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Kim Soo-hyun plays the fool for Covertly, Grandly’s first teaser
by | April 17, 2013 | 79 Comments

Thank goodness Covertly, Grandly looks hilarious, which is a relief since there are two ways this kind of wacky, outrageous premise can go: awesome, or cringeworthy. The movie is a spy-action-comedy starring Kim Soo-hyun (The Moon That Embraces the Sun) as an elite, even legendary North Korean spy sent on a mission to South Korea… with a cover as the village idiot. HA.

We get to see both sides in the new teaser released this week, where we first see him dressed in his military uniform and receiving orders. He takes his job seriously, even when that means playing the fool, grinning doofily and tripping all over himself as he establishes his new persona. Gone is the sharp agent Won Ryu-hwan, to be replaced with that shabby green tracksuit, a messy bowl cut, and the much less cool-sounding name of Bang Dong-gu.

But then! One day the phone rings, and he’s called into action. Enter two other North Korean agents, played by Park Ki-woong (Gaksital) and Lee Hyun-woo (To the Beautiful You). They’re also operating under their own disguised identities — Park Ki-woong’s orangey hair is thanks to his idol-wannabe cover, while Lee Hyun-woo plays a strictly disciplined spy who’s disguised as a flower boy high school student. Haha.

The teaser is super short, but I do find it a relief to see that the action bits look more cool than silly. That’s always the risk you run when smashing together the action and comedy genres (cautionary tales: Myung-wol the Spy, Level 7 Civil Servant — the drama, that is), though when you do it well it all adds up to brisk, fun summer blockbuster. It probably isn’t a movie you’ll want to analyze to pieces, but as a popcorn flick with tons of laughs (and an eye candy cast comprised of pretty boys who are actually talented actors) — I’m there.

It looks as though the production is preparing to unleash a barrage of promos and teasers in the coming days; their website denotes nine teasers in all, each with their own launch date. The first was released this week, and the second will be unveiled next Monday. I’m sure we can expect a steady stream leading up to the film’s June release.

Via Star News


79 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ck1Oz

    Can I just paw the screen when he is in that hot uniform?

    Not so much when he is wearing the Rooftop Prince green ??? whatchamacallit thingy.

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      lol.. I just have this crazy image of you really doing that. Flower boys unite!

  2. Stardust

    LOL LOL i wanna see this movie!! I hope it gets released here too!

  3. lee_junne

    So exited for this!

  4. Manin

    Ohh, hope this will come out with English subs at some point. I really want to see this one now!

  5. Peridot

    I want to see this!

  6. chickenwing

    OMG the hair!!

  7. Aiya

    YAY! Looking forward to this! I’m more thrilled with Park Ki-woong’s idol disguise. Haha. This movie would be fun, that I’m sure of! 🙂

    • 7.1 chane

      I’m watching this mainly for Park Ki Woong, and it’s his last movie before he goes to the army on Oct!:(

      • 7.1.1 Shiku

        Say it ain’t so! He is leaving!

      • 7.1.2 DarknessEyes

        omg what??? This is the first I’m hearing of this…

      • 7.1.3 redfox

        awww Park Ki Woong! I absolutely love him and it is not exaggeration. not romantically. he is one of those talented people in this lovely world who you would want to protect and care for like a mother lion. you know, like make sure the path is clear and relieve all stress and just would want to assist if you knew how and if it were possible. that is a rare talent.
        and with the situation between two Koreas, I worry for everyone who goes to army in the South …

        • Aiya

          Noooo! Shunji will surely be missed!! I can’t still forget his role in Gaksital. Btw, PKW already had the idol character in Full House, I hope with the idol-in-disguise antic, this time it would be ridiculously better. Who’s excited? 😀

          Redfox, you’re totally right with Park Ki-woong’s talent. His range of talent is the best thing you would love about this guy. 🙂 As for the war between two Koreas, we should blame the Kims for that! Lol.

          • Miss D

            So I watched both Full House 2 and Gaksital at the same time…biggest mind blown ever!!!! Park Ki Woong is such a fabulous actor that he totally managed to play the tragic villain that was Shunji while pulling off the love struck idol. Basically, he is freakin amazing and I can’t wait to see him.

            But noooOoOoOOoOOoOooooooooo I didn’t know he was going to the army! I just found him…..*SIGH*

            At least Kim Soo-hyun will still be around. Yum.

          • kiana

            @Miss D

            Totally agree, biggest mind blown ever, even bigger than Joo Won in 1N2D and Gaksital….2 years is a long time w/out our Shunji!:)

      • 7.1.4 Chimera

        Nooooo… not park ki woong too! How will I survive without his awesomey goodness for two whole freakin’ years?! Wahhhhhh…. T_T

        Please somebody sub this movie. Please let this movie be good. Please let park ki woong be awesome in it. Please…

      • 7.1.5 D

        lalalalalalalalalalalalal… i didnt hear you…..

    • 7.2 Alvina

      Absolutely watching this for PKW especially. Love that guy.

  8. Mystisith

    This looks so FUN!
    Also, the uniform effect: It works.

    • 8.1 kfangurl

      That it does ^^ I rewatched the beginning of the trailer just to get another eyeful of the uniform ;D

  9. Kiara

    LOL, it’s nice to see that side of Kim Soo-hyun.

  10. 10 ryoko

    Is that last picture of Lee Hyun-woo? I’m having trouble recognizing him without that awful mushroom haircut from To The Beautiful You. XD And Park Ki-woong with orange hair again? At least it isn’t permed. I wonder if the writer came up with the idea for his idol cover after seeing Full House 2…

    I can’t wait to see this movie.

  11. 11 Belle3005

    I WANNA WATCH THIS! Kim Soohyun’s character is giving me some of the Pabo vibes I felt for Cha Taehyun’s character in Pabo. Excited!!! 😀

  12. 12 Hee

    Kim Soo-hyun look so adorable in that bowl like cut!! Very excited and can’t wait to check it out!!

  13. 13 Panda

    If you guys notice, their disguise identities in this film is portraying their characters in their previous dramas.

    Park Ki-woong disguising as his character from Full House 2 &
    Lee Hyun-woo as his pretty boy character from To the Beautiful You. LOLS

    • 13.1 kdwkyah

      oh wow!
      and i guess kim soo hyun = sam dong country boy
      does that work? lol

  14. 14 snow_white

    This movie sounds like so much fun..
    And kim soo hyun!!! : )

  15. 15 PSY

    park ki woong!!! hope they release the full trailer soon.

  16. 16 emmy

    The premise sounds hilarious!

  17. 17 c_gunawan541

    This looks cute and I love the cast, can’t wait to watch!

  18. 18 lalalala

    is it just me or does anybody else notice that lee hyun woo kinda looks like GD especially when he changed his hairstyle in to the beautiful you? 🙂

  19. 19 kfangurl

    This looks like so much fun!! 😀 I am SO in! 😀 And yes, Kim Soo Hyun in that uniform.. hawt <3

  20. 20 alua

    Looking forward to this one, and other future KSH projects. I really hope he keeps picking projects that stretch him to the fullest of his abilities.

    This sounds like mainstream fare, but if it’s done well it could be fabulous fun and with the two contrasting sides (spy vs. fool) KSH should be able to show quite a bit of his acting range.

    I like his village fool look, reminds me of Sam-dong times (before the haircut) and that’s a sweet memory!

    • 20.1 JoAnne

      I agree – this looks like a LOT of fun and the type of movie to be a summer blockbuster – a la Bad Boys here several years ago

      • 20.1.1 alua

        I wish it were/would be a summer blockbuster here…

        But if it does well in Korea, there’s a good chance it could end up at London Korean Film Festival in the autumn.

        • eny

          it’s look fun but not really awesome

    • 20.2 Belle3005

      Indeed. Back then when I watched Dream High,I mainly tuned in for Samdong. Back then,it was like a breath of fresh of air seeing him bring the sincerity and a certain air of loofness to it. THE MEMORIES. I absolutely adored Samdong even back from his country bumpkin days. HE WAS THE STAR OF THE SHOW.

      • 20.2.1 alua

        So true… he was such a cutie country bumpkin pie!

        (and I actually preferred his country bumpkin hairstyle too!)

        *sighs happily*

  21. 21 DAEBAK!

    adds to list!

  22. 22 lemonade candy

    yes to the pretty! let’s watch this!

  23. 23 Russe12

    Sooooo excited for this! How many years will it be until I get to watch? 😛

  24. 24 DayDreamer

    This looks so awesome!!! I can’t wait until the subs are released….and Park Ki Woong actually looks good with the orange hair here.

  25. 25 DarknessEyes

    The premise sounds hilarious, and then we also get Park Ki Woong and Lee Hyun Woo? I’m so sold.
    Can’t wait till this comes out…. though it will probably be like years till it gets online with subs D:

  26. 26 BellaMafia

    uggghh.. that damn pokemon! Anyway, I was wondering why PKW had orange hair a few months ago, apparently it’s for this movie.

  27. 27 Qwerty

    damn, another one? Is it just me or does South Korea make a looot of movies about North Korean spies… lol
    well in any case, this looks like it’ll be good 😀

    • 27.1 skelly

      I was wondering about that…given the current heightened tensions, including threats of war, nuclear missile tests, and the shutdown of the North/South manufacturing facility.
      Will audiences be attracted to a comedic look at North/South relations, or will they be repelled by the trivialization of the current situation?

      • 27.1.1 bernie

        people in korea aren’t nearly as worried about things as people in like, the US are. its business as usual here.. i’d be more surprised if the NK/SK theme did deter people from seeing it, tbh

  28. 28 secretlyaddicted

    love this already. very talented actors indeed. i am so in. <3

  29. 29 gg

    Kim Soo Hun my love! <3

    • 29.1 gg


  30. 30 jubilantia

    Holy moly, this looks AMAAAAAZING. Can’t wait!

  31. 31 hahahahaha

    thank youuu soo much!Im so excited to see this film which i believed i will see next year…waaaaaa

  32. 32 pigtookie

    he looks so good!

    km soo hyun, park ki woong, and lee hyun woo?? that’s a lot of eyecandy right there.

  33. 33 Hannah

    I’m more excited about Hyunwoo than Soohyun, I miss that kid from TTBY.

  34. 34 dduk

    AAAHHHH! Kim soo hyun! Park Ki Woong! Lee Hyun Woo!
    omg. not going to lie when soohyun gave that goofy smile i automatically thought of samdong from dream high lol

  35. 35 rheina07

    i’m sorry to said this.

    but, i still hate that orange hair on park ki woong’s head T.T

  36. 36 springwind

    kim soo hyun oppa,, miss him so much 😀

  37. 37 Mymymai

    Omona, want now!

  38. 38 Mia

    I love all three! must watch this. LOL it’s so hilarious how serious it all is! (if that makes sense)

  39. 39 BlueStars

    This looks good. Also, yay, Kim Soo Hyun has his country boy hairstyle once again. XD

  40. 40 red_pill

    I can’t wait to watch this! I have the 2-volume book version of the original webtoon (with the same name) and love it to bits. I’ve read the story three times and still cry each time. The story is certainly hilarious and has a comedic slant, but its greater appeal is its heart and warmth that will make you bawl like a baby.

  41. 41 Mar

    This looks just fun and yummy. Love these guys.

    Kim Soo-hyun is right up there with Hyun Bin as top crying dood ever.

  42. 42 emilydark

    This looks so fun. I can’t wait to see this!!!

  43. 43 Ashley

    Three amazing actors in one movie playing two characters each. Definitely a must-see movie.

  44. 44 anicheung

    Sigh. Another movie I have to wait desperately for to come out with English subtitles when it finally comes out in DVD or something like that. I’ve been wanting to see this since the first time I heard news about it. Action-comedies, when done right, are just so awesome!

  45. 45 goldeng

    omo Sam Dong’s hair -and dummy smile- is BACK!! XD park ki woong i’m only familiar with his work in Love marriage but have read great things about him.. same with hyun woo! i def wanna see this!

  46. 46 Brenda

    I LOVE Kim Soo Hyun. I just finished watching The Theives the other day and was sad to say his part was rather minor in it =( but that just means I can really look forward to this!!

  47. 47 kim jong in

    oh……….man it seems…………….that……….i am going to love kim soo hyun……………………………alllot………..

  48. 48 Yue

    Ok, that was hilarious, I wanted to laugh, but, seeing that I’m in public, I can only grin. Three pretty boys with crazy roles, man, I don’t think I can pass this movie. I am kinda hoping it’ll be darker instead of just funny. I agree, Spy Myung Wol and Level 7 Civil Servant did not live up to expectations, lets hope this movie will do better.

  49. 49 crazedlu

    omgah! cast = A+!!!! gonna have to watch this when it becomes available. funny how their covers are their characters from past dramas (country bumpkin weirdo kim soohyun – dream high, idol star park kiwoong – full house 2, flower boy high school student – to the beautiful you). i like. haha.

  50. 50 Rovi

    Kim Soo-hyun’s appearance as the “village idiot”, green tracksuit and hairdo and all, reminds of a Gag.Con corner “Geojedo Island” (a real island located in South Gyeongsangdo Province, hence the Gyeongsang satoori used) starring Jeong Tae-ho, Shin Bora, & Kim Min-gyeong. Heeheehee~~~! I wouldn’t be surprised if he uses satoori again~!!!

    And. Park Ki-woong! Lee Hyeon-wo!


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