Jirisan, starring Jun Ji-hyun and Ju Ji-hoon, gets exclusive iQiyi release outside S. Korea

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Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)
Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)

Upcoming K-drama Jirisan, which stars Jun Ji-hyun and Ju Ji-hoon, will be released exclusively on iQiyi outside South Korea upon its premiere on 23 October this month.

Jirisan follows a team that protects and safeguards forests and mountains in Jirisan National Park.

The drama will air on the tvN network in South Korea, and episodes will be released by iQiyi internationally at the same time, the streaming platform said. 

Jun Ji-hyun (Legend Of The Blue Sea), also known by her English name Gianna Jun, plays an experienced national park ranger, Seo Yi-gang, who rescues mountaineers from downpours, floods and forest fires. Ju Ji-hoon (Kingdom) is a rookie ranger, Kang Hyun-jo, who works with Jun's character.

Besides Jun and Ju, other cast members include Oh Jung-se (It's Okay To Not be Okay), Sung Dong-il (Reply 1988), Jo Han-chul (Vincenzo), Jun Suk-ho (Kingdom), and Go Min-si (Youth Of May). 

Jirisan was created by director Lee Eung-bok (Descendants Of The Sun, Goblin) and writer Kim Eun-hee (Signal, Kingdom).

The story is based on Kim Eun-hee's interviews with national park workers. "When I wrote Jirisan at the beginning, it didn't focus on rangers," said Kim. "I was more interested in stories about mountaineers. However, I was more intrigued about their work after interviews." 

Many amateurs often get injured or stranded as they let their guard down after reaching mountaintops, Kim said. Rangers, however, believe that "the top objective of mountaineering is leaving alive". Even during downpours, snowstorms, landslides, typhoons, and other negative weather conditions, rangers are committed to rescuing victims in the mountains. "They are really the mountain keepers," said Kim.

Here are more first-look pics of Jirisan:

Ju Ji-hoon in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)
Ju Ji-hoon in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)
Ju Ji-hoon in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)
Ju Ji-hoon in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)
Gianna Jun in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)
Gianna Jun in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)
Gianna Jun in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)
Gianna Jun in Jirisan, premiering in October 2021. (Photo: iQiyi)

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