Lee Seung-gi, Shim Eun-kyung pair up for sageuk romance
Shim Eun-kyung (Cantabile Tomorrow) had been mentioned previously as a possibility for headlining the movie Compatibility, and now she’s confirmed signing on and has also scored a co-star in Lee Seung-gi (You’re All Surrounded). This should make for a fun sageuk romance pairing, coming from the makers of the entertaining box-office hit Face Reader.
The title (gung-hab) refers to a specific kind of fortune-reading that indicates a pair’s marital compatibility; it remains a popular practice today for couples before they get married. This will be the second in a planned trilogy of movies from Jupiter Films that began with 2013’s box-office hit Face Reader, and continues the pattern of taking fortune-telling as a central motif.
The movie centers around a princess (played by Shim Eun-kyung) who is expected to wed according to her station—and according to her fate, since her husband candidates will be selected according to their compatibility readings. However, she refuses to accept that fate and insists on finding her own partner, even daring to slip out of the palace to do so.
There will be four candidates presented as potential husbands, each with his own different fate; tasked with the responsibility of husband selection is a royal fortuneteller whose talents are much renowned. That’ll be Lee Seung-gi’s role, and I anticipate much angst will ensue when the princess and the fortuneteller fall in love instead. I can see how both roles call for a range of subtle and emotional acting, and knowing this production team, I expect there to be a fair dose of lightness and humor that is tempered with deeper feeling. I look forward to the pairing, since both actors are solid comedic performers as well as being good at tugging at the heartstrings.
Directing will be Hong Chang-pyo, who was the assistant director on movies Le Grand Chef and Portrait of a Beauty; the film plans to begin filming later this year.
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