Upcoming sageuk K-movie The Joseon Magician has been all about male lead Yoo Seung Ho in the promos, for good reason since he’s the titular Joseon Magician and this drama will be his first acting project since his military discharge. That’s almost three years with no Seung Ho-ssshi onscreen, can’t blame folks (i.e. me) for being fiendishly focused on him. He does have a really solid cast around him, starting with leading lady Go Ara, who makes her first solo appearance on the official promos for the movie with her character poster as the Joseon princess headed for wedded non-bliss with a Qing dynasty prince only to get waylaid by love with Yoo Seung Ho’s illusionist. Ara is hit and miss with me, but an onscreen presence that continues to improve even if she’s not yet able to rise above material or characters that aren’t as well written such as in You’re All Surrounded. But visually it’s going to be such a whiz bang treat to see her opposite Yoo Seung Ho, it’s basically catnip for K-netizens.
Aside from Yoo Seung Ho’s character poster which was release two weeks ago, Go Ara’s movie has been released along with that of Jo Yoon Hee, Kwak Do Won, and Lee Young Kwong. I do wish the backdrops of some of the posters don’t look so much like a photo studio with dark grey draping, the ones with some illusionist shading look so much better. Overall it’s a solid B+ for all the leads all projecting palpable emotions from their characters.