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Drama: Duke City/“Gong Jak City” (literal title)

Hangul: 공작도시

Genre: mystery, psychological thriller  

Network: JTBC

Episodes: 16

Director: Jeon Chang-geun (Mystic Pop-up Bar, What Happens to My Family?)

Writer: Sun Se-dong (My Lawyer, Mr. Joe 2: Crime and Punishment )

Release Date: second half 2021


Production Company:History DNC, JTBC Studio



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It's a mystery psychological thriller that depicts people with various desires and psychology and their tangled relationships against the backdrop of a society that hides the dark side and is maintained through someone's sacrifice.




Soo Ae as Yoon Jae-hee

Kim Kang Woo as Jung Joon Hyuk

Kim Mi Sook as Seo Han-sook

Kim Young Jae as Jung Joon-il

Lee Yi Dam as Kim Yi-seol

Lee Choong Joo as Park Jung-ho

Lee Hak Joo as Han Dong-min

Lee Kyu Hyun as Park Yong-seob

Kim Joo Ryung as Go Seon-mi

Kim Ji Hyun  as Lee Joo-yeon

Jung Hee Tae as detective


Character descriptions

Yoon Jae Hee (Soo Ae) is the head of the Sung Jin Cultural Foundation and in charge of operations at “Space Jin,” the art museum owned by Sung Jin Group. She is also the second daughter-in-law of the family that controls Sung Jin Group. Believing that poverty is corrosive to love and that a stable income leads to a steady life, she chose to throw away her long-time lover and entered into a marriage of convenience with Jung Joon Hyuk, an illegitimate son of Sung Jin Group. In order to make her husband the nation’s president, she teams up with the future Public Prosecutor General and goes to war against Sung Jin Group.


Jung Joon Hyuk (Kim Kang Woo) is Yoon Jae Hee’s husband. Although he is a popular anchorman with his own fan club, he hides an inferiority complex over being labeled “the illegitimate son of Sung Jin Group” for his whole life. He laughs at both ambitious people and those who pretend to have no ambition even as he waits for the day when he can seize the reins of power.









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Soo Ae In Talks To Star In New Mystery Drama


Dec 2, 2020
by C. Hong

On December 1, News1 reported that Soo Ae had been offered the lead role in the upcoming JTBC drama “Gong Jak City.”

“Gong Jak City” is a psychological mystery thriller about the tangled relationships between characters with various ambitions and desires in a society that hides its dark side. It is a drama that centers around female characters, and Soo Ae has been offered the lead role of Yoon Jae Hee.

On December 2, a source from Studio Santa Claus Entertainment, Soo Ae’s agency, stated, “She has received a casting offer from the drama.”

“Gong Jak City” will be directed by Jeon Chang Geun, who has worked on shows like “The Package” and “Mystic Pop-Up Bar.”







Kim Kang Woo Joins Soo Ae In Talks To Star In Mystery Drama




Jan 6, 2021
by J. K

Kim Kang Woo is considering a role in the upcoming JTBC drama “Gong Jak City” (working title).

On January 6, it was reported by YTN that Kim Kang Woo has been offered the male lead role in the drama and is considering it. His agency King Entertainment later confirmed with Hankook Ilbo that he’s considering an offer to appear in the show.

It was reported in December that Soo Ae is also in talks for the psychological mystery thriller drama, which is about the tangled relationships between characters with various ambitions and desires in a society that hides its dark side.

“Gong Jak City” will be helmed by Director Jeon Chang Eun, whose filmography includes dramas such as “The Package” and “Mystic Pop-Up Bar.”






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Kim Kang-woo courted for JTBC drama with Su Ae

by tineybeanie



Actor Kim Kang-woo (9.9 Billion Won Woman) is considering a return to the small screen as the male lead for JTBC’s Gong Jak City. It’s a mystery psychological thriller that has also been courting Su Ae (The Man Living in Our House) to be the female lead since last December.


Gong Jak City is to tell the story of a dark society that only survives through the sacrifices of a few, and hides its sinister side from most. Characters with different ambitions and psychologies from this society become entangled in a messy, tension-filled situation. In terms of casting, nothing is confirmed, but it’s been reported that Kim Kang-woo and Su Ae are both reviewing the script positively.

Kim Kang-woo really seems to be enjoying the thriller genre as this could be his second thriller drama in a row. In the meanwhile if you want to see Kim Kang-woo in something, his new movie It’s Before the New Year also premieres soon.


Written by Sohn Sae-dong and directed by PD Jeon Chang-geun (Mystic Pop-up Bar), Gong Jak City will begin filming as soon as casting is confirmed.






February 4 2021

Soo-Ae & Kim Kang-Woo cast in JTBC drama “Duke City”


Soo-Ae and Kim Kang-Woo are cast for lead roles in JTBC drama series “Duke City” (literal title). Soo-Ae will play Yoon Jae-Hee. She is an ambitious woman and wants her husband to become the president. Kim Kang-Woo will play Jung Joon-Hyeok. He is married to Yoon Jae-Hee. Drama series will be directed by Jeon Chang-Geun (“Mystic Pop-up Bar“/”The Package“).

“Duke City” will air sometime during the second half of this year in South Korea.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Yoon Jae-Hee (Soo-Ae) is the second daughter-in-law of the chaebol family who runs the Sungjin Group. She works at art gallery Space Jin. In the past, she had a boyfriend she dated for years, but she dumped him to marry Jung Joon-Hyeok (Kim Kang-Woo). Jung Joon-Hyeok was born out of wedlock to the chaebol family.

Yoon Jae-Hee wants to make her husband the South Korean president. For that, she cooperates with the next public prosecutor general and she begins a war against her in-laws.



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Yes I'm a happy fan!   The leads! plus been waiting for  a new drama from her. 

And wow the genre. My favorite! psychological mystery thriller.  It's not  on OCN but I don't care.

Btw, I effing love her character from QoA. Like I totally undertood that character even if everyone hated it.


@larus Thanks much for this thread. :heartxoxo:

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I'm very excited to see Soo Ae back in drama land at last (I think her last drama which shall not be named:ph34r: scared her away from dramas for a few years)  I will keep my eye out for this!

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Lee I-dam joins the lead role in'Duke City'.




Rookie Lee Yi Dam is with the lead role in the drama'Duke City'.

Lee Dam will show off his disassembled presence in the JTBC new drama "Duke City" as a docent Kim Lee-seol in the Sungjin Group Museum of Art "Space Jin" run by Yoon Jae-hee (Soo-ae).


'Duke City' is a mystery psychological thriller drama that contains a fierce desire to rise to the top of the art gallery of Sungjin Group, which shakes and shakes the political world of Korea.


Kim Lee-seol, who will be played by Lee Lee-dam in the play, is a character who has a desire to raise her status in her heart, so she is expected to unfold an extraordinary activity. In particular, it is expected that Lee I-dam's stable breathing of acting will capture the home theater, as it is expected to induce tension while maintaining a tight tension and Su ae, which can radiate calm charisma. Prior to the'Duke City', interest is focused on the performance of Lee I-Dam, who proved a stable acting basics through the films ``I want to hold a straw'' and ``Two Lights: Relumino.''


In particular, Lee I-Dam was spotlighted as the protagonist of the film'Lee Mae-mong', which was selected as the best student fantasy short section at the Indie X Film Festival held in Los Angeles, USA in May last year. In the play, she exudes her acting skills by flexibly expressing the complex emotions of the role of Mari, who lived under her blind father, who was blinded by the hunt for goblins. Lee-Dam, who has the same abilities as drawing paper, stimulates viewers' curiosity about how to color the character Kim Yi-seol in'Duke City' and infuse it with vitality and energy.



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Lee Kyu Hyun confirmed to be cast for JTBC drama Duke City. He will play the role of Park Yong-seob .




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Versatile’ charm, Lee Chung-ju “I want to break down the boundaries of the genre little by little.




Actor and singer Lee Chung-ju is showing off her versatile charm.


Lee Chung-joo, who recently met with a burn, is working on a tight schedule that lacks the time to sleep, but his tiredness did not reflect on me. He is appearing in the musical "Great Comet" following the recently ended JTBC's "Phantom Singer All-Star".


Lee Chung-ju, who enjoys the joy of new work rather than fear of challenge, is also filming a drama. He took the role of a prosecutor in the JTBC drama'Duke City', which is scheduled to air this year. “It was a dream to appear in dramas and movies while living as a musical actor, and to expand the range of activities,” he said. “It is difficult, but it is a process of taking steps to make the dream come true. He said, “I want to become an actor who performs “long run” rather than hitting “big hit” in the first drama.”





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 Actress Kim Joo Ryung confirmed cast for JTBC drama Duke City. She will act as secretary Go Seon-mi.




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Casting news


 Kim Ji Hyun confirmed cast for JTBC drama `Duke City`. She will act as Lee Joo-yeon who is the eldest daughter-in-law and representative of the Art Center Gallery, she will have a war of nerves with Soo Ae` character.





Ji-Hyun Kim, appeared in JTBC's'Duke City'… sharp conflict with Soo-ae




JTBC's'Duke City' is a mystery psychological thriller drama containing a fierce desire to rise to the top, set in the art museum of Sungjin Group, which shakes the political world of Korea.

Ji-Hyun Kim plays the role of Joo-yeon Lee in the play. Joo-yeon Lee is the eldest daughter-in-law of Sungjin Group and a representative of the Art Center Gallery, and has a hysterical and sharp personality. In order to occupy the Seongjin family, she is planning to enrich the play by engaging in a sharp nerve war with her brother-in-law Jaehee (played by Suae). Kim Ji-hyun, who was devoted to musical performances, decided to appear with the crew's active love call.


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Casting news





Jung Hee-tae, appearing in 'Peacock City'... Acting along with Kim Kang-woo 'Finding the clue to the case'


Actor Jung Hee-tae has been confirmed to appear in the drama 'Peacock City'.

JTBC's new drama 'Peacock City' is a mystery psychological thriller drama about the intense desire to rise to the top of the Sungjin Group's art museum, which shakes the political and financial world of Korea.

Jung Hee-tae, who appears as the original novel in the play, is a licorice-like existence in finding clues to the case.

He appeared in the TVN 'Navillera' a while ago and made a big impression on the small screen as a father struggling for his dream by appearing in the TVN 'Navillera'. making.

Meanwhile, 'Peacock City', which Jung Hee-tae has confirmed to appear in, is scheduled to air in the second half of this year.



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