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Lee Jun-ki gets into character as the magistrate

Making his much-awaited comeback from army duty, Lee Jun-ki takes the role of the magistrate in his upcoming drama, Arang and the Magistrate, which you can see in these stills.

The drama riffs on the famous tale of a young woman named Arang who was killed, who returned as a ghost to plead with magistrates to bring justice to the evildoers, played in the series by Shin Mina. Though there are definite fusion-mystery-ghost story vibes, there also seems to be a current of humor that’ll run through it (though I hope it’s more the wry kind and not, say, broad and slapstick).

Lee describes his character as a man who doggedly pursues clues about his mother’s disappearance; he feels nothing in the world matters aside from that. His character as cynical and brusque on the outside, though (naturally) much warmer on the inside: “It seems like he treats people coldly, but he feels a lot of sorrow and sympathy for them; ‘Eun-oh’ is a three-dimensional character. At first I was drawn to him because he was a prickly type of role I haven’t played before, but as I delve more into the drama, I find that he’s someone I can show a lot of different sides to.”

Regarding making his comeback: “Inasmuch as this is my comeback project after a two-year hiatus due to military service, I pursued it extremely seriously. There were many dramas that came in, but more than my personal desires, I thought it might be better to choose a drama that’s more accessible. I considered a variety of projects, but this stood out the most. After receiving the scenario, from the perspective of an actor I thought it was extremely fresh and original. I became curious about what kind of drama would come out of this premise.”

Asked about why he chose a sageuk as his return project, Lee said, “To be honest, the thing I worried most about was whether I might have lost my feel for acting after being away for two years. I think sageuk is a genre without limits, which allows for a lot of experimentation… Rather than feeling fear over my worries or trying to avoid them, I chose a sageuk thinking to pour that much more of myself into the drama. I intend to pour everything I have into it.”

When asked about what he finds most fun about the story, Lee said, “The images of the King of Heaven (Yoo Seung-ho) and the King of the Underworld will be quite different from the traditional images that viewers are used to, and will play out in comic scenes. Just the fact that it’s set up against the legend of Arang is novel and interesting. … It’s a different take than previous romantic comedies.”

Given the premise (and the drama’s description as a fantasy-melo sageuk), which requires one-half of the main pairing to be dead, it seems like any romance is going to be the bittersweet variety. Lee: “I’m looking forward to it. To be honest, because in most dramas the scripts aren’t out in their entirety from the outset, you start to imagine all sorts of things about the story. For instance, ‘How will the next episode progress, and how will my character change and what will happen to the character relationships?’ Especially since there’s a lot of anticipation for the romance between the two leads, I always wonder, ‘How will the romance develop in this drama?’ The one thing I can tell you all is, because this drama’s genre is fantasy-melo sageuk, it’ll probably have a much stronger melo inclination than my previous dramas.” Gulp. I’m not sure whether to look forward to it, or whether to start guarding myself for the sturm und drang.

Arang and the Magistrate airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in late July.

Via TV Report

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Can't wait for it!! I love Shin Mina

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Yupsss!! :D I really LOVE both of them :D Hope this drama will be definitely good!

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and I junki. this guy got some acting chops. the last drama of him was hero, is it? borderline on min a but she's cute n may be an effective ghost. pretty but creepy. heh.

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Can't wait for it!! I love Shin Mina!!! And the story seems like it be good!! Please don't disappoint

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I like them both,hope the writing holds up.

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I typically don't like melo stuff cause I like my escape methods to leave me happy. But this? I am so watching for no other reason than Lee Jun Ki and Shin Min Ah! So I am already mentally and emotionally preparing myself because I predict that the leads won't end up together unless they pull a MGIAG trick or something. Time to re-stock the kleenex - RTP, K2H, and QIHM wiped out my stash.

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Jajajaj!! Ditto!

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He looks so good in a hanbok.

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Looking forward to this, watching "The King and the Clown" recently has gotten me interested. :-)

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I just watched "The King and the Clown" for the first time this weekend! I hadn't been much of a LJK fan up until I saw it, but his acting blew me away. It's a must see movie. Really fantastic.

I'm happy he's making his comeback now that he's on my radar.

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Bah! You lucky girl.

Then again, if you discovered LJK too late, you'll be like the bajillionth person in line for him. :)

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i agree..hes really BEAUTIFULL in it

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why shin min ah always got role as a ghost or something like that?

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i was thinking the same thing! shin min ah but have a thing for playing supernatural characters

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Other than MGIAG, in what other drama was Shin Min-ah playing a ghost/supernatural character? I can't recall any.
:)

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She was a seer in Mawang! But that wasn't a good role, IMO; it was not down to her at all, but I thought the character was almost entirely superfluous in that drama.

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Not really.

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So looking forward to my LJK returning to drama! Happy Birthday to me!! (in July)

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I've been looking forward to this for months. With my fingers crossed,chanting "please don't suck!"

Come on July! :)

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So between this and Nice Guy its going to be Melo Wed-Thurs come July..lol...eitherways I'm totally in for both...its nice to see Jun Ki in sageuk mode again

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oooh! I like! I hope it's good. I'm looking forward to this one.

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REALLY hope there is romance between the 2 XD always wanted to see these two in a drama!

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Awesome pairing!!!!!!!! Cannot wait. So many great actors in dramas this summer!

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Lee Jun Ki!!! Yeeeeyyy... :) love them both. Can't wait for this drama to air.

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yay! so excited!

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i forgot...anyone know how many episodes this will be?

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20 episodes~!

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Shin Mina, Lee JunKi, and Yoo Seung Ho all in one drama??? MUST WATCH.

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apparently there's going to be 16 episodes.

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my first comment was supposed tp be a reply to @noemi's comment xD

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thanks :D

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He's looking good! So happies!

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Melo...OK I need to start checking my hear with doctor.
How much human heart can stand...
Kleenex back on shopping list!

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I love the top picture. He looks so manly and with the intense eyes...oh boy. Can't wait!

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I don't think LJK can ever really look "manly'

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I guess you haven't watched Time between dog and wolf? It's the drama that made me become LJK's fan-for-life;)

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MANLINER? I spot some manliner... Will it be epic manliner?

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He is always handsome as ever ♥.♥

my LJG, the staff, the story even the high-tech equipment, ahhhhh... can't wait for July 25th

And I heard that LJG at least won't die in the end ㅋㅋㅋ

LJG is the best Korean Actor for me, so I am so in to this drama♥♥♠

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He is always handsome as ever ♥.♥

my LJG, the staff, the story even the high-tech equipment, ahhhhh... can't wait for July 25th

And I heard that LJG at least won't die in the end ㅋㅋㅋ

LJG is the best Korean Actor for me, so I am so in to this drama♥♥

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I have high hopes that this will be good.

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he looks good in hanbok but will there be post-army abs scene???

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Shower scene isn't likely because of the lack of indoor plumbing back then... but you can hope for a waterfall scene as part of "training", right?

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MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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Can't waiiit for his comeback!!! Thanks for the news! :)

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i hope lee will show off his post army half naked body in this drama.... xixixi.....

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Haha. I suddenly associated this drama with My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox, though that's thanks to Shin Min Ah being the ghost. I just remembered that the drama Cha Dae-woong was staring in at the end was about a love story involving a ghost because "CGI was too expensive". There could've been some meta if Lee Seungi was in this haha.

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This could be really great if done right in a kind of Ghost and Mrs Muir type of style., one of my fav antique black and white movies.
Looking forward with a lot of hope it will be fantastic.

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Wahhhh..finally! I've been waiting for bridal mask and arang for a loong time, and now bridal mask is currently airing while arang is going to be soon. This year is heaven to me..since I also goy queen in hyun's man as a bonus!!

Araang. . I'm excited! Hopefully it will be airrd near the end of bridal mask, so that I can concentrate on each movie

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I hope it's a good drama. Lee Jun Ki & Shin Min Ah can be a good leading couple. Can't wait. :3

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I hope they are very selective with the music for it. It has to be very haunting and romantic at the same time. It is so very important if they want it to be a work that lasts for decades after they are done. It is possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRGgzLOnrlQ&feature=related

I wonder who they will choose to use to make music that should be that beautiful? Will be checking back here to see if anyone knows.

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I suspect it will be the same Music team behind Bad Guy (Kim Nam Gil)

Their selection are romantic but the "creepiness" is definitely there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj4rX09iaGQ

These kind of music is perfect for a drama in which a ghost or creepy scenes are involved. Just accompany this type of music with Joseon musical instrument and you got a good background music for this drama.

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OMG! I hope you they pick your choice, yes!

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Bravo!!! succesful, can't wait!!! birthday present 4 my!! Thanx Oppa! <333

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tq jb

Following comrade Joo Ji Hoon's - I am the king -
sageuk movie.

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This is bad for my mental health LOL. But, I am still watching it when it comes out hehehe...

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OMG! I think I just hyperventilated! Lee Jun Ki is so hot in that magistrate costume.

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I love LJK for always giving 100%, even if he goes a little overboard sometimes. And his gorgeous face will be epic, even if the drama isn't :)

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*sniffs* they are not going to end up together?

This shall be my only drama where I permit my lead to die, just so they can live happily ever after as immortals ... Yoo Seung Ho will let them be immortals right .... :/

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Waiting impatiently for Arang
guarding myself for the sturm und drang.

Lee Jun Ki has new abs
Shin Mina is always fabs.

It's tough to romance one who's dead.
Will we see Whoopi again instead?

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Took me a while to read the article because I was staring at the pretty picture at the top. Yum~!

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I heard that the writer wouldn't make EunOh dies, so may be Arang will come alive by the jade emperor's will,
or any idea??? But i am really sure that LJG could not die, i will cry hard if it happens ㅠㅠ

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Can't wait!!!!!!!!!

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so excited for Shin Mina. I hope the pacing of the story is same as Tree With Deep Roots.

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aahhh... you're getting my hopes up too high... *squeezing it downnn*

i really won't bet on it though. TWDR was too up there with the characters and storyline.

personally, i'll just be satisfied with a nicely developed stories and characters... unlike some big-hit-sageuk-earlier-this-year... (evil eye at u... u know who u are...)
and i'm a loyal lee junki sageuk audience... iljimae got me hooked on sageuk, so i'm definitely looking 4ward to his comeback. not to mention Shin MinA! *oh end of July, u will be the death of me*

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As long as it's not like a story with celestial bodies in the title hugging, I'm good.

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I'm actually not a lee jun ki fan but this story/storyline sounds so cool and interesting.. its not a typical korean historical period drama, which makes it intriguing.

I really want to check this out.. I'm a shin mina fan too but regardless of the actor/actress I'm still kinda willing to give this a try!

Thanks for posting! :)

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So looking forward to this one. The story sounds intriguing and I know LJK and Shin Mina can deliver the acting required.

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it good project for LJK, saeguk drama easily get good rating so he will not get to much pressure

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sorry my poor english and typo

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Jun Ki is looking mighty fine!! Ive missed him so much. I wasn't even into a year of my Junki fandom when he went into the army.

And the same happened with my Kang Dong Won love, which started months before he was enlisted too :(

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Definitely a MUST SEE in July!

Can't wait... He's one of my favorites! LJK is awesome. He looks mighty impressive in his sageuk costume.

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