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Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (2011)

Joseon myungtamjung: Gakshituku ggotui biil (original title)
Detective genius Detective K is enlisted by the king to investigate a string of murders that may be linked to a government conspiracy. But when K becomes a suspect himself, he'll have to catch the killers to prove his own innocence.


Suk-Yoon Kim (as Seok-yun Kim)


Tak-Hwan Kim (novel), Chun-Hyeong Lee | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myung-Min Kim ... Detective K
Dal-su Oh ... Seo-Pil
Han Ji-min ... Master Han / Han Gaek-Joo / Lee Ah-Yeong
Jae-yong Lee ... Minister Lim
Woo Hyeon ... Mr. Bang
Soo-jung Ye ... Lim Jwa-Soo's Wife (as Soo-jeong Ye)
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi ... Medical guru
In-gi Jeong ... Magistrate
Seol-gu Lee Seol-gu Lee ... Slave 4
Kyeong-min Mun Kyeong-min Mun ... Old blacksmith
Hyo-Sang Choi Hyo-Sang Choi ... Dae Je-Hak
Han-beom Lee Han-beom Lee ... Gong-Bang
Yeong-gi Jeong Yeong-gi Jeong ... Choon-Hwa House Pimp
Dong-kyoo Lee Dong-kyoo Lee ... Onlooker
Ji-won Seo Ji-won Seo ... Mak-Gol-Li Man 2


"Detective K" tells about the adventures of Joseon's top detective (Kim Myeong-min) as he investigates, as ordered by the King, a series of mysterious murders plaguing the country. During his secret mission, he meets Han Seo Pil (Oh Dal-soo) who eventually becomes his sidekick, and Han Gaek Ju (Han Ji-min), an influential business woman who is a key figure in the case. As they dig deeper into the mystery, they uncover disturbing secrets that link the murders to a massive conspiracy that will shake the whole nation of Joseon. Written by michi (MyungMin International)

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Based on a novel of the South Korea novelist Kim Tak-Hwan. See more »


Followed by Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead (2018) See more »

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A hilarious and bumpy detective story- Korean Sherlock Holmes
15 June 2013 | by ajit2106See all my reviews

Second round behind the camera for Kim Seok-yun after the film version of the TV series Old Miss Diary (2006), Detective K is a thrilling adventure in costume, split evenly between its atmosphere, awesome comic instincts and exciting action scenes. While not skimping some contortions of the script, it is able to give an evening of pure entertainment.

The story starts with an investigation as the title suggests, an infallible and bizarre investigator on a series of bizarre murders that could lead to a big conspiracy against the king. During its mission, the man comes across the mysterious disappearance of the widow of a wealthy family. With the help of a cute little thief, the detective discovers a branched network of intrigue that sometimes put his life to risk. And in all this,. There is beautiful Han, a merchant, seemingly cynical but with a mysterious past? The first few minutes, where the laughter and action scenes are fabulous. In fact in its development, the film opens in several points for reflection, inserting deep issues such as those of religion, and the struggle between social classes. Although never arriving to introspective essence of the drama, there are tense moments and deep, able to remove the apparent veneer of superficiality initially feared. Without detracting from the component it is naturally more playful and spectacular, that boasts a simple but successful compendium of special effects. The direction is impeccable and the cinematographer does his duty by offering magnificent views of places where reign of nature is supreme. Equal quality of the costumes, the colors are often bright transforming into the ancient world in a colorful reality.

A noteworthy performance by Kim Myung-min, with a sober mustache, is totally unrecognizable from the time of Into the Mirror (2003) or even the recent Man of Vendetta (2010), the character is nuanced and full of melancholic irony. Dal-su Oh is an absolute comic relief.

Recommended to action & comedy genre lovers.

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27 January 2011 (South Korea) See more »

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Chosun's Detective See more »

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