Jejoongwon’s production press conference
Han Hye-jin, Yeon Jung-hoon
December 23 was production press conference day for SBS’s upcoming medical period drama, Jejoongwon. The cast came dressed in character in their 1880s attire.
In addition to leads Park Yong-woo, Yeon Jung-hoon, and Han Hye-jin, also featured are Sean Richard; a new actress with a famous name, Kim Tae-hee; and former Misuda (Chitchat With Beautiful Ladies) panelist Baillie Catherine Dewar, who hails from New Zealand.
Jejoongwon features a varied cast of characters, who come to the titular medical school at a time when modern medicine is in its incipient stages in Korea. Among them is Park Yong-woo, who plays a man who starts out as a butcher and is therefore treated poorly due to his status. When his mother falls ill, he can’t afford to pay for her medical treatment and loses her. He is on the verge of taking his own life, but surgery saves him. Afterward, he encounters all sorts of tribulations to realize his dream of becoming a doctor of modern medicine.
Park said, “Choosing a drama has a lot of similarities to dating. No matter how much I may like a project, if the production doesn’t think I’m good enough there’s nothing I can do. There are also times they might want me but I’m not interested, but my luck was good for this drama.”
Asked for a filming story, Yeon Jung-hoon explained, “Recently, we filmed a dissection on a real animal.” With an uncomfortable expression, he said ironically, “The smell was great, and seeing the insides…” PD Hong chimed in, “I don’t think he’ll be able to eat samgyubsal (pork) for a week.”
Yeon portrays a man of noble birth who dreams of being the country’s top doctor, but next to Park Yong-woo’s character, he ends up playing Salieri (as in, the competent but less-talented practitioner next to the genius).
Jejoongwon is written by White Tower‘s Lee Ki-won and directed by PD Hong Chang-wook of Scales of Providence and To Catch a Kangnam Mother. It is scheduled for 36 episodes and premieres on Monday, January 4.
Below are, in order of appearance: Han Hye-jin, Yeon Jung-hoon (looking sharp!), Park Yong-woo, Kim Tae-hee, Baillie Catherine Dewar, and Sean Richard.