Jirisan, the iQiyi original drama starring South Korea’s highest-paid celebrity, Jun Ji-hyun is finally gracing our screens this October 2021. The newest K-drama is one of the most anticipated this year especially as Jun makes her small-screen comeback after five years.
Riding on the wave of successful iQiyi original such as Yumi’s Cells and My Roommate is a Gumiho, Jirisan is surely here to bring the same level of production and appeal. Here, we list down some facts about the show and why you shouldn’t miss it.
1. The return of Jun Ji-hyun
Jun Ji-hyun, one of Asia’s most recognisable actresses is making her return to the small screen for Jirisan. While Jun briefly appeared in the Netflix special episode, Kingdom: Ashin of the North, Jirisan marks her full-fledged comeback since 2016’s Legend of the Blue Sea opposite Lee Min-ho.
While taking on a role with action sequences isn’t new to Jun, she’s well-known for her goddess-like image. For Jirisan, Jun takes on a new challenge and sheds off her elegant image in her 24-year-long career. She will showcase a new side and skill in the K-drama. “Actually, I didn’t accept the role because I wished to play a strong woman as women today are already stronger in character. I never thought I would play a park ranger, to me, this is a brand new experience,” she reveals during the drama’s press conference.
She said that the filming process wasn’t as hard as she would’ve thought. “I didn’t feel exceptionally tired or cold, I was very happy throughout the filming process. As I prepared well in mountaineering gear, there were not many difficulties.”
The production team also shared that first and only actress that they wanted for the role was Jun Ji-hyun.