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Cameras begin rolling on SBS’s Punch

Ah, finally: The first stills have started to trickle out from the production of Punch, SBS’s upcoming thriller from the writer of The Chaser and Empire of Gold, which began filming on November 11.

And my, am I glad to see Kim Rae-won back in dramas, looking so sharp that I actually didn’t recognize him at first and did a double-take. (Okay, Thousand Day Promise wasn’t SO long ago, but I miss him in good dramas.) I’m used to thinking of Kim Rae-won as warm and personable, but he’ll be going much more hard-edged and intense as the prosecutor who finds out he has six months to live and decides to take down the crooked system as his “final punch” to the world. I’m sad that he’s dying, but excited about the dramatic potential, since this writer pulls no punches (hur hur) in his depictions of flawed ambitious people and institutional corruption.

Kim’s character works for Jo Jae-hyun, whose friendly public face masks his unscrupulous morals; he’ll use any underhanded tactic in service of getting what he wants. In the scenes pictured here, the men are working to make Jo Jae-hyun the public prosecutor general, an office he ends up winning. But though they begin on the same side, things will change as the prosecutors find themselves facing off against each other, with Kim later determined to take Jo down.

Kim Ah-joong plays Kim Rae-won’s ex-wife (hello, important plot point that never got mentioned before!), having divorced him because of his single-minded pursuit of success. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t still care for him, though her concern is mixed with resentment. She’s also an upright prosecutor—a breed that it seems is rare in this drama—and the mother to a kindergarten-age daughter; she’s running toward the school bus in the still below, after the bus gets into an accident. I’m perking up at this added detail about the Kims being divorced, which makes their dynamics a lot more complicated and interesting than when I thought she was just another prosecutor. Ahh, the tension is gonna be so good.

Punch will follow Secret Door as SBS’s next Monday-Tuesday drama, and premieres in mid-December.

Via TV Report, Ten Asia, My Daily

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Kim Rae Won ♥

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I will be definitely watching this for Kim Rae Won ♥

but I don't like the part of the plot "dying" ;___;

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*Excited*

For something amazing on the Mon/Tue slot. For the Punch-Chaser writer. For an intelligent drama. I'm so up for this!

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Wow this would mean he has to promote Gangnam 1970 while filming Punch, just like Joo Won is doing now for Fashion King and Cantabile. Must be tough for Joo Won.

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Wow they look great and I have no worries with this writer. *rocks back and forth trying to contain excitement*

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Hee... was just rewatching Gourmet ... I like him ever since My Little Bride.. goofy and loveable

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but why does he have to die????? nooooooo, let there be a miracle cure.

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Kim Ah Joong looks great. Interested in this.

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I don't know about everyone else but I am here for Park Kyung Soo and his amazing writing style. I have ful confidence in that genius screenwriter.

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Ditto.

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Kim Rae-won and Kim Ah-joong! Swoon! (But ex-wife?) But still this Kim couple, I will watch for!

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Kim Rae-won. I can't believe he's returned to me after so many years. And finally in a drama I want to watch!

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Thanks for the news about punch. ^^
I'm waiting for this!
Kim Rae Won, Jo Jae Hyun and Kim Ah Joong look great!
#excited

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love her style except the shoes lol

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i'm excited not because of the cast but ilke the writer, will check it

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totally love KRW , I miss his charming smile and laugh in these serious stills but am gonna watch for sure , he is such an amazing and loveable actor ..

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What happened to Kim Rae-Won? it really has been too long since he's been in a drama. not military service? he seems to be over the age for that

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Seeing him again such a long time remind me of my favorite A Thousand Day Promise.
He's looking fit. Nice to see.

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its fun to see these fresh faced youths under mops of hair grow up and become the mature looking ajusshi's with the slicked back hair and awesome grown up airs in there dramas. and i love them both ways. its nice to grow with the actor and see them mature and show what they can do and be! welcome back to the screen and to my tv!

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kim rae won fighting.

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