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Kang Ji-hwan goes undercover for Detective Cha
by | April 18, 2012 | 65 Comments

Bwahahaha. Kang Ji-hwan — yep, it’s really him — strikes a sexy(ish) pose for his new movie, Detective Cha, which is the wacky comedy co-starring Sung Yuri that may be best described as Miss Congeniality meets Zoolander.

Kang Ji-hwan plays Detective Cha, a superheavyweight cop who’s got more tenacity than skill, who gets the chance of a lifetime to take on an undercover case. Thus he undergoes “a tear-inducing makeover” to infiltrate the fashion world and walk the runway. Sung Yuri plays a designer in charge of his butterfly transformation, which should be a hoot; they had adorable chemistry together in Hong Gil Dong, which allowed them to stretch their comedy muscles and flirty cutely.

In the poster above, Detective Cha struts his stuff on the runway and shows off his “killer D-line” — you know, the luscious curves of that beer belly. I know it’s hard to tell who the actor is because they sacrificed identifiability in favor of that awesome silhouette, but it is undoubtedly Kang Ji-hwan. Here’s the closeup:

The movie reunites Kang with his Level 7 Civil Servant director, Shin Tae-ra. I look forward to the reunion because that movie, while not the most sensical in terms of plot logic (there were some cartoonish baddies, some threat of bioterrorism, and lots of comic misunderstandings), was a zippy fun ride. If this movie can be as fast-flying with the action and laughs, I’ll be a happy camper. (Figuratively, I mean. Actually camping strikes me as a decidedly unhappy activity. Listen, God gave us plumbing for a reason.)

Plus! Also in the cast list are White Christmas’s Lee Soo-hyuk and Kim Young-kwang (also of Vampire Idol and Bachelor’s Vegetable Store, respectively), two former models who should be right at home on the runway.

Detective Cha will release in May.

Via No Cut News

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65 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Monona

    Bwahahahaha. I want this movie NOW

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  2. momogi

    pwahahahaahaaa,, it doesn’t looks like kang ji hwan at all..!

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  3. MsScorpion

    HAAHAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    KAN JI HWAN’S D-LINE………

    JUST HAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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  4. jessly

    This will be a riot. And I love him with Sung Yuri.

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  5. jinkzz

    i cannot wait to see this movie… they had a really good chemistry in HGD so I am looking forward to seeing both of them in this movie.

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  6. Noelle

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Omg the hair is a helmet! He has a hairmet! I have to see this.

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  7. Lise

    Ok KJH with a huge belly? That i would love to see! Bring on the D line ; )

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  8. Raine

    Yes! Epic collaboration and KJH being funny which is the BEST.

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    • 8.1 JoAnne

      so you DO exist.

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  9. bd

    “Chemistry” in HGD is a bit of a stretch.

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  10. 10 jubilantia

    OH MY heavens. This looks like the most awesome thing to ever awesome.

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  11. 11 dulcedeleche

    O_O

    When exactly is it going out? May what exactly? maybe i’ll just have to make that small trip to korea after all….

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    • 11.1 nomu nomu nomu

      According to the source article ‘No Cut News’, it says the the end of May (no exact date was given)

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      • 11.1.1 h311ybean

        Really? OMG I just might be able to catch it!

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  12. 12 Rovi

    Hahahahahaha~!!!

    “Romantic Town” meets “200 Pounds of Beauty”, kekek…

    And HGD reunite~!!! Hong Gil-dong & and Heo Yi-nok~!!!

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  13. 13 nk

    OOOH MY GOD! Kang Ji Hwan with that D-line is hilarious. Can’t wait. I love KJH and SYR’s chemistry in Hong Gil Dong.

    Awww and Lee Soo Hyuk too. I’m in!

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  14. 14 John

    I loved her in Hong Gil Dong.

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    • 14.1 jomo

      I loved them both in HID, which is why the show BROKE MY HEART into a million pieces!
      *sigh*

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      • 14.1.1 pipit

        Sigh.
        I still haven’t finished HGD yet because of all the talking about its ending. You know how I hate spoilers Jomo. But in this case I really need a definite answer. Did he die?

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        • 14.1.1.1 jomo

          I am NOT telling you here. I will be murdered for spoiling.
          (Message me if you really want to know!)

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  15. 15 Arhazivory

    LOL. I’ll definitely watch this.

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  16. 16 Mystisith

    Oh my gosh… Are we really going to have Kang Ji-Hwan in a fat suit? And 2 hotties to do a make over from hell… I need to watch this.

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    • 16.1 JoAnne

      Mysti, you’ll have to stay up really late or get up really early some Saturday night because I’m already saying this one will be for the Movie Noonas as soon as it’s available online.

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      • 16.1.1 Mystisith

        Call!

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  17. 17 gracie

    omg. i glanced at the picture, scrolled down, scrolled back up, and GAPED. whoa. love the poster:) im definitely watching this movie.

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  18. 18 ilovemandoo

    LOL SO EXCITED XD <3

    KJH and SYR are adorable together. Can't wait for the movie to come out. :D

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  19. 19 Saa

    I think the REAL Image Ruiner Award goes to Kang Ji Hwan, not Ryu Jin. xDD

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  20. 20 crazedlu

    HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH. i digs.

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  21. 21 tegami

    that pot belly defies gravity

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  22. 22 Kae Tung

    WHY ARE YOU NOT RECAPPING LOVE RAIN? PLEASE RECAP AND SUPPORT LOVE RAIN – IT’S SUCH A CUTE DRAMA! THE PACE HAS DEFIANTLY INCREASED! I ASSURE YOU THAT YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH JGS AND YOONA! PLEASE RECAP! :)

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    • 22.1 Twinkles

      Is it worth it? I’m in between dramas right now and have been debating – I LOVE JGS but HATE Yoona (sorry, don’t kill me fans! I swear I love SNSD) so have been on the fence about this one……..

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      • 22.1.1 gala

        the cinematography’s very pleasing to the eyes. I think Yoona’s doing a good job playing the 1-dimensional, always subdued, prime/proper YoonHee to the 4D Hana. if one separates her from her idol/SNSD persona (which is hard to do…), I think she’s portraying the Hana character with enough spunk and cheeriness that she’s endearing. I also think the story moves/flows quite well. i’d say try watching ep1, then jump a bit to when they proceeded to the “future”. not to forget, the actors playing the older version/parents are two AMAZING actors!!!

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      • 22.1.2 ilovemandoo

        Like gala said, the two adult actors (for the older versions of the characters) are amaaazing, which is pretty much all I’m waiting for.

        To be honest, my main problem with the drama isn’t really the acting (JGS and Yoona are both serviceable), but the writing. I don’t really understand or like the characters (particularly JGS’s), and the story is a little too predictable for my liking.

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    • 22.2 javabeans

      BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO AND YOU CAN’T MAKE ME AND YOU DON’T OWN ME AND YOUR COMMENT IS IRRELEVANT AND WHY DO I HAVE TO EXPLAIN MYSELF TO YOU RAHHHH.

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      • 22.2.1 jomo

        OMG LOL
        LOVE THIS ANSWER

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      • 22.2.2 KStyle

        Mwahaha I’m laughing so hard right now at your response.

        I want to tell Kae Tung the same thing plus the storyline sounds so unoriginal. I’m pretty sure that somewhere in this vast space called the Internet, someone is recapping Love Rain ( glad it’s not happening here, y’all got enough shows to recap).

        Hope all is going well in your universe.
        JavaBeans Fighting!!!

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      • 22.2.3 missy_misajon

        good answer hahaha… i love javabeans for being straightforward hehehe…

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    • 22.3 asianromance

      Why? The answer is on this page: http://www.dramabeans.com/faq/

      If you want to spread the Love Rain love, why don’t you recap it yourself and share your recaps with everyone? (well, after you’ve figured out how to un-caps-lock your sentences)

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    • 22.4 zsa

      HOW MANY TIMES MUST JB ANSWER THIS QUESTION…SHE RECAPS WHAT SHE WANTS…IS ALL…

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  23. 23 Taber

    OMG I don’t like Sung Yuri acting at all! she can drains the excitment out of the most talent actor! She don’t have any charm or depth….

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  24. 24 reglest

    Mwahaha!! I’m holding my laughter when I see the second photo!

    Omoooo…I need to watch THIS!

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  25. 25 JD

    LOOOOOOOOOL KANG JI HWAN I LUFF YOU

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  26. 26 pipit

    **I mean. Actually camping strikes me as a decidedly unhappy activity. Listen, God gave us plumbing for a reason**

    Yes! My sentiment exactly!
    But I would brace the horror of camping with KJH.

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  27. 27 asianromance

    AWESOME IMAGE!! Kang Ji Hwan is totally rocking the D-line!

    And I love the Sung Yuri and Kang Ji Hwan couple ever since Hong Gil Dong! I don’t find a lot of actors reuniting as a couple in kdramas/kmovies, so this is really a treat!

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  28. 28 annie

    oh!!! i want to watch this!!

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  29. 29 Nicole

    This could either be hilarious or just not funny. But hopefully it will be good, for the sake of Kang Ji-hwan’s D-line. xD

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  30. 30 smileyme

    Kang Ji Hwan D-line hahahaha

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  31. 31 Daisy

    I need to see a trailer for this…NOW!

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  32. 32 BINNIE

    i like comedy~looking forward to this movie

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  33. 33 Anne-So

    Yesss I can’t wait!
    Plus Lee Soo Hyuk & Kim Young Kwang! ^^
    Here we go, the King of comedies is back on screen~!

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  34. 34 may k

    ooohh..i can’t wait…Kang Ji Hwan transforming…d line to v shaped bod!! woo hoo…

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  35. 35 fangorn

    OKay….Im so going to watch this (if I can find it)… one look at the poster, Im already interested!!!

    Can’t wait…

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  36. 36 wenlin

    when i saw the poster i just KNEW this would be on my watch list

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  37. 37 Fraulein

    Yay to a KJH and Sung Yuri reunion !

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  38. 38 leylos

    really excited to watch this movie!….can’t wait…. kang ji hwan yuhoooo… i like…=)

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  39. 39 Carinne

    Oh.Em.Gee~ It’s like Martin Lawrence’s Big Momma’s House. I would love to see Kfilm go towards something like White Chicks and The Hot Chick. I’ll chant to the universe… Ommm~ Ommm~ *rings chime*

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  40. 40 maria

    HAHAHA i love that closeup! i cant wait to see this as kang ji hwan is one of those actors i like.

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  41. 41 marie*

    L O L. Just the fact that Kang Ji-hwan is starring already convinced me to anticipate for this movie.

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  42. 42 Dream

    Boy! It must be something to put on all those weights and then losing them all to be suit for a model! Thumbs up to KJH for his professionalism!

    This is definitely on my watch list. It just looks sooooooooo hilarious.

    Anyone knows if he has another movie or drama coming out?

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  43. 43 shany

    THIS IS SUPER COOL!! GO GO KANG JI HWAN ADN SUNG YURI!! THIS IS GREAT! <3 GO GO! =)

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  44. 44 shany

    I AM SO GOING TO WATCH THIS DRAMA!! DETECTIVE CHA, I GOT THE FEELING IT WILL BE A VERY CHAOTIC-SUPERB-BEST DRAMA!! GO GO DETECTIVE CHA! GO GO KANG JI HWAN!! GO GO SUNG YURI!

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  45. 45 loyalfan_1

    Can’t miss this movie cuz it Ji Hwan Kang and YuRi Sung. This movie is gonna be a blast in all the theatres in Korea and an explode of fun and laughter. Hold on to your seats tight, coke and pop corn too bcuz there is so much to watch. I am ready for the movie to rock sky high.

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  46. 46 cinna

    I literally cried because I couldn’t watch it or buy it anywhere (subbed, mind you, cuz I’m chinese )T_T

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  47. 47 dayen

    where I can download free this movie,, I look it everywhere,,really want to see this movie :O

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  48. 48 tammy

    kang ji kwan~~ i love you!!

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