Yoo Ah In Courted As Crown Prince Sado For Movie “Sado”

Seems no time to sit still for Yoo Ah In this year as the work-in-waiting list gets longer.



News just broke this afternoon that Yoo Ah In is courted to frontline the new period/sageuk movie Sado or 사도 (working title). Film distributor Showbox stated on the 30th, “We proposed Yoo Ah In to take on the role of The Crown Prince Sado. At the moment Yoo Ah In is reviewing the script with positive consideration.”


Director Lee Joon Ik, responsible forThe King and the Clown; the highest grossing Korean film of 2005, and Wish (2013), a movie that won Best Picture in Blue Dragon Awards, will take the megaphone.


The “10 Million Club” actor (actors whose movies have sold 10 million tickets) Song Kang Ho, has confirmed earlier to play King Yeongjo. Song Kang Ho has a very impressive resume. He has bagged Best Actor awards many times through his movies such as Snowpiercer, The Face Reader, and The Attorney.



The story of Sado is based on the famous history of Crown Prince Sado and King Yeong Jo of Joseon. History indicates Sado suffered from mental illness, accused of randomly killing people in the palace and being a serial rapist. King Yeongjo issued a royal decree that ordered Sado climb into and be sealed within a large wooden rice chest on a hot July day in 1762. After eight days, Sado died of suffocation.


During the 19th century, there were rumors that Prince Sado had not been mentally ill, but had been framed. Sado’s death remains an issue of debate to whether his death was a retribution for his actual misconduct or if he was the victim of a conspiracy by his political opponents. I suppose the Sado movie will take this conspiracy theory as its point of view.


At the moment Yoo Ah In is still busy shooting the drama Secret Love Affair which is still airing, and also the movie Veteran which will release by the end of this year. But expectation is getting higher along with the rising popularity of his drama and Song Kang Ho’s big name. Korean media wrote that it’s a brilliant line-up, and concurred that Yoo Ah In will pull the character off, based on the positive reviews that he received on his acting as King Sukjong in SBS drama Jang Ok Jung, Live In Love.


Sado plans to crank in on July this year after completing the whole casting, and will release sometimes next year.


Sageuk and Master Sik? It’s rainbows and unicorns rolled in one! So I say: let the good time and Sik overdose roll~ 🙂


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Source: sportsseoul, donga, ajunews

24 Responses to “Yoo Ah In Courted As Crown Prince Sado For Movie “Sado””
  1. strawberry says:

    YAY! Good on Kim Soo Hyun for passing it, that guy literally gets every script at first.
    Unlike you, I hope the movie goes with the mentally ill angle and not a dull conspiracy. Or a combination of both. This stroy is an obvious material for a psychological thriller.

    Do you have any info on Hundred Years War?

    • Furbabe says:

      The conspiracy theory angle is just my wild guess. I really hope they combine the mentally ill + conspiracy angles too 🙂 And since he’s still considering it, I’m keeping my excitement low.

      No follow-up news on Hundred Years War. I heard it’s already made some debates in Korea when the storyline was unfolded. So perhaps the production company postpone it? I’ll keep you updated.

      • strawberry says:

        Thanks for updating us. I’ve been browsing the news and I’ve seen his agency’s response. There’s something about Hundred Years War as well, but I don’t understand it well.

        • fandomscape says:

          But this news entry cannot be opened anymore. Honestly, YAI is not that a big shot (although for me he is the best hehe) that Showbox needs to use his name. So I think it is indeed in discussion stage.

          I actually think that Keyeast is making a problematic move for KSH’s career. I like this guy, but he gets too huge too soon and too young. So he is losing all the great chances of learning from his sunbae. Just two cents. 🙂

          • enz says:

            at the risk of Incurring wrath of fangirls, I really cannot get KSH’s appeal. I have only watched MLFAS and enjoyed it a lot as entertainment but I didn’t get that he acts well
            from that one drama. it was all Jeon ji hyun for me that made the show.

            • fandomscape says:

              Same here. For me, that drama is Jeon Ji Hyun’s solo show. I was crazy about every move she made. Even Park Hae Jin outperforms KSH since he has a great comic timing. But I don’t mind KSH. He was so adorably sincere in Dream High and he fared well in Will It Snow in Christmas. (At least, I will always choose KSH over JW, the latter relies too much on theatrics, or mechanics of acting…)

              I guess everyone has a different taste. For me, YAI already shined from Shim’s family and Boys of Tomorrow. I love his performance the best from Shim’s family. No wonder Korean critics raved about him being the next Joe Odagiri at that time. Therefore, I don’t see SLA as a “rediscovery” of YAI. He always has “it” in him. He just needs a good project, a certification from Dir. Ahn, to rectify his reputation.

        • Furbabe says:

          Just read this news. His agency said Sado isn’t confirmed yet, so I guess we should take it with a grain of salt. And his agency said he won’t take Hundred Years of War.

          • strawberry says:

            It’s all good if he takes this project instead 😉 and still can go to the army late autumn…

  2. curlynoona says:

    I thought he was enlisting?

  3. enz says:

    wow what a busy year he is having before enlisting. hope he gets more and more love 🙂

  4. strawberry says:

    I’m keeping my eyes on this film. Latest news is that Jeon Hye-Jin is considered for the role of Sado’s mother. Ah-In is still in discussions. I’m trying too keep my excitement low, but it’s not working.

  5. strawberry says:

    Moon Geon-Young’s courted as Sado’s wife. ooooh…sounds good.

    • Furbabe says:

      Yes I just read the news about this today 🙂 I hope Sik will confirm the role soon.

      • strawberry says:

        I guess we have to wait until he’s finished with the drama shooting. It seems like he’s working 7 days a week now.
        I think Moon Geun Young’s a nice choice. She’s a good actress and has plenty of sageuk experience. They don’t have to be fit as a couple, we don’t even know what kind of relationship there’ll be betwen husband and wife. The director said in an interview that he keeps only the names of the characters, what fascinates him most is the relationship between father and son, and the tragedy of a father who has to kill his own son.

        • strawberry says:

          here’s the excerpt

          here’s an interview excerpt with the director

          -차기작 준비로 바쁘다고 들었다. 어떤 작품인가.

          =. 사도세자 이야기다. 영조, 사도세자, 정조로 이어지는 60년에 걸친 ‘대설’. ‘소설’이 아닌 대설.

          -왜 사도세자인가.

          =원래 다른 아이템들을 여럿 개발하고 있었다. 최근 고바야시 마사키의 (1962)이라는 영화를 봤는데 큰 영감을 받았다. 현재와 과거가 동시에 진행되면서 사실보다 진실을 추구하는 플롯을 발견했다. 기록은 사실을 남기는 거라지만, 그 기록조차도 과연 사실일까라는 의심은 항상 창작자들에게 좋은 힌트가 된다. 사도세자는 그리스 로마 신화, 셰익스피어의 어떤 비극보다도 훨씬 참혹한 비극이다. 아들이 아버지를 죽인 이야기는 많지만 아버지(영조)가 아들(사도세자)을 죽인 이야기는 거의 없다. 하지만 영조와 정조 시대를 그린 이야기 대부분이 사도세자를 대상화한다. 사도세자를 주체적으로 그려내는 게 이 영화를 하게 된 결정적인 동기다.

          -진행은 어떻게 되고 있나.

          =쇼박스가 투자배급을 하기로 결정됐다. 이제 캐스팅에 들어간다.

          -지금까지 나온 이준익의 영화 중 가장 어두운 작품이 될 것 같다.

          =어둡지 않다. 가 그랬듯이 역시 희극적 표현을 통해 비극에 이르는 작품이다. 비극에 이르는 과정을 통해 인간 내면의 본질적 아름다움을 찾아가는 이야기다.


          • Furbabe says:

            Interesting finding! Some of interesting points: he will create Sado with imagination/novel style (like a saga). He’s inspired by Masaki Kobayashi’s movie Harakiri. He said they’ve got mountains of stories about fathers killing sons and sons killing fathers, but barely story about Yeongjo-Sado tragedy. Most of the time they’re about the Great Yeongjo and Jeongjo while objectifying Sado. The story will fall into tragic comedy genre, not too dark but not light either.

  6. strawberry says:

    YAY! I always thought the confirmation was just a matter of time. Nice that Ain has his fairy grandmother by his side. Kim Hae Suk will take good care of him.

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