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Writer jumps from spy comedy to fusion historical
by | April 29, 2009 | 18 Comments

Who’s seen this movie? Is it as entertaining as it seems? (And do Kang Ji-hwan and Kim Haneul have fabulous chemistry like they do in my imagination (and the previews)?)

In any case, the new action-spy rom-com Level 7 Civil Servant [7급 공무원], which also goes by the English title My Girlfriend is an Agent, released to strong buzz, and drew in more than 465,000 to take first place in the box office for its first week. The scriptwriter is striking while the iron’s hot and has announced his follow-up project to be a drama series.

Writer Chun Sung-il also scripted the 2008 Park Yong-woo and Lee Bo-young period heist comedy Once Upon a Time, and he’ll next be penning a 24-episode KBS fusion sageuk called Chuno or 추노 (追奴). If that doesn’t grab you, perhaps you’ll be interested to know that the PD in charge will be Kwak Jung-hwan, who also did the summer horror series Hometown of Legends and the taut political fusion historical drama Conspiracy in the Court.

Chuno follows the story of a runaway slave in Joseon times and the slave hunter who pursues him, with a woman who completes the love triangle. With the writer’s flair for dialogue and the director’s ability to create darkness and suspense, this is one I’ll be looking out for.

Via OSEN

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18 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Linh

    Throw Kang Ji Hwan in the mix then I’m there. :-)
    A girl can always wish!

  2. majata

    Both drama and movie are topping my to-watch list.

  3. Sere

    Sorry, no, I haven’t, Sarah. :( It’s gonna be months till it’s released on DVD :((((

  4. vis

    Sounds interesting :) I’ll keep a watch out for Chuno ^^ Especially since it’s set to a decent length of 24 episodes… When I first read it was a sageuk drama I kinda went “Not again!”, but 24 episodes are totally OK!

  5. Samsooki

    I’ve only seen bits and pieces of this film (trailer + little clips by TV shows doing promos with actor interviews). But I am a little concerned about the use of special effects / stunt-work done with wires. I think I saw a little bit of that in the clips and I hope they do a good job.

    Special effects are really about diminishing returns. You can throw a million dollars into trying to create better effects, but not get anywhere near a million dollars worth of improvement. But even a little bit of extra effort can make a big difference in how it looks.

    Personally, I sort of dislike wire-work because they sort of defy the rules of physics and gravity (thus defying my sense of reality). Maybe in a kung-fu film, the martial arts masters are supposed to be able to defy gravity (okay, I accept that premise), but does that also hold true for government agents in the 21st century?

    Then again, the clips were fun and I hope Kim Haneul got enough physical training in, to bust a few moves.

    -Samsooki

  6. jO jO

    I can’t wait to see this! Both Ha Neul and JI-Hwan are good actors. Should be great!

  7. Rubysing

    They really look so good together. I can’t wait to watch the movie. I lurve KJH!

  8. iDB@work

    Looks promising but I hope they will add something else extra (great chemistry, comedic timing, Korean-ness) since the plot is not that original.

  9. all4movies

    Ditto for me.

    I liked Hometown of Legends and Conspiracy in the Court too. I’m still waiting for Hometown of Legends to come out though. Hometown of Legends wasn’t that popular with the netizens, but for me, it was an interesting series of psychological/horror drama.

    And I don’t even watch horror genres, but that’s because the Hollywood version is usually about the gore factor. Korean/Japanese genres are much more layered and thrilling.

  10. 10 Biscuit

    Can’t wait to watch both ^o^

    I’m happy that the movie got first place. Since the drama part of ent. has been getting better compared to last year, I hope that movies will do better this year than the previous years.

  11. 11 chomandy

    i really can’t wait to see this~ he is my favorite actor (…for some reason haha)

  12. 12 question

    any news on Lady Castle?

  13. 13 Muffin

    They really tired me out in 90 Days Falling In Love. I don’t think I could stand to watch them together for like, another 3 years or something.

    And speaking of wire work, I actually quite like it. I love when people fly because in my head and in my dreams I can fly too! I just haven’t physically mastered it yet. I watch shows and movies to get away from reality. I deal with that all day. I want to suspend belief. I want that fantasy. It’s a welcome break.

  14. 14 nomad

    i love conspiracy in the court so i will probably check out the new drama.

  15. 15 Marres77

    Nope, haven’t seen but am really looking foward to seeing it!

  16. 16 kys

    I saw this movie and definitely enjoyed it. My Korean level is okay, so I’m sure I missed somethings here and there, but Kang Ji-Hwan was great. I read the article about how he was allowed to try new things and I gotta say he has some great comedic scenes in here. Watching him as the rookie, bumbling his way around, made the movie.
    Initially I was afraid that it would be too similar to Mr. and Mrs. Smith since it was supposedly modeled after it, but I have to say they did a nice job making it their own movie. The action scenes were a little hoaxy in the beginning and the end, but the overall movie is definitely worth seeing.

  17. 17 LEEMINHOLOVER

    yeah does it sound like to Mr. and Mrs. Smith or what haha

  18. 18 callisto

    Just FYI but the cast for Chuno has just been announced and it will star Jang Hyuk, Oh Ji Ho, and Han Hyo Joo.

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