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Director  Kim Seok-Yoon
Film series  Detective K series
Country  South Korea
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Comedy, Crime
Duration  
Language  Korean
Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow movie poster
Release date  27 January 2011 (2011-01-27)
Based on  The Secret of the Virtuous Widow  by Kim Tak-hwan
Writer  Chun-Hyeong Lee, Lee Nam-Gyoo
Awards  Grand Bell Award for Best Art Direction
Cast  Kim Myung-Min (Detective), Han Ji-Min (Han Kaek-Joo), Oh Dal-Su (Seo-Pil), Jeong In-Gi (Magistrate), Woo Hyeon (Mr Bang), Kim Tae-Hoon (Lim Geo-Sun)
Similar movies  Joseon movies, Crime fiction, Comedies

Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow (Hangul: 조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀; RR: Joseon 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. It was the 4th best selling Korean film of 2011.

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Plot

Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow movie scenes

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.

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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.

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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.

Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow movie scenes

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

Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow movie scenes
  • Kim Myung-min – Detective K
  • Han Ji-min – Han Kaek-ju
  • Oh Dal-su – Han Seo-pil
  • Lee Jae-yong – Minister Im
  • Woo Hyeon – Mr. Bang
  • Ye Soo-jung – Im's wife
  • Choi Moo-sung – medical guru
  • Jung In-gi – magistrate
  • Lee Seol-gu – servant 4
  • Choi Jae-sup – Lee Bang
  • Moon Kyung-min – old blacksmith
  • Kim Tae-hoon – Im Geo-seon
  • Nam Sung-jin – King Jeongjo
  • Release

    Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow movie scenes

    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. It was also sold to Australia, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

    Sequel

    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.

    References

    Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow Wikipedia
    Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow IMDb Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow themoviedb.org


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