D.P. (TV series)

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Based onD.P Dog's Day
by Kim Bo-tong
Screenplay by
Directed byHan Jun-hee
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Byun Seung-min
  • Han Jun-hee
ProducerKim Dong-min
CinematographyYoo Ji-sun
EditorPark Min-sun
Running time45–55 minutes
Production companies
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)

D.P. (an acronym for Deserter Pursuit) is a South Korean streaming television series directed by Han Jun-hee, from a screenplay by Kim Bo-tong and Han, based on the Lezhin webtoon D.P Dog's Day by Kim. The series stars Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-kyun, and Son Suk-ku.[1][2] It premiered in six parts on Netflix on August 27, 2021.[3][4] The second season is scheduled to be released in 2023.[5]

On December 14, 2021, a second season was confirmed.[6]


Set in 2014, D.P. tells the story of a team of Korean military police with their mission to catch deserters.

The series magnifies the undesirable nature of the military, especially within a South Korean context. The widespread bullying and hazing as well as the mindset for the "survival of the fittest" are rife, with those presumed the “weakest” thrown to the bottom of the pile and served horrifying experiences at the hands of their superiors and compatriots.

Private Ahn Joon-ho and Corporal Han Ho-yul both team up to find the deserters, and end up in an adventurous journey.



Season 2





Series overview
SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16August 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)

Season 1 (2021)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"A Man Holding Flowers"Han Jun-heeKim Bo-tong & Han Jun-heeAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)
An Jun-ho's keen eye earns him a position in the Deserter Pursuit unit. On his first mission with Park Sung-woo, things don't go quite as planned.
22"Daydream"Han Jun-heeKim Bo-tong & Han Jun-heeAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)
Discharged from the hospital, Han Ho-yeol returns to the base and partners up with Jun-ho to search for a soldier last spotted at a subway station.
33"That Woman"Han Jun-heeKim Bo-tong & Han Jun-heeAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)
Jun-ho and Ho-yeol assist with a mission while on break. In an attempt to gain intel, the two go undercover to befriend a deserter's girlfriend.
44"The Monty Hall Problem"Han Jun-heeKim Bo-tong & Han Jun-heeAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)
Relentless hazing shifts Cho Suk-bong's once-warm personality. Riddled with responsibilities, an enlistee jumps the fence at the dead of night.
55"Military Dog"Han Jun-heeKim Bo-tong & Han Jun-heeAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)
Suk-bong is pushed over the edge. During their investigation, the D.P. duo learns of events that unfolded at Hwang Jang-soo's discharge.
66"Onlookers"Han Jun-heeKim Bo-tong & Han Jun-heeAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)
When a chase after a deserter turns into a manhunt for a criminal at large, Jun-ho and Ho-yeol rush to find him before armed men bring him down.



In late June 2020, Lezhin Entertainment officially announced that Lezhin Studio and Homemade Film would co-produce a 6-part adaptation of the hit webtoon D.P: Dog Days by Kim Bo-tong, to be released exclusively through Netflix.[11][12] The story is based on Kim's own experience during his mandatory military service.[13]

Director and co-writer Han Jun-hee had wanted to work on the webtoon's adaptation "for five or six years [before he] finally got a chance" to do so.[14] Though Ahn Joon-ho is a Corporal in the webtoon, Han wanted him to be a Private in the series so people could "resonate with the story and consider Joon-ho as a friend who just started his military service."[15]


On September 3, 2020, Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-kyun and Son Suk-ku were confirmed to star in the series.[16][17] Koo's character does not appear in the webtoon, which he found "hard but exciting to portray a character exclusive to the series."[18] To prepare for his role, Koo received help from his road manager who was part of the D.P. team during his military service.[19] As for Jung, he practiced boxing for three months before filming began, in order to do his own action scenes.[20]

Kim Bo-tong, who wrote the webtoon and co-wrote the series, commented that he "never dreamed of such a cast. They fit so perfectly into their roles that it seems like the roles were written for them."[21]


Principal photography began in the summer of 2020.[22]


Audience viewership[edit]

Following its release, the series topped Netflix's Top 10 in South Korea.[23]

Critical response[edit]

William Schwartz of HanCinema praised Jung Hae-in's acting, commenting that he "is sublime here, in a brooding cinematic role radically different from the romances he's better known for." He added that "D.P. is worth watching, not just by people curious what South Korean mandatory military service is really like, but anyone from any country who's seriously thinking about joining up."[24]

Pierce Conran of the South China Morning Post gave the series a 4.5/5 rating, noting that "D.P. hits home with a story that spans the past and present, as it acknowledges that yesterday’s problems can still be today’s." He also praised the cinematography as well as Jung and Koo's "electric chemistry".[25] Daniel Hart of Ready Steady Cut also rated the series 4.5 stars out of 5, describing it as "the finest K-Drama mini-series this year."[26]

Greg Wheeler of The Review Geek rated the series 4.3/5, noting that "D.P. is a stunning Korean drama [which] takes an unflinching look at bullying, the effect it has on mental health and larger societal questions about the mandatory military service in Korea" and praising the series for its "impressive" cinematography and for the way it "explore[s] a very sensitive and prevalent topic in a raw, artistic and unflinching way."[27]

In a mixed review, Hidzir Junaini of NME gave the series a 3/5 rating, commenting that "Kim Bo-tong and Han Jun-hee must be given credit for how this series tackles such extraordinarily difficult and tragic subject matter with compassion and sensitivity", and praising the "uniformly excellent performances, splendid cinematography, addictive pacing, and intrepid commitment to shedding light on the appalling culture of bullying in the military", but criticizing the "weak characterization [of the] three main leads" as well as the "ludicrous escalation of events during its climax, which suddenly turns a fairly grounded show into a melodramatic action thriller."[28]


On September 1, 2021, Jung Hae-in revealed during an interview that he is "looking forward to season 2, and the director and writer are already writing the script." On May 31, 2022, Netflix officially announced the production of the season 2 with all four main cast reprising their roles.[29]


Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
APAN Star Awards 2022 Best Director Han Jun-hee Nominated [30][31]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in an OTT Drama Jung Hae-in Won
Excellence Award, Actor in an OTT Drama Koo Kyo-hwan Nominated
Baeksang Arts Awards 2022 Best Drama D.P. Won [32][33]
Best Director Han Jun-hee Nominated
Best Actor Jung Hae-in Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Cho Hyun-chul Won
Best New Actor Koo Kyo-hwan Won
Shin Seung-ho Nominated
Blue Dragon Series Awards 2022 Best Drama D.P. Won [34][35]
Best Leading Actor Jung Hae-in Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Son Suk-ku Nominated
Best New Actor Koo Kyo-hwan Won
Director's Cut Awards 2022 Best Actor (TV) Jung Hae-in Nominated [36]
Koo Kyo-hwan Won
Best Director (TV) Han Jun-hee Nominated
Best Screenplay (TV) Kim Bo-tong
Han Jun-hee
Best New Actor (TV) Koo Kyo-hwan Nominated
Cho Hyun-chul Won
Best New Actress (TV) Won Jian Nominated
Asian Academy Creative Awards 2022 Best Actor in a leading role Jung Hae-in Won [37]


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