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Jo Seung-woo, Bae Doo-na go head-to-head in new teaser for Forest of Secrets 2

With the premiere just one week away, tvN’s upcoming weekend drama Forest of Secrets 2 has released another teaser featuring its main cast.

The drama brings back lonely prosecutor Jo Seung-woo (Life) and warm-hearted police officer Bae Doo-na (Kingdom), reprising their roles from season 1, to team up once again and tackle a new case.

This time, though, their partnership will be tested by rising tensions between the police force, led by chief officer Jeon Hye-jin (Search Query: WWW), and the prosecution team, who are supported by Choi Moo-sung (Nokdu Flower). The main point of contention being who has the power to do what in criminal investigations and law enforcement.

The newly released teaser focuses on this internal conflict and starts with shots of the two teams walking down hallways, on their way to a joint press conference. In voice-over, Choi Moo-sung explains, “There’s going to be an investigations conference meeting.” The two teams stand together for a group press photo and Jeon Hye-jin makes a pointed remark, “Is it not the purpose of our meeting to allow prosecutors and police to discuss this issue personally and create a new reform together?” A text screen appears, which reads: “A thrilling conflict begins between two polarizing teams as they discuss amendments to the rights of investigation by the prosecution and police.”

Cut to a stoic Park Sung-geun (Memorials) trailed by a crowd of reporters, followed by shots of a police press briefing. Jo Seung-woo starts the discussion by saying, “If we want to prevent this amendment from becoming like changing hospitals without regard to the illness itself, then shouldn’t there be distinctions between the prosecution and police? Even if it’s just one distinction?” To that point, Bae Doo-na counters, “It’s by going to a different hospital, that you can find a different form of treatment.” In a text screen, we see: “Hwang Shi-mok x Han Yeo-jin. An investigative story, uncovering truths amid an internal conspiracy.”

It cuts to a swarm of reporters surrounding a large crime scene as the police team try to investigate. In a sequence of close-up shots, we get another look at the drama’s main players. And the teaser comes to a close as we hear an unknown man’s sinister voice, “You’re just a well-sharpened knife. I only need to take it out and use it for difficult jobs.”

In anticipation of Forest of Secrets 2, tvN will be airing daily reruns of the first season starting Monday, August 10 up until the second season’s premiere on Saturday.

Written by Lee Soo-yeon (Life, Forest of Secrests) and directed by PD Park Hyun-seok (Dance Sports Girls), Forest of Secrets 2 will be premiering next week on August 15.

Via Xports News

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If I could watch only one drama for the rest of the year, this is the one. BTW, those are the least flattering suits on female leads playing cops or prosecutors I have seen in any show or film, which makes it perfect costuming from a realism perspective.

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Agreed about the suits, lol

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As I've just finished A Poem A Day and thought Lee Joon-hyuk was great in it, I came to know that he also played the prosecutor Seo Dong-jae in Stranger 1! I didn't recognize him in APAD when, in fact, he had been acting so well since forever. Wondering if his character will still be in Stranger 2!

P.S. I kinda think that villainous roles suit him better than good ones lol.

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(He is in the cast list and official poster. So yes, our favorite Weasel Oppa will be back!!!!!!!!!)

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Hi Mary! *waving hand with teary eyes* Been missing you.

That's good to know. He rocked that role and things would be very different without Oppa. *winking eyes shooting hearts* He will be one reason for me to watch the show.

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Aww helloooo to you too~ *hoping that Weasel's weaselly talents saves him this season*

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Ha - I just wrote elsewhere that I dropped APAD - for now - because I couldn't unsee LJH as Seo Dongjae - he owned that role.

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I think I understand you. While watching APAD I didn't recognize him tbh. Despite not knowing that, to be brutally honest, I still couldn't 100% buy that that character was just that sweet: There were some moments when I thought his eyes were not that innocent. That was why I said I think I love him in villainous/grey roles more.

Another actor whom I think I love him more in grey roles is Hyun Bin. I felt a bit uncomfortable watching him as a sweet, devoted-to-love soldier in Crash Landing. His acting in Alhambra was top-notch.

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I am not a fan of Hyun Bin. Even though I diligently followed it live, I thought CLOY was not among the best dramas I watched recently. That show mainly held up because of Son Ye-jin's pitch perfect comic timing. HB was the weak link, IMO.

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I know this might not be a popular opinion, but I agree with you on the points about SYJ and HB.

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I too agree with you on Hyun Bin too. I recognize how he's been a Hallyu star for a long time now, which is commendable esp. since other peers of his have either dropped off/stagnant.

That being said, while I admire his down to earth persona despite his popularity/looks lol, I'm cold on his acting. He's fine I suppose, but in CLOY, it was SYJ who stole the show/held the show up. He's a bit closed off with his acting, as if he's holding something back imo. The chemistry between him and SYJ while built on mutual trust and understanding which I admired wasn't the epic chemistry that others on here/elsewhere have praised to high heavens. Like I was watching Familiar Wife to wait for CLOY (live), and I felt the chemistry there was much stronger/romantic. Also I get more friend/sibling vibes from SJY + HB. Must be awkward for the world to want them to be together in rl :3 (Sorry for the mini rant lol!)

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Lee Joon-hyuk needs a better agent and agency. His lead roles have been in under-seen shows. Surprisedly he has been working for over a decade now.

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one of my favorite thing about Secret Forest S1 was Han Yeojin x Hwang Shimok dynamics but they gonna be rival(?) this season :((( but i dont think their split investigation gonna last that long tho (i wish)

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I'm currently watching S1 but it's so weird seeing Bae Doona with long hair in the teaser lol It's going to take a couple eps to get used to it.

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Yeah, I kinda liked her with short hair (ahem, *profile pic*). Not sure how I feel with her in long hair.

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PETITION FOR HER TO CUT IT i mean it's her hair BUT PLEASE WE WANT IT BACK it was iconic!

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I am too excited... please be good please be good please be good.

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If they blow it I expect the rage and disappointment to be pretty deafening. Do we all have enough ear protection?
#voice #mysteryqueen

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@lordcobol,
I am looking forward to FOS2 being like GODFATHER 2 not GODFATHER 3. It is going to be great. β€˜Safari’ himself Choi Moo-sung is onboard.

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OMG! The irony! I just commented about binge-watching Heartless City and how its stopping me from going all in for Stranger rn lol.

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One week y'all.

ONE.

WEEEEEKKKK !!!!!!

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I don't care
*feigns nonchalance*

I'm trying not to have expectations and I think I will try to wait until I have a few episodes before I start.

Both of these statements are a lie.

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Bae Doona

That's all. That's all I need.

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I absolutely love how the drama does not follow the same formula as most K dramas. The main characters actually have backbone and wont take BS fron anyone. I cannot wait!!

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I am SO HYPED for this!!

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Otoke!! I need to rewatch s1 before s2 arrives, I don't wanna miss anything.

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But...but...I left it after few eps of Season 1. Perhaps I have to rewatch from beginning then. Why did I didn't get the hype? 😩

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I had trouble getting into it at first on my first watch, just because there was SO much that was so subtle I didn't get why it was a big deal... and then I watched it again and went "ooh that's what happened". I don't know if it was a similar experience for you, but either way I'd say it's worth a second shot!

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Aw give it one more shot. I'm not sure how much of S1 you will need to know to understand S2, though some character dynamics and relations and expectations have been set already. So if you plan to watch S2, it will be good to watch S1 too.

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I am doing my rewatch right now and can understand why some people may not love it at first sight (like I did) - because it's a slow burn for the first few eps. But the storytelling is like going up a pyramid with an intensity supercharge every few episodes. By Ep 5 you will get into full swing. Then by Ep 8 you lose your patience and just want to binge on.

No other dramas (even as superb as Signal) have this pace and strength to propel the story forward with such intrigue and ferocity! It never ceases to amaze me that it is the first script of Lee Soo Yeon.

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Really? Will take your advice... I guess it is true that I dropped quite early. Way too slow in the beginning. Cross finger that I have ample time to catch up S1 before jumping into S2's bandwagon 😁

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*puts a ring on Yeojin* *puts a ring on Bit* *puts a ring on Yeonjae and gets piledriven into the ground--*

I'm cautiously optimistic :'D As much as I want to be excited and might've just binged a rewatch just yesterday

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The only good news in 2020! So excited and nervous at the same time. Please be good! The only thing i ask for this year dramagod! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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God everyone here and online has been praising the heck out of this show. Which I found intriguing b/c while I did hear about it b/c it made The NY Times best list, Signal was the crime procedural that I heard more about it.

Anyways, I still need to finish Cruel less City/Heartless City grr...and then I want to begin this show. Gah, I should've watched this sooner before S2 hit!!

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Stranger and Signal are two of my favourite shows but I love this one more. CSW and BDN their acting, characters and chemistry are πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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Signal does NOT match up to Stranger at all. Tbh, I thought Signal was only an okay show. Stranger sets the standard for the genre. Nothing I have watched in kdramaland (or even dramaland generally) so far has matched it.

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Yes, I agreed that Signal does not compare well with Stranger/Forest of Secrets. I also rewatched Signal only recently and the side by side rewatch of the two made this very obvious.

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Ooh, w/o using spoilers in what way was Stranger better? Very curious b/c all I hear regarding Signal for the most part is critical acclaim (Since the female writer has been getting big offers since).

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The plotting and overall writing of FoS is flawless. The same cannot be said for Signal

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We briefly touched upon this, but w/o using spoilers how so? I was riveted by Signal (watching it/taking a break from it) helped a lot. Its one of my favorite K-dramas ever made and I consider it a masterpiece.

Was it the female lead? Was it the second male lead? Was the cases not inspired well? Or the way it ended? Again, just curious b/c even before I got into K-dramas, I would hear a lot about Signal when recs. came up/would only hear mostly praise for it, so hearing the other way is intriguing.

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Signal has higher rating on Tvn and mydramalist than FOS. Despite average rating of over 6% and not much buzz, Fos won Grand prize both at Seoul awards and Beakseang.
I really like Signal and think its high quality drama. I remember I wanted to rewatch Signal but couldn’t go pass episode 4 (that was before Fos). I am now on my third rewatch of Fos and still find it exciting. Despite fully know the story, I still enjoy every scene and find that aha moments when I understand why character said and acted certain ways on my rewatch. It’s like fine wine but it asks for 100% of your attention.
It’s more of the personal taste and I understand why some people find Fos too slow. Signal has faster pace but looking back it can be a bit soapy for some. Story: there are a lot of talkings ( apparently even more talking in season 2 according to the actors) but every conversation has a meaning. No unnecessary subplot, twist was not for cheap thrills but add layer to the character. Apart from the main characters, I don’t remember about the supporting roles from Signal but in Fos, characters are multilayered including supporting roles. You get to know the motive behind very suspects making it more connected and memorable. Acting wise: Signal has strong acting from the leads (Average performance from second ML for some and I don’t remember the rest of the casts) Fos has top notch performance from every actors. They are perfect choice for their roles, nuisance but powerful acting. They might appear talking slowly but carry intensity. The gesture, tone in their voice and even switch of the eyebrows or clenching of the jaw, very subtle but you notice and kind of understand their thought process. It’s praised as β€œthe league of its own” as it’s not your typical kdrama. Minimal action scenes, no sad background story, no romance, no dramatic crying scenes but somehow it manages to tug your heartstrings.
Give it a try and you might like it as much as signal 😁

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@blacksesame has given an excellent response. I'll add very little. IMO, Signal was essentially a procedural with some 'time travel' thrown in. It was well produced with some good performances, and is an overall 'good' show, but not great - at all. Even in the genre, I'd say it's only an above-average show, not among the best ones out there. I don't know about ratings or recommendations, since I watched and assessed both without knowing their relative popularity.

In contrast with Signal, Stranger had just one long, solid story arc, with a few middle arcs, but never did it descend into procedural territory - this already makes it stand out in its genre. (as @epyc2010 points out)

You cannot identify a particular actor as its particular strength, in all fairness. Stranger has a fine ensemble cast combined with tight writing - all the actors are totally believable, and you suspect most characters at some point of time.

The writing doesn't spoon-feed you, it doesn't treat the audience as stupid, but at the same time, doesn't make it overly obscure as to be incomprehensible.

And as pointed out, Stranger holds up phenomenally well on multiple rewatches! I think I'm on my third full rewatch right now. At this stage, you know the story, you know the crook/s, you know the dialogues by heart even, but newer details keep popping up - it's like a favourite book or dish that each time you savour afresh, a new flavour is discovered.

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You have to be an active audience when watching FoS as it makes you think and you become a member of the investigative team.

During my current rewatch, I still need to wind back to make sure I got every dialogue right. And I also love how the whole story is anchored with a strong moral compass. It is a story about the believers. Bae Donna’s character and delivery is indeed as someone said three years ago among the best female performance in Kdrama.

It had a very solid rating during its first TVN run but its masterpiece status has been established through word of mouth in the months and years afterward.

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@blacksesame and @pickleddragon Thanks for the detailed responses! Much appreciated! IA that Signal got a lot more talk because it had higher ratings, more action, and an added time travel aspect to gauge in viewers. Anyways, I hope to start FOS soon!

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The countdown begins!!! So excited to start watching this. πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠ

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Wow, daily re-runs? tvN must be pretty positive this drama will do well. I mean, the original series was AMAZING but I'm always skeptical about Kdrama sequals. Fingers crossed though, and I hope they don't butt heads tooo much--I like them working together so much better!

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While I loved FoS1, I didn't like LIFE that much so I'm a bit on the fence about this one.

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Can I get you to agree that the Lee Joon-hyuk (1984) cameo at the end of LIFE was brilliant? That was my favorite cameo of 2018.
Speaking of LJH I don’t see him in the pics above. Mmmm.

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I can say that while I just can't remember anything about Life except the fact that JSW was in it, I'm sure that LJH (1984) is just great in every role. *blushing*

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I like Life a lot although it certainly cannot top FOS. Yet, I respect how the same writer decides to take a totally different route for her second work. Unlike the tight script of FOS, she makes Life as an open book story - but not slice of life - about the day in day out of a hospital where each character is about the particular perspective s/he brings to the table. There is still winning and losing but those people move on as in real life.

And Cho Seung Woo's and Yoo Jae Myung's characters couldn't be more different from theirs in FOS. The only gripe I have is the miscast of Woo Jin Ah who is not bad as a young actress but her performance is subpar among the experienced and outstanding cast in Life.

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Nooooooooooo don't make them fight! T___T

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Yes, they did make a great team. Why making them fight???

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It's almost here!!

PLEASE BE GOOD!!

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"Could it be?, yes it could. / Something's comin', something good"
Is what my head has been humming for these past few days.

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Looking forward to this so much and dreading the possibility of disappointment. The first season was just breathtaking!

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one more weeeeeek!!!!! Yayyyyy! We deserve this!!

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Long time lurker, very very ocassional poster here. I dropped by to just say
1) this is literally my most anticipated TV show of this year
2) I'm really impressed that the writer is trying out something immediately different (setting police and prosecution against each other? Talking reforms? NICE.)

Fingers crossed that they're able to deliver but I am excited!!

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