29-year-old Lee Jung-min who works in an office in Seoul, a huge fan of the web comic “D.P.: Dog Days”, has seen the new Netflix military series “D.P.”.
He cannot get over the show, which contains six episodes and revolves around the lives of D.P. unit soldiers who monitor military runaways.
“The series made me feel sad and contrite as the Netflix drama depicts real-life cases in the army that might have happened to me,” Lee shared. He finished his 18-month military duty a few years back.
“Some say the South Korean military has improved a lot, but I think it still has a long way to go,” he said.
D.P. exposed the physical and verbal violence, as well as power abuse by superiors through D.P. officers of Private Ahn Jun-ho (Jung Haei-in) and Corporal Han Ho-yeol (Koo Kyo-hwan) which drove soldiers to escape from the military.
South Korea, which is still in conflict, technically, with the North, required all of its able-bodied men to deliver military service for around 18 months.
Several debates and even on-screen interpretations regarding the struggles of men while in the military have been triggered in the past years.
D.P. is among the T.V. series portraying the said social issue. The show, which was written by the original webtoon author Kim Bo-tong, was released on Aug. 27. Kim has also become a D.P. soldier.
The new show exposed the insides of the South Korean military where bullying and mistreatment exist, with harsh senior officers victimizing soft boys.
It also tells how the people in power are involved through concealing the dark reality inside the military. They, too, were bullied as juniors and are afraid to speak up in the fear that it can affect their promotion opportunities, Yonhap News Agency reported.
The revelations D.P. offers are far from other Korean TV series in the past that only dwell on the bright side like 2016’s “Descendants of the Sun” and this year’s “The Iron Squad”.