Drama Casting & News
Level 7 Civil Servant’s ballroom flirting and agent training
by | January 7, 2013 | 90 Comments

Finally, a tux! Who’d have thought it’d be so hard to get a wannabe-James-Bond in a tuxedo, for pete’s sake? Priorities, Show. We’ve got more stills and teasers for spytastic rom-com Level 7 Civil Servant, featuring leads Joo-won and Choi Kang-hee in that one ballroom dancing scene that for some reason has to be in every single spy rom-com. You know the one: two spies dance while spying on neighboring diplomats/terrorists/informants waltzing nearby, stealth-attack henchmen while doing fancy dance moves learned at Spy Academy, heat up their sexual chemistry, catch all the bad guys, aaaaand big dip to finish. That’s storytelling economy for ya.

The other stills feature second lead Chansung in special ops training, led by Ahn Ne-sang and his lieutenant Jang Young-nam. The pair of them should be a riot together, though you wouldn’t know it from the stills. But you wouldn’t cast two comedic talents like them and waste them on buttoned-up serious roles, would you? Would you?

Overall the teasers give a good feel for the show — light, fast, heavy on the comedy and the action, thank goodness. The actors don’t seem afraid to look ridiculous, so I think we’re in for a good time. I’m ridiculously excited for Uhm Tae-woong’s cameo, just for the meta bromance alone.

The closer we get, the more my excitement level rises. Maybe I’m conflating my impatience for seeing Joo-won as 007 Lite with my anticipation for the show. Oh who’re we kidding. That pretty much encompasses all of my excitement for the show. Bye-bye melodramas, hello secret agent shenanigans!

Level 7 Civil Servant premieres January 23 on MBC.

Via Xports News


90 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ivoire

    Thank You!

  2. MapleAna

    So freaking excited to see Joo Won in this. I can’t wait for the shenanigans to begin!

  3. chane

    Why isn’t Jan 23 already?:(

  4. kaeseorin

    try saying “level 7 civil servant” five times fast lol

    • 4.1 saksimi

      I can’t even say it once w/out stuttering. Lol!!

    • 4.2 Nina

      Ahaha it’s a FAIL for me πŸ˜€

    • 4.3 Gon

      you ask for it, *level 7 ci!@#$%%#^&*~..TT.TT

  5. chane

    The 1st trailer is hilarious!!Love it.

    And, the 2nd trailer…OMG! Uhmforce!<3

    • 5.1 Ennayra

      I completely agree. πŸ™‚

    • 5.2 xenna

      Uhmforce is freaking hot.

  6. rainbow

    not liking choi kang hi’s hairstyle at all….

    • 6.1 Dongsaeng killer

      I truly don’t mind the hairstyle but her contacts are driving me nuts! What secret agent would be vain enough to wear eye-size enlargers? Every time I see her face I’m reminded that this is fake which is terrible for my viewing pleasure πŸ™

      • 6.1.1 skelly

        Oh, but those are no ordinary circle lenses, they have microchips with connection to her EYESpy MainFrame (TM) so she can gather information on everything she sees, cyborg-style. Just by dancing she has learned everything from his grades in high school to his inseam length…

        • Dongsaeng killer


  7. Maricel

    Joo won = i’m watching it!!! Nice preview πŸ™‚

  8. saksimi

    Joo Won!!!<3

  9. sweetmikhaella

    very excited for this drama…….

  10. 10 Ally

    Joo Won looks ridiculously hot and sexy in here. There’s something about his stern and no-smile look.. I can already imagine his sexy deep voice… *suddenly got reminded of his cute ageyo voice with his ridiculously adorable smile*

    OMG speaking of which, I wonder if Joo Won will have some ageyo in this drama, since it’s a rom-com. Please, writers? Haha.

    And Choi Kang-hee looks so pretty from her side profile. I’m so excited for the main couple, okay? Love him and her. Their chemistry is what I’m anticipating most for.

    And Uhm force, you sexy villian. YES, THE BROMANCE!

  11. 11 pigtookie

    I love Joo Won for picking action dramas… though I can’t imagine the stress on his body.

  12. 12 Abriel

    Her hairstyle during the ballroom scene really fits her face. I can’t wait to see Uhm Tae-Woong!!…and Joo Won of course LOL

  13. 13 aa

    At this point. I dont bother to look at the female lead anymore. LOL. But, seriously she’s not that bad. I love her interactions with her onscreen partner. Choi Kang Hee jjang!

    Bubbye to cold January. Hello sizzling hot January!!!

    3 hot guys in one drama. My boy Joo Won and Chan Sung and my adorkable oppa.. Uhm Tae Woong.

  14. 14 Yasmin

    23 jan, yes yes yes!! Last day of exams, I have been able to watch anything in aaages and this will be congratulatory present! Yippee ;D

  15. 15 R

    Thanks girlfriday !

    Can. Not. Wait.

  16. 16 Pitch

    The Teaser looks like fuuuun :)) IΒ΄m excited!

  17. 17 Laurita

    But why can’t the angry bad-ass heroine give a real punch to the hero, not that hand-to-face-clap? πŸ™

    As for other things – it looks good ( I want to see Tae-woong and the scene of Joo-Won’s “screaming/singing” – looks funny )

    • 17.1 kawaii_reaper

      Better yet, why can’t a smart, articulate heroine communicate her feelings without resulting to physical violence to prove her point? Women in Korean dramas result to violence as a way to communicate their emotions far too often. It’s cheap and tacky and frankly beneath any smart woman.

      • 17.1.1 canxi

        I agree but at the same we don’t know the context yet. Who knows if he was being a world class ass-hat & he just really needed some sense knocked into him. I still wouldn’t want or like her to slap him, of course, but I’d at least understand it.

      • 17.1.2 Laurita

        And there you got me :). That was a good point about smart women. (I guess I’m too much into dramas these days.)

  18. 18 ilikemangos

    the trailer is REALLY making me anticipate this show even more.
    looks like something that’s right up my alley.
    the action, the comedy, the romance.

  19. 19 fil

    It looks like Runaway: Plan B drama with same writer more style and less sense.

    • 19.1 Mystisith

      That’s my feeling 2.

    • 19.2 skelly

      Why didn’t anyone mention that this was the Runaway Plan B writer? Everyone talked about Chuno, which I never watched but plenty of people liked – but the storyline and characterization in Plan B was a disaster from beginning to end – confused, unfunny, cartoony. I looked it up in Dramawiki, and sure enough…sigh. My expectations have sunk even further.

      • 19.2.1 Mar

        Egads! I don’t recall picking up on that either but my brain is like a seive nowadays. Sigh.

  20. 20 coby

    EXCITED! good bye melodrama! I’ll watch 1n2d while waiting for this.

  21. 21 crazedlu

    nothing against choi kanghee, but all i can think when i see them together is, “noona.” whatervs. i’ll still be checking it out, hoping not to tune out.

  22. 22 xenna

    Thanks GF!!

  23. 23 Nina

    Ahhh I’m stoked!
    Why is Joo-won so gorgeous?! Those stills are melting me!!

  24. 24 Mystisith

    I’m happy to see Joo-won in a rom-com. The action scenes look cool. The main actress looks OK. I have low expectations, so surely I won’t be disappointed.

  25. 25 Imja

    Joo Won Can you be any hotter .. yes yes you can πŸ˜‰

  26. 26 canxi

    Ahn Nae Sang is everywheeeerreeeeeee! But, I love that guy. Also Choi Kang Hee is looking super beautiful here. I love love love her hair! *___*

  27. 27 lily

    chansung looks so.. confused

    • 27.1 skelly

      MTE! ‘Why do I have a gun? Why do I have this bright blue hat? Who am I???

    • 27.2 Star

      i just don’t see what you mean…

  28. 28 MariD

    I can’t wait!!!! I finally saw the movie and love it. From all the previews I seen, it seems like they are really just keeping the name and taking the show a different direction. Totally ok with it, can’t wait to watch it.

  29. 29 mΓΌge

    I’m really disappointed since I heard Choi Kang-hee would be the main actress. I have no idea what Korean people think of her but as far as I know and her ex-projects, I couldn’t like her. especially her eyes makes me uncomfortable, I don’t know how to express that feeling :S
    also, the age gape bothers me for the first time.
    anyway, I think I’ll skip the drama just because of her πŸ™

    • 29.1 tamagoxyaki

      Same here I was gonna watch this drama for joowon but I can’t bear with yet ANOTHER terrible female lead.I disliked her in protect the boss and it looks she’ll be ruining another drama.I have the same issue with school 2013 that show is awesome love lee jong suk,daniel choi,kim woo bin & park se young but I cannot stand jang nara’s acting/character.
      It’s a shame cause joowon and uhm tae woong are awesome actors but that’s not enough for me to put up with a shitty female lead(sorry If I offended anyone but that remains my opinion).

  30. 30 true2u

    I won’t watch the preview because my patience would wear thin just waiting!!!! A dancing scene is enough to peak my interest, Thanks to City Hall and SOAW!! and I also the cast!!! I’ve seen them in their previous roles.

  31. 31 latteholic

    I’m loving the teasers! Esp the part where Joo Won did that crazy shooting in the shooting range while kids are watching him and when he belts out that note while he’s listening to the music from his earphones (would be funny if it’s a ballad song or if Gil-ro can’t sing). Those serious stills really gave out the wrong impressions of the show! lol!
    Please come soon January 23!!

  32. 32 milkmustache

    Wow, I’m seriously so sick about people complaining about Choi Kang-hee on every single post about Level 7 Civil Servant. -_-

    • 32.1 maya

      I agree with you. She’s an awesome actress.

    • 32.2 latteholic

      Me too, actually. I was not excited when I heard she’ll be the main lead, but it’s been decided already so no amounts of complaints can change it. Either try to embrace it or stop the complaints… [and before anyone said anything, yes I know that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and you can either rant or rave here.. πŸ˜€ ]

    • 32.3 Annie

      Word. There’s no need to say the same thing over and over again.

    • 32.4 Mar

      I agree. It gets old. While she’s not my favorite actress all around, she’s great in tough girl and funny roles. I personally feel a lot of the complaints are really because of the real life age gap between her and the male lead. That’s just my perception. I don’t understand why that stuff bothers people. If the ages were reversed, I wonder if there would be as much worry. I’m one of the few that might watch this drama because of her, not him. He’s of little interest to me.

  33. 33 kfangurl

    I’m stoked! Joo Won looks adorable – & hot – and the whole thing looks refreshingly light and fun! Looking forward to this! πŸ˜€

    • 33.1 kfangurl

      Plus! Since I’ve only ever seen Chansung in High Kick, I find the stills of him looking badass really funny compared to his High Kick persona XD

      • 33.1.1 latteholic

        lol. now I can’t get rid of Chasung’s High Kick’s image from my head.. πŸ˜€

        • kfangurl

          whoopsie! But it IS hilarious isn’t it! XD

          • latteholic

            It is! I loved him there! πŸ˜€

  34. 34 Cindy

    they seriously dont look together….sorry TT_TT

  35. 35 catherine

    i’m still disappointed that they couldn’t get a younger main actress; it’s like how I couldn’t watch personal taste because the age gap looked too obvious

  36. 36 Bu Young

    lol, looks very fun (:

  37. 37 JC

    I wasn’t excited before, but after watching the trailers, I actually kind of am. πŸ˜€ Super excited to see Joowon in this, he looks so cool and different from his 1N2D self.

  38. 38 Annie

    I hope there’s more to the plot than simply a training regimen, but otherwise, it looks funny. I may be tuning in after all.

  39. 39 anabella

    I remembered Joowon said that he want to work with a girl whose the same age like him but unfortunately his wishes wasn’t granted. Disappointed perhaps joowonie boy? Better luck next time instead. Noona is a great actress. Just go with the flow.
    Thanks gf.

  40. 40 Sajen

    I don’t know about this one, I still don’t like Choi Kang-hee as an actress, I still have no opinion of Joo Won but who knows could be fun

  41. 41 Startulle

    Can’t wait!!!!!!!!

  42. 42 einay

    I’m ok with lead actress… noona or not she still ok and she even not look like 35yrs old to me.

  43. 43 Rita

    tq GF !

    CHASUNG !!!………….

  44. 44 Quiet Thought

    Sigh. Choi Kang-hee has the most awesome legs in all of East Asia. They should give her a ZZ Top theme . . . “She’s got legs . . . and she knows how to use them.”

    • 44.1 tamagoxyaki

      best legs in east asia??I just googled her legs and they’re nothing special no shape and too bony.Uee from AS has the best legs I’ve seen in k-ent.

  45. 45 asdjfkl

    AHAHA at the 0:12 mark :DD

  46. 46 leogirl

    This is the tux he wore to KBS Drama award on 31 Dec πŸ˜€ Hard working boy! Oh, I do love Choi Kang Hee since Protect The Boss, will root for this drama!

    • 46.1 mysticmalady

      THAT’S why I thought the suit looked familiar!! It’s been weighing on my mind for the past few days…
      Still, totally LOVE this grey + black trim tux =)

  47. 47 dewaanifordrama

    Joowoon in a tux…I am soooooo there…hopefully the drama is not too terrible. Is it too much to ask to have a funny, cute, spytastic drama that is actually good? Please?

    • 47.1 kfangurl

      He DOES look good in that tux doesn’t he? πŸ˜€ Dreamy & suave. Mm ^^

  48. 48 goldeng

    chansuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuungggg!!!!! *——* i cant wait!!

  49. 49 JoowonLover:P

    Wow, those stills of them dancing…. *melted into a pile of beautiful goo*

  50. 50 altair

    Love of my life? I mean, Joo Won? Is that you, darling? Soooo hansome. And talented. And again, why is it that the James Bond franchise failed so far to have an asian actor play the main character? Joo Won is right here, gentlemen. The drama looks good. JW looks GREAT. The female lead, Choi Kang-hee not so much. I only saw her in Protect the boss and her acting is good, BUT: MOM, is that you? What are you doing playing the female lead in a drama opposite Joo Won? She is 10 years his senior, but it looks like 20. Some actresses just look very young at 35. She does’t. The age gap will be an unwanted distraction for the viewers. I can’t imagine a kiss between those two.

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