Hellbound's dystopian universe has relevance to our world, says the K-thriller's cast

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The executors or "death angels" in Hellbound. (Still: Netflix)

The apocalypse comes to earth in Netflix's latest dark and dystopian K-thriller, Hellbound

In a press conference earlier this week, Yahoo Life SEA joined the director and cast of Hellbound to discuss the unique narrative structure of the series that depicts shadowy religious sects and supernatural monster attacks from creatures called death angels.

 Yoo Ah-in in Hellbound. (Still: Netflix)
Yoo Ah-in in Hellbound. (Still: Netflix)

Actor Yoo Ah-in plays Jung Jin-su, the mysterious and charismatic head of the religion Saejinrihwe, who warns the populace of the coming judgement that will doom all humankind.

"Hellish incidents are occurring throughout the world [in Hellbound], and these supernatural events take over the world. Jung Jin-su tries to put meaning into these events, and he preaches to the world that they should live a righteous life without sins," says Yoo of his character.

 Kim Hyun-joo in Hellbound. (Still: Netflix)
Kim Hyun-joo in Hellbound. (Still: Netflix)

"There were definitely a lot of lines, so that was challenging. To play this role as a person amidst this hellish universe, where hellish events are taking place, my character interprets and leads people in this turmoil. I focused on how to express and convey this person who has a level of charisma which wasn’t too over the top or excessive," says the 35-year-old actor on the challenges of playing his role.

Adapted from its original form as a webtoon, The Hellbound, it was the realism and the creative originality of director Yeon Sang-ho which drew the cast to its live-action counterpart.

Yang Ik-june in Hellbound. (Still: Netflix)
Yang Ik-june in Hellbound. (Still: Netflix)

"I first read the webtoon The Hellbound, and the supernatural events leading to these very complex events. As I was reading the webtoon, I thought to myself, 'Isn’t this virtually what is happening around us?' It was very realistic to me," says actor Park Jeong-min, who played a production director at a broadcasting station who tries to uncover the truth surrounding the mysterious Saejinrihwe.

For actor Yang Ik-june, who played a detective who investigates cases involving death angels, he is a huge fan of director Yeon, who has helmed acclaimed movies like Train To Busan (2016) and Peninsula (2020).

Park Jeong-min in Hellbound. (Still: Netflix)
Park Jeong-min in Hellbound. (Still: Netflix)

"I read the original webtoon, and looking into Director Yeon’s universe, I feel like he has this amazing originality and creativity when it comes to creating such a universe and telling a story in that," says Yang.

Actress Kim Hyun-joo, who plays a lawyer who stands up to the blindly fanatic sect to Saejinrihwe called Hwasalchok, says, "I was worried about having to portray a character that existed in another art form but when I saw the original webtoon – all the facial expressions and the emotions that the figure conveyed – I kind of really wanted to challenge myself to create that character in real life. And like I said, I was also drawn to the fact that I wanted to be a part of this amazing universe created by Director Yeon."

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