Netflix's Gyeongseong Creature: High Budget, Low Impact

Netflix's latest Korean original, "Gyeongseong Creature," set in the turbulent era of 1945 Korea, has been a topic of intense debate and critique. Despite its impressive 70 billion won budget (approx. PHP 3 billion) and a star-studded ensemble including Park Seo-joon and Han So-hee, the series has not lived up to the high expectations it set.

Plot and Setting

The story revolves around Jang Tae-sang (played by Park Seo-joon), a wealthy opportunist thriving in Gyeongseong (now Seoul), who is faced with trials that challenge his survival-driven ethos. The narrative intertwines his life with Yoon Chae-ok (Han So-hee), a tracker with a personal mission, against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation.

Criticism and Controversy

The series has been criticized for its slow pacing, underdeveloped storyline, and failure to effectively meld its historical, romantic, and horror elements. Additionally, its portrayal of sensitive historical events has sparked controversies, especially among Japanese viewers, leading to a polarized reception.

Despite the participation of acclaimed director Jung Dong-yoon and writer Kang Eun-kyung, the series has been labeled as lacking in narrative depth and distinctiveness. The CG quality and inconsistent use of language have also been points of contention, diluting the impact of the series.


Viewer Reception

The audience's response to "Gyeongseong Creature" has been mixed. While some appreciate the attempt to explore a critical historical period through a fantastical lens, others feel the execution falls short of the series' potential.

Part 2 of "Gyeongseong Creature" is scheduled for release on January 5, 2024. It remains to be seen if the upcoming episodes will address the criticisms and fulfill the expectations set by its initial premise.

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