The character posters and trailer are out for Joseon’s Great Detective: Secret of the Wolfsbane, which looks like it could be a hoot. The film is highly stylized and peppered with action and comedy, which has me sitting up in interest — plus, it stars A-list leading man Kim Myung-min (Beethoven Virus, My Love By My Side). Always a good thing.
Kim plays the titular hero, the top detective of the Joseon era, who seems like a Sherlock Holmes-y type of character with his mix of bravado, confidence, and goofiness (though perhaps less depraved/tortured).
The normally sweet-faced, lively Han Ji-min (Cain & Abel, Yi San) is looking a lot bolder and darker for her role; she’s also wearing a lot of black and red, which is practically movie/drama code for “sly femme fatale.” We’ve already seen the first movie poster featuring Kim Myung-min, and here are the rest. Her poster bears the tagline, “What is it you wish to know?” That, coupled with the sly smiles and knowing glances in the trailer video, gives her an aura of mystery.
Here’s the video:
Meanwhile, Kim Myung-min’s poster reads, “Is there a case you’d like solved?” I can’t help myself from wanting to shave that silly mustache from his face, but I know it’s part of the package, giving him a goofy look to counter his character’s smarts. Still. It’s like a caterpillar died on his face. Shudder.
Last but not least, Oh Dal-soo plays the standard comic relief role as the sidekick, and his poster reads, “Do you have need of my help?”
Looks like a rollicking fun time, if you ask me. (Kim Myung-min doing comedy is not to be missed! Especially since we don’t know how long it’ll be before we can see his funny side again, especially if he continues to favor serious, weightier roles in the future, as he has been doing in the past few years.)
Joseon’s Great Detective: Secret of the Wolfsbane releases in theaters on January 27.
- Kim Myung-min plays Joseon’s great (mustachioed) detective
- Han Ji-min joins Kim Myung-min in mystery film
- Han Ji-min signs on to Noh Hee-kyung’s new drama
- A detective film next for Kim Myung-min
- Han Ji-min signs her donation book