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Arang gets her quirky sidekick

So we’ve got the leads for summer’s fusion sageuk mystery drama Arang and the Magistrate (that would be Shin Mina and Lee Jun-ki), and also the villain (Yeon Woo-jin), so now it’s time for second leads and sidekicks.

Hwang Bora is the latest to join the production, and takes up the role of Shin Mina’s psychic sidekick. In this case, that’s a pivotal role (unlike, say, useless shaman sidekicks such as in Dream High 2—I’m still trying to figure out what the point of that was) since our heroine happens to be dead. Shin Mina plays Arang, a young woman who is killed whose ghost appears before the magistrate (Lee Jun-ki) and asks him to solve her murder.

Hwang Bora is a shaman with questionable powers (ha—the description of her skills reads, “You can’t say she has powers, but you can’t say she doesn’t have them either”), who ends up assisting Arang. I’ve seen Hwang in a number of projects and she always seems to play the quirky sidekick character, so I can see her fitting right in. Most recently she was in Dangerous Women and Love Rain, but for some reason she’s still in my memory most as Lee Da-hae’s flighty friend in My Girl. Other credits: Love & Marriage, Smile Mom, Petty Romance, Road No. 1.

The shaman description does makes me wonder at the tone of Arang; I’d presumed that the adaptation of the famous folktale would be a mystery-thriller type of fusion drama, like summer sageuks tend to be (summer brings chilling horror to cool the heat, or so goes the theory), but perhaps there’ll be a comic thread in there as well. Hm, so will this be more like Gumiho: Fox Child, or My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho?

Arang and the Magistrate begins filming in May, and will premiere in July.

Via Joy News

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nice, i like hwang bora, she'd make a great pair with shin mina. though i don't remember seeing hwang bora in love & marriage... must have missed her somehow.

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There goes my answer. Geez. I think JB you might have some psychic powers of your own!

Got to wait until July for JunKi then!

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Waiting with you :-D

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" rubs my hands in glee "

Love it. Love the casting so far. Thank you for the news.

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So excited for this drama! Can't wait, I love Shin Mina

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yay!! I get to see Lee Jun Ki, which is the only reason why Im watching this;)

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He's first and foremost! Shin Mina is second!

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whoa i thought that picture was ham eunjung from t-ara @[email protected]

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Better than me, I thought it was Kim Hyun-joong in drag until I saw the name :|

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I thought she was se7en's sister. or woman version..

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OMG I DO SEE Se7en!

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Oh god.. I can't unsee that now

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yep, she plays quirky well.

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by the way, on the side bar on the main page, with the dramas upcoming schedule...it's not updated. will they still be updating it? sorry, just wondering. I do not mean to sound annoying or pushy. :)

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God, I really hope this is another "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho", because "Gumiho: Fox's Child" was heavy as well as terrible on the gumiho=evil woman metaphor.

Still, even if it's melo I'll tune in for Shin Mina and Lee Jun-ki.

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I have to stop reading posts about this drama...I'm afraid my expectations might not be met!

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Seeing Lee Jun Ki again is enough expectations for me :-D

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thank heavens it doesn't premiere in May...I have A genteleman's dignity, I do I do, Bridal Mask...I don't think I'll be able to function that month...

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Ooooo! That's interesting! :D I will be looking forward to this! (Oh jeez.....I wish that this drama would able to premiere in June this summer because I have loooong break from school!!)

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Cute! Hwang Bora and Lee Joon Ki reunite then. My Girl was one of my faves.

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did they even share a scene back then?

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I think no, but it would be good for former castmates to be together...

Now if only Hwang Bo-ra's "twin bro" in My Girl were also here...

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So her role is kind of like Whoopi Goldberg in "Ghost". A fake ends up becoming real....?

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sounds interesting!

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I am not Korean, so I do not know this folktale, but I am really intrigued by this show. At first, I thought it was going to be a spoof of The King and I, but then I read the description, and got really excited. I LOVE stories with ghosts as a central character! So, I'm really excited by this show, and can't wait!

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Is it loosely based on the movie Arang starring lee dong wook? i mean plot sounds familiar. if it's a folktale then they are from the same story i assume.

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What is up with her nails!??!? Why wouldn't they give her a decent manicure?

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Shin MIn Ah rules

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They said Joongi Oppa would has a bad tempered profil, kekeke.... maybe he would always shout out to shin min ah eachtime she appears in front of him with a super cute expression, ke ke ke...

i am so in love with Lee JoonGi, ahhhh, cant wait cant wait!!

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...& now Yoo Seung Ho will be joining in on the fun for a bit...looking forward to this one. :)

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