake) getting in between her and Kwon Ryuk. That is hurting her pride. She finds MaHa annoying but she does not hate her.

 

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ATEEZ's YunHo as SPARKLING's YuJin

YuJin is SPARKLING's center. On the outside, it is kind of hard to know why he became an idol because he looks colorless and odorless. On the inside, he is actually strong-minded. He is hiding his perseverance and tenacity behind his soft looks and sweet smile.

It was with MaHa (Tea Party) - a trainee from the same agency - that he trained hard to become an idol and walked toward his goals without giving up even if it was hard. When MaHa is having a hard time or is lonely, he will show up to protect her. He created his own way to love her.

He became a  rival of SHAX and SHAX's Kwon Ryuk when he noticed their gazes at each other when he was about to be on the stage with her.

 

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SF9's Chani as ex-SHAX's EunJo

EunJo and Kwon Ryuk are of the same age and were the most popular members of the group SHAX. They are best friends and rivals.

On the day of the concert of SHAX, EunJo disappeared right before the final stage. His disappearance left a deep scar on Kwon Ryuk. However, no one could find EunJo after that day. He reappeared 3 years later and finally reveals the key reason for his disappearance on that day.

 

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g.o.d's Danny Ahn as Tea Party's agency CEO JiHak

JiHak is Tea Party's agency CEO who has a lot of connections and who has great abilities.

He used to be working for the major agency NOG who took care of the group SHAX. He took care of the six members of SHAX without incident and earned a lot of respect and envy from many junior managers. However, after the EunJo incident, he left NOG.

He came back 3 years later as the CEO of CAFE H. He did re-new audition and took three members from Omega Three to debut them under Tea Party.

He started a suspicious race by debuting the first idol with a minimum hourly wage system in Korea.

 

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ATEEZ's JongHo as SHAX's Hyuk

Hyuk is the maknae and main vocal of SHAX. He started to train when he was young and he grew up along the hyungs (SHAX members). So if they start not paying attention to him, he will make big or small troubles in no time.

His cuteness is just a trap and DoJin is even losing to it. When the EunJo incident happened, he tried to change the mood with his aegyo.

 

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SF9's HwiYoung as SHAX's LeeHyun

LeeHyun is the vocal and producer of SHAX. He loves and is addicted to music to the point that fans ask him to remove his headset. He started as an aspiring composer but became a member of SHAX with his idol-like visual.

One day, he got to hear Tea Party Ria's voice and fell for it. He usually had no interest in anything that does not concern SHAX members but Ria became an exception.

 

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Park YuRi as SHAX's DoJin

DoJin is the funny guy of SHAX who is always looking for fans' attention. He notices members' dating life quickly and he did not miss to notice Kwon Ryuk and MaHa.

He has a Tom and Jerry's chemistry with the maknae Hyuk and they share about Kwon Ryuk and MaHa's secret dating.

 

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Ahn JungHoon as SHAX's JaeWoo

JaeWoo is the leader of SHAX who is good at controlling members' tensions and at taking care of any situation. He gave sweet advice and warm encouragement to his team members.

He is busier off stage than on stage. After the EunJo incident, he became more attached to the team.

 

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MinSeo as Tea Party's Ria

Ria is Tea Party's leader and main vocal. She has a beautiful voice but was eliminated from auditions all the time. She finally managed to debut under Omega Three but they disbanded on the day of their debut. After it, she has been doing a lot of part-time jobs until she re-debuted under Tea Party.

She is thankful to SHAX's LeeHyun who recognized her vocal talents and their atmosphere is filled with interest for each other.

 

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ex-PRISTIN's Lim NaYoung as Tea Party's HyunJi

HyunJi is Tea Party's visual. She was cast as an idol in middle school because she was so pretty that she was called a goddess.

She thought she would make a splendid debut as a member of Omega Three (with MaHa and Ria) but it was a failure. She took a new step toward her dream with her re-debut in Tea Party.

She has feelings for SPARKLING's YuJin but she has been hiding them. Even if her feelings are obvious, YuJin can't notice her feelings because she is always here by his side.

 

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ATEEZ's SeongHwa as SPARKLING's SeYoung

SeYoung is a member of SPARKLING. He is strong and quiet. Fans say he is a hidden influential person. He is the only opponent of HyunOh with his strong personality.

 

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ATEEZ's San as SPARKLING's MinSoo

MinSoo is a member of SPARKLING with a lot of freshness. He is the sparkling of SPARKLING. He is stealing hearts.

 

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

Boys Republic's SuWoong as SPARKLING's HyunOh

HyunOh is SPARKLING's previous center. He appears weak in front of the strong and strong in front of the weak.

He debuted as the center of SPARKLING but YuJin took on that position. He is a troublemaker who wishes to steal YuJin's position.

 

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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Former Baby V.O.X's Shim EunJin as reporter Byun

Reporter Byun chases every move of the idols.

 

Posters & Teaser

Here is one of the teasers.

Here are the official posters.

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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Here are the first character posters.

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Kakao Page Twitter

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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About the three groups

SHAX: Kwon Ryuk (Jun), JaeWoo (Ahn JungHoon), LeeHyun (HwiYoung), DoJin (Park YuRi), and Hyuk (JongHo). Follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

SHAX Official Twitter

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

SHAX Official Twitter

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

SHAX Official Twitter

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

SHAX Official Twitter

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

SHAX Official Twitter

Tea Party: MaHa (Jung JiSo), HyunJi (Lim NaYoung), and Ria (MinSeo). Follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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TEAPARTY Twitter

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TEAPARTY Twitter

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TEAPARTY Twitter

SPARKLING: YuJin (YunHo), HyunOh (SuWoong), SeYoung (SeongHwa), and MinSoo (San). Follow on Twitter and Instagram.

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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SPARKLING Twitter

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SPARKLING Twitter

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SPARKLING Twitter

"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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About the webtoon

The webtoon "Imitation" (in Korean "이미테이션") was written by Park KyungRan starting 2014. It is popular in Korea and also across the globe with over 3.73 million subscribers on Kakao.

You can read the webtoon here in Korean and here in English.

You can follow the author's Instagram and the beautiful art.

 

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"Imitation" (2021 Drama): Cast & Summary

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Here is a glimpse at the webtoon.

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Webtoon "Imitation"

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Upought
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Upought
Sep 20, 2021 10:03 pm

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bahar yılmaz
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bahar yılmaz
May 20, 2021 04:18 am

LOOKS SO GOOODDDD

jeraldine
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jeraldine
Apr 24, 2021 01:47 am

I'm excited na

Jay
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Jay
Apr 21, 2021 03:08 pm

I remember watching Jun and Suwoong on The Unit! So excited to see them again!

YuyEE
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YuyEE
Mar 26, 2021 08:10 am

I don't think Hyun Oh was ever a part if sparkling in the manhwa. Don't tell me they went and changed this.

Erine Hanbinie
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Erine Hanbinie
May 10, 2021 03:41 pm
Reply to  YuyEE

Very true. They still young, i don't know about the female actress ages. Hope there no kissing scene for Ateez members, they only have a scene with the guy. Is not comfortable to watch for me as Ateez fans, especially Seonghwa's and San's. Also Maknae Jongho's, and Yunho. Did they only using their voice, or we can see them appear as the cartoon character?? I don't really understand this drama is about what?? Where to watch??

Rosalinda
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Rosalinda
Jun 26, 2021 11:45 pm
Reply to  Erine Hanbinie

Why are you not comfortable with them kissing for an ACTING role, or even at all. They should be able to do what they want. They're not going to date you, you can't control them.

vanessa ray
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vanessa ray
May 11, 2021 07:34 am
Reply to  Erine Hanbinie

You can watch it on Viki or iqiyi!

raraa
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raraa
Mar 10, 2021 12:49 pm

I was really scared that the Ateez members would do a kiss scene :((

Rosalinda
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Rosalinda
Jun 26, 2021 11:46 pm
Reply to  raraa

Any why not? They should be allowed to do kissing scenes. Stop treating them like children. You're never going to date them.

Stephanie Reyes
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Stephanie Reyes
Apr 6, 2021 06:54 am
Reply to  raraa

I Mean Some ATINY's Be Protective With Our Yuyu And Seonghwa, San And Jong-Ho Well Especially Yunho Cause He Will Be Getting A Girl Pregnant And Will Be In A Kissing Scene But I'm Happy And Jealous At The Same Time But There Is Not Need To Be Jealous🌺✨😌👌🏻

Nabaa Jassam
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Nabaa Jassam
May 8, 2021 12:36 pm

I came here just because I saw a new Ateez video and they said something about a new drama and I was like 😱😨😯 and when I saw that it was real, I was like : "I AM BLESSED!!! FINALLY ONE OF MY FAVE KPOPS DID A KDRAMA!!!!"

Levi Ackerman
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Levi Ackerman
Apr 16, 2021 11:37 pm

Wait what 😭I haven’t seen the WEBTOON but it looks so unexpected to me

Chubby
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Chubby
Mar 21, 2021 02:39 am
Reply to  raraa

Chill out, are they ur boyfriend or something? Lol

Farah
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Farah
Feb 25, 2021 02:04 am

Is that true that yunha had a kissing scene.. ??

Ninha
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Ninha
Mar 25, 2021 12:29 am
Reply to  Farah

What's the problem with it?

Lily
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Lily
Feb 25, 2021 08:22 am
Reply to  Farah

yeah i keep hearing bout that lol

Farah
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Farah
Feb 25, 2021 02:05 am
Reply to  Farah

I mean yunho Ateez

Giulia
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Giulia
Feb 6, 2021 04:01 pm

Will this be on viki?

natalya
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natalya
Apr 14, 2021 02:47 pm
Reply to  Giulia

yes! Imitation

Jenilyn Cruz
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Jenilyn Cruz
Jan 8, 2021 06:47 pm

Hindi nako makapagligonligon pa

Mabel <3
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Mabel <3
Jan 4, 2021 10:46 am

Does anyone know the month its coming out? im excited forthis so i wanna know as soon as possible

Camilla ^^
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Camilla ^^
Feb 12, 2021 03:55 am
Reply to  Mabel <3

No one knows what month its out, but its supposed to be out in the first half of 2021, which means probably in the summer.

e m r
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e m r
Jan 9, 2021 08:33 am
Reply to  Mabel <3

apparently it begins airing on 22nd of feb...???

Izzy
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Izzy
Jan 13, 2021 03:53 am
Reply to  e m r

If that is true< i will be so happy. As that is my birthday!

thatbihh
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thatbihh
Dec 22, 2020 01:03 pm

Is San suppose to be min su or se young cause in other web he is min su but in this he is se young.. kinda confused

Ainsh
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Ainsh
Nov 23, 2020 09:04 pm

ATEEZ YUNHO WOO

Phyo Zaw Tun
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Phyo Zaw Tun
Nov 21, 2020 05:58 pm

Jiyeon 💓 la rima

Phyo Zaw Tun
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Phyo Zaw Tun
Nov 21, 2020 05:58 pm

Wow Jiyeon 💓

zainab
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zainab
Nov 21, 2020 02:43 am

I'm so exicted to see ATEEZ in a drama ❤❤❤

Gayathri
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Gayathri
Nov 22, 2020 03:09 pm
Reply to  zainab

Yes i am seeing because of ateez iam exicted to see ateez acting