Based on a novel by Kang Ji Young, “The Killer’s Shopping List” is a comedy and crime thriller about an ordinary neighborhood on the outskirts of Seoul. When a mysterious body is discovered near an apartment building, a supermarket receipt becomes a key piece of evidence that sparks an entertaining hunt for the killer.
Lee Kwang Soo plays Ahn Dae Sung, the son of supermarket owner Jung Myung Sook. He was once a genius with impressive memory skills, but his life took a turn for the worse after an incident at his mother’s supermarket when he was 10. Despite his exceptional memory, he failed three years in a row in the civil service competition.
AOA’s Seolhyun stars as Do Ah Hee, a passionate policeman and Ahn Dae Sung’s loyal girlfriend who has stuck by his side since he was young. Jin Hee Kyung stars as Jung Myung Sook, the owner of the supermarket and fearless mother of Ahn Dae Sung. She has a lot of love and affection for her incompetent but handsome husband and her stupid but endearing son.
The first stills from the drama show Lee Kwang Soo and Seolhyun, the latter in police uniforms, as they patrol their small neighborhood at night looking for clues to the murder.
“The Killer’s Shopping List” director Lee Eon Hee also gave an interview about what to expect in the drama. She said, “If I had to sum up this drama, I would say it will remind you of your local supermarket. At the beginning of this drama, I started to pay more attention to local supermarkets. The drama contains events that could happen in any of your corner supermarkets. That’s why families, friends, everyone can watch it together and relate to it in a meaningful way.
Director Lee Eon Hee clarified that it was not a drama about a huge supermarket chain, but rather a supermarket that was small enough for one person to operate on their own. For the filming, they used a real supermarket that had closed down. The idea of the drama is that although the customers don’t really pay attention to the people working in the supermarket, the workers are aware of the customers who come in day after day. Based on customer purchases, these grocery store employees might know a customer better than their own families or friends. A supermarket also contains items that you can use at any time, but these will be used in unexpected ways in the drama.
“When you think of buying a murder weapon at the local grocery store, you might think of a knife,” the director said, “but you can also kill someone with wooden chopsticks. I wanted to show the various stories contained in the unexpected elements found in places we all know.
About her work with Lee Kwang Soo, Seolhyun, and Jin Hee Kyung, she said, “Ahn Dae Sung is a very unique character, so I needed an actor I trusted a lot. I worked with Lee Kwang Soo in ‘The Accidental Detective 2: In Action’, and I knew he was a good person. Due to his approachable image in “Running Man,” he was able to make Dae Sung a lovable character no matter what he was doing.
She continued, “Ever since I saw Seolhyun as a Nike model, I wanted to work with her as an actor. Each time she appears on the screen, it is as if she becomes brighter. She added, “Jin Hee Kyung played a lot of chaebol roles, but this time it’s a realistic, laid-back and refreshing character. She is a strong woman who leads her family and her employees. Once I cast her, she turned out to be quite similar to the great Lee Kwang Soo, so they really were like family.
“The Killer’s Shopping List” will air in the first half of 2022.
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