Ajumma Choi Kang-hee and Officer Kwon Sang-woo team up in Mystery Queen
New stills for upcoming ajumma detective drama Mystery Queen have been released. All the cuts of the main character, played by Choi Kang-hee (Dazzling Temptation), look quirky and colorful, while those of her co-star Kwon Sang-woo (Temptation) seem murky and dark. Perhaps the color dynamic is supposed to represent their different approaches to investigating?
The plot is about an ajumma who had childhood dreams of becoming a detective, but real life got in the way, and now she’s saddled with a prosecutor husband and a mother-in-law who don’t appreciate her at all. Due to an unforeseen incident, she becomes embroiled in a mystery that gets her partnered up with a gruff cop who’s all rough edges, played by Kwon Sang-woo. She comes at the case from an angle that’s all theoretical knowledge and deductive reasoning, which she learned from reading mystery novels, but he comes at it with experience and seasoned gut feelings under his belt.
Well in my mind, Choi Kang-hee seems like the perfect fit to play a nosy-with-harmless-curiosity ajumma who sees conspiracies everywhere, and after seeing his abs in Yawang, I know Kwon Sang-woo is ripped enough for a meaty action role. But he may be in for a doozy because the man behind the camera of Mystery Queen is PD Kim Jin-woo, who was also the one behind all of the awesome fight sequences in Healer.
Their younger castmates Lee Won-geun (Sassy Go Go) and Kim Min-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara) were also with them at the script read. They’ll be playing two buddy partner cops, with Lee Won-geun as the elite-trained sunbae and Kim Min-jae as the loyal hoobae. I’m not quite sure how they’ll fit in with the overall larger dynamic between Choi Kang-hee and Kwon Sang-woo, but I think it could be fun if this eclectic group detectives that range from less-than-novice to uber-pro get together and go around solving mysteries.
Wednesday-Thursday drama Mystery Queen will start airing this April on KBS.