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iQiyi’s ‘Jirisan’ recap: Ju Ji-hoon in ‘Notebook of Death’; Jun Ji-hyun meets first love

“Jirisan,” iQiyi Original Korean drama series starring Jun Ji-hyun and Ju Ji-hoon , is getting more intense.

In episode 6, which was streamed last Nov. 7, Ju Ji-hoon barely survived death from threading on an explosive trap, as Jung Ji-hyun Jun jumped to his rescue.

Ju Ji-hoon (left) and Jun Ji-hyun in Korean drama “Jirisan” (iQiyi)

However, Ju Ji-hoon is now a target of a killer who wrote his name “Kang Hyun-jo” in his “notebook of death.”

In addition, actor Son Suk-ko made a special appearance in “Jirisan,” playing Jun Ji-hyun’s first love from years ago.

From the drama’s flashback scenes sometime in 2018, the park ranger team discovered it was villager Lee Se-wook who planted the explosives and attempted to poison his relative Lee Yang-sun, the park ranger team member played by Ju Min-gyung. However, his murderous plans were foiled in the nick of time and he tried to make a run for it, only to die along the way, leaving his motives a mystery.

The crisis on Jirisan remains unresolved with the mastermind still at large, with a “notebook of death” filled with names of eliminated targets, methods and locations of murders, as well as the identity of the next victim. With the attempt on Ju Min-gyung’s life unsuccessful, her name is struck off and Ju Ji-hoon the next target.

During their duty through Christmas, an assault left Oh Jung-se and Jun Ji-hyun unconsciou but Ju Ji-hoon subdued the suspect. Jun Ji-hyun also met her first love once more, In Cheol-gyung played by Son Suk-ku.

While they once shared an ambiguous friendship, Jun Ji-hyun let go of the relationship upon finding out he had already married. Scenes of a young Jun Ji-hyun were played by Kim Do-yeon, affectionately called “Little Jun Ji-hyun” for her striking semblance, with netizens’ agreement.

Even with the passing of the terror incidents involving explosives and assaults, there would be no let up as Ju Ji-hoon foretells Jirisan being engulfed in a merciless blaze, in what could be the greatest test yet for the park rangers.

“Jirisan” centers on a team of national park rangers who are responsible for search and rescue on Jirisan, or Mount Jiri. Star ranger Seo Yi-gang (Jun Ji-hyun) and rookie ranger Kang Hyun-jo (Ju Ji-hoon) are set to unravel the secrets of the peak.

The iQiyi Original K-series exclusively simulcasts with Korea at 8 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on iQiyi International app or worldwide.




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