Here is Part 2 of our Favorite Female Roles poll. (Part 1 is here. Please check out the Favorite Male Roles poll as well: Parts 1 and 2.)
I really like this second part because it allows me to pay tribute to one of the brightest lights in the Korean film industry. She has left us (a fact that still brings me to tears), but in my heart she is always here, illuminating our days with her sweetness, her grace, her strength, and the immense power of her acting.
We love you, Jang Jin-young.
Anyone who’s both a kdrama addict and an idiom collector should watch Dae Jang Geum (a.k.a. Jewel in the Palace, 2003).
In every intrigue-packed episode there’s a proverb to ponder and a lesson to learn. Just take a look at these truisms from the drama.
Travel light unless you are the king.
On my last vacation, my toiletries alone filled one carry-on. How do the people in the past do it? Whether it’s a short trip to a nearby village or a long exile to Jeju Island, it’s always just that one teeny-weeny cloth bundle. Must learn, must learn!
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Lose the golden pheasant that’s meant for the king (or more specifically, for his tummy) and you’re in trouble. Really BIG trouble. Vigilance is key and distractions are eeevil. Repeat this once every hour: Don’t daydream!
One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
Just because other people don’t get sick eating sulphur ducks, that does not mean you’re immune. (Especially not if you have a stomach as delicate as the king’s.) Life’s lesson: Eat your veggies.