OCN drama pairs Seo In-gook as charming swindler, Sooyoung as upright civil servant
Ah, so the cast has been finalized for OCN’s scam-artists-catching-scam-artists drama Police Unit 38, and it’s the same actors that were initially in contention: Seo In-gook (I Remember You), Sooyoung (My Spring Days), and Ma Dong-seok (Bad Guys). I like the actors, and moreover, I like the way this drama is taking a humorous spin on a crime squad, so this is good news.
The drama is a little oddly specific in its premise: A team is assembled to go after tax evaders using any means necessary, which includes using the criminals’ own tactics to trick them and bring ’em down, whether it’s through lies, subterfuge, con artistry, or the like. Is it strictly ethical? Well, maybe not exactly… but sometimes you just want people to get things done, and a bureaucratic system full of red tape is not exactly the most efficient justice delivery vehicle.
(Fyi, the title is translated Police Unit 38, where Article 38 of the legal code is the part that deals with tax payment. The word for police unit has a prefix attached that plays on the word for scam, since the team will employ scams of their own in catching their targets.)
Seo In-gook will play a charming swindler who’s sexy, smart, and glib, which makes for frankly perfect casting. It should also give us a fun match-up, since he’ll have an unlikely bromance with Ma Dong-seok, who plays the upright, righteous chief of the tax collection department. Sooyoung, meanwhile, lives by the rules as a civil servant working in the tax evasion department who is principled and logical in everything — which suggests to me that she may not have the easiest adjustment to working with our con artist hero. Should be a fun meeting of personalities, and the producers promise a fast tempo to the cases, humor, and satisfying plots.
Police Unit 38 comes from writer Han Jung-hoon, who’s already produced several hit OCN crime dramas, Bad Guys and both seasons of Vampire Prosecutor. Directing is PD Hwang Joon-hyuk of Hidden Identity. It will air in June.
Via Xports News
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