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Kim Nam-gil begins investigating in Those Who Read Hearts of Evil

SBS’s upcoming crime thriller Those Who Read Hearts of Evil has released a new poster and stills featuring lead actor Kim Nam-gil (The Fiery Priest).

The drama takes a deep dive into the psyche of criminal profilers, whose job is to “read the hearts” of killers. One of their biggest challenges is how to make sense of murders that seemingly have no motive. Notably, the drama is based on a novel written by author Go Na-moo and real-life criminal profiler Kwon Il-yong.

In the drama, Kim Nam-gil plays the lead role of a profiler named Song Ha-young. He works for the Seoul police in the investigations unit that handles criminal behavior profiling. From his appearance, he seems to be emotionless and cold, but he is actually very perceptive of others and has a high capacity for noticing details.

The newly released poster shows Kim Nam-gil standing alone on shadowy stone steps. The tagline has the word “not” blacked out, which adds a lot of ambiguity to the sentence: “Why did you think they were [not] the culprit.”

Although not featured in these promos, the main cast also includes actors Jin Seon-gyu (One the Woman) and Kim So-jin (Marriage Contract, Escape from Mogadishu).

Written by Seol Yi-na and directed by PD Park Bo-ram, Those Who Read Hearts of Evil premieres on January 14 following Now We Are Breaking Up.

Via KBS, Sports Donga

 
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Whatever happened to that island ghost drama he was supposed to star in then?

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"Broadcast in 1st half of 2022, filming begins in October. "
Aside from this he was one more drama as well,so 3 in total

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His 3rd drama is some big-budget Netflix series. The guy is working overtime.

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As he established his own company might want to hit it while it's hot to be maybe more stable as well

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Always great to see Kim Nam-gil.

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This seems like criminal minds.
The plot armor, criminal profiling, is cool. I hope this is done well.
I'm still wary due to the lacklustre 7 episode criminal profiling series, is it Trap.

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I love a good crime drama even more than the average person but I do wish stories other than those focusing on serial killers would get made. There are so many other cinematic crime stories to tell (really skilled heist teams, violent home intruders, dangerous smuggling rings, etc.) And rather than the usual cold, aloof profiler genius we have seen so many times, how great would it be to have someone with the personality of the neighborhood's favorite ahjussi, who is also super perceptive as a profiler?

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The cold aloof profiler genius you described is way better than what Trap turned out to be.
Although I'd like a fav ahjussi super perceptive profiler explored someday.

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Neighbourhood favourite ajusshi as a our genius profiler. Now *that’s* a premise worth watching. I wish you were a kdrama screenwriter.

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He looks good on these pictures 😍

I watched him being Lee Soo-Kyung's manager (he's the boss of her agency) and it was really fun.

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what an artsy poster

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This is one of two upcoming dramas on SBS that I will be holding a spot for the other being AGAIN MY LIFE with Lee Joon-gi and Kim Ji-eun.
Also believe it or not THOSE WHO READ HEARTS OF EVIL/THROUGH THE DARKNESS will be my first Kim Nam-gil drama.
(I know FIERY PRIEST is a favorite for many but I generally avoid dramas with heavy religious components. Otoh I did enjoy the film THE DIVINE FURY (2019) so I guess I am not consistent!)

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i just loved the fiery priest. give it a try

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Yes, give The Fiery Priest a try, its not that heavy on religion, with more weight on corruption. And it's by the writer of Vincenzo and Chief Kim == good fun.

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Try LIVE UP TO YOUR NAME. He plays a famous Joseon physician who travels to 2017. Time travel done right, with lots of laughs and swoony moments.

FIERY PRIEST was indeed funny and boasts an excellent supporting cast. The religious element is not strong, but as a Catholic I did have a few issues with it. Otherwise, it would be a favorite of mine.

Oh, then there's the movie THE PIRATES (2014). It's kind of like the Joseon version of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. I love it.

Finally, your Kim Nam Gil experience won't be complete without watching QUEEN SEON DEOK. 😁

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Live Up to Your Name is gold, period.

I also watched him in a movie named “Portrait of a Woman” or something similar. It is r-rated (I think) but he also did a great job in it!

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Thinking again, the movie’s name might be Portrait of a Beauty.

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As always @wishfultoki thanks for the recommendations. I added LIVE UP TO YOUR NAME (2017) to my list on Netflix. I checked out its ratings and its Nielsen nationwide average rating was 5.4% which was probably impressive for a cable (tvN) drama back then.
I have heard a lot a good about THE GREAT QUEEN SEONDEOK (2009) but coming in at 62 episodes it won’t happen for me unfortunately.

O/T. I enjoyed the first two episodes of THE KING OF TEARS, LEE BANG WON. (So for awhile I will have 3 sageuks going: Taec, Junho, and Joo Sang-wook.)

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Hello @marcusnyc20 and Happy New Year! I am watching MOONSHINE while I get ready to watch THE KING OF TEARS. As usual, I love Yoo Seung-ho. 😊I'm not sold on Hyeri but I think the writing of her character is more of an issue than her acting. See you in the MOONSHINE recaps!

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Happy New Year to you @wishfultoki. Great hearing from you.
Now that SRI&J and RSC have finished I can concentrate on LEE BANGWON and MOONSHINE. I am enjoying both.
Re MOONSHINE. Yoon Seung-ho is a natural in the sageuk genre. Hyeri and Byeon Woo-seok are blank slates for me but I like their performances so far.
I had a brief discussion with a beanie about how LEE BANGWON had the look of older sageuks. It will be interesting to get your thoughts on that. I think all the leads are giving fine performances so far (through e6 for me.)

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Ooh he looks so good in those stills. It’s always good to see Kim Nam-gil in dramas.

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Kim Nam Gil, my OG Kdrama Crush. I'm gonna tune in for sure ❤️

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My first Kim Nam-gil was Fiery Priest, followed up by Live Up to Your Name and The Closet. It's been a while, so I won't be able to miss this. He was excellent in different ways in all of the above. He seems to have a sizeable range. He can be manic and genuinely funny and also moving. He's also very very easy on the eye.

Ehile I love all the mystery and urgency that goes into something like this I do agree that the preoccupation with serial killers and profilers is becoming a 21st century obsession. I wonder what, if anything, it means about us as humans. I'll be trusting that KNG will bring something fresh with added depth.

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Really, I don’t understand this o session at all. I like to see him doing more light-hearted dramas. I know he will be excel in any role anyway.

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