Past detective Choi Jin-hyuk emerges from time-traveling Tunnel
There’s been so little advertising for Choi Jin-hyuk’s (Pride and Prejudice) comeback drama Tunnel that I almost forgot it would be airing this spring. But OCN has been steadily chugging away at this fantasy crime-thriller, and a new teaser for it has been released. It’s barely a crumb’s worth of info about the upcoming drama, but I’m just thankful to see Choi Jin-hyuk back on my screen looking hale and hearty after his unfortunate injury.
Tunnel is about a detective from the past, played by Choi Jin-hyuk, who travels to the future (our present) to solve the cold case of the homicide of a female university student that occurred in 1980. He’s a hot-blooded, humanistic investigator who uses mostly instinct and perseverance to track down his leads.
His methods are a far cry from his urbane present-day counterpart, played by Yoon Hyun-min (Beautiful Mind), who uses only cold cut facts and hard forensic evidence to determine his suspects. Despite their initial misgivings about each other, their unorthodox partnership leads to results in their pursuit of a seemingly unsolvable case. Lee Yoo-young (Fatal Intuition) plays a psychology professor who profiles serial killers and joins the investigation.
In the teaser, Choi Jin-hyuk rides an old-fashioned bicycle along a tunnel while humming to Cho Young-pil’s famous ’80s hit “Leopard of Kilimanjaro” coming out of the rickety cassette player strapped to his bike. When he emerges on the other side, he’s no longer in his time, but suddenly in a wholly different era—present-day Korea—where the pop song IOI’s “Pick Me” plays loudly from an adolescent’s earphones. Wondering at all the modern marvels, Choi Jin-hyuk thinks inside: “I know I definitely was in 1986…”
OCN’s Tunnel will air in March after Voice finishes its run.