Here’s the drama that I love to the moon and beyond. I previously wrote about it here.
Shin Don is many things to me, but above all it is a love story. It is about a king’s love for a country that once abandoned him. It is about this king falling in love with a woman who should rightly be a foe. It is about this woman loving him back with a devotion and ferocity that will rip your heart out. (And dang, just writing the above line brings instant tears. When will I ever recover from you, Shin Don?)
It is about a charlatan monk, with a wretched past, who will lay down his life for his king. It is about the monk’s sharp-tongued master, who sees beyond the visceral, who makes my heart hurt because I love him so much. It is a tale peopled by characters so flawed, so human, so unforgettable your heart soars when you see them in another drama.
May we sit down for a chat? I really want to tell you what I think (and feel) about you.
I’m thrilled to announce the winners of the Shin Don drama giveaway! (Because this is just the beginning of my attempts to lure some of you into watching the best kdrama ever made, keke.)
A dear friend and fellow fansubber, Julier, has helped me to pick the following three winners:
Thundie’s Prattle is ONE today. Happy birthday, blog!
(Here’s the post which started it all, dated Jan 12, 2009.)
To celebrate this little milestone, I would like to have another giveaway, one that is special and different. After mulling for days, it dawned on me that I could give away something “homemade” this time. Something dear to me and which I would like to share with you.
It’s one and the half years since we bade farewell to 2007. Yet many people continue to discover what a gold mine that year was, giving us some of the best Korean dramas ever made.
Among 2007’s quality offerings was a relatively unknown period drama aired on cable TV. Eight Days – The Mystery of Jeongjo’s Assassination did not blow me away like Conspiracy in the Court did, but that’s like comparing a Pulitzer Prize to the Nobel Prize, a Lexus to a Lamborghini.
Both of these two 2007 dramas are short: Conspiracy at just eight episodes and Eight Days ten. Both deal with the same subject: King Jeongjo.
You will see a very different king in each, but both are unforgettable and portrayed brilliantly by actors at the top of their game. Eight Days’ Jeongjo is played by Kim Sang-joong. I love his version more than Ahn Nae-sang‘s in Conspiracy, if that is even possible. Ahn Nae-sang’s king made me sad, but Kim Sang-joong’s made me swoon, so smitten was I by his charisma.