Making a deal with the devil in KBS thriller Justice
Oh, this is definitely one drama that’s gone under my radar, but I’ll be looking forward to checking it out once it premieres. KBS’s upcoming thriller Justice has recently released two character teasers for its leads Sohn Hyun-joo (Criminal Minds) and Choi Jin-hyuk (An Empress’s Dignity), and it definitely made me think the show was an OCN channel drama from its lighting and eerie vibe.
The somewhat ironically titled Justice follows a disgraced defense attorney, played by Choi Jin-hyuk, who makes a (metaphorical) deal with the devil in order to carry out his revenge. Sohn Hyun-joo’s character, the “devil” at the other end of the bargain, chose to become so for the sake of his family. The two are somehow connected to a case involving multiple disappearances of actresses, and they will discover the true faces behind Korea’s VVIP elite.
The two teasers follow the same format, where they stand in an unsettling room with mirrors on either side of the walls, so that your reflection looks like it goes on forever. Sohn Hyun-joo’s room is bathed in red lighting, and he asks us, “Have you ever recognized it at first sight? Someone who holds my soul in their body.” The light flickers, and suddenly, Choi Jin-hyuk appears in the reflection, surprising both men. The clip ends as Choi Jin-hyuk asks what he wants of him.
The second teaser is more tense than the first, mostly due to the overlapping voices that accompany Choi Jin-hyuk and the purple-lit room he’s standing in. You can hear Choi Jin-hyuk yell at someone to save his sister and that he will kill everyone: “How is this the law!?” Sohn Hyun-joo’s voice then offers to help, after which Choi Jin-hyuk sounds eerily calm as he asks someone, “Were you expecting justice, or something?” The light goes out for a split second to reveal Sohn Hyun-joo on the other side of the mirror. The clip ends as Sohn Hyun-joo asks, “Do you regret it?”
Justice is a remake of a popular web novel with the same name, and will be directed by PD Jo Woong, whose credits include Miracle That We Met. Penning the adaptation is Jung Chan-mi, who also wrote School 2017 and had about a decade’s experience in writing for current affairs programs before she entered dramaland.
KBS’s Justice will premiere on July 17 and air on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Via Seoul Kyungjae