“D.P. 2” Cast, from Jung Hae In to Son Suk Ku joined the press conference held ahead of the drama’s premiere.
On the morning of the 18th of July, the production presentation for the Netflix original series “D.P. 2” took place. Director Han Jun Hee, along with actors Jung Hae In, Koo Kyo Hwan, Kim Sung Kyun, Son Suk Ku, Ji Jin Hee, and Kim Ji Hyun attended the event.
The first season of ‘D.P.,’ released in August 2021, garnered praise for its fresh subject matter about arresting deserters and its outstanding performances by the actors, shining a light on violence and injustice within the military.
‘D.P.’ Season 2 continues to portray the story of Jun Ho and Ho Yeol from the Deserters Pursuit Team (D.P.), constantly clashing with the unchanged reality and absurdities.
Director Han Jun Hee explained why Season 2 starts with episode 7, saying, “Continuing directly from Season 1, we started with episode 7. Season 1 concluded with a major incident. Within that, I wanted to tell how the characters change.”
He further elaborated, “While writing the script with the writers, naturally, certain moments emerged as the center of the story. We wrote the script following the direction the work wanted to take. I kept thinking about why this series should exist. As we continue with this series, people may start to think about it. I believe that the act of contemplating is essential.”
Jung Hae In expressed his thoughts on Season 2, saying, “I wanted to continue with the same cast and staff because I really enjoyed working with them. It became a reality, and I will continue to think positively moving forward.”
Koo Kyo Hwan said, “I had a feeling that Season 2 would be produced after Season 1. It came back like the change of seasons. It feels like it has returned.” He then sang a snippet of the classic song ‘When Time Passes,’ bringing laughter.
Kim Sung Kyun said, “The director has a cautious and careful side. Even when Season 1 was released, he didn’t inflate things unnecessarily. When I received the news of Season 2 production while in the kitchen, I was happy.”
Son Suk Ku added, “I was calm when I received the news of Season 2. Of course, I was excited, but strangely, I remember feeling calm as I entered Season 2. In Season 2, I think there will be more sense of responsibility as an officer. (Director Han Jun Hee’s) directorial ability has grown tremendously. He is a genius director. When I go to the set with no particular thoughts, the director has already prepared everything. He even prepared multiple options, and above all, it’s fun.”
Ji Jin Hee said, “When I received the offer to appear, I felt happy and excited, but I thought, ‘I shouldn’t act like a pro.’ After that, I was a little worried. Since Season 1 received so much love, I wondered how I could immerse myself in the role.”
Listening to this, Kim Ji Hyun added, “I also felt the same as Ji Jin Hee sunbaenim (senior actor).”
Jung Hae In shared his expectations for the highlights of ‘D.P’ Season 2, saying, “Although it seems like there are many stories, Jun Ho continues to adapt to the military and collide with it since Season 1. He is a character who constantly questions the injustice and confronts it physically.”
‘D.P.’ Season 2 focuses more on the darker aspects of the higher-ups. Director Han Jun Hee explained, “Even during Season 1, we didn’t expect a specific response. We are asking questions, not providing answers. However, although it’s been two years, from the first episode of Season 1, the personal stories flow into bigger stories. Season 2 is not about a specific group; it is a sad story.”
After receiving acclaim in Season 1, what can be expected from Season 2? Jung Hae In said, “Season 2 contains not just personal PTSD but many stories, so there will be various thoughts depending on each person’s perspective. It may not be overly heavy but offers diverse things to watch, so I hope you enjoy it.”
He also mentioned the pressure following the success of the previous season, saying, “I felt the pressure. One of the most frequently discussed topics on set was ‘Let’s not get too excited, let’s just do what we’ve been doing.’ Trying to do better can be draining.”
On the other hand, Koo Kyo Hwan said, “Feeling pressure makes you stiff. For example, I approached the shooting relaxed and without burden, just like going to film ‘The Persimmon Tree of Love.’ I enjoyed eating, and the food was delicious. We also had humorous battles during filming, and Son Suk Ku stood out. He’s someone I can playfully push around; that’s Director Han Jun Hee’s style.”
‘D.P.’ Season 2 will be released on Netflix on the 28th.