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Choi Jin-hyuk pursues hooded man from past to future in Tunnel

A new teaser gives us another tiny glimpse of time-traveler cop Choi Jin-hyuk (Pride and Prejudice) in his upcoming mystery crime procedural Tunnel. It’s being aired on OCN, so you know it’s going to be dark and gritty. I don’t know if this is a coincidence, but Choi is actually playing a detective who travels forward through time from 1986 (his birth year) to present-day Korea.

He plays a violent crimes detective with ten years of experience, who one day goes through a tunnel and ends up in the future. The plot is centered around him trying to get back home to his time by solving a cold case that he was working on in the past. He must hunt down the culprit of the female university student serial homicides that occurred during 1986. Then did the culprit travel forward in time too?

There was one teaser already released that showed Choi Jin-hyuk biking through a time-warp tunnel and emerging on the other side in the present. For this teaser, Choi Jin-hyuk stands in a crowd of people and tries to determine where he is. He recalls chasing a shadowy hooded figure inside the tunnel, but he must have bumped his head because that’s all that he remembers. He wonders if maybe catching that suspect may be the key to traveling back to his own time.

The stills show him rocking (or trying to rock) an ’80s fashion look, complete with the then-trendy 8:2 hair part. Another shows him sitting down on a curb, frustrated and looking lost. Just seeing Choi Jin-hyuk back again with his trademark pout-frown is getting me hyped already for this drama.

OCN’s upcoming time-traveling thriller Tunnel will air on Saturdays and Sundays and premieres in March.

Via MyDaily

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Seems a lot like the British detective show Life on Mars, only with the protagonist traveling forward in time (rather than traveling back to the 1970s, which was what happened in Life on Mars.)

That show focused a lot on the main character having to figure out how to deal with a period-appropriate police department that was full of violence, misogyny, casual racism, etc. I'd be interested in seeing them explore a similar disconnect between how police officers in Korea fought crime back in the 80s (e.g. forced confessions, police brutality, few active roles for women, etc.) and how the modern Korean justice system works.

Definitely on my to-watch list!

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Yes, I can't unsee the resemblance with Life on Mars either (god, I watched it several years later and I fell in love instantly. A funny story is how the protagonist is named Sam Tyler after Rose Tyler form Doctor Who bc the daughter of the writer was completely in love with her. And then, years later that same actor played The Master in Doctor Who. Lol don't mind me, too much coffe right now!).

It's rather cool that the principle is the other way around, traveling foward rather than backwards.

And it's really interesting that point, seeing him struggle with the differences. That would be REALLY good plot point. Especially on topics of gender equality, civil rights or even (but let's be honest, I doubt it) about sexual orientations. It would be cool.

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And it’s really interesting that point, seeing him struggle with the differences. That would be REALLY good plot point. Especially on topics of gender equality, civil rights or even (but let’s be honest, I doubt it) about sexual orientations.

Speaking as someone who was a grownup in 1986, there's no way he doesn't fall down the internet rabbit hole to the exclusion of all else. (The other amazing things since then? Fitting all your music on a tiny thing you can hold in your hand and watching nearly whatever you'd like instantly. Pleasures we could only dream of in '86.)

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The ending of Life on Mars was rubbish though. What was a very interesting series became a dame squib with that denouement.

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The British version had a better ending. Unfortunately the US remake got the axe so they had to quickly create an ending.

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The BBC Life on Mars had a good ending that got better once the sequel (Ashes to Ashes) was done - it's ending covered both series & tied everything up beautifully.

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Omgggg Choi Jin Hyuk ahhhhhhhhhh *more incoherent babbles*

I fell in love with him in Pride and Prejudice, which was an admittedly flawed show but him, the main girl, and their boss just shone so brightly that it sucked me in regardless.

I love his acting style. I feel like he always plays different versions of the same guy (himself perhaps?) but it's so naturalistic and charming that I can't help but love him. I can see him being both serious and effortlessly charming again in this show and... He'll get to solve crimes... This is basically my catnip.

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I'm so used to seeing him red-haired in dramas; he looks odd w/the dark hair. :laugh:

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So looking forward to this!

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he is 5 years younger than me but he sort of looks older.

great concept, I hope it is good.-

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Welcome back choi jinhyuk. March please come quick. I guess he is sporting a black hair cuz the setting is in 1986. He still got the looks?

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8:2 is trending now but why does he look so bad in it? :P :P

anyway the premise definitely makes it more intriguing

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so glad to see you back! can't wait for this drama. can't wait to see choi jin hyuk every week for a while!

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I like Choi Jin Hyuk, but is this "Signal"?

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On one hand, it's Choi Jin Hyuk. On the other hand, it's Choi Jin Hyuk. Win-win! Can't wait for this to air :D

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