OCN’s new Saturday and Sunday drama The Uncanny Counter has released new stills on October 26, featuring two of its lead stars, Jo Byung-gyu and Kim Se-jeong.
The Uncanny Counter is based on the popular webtoon “Amazing Rumor” written by Jang Yi. The story follows a group of demon hunters called “Counters” who have come to Earth to hunt down evil spirits seeking immortality. These demon hunters work undercover in a noodle restaurant to blend with the humans. The drama stars Jo Byung-gyu, Gugudan’s Kim Se-jeong, Yoo Jun-sang (Graceful Friends), Yeom Hye-ran (Mystic Pop-up Bar), and Ahn Suk-hwan (My Wonderful Life). The first part of the webtoon is already finished as of writing, but the second part is still ongoing.
The stills show the difference in personalities of the sunny So Moon, played by Jo, and the gloomy Do Ha-na, played by Kim. So Moon, the youngest of the group, has physical strength as his special power. He is also the central figure of the story. He was involved in a car accident when he was young, where he was the sole survivor. Meanwhile, Ha-na is the group’s human radar, as she can detect demons from a hundred kilometers away with 100% accuracy.
In the released photos, the two are shown enjoying a meal together in the middle of training. While So Moon is happily focused on grilling the pork belly, Ha-na is preoccupied with eating. In one of the stills, she raises her head sideward to look at So Moon with a flustered look on her face. As someone who can see the memories of people she touches, Ha-na keeps distance towards everyone and is not fond of physical touch. So Moon stares back at her, and at that moment, the undeniable chemistry between them becomes evident.
This raises the curiosity of the viewers on what So Moon has said to Ha-na for her to react that way. Moreover, it raises the question of how meeting Ha-na has changed So Moon into a lively person, even with his tragic past.
Jo Byung-gyu last starred in the 2019 sports drama Stove League, which won Best Drama at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards. He has also appeared in many popular series prior to this project, such as Who Are You: School 2015 (2015), SKY Castle (2018–2019), and He Is Psychometric (2019). On the other hand, idol-turned-actress Kim Se-jeong has appeared in only three series in the past: The Sound of Your Heart (2016–2017), School 2017 (2017), and I Wanna Hear Your Song (2019).
When asked about the two actors’ chemistry, the production crew explained how the two were able to work it out on screen. “Jo Byung-gyu and Kim Se-jeong were both born in 1996. Because of this, they get along well and are able to immerse themselves better in their roles from the first day of the shoot. They have also showed fantastic teamwork, raising expectations on the chemistry that they will display in the series,” they said.
The crew also added, “Please look forward to what kind of story the two will portray on the first broadcast of the series, as the two have put in passion and hard work for this performance.”
The Uncanny Counter (also known as Amazing Rumor or Wonderful Rumors) is scheduled to premiere on November 28 at 10:30 p.m. KST. The series is directed by Yoo Seon-dong (Vampire Prosecutor 2) and penned by writer Yeo Ji-na.
You can check out the drama’s first teaser posters here.