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Shin Min-ah’s first attempt at historical [**2 articles in this post]

Posted on: June 20, 2012

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Shin Min-ah seems to be full of confidence.

Actress Sin Min-ah who is taking on the role of Arang in the new MBC drama “Arang and the Magistrate” is coming back with a drama for the first time in 2 years.

Arang and the Magistrate” is based on the motive of the Arang Legend, about a ghost named Arang who’s lost her memory and wants to find out the truth about her death, with a bad tempered magistrate named Eun-oh (Lee Joon-ki).

This drama being her first MBC drama and her first historical, Sin Min-ah says, “It is a typical but bold ghost character. It’s cynical and reckless as well as stubborn but not detestable”.

Sin Min-ah fights with other ghosts to eat all the bits of food on the ground to propitiate ghosts and creates a chasing scene with a death angel too.

Sin Min-ah said, “The scenes are more like body fighting then fancy action. So I tried to focus more on Arang’s situations rather than the action scenes”.

Meanwhile, “Arang and the Magistrate” is directed by Kim Sang-ho-I and written by Jeong Yoon-jeong. The cast includes, Lee Joon-ki, Sin Min-ah, Yeon Woo-jin and Yoo Seung-ho. To be aired at the end of July after “I Do, I Do”.



Now that the hero’s had his introduction, we turn to Arang and the Magistrate’s heroine, Shin Mina, pictured in these latest stills wearing hanbok for her role as the murdered Arang seeking justice for her death.

Shin Mina said, “I’m so excited and happy [to do this drama] that I find myself waiting for filming days. It’s because it’s my first drama in two years, but also because the script is so entertaining and the cast and staff are all working so hard; the more expectations grow for the drama, the more I want to do a really good job. I’m enjoying every moment on the set.”

 <i really count on her when she says she enjoys the set despite of the hanbok in summer. haha>

She described her character, Arang, as a plucky, bright personality, in a departure from the typical ghost character. But I don’t expect this kind of plucky to hew to the usual heroine types, who are often Candys (poor but hardworking and optimistic): “She’s cynical and coarse and reckless, and strong-headed to boot, but not in a hateful way; she’s a lovable character. She doesn’t remember who she was in her life, and struggles to get by in this world, desperately wanting to know the reason for her death.” Ah, so the plot just got a hair more interesting—the ghost doesn’t know why she’s hanging around, so it’s not strictly revenge she wants, but the truth.

It also seems that the ghost doesn’t exactly get a free ride, despite her non-living status, because Shin describes Arang’s experience as “struggling to live in this world” and fighting with other creatures over the bits of food that get thrown on the ground as a ritual to scare away ghosts. (Hm, so a bit of a Dead Like Me setup, where the characters still have to fend for themselves even after they’re dead).

Co-star and drama hero Lee Jun-ki previously described his first impression of Shin Mina as “seeing a celebrity.” As in, feeling her star power. Shin said the same goes for Lee: “I felt the same thing when I first saw Lee Jun-ki. A strength of his is that he’s always upbeat and positive on set. Because he’s always positive and enthusiastic, I get wrapped up in the energy too and it makes things pleasant for the other staffers.”

<this will be the foundation statement of all the future Jun-min shipper out there! 🙂 >

Shin describes Arang as a “fantasy-melo sageuk seasoned with comic elements.” Ah, finally a description that makes sense; I’d been wondering how to reconcile Lee’s particular mention of the strong melodramatic elements with the descriptions of scenes and setups that sounded inherently comical. She elaborated, “On the whole the atmosphere feels bright and healthy, but when you follow each character’s circumstances and emotional throughlines, you’ll also feel a different type of fun and emotion. Arang is much more three-dimensional a character than the ones I’ve played before.”

<im glad that arang is with so much history and substance, so its like a drama that’s very clingy of the past.looking forward to the future>

Arang and the Magistrate premieres in July.

Via Joy News

credit: dramabeans

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