Do you ever wonder who would headline all the crime thrillers if Jung Jae-young weren’t around? Good thing we don’t have to find out, ’cause he’s moving right along from I Am A Murderer to the new adaptation of Wandering Blade, alongside a promising supporting cast: Lee Sung-min (Golden Time, The King 2 Hearts) and up-and-comer Seo Joon-young, who was most recently in To the Beautiful You, though he’s gotten much more recognition for his role in Bleak Night.
Wandering Blade will be the latest adaptation of mystery novelist Higashino Keigo’s work, right on the heels of Suspect X which is in theaters now. Either someone bought up all the rights in a package deal, or it’s just the trendy thing to do right now. Directing is Lee Jung-ho, of mystery thriller Bestseller.
Jung Jae-young actually doesn’t play a detective this time (Wandering side note: I wonder who’s played a homicide detective most often, just sheer count. Song Kang-ho? Jung Jae-young?) — this time he’s a dad who loses his daughter in a brutal murder. He goes after one of the killers and sorta kinda accidentally kills him (I say sorta kinda ’cause he’s clearly out for revenge; he just apparently gets lucky.) and then he goes on a warpath to find the others responsible.
Lee Sung-min plays a veteran detective on the case, and he ends up chasing Jung Jae-young down to try and prevent another murder. Seo Joon-young plays a rookie detective who actually takes Jung Jae-young’s side, and helps him track down the baddies. The dad avenging his daughter story is pretty overdone these days, but the cop angle is interesting — I like the divide between the older jaded cop and the younger idealistic one, and how their loyalties will be split by this one man. I don’t know how prominently it’ll figure into the overall story, but they’re the three headlining actors, so my guess is, enough to matter.
Wandering Blade starts shooting December 15, for a 2013 release.
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