Why hellooooo there, Kim Nam-gil. The man suffered through some really unfortunate bowl-cut ‘dos in his recent drama Shark, so I think it’s nice of the universe to give him back his mane o’ glory (circa Bidam of his Queen Seon-deok days) for his latest project, action blockbuster movie Pirate. (Which also happens to star his Shark co-star Sohn Ye-jin, because they got a two-for-one deal? Who knows why.)
The plot of Pirate sounds a bit fantastical, though in a fun, rollicking sort of way: Somehow, Joseon’s royal seal finds itself trapped in the belly of a ghost whale (which is, I presume, also white?). The recovery of the seal would bring the finder great reward, and so our hero Kim Nam-gil steps in with his band of mountain brigands. He decides to make the leap from land to sea and turns pirate, which I really hope makes for some comedy because he’ll be playing (wait for it) a fish out of water… on water. (Sorry.) (No I’m not.)
Pirate just began filming last week, and these stills are our first look at the historical action film, which I think should be the only kind of project Kim Nam-gil does from now on. Yeah, I’m gonna be shallow like that, but how can a simple hairdo change his image so drastically? Where he’s concerned, the scruffier, the better. I mean, nobody wants to see Johnny Depp in a crew cut. Playing supporting roles, many of whom will be part of Kim’s pirate bunch, are Yoo Hae-jin, Oh Dal-soo, Ahn Nae-sang, Kim Tae-woo, and Park Chul-min, while Sohn Ye-jin takes a leading role as a pirate who accompanies the hero in his Moby Dick-ian mission.
The movie is directed by Lee Seok-hoon of Dancing Queen and The Two Faces of My Girlfriend and will release early next year.
Via My Daily