monstrous is Korean drama Director’s latest Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan). Monstrous is called a drama that blends romance and the occult. Following Synopsis Monstrous starring Koo Gyo-hwan and Shin Hyun-been.
Synopsis Monstrous tells the story of Jung Ki-hoon (Koo Gyo-hwan) is an archaeologist who used to search for supernatural phenomena, until one case unexpectedly changed his life.
Jung Ki-hoon then published the occult magazine Monthly Strange Story while running a similar YouTube channel.
He then went to Jinyang County to face the strange and frightening phenomenon of Gwibul (a Buddha statue possessed by an evil spirit). It was done because his ex-wife, Lee Soo-jin (Shin Hyun-been).
Lee Soo-jin was previously an archaeologist who was used to helping decipher letters and symbols. He is very good at his job. However, he went to Jinyang after his son died.
In the village, Soo-jin and Ki-hoon meet Policeman Han Seok-hee (Kim Ji-young) and his son, Han Do-kyung (Nam Da-reum).
In addition, the two also face Governor Kwon Jong-soo (Park Ho-san) and Kwak Yong-joo (Kwak Dong-yeon) who often cause trouble.
Monstrous is the latest Korean drama directed by Yeon Sang-ho after Hellbound. Previously, Yeon Sang-ho was also well known for his best-selling horror film in South Korea, Train to Busan, and its sequel, Peninsula.
Previously, Yeon Sang-ho said he had wanted to develop a melodrama genre story, after working on so many horror thriller genre projects.
“At first I thought not to write anything about horror and thought that the series would be filled with melodrama stories of married couples,” said Yeon Sang-ho as reported by The Korea Times some time ago.
However, his experience with horror made him slowly add this element to his latest Korean drama project, Monstrous.
“I started adding supernatural elements to make the story more interesting and involve a lot of crows in it,” said Sang-ho.
“The end result, it (Monstrous) is not much different from my previous works. However, the melodrama story will still be presented in it,” he said.
The script for Monstrous was written by Yeon Sang-ho with Ryu Yong-jae (Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, Psychopath Diary).
Monstrous will be Yeon Sang-ho’s newest drama after The Cursed (2020). This drama is also a moment of reunion between actor Koo Gyo-hwan and director Yeon Sang-ho after the two of them worked together in the film Peninsula (2020).
Drama Monstrous can be watched on Viu.