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First look at detective Yoon Sang-hyun in serial-killer drama Gap-dong

‘Tis the season for serial killer thrillers, with tvN’s Gap-dong preparing to join the mix in another month. (Fine, so there’s only one other serial killer drama out right now, God’s Gift, but can we agree that having serial killers running loose in dramaland in any sort of plural form is a lot?)

Gap-dong—which is based on a true story, shivers—is about a serial killer who never got caught during his (her?) murder streak in the 1980s, who only resurfaces twenty years later after the statute of limitations expires. Thankfully our hero, Yoon Sang-hyun, is a cop on the job with justice on his mind—or maybe payback is the greater motivator, as his father was wrongly accused and became the principal suspect in the original case, eventually driven to suicide over it.

Thus in the poster above, his tagline reads, “Thank you… so you were alive…” After all, there’d be no satisfaction in nailing the guy if he were already dead, I suppose. He became a detective directly because this case, so I’m picturing him being relentless and single-minded, perhaps to his own detriment. (Kim So-yeon in Two Weeks comes to mind.)

Though Gap-dong takes the infamous Hwaseong serial murders as the basis for its story, the drama unfolds in a fictional city of Iltan (the crimes are known as the Iltan serial murders in this world). Yoon Sang-hyun begins his hunt for the resurfaced criminal, known as Gap-dong, as a detective in Iltan Police Department’s violent crimes unit. The drama is directed by PD Jo Soo-won of I Hear Your Voice and written by Kwon Eum-mi of Royal Family, so I expect some solid tension and suspense. Also in the cast are Sung Dong-il, Kim Min-jung, Lee Joon, and Kim Ji-won.

Gap-dong will follow Emergency Couple in tvN’s newly created Friday-Saturday drama timeslot, and premieres on April 11.

Via E News 24

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Yes Drama, I will be watching you.

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And I, as well.

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And so will I (admittedly, my draw was Kim Ji-won, but...)

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I'm going to check it out too!

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I really liked him secret garden n I can hear ur voice, he did a lot Rom com can't wait to see him in a thriller.
* first to comment (sry couldn't help myself)

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lol not. sucks to be you.

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me=watching
Sang hyun oppa is looking mighty fine and rugged

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Yes, he does look delicious, doesn't he? Mmmm.

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mmm, love the shorter hair cut :)

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He really looks better than ever!

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I will definitely be following this one. I just hope they tread lightly with the topic, since it is an unsolved case and quite a recent one too. No fake missing persons promotional gimmicks like what SBS tried to pull with 'God's Gift', please.

I wonder if the killer will actually ever be shown as a character here. It is definitely a male, since the police did profile him as such from the rape element and the DNA he left behind, but since it is an unsolved case, would they actually go full on fantasy and show him?

Still, tvN, good cast, interesting premise. I can't ask for much more at this point. And finally Yoon gets to play someone other than a loud funny or geeky man. He's done melodrama and such before, but it was waaaay back in the day and he needs this change before he is typecast.

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My goodness, we are being spoiled with thrillers right now. Love the cast, love the PD, don't know the writer but what the hey - love her too. I am looking forward to this, and it's not just because I have never seen Yoon Sang-hyun with short hair.

It tickles me that Lee Bo-young and Yoon Sang-hyun are both headlining serial killer thrillers.

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I been wanting to say this for a while, so here goes nothing: how much do I love ur username Baek song yi sshi. I keep remembering Chun Song yi rapping in the car about Man,Chun and baek Song yi.

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^seconding the love of the Chun Song-yi rap shoutout that is your username!

(and yes, I am mighty tickled that two former IHYV costars are in simultaneous serial killer dramas - after the serial killer drama that was IHYV, of course)

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Oh my gosh! This is THE guy I wanna marry. I love him so much. Gonna watch this definitely. I know he always wanted to do something dark and I think he can do this. Am so happy for him.

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This guy can rock so many different genres and actually be good at every single one!

Will be dropping in because of him.

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He looks FINE.

What a haircut can do.

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Will definitely check this one out. The poster is awesome.

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this premise sounds like the same story as the movie PSH did
last year Confessions of murder. Minus the killer writing a book about all his crimes and becoming famous for it

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Not a single trace or Mr. Nerdy-White-Socks left (as he was in I Hear Your Voice). Talk about a stark contrast between roles. I am looking forward to this one, more than God's Gift. I don't know, maybe it's the kid element in God's Gift that makes it hard for me to stomach (that little girl is just too adorable to kill). But this sounds more like Confession of Murder, as was mentioned, and I really liked that movie. Wasn't that movie also (loosely?) based on the Hwaseong Murders, too? Same time period I believe; the late '80s. Anyway, looking forward to this with Yoon Sang-hyun and Sung Dong-il (whom I also love).

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At first glance, I thought he was the murderer. I would like to see him do that sort of role, too...

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seems interesting.... i really like dramas or documentaries that tackle serial killers.. XD

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It's a very interesting story, but I think it's too dark for me to take on as part of my "try not to hate YSY" project. I've only seen him in three Dramas and in one of them, IHYV, I felt the urge to see his character hurt a little bit - smarmy, possessive and irritatingly self-assured and self-centred. In the other Can't Lose, had his character been the victim of a serial killer I would have trouble restraining myself from dancing a jig of ecstasy. I guess he's my anti-bias, someone who just rubs me up the wrong way no matter what. Combine that with the fact that I *still* can't get over the RoK having a statute of limitations for MURDER, and I think YSY will have to wait for another chance to make himself seem less smash-in-faceworthy to me.

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Seeing as how he's played characters that has genuinely rubbed you wrong, i'd say he did well in his performances.

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Oh yes, I agree - to evoke that sort of reaction is a testament to his acting skill, but just people are drawn to a bias for reasons that are not objectively rational, so too with an anti-bias. I don't know a single thing about the guy other than his name and that he has a nice singing voice, and would love to watch a show that sold me on him, but this one won't be it.

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i think the problem must lie in you and not the actor. your words kind of rub me wrong even if I am not a fan of him but I wouldn´t be so extreme. also, you can´t say you won´t like something in advance.
well, maybe you have a small guy crush and in denial. usually extreme opinions mirror a secretly opposite stand....

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goodness, he looks like a different person. cool.

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Posters, trailers of YSH oozing manliness, nice change-up from rom-com roles. Might keep this one on my plan to watch.

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My favourite ahjusshi,oska oppa
He looks so different in the poster
Best of luck and I'll definitely keep an eye out for this drama

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One of my favorite k-drama actors everrrr! I can't wait to see him in action and shine <3333. Gap-dong, I'm gonna keep a tab on you *wink*

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Short hair makes him look a lot like Kim Kang Woo!

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Did i just watch this entire video although I don't know what he's saying? Yes!!! Because I so love this guy. http://youtu.be/i6l1gr_N56Y

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I love serial killer/crime dramas, after finishing 2 seasons of TEN & SBS' Ghost, I need a new fix!

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huh..seeing lee joon have alot a project.. good luck joonaaah

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Wow he looks completely different from his nerdy, kind, clean-cut character in I Hear Your Voice. I really liked him then and I'm interested in this drama now. The plot seems good and intense, but perhaps darker than I'm used to.

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Oh,...did not recognize him....He looks good. Alas, I wish her were the criminal though. Thanks for the article.

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*he

Happy fingers....This reminds me of "Memories of a Murder"...I'll probably never forget that movie.

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Ajhussi!!! He was the best thing about IHYV for me and he looks so different here. Too bad my April drama quota has already been filled but if there will be recaps I'll follow this drama and Maybe dramathon it when it ends.

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Another Ahjusshi gets hotter.....

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I keep reading 'Ggaep-song'. Curse you Byun Baekhyun.

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