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Swapping souls and fates in tvN’s revenge thriller Room No. 9

So many chills, but in a good way! Upcoming tvN revenge thriller Room No. 9 is getting ready for its premiere, which is just a couple weeks away, and by the looks of the teasers that have been released so far, I can tell it’s going to be an intense ride. Not that I would expect anything less from this formidable cast, which includes Kim Hae-sook (About Time), Kim Hee-sun (Woman of Dignity), and Kim Young-kwang (Your Wedding, Lookout).

The latest clip that’s been released for Room No. 9 begins with Kim Hae-sook’s character Jang Hwa-sa, emotionlessly asking someone to just kill her if they aren’t here to help get her released. Hwa-sa has been on death row for decades, so I can understand her need to end her sentence one way or another, though what happens next probably isn’t what she expected. Brief flashes of a collapsed Hwa-sa, flickering lights, and Kim Hee-sun tripping on some wires as the lights explode lead to a horrified looking Kim Hee-sun staring at her reflection, where Hwa-sa stares right back. Offscreen, Hwa-sa asks, “Are you the one in possession of my body?”

The other half of this body switcheroo, Freaky-Friday-from-hell scenario is Kim Hee-sun’s character, Eulji Hae-yi, who is a ruthless defense attorney with a 100% success rate. She looks decidedly worse for wear in her character teaser, where she sits at a table across from two detectives. She poses an eerie question to them, “If I.. no, if an inmate on death row and I exchanged souls in that room, what do you think would happen?”

Hwa-sa has her own interrogation in front of two detectives for her character teaser, though the question she asks ends in a different way from Hae-yi’s: “If an inmate on death row got out in the body of a lawyer, wouldn’t she naturally try to get revenge?” So. Many. Goosebumps.

And, last but not least, we have poor Kim Young-kwang’s character Ki Yoo-jin, who is described as holding the key to everything. A family psychiatrist, his connection to the case seems to be his relationship with Hae-yi, though it sounds like there’s more to dig there, as he confesses to the detectives in his teaser, “The truth I’ve looked for my entire life was in that room. Room number nine.”

Well, if the show is any bit as creepy and thrill-inducing as its teasers, I’m definitely going to have to watch this through my fingers. I’m intrigued though, especially with this strong of a cast, which also includes Lee Kyung-young (Misty), Oh Dae-hwan (Life on Mars), and Jung Je-won (Hwayugi). Directing is PD Ji Young-soo of Falling for Innocence and Big Man, while Jung Sung-hee of Master of Trade—Inn 2015 and Ja Myung Go will be penning the script. Though it doesn’t look like they have any experience with crime thrillers, let’s hope that they can have a memorable debut in the genre with this show.

Room No. 9 will premiere on October 6 and take over tvN’s weekend slot from Mr. Sunshine.

Via Sports Seoul (1), Sports Seoul (2), Sports Seoul (3), MK Sports, Hankook Kyungje, iMBC, X Sports News

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I'm super excited. Huzzah to female led dramas.

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Huzzah, indeed! The good news is that female-led dramas have been bringing in the ratings.

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Wowowowow f*ck it up, ladies!!

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It looks great and I love both KHSs, but it might be too intense for wimpy me. (This is more like Freak-you-out Friday.) I think I'll let some braver Beanies test the waters first.

I hadn't heard the surname "Eulji" before-- from a quick search I learned that it's a rare surname and very much associated with Eulji Mundeok, one of the most famous military heroes in Korean history. (In the early 7th century, he defended Goguryeo against Sui China.)

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So excited!! This looks intense in all the best ways

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Kim Hae-Sook+ Kim Hee-Sun (The female power combo's)+ Kim Young-Kwang+ tvn + intriguing premise = Awesomely exciting combination.💗
Waiting eagerly for it.😍

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I love Youngkwang & of coz the 2 x KHS powerhouses, but I'm not really a fan of body swapping.. Will just keep a lookout on the plot development & all when it starts airing then. /:

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This looks so good! I really want to watch a fun show, but dramaland keeps throwing these dark ones at me and I can't help but watch them. T___T

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Is this the drama to drag me out of my drama slump? This looks great and I love that cast...

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woaaah!! The switching bodies/souls is one of my favourite tropes. It seems dark and I know it's a revenge thriller, but funny situations always occur when souls are switched!!

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Aw, I'm sad the third poster wasn't included here, because it's genius!

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From the teasers I already want to know who did what to whom and why. There's bound to be secrets and mystery in the mix which usually makes for a very interesting show. I hope I find the time to fit this one in on the viewing schedule!

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Kim Hae-sook is amazing. She knocked me out in "Marriage, not Dating" Now that I know her name I will be binge watching her shows like crazy.

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I love Kim Hee Sun and seeing her all sophisticated and intense...*heart eyes*

Look at Kim Hae Sook in a power suit, casually leaning on a desk in that poster. Awesome!!

Kim Young Kwan looks good with Kim Hae Sook. I think they're platonic acquaintances with teeny romantic inclinations. Who knows?

May the power of the Kims be with you Pd-Nim and writer-Nim..#Kim3

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I'm not one for thrillers, but these two actresses are a must watch!

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