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So. That was about the best thing ever. And it ended about as well as you can expect a series about a bunch of freedom fighters struggling against a colonial power to. Especially when that colonial power doesn't leave until 1945. But there was one scene which just ripped my heart out, threw it up in the air, and then did a little dance on it with spiked heels.

Naturally to reduce my trauma I felt I needed to post pictures.

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Here is the Playboy and the Repressed teacher

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The Repressed Teacher meeting the other man who is a Korean returned from Japan who is working as a policeman for a the Japanese. He has a Past. This is very important.

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Here is playboy and repressed teacher in the imagination of the playboy's friends. Sometimes they are convinced that he will convert her.

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And sometimes they imagine her converting him to the cause of Korean freedom. They are not sure which way it will be.

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Here's the other female, Seoul's most famous courtesan as a girl. She has just been sold to a courtesan house and the policeman tried to save her but couldn't because he was but a boy.

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Back to Playboy and Repressed Teacher (and freedom fighter) again. I can't remember if this is the scene where she headbutts him or not. She also punches him and kicks him at different times. Despite her deep Victorian sensibilities she is not exactly a shrinking violet

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Playboy trying to teach her to dance. The height difference is really cute.

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A not at all romantic scene. The Repressed Schoolteacher has to run from the police and runs right into the courtesan house where Playboy is living. She threatens him with a gun to make him hide her. He is a bit shocked by all of this as you can see.

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Another shot of the Korean policeman. He also turns out to be a freedom fighter and the head of their cell but he has a Past and Deep Guilt. The Past and Deep Guilt have to do with the Playboy's brother who died as a teenage while also fighting for independence.

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Here is a scene of much misunderstanding. The Repressed Teacher has been tortured and thinks the Korean Policeman is Playboy and she confesses she likes him. Of course, Playboy thinks she is saying she likes the Policeman.

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This whole scene broke my heart. The Courtesan and Policeman and her driver/co-conspirator are trapped by the Japanese police. To save the Policeman she pretends he is their hostage and she and the co-conspirator are killed in the process. It's just awful as the Policeman has loved her since he was a boy and they have managed to admit everything to each other.

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The spreading of the Courtesan's ashes. There is quite a bit of screaming manpain but I couldn't enjoy it because I was sniffling

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A happier scene with the Playboy and the Repressed Teacher playing chess on a picnic

A few MVs

This one makes it seem love triangelly but it isn't.

This one is worth watching for the scenes of Our Heroine headbutting Our Hero and kicking him after he has made improper advances. (These vital moments occur about halfway through). The other featured lady is the courtesan who dies. That made me cry.

This is the second couple, the courtesan and the Korean Policeman.

ETA: I finally received Last of the Mohicans and am watching it but, um, I am a bit shocked by the scene in the fort between Daniel Day Lewis and the Colonel's daughter. You know what I am talking about. Zip is also a bit strange in that you never really know what you are going to get. They've gone from Babylon 5 to Veronica Mars (and god knows when I will get another Young Riders DVD).

Those two girls are about the unluckiest women ever, aren't they? What are the odds of being part of two English army convoys that are attacked by rampaging tribes? Pretty low, I'd guess. But I am enjoying the scenes of Daniel Day Lewis leaping through forests. It's very exciting. But this 'Last of' business worries me. I would look it up, but this isn't about the entire tribe being wiped out, is it? I bet it is. I should probably know this stuff but the French-Indian wars is not something they teach in Irish schools. Though they did cover the Cherokee and the Trail of Tears and some of the other 19th century horror stories of the treatment of the Native Americans.

Date: 2007-10-16 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calixa.livejournal.com
This looks very intense and delightful. I'm tempted...

Date: 2007-10-16 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
It's really very good. And quite astonishingly funny at times. I really think it's the best I've seen. Mind you, I haven't seen the screaming manpain of the Little Fairy yet, though.

Date: 2007-10-16 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calixa.livejournal.com
It was the screaming manpain bit that got me... and I did read reviews of it where people said it was very funny. I do love korean humour when it's done right =)

Date: 2007-10-16 05:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] morwen_peredhil
LOTM: If by "shocked" you mean something along the lines of "wide-eyed and speechless in gleeful surprise," then I know what you mean. I first saw it when it came out back when I was in college, and I've never quite gotten over it. Sigh!

The second massacre (of the people who surrendered at Fort William Henry) actually happened, although I don't think James Fenimore Cooper or the filmmakers hewed closely to historical accuracy in their portrayal of the event.

Date: 2007-10-16 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
It all happened so fast! She'd only known him for a day or so. Admittedly it was a very intense day and it was Daniel Day Lewis so I guess I will over look her shocking lack of reserve. Just this once, mind you.

Date: 2007-10-16 06:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] morwen_peredhil
DDL has never been more attractive than in LOTM, so I can't blame Cora, especially after the whole rescuing-from-death-or-a-fate-worse-than-death thing. Um. You know, I think this calls for a rewatch, since that scene ranks way up there on my list of hottest scenes of all time. Yes.

Date: 2007-10-16 06:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meganbmoore.livejournal.com
The gun scene looks excellent...so...only 1 of the 4 leads dies? This is an astonishingly low mortality rate for a period kdrama.

Date: 2007-10-16 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Only 1. But it's a sad, sad scene reinforced by the completely emo funeral. Plus I think the policeman surviving is almost worse. He certainly seems to feel that way.

Date: 2007-10-16 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meret.livejournal.com
I love LOTM! It's definitely my favorite DDM movie. Most of it was filmed on the grounds of the Biltmore estate in North Carolina. I've been there, and it's just a gorgeous as in the movie. :)

Date: 2007-10-16 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I am enjoying it, plus all the running around forests is a great deal of fun. It reminds me of Robin of Sherwood a bit that way. I always say you can't really go wrong with attractive men running through woods.

Date: 2007-10-16 09:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] koalathebear.livejournal.com
Didn't they just kiss passionately? I didn't think they Did anything!? :D

Date: 2007-10-16 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I don't know. I couldn't tell really but she seemed awfully hot and bothered. And even that amount of grappling with each was probably shocking stuff for a respectable girl in the 18th century.

Date: 2007-10-16 11:45 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] leia-naberrie.livejournal.com
I want an icon of the courtesan in blood. I don't know whether I'm supposed to or not, but I found myself more interested in hers and the policeman's tragic romance than the 'main' couple.

Date: 2007-10-16 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I don't know whether I'm supposed to or not, but I found myself more interested in hers and the policeman's tragic romance than the 'main' couple.

I think it was not least because you knew it was doomed. And that scene where policeman is pretending to be a hostage and ends up having to kill the other co-conspirator to prove it to the police and is raising his gun to the courtesan who has already been shot...well, let's just say it was angst-ridden to the nth degree.

However, I should say that I think what made everything work in this was the interconnection of the all the characters and how much by the end they all loved each other and cared for each other. The playboy and the courtesan have this great friendship as do the teacher and the courtesan (there's a lovely scene where the teacher asks if she can call the courtesan 'unni/sister'). In fact, this is one of the few kdramas I've seen where the two female leads don't end up bitter enemies.

Date: 2007-10-16 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
That's it. I am getting CS today.

Re: LOTM. I don't like that movie because I loved the book since childhood and the book and the movie have only a passing resemblance ;P

Date: 2007-10-16 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I hope you will like CS. I have much love for it and it's one of the few kdramas where I never ffed once.

I've never read LOTM. I keep meaning to but then I see the 'Last of' bit and know that it's going to be madly sad.

Date: 2007-10-16 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wistfulmemory.livejournal.com
I love the music in the second MV. Korean Swing music. That's great. :)

Date: 2007-10-17 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
The sound track to this is quite fabulous and I love the theme song (which is the one on the second). Though there isn't swing dancing after about the second episode which makes me sad.

Date: 2007-10-17 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wistfulmemory.livejournal.com
I'm going to have to find this soundtrack. A friend of mine loves Korean dramas and swing music, so it'll be perfect for her.

That is sad that there is no swing dancing after the second episode.

Date: 2007-10-17 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Is the soundtrack up on jdramas? I know someone was uploading the series.

Date: 2007-10-17 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wistfulmemory.livejournal.com
Yes, it is. I'll be downloading it shortly. However, it's been two months since the uploader last updated, and they're only up to episode 4. :(


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