Lee Eun Oh, a noble's son, arrives at a small village in search of his missing mother. There, Arang, the ghost of a young woman that lost her memories of her past life, asks him to help her to figure out her identity and how she died.
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 Arang Yoon (20 episodes, 2012)
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 Eun-oh Lee (20 episodes, 2012)
Woo-jin Yeon ...
 Joo-Wal (20 episodes, 2012)
Jeong-su Han ...
 Moo-yeong (The Angel of Death) (20 episodes, 2012)
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 Dol Swe (20 episodes, 2012)
Bo-ra Hwang ...
 Bang Wool (20 episodes, 2012)
Kwang-gyu Kim ...
 Lee Bang (20 episodes, 2012)
Yong-geon Kim ...
 Lord Choi (20 episodes, 2012)
Soo-ho Lee ...
 Hyung Bang (20 episodes, 2012)
Ju-Eun Lim ...
 Moo Yeon (20 episodes, 2012)
Jun Gyu Park ...
 King of Underworld (20 episodes, 2012)
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 King of Heaven (20 episodes, 2012)
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A vindictive spirit of single woman who died under wrongful circumstances and whose soul has been haunted by false accusations about her disappearances in coming to the district magistrate Eun Oh with a plea to help her exact her vengeance. Written by Rin Sanada

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Could've Been Beautiful Story
29 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Arang and the Magistrate is a story based on old Korean folklore about Arang, a vengeful spirit that haunts a village after her death. The drama uses the same plots as the original but add romance to spice things up.

Though my expectation was low, this drama turn out to be quite entertaining. Based on its supernatural setting that involves Heaven, Hell and magic, it was able to create interesting storyline. The acting is pretty decent, though I think Shin Minah should dive deeper into her 'sageuk' acting. Her tone and acting is pretty much the same as with modern drama, which at times can be just a little bit emotional cut off. Other than that, she's good.

In the middle of the 20 long episodes, I find myself with frustration because Arang didn't exactly try her hardest with the chance that was bestowed onto her. She's a fun ghost to begin with but then the story take unexpected turn and once again, make her the typical Korean damsel in distress. She caused more troubles than she's solving and of course,luckily, the hero was there to save the day. It could've be more of a solid drama if the writer didn't make Arang such a spoiled princess after showing us how independent she was. Just because she found love doesn't necessarily means she has to be weak and strongly dependent.

Well, don't get me wrong. I love the romance between Arang and the Magistrate but I think at times, it was draggy and unnecessary. While they were actively playing house, they forgets why they get together in the first place. They may forgot their life purpose but I don't. As I keep watching, I wish they would hold their lovey dovey act and get into action. Regretfully, there's no sense of urgency to complete both of their missions even when the clock is ticking real fast.

I was a little bit disappointed that Lee Junki chose this drama as his comeback but maybe he was aiming to distinct himself from typical romance. Regardless, it was a bad choice. For Shin Min ah, I think she holds the beauty for historical drama. She fits right into it. I hope she matures as an actress that can play with sageuk setting.

Overall, I give this story 4/10. It was an interesting folklore but there are so many things that couldn't uphold the weight of a beautiful story it could've been.


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