The much-anticipated crime thriller series “Adamas” is here, and we cannot be more excited. Marking the beginning of the much-anticipated crime thriller drama, the press conference of “Adamas” convened on Tuesday (26th July). Director Park Seung-woo commented, “Adamas is called a thriller crime, but it’s kind of hard to define the exact genre of the drama. It’s a hybrid form of many different dramas and quite different from other series.”
Starring Ji Sung, Seo Ji-hye, Lee Soo-kyung, Oh Dae-hwan and Heo Sung-tae, “Adamas” is about a pair of twin brothers, writer Ha Woo-shin and prosecutor Song Soo-hyun who struggles to unveil the truth behind a murder that occurred 22 years ago. Their biological father has been accused of killing their stepfather, and they fight to clear his name. Now, sit back and go through all the fun facts you need to know about “Adamas” first before you watch the first episode!
1. What is “adamas”?
In the series, the younger twin Ha Woo-shin receives an anonymous letter that reveals his biological father was wrongfully accused of murdering his stepfather. “Adamas”, the murder weapon, is an arrow that mysteriously vanished from the crime scene. The symbol of an arrow represents Haesong Group; thus, Ha Woo-shin believes that Haesong Group is related to the murder.
2. “Adamas” reunites co-stars Ji Sung and Seo Ji-hye after 12 years.
Ji Sung and Seo Ji-hye worked together in 2010 for the drama “Kim Soo-ro, The Iron King”. Seo Ji-hye, who played Ji the character Heo Hwang-ok alongside Ji Sung, said, “It was great to see each other after such a long time, and because we already had experienced working with each other the synergy caught on during filming and it was comfortable for me.”
3. It was rumoured that director Park Seung-woo praised Ji Sung 23 times a day.
Park Seung-woo debunked the rumour that he overly praised Ji Sung on set, and explained the people probably misheard him. “It was two to three times, but it became twenty-three times. I just came to love him as a person, he’s just brilliant, and we were always on the same page like he’s been reading my mind,” he explained.
4. This is not the first time Ji Sung played more than one character in a drama series.
He played seven characters in the 2015 drama “Kill Me, Heal Me”. However, they were depicted in the same body belonging to his character Cha Do-hyun, diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID). For “Adamas,” Ji Sung remarked that the experience of playing twin brothers was different because he needed to have the same starting point for the portrayals and be aware of the distinction as he was playing two characters.
5. Does Heo Sung-tae look familiar to you?
If you have seen “Squid Game”, you probably know him more than you realise. Heo Sung-tae starred in the global sensation series as Jang Deok-su, a gangster with massive gambling debts. He also starred in the film “The Outlaws” and the drama series “Bloody Heart” and “The Silent Sea”. In addition, he portrays Choi Tae-song or Chief Choi in “Adamas.”
6. The leading ladies have appeared in well-known works.
Seo Ji-hye performed the role of a North Korean woman, Seo Dan, in “Crash Landing on You” alongside Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin. Lee Soo-kyung played a supporting character named Bo-kyung with Lim Yoon-a and Park Jung-min in the film “Miracle: Letters to the President”.
7. Lee Soo-kyung’s most memorable scene to film.
In the role of Kim Seo-hee, Lee Soo-kyung had a scene where she had to run for a long time. The 26-year-old said it wasn’t like sprinting, but she was in so much pain after filming. “I remember it because I filmed the running scene for a long time; however when I monitored it during the break, it seemed to shift into a different genre.”
8. Seo Ji-hye’s character is elegant, and she worked for it.
Eun Hye-soo, Haesong Group’s daughter-in-law, is portrayed by Seo Ji-hye. She worked hard for the role, such as practicing arranging flowers at home to deliver the elegance of a rich woman. Unlike herself, Seo Ji-hye doesn’t see herself as ladylike. “None of my hobbies are ‘feminine’ in the traditional sense, which was why I wanted to become more Hye-soo and paid more attention to the similar aspects of my own personality,” she noted.
9. Secrets the characters are hiding.
From the mysterious circumstances of the murder to the secrets the characters keep to themselves. Despite being a fiery reporter, Kim Seo-hee (Lee Soo-kyung) harbours deep wounds within her. Eun Hye-soo (Seo Ji-hye) also keeps her sadness and determination to achieve justice with her.
10. Two familiar faces appear in the series.
Ahn Bo-hyun of “Itaewon Class” and Ko Kyu-pil of “Dinner Mate” and “The King’s Affection” will make special appearances in the series. Ko Kyu-pil will cameo as the Head of the Special Division from the District Attorney’s Office, while Ahn Bo-hyun will appear as Kwon Min-jo, the second son of Haesong Group. Kwon Min-jo is also Eun Hye-soo’s lover who has a kind heart and bright personality.
“Adamas” premieres on the 27th July. Watch the trailer here:
Anis Sharina contributed to this article.