Jung Jae-young returns with OCN suspense thriller Duel
Cable station OCN has pretty much cornered the market on dark, slickly produced procedural and crime thrillers, but thankfully has also figured out how to give each one a slightly different angle so that they feel like separate entities rather than all jumbling together. This new drama, Duel, sounds like it’ll be right up their alley, and it’s got a distinct premise that’ll set it apart from the crowd: human clones! Not only that, but human clones facing off against each other in a figurative duel (and maybe also a literal one, who knows?) of pure goodness versus pure evil.
Moreover, Duel has secured Jung Jae-young playing the lead, which is great to see because he’s such a wonderful actor who’s done movies almost exclusively, and only ventured into dramaland last year. That was in the well-received political series Assembly, where he played a former welder who fought for labor rights and rose from his humble beginnings to become a politician in the National Assembly. This time, he’ll be taking on the lead role of a veteran police detective named Jang Deuk-chun, who ends up making “just one wrong choice” in order to save his daughter when she gets kidnapped by the criminal.
The character of Jang Deuk-chan grew up watching his father, a landscaping caretaker at a golf course, being mistreated by his boss. He wanders through unsavory circles populated with lowlifes, but through a chance opportunity, he becomes a police officer. One day he gets the report of a murderer holding a woman hostage and is sent to handle the case, and although the criminal gets away, he ends up marrying the hostage.
In the present day, the villain is a human clone who carries out bizarre murders, removing organs after killing his victims. Somehow, our hero gets caught up in the case and ends up wrongfully accused, and has to both clear his name while fighting the clock to save his daughter before she’s killed. Interestingly, there’s an added twist about one clone having a “terminal life” and the two clones needing each other’s organs in pursuit of eternal life.
Jung Jae-young seems like perfect casting for this kind of role, and I’ll be crossing my fingers that they get somebody equally strong to play the villain. I’m glad to have him back in another drama, though I can see why he’s stuck to films: His film credits are long and span back to the 1990s, and include diverse and acclaimed projects, like 2003’s award-winning war film Silmido, the quirky critical hit Welcome to Dongmakgol, dark crime thriller Moss, the offbeat Castaway on the Moon, and the tense historical action thriller The King’s Wrath.
Duel is set to follow the time-traveling police-officer drama Tunnel, which follows current crime thriller Voice in the weekend time slot. It’ll premiere in May.
Via Star News
- News bites: January 31, 2016
- Jung Jae-young goes from welder to politician in KBS’s Assembly
- Jung Jae-young, Song Yoon-ah, Ji Jin-hee for political drama Assembly
- News bites: January 31, 2015
- Jo Jung-seok out for Hyun Bin’s blood in The King’s Wrath
- First teaser and posters for Hyun Bin’s thriller sageuk The King’s Wrath
- Jung Jae-young and Han Ji-min’s rom-com Plan Man
- Jung Jae-young and Daniel Choi in time slip thriller
- Jo Jung-seok and Jung Jae-young cast to hunt down Hyun Bin
- Jung Jae-young, Han Ji-min in opposites-attract romantic comedy