Beanie level: Jang Geu-rae

HAECHI, RANDOM THOUGHTS.  EPI 3-4.

PART 2

Besides the younger brother though, there is someone else that unexpectedly causes the Prince to come out of his shell.  It is his father’s calling.

This is a turning point in Prince Yeoning’s life.  His father the king has called him secretly, telling him that his son has many attributes that will make of a good king, and to please let the world see them.  To hear such words of praise in the midst of rebuke, hurts him and confuses him.  But it is also a source of encouragement.  He has always thought his father disapproved of him…  And the saddest realization, that the king is dying.  It felt like a last wish, an earnest petition for the Prince to turn his life around and start living a life worthy of a Prince. 

They say servants are similar to their masters.  Jadong is another idealist who dares not to dream of a better world.  I find his conversation with Prince Yeoning towards the end, quite intriguing.  He is earnestly gazing at the Prince, calling him a dreamer.  And yet, he asks him to please, let the dreams be just that: dreams.  To never move forward lest he be disappointed. But to my ears, it feels like he is actually asking the Prince to do something.

It is after this meeting that he wrestles with himself.  “Will I get drunk on wine…  or on dreams?”  As his servant Jadong well says, he is an idealist by nature.  But being a half-blooded Prince, he knows he has no power to change the world.  And yet, his own father the King is prompting him…

I love superhero stories.  Of people looking weak and foolish, hiding a secret identity, with a secret mission.  I feel like Prince Yeoning is a bit like that here.  Looking foolish, like an airhead being caught red-handed cheating on exams, stealing and making trouble in Prince Milpoong’s hunting trip.  Giving unreasonable excuses to the royal guard about sexual orientation, playing the game of “I am a loser.” But  going on a dangerous mission to uncover dark secrets about his murderous relative, in order to save his younger brother. And yes, meanwhile, he saves Yeoji’s life too…  twice already.  Not that he really cares for her that much at this point, but it is just the right thing to do:  “to save a woman in distress.”   

And that last scene, where he shows up suddenly to announce:  “Oh My! How can this be? That so-called-witness… he’s here.” Why did I think of the hero from THE SCARLET PIMPERNELL?  So clumsy looking, sounding almost drunk?  A foolish looking man who sees and understands what is going on better than anyone else. A hero in disguise.

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HAECHI, RANDOM THOUGHTS. EPI 3-4

I love stories of underdogs who triumph against all odds. Prince Yeoning is the epitome of an underdog.  Having a mother from the lowest caste in Joseon society, in an era where family background determined one’s worth and destiny, he surely was not acknowledged as a true Prince by most of the upper class nobles and royal families.  He himself did not believe he was a true Prince, so he live8d a reckless life.   Which in turn did not attract much respect from others. His own wife treated him with half contempt (although we can also argue that he was to blame for her treatment).

We see another example of this scornful treatment in the conversation Lord Min shared with Prince Yeonryeong while Prince Yeoning was being interrogated by the royal guard.

Lord Min:  “You must be worried, My Lord (DAEGAM) the Prince.  Prince Yeoning, who is close to you, humiliated His Lordship Prince Milpoong.  There must be consequences to his actions.”

Hwon corrected him:  “It is His Lordship Prince Yeoning!  My brother is not just Prince Yeoning.” Lord Min rebuffed him, saying that Prince Yeonryeong should know who to bow down to at times, since a king needs his subjects. But this Prince cared not so much for sucking to the powerful.

This is one of the reasons I find Geum’s relationship with his younger brother all the more endearing.  Their brotherly love transcended status and expectations from others. They sort of belonged to different societal status. But when they were together, they were true brothers. The younger brother used honorific speech towards him all the time, while Geum felt comfortable enough to use informal speech towards Hwon.

And as mentioned in the first random ranting, this brotherly love was powerful enough to change Geum. When he realized his brother’s throne (and life) was in danger, he starts coming out of his own self-denial, in order to help his brother. One of the things he does: exactly the opposite of what the horse trader Kaedol asks of him. Instead of hiding away till things quiet down, he sends Cho Hong to the market, to begin a chain of rumors that will turn the popular opinion about Prince Milpoong upside down.

And why does he go to Prince Milpoong’s house to thank him for the golden frog? In order to mock him, yes. But it is mostly to scare Tan, and to incite him to send his minions to the gravesite, “to hide the corpse away.” And so he follows, to another dangerous expedition, to catch the criminal.

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HAECHI, RANDOM THOUGHTS.  EPI 3-4.

PART 2

Besides the younger brother though, there is someone else that unexpectedly causes the Prince to come out of his shell.  It is his father’s calling.

This is a turning point in Prince Yeoning’s life.  His father the king has called him secretly, telling him that his son has many attributes that will make of a good king, and to please let the world see them.  To hear such words of praise in the midst of rebuke, hurts him and confuses him.  But it is also a source of encouragement.  He has always thought his father disapproved of him…  And the saddest realization, that the king is dying.  It felt like a last wish, an earnest petition for the Prince to turn his life around and start living a life worthy of a Prince. 

They say servants are similar to their masters.  Jadong is another idealist who dares not to dream of a better world.  I find his conversation with Prince Yeoning towards the end, quite intriguing.  He is earnestly gazing at the Prince, calling him a dreamer.  And yet, he asks him to please, let the dreams be just that: dreams.  To never move forward lest he be disappointed. But to my ears, it feels like he is actually asking the Prince to do something.

It is after this meeting that he wrestles with himself.  “Will I get drunk on wine…  or on dreams?”  As his servant Jadong well says, he is an idealist by nature.  But being a half-blooded Prince, he knows he has no power to change the world.  And yet, his own father the King is prompting him…

I love superhero stories.  Of people looking weak and foolish, hiding a secret identity, with a secret mission.  I feel like Prince Yeoning is a bit like that here.  Looking foolish, like an airhead being caught red-handed cheating on exams, stealing and making trouble in Prince Milpoong’s hunting trip.  Giving unreasonable excuses to the royal guard about sexual orientation, playing the game of “I am a loser.” But  going on a dangerous mission to uncover dark secrets about his murderous relative, in order to save his younger brother. And yes, meanwhile, he saves Yeoji’s life too…  twice already.  Not that he really cares for her that much at this point, but it is just the right thing to do:  “to save a woman in distress.”   

And that last scene, where he shows up suddenly to announce:  “Oh My! How can this be? That so-called-witness… he’s here.” Why did I think of the hero from THE SCARLET PIMPERNELL?  So clumsy looking, sounding almost drunk?  A foolish looking man who sees and understands what is going on better than anyone else. A hero in disguise.

http://findingjesus.blog/2020/12/28/haechi-random-ranting-epi-3-4/

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As mentioned before, on 2020 I was watching everything Yoo Seung Ho for months…. that is, until I watched HAECHI. And then, something happened.

I was reminded of a crush I had (11 years ago) on an actor called JUNG IL WOO who played in THE RETURN OF ILJIMAE. But he was no longer the naughty pretty boy he portrayed there. He has matured. He could go from looking helplessly vulnerable to strong and commanding, from clueless fool to wise and understanding. He could look so hurt you want to cuddle him, to sexy leader… Oh dear!!! Where’s the fan! I can’t say he is the greatest actor. But he surely is charismatic, with his sarcastic crooked smile which has become his signature.

I searched for more information about Jung Il Woo and about Haechi. But having joined the party a year too late, I couldn’t find active forums on this drama. And sadly, this drama did not create the expected buzz. So here I am, to create the buzz it deserves. I am starting this blogging journey. Mainly about HAECHI. But also about everything JUNG IL WOO. And any k-drama things.

Even is it’s just a little splash. Like Haechi so well said: Let us work hard to create a better world, even if that is an unrealistic dream. Let us push forward, even knowing that we are doom to fail. Because politics (and life) is all about advancing towards an unreachable utopia, without giving up. And if we eventually give up (fail), let that be at a much later time. At the time to say good bye.

Let me know if you would like to join with me in this small journey…

https://findingjesus.blog/

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    I’m a fan of JIW, and have tried to start Haechi many times, but I seem to have lost all enthusiasm for sageuk. Nokdu’s Flower kinda exhausted me, I guess.

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I just want to share my latest crush: Jung Ilwoo. More specifically in HAECHI, the lowly Prince who became one of the greatest kings in Korean history. And my blog: https://findingjesus.blog/

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Intro PART 3

After Ruler, I started looking for more YSH.  I watched Kim Seon Dal (which was ok).  Then I watched I AM NOT A ROBOT.  I laughed so hard during the first half of the drama, and then I cried a lot.  YSH was not kingly here.  He was not on a mission to save the world or his father.  He was only a miserable lonely boy imprisoned inside his gigantic castle.  I still screamed “wow YSH is handsome!”  But I didn’t see him as mushitsu (HOT).  Kim Min Kyu’s inner being was lacking.  Showing himself too needy, like a bullied boy.  I don’t know…  but my heart fluttered still.  I didn’t know then that after watching so many of his more recent works, and after several rewatches, I will end up liking KIM MIN KYU’S character the most.  I am really Happy he picked this work.

I then watched REMEMBER, WAR OF THE SON.  I feel YSH was the most handsome in this show.  I had to stop the drama several times to admire his visual.  And his dramatic transformation, from genius to a man with Alzheimer really made me cry rivers.  He seemed too young for the role though.  At times, it felt his character was too weak.  That lawyer Park Dong Ho was the real hero.  And we all know Nam Guk Min, how he stole the spot light.  I could see why…    but in my eyes, YSH’s Seo Jinwoo shined the most. I am sad to know this drama made YSH insecure of his acting ability…   as if he fell into a slump.  For me, REMEMBER was a great masterpiece.

I also watched WARRIOR BAECK DONG SOO.  Some parts were really exciting, but it dragged sooooo much!!!  The writing was very capricious.  It didn’t let us understand the characters.  They made irrational choices.  But episode 28 made me forget all the drama’s faults.  When I watched Woon and Dong Soo together again, I felt I was redeemed…  BEST SCENE EVER!!!  Too bad the final episode ruined it all.  We went back to the irrational writing, irrational behaving.  I don’t regret watching this, but next time, I will use fast forward button express and watch only Woon!!!

MY STRANGE HERO.  I laughed, I cried, and I swooned at YSH’s handsomeness.  He warmed my heart while watching.  But I closed the book once the drama was over.  Am I too old to watch & like High School dramas???

Then I watched MEMORIST.  FAST, DEEP, TOO COMPLICATED.  As much as I love YSH, I found it to be too dark, spiritually draining.  But at the end, when the puzzles finally came together, I took my hat off. WOW!

IMAGINARY CAT.  Cute but forgettable.  OPERATION PROPOSAL.  Surprisingly charming.  Cuteness overload. I wonder why hardly anyone comments about Kang Baek Ho.  Imho, he was much better here than in IMAGINARY CAT.

Finally I watched I MISS YOU, if fast forwarding half of the show counts as watching.  After MEMORIST, I find the police plot in IMY lame and one dimentional.  I only finished it to watch HARRY BORRINGSON, the psycho killer.  Many YSH fans find his role there as one of his best.   For me, the entire drama was boring.

I am waiting for his next project and hoping that he finally gets the recognition he deserves

 

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Intro PART 2:

In 2002, I watched Yoo Seung Ho’s first movie “THE WAY HOME” in the theaters (he was 9 years old). A year later, I watched him in LOVE LETTER as little Jo Hyun Jae’s character, playing as a priest in love.  I actually own the DVD.  In 2007, I watched him in THE LEGEND as a young prince Damdeok (Bae Yong Jun’s young character).  He was amazing there as a prince pretending to be dumb to stay alive.  In 2009, I started watching Queen Seondeok just because of him, but I stopped before he appeared in the later episodes, a 62 epi drama.  In other words, I was fond of him, calling him little SJS, but it was just that, a light smiley fondness without consequences.  

In 2010, My husband watched MASTER OF STUDY.  I told him then, that as much as I like YSH, the plot looks boring.  My husband then showed me clips of YSH’s first drama Daddy Fish, where he played the role of a boy with leukemia.  My husband never forgot the impression this little boy made on him.  Even now, 20 years later, he remembers this 7 year old’s tears. Jui

So back to the present 2020, when I first watched RULER, OWNER OF THE MASK, I was logically watching in order to see L’s raw acting, but in the back of my mind, I was also curious to see how little SJS grew.  That light smiley fondness for him, suddenly blossomed and my heart screamed.  WOW!!!  YSH is HOT!!!  And I had thought L was hot.  But next to YSH…  How can this be?  YSH possessed an aura.  And his eyes was like a magnet.  My heart fluttered every time I watched him.

So I really enjoyed whatching Ruler, the entire drama without fast forwarding.  I know…  the writing failed us in many ways.  Instead of showing us how the king grows up from a naive weak prince to a strong warrior, they focused too much on saving the damsel in distress (who btw risks everyone’s lives based on her misunderstanding).  But Ruler really showcased YSH’s charisma.  He definitely looked and acted as a King.

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INTRO PART 1:

As a Korean American, , I grew up watching K-dramas.  I am talking about really oldies, like EYES OF DAWN (여명의 눈동자, 1991) or SANDGLASS (모래시계, 1996).  During my teens, I loved Bae Yong Jun, Jo Hyun Jae and So Ji Sub, etc.  I became a member of soompi, and SJS infernational fan club.  I remember translating many interviews and articles, or even some drama clips. 

After getting married, I stopped the kdrama fever, only sporadically watching, without deep attachment.  But during Corona virus lockdown in 2020, I started watching kdramas again.  So it began, my Hyunbin crush (Crash Landing On You), which changed to Jung Hae In (One Spring Night), and later to Kim Myungsoo L (Angel’s Last Mission).  I started watching anything about/with them.

My L crush was inconsequential.  When I first watched Angel’s Last Mission, the main character didn’t make a strong impression.  He looked ordinary, and his acting felt raw.  But by the end of the drama, he won me over.  I became curious…  who is L???  A quick search, and I knew he was an idol, which explained his stiff acting.  Watching him in talk shows was even more endearing.  He was VERY HANDSOME, like an Angel.  He was the FACE of his idol group.  This was the reason I watched RULER, OWNER OF THE MASK.  I hesitated at first, because I knew it was a long period drama, and that he was not the main lead.  But I still wanted to see L’s raw acting there…

But from episode 1, when Yoo Seung Ho appeared on screen, I stopped breathing.  “OMG, IS THAT YSH????”  From that moment, I stopped all other loves, and all other interests.  I have eyes and ears for one only:  YSH.  

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    For L, you have to watch Shut Up Flower Boy Band. He’s a supporting character but everyone is so good in that show.

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    “Crush Landing on You” ? 🙂

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