That drama sounds plenty emotional and dramatic — particularly when you consider that the eldest brother (Lee Beom-soo) became a cop and the middle brother (Jaejoong) became a gangster — but looking at these posters, I’m adjusting my expectations. Specifically, turning the melodrama volume dial upward. That’s not a bad thing; I could use a little aggro angsting for a change of pace.
And this kind of testosteroney guns-n-glaring vibe does fit with the resumés of the producers behind the show, who have a number of big-budget action thrillers under their belts: Star writer Choi Wan-kyu’s work includes IRIS, Swallow the Sun and All In; PD Yoo Chul-yong directed Swallow the Sun, H.I.T., and Poseidon; and PD Choi Jung-kyu co-directed Two Weeks.
Jaejoong’s poster describes him as Heo Young-dal (he changed his name in adulthood), “Quintessential Gangwon-do gangster and casino trash.” He works as something of a debt collector for the casino, doing whatever necessary to collect.
Youngest brother Im Shi-wan is described as Yoon Yang-ha (he was adopted into a chaebol family), “Typical royal family successor and warm guy.”
Then there’s Baek Jin-hee, enjoying a recent rise in visibility after her run on Empress Ki, and she plays the daughter of a miner who died after suffering black lung disease, leaving only his debts behind. She became the main provider for her younger siblings and grandmother and endured a dark childhood, but managed to come out of it a bright young woman. In her hometown, becoming a casino dealer is the fastest way to gain upward mobility, so that becomes her goal, and she eventually gets caught in a love triangle between the two younger brothers.
Oh Yeon-soo, meanwhile, will be going from enemies to lovers with our hero (she was Lee Beom-soo’s enemy in IRIS 2). She plays a psychiatrist and profiler from an elite background, having studied in England and specialized in delving into criminal minds. In her youth, her father brought home a troubled youth (Lee Beom-soo’s character) whom she felt drawn to, but she couldn’t upset her father’s expectations and married another man.
Triangle premieres next week; Episode 1 airs on May 5.