If you suddenly get an unknown caller from the past that can help you achieve the future you desired, would you take it? I think this question would get asked in a game of Would You Rather and would be answered by either, “Yes, of course.” or, “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my past.” wow, deep.
The story follows He Jun (Li Xiaoran), a hard-working detective who meets a young and passionate criminal profiler named Gu Mingzhe (Wang Tianchen). Gu Mingzhe’s life begins to change when he unexpectedly finds a mysterious old phone that connects him to a certain Cao Zheng (Du Chun), a clumsy yet resolute detective who unbeknownst to Gu Mingzhe, has been missing for 20 years and is calling from the year 1998! The team then takes on the task of resolving impossible cold cases.
When Signal hit the small screens in 2016, viewers didn’t expect much of the past-meets-present drama considering that there have been tons of similarly-themed dramas with A-list stars at the forefront. Although its leads Lee Je Hoon, Kim Hye Soo and Jo Jin Woong are all critically acclaimed actors, they weren’t exactly mainstream popular.
Surprisingly or perhaps unsurprisingly given its stellar production value, the show drew much attention for taking inspiration from real-life criminal cases in Korea and enjoyed widespread acclaim from viewers both locally and internationally. It later became one of the highest-rated television dramas in Korean cable television history and has proceeded to win countless awards that same year.
It’s no wonder countries like Japan and now China has its hands on a remake. We can only hope that it receives the same acclaim as the original.
Release Date: October 23, 2019 Tencent (two episodes every Wednesday to Friday at 8pm), 6 more episodes released for Tencent VIP
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