Did we ever mention that Park Seo Jun seems to have a Midas touch of sorts? It is impossible to name a single unsuccessful venture of his. As for Han So Hee, the actress has only gone from strength to strength. It is our faith in their ability to pick a good script that has us interested in Gyeongseong Creature. The first part of the series will be released on December 22nd, 2023, and the second part will come on January 5th, 2024. Before its release, Netflix’s promotions for the show are decent and basic, but considering what they have on hand, the streaming platform should be doing a lot more. We do enjoy the ‘truth and dare’ games of Korean actors and a look into the makeup secrets or set design ideas that go into the construction of the show. (That was not sarcasm.) But more than anything, we are interested in watching the ‘behind the scenes’ footage of the series. Knowing how the actors trained for their parts and the way they understand their characters is interesting. We still remember how enjoyable the BTS of Song of the Bandits was.
Coming to a different point, it is questionable whether Park Seo Jun has something to prove or not after his stint at Marvel. His character was extremely hyped about but was also subject to subsequent trolling when people saw that it was a blink-and-miss role. However, Park Seo Jun’s stardom cannot be questioned, since the limited role was the basis for a huge chunk of the marketing of the film. Meanwhile, Han So Hee has also found a new fanbase after her appearance in Jungkook’s music video. She had already become a household name with her character in My Name, so we know that the screen will be overflowing with star power.
Cast and characters
Park Seo Jun and Han So Hee have dominated the trailers and teasers, so everything we know about Gyeongseong Creature comes from what we know about their characters. We also caught a glimpse of Wi Ha Joon, and he looks very stoic, so maybe he is playing a sober role for a change.
Park Seo Jun plays Jang Tae Sang, and he is a self-made man in Gyeongseong. He also has the reputation of being a jack of all trades, which is how he seems to have made his money. It is also this very reputation that is about to take everything away from him.
Park Seo Jun is threatened by a police officer that unless he finds a girl before the cherry blossoms fall (before spring arrives), all his wealth will be seized. There is a constant mention of some ‘House of Golden Treasure’, and it must be a landmark of the city. Our guess is that this is why there is so much distaste for Tae Sang from the officers: he is some sort of ‘new rich’ person who is flashing the money he has made by undermining law enforcement authorities.
Next is Han So Hee, who plays Yoon Chae Ok, a detective who tracks down missing people. Maybe Tae Sang hires her services, or maybe someone else interested in the missing girl has put Chae Ok on the job. Either way, Chae Ok and Tae Sang join hands, and a romance develops for sure. It makes sense that Mr. Omniscient (Tae Sang’s nickname) and a detective come together. Tae Sang mentions that Chae Ok gets on his nerves, and we know what it means when a man in a K-drama says that.
Another character that we know about is Lady Maeda, played by Kim Soo Hyun (Claudia Kim). Her husband is Ishikawa, and her father is General Maeda. Yukiko Maeda effectively controls the Gyeongseong area, so whatever the mystery is, she probably knows a fair bit about it.
There is also supposed to be a child called Beom O, who is a thief, and Tae Sang probably takes care of him. Kim Hae Sook plays Na Wol Daek, the Alfred in Tae Sang’s Batman. Wi Ha Joon is Kwon Jun Taek, and he is Tae Sang’s friend and a soldier, so he might be the key to revealing why the officers enlisted Tae Sang’s help in tracking down the girl.
What can we expect from the series?
The cast has repeatedly said that this is a story of ‘youth’ and the lives of people in a different time. We are assuming that it is a cryptic statement that hints at the criminal discrimination that arises due to class differences. The reason we say that is because of the central mystery, which is the patients that disappear without a trace from Ongseong Hospital. When Chae Ok tells Tae Sang about it, he is surprised, which means that this is all happening under wraps and that it is only possible if the people disappearing are not prominent members of society. These are the disappearing young people (probably), and perhaps the missing woman was an accidental victim, which has brought attention to the hospital. There is an evil-looking doctor who may have also been the person who created the creature. He is most likely working with some powerful forces in the government to have been able to do that. If the government is involved, that further explains why this is called a story of the youth, because they are the ones considered the caretakers and guiding forces of young people.
Gyeongseong Creature‘s story has also been associated with destiny and karma, so maybe the creature was born due to some unspeakable crime. This would give an emotional angle to the story and the way they deal with the creature. Perhaps they find that they can communicate with it and ask the creature to show forgiveness or move on to the afterlife. But if the heap of bones shown in the trailer are any indication, killing the creature is the only way out. We must consider whether the missing woman is the one who turned into the creature. Or she may be the one being held captive by the creature or hiding in its lair for survival. There are a number of ways in which this could go, but we are guaranteed to have a good time.