Three-way face-off between clones and a desperate father in Duel
I’m glad that Duel is finally stepping up its promo game, because I’m really looking forward to the sci-fi thriller drama that’s bringing Jung Jae-young (Assembly) and Kim Jung-eun (Make a Woman Cry) back to my TV screen. Two new teasers are out for Duel, and we get a glimpse of the two main conflicts we’ll see unfold in the upcoming OCN drama.
The first teaser shows the two clones, both played by Yang Se-jong (Saimdang—Light’s Diary), facing off against each other, although it seems to be more of a hunter-prey dynamic than them fighting on equal footing. We see Sung-joon, the good one, get off a train bloodied and bandaged, looking terrified and clearly on the run. Sung-hoon, the evil counterpart, comes face to face with his clone twin on the platform, gun in hand and narrating, “I’ve decided to become the devil. For my revenge. For my survival.” Sung-joon (oy, this is going to get confusing. Did they really have to make the names sound so familiar?) stops in his tracks and thinks, “The man with my face made me a murderer.”
Jung Jae-young’s veteran detective character appears in the next teaser, desperately trying to reach his young daughter on a crowded subway platform. Before he can reach her, in a blink, he loses sight of his daughter, who looks like she’s very ill: She’s wearing those knit beanies that all kids with cancer in dramaland wear. Sung-joon appears where she was standing, holding Jung Jae-young’s daughter’s bunny doll. The evil twin, Sung-hoon, then walks out from behind him. The detective, gun pointed at the clones, yells, “Until I find my daughter, even if you want to die, I won’t let you.”
I’m pleasantly surprised by the teasers so far, especially from Yang Se-jong. I knew to expect greatness from Jung Jae-young, but I’ve only seen Yang Se-jong in Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, and he was adorable near the end of the show, but I thought he was still quite green. Granted they’re pretty short glimpses, but he did a fantastic job in the teasers differentiating the two clones he portrays, and I’m excited to see more of that play out in the drama.
Duel will follow currently airing Tunnel and premiere on June 3. That’s some big shoes to fill (Tunnel=love), but I have a feeling Duel will take us for a thrilling ride just in time for summer.