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Night Watchman preps for premiere with posters, stills

There have been a lot of promos coming out of the Records of a Night Watchman camp as the fusion sageuk fantasy gears up for its premiere next week, capped off with a press conference held on July 29 with all the main cast members present—which would be Jung Il-woo, Yunho, Go Sung-hee, and Seo Ye-ji.

I don’t really love the posters, particularly the middle two which seem like hack photoshop jobs (though the one with the ghosts hovering around our ghost-seeing prince is cute), but the stills look more promising. Maybe the lesson is to let the costuming and cinematography shine on their own, without over-manipulating posters so much that it looks like you just put a bunch of life-sized cardboard cutouts onto a rooftop? And the poster in front of the palace just looks like something out of a video game.

The show is keeping in line with the recent trend of incorporating numerous genres into its premise—paranormal, action, romance, period drama—and seems fitting for the summertime with its ghost plotline (summer is typically the season of horror fare), though its PD, Lee Joo-hwan, clarified that it’s really a youth melodrama at heart, more than a paranormal thriller. So we can expect youthful romance, foibles, and coming of age alongside the spooks.

At the press conference, Jung Il-woo commented on how it feels to take on his third sageuk project (preceded by Return of Iljimae and The Moon That Embraces the Sun), saying, “This drama is one that spurred a sense of personal ambition. I think sageuks have a very curious appeal to them, where the look in your eye and your physical movements become more important than in modern projects. Because you feel things grow heavier, it makes you really think twice about your acting.”

Yunho, meanwhile, described his character as quite serious, though he wants to draw out his cute moments and sometimes offbeat. Overall, he called the character’s personality “80 percent similar to my real one.” For our sake, I’m hoping to see more of the cute side, ’cause what’s the point in assembling a cast of young ghostbusters to fight spirits and fall in love if they’re just gonna be serious about it? Bring on the ghosts and the fun, I say.

Records of a Night Watchman premieres on MBC next Monday, August 4.

Via MBN

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With my low expectations, who knows this drama might surprise me. That said, I'm ready to use the ff button if Mr. Stiff can't be cute and offbeat as he claims.

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The female character, is she a ghost buster shaman or something like that? That might be worthwhile.

Hope the writing doesn't fail and flail.

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Please be good. Just...be good. Not expecting the best, but it should be engaging. At least.

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Jung Il-woo!!! I don't know about this but I'll check it out for you.

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All I can see is Jung Il-woo, and I'm IN :D

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> though its PD, Lee Joo-hwan, clarified that it’s really a youth melodrama at heart, more than a paranormal thriller.

Dammit. Here I was all gearing up for ghosts and dragons and chase scenes, and it's really going to be about feelings. UGH.

Dramas, I trusted you. ::flings arm dramatically across eyes::

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Ooh. The stills actually look nice. Although, that's probably due in part to the villain with fried yellow hair being absent mostly.

This genre(s) is right up alley. Will check it out. My expectations are so incredibly low, I hope there's only going up from here. (C'mon, Yunho! Even though there's no way you've learned, or will learn, to act, I want to at least be able to tolerate your character.)

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Let's start already. I am waiting to see Jung Ilwoo oppa. And Yunho oppa too.

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don´t you dare suck, drama. I am doubtful. let it be at least camp cult drama like Faith is (to some of us)
if action scenes suck, everything sucks. I have learned that much. so at least....please. Jung Il Woo needs a really good drama at long last

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I know the premise(ghost-seeing hero!) and first poster of the three ghosts are somewhat Arang-esque (excellent!)

......but the actual teasers feel a bit Gu Family Book-esque (not good, and not helped along by the 'youth melodrama' description).

And I really hope poor Go Sung-hee gets a change of hairstyle early in the drama.

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Hey, if this works, everyone may be wearing square hats with dangling beads by next year.

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Okay I must be spaced out, cuz I read the entire post and was wondering where is Lee jin wook and Jung young hwa. :-o
Before realizing what show am reading about !

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waaaaat u mean Jung Yong Hwa is suposed to be in there?....oh am so gonna watch this!

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oh sorry i dint complete reading ur statement the moment i read Jung Yong Hwa i went nuts lol

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Exactly what nationality is the young woman with the long braids supposed to BE? She looks like an escapee from a Rennaisance Fair held somewhere in Siberia

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I was thinking more of Neo Classical Cavewoman to describe her look.

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I always wonder about this- forget the "style", she is very indecent for the time.

How are people passing by without paying much attention to her?!

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Maybe she's invisible?

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Dr Who powers, maybe? They do that all the time, expecially with the female characters. I noticed in one story Freema Agyeman was parading around 1930s New York City in her SNSD blue jeans. Practically speaking, for New York in that era, she was naked.

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Also, to my eye the visual styling they're using is similar to what they did in Sword and Flower. Both the costume styling and cinematography palette are oh so 1975. Gritty and dirty in a way that makes you think that everyone just needs to go take a bath.

Unless they're going to somehow tie that era into how the story is told, in a meta sort of way (by poking fun at a terrible era of TV and movie making), it just comes off as an unwelcome distraction from what should have been a really fun show to watch.

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the grey pink hanbok is really beautiful.

JIW is hot.

But I can't tolerate bad Saeguks, I barely finish the good ones so yeah...

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The stills are definitely wonderful; I especially loved the misty ghostly battlescene. But the posters..aargh!

I owe Jung Il Woo. I love him so much but wimped out on Rainbow. This one i can see myself finishing. I need a sajeuk I can fall in love with.

Thanks for the photos.

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I went all the way to the bitter end with JIW in Rainbow and I really wish I hadn't... I will wait for this to finish before checking into it - fingers crossed!

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I'm being cautiously optimistic while cautiously keeping my expectations low, so I won't be sorely disappointed.

But I am a bit disappointed with the newer shift in the supposed genre of this...it sounded like a creepingly awesome fusion sageuk -- until the mention of this being a youth melodrama than a paranormal thriller. Boo -.-

I do like the trio of ghosts surrounding Jung Il-woo, that poster does give off Arang-like vibes :)

The costuming seems a bit simplistic and plain...at least it won't be so pretty and distracting ;) Shoot...as long as the story is written half-decent and the acting isn't overdone and cheesy, I think I will be somewhat happy and won't even care about the less-than-glossy look of the big sageuks as of late.

For Jung Il-woo's sake, I do hope this drama does end up being on the watchable side. I really do...

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The girl dressed like a shammy looks cute :) Although I'd not mind a shorter skirt, but that's my dirty old man mind going off on tangents, LOL.

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I am SO excited about this drama!! Except..for…well…you..know…

*chuckling*

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You gotta love a Joseon chaebol ghost hunter who knows to use recyclable grocery bags instead of plastic or paper. That red-on-black number looks to be from Whole Foods.

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The Finnish shaman girl is just darling, but her outfit is the least plausible Joseon costume seen in these parts since Yoon Jin Yi dressed up as Peter Pan in an orange fright wig in 'Mandate of Heaven.'

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I just love your comments, they are always so quiet :D

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LOL!!!

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I like how they gradate the colors red>green>blue through the costumes and backgrounds in the first poster. You know, instead of limiting each panel with single hues.

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Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Oh please, oh please, oh please be good!

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The poster of the 3 ghosts and Prince Lee Rin is the only one that is worth mentioning. Only when they added funnyman Actor Go did i became interested.If they could keep making the plot revolving around these comical guys, I am fine. And plssss director keep yunho's part to the minimum for our enjoyment without being anxious when he is on screen. He can learnt the acting skill by being less focus and minimal screen time in the background.

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Jung II Woo does look good in those sageuk roles. The posters of the 3 ghosts and Jung II woo is the best. The rest are really bad photoshop copies.They should seriously consider making these foursome the main act instead.

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Does Yunho really know his character well.He seem so confused with his character. Previous interviews, he is cold person, and now he wants to be cute as well cos the response from viewers is they want comedy more.

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It is media play he is doing at the conference to take the heat away from his horrible stills released. Seriously he looks like a dead wood on the horse poster.Anything but cold .So he is trying a new lease with the cutie thing since netizens wants more comedy from their response on the posters.

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And talking about his former team member Jaejoong when the question was on triangle the drama. We know the positive response on jaejoong's acting. He is just trying to ride the hard work of his former team member lol.At the end, in drama, only one's own effort counts.

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Please don't start shit with JYJ. I follow both groups but I'm closer to JYJ and I don't like it when people unnecessarily drag both groups. Things did not end well and there are fans on both sides that will be forever hating so please I beg of you to stop.

Yunho was asked about Triangle and he gave a rather
"eh-" response, nothing worth getting your panties in a bunch or claiming that anyone is riding anyone else's coattails. It is like you already said, he will be judged by his own efforts so please stop the mudslinging cause I don't want people to start insulting JYJ.

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Uh, Jaejoong was the lead (or one of the leads). It's impossible for anyone not to connect what Yunho said about the drama to Jaejoong. He said something as neutral and polite as he could and didn't even specifically name names, so I don't get why it has to be a big deal, apart from the DBSK nostalgia feels of Yunho basically implying that he's at least monitored what the other side have been doing.

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guess what? Jaejoong talked about Yunho today and how he's worried about his health and that he hopes he doesn't get dehydrated while filming..that he'll try to watch his drama and that the actors that have starred with Yunho before all say he works real hard....so what do you have to say about that now stan? muahahha!!

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Her name is not 'stan', she merely asked that bad blood not be bought up since it get's complicated with the shitty fandom we seem to have. Yes Jae replied with his overflowing concern as is usual of his overly sympathetic character and yes yunho made a very generic comment as is usual of his character. Nothing new here, therefore this 'stan' did not want it to be bought up, what's so wrong with that, that you must be rude?

This is Dramabeans, a classy site, not Allkpop. Let's concentrate on dramas and acting.

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The posters looks horrible except for the one with the 3 ghosts. Jung Ii Woo love him since Moon and Sun Embrace days.

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Am I the only one who thinks that Yunho's cheeks look a little weird, like there's something in it, but not really??? It looks very strange to me lol

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The Queen Dowager is Chief Kang in YAAS.

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Jung Il Woo, Saguek, ghost buster? I''m sold! Bring it on!

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IL WOO & Ghost Trio poster is my favourite.They look so cute and ilwoo smile is very attractive.can't wait JNWM FIGJTING:)

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I can't help but think that Chief Kang died for this drama so I think that means it'll be good ofc :).

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JIW seems to be playing the same character every time, being playful and flirts with girls.

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Hoping it will be fun and exciting vs a dive down into stupid and boring. I really want to enjoy it.

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Prince Lee Rin & Ghost Trio is the best poster.They are so funny.Prince Lee Rin fighting.

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Yunho face has too much botox.showed the pics to my mum and she says his feature does not look natural .

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