The Uncanny Counter

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The Uncanny Counter
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Hangul경이로운 소문
Revised RomanizationGyeong-iroun somun
LiterallyAmazing So Mun or Amazing Rumor[a]
Based onAmazing Rumor
by Jang Yi
Developed byStudio Dragon
Written by
  • Yeo Ji-na
  • Yoo Seon-dong
  • Kim Sae-bom
Directed byYoo Seon-dong
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Running time70 minutes
Production companyNeo Entertainment
Original networkOCN
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseNovember 28, 2020 (2020-11-28) –
present (present)
External links

The Uncanny Counter (Korean경이로운 소문; RRGyeong-iroun somun; lit. Amazing So Mun or Amazing Rumor)[a] is a South Korean television series starring Jo Byung-gyu, Yoo Jun-sang, Kim Se-jeong and Yeom Hye-ran.[5] Based on the Daum webtoon Amazing Rumor by Jang Yi, it centers on the titular character So Mun, a crippled high school boy who is enlisted to be part of the Counters, a group of demon-hunters who search for and fight against evil spirits that escape from the afterlife to prey on humans.[6][7]

The series premiered on OCN on November 28, 2020 and airs on every Saturday and Sunday at 22.30 (KST). It is also available for streaming in selected countries on Netflix.[8][9] It is currently the highest rated OCN series.[10]


In the fictional city of Jungjin, a group of four demon-hunters called the Counters bear the arduous task of searching for and banishing evil spirits (akgwi)[b] that escape from the afterlife to gain immortality. These evil spirits possess local human hosts who have committed murder or have a strong desire to murder, encourage their host's desire to kill, and consumes the spirit of the victim. The Counters were once under coma when a partner spirit from Yung, the boundary between the afterlife and the world of the living, possess them and give them perfectly healthy bodies and consciousness along with superhuman strength and supernatural abilities. Three of the Counters—Ga Mo-tak (Yoo Jun-sang), Do Ha-na (Kim Se-jeong) and Choo Mae-ok (Yeom Hye-ran)—pose as workers in Eonni's Noodles, a noodle restaurant which serves as their hideout.

One day, the fourth Counter Jang Cheol-joong (Sung Ji-ru) is killed in a battle against a strong "Level 3"[c] evil spirit. As his spirit gets consumed by his killer, his Yung partner Wi-gen (Moon Sook) struggles to find a new comatose human to possess. Uncannily, she is quickly drawn towards high school boy So Mun (Jo Byung-gyu) who, despite being crippled, is nevertheless perfectly healthy and alive. As soon as Wi-gen possessed him, the unknowing Mun starts noticing bizarre changes to his body and starts seeing Wi-gen in his dreams. Soon, Mun finds the answers in Eonni's Noodles, and as he becomes the replacement to the late Cheol-joong, he finds himself in a thrilling journey of battling against bloodthirsty demons, reconnecting to his past, and uncovering the ugly truth behind a major redevelopment project in Jungjin.



The youngest and newest member of the Counters; part-time server at Eonni's Noodles. Mun is a physically crippled high school student who lost his parents seven years ago in a car accident which left him disabled. He has strong talent in drawing and is making a superhero webtoon alongside his best friends Woong-min and Joo-yeon. He also has a meek appearance, but behind this is a strong sense of justice, responsibility and being protective of his friends. After being possessed by the Yung spirit Wi-gen, he becomes a Counter and replaces Wi-gen's former human host Cheol-joong who was murdered by an evil spirit. As a Counter, he possesses superhuman speed, short-range psychometry and the ability to sense evil spirits that enter Yung's "Territory"[d] (but in a range minor to that of Ha-na's). He later acquires psychokinesis and the ability to touch and summon the Territory at will.
A member of the Counters; a former police officer and assistant cook at Eonni's Noodles. Mo-tak is notable for his gruff appearance but he is also a joker once in a while. He was in coma after falling from a tall building in a bloody fight against a mob of gangsters seven years ago. The fall caused him to lose his memories. He becomes a Counter upon being possessed by his Yung partner Gi-ran. At first, he is reluctant to accept Mun because of his apparent weakness but he later helps nurture Mun so the latter can be a good Counter. As a Counter, he possesses superhuman strength and short-range psychometry.
A member of the Counters and a server at Eonni's Noodles. Ha-na has a standoffish personality and hates it when someone touches her. She went into coma after being poisoned with her younger sister who eventually perished. She became a Counter upon being possessed by her Yung partner Woo-sik. As a Counter, she has the ability to sense evil spirits that enter the Territory even from hundreds of kilometers away. She also possesses psychometric powers superior to those of her fellow Counters which allows her to read memories even from years ago and enter these memories as if in a physical world.
A member of the Counters and the chef of Eonni's Noodles. Mae-ok used to run a photography studio for a living. She became a Counter upon being possessed by her Yung partner and deceased son Su-ho. As a Counter, she possesses healing powers and serves as an adviser to the Counters and a mother figure to Mun. She exudes a caring and positive personality in contrast to Mo-tak and Ha-na.



  • Mun Sook as Wi-gen[12]
Mun's Yung partner. Wi-gen is the leader of the Yung, the boundary between the afterlife and the world of the living. She is amazed by the fact that she was able to possess Mun despite the latter not being comatose.
  • Kim So-ra as Kim Gi-ran
Mo-tak's Yung partner. Gi-ran is an upright spirit who is greatly angered by Mo-tak and his fellow Counters' occasional rule-breaking.
  • Eun Ye-jun as Woo-sik
Ha-na's Yung partner. Woo-sik appears to be a young boy but he is mature in his mindset and personality.
  • Lee Chan-hyung as Kwon Su-ho[13]
Mae-ok's Yung partner and her biological son. Su-ho is in charge of keeping Yung's record of deaths.
  • Woo Mi-hwa as The Prosecutor

Humans possessed by evil spirits[edit]

  • Lee Hong-nae as Ji Chung-sin
A human possessed by a Level 3 evil spirit (akgwi).[b][c] Chung-sin works in a junkyard and is frequently hired as a hitman by Mayor Shin. He killed the late Cheol-joong in a fierce battle. He is also revealed to be the murderer of Mun's parents. He possesses the power of psychokinesis and is able to speak in two voices (his own and the evil spirit's). He later acquires the ability to perceive the Territory.[d]
  • Ok Ja-yeon as Baek Hyang-hee[14]
A human possessed by a Level 3 evil spirit. Hyang-hee is inclined to marrying rich men in order to murder them and steal their money. She has the power of psychometry and is able to communicate with the possessing evil spirit.

Mun's high school[edit]

  • Kim Eun-soo as Kim Woong-min
Mun's schoolmate and childhood best friend. Without Mun's knowing, Woong-min is constantly being bullied by Hyuk-woo and his henchmen. His suffering is later discovered by Mun, who uses his newfound Counter powers to humiliate Hyuk-woo
  • Lee Ji-won as Im Joo-yeon[15]
Mun's schoolmate and childhood best friend. Joo-yeon kept the truth from Mun that Woong-min is being bullied by Hyuk-woo.
  • Jung Won-chang as Shin Hyuk-woo
Son of Jungjin Mayor Shin Myung-hwi; Mun's schoolmate. Due to him being the mayor's son, Hyuk-woo is getting special treatment from the teachers who are lenient to his acts of bullying against his schoolmates, especially Woong-min. However, as revealed by Ha-na, he has strained relationship with his family. He is later humiliated by Mun in a fist fight in front of their schoolmates, leaving him with a strong grudge against Mun.
  • Kim Min-ho as Baek Jun-kyu
Mun's older and bigger schoolmate and the leader of a gang of bullies who collects money from younger bullies except Hyuk-woo with whom he is nicer with. Jun-kyu also has a strong grudge against Mun after being publicly humiliated in a fight with him.

People of Jungjin[edit]

The first and leader of the Counters in Korea; owner of Jangmul Retail. Jang-mul is one of the richest chaebol in South Korea. He manages the Counters' expenses and supports them in matters that need his influence.
Mun's maternal grandfather.
  • Lee Joo-sil as Jang Chun-ok
Mun's maternal grandmother. Chun-ok suffers from dementia and does not recognize Mun most of the time.
A police detective at Jungjin Police Station; Mo-tak former girlfriend. Jeong-yeong is an upright detective who is always overpowered by her corrupt fellow police officers. She was in charge of the case of the death of Mun's parents.
  • Lee Kyung-min as Kang Han-wool
A police detective at Jungjin Police Station; Jeong-yeong's junior and partner.
  • Son Kang-gook as Choi Soo-ryong
The police chief of Jungjin Police Station.
  • Choi Kwang-il as Shin Myung-hwi
Mayor of Jungjin City; father of Hyuk-woo. Mayor Shin is in charge of a major redevelopment project in Jungjin which worries many residents.
  • Jeon Jin-oh as Noh Chang-kyu
A gangster who led the mob that cornered Mo-tak seven years ago; Hang-kyu's younger brother.
  • Kim Seung-hoon as Noh Hang-kyu
Director of Taeshin Group; Chang-kyu's older brother.
  • Lee Do-yeob as Cho Tae-shin
CEO of Taeshin Group
  • Kim Jung-jin as Jang Hye-kyung[17]
Secretary of Mayor Shin
A young woman who went missing after volunteering in Shin Myung-hwi's electoral camp seven years ago.

Special appearances[edit]

Mun's father and a policeman who is an acquaintance of Mo-tak (Eps. 1-2, 11).
Mun's mother and a policewoman (Eps. 1-2).[18][19]
A late member of the Counters. Cheol-joong was the strongest Counter among the former quartet. He was killed by Chung-sin in a fierce one-on-one battle (Ep. 1).
A coffee shop owner whose parents were killed by a Level 2 evil spirit (Eps. 1, 3)[20]
A Counter full of rock spirit. He has healing powers, similar to Mae-ok, and is dispatched to help other Counters. (Ep. 15)[21]
The former Yung partner of Jang-mul. (Ep. 15)[22]


In July 2020, the cast members of the TV series were finalized. [23][24] Kim Se-jeong is another singer turned actor to take an unusual role of esper, acting as the team's radar.[25] The script reading session was held in October 2020.[26][27] The first look was released on October 19, 2020, giving sneak peek into characters.[28]

This drama reunites Jo Byung-gyu and Lee Ji-won who previously worked together in a commercial hit drama Sky Castle.[citation needed]

Original soundtrack[edit]

The Uncanny Counter OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists

Part 1[edit]

Released on December 6, 2020 (2020-12-06)[29]
1."Close Your Eyes"
  • Hen
  • Lee Geon
HenIsaac Hong3:04
2."Close Your Eyes" (Inst.) Hen 3:04
Total length:6:08

Part 2[edit]

Released on December 20, 2020 (2020-12-20)[30]
1."Meet Again" (재회 (再會))Sejeong
  • Sejeong
  • MIN
Sejeong (Gugudan)4:34
2."Meet Again" (Inst.) 
  • Sejeong
  • MIN
Total length:9:08

Part 3[edit]

Released on January 17, 2021 (2021-01-17)[31]
1."No Problem" (괜찮아)JayinsJayinsDvwn3:31
2."No Problem" (Inst.) Jayins 3:31
Total length:7:02


No.TitleDirected byWritten by [32]Original release dateSouth Korea viewers
1"Episode 1"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naNovember 28, 2020 (2020-11-28)0.737[33]
As a man possessed with a Level 3[c] evil spirit kill the Counter Cheol-joong in a fierce melee, Cheol-joong's afterlife partner Wi-gen leaves his body and searches for a new comatose human host. Mun is treating his friends to food on his birthday when he is suddenly struck with a burst of light which leaves uncanny changes in his body. He finds the answers to his questions in a noodle shop run by four strange people.
2"Episode 2"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naNovember 29, 2020 (2020-11-29)1.208[34]
Rescued by the Counters from the savage bullies led by Hyuk-woo, Mun wakes up to a stunning surprise from Mae-ok. After having a glimpse of his newfound powers, Mun joins the Counters in his first ever demon-hunting. Mun meets Wi-gen and accepts the role as Counter on one condition.
3"Episode 3"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naDecember 5, 2020 (2020-12-05)1.446[35]
Mun joins the Counters on his first official demon-hunting and experiences how to banish an evil spirit from its host. Woong-min and Joo-yeon starts to notice something is different about Mun who later confronts the bullies and puts them in humiliation. The amnesiac Mo-tak goes to the police station in an attempt to find answers about his forgotten past and the truth behind the death of Mun's parents.
4"Episode 4"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naDecember 6, 2020 (2020-12-06)1.857[36]
Taking revenge against Mun, the bullies gang up on Woong-min and Joo-yeon. Just as Wi-gen feared, Mun loses control and quickly overwhelms all of the bullies in a formidable frenzy of rage. As the Yung spirits consider punishing Mun, Mae-ok and the other Counters come to his defense. A surprise awaits Mo-tak as he reunites with his old cellphone.
5"Episode 5"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naDecember 12, 2020 (2020-12-12)1.786[37]
In a demon-hunt at a shopping mall, Mun attempts to fight a woman possessed with strong Level 3 demon. When Ha-na comes to his rescue, the demon reads into her tragic past just before Mo-tak arrives to knock the possessed woman out cold. Mo-tak partners up with police officer Jeong-yeong in finding evidences relevant to the last case he had before he lost his memories.
6"Episode 6"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naDecember 13, 2020 (2020-12-13)2.352[38]
Mo-tak's former tormentors—a group of gangsters—recognize him in a encounter and fearfully relate his apparent return to their boss. Mo-tak continues to uncover the past with Jeong-yeong, who is also investigating a recent brutal murder. Mun feels betrayed when he discovers the Counters already knew the truth of his parents' death. Ha-na helps Mun to look into his traumatic past.
7"Episode 7"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naDecember 19, 2020 (2020-12-19)2.343[39]
While travelling with Ha-na into his tragic past, Mun comes face-to-face with the powerful Level 3 demon that murdered his parents. Recalling the dangerous encounter, Mun uncovers where the demon's host might be hiding. Mo-tak's tormentors swarm at Eonni's Noodles in an attempt to get rid of him.
8"Episode 8"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naDecember 20, 2020 (2020-12-20)2.666[40]
The Counters survive an attempt by the gangsters to eliminate them. Ha-na's role as a Counter is put to the test as she fights against an evil spirit possessing his abusive uncle. Jungjin's police launch a hunt for the culprit behind the successive brutal murders in the city. As the Counters search for a reservoir linked to a case Mun's late father had worked on, they make an appalling discovery.
9"Episode 9"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naJanuary 2, 2021 (2021-01-02)2.701[41]
After nearly perishing in a one-on-one battle against Chung-sin, Mun practices how to summon Yung's Territory[d] at will. The Counters gatecrash Mayor Shin's groundbreaking event in an attempt to expose his and his accomplices' crimes. Unbeknownst to the quartet, their partner spirits in Yung face interrogation for the Counter's frequent rule-breaking.
10"Episode 10"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naJanuary 3, 2021 (2021-01-03)2.793[42]
Upon Wi-gen's proposal, the afterlife's council of investigators orders Mun's dismissal from his role as a Counter. Mun consequently loses all his powers, and the devastated Counters let Jang-mul do the task of erasing all of Mun's Counter memories. Mun and the remaining Counters face heightened threats as city officials fake Chung-sin's death and Mayor Shin declares his presidential candidacy.
11"Episode 11"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naJanuary 9, 2021 (2021-01-09)2.816[43]
Mun and the Counters are in grave danger as a group of demon-possessed humans, recruited and led by Chung-sin, kidnaps Mun to lure the Counters. A soul that managed to escape from an evil spirit suddenly gives Mun a capability to contact the Yung. Ha-na helps Mo-tak restore his lost memories from seven years ago.
12"Episode 12"Yoo Seon-dongYeo Ji-naJanuary 10, 2021 (2021-01-10)3.216[44]
Jeong-yeong is murdered just before she could meet up with Mo-tak. As Mun tries to comfort him, Mo-tak reveals to him that Jeong-yeong's killer is one of her fellow police officers who have been with the force for over 20 years. After gaining Yung's permission, the Counters decide to close the noodle shop and fight against Mayor Shin, his accomplices and Chung-sin.
13"Episode 13"Yoo Seon-dongYoo Seon-dongJanuary 16, 2021 (2021-01-16)2.974[45]
Chung-sin's parasitic evil spirit upgrades to Level 4, the highest rank possible for evil spirits. The four Yung spirits demonstrate to the Counters a method they could use in defeating Chung-sin, but it has a catch: unless they are always inside the Territory, the Counters will lose their powers while using it. While Mun struggles with practicing his Territory summoning ability, Mo-tak and Han-wool apprehend the culprit behind Jeong-yeong's death.
14"Episode 14"Yoo Seon-dongKim Sae-bomJanuary 17, 2021 (2021-01-17)2.981[46]
The Level 4 evil spirit compels Chung-sin to kill himself and escapes from his dead body. Despite being deprived of the chance to meet his parents' souls, Mun claims he still can feel his parents' presence in the human realm and refuses to give up. Using the Territory, Mun scours Jungjin for the powerful evil spirit which has found a new host in Mayor Shin.
15"Episode 15"Yoo Seon-dongKim Sae-bomJanuary 23, 2021 (2021-01-23)
16"Episode 16"Yoo Seon-dongKim Sae-bomJanuary 24, 2021 (2021-01-24)


The first episode of the series logged an average viewership ratings of 2.7% nationwide and 3.2% in metropolitan area, peaking to an high of 4.1%.[47][48] The second episode logged ratings of 4.35%, witnessing an unusual increase in average nationwide viewership compared to the ratings of the first episode.[49] The audience rating for the 3rd episode was 5.2% nationwide. It rose 0.8% points from the ratings of last two episodes.[50] The 12th episode recorded a rating of 10.6% for nationwide audience, which is the highest so far for the series.[51]

The Uncanny Counter : South Korea viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research.[52]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
(AGB Nielsen)[52][53]
Nationwide Seoul
1 November 28, 2020 2.702% (5th) 3.167% (5th)
2 November 29, 2020 4.350% (3rd) 4.145% (3rd)
3 December 5, 2020 5.329% (1st) 5.789% (1st)
4 December 6, 2020 6.724% (1st) 6.370% (1st)
5 December 12, 2020 6.060% (2nd) 6.695% (2nd)
6 December 13, 2020 7.654% (2nd) 7.364% (2nd)
7 December 19, 2020 7.721% (2nd) 7.602% (2nd)
8 December 20, 2020 9.302% (2nd) 8.963%(2nd)
9 January 2, 2021 8.386% (2nd) 8.289% (2nd)
10 January 3, 2021 9.093% (2nd) 9.188% (2nd)
11 January 9, 2021 8.677% (2nd) 7.764% (2nd)
12 January 10, 2021 10.581% (2nd) 10.203% (2nd)
13 January 16, 2021 9.372% (2nd) 9.476% (2nd)
14 January 17, 2021 9.926% (2nd) 9.870% (2nd)
15 January 23, 2021
16 January 24, 2021
Average % %
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).


  1. ^ a b c The word 소문 somun (pronounced [ˈsʰo̞ːmun]) in the native title of the series refers to the main protagonist So Mun (played by Jo Byung-gyu);[1] along with 경이로운 gyeong-iroun [kjʌ̹ŋiɾo̞un] (conjugated form of 경이롭다 gyeong-iropda [kjʌ̹ŋiɾo̞p̚t͈a̠] "amazing"/"marvelous"),[2] the series' title roughly translates to Amazing So Mun. The name So Mun means "rumor" when taken literally,[3] so the title can also be translated as Amazing Rumor. In the name So Mun, "So" is the surname and "Mun" is the given name.
  2. ^ a b Korean: 악귀; Hanja: 惡鬼; RR: akgwi; pronounced as [a̠k̚k͈ɥi] ~ [a̠k̚k͈y]
    literally "evil spirit" or "demon"
  3. ^ a b c In Jang Yi's Amazing Rumor universe, an akgwi can be classfied into one of four "levels" (단계 dan-gye; literally "stage of progress"; pronounced as [ta̠nɡje̞] ~ [ta̠nɡe̞]) of increasing severity. Level 1 (1단계 ildan-gye) means the akgwi has possessed a human host only recently and is relatively easier to capture and banish. Level 2 (2단계 idan-gye) means the akgwi has committed at least one murder and is gaining more strength. Level 3 (3단계 samdan-gye) means the akgwi has become more powerful and has gained supernatural abilities, such as communicating with its host (who will now be able to speak into two voices), psychokinesis and psychometry. Level 4 (4단계 sadan-gye) means the akgwi and the host has become one, gains an additional ability and is near-invincible.
  4. ^ a b c In Jang Yi's Amazing Rumor universe, the Territory (땅 [t͈a̠ŋ]) is an energy field that amplifies the Counters' strength and superpowers. Generated by the Yung through the merging of the energies of the human and divine realms, the Territory appears sporadically in random places and lasts for varying lengths of time. To the Counters, it appears like multiple iridescent pillars of energy that shoot from the ground up to the sky. To a human possessed by a powerful evil spirit, it appears like smoke or fog.


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