Gyeongseong Creature - TV Series Review

Gyeongseong Creature - TV Series Review

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Posted 2024-03-23 by Mindo Koerberfollow
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Gyeongseong Creature is a 10-episode Korean drama that premiered on Netflix on December 22, 2023. Gyeongseong Creature brings Gyeongseong (the old name for Seoul) to life around the Japanese invasion in the 1940s.

A Japanese police commissioner, Ishikawa, had an affair with Joseon (Korean people), Meon-Ja also known as Akiko as her Japanese name. One day Meon-Ja disappears and to find his mistress, Ishikawa approaches Jang Tae-sang (played by Park Seo-joon), a master from a pawn shop called Golden Treasure. People said at that time that you have to go through Jang Tae-sang for anything in Bonjeong, either money, property or a person. Ishikawa has to threaten Tae-sang who at first reluctantly carries this job to find Akiko, Ishikawa’s pregnant mistress. Tae-sang in the end agrees to help Ishikawa before all the cherry blossom petals fall down otherwise, Ishikawa will seize Tae-sang's pawn business.

With the help of two sleuths, a man with his daughter, Yoon Chae-ok (played by Han So-hee), Tae-sang finds out that Meon-ja is held at the military hospital. Yoon Chae-ok and her father are in Bonjeong to find a painter who did a painting of her mother who disappeared 10 years ago. The painter is working at the military hospital. Tae-sang and Chae-ok agree to work together to go inside the military hospital which is also a Japanese military base to find Meon-ja and the painter.

Neither knows that the Japanese military uses the hospital as camouflage while doing their bio-experiment, using humans to find the greatest and strongest human for their military purposes. They captured Joseon people and used them to test their experiment. The military doctor found an ancient creature inside a glacier on a remote island and used this creature after mixing it with the anthrax virus to create another species of human that was fastest and strongest, just suited for their military weapon.

So far their experiment has failed, but when they inject the creature into a woman called Seishin, the experiment succeeds and this woman turns into a monster who can move fast and is very strong, the 'Gyeongseong Creature.' The only problem is the military hasn’t found a way to tame this creature and make the creature obey their instructions.

Tae-sang and Chae-ok have to face the Gyeongseong Creature when they come inside the military hospital. Later on, Tae-sang and Chae-ok realise that the Japanese military has turned Chae-ok’s mother into Gyeongseong Creature.

Gyeongseong Creature is one of the most expensive South Korean dramas with a whopping total production cost of $53 million. Besides big names, such as Han So-hee ( Nevertheless ) and Park Seo-joon (as Prince Yan in The Marvels), this drama used a lot of special effects to build up the suspense of Gyeongseong Creature as well as costumes and set that suit in 40s era. Directed by a young director, Chung Dong-yoon, Gyeongseong Creature is not only a portrayal of a horror monster but more about the lives of various people who lived through the Japanese colonial period.


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