Drama Casting & News
Kim Nam-gil and Sohn Ye-jin courted for revenge drama
by | March 7, 2013 | 85 Comments

Have we finally got a post-army comeback project in the works for Kim Nam-gil? It’s still in unconfirmed casting stages, but new KBS revenge drama Shark is after both Kim Nam-gil and Sohn Ye-jin to headline. It’s the latest project from the writer-director team behind Fermentation Family, Mawang (Devil), Resurrection, and ’90s series School. Shark will be the final installment of the Resurrection/Devil trilogy.

It’s slated to follow Kim Hye-soo’s rom-com God of the Workplace on Mondays/Tuesdays, but the casting on this one still sounds very iffy — both Kim Nam-gil and Sohn Ye-jin’s reps confirm that it’s a drama they’re looking at, but say that it’s just one of many potential projects. There’s very little info on the drama itself, but if it’s anything like Resurrection or Devil, there will be murder and mayhem, psychological twistiness, and lots of revenge. I wonder if Uhm Tae-woong would’ve just rounded out the trilogy and starred in Shark if he wasn’t playing Yi Sun-shin later this year.

I like the pairing, and it’d be great to see Kim Nam-gil — ahem, complete — a revenge thriller like Bad Guy and not have the story go to the loony bin on him. It’s been years away from dramaland for both of them, so this show would certainly make some waves if it could score the double comeback.

Shark is looking at a late-May or early-June premiere on KBS.

Via Hankook Ilbo


85 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. TS

    About friggin’ time!!!

    Kim. Nam. Gil.

    He is why I no longer watch anything in an Indo-European tongue.

  2. canxi

    *begging* *pleading*

  3. skelly

    YESSS!!!! Totally behind this one. I loved Mawang, and I loved the gentle redemption arc in Fermentation Family, and I love that they are casting older, experienced actors who actually look like they might possibly have something to be revengey about. Sorry, I just can’t get behind those cute baby faces trying to look conflicted.

    • 3.1 zsa

      we better not speak too soon, there’ll be one or two idols tucked in there and spoil our day….

    • 3.2 Steamy Bun

      “I love that they are casting older, experienced actors who actually look like they might possibly have something to be revengey about. Sorry, I just can’t get behind those cute baby faces trying to look conflicted”
      LOL and I so agree with this sentiment!

      Really looking forward to seeing Kim Nam Gil again, although naturally the revenge part makes me wary. And Sohn Ye Jin as well — I think she’s at her best in intense, dramatic roles as opposed to cute, romcom type roles.

  4. Lost

    Kim.Nam.Gil!!! OMG, please say yes!!!

  5. lemondoodle

    I’m kind of burned out on revenge dramas, but I like both of them…so conflicted.

  6. Faye

    As I said on twitter, just seeing the words “Kim Nam-Gil” and “revenge drama” in the same sentence is enough to give me hives after suffering through “Bad Guy’s” travesty of an ending. He’s a great actor, but talk about bad associations — think I’ll have to wait several eps into the actual drama to read reviews and see if it’s safe to give it a try :).

    • 6.1 pogo

      Well, I think it’ll be safe to say he won’t have to up and leave before the finale is shot this time, his MS is over and done πŸ˜€

      • 6.1.1 TS


      • 6.1.2 Faye

        pogo, I won’t start up years-old arguments, but IMO, his leaving for the military service was a shoddy excuse they used to justify that God-awful ending. Plenty could have happened to make it better even in his absence.

    • 6.2 skelly

      Faye, I was all set to completely avoid Queen In-hyun’s Man because I was scarred by Ji Hyun Woo in The Drama That Must Not Be Named…hated it, hated him in it. But glowing reports from the Beanut Gallery led me to give it a try, and now it is one of my favorite dramas, ever.
      So the moral of the story is yes, a good actor can be redeemed from a horrible past with a bad drama.

      • 6.2.1 Faye

        That’s on my “To See” list, Skelly, I’ll have to bump it up :).

  7. Kiara

    Woot Bidam is back. Wish it was a sageuk though. I dont like any of his modern dramas.

    • 7.1 canxi

      Nooo not saeguk. I just can’t ever get into them even if I want to. And I really like him in jeans.

      I’m hoping for a non-death ending for Kim Nam Gil the most, though. Like…let him live~ Let him prance into the sunset with a girl on his arm, gotdamn.

      • 7.1.1 Kiara

        Well, he is very popular today because of a sageuk drama. Hope the writers are good here because he is the kind of actor that can make a writer change the script/story to his favor.

      • 7.1.2 belleza

        Kim Nam Gil. Son Yeh Jin. The Mawang/Resurrection PD team.

        *Harlem Shake*

      • 7.1.3 belleza

        “I’m hoping for a non-death ending for Kim Nam Gil the most”

        Given that it’s the Resurrection writing team, KNG will probably die an sad, ugly death. POOR BIDAM. πŸ™

  8. ht

    SON FREAKING YE FREAKING JIN. And Kim Nam-gil. AND a story about revenge. Please make it happen, Mr. and Miss. Attractive. They would look so hot together.

    As a fan of SYJ, I have always wanted to see her act in darker roles since White Night, and also her improvement in every project she acts in. (because her acting disappointed me in The Tower :()

  9. pogo

    YES PLEASE Mawang was one of my favourite dramas ever and I need Son Ye-jin to be in a new drama that’s good so I can scrub Personal Taste from my brain.

  10. 10 Rashell

    I didn’t even read the article….I’M IN!!! These are two of my favs. I’d watch them weave baskets for 16 hours no problem. I really, really hope this happens!

    • 10.1 anniemo

      Indeed. I very rarely get ultra excited about casting, but that headline made me go “Ooooooooo!!!!!”. (Please drama gods, please! Don’t jinx my enthusiasm!)

      • 10.1.1 cris_gongju


        me three!

  11. 11 true2u

    Sohn Ye-jin? YYYEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She’s enough to get me to watch.

  12. 12 snow_white

    Son Ye Jin and Kim Nam Gil !! Great πŸ™‚

    but is it necessary to watch the earlier shows (Resurrection and Devil) in order to watch this one???

    • 12.1 TS

      Might as well start. We’ve time to kill until this begins. And why announce this casting unless it’s very likely to happen? (Fingers crossed, tapping wood, throw in any other gesture that might help move this along energetically.)

  13. 13 Meru

    Bidam opppaaaa!!!!!!! Just felt like saying that. Has he shaved his pornstache yet?

    • 13.1 Annie

      Nope. I’m praying it happens soon though tbh I’ve never seen a pic of him without it so for all we know the stache might be what seals the deal.

    • 13.2 TS

      No, and it does make him look a very dirty boy…

    • 13.3 canxi

      He shaved it after he got out of his military service! But, I think he must have grew it back by now, lol. Here is a pic:


      It’s like 5 years were also shaved off.

      • 13.3.1 gyeran.mari

        lol I thought that was KJW for a sec

        • canxi

          Haha, right? They look surprisingly alike.

      • 13.3.2 yammy

        omg. i couldn’t recognize him! and I watched (and re-watched) QSD all the way through from the beginning to end. wow, what a difference a mustache makes. I don’t know if i like him without it or with. hmmmm

        oh and, if he and Son Ye jin are the leads, i might check out the drama out, although i don’t watch a lot of revenge dramas….

  14. 14 comradeS

    I’ve been waiting for Shark to happen, and I loved both “Resurrection” and “The Devil” to bits, and having Kim Nam-gil and Son Ye-jin would be a dream come true!

    I’m crossing my fingers that it happens.

  15. 15 will work for soju

    I’m with Rashell and at this point will watch Kim Nam-gil weave baskets for 16 episodes. I really hope he gets a great drama to come back in and this one has potential. I was recently thinking about good leading ladies for him and Sohn Ye-jin and Shin Mina were at the top of the list. So yes, make this happen and if not, basket weaving is fine too.

  16. 16 Annie

    Yes, let’s make this happen although I will be sad-faced if this means he won’t be in ‘Swords and Flowers’ – looks like it’ll be KBS’ signature drama of 2013.

    As an aside, I’m so glad we’re no longer seeing the WTF pairings we were subject to in the past couple of years. Thank god for so many actors returning from the military.

    • 16.1 TS

      That’s the first I’m hearing about Swords and Flowers.” He’s supposed to be in that?

      • 16.1.1 Annie

        Yeah, apparently the producers were going after him pretty hard to make room in his schedule. Rumored female leads were Lee Min Jung or Goo Hye Sun (I wouldn’t put much store by the rumors though) but obviously neither of those 2 are available now.

        Although, from other websites I read, it seems that Shark is not likely to get a timeslot at KBS unless Son Ye Jin or someone with similar clout actually does sign on (I’m guessing Kim Nam Gil isn’t exactly compelling enough on his own to KBS) because some other drama has already been approved to air after Kim Hye Soo’s.

        So, for all we know at this point, this project will never materialize and Kim Nam Gil may have time for Swords and Flowers after all.

        • TS

          Wow, it’s like King of Dramas all over again!

          • bjharm

            just had a King of Drama idea, lets give Jang Nara a guest spot and fan the flames of who dating who, be perfect free promotion

  17. 17 bluemoon

    This is the best pairs. I hope it really happens.

    Can’t wait to see them together.

  18. 18 pogo

    And speaking of Kim Nam-gil, that OTHER hottie from Bad Guy a.k.a. Kim Jae Wook is almost done with his MS time and I hope he makes a return to dramaland, as a leading man this time….

    • 18.1 Annie

      If he were to be the lead for Moon Geun Young’s new sageuk, I would DIE from happiness. But instead we might get Jaejoong. This sucks.

      • 18.1.1 TS

        The hot guy from Protect the Boss? Anything he’s in works for me.

        Except Dr. Jin. Can’t bring myself to watch Dr. Jin.

      • 18.1.2 pogo

        oh god YES! YESSSS!!!!

      • 18.1.3 pogo

        oh god YES! YESSSS!!!!

        (I meant yes to the KJW part NOT the Jaejoong part!)

  19. 19 gratisetamore

    Yes, KNG is Bidam and his best drama ever. Don’t like his role in Bad Guy -wasted his talent.

    Goes the same for SYJ’s Personal Taste.

    Perhaps their previous drama concepts sounded fine but not its actual run. Though I liked the backdrop of cultural heritage house for PT

    • 19.1 TS

      He did well in the earlier episodes of that show like up to 9, I think, when he would be very silent, and communicate with his gaze much like a child growing up in a deaf household would.

      The rest of Bad Guy, oh well.

  20. 20 kopytko

    Good news!
    I like both actors (yay for grown-up people as the leads!) and I like the projects by the writer/director team. I don’ really mind the “revenge” aspect, as long as it doesn’t turn out ridiculous, but again the creative team seems reliable in that matter.

    Even if I am the only one in the world I must say it: I love KNG with his moustache!

    • 20.1 canxi

      I do, too! He’s one of the only actors who looks good with it. Maybe because it’s always there, LOL.

    • 20.2 beggar1015

      I have absolutely no problem with his pornstache. My problem was why it was taking so &@^# long to get this man back to work for my viewing pleasure!

  21. 21 Ann

    I read somewhere that the Yu Shin drama with Taewoong had been cancelled. Then he and KNG could star in the drama. It would be cool if they could go against each other in a modern setting.

  22. 22 Andy

    You had me at Son Ye Jin

    • 22.1 leaf

      she is the best korean actress

      • 22.1.1 Joy

        Yes, she’s one of my fav. Korean actress.

  23. 23 loveyoumomo


    I am all down for this pairing. KNG as Bidam stole my heart forever and SYJ is one of my favourite korean actresses. Watching them two fall in love and angst and revenge it up on screen would make my kdrama 2013.

    Let this be true!!!!!!! Come on dramagods.

  24. 24 browncoat_78

    I always get scared when I hear revenge drama. There is so much upside and sooooo much downside to that genre. They can be absolutely awesome like Mawang, Time Between Dog and Wolf and City Hunter or they can be watchable hot messes like Bad Guy or Equator Man or they can just be downright horrible like A Man Called God or Temptation of an Angel. But seeing as this is from the team that brought us Resurrection and Mawang my hopes are HIGH! If this casting actually pans out, I will be soooooo happy! Please, please, please!

  25. 25 avocadooo

    That’s one hot pair! I’m too KNG deprived. Loved him as Bidam! but revenge drama is not my cup of tea.

  26. 26 aX04

    I’m all for this pairing! I love Son Ye Jin and I really don’t mind Kim Nam Gil! πŸ˜€

  27. 27 Skyblaze77

    SON YEJIN!!!
    I don’t particularly mind Kim Nam Gil(he’s a great actor but his moustache annoys the hell out of me for some reason) but I can’t help wishing the Uhmforce was on this-just imagine him and Son Yejin! I would totally love that pairing~

  28. 28 tha


  29. 29 melo.boy

    ummm why so angry on moustache ..?
    moustache is really cool(its no taboo in India atleast !) .
    even Bad Guy is cool !

    • 29.1 PonderWoman

      How about running a survey on KNG Moustache? Yay or Nay…

      • 29.1.1 cris_gongju

        mustache or not, he is still Kim Nam Gil. My first love.

  30. 30 PonderWoman

    KNG OMG!!!

    He’s #1 in my Jalgeum list!

    Please make this happen! A bit of request though.. i’d like to see him Bidam-like in modern setting.

  31. 31 eny

    like his acting, love his drama queen seundeok and bad guy, wish this drama as good as his previous project

  32. 32 Abbie

    I like Kim Nam-gil in The Great Queen Seondeok, but I wasn’t all that impressed with him in Bad Guy. I hope he is in this drama, though.

  33. 33 Ladymoonstone143

    Oh yes please ! Count me in…

    I never regain my heart after I watched him on TGQS…lol

  34. 34 altair

    Oh.My.God. Kim Nam Gil!! Long time no see on the tv screen! I missed you sooo much! I will watch your drama, whatever it is!

  35. 35 Yeo Dongsaeng

    I hope oppa KNG accepts it. It’s been soo looooooooooooooooooooong since the last time we’ve seen him in a drama series. I miss his sly smile. (of course, I miss his great acting skills as well) Oh my gosh! Whatever drama it is, as long as it’s going to get him back on the limelight, them I’m all out for him! I miss oppa!! And I hope he will have scenes showcasing his just-got-back-from-the-military abs. HAHAHAHA!!!

  36. 36 susan sia

    oh great! but will not hope so much. dont want to get disappointed again with SYJ casting her in Missing you and then goes pfftt…keeping fingers crossed till the next announcement.

  37. 37 im_eve

    Their cf was already hot..so YEAH!!! GO hotter!

  38. 38 korfan

    Kim Nam-gil!! …… there’s always time for Kim Nam-gil.

  39. 39 Vanice


    Kim Nam Gil, YES !!, Sohn ye-jin , NO !!.

  40. 40 Aditi

    Why such a serious drama again!!!!???????? He has such a cheerful personality yet always comes up with the most tragic and dark character ever. Please my dear dear Kim Nam Gil, please don’t die in this drama. After seeing you die in Portrait of a beauty, Queen Seon Deok and Bad GUy, i am in no state to cry over your death all over again. So please live!

  41. 41 saari

    waww final installment after ressurecction-devil, i’m on it. Having SYJ-KNG in one frame is bonus.
    Really waiting for great revenge drama again..

  42. 42 Jess

    This morning, I thought about Kim Nam Gil and started watching some of my favorite scenes from Nappun Namja. Then I wished I’d see him back in drama-land. ‘Cause he so fine. Well, here’s to wishing it’ll come true! And yes, I like the pairing as well!

  43. 43 cimori

    KIM NA GIL = BI DAM WELCOME BACK !!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ yippi huray, i missed u for a long time, and hope thats news comes true. πŸ™‚

  44. 44 Addicted to KIMNAMGIL

    yeah! i’ve been waiting for this! i’ve missed kim nam Gil so much im so excited with his new project!

  45. 45 kevincostner

    wtf syj is low key and kng no comment

  46. 46 kimlo

    I don’t like the casting, i think will not be a great pair… the female must be changed!!!

  47. 47 Catherine

    Welcome back Kim Nam Gil. Pls no more die drama for us
    .always die in drama .my heart can not afford …….

    • 47.1 cris_gongju

      amen to that. ^_^

  48. 48 cris_gongju

    Kim Nam Gil THE THIEF?!

    Absolutely, YES!
    I would gladly let him still my heart over and over.
    Just give him the scripts.

    Pronto! ^_^

  49. 49 iohanna

    best actors! most anticipated korean drama!

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