Han Seok-kyu takes on The Tooth and the Nail
Veteran Hallyu star Han Seok-kyu (Paparotti) is taking on the upcoming movie The Tooth and the Nail, based on the 1955 Bill Ballinger suspense novel of the same name. The now hard-to-find tome was considered a masterfully crafted example of the mystery genre in its time, and was unique in that it alternated chapters in different voices (first and third person) until the conclusion, when the two different narratives melded together and tied up the plot. Fun fact: at the time, the book was sold sealed, and couldn’t be returned if one had already opened and read the ending.
The actor is said to have decided on the project because he took a liking to the script, about a magician who meets a woman, gets married, and is on his way towards living a relatively normal life, until life decides to throw him some serious curveballs. When the conjurer’s butler/driver disappears, traces of his incinerated corpse are found at the magician’s home, and amongst the ashes, the driver’s tooth and nail are also discovered. The mystery builds from there — and my curiosity is piqued. The book sounds like a good read and I’m tempted to track it down.
The Tooth and the Nail will be directed by Jeong Shik (one of the directors of the omnibus picture Epitaph) and is garnering interest due to the Ballinger story the plot pays homage to. Once production has cast the female lead and supporting cast, the movie will begin filming in the latter half of the year.
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