Blackpink’s Jisoo and Park Jung-min star in new Zombie drama Influenza

Influenza, starring Jisoo and Park Jung-min, is co-written by acclaimed film Parasite writers Han Ji-won and Ji Ho-jin.

Esther Low

| August 31, 2023
Jisoo and Park Jung-min
Jisoo and Park Jung-min. Photo: Press

Jisoo from the sensational K-pop quartet Blackpink is set to greet fans through a new drama production.

Taking inspiration from Han Sang-woon’s novel, Influenza is co-written by Parasite (2019) writers Han Ji-won and Ji Ho-jin. Han bagged the Academy Award for writing at the Oscars in 2020, where Parasite scooped up four awards in total.

The Coupang Play original revolves around a soldier and his girlfriend who called off their relationship so as to protect themselves from a zombie apocalypse.

Jisoo will take on the character Young-joo, the girlfriend of a soldier named Jae-yoon.

Young-joo is a shielded novice of society just starting out in the workforce who struggles with a boyfriend who does not understand her. She’s one who has many things on her plate.

Aside from dealing with her insecure and irresponsible boyfriend and their breakup, she also has to face a horde of zombies. Young-joo runs into zombies in an effort to meet Jae-yoon who wants to break up with her.

Park Jung-min will star alongside Jisoo as 26-year-old soldier, Jae-yoon who was drafted into the military after many attempts to avoid enlistment.

Being a nervous Nellie unsure about his bleak future and relationship, he breaks up with Young-joo to alleviate his concerns. While Jae-yoon worries about his personal problems, society has to worry about a more significant issue: fighting zombies.

Separately, Jisoo began her acting career with a feature role in the K-drama series The Producers (2015).

She recently landed her first lead role in the JTBC drama, Snowdrop, which also starred Jung Hae-in. It saw her win the Best Actress Award at the 2022 Seoul International Drama Awards.


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