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Yoon Kye-sang and Kim Ok-bin take on legal thriller
by | January 30, 2013 | 16 Comments

Based on a real-life event, there’s a new movie in the works called Minority Opinion, which has cast Yoon Kye-sang (Phungsan Dog, Best Love) in the lead with Kim Ok-bin (Actresses, Thirst) and Yoo Hae-jin (The Unjust, Moss) in supporting roles. It sounds like a taut legal drama, and drawing upon the Yongsan Incident a few years ago (which included civilian deaths) should give the project an added dose of emotional heft.

The Yongsan Incident occurred on January 20, 2009, as a group of apartment tenants protested their eviction when their building was slated for demolition and redevelopment. Police officers raided the building to forcibly remove the tenants from their rooftop protest, a fire broke out, and five residents were killed along with one officer. It took nearly a year for the case to be settled and compensation awarded to the deceased victims’ families.

A novel titled Minority Opinion was written about the incident, and that’ll be the basis of this movie, which is produced by Harimao Pictures (which made Level 7 Civil Servant’s film version). The project has recently finished casting and stars Yoon Kye-sang as a public defender who went into his career “without any particular motivation”; he just ended up there. He becomes the lawyer defending one of the tenants, Park Jae-ho, who killed an officer in a fury after his 16-year-old son was killed by the police in the raid. The police take the stance that they weren’t responsible for the death of the son, and that they were merely acting in the line of duty; the film explores the legal battle that ensues in the struggle to get to the truth.

Kim Ok-bin plays a passionate reporter who can’t stand to see injustice. Yoo Hae-jin is one of those actors who’s been in tons of really great films, putting in solid supporting performances, and he will be playing a sunbae lawyer to Yoon Kye-sang. Moreover, Lee Kyung-young, who was so wonderful as the new coroner Dr. Jo in Vampire Prosecutor 2, plays the father/defendant. Omg, just break our hearts already. He was amazing as the protective surrogate father swooping in in a righteous fury in that drama, and that was when he was fighting vampires; I can only imagine how devastating he’ll be playing a real-world version.

You may recall that Yoon Kye-sang’s next project was supposed to be the hilarious-sounding comedy film Acting Lessons, but production on that has been pushed back so he’s doing this movie first first. Minority Opinion plans to begin filming from March through May.

Via Star News, TV Report


16 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Annie

    Gah, I just want Yoon Kye Sang to do another drama 🙁

  2. canxi

    I like both of them! And Yoon Kye Sang, I miss you in Dramaland. Come back, come baaack! D’:

    • 2.1 Rashell

      Yes, please come back to dramaland as the first lead this time. It’s your turn to get the girl!

  3. Ayan

    Kye sang looks gorgeous in that picture…

  4. Tha

    This is a superb cast! Should be a drama instead…

    • 4.1 jomo

      I am pretty sure that YKS is THE hottest K actor in Ray Bans EVER!!

      • 4.1.1 Tha

        He sexy, period.

  5. Dewo

    Whether it’s a doctor or a lawyer, I’ll be there on Pil’s line…

  6. Mommai

    I’d be more excited if his movies were more available, but I’m glad he’s doing awesome work! Yoon Kye Sang is awesome!

  7. ajj

    Oh he’s not a doctor this time around but a lawyer.
    Yoon Kye Sang really looked intellectual that’s why he gets this roles.

    • 7.1 snow_white

      He looks intellectual in glasses and cute as well 😉

  8. ck1Oz

    Ehm is there a real life article of this incidence? Because I want to know what happened now without taking into account the movie.

  9. goldeng

    Sounds interesting! Lately the movies based in real life events are the trend! Oh boy.. Dr. jo is playing the father who wants justice for his son noww? Someone hand me a box of tissues please… Im still getting over dr. Jo and ji hye… So sad… *sobs*

  10. 10 bjharm

    interesting normally the police like the army seem pretty much a no touch zone in Korea. Politician and big companies are the normal targets, mainly because they are so hand in hand and corrupt I think korean just take stories of what they get up to in stride. Big company that do get court sentances just end up getting a pardon a few months later anyway. Of course in the bad ‘old’ korea it was the army the big familes companies and politician hand in hand, and I really do not think that really changed all that much, everyone steps small when the army in involved.

  11. 11 iZzie :)

    Please return YKS to dramaland… In exchange of Yoo Seung Ho going to the army. Please?
    and then have them both in a drama after YSH’s army duty. Please?

  12. 12 sleeplessinwgtn

    I miss YKS on the small screen as the lead. His last was ‘Who Are You?”, wasn’t it? I ‘fell in love’ with him in that drama.

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