[HanCinema's News] Jo Han-chul Appears in "Kingdom - Season 2"
By William Schwartz | Published on
The release of "Kingdom - Season 2" on Netflix has once again put the Joseon-era zombie mystery thriller into the spotlight. Though a direct continuation of "Kingdom", the newest iteration of the drama does have some new twists and characters. Among them is Jo Han-chul, who plays Won-yoo, a distant relative of the crown prince main character played by Ju Ji-hoon.
Many viewers had difficulty identifying who this character was played by, owing to his heavy makeup. However, Jo Han-chul does have a distinctive voice. He has played several dozen roles in South Korean films and dramas over the years. Though most are minor credits, such as his ongoing appearance in the drama "Nobody Knows" and the currently screening movie "An Honest Candidate", he had a significant role in "Romang", where he played the son of two parents who are suffering from dementia.
"Kingdom - Season 2" is a rarity for the actor, though, as his last credited role in a historical setting was "The Treacherous" back in 2015. Jo Han-chul himself, speaking through his agency, Noon Company, stated that he was first intrigued by "Kingdom - Season 2" for its use of a Korean setting in service of a Western genre. Jo Han-chul also expressed strong interest in the script's themes of hunger. Jo Han-chul called the project amazing and expressed a desire to send more applause to the cast and crew.
"Kingdom - Season 2" was released on March 13th via Netflix. Hype has already started building for "Kingdom: Ashin of the North", in part because a major role has been teased for major actress Jun Ji-hyun.
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"Kingdom - Season 2" is directed by Kim Seong-hun, Park In-je, written by Kim Eun-hee-I, and features Ju Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Doona, Kim Sang-ho, Kim Sung-gyu, Jun Suk-ho. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/03/13~Now airing, Fri on Netflix.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.