Title: 아랑사또전 / Arang and the Magistrate
Chinese Title: 阿郎使道传
Also known as: Arang / Arang Magistrate Story / Arang: Magistrate’s Chronicle
Genre: Fantasy, Melodrama, Period, Mystery, Comedy, Romance
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2012-Aug-08 to 2012-Oct-18
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
The drama is based on famous folklore.
A nobleman named Kim Eun Oh (Lee Joon Ki) comes to town searching for his mother after hearing a rumor that she is staying at the village of Miryang. He has the special ability to see spirits, but pretends he doesn’t because he gets annoyed when spirits come up to him asking for a favor.
Arang (Shin Min Ah) has lost all her memories when she became a ghost and is unable to rest in peace until she finds out how she ended up dead. However, after appearing to three magistrates, none of them survive the fright of seeing her. When she finds out that Eun oh is able to see her, she begs for his help.
At first, Eun Oh rejects her request. However he changes his mind after seeing that Arang is somehow in possession of the hairpin that he gave his mother at their last meeting. He believes that if he helps her, Arang will regain her memories and give him information about his mother. He exasperatedly (then affectionately) nicknames her “Amnesia” and as the town’s newly installed magistrate, he teams up with her to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death, which may involve the mysterious nobleman Joo Wal (Yun Woo Jin) and have supernatural ramifications.
As Eun Oh and Arang gradually unravel the mystery behind her death, they find out the events that have been set in motion have been a trap of the Jade Emperor, in his attempt to capture a rogue Fairy of Heaven who feeds on human souls. The gods cannot touch her as long as she is in a human body. Arang and Eun Oh’s participation in the events is crucial because this Fairy also happens to be the sister of Moo Young, the Grim Reaper of Hades, who cannot forget the love he once bore for his sister and is unable to bring her to justice. It is later revealed that the Jade Emperor saved Eun Oh as a child from a deadly sickness, resulting in his ability to see spirits. He also set Arang free from the bonds of the Grim Reaper after her death, thereby making her a spirit who roams the earth. In this game of supernatural stakes, Arang and Eun Oh who fall in love gradually have to pay the price because Arang has only three full moons in which to solve the mystery of her death and defeat their enemy…
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Hwang Bo Ra as as Bang Wool
Kwon Oh Joong as Dol Swe
Han Jung Soo as Moo Young
Yoo Seung Ho as King of Heaven
Park Joon Gyu as King of Hell
Kim Yong Gun as Noble man Choi
Kang Moon Young as Lady Seo / Hong Ryun / Moo Yeon
Kim Kwang Gyu as Lee bang
Noh Hee Ji as heaven fairy
Im Joo Eun as Moo Yeon (Moo Young’s sister)
Lee Yong Yi as Lee Seo Rim’s housekeeper
Lee Sang Hoon as Hyung Bang
Min Sung Wook as Ye Bang
Kim Min Jae as Geo Deol
Song Jae Ryong as Kim Seo Bang
Samuel Kang as ghost
Song Won Suk
Yoon Do Hyun as former magistrate of Miryang (ep 1)
Jung Soo Young as Bang Wool’s client (ep 1)
Im Hyun Sik as ghost (ep 2)
Lee Yong Nyeo as Bang Wool’s mother (ep 17)
Lee Sung Min as gatekeeper (ep. 20)
Kim Boo Sun as Bang-Wool’s dead grandmother
Park Min Ha as child Arang (ep. 20)
Jung Joon Won as kid 1
Producer: Yoo Hyun Jong
Director: Kim Sang Ho, Jung Dae Yoon
Screenwriter: Jung Yoon Jung
– This is Lee Joon Ki’s comeback project after mandatory military service and the first historical drama of Shin Min Ah’s career.
– This drama was postponed from July 25th to August 15th due to London Olympics
2013 Seoul International Drama Awards: Outstanding Korean Drama Actor (Lee Joon Ki)
2013 Seoul International Drama Awards: Excellent Korean Drama
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Kwon Oh Joong)
2012 MBC Drama Awards:: Best Couple Awards, Lee Joon Ki & Shin Min Ah (Arang and the Magistrate)