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Kim Nam-gil and Sohn Ye-jin consider reuniting on the big screen
by | May 15, 2013 | 71 Comments

Is it officially a reunion if their first onscreen outing hasn’t aired yet? Kim Nam-gil and Sohn Ye-jin already have a drama on the way with KBS’s revenge thriller Shark set to premiere in two weeks, but word is they’re also both considering the same movie, called Pirate. Wait, the movie’s got a nautically-themed title too? That’s a whole lot of redundancy. Now I want them to sign on, and follow it up with a drama remake of Moby Dick in 2014.

Pirate is the next project from writer Chun Sung-il, of Chuno and Level 7 Civil Servant fame. (And yes, that includes both the film and drama versions of Civil Servant, and no, I don’t want to talk about it.) The movie is being planned as a big blockbuster action sageuk, set in the Joseon era. And the plot sounds insane, so brace yourselves.

Around the time of Joseon’s founding, a whale ghost (or is it ghost-whale?) swallows a royal seal. Already I have questions, but we’ll keep going. The heroine is a pirate, and the hero is a bandit — the dry land kind, because the plot specifies the water/land dichotomoy — and they team up to go after this whale. So it kind of IS Moby Dick already, I guess. But their real battle is with other pirates, the truly heinous criminals who have been exiled to sea, who are also after the seal. So…who’s playing Jack Sparrow?

I’m looking forward to this pairing, but my eyebrow is up to *here* right now. Who knew two projects called Pirate and Shark could be so vastly different from one another? Pirate plans to start shooting in August, and Shark airs Mondays/Tuesdays starting May 27 on KBS.

Via My Daily


71 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. anonymous

    Poor man’s Pirates of Caribbean.

    • 1.1 skelly

      with Jang Guen Suk as Jack Sparrow, and Psy as the ghost whale.

      • 1.1.1 Ivoire

        Thank you for the news. Skelly, that was funny…

      • 1.1.2 redfox

        LOL, PSY as a whale phhff

      • 1.1.3 pogo


      • 1.1.4 Noelle


      • 1.1.5 Kaddict4ever

        So funnies ๐Ÿ™‚
        I second that!
        Good one …

      • 1.1.6 Nauna

        Best comment of the night for me! Thanks for the laugh!

      • 1.1.7 El


      • 1.1.8 mary


      • 1.1.9 Nheony

        JGS has the whole eyeliner thing down already. Teeheee!!

    • 1.2 Sojuboy

      Is that you Dominique?

  2. Becky

    Ok, so I have to ask… by royal seal, do you mean an aquatic mammal of royal lineage? Or, y’know, the king’s stamp of approval? With ghost whales involved, I could see it either way.

    • 2.1 skelly

      Maybe the whale got confused.

    • 2.2 skelly


      • 2.2.1 Enz

        Smelly, you’re on a roll here! Haha

    • 2.3 Jo

      its a stamp

    • 2.4 PollyRose

      Oh my goodness, until I read your comment I totally thought it was seal as in sea creature. I didn’t even question it because, well, whale…though I did think it was odd that the king had a pet seal.

      • 2.4.1 Dol

        I was right there with you, PollyRose. LOL.

      • 2.4.2 KDaddict


      • 2.4.3 ys

        me too me too

      • 2.4.4 nomad

        the king had a pet seal, PUHAHAHAHAHA! I loveee DB commentsss!!!

      • 2.4.5 Danna

        OMG me too! and I was wondering if JB made a mistake and meant a shark ate the seal…and then I though, doesn;t matter if its a ghost

      • 2.4.6 Laurita

        ahahahaha, i didn’t get what it was about as I thought only about “stamp” ๐Ÿ˜€ and after your comment I understood what other seal you all are talking about :DDDD

      • 2.4.7 Nheony

        Now that’s a movie I’m gonna watch. It’s “Andre”sageuk style. Pwahahaha!

      • 2.4.8 themugen

        I want it to be a sea-seal. And no, I was t stuttering.

    • 2.5 KDaddict

      “A ghost whale (or whale ghost) swallows a royal seal”, which needs to be rescued. With that as the premise, how can anything possibly go wrong?

    • 2.6 KDaddict

      Wait a min. A whale dies and becomes a ghost = a whale ghost. That ghost swallows the king’s seal. No, a ghost can’t swallow a real object. So, it has to be the other way around: Someone dies and his ghost becomes a whale = a ghost whale. That whale swallows the king’s seal. Got it!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 2.7 V En Detta


      though it does make sense royal animal=animal however it nvr crossed my mind other than d stamp ๐Ÿ™‚

      ghost whales swallowing royal seal? wtf !! creative writing,much?

      plz Ye-jin,say NO to this!!

      • 2.7.1 V En Detta

        royal seal-animal ๐Ÿ˜€ my bad!

  3. Mystisith

    If the pitch is really this… I smell a dud of epic proportion.
    I would run away if I were the candidates.

  4. Aditi

    This better be a comedy cause i am honestly tired of watching Kim Nam Gil play melo-dramas and get himself killed every time! He better get the girl this time!

    • 4.1 Kiara

      I’m just tired of hearing about him period. Wake me up when Shark is out.

    • 4.2 true2u

      LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! They only role I LOVE him in, was the role he had in “Lovers”. I seriously shipped him with the girl that was hell bent on getting him. lol Love Her

      • 4.2.1 kfangurl

        YES! That was the first time I’d laid eyes on him, and I was like, Who’s that hot guy??

        He was great as the strong, silent, loyal right-hand man to Lee Seo Jin’s hot gangster. How can you turn down 2 hot gangster boys?? ๐Ÿ˜€

        • true2u

          I don’t think you can!!!!!! But why on earth would anyone want to?????? o.O lol

      • 4.2.2 ys

        That’s where I first saw him too. His scenes with the noona were awesome, right to the very end when she’s all yoo hoo! while he’s trying to be a serious security guard.

        • true2u

          lol “Yoo Hoo” hahaha, and he was loving every minute of it. Just wish we got a kiss. Gosh, just speaking of it, make me want to do a rewatch.

          • ys

            me too me too

  5. MariD

    He looks so different without the weird hair on his face..

  6. KDaddict

    I’d run away from Anyway written by the guy who came up with the drama version of Level 7 Civil Servant 5 years after having written its film original! I’m All for 2nd chances, but That level of incompetence doesn’t get a 2nd chance to waste 20 hours of my life. Thanks but no thanks, whoever the stars maybe.

    • 6.1 kyleD

      wait. what. that guy also worked on chuno…? then how in the world? how? serious head injury? writing drunk?

      ok. definetely not talking about it. strictly in favor of not talking about it.

      i lean towards giving a 2nd chance anyways. adventure-themed-thingies might just more be his thing. pirates hasnt been done before in korea – as far as i know- and i am always in for supporting something original.

  7. pogo

    This could be awesome. Or not, and I could just make a drinking game of it.

  8. jubilantia

    This sounds like it will be AMAZING. In one way or another.

  9. Katie

    I have the hugest girlcrush on Son Ye Jin…can’t wait to see her back in Shark. The nautical theme is hilarious.

  10. 10 kumi

    OK, call me Ishmael.

    • 10.1 skelly

      Oh, I wish I’d said that…!

  11. 11 the50-person

    @liz YES I WANT HIS MOUSTACHE TO GO! he looks really handsome WITHOUT it. Esp as Bidam :DDDD

  12. 12 jango

    saw their shark interview and they looked good together, both looked like they were enjoying each other’s company (maybe i’m reading too much into it lol)… soooooooooooo
    i would love to see them in a movie together. and wish they’re dating!!

  13. 13 Sajen

    “Around the time of Joseonโ€™s founding, a whale ghost (or is it ghost-whale?) swallows a royal seal.”

    sounds fun at first I read royal seal as royal sea and I was like what’s a royal sea?

    • 13.1 PonderWoman

      ..and the royal sea swallowed by the ghost whale..
      gosh, how big is that darn whale? LOL

  14. 14 snow_white

    Hahahaha…..plain insane plot ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 14.1 snow_white

      At first I thought it’s the mammal we are talking about….and then the second thought came about it being the stamp…..

  15. 15 z

    It didn’t even cross my mind that the “seal” in question might not be an aquatic mammal. I’m a little disappointed that it’s just a stamp.

    • 15.1 PonderWoman

      It may actually be:

      1. the king’s stamp
      2. the king’s pet mammal
      3. the king’s pet mammal wearing a freakin’ crown
      4. the king who was cursed and became a mammal

      and yes, any of the above can be swallowed by a supernatural whale..

      You pick ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. 16 eny

    it sounds interesting

  17. 17 gmei

    OMG! I always thought Jack Sparrow would look great on Kim Nam Gil! I love both Johnny Depp and KNG!!!! Hwaiting!

  18. 18 kfangurl

    OMGGG.. This has got to be the most ridiculously entertaining read ever! The post is great.. and then the comments, ROFL amazing!! XD Kudos, everyone!! I haven’t laughed so hard while reading comments in a long time! XD XD

    “I did think it was odd that the king had a pet seal.” Thank you, fellow Beanies! <3

  19. 19 korfan

    *laughing* …….

    The comment posted above about the king having a “pet seal” is all sorts of funny! Only on Dramabeans! You guys are fantastic!

    *still laughing*

  20. 20 Bengbeng

    ah, why can’t they just create another official seal again? maybe the film is a comedy coz I find the story hilarious =)

  21. 21 Lilly

    Look forward to seeing him. He is one of my very favorite actors.

  22. 22 sur

    OMG the seal confusion was great but seriously either this movie would be epically funny or epically flop

  23. 23 melo.boy

    wow thats good news again !
    *holding himself back from writing anything about KNG’s la moustachรฉ*
    pirates and bandits and insane plot and joseon? smells fishy!
    and my Ye Jin noona’s eyes look so beautiful!!! damn

  24. 24 browncoat_78

    Huh? What?!

  25. 25 malta

    Doesn’t the royal seal have a turtle on top of it?

    This drama sounds ridiculous, but it might work.

  26. 26 shygal

    what’s amazing here is how can they joggle with these two projects with their new drama & big screen? i’m v v impressed! i luk f/ward to seeing these two, it’s gonna be interesting & i happen to like both of ’em!

    thnx DB et al for your hardwork in this blog. fighting

  27. 27 Vira

    OMG it’s KNG!!!! I really miss seeing him on screen again. Hope to see him in a badass character! ><

  28. 28 japanese

    spell her name right!

  29. 29 Newborn Fanatic

    Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that he loses the mustache if he does the move. But then again it’s called “Pirate”……. ๐Ÿ˜›

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