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Sung Hoon as Faith’s mysterious killer

Ah, finally a bit more information on Faith’s Legolas, by which I mean the mysterious white-haired ethereal character we first caught a glimpse of in the drama’s preview. The promo attention for this show has mostly been centered around the two main leads, Lee Min-ho and Kim Hee-sun, as well as the reunion of Legend/Sandglass/Eyes of Dawn’s writer and PD. But now that the premiere is nearing, I’m happy to turn my attentions to the supporting characters, since this is a grand-scale blockbuster bound to be populated with many of them.

The white-haired flute-player is Chun Eum-ja, played by Sung Hoon, a relative newcomer who garnered some attention for his role in weekend drama New Gisaeng Story. In Faith, he plays a stealthy fighter who kills… using the sound of his daegeum, the bamboo flute he carries with him. Ha, like Gaksital but sneakier.

Chun Eum-ja has royal blood, but he isn’t the ambitious power-hungry type like his eldest brother Ki-chul, played by Yoo Oh-sung, pictured below in the white coat. The only thing that matters to this maknae brother are his siblings and his flute. Otherwise, he’s described as emotionless and poker-faced.

Another sibling is the character Hwasooin, played by Shin Eun-jung, dressed in red below. As we can glean from the promos and trailers, Faith is definitely working the fantasy angle, with mystical beings and otherworldly powers, as this trio demonstrates. Ki-chul is a master manipulator of people—and I mean manipulate in a mind-control sort of way, not in a persuasive argument way—and can freeze them with a touch of his hand or compel people to bow down in worship. Handy, that.

Hwasooin, meanwhile, has the ability to manipulate fire, which makes her dangerous and powerful. Yay for badass ladies, and for strong villains who give our heroes a real run for their money. Because sure, our hero’s a fearless trained warrior, but what good is he against mind-controllers and mystics? Maybe he can smuggle some futuristic earplugs out of the future along with the doctor he kidnaps, like noise-canceling headphones to enable him to fight the pretty flutist with swords rather than sounds. Hey, if you luck into a wormhole, you may as well milk it, right?

Sung Hoon said of his character, “He’s a person who’s more interested in animals than in people. That’s why he’s indifferent and stoic and doesn’t have much of a problem with killing people. With his inscrutable, mysterious vibe, I find the character to be really appealing.”

Faith premieres August 13 on SBS.

Via Osen, Sports Chosun

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So that's how he kills with his flute.

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Hahaha... Now that's a witty comment ;-)

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At night, he uses another kind of flute to kill only the women. ;)

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LOL

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LOL. How pity...He is more interested in animals than women?

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ha, bring on the flute jokes.

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OMG. LOL

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I look at that bamboo flute and all I can think of is that's a fine-looking stethescope. Dr Jin, what have you done to me?

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I am so excited for this drama! It's so unique - I'm even more excited with the inclusion of "mystical beings" as javabeans put it...And to be honest, I squealed like a fangirl when I first saw the still with Sung Hoon's Eum-ja character...so with even more information, he looks like he will be very interesting ^^

Gah, I can't wait! August 13 can't come quickly enough...and I totally thought it premiered on the 15th, so this just made my day, haha.

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oh my gosh! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hungering for this drama to start. I seriously love blond ethereal elf types. Picked up the penchant in all those final fantasy movies. Also like that unemotional stoic DATA vibe. Waiting is sooooooooooo hard.

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ヘ(^_^ヘ) (ノ^_^)ノ

Can't wait! Dancing at the news!

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Anyone else getting Yunoki vibes from La Corda D'Oro?

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oh that guy, at the begining of the anime I liked him a lot, but then I was shocked @[email protected]

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though with white coloured hair

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This looks like a really wonderful drama, I love fantasy stuff
n_n I'll be waiting for it.

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So thrilled to finally have what I consider a genuine, full-out fantasy drama! Had no idea The Legend was also fantasy until recently, with all the news about Faith. I'm downloading the 720p version now, cause fantasy required high-def video!!! :D

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@Stacy,

Any chance you could let me know where you're getting that from? I've been meaning to watch it for some time and I'd also prefer hi def.

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Yeah, I would like to know that as well.

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Ha. It's like a live action anime. Got my attention!

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True that! And I'm lovin' how it's shaping up :3

"Hwasooin, meanwhile, has the ability to manipulate fire, which makes her dangerous and powerful."
--> who else thought "Avatar"/ Firebending ?
Zuko FTW !

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Agreed. Totally remind me of all those final fantasy games and movies, and fantasy amines. So excited, i can't wait to watch this

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reminds of fushigi yuugi/curious play...amiboshi was it? the twin with the flute? the sister reminded me of soy...^_^

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if you're watch chinese dramas, this type of mystical beings have been done to death already.

excited that Korea has finally stepped into this genre!

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lol I was just thinking about that.

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Yes, I agreed with this too. I used to watch lots of them when I was younger, but now I am excited that Korean dramas are adapting this genre now.

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I almost watched New Tales of Gisaeng for him

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I DID watch NTOG for him!!!

What's not to like: tall, handsome, deep voice, piercing eyes; the total package. Those who saw NTOG, on with the flute jokes!

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anybody got that feeling of "arrang and the magistrate" feeling that his looks, hair, and everything is like the so called god yoo seung ho?!

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my first impression is same with you

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I was thinking the same thing! Actually, I mixed the characters up in my head wondering how that good-guy (Arang) is now a murderer.

I wonder if fantasy saegeuks will be the trend for the season like time-traveling was/is.

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In the last pic is that lady just short or is he really tall?? o.o

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I know - I was going to ask if that was a little kid standing there - he's like...his entire THIGH BONE taller than that person!

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He is pretty tall, about 184cm so that's around 6 feet.

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i think he's really tall. mostly Korean actor is above 180. and common people aprox 150-165. cmiiw.

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He’s a person who’s more interested in animals than in people..

Andre!

Sorry, I couldn't help the New Gisaeng Story reference.

Looking forward to this.

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At this point I don't gette the use of the doctor from the future, is she gonna be a new Dr Jin?

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Well, with all the killers and warriors wandering around it can't hurt to have some more healers right?

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Considering the genre, it's surprising that they don't have some miracle healers wandering around too, those who can use "qi" or magical potions to cure all ills. A plastic surgeon seems pretty useless, unless she's needed to repair the fire damage caused by "Ms Pyro"?

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Or maybe she is the miracle healer which was born in a different generation?

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She's maybe a "Chosen One"' of some sorts...
Like she has inner powers, or a shaman told our warrior Min-ho to go grab her ass back to their period...

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Yeah, I was wondering about that but then I think by the end of the Drama there will be another reason she was chosen by the magic. Maybe she'll be saving the kingdom with some hidden ability rather than her ability to do a good nose job.

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And now I have images of Saint Seiya in my head: A few knights killed with music instruments in it. Who remembers them?
http://www.deathms3.altervista.org/mime/mim130.jpg
http://members.xoom.it/deathms2/sorento/sor105.jpg

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I hope the score is good.
Nothing can break a fantasy show of any kind like heavy handed !!FANTASY!! soundtrack.

We need more daegeum and gayageum and not a lot of sythesizer, please.
I loved the drums (my heart speeds up just remembering them!) from the Arrow film. I loved that whole film actually.
This is the second time I have mentioned it in a Faith post.

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I hear it's a killer.

Bah DUM bum.

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Legend was scored by the same composer who does all of Miyazaki's films, so perhaps he will score this as well? It's not necessarily traditional music (though I know he does use traditional japanese instruments in his orchestration on occasion) but it is more low-key than some others.

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Joe Hisaishi?!?! Oh my goodness, it would be amazing if he would he scored Faith too...love his work!

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Ooh I love Joe Hisaishi as well, he's just phenomenal!!
I seriously doubt he'll score this drama, but if he does, that would just blow my mind~

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That would be awesome if he did Faith.

Nothing sounds like a Miyazaki film but another Miyazaki film.

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White haired mysterious killer + fire wielding lady villain + Time travelling doctor? It's like someone mashed together Legend and Dr. Jin. So...this will either be epically awesome or a total trainwreck?

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Thank you for the news!

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Aha!

I've just realised that for quite a while now I've been confusing the white-haired dude in Faith for Yoo Seung-ho from Arang and the Magistrate; I had wondered why the Jade Emperor was playing a flute (and why his hair switched from white to dark - but I thought that it was, y'know, like a biological mood ring or something).

So I now feel less confused, but also a little disappointed. *g*

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... it is all about the hair.. :)

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..lol... gorgeous
wigg or extentions I wonder

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Fire-wielding lady? :-o Suddenly remembered Kiha (Moon So Ri) from Legend.

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OMG. Eum-ja is SOOO my favorite character already. I swear, he looks like he just walked about of an anime or something <3 <3 <3

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Can Aug 13 so near yet SOOOO FAAARR!!!

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He looks awesome (yes, like totally out of an anime or a manga)! I dig characters like that - I don't even care how evil a killer he might be!

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This is why I was thrilled to see Song Ji-nah being put on as the writer for 'Faith'. There are so many (lately) dramas being described as having a fantasy element - particularly with all the time-travel dramas, that just kind of fail to play up that aspect with actual fantasy happenings. It's why I loved 'Legend' - there was fantasy up the yin-yang with that one, particularly with Phillip Lee's character with his creepy helmet and his all-kill weapon.

Provided that everyone involved with 'Faith' stays away from all recreational substances from the 'Dr. Jin' writer's room, 'Faith' could be shaping up to be a classic.

Can't wait.
:)

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i love how both this drama and Faith are stepping it up in the fantasy department...now where are my Ryu Duk Hwan stills, show???

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This keeps getting more interesting. I didn't think they would go all out fantasy beyond the whole wormhole bit. Awesome.

So maybe he should really invest in a fire extinguisher, some sort of long distance weaponry, and ear plugs.

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Looks like the cover-one-eye hairstyle is really in fashion...Both the flute-player and the general are sporting it...O_O

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:D is it August 13 yet???

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A little concerned on scope here with all the fantasy mystical killing powers. I mean seriously, whose taking point on mystical badassery on Lee Min Ho's team? This could be epic happy making or an epic convoluted fail. Hoping for the best.

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am i the only one who is excited about everything in this drama except the female lead?

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WOT WOOOOTTTT
EXCITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It looks awsome! I dig their appeareance.. it's the first time I see this kind of style in kdrama....

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The costumes are beautiful! I'm looking forward to this drama because I love fantasy :)

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I like the look of the lady with the umbrella. I'm curious about her character.

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So excited for this drama. I've never watched a kdrama that's actually fantasyFANTASY before.

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This show just keeps sounding better and better. The next few weeks are going to be so much fun! Just don't disappoint me show. Just...don't.

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Awesome. I cant wait.

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This show sounds very appealing! The magic flute and other mystical power plus the two ridiculously good looking leads hits all the right button for me! Cant. wait.

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Whoot. Just got here today and saw this. Saw the news this morning and wrote about it, too. I was really excited reading about it since I didn't realize there were going be magical people as well. I didn't know they were going to be siblings though--thass even mo' ehcitin'~! The mind manipulation is also new to me.

Lee Min Ho should definitely have some powers or something or I'm going to probably be rooting for the baddies. I mean, I just don't think you can go up against mind manipulation or fire or daegeum sound waves (!!!) with just sword skills and armor.

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I'm starting to like FAith for:

1, the fantasy concept. So awsome! Finally, something different!

2, Lee min hot! ^^ Anything he is in is just great!

3, Soooooooo many eye candies! wowseer!

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I am compelled to watch this because of my love of saeguks and lee min ho but I hope the fantasy stuff doesn't get unbearably cheesy.........silver haired guy really resemble an anime hero....:sigh:

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I am compelled to watch this because of my love of saeguks and lee min ho but I hope the fantasy stuff doesn't get unbearably cheesy.........silver haired guy really resemble an anime hero....:sigh:
Reminds of some cheesy Chinese fantasy drama...

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So this is a fantasy, time-travelling saeguk then? This got me interested and with such powerful villains this got me more interested to watch!!!

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Miss U sung hoon.I'm fans from Thailand ^_*

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She kinda looks like Idy Chan of The 80s HKTVB historical dramas...

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Sung hoon^^ i fell in love with him in New gisaeng! He did pretty okay on that considering he had no prior acting experience. Boy did he beg...

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Ugh, what is about silver-haired dudes in ancient series that get me all the time?! I watch Chinese ancient series a lot, and I always fall for that type, and they are always baddies. :\ I have a feeling he's going to take some attention from Min-ho for me.

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Woaaaah!! It's COOOL when this actor Sung Hoon look so good-looking with this whi-i-i-i-ite hairstyle! Ah! It remind me of Japanese actor Osamu Mukai in that 2009 drama Mei-chan no Shitsuji!!! :D :D

I will try to watch this drama when I have time! 0__^ v

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I'm going to watch,i'll watch anything with Sung Hoon so i don't have to rewatch some parts in "New tales of Gisange" all the time :)

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super love himmmm !!!!

tooo bad a cool man like him interested MORE in animal than in man (and woman)

oh drama, why are you sooooo cruel T.T

a cool guy like him should get his woman right, right, right

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