Saturday, July 8, 2017

Legend of the Blue Sea: Dam Ryung and Se Hwa PART 2

The fated bond continued. Dam Ryung and Se Hwa crossed paths again. There seemed to be no land and water that could separate their fate. The cunning Mr. Yang learned that Dam Ryung could be the key to capture the mermaid, he ordered his men to tail on him.

Dam Ryung was shocked when Se Hwa talked. The mermaid responded that there is nothing a mermaid can't do that a human can. Mermaids talk underwater through their mind so there is no need to speak. Later, she told him the story of a boy who heard a mermaid.
Dam Ryung's might have felt his connection to Se Hwa. He became curious about the boy in her story that he wanted to hear further but some villagers were rushing on their way. Se Hwa's safety was at risk so they just made a deal to see each other again.

The story of the boy bridged them to meet again. Since then, everytime Se Hwa see a light above the sea, she would happily come up, excited to meet the man she loved.

Se Hwa continued her story of the little boy. In the end, it was revealed that the little boy was Dam Ryung and the mermaid that he loved so much was none other than, Se Hwa.

Se Hwa took the greatest risk of her life when she came out from the sea and walked on land. According to the tale, mermaids tend to risk their life by following the human they love on land. A once in a litetime chance. The moment they step on land, their time become limited. Their heart will harden, it will lost its beating and they will die. Unless, the human they love whom they risked their life for will love them back. For the human they love, since their heart beats for only one person, they take such fifty-fifty chance.

But besides that, she faced outright danger by the hands of Mr. Yang's men. And this time, it was Dam Ryung who saved her life.

Dam Ryung killed some of the men so they managed to scape. While the two of them were alone in the hiding, Dam Ryung expressed his feelings to She Hwa, that he missed her. His mind might have really forgotten her but his heart was wavering. He felt the love that long been kept all those years.

Dam Ryung embraced She Hwa. The fact that he was once the boy who loved the mermaid and that she risked her life to follow him was enough. He lovedher! Even with the bad talk that circulated about him being bewitched by a wicked creature, he embraced Se Hwa and loved her.

But the cunning Mr. Yang wasn't one who just sit still. His and the concubine's obsession to the mermaid just grew. He ordered his men to search and capture Se Hwa.

Dam Ryung's most loyal friend protected Se Hwa but she still helplessly fell into the hands of the enemies. Mr. Yang's concubine who's hungry for money forced Se Hwa to cry and turn her tears  turn into pearls.

Dam Ryung found Se Hwa a little late inside the storage of Mr. Yang's concubine. She was weak and with bruises. Dam Ryung was angered by the sight of her poor lover and the badmouthing people outside.  He picked the bowl full of pearls, his woman's tears, and threw it to the people. He walked out carrying Se Hwa, his eyes were full of rage.
To be continued...

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Legend of the Blue Sea: Dam Ryung and Se Hwa (PART 1)

Kim Dam Ryung and Se Hwa's love story in Legend of the Blue Sea was a very beautiful story of great love. It is derived from the classic tale of a mermaid and the fishermen during the Joseon era.  It brought life to my fantasy of love against all odds. Even how sad the ending was, their story is one that left a mark in the heart, not easily forgotten. And even though their love story was not the focus of the said TV drama, it brought life and color to the entire series.

I haven't had enough of them, really. I am into historical dramas so I was rooting on their story. I wish the writer would come up another 20-episode drama just to chronicle Dam Ryung and Se Hwa's love story alone. I wish!


I am not into spoiling your thrill in case you plan on watching (well, pretty much everyone's done watching this drama) but I couldn't help myself summarize the "Dam Ryung and Se Hwa's story" for you,  which was only delivered bits by bits thru dreams of the reincarnated personas in the drama as it progressed.

So let me do my best....

Kim Dam Ryung was a magistrate's son who later became a village chief (Mayor) in a northeastern province in Gwangwan-do during the Joseon period. He fell in-loved with a mermaid which he himself named Se Hwa.


How did these two different souls met?

When Dam Ryung was a little boy, he was drown in the sea. A beautiful, little mermaid saved his life. Instead of being scared, Dam Ryung thought of the different creature as his friend and even gave her a name, Se Hwa.

As years passed by, they grew up into young adults and even grew feelings for each other. But Dam Ryung was to marry another noble his parents set for him.

Dam Ryung married the noble woman but on their first night, he escaped and went to the sea. He drown himself hoping Se Hwa would come and save him.

Se Hwa saved Dam Ryung's life again just as he wished but one thing he didn't know was that a mermaid has a special ability, and that is to erase herself from a person's memory through a touch or a kiss. Se Hwa hoped for Dam Ryung to have a peaceful married life so she erased all of Dam Ryung's memory of her through a kiss. And like a foam in the ocean, she popped and vanished from the memory of the only man she loved.

Dam Ryung and Se Hwa both grew into adults. Dam Ryung became a village Chief. His wife said to have died few years after the marriage. Se Hwa lived her life in endless loneliness in the deep.

One night, a big storm pummeled the seaside of the village; homes destroyed, trees uprooted and a tidal wave washed the shore. The storm had calmed the next morning and to the villagers amazement, abundance of fresh fish laid on the shore ready for harvest. Among those fish that was pushed offshore was Se Hwa. She was trapped by rocks in a cave and struggled for escape. Fishermen saw her and brought her to Mr. Yang, the ruthless noble, a village Inn owner who had been aiming to catch mermaids for oil.

Dam Ryung, the new Village Chief (Mayor) came to visit and attend a banquet hosted by Mr. Yang. Later, the Inn owner gleefully introduced his big catch, the mermaid Se Hwa; a little battered, in a pond, trapped in a fish net and wrists tied with rope.

Mr. Yang concluded his evil plan on the mermaid to Dam Ryung, which is to kill and extract oil from her.

They met again! Their eyes locked and seemed to be talking through their minds. DamRyung heard Se Hwa pleaded for help in his head. Se Hwa did ask for help hoping Dam Ryung could hear it.

In a tale, when a man hears the mermaid's mind, it means he loves her. Therefore, Dam Ryung's feelings for Se Hwa had awaken. Although his mind forgot, his heart didn't.

In a seemed confused mind (on why he heard her voice) and to also do the right thing, he helped her by opposing Mr. Yang's plan and having her sent back to the sea. Mr. Yang swore to capture the mermaid and get rid of the chief.

Dam Ryung, himself, sent the mermaid back to the sea. She swam away but came back to his canoe after few seconds. With arm outstreched, she reached for Dam Ryung. Their eyes locked. Dam Ryung took her hand.

To be continued...☺

Monday, June 26, 2017

Legend of the Blue Sea, Tale of Reincarnation

Legend of the Blue Sea tells the story of two reincarnated souls from different worlds; a man and a mermaid: land and water, their love and their ill-fate.

This 2017 semi-fantasy-historical-modern Korean drama starred none other than the irresistible, handsome, hot and popular Lee Min Ho and the ever sophisticated, an icon and a top hallyu star Jun Ji Hyun, the Sassy Girl!

I remember something I read in a book, which, of course, had something to do with science back in highschool that humans, like plants and animals, do reincarnate after 2000 years. I forgot other information from what I read but I remember vividly the 2000 years and watching the Legend of the Blue Sea reminded me of it. Although the reincarnation in this drama happened way early, after more or less 430 years.

The question: Do we really reincarnate? How couId it be possible? Reincarnation might really happen but no one can certainly attest to the fact. We may born again in the next life, say after 400 or 2000 years as the same person but definitely not with the same circumstances. There will be different twists and turns and the ill-fate in the past may repeat itself or may turn into a whole new event.

The Legend of the Blue Sea for instance tells the story of love and ill-fate of a man and a mermaid that repeats after 430 years. It was quite a refreshing drama. It is like a modern version of the little mermaid. The plot is shallow (or maybe I just matured) but it was worth the watch. Of course, the lead stars are two of the most sought-after Korean stars.

I still have a lot to say about the drama but i don't want to bore you with a long babbles so I will just save it for the next post.

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