MBC’s upcoming drama “Chief Detective 1958” has shared photos and a video from its script reading!
“Chief Detective 1958” will serve as a prequel to the classic Korean series “Chief Inspector,” which ran for 18 years from 1971 to 1989 and achieved an incredible peak of 70 percent ratings back in its heyday. While the original show was set in the 1970s and 1980s (present day at the time), “Chief Detective 1958” will be set even earlier, in 1958. The drama will follow the story of Park Young Han, a passionate detective who boasts the highest arrest rate of petty thieves, as he teams up with three charismatic colleagues to break the norms of corruption.
Director Kim Sung Hoon and writer Kim Young Shin were both present at the script reading, along with cast members Lee Je Hoon, Lee Dong Hwi, Choi Woo Sung, Yoon Hyun Soo, Seo Eun Soo, Choi Duk Moon, Jung Soo Bin, and Choi Bool Am.
Lee Je Hoon perfectly transformed into the younger version of Park Young Han, a tough detective who has just come to Seoul from the countryside. Lee Je Hoon skillfully portrayed Park Young Han’s tenacity and determination for justice, while also showcasing his humane side.
Veteran actor Choi Bool Am, who played Park Young Han in the original series, was also present at the script reading. Viewers are already looking forward to his guest appearance in “Chief Detective 1958” and what kind of chemistry he will have with Lee Je Hoon.
Lee Dong Hwi impressed with his portrayal of detective Kim Sang Soon, who is known as the “crazy dog” of the Jongnam Police Station. By the time the courageous Kim Sang Soon gets tired of being angry at the corruption in society, he meets Park Young Han, an uncompromising detective who changes Sang Soon’s life. The fun and delightful chemistry between Lee Je Hoon and Lee Dong Hwi added an extra layer of charm to the characters.
Choi Woo Sung delivered an excellent performance in the role of Jo Kyung Hwan, a young man with extraordinary strength who later works at the Jongnam Police Station with a dream of becoming someone like Park Young Han, who contributes to his country. Yoon Hyun Soo also gave a stellar performance as Seo Ho Jung, a man with an elite background who later becomes the “strategist” of the Jongnam Police Station.
Seo Eun Soo will play the role of Lee Hye Joo, the beautiful and knowledgeable owner of the bookstore Jongnam Seorim. Seo Eun Soo flawlessly brought the character of Lee Hye Joo to life, and her chemistry with Lee Je Hoon made hearts flutter.
Also present at the script reading were Choi Duk Moon, who plays Park Young Han’s mentor Yoo Dae Chun, a veteran police officer with a strong sense of duty, and Jung Soo Bin, who plays Bong Nan Sil, a high school girl who is a fan of mystery novels.
Commenting on the script reading, the production team of “Chief Detective 1958” remarked, “The actors had perfect synergy. Having Choi Bool Am, who played Park Young Han in the original series, join us made the script reading even more meaningful.”
Check out a clip from the script reading below!
“Chief Detective 1958” will premiere in April.