Moon Chae-won cast in sageuk action film
Moon Chae-won fans, never fear: She’s been cast in a new movie, which should (hopefully) expand on her repertoire a bit with its action-sageuk focus. The project is Bow: Ultimate Weapon (as in, bow and arrow), a historical piece taking place in the Joseon era boasting a reportedly fresh story and strong script.
In addition to her, Bow co-stars two actors I particularly enjoy, Park Hae-il (Moss, The Host) as Joseon’s greatest archer and Ryu Seung-ryong (Quiz King, Personal Taste) as a Chinese general, who face off in a “breathtaking showdown.”
In the film, Moon Chae-won plays a daughter to a nobleman who’s got a tough spirit and strong will. She’s the younger sister to Park Hae-il’s character; together, the two struggle to survive after their family is massacred.
This’ll be the first sageuk film for Park Hae-il, who’s one of those actors who’s well-regarded in film but therefore less known to those of us who mostly watch dramas. He’s had a number of hits, most recently the crime film Moss, as well as Good Morning President, The Host, and Memories of Murder. Ryu Seung-ryong you probably recall for his wonderfully sensitive portrayal of a gay man in Personal Taste (and as Kang Ji-hwan’s grumpypants spy boss in Level 7 Civil Servant).
As for Moon Chae-won, while this is her first leading film role (she had a smaller part in the 2008 high school comedy Our School ET with Park Bo-young, Lee Min-ho, and Baek Sung-hyun), it’s not her first sageuk; her breakout role was really 2008’s lovely period drama Painter of the Wind, where she played a gisaeng who falls for a woman posing as a man. In fact, she and Moon Geun-young nabbed a best couple award at the year-end awards where the latter won her Daesang. And while I really like Moon Chae-won, I was disappointed with the flimsiness of her role (and character) in the recent It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl, where she was promoted as the lead but was really just one of a(n over)large cast of characters. Hopefully this part’s more meaty.
Musical actor Kim Mu-yeol also stars. The movie plans to begin filming this spring.