Jirisan (2021) Review


This October, you can watch the drama “Jirisan”. “Jirisan” is set in Jiris Mountain, which was designated as Korea’s first national park in 1967, and will tell the stories of National Park Service rangers, such as rescue tourists and protect the ecosystem. tvN’s new drama “Jirisan” is a mystery drama that tells the story of mountain climbers against the backdrop of the vast unexplored landscape of Jirisan mountain.

After a meeting between writer Kim Eun-hee, who wrote the ‘Kingdom’ series, and director Lee Eung-Bok, who directed ‘Mr. Sunshine’, the main characters of ‘K-drama’ Jun Ji-Hyeon as Seo Yi-gang and Ju Ji-hoon as Kang Hyeon-jo are an incredible combination, what a work in progress fluttering the hearts of drama fans around the world. The drama “Jirisan” has become a hot topic with its gorgeous production team and cast.

In particular, the appearance of Jun Ji-Hyeon and Ju Ji-hoon, who are working together, captured through the released photos this time, further heightens the anticipation. The two who even wore their unique mountaineering clothes were staring at the camera while posing cutely as if they were taking a break in the middle of filming, creating a warm smile.

“Jirisan” is a drama about national park rangers rescuing victims while navigating through the mountains on the stage of Jirisan Mountain. In particular, the presence of these people with radios, GPS trackers, flashlights, and sticks in their backpacks, unlike the quiet mountain scenery, somewhat adds mystical to it. What will Seo Yi-gang and Kang Hyeon-jo face here?

Ju Ji-hoon is the main character of the original Netflix series ‘Kingdom’ and has worked with screenwriter Kim. As the ‘Kingdom’ series draws attention from the world as a ‘Korean zombie blockbusters’, it is expected that this “Jirisan” mountain drama will have a lot to see. 

The female lead Seo Yi-gang is played by Jun Ji-Hyeon, the original innocent goddess. She has been steadily gaining popularity over the past 20 years with films like ‘My Sassy Girl’ and ‘Assassination’ as well as the drama ‘My Love from the Star’. In particular, Jun Ji-Hyun is attracting attention when returning to the small screen after 4 years since the drama ‘Legend of Blue Sea’. Seo Yi-gang instinctively knows how to climb mountains such as dirt roads, rips, rock walls, and cliffs, and knows everything about the mountain.

Sung Dong-il, Oh Jung-se, Jo Han-chul, Jun Suk-ho, etc. Jo Yeon-jin, who is said to be the best, also raised expectations. Sung Dong-il takes on the role of Jo Dae-jin, the branch manager of the Haedong Branch in Jirisan National Park. A person known as ‘Man on Jiri Mountain’, who has spent half of his life in Jirisan Mountain, is the ‘spiritual support’ who leads the ranger juniors with a high sense of duty and honestly.

Oh Jung-Se, who rose to fame by playing the role of Moon Sang-Tae, who has autism in the recently aired drama ‘It’s Okay to Not Be Okay’, has taken on the role of Jung Goo-Young, a ranger from ‘Extreme Realism’. Jung Goo-young, who lives with the habit of saying “I have to live, others live” as a habit, is an unusual person, taking vacations and months off after work, and disappearing at any time when the word ‘sun’ of dissolution occurs.

The specific plot of the film has yet to be revealed to the outside world. In the media, ‘stories of climbers, such as those who come to die, those who come to kill, and those who come to live. It is the story of the rangers in Jirisan National Park, who had to run through the mountains for more than 5 hours on days when helicopters could not take off and rescue survivors even in bad weather conditions like torrential rain, heavy snow, landslides, and storms. “

The genre is known as a mystery thriller, but since it deals with the activities of the rangers protecting the mountain, it is expected that action elements will be added along with a sense of peace.

Kwon Gyeong-eop, president of the National Park Service, said, “This is the first drama filmed with Jirisan, Korea’s first national park, as the setting.” We hope to raise awareness,” he said. Please watch the drama “Jirisan” that is scheduled to air on tvN.


  • Drama: Jirisan / Jiri Mountain (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Jirisan
  • Hangul: 지리산
  • Director: Lee Eung-Bok
  • Writer: Kim Eun-Hee
  • Network: tvN
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: October 23, 2021 —
  • Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea