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The game is afoot in sci-fi mystery Circle

New stills and a longer teaser bring our two parallel worlds together, as each half searches for the truth behind a string of mysterious deaths. Kim Kang-woo (Goodbye Mr. Black) and Yeo Jin-gu (Jackpot) star in the sci-fi mystery drama Circle: Two Connected Worlds, which is divided into two parts: Part 1 is set in 2017 and Part 2 is set in 2037.

In Part 1: Beta Project, Yeo Jin-gu plays college student Kim Woo-jin. Kim Woo-jin is the top student at Handam Science and Technology University, but the sudden involvement of his twin brother in a murder case leads him to use all his smarts to figure out the strange events connected to his brother, and the subsequent unsolved homicides of 2017. That investigation will connect him to Gong Seung-yeon (Introverted Boss), who is also looking for answers after her best friend’s suicide.

The teaser starts off showing Yeo Jin-gu’s back; the scenery starts changing but he remains the same, much like Kim Kang-woo’s first character teaser. Then he turns and reveals that he is holding a police file that is burning. Yeo Jin-gu says in voiceover, “A man chasing a serial case has disappeared… Where are you?” Then he adds, “Two worlds. The one truth they seek. Circle.”

The newest stills are from Part 2: Brave New World. In Part 2, Korea is Elysium-esque as it is divided into two areas: a smart district without crime, illness, or unhappiness; and a general district with various crimes and diseases. Kim Kang-woo acts as Kim Joon-hyuk, a veteran detective in the general district. He will pursue a case based in 2037, but as Yeo Jin-gu said, they will really be after the same truth.

The stills released focus on detective Kim Kang-woo on the case, along with a city government worker played by Lee Ki-kwang (Monster), and fellow detectives Seo Hyun-chul (Oh My Geum-bi) and Kwon Hyuk-soo (Missing 9). His scenes are reported as intense, but it seems like the kind of drama that’s just going to be intense from start to finish.

The main poster for the drama features the cast split across two worlds, though notably Yeo Jin-gu crosses the barrier between them. The tagline is the same as the one in the teaser: “Two worlds. The one truth they seek.”

On the one hand, I am so excited for this to air. It looks like a really cool and well thought out science fiction drama with an all-star cast. On the other hand, I’m a little scared to watch it. I am such a wimp when it comes to anything scary (it took me months to watch Master’s Sun and that’s a comedy). But for Yeo Jin-gu I think I need to put my big girl pants on and give it a go. Who’s with me?

tVN’s new Monday-Tuesday sci-fi chase drama Circle: Two Connected Worlds will premiere May 22, after The Liar and His Lover.

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I'm in this for yeo jin goo

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Oh yes! It felt like he hasn't been in a drama for 10yrs.

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It sure does feel like it because he's mostly starred in sageuks. Though Jackpot was his first 'adult' drama, I deem that Circle is a project where he can stretch his abilities as an adult actor on the small screen :)

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Same here. I remember when he was just a kid actor and now he's grown up and I am SO READY for him to just burst onto the scene as a lead who can carry a whole show on his back.

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Aren't we all? 😉

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I like the premise and it will depend for me if the story can deliver.

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Kim Kang-woo's smile! *melts* This is definitely going on my to-watch list.

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It sounds interesting but I hope it delivers very well. I've been in a kdrama slump these past few weeks so I need this one to be good. *cross fingers*

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What could be better than having a Yeo Jingu and Kim sohyun's news back to back? Psh, I wish they ARE in the same news

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I instinctively just said out loud,"Omygod, he's so beautiful" at the end of this trailer.

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I saw the Elle photo shoot somewhere else as well. To be 19 again.

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*drools* Thank you for that.

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I can't wait! Everything looks great so far and I'm both scared and excited for this drama. Jingoo looks so great in the teaser... I already want to hear him speaking actual dialogues, May 22 hurryyyy!

Hahaha it also took me long to finish Master's Sun cos I'm such a wimp xD But after I finished it, I've rewatched it twice since.

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Part of Kim Kangwoo's body is also in the 2017 part of the poster. :D

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I have watched it too many times since :-)
I was covering my eyes so much the first go round though!

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Same! I would even minimize my screen and scroll down during the scary parts. Thankfully I never let go of this awesome drama. ❤

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I'm a bit confused with the plot. So in 2017 Yeo Jin-gu is trying to find answers. Then it will transition into 2037 Kim Kang-woo is a cop. Will they meet in 2037? Does something happen in 2017 to Yeo Jin gu?? I need to know

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I read some character descriptions in tvn naver post but I could've understood wrongly too. But Kim Kangwoo's character is trying to solve a case of twins disappearing which will make him want to try and enter smart earth. I'm assuming it's Jingoo and his twin in the drama.

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It kind of seems like it will go back and forth? Kind of like Queen In-hyun's man?

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I hope that the show would not put a "same person, different times" card. I have not checked out the ages of Yeo Jingoo and Kim Kangwoo's characters, but there is a twenty-year gap between their timelines, so Kim Kangwoo's character COULD be future Yeo Jingoo who has aged well.

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As it happens they DO have a 20 year age gap 😆 But I'm with you... I wish they would be 2 completely different characters.

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when will gong seung yeon finally appear in a teaser? lol

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Yeo Jin Goo is just getting hotter and hotter. I feel like such an old perv for saying that, but it's true. Damn, son.

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The plot sounds awesome too but I was distracted by the pretty.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BTiOMA0gsT6/
I mean seriously though... T_T

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I can't even.

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The premise already sounds cool. I just hope that Circle will not disappoint us and save the slump in tvn.

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i like the premise, looking forward to it~~~

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It feels like I never learnt any lesson, jumping on new drama because of certain someone, in this case, Yeo Jingoo...sigh~

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I hope tvN back to be more Korean channel. They're too American recently.

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I can't believe Jingoo looks super manly and super grown-up now that I even looked for his old picture to compare everything :( He was still such a baby in 2012 during his Moon that Embraces the Sun era...

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Ooh this drama is becoming more intense as more details are being revealed.
Haha when I learned about Kim Kangwoo's character from the problem-ridden general district, I thought that he would be really bedraggled, more than his usual detective roles, but he's really polished! On the other hand, Lee Gikwang is pure in white, just as I expected, but he looks meek rather than emotionless for a person from the "perfect" district. I guess we're in for a veteran-rookie relationship...

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I'm in for Kim Kang Wo' smile

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the aesthetics looks really good here! hopefully the film director will be able keep it up throughout the series

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Can't wait for all these gorgeous stills turn into drama.

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Yeo Jin Goo baby is growing up so well. I'm looking forward to a reunion with KSH and KYJ

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Dat jawline doe.

Erhem but on a different note, the tone, editing, and plot of this show is giving me Arrival vibes. I wonder if there will be weird time stuff as well? The teaser seems to hint at it but who knows.

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