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More additions to the cast of Cha Seung-won’s drag comedy

So, there’s more information out on Cha Seung-won’s new cop action comedy with director Jang Jin, and get this: he plays a dude who wants to be a lady. Oh man, that is NOT what I expected, even with the title High Heels. I mean, of all the leading men, Cha Seung-won is pretty much the last person I expected to see running around in stilettos. I’m already dying just picturing it. Though Cha Seung-won the actor will be in drag, the story itself is no mere undercover-cop-in-drag setup — he’ll be a transgender hero who undergoes the transformation throughout the course of the film. Jang Jin is known for his subversive humor, but I think this one will take the cake.

Esom (Psychometry, White Christmas) and Oh Jung-sae (Men: An Operating Manual, I Miss You) have joined the cast, and I initially assumed Esom would play Cha Seung-won’s love interest… until I read the new plot update. Now it’s a toss-up. Oh Jung-sae’s character is described as a rival (it’s broad so he could be a rival cop or a criminal or maybe he’s even a rival for whoever gets cast as the love interest?) while Esom’s character is the one who helps the hero become a woman.

Cha Seung-won stars as a cop in the violent crimes division, which in itself is a funny backdrop for the story. Can you just imagine the reaction in the precinct? And to top it off, it’s an action comedy, so s/he will at some point be solving homicides and running after killers in those heels. Do they even make shoes like that in his size? And what are they going to do with his facial hair? And his tattoo? I have so many questions. It’s pretty much guaranteed I’ll be on pins and needles waiting for stills from this movie. You gotta love an actor who really gives it all up for comedy.

High Heels starts shooting in April for a release later this year.

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ah..its the girl fr white xmas

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OMAGAAAAAAHH this is sooooooo hilariouss!!! :'D

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The background story is not exactly the same but after reading that news I can't help thinking about this movie:
"To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar".
If CSW manages to be as convincing as Patrick Swayze in heels, I'll give him a standing ovation (and maybe a foot massage).

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Or its predecessor, "Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." Let's hope CSW can channel his inner Guy Pierce for this role!

But I wonder how the product placement will be publicized? Maybe this will open up a new market for 'Namja Spanx' in Korea? :P

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Namja Spanx -- LOL!!!!

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And then Oh Ji-ho and the makers of Namja Kimchi will protest the brand name.... :p

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OMG, isn't Esom of the same age of Cha Seung Won's son?
By the way, it is pretty difficult to imagine CSW in stilettos, and he's way too macho to play a transgender, but I guess that it's going for over-the-top comedy ahah

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just imagining him in heels..full makeup.. with eye shadows... wait.. will he be getting boobs? or fake boobs? i have to see it..... even if it the whole show sucks...

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Han Suk-kyu dressing in drag for the film "Mr. Housewife/Quiz King" was a complete riot (great scene in the elevator, btw).

Also seeing Kim Sung-soo and Jo Han-sun dress in drag (as well as Kim Jong-kook) for a music parody on FO1 was great as well b/c they just looked like men in drag.

Anyway, CSW got his start in comedy - so if well written, this should be a hoot.

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Can't to see cha seung won in high heels,yippie..LOL#StartImagining

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It's Oh Jung-sae's momentum? I highly approve of that trend.

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awesomeness, Cha seung won, i actually see him play this role haha. the dude is funny. but will his awesome mustacho be shaved? lol can't wait to see the movie.
ad oh jung sae is awesome too.
love it already!!

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OH.MY.GOD. My ahjussi crush in high heels?!? This is going to be mega hilarious! Just thinking about it... Omo I can't even. Hahahahaha!! :D

So excited for this movie! Yipee!!!

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adds to my ever growing must watch list! all the movies for this year sound great, can't say the same for the dramas though.

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Sounds interesting! :D but what about his 소 mustache?

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Maybe they will channel Freddie Mercury's look from "I Want to Break Free" video?

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Now I am imagining CSW doing a cover of that song to help hype up the movie, complete with wig, pink halter top, and vacuum cleaner.

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Ooh, yes please! Can't wait for the promo posters!

Wouldn't it be great if they brought Kim Sun Ah on board, even as a cameo? She's rocked the whole comedy cop routine before, and she's got great chemistry with CSW!

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Sounds very much worth watching. Can't wait.

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Thanks for the update GF!

HOw awesome is CSW that he'll dress up in drag!

Would love to be on the set for this movie!

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I know I'm in the VAST minority of women who don't adore CSW, but this...THIS I can get behind.

And pony-tail cop! YES~

Esom, she was good in White Christmas. I've been wondering where she was, since the boys have been getting so much air time.

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@JoAnne-

"I know I’m in the VAST minority of women who don’t adore CSW, but this…THIS I can get behind."

Here I was thinking, you know, he's not ugly but he's not my cup of tea, but this, I'm down for. Great minds and all that lol.

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CSW was better looking in his younger years.

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sounds good, so it's gonna competitor of joo won new movie, rom-com, cop, shoot in april, release later this year.....the story seem more interesting than joo won's new movie,joo won is my favorit actor but i predict this drama will get better audience

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I don't know about this, is there any relationship this movie n joo won movie, i mean i read somewhere that the previous cast of joo won new movie is Shin Ha Kyung n Shin min ah, why they change the cast??this movie should air in the same time plus the same genre rom-com about a cop????????

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this plot sounds so crazy and funny....
can't imagine CSW in this role ;)

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Interesting, but I'm a bit wary that they will make fun of transgender people in a highly political way. If they handle that line well, I'll like it, if they don't, I feel a bit uneasy as South Korea *does* have a transgender actress that was quite well-known. And since she is the only one, it kinda spits in her face if they do it wrong and her work in the movement in ROK....

I'll hope it's not made politically to preach about how "wrong" it is. Or to make "fun" of how it is, but to play with that line of making fun of the people who think it's "wrong" in the first place and go for the heart *as well* as the humor. Last can be tricky, but it can be pulled off.

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Yes, I'm a bit wary too. I would be very disappointed if it turned out to be 'oh look, let's all laugh at the freak'. But I fear that is exactly what will happen, which would really do transgender people a disservice, a much misunderstood community who suffer abuse and violence for just trying to be who they are. Even the headline on this page refers to the film as a 'drag' comedy. Only drag queens dress in drag, transgender people just wear the clothes that match their gender identity.

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Yes, transvestite is a different matter entirely. I've seen being transvestite done well in K-dramas (surprisingly so). But this digs at a different issue of a very stigmatized group. So I'm hoping it's working to advance the movement rather than set it back. For that, I'll watch it, but if I feel the bile rising, I'll probably turn it off. (And then rant in open thread to vent off my frustration)

There is only one movie that I know that faced it head-on. That was Sex is Zero 2, where one of the characters is transgender, because the actress was also transgender (and chose, in her case) to get the operation and name change. It was handled well...

But without the anchor here I'm kinda quivering that it'll go backwards (After moving a tiny bit forwards with AM1997--not perfect, but progress). I think I'll feel really, really sad if that's the case. The great strides and kicking the US's butt on such issues, at least in the media has made me proud of ROK...

But I'll definitely wait and see.

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To clarify gay=/= transgender. Saying for the QUILTBAG movement in ROK, in general, since they've united in ROK. Sorryk, didn't think about that until after I hit submit. ^^;;

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Newbie chiming in. Hi! Am fairly new to all the Korean stuff, so bear with me.

Another Kmovie about a transgender person is 'Like a Virgin' with Ryu Doek Hwan, which I really enjoyed and liked.

Reading the story I started wondering, if the makers would dare to even go one step further and make the love interest a male?

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This was my first thought as well. It really depends on how the character is presented - and it could easily go into a very ugly direction if she is held up to ridicule as "unnatural" or simply a ridiculous clown.

I mean, I *could* imagine this done well, too, with the hero sympathetically presented. But... making the movie an actio9n comedy doesn't really bode that well.

Maybe I'm just pessimistic, though. I'm hoping for the best, anyway!

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Good point. I'm excited by the contrast between the storyline and CSW's alpha male image, but also hope that the movie treats the greater issue with sensitivity and respect.

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I agree with your last sentence! I hope they treat this seriously and without too many stereotypes. Like if asian dramas include gay characters they often make them super flamboyant. :/

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I would think that the "humor" would be the reaction of others to the main character and how CSW's character reacts to their reactions.

Being a CSW vehicle, chances are, while struggling thru life as a transgender person, CSW's character at the same time is going to be full of self-confidence.

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"I mean, of all the leading men, Cha Seung-won is pretty much the last person I expected to see running around in stilettos. I’m already dying just picturing it. "

True dat!

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omgeeeeee! i'm already dying waiting for this! gawd, CSW -- in stilettos?!?!?!?!

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OMG this is definitely something that I wasn't expecting! CSW is such a manly man kinda guy, so to picture him in this role is already flat out hilarious! XD I'm soooo curious about this movie now! ^^

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this is going to be interesting.. i mean cha seung won in stiletto, it's hilarious just to think of that, beside that he is a very capable actor on any role..
i think Cha seung won will be great in this
i have a huge expectation on his comeback

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Oh dear God. I am tuning in.

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Oh my....he is good at comedy as can be seen in Greatest Love! I think this will be a blast if the script is well written....I wanna see this =)

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OMG I am SO gonna watch this! I'm lol just reading about it...and imagining CSW in heels.

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I was so worried about his comeback project being a let down. This takes him in a completely new direction. It should be so much fun to watch!

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Hoping this has the same feel as Hedwig Half-inch and not a shallow, drags-are-freaks-hahaha movie.

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Sounds hilarious. Can't wait!

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I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever. I totally believe in his ability to pull it off. It is going to go so swmmingly, probably, that we just drop our jaws to the floor.

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As someone said around here: drama gods are losing bets to movie gods quite a lot recently

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Too many good actors are sticking to movies. It makes me sad :(

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I know. But when you see the global level of the said dramas, you can understand the actors. *Imagine your bias in one of the bad dramas airing these days and shiver*.

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This is true. Droning sageuks and cavity-inducing fluff FTW!

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'Twas me. I'm debating if they are playing Hwatu, poker or Majong. I somehow see them around a table with their wives complaining at them to not lose because of the pressure from their friends who are watching the dramas/movies.

I still hope they don't make fun of transgender people. I'll feel sick if they do that. I think I might even cry through the cringing and shaking my fist. (Mostly at the disappointment this represents)

But I'm dying for other movies coming out. Which means the K-drama scripts are less than stellar lately if so many big names are going towards movies.

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Lordy... The man is already 6' 2" tall. Put him in 5" heels and he's going to look like the Namsan Tower in a dress.

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LOL! Hilarious metaphor.

CSW in high heels--can't wait to see it.

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Well...I'm a 6ft woman and I wear heels sometimes. (Just last Halloween I went for 5in. lmao) It's odd being that tall but tall people get used to being taller than everyone else so it's no big for us.

It does look hilarious if we're standing next to short people in tall heels. I hope they utilize that sight gag in this movie. lmfao

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this movie is to die for!!! i will definitely watch it if i'm in Korea! =)

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OMGAHHHH DRAG?! XD

Wow... Totally wasn't expecting this.
I really like Cha Seung Won. I wanna check this movie even more now..
I'm curious about his facial hair and all that too. Need to see more pics/teasers!! Hahaha

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All one can do is sit and repeatrepeatrepeatrepeat, all good things come to those who waitwaitwaitwait.

The mind takes flight, and . . . . French twist or peek-aboo - shave or wax - Brazil or not - voice low and melodious or high and nasal - girdle or commando - underarms smooth or ala natural - oh and legs?? One’s mind can take so many roads and soar to such delightful heights and possibilities.

Brave lad - brave lad.

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He will soooooo tower over his co-stars. I mean, he IS already 1.88m without high heels!

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Can I just say that I called this? Although I thought it would just be him doing undercover work in drag. But yeah, with the title High Heels, I figured drag had to play some part in the plot. But a transgender hero goes much further and really takes the cake.

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this would be a very challenging role for CSW... looking forward to see this movie.... love CSW :-)

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Er.. lol. Very interesting haha shall definitely give this one a go when it comes out

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I'm already laughing

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So its Kinky Boots and Law and Order rolled into one? When can I see THIS!

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omo.. CSW will be playing a drag queen?.. that's hilarious so i'm really excited for this... He's my ahjussi crush eversince i watched him in City Hall... so I started following all of his projects except Athena, coz I just can't force myself to finish that crap even for my love of CSW... Hope this one is good, but even if it's not I'll surely give it a try coz i'm dying to see him wearing heels... ☻

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He's not playing a drag queen, he's playing a transgendered person. There is a huge difference.

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I wonder will this movie have CSW's love interest at all. If he has one then will be a guy, right?

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Not necessarily. Less than half of male to female transexuals are attracted to men, some are attracted to women, and the remainder to neither.

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Wow really insightful. Thank you.

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WHOA! Color me surprised!

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is it possible that his character is originally a woman who underwent an operation to become a man, but then has to dress up as a woman to do undercover?

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i'm trying so hard to picture CSW as a woman, but i really can't. or maybe it's just that the picture i am getting is not very pretty..

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haha, i am SO looking forward to CSW in drag. he is the absolute last actor i would think about being in drag/cross gender/transgender etc dressing. CSW in heels? YAY! will he be beautiful? what will he do about his 7 oclock shadow?!

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Yeah, I can't picture Cha Seung-won in heels and a dress without busting a gut. This sounds like a really hilarious show, but I'll have to wait until it's available over here in America.

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omo... i don't know what to think... but i'm dying to watch this, hope it won't let me down. i have faith this movie will be good because i love CSW, he's such a great actor, and i like his 2 movies with dircetor Jang Jing: "Murder Take One" was really good and "My Son" is actually one of my faves K-Movies...
can't wait for this...

PD: i can imagine CSW as a woman, a long time ago he made a comercial dressed as a woman and he looked really pretty, it was hard to recognize him, but his hands are so particular...

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"he plays a dude who wants to be a lady."

My mum's a huge Cha Seungwon fan... I bet she'll laugh-cry at that.

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Nice! Esom is going places.

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..hoping his movie will release here in the Phils...OMO! ...i really love this man...hoping he would do another romantic teleseries...Im in love with his character as Jo Guk in City Hall and of course Dokko Jin of Best Love...I've been watching those dvds over and over...so..please, please, please have another team up with Kim Sun Ah...?...hoping the SBS or MBC will do another romantic comedy with Cha Seung Won...this man is really charming with high spirited character....no wonder you made my heart flutters....saranghamnida!..<3...;)

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