Records of a Night Watchman is still giving me a split opinion headache, but luckily my expectations are so low it’s not going to be upsetting if the end product skews towards unwatchable rather than unexpectedly fun. The official drama posters are out and the best one of the lot is the one above showing Jung Il Woo‘s ghost-seeing Crown Prince Lee Rin with his three guardian ghosts hovering over him. One is a former minister, the other Lee Rin’s personal eunuch when he was a child. I’m assuming the little girl may be Lee Rin’s childhood sweetheart but could be a dead sister or whatnot. Lee Rin is plagued by the same ability to see ghosts as his dad the King played by Choi Won Young, who has now turned increasingly crazy and Lee Rin’s half-brother the ambitious Prince Kisan played by Kim Heung Soo is eyeing the throne. I love the ambiance of the poster above with Jung Il Woo in a happy-go-lucky mood while three nagging ghosts sigh over him.
The other two posters are too terrible to even remotely merit a second glance. The slightly less bad one has the night watchman guards all on the roof getting ready to wrangle some ghosts. Go Sung Hee has changed out of her spirit girl costume and is cross-dressing with a bow and arrow in hand while Jung Il Woo is still rocking the hideous leather vest ensemble from before. The other three night watchman there to complete the package are Yunho, Yoon Tae Young, and Jo Dal Hwan. The most dreadful poster of the lot is where the entire cast is photo-shopped in a row in front of a bad screen of the palace. This one includes Kim Sung Oh‘s shaman wizard in his bad wig and full one-shouldered toga glory clutching his massive snake staff. I know there’s a bad pun somewhere in there. The second video teaser has also been released and actually looks cute because it dispenses with the ghosts and shamans and crazies and instead just features the four pretty young leads. On this trailer alone it definitely gives off the hopeful whiff of this production company’s previous work Sungkyunkwan Scandal.
Second teaser for Records of a Night Watchman: