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Kim Nam-gil the Pirate
by | August 21, 2013 | 90 Comments

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


90 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. sweetcloud

    It seems to me Kim Nam Gil looks better when he acts out his intensity, as opposed to the quiet intensityhe was supposed to portray in Shark. This first still is rawr. I must disagree on Johnny Depp though, hello have you seen Public Enemy?! The movie is nothing to write home about but clean cut Depp in 3-piece suits, yummm…

    • 1.1 jomo

      Johnny Depp looks good in almost anything, and probably nothing…

      • 1.1.1 Kiara

        True that and one hell of an actor.

      • 1.1.2 PonderWoman

        i agree on probably nothing..

      • 1.1.3 mary


        I keep looking for a like or +1 button for the comments here!

        • anais

          Yup, ditto!!!

      • 1.1.4 Luv meeh

        Yes, nothing would be greatly appreciated

    • 1.2 ilikemangos

      Yes to every word.

      He looked so good in public enemy.

      • 1.2.1 Kiara

        So was Christian Bale. I had a crush on him back then lol.

  2. MsB

    Can’t wait!! Loved him in QSD!

  3. Mystisith

    I have to say I found him unattractive in Shark. He definitely looks better this way: Gruffy, messy and wild. And yes, I hope there will be a good dose of comedy too: I’m basically waiting for a Pirates of the Caribbean kimchi sauce. I probably shoud lower my expectations to enjoy the show comfortably.

    • 3.1 Arhazivory

      ‘Caribbean kimchi sauce’ lol. Interesting way to put it Myst.

    • 3.2 Smile134

      LOL, “Caribbean kimchi sauce”- you’re killing me 😀

    • 3.3 mira

      it was the mustache wasn’t it ?

    • 3.4 eny

      I like Shark, the story is good, but I miss him in historical drama

      • 3.4.1 Clumsy

        Shark gave him that shining-forehead-almost-balding-look which I hated so much and thus made me shun the show. I love his look here, as much as I love Bidam. Rawr!!!

  4. trixicopper

    Now THAT is what I’m talkin’ about! Oh, baby! Oh, baby! 🙂

    • 4.1 anniemo

      Indeed. I like my Kim Nam Gil waaaaay better this way.

  5. bains

    I hope this movie become hit. Last time he was in a successful project was QSD which was ages ago.

  6. Smile134

    I look forward to anything that KNG stars in, but please, just please, don’t die at the end :-S

    • 6.1 PonderWoman

      uh.. i wouldn’t put my hopes up on that.. he’s obsessed on dying. Love him all wild though

  7. ys

    “…nobody wants to see Johnny Depp in a crew cut. ”

    I would like to see Johnny Depp in a crew cut.

    • 7.1 canxi

      Ask and ye shall recieve, ys!

      • 7.1.1 houstontwin

        Thanks! The crew cut’s ok.

      • 7.1.2 ys

        He can do no wrong and his hair can do no wrong. (And those nails…) Thanks very much, canxi!

    • 7.2 Kiara

      Lol have you seen KNG in a crew cut? Not very attractive.

      • 7.2.1 canxi

        LOL, I have. It’s definitely not for him XD

  8. the other kay

    wow. this is the way he’s suppose to look fo sho.

  9. PebbledBeach

    guys have you seen the concept art for this omg words can’t describe the beauty!! here’s a link for anyone who wants a peak

    I can’t wait for this film, hopefully it might get released in my city too *fingers crossed*

    • 9.1 Whatsthescenario

      Cool artwork! Thanks for posting!

  10. 10 Newbie

    Read he collapsed on set as he’s working too much. Hope, he’ll survive. In RL *sarcasm* and on screen.

    • 10.1 PonderWoman

      yeah, dehyration.. i LOLd on JB’s “fish out of water”
      Hope he’ll get back on water, i mean pirate’s shooting soon

  11. 11 Carole McDonnell

    Aaaaaaaargh! I am so shallow! I thought he was cute in Shark but dang! Apparently I’m a sucker for a guy in a mane of glory. Between the do No Min Woo wears in Blade and Petal and these flowing locks, I am in mane heaven.

    I wish this series mega luck. Wondering if there’ll be a lot of scenes on the waves.

  12. 12 Sabelita

    Poor Kim Nan Gil I hope You can sleep and feed better now.He is a nice guy making bad guys on the small screen but at least, he can do another roles in the big one in spite of being killed easily ha,ha

  13. 13 Tohru314

    Wow…and THANK YOU!

  14. 14 dany

    I read he collapsed and was taken to hospital. Let us hope he takes good care of his health. Can not wait to see this show.

  15. 15 Kiara

    Let me guess. He died in the end.

    • 15.1 Kiara

      err dies

    • 15.2 Mar

      HA! The chances of that are pretty high, eh?

    • 15.3 cimori

      yup, he always died in most his drama. in QSD, Bad Guy, and Shark, he died

      so i hope in this movie he will still alive for ending or i will never watch his movie or drama again in future

      so sick seeing his character always died in the end 🙁

      • 15.3.1 jade

        :))) Really hope that he won’t die again !!!

  16. 16 Luz


    • 16.1 Cheryl

      *bursts out laughing* Kinda my reaction, too. Shiver my timbers, baby! You can take me hostage any time, looking like that. Rawr!

  17. 17 biankoy


  18. 18 Perrie

    the mustache makes so much sense now…and looks soo good

    • 18.1 wag-a-muffin

      Yes. In Shark his scrawny ‘stache made him look child molester-ish. In these pictures he looks “cool.”

  19. 19 DuchessRhea

    Why does he suddenly remind me of Chun from Warrior Baek Dong Soo? He looks a bit like him, especially all scruffy and everything. And that, in my opinion, is not a bad thing AT ALL.

    • 19.1 the50-person

      Lol you’re not the only one hahahah.

      maybe he and Choi minsoo shld team up? 😉

      • 19.1.1 Trina

        Oh I would definitely watch that movie/film.

  20. 20 KDrama Fan

    Nice pics JB.

    NG and Yoo Ah In totally suit wild long hair.

  21. 21 OMG


  22. 22 Mar

    My interest level in this project would be high…except that Kim Nam Gil is the lead. Not my cup of tea acting wise, or any way, and I usually do not care for the projects he chooses as a whole. I really do hope this movie is a lot of happymaking though. A good adventure romp sounds awesome.

    But I am totally down for Johnny Depp with short hair. He cleans up very well.

  23. 23 jomo

    Very nice change from Sharkman.

    I hope this hits our shores subbed. It seems like the kind of movie that is 10X more fun on the big screen.

  24. 24 tiffany

    This man is so beautiful~ I’m glad he kept the moustache hehe I rkn he was still so hot in Shark xD can’t wait for this

  25. 25 Elfie

    that mane of glory though…..
    I’m might just have to check this out(if I don’t forget about it).

  26. 26 TS

    I wonder if he’ll live in this one? The death wish characters get a bit trite.

  27. 27 Oo

    If he dies in this movie…I will not ever watch him in anything….

    • 27.1 cimori

      so damm agree

  28. 28 july

    JB why are u left the writer of the pirates?I heard Cheon Seong-Il is writer of this movie.I think that writer likes remake hollywood movie, first he remake mr & mrs smith to become my girlfriend is an agent,and this time he’ll remake pirates of carribian.I hope pirates will success like my girlfriend is an agent.

  29. 29 Cellel

    I feel terrible. I read it literally as the ‘royal seal’ and ‘ghost whale’ and thought, well they sure are going with a zoological theme on this movie. Sounds fun. Are seals native to Korea…?

    But I totally agree at Kim Nam-gil looks so much better here!

    • 29.1 cheekbones

      I remember last time we had fun speculating whether the seal was the animal or, you know, the other seal. Do we know for sure now ? 🙂

      • 29.1.1 PonderWoman

        or probably a US Navy SEAL. Oh it’s sageuk, sorry.

  30. 30 zhill

    ohhh my cutiepie Bidam is back! But his gangs looks so stinky (maybe all pirates do stinks) … but it would be nice if the guys looks like the chuno gangs, dirty but yummy.

  31. 31 Noelle

    WOWZA! He looks waaaaay better her then he did in Shark… Damn! What is it about pirates?

  32. 32 kirst3n

    Gah… So hot when scruffy. Yum. Now all I need for you is for your character not to die!

  33. 33 Suzi Q

    So Much improvement..Bidam is back!
    HATED Shark..too much brooding and soooo boring.
    Hope this project is better because I really enjoyed his acting in QSD.

  34. 34 korfan

    Oh dear, thank goodness I was sitting when that first picture appeared on the screen.

    What can I say, I think he always looks great ….. and that acting of his …. that intensity ….. that gaze ….. that mystery ….. it’s always fantastic!

    Loved him in QSD (he’ll always be Bidam to us, won’t he?) and Shark. Wishing everyone involved in this project all the best!

  35. 35 shin mi rae

    wow.. Bidam is back.. hotter than ever. This is how we love our Kim Nam Gil….

  36. 36 Poli

    Bet he’ going to die in the end.

  37. 37 gmei

    Omigawd! *drooling right now. Suits him best.. my KiNG!

  38. 38 Faye

    Spoiler Alert: He (probably) dies at the end.

    Sorry, I may still be a little bitter about Shark.

  39. 39 cheekbones

    That main picture just GORGEOUS !

  40. 40 apqaria

    OOH how much I like his look here. Let us hope this is a better project for both KNJ and SYJ.

  41. 41 oops

    A dialogue between a producer and a script writer about the show.

    – Let me guess : Kim Nam-Gil is gonna die shot on his neck.
    – No, there’s no gun in this one.
    – Oh okay, he’s gonna get stabbed then ?
    – No, he’s supposed to live happy with his girfriend …
    – No it can’t be ! He needs to die at the end !
    – Well, 99% of the script is ready and i don’t see why he should die at the end. He’s the hero, he saved his friend, killed the bad guy, get the girl ! Why should he die ?
    – Because Kim Nam-gil always do…
    – That’s stupide.
    – That’s tradition. And make sure there is a gun somewhere, you can’t mess with that…
    – It didn’t exist man !!
    – Make sure it does, create something : a wood gun, a gun coming from the future just to shoot him… i don’t know, find something !!

    To be continued…

    • 41.1 Whatsthescenario

      LOL@ “a gun coming from the future just to shoot him… ” So sad but true and hilariously funny!!!!

    • 41.2 zhill

      or a white SHARK swallowed him alive …

  42. 42 bbstl

    He’s not going to die, there have to be sequels!

  43. 43 lyra

    Johnny Depp is Kim Nam Gil ‘s fave hollywood actor. Just sayin 😀

    • 43.1 the50-person

      Omg oh yes he is. Hahahah what a coincidence.

  44. 44 deliza

    great!!! bidam is back.. he really fits well in a historical action kind of film. love my bidam!!! this movie will be a sure hit!

  45. 45 deliza

    he will always be our bidam 4ever!!!

  46. 46 Waca

    I haven’t watched any drama or movie with Kim Nam Gil yet, so I dunno him, but this movie seems to be damn funny! Will be waiting for it! Thanks for the news! 🙂

  47. 47 Mia

    I hope KNG happy end in this drama. Hope hope and hope
    I dont want to see oppa die again, poor oppa :'(

  48. 48 Newborn Fanatic

    Really looks good with the scruffy look!!

  49. 49 muna

    His acting/character will always. Be d best to me wether dead or alive, he is indeed a great actor, can’t wait for dis series, LOVE u KIM NAM GILn frm Africa – Nigeria

  50. 50 Jean Ti

    KNG was awesome in Bidam, hot & fiery! He is best looking wild & untamed! Love him in TQS! Will be a gorgeous pirate!

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