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Press conference for the cast of Reset

The stars of the upcoming OCN thriller Reset were out in full force for a press conference this week to promote the show, with leads Chun Jung-myung and Kim So-hyun, along with supporting cast members Park Won-sang and Shin Eun-jung, fielding questions. In the show, Chun Jung-myung is a tenacious prosecutor who lost his first love to murder 15 years ago. He’s managed to repress the memory, but the traumatic act explains why he clings to intense murder cases; his subconscious has been searching for the killer.

The prosecutor is skilled at hypnosis, and he’s described as having the ability to extract confessions from criminals in mere seconds. Kim So-hyun has taken on two roles in the ten-episode show; she’ll play his long-gone first love, as well as a high school girl who gets embroiled in a murder case in the present day. The physical similarity between the student and his first love trigger the memories of the case from 15 years ago, and Chun must hypnotize himself to search his past for clues that can help him solve his most important case, as well as avoid a repeat scenario.

It seems the burning question on journalists’ lips was, “There is a 19-year age gap between Chun Jung-myung and Kim So-hyun. How did you both feel about the age difference?”

Kim answered, “When I first learned I would be acting alongside Chun Jung-myung Oppa, I was very surprised to learn he is 19 years older. But, you couldn’t really tell. Once we started filming and you look at the screen, I look mature for my age and Jung-myung Oppa has a baby face so it didn’t feel like a 19-year age difference at all.”

Chun agreed, saying, “At first, I couldn’t really imagine how the drama was going to unfold, but once I started collaborating with So-hyun, there wasn’t an awkward or uncomfortable moment.” He also hoped that they could portray subtle emotions in a relationship like that of Leon and Matilda’s in The Professional.

He continued, “So-hyun is like a sponge, so when I was acting, I began to think more voluntarily and to move accordingly.” He also joked, “No one can beat the passing of time, so I tried my hardest to appear youthful by maintaining a healthy weight.”

When asked why he chose Reset as his drama comeback (it will be his first small-screen appearance since 2011’s Man of Honor), Chun said, “The material or story are not ones we’ve previously seen in Korea. I’ve seen these types of stories a lot on American or British TV, and I was drawn to Reset because it feels like an American show — it isn’t a common story.”

The show was actually supposed to begin filming last year, but didn’t begin until now due to a delay in the schedule. Chun took it upon himself to prepare for the project during his wait by taking acting classes (even though he’s got 15 years of acting credits to his name) and experimenting with the character.

Director Kim Pyung-joong (Goodbye Dear Wife, Great Expectations) complimented the actor, saying, “As a director I’ve seen the eyes of many actors, but I’ve never seen an actor with such youthful, innocent eyes, or such melancholy ones.” He continued, “He’s an actor that can simultaneously play the roles of innocent child and demon.”

Chun didn’t let the praise go to his head, however, and seemed good-natured and self-deprecating throughout the conference. When asked about what period of life he would like to return to, he declared it was his high school days.

He said, “I’ve spoken about this with Kim So-hyun. ‘When did you start acting?’ Kim So-hyun said, ‘I began preparing to be an actress in grade school.’ When I was in grade school, I didn’t think much about anything! So after she said that, I felt like I had been hit by a ton of bricks. If I could redo the past, I would work much harder,” he explained.

The cast continued in jovial fashion; when asked what they would do if they had the ability to hypnotize like the lead character, the actors collectively answered, “Hypnotize audiences into watching the show!” They hope it will turn into a multi-season show like those on American TV, and pledged to shoot a second season if ratings exceed 5%.

Reset begins Sunday, August 24, on OCN at 11pm.

Via NewsIs, Aju News, Sports Chosun

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Based on this, it seems like KSH's present day character will just remind CJM of his first love because of the resemblance in appearance. And he'll be on the case because he wants to prevent a similar murder from happening again. I'm okay with that. As long as the two leads don't have any intimate scenes, I think I'm pretty okay with the age gap. I hope the show goes in the direction that he's more like her oppa than anything else in the present day.

Otherwise, I just know KSH is going to do great. Hopefully this drama will be worth watching ^^

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Same here! KSH is a potential actress.. I like her since watched her acting in "I Miss You"

I'll watch this drama for sure.

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Frankly, I am really excited about this drama. This one and Bad Boy too. I still have to finish Vampire Prosecutor Season 1 and Ten Season 2 but really, OCN is really THE quality when it comes to the genre.

The hypnosis stuff is kinda awesome. Certainly not legal but it does the trick (and criminals don't do into legals to stfu lol) But yeah, it kind of reminds me of The Mentalist and it's because I have been rewatching it since yesterday.

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Patrick Jane of The Mentalist has the abillity to hypnotize and had used it to criminal suspects before. Criminal Minds had some sorta hypnotize moments to but its used to extract memories from victims and witnesses mostly. Maybe that's why CJM says this drama feels like American series.
I would watch simply cause OCN usually scores.

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Does cjm own tvn and ocn?

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Not cool with the age gap but in this case it is needed to make the story work.
A little reincarnation twist would be ok too. Hope it is a complex mystery.

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Hope it is a complex mystery that has a lot of surprise. I like those a lot.

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Baby boy Chun Jung Myung is back!! He looks so cute and doesn't look like have 19 years gap with KSH. Agreed, KSH looks mature while CJM has baby-face...
It looks like American/British show? So, the show will be like detective/mystery shows in US/UK?
Hope no forced romance between the leads and hopefully it turns out to be good!

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I love me some Chun Jung-Myung!! I think he could pull off even younger (not that he really needs to) if he shaved his head a la Fashion 70s, but that may just be because I LOVE his buzz cut. Shave your head, Jung-Myung! I miss it! I'm not a huge fan of Kim So-hyun on the other hand, but I like the dress she wore to the conference, and the little bow bracelet and bow in her hair. Cute. I'm not concerned about the age gap; actors are professionals just doing jobs that they both chose to do. And considering Chun mentions Leon and Mathilde's relationship from The Professional, I think the age gap is supposed to be intentional.

It would be nice if the main character could work past his issues and not end up with the doppleganger/reincarnated/secret daughter/clone/whatever this girl's character turns out to be by the end of this show, through time skip or first girlfriend returning from the dead. I'm getting sick of the Korean drama notion -- that runs throughout all genres -- that first love is TRUE love and no one can ever move past it. Unless its the last episode and everyone needs a happily ever after real quick (mom and dad in Bride of the Century, anyone?). So here's fingers crossed.

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Really looking forward to this. Can't wait!

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Hmm... Sounds interesting. I can see it being dark and broody with interesting hypnosis scenes. Kind of like The Cell, Hannibal, or how it's described in the book The Hypnotist. Hopefully, it'll be visually stunning.

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Hmm..It dosn't seem like the present day Chun Jung-myung is going to have a love line with Kim So-hyun.
Anways it sounds intresting.

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Wait a minute. Has Chun Jung-myung really seen Luc Besson's movie? Natalie Portman's Matilda is 12 and she falls for Leon, a surrogate father figure, who's well in his late 30s, at least. Their relationship is borderline incestuous, as she keeps trying to seduce him, even asking him for sex, but he refuses because he is sorry that he is not skilled enough? Wrong choice of reference.

That sheds a peculiar light on their statement, being so comfortable around each other, with Kim So Hyun being 15 and insisting to blur their age gap.

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It makes sense to have her as the former girlfriend but how it'll look on screen is probably going to strange. In the back of mind, KSH is a kid still. But one thing that'll make it work is that she's a high school student in the present day and hopefully, she won't have a love line yet cause she is 15 and he's in his 30s and I probably can't get past not even the age gap, but the fact that she's still a minor.

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