With ratings breaking 8% over the weekend, "The Uncanny Counter" has emerged as the unexpected champion of OCN's drama production, outdoing even such hits as "The Voice" on the cable network. While the relatively low profile lead cast has earned many plaudits for their effective teamwork as an ensemble, supporting performers have also been a major contribution to the drama's success. Lee Hong-nae and Ok Ja-yeon have seen their profile boosted substantially as the drama's villains.
The filmography of the two actors shows them to be fairly minor performers, with the bulk of their screen credits being unnamed. Lee Hong-nae has specialized in physically intimidating roles with his most high profile role to date was as a ranking officer in the Royal Guards in "The King: Eternal Monarch" earlier this year. Elsewhere, the thirty-year old actor generally plays an assortment of bodyguards, police officers, or even a boxing coach in the independent movie "My Punch-Drunk Boxer" from last year.
Ok Ja-yeon has had a bit more variety over her career, though the thirty-two year old actress typically plays unnamed wives when not doing more physically intense roles. However, she had a notable turn in the independent film "The Snob" from last year, where she played an aggressive, genius, possibly mentally ill artist in exile. Ok Ja-yeon has through this role shown herself to be capable of impressive range- so it's little surprise that her explicitly villainous role in "The Uncanny Counter" has shown similar dimensions.
"The Uncanny Counter" itself has not shied away from praising these relatively unknown actors, with the production company stating that their roles are indispensable when it comes to setting the drama's proper tension. In general "The Uncanny Counter" has been a noteworthy success when it comes to casting, with even smaller roles having ample opportunity to shine. "The Uncanny Counter" airs on Saturday and Sunday nights on OCN.
Written by William Schwartz
"The Uncanny Counter" is directed by Yoo Seon-dong, written by Yeo Ji-na, and features Jo Byeong-gyu, Yu Jun-sang, Kim Sejeong, Yum Hye-ran, Ahn Suk-hwan, Moon Sook. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/11/28~Now airing, Sat, Sun 22:30 on OCN.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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