I love Ha Ji Won but she’s getting type cast into a certain action-oriented character role that is starting to limit her range. All her projects in the last few years have had her playing a fighting or sporting role, ranging from Secret Garden to Sector 7 to Korea to The King 2 Hearts. Not to mention she got her big breakthroughs with the sageuk wuxia works such as The Duelist and Damo. I have no problem if she picks this type of role in a good project, but the just released trailer for her upcoming Joseon caper movie The Huntresses (Korean title Joseon’s Three Beautiful Musketeers) have me worried she’s sunk to a new low. The movie looks positively godawful based on the trailer. It looks like a schlocky 90s Hong Kong comedy wuxia movie made for pennies on the dollar starring slumming it A-listers looking to earn some spending money as well as perpetually drunk character actors. Don’t believe me, watch the trailer. Starring Ha Ji Won as the leader of a trio of female investigators in Joseon Korea, the other two are played by Kang Ye Won and Son Ga In. Not exactly a trio that inspires if you ask me. The story has the trio battling a powerful force looking to overthrow the Joseon dynasty. LOL, that’s quite a antagonist this movie has set up for the intrepid female heroines. Based on the trailer, the ladies dress up to investigate and go undercover, including cross-dressing, wearing Western clothes, pretending to be a geisha, and donning a revealing belly dancing outfit. I know this movie likely understands its broad based comedy strokes and doesn’t want us to take it seriously, but I can’t even be entertained when the production values look so terrible and the story makes no sense. I can’t believe Ha Ji Won has fallen so far from being the deadly and strong heroine of The Duelist and Damo days. I did some digging and found out that this movie is the first one ever produced by Ha Ji Won and Kang Ye Won’s own agency Wellmade Starm. Ha Ji Won is that agencies undisputed top star so my guess is she’s being cajoled to do this vanity project for her agency, and probably how she got out of her contract since this week came news she’s just joined Sidus HQ. Poor Ji Won, this is so beneath her I have no words. Hopefully she’ll had earned some goodwill and her next project will actually be worth this price paid.
Trailer for The Huntresses: