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Medical thriller 'Cross' crosses between good and evil, legal and illegal

All Headlines 16:26 January 25, 2018

By Woo Jae-yeon

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- A young boy is determined to become a doctor. His ulterior motive is, however, chilling. For him, it is not about healing people but killing someone. This shocking and controversial story will be featured in the new TV series "Cross" on cable network tvN.

"It was very interesting to read (in the script) about... a doctor, supposed to save lives, being in the position of easily destroying them," the producer Shin Yong-hui told reporters during a media briefing in Seoul on Thursday.

"Having said that, the story is more about the relationship between the protagonist and people around him who have a positive influence over him and slowly change him than about the sensational subjects of revenge or illegal organ transplantation."

Actor Go Kyung-pyo (L) poses with actor Cho Jae-hyun for photos at a press briefing for the new TV series "Cross" on tvN in Seoul on Jan. 25, 2018. (Yonhap)

The story revolves around the doctor Kang In-kyu, played by Go Kyung-pyo, who sets his mind to becoming a doctor to avenge the murder of his father and the death of his sister.

After an accident, he acquires sudden savant syndrome, which gives him extraordinary visual capabilities. He excels in medical school and studies hard to find a way not only to heal patients but also to secretly and "legally" kill them.

One day, he applies for a job at the prison where his father's killer is locked up. Go gets an inch nearer to his dream of taking vengeance on the killer, a chilling mission he has dreamed of for 15 years.

Veteran actor Cho Jae-hyun plays the role of exemplary doctor Koh Jung-hun, director at an organ transplant center. Once close to Kang, Koh is forced to square off with Kang, who shuts himself off and sets out to take revenge.

A poster for "Cross" provided by tvN (Yonhap)

As organ transplantation is a fresh subject on South Korean TV, the producer said the team has listened to quite a few medical professionals to depict more realistic stories.

"Social awareness about organ donation, especially cornea donation, is still very poor. I myself signed up for cornea donation five years ago," said the actor Cho. "I hope our drama serves as a chance to call more attention to the subject."

The drama also features the story of an organ transplant coordinator, a very rare profession in the country. Actress Jeon So-min plays the character Koh Ji-in, daughter of Koh. Unfamiliar with the job herself, Jeon said she studied the profession by looking up stories about a real-life coordinator.

"The main character chooses to fulfill her duty of saving lives in the end. It touched my heart," the producer said.

The drama is set to premiere at 9:30 p.m. on Monday.

jaeyeon.woo@yna.co.kr
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