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Arang and the Magistrate is a Korean historical drama about a young girl, Arang, who died under mysterious circumstances and who returns as a ghost to reveal the circumstances of her death. The story begins with a young nobleman, Kim Eun-oh, played by Lee Joon-gi, who arrives in the village of Miryang looking for his mother after hearing a rumor that she is staying there. Kim has the ability to see ghosts, but pretends he cannot because they annoy him by always asking for his help. He meets Arang, played by Shin Min-ah, a ghost who has no memory, but who wants to find out how and why she died. Arang approaches the magistrates of Miryang for their help, but three of them die of fright after seeing her. When Kim sees her, he notices that she is wearing a hairpin that he'd given his mother, and he believes that if he helps her it will assist him in finding his mother.

Things get complicated when Kim is tricked into becoming Miryang's magistrate, and then he and Arang learn that everything that is happening has been caused by the Jade Emperor, who is trying to capture a rogue Fairy of Heaven who eats human souls. The fairy, who is untouchable as long as she is in a human body, also happens to be the sister of Mu-young, the Grim Reaper. Arang, though a ghost, is full of mischief and beautiful, and Kim is in turn exasperated and captivated by her. He soon finds himself falling love with her.

Arang and the Magistrate is based on traditional Korean folklore. The series, first broadcast in August 2012, and is Lee Joon-gi's comeback to acting since his discharge from military service in February 2012. It is also Shin Min-ah's first historical drama, and her marks her return to television since 2010. The screenplay was written by Jung Yoon-jung and directed by Kim Sang-ho and Jung Dae-yoon. Its premier episode, aired by MBC on August 15, 2012, received over 13% audience share in South Korea, and the rights were sold to Japan for Won 200 million per episode (approximately US$183,000), which will net approximately Won 2 billion (US$1.8 million) for the entire series.

A production of Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) network, the 20 episodes plus one special introductory episode was produced by Yoo Hyun-jong and features music composed by Kim Hyeon-jong.

Wednesday & Thursday 9:55 PM et/pt on MBC America
1 Season, 20 Episodes
August 14, 2012
Cast: Lee Joon-gi
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  • When the bell of truth doesn't ring, Arang and Eunoh realize that there is someone else responsible for Arang's death.

  • Eunoh is sent to prison and accused of treason by Lord Choi and his men. Arang approaches Muyeon and asks her what Eunoh's mother desired in exchange for her body.

  • Muyeon, suddenly remembers the memory of Arang's murder. Muyeon demands for Arang's body in exchange for the magistrate's mother.

  • Arang begins to remember certain memories from her past life that reveal answers to her questions. Arang and Eunoh realize that the Jade Emperor must have a grand plan.

  • After discovering the hidden basement, Eunoh suddenly finds himself face to face with the woman he thinks is his mother. As Eunoh tries to defend his mother from the Grim Reaper, he's told that she isn't his mother.

  • Juwal finally builds up the courage to ask Arang for her heart. Eunoh and Arang ask the shaman to solve the mystery of the jar quickly since they are running out of time.

  • The shaman figures out that the talisman is to hide from heaven, therefore ghosts are unable to cross. Arang admits that finding out the truth about her death scares her but Eunoh assures her and promises to send her to heaven.

  • Muyoung sneaks into Eunoh's room and finds the hairpin and fan with the Jade Emperor's emblem on it. Arang is captured by Lord Choi's men who were given orders to get rid of her for good.

  • As Eun-oh attempts to gather one of the last pieces of black fabric, he slips and tumbles down the mountain side. Arang and Eun-oh are trapped on the cliff and struggle to survive inside a cave.

  • Eun-oh discovers a graveside where all of the dead bodies were buried. Joowal is ordered to kill Eun-oh and bring his body to prevent it from being found as evidence. `

  • Eun-oh realizes that the hair pin may be a clue to both his mother's disappearance and Arang's murder. Arang and Eun-oh decide to join forces in order to find answers.

  • Arang faces Hades and The Jade Emperor to receive one last chance to find out the truth. Meanwhile, Eun-oh seems to show a growing interest to Arang.

  • Arang sees her own dead body and challenges fate while searching for answers. It comes as a heartbreaking revelation to her and she is forced to face her own morality.

  • Eunoh agrees to help Arang figure out her identity in hopes to find out what she can remember about meeting his mother and the hairpin.

  • Eunoh is on his way to Miryang in search of his missing mother when he encounters a chase between reapers and ghosts who have managed to escape and stay among living people.

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