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“Gyeongseong Creature” Faces Harsh Criticism Post-Premiere.

Netflix’s latest period thriller, “Gyeongseong Creature,” starring Park Seo Joon and Han So Hee, has been met with overwhelmingly negative reviews from both critics and viewers. The series, set in the historical backdrop of 1945 Gyeongseong, was anticipated to be a major hit, but it has instead garnered criticism for its execution and performances.

A day before its worldwide release, selected media had access to the first six episodes of the series. This early preview led to a wave of criticism, with 95% of the reviews from key Korean media outlets being unfavorable. Critics pointed out the lack of direction in the portrayal of the “creature,” a pivotal character in the story. Additionally, the chemistry between the leads, Park Seo Joon and Han So Hee, was deemed lacking.

One critic stated bluntly, “After watching part one, there was no curiosity left for part two.” This sentiment was echoed by viewers post-release on Netflix. Fans who had eagerly awaited the series expressed similar disappointment online.

Several criticisms were directed at the setting choice, with some viewers labeling the 1945 Gyeongseong backdrop as “meaningless” to the overall plot. Park Seo Joon’s performance received particular scrutiny, with fans and critics alike noting that his acting did not mesh well with the historical setting. His Japanese language skills were also a point of contention.

The series’ production budget, reportedly around 70 billion KRW (approximately 54 million USD), was brought into question, with many wondering where the funds had been allocated, given the perceived lackluster set design and overall production value.

Online community feedback ranged from critiques of the show’s pacing and genre execution to disappointment in the lead actors’ performances. One user commented, “The set design seemed half-done,” while another added, “Park Seo Joon’s character lacked seriousness, making the dangerous scenes awkward.”

In contrast, the supporting cast received praise, but this further highlighted the shortcomings of the leads. There were also concerns about Park Seo Joon’s current form, with a user questioning, “Is Park Seo Joon in some kind of slump? His acting is the worst it’s ever been.”

Despite the overwhelming criticism, “Gyeongseong Creature” is slated to release its second part on January 5. The show’s future remains uncertain as it navigates through the tide of negative feedback.

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