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Jang Dong-yoon, Krystal gather the troops for OCN thriller Search

With more than a month to go before its premiere, we’re getting another peek at OCN’s upcoming drama Search, via a new poster, stills, and a video teaser. Jang Dong-yoon (Tale of Nokdu) and Krystal (Player) feature in the promos, so it looks like we’ll have to wait to see their costars Moon Jung-hee (I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day), Yoon Park (Itaewon Class), and Lee Hyun-wook (The Good Detective).

The story takes place in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where a mysterious disappearance and murder occurs, prompting the South Korean army to investigate. However, the longer they try to uncover the truth, the enemy remains unseen within their ranks and tensions escalate among the team.

Jang Dong-yoon plays the lead role of Sergeant Yong Dong-jin, whose main duty involves training and overseeing the army’s search dogs. Nearly at the end of his army service, he had been counting the days until his release when he is ordered to join the search for clues to the disappearance.

Krystal takes on the role of Lieutenant Sohn Ye-rim, who handles CBR (Chemical/Biological/Radioactive) Defense on the Special Forces. During her cadet years, she received top marks in both military training as well as her specialty in military science. She also took part in overseas training at the U.S. Military Academy, securing her status as an elite officer, and she’s well-regarded for her intelligence, bravery, and passionate spirit.

In both the poster and the teaser, we get a look at Jang Dong-yoon in the middle of an eerie evening search. The video clip starts with an aerial view of an empty field and we watch Jang moving stealthily through the tall grass. When a search dog starts barking, he quickly turns around. Cut to a text screen, which reads: “The DMZ, coming face-to-face with an unseen enemy.” The teaser then quickly comes to a close as the camera takes on the perspective of the unknown someone or something running towards Jang Dong-yoon.

Directing for the drama is film director Im Dae-woong (House of the Disappeared) and scripts will be written collaboratively by Gu Mo (Musudan) and Go Myung-joo.

OCN drama Search is currently set to premiere next month, airing Saturdays and Sundays following Missing: The Other Side.

Via Newsen, Sedaily, Segye Ilbo

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Ahhh I've been feeling Jang Dongyoon withdrawal symptoms after watching Tale of Nokdu and I'm absolutely loving the recent OCN dramas, so I have a feeling I'm going to enjoy this one. Plus, JDY with a dog? I need to see that.

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I'll pass... the story sounds like another quasi (political-crime) mystery and the two leads look more like uni freshmen than sergeant and lieutenant (and part of the special forces on top of that!?)

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It's been over 6 years since Jang Dong Yoon completed his real military training, so he has more experience than you might expect from such a young looking man. I adored him in Tale of NokDu and am excited to see him again. I hope he does a wonderful job. I've never been impressed with Krystal though, and truly hope she is not just there for the "eye candy".

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In the kdramas with a military or intelligence setting, you so often see a male characters who are pragmatic non-coms whose expertise is a product of hard-earned experience whereas female characters are invariably commissioned officers with specialty training (medicine, science, profiling, whatever). I would love to see the script flipped so that the female character is a hard-bitten realist.

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That sounds like a fabulous idea, but it would require them to cast someone besides a has-been idol in the lead female role. Honestly, I look at her in the promos and laugh - she looks about 12 years old in that helmet, and that delicate little wrist... just no.

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This premise is intriguing.

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I wonder if there will be fantasy or SF elements or it will be just a pre thriller.

I will definitely try it for Jang Dong Yoon :)

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I think I’ve reached the point where I would watch almost anything for Jang Dongyoon. He’s just so good. Excited for this.

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He really is

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I hope he takes on more projects next year (if he's able to do so safely, curse you covid). Last year there was only Nokdu, and as far as I know for 2020 it's just been Search and that noir film from back in May.

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He's actually just been cast alongside Kam Woo-sung and Park Sung-hoon in Joseon Exorcist, from the Nokdu Flower PD and Doctor Prisoner writer.

I'm pretty excited about the casting of Jang Dong-yoon and Park Sung-hoon as brothers, not only because I love them both after Just Dance and Into the Ring, respectively, but also because, while re-watching JD alongside ITR, I kept thinking how much they resemble each other. Lol, they even kind of pulled off the same haircut. Idk, I just feel validated, haha.

Hopefully, this will lead to more opportunities for both, as this is a pretty solid team to work with.

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He's great.

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totally under-utilised in dramaland imo

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I agree! I am not sure why he doesn't pick up more acting gigs, even as secondary characters.

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replying here as this thread is getting very long, hahaha!

definitely got your point with the quantifiers and understood right off the bat. hope I didn't come across as accusatory, that was not the intention at all, oops! sorry about that.

I think many of us tend to be naturally very sceptical whenever we hear about idol actors (e.g. how a lot of us right now are unsure about Jisoo in that project with Kim Hyeyoon and potentially Jung Haein). I personally don't mind when I'm proven wrong and someone comes in and does a really good job. I didn't think I would like Seongwu's acting at all, but he did so well in AM18 that I feel better about him getting the role that he did. that still doesn't change the fact that there will always be opportunities that should've gone to someone else, sadly.

as people who are passionate about watching dramas, I think it's a safe assumption to say that we generally care more about the quality of the content rather than who happens to be featuring in it. having said that, we also want to support the actors we *know* are good and deserving of roles, regardless of their star power/popularity, etc. but I'm sure many production companies putting out the average drama also need to make decisions like, who do we cast to make sure people tune in, no matter what?

and I suppose that is largely why Suzy keeps getting cast in big roles even though it physically pains me to watch her and she's turned me, as an individual, off so many dramas, LOL! 😩

if only there was some way I could infiltrate these production companies and slip 'em a tenner to cast my underrated faves in their projects...

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I feel like with public channels eliminating half of their slots & increased competition from idols/model turned actors/etc. that its prob. harder for a younger actor to break out a la PBG. I root more for the underdog actors!

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Agree with this! The biggest frustration, on my part anyway, are the idols/models who try to break their way into acting. Many are not very good (examples of bad idol-actors/idol-turned-actors abound - Cha Eun-woo, Son Na-eun, Suho, Suzy, L, Seohyun, etc.), and their efforts take away opportunities from newcomer actors who are talented (and not just in some latent sense).

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@smaltwalt Gurl I feel you on that! I'm open minded (Ex. Nana and ITR-she was amazing there/not stiff like idol actors tend to be). However, it made me think of a tweet where it said "Think about a hard working actor trying to move on the way up in small roles, and someone who has never acted before and such gets a main role off the bat." Seohyun or Seolhyun? or both lol? I just hope she's good in her new drama.

But yes IA. I feel like Korea has a major problem with this, no? Like for K-dramas, I seen terrible/in-experienced actors get multiple chances while better actors drop off/stuck in small/supporting roles forever (Ex. Lim Ju Hwan). But yeah, it seems extreme there and add to that everyone wants to be an actor now, that good looks/singing are a dime a dozen. It seems brutal/competition if Hollywood has nepotism, then Korea has idols/models w/ big agencies trying to push through smh. That's why the underrated actors are my favorite/the ones I root for the most to succeed!

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carrying on from the above @smaltwalt @soulsearch ^^^

Im Joohwan came to mind immediately for me too. Others I can think of include Kwak Siyang, maybe even Dong Ha. It's such a waste.

I don't think all idol actors are necessarily awful. I really like Kyungsoo, Seongwu, and even Junho. What bothers me is how some of them get cast in leading roles when they're clearly not ready/not good enough, period. The number of roles that I think could've/should've gone to more deserving individuals makes me so sad.

Side note (unpopular opinion? hahaha): My ID is Gangnam Beauty was kind of a disaster for Eunwoo but I actually liked him in Rookie Historian. I feel like he improved as the filming went on and the role was actually fairly suitable for him as a whole. I don't see the point in actors like him/Naeun/Seohyun trying to take on complex roles when they just can't. Oh well.

TL;DR: PLEASE CAST JANG DONGYOON IN MORE DRAMAS.

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@choijunu Yeah for me its more rme for green actors getting main roles off the bat. Wait are we talking about AOA Seolhyun of SNSD Seohyun? If we're talking about the SNSD one, she did fine in Time but KJH stole the show there. I just hope she doesn't mess up her new drama b/c she's def. the weakest link there cast wise.

I just fear for the underrated/stuck in 2nd ML actors never get a chance to shine, and thus they go away/fall off which I seen before :( Its a hard business and adding idols/model turned actors/singer turned actors/etc. into the mix seems like its only going to get harder. I guess sometimes if one waits, their underrated fav can get a breakout role in a film/tv. I say more of these actors should do a small critically acclaimed indie like Choi Woo Shik did.

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I was referring to Seohyun from SNSD! I think I first saw her for real in Moon Lovers and she was honestly pretty awful. Admittedly, the script did her no favours, but still. I didn't watch Time but I would imagine being next to not only Kim Junghyun but also Kim Junhan (he absolutely nailed his parts in Prison Playbook and Hospital Playlist) would've made it difficult for her to really stand out. She's got a good agency behind her so I'm sure she'll continue to get roles. I hope she continues to improve as she carries on. From what I know, acting has become her main gig.

As ratings continue to drop I wonder if production companies will rely on big names/idols even more to try and pull in viewers. I'm really hoping for the best for all these gems.

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I didn't like Seohyun in Time. I think it was a very flat performance. Could just be me.

I tried to be careful with my quantifier (I opted for "many" rather than "all", "almost all", or "most") because I 100% agree with you @choijunu. There are many active or former idols who have shown themselves capable as actors IMO. Examples that come to mind include the ones you mentioned (Kyungsoo and Junho in particular, imo; I haven't watched anything by Ong Seung-woo, so I can't say anything about him with confidence), as well as IU, Choi Si-won, Key, Im Si-wan, Lee Joon, and maybe Park Hyung-sik.

As for Cha Eun-woo, I honestly just don't think he's a good actor. I watched parts of Rookie Historian but remained pretty unimpressed with him (agreed that he was better than in Gangnam Beauty, but he was basically a cardboard cut-out in Gangnam Beauty). 100% agree that he and the other people you mentioned shouldn't be getting complex roles; in fact they shouldn't be getting leading roles period (which is exactly the point you make in your third paragraph!).

@soulsearch12, I agree with you about the actors stuck in 2nd lead roles who should be getting more attention and more opportunities. It's a real shame that their careers founder while somebody like Suzy has repeatedly gotten leading roles in decent or good dramas. Frankly, it's an insult to all that is fair and good.

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@choijunu Ah I see! Yeah I saw her in Time, and she did good in that role (rl circumstances & such). She wasn't afraid to look shabby there, but she's still has ways to go as an actress. She's starring in a new drama that looks interesting, but she's the weakest link for sure (If Nana was in the role instead, I would be much more excited). Ironically, SM did awful for her (acting), they turned down Architecture 101 (Suzy became a big star)/Train to Busan (Wonder Girls alum). The slot follows Was It Love? which did horrible ratings wise. I hope it does well for the ML who I love lol.

Yeah, with public channels cutting down half their time slots/the big dramas (H.P/WOTM/CLOY featured no idol actors/newbies in main roles) that I'm not sure. Altho Snowdrop has Ji-soo as the MFL. With Kakao coming in with their own production/web companies too, it may provide more opportunities? Altho those wouldn't be hallyu level like CLOY. Also the awards shows, no idol actor gets the top prize, its always the veterans/breakout role for an established actor.

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@smaltwalt Yeah, I only seen a few episodes and clips and she did fine but kinda bland? Altho the way she handled/talked about KJH was humane, I did like that she said human being first than work. That being said, I don't she's that striking but maybe her new drama could do the trick? Maybe the ML will do the heavy lifting like Time dunno?

Yes IA. Some idol actors (usually shy away from their idol days) and start from small roles and build up to main are very good. But yeah, its a dime a dozen, sometimes its not just about being attractive/talented but having charm, luck, and chance taken upon you by a PD/Writer/Or Director. Suzy is fine (she's more stunning), but Korea entertainment has a lot of issues w/ hiring incompetent talents as mains over/over again. Its esp. very jarring when its counteracted by way talented actors :3

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I don't really like the debat idols vs actors. I mean there are idols who aren't not good and they got first roles like Suzy. From Dream High, she got main roles (mainly) and she didn't show any improvement but it's the same for Jin Se Yeon, she's an actress and she's still bad.
I think it's better for actors and idols to start step by step to learn the job.
But the industry doesn't help with that. Kim Jae Wook said that after Coffee Prince he got offers for main roles but he didn't feel ready for it. Then, he had to wait for 10 years to get new offers...

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I find it really cool/fresh how he was discovered by helping capture some random guy on camera. That led to his appearance of him receiving a consolation, which led him to get acting offers. Now that's a cute story of starting a career!

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and he's so humble about it too! I love watching interviews of him, he's so cute.

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I love humble and kind actors. I want to see more actors like that than the opposite on-screen!

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https://youtu.be/km6X0LXnDo0

you may have already have seen this, but he's so lovely in this one!!

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He's a lovely guy in general!

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@choijunu, the sacrilege of picking Yulmu/Kang Taeoh over Nokdu/Jang Dongyoon (I like KTO as well, but tbh JDY uber alles).

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It looks like the 2020 (different) version of Descendants of the Sun.

I love this show even the plotline too. As what I saw on Korean films about DMZ, it really kinda contains an emotional scenes to tell what past sad lives of the soldiers did they happened. I hope that emotional scenes of a male/female soldiers and their colleagues/friends will help it even their possible childhood scenes. Also, I want to see feminism in this show to give women as diversified female characters (for e.g.: soldiers).

Also, I hope that it will one of the best OCN dramas of 2020 along with Train.

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I am really looking forward to seeing Jang Dong-Yoon in OCN’s upcoming SEARCH. Some folks may not realize that he started his military service in the army at age 19. He was already a veteran when he portrayed a high school student in SOLOMON’S PERJURY.
With all due respect the above images don’t do him justice. Even though there are only 3 pics I think these are better:
https://www.soompi.com/article/1421439wpp/ocns-new-thriller-search-shares-first-look-at-jang-dong-yoon-as-a-military-dog-handler

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thanks for the link! he looks awesome. really looking forward to watching this one, even though it's a far cry from my usual picks.

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Finally an interesting premise for an ocn drama. For the sake of the cast I hope this is one of the better ocn dramas 🤞🏼

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I like the cast, and also the premise. But it was Moon Jung-hee that got me. I've sworn eternal devotion since I watched her in When the weather is fine.

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Really! Who did she play?

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She was HaeWon's aunt.
She was top notch, even more considering she was wearing those sunglasses for the entire show.

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Ah! Yes, I agree.
Thank you.

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How did I miss that Jang Dong Yoon had another project! This is not my usual cup of tea but I will give it a chance for him and see if I stay for other reasons.

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