“Born Again” Reveals Tangled Web Of Relationships Connecting Jang Ki Yong, Lee Soo Hyuk, And Jin Se Yeon
KBS’s upcoming drama “Born Again” revealed a relationship chart of its characters!
“Born Again” is a mystery melodrama about the intertwined fates of a detective, the detective’s lover, and a serial killer, who remain connected after their reincarnation. Jang Ki Yong, Jin Se Yeon, and Lee Soo Hyuk play two different characters across two different lifetimes, starting with the incident that bound them together in the 1980s and ending with their reunion in the present-day.
In the 1980s, Jin Se Yeon plays Jung Ha Eun, the owner of a used bookstore. She is engaged to Cha Hyung Bin (Lee Soo Hyuk), a detective, but develops sympathy for Gong Ji Chul, a “lone wolf” who falls in love with her. Gong Ji Chul and Cha Hyung Bin are enemies, while Gong Ji Chul’s father, Gong In Woo (Jung In Kyum), is described as a painter on a downward path.
In 2020, Jin Se Yeon plays Jung Sa Bin, an archaeology professor who works for the National Forensic Service. Lee Soo Hyuk plays Kim Soo Hyuk, a prosecutor who works for an investigative team in charge of excavating remains, and Jang Ki Yong plays Cheon Jong Beom, a medical student at Seo Yeon University. Lee Soo Hyuk and Jang Ki Yong’s relationship remains “enemies” in the present-day, but their relationships with Jin Se Yeon are now up in the air.
Unlike in the 1980s, the 2020 characters are surrounded by a vast array of family, friends, and colleagues. Some of these characters are connected to both the 1980s characters and the 2020 characters.
Kim Soo Hyuk is engaged to Baek Sang Ah (Lee Seo El), the daughter of Baek In Seok and Jang Hye Mi. Jang Hye Mi (Kim Jung Nan) is described as the youngest lawyer ever to get her degree and the author of a bestselling book about crime. She has a connection to the 1980s case and is the former lover of Cheon Seok Tae, the prosecutor in charge of the Gong Ji Chul case.
Ironically, Cheon Seok Tae (Choi Kwang Il) is also the father of Cheon Jong Beom. Perhaps because of this twist of fate, Cheon Jong Beom and Cheon Seok Tae are also described as being enemies despite being father and son. Cheon Jong Beom has a mother named Heo Jin Kyung, who is a trustee at Seo Yeon University, and a younger brother named Cheon Jong Woo (Park Sang Hoo).
As part of the excavation team, Kim Soo Hyuk works with Joo In Do (Jang Won Young), a detective in the violent crimes department and, ironically, Cha Hyung Bin’s former boss. Namgoong Joo Hye (Kim Min Sun) rounds out the team as a cyber crimes detective.
Jung Sa Bin’s father is Jung Sung Eun, a prison guard who holds the key to the 1980s case. Other members of her family include Kim Yoo Hoon, the CEO of Body Heat, and Ri Hae Chul, the head chef of Body Heat. At the National Forensic Service, Jung Sa Bin works with medical examiner Yoo Seo Young and 3D graphic designer Jay (Cha Min Jee) to reconstruct archaeological remains.
Seemingly unrelated to anyone is Byun Sung Hoon, a serial killer suspect described as Kim Soo Hyuk’s enemy; Seo Tae Ha, the boss of “Kennedy”; and Jang Ma Chul, Seo Tae Ha’s right hand.
“Born Again” premieres on April 20 at 10 p.m. KST and will be available on Viki.