In an exclusive interview with OSEN on January 11, Hallyu star Park Seo Joon opened up about the mixed reactions surrounding his recent K-Drama sensation, Gyeongseong Creature. Despite international acclaim, the show faced criticism for its perceived lack of chemistry and alleged insult to Korea’s independence fighters.
Park Seo Joon, unfazed by the discourse, expressed his positive disposition, acknowledging the inevitability of mixed reactions in the entertainment industry. He highlighted the attention the project received, emphasizing the diverse perspectives of disappointed and satisfied fans.
A significant point of contention was the show's nuanced portrayal of good and evil, deviating from the conventional depiction of Japanese occupiers as solely antagonistic and Korean independence fighters as unwaveringly virtuous. Some viewers criticized the portrayal of independence fighters as traitors, deeming it insulting.
Addressing these allegations, Park Seo Joon defended the drama, offering deeper insight into his character, Jang Tae Sang. He clarified that while Tae Sang may outwardly claim disinterest in the independence movement, his actions and underlying motives speak otherwise. Tae Sang's commitment to protecting the people of Bon Jeong Street, despite initial reluctance, demonstrated a complex character arc.
Park Seo Joon refuted any intent to demean independence fighters during filming, emphasizing that the drama, rather than insulting, pays homage to their significant role in Korean history. He highlighted the multifaceted nature of his character, portraying a dynamic journey that, in his words, "always came through for them in the end."
The actor concluded by expressing gratitude to the independence fighters, acknowledging their impact on his life, and asserting that the drama is a tribute to their enduring legacy. As controversies continue to swirl, Park Seo Joon's thoughtful insights shed light on the intricacies of Gyeongseong Creature, urging audiences to appreciate the layered narrative beyond surface-level critiques.