Yoon Jong Hoon Taps Into His Dark Side For “The Penthouse 2”
Every Friday and Saturday, a suspenseful story of revenge will unravel at the Penthouse, an apartment complex reserved for those at the top of the social pyramid. It will focus on the solidarity and pursuit of revenge among a group of women who will stop at nothing to protect their children.
On the first season of “The Penthouse,” Yoon Jong Hoon played Ha Yoon Cheol, the husband of Cheon Seo Jin (Kim So Yeon) and the director of neurosurgery at the Cheong Ah Medical Center. He partook in a series of evildoings, like disposing of the dead body of Shim Soo Ryeon’s (Lee Ji Ah) daughter Min Seol Ah (Jo Soo Min) in a joint effort with fellow Hera Club members Joo Dan Tae (Uhm Ki Joon) and Lee Kyu Jin (Bong Tae Gyu) and gathering funds through illegal means. Upon finding out about his wife’s affair with Joo Dan Tae, he showed signs of wavering towards his first love Oh Yoon Hee (S.E.S.’s Eugene). He also fiercely confronted his wife to protect his daughter Ha Eun Byul (Choi Ye Bin) from Cheon Seo Jin’s abusive expression of motherly love.
Ultimately, Ha Yoon Cheol signed for divorce with Cheon Seo Jin, who promised a settlement of 7 billion won (approximately $6.3 million). Although he rose to the position of head of the Cheong Ah Medical Center according to Cheon Myung Soo’s (Jung Sung Mo‘s) will, he was removed as a result of Cheon Seo Jin’s scheme and headed towards America.
Yoon Jong Hoon received outstanding reviews for his performance, which perfectly encompassed all the mixed emotions of desiring money and power, dealing with his wife’s betrayal, being lured into having feelings for Oh Yoon Hee, and having to protect his daughter. In particular, Ha Yoon Cheol’s descent into darkness following his experience with betrayal regarding his wife’s affair took the drama’s intensity to the next level.
The recently revealed stills of Yoon Jong Hoon from “The Penthouse 2” highlights the dark energy he will emanate as Ha Yoon Cheol in the new season. He stands expressionless with his eyes lowered, giving off so cold of an aura that nothing could make him budge. He casts a gaze filled with immense fury, adding to the tension.
In line with the teaser that was revealed on January 12, the photos add a sense of urgency to the questions of what happened to Ha Yoon Cheol in the meantime and who he is directing his anger at.
The production team commented, “Yoon Jong Hoon created his own Ha Yoon Cheol with his notable presence and stable acting skills. Please check out the shocking road filled with twists and turns that lies ahead of him in the broadcast of ‘The Penthouse 2.'”
The second season of “The Penthouse” will premiere on February 19 at 10 p.m. KST.
In the meantime, watch Yoon Jong Hoon in the first season of “The Penthouse” with subtitles here!