Now that the hero’s had his introduction, we turn to Arang and the Magistrate’s heroine, Shin Mina, pictured in these latest stills wearing hanbok for her role as the murdered Arang seeking justice for her death.
Shin Mina said, “I’m so excited and happy [to do this drama] that I find myself waiting for filming days. It’s because it’s my first drama in two years, but also because the script is so entertaining and the cast and staff are all working so hard; the more expectations grow for the drama, the more I want to do a really good job. I’m enjoying every moment on the set.”
She described her character, Arang, as a plucky, bright personality, in a departure from the typical ghost character. But I don’t expect this kind of plucky to hew to the usual heroine types, who are often Candys (poor but hardworking and optimistic): “She’s cynical and coarse and reckless, and strong-headed to boot, but not in a hateful way; she’s a lovable character. She doesn’t remember who she was in her life, and struggles to get by in this world, desperately wanting to know the reason for her death.” Ah, so the plot just got a hair more interesting—the ghost doesn’t know why she’s hanging around, so it’s not strictly revenge she wants, but the truth.
It also seems that the ghost doesn’t exactly get a free ride, despite her non-living status, because Shin describes Arang’s experience as “struggling to live in this world” and fighting with other creatures over the bits of food that get thrown on the ground as a ritual to scare away ghosts. (Hm, so a bit of a Dead Like Me setup, where the characters still have to fend for themselves even after they’re dead).
Co-star and drama hero Lee Jun-ki previously described his first impression of Shin Mina as “seeing a celebrity.” As in, feeling her star power. Shin said the same goes for Lee: “I felt the same thing when I first saw Lee Jun-ki. A strength of his is that he’s always upbeat and positive on set. Because he’s always positive and enthusiastic, I get wrapped up in the energy too and it makes things pleasant for the other staffers.”
Shin describes Arang as a “fantasy-melo sageuk seasoned with comic elements.” Ah, finally a description that makes sense; I’d been wondering how to reconcile Lee’s particular mention of the strong melodramatic elements with the descriptions of scenes and setups that sounded inherently comical. She elaborated, “On the whole the atmosphere feels bright and healthy, but when you follow each character’s circumstances and emotional throughlines, you’ll also feel a different type of fun and emotion. Arang is much more three-dimensional a character than the ones I’ve played before.”
Arang and the Magistrate premieres in July.
Via Joy News
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