Sohn Hyun-joo pursues the hidden truth behind a murder in Model Detective
Upcoming JTBC crime procedural called Model Detective has released new stills and a video teaser featuring its main cast. The drama stars Sohn Hyun-joo (Itaewon Class) and Jang Seung-jo (Chocolate), and they play two very different detectives who learn about an intentionally hidden truth and begin to pursue it. Sohn Hyun-joo chose this project because of his positive previous experiences working with the director Jo Nam-guk in The Chaser and Empire of Gold.
The recently released stills show Sohn Hyun-joo’s character at work, investigating a crime scene. His character is a veteran police detective with 18 years on the force, and he’s also a realist bent on survival. Although he’s been worn down by his experience, he still feels a strong responsibility to right wrongs and correct injustices.
The teaser begins with an unnamed man’s voice telling us that the most effective way to conceal the truth of a case is to get rid of the victim forever. As he speaks, the teaser shows a female college student being dragged on a rainy night, and the abductor drops a watch. We see her with seaweed on her legs and being put into a body bag.
A copy flashes saying, “It was thought that everything was finished…” and Sohn Hyun-joo gets a call from the man who confesses to the abduction and murder of the woman. Sohn Hyun-joo is convinced that if he he doesn’t speak, there will be no one else to tell the truth. He cries tears at the injustice of it all as he looks through case files and shouts at criminals asking them if their consciences don’t hurt.
Jang Seung-jo tells Sohn Hyun-joo that they don’t have a lot of time so they shouldn’t waste it on irrelevant aspects. Jang Seung-jo is shown alone as text pops up saying “Everyone ignored it…” Then he shows up in Oh Jung-se’s (Stove League) office, wearing the watch from the beginning of the teaser.
A short clip of Lee Elijah (Chief of Staff 2) is shown, along with more violent scenes of kidnapping and beatings. Sohn Hyun-joo tells everyone that they’re not trying to capture a criminal, they’re preventing another man from being murdered. After a police car chase, reporters are waiting for Sohn Hyun-joo, and copy says: “A story begins.”
Jang Seung-jo points his gun in a wheat field, and we see him leading a man into the wheat field. As the body of a girl drops into the water next to a wheat field, Sohn Hyun-joo’s voiceover says “Let’s start again from here.”
JTBC Monday-Tuesday drama Model Detective, directed by Jo Nam-gook and written by Choi Jin-won, will begin airing on July 6.