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First script reading for Village: Secret of Achiara

The cast of SBS’s upcoming Village: Secret of Achiara assembled for its first script reading on Friday, starting with our main lead, Moon Geun-young (above), who’ll be the driving force behind investigating the central mystery. We’ve got a pretty sizable ensemble in play, with the drama featuring a number of diverse characters who populate the seemingly peaceful, crimeless village of Achiara that gets rocked when a dead body comes to light.

Among the cast members are Yook Sung-jae (Who Are You—School 2015) playing a police officer who has to deal with the corpse’s discovery, who’ll aid Moon Geun-young in working the case. Shin Eun-kyung (Oh My Ghostess) plays an artist and gallery director who married rich and went from poverty to elegance and wealth. Ohn Joo-wan (Punch), meanwhile, plays a character who studied to be an architect but instead runs a steel company, and Jang Hee-jin (Scholar Who Walks the Night) is cast as a sexy, mysterious art instructor who has an affair with the town’s most powerful man.

Other cast members include Jang So-yeon (Heard It Through the Grapevine, Secret Love Affair), musical actor Choi Jae-woong (Reset), Ryu Tae-ho (Misaeng), Park Eun-seok (Take Care of Us, Captain), and child actress Ahn Seo-hyun (Shark, Gold Rainbow). Sadly, I don’t see Kim Jae-wook’s name on the cast list anymore, after being reported as confirmed to play an art instructor; it seems he may be out.

Village: Secret of Achiara sounds like the type of show where everybody is suspicious and nobody’s off the hook, with secrets abounding underneath the town’s peaceful facade. None of the actors has been told who the true criminal is, keeping them guessing as well; director Lee Yong-seok said that they get very attentive at his smallest hints, and when actors are gathered in small groups between scenes, he’ll keep stoking their curiosity by mentioning, “The culprit could be here…”

PD Lee also explained his goals for the drama, saying, “We’ll be making a dense, intricate mystery where viewers can look back several times and say, ‘Oh, there was a hint here, I had a clue right in front of my eyes and I missed it.'”

If he can pull off all his goals, it sounds like Village could be right up my alley. For its sake I do hope Yong-pal gets its extension (the production is still in limbo on that, with no decision out whether to keep it at 16 episodes or extend to 20), but it would be the difference between Village starting in a comfortable five weeks, or scrambling to air in three.

Via Ten Asia

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what happened to kim jae-wook?

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sorry, didn't catch that you said he might be out. it's such a shame, since i was really hoping he could get a lead role for once.

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He accepted another offer as main lead in another drama NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ;;

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The way they do these things I wouldn't think anyone knows who the real criminal is yet.

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lol seriously tho. the director probably doesn't even know either.. aha.

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The writer probably only have a written script up to Ep.4 or 5 at the moment and even she is unsure on who she will make as the killer. LOL

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Well, it could be suspenseful, thrilling and fascinating like God's Gift. As long as the main character *coughDongChancough* doesn't disappear 5 mins before the end I'm good.

In any case, I'll definitely watch it for Moonie!

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I was really looking forward to this for what I THOUGHT was a variety of reasons including an interesting plot and a cast that got me more excited with each name I read, such as MGY, OJW, YSJ...and I guess most especially Kim Jae Wook. I didn't realize he was the biggest draw for me until I read he was probably not in any more and my heart and interest simultaneously plummeted.

I am still interested and will check it out but I'll admit the excited anticipation has waned a good bit. Drama, if he's really out you had better prove to me it was a good decision not to include him cause right now I'm thinking unhappy thoughts at you and your behind the scenes decision makers!

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I thought Kim Jae Wook signed on to do another (web) drama?

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Maybe it was his decision not the Drama's...

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I dunno. Apparently there was another actress (Jang Hee Jin) cast in this that is from the same company as him and she is also out or so it was reported so...might be something else.

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Yook sungjae is handsome *0*

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Moonie looks so pretty here!

My fingers are crossed for the script to be extremely good, it certainly have the potential to be. I love mystery and MGY so please drama God, make it good.

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Ooh, thanks for this article JB... sounds so delicious...

"Village: Secret of Achiara sounds like the type of show where everybody is suspicious and nobody’s off the hook, .... None of the actors has been told who the true criminal is, keeping them guessing as well; director Lee Yong-seok said that they get very attentive at his smallest hints, and when actors are gathered in small groups between scenes, he’ll keep stoking their curiosity by mentioning, “The culprit could be here…” "

Evil PD LOL! Just the way I'd like it. It would feel like I'm playing a murder game and not know I'm the killer. I'd be the most shocked LOL! What fun, what tension!

"PD Lee also explained his goals for the drama, saying, “We’ll be making a dense, intricate mystery where viewers can look back several times and say, ‘Oh, there was a hint here, I had a clue right in front of my eyes and I missed it.'” "

Precisely the kind of show I like that will keep me riveted and re-watching scenes and latching on to even the most unlikely of clues!!! By extension thought, if those clues are not sufficiently forthcoming or too obscure, I'm going to be miffed!!! :D

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It does sound awesome when they put it like that! :) It probably puts the whole cast into the proper "Never. Trust. Anyone." mood. Must be a tense behind the scenes. O____O

I hope this show is given enough time to shoot. Sounds like it can benefit well from great editing. Especially if the writer is secretly planting clues right in front of our eyes. It'd be such a shame if they cut out impt parts in first few eps and only showed it to use via convenient "flashbacks" in the ep15 or so just to justify the ending when the editor/director finally figures out who the real killer is. :(

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I really want the clues to start trickling in from the beginning and be all spread out over the episodes. Only clue-ing us in after Episode 10 will be far too slow and not giving us enough of a chance to play with real clues. I can just imagine us jumping on anything at all, hoping it was a clue but finding out too late that it was a red herrring!!! To be fair... real clues please and early in the show! :)

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I'm really hoping this drama will be mystery first before romance.

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"None of the actors has been told who the true criminal is, keeping them guessing as well"

I am so excited to see this !

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What the heck kind of "village" is this? Given the list of professions, it sounds more like a ritzy neighborhood in Seoul.

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It reminds me of that famous artist village in China so many have moved to from Beijing.

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There's an artist village in Alaska like this, north up the highway from Anchorage. The eccentric village in the TV series 'Northern Exposure' was based on it.

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To think I was so excited about this show just a week ago. Feeling nervous now. I'm gonna hope against hope that Yook Sung-jae is the male "lead" in the sense that he's Moon Geun-young's sidekick...his casting might work on the surface, but in the long run it's pretty reductive imo. I can't help but think that picking a more talented/experienced actor would have been smarter, if they wanted anything the slightest bit dynamic out of the role. I guess I don't get this whole obsession with "visuals" in dramaland casting--the magic of a good actor is that a) they can adapt to roles that go against type, and b) they have so much more to offer, considering that dramas aren't just meant to be seen, they're meant to be watched.

Moon Geun-young, fighting!

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If Jae Wook is out, then who is playing his role?? Or the character is out as well??

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Park Eun Seok, and the character has gotten re-written a little.

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It's a shame about Kim Jae-woo, but yay :) this sounds exciting

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Kim Jae wook oppa !!!!?? Why ???? *sobs miserably*. I 'm looking forward to this drama anyway.

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So excited! So excited! Soooo exciteeed!

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I love this type of game & I always, ALWAYS play it so I'm very excited that this type of game has finally found its way into dramaland! Plus MGY & YSJ!!! Hope it'll be epic!

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Since Kim Jae Wook is out my interest has dropped to 1%.

I really hope they dont make a love line between YJS and MGY. It will be awkward as fuck. He wi suit being a dongsaeng sidekick.

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There were numerous time when they played out romance between junior and senior.. Name that comes in mind ..Hollywood series killing..and it didn't look awkward too.I don't get the fuss now.moon is not that old either and she has got such a baby face.

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Yook Sung Jae is the main lead? I've got to say he does have some acting chops but a lead role only after a handful of shows? And he's only 20 years old playing a much older role. He still looks like a kid...sorry.

And there are people who don't think Lee Soo Hyuk is ready for a main lead. This probably would have been a good breakthrough role for him in my opinion. Oh well...I rest my case.

What happened to Kim Jae Wook?! I was so looking forward to see him again on screen and was hoping he was the main lead. *face palm*

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Does LSH have any lead role offer??? I definitely want him to play one

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I am excited for this drama! My interest has drastically increased now that YJS is a lead in this drama. Can't wait to see the dynamic between MGY and YJS!!! I doubt it will be any romantic relationship, which I really don't mind. Good luck to the cast and the crew.

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NO to yjs

wish it was kim jae wook instead :(

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I thought Yong Pal was 20 or 24 episodes? Was I wrong? Village looks interesting, looking forward to it! :)

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Somehow I am reminded of the movie Hot Fuzz while reading the synopsis for this drama. Haha!

PD either wants to keep things secret about who the bad guy is in the drama to prevent major spoilers, does not really have the full script yet and so does not know who the culprit is or just being all evil and teasing his staff! Haha!

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Wait wait I thought BOTH Kim Jaewook and Sungjae are in the drama?

So is Sungjae taking over Jaewook's role or they're playing different roles? And Jaewook just happened to have a prior engagement he couldn't miss?

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They're offered different roles, Yook Sung Jae as a policeman, Kim Jae Wook as an art teacher..

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Miss Moon i like her and Sung Jae too, they are great.
Good luck The village.

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Am liking this better and better even without kim jar wook... Can't wait for October!

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I truly hope the PD gets what he aims for. This also sounds to be right up my alley.

And, I like black/dark brown on Yook Sung-jae's head better.

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will wait til it finally shows a few episodes before i say i like/hate it.

been looking forward to seeing Kim Jae Wook on a drama again and this wouldve been a nice reunion with Moon Geun Young so its really sad to see him go. i love love love his acting. i dont think Sungjae took over his role, btw. i believe its a different one.

and as a BTOB fan, i will watch this also for Sungjae.

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I like Moon Geun Young and I like Shin Eun Kyung as well so I'll most likely give it a shot. Though, I really have a hard time connecting with Yook Sung Jae, I dunno. He's always just there to me and doesn't really command my attention. I've seen three things with him and one of them I can't even remember him being in.

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I don't know why but for some reason I've thought all along that this was a sageuk... Or maybe that's what I wished though I think the setting works better in modern time.

I really don't like MGY but the drama sounds like something I could dig so I will just take a deep breath and watch it with excitement when it airs :)

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If the PD wants the drama to be a successful mystery, I really hope the writer will be excellent at her/his job.
Moon Geunyoung and Yook Sungjae! These two are making me excited for this drama to start...but I still love Yongpal, of course. ;)

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Mystery sounds fun!

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Hopefully it will be good so I can have another I Remember You type of drama this year.

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On the one hand, I'm so happy to see Moonie really sitting there reading the script, but on the other I'm disheartened to hear that Kim Jae Wook is out. Is it true??? :((

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Wow. I'm suddenly so excited by this drama. I was only keeping an eye for some of the leads before. But that statement from PD-nim got me stoked. I miss Crime Scene so badly.

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My Wookie why??!!!!!!!!!

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I always love it when the actors didn't know who the culprit is. So everyone will give that mysterious look hoping that it may be them. I really hope the mystery behind the murder is an epic one, and not just bleh story.

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Gah this is making me nervous. I hope it ll be good for Moonie's sake.

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It's been a tough year for dramas, writers and actors who've come with high expectations ... I hope the same doesn't happen to Moon Geun-young .

I've been constantly disappointed by shows that I was excited about and surprised by shows I had no interest in.

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Definitely feeling you. It gets harder and harder to find good-quality dramas. You can't guess based on good actors, writers or PDs anymore; so many promising projects were disppointments.

But if we don't anticipate anything then what do we do? haha I keep my hopes up for this one. Looks really interesting!

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Bummer. I was really anticipating MGY and LJW's reunion now that Marry Me Mary dubbed in my native language is airing. ^^
But the drama is still the one to look forward to. Love the mystery vibe. Though there's a fear that it could disappoint as everything from the writing to the editing should be good.

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I also hope Yong Pal get it's extension.

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Looking forward to it. The description seems interesting AND it has Moon Geun Young!!! I'm totally in.

I wasn't really impressed by YSJ's acting in School 2015, he seemed decent because he was being compared to NJH who was just really bad especially near the end.

So I'm hoping YSJ can prove me wrong with his acting in this drama.

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