D.P. TV Series Overview (2021)


Introduction

D.P. (an acronym for Deserter Pursuit) is a South Korean streaming television series directed by Han Jun-hee, from a screenplay by Kim Bo-tong and Han, based on the Lezhin webtoon D.P Dog’s Day by Kim.

The series stars Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-kyun, and Son Seok-koo.

Outline

Set in 2014, D.P. tells the story of a team of Korean military police with their mission to catch deserters.

The series magnifies the undesirable nature of the military, especially within a South Korean context. The widespread bullying and hazing as well as the mindset for the “survival of the fittest” are rife, with those presumed the “weakest” thrown to the bottom of the pile and served horrifying experiences at the hands of their superiors and compatriots.

Private Ahn Joon-ho and Corporal Han Ho-yul both team up to find the deserters, and end up in an adventurous journey.

Cast

  • Main:
    • Jung Hae-in as Private Ahn Joon-ho.
    • Koo Kyo-hwan as Corporal Han Ho-yul.
    • Kim Sung-kyun as Sergeant First Class Park Bum-gu.
    • Son Seok-koo as Captain Im Ji-sup.
  • Supporting:
    • Jo Hyun-chul as Jo Suk-bong.
    • Shin Seung-ho as Hwang Jang-soo.
    • Park Se-joon as Heo Ki-young.
    • Park Jung-woo as Shin Woo-suk.
    • Kim Dong-young as Choi Joon-mok.
    • Lee Jun-young as Jung Hyun-min.
    • Choi Joon-young as Heo Chi-do.
    • Moon Sang-hoon as Kim Roo-ri.
    • Hyun Bong-sik as Chun Yong-duk.
    • Hong Kyung as Ryu Yi-kang.
    • Bae Yoo-ram as Kim Kyu.
    • Han Woo-yul as Tae Sung-gon.
  • Guest:
    • Go Kyung-pyo as Corporal Park Sung-woo (Ep. 1).
    • Kwon Hae-hyo as Ahn Joon-ho’s father (Eps. 1, 3-4).
    • Lee Seol as Shin Woo-seok’s sister (Eps. 1 & 6).
    • Lee Joong-ok as an hanjeungmak employee (Ep. 2).
    • Won Ji-an as Moon Young-ok (Ep.3).

Production

Development

In late June 2020, Lezhin Entertainment officially announced that Lezhin Studio and Homemade Film would co-produce a 6-part adaptation of the hit webtoon D.P: Dog Days by Kim Bo-tong, to be released exclusively through Netflix. The story is based on Kim’s own experience during his mandatory military service.

Director and co-writer Han Jun-hee had wanted to work on the webtoon’s adaptation “for five or six years [before he] finally got a chance” to do so. Though Ahn Joon-ho is a Corporal in the webtoon, Han wanted him to be a Private in the series so people could “resonate with the story and consider Joon-ho as a friend who just started his military service.”

Casting

On 03 September 2020, Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-kyun and Son Seok-koo were confirmed to star in the series. Koo’s character does not appear in the webtoon, which he found “hard but exciting to portray a character exclusive to the series.” To prepare for his role, Koo received help from his road manager who was part of the D.P. team during his military service. As for Jung, he practiced boxing for three months before filming began, in order to do his own action scenes.

Kim Bo-tong, who wrote the webtoon and co-wrote the series, commented that he “never dreamed of such a cast. They fit so perfectly into their roles that it seems like the roles were written for them.”

Filming

Principal photography began in the summer of 2020.

Release

Following its release, the series topped Netflix’s Top 10 in South Korea.

Future

On 01 September 2021, Jung Hae-in revealed during an interview that he is “looking forward to season 2, and the director and writer are already writing the script.”

D.P. Series

  • Series 02 (?2022):
    • On 14 December 2021, a second season was confirmed.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Jun-Hee Han.
  • Producer(s):
    • Seung-min Byun … executive producer (6 episodes, 2021).
    • Jun-hee Han … executive producer (6 episodes, 2021).
    • Joohyun Yu … development producer (1 episode, 2021).
  • Writer(s):
    • Jun-Hee Han.
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Climax Studio.
    • Homemade Films.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Netflix (2021) (Germany) (TV).
    • Netflix (World-wide) (video) (VOD).
  • Release Date:
    • Series 01: 27 August 2021 (Internet).
    • Series 02: ?2022.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Running Time: 45-55 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: Korea.
  • Language: Korean.

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