Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo will reunite on Disney+ reality show “The Zone: Survival Mission”

SEOUL, Sept. 06 (Yonhap) — South Korean stars Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo will reunite on upcoming reality game show “The Zone: Survival Mission,” after popular variety show “Running Man”.

In the original Disney+ show, three cast members Yoo, Lee, and Kwon Yu-ri from Girls’ Generation are given missions to survive eight different situations in themed spaces, such as being chased by zombies, in a limited time.

It’s the first project the Yoo-Lee duo have appeared in together since the latter walked away from long-running popular TV show “Running Man” last year, citing health issues. The two had collaborated since the first episode of “Running Man” in 2010.

“We have worked together for a long time. We know each other very well, both on and off set, Yoo said Tuesday at a press conference in Seoul. “I know Kwang-soo understands unscripted shows very well and knows how to react.”

Lee, nicknamed “Prince of Asia” for his comedic and friendly image in “Running Man”, said he didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to work with Yoo again in the new survival game show focused on addressing disaster challenges.

“There are many variety shows like escape games. But ‘The Zone’ is different from them. We have to survive,” Lee said. “I liked joining this project, because I wanted to work with Jae-suk again.”

Yoo, the veteran comedian, said “The Zone” aims to help viewers laugh and take the stress out of their daily lives during the past two years of the pandemic.

“Our actors are thrown into extreme situations on the show. But the situations involve our daily lives,” he said. “We often think it’s hard to endure this difficult time. Our show dramatized this feeling in a reality show.”

“The Zone” is co-produced by Cho Hyo-jin, Yoo’s longtime collaborator well known for similar variety shows, such as “Running Man” (2010-present), “Family Outing” (2018-10) and “X-Man” (2003-07).

“I started working on this project in the middle of the pandemic reading the phrase that it’s not the strongest person who survives but the one who survives is the strongest,” Cho said. “Our cast members are not superheroes. They even look inferior to our viewers. Viewers will feel relaxed and fun watching the cast’s hilarious challenges.”

“The Zone: Survival Mission” will be released on Disney+ this Thursday.

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