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Joo Ji-hoon faces off against Kim Kang-woo in sci-fi thriller Item

Joo Ji-hoon (The Spy Gone North) is certainly going to start off 2019 with a bang, isn’t he? On the heels of his long-awaited zombie sageuk Kingdom in late January, he’ll be appearing in his second drama in as many months in MBC’s upcoming sci-fi drama Item. I’ve been antsy to see what’s in store for us with this show, so I’m happy to finally get some posters and a brief teaser to whet our appetites.

The show’s synopsis is intriguing, not least because I’m getting some Alhambra vibes, which can only be a good thing in my book (I’m loving that show): Item will center around a prosecutor, acriminal profiler, and a sociopath corporate executive who are all connected to various mysterious objects that bestow supernatural powers onto its owners. Joo Ji-hoon will play the just and warm-hearted prosecutor, whose poster reads, “Unbelievable things are happening to us.”

Joo Ji-hoon narrates the same in the newly released trailer, as we get flashes of a figure in a church, a suspended body hanging in midair, and what looks like an overturned subway car. Our hero prosecutor looks like he’s facing a formidable foe, as he continues that “ominous” events keep happening and that what’s coming will be beyond their contemplation.

Hopefully, he’ll find a useful ally in Jin Se-yeon’s (Grand Prince) character, a criminal profiler who doesn’t bat an eyelash at the most gruesome of crime scenes. Described as a coldly logical professional with outstanding focus and rationality, Jin Se-yeon’s character poster quotes her: “The culprit likely wants this case to get bigger.”

I’m hoping her character does provide some meaningful support to Joo Ji-hoon, because I can already tell that they have their work cut out for them as they face Kim Kang-woo’s (My Husband Oh Jak-doo) sociopath. I mean, even his poster shows that he’s a little cray, where he asks why people believe in God: “I am God.” Creepy.

Item will follow currently airing Bad Detective on MBC’s Monday-Tuesday slot, starting this coming February.

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wow joo jihoon and kim kang woo together? I.AM.IN! where do i sign up? i will watch thru my fingers if i have to. jin se-yeon is icing on that cake.

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Me too - sign me up! Wherever it's available, even raw. And since I love Alhambra, if it looks like the same vibe, I'll all in. Joo Ji hoon is one of my favorite actors and Kim kang woo I can totally see as a brilliant sociopath.

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I know right! This such an awesome cast and I never thought I will see kim kang woo in a dark role. The line up and the premise seems like this will be a rocking drama. Can't wait!

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Story of a Man, Goodbye Mr Black to name two dark roles.

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Do Woo is still giving me shivers until these days. His most memorable role!

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Kim Kang-woo as a sociopath? Sign me up.

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My thoughts exactly, @egads. *rubs hands gleefully*

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He's going to be fantastic.

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JOO JI HOON OH YES YES, KIM KANG WOO YES YES. NEXT JIN SE YEON OH NONONOOOOOO. PASS!!!!!!!

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Kim kang woo was adorbs as oh jak doo. Looking forward to joo ji hoon's comeback on the small screen. He had a great 2018 on the bigscreen. Hopefully its not too horrifying 🤣

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Kim Kang-woo is pretty versatile as an actor. I never consider myself as fan, but apparently I've seen him in more dramas than actors that I love 😄.
I've seen him as a genius detective, a genius psychopath, a big brother looking for answer, an adorable hillbilly. He's gonna pull this role easily.

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Why does male character in drama is always person who warm heart. LOL

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To melt our(viewers) cold cold heart...

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Well,, Joo Ji Hoon and Kim Kang Woo together in one drama..😍😘
About Jin Se Yeon,,hopefully she's a better actor now..

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This was my reaction, haha

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im into the plot plus Joo Ji Hoon but after reading Jin Se Yeon i feel bit dissapointed.. I'll pass this drama because of her,

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Thanks for your update on ITEM, @tipsymocha! I'll likely have whiplash from watching this after KINGDOM premieres on Netflix, but what the heck. Joo Hi-hoon was terrific in MAWANG, so it will be fun to see him truly on the side of law and order this time around. The only drama I've seen Kim Kang-woo in is CIRCLE: TWO WORLDS CONNECTED. His performance in the short film I'M HERE was very touching and caught my eye, so it will be interesting to see him playing a modern-day psycho.

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Ah, no wonder this sounded vaguely familiar. Girl Friday wrote about it in September. This is the upcoming show that gave me flashbacks to the Rambaldi devices in ALIAS, along with WAREHOUSE 13's Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions.

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OMG: You simply must watch Kim Kang woo as the psychopath (or was it sociopath?) in Story of a Man, aka The Slingshot. Brilliant. That's where I first wanted to see more of his work. I really liked Golden Cross too. They're pretty heavy. I was one of the few who loved Haendae Lovers, which was pretty silly. He's been in several movies I liked too.

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Here! Me! I loved Haeundae Lovers too!

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I loved Haeundae Lovers too!

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@pakalanapikake, I second Linda, he was fantastic in Story of A Man as psychopath. He's one of the most memorable, if it's not the best, villain in my K-drama experience.

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@linda-palapala, @manohira,

Thanks for your enthusiastic recommendations. ;-)

I have to gird my loins when taking on psychopaths and/or sociopaths. I'm still surprised I survived watching Mo Tae-goo in VOICE. I'm a yellow-bellied wimp. I admit it. I can handle pretty dark plots if there's a redemptive arc or justice is served. ;-)

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It's more psychological than scary. And not only is there a redemptive arc but justice is served - or is it? (Story of a Man)

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Thanks for the details on SLINGSHOT, @linda-palapala. Without redemption and/or justice, I'd just get depressed after watching it, which I need like a hole in the head. Knowing this makes it much more appealing. Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! ;-)

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And let's not forget Ju Ji hoon: Have you seen The Naked Kitchen? Steamy...

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@linda-palapala,
I must have seen clips from THE NAKED KITCHEN a couple of years ago, and probably read a couple of reviews, too. I just finished watching it, thanks to your prompting, and agree with your description. It's rather strange, like a twist on ANTIQUE BAKERY. JJH is definitely the one with demonic charm in this flick. And I can't get over how young Shin Min-a looks.

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@pakalanapikake: In the end, I'd put Slingshot right up there with Mawang.

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He's different from Mo Tae Gu: Do Woo in Story of a Man hides very well his mental illlness and seems socially totally at ease.
But he has a weakness: someone he cares for deeply, and who made his arc tragic.
The relationship was beautiful, real and pure but also full of sadness, sorrow and regrets. Though it seemed a subplot, It influenced strongly the main plot. To see it unfold slowly was so compelling.

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@coolgirl,
Thank you for clarifying the root cause of the villain's psychological condition in SLINGSHOT. If it's a nicely done character study, I can dig it. I'm a sucker for tragic heroes with emotional trauma. That includes antiheroes such as LOOKOUT's Jang Do-han.

Actually, I found Mo Tae-goo to be a horrifyingly tragic character. His fascination with Goethe's poem "Erlkönig" made my blood run cold, and prompted me to discuss it the recap thread. Talk about cautionary tales (the poem and MTG's character arc). -- Thanks again. ;-)

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@coolgirl,

I meant to thank you for your earlier comments on STORY OF A MAN and Kim Kang-woo's portrayal from 2017. Your post prompted a nice set of replies, and caught my eye. I saved them in my to-watch list. ;-)

Should any other SLINGSHOT fans be interested:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/02/top-10-favorite-dramas-of-all-time/comment-page-4/#comment-2696346

Thanks again. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake
I agree with @linda-palapala and @coolgirl, his character is not scary at all. He's a genius who was supposedly not capable to love, but one person whom he genuinely love left him. The hero in Story of A Man, Kim Shin, my favorite K-drama lead ever, also have similar fate like Do Woo. I'm afraid if I talk more I will give too much spoiler 😄
Please let me know when you start to watch it, I would love to know your opinion and insights.

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@manohira, mano is asking for trouble
January 1, 2019 at 6:37 AM

Thanks for your comments on Do Woo. He sounds at first blush a bit reminiscent of Jang Hyuk's character Lee Young-o in BEAUTIFUL MIND.

It will be a while before I start watching SLINGSHOT (just started JUMONG), but I'm making a note to touch base with you when I do. I'll probably mention it in What We're Watching. Thanks again for sharing your insights. ;-)

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Wow, nice analysis - I've been looking for it online but can't find it anywhere. Would love to watch it again.

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@pakalanapikake
Thanks for the throw back to the 10 top favourites drama list: i completely forgot about this thread and it was nice to read what i wrote at that time!

I'm happy that the discussions made you want to watch SOAM.
I hope your expectations will be met. But even without knowing your taste: if you enjoy psychological thrillers, you should like it.
Like @manohira said, it would be very nice to read your thoughts on the drama.
We are lucky because SOAM has recaps on DB for the 20 episodes. At the time, DB was still a blog and Javabeans doing alone the recaps.
The down side is that it didn't attract viewers, and we had very few comments. If you want to post in this section, let me know: i will gladly post with you here to revive it.:)

Mo Tae Gu's life on one hand can seem indeed unfair in the sense that if his mental illness was treated, maybe he would taken a different path.
Do Woo's character is a sort of answer to that: he got to be treated but still chose a dark path and made the wrong choices despite having find someone to love and being loved (which for me brings a conclusion too the last conversation between Kwon Joo and Tae Gu).
In the end, both men were the sole responsibles of the decisions they made and had to assume the full consequences of it.

@LindaPalapala
Sadly SOAM disappeared with Dramafever. I didn't check Viki, but it might be worth to confirm it.
I'm watching it on my local k-drama streaming site but they don't have english subtitles, so it has no interest for you. :(

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@coolgirl January 1, 2019 at 8:55 AM

Re: your top 10 favorite dramas list, it wasn't the only post I saved from that discussion thread. It was posted about 10 months before I watched MAWANG, which was sort of a watershed event for me because revenge stories aren't usually my cup of tea. My Kdrama viewing can thus be divided into Before MAWANG and After MAWANG. LOL!

I enjoy psychological character studies, but not necessarily thrillers. Being scared out of a year's growth isn't my idea of a good time. But examinations of nature vs. nurture, intellect vs. emotions, the role of free will and conscience, the influence of relationships on attitudes and behaviors, and other such topics are interesting to me. As are fate, karma, and other aspects of metaphysics.

Thanks for alerting me to javabeans's recaps for STORY OF A MAN. Those threads are the logical places to post comments. I'll give you a heads-up when I get around to watching, but it will be a while.

Re: Mo Tae-goo, on some level, he chose to do what he did. Not everyone who was brutalized as a child the way he was turns into a serial killer. Some people even develop greater empathy for others.

Thanks again for your thoughts. I probably won't get to watch SOAM before ITEM premieres in February. But I appreciate this discussion because I now know to anticipate a couple of strong performances.

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@coolgirl @pakalanapikake At the bottom of this thread re before MAWANG and after MAWANG. Like SOAM, I wish more people had understood Mawang as more than a detective revenge not-romance story. Some of these dramas have low ratings or low viewership because it didn't have a happy "guy gets the girl" ending.

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Ooooooh... I don't know any of these people (don't hate me), but I'm here cos Paka name dropped this. Hahaha
I like the idea of powers being tied to items. That gives them a framework and hopefully some rules to work around rather than just *here have a superpower*.

(@hotcocoagirl OR we could just tag each other in random news threads and chat like we totally know what's going on and we don't just want to level up)

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I don't hate you, but Kim Kang-woo was our mountain ajusshi Oh Jak-do last spring, and then I found him hunting car shaped aliens in Clocking Out, the weirdest short web drama (car commercial?) ever, so now he is firmly in my top must watch list. Oh, and he was good in Circle too (I still need to finish that, don't hate me).

(Here's another tag @sicarius and @hotcocoagirl. Will you invite me to Coco's rooftop party when you level up?)

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I haven't watched anything of any of these leads hahahaha
I haven't seen Circle yet (so I can't hate) and Kingdom will be my first JJH drama LMAO!

(You'll be invited yes haha)

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@sicarius,

He he he, my work is done here. Stick with me, kiddo, and you'll make Fan Club President yet. ;-)

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Hahahahahaha Do you think I can make it in under 8 months? It's been 6 already hah!

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@sicarius,
That would be a tall order. On the other hand, if you motorize your prayer wheel and beseech the heavens for an acute case of logorrhea... the sky's the limit. ;-)

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Mate you did it in under 8 months. If I comment on every recap and news thread from here on out ... *steepled fingers and evil smile*

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*beams approvingly at @sicarius*

That's the spirit! Geronimo!

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@sicarius Does it help that I don't know any of these people either? 😂 And I have watched Circle so I don't know why I can't place any of them. I guess I have selective memory T___T (*cough*I also might wanna level up too *cough*)

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Yesss it does help! Yay I have a friend in my ignorance hahaha
(Come join us. I'm gonna be on every thread from here on out hahaha)

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Joo Ji hoon was in Goong. He was a bit stiff there, and awkward, but he's grown so much since then. He's one of my favourite actors. I think he's beautiful and his height makes him even more so.

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@yyishere,

I recently got around to watching GOONG at last, and enjoyed up until the going got weird in the last 4 episodes. I first saw Joo Ji-hoon in the romp ANTIQUE BAKERY, then didn't recognize him as the intense attorney on a mission in MAWANG. THE NAKED KITCHEN was another romp. He was great as a Grim Reaper in the first two ALONG WITH THE GODS films. And I concur with your aesthetic assessment. ;-)

BTW, how goes your role as The Island in TOP STAR YOO BAEK? I was surprised when the action moved off-site for a spell. I hope you got a little break and a chance to catch your breath while everyone was gallivanting around Seoul. ;-)

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I'm a bit sad because I wasn't mentioned in Editors' Picks for 2018, because I thought I put in a moving performance as The Island. But it means a lot to me that you remembered...*crying*

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@yyishere YY, I didn't get around to finalizing my 2018 DIY Beanie Awards... but I can tell you that you were at the top of my list:

Best Performance as a Geographical Feature:
@yyishere YY as The Island – TOP STAR YOO-BAEK

Your portrayal has been not only moving, but as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. And the show is only now nearing its halfway point, so it's not too late for viewers to tune in and observe your artistry, and warmly supportive chemistry with the cast, including boats. Hwaiting, YY!!

Hmmm. I may have to post them after all... ;-)

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Do I want to know how many dramas you've watched Paka? Lol
I think this is the third time I've seen you mention Mawang. I think I better boost it up my to watch list.

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@sicarius, since you hinted, I'll post the stats on my fan wall. Stay tuned. ;-)

And yes, I did watch other older dramas besides MAWANG. ;-)

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I don't have Netflix anymore, so I'm really mad I can't watch Kingdom.

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This show was not on my radar until Joo Ji-hoon's portrayal as Haewonmaek in "Along with the Gods: the Last 49 Days" won me over. 😍

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I loved him in Along with the Gods - and couldn't figure out why he was familiar. Then I looked him up and realized I watched him in Mask. But I liked him better in both the Gods movies.
Those long coats are fantastic.

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looks like something odilettante would recap. Joo ji hoon is an outstanding actor, as well as kim kang woo as I've seen in Circle but jin se yeon's bland acting is making me hesitate. why her again?? Even her facial expression in the poster doesn't match her char description.. ugh girl doesn't look sharp at allllll

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Happy New Year! Joo Ji Hoon is music to my ears (and a balm to my eyes).

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I'm all in for Joo Ji-hoon & Kim Kang-woo on my screen even more adding the supernatural element into play...Please let this be good as i really missed Joo Ji-hoon on my screen

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I think I'll watch anything with Kim Kang woo oppa in it. So sign me up.

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This type of genre drama is my cup of tea plus Joo Ji-hoon, however after knowing that Jin Se-yeon is the profiler it made me step back.

Im not a fan of her drama, the only drama i finished watching with her is High-End Crush with Jung Il Woo the rest of the drama with her i dropped it! She cannot convey well the depth of whatever character she is playing. ( like, PSH, Suzy)

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