Kingdom: Ashin Of The North – Jun Ji Hyun begged for fish from co-star Park Byung Eun on set

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Gianna Jun (Jun Ji Hyun, left) and co-star Park Byung Eun share a light hearted moment talking about fish in an interview for special episode Kingdom: Ashin of the North
Gianna Jun (Jun Ji Hyun, left) and co-star Park Byung Eun share a light hearted moment talking about fish in an interview for special episode Kingdom: Ashin Of The North.

Period zombie series Kingdom has returned to Netflix with a special 90-minute episode titled Ashin Of The North (read our review of the prequel movie here).

The first two seasons of the saguk zombie cross-over acquired immense viewership on Netflix, created a cult following by mixing things up with its setting in Joseon period Korea.

The cast of this special episode features actress Jun Ji Hyun or Gianna Jun, who rose to prominence from K-drama series like My Love From The Star (2013), alongside actor Park Byung Eun and popular writer Kim Eun Hee.

In a recent promotional press conference, they talked about what they liked about the special episode and what they thought viewers should look out for during the episode.

The conversation took a light-hearted turn with a question on how actors Jun Ji Hyun and Park Byung Eun felt about reuniting many years after both filming the movie Assassination (2015).

"I was very happy to see him, he’s (Park Byung Eun) definitely a better fisher now. He was boasting a lot previously but I never really got to taste what he caught. We all begged him to bring what he caught and we were indeed able to enjoy the results of his wonderful fishing skills," remarked Jun, to laughter from the rest of the panel.

Park expressed that although there was an initial awkwardness during their first meeting, he was excited about the chemistry that they would create in this Kingdom special episode.

The zombies in
A zombie in Kingdom.

After a pause, he also commented wryly about his confusion on whether to focus on his fishing or acting skills.

"I don’t know which to focus on more, my acting or fishing skills, but these people have driven me out to sea for more yellowtail and cuttlefish, which we were all very much able to enjoy in Jeju, which was the primary location for shooting the Kingdom special episode," said Park drily, to more stifled laughter from the rest.

Park and Jun also talked about the realness and stark contrast of seeing the zombie actors up close.

"I had already experienced working with the zombies or the undead during the second season. We would have these scenes late in the night in the forest, and I would be really startled when I spotted the zombie actors huddled underneath a tree having a meal together," said Park.

"Before we began to shoot the episode, one of the things that I was most excited about was to come face to face with the actors dressed as zombies. When I got there on the set, I realised how much trouble all of the actors were going through to present themselves as convincing zombies. I begged them for pictures as well so I was able to take pictures with them and brag about it to my friends and family," Jun said.

The special episode Kingdom: Ashin Of The North is currently streaming on Netflix.

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