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Jo Jin-woong to reunite with Lee Je-hoon in tvN’s Signal

It’s been nearly two years since Jo Jin-woong (Assassination) last took a break from films to do a drama (the melodrama Full Sun with Yoon Kye-sang), but it looks he might be returning next year in tvN’s new crime thriller Signal. The latest drama from PD Kim Won-seok (Misaeng) and writer Kim Eun-hee (Sign, Three Days) stars Lee Je-hoon as a profiler, and Jo Jin-woong is positively considering a starring role opposite him as a detective.

The two actors have collaborated numerous times before — they were in Paparotti, Ethics of Wrath, and The Front Line together — though I guess anyone currently working in Chungmuro has to share some credits with Jo Jin-woong, who is in every movie ever. Between these two powerhouse actors, this drama might be worth it for the performances alone. (I know, I probably said the same thing about Secret Door and regretted it, but still!)

The drama is another retelling of the Hwaseong serial murder case depicted in Memories of Murder, a real-life unsolved case about a serial rapist-murderer in the 1980s. In this story, present-day detectives will be able to communicate with past detectives via a two-way radio, and together they’ll work on long-term unsolved cases.

Lee Je-hoon stars as a profiler on the special detective task force that handles unsolved cases. He’s a cop who hates cops, but his character is witty and full of humanity. Jo Jin-woong has been cast as one of the three main characters: He’s a detective who was once in the reserves as a national athlete, in taekwondo. He’s described as “the paragon of a manly man, who wouldn’t even turn his head if a beautiful woman poked him in the side.”

He’s a simple and earnest character who’s honest to a fault, and only knows to tackle problems head-on rather than searching for the shortcut. He’s a man of action, who uses brawn over brains. Aw, he sounds like a sweet lumbering bear of a detective. Hope there’s bromance on the horizon.

Signal is scheduled to follow Answer Me 1988 in January 2016.

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I miss his Mama Bear Moo-hyul character who was Lee Do's nagging "wifeu" in TWDR. ^^

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Awesomeness! I'm digging this strong matchup. I hope this will be better than Gap Dong since they are both based on the same source material.

It's really hard to watch Memories of Murder knowing that these brutal crimes did happen in real life.

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Cant wait.. been a fan of Jo Jin Woong since Full Sun, then Hwayi and so on, till now..Love him as one of the guests in Running Man.. that ep is soo much fun..

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I love that tooo....

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"The paragon of a manly man, who wouldn’t even turn his head if a beautiful woman poked him in the side.”

I'm sure this description is intended in a positive way, but what does it actually mean? It sounds like he is either a misogynist or a eunuch.

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He's a work-aholic. No other interests.

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Yea I wondered at that too. It seems excessive, not to mention oxymoronic. Guess only oppas can be super detectives and end up in relationships.

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Perfect combination, always love jo jin woong acting, such a versatile actor..

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Super hot ahjusshi. One of my grandest ahjusshi crushes. But loved him big-time in FULL SUN. He is sooooo hot there.

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Love him in FULL SUN and TWDR!!
Cool teddy bear ahjussi!!

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Can Han Suk Kyu do a cameo? Probably as Lee Je Hoon's father and Joo Jin Woong's buddy??
There should exist some parallel universe for Yi Do, Yeongjo-Sado, and Moo Hyul in modern times right?

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I hope he takes it. That would be cool. Between him and Le Je Hoon any tense scene is destined to be super thrilling and edge-of-your-seat.

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Jinwoong-ah kicked major 궁둥이 in "Assassination" but I didn't expect anything less from such an accomplished actor -- all the accolades over the years are most deservedly so for someone of his calibre. Fingers crossed he accepts for sure.

But he'll always be Brutus to me from "Sons of Sol Pharmacy House." Good times... :D

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I'm mostly looking forward to ""Fingersmith" written and directed by Park Chan Wook based on Sarah Water's novel. I love historical crime novels and this kind of genre is right up Park's alley.

The matchup between Ha Jung Woo and Jo Jin Woong here might have an edge over "Assassination."

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He'll always be Brutus to me, too! I love him best in roles where he gets to show his vulnerable side-- he can totally rip my heart to shreds.

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My excitement level for this drama went way up (read: suddenly existed) when I heard he was up for this drama. He's awesome in everything he's in. Ethics of Wrath (the only thing I know Le Je Hoon from personally) is one of my favorites of his. It'd be great to have him on my screen for a longer running time.

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Jo Jin woong was excellent in full sun! And He cracked me up big time in Running man it was episode 217 if I remember correctly. He's actually super funny lool

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sounds a little like Frequency. minus the family angle,

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He was awesome in Ethics of Wrath and forever love him in TWDR, so I look forward to watching him again on the small screen

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