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Jun Ji Hyun Is Alone In The Cold And Desolate North In “Kingdom: Ashin Of The North”

Jun Ji Hyun Is Alone In The Cold And Desolate North In “Kingdom: Ashin Of The North”

Jul 13, 2021
by S. Nam
 

Netflix released new stills of “Kingdom: Ashin of the North”!

An extension of “Kingdom” Season 2, “Kingdom: Ashin of the North” is a special episode dedicated to Jun Ji Hyun’s character Ashin, whom Lee Chang’s (Joo Ji Hoon‘s) party encountered on their journey north at the end of the season.

The first two seasons of “Kingdom” depicted the quiet and elegant beauty of Joseon, while the upcoming special episode will head to the frigid North in order to find the origin of the plague.

The newly released stills picture the vast and desolate northern region, which completely contrasts with the sceneries from Seasons 1 and 2. The inevitable reason why “Kingdom: Ashin of the North” takes place in the North is because of writer Kim Eun Hee’s decision to make the resurrection plant thrive in the cold temperature.

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Director Kim Sung Hoon, who spectacularly portrayed the contrast between the majestic and beautiful Joseon scenery and the zombies who were after blood and flesh, shared, “I was able to capture another world’s beauty that I couldn’t show in ‘Kingdom.'”

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“Kingdom: Ashin of the North” takes place in the border where the people of Joseon and the Seongjeoyain people live together. Therefore, the production team had to find a location that balanced the exotic and foreign culture of the North as well as the familiar living patterns of Joseon.

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The bleak and lonely scenery of the North, such as the expansive land, the deep and dark coniferous forests, and the dazzlingly white snowy landscape, represents Ashin’s emotions. In particular, the still of Ashin standing alone in the vast landscape as the night turns dark blue conveys her sorrow of being the only one left alive after losing her family and home from a sudden attack.

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Director Kim Sung Hoon shared, “The color tones from the expansive North and the enormous coniferous forest will deliver a different type of energy.”

“Kingdom: Ashin of the North” will be released on July 23. Check out a teaser for the upcoming special here!

 

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The long-awaited 'Kingdom: Ashinjeon' D-7.. A point of view to dive deeper

 

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'Kingdom', which surprised the world with a fresh meeting of Korean background and Western material, returns with a special episode of 92 minutes. 'Kingdom: Asin' is a special episode of the 'Kingdom' series that tells the story of Saengsacho and Asin, the beginning of the great tragedy that covered Joseon. The world is shaking with anticipation at the news that the secrets and origins of Asin's identity and the resurrection plant, which appeared at the end of 'Kingdom' Season 2 that gave rise to countless questions, will be revealed. Established for military purposes, but living in the area of the dead army, where access has been prohibited for over 100 years, Asin, a holy nightmare who has been living with disdain and contempt, accidentally finds the resurrection plant and gets caught up in a vortex of fate. The question is growing day by day about what kind of story is hidden between her and Sacho. Director Kim Seong-hoon expressed confidence, saying, "The beauty of another world that was not covered in seasons 1 and 2, and the deeper pain and fun of the genre coexists." . 

 

Writer Kim Eun-hee  and director Kim Seong-hoon, who created and visualized the world of 'Kingdom', are working together for the third time with 'Kingdom: Asin'. Writer Kim Eun-hee, who talked about 'hunger' and 'blood' in the previous seasons, releases 'han (恨)' in 'Kingdom: Ashinjeon'. Asin, who lives on the edge of the northernmost border of Joseon, does not belong to any other place, and the hardships and sorrows he had to go through become a relief and stimulate curiosity about what kind of connection he will have with the life and death work that invaded Joseon. Director Kim Seong-hoon said, "I read the synopsis and monitored that it was the most complete article the author had written." Director Kim Seong-hoon also said, "It can be said that the theme of 'Kingdom: Ashinjeon' is one for all, all for one. Director Kim Seong-hoon, who understands 'Kingdom' better than anyone else, said, "I know very well what the purpose of this scene is now because you've read my script a lot." The story itself was a big attraction,” he explained why he decided to direct again. Writer Kim Eun-hee and director Kim Seong-hoon, who are accustomed to each other's work to the extent that "there is no need for a long story", and the "trust and watch" production team who led the syndrome of the 'Kingdom' series will meet again with the world's eyes and ears are turned.

 

'Kingdom: Ashinjeon ' expands the narrative of 'Kingdom' more abundantly with the appearance of a large number of new characters. Jeon Ji-hyeon, who surprised everyone by appearing briefly at the end of season 2 unexpectedly, returned as A-shin, a mysterious figure who kept the secret of life and death that drove Joseon into a tragedy, and shows charismatic acting. Writer Kim Eun-hee expressed satisfaction with her performance, saying, "She's melancholic, but I also wanted her to look strong and dangerous at the same time. Jun Ji-hyun is an actress who can express the inner side of Asin."

 

In Season 2 of 'Kingdom', Park Byeong-eun, who fought with the Crown Prince Lee Chang in the palace as Min Chi-rok as Captain Eo-yeong, returns as a military officer guarding the northern border and unravels the entangled story of Asin. Kim Si-a, who has a strong acting ability, is a young Asin who finds life and death, and plans to build up the emotional lines of sorrow and pain that Asin is decomposed as a stranger. Armed with skill, Kim Roe-ha radiates a heavy presence as Tahab, the father of Asin, who takes care of the entire village and plays the role of a secret agent in Joseon. Gu Gyo-hwa, who will show a unique character, is Aida-gan, the head of the pajeo-wi, who threatens the northern border of Joseon, and infuses tension in the play. Interest is increasing in the special episode of 'Kingdom', where colorful characters will gather and build more firmly.

 

The special episode 'Kingdom: Ashinjeon' of 'Kingdom', which is giving viewers a burning thirst all over the world, will be released only on Netflix on July 23rd.
 

 

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[Behind the Scenes]

The beginning of everything | Kingdom: Ashin of the North Featurette [ENG SUB]

 

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From the beauty of the North like you’ve never seen before to the pivotal character of Ashin, go back to where it all began in KINGDOM: ASHIN OF THE NORTH. Hear from director Kim Sung-hoon and writer Kim Eun-hee as they create another dimension to the world of KINGDOM and their casting choices that brought each character to life. Coming to Netflix July 23.

 

 

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On July 20, the production presentation of the Netflix original drama 'Kingdom: Ashin of the North' was held. Actors Jun Ji-hyun, Park Byeong-eun, Kim Si-ah, Kim Roe-ha, Koo Gwan-hwa, director Kim Seong-hoon, and writer Kim Eun-hee attended the event. ✔️TongTong Culture is a Korean pop culture channel of Yonhap News Agency. 'Tongtong Culture', a popular culture channel created by Yonhap News (press release/appearance inquiry: syipd@yna.co.kr)

 

 

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Online presscon snippets

 

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  • Director Kim Sung-Hoon said familiarity with the cast and the writer's treatment made him decide to helm the special episode. He added that there won't be any director who'd turn this down. 
  • Writer Kim Eun-Hee said that special episode revolving Ashin would make it 'audience-friendly' instead of immediately introducing the character in Season 3 
  • Lead star Gianna Jun enjoyed portraying the character's anguish 
  • Park Byung-eun: The special episode will focus on relationships - his character and Gianna's character - Ashin, and their connections with the Resurrection Plant .People would see why his character from the previous seasons of #Kingdom is good at archery. When we were both working at 'Assassination', Gianna and I were not close. But now, people should look forward to our chemistry on-screen because we've gotten comfortable with each other.  I don't know now where we should be focusing more - my acting or my fishing skills because these guys brought up my fishing skills. 
  • Gianna Jun: I wasn't scared of the zombies on set. I was actually impressed how they all prepared for their horrifying looks. 
  • actor Park Byung-eun: In Season 2, we would be shooting at night and sometimes I was startled to see costumed zombies eating and amused when they were talking on their cellphones with fake blood and full zombie make-up Two people at a press conference
  • writer Kim Eun-Hee: My fave scene is at the end of the special episode because I was excited to see it come to life. Why I'm drawn to the story of #Kingdom? It's because I wrote it. 
  • director Kim Sung-Hoon: My favorite scene is the last scene where the whole episode is running towards. What I like about #Kingdom is the Korean concept of sadness 
  • actor Park Byung-eun's fave scene: That which involved Young Ashin 
  • lead star Gianna Jun: Ashin knows the secret of the Resurrection Plant. As a fan myself, I got chills watching the Kingdom series. For me, Kingdom is a series that does not depend on one actor alone. It's truly an honor what Kingdom brought to the world. 
  • writer Kim Eun-Hee: I would be lying that there's no pressure. But it would be impossible for something that you bring to the world, that everyone would love it. I really hope they enjoy the ep expanding on the northern lands. 
  •  director Kim Sung-Hoon: Not pressure, but excitement. Because we know a lot of people watch it globally, we improved the production and the story. 
  •  actor Park Byung-eun: Rather than be nervous and be daunted by the pressure, we focused on the performance. 
  • Gianna Jun: There was a feeling of pressure from me. But I deliver better under pressure. Kingdom is already a great show before I joined so I focused on my performance as Ashin. I hope fans worldwide will look forward to watching the special episode and that the #Kingdom Syndrome would be greater after they watched Ashin of the North 
  •  Park Byung-eun: Now that we're with international media through this presscon, I feel that we are really an international community. But in real life, we are in a pandemic so I hope in the series, we would also find a vaccine for resurrection plant 
  • writer Kim Eun-Hee: I thank everyone for your love and support for Season 1 and Season 2. Let's focus on hope. Stay healthy!

 

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Jun Ji-Hyun's On Being Part Of 'Kingdom: Ashin Of The North': It's Truly An Honour

Jun Ji-Hyun, who will appear in 'Ashin of the North', revealed that she enjoys the popular zombie-thriller series 'Kingdom'.

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Jun Ji-Hyun also known as Gianna Jun by her non-Korean fans is popular among the K-Drama community around the world. Well known for her parts in the hit K-dramas 'My Love from the Star' and 'Legend of the Blue Sea' is also a part of Netflix’s upcoming 'Kingdom: Ashin of the North'.

She says it was an honour to feature in the upcoming series which is a prequel to the hit Netflix series “Kingdom,” which is currently in its second season. It's a special episode dedicated to Jun Ji Hyun's character Ashin, who appeared briefly towards the end of the second season.

Jun, who portrays the eponymous warrior in the special episode, claimed she was prepared "in terms of the character's body or stamina" before taking on the role of Ashin. The challenge, however, was to interpret her motivations.

"I tried to focus mostly on how to interpret the personal anguish and hurt, which we in Korean refer to as 'Han' and how to interpret that emotion into wanting to avenge for the whole land of Joseon," she said in a global press conference from Seoul.

The official logline for the 92-minute series, which is set to premiere on Netflix this Friday. 

Adapted from the webcomic series 'The Kingdom of the Gods', which was authored by Kim Eun-hee and drawn by Yang Kyung-il, the original drama is a fictional show set in the medieval Korean dynastic kingdom of Joseon. It masterfully uses the zombie pandemic as a storytelling device to explore the universal themes of politics, power dynamics, and corruption.

The actor said she was not scared of the actors dressed as zombies and was keen to meet them face to face.

"When I got there on the set, I realised just how much trouble all of the actors were going through in order to present themselves as convincing zombies. And I don't know if I can say this, but I begged them for pictures as well. So I was able to take pictures with zombie actors and really brag about it to my friends and family," she said.

Jun said she loves 'Kingdom', an internationally popular series from South Korea, as it does not depend on star power but on "an immaculate script, amazing direction, and fascinating art".

"'Kingdom' can be referred to as a total or comprehensive art in its own form. And it's truly an honour and it brings me great joy to think that something like 'Kingdom' was created in Korea and is brought to the entire world," she added.

As someone who came to the beloved series at a later date, Jun said there was a lot of "positive pressure" while working on the show.

"I didn't want to make it look like I was just kind of joining and enjoying the ride that was propelled by what was already a great show before I joined. I really tried to focus more on bringing everything I had into the series."

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Jun Ji Hyun Talks About Filming Action Scenes For “Kingdom: Ashin Of The North” + Why She Chose To Appear In The Series

Jul 21, 2021
by C. Hong
 

On July 20, Netflix’s upcoming “Kingdom: Ashin of the North” held an online press conference with director Kim Sung Hoon, writer Kim Eun Hee, and cast members Jun Ji Hyun, Park Byung Eun, Kim Si Ah, Kim Roe Ha, and Goo Gyo Hwan.

“Kingdom: Ashin of the North” is an extension of the second season of the hit Netflix series “Kingdom.” It is a special episode dedicated to Ashin, a character played by Jun Ji Hyun who was briefly seen at the end of the second season. The first two seasons of the zombie series were set in the kingdom of Joseon, but the special episode is set in the frigid northern regions to find the origins of the plague.

Screenwriter Kim Eun Hee said, “I started by thinking about where the resurrection plant came from. I hoped to satiate people’s curiosity about who Ashin was and what had happened up in the northern regions. I thought a lot about the resurrection plant and I investigated a lot of material. The plant has very cold properties, so I became interested in the northern regions, and what would happen if the plant bloomed in a place like that.”

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Kim Si Ah plays the younger version of Ashin, while Jun Ji Hyun plays the older version. Park Byung Eun plays Min Chi Rok, a military commander who works with Crown Prince Lee Chang (Joo Ji Hoon) to protect the palace against the zombies. Kim Roe Ha plays Ashin’s father, Tahab, while Goo Gyo Hwan plays Aida Khan, the head of the Pajeowi Tribe, a group of warriors who are threatening the northern border of Joseon.

Jun Ji Hyun said, “After I appeared at the end of season 2, I got a lot of questions like, ‘Why were you there?’ When I read the script for ‘Ashin of the North,’ I thought that the world of ‘Kingdom’ could undergo infinite expansion. I was really excited to be the start of that.”

She continued, “Ashin lives on the border and doesn’t belong to any particular side. She lost someone she loved due to an incident. She has experienced persecution and contempt from other people. I was a huge fan of ‘Kingdom’ and writer Kim Eun Hee. I met her at a private event and told her that I was such a fan that I’d love to appear as a zombie or in a small role. She gave me such a big role instead that it’s an honor. I didn’t hesitate when I got the offer because of Kim Eun Hee. I could’ve felt hesitation because it was a zombie genre show, but I think that ‘Kingdom’ itself is its own genre.”

About filming action scenes like archery, she said, “I’m pretty fit in general, I exercise every day, so I was already ready for the challenge. Archery was the most important part of ‘Ashin of the North.’ I practiced with a bow and arrow, but Ashin doesn’t actually have that many action scenes. She gets rid of zombies with a single arrow. So there weren’t as many action scenes as you’d think. It helped me that I had the basic fitness for the role. Other than that, I learned archery, but it wasn’t that difficult.”

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About Kim Si Ah, who plays her younger counterpart, Jun Ji Hyun said warmly, “She’s so cute and pretty that I can’t say if she resembles me or not, but she’s a growing rookie actress. After I read the script, I hadn’t yet heard that there would be a child actor, so I was really worried about whether I could pull off Ashin’s entire life story. I couldn’t even imagine portraying some of the emotions that Ashin goes through. But when I saw a young actress like Kim Si Ah pull it off, I was shocked, and took courage from her. I will cheer her on in future.”

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“Kingdom: Ashin of the North” premieres on July 23.

 

 

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More about director Kang Yoon Sung 

 

He directed the 2017 film ' The Outlaw' that earned him the Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Director . 

 

Other works :

 

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The Roundup | BumJoedoshi 2 (2020)
Long Live The King (2019)
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Last Concert | Shin Joong-Hyunui Laseuteu Konseoteu (2007)
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Its outttttt :pandapopcorn: @movingwheel @bluepebbles :wow2:

 

but I kinda forgot the details on Kingdom universe before (S1 & 2) within all the random incidents of my rl 🥲 so chingus pls help tell me if there are lot revelation. I might need to binge watch before I come for Ashin, no I think I MUST! I will catch up soon

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@mademoiselle they created completely separate icon for this special episode. This has not continued as season 3 of JJH and Bae Doona Version. Normally we find the seasons under one drama header , right??? but here they have created separate thread kinda thing. hope this makes sense... 

 

@bairama i did not forget anything of Kingdom specially when I heard Jun Ji Hyun will be there. Two months before , I specifically watched the whole series once again. 

 

Jun Ji Hyun acting is to the point. it was pathetic and painful to see how she was separated from her family. In the end , she has to kill her father. watch it Guys.

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@movingwheel I remember the earlier news said Ashin is a prequel. I just didn't realise it's a one episode prequel only. Hahaha. Good good. Next they are going to do Crown Prince, which is also a branch out of the JJH and Doona version. I kinda just wish they continue on with S3 because Kim Kang Hoon (the new infected King) is growing up fast (voice changing) as we speak!

 

I will watch it over the weekend. Feeling sleepy already so I don't want to start a drama tonight.

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Just finished watching it and damn, Ashin, you savage girl. I like your style  :laugh: 

 

Haha, I enjoy anti-hero origin stories and she's definitely an anti-heroine in this case. A smart one who holds deep grudges and can trust no one around her. I was surprised that Jun Ji-Hyun was only really in half the film - her young counterpart held up pretty well! :heart: I also enjoy the trope of the crazed person who keeps their family members alive as zombies - Happens in almost every zombie series :lettalKWA:  Against the original storyline, I wonder if she will be the crown prince's enemy, since he is a relative of the royal family, but also not aligned with them? :thinking:

 

One of the main things I like about the Kingdom series is even though there are a lot of parties and factions involved, it's quite easy to follow along with what's happening in my opinion. Even when I started this episode, I wasn't fully aware of which clan was which, but it's definitely not hard to understand what happened when you get to the bit where she finds her father. That bit was so so so so sad - years of torture and he must have been in so much pain to beg for death 

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Haha, don't know if cultivating a zombie farm was the best idea, but also don't blame Ashin for setting them upon the people who used her father as a scapegoat. What evil people after Ashin's father showed so much loyalty and trust in them.

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What I don't understand though was why weren't the people bitten by the tiger transformed? I thought that was going to be the origin of the zombies. They were mauled by something infected, but it didn't indicate that the zombies started then...was it because they were animals and the infection must be transmitted via infected human bite? :thinking:

 

On 7/23/2021 at 9:46 PM, movingwheel said:

Jun Ji Hyun acting is to the point. it was pathetic and painful to see how she was separated from her family. In the end , she has to kill her father. watch it Guys.

 

She's definitely good at doing cold and savage. Got chills when she got back at the evil soldiers and shots them down one by one while they fought! :heiboi:

 

But with that said I was so sad for the scene with her father. It was well done! :letalQQ:

 

On 7/23/2021 at 11:26 PM, mademoiselle said:

 I kinda just wish they continue on with S3 because Kim Kang Hoon (the new infected King) is growing up fast (voice changing) as we speak

 

Whaaaaat? Already??? :lettalKWA:

 

 

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On 7/23/2021 at 11:26 PM, mademoiselle said:

@movingwheel I remember the earlier news said Ashin is a prequel. I just didn't realise it's a one episode prequel only. Hahaha. Good good. Next they are going to do Crown Prince, which is also a branch out of the JJH and Doona version. I kinda just wish they continue on with S3 because Kim Kang Hoon (the new infected King) is growing up fast (voice changing) as we speak!

 

Looks like there could be a wait due to trying to co-ordinate actors :letalQQ::letalQQ::letalQQ:

 

The problems of trying to multi-season an all star cast since K-dramas are often only 1-2 seasons

 

 

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