- Genre: Historical, Adventure, Drama
- Date Released: July 2018
- KDrama: 24 Episodes
- Lee Byung-Hun as Eugene Choi
- Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin
- Yoo Yeon-Seok as Goo Dong Mae
- Kim Min-Jung as Hee-Na
- Byun Yo-Han as Kim Hee-Sung
This drama has a good pedigree. The scriptwriter as well as the director have worked together before in a couple of masterpieces: Goblin and Descendants of the Sun.
This drama has a very sumptuous feel about it even from episode one. In fact this drama is comparable to BBC’s dramas. The cinematography is fantastic. It is like watching a film; a film like like the Titanic 🙂 I supposed, the lead is an A lister, Lee Byung Hun, popular in Korean films and dramas who had made a mark in a few Hollywood blockbuster movies.
Anyway the story started in June 1871, during the 8th year of Gojong’s Reign.
An ambitious minister visited another minister’s house. The ambitious minister (AM) has an eye for the ladies and he fancied the girl serving them their drinks.
The host minister tried to discourage the AM by tempting him with a promise of a virginal girl, he mentioned that the girl who just served them was already married. But the AM said that he wanted the married servant.
It so happened that the husband of the girl heard what was going on. So they tried to run away but failed. Their master did not have an ounce of pity for them. He ordered that the husband be rolled in a mat and then beaten to his death, while the wife will be taken and be given to the ambitious minister. At that same time the six years old son of the couple arrived at the scene. In front of the child his parents are being beaten, the minister ordered that the boy is beaten to death as well. The wife jumped next to the pregnant daughter of the minister and quickly took the woman’s lethal looking hair ornament and pointed it to the woman’s neck.
She told her young son to run, to go. In desperation, the pregnant woman who was being threatened that her big belly will be stabbed as well if they don’t let the boy go, threw her jade token to the boy and told the boy to go and ordered that no one should run after him.
When the boy was out of sight, his mother let go of the pregnant woman and she jumped into her death in a well.
At that time, Joseon (Korea) had few American ships on its shore. The American visit quickly resulted in a bloody skirmish killing around 300 Koreans.
Even at a young age, the six years old boy knew that he had no future in Joseon, the way things were.
He managed to stow away in a ship sailing back to America.
His life in America did not improve immediately. He became a victim of feral young white thugs loitering the street.
When he was about 10, miraculously surviving on his own, he saw soldiers of all colours, marching and looking dignified. The seed was sown, he wanted to be one.
These are the initiating forces that would affect his return to his old homeland as a high-ranking military of the American arm forces.
It looks like Ae Shin has inherited her mother’s strong woman’s genes. Ae Shin was not satisfied with just being a well to do submissive wife. She wanted adventure. When she told her grandad that she would rather die than be inconspicuous little mouse, her grandad told her to die.
And she did try by holding a hunger strike which lasted a few days until her grandad had someone take her into the mountains. She thought she was going to be killed but it turned out her grandad had instructed someone to teach her how to fight, how to fire a gone.
She met Eugene Choi while she was on a mission to assassinate an American, who was working for the Japanese army.
The American was duly assassinated but she was not a lone gunman. There was another. It was Eugene Choi.
These episodes now introduces a main characters.
Kim Min Jung looks so lovely in a Japanese kimono ( far from that horrid severe fringe girl from Man to Man drama)