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Yoo Seung-ho courted to become 19th-century folk hero

Fresh-out-of-army Yoo Seung-ho (I Miss You) seems intent on making his comeback solely in films for the time being. Sigh. Dramaland misses you too, yunno! While cameras haven’t even started rolling on his first post-military movie Joseon Magician, Yoo is already entertaining offers for his next project and considering a title role as a 19th-century folk hero in the new film Kim Seon-dal.

The movie comes form director Park Dae-min (Shadow Murder/Private Eye) and tells the story of Kim Seon-dal, a traditional folk hero passed down through legends and retold in many forms, including the book Swindler Kim Seon-dal by Lee Wan-geun and the 1968 movie Hero Kim Seon-dal, starring Lee Soon-jae. Kim Seon-dal is an uncommon hero, to say the least — he’s a con artist who outsmarts people, which in turn satirizes the social problems of the day.

The most famous folk story starring Kim Seon-dal has him giving out money to the villagers who come to the river to fetch water, with instructions to return the following day and give the money back. The next day, he stands by the river and collects the money in the presence of a wealthy man from out of town, telling him that he’s selling the water from the river. The greedy rich man forks over a load of money to purchase the rights to the river from Kim Seon-dal, only to discover the next day that he can’t make the townspeople pay for free-flowing water from the river.

He’s a trickster type of hero, so more like Jeon Woo-chi and less like Hong Gil-dong, and though he helps people, he also just likes to lay bare people’s flawed reasoning for doing things. In keeping with the central character, the movie will be a satirical comedy that lampoons the existing social order. I’ve never seen a dramatization of this folk hero, but I already like the sound of him.

Yoo Seung-ho’s reps stated that this is one of many possible projects, so it isn’t a lock yet. Though I don’t really see why he should pass up a chance to play an impish hero. I mean, I still watch Kang Dong-won’s Jeon Woo-chi on rainy days. Perhaps after being a magician and then an unlikely con man hero, he could take that long-awaited detour to dramaland? Not that anyone’s counting.

Kim Seon-dal begins shooting in June.

Via TV Report

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Premise sounds interesting, reminded me of robin hood

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The character sounds really interesting...

If he takes the detour back to dramaland, I would like it if its a reaunion with Ji Chang Wook.. a healthy dose of bromace is never a bad thing ?????

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From your lips to god's ears...

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with a detour through our ovaries

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yay!! back from army. missed him....

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He came back from the army hotter.

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I'm feeling like he's less of a Robin Hood and more of a Batman if you get my drift. Excited for Joseon Magician and this!

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I loved Woochi the movie, it was so much fun and I liked having a hero who was actually a total coward, hehe.

I don't blame Yoo Seung-ho for sticking to movies, what with the way ratings have fallen in the last year for prime time Big 3 dramas.

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heh this Kim Seon-dal sounds like my kind of person

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he still look young ever that's why i think movie is better for him. The lead male drama is usually 24 above. However, it really a good thing that he enlist to army earlier. Thus, he doesn't has any restriction coming up. Can dating with prospect marriage, do any role anytime he wants. He doesn't need to think hard to build up resume before enlist army before like other actors(kim soo hyun, lee min ho,choi jin hyuk,etc) I think yeo jin gu should enlist earlier too.

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It took me forever to figure out that he was supposed to be in a bathtub in that pic. It still looks like the rose petals are floating on nothing.

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Is that a post army picture?

That story sounds great.

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No, that is a photo from a photo-shoot for a skin product or something that he did before entering the army.

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I am quite sad about him (possibly) not picking any dramas soon, since I miss watching him on my screen! If he takes this role it might be a while until he does a drama, but damn that movie sounds so good that I don't really mind having to wait a little longer for him to go back to dramaland.

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The story would make a great drama, a movie is way too short for YSH playing the people's hero. ;D

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agreed! :D

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This movie sounds great. I think YSH will be perfect for the role. But WAAAHHH! I wanted him in a drama that I can get addicted to, and wait for week after week.

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I'd love to see him in a drama, too. Give a better chance to show his acting week to week. I am sooo curious how these two years have had an impact to him and his acting.

I really would really love to watch the 1968 movie Hero Kim Seon-dal, starring Lee Soon-jae. I did an Internet search but was unsuccessful. I am even glad to buy it and pass it around to other beanies to watch a young halbae in action. :)

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I hope it will be along the lines of The Sting that had Robert Redford and Paul Newman. I have always enjoyed that classic.

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Let see if he is improving after post army... He was so bad at both "Missing You" and Arang

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wahhhh i can't wait to see him in movies/dramas, i just want to see him as soon as possible. and if the role is more like jeon woo chi and less hong gil dong, i hope he accepts this offer~

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I love trickster hero like that! He has the potential to make great character!!

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Gosh, he's certainly been missed.

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Does anyone know about another (folk?) hero by the name of Koong-hoo(?).

There were films made of him (in the past).

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Can't wait............. I swear this guy remind of johnny depp soooooo much. Idon't know why that is........

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Im so excited to watch seung ho with Xiumin on big screen. Fighting Xiumin. 사랑해요 욮파

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