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Lee Dong-wook, Wi Ha-joon talk about K-drama 'Bad and Crazy'; premiere on iQiyi set on Dec. 17

Lee Dong-wook, Wi Ha-joon talk about K-drama 'Bad and Crazy'; premiere on iQiyi set on Dec. 17

Video streaming platform iQiyi’s year-end Korean drama offering “Bad and Crazy” will premiere on Dec. 17 and the cast talked about their roles.

During a global press conference on Dec. 13, Lee Dong Wook of “Tale of the Nine Tailed,” “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God,” Wi Ha-joon of “Squid Game” and “Something in the Rain,” Han Ji-eun of “Lovestruck in the City” and “Be Melodramatic,” and Cha Hak-yeon of “Mine” and “Children of Nobody” discussed “Bad and Crazy.”

(From left) Korean stars Lee Dong Wook, Cha Hak-yeon, Han Ji-eun and Wi Ha-joon at the iQiyi global press conference for the Korean drama “Bad and Crazy” on Dec. 13 (iQiyi)

The drama is produced by the team behind “The Uncanny Counter” and it will involve different themes including action, dark comedy, suspense and crime.

Lee Dong-wook plays the role of Ryu Su Yeol, a consequentialist police inspector looking to get ahead in life. He said this is a side of him that viewers have never seen.

“He allowed me to act however I thought to act,” he said of the drama’s director You Soon-dong who allowed him to express himself.

“Bad and Crazy” stars Lee Dong Wook and Wi Ha-joon (iQiyi)
(From left) “Bad and Crazy” stars Korean stars Han Ji-eun, Lee Dong Wook, Wi Ha-joon and Cha Hak-yeon (iQiyi)

Wi Ha-joon is the crazy yet righteous K who is not afraid to uphold justice in a corrupt world using any means. He said he chose to take on the challenges of action scenes.

Han Ji Eun is narcotics police officer Lee Hui Gyeom and is a former girlfriend of Lee Dong-wook in the series. “My character’s personality tends to be dull, so I tried not to improvise,” she said.

Cha Hak-yeon, who is also known as N of K-pop boy band VIXX, plays junior police officer O Gyeong Tae who warms the team like sunshine. He completed his military service in October 2020 and said that for “Bad and Crazy,” his greatest challenge was to cut his hair after growing it longer for quite some time. He described his character as being pure but will get to the bottom of things in investigations.

“Bad and Crazy” is an action-packed drama with large-scale scenes such as motorcycle chases and crime busting operations.

Lee Dong-wook said he did not undergo special training for the action scenes. He praised Wi Ha-joon as the best actor in Korean action shows and had a strong understanding of the filming requirements.

He described the action scenes as “war against exhaustion” while Wi Ha-joon said, “Brother really had it tough, my action scenes turned out more beautiful.”

“Fighting while wearing a motorcycle helmet was really super hot!” Wi Ha-joon said.

Viewers are anticipating the “bromance” between Lee Dong-wook and Wi Ha-joon. Wi Ha-joon said although their characters could not stand each other at the start of the drama, they will eventually work well together.

When asked which are the memorable scenes in “Bad and Crazy,” Lee Dong-wook said, “The entire series left a deep impression on me.”

“Bad and Crazy” is a story about bad cop Ryu Su Yeol who regains his humanity after meeting the righteous but crazy “K.”

The iQiyi Original K-series is set to premiere on Dec. 17, with new episodes simulcasting with Korea on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:50 p.m. (SGT), globally across 191 territories on the iQiyi International app and www.iq.com.