Seeing a fantastic teaser that blows my mind makes me want to wax nostalgic about the good old days of cinema when there was fewer output but the masterpieces could stand the test of time. Nowadays content is everywhere and the proliferation of too much stimuli makes everything feel expected and ordinary. We’ll settle for merely good because most stuff is just bad. The first teaser video for Joseon Gunman just dropped like an exploding snippet of intensity and style in an otherwise quiet cinematic weekend. There are glimpses of The Princess’s Man‘s visual style and I recollect that the first teaser for that drama was just a man on a horse racing something across a red-streaked background. The teaser for Joseon Gunman is dark, very very dark in color palette, so it took me multiple watches just to really view what was happening.
Lee Jun Ki‘s character Park Yoon Kang is seen firing a shotgun and then racing through a dark forest before using the shotgun to engage in a sword fight. In the end the swordsman is about the strike him down with a sword slash from in the air when Yoon Kang kneels down and backs the barrel of his gun readying it to fire. It’s the synopsis of this drama reduced to 30 artistic murky seconds, a swordsman who can fight with a sword chooses to adapt and use a gun in an era of great change in Joseon. KBS loves to release stylish first teasers and it doesn’t always equal a good drama in the end, but for now I can enjoy this one for being eye-catching and intriguing as a standalone offering. Lee Jun Ki also filmed the KBS show Guerilla Date this week and the filming was swarmed by the public. I’m hoping people recognized Jun Ki and went to gape at him rather than his hideous suit jacket LOL.
First teaser for Joseon Gunman: