Last night I watched a drama that got me squealing with delight. No, it didn’t have a Kim Gab-soo or Yoo Ah-in, but what it did have was sageuk done right, serving up a compelling story, a wonderful cast, assured directing, and, seemingly in a class of its own, a superb music score.
Written by Kim Woon-kyung, who also wrote last year’s best short drama, My Sister’s March (more on this gem below), The Duo tells the story of how two baby boys born on the same night got switched, all because one runaway slave woman was desperate to give her newborn a shot at a life unthinkable for the dregs of Joseon society. As a result, a baby born of noble blood ends up in a beggar’s clan and grows up with the mistaken notion that a wet nurse, she serving the most influential noble in the district, is his mother.
Just two episodes of this 20-episode drama have aired so far and already they are fully subbed. Thundie’s Prattle would like to share download links with you and also tell you where to find the subs. As a bonus, you can download My Sister’s March as well.
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As for My Sister’s March…
Mixing some of the narrative traits of Jung Ha-Yeon and Noh Hee-Kyung’s work, Kim has been depicting the plight of the working class for decades, with exemplary storytelling, humanism that rings true, and a tragicomic, bittersweet touch which sometimes reminds of Yoo Hyun-Mok’s 60s classics and even good old Fellini. Focusing on the Masan riots from a few citizens’ (many of them real people, including Kim Juyeol and ruthless Chief of Security Park Jong-Pyo) point of view, the show not only pays tribute to the fallen Masan students and citizens who would lead to that fleeting, but exciting little spark of democracy which blessed Korea in 1960, but it’s also almost frighteningly topical, what with the mendacious cloud hovering over the Korean media as we speak. Most important of them all, it’s also a pretty damn good show with top notch acting (by greats like Son Hyun-Joo, underrated performers like Jung Chan and Kim Ji-Hyun, and theater legend Oh Ji-Hye), solid production values and nearly flawless writing. – misterX aka Anarchist
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