Kim Nam-gil joins Ryu Seung-ryong, Suzy in sageuk film
Kim Nam-gil (Shark) always does well in sageuk (see: Queen Seon-deok, his current swashbuckling hit Pirate), so I’m happy to hear that he’s sticking to his forte in his next project. He’ll be joining the historical film Dorihwaga, named for a type of traditional pansori song. Heavy-hitter Ryu Seung-ryong (Roaring Currents) is headlining as the pansori writer and creator of dorihwaga, while Suzy (Gu Family Book) plays his student and the first female pansori singer of Joseon.
The film takes place in the era of Gojong (late 19th-century Joseon), and Kim Nam-gil has been cast to play Heungseon Daewongun, Gojong’s father. The daewongun was a title for fathers of kings who did not rule, in this case because Gojong was adopted into a different family to continue the former king’s line. But because Gojong was young when he took the throne, his father was immensely powerful and basically ruled in his place.
Ryu Seung-ryong will play Shin Jae-hyo, a famous writer of pansori who was the first to train women as pansori artists. Suzy plays his favorite student, who eventually becomes the country’s first formal female pansori singer. She catches the eye of Heungseon Daewongun when she performs at a royal celebration, and he uses his considerable political force to keep her tied to him, despite the fact that she’s in love with her teacher, whom she admires and respects.
Well that just sounds doomed no matter which way you look at it, though mostly I’m thinking that she seems too young for everyone on the cast. Directing is Lee Jong-pil (Born to Sing), who’ll be reuniting with Kim Nam-gil after collaborating on the music documentary Ensemble (clearly music is his thing). Song Sae-byuk (Do-hee) co-stars as a famous male pansori artist.
Dorihwaga begins shoots this month for a release in 2015.
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