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Dr. Frost hopes for another adaptation success story

OCN is getting ready to launch Dr. Frost, its webtoon-adapted psychological procedural drama that just held its press conference on November 18, where the cast talked about its expectations and character descriptions.

The drama stars Song Chang-eui as the frosty-haired (and frosty-hearted?) lead character who teaches psychology, tends bar, and can read the minutest details of a person’s expressions, which helps in his additional job as police consultant. I don’t know when he finds the time to eat or sleep, but maybe he’s part robot; it wouldn’t be much of a stretch, considering that the character is as emotionless as one. After suffering an accident, he lost his ability to feel emotions but gained that convenient skill in reading faces. (I saw the microexpression concept used as a brief plot point in another cable drama this past week, Liar Game, and immediately thought of this show.)

Below are two teasers that were released a couple weeks ago, but I’d missed them then, so here they are now. The first one is pretty brief, and teases the idea of the 0.2 second rule, where that’s all the time our Dr. Frost (not his actual name) needs to size up a criminal.

The second teaser gives us a tiny bit more plot, with news of a new professor’s arrival spreading at school, and teaching assistant Jung Eun-chae wondering at the gossip that he has no feelings. Lee Yoon-ji, another professor, says in no uncertain terms that he (our hero?) must not be allowed to be a counselor. That sounds dire.

Jung Eun-chae described her character, who works in the counseling office, as upbeat and rash with a tendency toward interfering. The word is usually used for someone whose interference means well (i.e., trying to help, standing up for someone) but who therefore also tends to cause trouble, given their willingness to challenge authority. It’s a type who often walks that line between being someone you root for and someone (when handled poorly) whom viewers end up heaping scorn upon for always messing things up for everyone.

Jung said, however, that she hasn’t really spent too much time worrying about being disliked: “I’m more concerned with how to be genuine, and how, with each episode, I can help the leads with my most sincere efforts.”

Lee Yoon-ji shared an interesting tidbit about the origins of her character, which she didn’t learn until after she was cast, about how the webtoon’s writer had modeled the character after her. Apparently he’d seen her in dramas and had her in mind when creating the character, and Lee was both shocked and honored to realize the truth: “And a little burdened too.” I’ll say; that’s a lot to live up to.

I’m a little disappointed to hear that Song Chang-eui’s white hair is a wig, although given that I totally couldn’t tell from the pictures, maybe it’s a moot concern? He explains that although he and the director both agreed that they wanted to dye his hair, after five bleachings, his hair actually started to melt and break off, necessitating use of the wig. He shared that they’re fighting with the wind on set, lest a platinum wig go flying around, which is now a mental image I cannot unsee.

Given the success of Misaeng, which is pulling in very high numbers for tvN, other cable shows are hoping to pull off a similar success story, and Dr. Frost is one of them. Song Chang-eui said that seeing Misaeng doing well spurs him on to work even harder, and that they’re working hard to have their drama speak to audiences. That’s probably a wise choice, given that Misaeng is a hit for its ability to resonate with the average citizen, although Dr. Frost is a different enough show that it’s never going to have the same kind of effect. Do what you’re good at, OCN! (That would be: crime, procedural, dark, and flashy.)

Dr. Frost premieres on November 23, airing as a Sunday drama on OCN.









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It looks good! Yieeeeeeeeeeee~ I'm excited!

The 2nd teaser made me so happy. It looks serious AND FUN.

I don't know what they're saying in the teaser... but they're making me smile all the same.

>> He shared that they’re fighting with the wind on set, lest a platinum wig go flying around, which is now a mental image I cannot unsee.

HAHAHAHA. Thanks. Now I imagine it too!

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Agreed. I'll definitely be watching this. Ever since I saw SCH in Running Man a year ago I've checked out all his dramas and have to say he's a very good actor, he is very adorable and innocent in real life too, LYJ and the other funny ajjushi is another reason to watch this, don't know the lead actress but judging from the teasers I like what I see, also wig or not SCH is rocking that white hair for me at least. Can't wait.

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I was wondering why Lee Yoon-ji wasn't taking more time to just relax and enjoy being a newlywed, but I guess finding out that a character had been based on you is a pretty strong lure to accept the role. I really like her and Song Chang-eui, so I'll definitely be checking this out.

Thanks, JB-- I hope you're feeling better!

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Sounds interesting. Hopefully it'll be picked up by one of the major sites for subs, otherwise it will be pretty challenging watching this.

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looks like anime cosplay ~ Gintoki xP
but honestly it suits him. he looks good with this hair

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OMFG!!! I thought of Gintoki also XD If they ever want to make a drama adaptation he is the man for the role! @[email protected]

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Love his hair.

Also is ite or does he and Yoo Yeon Seok lookalike?

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Imo he's a bit better looking 'cause his features look nicer, but yeah they look alike.

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Oh, yes... If you say that Song Chang-eui is Yoo Yeon-seok brother, I'm gonna believe you.
They're so much look alike.
So its time to "yeon-seok's look alike face" to shine?
I wish it'll as good as our expectation

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I am looking forward to this (and the possibility of BTS clips of wig malfunctions haha)! I really geeked out reading the manhwa because I am fascinated with psychology, and look forward to seeing how they adapt the patient's cases into criminal cases. Or if and how they invent their own cases completely. Surprisingly very little of me is skeptical that it will do well, ditto on the hope that subs will be easy to find.
It's interesting to hear that Lee Yoon-ji (her outfit's neat btw) was the basis for the character; I can see it pretty well too.
OCN's "nice girls for the emotionally stunted heroes" aren't usually too annoying, so if the actress is up to par, it should be fine. The original character didn't cause too much trouble if memory serves, she just experienced the usual fallout of a learning curve.
Dr. Frost, Fighting! (Crap, I'm too invested already!)

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Its finally here!!!! So excited! I dont need OCN to duplicate what tvn does (like their style) because i love their crime drama style. I absolutely love Bad Guys and i hope Dr Frost too. Of course, i also want this show to exceed expectations and pull high ratings. Its surprising Song Chang Eui is using a wig. Doesnt look like a wig to me. Its a bit weird but it doesnt give off that its a wig. Its really hard to work with bleach. Ruins the hair! But im sure relieved his hair wasnt styled up (unlike in the prevs before, and in some posters above) or else its not Frost like!

Anyways, I absolutely love the webtoon and i want to feel the same for the adaptation. One more detail for everything to be complete though: PAVLOV!

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Who's the main girl?

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I don't really feel like there's a main leading lady. Dr. Frost is the most important and central figure in Dr. Frost. I guess the TA gets more screen time since she helps Dr. Frost and is always hanging around his office since she works for him and so you can say she is the main girl. Whereas Lee Yoon Ji's character gives me more of that second lead feeling and it's been a while, but I don't remember seeing around as much in comparison.

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That explains the uncanny resemblance that Lee Yoon-ji has with the character she plays. Well here's to hoping that they don't make major changes to the story.

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Really looking forward to this, especially for Song Chang Ui and Lee Yoon Ji! The story sounds interesting too.

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I thought that Lee Yoon Ji would've been awesome as the TA and I'm a bit disappointed that she isn't (I thought she was), but it sounds reassuring knowing that the author had Lee Yoon Ji in mind. I'll trust Lee Jong Bum.

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when i read the manhwa, the stories focusing on psychological approach to daily life. It was interesting, despite the pace was slow that i didn't realized i've read more than 50 chapters.

so when i know he will be police consultant i really looking forward to it! i love this genre and curious about it.

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what's wrong with the cordi

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HAHAHAHAHA the wig flying around set omg I hope they put that in a blooper XD. Looking forward to this as a fan of Song Chang-eui and Lee Yoon Ji!!

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I love his wardrobe!

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This reminds me of Sherlock who also seems to lack emotions, can read people really well, and works as a police consultant.

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