With the series Tomorrow's Cantabile preparing to premiere in just a few weeks, fans have been wondering how this Korean version will compare to the Japanese adaptation of the original manga, Nodame Cantabile. When it comes to the original Nodame character, however, she says she can't wait to see the new series.

Japanese actress Ueno Juri rose to fame for her portrayal of the spunky and upbeat Nodame in the 2006 drama Nodame Cantabile. On a recent visit to Korea, the actress said that she was happy to hear of the Korean adaptation: "Seems like the Korean fans were truly touched by the drama. I anticipate it a lot. Nodame was my first lead role. When we started filming, I had no idea a special version or a movie would be produced later on." 

When asked about Shim Eun Kyung, who will take on the Nodame character (named "Nae Il" in this version), Ueno Juri explained that she already enjoyed the younger actress's work on the recent film Miss Granny. She then went on to note that there are some similarities between Shim Eun Kyung and herself. "I heard Shim Eun Kyung is currently the same age as I was while filming Nodame, and this is her first lead role in a drama....She is in a similar situation as I was, and I hope she enjoys success through the drama. I heard Korean actors have strong mind control when it comes to challenges. I believe the cast is perfectly fit for the drama."

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