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“A Killer’s Paradox”: Choi Woo-sik and Son Seok-gu star in the thriller K-drama

Choi Woo-sik and Son Seok-gu star in thriller K-drama “A Killer’s Paradox”.

Choi Woo-sik and Son Seok-gu, known for their roles as a murderer and detective, respectively, have come together for “A Killer’s Paradox”. The production presentation for the Netflix original series “A Killer’s Paradox”, written by Kim Da-min and directed by Lee Chang-hee, took place at 11 a.m. (KST) on February 1st at the Mondrian Seoul Itaewon Hotel in Yongsan-gu, Seoul.

“A Killer’s Paradox” tells the story of an ordinary man who accidentally starts committing murders and the relentless detective pursuing him. The series is based on a webtoon of the same name.

The synergy promised by the transformation of the two actors, Choi Woo-sik as Lee Taeng, a man who unexpectedly gains the ability to discern criminals, and Son Seok-gu as Detective Jang Nan-gam, chasing bizarre murder cases, has heightened expectations for the overall quality. Lee Hee-jun takes on the role of Song Chon, a former detective turned murderer.

Director Lee Chang-hee shared his thoughts on adapting the webtoon, stating, “When I saw this work, I thought it wouldn’t be easy to adapt its cartoonish elements into visuals. Considering this, taking on the challenge felt like pushing my boundaries as a director. I enjoyed the process, thinking about how to visualize the cartoonish expressions and bring them to life.”

Regarding the differences from the original webtoon, he explained, “The original has many cartoonish elements, and since some situations might seem implausible in reality, we focused on providing realism in the adaptation. We aimed to implement the tone and manner of the original work rather than introducing entirely new stories.”

The title of the drama, “A Killer’s Paradox” was explained by Director Lee Chang-hee, “The original author has another name for it, and I also refer to it that way. However, the intentional ambiguity in reading – whether it’s a toy, a conundrum, or a challenge – offers diverse interpretations for viewers, adding to the fun.”

Choi Woo-sik expressed his reasons for joining the drama, stating, “I found the original work very interesting. I felt the desire to portray the character Lee Taeng and had a strong feeling that I could do well. That’s why I decided to take on the role.”

Addressing his character’s unique ability, Choi Woo-sik shared, “As the story progresses, there’s a dramatic change in appearance, especially in the latter part of the series. I thought about what might change the most if this person actually existed. I believe emotions and inner self would change significantly after becoming an accidental murderer.”

Son Seok-gu described his initial reaction to the drama’s title and his character, saying, “There were various interpretations of how to read the title, and I was curious. I belong to the generation that read comic books while flipping through the pages, so I wasn’t familiar with webtoons, but it turns out this one is considered a ‘legendary work.'”

Sharing his thoughts on working with Director Lee Chang-hee, Son Seok-gu said, “I first met the director two years ago, and I was surprised that we shared such similar thoughts. We connected well in terms of values and attitudes toward acting, and even off the set, our thoughts seemed to align.”

Lee Hee-jun, who takes on the role of Song Chon, mentioned, “I found the script interesting but also puzzling. I thought the director would suggest a sexy detective role, as he did with actor Son Seok-gu, so I wondered why he suggested Song Chon. This casting felt burdensome but exciting at the same time, bringing happiness when directors suggest roles that seem unlikely for the actors.”

As for his character Song Chon, Lee Hee-jun briefly commented, “He is a former detective chasing Lee Taeng. You can confirm that by watching the series.”

Son Seok-gu explained his character, Detective Jang Nan-gam, saying, “He is not an ordinary detective, and there’s a mix of comic imagination in his character. He attempts to find the criminal with an extraordinary appearance and force. The character’s charm lies in the questionable authority to cross the line between good and evil, creating a point of interest for the audience.”

Choi Woo-sik concluded by expressing his excitement for the diverse elements in the drama, stating, “It’s a crime drama, but it contains fantasy, film noir, and mystery elements. I’d like to describe it as a delicious mixed rice dish with various characters. I believe there will be shock and awe when the series is revealed in Korea.”

Son Seok-gu added cautiously, “While we have to be careful, I think fans of the original work will enjoy it.”

The 8-episode series “A Killer’s Paradox” is set to be released on Netflix on February 9th.

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