“Nokdu Flower” Writer Shares What He Thinks Of Yoon Shi Yoon, Han Ye Ri, And Jo Jung Suk
“Nokdu Flower” is about two half-brothers who get separated during a riot that is now known as the Donghak Peasant’s Movement in 1894, where religious leaders of Donghak (“Eastern Religion”) and the peasants of Jeolla Province joined forces against a government that was pushing for the growth of Catholicism.
Jung Hyun Min had previously tackled historical dramas when he wrote “Jeong Do Jeon,” a drama about the real-life historical figure of the same name who was a powerful scholar, politician, and supporter of King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty.
“When I first heard about the casting [for ‘Nokdu Flower’], I felt like they’d read my mind,” Jung Hyun Min said. “The characters that have been in my mind for a long time have suddenly popped out into the real world. After talking with the actors, I also realized new things about each character. I really enjoyed watching my characters come to life through the actors’ performances.”
“Jo Jung Suk has the ability to play comical and deceitful characters, so when he was cast as Baek Yi Kang, the character became more colorful as a result,” he continued. “I am looking forward to seeing both Yi Kang’s sincere and lighthearted sides.
“Yoon Shi Yoon is a perfect fit for Baek Yi Hyun in terms of looks, but Yi Hyun is also a character who has a rich inner life. As an educated person in Joseon, he is always indecisive about what to do. I trust in Yoon Shi Yoon’s ability to make this side of his character relatable for viewers.
“Finally, Han Ye Ri is very similar to Song Ja In, who is strong-minded and purposeful. One of Ja In’s charms is that she mixes both provincial dialect and standard speech, and I believe that Han Ye Ri can do that well. More than anything, I’m looking forward to the chemistry between the three actors. If you’re asking me about synchronization, I think that they’re all 102 percent synchronized with the characters.”
“Nokdu Flower” premieres on April 26 at 10 p.m. KST. Check out a teaser here!