Actor Lee Je-hoon revives classic in ‘Chief Inspector 1958,’ bringing nostalgia with new twists

Actor Lee Je-hoon plays the role of Park Young-han in the detective series “Chief Inspector 1958.” Courtesy of MBC

When actor Lee Je-hoon decided to play the main role in the prequel of “Chief Inspector,” MBC’s long-running detective series from the 1970s, he found himself grappling with a blend of excitement and nervous anticipation. Portraying the younger version of the legendary character Park Young-han, famously portrayed by veteran actor Choi Bool-am, Lee shared that he put his best effort into the recent series “Chief Inspector 1958.”“I wanted to show work that would make both Choi and viewers proud, so I poured everything I had into it. And I think we created a piece that is really worth watching, so I feel grateful,” the actor said during an interview with The Korea Times at a cafe in Jongno District, Seoul, Monday.

The police procedural series, set in 1958, follows the early days of Park, the chief inspector, and his three colleagues. Transferred to Seoul after gaining acclaim for his remarkable success in apprehending cattle thieves in a rural town, the young and passionate detective embarks on a new chapter in his career.At his new station, he joins forces with the hot-tempered Kim Sang-soon (Lee Dong-hwi) and two fresh recruits, Cho Kyung-hwan (Choi Woo-sung) and Seo Ho-jung (Yoon Hyun-soo). Together, they tackle a variety of crimes, navigating the murky waters of corruption and politics within the law enforcement agency.Airing from 1971 to 1989, the original series garnered immense popularity, with its highest viewership rating exceeding 70 percent. Given its formidable legacy, the prequel generated considerable anticipation, debuting to over a 10 percent viewership rating. Its maintained strong momentum as of Saturday, wrapping up with a final rating of 10.6 percent.The lead actor of the original series, Choi, made guest appearances as the present-day Park, 카지노사이트킹 opening and finishing the new series’ episodes.

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