Not only does Chuno have a pretty solid lead cast and crew, it’s beefing up its ranks with a strong supporting cast as well. For instance, there’s Ahn Seok-hwan (above), who’s a familiar face from dramas like Partner, Boys Before Flowers, Painter of the Wind, Spotlight, and Hong Gil Dong, among many others. In the drama, he plays an artist who loves to gossip and talk politics. He often seeks out Jang Hyuk‘s character Dae-gil, and earns his friendship when he paints a likeness of Hye-won (Lee Da-hae), whom Dae-gil loves.
The rest of the list includes the fabulous Kim Gab-soo, comic fixtures Lee Han-wi and Sung Dong-il, and actress Jo Mi-ryung. Actually, what’s interesting is that these are actors with a strong comedy bent, which makes me wonder if Chuno will have an unexpected comic angle, which we haven’t seen from the previous stills.
Sung Dong-il, for instance, has been in dramas like Lawyers of Korea, New Heart, Don’t Hesitate, and Green Coach, but his biggest claim to fame was in the recent hit sports film Take Off, which did so well that it entered the Top 10 all-time box-office list. The film also got him an acting award at this year’s Chunsa Film Festival.
In Chuno, Sung Dong-il takes a departure from his well-known comic image with a villainous role. He’ll play “Joseon’s biggest roughneck” with a “sly but strong” character who promises to complicate matters for Joseon’s top slave hunter Dae-gil (Jang Hyuk).
Interestingly, the always-wonderful Kim Gab-soo has a role not only in Chuno but also in another sageuk that premieres the same week, Jejoongwon. (They aren’t ratings competitors, however, since Jejoongwon is a Monday-Tuesday show and Chuno follows on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) Kim has had memorable roles in IRIS, Hon, The World They Live In, and Tazza; here, he plays King Injo, who reigns during the first and second Manchu invasions. It’s his first time playing king.
Lee Han-wi is another familiar face in comedies; some of his many recent projects include Job Well Done, Beethoven Virus, Coffee Prince, and 200 Pound Beauty. He was also in Take Off and also the recent Good Morning President.
In Chuno, he plays Jang Hyuk’s client who requests his services in tracking down slaves, and although he’s described as a hateable character, he also adds energy to the cast. (I suspect it’s more of a love-to-hate type character.)
Meanwhile, Jo Mi-ryung (I Love You, Ja Myung Go) plays a “sexy and comic” woman who has her eye on one of the men in the slave hunter group, played by Han Jung-soo (of dramas Painter of the Wind, King and I). Her attempts to win his favor lead to bright laughs.
Chuno premieres January 6.
Via Joy News
- From Chuno’s Jeju Island location shoots
- Chuno’s Lee Da-hae and Oh Ji-ho spend first night together
- Lee Da-hae’s sad wedding scene for Chuno
- IRIS and Chuno run into production disputes
- First fight between Chuno’s master and slave
- Oh Ji-ho as Chuno’s tortured slave