Oh noes, this is terrible news. With Cruel City (Heartless City) wrapping up this coming week, filming has just finished with the talented and dedicated cast and crew and with it comes confirmation that leading man Jung Kyung Ho is actually seriously injured as has been rumored for weeks. Due to the heavy action scenes in this drama, most of which involve Jung Kyung Ho’s character Jung Shi Hyun aka The Doctor’s Son, he started feeling sharp pain in his back a few weeks ago and was taken to the hospital. The doctor diagnosed him with a herniated disc. Ouch. A herniated disc is when there is damage to the outer layer of the spine causing the inner soft layer to bulge out and the pressure causes intense pain and discomfort. A minor herniated disc can heal on its own with time, but usually needs a heavy dose of painkillers to manage the pain while it heals. A severe case requires surgery to repair the tear. A herniated disc already hurts like the dickens, but if its accompanied by nerve root compression then that just amplifies the pain, which is the extent of Jung Kyung Ho’s injury. His heavy load of action sequence filming for CC is directly tied to his injury which is usually caused by trauma cause by strain or lifting. He has been on heavy painkillers to finish his filming and his agency has released a statement that Jung Kyung Ho is cancelling all his latter half of the year activities and will be getting treatment for his injury. He intends to avoid surgery and is hoping rest and rehab will heal the tear in due course. Apparently right now he’s in so much pain he can’t even walk, which begs the question on how he actually finished filming the last few episodes since it’s still action-packed. My heart is totally breaking for this amazing young actor who has elevated his craft a huge notch with CC but sadly he’s going to be out of commission in the near future so he won’t be able to strike while the iron is hot after this critically lauded performance. I’m looking forward to the last two episodes this week, and will now watch with even more appreciation of what Jung Kyung Ho put in to bring the story to a close. All I ask is that Shi Hyun doesn’t die, at this point I’m fine if every other character bites the dust.
I thought CC was a bit lackluster in the last few episodes, but nothing too jarring to ruin the journey this far. I just wish this drama would do something more with Soo Min than to serve as a plot device over and over and over again. Thankfully Jin Sook as the other female lead more than makes up for Soo Min’s uselessness and general wide-eyed naïveté. I like that the main romance sorta settled into a slow simmer in the second half, but it’s still so raw that I feel the connection even if Shi Hyun and Soo Min don’t spend a lot of time together. I’m hoping that the final two episodes doesn’t just solve the Big Bad mystery, but also tie up all the other messy relationships. I have faith this drama will end with resolve and a sense of closure even if people die and good doesn’t triumph over evil.