…Role for Park Bo Gum.

I need to put this idea out there into the world. Inception-style.

An idea is like a virus.
Resilient.
Highly contagious.
And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow.” ~ Inception

When I first saw Bogummy in his Crown Prince robes, this idea came into my mind, and would not leave.

I thought Park Bogum will be perfect as Fujiwarano Sai (藤原佐為, Fujiwarano Sai) from Hikaru no Go ヒカルの碁.

 

source ( I apologize to Toma Ikuta for using his photo as my photoshopped artwork )


Allow me to make my case:

BOGUM WILL BE ABLE TO MEET THE VISUALS REQUIREMENT FOR THE ROLE

Sai is a beautifully handsome ghost, obsessed with the game of Go. He had been around for thousands of years, since the Heian period. Bogum has no issues being dressed in traditional wear, as he already has high praise for looking great in the Korean hanbok.

He even looks good with No(h) brows… LOL

noh-brows-gummy
cr: source, from KBS 1N2D

BOGUM COMES PRELOADED WITH BADUK / GO SKILLS

Thanks to his role as Choi Taek 6 dan in tvN’s Reply 1988, Park Bogum already knows how to play Go convincingly.
I look forward to seeing how he can bring even more sheer spirit to the game. ( hahaha…spirit get it? )

ALL BOGUMMY FANS WILL BE HAPPY TO KNOW THIS IS A MENTORSHIP ROLE WITH NO ROMANCE

Sai serves as a friend and mentor to Hikaru, in his coming of age story, on his path to the greatness, to continue the quest to reach the ‘Hand of God’. There is zero romance!

PARK BOGUM GETS ALONG SUPERBLY WELL WITH CHILDREN

Perhaps it is his kind patient nature, or the fact that he already has a nephew, but Bogummy is great with children.
( thanks for the photos Joyce ♥ Copyright belongs to the respective owners )

HE CAN DO MORE THAN JUST LOOK HANDSOME

Bogum is not just a flower boy with a pretty face.

Look at his myraid of expressions! Since Sai is a character that requires to both be serious and comical or cute.

SOME CONCERNS:

Despite having a successful manga series, as well as an anime series, nobody has adapted a drama or movie version yet.
The obvious issue is that it will be challenging to show two people playing baduk/go in an exciting manner… But that is the problem of the screenwriter and the director’s vision ( hehehehe ).

Would it be awkward if a hot Korean star plays a great Japanese baduk ‘God’? Or it will be a blessed union of artistic collaboration?
The story itself has Japan, Korea and China rivalries between the next generation of new players. Would it be strange to be mentoring the Japanese side against his own Korean side?

Language is obviously going to be a barrier here. Unless they adapt it and do a Korean version. But then we don’t get the Heian costumes…

Would casting many children actors be an issue?
Will this be a drama people will be interested to watch?
The quality of the adaptation, acting, costumes all has to be excellent if it is to succeed.

THE GOOD

Ever since Reply 1988’s success, Baduk has seen a renewed interest as more people have been inquiring about lessons at the Korean Baduk Assocication. Perhaps a drama about Go is also what Japan needs right now.

THE TIMELINE

If anyone has any plans, there has to be some filming done in Spring with sakura blossoms… Autumn leaves for the fall…
One integral part of the storyline is to show the passage of time… But all these can work out to be a good thing, because Bogum needs to study hard… A long term schedule might be a perfect way to achieve this project, think Boyhood… just not that long…

So if anyone is counting, Spring next year comes in around six months. No pressure! Time to start writing that script!

I am merely a penniless blogger so I waive my rights to this casting promotion article and allow any talented casting director to use it for pitching this idea…

Just find an excellent, responsible production house,  great director and writers to adapt this story to do justice to this wonderful story please.

And IF…. IF you ever feel like repaying me…  Just give me a chance to visit the set and meet Bogummy…
Please provide me free transport and lodging lol

Here’s to dreaming!

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