Cha Eun Woo is excited to see the viewers' reactions to the upcoming Island part 2.
The highly-anticipated next part of the hit Kdrama series Island will arrive on Feb. 24 at 12 p.m. KST. It will answer viewers' questions about whether Mi Ho will regain her memory and strength from her past life. It will also continue the battles and challenges Kim Nam Gil's Pan and Cha Eun Woo's Priest John, face.
Ahead of the release date, Cha Eun Woo spoke about the exciting scenes fans should expect from the next installment.
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Cha Eun Woo Shares Details About Island and His Character
Speaking during an interview with the local press Tuesday, Cha Eun Woo specifically told Korea JoongAng Daily additional details about his character, John/Yohan.
He is a Vatican priest who returns to Korea to fight evil forces lurking on Jeju Island. He meets half-human and half-demon, Pan and Mi Ho, while having bouts with spirits.
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"In the second season, Yohan starts questioning God's intentions, and his own internal struggles build up," he said of his character. "There will be much development in Part 2, with even more action and battles along with my character's growth."
Fans will see more of him and his interactions with other lead stars. But despite its popularity, Island received mixed reactions from viewers.
Cha Eun Woo Addresses Criticisms Toward Island
In the same public appearance, Cha Eun Woo spoke about Island's ratings and critical reviews regarding some parts of the series.
The idol-turned-actor first talked about the criticisms regarding the series' choice not to stay true to its original source material. Island is based on the 1997 manhwa with the same name.
Cha Eun Woo praised the Korean comic book. Although he found the original material amazing, he explained that some parts of the manhwa could be off-putting for modern audiences. He assured that the Island team talked to the original manhwa's author and came up with what they do in the series.
In terms of ratings and rankings, Island ultimately became the first Korean content to appear on Amazon Prime's top 10 rankings. However, the Korean series did not surpass the popularity set by other South Korean flicks, including The Glory.
In addition, Island only had a 7.1 average rating on IMDb, with most commentators criticizing the characterization of some of the protagonists and the CG effects in action scenes.
Amid the criticisms, the team promised to turn the tables in Island part 2 and its next possible installments.
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