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Kwon Sang Woo"s new film "The Accidental Detective" is doing so well that there is talk of it becoming a series. And Kwon has already said that he is happy to play the character again.
The Korean media outlet Sports Donga reported that since the film"s release on September 24, it sold 2.1 million tickets. On the weekend, in which Korea celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday Chuseok, the number of tickets sold even beat the historical drama "The Throne," starring Yoo Ah In, Song Kang Ho and Moon Geun Young.
Kwon may have summed up the reason for his comedy"s success in an interview with the Korea Times.
"Holidays should be fun," said Kwon. "Why would the family gather around to watch something depressing or serious."
And "The Accidental Detective" is funny. Kwon Sang Woo plays Kang Dae Man, a comic book shop owner, who wants to be a detective but can"t pass the physical.
Frustrated by his ability to achieve his dream, he still feels called upon to offer advice to detectives. Things turn serious when he gets involved in a murder case because he believes that his friend has been framed.
"The Accidental Detective" is a movie about detectives and being a dad. The popular actor knows all about balancing a career and fatherhood. He has two children with his wife, actress and former MIss Korea Son Tae Young. Kwon said that much of his film role reflected his daily reality.
"As a father of two myself, I couldn"t think of any other actor my age who could do a better job than I could," said Kwon.
He said he did not get the usual jitters filming the movie. Much of his role came so naturally to him.
"Sometimes I play the role of a typical father," he said. "Feeding a toddler and changing diapers is second nature to me."
It was a dad-centric production. Between them, Kwon, co-star Sung Dong Il and the film"s director Kim Joung Hoon, have seven children.
Whatever happens after the first film, Kwon Sang Woo wants in.
"I want to be part of the sequel," he said.
"The Accidental Detective" is Kwon"s first comedy since 2006. His recent dramas include the melodramas "Queen of Ambition" and "Temptation and the medical drama "Medical Top Team."