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Choi Min-shik and Park Shin-hye navigate courtroom twists and turns in Blackened Heart

I don’t know about you, but I would watch Choi Min-shik doing anything, or nothing, for hours on end. I swear the man holds enough gravitas to turn even the lightest of cotton candy into a showcase of award-worthy dramatic acting. His newest film, Blackened Heart, is no cotton candy though, and the promotion material promises an intricate legal thriller with high stakes involved. For those of you familiar with Chinese cinema, you’ll recognize Blackened Heart (the literal translation of the title is Silence) as a remake of 2013’s Silent Witness.

Choi Min-shik plays a CEO of a large company who has everything at the beginning of the film; in addition to his wealth, he is happily engaged to a famous singer. His whole world comes crashing down one day when his fiancee, played by Honey Lee (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People), is found murdered, and the primary suspect is his own daughter. Lee Soo-kyung (the Hogu’s Love actress, not the Let’s Eat one) will be reuniting with Choi Min-shik after playing another father and daughter pair in The Mayor.

Choi Min-shik’s character curiously forgoes the cadre of highly paid lawyers he probably has on retainer and hires rookie defense attorney Park Shin-hye (Doctors) to fight for his daughter’s behalf in court. Perhaps he chose her as a matter of trust, and he asks Park Shin-hye in the teaser whether she believes in his daughter’s words. Lee Soo-kyung doesn’t have any recollection of what happened the night her father’s fiancee was murdered, but that doesn’t deter Park Shin-hye from believing in her client’s innocence, and the novice lawyer becomes something of an older sister figure to the young murder suspect.

The case takes an unexpected turn, though, when Ryu Joon-yeol’s character, a fan of the murdered singer, appears and alleges that he has CCTV footage from the night of his idol’s death. I’ve only ever seen Ryu Joon-yeol in really likable—and thus heartbreaking—roles (see: Answer Me 1988, A Taxi Driver, and The King), so I sort of hope his character here is really as shady as the description and his split-second appearance in the teaser seem to suggest. It feels like the film will make us question everyone and everything, and the teaser ends with the copy, “The truth everyone knows and the lie everyone believes.”

I can always appreciate a smart, tightly woven plot that takes its viewers along for the whodunit guessing game, so I’m looking forward to watching the mystery unfold along with the rest of the characters in Blackened Heart. And with acclaimed director Jung Ji-woo (Eun-gyo, Happy End) at the helm, I’m sure it’s going to be a beautiful and harrowing ride.

Blackened Heart will premiere in Korean cinemas sometime in November.

Via Naver Movie, Sports Chosun

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Ryu is on a roll! This year alone from "The King" to "Taxi Driver" to "Blackened Heart" co-starring with the best of Chungmuro, Song Kang-ho and Choi Min-shik.

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I know! This was what I was gonna comment too. So upvote x 999

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I think he has a very unique face and eye expression. I'm sure he will go a long long way.

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Woah it was a little unsettling scrolling down how Ryu Joon-yeol suddenly looked me straight in the eye...

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I find it curious that though the synopsis forwards PSH's character as the protagonist of the piece, the trailer doesn't have her speaking even one line. Huh. I'm looking forward to her in this movie though.

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How can shin hye be the lead when Choi min sik is there. She’s my boo but he is the lead

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He is the lead and PSH is too one of the leads here. Her role ain’t bigger than him of course. This will be her first time acting and portraying a bigger role - defence lawyer Choi Hee Jung, compared to her previous movie characters. So I can tell her fans are excited to see how far she can take as an actress. Hopefully it won’t be a disappointment.

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She says lines in another teaser released by CJ E&M and she has a more significant role than you’d think based on this trailer. PSH doesn’t take lead roles in movies usually, she takes supportive ones

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Wow I'm looking forward to this. This is PSH's first lead role in film and I hope everything goes well for her. Hope she will return to dramaland next year.

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I love the fact that PSH is taking on a dark role in a dark movie. Shows that she's serious about developing herself as an actress, and doesn't just want to stay comfortable in Hallyu rom-coms.

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She has always been that way. She has taken supporting roles in movies and she has some experimental roles too, in between dramas. She’s got to pay her food and rent too, so idk if blaming her for being in popular dramas is even reasonable :)
It’s just -as the name suggests- that hallyu rom-coms have been the popular and more well known works she has been in and you can’t really expect them to be masterpieces tbh.

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I'm always interested in watching korean movies but never gind where to see them, sigh😯. At least i've see roaring currents so i would always be interested in seeing whatever CMS does. Looks good though, wish i could see this in d future

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Sounds promising

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Big fan of Choi Min-shik so of course this goes on my watch list and of course, I'm looking forward to Ryu Joon-yeol after his performance in Taxi Driver.

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Ryu Joon-yeol is in it??? I'm sold.

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This looks so good...but not a fan of Park Shin-hye...

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Then shut up

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Hey, you don't have to be so rude. All they said was that they're not a fan of Park Shin-hye. They didn't bash her, mock her nor did they hate on anyone else who likes Park Shin-hye. All they are doing is stating their opinion in a non-offensive manner, so please do not reply in a defensive manner. Remember that in Dramabeans, Beanies are allowed to express their opinions as much as they want, as long as it doesn't harm or make fun of others. Let's keep this site a friendly place!

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Thank you very much 😁

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Ok sure

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Don't worry man. Not her fan either, but there are Choi Min-sik, Ryu, and Honey Lee too. I think her screentimes are not that much, especially in this around 1hour ++ movie

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Lee Soo-kyung seems to be doing well for a 20yr old in Chungmuro.

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Thank you Kiara.I haven't get the chance to check on her movies.

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No big roles but she seems to get cast with some pretty big names.

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Uhmm so that’s why the production team waited until PSH’s drama ended, to give her only a little screen time? (She was offered this role before Doctors). Doesn’t sound logical. There’s a second trailer released by CJ E&M where it’s shown that she has more screen time.

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Lol ignore these PSH haters. If you watched the original film, you will know she is one of the key characters in the film. In fact, the other two females are the ones with little screen time.

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hmm.. I don’t know if they are ’haters’ or not but this site seems to have certain commenters who practically advertise their dislike for PSH but get mad when some other actress/actor get the same treatment. I’m all for freedom of expressing opinions but it’s getting tiring to see that the ones who know the least write the most. My comment above was a fact and hopefully I won’t be labelled 'defensive'

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@dil What I meant was this movie has many main casts, so she has to share the screentimes with other too, it means that anyone who isn't a fan of hers or anyone among the casts doesn't need to be bothered. Maybe I should have re-phrase my lines in better way.

Thank you for pointing out the fact, because like you said, I wasn't really know the most a about this movie as I haven't checked all trailers and promotional materials.

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Oh it’s okay. Now that you rephrased it, sounds more logical. Even if a movie has an actor/actress I don’t consider that good, I still watch it if it has other good actors or the synopsis is good. Who knows, maybe I’ll get positively surprised. I like to keep my mind open that way. Even my faves (for example Lee Bo young and Park Shin hye) have had bad projects and I can admit that, but they’ve had good performances too. Not everyone will like every actor of course and that’s totally fine.

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I know! The rest of the cast is phenomenal!!

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I am sure you should worry bcz she is the 1st female lead so she sharing alot of screen time look at 2nd trailer honey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1l0eb9geeA

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Well, I’m a fan of her and the whole cast actually and I’m excited for this! It looks even better than the original version in my opinion.

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I am not a fan of Park Shin-hye too.

But I am sold with Choi Min-shik, Ryu Joon-yeol and Honey Lee.

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I'm excited for this!! Also I wish Park Shin-hye comes back to dramaland soon I really miss her :(

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OK that picture of Ryu Joon-yeol was legit creepy. This guy has such a good acting talent that he can make me shiver just by that stare. Definitely hoping this would be the year Ryu Joon-yeol could be more and more noticed, especially by the global media!

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I love courtroom drama in movies. There's always about the mystery of whodunit just reels me in. I really like the leads.

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Choi Min Shik alone is enough for me to look forward to this movie. Added Park Shin Hye who I think a decent actress who can perform her best when well written characters were given to her. I’m IN! Plus this will be her first movie portraying bigger, one of the leads after CMS and challenging role compared to her previous ones (only talk about her previous movie roles here). Been waiting so long for the girl to work with one of critically acclaimed actors like CMS and it finally happened. Hopefully she learnt and gained a lot while working with him. I feel bad but not really to those who think her screen present might be lesser than other actors in it when her name is written next to CMS from trailers to posters :p Hope the movie will be a hit once it released!

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a good movie like this, we wont even get sub for at least the first 6 month. unless the movie filled with hot oppas (obviously the sub will be much faster), we just have to wait for sub.

and i guess, nothing Park shin hye does will be ever enough for non fans. people will always put her acting at the same level with idols, it seem. but go girl. go get acting experience with big sunbae in industry . no matter how small your role is.

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I have always felt Park Shin Hye has more to offer than the scripts for her hit dramas allow her to perform.....I hope she chooses a good script next....Its time to see her in a dark twisted drama with a solid script

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She definitely has more to offer than kdrama scripts offer her. It’s a shame that the dramas, the poor girl-chaebol ones and the teen dramas, brought her more popularity and attention. She’s had some gems and good performances but many kdrama fans don’t know about them. She isn’t even my favorite but it aches me to see so much unnecessary bandwagon hate towards her. She is a good actress, but people (especially on certain blogs and sites) don’t give her much credit. I really wish she took more movies and branched out so she’d be saved from petty fan wars and ’oppa fangirls’ who will never think she’s good enough to be their faves co-actress even though she has the ability to anchor a scene and complement her co-stars..

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You speak my exact sentiments. People like to discredit her just because they've seen those few roles of hers. But I don't blame her for taking those roles, since it contributed to her large fanbase. She came from a small company so her fanbase and popularity will allow her to get better roles eventually as she grow older.
I think the reason she don't accept alot of movies is because she lacks confidence of her ability to bring in the box office. Hopefully this movie is a success for her so she will take on more movie roles.
And anyway it's only those oppa fangirls who doubt her. Professionals in the industry definitely think she's a competent actress.

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I know that financial success matters and in her profession, popularity is directly connected to it. But she's in a position where she can branch out and take more risk. I want her to go for really dark, complex roles. I know Changmuro doesn't care much about drama actors and the Oppas and Unnis who are super popular, so it'll be hard to land those roles in movies. I still hope to see her exploring more layered and complex content. Contents of cable network right now is more diverse, maybe her next stop should be OCN or JTBC. Go play a spy, a villain, a gang leader or a psychopath for a change. Its about time.

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Agree..she has lot to offer..

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i really think she already start on that. i mean, look it almost end of the year already. she did not even attach herself to any drama offer right now.

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So true

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I’ll be looking forward to this and cheering for the WHOLE cast. Director Jung Ji Woo is meticulous and strives for perfection. I believe he knew what he wanted when casting all those actors and actresses.

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