Monday, April 13, 2015

A Woo Dal Chi's Promise in Faith (Kdrama)

 This is a repost from my original blog post that was posted on 11-21-12.

Have you seen Faith, Lee Min Ho's new Korean Drama? Did you like it? I loved it big time and it did hurt when I reached the finale. I wanted more. I wondered how long will it take to have this drama aired on Philippine TV for I would love to watch it dubbed with our very own language.

One of the things that had me glued to this Korean drama was the Woo Dal Chi's promise; on how important a Woo Dal Chi's promise was. For him his promise was his law and he was willing to offer his own life in order to keep any promise he had made. Loyalty to that extent.

Choi Young, portrayed by none other than the ever so hot Lee Min Ho, is Goryeo's greatest warrior. He is the Woo Dal Chi or the Captain of the Royal Guards in the kingdom of Goryeo. In this drama, he made two promises: (1) to protect the King and the kingdom of Goryeo and (2) to send Eun-soo, whom they believed to be the God's doctor back to her world.

How did Eun-soo arrive in Goryeo by the way? We can blame it to the touch of fantasy in this drama. Eun-soo, portrayed by Kim Hee-sun is a cosmetic surgeon from the present time - Korea. Somehow in Goryeo period, a heaven's door had opened after a very long time. It was an old tale in Goryeo that a God's doctor came in and out of the said heaven's door. The King of Gorgyeo believed that it was the will of god. They needed to find the great doctor to heal the Queen who was fatally wounded during their encounter with the enemies from Yuan.

With unquestioned loyalty to the kingdom, Choi Young risked his life by going through the Heaven's door to find the great doctor. He landed to the present time, which was 700 years after his period. He experienced the new Goryeo that became Korea. There he met Eun-soo whom he dragged with him against all the odds of the present , his sword against the guns, back to Goryeo, back to 700 years ago.

This is the promise he made to doctor Eun-soo at the heaven's door at the present time.
Eun-soo did save the Queen's life using the advanced procedures she learned from the present time. As promised, Captain Choi Young escorted her to the Heaven's door but at the last minute, the king sent an order to keep the doctor in Goryeo. At that very moment, Choi Young was torn between the King's order and his promise to the doctor. His judgment could betray either of the two. At the same time, the King was troubled for he could anytime lose his greatest warrior. In the end, Choi Young's loyalty to the King and his promise to Eun-soo are both kept by giving his own life.

Fighting her way out from the weird world she was dragged into, Eun-soo struck Choi Young (who was blocking her way) with his own sword. Choi Young did not avoid the strike, accepting his fate because a Goryeo warrior's promise is one's life.

These scenes were heart-melting, certainly tear-jerker but fret not, he didn't die. I LOVE this drama and I LOVE Choi Young to the bones!

Love and Innocense : Flower Boy Ramen Shop

This is a repost from my original blog post posted on 12-4-2012.

After procrastinating, I finally finished watching this drama.  I thought I wasted some hours of my life watching this. Thanks goodness, I endured Il Woo's "childishness" during the first ten episodes or I could have missed the fact that this drama had some meat in it and that it was not just about Il Woo's pretty face.

The "childishness", although annoyed me at times turned out acceptable. That was what the drama all about anyway - a childish love. This drama tells about the story of a 19-year boy who falls in love with his teacher. The catch, he is not just an ordinary student because his family owns the school that he will soon inherit.  How complicated could that be? 
The first episode started out with Cha Chi Soo (Jeong Il Woo) arriving at the airport. Walkng tall and proud, he looked very striking in his black suit and glasses. When he realized his father had sent over some body guards to watch over him, his initial plan was to escape from their frim guarding. With a little effort, he managed to scape and run into a "peeing" Eun-bi (Lee Chung-ah) inside a poop cubicle in a public comfort room. That was their first encounter..and awkward at that.

I couldn't help but giggle at the comfort room scene. And in a poop cubicle really? Both shocked and embarrased, Eun-bi was frozen in position. Instantly, she was captured by the guys charm. She was bewitched by such a handsome stranger who just suddenly popped in front of her while she was in the middle of dealing her own business, sprinkling her stress and frustrations out to the world. What a stress reliever, his face. She was wide-eyed staring at him. I didn't get what had gotten into Chi-soo's mind upon recovering from his own shock but he drew himself closer to Eun-bi, his face near hers, his delicious lips almost touching hers. Eun-bi could only close her eyes to feel that sweet, tingling sensation.

Gosh, I held my breath at that scene. Haist, Il Woo and his kissable lips...and he was teasing me! Were they really going to kiss?

So, I was holding my breath expecting a kiss only to be dumbfounded by Chi-soo next line: "Pretty...the mole here is pretty (pointing on Eun-bi's mole on her cheek)". That had awaken her from a dream and pushed him away. Little did she know she'll meet him again in a classroom with Chi-soo being one of her students.

Basing on my own observation, this drama is trying to let the viewers know that Cha Chi-soo (Jeong Il-woo) has never been in a romantic relationship with any girl. What I mean romantic here is the literal romantic. He never once genuinely felt that romantic connection or love towards anyone. So basically, he is innocent when it comes to love. He has a girlfriend but only for the sake of having a girlfriend or to show off that he has. For him, girls are just receivers of designer labels and suckers of fame being his girlfriend who's young, rich, handsome and adored by everyone. He's never been in love, that's why when he fell for his teacher Eun-bi, he thought of it a strange feeling that he has never felt before.   

 Something to look forward to - Episode 8

Eun-bi, who although was captured by Chi-soo's charm resisted the attraction. At first, she always failed to realize Chi-soo was already displaying love for her, thinking he was only bullying as what he is known for. I understood Eun-bi. If I were her, I would as well be confused of Chi-soo's actions and think the same because everytime he does some caring or loving deeds that he innocently thought it were always end up disastrous. So for Eun-bi, Chi-soo was only making her life miserable...or rather confusing her heart.
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