Detective K: Secret Of Virtuous Widow

Detective K: Secret Of Virtuous Widow (2011)

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In the year 1793, 17 years after Jeongjo became the King of Joseon, a series of murders occur. King Jeongjo believes the murders may belong to a conspiracy by government officials to cover up tributary payments. King Jeongjo then gives Detective K (Kim Myung-Min) a secret order to find out who is behind the killings.

When Detective K goes to question the jailed city governor, he discovers that the governor has just read morebeen murdered. Detective K then pulls out the murder weapon: a long metal needle that is jammed into the back of the governor's head. Furthermore, Detective K discovers a clue to the murderer's identity. Remnants of the regional Wolfsbane flower is found near the long metal needle. But, while Detective K is holding the murder weapon, prison guards come into the cell and assume that Detective K murdered the city governor. Now imprisoned, Detective K awakes to find dog fancier Seo-Pil (Oh Dal-Su) standing over him. Seo-Pil helps Detective K escape from prison.

Because of this incident, King Jeongjo demotes Detective K and reassigns him to Jeokseong to investigate the case of a woman thought to have killed herself after the death of her husband. But, this reassignment is more of a rouse for Detective K to get to Jeokseong - the area where the Wolfsbane flower blooms.

As Detective K and Seo-Pil investigate in Jeokseong they come across lady Han Kaek-Ju (Han Ji-Min), who works as a commission agent and controls large groups of merchants. Detective K and Seo-Pil suspect that Han Kaek-Ju and the head of the Noron political party Minister Lim (Lee Jae-Yong) are embezzling taxes to payoff politicians. Meanwhile, Detective K also investigates the case of the woman who reportedly committed suicide after the death of her husband and comes to the conclusion that these two cases are somehow related ...


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Dec 3, 2013
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Well for one thing you laugh from beginning till the very end. Hadn't seen great quality movie in some time. That I really enjoyed and wasn't disappointed.

The detective has great capabilities of discernment and is investigating serious have so much fun as he is seeking the truth. Things are not what they seem.

It is hilariously funny, witty, interesting,plenty action,his sidekick is great. It offers a little bit of everything, read more you don't get bored.

Actor Kim Myung Min which I loved his role in King of Dramas and Beethoven Virus...has delivered an excellent performance.
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May 30, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
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I just love this movie! The detective is so funny..he is like Jack Sparrow to me : he never means harm but always gets into trouble. The acting is great and the supposedly villain can take your breath away with her beauty.. This is a wonderful combination of silly and funny situations with detective/serious investigations and the result is a must see movie!
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Both are comedies set in the Joseon era, showcasing a funny investigative duo trying to solve mysterious cases.
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Tonally different but plenty of similar details like Christian persecution, king's tribute, murders, and more. One has a darker, serious tone till the very end, while the other include flashes of comedic reliefs and a light-hearted hopeful feeling towards the end.
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    namopanik 16 days ago

    Apparently Kim Myung Min being a deadpan wacko is among things I never knew I needed in my live. Not very challenging for a detective story, but the setting is pretty to look at (even if completely not time-fitting - that giant fish tank!). Watch it for the visuals and laughs.

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    Panda Apr 27, 2017

    Really funny and entertaining, the detective played by kim myung min did an amazing job and i love his voice ever since i saw six flying dragons and king of dramas. He is an excelent actor and ofcourse his sidekick oh dal su is a legend.
    Han ji min is pretty but she couldnt pull out her character
    The scenery and jokes are perfect, it gave me many laughs

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    claudya87 Apr 19, 2017

    I found it hilarious..but as far as I see people tend to either love it or hate it.

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    Junebee Jul 11, 2015 - edited

    Really enjoyed this movie. A must-see for Kim Myung Min fans. Nice combination of action, fantasy and good old fashioned detective story. Not sure why the overall rating is kinda low.

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    bmore Jun 15, 2015

    Just a cute sweet fun movie to watch. Required no work or effort of any kind. Laughed a little smiled a lot. Just an enjoyable couple hours of light entertainment. Probably a 7.5, but I gave it an 8 for giving me a nice relaxing couple hours.

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    Cheer Aug 2, 2014 - edited

    I completely took my time with this one (considering that I downloaded it 2 years ago). It was a good watch, funny at times and there's Kim Myung Min ahjussi. The detective side of the film felt a bit dumb though, I don't think this film's potential was put to its full use.
    I liked it though, a good watch.

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    NewKDramaAddict Apr 5, 2014
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    charyto Dec 3, 2013

    Had a ball with this movie...laughed from start to finish.I'm still smiling!

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    bluemoon_onna Sep 23, 2013

    hahahahaha!!! :D crazy. I have to look for the HD vid of the movie...

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    green_tokki May 25, 2013

    LOL. i really really enjoyed this movie and it has depth. highly recommended :)

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    anglachelle Feb 22, 2013

    This is definitely my cup of tea. I love the quirky humor tossed here and there. And Han Ji Min is great. I saw her in quite a few dramas but this is my favorite role of hers. I couldn`t even recognize her. All the characters are quite well distinct.
    The plot was surprising for me. It was the first then that I heard of repression of Christianity but mainly investigation of personal story is always more interesting than some state affairs like plotting overthrowing the king or so. Here I was really really curious what happened to her.
    Overall this is very enjoyable movie. Maybe not a top notch but it always improves my mood.

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    romnin18 Feb 20, 2013

    han ji min is so sexy in this movie

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    1WhiteRose Sep 1, 2012

    So funny .. the king was so nice ^.^ .. Great acting .. Good storyline ..& a HAPPY ENDING .. I love it =D

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      charyto Dec 3, 2013

      This king was really something, great performance,you get to really like him.

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    zu_ai_grusz Jul 5, 2012

    Detective K is like a bungling nerdy detective and KMM is just hilarious and perfect for the role. HJM shows off a multi-dimensional character with aplomb. This one should be on your list!

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      charyto Dec 3, 2013

      I agree, it's a must see. So glad I came across it.The first Korean Sherlock.


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    South Korea
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    Jan 27, 2011
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 55 min.


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    7.7 (scored by 407 users)
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