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Lee Seon-kyun, Ahn Jae-hong crack The King’s Case in new sageuk comedy
by | March 20, 2017 | 22 Comments

Mr. Mellow Voice Lee Seon-kyun (This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair) is coming back to us through his new movie The King’s Case. He’s playing a king who moonlights as a detective, while Ahn Jae-hong (Answer Me 1988) will be his trusty scholar sidekick. The upcoming film is a sageuk mystery-comedy centered around a strange rumor circulating in Joseon’s capital city of Hanyang.

Lee Seon-kyun’s character is King Yejong, a man whose day job is ruling the country but whose passion is forensic investigation. He loves getting into the nitty-gritty of cases, even going as far as doing the autopsies himself. Ahn Jae-hong plays a genius rookie scholar with an eidetic memory and an adorably bumbling personality. In the teaser, the king tests Ahn Jae-hong’s keen memory skills on his first day of work. He easily passes, and from that point on, he orders the scholar to stay within a five meter radius of him at all times.

At first when Lee Seon-kyun starts taking Ahn on his secret nightly adventures in pursuit of criminal justice, Ahn complains and asks why he’s being required to engage in such activities when he’s only a part of the Arts and Culture Administration Bureau. Then Lee Seon-kyun replies in a hilariously deadpan voice that he should obey because it’s a royal edict, almost challenging Ahn to disobey.

They work together to chase leads both inside and outside the palace, and even from the short teaser clip, I’m already laughing at the casual comic camaraderie between these two. When they’re out in civilian clothing having an audience with a mysterious beautiful woman, Ahn Jae-hong accidentally slips up and calls Lee Seon-kyun “Your Majesty” (jeon-ha). Thinking quick on his feet, the king explains that his name is Lee Jeon-ha. (Hur, very subtle there.)

Ahn Jae-hong retains all of his lovable clumsy charm from Answer Me 1988 in his portrayal of the king’s faithful follower, and Lee Seon-kyun looks like his hard-driving taskmaster self from Pasta except this time his passion is about dead bodies, not aglio e olio. Whenever Ahn falls asleep on the job, the king wakes him by any means possible, whether it be throwing books at his head or kicking him over to the side, like they’re a gag comedy duo. It’s actually Lee’s first time in a sageuk, which is surprising given how long he’s been in the industry, but he’s definitely pulling it off in the teaser.

The King’s Case will begin playing in Korean theaters in late April.

Via DongA Sports

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22 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. potatodrama

    “Mr. Mellow Voice”… couldn’t say better!

    This looks really funny.

  2. SHF

    Is it just me or does Ahn Jae-hongreminds anyone of Cha Tae-hyun…?

    This movie looks so fun!

  3. MapleSilver

    I don’t watch Sageuk but I will happily watch this for Mr. Voice. And the comedy is right up my alley. Does Anh Jae-hong’s character suffer from narcolepsy or something?

  4. Miky

    This looks so fun!!!!

  5. whimsicalnet

    oooo… this looks like a fun watch! I hope I’ll get to watch it.

  6. Sera The Ms Temper

    I will love to watch this. Mr Mellow Voice can never go wrong in comedic role.

  7. Flightey Gazelles

    I simply saw the poster and before I read anything else, I started laughing already!! This looks hilarious! I love comedy Saeguks! Maybe I’ll get to watch in sometime in 2019…*sigh*

  8. Celina

    This is the first time I saw Lee Seon-kyun in saeguk’s character. It suits him a lot… I didn’t realize that he has a ‘saeguk’ face. Haha… I’m looking forward for this movie. A King with sexy voice… I’m in !!!

    • 8.1 MapleSilver

      I think you are right about his “sageuk” face. I had always thought LSK had a thoroughly modern look and so I was very skeptical when news of this casting was first announced. Glad to be proven wrong. But then again, maybe with a beard and hat any Korean man can be made to look properly historical. I mean, has there been an actor that totally did not look right in his/her sageuk role?

      • 8.1.1 Celina

        Actors with modern Korean look (a.k.a plastic surgery) don’t look believable as saeguk characters. Even with beards, hats, and saeguk costumes. Because their fake noses and double eyelid surgeries will look so unnatural on screen. Faces like Ji Chang Wook’s, Jaejoong, Lee Min Ho, Kim Jung Eun, Uhm Jung Hwa don’t belong to saeguk dramas.

        • 8.1.1.1 Flightey Gazelles

          My first exposure to Ji Chang Wook was in a Saeguk, WBDS and I didn’t notice anything remiss( granted I’m not good at spotting these things) so…

          For Uhm Jung Hwa, I noticed. But Kim Hye Soo is also a face I associate with a modern look, and she’s done a Saeguk, so….

          Lee Min Ho, I liked in Faith.

        • 8.1.1.2 bd5

          Give me a break!

          1st off, a third of Koreans have natural double eyelids and Koreans with that trait existed back then (as well as those with taller noses).

          2nd, Oh Ji-ho looked perfectly believable as a Joseon General turned slave in “Chuno.”

          • 8.1.1.2.1 fab

            And also face structure changes through time, PS or not.

    • 8.2 Celina

      Ooopss.. just realize it’s “sageuk” not “saeguk”. Sorry…

  9. spazmo

    ohhh, this totally looks like a great excuse to go to a nearby theater with the kdrama lunch ladies! we LOVE “the voice”….
    ; )

    • 9.1 MapleSilver

      You have your own kdrama lunch ladies club? And you all love LSK? So where do I sign up?

  10. 10 Growingbeautifully

    This sageuk, I actually want to watch! 😀

  11. 11 JadeRJY

    Lee Seon Kyun is ♥!

    He has such an expressive face and you can see all nuances of his characters’ emotions on them, be it drama, romance or comedy. Then that voice. Sigh

    This looks like a fun movie!

  12. 12 korfan

    It certainly looks like both actors had fun playing their roles! Cool!

  13. 13 Yami

    shut up and take my money!

  14. 14 JC

    I totally read that as “Arts and Crafts Department” and agreed with our beleaguered eunuch about being drafted into detectiving for his king.

  15. 15 bd5

    This has a “Detective K” ring to it.

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