“Arthdal Chronicles” is one of the most anticipated kdramas of 2019 and also one of the most expensive ones. The drama cost around 54 billion won to make.
It also marks the comeback of Hallyu actor Song Joong Ki for the first time in three years since the immense success of “Descendants Of The Sun.”
But who is the cast behind this huge production and are there any interesting facts about them?
Today, we shall take a look at the cast of “Arthdal Chronicles”
Choo Ja Hyun is married to a Chinese actor and composer
It is unlikely to find a Korean actress married to a foreigner but that was the case with actress Choo Ja Hyun who fell in love with Yu Xiaoguang.
Choo Ja Hyun has found success in China after beginning her career in 2007, she met her husband in 2012 when filming for a Chinese drama. The two went public with their relationship in 2015 and got married in 2017.
They have a son together.
Jang Dong Gun gained 8 kg (17 lbs) to prepare for the role of Ta Gon in “Arthdal Chronicles”
Jang Dong Gun bulked up for the role of the fierce unstoppable Ta Gon in “Arthdal Chronicles.”
In an interview, the actor revealed that he fell in love with the script and couldn’t take his eyes off of it. He said that his motivation to act in this drama was the opportunity to work with great writers, director, and actors.
Since he took on the role of a leader, he revealed that he gained 8 kilograms (approx. 17 pounds) for his role.
“Arthdal Chronicles” Production Company was called out for poor working conditions for staff
Before its premiere, the drama attracted attention for its high budget and ambitious goals; it also became the center of controversy due to the poor working conditions of staff. One staff member was injured on set because of his inability to pay attention due to long working hours.
The drama was called out by Hanbit Media Labor Rights Center for failing to provide adequate working conditions to the staff. The center told media outlets that the staff would work more than 20 hours a day. In Brunei, they even stated that the staff worked for at most 151 hours and 30 minutes a week with no days off.
Production Company Studio Dragon released a statement denying some of the allegations and iterating that they stuck to the recommended filming period of 68-hours-per-week; they stated that they accept the criticism and promised to take quick action on areas that need improvement.
Song Joong Ki says “Arthdal Chronicles” is his biggest challenge
During the press conference of “Arthdal Chronicles,” Song Joong Ki said that this drama is the most challenging project of his filmography.
Song Joong Ki has challenged himself through various projects throughout his career but this particular project is the most ambitious one he’s been in, he says that he thought of man things while watching the writer and director attempt new things and it made him wonder whether he had been playing it safe.
“Arthdal Chronicles” had a special filming set built
“Arthdal Chronicles” filming took course over 9 months and it was only finished back on May 30, they had filming since September 2018.
In December of 2018, the cast attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the filming in the new set. Song Joong Ki, Kim Ji Won, Jang Dong Gun, and others attended.
They filmed in that set since December 2018. It is estimated that a good portion of the budget went into building the set.
“Arthdal Chronicles” has three seasons/parts
“Arthdal Chronicles” is not only breaking stereotypes and trying out a new genre that has never been explored by Kdramas but its epic story will span on the course of three seasons which is unheard of for most kdramas.
Kdramas usually have only one season, however, “Arthdal Chronicles” will have three seasons. Season 1 and 2 will air consecutively. Each season has 6 episodes.
Season 1 titled “The Children of Prophecy” will air from June 1st to June 16. Season two titled “The Sky Turning Inside Out, Rising Land” will air from June 22 to July 7. Season 3 titled “The Prelude To All Legends” will air from September 7 to September 22.
Jang Dong Gun and Hyun Bin are good friends
The two beloved actors are known for being close. They are even part of a famous amateur celebrity baseball team called “Playboys” who also includes Lee Jonghyuk, Kim Seung Woo, Hwang Jung Min, Ji Jin Hee, and other actors.
So it came as a no brainer when both actors were handed the historical zombie project “Rampant.” The movie was released back in 2018 and the two actors played rivals.
Jang Dong Gun re-enrolled in university 20 years later
Jang Dong Gun has been acting since 1992. He enrolled in Korea National University of Arts School of Drama in 1994 but due to his increasingly busy schedule, he couldn’t complete his degree.
In 2015, it was revealed that he started taking classes at Seoul Cyber University and enrolled in undergraduate school of Culture and Art and will major in Culture and Art Business Administration.
The university offers the option for students to take classes online which is likely one of the reasons that encouraged Jang Dong Gun to go back into school.
Kim Ji Won And Lee Jong Suk almost reunited for a drama
Kim Ji Won and Lee Jong Suk worked together in “High Kick 3” and it was reported that the two actors were considering roles in the upcoming Netflix drama “See you Again” back in 2018.
However, despite the initial reports and the built up hype, the two actors turned down the offers to star in the upcoming Netflix drama. Instead, Kim Ji Won chose “Arthdal Chronicles.”
Kim Ji Won is iKON’s B.I. muse and ideal type
iKON’s B.I. is a huge Kim Ji Won fan, so much so that he actually draws inspiration for writing songs from watching her dramas. He also previously said that she is his ideal type and that he dreams of meeting her at least once in his lifetime.
In another program, he revealed,
“I’ve actually written 10 songs inspired by one actress [referring to Kim Ji Won].”
He also said that he doesn’t want to overwhelm her but dreams of meeting her one day.
We hope that he gets to see her one day!
Kim Ji Won Bed Scene With Jin Goo Was Edited Out
One of the most beloved kdrama couples shared good chemistry in “Descendants Of The Sun.”
The director of the drama revealed that there were many scenes that were cut out of the drama that he regrets and named Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won bed scene as one of the scenes he most regrets they got edited out.
He says the scene wasn’t vulgar but got edited out during the latter process of editing.
What do you think of “Arthdal Chronicles” so far? did any of these facts shock you?