Han Hye Jin Goes Back in History
Actress Han Hye Jin will be a modern doctor in a historical drama.
She has been cast as the heroine in Jejungwon (제중원), her first historical drama since Hallyu hit Jumong (주몽). Han will star opposite Park Yong Woo (Handphone).
Jejungwon was Korea’s first modern national hospital, built during the Joseon Dynasty. It was once known as Gwanghyewon (Widespread Relief House; House of Extended Grace) and later became Severance Hospital.
Park Yong Woo plays Hwang Jung, a butcher’s son who overcomes adversity to become a successful doctor. Han Hye-jin plays Yoo Seok Ran, a “modern woman” who was born the daughter of an official. As a doctor, Seok Ran becomes entangled in a romance with Jung.
The medical-historical drama will be broadcast Mondays and Tuesdays on SBS following the end of Dream this autumn. It is scheduled to have 36 episodes, although it may be extended if successful (of shortened if it’s a flop like Ja Myung Go). Screenwriter Lee Ki Won (White Tower) will write and Hong Chang Wook (Scales of Providence) will direct beginning in July.
KP’s note: I don’t know much about Korean history, nor am I a perfect translator, so please let me know if I made any mistakes regarding the history of Jejungwon.