Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow

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Detective K: Secret Of Virtuous Widow
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Hangul :
Hanja : 각시투구꽃의
Revised Romanization Joseon Myeongtamjeong: Gakshituku Ggotui Bimil
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏn Myŏngt‘amjŏng: Kaksit‘ugukkotŭi pimil
Directed by Kim Sok-yun
Produced by Kim Jho Kwang-soo
Lee Seon-mi
Written by Lee Chun-hyeong
Lee Nam-gyu
Based on The Secret of the Virtuous Widow
by Kim Tak-hwan
Starring Kim Myung-min
Han Ji-min
Oh Dal-su
Music by Kim Han-jo
Eom Gi-yeop
Cinematography Jang Nam-cheol
Edited by Kim Sun-min
Production
company
Generation Blue Films
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex
Release date
  • 27 January 2011 (2011-01-27)
Running time
115 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$32,325,907[1]

Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow (Hangul조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀; RRJoseon Myeongtamjeong: Gakshituku Ggotui Bimil) is a 2011 South Korean film based on the novel by Kim Tak-hwan, starring Kim Myung-min in the lead role.[2] It was the 4th best selling Korean film of 2011.[3]

Plot[edit]

In 1793, 17 years after Jeongjo became the King of Joseon, a series of murders occurs. King Jeongjo believes the murders may belong to a conspiracy by government officials to cover up tributary payments. King Jeongjo then gives Detective K (Kim Myung-min) a secret order to find out who is behind the killings.

When Detective K goes to question the jailed city governor, he discovers that the governor has just been murdered. Detective K then pulls out the murder weapon: a long metal needle that is jammed into the back of the governor's head. Furthermore, Detective K discovers a clue to the murderer's identity. Remnants of the regional Wolfsbane flower are found near the long metal needle. But, while Detective K is holding the murder weapon, prison guards come into the cell and assume that Detective K murdered the city governor. Now imprisoned, Detective K awakes to find dog fancier Seo-pil (Oh Dal-su) standing over him. Seo-pil helps Detective K escape from prison.

Because of this incident, King Jeongjo demotes Detective K and reassigns him to Jeokseong to investigate the case of a woman thought to have killed herself after the death of her husband. But, this reassignment is more of a rouse for Detective K to get to Jeokseong – the area where the Wolfsbane flower blooms.

As Detective K and Seo-pil investigate in Jeokseong, they come across lady Han Kaek-ju (Han Ji-min), who works as a commission agent and controls large groups of merchants. Detective K and Seo-Pil suspect that Han Kaek-ju and the head of the Noron political party Minister Im (Lee Jae-yong) are embezzling taxes to pay off politicians. Meanwhile, Detective K also investigates the case of the woman who reportedly committed suicide after the death of her husband and comes to the conclusion that these two cases are somehow related.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was released in South Korea on January 27, 2011. It received a theatrical run in 10 cities in the U.S. and Canada in March 2011, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Hawaii and Vancouver.[4] It was also sold to Australia, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival.[5]

Sequel[edit]

The sequel was released in February 2015. Kim Myung-min and Oh Dal-su reprised their roles, and are joined by Lee Yeon-hee as a femme fatale.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chosun Myungtamjeong (Chosun's Detective) (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (20 January 2011). "Actors enliven uncanny period adventure". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  3. ^ "The Best Selling Films of 2011". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  4. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (4 March 2011). "Detective K to open in N. American theaters". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Is Hollywood Ready for Korean Comedies?". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  6. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (10 June 2014). "Detective K team returns to set". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  7. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (16 June 2014). "DETECTIVE K: LABORER'S DAUGHTER to Crankin in June". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 

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