What is this scary ass shit?!? I did NOT sign up for this. I was just getting a bit giggly over the first stills of the two leads of The Master’s Sun having a first meeting that is rather out of the ordinary even as drama clichés goes. Gong Hyo Jin is wandering around dazed and confused at night due to her affliction which causes her to see ghosts. She runs into So Ji Sub and the guy clearly has a heart because he offers her a ride home. Too bad that results in him getting felt up by Gong Hyo Jin, bad for him but good for her and us, right? The premise that she can see ghosts can be either funny or scary depending on execution. I thought the movie Spellbound (Chilly Romance) with Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Ki where she can see ghosts would be funny romantic except it was way creepier than expected. I always thought TMS sounded like a drama remake of that movie but with the details different is all. Now the first teaser preview just dropped and I was seriously creeped out. It’s not full-blown K-horror movie level of scares and screams, but its decidedly ominous and sinister in mood. The teaser shows So Ji Sub arriving at an old mansion and then walking inside. As he moves through the dark and baroque interview he hears noises and voices which leads him upstairs.
He opens the door to find a ghostly figure illuminated briefly by a flash of lightning, and then the lights come on and Gong Hyo Jin sits there with a little chapeau and veil perched over her face making her seem like a turn-of-the-century widower. The title cards read: People who have left, a person who cannot leave, a world where this all co-exists. So Ji Sub’s Joo Joong Won says that her world is a little bit different. Gong Hyo Jin’s Tae Gong Shil says that she is waiting for Joong Won, who replies that this is the story about people who cannot leave….. Oookay, so where’s the romance part I was promised?The Master’s Sun. While the big question mark is whether the Hong Sisters can deliver this so-called horror romance with the storytelling thoughtfully needed to create a compelling story, PD Jin Hyuk who directed City Hunter, Prosecutor Princess, and Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance isn’t exactly someone who has experience with balancing a dark mood with lighter touches. I might’ve gone with PD Kim Sang Ho who did Hon and Arang and the Magistrate, though he’s probably pooped from doing When a Man Loves. Here’s to hoping this teaser is just setting the mood and the actual drama isn’t bathed in the aura of spookiness.
First preview for The Master’s Sun:
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