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Fashionable killers and dogged detectives in OCN’s Kill It

I feel like it goes against dramaland code to have an unstylish killer, not that I’m complaining or anything. OCN’s upcoming action thriller Kill It has released some stills of our main leads Jang Ki-yong (Come Here and Hug Me) and Nana (The Swindlers, The Good Wife), both looking very suave as a former hitman-for-hire and a detective, respectively.

At least on the face of it, Kill It’s plot sounds like the main leads will be pitted against each other: Jang Ki-yong plays a veterinarian-by-day, killer-by-night, while Nana plays a dogged detective who will stop at nothing to solve a series of murders that she believes is connected to the death of her lover. The stills indicate that the two characters are on mildly cordial terms with each other at some stage, though it remains to be seen whether this is before or after the detective figures out that the veterinarian moonlights as a killer.

I’m torn whether I want the two to end up working together, because on the one hand, it’d be great to have them in a cat-and-mouse type of situation, especially if Jang Ki-yong can maintain his day-job cover. On the other hand, I also love it when we see unusual partnerships in action thrillers like this, on opposite sides of the law, and both complementing the other by taking advantage of their skills sets. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it pans out.

OCN’s Kill It will air in the Saturday-Sunday slot and premiere on March 23.

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My first thought when I saw this still cuts is: "Wait. Why do they look like they knew each other? Isn't this supposed to be a thriller where they stand on opposite side of law?" Taken out of context, those photos look like an introduction phase of a romcom. But since this is OCN drama, I better prepared myself for them going against each other.

I just hope this one won't be as disturbing and sickening as Trap. I like twisted characters and mysteries, but only moderately. Only. Moderately.

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Trap was so disturbing. I lost a bit of hope in humanity.

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Oh my god, was it that bad? Or good - depending on the perspective.

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If you have a mind that is somewhat amused by or interested in really twisted human behavior, I guess it could be good.

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That is me. Unfortunately the show became a bit absurd by the last episode.

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@gadis, @sukstan,

Maybe it was my sixth sense paranoia or queasiness talking, but I had to bail out on TRAP after the first few episodes. I had an inkling that something evil this way comes, and apparently I was right.

After COME HERE AND HUG ME, it will be interesting to see how the veterinarian ended up becoming a hitman. Was his father an abusive lout who farmed dogs for food?!

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Isn't the whole premise disturbing? Why are they romanticizing a hitman? Why are they setting up a romance between this detective and a murderer? The premise may be different from Trap, but it seems like the thinking is the same. Push to the very edge of what's acceptable, and maybe a little beyond. Why???

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This is how you know people are surely different. I was somewhat interested in Trap (I got side-tracked by Better Call Saul) but I forgot to check it out but your comment on it being really disturbing and sickening’ really intrigues me. 🙈😊
Is it actually disturbing? Or the kind of ‘disturbing’ that’s for people who aren’t really into weird shit which means it really isn’t that disturbing ‘distrubing’? So, please, help me decide if I should be excited to be freaked out or not 🙏🙏
P.S: I’m the weirdo who watches Serial Killer (Ted Bundy and his creepy colleagues) documentaries habitually.

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I think the problem is I like twisted and dark dramas where I can still find a reassurance that humanity will prevail. Trap is on the other side of spectrum with its heavy focus on terrible people doing terrible things for who knows what. I guess it could be an entertaining and fascinating watch for people who likes that kind of story. Unfortunately, it's not for me.

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If you have no problem stomach serial killer documentaries, then Trap is probably ok for you.

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Trap never was promoted to romanticized the subjects compared to this.

Not even in the same category.

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The vet and the dogged detective. Interesting. I've got a bone to pick with these dramas though, why are they so doggone bent on killers and crimes? I know it's a dog-eat-dog world out there, but really, I'm so dog-tired of it, and you gotta teach a dog new tricks to stay in the game.

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If you're looking for originality I think you're barking up the wrong tree. The tail wags the dog when it comes to the ideas for these shows. The stylish stills show it'll be a dog and pony show for sure. It might rub your fur the wrong way but you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

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Since they could be going for a cat-n-mouse game, we may get a different kind of tail, not your usual copy-cat drama. I wish they wouldn't pussyfoot around with the true relationship of the leads. Regardless, JKY is the cat's pajamas, so I'm feline pretty good about this one. But I guess anything's pawsibile, we'll just have to wait till the cat's out of the bag to see.

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They've been giving us mew dramas, bark hiss the same owl fare. It's getting so purrdictable and boaring. To hee haw-nest, I ain't no spring chicken and I'm yowling here over meow lost years spent oink the same owl stuff. I just want them to croak up something mew. We need to moo-ve on, seriously.

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Now you're just running wild with the animal puns. Off the leash. Mad as a cut snake.

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Have mercy, @yyishere, @ultramafic, and @leetennant! You guys are slaying me! ;-)

Perhaps the lady detective takes her faithful parrot to the vet, and notices something fishy about him. Maybe she senses a wolf-in-sheep's clothing vibe that ruffles her feathers after the parrot sings like a canary and rats out one of his phone conversations with an assassination client.

Or will we find out in the twilight gloom of the time between dog and wolf that the veterinarian was a top dog in the special forces, and is being coerced into his second job by jackals who are holding his sainted halmoni hostage?

Here's hoping that I don't have to chicken out of another thriller. But I am easily cowed by violence, and may have to sheepishly make tracks in order to avoid nightmares.

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too much love for dogs or hate? good pun by both.
But why do the poster passively preparing us for minor romance?

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@yyishere,
Are you up for a role in KILL IT? Ya done great as The Island in TOP STAR YOO BAEK. ;-)

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@yyishere YYhas migrated over here
http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/03/premiere-watch-that-psychometric-guy/#comment-3423921
and is hot on the trail of another unsuspecting drama.

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I'm intrigued. Not sure how I want it to play out either.
Maybe they team up as they play cat and mouse.

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@bammsie JKY seems to be looking rather tall these days

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He’s been standing tall like a tree, that’s why. Also, good coat, short friends. Sign me up.

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#treehugger4life

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#mooooooooo

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Interesting. In COME AND HUG ME, JKY's character's childhood name was Yoon Na-moo. I believe namoo is the korean word for "tree". Here is from @mary"s COME HERE AND HUG ME Episodes 1-16 Weecap:

Nak-won agrees to the first two but refuses the last because she’s decided that she likes Na-moo. She likens him to a tree. It’s the literal translation of Na-moo’s name, also used to describe someone steadfast who makes you feel safe and comfortable.

OK I am stretching it a bit because JKY was not in that scene but it occurs between the actors playing the leads as high school kids (Nam Da-reum and Ryu Han-bi).

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*chuckle* You hit the nail on the head, bong-soo! Namoo has been my tree son ever since episode 1 of that drama aired.

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Glad I was on to something. You must remember how beautiful the cherry trees were in the spring of 2018 in South Korea. They were incorporated into CAHM.

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@marcusnyc20 They were indeed! They were quite mesmerizing.

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Kkkk we're self-declared treehuggers :D

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At 187 cm Jang Ki-yong and Nam Joo-hyuk are the same height. (6 feet 1 1/2 inches).

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I've read some places that NJH is 188cm so the only answer is to get these men in the same drama so we can compare.

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This short person might combust if that happens.

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Make it happen, somebody.

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So much prettyyyyy~ i might end up wanting them to reunite in a romcom haha

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I prefer the cat-and-mouse scenario. So much more fun (to me)!

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It look all good and stylish and then there's JKY too but I hope they don't glorify a hitman. I was all good with the plot until a murder happened nearby with a hitman killing someone in cold blood and I just feel like they shouldn't be the hero (not protagonist) of a show or rather not be glorified.

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He is a vet and she might have a pet. I saw some videos on the ocn YT page where she is holding a small dog. I think they do know each other but she is not aware of his night job. Is he killing for money or is he like a vigilante type of guy?

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As I understand so far, he is starting his own revenge after his family got brutally murdered witch lead him to be contract killer. But soon leave that jobb and end up as a vet. Some of the teaser hint that he do not like killing people, but is looking for warmth from the cold world witch also explain why he like animals.

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Thanks for the info. It reminds me of Healer (and I am not complaining ahahah).

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So he saves puppies during the day and killed people during the night?

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All the deep talks aside, the 2nd photo,, they look so good together, Jang Ki Yong esp. omg...

Love them both as actors, so I'll tune in definitely.

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@tipsymocha For some reason, the fashion police have much higher success rates than the violent crimes unit.

It's almost like there ARE laws of fashion in dramaland, but then you see a chaebol in red leopard print, a sweet second lead with an impossible scarf, or a Candy in mismatched sweats, and you wonder why the Fashion Police only go after the murderous ones.

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High risk , high gain maybe? Fashion police can't be bothered with boring sweet people !

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If I was a corrupt dramaland politician, I would put pressure on the Department of Fashion to crack down on smalltime crime. It would be my platform for re-election, and the poor Candy would have to team up with the second lead for their right to bad outfits...

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hahaha * are you sure not with the chaebol son?
He can understand her feelings about choice of outfits given his questionable taste in track suits!

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Hey, there is a loophole (championed by Hyun Bin), that track suits can be considered designer items. Most chaebols are rich enough to use said loophole. But you’re right, @oppafangirl it is one of the most common law suits in Dramaland

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I loved an older movie- Out of Sight, with George Clooney as a bank robber and J-Lo as a federal marshal, so I'm ok with the "opposite sides of the law dynamic". but this will be tough as a killer is going to be a harder sell.

No amount of cute puppies will change that!

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I read on another site that this drama would premiere this weekend, on the 16th, so what's the exact airing date?

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23 rd march as it says on the official trailer/ teaser!

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Dude Jang Ki Young is illegally tall

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I don't mean to cheapen the conversation or show how superficial I am, but all I can think while lookin' at Jang Ki-yong is, "Ooh La La."

I know, I'm horrible. Ignore me.

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Recently watched an older k-movie: Duelist. It is a mix of historical film and crazy fighting scenes. The main characters are a detective and a killer. She is very weird but she falls for him and she is faced with the dilemma of upholding the law and being in love with him. I assume something similar will happen here as well.

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@tesshan,
Ah, DUELIST! Good call. There is indeed a police-vs.-criminal parallel between KILL IT and DUELIST. Damo Namsoon and enigmatic masked yangban Sad Eyes (Ha Ji-won and Gang Dong-won) tango with swords. This is one instance in which I appreciated an open ending.

DUELIST is based on the same source material as the pioneering fusion sageuk drama DAMO -- in which Ha Ji-won also starred. Gorgeous cinematography. Great music. One of my all-time faves. ;-)

A clip, for those who have not yet seen DUELIST. But it doesn't do it justice.
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/738291/

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the music is very good and the fighting scenes as well. I just recently found this little gem :)

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@tesshan,

2005 was an epic year for sageuk films -- as THE KING AND THE CLOWN was released then.

I think you will enjoy Thunderbolt's comments on DUELIST from her blog Thundie's Prattle. ;-)

https://thundie.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/duelist/

If that link ceases to work, try the Internet Archive's copy, which I found via the Way Back Machine in 2016:

https://web.archive.org/web/20140810141420/http://thundiesprattle.com/2009/02/26/duelist/

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Looks like 2005 was a good year for korean films! :)

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She (thundie) is still one of my favorites. I'm going to have to find Duellist

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For some reason, KILL IT reminds me of the madcap heist movie A FISH CALLED WANDA. In it, Michael Palin plays a dog lover of a hitman who keeps missing his target because her 3 pets get in the way.

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/737613/

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I can think of two dramas where a veterinarian or vet office was part of the story: CITY HUNTER and CHICAGO TYPEWRITER. I am sure there are others.

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NOBLE, MY LOVE with Sung Hoon has a lady veterinarian in it.

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Yassssss I want them to be (very pretty) neighbors who split the Buy One Take One laundry detergent in the morning, then outsmart each other at night.

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this is random but i just found out that Jang Ki-yong is my birthday twin! the exact date and exact year. lol

but anyways back to the topic. i'm really anticipating this one. it's been awhile since a drama has hooked me. i'm hoping that this'll do since the genre is definitely up my alley.

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Where is the location of this drama? I like the location/scenery. Thanks

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