'Minari' actress Han Ye-ri stars in new K-drama, thriller 'Hometown'


Han Ye-ri stars as a woman searching for her kidnapped niece in the thriller set in 1999. Photo: Handout

Hometown, directed by Park Hyun-seok and starring Han Ye-ri as Jo Jung-hyun tells the story of a woman searching for her kidnapped niece.

Set in the imaginary town of Saju, South Gyeongsang Province, the upcoming tvN drama shows a detective (played by You Chae-myung) investigating a series of murders in 1999 and Jo’s search for her niece, which lead the characters to encounter the terrorist and serial killer Jo Kyoung-ho (played by Um Tae-goo).

Widely recognised for directing tvN’s hit crime thriller series, Stranger 2, Park shared his feeling of satisfaction with Hometown.

“I am well aware of how careful the actors choose their work and this is a time-taking process. But, I thank the actors for making their choice very early and showing their passion for the work,” the director said recently

When asked about the rise of crime thrillers in Korean drama, Park said Hometown was a little different.

“Though our work shows gas terror and serial killing, these are not major events (in the plot). Hometown is more focused on how the individual characters are reacting to the horrific incidents and their change of relationships,” the director added.

Veteran actor You, who has starred in hit dramas Confession, Itaewon Class and Vincenzo, was focusing on portraying a character suited for the drama, while concerning the series with similar genre.

“There are many actors who cemented their legacy by acting in a murder mystery or crime thriller. However, I tried not to follow them simply because they were praised by the public. Becoming a detective with my own color was a difficult process. However, the director and I am certain that we managed to find an answer,” You said.

Han said she felt no pressure when choosing her next project.

“Some of my friends and colleagues were wo'rried about my next step after Oscar-winning film Minari. I was fully aware that the success of Minari was not achieved by myself. Without feeling any burden, the outstanding scenario of Hometown lured me to take the role of Jo Jung-hyun,” Han said.

“If I were drawn so much by the stories, I thought the viewers will definitely find the drama interesting to watch,” the actress added. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

Hometown premieres Sept 23 at 9.15pm on tvN (Astro Ch 395). It airs Thursdays and Fridays.

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