K-dramas are known for factoring in fantastical elements in their stories. ‘A Korean Odyssey’ is one such show, and the myths and legends embedded in its plot have garnered huge popularity worldwide. It is a modern take on the Chinese classic novel, ‘Journey to the West’. The series is created by Hong sisters, who have previously written popular shows like ‘Master’s Sun’, ‘My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox’ and ‘The Greatest Love’. The series is directed by Park Hong-kyun, Kim Jung-hyun and Kim Byung-soo; Lee Jin-suk serves as executive producer.
A Korean Odyssey Cast: Who’s in It?
Lee Seung-gi plays the role of Son Oh-gong, the Monkey King who wants to become immortal. He is known for his work in films and TV shows such as ‘Brilliant Legacy’, ‘You’re All Surrounded’, ‘The King 2 Hearts’, ‘Gu Family Book’, ‘Love Forecast’, ‘Vagabond’ and ‘The Princess and the Matchmaker’.
Cha Seung-won portrays the character of Woo Hwi-Chul, a man with his own agenda for acquiring the powers of a deity. His long list of acting credits includes names like ‘Kick the Moon’, ‘My Son’, ‘City Hall’, ‘Blood Rain’, ‘Jail Breakers’, ‘The Greatest Love’, ‘My Teacher, Mr Kim’, ‘Ghost House’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Hwayugi’. Oh Yeon-seo plays the role of Jin Seon-mi, the girl who gets caught up in the world of spirits, demons and other powerful creatures. She has worked in films and TV shows like ‘My Husband Got a Family’, ‘My Sassy Girl’, ‘Please Come Back, Mister’, ‘Shine or Go Crazy’, ‘Cheese in the Trap’, ‘The Great Merchant’ and ‘Jang Bo-ri is Here!’.
Lee Hong-gi stars as P.K, a demon who seduces women and then kills them. He has appeared in films and TV shows like ‘Bride of the Century’, ‘You’re Beautiful’, ‘Modern Farmer’, ‘My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox’ and ‘How to Steal a Dog’. Jang Gwang plays the role of Yoon Dae-sik. His acting credits include titles like ‘The Villagers’, ‘Will You Be There?’, ‘Minority Opinion’, ‘Confession of Murder’, ‘Bad Thief, Good Thief’, ‘Love in the Moonlight’ and ‘Queen of Mystery’.
Lee Se-young plays the role of Jung Se-ra, a spirit living in the body of a rotting zombie. She has appeared in films and TV shows like ‘The Crowned Clown’, ‘The Vampire Detective’, ‘Dream of the Emperor’, ‘Sisters of the Sea’ and ‘Lovely Rivals’. Lee El stars as Ma Ji-young, another demon who works for Hwi-Chul. She has worked in movies and TV shows like ‘Inside Men’, ‘What a Man Wants’, ‘The Yellow Sea’, ‘Man on High Heels’, ‘Wild Romance’ and ‘Matrimonial Chaos’.
Song Jong-ho portrays Kang Dae-sung, a popular politician. He has worked in films and TV shows like ‘The Grand Heist’, ‘All About My Mom’, ‘The Girl Who Sees Smells’, ‘Dr Frost’, ‘The Fugitive of Joseon’, ‘The Princess Man’ and ‘Thousand Years of Love’. Kim Sung-oh plays the role of Lee Han-joo, Seon-mi’s employee. His acting credits include ‘Secret Garden’, ‘The Man from Nowhere’, ‘The Royal Gambler’, ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity’, ‘My PS Partner’ and ‘Tough as Iron’.
Sung Hyuk is cast in the role of Fairy Ha/ General Dong, a body inhabited by the spirit of a man and a woman. He has worked in movies and TV shows like ‘Jang Bo-ri is Here!’, ‘You Are the Only One’, ‘Operation Chromite’ and ‘Bride of the Century’. Sung Ji-ru plays the role of Soo Bo-ri, a deity who helps Woo Ma-wang. He is known for his work in ‘Public Enemy’, ‘My Teacher, Mr Kim’, ‘Memories of Murder’, ‘No Mercy’, ‘Fists of Legend’, ‘Time Between Dog and Wolf’, and ‘Ms. Ma, Nemesis’.
A Korean Odyssey Plot: What’s It About?
‘A Korean Odyssey’ follows the story of a girl named Seon-mi. She has the power to see ghosts, but it is more of a curse than a boon. The constant presence of spirits around her doesn’t allow her to have a normal life. Due to this, she has difficulty making friends and even her family members try to keep as much distance as possible from her. Her grandmother is the only one who understands her situation and, in order to help her, gives her a yellow umbrella that is enchanted with protection spells. This doesn’t allow any spirits to come too close to her.
While walking home from school one day, she is approached by a mysterious man who asks for her help. Knowing about her powers, he tells her to go into a house and retrieve an item for him. There are a few things she needs to keep in mind though. It is a magical house, so the yellow umbrella should be with her at all times. And no matter what happens, she shouldn’t pay attention to anyone she sees there. Seon-mi agrees to this and she almost makes it out without any trouble. But then, Son Oh-Gong, the Monkey King who has been imprisoned inside the house, lures her into a deal. If she releases him, he will never let any harm fall on her and all she’d need to conjure him is to call out his name. As soon as she frees him, he plays the trick by which she forgets his name.
The story picks up years later when Seon-mi has become the CEO of a real estate agency that deals with haunted houses. Meanwhile, Son Oh-Gong realises that the only way he can become immortal is if Seon-mi dies. But his promise to protect her at all costs presents a challenge.
A Korean Odyssey Season 2 Release Date: When Will It Premiere?
‘A Korean Odyssey’ season 1 premiered on December 23, 2017. The show gained huge popularity and was one of the most watched TV shows of its time. Its stature further increased after Netflix received the rights for international broadcast.
As far as the next season goes, we don’t have an official announcement yet. Though considering the popularity of the show, we would be surprised if it doesn’t get another season. Our best guess is that if the show does get renewed, ‘A Korean Odyssey’ season 2 can release sometime in 2020. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
A Korean Odyssey Trailer:
While we wait for an update on ‘A Korean Odyssey’ season 2, check out the season 1 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet, head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.
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