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A drama called ‘The Devil / The Lucifer’ July 10, 2011

Filed under: Drama — silkaburgoyne @ 3:23 pm
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The Devil aka The Lucifer is the drama that sucks me in like no other. This drama is or will be one of my top drama of all time. When choosing a drama to watch, I looked at 3 things: the synopsis, the casts and the drama reviews from my favorite bloggers. First thing first, if the story does not interest me, I would not care about the cast even if my favorite actors are in it. Then I look at the casts, and if my favorite actors are in it. It would just be icing on the cake. Lastly, I checked out my favorite drama bloggers and read their reviews of the drama if there’s one available. Reviews are subjective, I read it mostly just for reference and to get more insight on the drama. ‘The Devil’ has interesting story, great casts and solid reviews so I decided to put this drama on my MUST WATCH list.

I actually waited awhile before I decided to start watching ‘The Devil’. The reason was quite simple because I know from the reviews that this drama is quite dramatic and serious and it’s in Korean so I would need to read the subtitle in order for me to understand and follow along the story. I decided to watch this drama during my down time; meaning when I don’t have any knitting commitment. After I started the first episode, I was glued to the TV for the next 2 days until I finished the drama. And after I finished, I literally stunned by the plot and feeling a little scared and would not get the drama out of my head. I kept thinking about the story and the characters and asked myself ‘Who was the Devil in the drama ‘The Devil’?’

Synopsis
When Homicide Detective Kang Oh Soo hit a dead end in his investigation of two seemly unrelated murders, except for the Tarot cards left behind at both crime scenes, he sought help from Seo Hae In, a woman with Token-object reading ability. She revealed that the killers were different in each murder, but the victims were chosen for their connection to a death of a high school boy. Later, the cases proved to have one more thing in common: the suspects have the same defense attorney, Oh Seung Ha.

Seung Ha’s defense for his clients severely shaken Oh Soo’s conviction to catch the Tarot Card mastermind. Oh Soo was reminded that years ago he had killed a high school classmate in a fight. He was acquitted of all charges and began his life anew. Now, someone has came back to revenge the boy’s wrongful death by killing those who got him off.

In short, ‘The Devil’ was simply a revenge thriller with a lot of twists and turns. A boy got killed and the killer was set free due to the powerful family background. The victim’s brother revenged his brother’s killer some years later by being a mastermind behind a series of murders to the people that was helped to set the killer free.

Casts

Kang Oh Soo

Kang Oh Soo, acted wonderfully by Uhm Tae Woong – is a policeman who works in the office of crimes of violence. He is active and speaks straightforward. He does not give up on any circumstances, rather he faces off with courage. He is from a rich family and second son of a famous politician. During his middle school and high school years, he was considered as trouble-maker causing many troubles. However, after killing his friend with a knife, he turned away from his dark past and being a policeman.

Uhm Tae Woong can do no wrong for me in my opinion. I have not seen anything he is in that I don’t like. The charactor, ‘Kang Oh Soo’, is a policeman that put in 100% effort to fight crimes and protect people. He is good at and dedicated to his job mainly because he was in the other side of the law before and now he lives to correct his wrong doing. On surface, he is relatively normal. His co-workers did not know about his past and see him just as a hot-tempered and a confident cop. As the story progress, a little by little his past started to surface and that force Oh Soon to then again face his deepest fear and his past and also his guilt that he was trying to hide for all these years. Then all of sudden, this once confidence cop becomes so helpless, so vulnerable and so deeply hurt in pain. All these emotions, acted brilliantly by Uhm Tae Woong.

Seo Han In

Seo Hae In, acted beautifully by Shin Min-a – A librarian who secretly can perform psychometrics. She is humorous and has bright attitude. She has a wide knowledge about Tarot cards. Her father died, and she lives with her deaf mother. She finds out her ability when she was 12 years old through a certain incident.

Seo Hae In has ability to see certain “thing” by touching an object. She helps the police to solve crime sometimes because of her ability. Hae In, in my opinion, is a person who has the most pure soul. She sees good in everything, even in the worse situation. She believes in living a simple and virtuous life. Both men in the drama fall for her, and it’s not hard to see why. Hae In is the kind of woman who has this calming effort on people and believed me, both men, one being policeman and tortured by his haunted past and one being the mastermind of all murders need someone to ease their stressful lives. Hae In is just the person for them. Shin Min A is an actress that I really like. She has never overacted in a role, every character she portraits seem so natural to her.

Oh Seung Ha

Oh Seung Ha, acted incredibly by Joo Ji Hoon – is a lawyer who voluntarily defends poor people. He is kind to everyone and has ability of listening people’s problem and suggesting solutions. However,12 years ago, his life changed after death of his older brother shortly followed by his mother’s death due to the shock from her son’s death. He disappeared after graduating middle school, became lawyer through testing without proper education background. He is hiding his real identity and preparing for revenge.

Prior to ‘The Devil’, I only saw Joon Ji Hoon in one other drama, ‘Goong’, and I have to say, he sucked at it. He was so wooden that I could compare him to a cardboard. But in here, I can say that he has transformed into a great actor. All of sudden, he is more than just a pretty face to me, he is an actor. Joon Ji Hoon portraits his charactor, Oh Seung Ha, with a lot of depth. Seung Ha is a very conflicting individual, a deeply tortured soul, probably by fate. When he was 12, he lost his beloved family and certainly not an easy thingto bear. And I was not all surprised that he became a serious revenge machine. In the early episode, Seung Oh, is always so cool and control of his emotion that you can’t really read him. As the story progress, as he executes his plan of all these murders, a bit by a bit, inside this evil, cold-hearted soul, you can slightly feel there is actually a beating heart inside this man’s body; a man who is so broken-hearted that actually has a desired of being loved; a man who is so full of hate could actually learn to forgive. Just a little bit, he is actually feel like a normal human being. Joon Ji Hoon showcased this conflicted character superbly. I applause his effort.

Who is the Devil?
Someone has to be played the role of the devil to live up to the title of the drama. It is a very straight forward assumption that Oh Seung Ha, the mastermind of all the murders, should be the devil even the scriptwriters suggested it right in the first episode. In the first episode, during the “first” encounter between Seung Ha and Hae In at the library; when Seung Ha shake Hae In’s hand, Hae In unintentional saw the vision of the devil. That alone is a clue of who the devil is… but is it really that obvious? May be the scriptwriters just wanted to plan it that way. After I finished watching the drama, I went back and forth and could not decide who the truth devil is. Is it really Seung Ha? How about Oh Soo? Can he be the devil? And did we forget about the person who actually commit all the murders withing even blinking his eyes… how can he not be a devil? I am not gonna discuss my thoughts here; otherwise, it will become an extremely long post. If anyone intended to watch this drama, ask yourself this question after you finished watching it. I am sure the answer might be varied by different viewer.


Love
Of course there has to be love storyline in all drama. The love story in this drama is not at all complicated. Both Kang Oh Soo and Oh Seung Ha falls for Hae In. Oh Soo has a one-sided love for Hae In. He is always so cute around her. And when Oh Soo is feeling uneasy and struggle with his emotional turmoil, Hae In is always the one he turns to. Only with Hae In, he could let his real emotion surfaces. Hae In could always comfort him and say something to him that would ease his worried and fear. But to me her feeling towards him is no more than just friends.

Hae In loves Seung Ha without a doubt. She loves him even though she knew that he was the mastermind of all the murders. There is no doubt that Seung Ha loves Hae In back but he is a little reserved. Seung Ha found comfort in Hae In. Hae In always seem to know exactly the right thing to say to Seung Ha just like she did with Oh Soo; therefore, at some point, I wanted so badly that the love from Hae In could bring Seung Ha out of the dark tunnel that he was in and forget about all the revenge. At the last episode, when Seung Ha sent Hae In his mother’s wedding band, there is not doubt that he loves her.

I really wanted either Oh Soo and Seung Ha to find love and be happy with their lives since both men lack love in their live; however, I also know that based on the way this story is going, it would be my wishful thinking to have a happy ending with love.

The Ending I am not gonna to discuss the ending because I did not want to post any spoiler for anyone would want to check out this drama. All I can say is that I was satisfied with the ending. Was it the most ideal; I think not. Is that the ending I wanted? My answer is also no. But the ending is indeed reasonable. I cried, yes. My heart broke a little, yes. I have never imagined a happy ending based on the way the story is going; but the ending still shocked me a little.

‘The Devil’ is a thinking drama. It’s not sugar coated, it’s not straight forward. It’s not a drama you could understand everything after it ended. There is a lot of reference to Rodin’s sculpture The Gates of Hell and of course it include the famous thinker in the middle of the gates. When the thinker opens his eyes, then he will make the decision; meaning judgement. The Gates of Hell becomes the motif of the drama. This drama deals with one’s moral struggle; talks about judgement and punishment for one’s action so the motif is very much inline with the drama. I have to appreciate the thoughtfulness of the scriptwriters and the director in bring the element to the drama.

Another reason why I love this drama is the OST. This OST by far is one of my favorite. Before I leave, I would like to share the a great review for this drama from thundie’s blog. If you would like to check out this drama, you can viewed it in Mysoju.com; although I think the last 2 episode was a little mess up and I hope the site fixes it.

I have ordered the actual DVD of this drama because I know that I would like to re-watch it from time to time. According to other blogger, the limited edition dvd actually come with a red envelop with 3 cards in it. If you watched the drama, you would understand the meaning of the red envelop. I did not have the limited edition and now I am thinking may be I should. In conclusion, I would recommend anyone who enjoy suspect, action, psychological type of drama should really check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal (SKKS) – The Drama June 30, 2011

Filed under: Drama — silkaburgoyne @ 3:33 pm
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This is another non-knitting related post. I have caught up with some drama recently and Sungkyunkwan Scandal aka SKKS is being one of them. I am not a big fan of historic drama. To tell the truth, I am not a big history fan period unlike some of my friends who are addict. Don’t misunderstand me, I know the important of knowing history and believe me; I have studied and read plenty of history of all kind. Anyhow, back to the drama SKKS; I have read the review of this drama and I hold off as long as I could before I picked it up. And it’s such an addiction that I couldn’t put it down once I started it. Here is a good review that is posted in thundie’s blog. A few drama bloggers came together to provide the epic review of the drama. It’s a long review but so much fun to read.

So here goes the story of the drama from drama wiki:

Sungkyunkwan Scandal is set in Sungkyunkwan University in the late Joseon era during the reign of King Jeongjo, revolving around the exploits and love stories of four youths. When her younger brother’s illness worsens and their family is in danger of being evicted from their house for lack of money, Kim Yoon Hee enters the school under his name, disguised as a boy in her desperation to support him. There, she becomes friends with the intelligent and upright Lee Sun Joon, the playboy Goo Yong Ha and rebellious Moon Jae Shin.

I can’t resist but to post the main cast of the SKKS in cartoon format.. and it’s adorable I know… from left to right: the uptight Scholar Lee Sun Joon (Micky Yoochun), the cross-dresser Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young), the playboy Gu Yong Ha (Song Joong-Ki.), and the rebel Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah-In).

I know the cartoon format is cute but here is the real cast, from left to right: the rebel Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah-In), the uptight Scholar Lee Sun Joon (Micky Yoochun), the cross-dresser Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young) and the playboy Gu Yong Ha (Song Joong-Ki):

The reason why I resisted this drama at the beginning because it’s historic; however, when I read that it’s fusion drama. I am totally on-board. SKKS is probably the 3rd cross-dressing drama for me; Coffee Prince is my 1st, then come You’re Beautiful (YAB). So the cross-dressing storyline might now be very inventive for me; however, it’s the setting and the background of the drama make it interesting. Before I get into the story. I have to applause the director and writers for giving us the gorgeous actors, lovable characters, breathtaking cinematography and beautiful costumes. SKKS is without a doubt a beautiful drama – an total eye candy. I also would like to add the acting from the main casts and all supporting casts were excellent.

Now back to the story. It’s a love story yes.. but it’s not the love between the main pair was not what I love about this drama… It’s the love and friendship shared between the 4 main leads are more intriguing to me. It’s fascinating to see how 4 very different people came from different background and very different personalities to care and support each other along the way. I extremely love how the rebellious and rough on the edge Moon Jae Shin has the most soft and tender heart and his love to Yoon Hee was so unselfish. I also love the playboy Gu Yong Ha; he is so pretty and yes, I said pretty, he is prettier than a lot of girls; and so observant all the time and watched out for his friends. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Yong Ha and Jae Shin… so much love and yes I said love, not in the homo way but love between true friends. Of course there is some historic background to all historic drama; but I don’t think it’s important in order to watch this drama; afterall the main focus of this drama is not on the history background of this drama but to highlight the story of love and friendship between people.

If you are interested in watching SKKS, dramafever has english subtitle. Before I leave, here is the pic of the casts.. I took this image from the Epic Review of Thundie’s blog; I hope thundie won’t mind. I love her post.

Enjoy!

P.S. on the knitting front: I am working on a couple of pattern. I am hoping I can get at least one done during holiday weekend. I will announce here when it’s live.

 

49 Days – The Drama May 19, 2011

Filed under: Drama — silkaburgoyne @ 11:35 am
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So this is my first post that has nothing to do with knitting. I am probably going to add more post such as this because I can share some other things that I like to do or interesting besides knitting. This post is about a drama from Korea called 49 days. For those of you who might not familiar with foreign dramas, the format is more like the mini series here in United States. Each drama last varies from 16-24 episodes.. 16 episode is most common in Kdrama and tdrama (Taiwan) and 8-12 in Jdrama (Japan).

so Here is Synopsis directly from Wikipedia:

A few days before her wedding,Ji Hyun was looking forward to her future with her seemingly perfect fiancé, Min Ho. In contrast, Yi Kyung was unhappy with her life and resolved to end it by walking into a busy street. Their two worlds collide as Ji Hyun gets into an accident and falls into a coma as a result of Yi Kyung’s actions. However, Ji Hyun is given a second chance at life by a reaper. He tells her that if she collects three genuine tears from people that aren’t her blood relatives in the 49 days alloted to her, she can live again. In order to maneuver the world of the living, she’s given use of Yi Kyung’s body, but she cannot use it past midnight and must keep her identity a secret.

I decided to watch this drama because of the story sounds interesting and it has the actors that I enjoyed previously in other dramas. But what this drama sucks me in is the way how the writer talked about what a human life is all about – “life is always complicated, unfair, and ultimately precious in each and every moment” – Quote from ockoala. The drama gives the message on how important to live your life to the fullness… knowing that dying is not the end of the world… learn to let go of the past, accept, treasure and embrace what you have in life and ultimately move on with your life bravely… or die without any regrets.

From the synopsis above, you get the general idea of what the story is about but you really have to watch this drama to fully understand the underlying meaning of it. A little bit of background of the meaning of 49 days, don’t quote me on that though.. but according to some sayings, when a person dies, one’s soul actually takes about 49 days before going to afterlife… so that’s why Ji Hyun was giving exactly 49 days to have a chance to live again if she could proof that there were people in this world truly loved and wanted her to live.

For those of you might want to check out the drama, Dramafever has English subtitle and you can watch the series legally. If you don’t have time to actually watch this drama which I highly recommending; you can check out the recaps of the drama at Dramabeans or Koalasplayground… they did an excellent job recapping the drama. This week is the finale of 49 days and I love every moment it. And for the creators of this drama, a big ‘Thank You’, to create such awesome drama. This drama ease some stress of me at night while working on my designs for the past 2+ months.

Before I leave, here is a picture of the awesome cast.

Here are a few pomotional pictures of the drama:

Yi Kyung

Reaper & Ji Hyun