Just because I happened to be in Netflix and I was too lazy to move on…
He (Lee Byung-hun) is not my favourite actor to begin with. I wasn’t sure what to think of his pairing with this young actress. I’m not such a huge fan of the historical k-drama (though I normally love historical dramas in general), so it had been on my radar.
First of all thumbs up for the cinematography – lovely! I think that they switch between past and present quite well as they fill in the backstories for our main characters. The child stars are really good and each situation is heartbreakinga, and give us instant understanding as to what drives these people. Our heroine is small and feisty, just and kind, and beloved, but so naive and innocent at the same time, while our “hero” is a little harder to figure out. A little boy who had to flee to escape death and was raised in America where his life wasn’t easy but he’d managed to find a form of acceptance as he joined the military and became a high ranking soldier. Now he is back, a Korean who represents America and has an agenda to follow. So far I think he’s been a little bland (only up to ep 3) but time will tell. The uniforms look great though – LOL.
I find the secondary character much more intriguing – another rebel who turned from child victim to gangster/victimizer in order to survive, terrorizing by violence when he has to. Honestly I’ve never seen Yoo Yeon-Seok before and he looks mighty fine here but I have a bad feeling about his fate. He reminds me so much of Yoo Ah-in in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, except I don’t yet see Lee Soong-ki’s counterpart forming a bromance. LOL
It’s the kind of drama so far which I can only watch in bits and pieces but I’m not displeased, only waiting for my heartstrings to be pulled in the near future. Hopefully I will be proven wrong?