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‘The Bequeathed’ blends tradition and suspense

(ANN/KOREA HERALD) – Director Min Hong-nam, at a press conference in Seoul, shared his commitment to crafting the quintessential “Korean” thriller with “The Bequeathed,” Netflix Korea’s inaugural original series this year.

Min, previously the assistant director for Yeon Sang-ho’s notable films like “Train to Busan” (2016) and “Peninsula” (2020), is marking his directorial debut with this six-part drama, produced and co-written by Yeon.

Min emphasised his artistic approach, prioritising simplicity and classic elements, drawing inspiration from traditional aesthetics found in age-old buildings. He expressed confidence in the potency and freshness of the drama, attributing it to a combination of the traditional ambiance and distinct character portrayals.

Ryu Kyung-soo, Kim Hyun-joo, Park Hee-soon and Park Byung-eun of “The Bequeathed” pose for a photo during a press conference in Seoul on Friday. PHOTO: Yonhap via ANN/KOREAHERALD


Employing traditional Korean music, known as “gugak,” and the haunting sounds of traditional Korean wind instruments like the taepyeongso, Min aimed to enhance the gloomy atmosphere.

“The Bequeathed” unfolds around Seo-ha (Kim Hyun-joo), who, as the sole surviving relative, inherits the family gravesite upon learning of her late father’s younger brother’s death. The plot thickens when her half-brother Young-ho (Ryu Kyung-soo) asserts his claim to the estate.

Soon after, detectives Seong-joon (Park Hee-soon) and Sang-min (Park Byung-eun) enter the scene to probe a series of mysterious murders nearby.

Yeon Sang-ho, the co-creator, discussed the genesis of the project, dating back to 2014. He highlighted the unique Korean sentiment woven into the thriller and enlisted Min’s collaboration during the shooting of other projects.

Lead actress Kim Hyun-joo portrayed her character, Seo-ha, as akin to a derailed train, with emotions and human nature reaching an explosive crescendo in the latter part of the series.

Scheduled for release on Netflix on January 19, “The Bequeathed” promises an intriguing blend of traditional Korean elements and a captivating narrative.