Sunday, January 5, 2014
If there is one thing in common between Sin Min-ah and Lee Joon-ki as actors, it is their bold choices in genre for their dramas. Sin Min-ah's 'My Girlfriend is a Gumiho' as well as "Devil" were both unique in their own ways and Lee Joon-ki's seeming preference for the action and suspense genre in dramas brought us this year's "Two Weeks", but also works such as 'Hero - Drama' and "Time Between Dog and Wolf - Drama". 'Arang and the Magistrate', which is directed by Kim Sang-ho-I ('Fantastic Couple', 'HON - Soul') and written by Jeong Yoon-jeong ('Monstar', 'Drama Special - Terminal'), is therefore successful in its casting of actors who know how to work slightly different concepts for television.
'Arang and the Magistrate' brings the titular characters together quite early. Arang (Sin Min-ah) is a ghost who cannot remember who she was and why or how she died. Determined to find out and not move on before it, she keeps running away from Moo-yeong (Han Jeong-soo), the Grim Reaper assigned to bring her to the otherworld. Eun-oh (Lee Joon-ki) and his servant, Dol-soi (Kwon O-joong), are heading for Miryang, the city where Eun-oh's mother was last seen before she disappeared. When Arang and Moo-yeong go past him in the forest during their chase, we learn that Eun-oh can see souls. When Arang and he meet again, she discovers his ability and asks for his help. After he is unwillingly made a governor of Miryang by the superstitious officials out to stop a local curse, Eun-oh discovers Arang is carrying a hairpin identical to his mother's, which was unique. They agree to help each other, solving the mystery of Arang's life and death and perhaps finding Eun-oh's mother in the process.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Arang and the Magistrate".