It will be a travesty of everything good in drama land if Joseon Gunman turns out to be a dud after dropping the most ridiculously gorgeous and eye-catching promotional materials in all of K-drama fare this year. I suppose the consolation prize is knowing that even if the drama sucks leading man Lee Jun Ki will be bringing it in acting intensity and character charisma no matter what. He’ll be bringing to like a speeding race car screeching to a theatrical slo-mo halt and leaving skid marks on the concrete. I was off by a week in my calculations and happily for me Joseon Gunman will be premiering the last week of June, which may in fact save this lackluster month with two exhilarating premiere episodes. Please do just that, drama, my brain will likely need to be rearranged back into a semblance of functional normalcy after a few more weeks of battering by Dr. Stranger.
The production dropped individual character posters today and continue to take by breath away. I find myself gasping each time I see something new from this drama, a reaction rare and precious nowadays when I merely hope a drama doesn’t suck and don’t even dare expect it to actually be amazing. There is also the first group poster showing all five leads photoshopped into the same frame. It’s the only one that isn’t totally awesome but everyone looks great which rescues it from the doldrums. The individual posters feature swordsman-turned-gunman Park Yoon Kang played by Lee Jun Ki, his beloved Jung Soo In in a reunion OTP with Nam Sang Mi, ambitious second female lead Choi Hye Won looking fabulous in Jeon Hye Bin, illegitimate son and second male lead Kim Ho Kyung played by Han Joo Won, and rival gunman in the guise of Yoo Oh Sung. The color scheme of the posters continues the first two featuring Lee Jun Ki in the grassy plains back lit with the Autumnal colors of the Joseon countryside. It’s haunting and breathtaking, KBS has really outdone itself this time around.