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New season of Drama Special premieres with Sirius
by | January 5, 2013 | 61 Comments

A new year means a new season of KBS’s anthology series Drama Special, an umbrella for their short programming that varies in length from one to eight episodes per installment and launches new directors, writers, and lesser-known stars. This year they’re planning on six shows, and it kicks off with a 4-episode suspense thriller called Sirius, starring Seo Joon-young (To the Beautiful You, Bleak Night, Tree With Deep Roots) in a double leading role as a set of twins. Two Seo Joon-youngs and one of them is evil? Sold.

Directing is Mo Wan-il, whose credits include past Drama Specials and Dream High 2 (We’ll try not to hold that against you.) and writing is newbie Won Ri-oh with no credits. The series is an action thriller about a set of twin brothers, one good and one evil. They’re not going to be subtle about it either — one’s a cop and the other’s a criminal, so it’s as literal as can be. But damn if the imagery isn’t cool, with two identical gun-toting angels.

But of course there’s a twist, otherwise it’s not so interesting. The “E” and the “S” on the poster are for the two brothers’ names: Eun-chang, the hyung and convict, and Shin-woo, the younger brother who grows up to become a detective. And judging from the trailer — and granted, it’s confusing since it’s one actor playing two parts — the younger brother is the evil one. He’s the one whispering at the end, “Hyung should never have been born.” Creeeepy.

So it looks like Eun-chang ends up a convict because of something he did to save his little brother, and Shin-woo is a crooked cop. What makes it even harder to know for sure is that the story involves them swapping places, naturally, so who knows which brother is evil at which juncture in the story? I say we just prepare for a healthy dose of confusion, and hope that the performance from Seo Joon-young helps keep it all straight in our heads. No pressure.

The tagline on the poster: “The two brightest stars,” a reference to Sirius being the single brightest star in the sky. Please just don’t start adding any metaphors about how there can’t be two moons in the sky either. In some ways it sounds like your classic sacrificing hyung and wayward little bro story, except the part where they share a face, which opens them up to a sinister identity-swapping plot and a whole host of personal issues. I don’t know which brother is saying this in the trailer: “I look in the mirror and I see a face the same as yours, but why am I like this?” I think if you have to ask, you’re the Bad Twin.

Ryu Seung-soo (The Chaser), Uhm Hyun-kyung (Horse Healer), and Jo Woo-ri (Can Love Become Money) also star. Sirius premieres Sunday January 6, and airs for four weeks on KBS.

Via SBS E!


61 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. bulleusekat

    SOLD. Can’t wait to watch it and ready to be confused by roles swaps of the twins รจ_รฉ !

  2. Sara

    This looks amazing!!! I love these types of dramas and am sold at the fact that it’s only 4 episodes. Hopefully it will be on youtube, hulu or somewhere where I can watch it.

  3. girlatsea

    He was pretty awesome in the three or so episodes I saw of To the Beautiful You. Hope it gets subbed!

  4. aa

    I have a question.

    Did this guy playing the lead of KBS daily drama before? He looks the same.

    • 4.1 kay

      yup the architecture one. wonder how that one ended….

      • 4.1.1 danni

        Wow, I didn’t realize that before and I sat through quite a few painful episodes of “Only You” and most of “To the Beautiful You.” I knew I had seen him somewhere before TTBY, just couldn’t place it.

      • 4.1.2 Gala

        I finished that one…only cause his chemistry with the lead actress was amazing. Altho, unlike other dailies, problems in Just You got resolved pretty quickly. So i give them plus points. And SJY is really an amazing actor. His talent was wasted on TBY. SPOILER ahead for his daily drama’s ending:

        It’s typical kdrama where everything got resolved. The evil second lead dude was sent to prison. When he was released, he went tot the States with Park Jung Ah’s character. The lead girl was pregnant and was about to give birth just before the ending credits rolled in. And it wouldn’t be a daily drama without a wedding!

  5. cherkell

    AWESOMESAUCE! Seo Joon Young was the only reason why I sat through 128 episodes of “Only You.” Can’t wait for this tomorrow night!!!

    • 5.1 Elle

      I did the same. Though it was painful at times. He has a lot of charisma in the roles I’ve seen him in.

      • 5.1.1 Gala

        Yeah, the side stories were quite painful. But as I mentioned in an above comment, his chemistry and relationship with Han Hye Rin’s character were so natural. The two looked like they’re so in love.

  6. CB

    Reminds me a bit of Lee Min Ho’s car commercial series.

    • 6.1 Mawiie

      omg me too! I love love love Lee Min Ho but that series of commercials were cornier and cheesier than nachos

    • 6.2 puddingpie

      me too!

      I wish they made it 16 episodes longer lols
      it looks so much promising for a kdrama
      glad they made this theme ^^

  7. Mar

    Good for him, he was totally wasted in TTBY.

  8. austriandramalover

    Awww yeah! I really liked him in TTBY (would have loved to see him some more in that) so I am totally on board!

  9. Melmax

    He’s a good actor in what I’ve seen him in…. Thanks, hope KBS will share this Eng subbed…

  10. 10 Trina

    This drama concept of hyung-dongsaeng is already heart-wrenching, and with twins at that. Hot twins. Yes, please.

    I’ve encountered a somehow similar drama in the Philippines two years ago where one was a soldier and the other was a rebel in the mountains. Separated at birth, both raised good, until they met in an operation, got confused of each other’s existence, and changed places.

    This K-drama special has to be acted well, considering the actor’s solid performance was what convinced me to watch that drama.

    • 10.1 Sisiorchid

      COCO MARTIN! (Just have to say it.) ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 10.1.1 jcay

        haha…my thoughts exactly. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 10.1.2 halftwin

        oh yeah, i remember that one but i didn’t watch most of its episode. if im correct rebel is in love w/ soldier’s friend/ex(?) and soldier’s fell in love w/ rebel’s friend…
        it’s quite confusing… LOL
        Coco Martin “Indie Prince” (?)

    • 10.2 Trina

      So, you must be my twin from another mother. LOL

    • 10.3 MhsC

      Aww :)) I really love that Filipino Drama :))

  11. 11 Saturtledaisy

    lol at the ‘there can’t be two moons in the sky’ reference. But I’m sure that with only a 4-episode run there is no time to bore us with repetitive methaphors… right?

    Other than that, this looks pretty interesting~~!

  12. 12 crazedlu

    In. Te. Res. Ting. He is mighty cute. I kind of like this giving newbie directors,writers, and actors a shot thing.

  13. 13 kakashi

    me wants!

  14. 14 enz

    was wondering about these drama specials coz we get them on Saturdays on kbs world. managed to catch them once or twice but a bit frustrating cos there is no synopsis and no way for me to check out title and casts! yesterday, at least I recognized Minho’s face and found out it was the pianist. that was a sweet drama. this one sounds interesting. thanks

  15. 15 canxi

    Oooooooo *___* I still love him from Bleak Night which is now a favorite movie of mine.

  16. 16 JC

    I’m already sold on the premise.
    Please let this be good!

  17. 17 jomo

    OMG I love him, want him, need him.
    By me, I mean Heads, of course
    **sneaks away not at all with Seo Joon-young in heart**

  18. 18 queencircles

    Omg i love him. Definitely watching it

  19. 19 Alyyy

    Ohhhh! I’m excited! One of the reasons I hesitate to watch Korean dramas is the length, so watching mini-dramas is precisely what I wanted!

    What are the other 4 shows about?

  20. 20 Steph

    He looks a lot like Yoon Shi Yoon! But I like him better than YSY. The drama plot seems really interesting althought the teaser didn’t seem too special. I’ll be looking out for it!

  21. 21 ravens_nest

    Can’t wait! I love short and introspective psychological crime thrillers. Sounds fab to me.

  22. 22 RebeccaC

    Anyone else think the lower half of the main picture looks like a thick, naked chicken leg (before you realize it’s just a reflection)? Gave me a chuckle.

  23. 23 Sajen

    if directed, written, and acted correctly sounds awesome.

    • 23.1 rainbow


    • 23.2 Sajen

      wow, I have got to stop making posts when I’m half asleep

    • 23.3 Vinn

      true, but with that premise I’m worried about it being only 4 episodes… unless they don’t do a lot with the premise?

      Regardless, sounds awesome! Can’t wait.

      • 23.3.1 canxi

        I wouldn’t worry about that. Sounds like a 4 hour movie to me.

  24. 24 bimbobunny


    Seo Joon-young? SOLD, SOLD & SOLD. & Not, just one Seo Joon-young, but two Seo Joon-young’s (Regardless of him playing two roles at once, still… the fact that theirs an evil and good) side is just intriguing ^^


  25. 25 Vincy

    Can’t wait!! Love thrillers and Seo Joon Young so I am in for a treat!!

  26. 26 LangitBiru

    Seo Joon-young!!!! Oh my god, I love him since I watched him as the prince in Tree With Deep Roots. I even cried when he died in the drama. Can’t wait for this.

    • 26.1 Tha

      So I wasn’t the only one. He may not have had a major role in TWDR but he had major impact! I loved him in that! Was really looking forward to more of this actor! Thanks!

  27. 27 Abbie

    This sounds really interesting, but will you guys recap it? ‘Cause I don’t think it’ll be on Dramafever anytime soon, and that’s where I get my kdrama fix, other than Netflix. And here is the only other place I can get kdramas. Please, Please recap this!

  28. 28 magnus

    Got me hook line and sinker. I will be watching this. Premise sounds good and I’ll hold out hope on the rookie writer since we literally know nothing about her(him? I can’t tell from the name alone). I hope this is good!

  29. 29 risa

    Hot dayum! *goes off to find drool cup*

  30. 30 ladida

    Oh man, I wish he really had wings…I’m really into wings…(And that’s my weirdo contribution for the night.)

  31. 31 rose

    The plotline is right out of a hindi movie….been there done that….evil twin brother and good twin brother, separated at birth, either they both fall for the same girl or there is some confusion regarding their identity….

    • 31.1 darknesseyes

      lol haha that is so true xD

  32. 32 eve

    will this drama be recapped? just in case i can’t see it… sob. i hate it when school stops me from watching awesome dramas.

  33. 33 DC

    Yes! I’ve loved Suh Joon Young since Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho. Excited to see him the lead again after being completely wasted as the lead on the daily drama Just You (where he had excellent chemistry with leading lady Han Hye Rin).

    Definitely going to watch this.

  34. 34 Alize

    Seo Joon-young from smile mum..just finish watching that drama recently,love his character in smile mum..:)

  35. 35 Jumbalaya

    This sounds really interesting… Especially the twist of the cop actually being evil…

  36. 36 yamapisukii

    totally going on my watch list. I’ve got a thing for twins after all. lol

  37. 37 darknesseyes

    recaps for this please????? I doubt it’ll get subbed…. T_T

  38. 38 Rain00

    Maybe he is “just” suffering under personality disorder ๐Ÿ˜›
    But it sounds not bad. Hope there will make a good script and dont set it on the ground. ๐Ÿ˜›

  39. 39 Kstylick

    I hope this one would really come out good. I’ve been hearing good things about it so far.

  40. 40 joe


    # of Episodes = 4

    Season 3 of KBS2 Dramas Special Series

    Ends on January 27, 2013

    Official Site: http://www.kbs.co.kr/drama/series3/

  41. 41 inxomnia

    Seems like a thrilling watch, hooked! It reminds me a bit of Cain and Abel, but hopefully better since it’s shorter. And SJY is pretty cute!

  42. 42 Ruth

    Not so much close up, but from a distance (at least, on the promo poster) Seo Joon Young looks like So Ji Sub.

  43. 43 Joanna e.

    I Superlike the story but kind of keep me hanging. But then i will finish the 4 episodes n0 matter what! 2 m0re! Aja!

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