Defeating evil with Kim Nam-gil in new teaser for TVING’s Island
Kim Nam-gil! Fighting! In a suit! Am I sold? Most definitely. TVING’s upcoming drama Island gives us a very different look at Jeju Island — its serene landscape is nowhere to be seen here, and is replaced instead by dark and barren terrain. It’s the handiwork of evil demons, who are bloodthirsty for death and destruction.
Leading the fight through the darkness (heh) is our hero Ban, played by Kim Nam-gil (Through the Darkness). He’s human, but not quite — as an immortal being, Ban has been tirelessly protecting the world from ill-intentioned spirits for thousands of years.
Lee Da-hee (Love is for Suckers) joins him as Won Mi-ho, a third-generation chaebol and high school teacher. Through a serendipitous run-in with Ban, Mi-ho finds herself encountering ghouls for the first time in her life. Rounding out our main trio is Cha Eun-woo (True Beauty) as Yo-han, a young exorcist priest who’s renowned for his exceptional skills.
The drama’s first teaser gives us an exciting look at all the action to come, complete with CGI weapons and hissing monsters. Those glowing eyes certainly look menacing, but our heroes aren’t the least bit cowed. Without missing a beat, Mi-ho levels her gun at an unseen enemy, Yo-han conjures up what looks like a lightsaber from thin air, and Ban wields an intricately carved dagger that also features on our drama’s first poster.
Interestingly, there’s a split second of Ban doing some sort of hand sign — I wonder if he has some sort of supernatural power, perhaps linked to his immortality? That seems like it would complement Yo-han, whom we see performing an exorcism in a candlelit room.
Our trio may not be the most likely alliance, given how different their backgrounds are: Mi-ho’s sophisticated elegance certainly doesn’t mesh with varsity-jacket-wearing, face-bandage-sporting Yo-han. But if one thing’s for certain, it’s their resolve to purge the world of evil. As the teaser draws to a close, Ban gives the camera a confident smirk, as if challenging any foe to take him on if they dare.
Based on the webcomic of the same name, Island is directed by Park Bae-jong (Fabricated City) with scripts written by Oh Bo-hyun. The 12-episode TVING drama is set to air in December.