Zombies have become increasingly popular since Night of the Living Dead by George A. Romero with works like Dawn of the Dead (1978), 28 Days Later (2002), Resident Evil (2002), Train to Busan (2016) and the “Walking Dead” (comic, games, and series featuring the gruesome and decaying creatures. Likewise, Bae Doona, an international star has appeared in several projects like Cloud Atlas (2012) and Netflix’s “Sense8.”
Together, the creatures and the actress make a powerful force. In fact, it is a combination that even Bae acknowledged a unique draw of the show. “For Koreans, [historical dramas] are familiar, but I think it is because there are people that know nothing about the that it appears refreshing. Besides that, zombies are very popular, so there is an element of familiarity,” the actress acknowledged with a small laugh.
In the series, which is set during the Joseon period, Bae plays Seo-bi a physician who set’s with the Crown Prince Yi-Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) to investigate a mysterious plague spreading throughout the southern region of the country while also dealing with political power plays. Notably, this is Bae’s first time acting in a historical drama.
“Since this is my first historical drama, I was constantly worried about experimenting and finding something that worked for me (trial and error). Nonetheless, I did season one because there was a small number of episodes. If there were I a lot, I wouldn’t have dared to take on the challenge,” said Bae. “I thought [Seo-bi] would be a supporting role,” she revealed.
That was not the only challenge for the actress — she was also originally very squeamish when it came to blood and injuries. Talking about how she used to be, she says that when her brother, who works as hospital orderly, told her about his first operation she “couldn’t eat kimchi” afterward. However, now it is different.
Drawing inspiration from her sibling, she reveals she wanted to “express a bold character” who is familiar with illness and blood. “I thought about people who were trained, who are exposed, and who are not surprised to see a body […] I wanted to portray a character that became stronger when she becomes desperate. I acted thinking that Seo-bi lived her whole life not being surprised by blood,” she said, talking about her methodology.
Now that she has gotten the hang of her role and the genre, you can expect to see Bae in the second season of “Kingdom” on Netflix.
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Let’s kick off the new year by checking out the dramas to premiere in the first month of the year!
For currently showing dramas, check out our list of 7 Upcoming Korean Dramas to Premiere in December 2018.
By Heewon Kim
On May 19, an official from the show’s production team said that the planned Netflix drama “See You Again” has been shut down. As a result, the script reading which was scheduled to take place that day was canceled.
A source from Netflix addressed the news saying that the company explained for it to provide the ultimate entertainment experience Netflix continually discusses various projects around the world. Further, “See You Again” was “one of the projects [they] were discussing” but were unable to reach a workable agreement.
The drama was planned to be 100 percent pre-produced and broadcasts on the streaming network. Now, given the news of its cancelation, Lee Jong-suk and Kim Ji-won will not be starring in another drama together for now, which has disappointed many fans. The two actors previously appeared in the MBC series “High Kick 3” in 2011.
Notwithstanding, many still have high expectations on whether there will be another Netflix production following Okja and Kingdom.
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Bae Doo-na’s agency, SBD Entertainment, announced that the actress was in the middle of reviewing the offer. Actors Ryu Seung-ryong and Joo Ji-hoon are also considering the roles.
The actress is currently filming the movie, ‘Drug King’ in Busan, alongside actors Song Kang-ho and Jo Jung-suk. She is also set to appear in an American drama, which may present a scheduling conflict.
Many fans are hoping for her to join the cast line-up for ‘Kingdom’.
‘Kingdom’ is about a Choson crown prince who goes out to investigate a mysterious plague while revealing the cruel truth that threatens the safety of the nation. Global streaming site, Netflix, is in charge of producing eight episodes for this drama.
Writer Kim Eun-hui from ‘Phantom’, ‘Sign’ and ‘Signal’, and Director Kim Sung-hoon from ‘A Hard Day’ and ‘Tunnel’ will be overseeing this drama.
by Park So-young
Translated by Janet Kang
Song’s agency Blossom Entertainment announced on 13th, “Song Joong-ki will not appear on ‘Kingdom’. It is the final decision.”
A media platform reported earlier that Song Joong-ki turned down the offer because of his busy schedules including marriage preparations.
Meanwhile, ‘Kingdom’ is Netflix’s new 8-episode-long show that is about zombies in Korea’s Chosun era. Netflix is aiming for the show to start airing in the second half of the year. The show will be directed by director Kim Sung-hoon, who directed movie ‘Tunnel’.
by Ji Min-kyung
Translated by Audrey Joung