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Lee Seon-kyun brings comic book crime-solving king to life

Okay, I have to get my hands on this manhwa — it sounds so cute. Lee Seon-kyun (A Hard Day, Miss Korea) is one busy, busy man, because he’s already lined up his next project after his crime noir Precious Woman with Kim Hye-soo. He’s set to headline a film adaptation of the manhwa King’s Case Files, about a sleuthy king and his sidekick hopping over the palace wall to go solve crimes.

The original manhwa by Heo Yoon-mi is a fictionalized retelling of King Yejong, who was the 8th king of Joseon. His father was Sejo and he only ruled for 14 months, and was barely 18 years old when he became king. The manhwa is about Yejong and his palace historian sidekick sneaking off to solve mysteries together, and is described as a funny detective action series.

I love a good Holmes-Watson detective duo, no matter what the era. It also sounds like a fusion sageuk setup that we’ve seen in dramaland many times before (most recently, Lee Jun-ki’s relationship with Lee Hyun-woo at the start of Scholar Who Walks the Night comes to mind), and I’d love to see it adapted into a drama with a fresh-faced cast, a la Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

The age is the only thing that really confuses me about the casting, since Lee Seon-kyun is most definitely not 18 anymore. But he’s been cast to play the king, which can only mean that they’ll age up the characters accordingly. Right? I mean, I know he played himself in high school in Miss Korea, but that was for laughs.

Directing is Moon Hyun-sung, of the inspirational sports movie Korea/As One, which has me doubly excited for the project. I can’t wait to see who they cast as the Watson sidekick character (who is hilariously nicknamed “carp poop” because he follows the king around like a carp trails its poop behind it). Is Carp Poop above Oh Jung-se’s pay grade?

King’s Case Files hasn’t fixed a filming date yet, but plans to start as soon as Precious Woman is done shooting in early 2016.

Via Asiae

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He's such a talented actor, would love to watch this one

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I'm in chef!

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Thay guy, is lee kwang soo's lost brother lol

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LOL!!

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"Is Carp Poop above Oh Jung-se’s pay grade?"

No, it is not and now I WANT him in this because he is perfect!!

...also, the manwha king looks like our Healer especially with the tilt of the head.

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ooh fun! I will watch LSK in anything!!

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As One is one of my favorites Korean movie ever!!
I bawled my eyes out and even went to search other sport movies.. It was that good!

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Love him but all these webtoon/manwha adaptations is getting old. Writers are getting lazy even when it comes to historical dramas. Forget researching history lets just continue the trend. It's no wonder why the rating sucks these days.

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Agreed, its getting old. :(

I didnt watch a lot of kdramas before.Just wondering if there are many drama based on Korean folk tales? I just knew that Arang and The Magistrate was based on their folk tales.

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I can think of a few that are loosely based on Korean folktales/folklore/songs.

The Story of Hyang Dan
Ballad Of Suh Dong
Gumiho: Tale of the fox child
Hometown of Legends
Legend of the four Gods

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The Voice can do wrong. Anyone read the manhwa?

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Did you happen to watch My Secret Hotel? Jin Yi-Han's character did a pitch-perfect prank call imitation of him. He really nailed his voice, it was amazing.

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Gosh I know right! I literally thought they'd managed to get him to guest on the show.

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Oh yeah I was lucky to see that before dropping that drama! That was pretty cool. ^^

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This would be his first sageuk role. Somehow I can't picture him as anything but a modern man. We'll see But whatever happens to Love Is a Virus? I hope it's not abandoned forever because I reaaaally want to see that.

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Anything with Mr. Voice has my vote and my devoted attention.
But...when will we get a collab of him with his bff Uhm Force? They're gold together.

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I want to see Kim Seul Gi as his sidekick. If they are gonna change things from the manhwa anyways, why not make the sidekick a female? Plus, Kim Seul Gi is awesome! Actually, I just want to see Kim Seul Gi in everything. lol

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Sounds like a cute idea. She could be his little sister or a sister figure.

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Me too :) I adore her

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homai this girl is great.

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Is Carp Poop above Oh Jung-se’s pay grade?

OJS would be awesome! But if we're having over-the-budget wishes, can't we have Uhm Tae-woong instead? I mean, he sounds like LSK's Carp Poop in real life AND he's not even shy about it. Hahaha

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I watch everything Lee seon kyun is in, for better or for worst. This sounds fun ^^!

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Just too bad that "Miss Korea" was under-appreciated by the Korean viewers - one of the best written and acted K-romcoms of that year.

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I Loved that show, but for me it was all about the second leads.

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+1

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It had the misfortune of being up against the juggernaut that is "My Love from the Stars".

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And at the time just before Dramabeans decided to recruit additional recappers. So it was completely lost in the shuffle.

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I first saw him in coffee prince.. looking forward for it too...

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