‘Gyeongseong Creature’ Netflix Original Kdrama Review

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The Netflix original Korean drama ‘Gyeongseong Creature‘, released in December last year, is a horror piece set in the era of Japanese colonial rule. Since there are no memorable horror pieces based on the historical backdrop of actual human experiments, this drama has attracted a lot of attention even before its release. This year, Netflix is set to release a number of Korean dramas and movies with fresh themes. The list of content can be found in the previously written ‘Netflix Original Korean Drama And Movie Lineup 2024‘.

Gyeongseong Creature

  • Genre: Thriller, Horror, Action, Historical, Monster
  • Release Date: December 2023
  • Episodes: 10 episodes
  • Director: Jung Dong-yoon
  • Actors: Park Seo-joon, Han So-hee, Suhyun, Jiwoo, Kim Do-hyun, Jo Han-chul, etc.

What is the plot?

The drama is set in the spring of 1945 during the Japanese colonial period. Jang Tae-sang, the owner of the best pawnshop in Gyeongseong, is threatened by Gyeongseong police officer Ishikawa and begins to search for his lover, Myeong-ja. Meanwhile, Yoon Chae-ok and her father arrive in Gyeongseong to find her missing mother and seek Jang Tae-sang, who has a lot of information, to find the person who painted her mother’s portrait. In this way, they cooperate for their respective purposes, and infiltrate Ongseong Hospital, where Myeong-ja is likely to be confined. While investigating the Ongseong Hospital, they discover a hidden secret, the existence of a monster.

Who is the cast?

Jang Tae-sang (Actor Park Seo-joon)

Jang Tae-sang is a character who values money very much, having started from the bottom and established the best pawnshop in Gyeongseong, Geumokdang. One day, he becomes entangled in an unintended situation as he begins to search for his concubine, Myeong-ja, due to Ishikawa’s threat. The role of Jang Tae-sang is played by actor Park Seo-joon, who starred in ‘Itaewon Class‘, the most popular Korean drama in Japan.

Yoon Chae-ok (Actress Han So-hee)

Yoon Chae-ok is a character who travels around the country with her father to find her mother, who disappeared 10 years ago. She makes a deal with Jang Tae-sang to find her mother, and she shows her faithfulness even after the deal is over. The role of Yoon Chae-ok is played by actress Han So-hee, who has already shown impressive action in ‘My Name’. It seems like we can look forward to her action once again.

Maeda Yukiko (Actress Suhyun)

Maeda Yukiko is the daughter of a high-ranking Japanese military officer, the wife of Ishikawa, and the largest sponsor of Ongseong Hospital. She considered Jang Tae-sang, who values money, a good friend, but she becomes an enemy of the changing Tae-sang as the story progresses. The role of Maeda Yukiko is played by actress Suhyun, who wonderfully digests the Kyoto dialect.

Myeong-ja (Actress Jiwoo)

Myeong-ja is a courtesan at Chunwolgwan and Ishikawa’s concubine. Myeong-ja, who is pregnant with Ishikawa’s child, is imprisoned in the underground dungeon of Ongseong Hospital one day by someone’s arrangement. The role of Myeong-ja is played by actress Jiwoo.

Ishikawa (Actor Kim Do-hyun)

Ishikawa is the police officer of Gyeongseong Police Office and the husband of Maeda Yukiko. One day, he threatens Jang Tae-sang to find the missing Myeong-ja. The role of Ishikawa is played by actor Kim Do-hyun, who played the role of the son-in-law in ‘Reborn Rich’.

Yoon Jung-won (Actor Jo Han-chul)

Yoon Jung-won is Yoon Chae-ok’s father, a character who has been looking for his wife with his daughter for 10 years. Upon hearing that the person who painted his wife’s picture is in Gyeongseong, he comes from Manchuria to Gyeongseong and continues to search for traces of his wife. The role of Yoon Jung-won is played by actor Jo Han-chul, who has shown noticeable acting in ‘Reborn Rich‘ and ‘Big Bet‘.

Simple Review

‘Gyeongseong Creature’ is set in Korea under Japanese colonial rule. Based on the fact that Japan conducted human experimentation, known as Maruta, the drama has been adapted and has received positive reviews for successfully bringing out the unique atmosphere of the time and the subject matter. However, many people find the overall story development and direction lacking.

Personally, I liked the attempt to direct a drama with a fresh subject like a monster based on historical facts. Although it may slightly reduce immersion, I think it was enough to arouse curiosity. I think if the story’s coherence, which was lacking in Season 1, is more solidly supplemented in Season 2, it could become an even more enjoyable drama.

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