‘Alchemy of Souls’ promises to entertain with hybrid genre and unique setting

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Left to right: Actors Lee Jae-wook, Jung So-min and Hwang Min-hyun pose for photos ahead of an online press conference on Tuesday. (DVT)

The cast and crew of tvN’s upcoming historical fantasy romance “Alchemy of Souls” are confident their work has everything viewers are looking for in a drama.

“We put a lot of effort into this drama, with things like infographics, costumes, hair, makeup, special visual effects, filming locations and more. Viewers will definitely enjoy the series,” TV director Park Joon-hwa said in an online press conference on Tuesday.

Jung So-min, 33, who plays the lead role in “Alchemy of Souls,” also showed confidence on the show.

A screenshot from the teaser of

A screenshot from the teaser for “Alchemy of Souls” shows an elite warrior named Naksu, played by Jung So-min. (DVT)

“The complex relationships between the characters change with each episode. Our show doesn’t focus exclusively on the romance of the main couple. From smile-inducing fantasies to hard-hitting action, ‘Alchemy of Souls’ is more like a huge gift box,” Jung said.

The series revolves around an elite warrior named Naksu (played by Jung) from a fictional world called Daeho. Naksu’s soul is trapped in the body of Mu-deok, a servant of a noble family. The story develops as Mu-deok encounters a diverse cast of characters, including his master Jang Wook.

“Alchemy of Souls” (tvN)

“Alchemy of Souls” is one of the most anticipated series of the year thanks to the writing team of Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran – commonly referred to as The Hong Sisters – who were behind the hit fantasy romance “The Master’s Sun” (2013) and “Hotel Del Luna” (2019).

Singer-turned-actor Hwang Min-hyun (formerly of K-pop boy group NU’EST) thinks the dynamic action scenes will excite viewers, but also agrees that the gripping storylines will also draw people in.

Veteran actor Yu Jun-sang, who is returning to the small screen for the first time in 18 months, said his hiatus is for “Alchemy of Souls.”

“I couldn’t do any other work. I spent a lot of time studying the action sequences and shooting those scenes with all my effort. Working with young stars also gave me a lot of energy,” Yu said, talking about the chemistry he felt working with young actors, such as Lee Jae-wook, Yoo In-soo from “All of Us Are Dead” from Netflix. and Arin from girl group Oh My Girl.

Yu pointed out the beautiful places the show was filmed in, saying he thought viewers would be interested in those places.

Director Park pointed out that his next series will feature the first part of the story, with a second part already in the works.

“When the Hong sisters were writing the script, we discussed so many interesting stories about different families, characters, and their development. Unfortunately, I thought 20 episodes wouldn’t be enough to really show off the strengths of the writers who create very entertaining and comedic stories,” the director said.

“The writers are currently working on the second part as well. Hopefully we will have more time to explore each character in detail,” Park added.

The 20-episode series will air Saturday at 9:10 p.m. on the tvN cable channel.

“Alchemy of Souls” will also be available through the TVing and Netflix streaming platforms.

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])

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